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Nadal beats Melzer in thrilling finish 6-2 6-3 7-6 (6)

BackhandMissile
06-04-2010, 05:15 PM
Nadal beats Melzer in thrilling finish 6-2 6-3 7-6 (6)

Sunday: Soderling-Rafa rematch!

FedererBulgaria
06-04-2010, 05:16 PM
Such a fighter this Melzer

tennis0216
06-04-2010, 05:16 PM
great tiebreak

Shirogane
06-04-2010, 05:16 PM
Good fightback Melzer.

centralviva
06-04-2010, 05:16 PM
yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!was worried at the end so happy:bounce:

rocketassist
06-04-2010, 05:16 PM
Shame Melzer gave him the mistakes at the end, but he fought well.

Vamos Robin.

Fiberlight1
06-04-2010, 05:16 PM
Melzer played good at the end.. Two great shots to save MPs..

ImmzB
06-04-2010, 05:17 PM
Vamos Rafa!!

That Shot at 6-6 which Melzer hit was with Power!!

Aaric
06-04-2010, 05:17 PM
I foresee Robin dominating Rafa.. if he handles his nerves

Dmitry Verdasco
06-04-2010, 05:17 PM
http://www.gifflix.com/files/9cd0cb56d436.gif

2moretogo
06-04-2010, 05:17 PM
Well that was interesting, especially @ the end. Good warm up for Soderling rematch.

Nadal was sweating like a hooker @ church out there.

Lopez
06-04-2010, 05:17 PM
Huge choke from Rafa and inspired play from Melzer but tiebreak winner was NID IMO.

When Nadal was broken at 5*-4 his second serve hit the ground before it hit the net :D

The Magician
06-04-2010, 05:17 PM
Nadal needs luck to win once again. It was the bad bounce in Madrid and the lucky netcourt at 6-6 here, both while he was in the process of choking away the match. Some fighter this double faulting mug :o

Surcouf
06-04-2010, 05:17 PM
The choke from Nadal at the end was completely pathetic.

He has still not played one single good match in this tournement. But he is in final with his margin.

Now he has to show that he has balls and he has to play his best. Because if he loses sunday, it's game over.

green25814
06-04-2010, 05:17 PM
Melzer fought hard at the end, but NID really.

Now for the dream final.

l_mac
06-04-2010, 05:18 PM
Hilarious attempted choke from Rafa. Reminded me of the 08 SF vs Nole, only Rafa didn't play a great tiebreak.

Good Luck on Sunday :worship:

Great run from Melzer.

Luinir
06-04-2010, 05:18 PM
Nadal's best performance of the tournament. Little choke at the end.

superslam77
06-04-2010, 05:18 PM
Well that was interesting, especially @ the end. Good warm up for Soderling rematch.

Nadal was sweating like a hooker @ church out there.

:lol: never heard that one before.

JuliC
06-04-2010, 05:19 PM
How annoying is this Pioline with his dumb on-court interview :rolleyes:

alter ego
06-04-2010, 05:19 PM
Nadull having some major brainfarts. Melzer not up to it untill the very end. The first 2 sets were very bad for this stage of a slam.

The Magician
06-04-2010, 05:19 PM
Nadal's best performance of the tournament. Little choke at the end.

This is correct but also pathetic and shows what a joke his draw was.

Luinir
06-04-2010, 05:19 PM
The choke from Nadal at the end was completely pathetic.

He has still not played one single good match in this tournement. But he is in final with his margin.

Now he has to show that he has balls and he has to play his best. Because if he loses sunday, it's game over.

Hater :rolleyes: Nadal played his best match in the tournament. He was really good until 5-4 in third.

osalsyst
06-04-2010, 05:20 PM
Was hoping for a fourth set there but oh well. Melzer fought well and made it interesting for awhile. Looking forward to the final. Both players will be extremely focused and determined.

Montego
06-04-2010, 05:20 PM
Far more entertaining than the first semi. Nadal played his best match of the tourney, Melzer is a fighter

Nidhogg
06-04-2010, 05:20 PM
Nadal's best match of the tournament. Melzer was redlining his game and was comprehensively beaten.

Nice to see the match ending in a bit of a climax as well. Jürgen sure went down swinging. Glad he was able to enjoy the moment. :lol:

Puschkin
06-04-2010, 05:21 PM
Hater :rolleyes: Nadal played his best match in the tournament.
I have not seen his previous matches. He was too good for Jürgen, but was he really good?

Surcouf
06-04-2010, 05:21 PM
Hater :rolleyes: Nadal played his best match in the tournament. He was really good until 5-4 in third.

I am a Nadal fan idiot. It's such a shame that he is not playing at his true level (like in MC2010).

prima donna
06-04-2010, 05:22 PM
Sunday will be interesting.

Adri89
06-04-2010, 05:23 PM
This Nadal 2010 on clay reminds me the Nadal of 2006 when he came back from his foot's injury. This year he was less good than the others, committed more faults, some chokes (in the final against Roger at the end). Moreover, Federer knew his best year. Nevertheless, it's the only year until today where Nadal finished undefeated on clay.

JuliC
06-04-2010, 05:23 PM
Nadull having some major brainfarts. Melzer not up to it untill the very end. The first 2 sets were very bad for this stage of a slam.

Yeah, I'm glad it was a close finish, a fourth set would've been nice, more exciting.

Everko
06-04-2010, 05:25 PM
This is correct but also pathetic and shows what a joke his draw was.

You wanna take that back while you can?

Mashachosen1
06-04-2010, 05:25 PM
Yeah!!!!

Adri89
06-04-2010, 05:25 PM
It's such a shame that he is not playing at his true level (like in MC2010).

Nadal is less impressive than in 2007-2008. But 2008 isn't a good year to compare because he was in the form of his life. I don't think he'll reach the level he had on RG 2008 again.
Despite it, he's in the final without losing a set. 21 wins in a row now. Only two sets dropped. And he is less impressive. Just show you how dominating he is on clay.

B.z.A.
06-04-2010, 05:26 PM
Soderling will smack this guy!

Selby
06-04-2010, 05:26 PM
Jurgen in the 2nd half of the 3rd set :worship:

Deivid23
06-04-2010, 05:29 PM
Congrats kid on another Slam final :yeah:

djb84xi
06-04-2010, 05:30 PM
Well, everyone wanted the big rematch, and now, we're gonna get it. I'm gonna need a whole bottle of Tums just to get through Sunday's final, because those two are gonna try to crush each other into the ground.

I give Soderling credit for last year, because he was brilliant, and his performance against Berdych today, although not his best, got the job done. However, by this being a final, a lot is at stake, so I believe that Rafa will come into the final far more prepared for Soderling than he was last year.

It'll be tough as hell, but I think Rafa will get some much wanted revenge on Sunday.

shawshank
06-04-2010, 05:35 PM
Good game Rafa today. The only thing that really bothers me is his nerves that are no more from steel. Rafa didn't used to have any problems with closing out matches. His serves from 200 kmh dropped to 160kmh in the tiebreak of the third set. I hope he won't get that nervous in the final.
Melzer had a great tourney and he seems a really nice guy. Hope he can get some another success.
Hope for a great final with Nadal smashing this prick from Sweden. Vamos Rafa! Go for the 5th!

The Pro
06-04-2010, 05:39 PM
How annoying is this Pioline with his dumb on-court interview :rolleyes:

He thinks he's so incisive cos he'll ask the question again if he doesn't get the response he's after.

Pioline - 'How about the ambience?!?! How about the Sun!?!?'
Rafa - Yes it's very Spanish weather.
Pioline - 'BUT how about the ambience?!?! How about the Sun!?!?' :(
Rafa- Ok the conditions favoured me. HAPPY? :mad:

He did it the other day about Rafa being the favourite. It's a on-court chit-chat, not a presser! :confused:

Persimmon
06-04-2010, 05:40 PM
Soderling will smack this guy!

Agreed.:o

Sillyrabbit
06-04-2010, 05:44 PM
Good to see Nadal has a little bit of Fed in him, that shank at 5-4 was Rogertastic.

dusan1610
06-04-2010, 05:50 PM
Rafa :worship:

@Sweet Cleopatra
06-04-2010, 05:52 PM
Rafa Vamoooooooooooooooos

concentrate well in the final, you can do it champion

Orka_n
06-04-2010, 06:03 PM
You wanna take that back while you can?Why? He's right.

Also, Melzer has a great heart but lacks the weapons to really hurt Nadal. He was gambling like crazy with that forehand.
Epic final coming up.

Corey Feldman
06-04-2010, 06:04 PM
Great tournament Melzer and be proud of yourself :yeah:

ossie
06-04-2010, 06:06 PM
He thinks he's so incisive cos he'll ask the question again if he doesn't get the response he's after.

Pioline - 'How about the ambience?!?! How about the Sun!?!?'
Rafa - Yes it's very Spanish weather.
Pioline - 'BUT how about the ambience?!?! How about the Sun!?!?' :(
Rafa- Ok the conditions favoured me. HAPPY? :mad:

He did it the other day about Rafa being the favourite. It's a on-court chit-chat, not a presser! :confused: good stuff :haha:

Nekromanta
06-04-2010, 06:08 PM
Rafa got a little careless in the 3rd set but very nice win :)

Guy Haines
06-04-2010, 06:17 PM
Nadal was sweating like a hooker @ church out there.

:spit:

Corey Feldman
06-04-2010, 06:17 PM
dont have a clue why they let Pioline on there

he was reading question to Stosur from a piece of paper yesterday and kept having to look down and remind himself the next question to ask, utterly embaressing and the fans even boo'd him

scarecrows
06-04-2010, 06:18 PM
good tournament for Melzer, not much you can do against Nadal on clay

He can play on grass also so might be another one to watch at Wimbledon

l_mac
06-04-2010, 06:19 PM
good tournament for Soderling, not much you can do against Nadal on clay

He can play on grass also so might be another one to watch at Wimbledon

what?

scarecrows
06-04-2010, 06:20 PM
i corrected it

you're so fast with that refresh button

star
06-04-2010, 06:21 PM
:lol: never heard that one before.

Really? It's an american expression -- usually: Sweating like a whore in church. But hooker works too.

It's very common in the south.

Guy Haines
06-04-2010, 06:21 PM
Play to win on Sunday, RN.

Corey Feldman
06-04-2010, 06:22 PM
Play to win on Sunday, RN.what the fuck else is he going to be doing?

l_mac
06-04-2010, 06:23 PM
i corrected it

you're so fast with that refresh button

I rush to threads when I see you're the last poster :hearts:


Save that one for Sunday.

:sobbing:

malisha
06-04-2010, 06:33 PM
Great tournament Melzer and be proud of yourself :yeah:

agreed


congrats to Rafa as well

Guy Haines
06-04-2010, 06:35 PM
what the fuck else is he going to be doing?

Falling into grudge match mentality.

@Sweet Cleopatra
06-04-2010, 06:59 PM
Really? It's an american expression -- usually: Sweating like a whore in church. But hooker works too.

It's very common in the south.

Why would a whore sweet in church? What is the wanted meaning from the expression?

Sillyrabbit
06-04-2010, 07:02 PM
Why would a whore sweet in church? What is the wanted meaning from the expression?

Whore- immoral, sleeps with lots of people

Church- holy place. Put it together.

straitup
06-04-2010, 07:04 PM
Why would a whore sweet in church? What is the wanted meaning from the expression?

:haha: You're right, a whore wouldn't sweat in church...in fact, she would go right in front and fuck all the men in church, she's just that good :spit:

Eden
06-04-2010, 07:27 PM
I was only able to see the 3rd set. Great from Jürgen to break back and made the set a bit more entertaining. The crowd woke up and would surely haven't minded a 4th set. That's not because they are against Rafa or would like to see him tired in the final, but because when you attend a match you want to see as much tennis as possible.
Fantastic run for Jürgen in this tournament :hatoff: He tried his best and surely enjoyed it to be on the court, even though it was a Mission Impossible.
Congrats to Rafa for reaching the RG final :yeah:

M4RC
06-04-2010, 07:51 PM
The choke from Nadal at the end was completely pathetic.

He has still not played one single good match in this tournement. But he is in final with his margin.

Now he has to show that he has balls and he has to play his best. Because if he loses sunday, it's game over.

You're one of the most pathetic haters I've seen in quite some time. Posting the same crap since MC, and getting ass-rapped after every single match.

This Sunday you'll have to STFU for good. Amazing news.

Sapeod
06-04-2010, 07:52 PM
You're one of the most pathetic haters I've seen in quite some time. Posting the same crap since MC, and getting ass-rapped after every single match.

This Sunday you'll have to STFU for good. Amazing news.
You're the hater for liking Nadal. Hater of tennis.

Persimmon
06-04-2010, 07:53 PM
what the fuck else is he going to be doing?

Make a clown of himself like last year?:rolleyes::o:rolleyes:

gorgo1986
06-04-2010, 07:54 PM
You're the hater for liking Nadal. Hater of tennis.

Aren't you a Murray, Montañés, Schuettler fan? Sit your ass down!

M4RC
06-04-2010, 08:07 PM
I am a Nadal fan idiot.

:haha:

Obvious bandwagoner is obvious.

Agreed.:o

Interesting prediction from the same poster that was predicting Federer will win both Madrid and RG just 3 weeks ago.

Another one noted down to be quoted on Sunday. Thanks.

Great tournament Melzer and be proud of yourself :yeah:

Melzer was supposed to lose on Sunday's final. Am I correct? :worship:

You're the hater for liking Nadal. Hater of tennis.

:eek:

What a :haha: comment coming from a fan of Murray :cool:

Make a clown of himself like last year?:rolleyes::o:rolleyes:

:crazy:

Dmitry Verdasco
06-04-2010, 08:18 PM
Why would a whore sweet in church? What is the wanted meaning from the expression?

:bigcry: (!).

Persimmon
06-04-2010, 08:20 PM
Aren't you a Murray, Montañés, Schuettler fan? Sit your ass down!

:haha:

Geo
06-04-2010, 08:37 PM
Melzer was quite bad for most of the match :tape: :o then after Nadal had a lapse in concentration in the 3rd, Melzer started to show why he reached the SF. Nadal got very lucky in the tiebreak :haha: some dumb mistakes and decisions by Melzer there.

Vida
06-04-2010, 08:44 PM
rafa :bowdown:... no matter what his overall level is he gives his best on the moment.

final agaisnt soderling is the best one we could've hoped for.

matlock
06-04-2010, 08:51 PM
You're the hater for liking Nadal. Hater of tennis.

Nadal is good enough for your hero Andy Murray. When Murray is asked who his favorite player to watch is, he says Nadal. I remember in 2005/2006 I a lot of pro tennis players would come watch Nadal on the sidelines because it's amazing what he does on the court.

l_mac
06-04-2010, 08:54 PM
Rafa's presser:

Q. So the first two sets played pretty well, had it under control. Then you went to serve it out that last game, got broken at love, and then it got a little up and down and dramatic at the end, no?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I think I played my best match today here in Roland Garros, 2010. Sure, first two sets, for a moment I played really well. With my serve I played all the time well. With the forehand, too. With the backhand I am playing better and better every day, but I can improve a little bit more.
The third set I had completely under control, 5 3, Love 30, so I thought I have the chance to finish there. Because I was playing well and I played good two points in the first two points.
But I had some mistakes, and in the 5 4 I played a terrible first point. I played forehand down the line, three meters outside. I was a little bit nervous after that.
In the end of the match was important the game of 6 5, because I played really serious game to go to the tiebreak, and the in tiebreak I think I played better and I played well.
I had just one double fault. That's the only point that I'm not happy. But I can't say nothing against about myself, because I am serving pretty well all the match.

Q. Do you think Melzer improved? Were you surprised by his performance today, because you beat him rather easy?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I think Jurgen is a very talented player. He can play at very high level. He did these two weeks. Just congratulate him, because he amazing two weeks, amazing tournament here. Very, very difficult opponents, like David Ferrer, Djokovic.
So it's a very, very complete tournament, no? So, sure, if he plays at this level he can beat against almost everybody, or everybody.

Q. What do you think about meeting Robin Soderling now?RAFAEL NADAL: Well, difficult match, no? He's playing well. He did very good tournament, and today he came back to win a very good match. So he's very, very dangerous player, no? He's one of the best of the world. And, yeah, sure is gonna be a really difficult match.

Q. You have played him a couple of times, and you had some psychological battles. How would you describe your relationship to him?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't have nothing to say about the relationship. For me, the relationship with him was normal. I had a little bit more tension than usual match in Wimbledon match 2007?

Q. 8.
RAFAEL NADAL: 8, no. No, no.

Q. 2007.
RAFAEL NADAL: 7?

Q. Well, it doesn't matter.
RAFAEL NADAL: 2007? Yes, it matters. (Laughter.)
2007, but after that, no, I didn't have not one problem with him. I think he's doing well, and at the same time he improves his level of tennis. He improve his level of kind of person, no? I think he improve his personality the last year.

Q. How?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think he say more times hello to the rest of the yeah, I am speaking serious. I am speaking in the positive way, not in a negative way. Sure.

Q. He didn't say hello earlier?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think he was very shy in the beginning. I think so, no? :lol: But I think he improves a lot. For sure for me is good to have a player like Robin playing at this high level in the tour.
It's a different kind of game, and, sure, he's a special one. Because the serve, his very flat shots, are very impressive.

Q. Is it possible just to give an impression of your game this year here at Roland Garros as opposed to your game at this time last year?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is impossible to compare, because last year I was in the swimming pool in Mallorca. Sure. :haha:

Q. Well, maybe your approach to this championship this year as opposed to your approach last year.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. Well, I think probably I didn't play today I played well, but before today I didn't play my best Roland Garros if we speak in terms of what I feel on court.
But I played my best clay court season before Roland Garros. That's for sure, no? Last year my feeling was I won in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, and Rome, but probably is difficult to understand. It was difficult to understand for me too how I won that tournaments because I felt I didn't play well.
So probably was because the dynamic was very positive, very positive since the beginning of the year. I arrived on clay and I won for that reason, but not for tennis, I think. And when I arrived here and I found opponent that push me to the highest level, I wasn't ready to win.

Q. I know you don't see the match against Robin on Sunday as a chance for revenge, but is it nice to have him over the other side of the net again just to show him that you're pretty useful yourself on the Philippe Chatrier court?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no. I want to seriously I prefer to play against Tomas the final, because I won against him the last six times. That's the true. :lol:
I play against Robin, gonna be a difficult match. I never believe on revenges. I believe on try my best in every moment, and if I lose, I lose, and congratulate Robin because he did better than me.
But I go on court trying to play my best tennis and thinking about Roland Garros, not thinking about Robin, Tomas, or another one.
You know, for me, doesn't exist revenge in not one match, and especially we talk about final of Roland Garros.

Q. You have so many strong points to your game. What would you say would be the one or two greatest strengths that you bring to the court?
RAFAEL NADAL: Today?

Q. No, overall.
RAFAEL NADAL: Always?

Q. Yes.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I had always a good forehand, and probably the mobility. Probably the mind was, the character was important to improve and to come back after difficult situations, no?
So I think the important thing is the positive mentality that I have. Sure, all the time I want to be better and I want to improve my tennis. I want to improve my shots. I want to improve my position on court.
So in the end the thing is I think the most important thing for me is always I work a lot to be a better player. I think that's my better shot.

Q. I know you say frequently that every match is important, every tournament is important. But after what happened last year, how much do you strongly desire to get your title back here?
RAFAEL NADAL: You know, I'm very happy today because I was pretty nervous before the tournament. I was nervous during all the tournament, but today was before the match I was a little bit more relaxed because I was already in semifinal, so I did a good tournament.
And after the match is the day that I am more happy, no? Because I am there. I am at the last match. I am what I dreamed it to be long time ago. :awww:
Right now anything can happen. I can lose, yes. But I arrived there. I arrived to the right in the right conditions, physically and mentally.
So that's for me the positive thing. For me, the last year the harder thing wasn't lose. The harder thing was arrive to probably the most important part of the season in my worst conditions possible.
I was always a little bit nervous about being ready to play in this moment that I need to be to be ready to play my best. I did. I am there. I did all well to try to win.
If Robin play better than me and beat me, I had a very good clay court season. That's what I can say.

Q. Do you think that Soderling and Berdych, they are playing different tennis, more flat, less topspin, less slice, hitting the ever hardest? And still they are successful on clay, which wasn't used the way to be before. What do you think about that change in tennis or in clay courts, these kind of results?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no. I no 100% agree on that. If we talk about the clay court season, Berdych or even Robin wasn't the best players during the all clay season. The clay season is not only Roland Garros. We have to talk about Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, Madrid.
I think the court here it probably easier for these kind of players. This year I think the court is more slippery. Is difficult to be strong on the court.
That's very positive thing for these kind of players, because is difficult to move well. And for the players, for the specialists on clay, one of the most important things is the movements.
I think this year the court is slippery than the rest of the years. That's my feeling. For these kind of players, is easier to have winners.

Q. What conditions do you prefer on Sunday? Will it be like today sunny and hot or like a couple days ago when it was raining?
RAFAEL NADAL: Always sun.

Q. Always sun. Can you elaborate on that one, please?
RAFAEL NADAL: Why?

Q. Yeah.
RAFAEL NADAL: First thing because sun is energy (Laughter.)
Second thing, because everything is nicer with the sun than with the rain, wind, these kind of things.
Third point, because with the sun my ball is getting more topspin than with rain and with the other conditions.
So three points that I think.

Q. Just one more thing on Soderling. He takes the ball early; he tries to play flat; he tries to take control of the points. So for you, are the important things to play longer, move him around? Can you just talk about what you have to do to win that match?
RAFAEL NADAL: I have to play well. I have to play well. If I play well, I play long, I play to the side. So I just try to play, play, and play my best tennis. That's what I have to do.
If it's not like this, it will be almost impossible to win over Robin, because he's playing amazing level. He's very aggressive and it's very difficult to stop him.
I know how I have to play to beat him, but I'm not speaking about tactics. I have to play my best tennis, and that's what I gonna try to do.

Q. What about the possibility to become No. 1? Is it as important as to win the tournament, or what about this fact?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is another thing. But believe me, if I win on Sunday, gonna be the last thing that I gonna think. For me, the important thing is the tournament. I always told you before 100 times: For me, to be No. 1 wasn't the main goal for me. The main goal for me is be healthy, try to play healthy as long as I can, and I did this year.
For that reason, because I was healthy and I was ready to play few weeks in a row without problems, practice well, I gonna have my chance to be another time in the top.
But anyway, I'm No. 2. I'm happy where I am. Roland Garros is only one time. No. 1 still there for a few more months.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish, please.

Q. At one stage someone in the crowd collapsed. Was it a problem to you?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, when someone is sick and collapses, well, I'm very emotional, :lol: so it was a bit I was a bit afraid. I was a bit scared because I didn't know what happened.

Q. You were up 5 4, and some people say there is this fear to win with Sampras, with Federer.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I don't know for the others, but for me, yes, it's sometimes true.

Q. After 5 4, there was a reaction from the crowd, and the umpire had to ask the crowd to calm down. Can you comment on that?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, no. I think so far the crowd has been very correct with me. They've been very nice, and I think they come here to have fun, to watch tennis.

Q. Since you won your first Grand Slam to Gustavo Kuerten, :confused: (must just be an error) the other finals were to Roger Federer. In these finals, it was more than just a rivalry between two great players. Do you think you'll have a different psychological approach to playing Soderling?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it's a different final because I'm not playing the No. 1. I would usually play No. 1. It was against Puerta the first time, but I think the approach is just the same.
I think I will be as happy or as disappointed if I lose to Robin or to any other player. I don't think this is going to change the way I'll approach the game, basically.
Obviously playing Roger Federer was something special, because we played many finals together. Well, that made me feel something special.
But this time, this year, we can feel it's going to be slightly different even before the final.

Q. You reached the final without losing one set. What can you say about that?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I think it's because I played my best tennis here in Roland Garros. I think I started off very well. I played longer shots. I was very aggressive on my forehand.
I was very careful playing on both sides, and I think my serve was excellent during all matches. So I'm quite satisfied.
The only negative point that I was leading and I ended up winning the third set 7 6. But these are very tense matches, anyway. We played a lot, and sometimes, I mean, you have to accept that you become nervous.

Q. You've been talking about being nervous over the last days, so is it quite normal to be nervous for these great finals, or is it special for you here?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, Roland Garros, as compared to other tournaments, Roland Garros is a bit special, especially for Spanish players. Obviously when we feel that victory is within reach, obviously we are slightly more nervous.
In the final in Australia we were nervous, too, but we also feel less responsibility as we do here. As I said, I think that was probably my worst day since the beginning of the tournament today, and that had an impact on my game.
I don't exactly understand what was going on, because I had good control over the match. So I don't understand what happened, but, you know, I was nervous at one stage.
The important thing is it's all over now. It's behind me, and I'm ready to play my next match at 100%. I'm very happy, very happy indeed, about my attitude all along the tournament.

Q. If there are any weather changes from now till Sunday, if it starts raining, if it's more humid, is it going to be in favor of Robin? Would you think that the weather is important for the final?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, ask Roger about it. I mean, when the court is humid and wet, the ball doesn't bounce back as high. It's much heavier, so it's more difficult to play.
But we're talking about a final here in Roland Garros. I'm not going to start wondering, My goodness, what's the weather going to be like? :haha: Are we going to have wind or sun?
Whether it's a sunny day or a rainy day, I will play my best tennis whatever the conditions.

Q. What do you fear most in Soderling's game?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, everything. He has a very complete game. It's very difficult to get a move, because his serve is very powerful, both on the first and the second ball. He's very aggressive from the baseline.
Sometimes he will play long, flat shots. So it's very difficult to make him run and move. Wherever he is, he strikes with a very powerful shot. He won easily to me last year. Obviously I was not at my top level last year.
I'll be up to 100% on Sunday, and I'll do my job. But if he wins, I'll congratulate him. You know, in tennis you can win and you can lose. I mean, it's like in all sports. There is a winner; there is a loser. So I'll be one or the other, but I'll take it as it comes.

Q. This year you won everything. Are you the early favorite, or would you share this spot as a favorite?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I think we're both favorites. We both made it to the final, so we both have a chance to win the final.
Of course it's not going to be easy for none of us, but I think it's going to be a tough final. It's going to be the best player win the final, so it's difficult to answer your question.

Q. You always make a very specific analysis of your matches because you see it very clearly. This is what makes a difference between guys like you and Federer and the others. I mean, they have a perfect clear vision of the match right after they walk out of the court.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I don't know, really. I've not spoken to anyone after the match. I mean, that's my vision, but maybe I'm mistaken.

Q. The record, Vilas' record that you beat, it was a nightmare. You always played at night. You had won Soderling. There was a storm and you were playing Soderling. Maybe it wasn't the same Soderling, but anyway, there was just Vilas and his girlfriend left watching you.
RAFAEL NADAL: That was more than a storm. That was almost a hurricane. I can't remember exactly how I played, but I remember it was a very difficult match. I won, but I remember the conditions were horrible. But I can't remember the result. I can't remember the score.
The wind speed was 70 kilometers per hour. It was in 2007, wasn't it? It was yeah, I think it was in 2007. It was after Ferrer in Rome.
I'd lost to Ferrer in Hamburg, so it was in 2007, and it cannot be Soderling. Sorry. I didn't play that many matches on clay. I lost in Valencia in 2005. Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome. What do you think? Do you think that was Soderling? I won 60 matches to Soderling since 2007? Come on.

Q. (Question off microphone.)
RAFAEL NADAL: No, in 2008 I didn't lose to Federer in Hamburg. It was in '07 in the semifinals.

Q. Okay. You must be right, then. Well, apparently there's not much momentum in his game. He strikes here and there, so what can you do to make some time? Do you need to have longer rallies?
RAFAEL NADAL: It's not a matter of momentum. It's because he hits in a very powerful way. It's not serve/volley, but his second serve is 190, 200 kilometers per hour. It's incredible.

Q. So what can you do against this?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you can play long, make him move, make him run, and it's difficult of course. It's going to be difficult. There is always a solution, and I'll have to find it.
So a good serve, I agree with you. A good serve is key. I don't think he'll have many opportunities of winning my serve, but you never know.

Q. This match against Berdych, did you learn something from it?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, obviously it's a totally different style, so I don't think you can compare.
But at one stage Berdych, in the fourth set, was well, it was as if he was winning, and during the fourth set I thought he played extremely well.
Maybe he lacks a bit of experience to be able to and play a final here. You know, sometimes it's ever so close. He was slightly more nervous than Robin, and I think this is what made the difference.
But as I said, the most important thing is to go all the way to our limits, and then you see what happens.

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2010-06-04/201006041275676615699.html

straitup
06-04-2010, 08:56 PM
Q. Since you won your first Grand Slam to Gustavo Kuerten, (must just be an error) the other finals were to Roger Federer. In these finals, it was more than just a rivalry between two great players. Do you think you'll have a different psychological approach to playing Soderling?

:spit:

gaitare
06-04-2010, 09:09 PM
RAFAEL NADAL: 2007? Yes, it matters. (Laughter.)
2007, but after that, no, I didn't have not one problem with him. I think he's doing well, and at the same time he improves his level of tennis. He improve his level of kind of person, no? I think he improve his personality the last year.

:lol: Sweet.

DuMa
06-04-2010, 09:39 PM
I thought that 4-5 game in the 3rd that Melzer broke Nadal at love was hilarious. the Austrian Bug!

and anyone know what happened to that fan in the stands that collapsed? it looked like a heat stroke but its not really that hot out there.

gorgo1986
06-04-2010, 09:54 PM
I thought that 4-5 game in the 3rd that Melzer broke Nadal at love was hilarious. the Austrian Bug!

and anyone know what happened to that fan in the stands that collapsed? it looked like a heat stroke but its not really that hot out there.

Yeah it was pretty humid and stuffy out there. The guy was OK, he was somewhere in his 60's or 70's I believe, they brought him water and escorted him out, I even think he might have come back at some point. I guess he was dehydrated.

JamieOwen3
06-04-2010, 10:37 PM
video from the BBC website (UK ONLY) SO I UPLOADED IT TO YOUTUBE. Nadal vs Melzer

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bayvalle
06-05-2010, 12:45 AM
I believe Djokovic would have been a 'sterner' opponent than Melzer. Speaking of Djoko, the "out" call at 5-4 (with Melzer serving) in the fifth set did Djoko in. Had the call been reversed by the umpire (the ball looked like it hit the line), Djoko would have gone on equalizing the score at 5-5 and probably had won the match. Tough luck.

Mimi
06-05-2010, 02:18 AM
Nadal is good enough for your hero Andy Murray. When Murray is asked who his favorite player to watch is, he says Nadal. I remember in 2005/2006 I a lot of pro tennis players would come watch Nadal on the sidelines because it's amazing what he does on the court.

yeah, Murray has better taste than his fans:devil:

andylovesaustin
06-05-2010, 11:46 AM
In his presser, WTH is Rafa talking about Soda's personality being better than before?

Who the heck cares if Soda says, "Hello" in the locker room?

Rafa is in deep trouble... I'm just saying..

If Soda can intimidate Rafa--not showing him any respect like he did last year, it's all over.

Rafa, Rafa, rafa... He shouldn't even be concerned with Soda's personality.

Oh boy...

And the sun being "energy" or whatever??? And the being "scared" about what was happening in the stands. He looked more annoyed to me. :shrug: Didn't he go up to Melzer, urging him to play-on? That's what I saw.

Rafa is too "sensitive"--or tries to project being too sensitive.

I can't even believe he said he would prefer playing Tomas because he had beaten him 6 times! At least he's honest, I guess, but dang...

Certinfy
06-05-2010, 12:01 PM
I so hope Tomas rips Rafa apart the next time they play!

andylovesaustin
06-05-2010, 12:17 PM
I so hope Tomas rips Rafa apart the next time they play!

Well... be content that Soda said he wanted to play Rafa! :rolls:

heya
06-05-2010, 03:24 PM
Nadal loved to show his compassion for Federer
and yesterday, he worried about a dehydrated middle-aged man who fainted in the heat. Unfortunately, that attitude made him lose his #1 ranking, and gift Federer with easy draws.

Did you expect soon-to-be retired buffoons like Monfils & Roddick would care to beat Federer?:o:devil:
Last year, Roddick twittered about how similar he was to
Federer. So, he said he wished so much to see Federer win the
French Open. Funny how Roddick said nothing today.

fran70
06-05-2010, 07:31 PM
I couldn`t watch the match but this is great to see Rafa back in a French Open final . I hope he can take the title tomorrow. Good luck :yeah:

andylovesaustin
06-06-2010, 12:33 AM
Nadal loved to show his compassion for Federer
and yesterday, he worried about a dehydrated middle-aged man who fainted in the heat. Unfortunately, that attitude made him lose his #1 ranking, and gift Federer with easy draws.

Did you expect soon-to-be retired buffoons like Monfils & Roddick would care to beat Federer?:o:devil:
Last year, Roddick twittered about how similar he was to
Federer. So, he said he wished so much to see Federer win the
French Open. Funny how Roddick said nothing today.

Johnny Mac sort of "got-after" Andy Roddick during the Melzer match. :rolls:

He said Roddick may have missed his opportunity since people like Melzer, Berdech and Sodapop made it to the final.

He said something like.. Soda is playing clay-court tennis 2010.

Of course he also said Guga's brother was "mentally retarded," not only inaccurate but not even pc..or the most diplomatic/sensitive thing to say. :rolleyes::mad:

So I guess we have to take Johnny Mac with a grain of salt, but I'm glad he sort of called-out Andy! :rocker2: