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Cinci 3rd: A very lucky Rafa gets past Bennetau 57 76 62

peribsen
08-19-2010, 09:59 PM
The Frenchman double faulted his way to disaster.

Shirogane
08-19-2010, 09:59 PM
Julien played the better tennis for two sets, but failed to make it count in the end.

Lurker011
08-19-2010, 09:59 PM
weird match!

MalwareDie
08-19-2010, 10:00 PM
Awful. 11 breaks of serve.

peribsen
08-19-2010, 10:00 PM
Bennetau deserved this win. Rafa has a long way to go, best part is he'll live to play again.

dombrfc
08-19-2010, 10:01 PM
The Frenchman double faulted his way to disaster.

That and playing the third set on one leg.

ORGASMATRON
08-19-2010, 10:01 PM
what luck? benneteau was always gonna choke.

Sapeod
08-19-2010, 10:02 PM
Title should be "Nadal manages to beat one leggend cripple in 3 set disaster".

scoobs
08-19-2010, 10:02 PM
Rafa's stamina and fitness saw him through - well, he probably would have won that third set without the Benneteau cramping but it would have been tougher.

Julien had his chance, had a MP in the tiebreak, couldn't quite get it done and a poor point to hand the set to Nadal, and that was pretty much that.

Shirogane
08-19-2010, 10:02 PM
That and playing the third set on one leg.

The third set isn't even worth mentioning.

River
08-19-2010, 10:02 PM
Damn. Julien looked like he was gonna cry for all the effort he did. I think he'd sacrifice an arm for this win.

Sapeod
08-19-2010, 10:03 PM
what luck? benneteau was always gonna choke.
I'm pretty sure cramping isn't considered as choking.

ApproachShot
08-19-2010, 10:03 PM
Agree, but once the match went to the third set the result was never in doubt. The worrying thing for Rafa is that Benneteau was only a point away from taking this in straight sets but as long as he keeps coming through matches like these I'll always rate his chances of going deep on hard courts. In the end it was Rafa's physical and mental strengh that brought him home but the opponents aren't going to get any easier.

Voo de Mar
08-19-2010, 10:03 PM
Poor Benneteau. I thought he would lose 2-6 4-6. It would be better for him than this.

I have to finally ask you: do you agree with me that Benneteau has exceptionally long hands? I know him for many years and I've been wondering many times whether his body build is proportional...

River
08-19-2010, 10:03 PM
That tiebreak is going to haunt him for sure.

Guy Haines
08-19-2010, 10:03 PM
Let the Tantrums Commence

Benneteau and Nadal HILARIOUS Match -- Cincinnati 2010.

This was kind of like Nadal's win over Nalbandian at Indian Wells last year, except: A) it sucked; B) there's no Tzar around to bring the right kind of comedy to the Nadal hating.

Curious to see if Rafa remembers how to hit through his backhand against Baghdatis. If he doesn't, Marcos won't be able to choke away a win.

Puschkin
08-19-2010, 10:03 PM
It was not lucky, but it was far from convincing.

Ozone
08-19-2010, 10:04 PM
Respect to Benneteau for competing the match. I dont think this win was that lucky. Rafa fought off mp. Shame on him for that knee thing. Hard to believe it was really bothering him..:rolleyes:

The Magician
08-19-2010, 10:04 PM
Nadull is truly an embarrassment. Benny playing by the rules and trying to call the trainer for a cramp he could barely move with and getting denied, while Nadull takes a trainer timeout for even more time for "blisters" :haha: Not even the worst aspects of this mugfest from piggy but I expressed most of those thoughts in the livescore thread.

Baghdatis better win tomorrow for tennis :(

Ozone
08-19-2010, 10:05 PM
Shame on Rafa for pulling that knee timeout crap. It would be hard to believe if it was actually bothering him:rolleyes: Respect to Benne for not retiring.

djb84xi
08-19-2010, 10:05 PM
I give credit to Benneteau for competing well, but he just couldn't hang in there unfortunately. It would've been highly embarrasing for Rafa if he had lost his match. Fortunately, he found his game just in time to wear down Julien. The final set looked much better in terms of quality for Rafa. Hopefully he can put together a more complete match against Baghdatis.

Roddickominator
08-19-2010, 10:06 PM
Nadal played poorly while Benneteau was playing above his level for a set and a half. He got tired and started cramping and it was over from there.

TennisOnWood
08-19-2010, 10:06 PM
Bloody hell.. he needed a lot of energy for this win

Since start of 2007. Rafa played in 34 consecutive Masters 1000 events and made outstanding 32 1/4's.. he is on 21 consecutive

The Magician
08-19-2010, 10:07 PM
Respect to Benneteau for competing the match. I dont think this win was that lucky. Rafa fought off mp. Shame on him for that knee thing. Hard to believe it was really bothering him..:rolleyes:

"fought off" :lol: More like sliced the ball down the middle of the court praying to Uncle Tony Benny would miss, and he did. Story of Nadull's career really...

dombrfc
08-19-2010, 10:07 PM
Most important thing from this match:

The respect owed to Julien Benneteau for completing the match. He, to all intents and purposes, being on one leg in the final set.

Hats off.

Everko
08-19-2010, 10:07 PM
Nadull is truly an embarrassment. Benny playing by the rules and trying to call the trainer for a cramp he could barely move with and getting denied, while Nadull takes a trainer timeout for even more time for "blisters" :haha: Not even the worst aspects of this mugfest from piggy but I expressed most of those thoughts in the livescore thread.

Baghdatis better win tomorrow for tennis :(

disgraceful comment from a disgraceful poster.

straitup
08-19-2010, 10:08 PM
The Frenchman double faulted his way to disaster.

The double faults were big but not the reason he lost nor did he double fault much in tight situations.

Poor match quality-wise, Benneteau was outplaying Rafa the first 2 sets with good backhands and forays to the net. Serving was an adventure for him, quite a few aces and Rafa wasn't returning well. He had a MP but Nadal played a great point to save it. Started cramping in the third set but admirably finished it off.

Nadal was rusty and doesn't look much different from past years on the hard courts. He's still so physically demanding to play against even if he's playing well, hence the reason Benneteau cramped at the end of the 2nd set.

Can't wait to see the responses in this thread :o

Shirogane
08-19-2010, 10:08 PM
Uncle Tony Benny

:lol:

straitup
08-19-2010, 10:08 PM
"fought off" :lol: More like sliced the ball down the middle of the court praying to Uncle Tony Benny would miss, and he did. Story of Nadull's career really...

No he didn't, he hit aggressive backhands deep to Benneteau's backhand on MP

The Magician
08-19-2010, 10:08 PM
Most important thing from this match:

The respect owed to Julien Benneteau for completing the match. He, to all intents and purposes, being on one leg in the final set.

Hats off.
+1
disgraceful comment from a disgraceful poster.
hey I noticed you have a new clown prediction in your sig :o that's much safer than the last one, but it'll still probably be wrong :wavey:

scoobs
08-19-2010, 10:09 PM
Can you at least put the score in the title please?

Tournament and Round wouldn't hurt either.

dombrfc
08-19-2010, 10:10 PM
hey I noticed you have a new clown prediction in your sig :o that's much safer than the last one, but it'll still probably be wrong :wavey:

That would amuse me to no end.

The Magician
08-19-2010, 10:10 PM
No he didn't, he hit aggressive backhands deep to Benneteau's backhand on MP

Sorry you're right I was thinking of the set point :angel: Still doesn't change my point about Rafa's awful play he got away with.

Ben.
08-19-2010, 10:10 PM
Nadull is truly an embarrassment. Benny playing by the rules and trying to call the trainer for a cramp he could barely move with and getting denied, while Nadull takes a trainer timeout for even more time for "blisters" :haha: Not even the worst aspects of this mugfest from piggy but I expressed most of those thoughts in the livescore thread.

Baghdatis better win tomorrow for tennis :(

Stay strong buddy. Don't get too far down in the dumps about this, and remember self harm achieves nothing.

peribsen
08-19-2010, 10:12 PM
Nadull is truly an embarrassment. Benny playing by the rules and trying to call the trainer for a cramp he could barely move with and getting denied, while Nadull takes a trainer timeout for even more time for "blisters" :haha: Not even the worst aspects of this mugfest from piggy but I expressed most of those thoughts in the livescore thread.

Baghdatis better win tomorrow for tennis :(

Crap post full of hate and disregard for one of tennis greats. Expected.

olli2011
08-19-2010, 10:13 PM
typical nadal and his luck, totally undeserved win for nadal, sorry benny

ORGASMATRON
08-19-2010, 10:14 PM
parera needs to step it up if he wants to win the open. this kind of form wont suffice.

ossie
08-19-2010, 10:14 PM
good match from benneteau, rafa was horrible

peribsen
08-19-2010, 10:14 PM
Can you at least put the score in the title please?

Tournament and Round wouldn't hurt either.

Sorry Scoobs, you are right, but I don't know how to edit the thread title.

Blackbriar
08-19-2010, 10:14 PM
Julien was cramping badly at the end, he was nothing more than a zombie....

scoobs
08-19-2010, 10:15 PM
Sorry Scoobs, you are right, but I don't know how to edit the thread title.
Edit in first post, or in the GM list thread, double click in the box where the thread title is (but not on the link itself) and it will let you edit the title.

RedFury
08-19-2010, 10:15 PM
Nadal played poorly while Benneteau was playing above his level for a set and a half. He got tired and started cramping and it was over from there.

Agreed. That's about the size of it. Want to beat Rafa? You have to fight through blood, sweat, tears and cramps.

Le sorry.

moon language
08-19-2010, 10:15 PM
Way too many errors from Nadal. He needs to tighten it up. I think Marcos will beat him if he doesn't play better.

Ozone
08-19-2010, 10:15 PM
disgraceful comment from a disgraceful poster.
You have to admit Rafa's "medical timeout" was pretty lame and low of him.

Rafa on hard courts:o Notta chance he will have a good USO

Guy Haines
08-19-2010, 10:17 PM
I'm pretty sure cramping isn't considered as choking.

Cramping definitely has a psychological component.

Benneteau was probably so far gone into his own head -- all those DFs -- that he neglected his body.

A good example would be Azarenka vs. Serena at the Australian in 09, except she was executing better than Benneteau before she started showing signs of heat sickness.

The Magician
08-19-2010, 10:17 PM
Shame on Rafa for pulling that knee timeout crap. It would be hard to believe if it was actually bothering him:rolleyes: Respect to Benne for not retiring.

Rafa is the pig who cried wolf :lol:

peribsen
08-19-2010, 10:17 PM
Edit in first post, or in the GM list thread, double click in the box where the thread title is (but not on the link itself) and it will let you edit the title.

Mission accomplished! Title corrected.

scoobs
08-19-2010, 10:17 PM
Mission accomplished! Title corrected.
thanks ;)

ApproachShot
08-19-2010, 10:18 PM
Poor Benneteau. I thought he would lose 2-6 4-6. It would be better for him than this.

I have to finally ask you: do you agree with me that Benneteau has exceptionally long hands? I know him for many years and I've been wondering many times whether his body build is proportional...

This is going to be a tough one for Julien to get over. The worst part of it is that when he was cramping in the third set, the inevitable thought must have passed through his head: "what if I had converted MP?"

It had never really occurred to me but now that you mention it, I think you might have a point.

The Magician
08-19-2010, 10:19 PM
You have to admit Rafa's "medical timeout" was pretty lame and low of him.

Rafa on hard courts:o Notta chance he will have a good USO

Everko admitting anything reasonable about his male idol Nadal :haha:

Yeah I'm pretty confident Nadal will get no where near the SF of the USO this year :wavey:

samanosuke
08-19-2010, 10:19 PM
Nadal has to call a trainer to insure himself of possible upset

Ben.
08-19-2010, 10:20 PM
Shame on Rafa for pulling that knee timeout crap. It would be hard to believe if it was actually bothering him:rolleyes: Respect to Benne for not retiring.

Was blisters on his foot.

Everko
08-19-2010, 10:21 PM
Everko admitting anything reasonable about his male idol Nadal :haha:

Yeah I'm pretty confident Nadal will get no where near the SF of the USO this year :wavey:

you want him to play with a painful blister on his foot the whole match?

I am the biased one? nadal blows his nose in a tissue and he is a disgrace to you

Ozone
08-19-2010, 10:22 PM
Everko admitting anything reasonable about his male idol Nadal :haha:

Yeah I'm pretty confident Nadal will get no where near the SF of the USO this year :wavey:
I cant really say that he definitely wont have a good tourney. Cilic, Roddick, Verdasco, Davvydenko those guys right now are :o.

moon language
08-19-2010, 10:22 PM
You have to admit Rafa's "medical timeout" was pretty lame and low of him.

Rafa on hard courts:o Notta chance he will have a good USO

Wasn't Benneteau was getting treatment at the same time? I could be wrong, I wasn't watching that closely at that point.

Ozone
08-19-2010, 10:23 PM
you want him to play with a painful blister on his foot the whole match?

I am the biased one? nadal blows his nose in a tissue and he is a disgrace to you
You really believe he had a blister? It's fine with me, just kind of hard to believe.

Everko
08-19-2010, 10:24 PM
Wasn't Benneteau was getting treatment at the same time? I could be wrong, I wasn't watching that closely at that point.

yes he was

Ozone
08-19-2010, 10:24 PM
Wasn't Benneteau was getting treatment at the same time? I could be wrong, I wasn't watching that closely at that point.
Camelteau was in the lead and cramping up. But Rafa taking a random timeout for the first time since AO probably when he's losing is :scratch:

Guy Haines
08-19-2010, 10:24 PM
Re; the timeout in the second set, it was so short that it scarcely impacted the changeover. But of such molehills great mountains are made in Nadal-hating land.

If anything Benneteau was playing more slowly and deliberately than usual from the first point, maybe to try and get into Nadal's head. But he wound up in his own.

Serenidad
08-19-2010, 10:25 PM
Indeed Nadal #1 favorite for the title in New York. Struggling with Benneteau has confirmed his status as the man to beat.

Guy Haines
08-19-2010, 10:25 PM
You really believe he had a blister? It's fine with me, just kind of hard to believe.

There was gross footage of it.

moon language
08-19-2010, 10:26 PM
Camelteau was in the lead and cramping up. But Rafa taking a random timeout for the first time since AO probably when he's losing is :scratch:

I thought Benneteau called for the trainer first, and then Rafa got his feet taped at the same time.

TennisOnWood
08-19-2010, 10:26 PM
Was blisters on his foot.

You can't convince them in that

moon language
08-19-2010, 10:26 PM
There was gross footage of it.

Indeed. Rafa could use a pedicure.

Ozone
08-19-2010, 10:26 PM
There was gross footage of it.
I thought it was for his knee at first

peribsen
08-19-2010, 10:27 PM
Camelteau was in the lead and cramping up. But Rafa taking a random timeout for the first time since AO probably when he's losing is :scratch:

He took a timeout against Petzschner (spelling?) in 3Rd Wimbledon.

Ozone
08-19-2010, 10:27 PM
Indeed Nadal #1 favorite for the title in New York. Struggling with Benneteau has confirmed his status as the man to beat.
:lol:

Ozone
08-19-2010, 10:28 PM
He took a timeout against Petzschner (spelling?) in 3Rd Wimbledon.
I wasnt sure. He was in trouble in that match too though....

The Magician
08-19-2010, 10:28 PM
I cant really say that he definitely wont have a good tourney. Cilic, Roddick, Verdasco, Davvydenko those guys right now are :o.

That's true, anyone near the top of the game this year has been :o especially the breakthroughs from last year. USO is just going to be a WTAish mess :sad: Hopefully next year everyone gets their act together and 2009 is seen as a transitional year.

Guy Haines
08-19-2010, 10:31 PM
I thought it was for his knee at first

I think (don't know) the timeout in the second set mentioned the knee -- it didn't really impact the changeover. I didn't see it, it went by so quickly, and then everyone in live scoring started the knee talk.

You were talking about the blisters tho, and he did indeed have some.

Toaderling
08-19-2010, 10:32 PM
Is anyone surprised that Nadal bullshitted his way past a decent player? Outside of clay, that's pretty much all he can do. :lol:

The Magician
08-19-2010, 10:32 PM
Nadal got up after Benny and made him wait after the timeout. It's obvious that was the purpose, because Nadal has to come out of the locker room after his opponent, make his opponent wait on serve and return, make his opponent wait on challenges, basically bend the rules to play the game at his pace. It's nothing new, it's just annoying Nadal abuses the injury timeout rules which exist for the players and could actually cause harm to someone. Getting rid of the cramp timeout rule is a direct result of Nadal's and Djokovic's actions, hopefully that abuse doesn't cause someone honest like Benny to get seriously hurt on court.

Arkulari
08-19-2010, 10:33 PM
NID, this kind of players will always end up losing to Rafa :lol:

Everko
08-19-2010, 10:33 PM
Is anyone surprised that Nadal bullshitted his way past a decent player? Outside of clay, that's pretty much all he can do. :lol:

8 slam champion "bullshitting" his way past an also-ran. You can't make this stuff up

Guy Haines
08-19-2010, 10:37 PM
I wasnt sure. He was in trouble in that match too though....

Peribsen spelled the Maestro's name right, and in that match the timeout deserved controversy, in more ways than any hater or tard knows. Today, meh.

Today Roig just sat there haplessly.

Guy Haines
08-19-2010, 10:39 PM
Nadal got up after Benny and made him wait after the timeout. It's obvious that was the purpose, because Nadal has to come out of the locker room after his opponent, make his opponent wait on serve and return, make his opponent wait on challenges, basically bend the rules to play the game at his pace. It's nothing new, it's just annoying Nadal abuses the injury timeout rules which exist for the players and could actually cause harm to someone. Getting rid of the cramp timeout rule is a direct result of Nadal's and Djokovic's actions, hopefully that abuse doesn't cause someone honest like Benny to get seriously hurt on court.

The Perils of Pauline, I mean Julien.

ORGASMATRON
08-19-2010, 10:43 PM
major threat at the USO this nadal is.

peribsen
08-19-2010, 10:44 PM
Is anyone surprised that Nadal bullshitted his way past a decent player? Outside of clay, that's pretty much all he can do. :lol:

You've been following grass these last 5 years?

Sapeod
08-19-2010, 10:44 PM
Disgraceful act by Nadal, taking a fake time out when Benneteau was cramping and limping in front of him.
What a dick :o

peribsen
08-19-2010, 10:48 PM
Disgraceful act by Nadal, taking a fake time out when Benneteau was cramping and limping in front of him.
What a dick :o

Don't you ever get bored of your own bigotry?

Everko
08-19-2010, 10:48 PM
Disgraceful act by Nadal, taking a fake time out when Benneteau was cramping and limping in front of him.
What a dick :o

Dr.Ditherless must be correct:rolleyes:

thedesertsun
08-19-2010, 10:55 PM
Smashed two aces in a row on Nadal's side of the court at *4-5 in the breaker, but then failed to convert MP. Shame.

Nadals slice was awful today. Each time a couple of metre high... :lol:

KarlyM
08-19-2010, 10:56 PM
I feel bad for Benny - he was so close. :awww:

Helevorn
08-19-2010, 10:59 PM
nadal's been lucky, nothing more to add

say bye bye to US Open SF

born_on_clay
08-19-2010, 11:21 PM
a win is a win :shrug:

good luck against Marcos though

Persimmon
08-19-2010, 11:26 PM
Nadal needs a new coach. One that can teach him how to play HC tennis.:o


major threat at the USO this nadal is.

Nadal will lose early at the USO. R16 or QF at best.

straitup
08-19-2010, 11:33 PM
Regarding the injury, the ESPN commentators (obviously take them with a grain of salt) said that Nadal asked for the trainer in the second set and all they had was a conversation about the right knee. Then after the second set ended, Nadal got the blister wrapped and Benneteau got the treatment

peribsen
08-19-2010, 11:34 PM
Nadal needs a new coach. One that can teach him how to play HC tennis.:o
Nadal will lose early at the USO. R16 or QF at best.

Perhaps, wouldn't really surprise me. Trouble is people have been discarding him too soon soooo often...

Ozone
08-19-2010, 11:39 PM
Yeah I heard Rafa talking about his knee.

................

straitup
08-19-2010, 11:41 PM
They were saying it was just a conversation which I found weird but whatever, it didn't take extra time after the changeover I'm pretty sure

Henry Chinaski
08-19-2010, 11:45 PM
I've been saying it for years; Benne's fitness is a joke.

Clara Bow
08-20-2010, 04:13 AM
Rafa's presser. Thinks that Julien was destroyed physically in the third set and that was the big difference but has praise for Julien's play. Also says his ROS was not good and that he has been (too?) afraid to use his backhand and should not use his bh slice so much. More candid than normal from him.

Q. What happened in the third set where you broke him three times? Was he doing anything different? Seemed lie it was easier to break him in the third set.
RAFAEL NADAL: In the third? Well, he was I think destroyed physically. Yeah, he was very tired. Yeah, with the serve he slow down a lot his power. So was I think was more physical than another thing.

Q. Julien said that the key to his success in the first two sets is his return. Sometimes even to your first serve. Do you feel so? Do you try to adjust?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think he played great; he played very good tennis. Especially in the beginning I wasn’t play bad. I was playing sure not perfect, but well. He was playing really well, very aggressive, very good shots from his backhand, even if he arrive in not very good position.
So, yeah, his serve works very well. So was a very difficult match, I think.

Q. When you were younger, did you practice a lot on faster surfaces, maybe more so than maybe your peers?
RAFAEL NADAL: For me it’s not a very big problem playing fast are surfaces, no?
(From translation.) No, I practiced more on little bit slower courts.

Q. It seems that you brought at least the best point down – the match point at thevery end of the tiebreak, seemed like you really started to get the intensity, the focus, and the hitting was also at the best. What do you think about that?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, well, for me the match was good, especially in the first set. In the 5-All, I played a terrible game, few mistakes with the forehand. But at this point, the ten first games of the match for me was very good level from both of us. So after that the match was a little bit more up and down. I had terrible game in that moment. In the 6-5 I had very good chance to break back.
And in the beginning of the second, I did a disaster, because I was 2-0 with break. He give my his game because he did three double faults, and I played another time very bad next three games.
So I was 3-2 down with a break for him, so I was at the limit in that point, yeah. (Smiling.) I was very close to lose in that moment. I was lucky I played a few good points; he had few mistakes; I came back.
But the tiebreak, I didn’t play bad in the tiebreak. I played well. I think he played well, too, with two very important aces for him, 5-4. I hit a very bad forehand with the 5-3 to go to 6-3 and was the set and almost the match, but I missed that shot to the net.
After, he played two aces, and after I played very good. The match point I played two very good forehands, and in the 6-All I play very good serve and forehand winner.

Q. Do you think that moment though that your game maybe turned right there?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. No, I think my game was on and off for moments. No, no. I think the forehand worked very well for a moments, and for a moment I had two mistakes in a row. So that’s my serve. I am happy.
I lost my serve few times, but I think the movements I felt much better today than the rest of the days on the movement, more comfortable with the my serve.
The only thing the backhand.
Q. You have a really dominating record against Marcos. You’ve never lost to him in six previous matches. Why do you think your game matches up so well with him?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t know. I don’t know. We had very tough matches in this the past, too. Sometimes win or lose depends on a few things. It’s not depends on a game, sometimes depends on few points.

Q. Do you think there’s anything that have to do specifically well against him tomorrow?
RAFAEL NADAL: I didn’t see him playing, but to beat against Berdych he must be playing really well. I have to play aggressive, I have to serve well, and return better than today, because today my return was, no comments.
And that’s it. Just wait that he doesn’t have his inspiration there, and just try to play my best tennis.

Q. Quite a few players have pulled out of games or have not been able to finish games or are getting blisters or hurt or are complaining about being tired. What do you think is going on? Is particularly difficult here, or it’s just coming after one week’s action?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, the hot here is important. It’s not easy to play here. Yeah, the season is long.

Q. How are you feeling yourself going through three sets?
RAFAEL NADAL: I feel good. Physically it’s no problem.

Q. You mentioned that you’re gonna have to be a little bit more aggressive against Baghdatis. Do you feel that…
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I didn’t say that. I said I have to play, no more aggressive. I think I played aggressive, but the ball sometimes wasn’t inside the court when aggressive I played.

Q. I guess what I meant to say is do you feel you played aggressive enough? Or looking back maybe in the first couple sets, do you think you wanted to play more aggressive but necessarily you didn’t?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, the thing is not to play more aggressive. I played aggressive. The thing is I don’t have to slice my backhand like I am doing. Seems I am a little bit afraid to hit the ball with the backhand. The feeling I know is not the best for me now with the backhand.
But anyway, I have to hit if I really want to have chances to keep winning. It’s gonna be impossible keep winning here, and for sure for the US Open gonna be impossible. I have to do it, and I gonna do it. I am sure.
The court here doesn’t help me for get the right feeling to do this, because I don’t have a lot of time and the bounces is low. But I have a good backhand. Not now, but I gonna do it. I am sure.

Q. Fans are really hoping to see a Rafa/Roger semifinal. Do you miss playing Roger? You’ve only played him three times in the last two years.
RAFAEL NADAL: That’s a lot. (Smiling.) I don’t know. No, I don’t miss play against Roger, no? For sure always is a pleasure play against him, especially because if we play each other always we play for very important things.
So always was a pleasure play against him, but I am not thinking about play against him. I’m thinking play against Baghdatis now.

Q. Coming back to Julien Benneteau, he’s only 32 in the ranking. Were you surprised by his level of play today?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think he improved a lot his level last couple of years. He keep improving every year. And for sure if he playing like this, he gonna have good chances to keep improving on the ranking. His level is high.
The thing is play at this level a lot of times. You know, to be in the top of the ranking and to be top 20 or something like this, the players that are in that position is because they can play good a lot of times.
So for sure Julien can play at very good level. You can see. I am sure if he continues like this, gonna have very good chance to be higher in the ranking, no? Thing is play like this a lot of times.

n8
08-20-2010, 05:17 AM
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Ten minutes of highlights but no match point for Benneteau?

Johnny Groove
08-20-2010, 05:37 AM
Sometimes, you just gotta fight for the win.

Roddickominator
08-20-2010, 05:49 AM
Rafa is right in his presser....his slice really isn't a good play. He gets away with it on grass, but on hardcourts it always feels like he'd be better off hitting over the ball or taking it early and flattening it out.

Priam
08-20-2010, 06:23 AM
His loopy slice is just waiting to be smacked by someone. No confidence in his backhand atm.

madmax
08-20-2010, 06:23 AM
too good this World Nr.1:bowdown: Scraping an amazing win against that monster Cameltoe - no denying of him in Flushing Meadows...

Toaderling
08-20-2010, 06:36 AM
You posters are a joke. Nadal is like Wozniacki of the ATP :lol:

bokehlicious
08-20-2010, 06:37 AM
I think it's safe to say that USO is a lock for Rafa :yeah:

sabina_RF_lee
08-20-2010, 06:59 AM
I wonder why no one says to Rafa that cheating isnt good. He always call a trainer when starts to lose, and forgets bout that when starts to win, its so weird :o Very bad match more likely WTA match, perfomance of two ladies

christallh24
08-20-2010, 07:07 AM
You posters are a joke. Nadal is like Wozniacki of the ATP :lol:

:scratch:She's won 8 majors and 18 masters 1000's?

I think it's safe to say that USO is a lock for Rafa :yeah:

I couldn't agree more :yeah:

Well, at least Rafa spent nearly three hours on court lucking/(playing) into his win. :p

Navratil
08-20-2010, 07:35 AM
Julien already had his chances against the world # 2 Djokovic last week and now he wasted two match points against the world # 1. That's a tough pill to swallow...

paseo
08-20-2010, 07:40 AM
Haha.. I knew it.

Next.

sabina_RF_lee
08-20-2010, 07:46 AM
She's won 8 majors and 18 masters 1000's?


:haha: :haha: :haha:

FormerRafaFan
08-20-2010, 08:17 AM
You have to admit Rafa's "medical timeout" was pretty lame and low of him.

How do you know that Rafa was faking? Can you feel his knees? My guess is no, so why don't you just STFU.

This is normal for Rafa, he does it as a PREVENTION thing. He takes a time out if he feels something in the knees. It can just be a minor thing, but he still takes a time out. Try living with a cronic condition yourself as a professional athlete, and lets see how well you would cope with it!

Castafiore
08-20-2010, 08:28 AM
The time-out was not for his knees but for blisters (of which we could see a close-up so it was hardly an invented issue) and it was a quick intervention while Benneteau was also receiving treatment.

green25814
08-20-2010, 09:56 AM
Bennetau should've won this, I feel sorry for him.

gulzhan
08-20-2010, 10:09 AM
Nadal needs a new coach. One that can teach him how to play HC tennis.:o


Why? He is No. 1 and that's enough. Let other players win the Hc tournaments, it's better for tennis, no?

The time-out was not for his knees but for blisters (of which we could see a close-up so it was hardly an invented issue) and it was a quick intervention while Benneteau was also receiving treatment.

This. Now can the haters please shut up about the medical time-out?

delpiero7
08-20-2010, 10:21 AM
too good this World Nr.1:bowdown: Scraping an amazing win against that monster Cameltoe - no denying of him in Flushing Meadows...

I agree, too good. Much better than the former number 1, who I recall lost to Benneteau at the back end of last year.

latso
08-20-2010, 10:30 AM
Rafa champions' display - awful tennis, but still a win.

I expect him to do much better in next round. Such wins give you wings normally.

Julien - even if u didn't know, u could tell he's French in third set :rolleyes:

When u think that he almost double baggeled the matador back in the days when carpet was still a tennis surface... :(

latso
08-20-2010, 10:31 AM
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Ten minutes of highlights but no match point for Benneteau?
It was 7-5 6-6 and (6-5*)

Rafa had an easy rallie at this point.

toby1526
08-20-2010, 11:14 AM
Goes to show that Rafa is the true number 1, winning when he's playing rubbish. Just the though of beating Nadal, ruined Benneteau! Rafa for the US Open.

Matt01
08-20-2010, 12:53 PM
Rafa :yeah:

straitup
08-20-2010, 03:06 PM
It was 7-5 6-6 and (6-5*)

Rafa had an easy rallie at this point.

It was a pretty confident rally because he had missed lots of forehands...he did the typical play he does against Federer of hitting deep shots to Benneteau's backhand before Julien missed a slice that he was trying to get back in play.

ORGASMATRON
08-20-2010, 03:08 PM
this nadal is a massive threat at the USO.

Sapeod
08-20-2010, 04:19 PM
Don't you ever get bored of your own bigotry?
No, I don't.
I actually find it amusing when I make you guys so angry with my relatively harmless posts.
Dr.Ditherless must be correct:rolleyes:
Of course I'm correct.
Sometimes, you just gotta fight for the win.
Murray will know this better than anyone else, except for Isner.
How do you know that Rafa was faking? Can you feel his knees? My guess is no, so why don't you just STFU.
How do you know Rafa wasn't faking? Can you feel his knees? My guess is no, so calm down, get a grip and enjoy Nadal's wins while they last.

peribsen
08-20-2010, 08:27 PM
I actually find it amusing when I make you guys so angry with my relatively harmless posts.

Angry? Embarrased would be more to the point. And who are 'you guys'? I'm an individual, not a group.
Please grow up. For your own good, not that I really care.

brent-o
08-20-2010, 08:38 PM
How is Nadal's movement looking, anyone who's seen the match?

Topspin Forehand
08-20-2010, 10:42 PM
How is Nadal's movement looking, anyone who's seen the match?
Not as good as on clay and grass. Considerable difference when watching him stretching out for a wide shot on a hardcourt.

Matt01
08-20-2010, 11:27 PM
Please grow up. For your own good, not that I really care.


Give him some time. He's 16 or something...:tape:

careergrandslam
08-20-2010, 11:33 PM
Give him some time. He's 16 or something...:tape:

lol

true true

peribsen
08-21-2010, 01:21 AM
Give him some time. He's 16 or something...:tape:

Wasn't aware he was still a kid (hehe, sure he'll hate me for saying so...), thankyou for pointing it out.

That changes things. I'll get to appreciate his combativity.