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Wimbledon R1: Nadal (1) def. Russell 6-4 6-2 6-2

GSMnadal
06-20-2011, 02:12 PM
Vamos Rafa!

Good start to his title defense! :cheerleader:

Began a bit wobbly, went 2-4 down in the first set, only to win the next six games. He found his rhythm after the first set, and looked pretty impressive to me. His forehand was devastating at times, you can see how much confidence the French Open has given him. The biggest difference between RG and now to me, is his inside out forehand and the DTL one, they were working beautifully.

Showed great touch at the net, wouldn't mind seeing him come in a bit more often after his topspin forehand to the backhand side. And he played with a bit more variety than usual, hitting a lot of slices, serving quite a few times to the forehand side as well. Second serve was pretty poor, just rolled it in, don't know if he did that because there was no need to put more on it.

Very pleased to say the least, even though the beginning of the first set had me worried for a while.

Before I get overly excited, it was only Russell ofcourse, he just has no real weapons to do damage. Loved the two diving volleys in a row from him, and even one on the baseline in another rally :lol: Nice little showman.

Speed of Light
06-20-2011, 02:13 PM
If this is what a rusty Rafa can do in the first round of the tournament..... I wonder what a fit and well-adjusted Rafa will do later on in the tournament when he is usually at his best... Really bad omen for his opponents.

TennisOnWood
06-20-2011, 02:14 PM
Wimbledon win number 30 for Rafa :)

Pirata.
06-20-2011, 02:15 PM
careergrandslam thought Rafa would be challenged by this guy :haha:

misty1
06-20-2011, 02:16 PM
i don't like him but a raffa who lacks confidence is really depressing for some reason

good to see him playing well again

FerrerAndNadal
06-20-2011, 02:16 PM
Good start. Shaky first set but after that a well handled match. Good experience for the veteran Russell. 35/14 UE is a great ratio. The forehand was really really working today. Vamos Rafa. Good Luck against either Sweeting or Andujar (again). Sweeting second round AO, Andujar second round FO?!?!?!?!

luv_Nadals_balls
06-20-2011, 02:17 PM
Good match from Nadal. A few nice winners here and there. His big Ass is also looking quite lovely and fluffy in the white Wimbledon shorts. Probably the best its looked this year so far.

rafa_maniac
06-20-2011, 02:18 PM
I agree the French did wonders for his confidence and he loves being back at Wimbledon. He looked a world away today from what he did at Queens (except for those first 6 games, but I'll cut him some slack in round 1). Nice fight from Russell.

Aenea
06-20-2011, 02:19 PM
I am pleased Rafa started this tournament much better than FO. Was worried a bit about his confidence and mood he was in entering Wimbledon.
Good luck next round, Rafa! :)

Sunset of Age
06-20-2011, 02:19 PM
Decent performance from Rafa after a shaky start of the match - merely a hiccup though.
Russell was enjoying his first - and most probably last - appearance at the center court, nice to see.

n3gative
06-20-2011, 02:20 PM
Russell was having a lot of fun out there, the double dive point was great.

Routine win for Rafa

BULLZ1LLA
06-20-2011, 02:21 PM
(There is no doubt that Rafa's only weakness is he's a poor starter, often gets down a break in 1st set. Imagine if he changed that and became a fast starter. His record says he's only ever lost one match [it was vs Ferrer] in his slam career after winning the 1st set!)

bokehlicious
06-20-2011, 02:21 PM
Such a tough draw for Rafito, the raftards were spot on :unsure:

BULLZ1LLA
06-20-2011, 02:23 PM
(This is the most relaxed I've ever seen Uncle Toni [or equal-most relaxed], bad signs for Rafa's rivals)

Action Jackson
06-20-2011, 02:23 PM
Russell was unlucky, good to see him saying thank you to the ballkids.

straitup
06-20-2011, 02:27 PM
Nadal looked good from what I saw...Russell was never going to challenge him but he had a ball out there and is always fun to watch.

The double dive point made me laugh :lol:

BULLZ1LLA
06-20-2011, 02:36 PM
(Rafa's 1st serve looks awesome on grass, but 2nd serve hasn't reached form yet, plenty of time. Backhand slice looks solid so far)

FormerRafaFan
06-20-2011, 02:47 PM
Rafa played like he always does in Wimbledon.. he always struggles the first rounds against the lesser ranked players when the grass is fresh. He seemed a bit up and down in the first set but it was strong to come back from a break and then break to take the set. It was a good challenge for Rafa, it made Rafa up his level, and he needs to continue to up his level if he wants to win the slam. His performance today was good enough to beat Russell, but he needs to continue to play better and better. Hopefully that'll happen. At least he won his first match. 6 more to go. VAMOS! :yeah:

makesmewonder
06-20-2011, 02:47 PM
I only watched first set and Rafa had some difficult to put his game on but it's normal for the first match. He seems to have made ​​things easier in the other two sets. Very good start :)

@Sweet Cleopatra
06-20-2011, 02:48 PM
Rafa is looking so focused. :cool: He wants the job done.

FormerRafaFan
06-20-2011, 02:53 PM
Good match from Nadal. A few nice winners here and there. His big Ass is also looking quite lovely and fluffy in the white Wimbledon shorts. Probably the best its looked this year so far.

:drool: :lick: :hearts:

careergrandslam
06-20-2011, 02:54 PM
good start :yeah:

raonic is lurking :scared:

Priam
06-20-2011, 02:55 PM
A little scrappy (rusty?) being down 2-4 but overall a good recovery after. Love that 74 mph second serve. :lol:

The first week is always dangerous for him as most likely he'll be meeting Raonic in the 3rd round.

careergrandslam
06-20-2011, 02:59 PM
first 3 rounds are always the danger for any top player.
even borg said this once.

in the 2nd week, the court is worned down and the good baseliners have it a bit easy.

nadal is in serious trouble in the 3rd round provided he wins his 2nd round match.
raonic/muller is the worst round 3 to get.
faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaark.

Commander Data
06-20-2011, 03:01 PM
same old.

Saberq
06-20-2011, 03:10 PM
The amount of ignorance in this forum is staggering...First round does not matter...If he played bad so what he will play better later on,If he played great so what it is the FIRST ROUND and Russell....GSM Nadal is giving his expert advice on Nadal's FH against this mug....CGS thought that Nadal might lose this match if he is not careful and such....Then some tard said how Uncle Tony was relaxed bad sign for Rafa's opponents..Yeah because they all check his facial expression first before a match....This was easy,expected,normal and it does not mean he will defend his tittle of not so stop talking about it...

paseo
06-20-2011, 03:42 PM
The amount of ignorance in this forum is staggering...First round does not matter...If he played bad so what he will play better later on,If he played great so what it is the FIRST ROUND and Russell....GSM Nadal is giving his expert advice on Nadal's FH against this mug....CGS thought that Nadal might lose this match if he is not careful and such....Then some tard said how Uncle Tony was relaxed bad sign for Rafa's opponents..Yeah because they all check his facial expression first before a match....This was easy,expected,normal and it does not mean he will defend his tittle of not so stop talking about it...

:lol: Calm down.

abraxas21
06-20-2011, 03:51 PM
yawn

Eden
06-20-2011, 03:55 PM
I am pleased Rafa started this tournament much better than FO. Was worried a bit about his confidence and mood he was in entering Wimbledon.


Why were you worried about Rafa's confidence? He won a GS title 2 weeks ago. I don't know what more confidence a player can achieve on the tour ;)

Jaz
06-20-2011, 04:46 PM
He was playing okay, thought he was pretty tentative when attacking.

Sophocles
06-20-2011, 04:49 PM
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Corey Feldman
06-20-2011, 04:59 PM
Russell got moonballed of a slick green Wimbledon court

tennis 2011

Aenea
06-20-2011, 05:15 PM
Why were you worried about Rafa's confidence? He won a GS title 2 weeks ago. I don't know what more confidence a player can achieve on the tour ;)

yes, yes, you are right, Eden but it was FO and still it was more difficult than most people expected. Besides I don't know with Nadal these days, he's more shaky and very different, becomes nervous, even rude, too often and this is something I have never seen from him before. TBH didn't know what to expect from him. That's why a bit worried.

GOAT = Fed
06-20-2011, 05:23 PM
Lol @ this victory being taken as a sign for Rafa to win. He was up against a journeyman who tbh choked the first set.

Sapeod
06-20-2011, 05:24 PM
It's hilarious how some posters thought that Russell was going to be a threat :haha:

Eden
06-20-2011, 05:26 PM
yes, yes, you are right, Eden but it was FO and still it was more difficult than most people expected. Besides I don't know with Nadal these days, he's more shaky and very different, becomes nervous, even rude, too often and this is something I have never seen from him before. TBH didn't know what to expect from him. That's why a bit worried.

Nothing strange happens to Rafa. He set the expectations really high in him with his achievements. You can't expect him to win every clay tournament and to win a GS without dropping a set.

He always find his way into a tournament.

Maybe his decline has already started as people have said. Even though it's silly to talk about a decline when you have mostly lost to a player who was nearly unbeatable this year. I think winning the FO took a bit of pressure from Rafa's shoulders. He seems to have already accepted it that he will probably lose the #1 ranking to Novak sooner or later. He has so many points to defend this year - same goes for Novak earlier next year when other players have a chance to take advantage of that situation.

born_on_clay
06-20-2011, 05:26 PM
Nice opening :D

GOAT = Fed
06-20-2011, 05:26 PM
It's hilarious how some posters thought that Russell was going to be a threat :haha:

Lol exactly. The guy has been playing for 13 years and has never played on centre court. Gotta feel sad for the guy though, if he was taller he'd probably be a top 30 player.

Start da Game
06-20-2011, 05:30 PM
good start......rafa looked relaxed and focused......unlike the french open where it was a very tense first week with all the expectations, unfavourable conditions, crappy balls and worst crowd......still they all lost and nadal won......

i don't see nadal losing now at wimbledon.......this is simply his tournament especially that he won the french and the pressure is off......

wimbledon 2011 will be one of the most clinical triumphs in the history of the slam.......

GOAT = Fed
06-20-2011, 05:39 PM
good start......rafa looked relaxed and focused......unlike the french open where it was a very tense first week with all the expectations, unfavourable conditions, crappy balls and worst crowd......still they all lost and nadal won......

i don't see nadal losing now at wimbledon.......this is simply his tournament especially that he won the french and the pressure is off......

wimbledon 2011 will be one of the most clinical triumphs in the history of the slam.......

Rafa beats a journeyman of 13 years and now is favourite to win wimbledon? :facepalm:

careergrandslam
06-20-2011, 05:49 PM
good start......rafa looked relaxed and focused......unlike the french open where it was a very tense first week with all the expectations, unfavourable conditions, crappy balls and worst crowd......still they all lost and nadal won......

i don't see nadal losing now at wimbledon.......this is simply his tournament especially that he won the french and the pressure is off......

wimbledon 2011 will be one of the most clinical triumphs in the history of the slam.......

sorry but i just dont see it.

raonic in 3rd round.
berydch in the QF
murray in the semis
federer/djokovic in the final

thats impossible to do.

i get the feeling, he will only win the french open this year.

Gagsquet
06-20-2011, 05:52 PM
sorry but i just dont see it.

raonic in 3rd round.
berydch in the QF
murray in the semis
federer/djokovic in the final

thats impossible to do.

i get the feeling, he will only win the french open this year.


Anti-jinx attempt.
funny but pathetic

Vida
06-20-2011, 05:57 PM
some good points, russell made nadal bewildered a few times but couldn't cope with the spin.

Sapeod
06-20-2011, 06:01 PM
Nadal is not winning Wimbledon this year, or ever again. He's not winning any hardcourt slams again either. Clay is the only place where he'll get big titles.

careergrandslam
06-20-2011, 06:10 PM
Nadal is not winning Wimbledon this year, or ever again. He's not winning any hardcourt slams again either. Clay is the only place where he'll get big titles.

unfortunately u will be proved right.

nadal is done!

Filo V.
06-20-2011, 06:12 PM
Another thread full of fail.

Filo V.
06-20-2011, 06:14 PM
Rafa was alright, but he was on second gear, so it's hard to take a lot from the match. I do give big credit to my man Mikey for fighting hard and playing a pretty decent match. Rafa has two rounds for sure to get into a good rhythm, which was all this match was about for the Spaniard, that and getting off quickly without expanding energy and before the rain, and he did just that.

Filo V.
06-20-2011, 06:16 PM
Why do haters go onto threads of Nadal just to be negative? I mean, it's not hard to ignore the thread and save yourself concern.

ossie
06-20-2011, 06:16 PM
Nadal is not winning Wimbledon this year, or ever again. He's not winning any hardcourt slams again either. Clay is the only place where he'll get big titles.the master of jinx has spoken, might as well give the trophy to rafa now

Sonja1989
06-20-2011, 06:34 PM
:hatoff: At least isn't another 5th setter match in first round like in Roland Garros. :yeah:

careergrandslam
06-20-2011, 06:42 PM
nadal was in god mode for moments in this match. his forehand was brutal like in 2008.
but he keeps losing concentration

BULLZ1LLA
06-20-2011, 07:33 PM
Nadal is not winning Wimbledon this year, or ever again. He's not winning any hardcourt slams again either. Clay is the only place where he'll get big titles.

(The way the tour is going, nobody close to Rafa on grass, Rafa will win 5-7 Wimbledons total. The clay actually has more contenders than grass)

Mountaindewslave
06-20-2011, 08:36 PM
sorry but i just dont see it.

raonic in 3rd round.
berydch in the QF
murray in the semis
federer/djokovic in the final

thats impossible to do.

i get the feeling, he will only win the french open this year.

Nadal looked pretty good today.

Careergrandslam you are such a bitch, and possibly one of the most disliked posters on this site! the anti-jinxing attempts are pathetic man, get less insecure! i love nadal but you are a disgrace with your stubborn approach of basically lying about your opinions. obviously it's very possibly as Nadal has done the same exact patterns of beating players year and year out. you're really sad man, enough of your jinxing pathetic-ness

Ben.
06-20-2011, 09:51 PM
Russell was unlucky, good to see him saying thank you to the ballkids.

I noticed this as well, fair play to the guy. Always think it must be pretty horrible for the kids, being pointed and grunted at for a towel.

Only saw the first set, typical slow start from Rafa, though Russell played really well until that service game with the two double faults.

moon language
06-20-2011, 11:37 PM
I loved the diving from Russell. He put on a good show and probably made some new fans.

Nadal started off tentative but once he was broken he realized he needed to increase his intensity and he did.

Mungo
06-21-2011, 12:05 AM
Typical Nadal 1st round. 30 min. nap + a serious match.

Topspindoctor
06-21-2011, 12:07 AM
Watched this match on TV. Nadal was poor in the first set, double faulted on BP, but picked up his game in 2nd and 3rd. Still, getting broken twice by a mug is not good.

Raferminator
06-21-2011, 01:05 AM
sorry but i just dont see it.

raonic in 3rd round.
berydch in the QF
murray in the semis
federer/djokovic in the final

thats impossible to do.

i get the feeling, he will only win the french open this year.

How could you forget to include Del Potro, a GS winner and BY FAR the most dangerous 4th round opponent for any of the Top 8 in the 4th round!? :rolleyes: :mad:

Bah! I've become immune to these impossible draws for Rafa every slam while Muger Frauderer gets a cupcake waltz to the Semis. Go ahead, you friggin' elitists...go ahead and keep giving Rafa "Murderer's Row" every slam. Do you think he cares or doesn't see through it!!? :shrug:

It just makes him madder, stronger, meaner and more determined. And if he meets Mugray in the Semis or Muger in the Finals he is going to humiliate them with no mercy! Why do you think he has become a Spartan? Huh? Why, I pray ask thee? Because while Muger Frauderer is playing cupcakes, Rafa has to face Russell in the first round, probably Raonic who would take out Frauderer in straights, Del Potro, last years Runner Up Berdych in the QFs and the Queens Winner Mugray in the SFS.

Go ahead, organizers and elitists alike! I dare you! Give him "Murderers Row" and just weep, you little punks, just weep as he knocks down those pins one after the other and gets stronger and stronger.....then after Nole humiliates a weak and pampered Muger Frauderer in the SFs after his similarly unimaginable draw, we Tennis Fans get to see a REAL Final when Rafa and Nole battle it out for the title. Both of them will have taken on "Murderer's Row" while Muger was basted like the Turkey he is, so he could become moist and succulent for a humiliating defeat. Bring it ON! Now! You organizers and your rigged draws ignorantly empowering Sparta by imposing Fascist, unreasonable rigged draws to bring it all in easy as a pumpkin pie for the Ballerina. You make me sick! :o

Mimi
06-21-2011, 01:48 AM
Nadal looked pretty good today.

Careergrandslam you are such a bitch, and possibly one of the most disliked posters on this site! the anti-jinxing attempts are pathetic man, get less insecure! i love nadal but you are a disgrace with your stubborn approach of basically lying about your opinions. obviously it's very possibly as Nadal has done the same exact patterns of beating players year and year out. you're really sad man, enough of your jinxing pathetic-ness

please don't be so hard on careergrandslam, i understand him, he just loved Rafa too much :hug: :p

Clay Death
06-21-2011, 01:55 AM
average performance fro the clay warrior but that is all it needed to be today.

his better work comes in the 5th match.

careergrandslam
06-21-2011, 02:38 AM
please don't be so hard on careergrandslam, i understand him, he just loved Rafa too much :hug: :p

u people should listen to mimi. mimi is THE best poster on MTF. :hug:

Mountaindewslave
06-21-2011, 02:40 AM
please don't be so hard on careergrandslam, i understand him, he just loved Rafa too much :hug: :p

i would be nicer, it's just hard with such a pyscho poster!! who jinxes day in and day out!!? it's so weird! anti-jinx your favorite player on a forum!?/????#%@$

Mimi
06-21-2011, 03:22 AM
i would be nicer, it's just hard with such a pyscho poster!! who jinxes day in and day out!!? it's so weird! anti-jinx your favorite player on a forum!?/????#%@$

he is just superstitutous, I am too :lol:

MIMIC
06-21-2011, 03:48 AM
sorry but i just dont see it.

raonic in 3rd round.
berydch in the QF
murray in the semis
federer/djokovic in the final

thats impossible to do.

i get the feeling, he will only win the french open this year.

You are excruciatingly annoying.

anticaria
06-21-2011, 04:12 AM
Vamos Rafa!

Good start to his title defense! :cheerleader:

Began a bit wobbly, went 2-4 down in the first set, only to win the next six games. He found his rhythm after the first set, and looked pretty impressive to me. His forehand was devastating at times, you can see how much confidence the French Open has given him. The biggest difference between RG and now to me, is his inside out forehand and the DTL one, they were working beautifully.

Showed great touch at the net, wouldn't mind seeing him come in a bit more often after his topspin forehand to the backhand side. And he played with a bit more variety than usual, hitting a lot of slices, serving quite a few times to the forehand side as well. Second serve was pretty poor, just rolled it in, don't know if he did that because there was no need to put more on it.

Very pleased to say the least, even though the beginning of the first set had me worried for a while.

Before I get overly excited, it was only Russell ofcourse, he just has no real weapons to do damage. Loved the two diving volleys in a row from him, and even one on the baseline in another rally :lol: Nice little showman.


i believe rafa's just pacing himself and thus played only as well as today's opponent demanded.. i'm also starting to trust his instincts out there more and more so i tend not to panic as much as i used to whenever he'd have a sluggish start.. in fact, after that unexpected 5-setter against isner at r garros, i have learned to trust rafa's attitude a lot more for i know, in the end, all will be ok even if he falls a bit behind for a short while.. i would almost say rafa was actually having fun and playing with a relaxed and confident stride out there today, turning up the heat right when he needed to and remaining calm and collected throughout.. all in all, a great sign of things to come.. :worship:

btw, getting back to that isner 1st-round match in paris for a moment: if rafa repeats at wimby this year, it will be in no small measure thanks to the limitless confidence he gained after beating the american in paris imho.. i.e., that 1st-round victory over isner in paris may turn out to be rafa's defining moment this season..

Mountaindewslave
06-21-2011, 07:02 AM
he is just superstitutous, I am too :lol:

i seeeeee!! i'm all for the occasional for good luck and crossin fingers "no way can my guy win this!" but a 24/7 jinx attempt like careergrandslam goes for is nuts! but here's to hoping Nadal rocks the socks off of this year's Wimbledon :yippee:

Mimi
06-21-2011, 07:18 AM
i seeeeee!! i'm all for the occasional for good luck and crossin fingers "no way can my guy win this!" but a 24/7 jinx attempt like careergrandslam goes for is nuts! but here's to hoping Nadal rocks the socks off of this year's Wimbledon :yippee:

:yeah: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: Vamos rafa :woohoo:

Imz25
06-21-2011, 07:46 AM
Didn't take too long to click into gear! On to the next round!

wee
06-21-2011, 08:03 AM
good to see him playing well

ToniTennis
06-21-2011, 09:35 AM
Nadal is not winning Wimbledon this year, or ever again. He's not winning any hardcourt slams again either. Clay is the only place where he'll get big titles.

That gotta be future bumping material, for sure.