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Wimbledon R3: Nadal defeats Muller 7-6 7-6 6-0

Surcouf
06-25-2011, 01:39 PM
Nadal was good and focused.

Muller served unreal during the first two sets, around 85-90% of first balls.

Nadal stayed completely focused and won the TB's. In the third Muller serve was back to normal and Nadal destroyed him with his superior skills.

Muller is the personification of the all serve robot that has no other good stroke.

henke007
06-25-2011, 01:39 PM
Piss poor breakers choked in the first and couldn't return or go for shit in the 2nd and then tanked...:o

GSMnadal
06-25-2011, 01:40 PM
Very scary match for Rafa, but he was just too solid for Muller. Those tiebreaks were so tense, after that, Muller was done. Great clutch performance by Nadal.

Goes without saying that Muller served out of his skin, but Gilles really played rather well in the rallies as well, had a lot of 30-30 chances on Rafa's serve, just couldn't do anything with it. And he'll probably keep thinking about some of those DF's and that missed overhead in the first set TB for a while.

Can't really judge Rafa on this match.

Just so happy that Rafa made it through, and nice to end with a bagel :D

Start da Game
06-25-2011, 01:40 PM
what a great display from the defending champ, he proved today why he is the best at adaptability......nice bagel to finish......

good luck beating him from here......

MIMIC
06-25-2011, 01:40 PM
Gotta have more than just a serve to beat Nadal :shrug:

:)

Gladiator
06-25-2011, 01:41 PM
3 UEs in all the match

That's impressive

Fujee
06-25-2011, 01:41 PM
Need a tissue?

EliSter
06-25-2011, 01:41 PM
Pathetic result.

out_here_grindin
06-25-2011, 01:41 PM
Muller really should have won the first 2 sets. Could not even win one of them. That's gotta be a killer, play great and then just one point.

misty1
06-25-2011, 01:41 PM
disgusting to allow youself to be bageled by this wedge picker gilles, absolutely disgraceful and unacceptable for a server of your level:o:o:o:o:o:o:o:o

djb84xi
06-25-2011, 01:41 PM
That 3rd set was fun!!!!! lol. Muller played a great match but in the end, Rafa was too much. With the exception of the 3rd set, this was nice to watch. Congrats Rafa!!

Start da Game
06-25-2011, 01:41 PM
somebody yesterday was saying that nadal would be vulnerable to big servers and casual early round exits at wimbledon, they can show their faces now because nadal bageled this big server from luxemberg......

ZaZoo)
06-25-2011, 01:42 PM
Wow, talk about manly effort by Muller in the third :o

When he gets his shit BH working and man up a bit he could challenge Rafito, until then he should eat bagels. :silly:

samanosuke
06-25-2011, 01:42 PM
Muller is just an awful tennis player. Nadal knew how bad his return sucks so his witchdoctor had to fuck Raonic . However VAMOS !!!!!!

Start da Game
06-25-2011, 01:42 PM
Need a tissue?

we know you have them plenty in store already.......

Speed of Light
06-25-2011, 01:42 PM
NID
The future GOAT people.
Against all odds he braved the Muller storm and injury and rain delay to win this match comprehensively.

Speed of Light
06-25-2011, 01:43 PM
Muller played the match of his life. Yet he came up short against the GOAT

Orka_n
06-25-2011, 01:43 PM
Bah.

theKSHE
06-25-2011, 01:43 PM
WTA-like result.

Surcouf
06-25-2011, 01:43 PM
Muller really should have won the first 2 sets. Could not even win one of them. That's gotta be a killer, play great and then just one point.

Muller never should have gone as close of the best players in the world.

Only oon these super fast grass court he has a chance against Nadal. His game is so limited out of his serve...

TMJordan
06-25-2011, 01:44 PM
That was DISGUSTING.

FormerRafaFan
06-25-2011, 01:44 PM
wtf happened in the last set? how come that was so easy compared to the first two? Was Muller injured? :confused:

Speed of Light
06-25-2011, 01:44 PM
Muller can hold his head high though. He has done himself and his country proud by playing at such a high level for two days.
Too bad though that it was against the GOAT

Orka_n
06-25-2011, 01:44 PM
somebody yesterday was saying that nadal would be vulnerable to big servers and casual early round exits at wimbledon, they can show their faces now because nadal bageled this big server from luxemberg......He was taken to two tiebreaks you clown :haha:

EliSter
06-25-2011, 01:44 PM
3 UEs in all the match

That's impressive

Not rly when u moonball and push againt player who doesnt have groundstrokes :o

@Sweet Cleopatra
06-25-2011, 01:45 PM
Rafa is great. He is so calm waiting for the right moment with steady game. A real champ Rafa :yeah:

Best luck to Muller next tours. He has a great serve.

Start da Game
06-25-2011, 01:45 PM
wtf happened in the last set? how come that was so easy compared to the first two? Was Muller injured? :confused:

muller's will was killed by the greatest fighter......

SheepleBuster
06-25-2011, 01:45 PM
start watching tennis......

I am sorry. You are just being a troll saying "good luck beating him" after he beat like freaking Muller. If this was Murray he bageled, then I'd be with you. You need to start watching tennis my friend. Anything can happen in tennis. And take your head out of you know where. There is more to tennis than Nadal

Harmless
06-25-2011, 01:45 PM
Classic Gilles "must...find way...to lose..." Muller. :awww:
It was always his habit to go into a freefall when things stopped going his way that made his career the rollercoaster that it is.
All credit to Rafa for figuring out a way to adapt to his game though.

This was never going any other way, so I'm just glad to see Muller playing another big match again. :dance:
Sad that he never learns and always keeps doing the same things over and over again though. /facepalm


Still, gorgeous man, flawfree serve, insideout forehand of a god etc. :worship:

Sauletekis
06-25-2011, 01:46 PM
LOL 4 threads open.

One more win, 4 to go... NEXT!

Ben.
06-25-2011, 01:46 PM
Please MTF spare us the vitriolic nonsense aimed at Gilles Muller, he doesn't deserve it. I would ask the same about Rafa but that is never going to happen.

Rafa doing what he had to. Certainly he tightened up and refused to make errors on his own serve and Muller couldn't take his chances. Muller serving from a tree for the first two sets and any chances Rafa had he snatched at and missed.

Start da Game
06-25-2011, 01:46 PM
He was taken to two tiebreaks you clown :haha:

did you even watch how well muller served you tool?

djb84xi
06-25-2011, 01:46 PM
Muller is better than I gave him credit for. Maybe he'll start to play up to his capabilities from here on. Maybe..

Jamoz
06-25-2011, 01:46 PM
Gritty Muller? More like "Shitty" Muller. If this is Nadal's level, he will be in trouble against "true" tennis players.

rafa_maniac
06-25-2011, 01:46 PM
Huge serving performance from Muller in the first two sets, just unplayable, but Rafa was clutch as he's ever been and ran away with the third. These first week scares are a habit for Nadal at Wimbledon but he played as well as he could have and should be in good stead from now on.

Langers
06-25-2011, 01:47 PM
Rafa. :worship:

Toughest player mentally I have ever seen.

30 winners/3 unforced errors. Insane.

Certinfy
06-25-2011, 01:47 PM
Whatever.

Start da Game
06-25-2011, 01:47 PM
I am sorry. You are just being a troll saying "good luck beating him" after he beat like freaking Muller. If this was Murray he bageled, then I'd be with you. You need to start watching tennis my friend. Anything can happen in tennis. And take your head out of you know where. There is more to tennis than Nadal

forget the opponent's status on the atp tour, just focus on what he brought to the court today, you would know what i am saying......

Start da Game
06-25-2011, 01:49 PM
Rafa. :worship:

Toughest player mentally I have ever seen.

30 winners/3 unforced errors. Insane.

tell that to these rafa hating fools, langers.......what an absolute display of sheer mental tenacity from nadal......

Jaz
06-25-2011, 01:50 PM
Passive Passive Passive.

Nadal needs to improve after that performance. Those tiebreaks were not comfortable either.

FormerRafaFan
06-25-2011, 01:50 PM
anyway.. someone objective and neutral (non-Rafa fan but not a Fed hater either) told me Rafa played great today, served well with a nice forehand. So that sounds good!

VAMOS Rafa! good luck in your next match:yeah:

Manequin75
06-25-2011, 01:51 PM
Kudos to the Other Greatest of all time. Bring on del potro. Wish they played later today :)

EliSter
06-25-2011, 01:51 PM
DelPo to save tennis hopefully.

Jamoz
06-25-2011, 01:52 PM
anyway.. someone objective and neutral (non-Rafa fan but not a Fed hater either) told me Rafa played great today, served well with a nice forehand. So that sounds good!

VAMOS Rafa! good luck in your next match:yeah:

Nadal was ok, but it's easy be good, when opponent is only serve. He need to raise his level, if he want's to win a whole thing.

Surcouf
06-25-2011, 01:52 PM
Passive Passive Passive.

Nadal needs to improve after that performance. Those tiebreaks were not comfortable either.

Passive? Nadal was not passive.

Each time a rally was on, Nadal won it.

Nadal just could not return Muller for the first two sets. I doubt that someone could have done better than Nadal did.

Speed of Light
06-25-2011, 01:53 PM
Not rly when u moonball and push againt player who doesnt have groundstrokes :o

Oh yeah? You must a legend of the game then, with an amazing range of shots who is more attacking then Federina was at his prime. You must put to use some of those incredible skills and participate and win some of these grand slams....... With your knowledge on how to play tennis and how not to moonball you could break all Federer's and Sampras's achievements...... You could turn out to be a true entreprenaur on how to play the "real" tennis instead of "moonballing" and pushing". And with you around that bane of the tennis world Rafa Nadal would never be number 1 again. Go ahead... Tennis world needs you more than this forum. We are ready to make this big sacrifice... (not that your contributions here will be missed too much). Go ahead.... Enlighten us this lost form on how to play tennis.

Hellraiser
06-25-2011, 01:54 PM
Third set :mad:

Raonić would play better?

Manequin75
06-25-2011, 01:54 PM
Rafa. :worship:

Toughest player mentally I have ever seen.

30 winners/3 unforced errors. Insane.

only 3 unforced errors all match? That cant be true. I could swear I saw atleast 10. Oh well I dont know how unforced is defined in this tournament. Anyway, doesnt matter. It was important Rafa got off the court early and a 6-0 set against a big server on grass will give him lot of confidence no? He plays del potro next and Im not worried. MAybe Im going crazy. :)

Kiedis
06-25-2011, 01:55 PM
Rafa is great. He is so calm waiting for the right moment with steady game. A real champ Rafa :yeah:

http://cache2.allpostersimages.com/p/LRG/28/2808/8BIOD00Z/posters/burgess-michele-male-lion-hiding-masai-mara-national-park-kenya.jpg

Harmless
06-25-2011, 01:56 PM
How many threads are there on this match? LOL. Great match. Rafa just steamrolled Gilles in the 3rd. Definitely wasn't expecting that one at all. One has to wonder, if Muller can play this well, why is his ranking so damn low. He looks like a top 20 player, but isn't. He should be happy with his overall performance, despite losing. Gotta hand it to Rafa, he served well when it counted the most. Great performance for Rafa........now on to Del Potro.
This has been the most well known fact about Gilles Muller since he was 19 probably. :lol:
He's a strange one, I can't figure it out myself either. He's just a classic headcase player, all you can know about him for sure is that there's a meltdown on the horizon, and you never know why. His mental issues are as unreadable as his serve.

spencercarlos
06-25-2011, 01:57 PM
Nadal was good and focused.

Muller served unreal during the first two sets, around 58-90% of first balls.

Nadal stayed completely focused and won the TB's. In the third Muller serve was back to normal and Nadal destroyed him with his superior skills.

Muller is the personification of the all serve robot that has no other good stroke.
58-90% ??
Muller actually had higher % of serves in the third than in the second :lol:

This Muller lacks some major balls IMO, always looking down on himself and to the grass just about every time it got tough.
The few times he hit a nice return, he decided to stay back, i guess he is worse at the net :facepalm:

At 6-5 15-40 on Nadal's serve in the first set he had the guts to wait for Nadal to make a mistake :help: What a clown.

Manequin75
06-25-2011, 01:57 PM
if Rafa had lost the second set who would know what had happened. Just so reliebed Rafa has no serious injury and this amtch is over and done with. ANy good match today or should I just see the re-run of 2008 and 2010 wimbledon finals :)

BULLZ1LLA
06-25-2011, 01:57 PM
(Rafa had 3 unforced errors in the 1st set, 0 unforced errors in the 2nd set and 0 unforced errors in the 3rd set! This is the most consistent match Rafa has EVER played. The Del Potro serve will look like a football now :lol:)

DrJules
06-25-2011, 01:59 PM
Nadal still looking like the favourite to win the title.

30 winners to 3 unforced errors and it will take an inspired Federer performance to beat Nadal at Wimbledon this year.

Manequin75
06-25-2011, 01:59 PM
The greatest talent Rafa showed in this game is keeping his calm when Muller was making him look like a fool on serve. He waited for the other guys level to drop - took his slices of opportunities here and there and then pounced when the target was ripe and vulnerable for the taking. Must watch match for an aspiring youngster and an answer to that burning question - what to do when your opponent is blowing you off court with his serve....?

ZaZoo)
06-25-2011, 02:01 PM
Muller also choked the first set, 2 SP and up a minibreak in TB to choke it away with a missed smash.

BULLZ1LLA
06-25-2011, 02:02 PM
(RAFA has a stronger mind than MICHAEL JORDAN, and I never thought I'd say that about an athlete)

Manequin75
06-25-2011, 02:02 PM
(Rafa had 3 unforced errors in the 1st set, 0 unforced errors in the 2nd set and 0 unforced errors in the 3rd set! This is the most consistent match Rafa has EVER played. The Del Potro serve will look like a football now :lol:)

ok 0 and 0 are not right. I know the scoreboard says so but I saw some unforced errors in both sets. Their definition of unforced is not consistent with other slams or tournaments. Maybe they have their own formula.

Cant wait to see Rafa take on del potro now.

EliSter
06-25-2011, 02:04 PM
Oh yeah? You must a legend of the game then, with an amazing range of shots who is more attacking then Federina was at his prime. You must put to use some of those incredible skills and participate and win some of these grand slams....... With your knowledge on how to play tennis and how not to moonball you could break all Federer's and Sampras's achievements...... You could turn out to be a true entreprenaur on how to play the "real" tennis instead of "moonballing" and pushing". And with you around that bane of the tennis world Rafa Nadal would never be number 1 again. Go ahead... Tennis world needs you more than this forum. We are ready to make this big sacrifice... (not that your contributions here will be missed too much). Go ahead.... Enlighten us this lost form on how to play tennis.

Whatever :stupid: Nadull is moonballer and pusher deal with it ...:wavey:

FormerRafaFan
06-25-2011, 02:05 PM
So many stupid comments on here :facepalm:

The haters are saying "so what, it was only Muller." It seems like the haters have a short term memory loss, because just yesterday they said Muller was just the kind of player who could challenge Rafa. So.. why are you saying "it's just Muller" today, when you thought he was good enough to beat Rafa yesterday? Pathetic!

Also.. even if it was "just Muller", Rafa still played a good match. The stats speak for themselves. 30 winners, 3 ues. Suck it!

Last but not least I want to give credit to Muller. He played as well as he could, but still came out short. It's not easy playing against the #1, but he did himself and his country proud! Unreal serving! Just wow!

BULLZ1LLA
06-25-2011, 02:07 PM
So many stupid comments on here :facepalm:

The haters are saying "so what, it was only Muller." It seems like the haters have a short term memory loss, because just yesterday they said Muller was just the kind of player who could challenge Rafa. So.. why are you saying "it's just Muller" today, when you thought he was good enough to beat Rafa yesterday? Pathetic!

Also.. even if it was "just Muller", Rafa still played a good match. The stats speak for themselves. 30 winners, 3 ues. Suck it!

Last but not least I want to give credit to Muller. He played as well as he could, but still came out short. It's not easy playing against the #1, but he did himself and his country proud! Unreal serving! Just wow!

(The hater comments here are just as bad as the hater comments before the match, hence I am now eligible to receive a paypal payment of US$1000 from Speed of Light)

philosophicalarf
06-25-2011, 02:08 PM
Muller played the match of his life. Yet he came up short against the GOAT

Uh, he served great and folded at the end of two tiebreaks. Hardly match of his life:


*beat davydenko (world #5) at US Open 2008 to make the quarter finals

*beat roddick (#4) in straight sets at US Open 2005.

*beat Nadal (#3) at Wimbledon 2005.

*beat Nalb (#10) Tokyo 2004

*beat Agassi (#6) Washington 2004

r3d_d3v1l_
06-25-2011, 02:09 PM
Gotta love MTF.

No one gave credit to Muller (including myself) but after that insane first set, everyone start staying that this would extremely hard for Nadal. I mean, seriously? All Nadal needeed to do was to keep his serve and wait for Muller to have a mental meltdown at the tie-break and that´s what happened in the first two sets. Muller aside his serve has power, but against a consistent player like Nadal you need to be agressive and he wasn´t, which turned the taske even easier for the spanish.

After that first set, Muller would never had a chance to beat Nadal.

Hola Mr. SK
06-25-2011, 02:09 PM
vamoss! bring on JMDP

Snowwy
06-25-2011, 02:12 PM
Really good from Muller, look forward to having him back in the top 100.

joplin
06-25-2011, 02:16 PM
good to see muller back, hope he has a good US swing

Nathaliia
06-25-2011, 02:26 PM
Really good from Muller, look forward to having him back in the top 100.
he's already 93 :) should get higher after Wimbledon of course

good fight, nothing more could be done on the potato field Wimbledon has become

Hian-GOAT
06-25-2011, 02:36 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMN6vI0wgnM
I'll eat you later :hug:

Corey Feldman
06-25-2011, 02:39 PM
utterly predictable in every juncture of the match

Nadal had so few UE because he knew he was playing a guy who couldnt win a rally unless he got a net cord

asmazif
06-25-2011, 02:47 PM
reminds me of that silly Nadal-Gonzo match at '09 USO.

Corey Feldman
06-25-2011, 02:49 PM
was the exact score of Sampras-Ivanisevic 1994 Wimbledon Final that Nadal was slaughtering yesterday

FormerRafaFan
06-25-2011, 02:50 PM
Nadal was ok, but it's easy be good, when opponent is only serve. He need to raise his level, if he want's to win a whole thing.

Of course. I realize that! I'm not even sure he'll win Wimbledon this year. I think his draw is too hard, and he'll probably bow out in the QF or SF. And this is coming from a fan of his..

I'm just saying that it's always important for Rafa to get through week one. He usually does a lot better in week two. And so far so good :) He played the level he had to play in order to beat Muller. But I wouldn't be surprised to see him raise his level even more against Delpo, and truthfully, he has to if he wants to win!

asmazif
06-25-2011, 03:05 PM
People, Muller is not just only serve - he hits dozens of great approach shots and volleys (and even a couple of good returns :p)

Foxy
06-25-2011, 03:16 PM
Any news whatsoever on Rafa's injury from yesterday? Or it was something very minor which could be neglected?

careergrandslam
06-25-2011, 03:18 PM
i dont think nadal is going to win wimbledon this year.

someone will beat him.

his level and his returning are still poor.
his serve is not as good as last year.

del potro might beat him.
if he dont, then berdych or fish.
if they dont, then murray.
if he dont, then either federer or djokovic.

no way nadal is winning this.

BULLZ1LLA
06-25-2011, 04:27 PM
(Rafa in 3 over Del Potro, not even a close matchup, and a much easier serve to read. It'll look like a football after today :yeah:)

Arkulari
06-25-2011, 04:28 PM
Muller was done as soon as his serve was done, Rafa kept calm, played two very good TB and got through a match up that could have given more trouble if he missed :yeah:

Jaz
06-25-2011, 04:59 PM
So many stupid comments on here :facepalm:

The haters are saying "so what, it was only Muller." It seems like the haters have a short term memory loss, because just yesterday they said Muller was just the kind of player who could challenge Rafa. So.. why are you saying "it's just Muller" today, when you thought he was good enough to beat Rafa yesterday? Pathetic!

Also.. even if it was "just Muller", Rafa still played a good match. The stats speak for themselves. 30 winners, 3 ues. Suck it!

Last but not least I want to give credit to Muller. He played as well as he could, but still came out short. It's not easy playing against the #1, but he did himself and his country proud! Unreal serving! Just wow!

The stats speak for themselves indeed. There were 2 tiebreaks, 30 games.

Only 30 winners (inc service).

It was a passive perfomance, but job done, but had Nadal been more aggressive he would never have been in 2 tiebreaks.

GSMnadal
06-25-2011, 05:02 PM
The stats speak for themselves indeed. There were 2 tiebreaks, 30 games.

Only 30 winners (inc service).

It was a passive perfomance, but job done, but had Nadal been more aggressive he would never have been in 2 tiebreaks.

Nadal couldn't be more agressive, because in the rallies where he finally managed to return the ball, he was on the back foot from the first shot. The only way he could've prevented the tiebreaks was by returning better, not by playing more agressive. Muller just didn't allow him to be.

On his own serve Nadal was as agressive as he could be.

ossie
06-25-2011, 05:07 PM
as i said before nadal is wise to these all serve clowns now. 3 sets and a bagel, suck it haters.

Foxy
06-25-2011, 05:12 PM
i dont think nadal is going to win wimbledon this year.

someone will beat him.

his level and his returning are still poor.
his serve is not as good as last year.

del potro might beat him.
if he dont, then berdych or fish.
if they dont, then murray.
if he dont, then either federer or djokovic.

no way nadal is winning this.

+1
He is in a deep sh!t. It is pity because if he doesn't win Wimby or Us Open this year Federer will overtake Nadal in (Years/Slams) ratio for the first time.

Brick Top
06-25-2011, 05:14 PM
Good from a former junior champ.

Vamos_Me_Rafa
06-25-2011, 05:45 PM
VAMOS RAFA!!! :) Keep going. Crush all these peasants who are lucky to be in the same tournament as you.

cutesteve22
06-25-2011, 05:53 PM
should have won 1st set :o

Manequin75
06-26-2011, 03:12 AM
Nadal couldn't be more agressive, because in the rallies where he finally managed to return the ball, he was on the back foot from the first shot. The only way he could've prevented the tiebreaks was by returning better, not by playing more agressive. Muller just didn't allow him to be.

On his own serve Nadal was as agressive as he could be.

agreed. the problem was returning serve. Rafa tried everything - stood on the baseline, inside the baseline, 20 feet behind the baseline but nothing worked. Muller was not really blasting 135+ mph - he had amazing placemnet and was hitting lines and it was a lefty serve with work on it also. Moreoever Rafa could not read Mullers serve motion and anticipation was zero. And this really is Rafa's #1 fear on grass - getting blown off the court by lights out serving.

Infact on the few occasions that Rafa did return in the first two sets he was being careful playing the rallies as he knew these oportunties were far and few. It was but natural not to be overly aggressive there and play the percentages.

I was very impressed with Rafa this match. VERY. SO impressed that I have no fear of Delpo. Delpo has no chance and I cant believe I am saying that :)

yesh222
06-26-2011, 03:22 AM
Rafa has a very good return of serve against anyone that doesn't consistently hit in the 130+ range. Rafa should get Isner as a practice partner and try to learn how to return his serves deep.

samanosuke
06-26-2011, 08:41 AM
Btw nadal even at his very best isn't a good returner. he can put a lot back in the court but everything is short

Start da Game
06-26-2011, 09:17 AM
Rafa has a very good return of serve against anyone that doesn't consistently hit in the 130+ range. Rafa should get Isner as a practice partner and try to learn how to return his serves deep.

his serving and returning abilities will always be limited no matter what he does.......returning serve is an instinctive thing and playing with the wrong hand is just not the same as playing with the natural hand......it takes away just that fraction of a second......

whatever great work he does, it has to be with his forehand, backhand and the movement......he's a great player who primarily wins with his attitude, that's why i am his fan.......

if any other player was that limited on the serve and return in the modern day sport, they wouldn't survive for 2 seconds at the top.......

careergrandslam
06-26-2011, 09:30 AM
nadal truly is a horrific returner.