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Nadal played good despite knees. Defeated Hanescu 7:6. 6:3

mangoes
10-19-2005, 05:47 PM
Nadal started out a bit slow, but gained momentum and finished off Hanescu quite nicely.

Congrats Rafa. :D

Scotso
10-19-2005, 05:56 PM
Rafa :banana:

Clara Bow
10-19-2005, 05:57 PM
Rafa was pretty rusty to start off with – uncharacteristic UEs. You could tell that he had shorter practice sessions than normal. Rafa’s movement was not 100% but it was not bad at all. Victor had some great serving but as the match progressed - Nadal’s level increased and Victor’s play level decreased and he started making more UEs.

Nadal has said that if it were a choice of doing well/winning at Madrid or playing in Shanghai, he would rather win in Spain. Therefore, I imagine that he will be running without really trying to save his knee for Shanghai.


Two non-play notes:
 Victor actually smiled when they were taking the picture at the net before the match. A rare sight indeed.
 Nadal had bands underneath each of his knees and we could see them because he was wearing shorts- not the capris. Supposedly, he will be wearing regular shorts for the rest of the year.

Scotso
10-19-2005, 06:00 PM
I hope Nadal is okay to play in Paris, too. He misses too many Masters events... he won't catch Federer doing that. ;)

kundalini
10-19-2005, 06:00 PM
Hanescu should have won that tiebreak. He controlled it 3-0 then played a series of backhands so poor you would have thought he was learning the game.

Routine shots from Nadal and Hanescu couldn't get in position to hit a simple backhand in court. Just horrible.

lilfairyprincess
10-19-2005, 06:04 PM
yey!! go rafa :bounce:

hopefully is he won't give him TOO much trouble over the rest of the week...:)

Galaxystorm
10-19-2005, 06:09 PM
The MRI has showed that the acute tendinitis continues, but he decided to play , and about his movements at the beginning of the match was a bit slow ( I think he was nervous as he usually is at the beginning of a TMS or a GS match and it seemed that he wasn't adjusted to the court due to his short practises the previous days ) , but after several games his speed was as good as it usually is and i think the tendinitis has hardly affected him in his speed. In the second he was already adjusted to the court..

Fumus
10-19-2005, 07:02 PM
yay Rafa!

knight_ley
10-19-2005, 07:04 PM
:yeah:

Jogy
10-19-2005, 07:11 PM
go Nadal and prepare for running indoor form to embarass Federer at Masters Cup! :devil:

MariaV
10-19-2005, 07:19 PM
Yep, Rafa started slow but that's understandable, no matches for weeks and no proper training sessions due to the knee. But in the 2nd set he got into groove. :woohoo: :yippee: :bounce: :bigclap: Vamos!!!!

LaTenista
10-19-2005, 07:29 PM
:yeah: His first ever 3rd round appearance at Madrid. :worship:

Galaxystorm
10-19-2005, 07:37 PM
:yeah: His first ever 3rd round appearance at Madrid. :worship:

Who said he wasn't a good indoors player ? :lol:

musefanatic
10-19-2005, 07:53 PM
well done rafa, hope the knee gets better

Rafa = Fed Killa
10-19-2005, 08:26 PM
Rafa the new "indoor king" :D

RonE
10-19-2005, 08:55 PM
Nadal has said that if it were a choice of doing well/winning at Madrid or playing in Shanghai, he would rather win in Spain. Therefore, I imagine that he will be running without really trying to save his knee for Shanghai.



Yes I kind of had that feeling before the tournament began that he would play through the pain and give it his all to win Madrid as the one last push for the 2005 season. His chances of winning now have increased tremendously with the court being a hardcourt rather than carpet and many top players MIA. In Shanghai it would be a different story though it remains to be seen if/how Federer, Safin, Hewitt and Agassi will recover from their respective ailments by the time Shanghai gets underway.

One would think out of the major fall indoor tournaments his best chances of winning one would be in Madrid.

Tatanka
10-19-2005, 08:56 PM
Well done Rafa!

Dirk
10-19-2005, 09:10 PM
I hope Nadal is okay to play in Paris, too. He misses too many Masters events... he won't catch Federer doing that. ;)

He will need to win Oz in order to really have a shot at catching Roger.

Dirk
10-19-2005, 09:11 PM
Yes I kind of had that feeling before the tournament began that he would play through the pain and give it his all to win Madrid as the one last push for the 2005 season. His chances of winning now have increased tremendously with the court being a hardcourt rather than carpet and many top players MIA. In Shanghai it would be a different story though it remains to be seen if/how Federer, Safin, Hewitt and Agassi will recover from their respective ailments by the time Shanghai gets underway.

One would think out of the major fall indoor tournaments his best chances of winning one would be in Madrid.

I could see Moya beating him in the next round.

jenanun
10-19-2005, 09:28 PM
well done rafa!!!!!!

vamos rafa!!!!!

RonE
10-19-2005, 09:35 PM
I could see Moya beating him in the next round.

I couldn't- memories of their match in Montreal still haunt me to this day :p

Chloe le Bopper
10-19-2005, 09:50 PM
He will need to win Oz in order to really have a shot at catching Roger.
Yes, but it really wouldn't hurt for him to win an event like Madrid in the meantime (not that he's necessarily my pick to do so, I don't trust his knees).

That said, I don't think he's going to catch Fed anytime soon anyways.

Lee
10-19-2005, 09:58 PM
I could see Moya beating him in the next round.

Only if he beat Robredo first and right now, the chance is not that good.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
10-20-2005, 12:23 AM
If Robredo doesn't choke,he could end Nadal's winning record against Spaniards. :D

Fergie
10-20-2005, 12:28 AM
If Robredo doesn't choke,he could end Nadal's winning record against Spaniards. :D
Vamos Tommy! :yeah: ;)

I♥PsY@Mus!c
10-20-2005, 01:34 AM
Vamos Tommy! :yeah: ;)
Yep,they broadcast this match too, :aplot: I hope Tommy can kick his ass. :rocker2:

mangoes
10-20-2005, 01:57 AM
If Robredo doesn't choke,he could end Nadal's winning record against Spaniards. :D


I agree with you, and not often am I willing to go against Nadal, but Robredo looked better out there than Nadal looked today.

safdem
10-20-2005, 02:08 AM
well done rafa :yeah: