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Doesn't anyone else miss Rafael Nadal at this AO?

gillian
01-17-2006, 08:46 PM
I do, and I never thought I'd say that. I don't dislike Nadal, but wouldn't call myself a fan.

Still, I miss his fist-pumping, Vamos-screeching, Popeye-muscled presence.

Am I alone?

Ok.

Fumus
01-17-2006, 08:47 PM
I know no one in Alaska does.

El Legenda
01-17-2006, 08:47 PM
Yes, you are alone :)

HappyAndie
01-17-2006, 08:50 PM
I miss him. He's interesting. And I wanted to see how he would do on this surface. It def. added some excitement to the Open.

Jimnik
01-17-2006, 08:52 PM
It's a shame he's not here but, on the positive side, Andy got the no.2 seeding so I'm not too disappointed.

RonE
01-17-2006, 08:54 PM
Nope :p

Lisbeth
01-17-2006, 08:55 PM
I miss him. Not quite as much as I miss Safin though ;)

Rafa = Fed Killa
01-17-2006, 08:56 PM
Yup, I would have loved to see a 5 set thriller with Nadal vs. Federer in the finals.

Oh well gotta wait till the French.

Vamos!

disturb3d
01-17-2006, 08:57 PM
I hope I never have to witness his face on tv again.
I love you, Aussie Open.

MisterQ
01-17-2006, 08:59 PM
I know no one in Alaska does.

:lol:

They haven't warmed up to him yet. ;)

Neely
01-17-2006, 09:00 PM
I miss him a lot, like other players :sad:
He really should be here, I hope he will be part of many Australian Opens to come in future :)
His incredible action on court is really missing!

Saumon
01-17-2006, 09:00 PM
I know no one in Alaska does.
:rolls:

I miss him, and I miss Marat more :sobbing:

prima donna
01-17-2006, 09:02 PM
Simply put, no.

artlinkletter
01-17-2006, 09:03 PM
hmmmmmm no, not particularly

Saumon
01-17-2006, 09:04 PM
Simply put, no.
the girl in your avy has a really nice outfit :tape:

madmanfool
01-17-2006, 09:04 PM
Haven't thought about him one second, Safin and Agassi on the other hand... It just would've been so much more interesting with Safin around

joeb_uk
01-17-2006, 09:13 PM
You all know I am not a lover of nadal, but I do think I miss him :sad: I would have loved to see safin/nadal play. Because I feel both would have a chance of winning the title, damn I would love to see a safin nadal match in fact. Two big losses to the tournament. Quite frankly, I am probably agassi isnt in the tournament, but these two need to be in it :yeah:

almouchie
01-17-2006, 09:15 PM
i dont understand why many dislike Nadal

Hewitt early in his career & still gets on peoples nerve for the way he conducts himself on & off the court
yes AO is missing him becoz last year after the AO where Safin played a memorable match to defeat Federer & win the title
the emergence of Nadal kept the tour interesting when federer was sweeping all else away

Clara Bow
01-17-2006, 09:16 PM
Yes, I miss him quite a bit.

He is one of my favorites and I thought that his match against Hewitt last year was one of the best in the tournament. I was also anxious to see how he would do this year, since the Aussie Open is the GS that he has gotten through the farthest outside of the French Open.

I also miss Safin and Agassi of course. Further, I always think it’s a shame when some of the top players are not able to be at a Grand Slam, regardless or whether or not they are one of my faves.

mangoes
01-17-2006, 09:34 PM
Of course I wish he, Agassi and Marat were at the AO................but, I'm not missing them as much as I thought I would..........

AgassiDomination
01-17-2006, 09:47 PM
Yes, you are alone :)

:yeah: Nadal at the AO is a waste of draw space, I've said it before.

_pyromatic
01-17-2006, 09:49 PM
It would be a lot more fun if he and Marat were here. Right now it's pretty boring. :yawn:

Bad Religion
01-17-2006, 10:36 PM
I miss his tennis , intensity on the court and the VAMOS :cool: :cool:


Roger are happy without Super-Rafa ( his nemesis ) :devil: :devil:

Dragula.mp3
01-17-2006, 10:45 PM
Yes, you are alone :)
Damn is almost impossible to take the eye out of that avatar.

I'm not a big fan of his game..

I almost forget a little detail.

ReturnWinner
01-17-2006, 10:53 PM
he reached the fourt round in the ao last year

Damn is almost impossible to take the eye out of that avatar.

I don't remember Nadal reaching a second week of any other GS besides RG, so not really. And I'm not a big fan of his game.

Dragula.mp3
01-17-2006, 10:59 PM
he reached the fourt round in the ao last year

Justo me acabo de acordar en el partido que perdió contra Hewitt en octavos en 5 sets o 4, żno?. Flaco ya va la segunda me estás haciendo quedar mal.

;)

Peoples
01-17-2006, 11:24 PM
Nadal who?

Dusk Soldier
01-17-2006, 11:43 PM
He wouldn't have made it passed the round of sixteen anyway. Knowing ESPN, I doubt I would have gotten to see him play.

mandoura
01-17-2006, 11:51 PM
I do :sad: . I miss Marat too, a lot. :bigcry:

cobalt60
01-18-2006, 12:25 AM
At a grand slam it just seems right that ALL the top players should be playing. Excitement,entertainment,energy and spirit!

alexa18
01-18-2006, 12:44 AM
I don't dislike Nadal, but I don't miss him either. Marat on the other hand :sad: :hysteric: :crying2: :sobbing: :bigcry:

Art&Soul
01-18-2006, 01:08 AM
No, not now :)

amierin
01-18-2006, 01:24 AM
Hell yeah!!! I'd love to see him as the number 2 seed and see if he got the draw Roddick did.

RogiFan88
01-18-2006, 01:28 AM
Rogi misses him... ;) And so do I (pobrecito).

PamV
01-18-2006, 01:44 AM
I don't miss him. I find him annoying......the outfit, the nervous ticks etc.

Federerthebest
01-18-2006, 02:01 AM
Absolutely not, in fact I am glad that he is not there :)

jole
01-18-2006, 02:03 AM
Absolutely not, in fact I am glad that he is not there :)

Hypothetically, if Nadal was playing Albert Montanes in the French Open final and you had free tickets, would you go?

prima donna
01-18-2006, 02:04 AM
I don't miss him. I find him annoying......the outfit, the nervous ticks etc.
Exactly, too bad like numbers, his annoyance doesn't reach a certain limit, it's infinite ... which means ... it just keeps going and going ... going and going.

Stop the craziness already.

I'm actually rejoiced he's nowhere to be found. :devil:

gillian
01-18-2006, 02:09 AM
:rolls:

I miss him, and I miss Marat more :sobbing:

My signature says how much I'm missing Marat.

Federerthebest
01-18-2006, 02:10 AM
Hypothetically, if Nadal was playing Albert Montanes in the French Open final and you had free tickets, would you go?

Nope, I would the give tickets to someone who would actually enjoy it :)

ys
01-18-2006, 02:29 AM
Me? No.. :lol: At least not anywhere close to how much I miss Safin..

Surf The Earth
01-18-2006, 02:58 AM
i miss marat so so so so much more but i dont miss nadal yet. maybe come second week i think i may miss his energy and his abiity to compete over 5 sets time and time again.

Corey Feldman
01-18-2006, 03:14 AM
have i missed Nadal here... mhm let me see
NOPE :D
havnt even thought of him in the last week until seeing this thread,
been a great tourney so far.

Merton
01-18-2006, 03:24 AM
Exactly, too bad like numbers, his annoyance doesn't reach a certain limit, it's infinite ... which means ... it just keeps going and going ... going and going.

Stop the craziness already.

I'm actually rejoiced he's nowhere to be found. :devil:

Don't worry, you will see him again :devil: As for the thread, well, i miss Rafa but the tournament is great so far.

Castafiore
01-18-2006, 07:05 AM
I do miss Rafa a lot :sad: but just like Merton, I'm enjoying the tournament as it is. :)

bokehlicious
01-18-2006, 07:10 AM
Couldn't care less :o

World Beater
01-18-2006, 07:16 AM
i am not a fan of nadal per say, but a fan of good competetive tennis.

Roddick has a joke of a draw. it would have been nice to see some tougher matches for all the top guys, which would have happened if nadal, agassi, and safin showed up.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
01-18-2006, 07:29 AM
Never missed him. :nerner: But I miss Andre and safin! :sad:

1sun
01-18-2006, 08:12 AM
who?

liisa
01-18-2006, 09:04 AM
who?

Rafael Nadal,honey- powerful hot Spanish Sensation
I'm so glad he annoys you... :cool:

VAMOS RAFA! kick a**

fererrodf
01-18-2006, 09:10 AM
As much as I don't like Nadal, he brings certain excitement to the game.

1sun
01-18-2006, 09:14 AM
Rafael Nadal,honey- powerful hot Spanish Sensation
I'm so glad he annoys you... :cool:

VAMOS RAFA! kick a**
who?

heya
01-18-2006, 09:46 AM
The joke draws Federer had don't hurt his dimwitted trolls.

Rafa = Fed Killa
01-18-2006, 10:25 AM
1sun:

who?....

the guy who beat your favourite player in RG semis and then won it at the age of 19.

..thats who

Minnie
01-18-2006, 10:30 AM
As a Fed fan, I happen to think that should my fav win the title, it won't mean as much as if the likes of Agassi, Safin + Nadal were there and I reckon Fed will probably think the same, though he wouldn't say it. Everyone wanted to see a rematch between Rog + Marat - game of the year in 2005.

Mistaflava
01-18-2006, 12:37 PM
GROUPIE ALERT



what I miss are the days that this place wasn't full of annoying little kids who start threads like this



:eek:

misyou25
01-18-2006, 12:51 PM
miss him too although am no fan and no disliker

dylan24
01-18-2006, 12:54 PM
no

ys
01-18-2006, 12:54 PM
1sun:

who?....

the guy who beat your favourite player in RG semis and then won it at the age of 19.

..thats who

The great guy, whose game mirrors and whose career will mirror the ones of Michael Chang.. Winning RG at teen age and being a solid top ten for another few years. Winning a lot of great tournament on his favourite surface.. But not much else..:)

adee-gee
01-18-2006, 12:56 PM
The great guy, whose game mirrors and whose career will mirror the ones of Michael Chang.. Winning RG at teen age and being a solid top ten for another few years. Winning a lot of great tournament on his favourite surface.. But not much else..:)
:retard: is that why pretty much every Federer fan on here has said 'no' in answer to the question. I can smell a bit of fear.

misyou25
01-18-2006, 01:02 PM
hehe....smells till here ;)

ys
01-18-2006, 02:00 PM
:retard: is that why pretty much every Federer fan on here has said 'no' in answer to the question. I can smell a bit of fear.

You think I am a Federer fan, right? :lol:

alfonsojose
01-18-2006, 02:08 PM
:scared: i don't miss a 200 shots rally point

lilfairyprincess
01-18-2006, 02:23 PM
yep i definately miss andre, safin and nadal...but nadal most. i jus think the draws in each of the halfs would have been much more exciting, with far more tough matches for sum of the players (afterall, people keep mentioning how much of an easy draw roddick has!)

also, as sum1 else mentioned earlier, this was the best slam result rafa had last yr apatr from the french and look how much he has improved since then. i think he would have gone reali far in the tournament..hu knows hu he may have put out of the tournament!

A_Skywalker
01-18-2006, 02:40 PM
:scared: i don't miss a 200 shots rally point

Why , you dont like beautiful points ??

Well , I must say I miss Nadal so much , it was gonna be different for me if he was playing , I was gonna watch his matches and the matches of his opponents , but now when hes not playing I am not interested to watch AO , cause I miss him , get well soon rafa !

Federerthebest
01-18-2006, 02:50 PM
Why , you dont like beautiful points ??

omg. since when are nadal's grinding topspin points 'beautiful'?

sweetiepiedoll
01-18-2006, 02:53 PM
I miss him and his Uncle Toni (who told the whole world that Rafa has a girlfriend.)

alfonsojose
01-18-2006, 02:54 PM
Why , you dont like beautiful points ??

Well , I must say I miss Nadal so much , it was gonna be different for me if he was playing , I was gonna watch his matches and the matches of his opponents , but now when hes not playing I am not interested to watch AO , cause I miss him , get well soon rafa !
The same forehand, over and over. I mean, i enjoy variety and i know clay season means longer points and tactics and so on. But on a hard court i want a mix of attack and defense. I'm not going to say "i'm so happy 'coz he's not there" or something like that, but i don't miss his style at all :shrug:

lilfairyprincess
01-18-2006, 02:55 PM
im not sure if i would call them beautiful exactly..but sum of the shots he makes are definately *amazing* !!! i miss the way he fights for every ball and in the process makes ridiculous shots that no one else would even have gotten to...

alfonsojose
01-18-2006, 03:08 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=76560
"Room 432. I won't tell Carlos" :drool:

mallorn
01-18-2006, 03:13 PM
I miss both Rafa and Marat. Every time Eurosport runs the promo that features both of them I feel a little sad. I believe the tournament would be definitely better off with both of them.
Also, with Eurosport's s***** coverage of the ATP tour there's a strong possibility that I may have to wait until RG to watch them play. :(
And I know I shouldn't give a damn about it but I can't help it … all the nasty comments from posters who seem to be glad that a player is out because of an injury make me feel even more :sad:

CooCooCachoo
01-18-2006, 03:15 PM
Can't say I do.

But I feel for his fans :hug:

adee-gee
01-18-2006, 03:18 PM
You think I am a Federer fan, right? :lol:
I'd say a Federer troll is probably a more accurate description.

ExpectedWinner
01-18-2006, 04:10 PM
I've learnt not to miss anyone. They all will be gone eventually.

jole
01-18-2006, 04:23 PM
Nope, I would the give tickets to someone who would actually enjoy it :)

Aw. I was expecting you to say you'd show up for 5 minutes to see how Montanes was playing well enough to make the French Open final.

mongo
01-18-2006, 04:34 PM
I do, and I never thought I'd say that.Yeah, well, you might want to record that comment and continue to hit the play button. He's spent way too much time in the infirmary for a 19 y/o. His foot problems alone date back to when he was 17.

gillian
01-18-2006, 05:40 PM
I miss Nadal's energy and enthusiasm. I'm enjoying the AO so far, but without Safin, Nadal and Agassi, some verve is definitely missing.

ys
01-18-2006, 06:27 PM
I'd say a Federer troll is probably a more accurate description.

I am not sure I even mentioned his name in last few months.. Until this post, that is..

Anyway, as much of a sympathy I can have to an injured player, if Nadal's career were to end right here right now, apart from that personal sympathy I would not have had any further regrets, as, I am of opinion, he brings nothing new to the table. If Federer or Safin were to retire now, that , of course, would be different.

Fumus
01-18-2006, 06:31 PM
I miss Nadal alot, his matches always have tons of great highlights. I think Nadal could have been a major factor at the Aussie.

Oh well, Rafa has many years ahead of him.

stebs
01-18-2006, 06:50 PM
:retard: is that why pretty much every Federer fan on here has said 'no' in answer to the question. I can smell a bit of fear.

I know what you mean. Of course it is easy to see from my sig that I am a supporter of Fed as well but it is a shame the number of people who seem to value Fed having a great win percentage over more competative tennis. Watching the great matches is what makes tennis a great spectator sport.

Rafa-Roger on the rebound ace would be awesome to see and i think a possible classic. Now Rafa will not get to match up to the other men on rebound ace in a slam for another year which is a shame. It would be very interesting to see how good he really is on this surface.

All through the year while some people have said "Rafa is only good on clay". This is plainly not true as you can see by looking at his results on hard courts but I am still left to wonder how good he could do at this slam.

Rafa = Fed Killa
01-18-2006, 06:55 PM
Stebs you are the most fair and intelligent Federer fan on this board.

Wish everyone thought as you do.

Corey Feldman
01-18-2006, 10:39 PM
The joke draws Federer had don't hurt his dimwitted trolls... ohh the stench of bitterness from a duck fan
:o

Rebound Ace
01-18-2006, 10:43 PM
Nadal would have been one of the few to be able to knock off Federer in this tournament (One of the others being Safin and he too is out). The only player capabler atm is Nalbandian who has showed time and again that he can roll Federer at his peak.

Skyward
01-18-2006, 11:21 PM
Nadal would have been one of the few to be able to knock off Federer in this tournament (One of the others being Safin and he too is out). The only player capabler atm is Nalbandian who has showed time and again that he can roll Federer at his peak.

Thanks for the fresh info! :devil:

heya
01-19-2006, 12:20 AM
What's bitter? An arrogant Fed troll who complains because he can't be greedy and lucky enough. "I enjoy being the favorite." :haha: :haha: :rolls:

mandoura
01-19-2006, 04:27 PM
:retard: is that why pretty much every Federer fan on here has said 'no' in answer to the question.

I said yes :p .

Why do you always overlook me :rolleyes: :sad: ? Could it be because I sabotage your theory about Rogelio's fans ;) :lol:?

I can smell a bit of fear.

Fear? :haha: No way. I think all Rogelio has for Rafa is respect and friendship and I think it is mutual, just add admiration too on Rafa's the part. But fear? Never, and it is mutual too. :p

stebs
01-19-2006, 04:45 PM
Nadal would have been one of the few to be able to knock off Federer in this tournament (One of the others being Safin and he too is out). The only player capabler atm is Nalbandian who has showed time and again that he can roll Federer at his peak.


You can't say those things like they are facts. Nadal is young and we have no idea how he would fair on hard court against Roger. He might turn out to be brilliant on rebound ace but it is just a theory. He is on a different level of tennis to that which he was last year but beating Fed on a surface other than clay if he plays well is not an easy thing to do. Nadal may be capable of knocking out Fed on rebound ace but until you see a mathc you have nothing to base it on.

Nalabandian has NOT shown time and time again that he can roll Federer at his peak. He is a fantastic player and his game is great for trying to defeat Roger Federer but saying he can beat Roger time and again at his peak is not an accurate thing to say.

Nalbandian beat Roger Federer 4 times in a row between the middle of 2002 and late 2003 before Roger notched up his first win in their head to head. Since then Roger won three more encounters in a row as he began to dominate the mens game. He became world number one in this time and most people would not dispute that he has been the best player in the world for a while now (even people who dislike Roger don't usually dispute this). Then Nalbandian nothced up an absolutely huge win in a classic five set thriller in the TMC. An awesome win and well played to David Nalbandian but there are few who would seriously claim that Nalbandian has beaten Federer at his best since Federer became a great player.

I also dispute your claim that Nalbandian is the ONLY player "capable" of beating Roger. I would say there were probably 20 or so players, who, at the start of the tournament had the possible skills required to beat Roger without a default. Of course this is not if Roger plays up to full standard and some of those players i speak of probably willl meet Roger and will probably lose. You shouldn;t state these opinions of yours which do not seem particularly accurate to me as facts for they aren't.

Rex
01-19-2006, 05:16 PM
yeh i miss the pighead

Castafiore
01-19-2006, 05:37 PM
You can't say those things like they are facts.
With all due respect but that poster said that he "was able to"...
"Nadal would have been one of the few to be able to knock off Federer in this tournament (One of the others being Safin and he too is out).
To me, 'being able' is not the same thing as stating as a fact that he would have beaten him :confused:


Are people not allowed to write 'I think player A is able to beat player B' and isn't it obvious that this is an opinion?

mandoura
01-19-2006, 07:16 PM
Are people not allowed to write 'I think player A is able to beat player B' and isn't it obvious that this is an opinion?

They are and it is. :)

nermo
01-19-2006, 07:40 PM
Yes, ofcourse, Nadal is missed

stebs
01-19-2006, 09:19 PM
With all due respect but that poster said that he "was able to"...

To me, 'being able' is not the same thing as stating as a fact that he would have beaten him :confused:


Are people not allowed to write 'I think player A is able to beat player B' and isn't it obvious that this is an opinion?

I re-read it after your comment and although to me it still looks like he has stated it as a fact I am probably wrong as I often seem to be. If i am wrong then I'm very sorry to Rebound Ace.

surfpinky
01-19-2006, 09:23 PM
I miss rafa. ):

gillian
01-24-2006, 01:30 PM
So, what is the consensus: would Rafa have had a field day with the slow courts in Melbourne?

RogiFan88
01-24-2006, 01:48 PM
Well, he would not have lost in the first round [and this is supposing that he would only have come to play if he were 100% healthy]. ;)

RogiFan88
01-24-2006, 01:48 PM
I hope he's watching Baggy...