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Queen's: Hewitt def. Nadal 3-6, 6-3 ret.

oz_boz
06-16-2006, 03:33 PM
Darn those shoulder problems! Just when things were getting interesting, I wonder who would have taken the 3rd. Nadal's backhand looks pretty good, forehand naturally not the same weapon though. He had some nice returns and steady volleys. I hadn't seen him play on the grass before, IMO he was doing quite OK.

Björki
06-16-2006, 03:34 PM
Rafa :sad:

I hope it's nothing serious.

Conita
06-16-2006, 03:34 PM
what happened?

Billabong
06-16-2006, 03:35 PM
wow:eek: what happened??

artlinkletter
06-16-2006, 03:35 PM
It's a pity. Considering he's played so many matches of late, it's understandable.

atheneglaukopis
06-16-2006, 03:35 PM
Oh, no! He had taken a set, too. I hope it's nothing some rest won't cure.

Billabong
06-16-2006, 03:35 PM
Apparently it's his shoulder?

Hola Mr. SK
06-16-2006, 03:35 PM
Grass season's over for Rafa? nooooooo :sad:
hope nothing serious with his shoulder and he can still play wimbly.:D

artlinkletter
06-16-2006, 03:36 PM
Yeah, and the trainer told him that there is a chance he might make it worse if he continues.

oz_boz
06-16-2006, 03:36 PM
Something with his left shoulder yes. I missed the complete info on it.

dylan24
06-16-2006, 03:37 PM
eye of the tiger baby
cmoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooon

Neverstopfightin
06-16-2006, 03:37 PM
Wimbly is very close and it isn't the moment to take risks . I have to congratulate Nadal on his great today match after playing like crap yesterday.

scoobs
06-16-2006, 03:38 PM
Too much play in a short space of time following the French - I guess it was a bit too far for the shoulder.

Needs to rest it for a week and a bit and hopefully he'll be right for Wimbledon.

Billabong
06-16-2006, 03:40 PM
Lley:yeah: Continue your run man, you can do it!!!

So Nadal's winning streak is over at 25 matches? It's a shame it ended like this, I would have loved to see Lleyton beat him fair and square...

Clara Bow
06-16-2006, 03:41 PM
This is a shame. :sad: Nadal played so much better today than yesterday. He really did himself proud I think.

The shoulder looked like it was starting to give him problems at the very start of the second, as he was doing shoulder rolls, etc. between points. I hope that it is just from having so much tennis the past weeks and it is not anything serious. Hopefully rest for a few days will have him in good stead for Wimbledon.

tripb19
06-16-2006, 03:41 PM
Rafa! :(

Daveed :(

Curse you injuries!!! There'll be no-one fit to challenge Rogi

rexman
06-16-2006, 03:42 PM
Think it could be because Nadal was trying to serve so much harder than he normally does? I read he hit like a 130 yesterday? It can't be good to switch so quickly.

Neverstopfightin
06-16-2006, 03:42 PM
Lley:yeah: Continue your run man, you can do it!!!

So Nadal's winning streak is over at 25 matches? It's a shame it ended like this, I would have loved to see Lleyton beat him fair and square...

26 matches .

The third set would have been very interesting since there wasn't a clear favourite

cris1085
06-16-2006, 03:43 PM
I am very sad for Rafa even if I am a Hewitt fan. The match was intriguing and I was hoping to see a tie break in the third set. I hope that Rafa will be ok for Wimbledon because it will be more interesting for everybody if he's present.

gillian
06-16-2006, 03:43 PM
How disappointing! I was looking forward to a really competitive 3rd set. Hope Rafa is ok in time for Wimbledon.

rue
06-16-2006, 03:43 PM
What a shame. I really wanted to see what was going to happen in the 3rd set. I think that it is better that he retired, so that he can prepare himself for Wimbledon. He played two great matches and that should give him enough confidence to do well at Wimbledon.

Bilbo
06-16-2006, 03:43 PM
Llegs :yeah:

expected win

NINA_BCN
06-16-2006, 03:44 PM
:sad:

Neverstopfightin
06-16-2006, 03:44 PM
This is a shame. :sad: Nadal played so much better today than yesterday. He really did himself proud I think.

The shoulder looked like it was starting to give him problems at the very start of the second, as he was doing shoulder rolls, etc. between points. I hope that it is just from having so much tennis the past weeks and it is not anything serious. Hopefully rest for a few days will have him in good stead for Wimbledon.

Last year he had already shoulder problems since Montreal until China .

lucashg
06-16-2006, 03:46 PM
His what? Is this something that's been bothering since RG or just from these few matches on grass? I missed the entire second week of RG and yesterday was the first news I had of his play, so I wouldn't know, but err... too bad he retired, I wanted Lleyton to spank him fair and square.

Well, seems like he just needs a rest to be ok for Wimbledon. As for Hewitt, still a good win and hopefully he wins this tournament, unless Blake's up for something. :p

almouchie
06-16-2006, 03:46 PM
nadal was all over Hewitt until his shoulder started bothering him
with a few more practices on grass
u cannt underestimate nadal
he is learnign how to move on grass
& his serve placement in improving
his tactics
he can even approach the net
he has good hands

Neverstopfightin
06-16-2006, 03:47 PM
expected win

:lol:

Did you expect Nadal was gonna retire ?? :retard:

If you have seen the match you must notice there wasn't a clear favourite for the third set since Nadal was playing very well today and Hewitt didn't seem to be superior .

So to say " an expected win " is just a bullshit in this case

NicoFan
06-16-2006, 03:48 PM
Poor Rafa. :sad:

I hope he's okay.

Too many long matches... :sad:

mallorn
06-16-2006, 03:49 PM
Surprisingly, Lleyton wasn't beating him until Rafa got injured. At 1-2* in the second set Rafa started to strech his left arm, went on to lose the next two games, called for the trainer and had a massage on his shoulder. Lleyton broke for 5-1, then Rafa broke back and held. Lleyton served out the second set 6-3 and Rafa retired, apparently the trainer told him he could make it worse. :bigcry:

Bilbo
06-16-2006, 03:51 PM
:lol:

Did you expect Nadal was gonna retire ?? :retard:

If you have seen the match you must notice there wasn't a clear favourite for the third set since Nadal was playing very well today and Hewitt didn't seem to be superior .

So to say " an expected win " is just a bullshit in this case

Well, I did say Hewitt will win. Doesn't matter how he did it but he won. So for me it was expected.

Conita
06-16-2006, 03:53 PM
aww hate it when matches end in retirement
hope he's ok

eddie_hyden
06-16-2006, 03:53 PM
Think it could be because Nadal was trying to serve so much harder than he normally does? I read he hit like a 130 yesterday? It can't be good to switch so quickly.

Possible. His 1st serve percentage is low too, 50-60%, and he got couple of aces in a set, which are so unlike a normal Nadal's stats...

He has been playing for like forever lately... Hope some rest will do him good.

Cheh.. I was on cloud nine few moments ago when Nadal leading after the 1st set, and Federer was looking like he was gonna lose at the 2nd set in Gerry Weber.. lol...

Monteque
06-16-2006, 03:56 PM
I saw almost part of the match. Maybe i'm wrong, but was Hewitt look a bit angry at the end of the match when he involved conversation with Nadal or i just missed something...

Neverstopfightin
06-16-2006, 03:57 PM
I don't think Nadal has lost the second set because of the shoulder problem . After Lleyton broke him in the second set Nadal seemed to lose a bit his concentration and that's why Lleyton broke him again . For sure the shoulder problem has influenced but i think Lleyton was more focused than him in that set.

The third set was uncertain , and it was gonna be very exciting since both players weren't superior . It seemed a close match.

It's a clever decision to retire because Wimbly is very close and a player hasn't to take risks at an international series tournament .

Clara Bow
06-16-2006, 03:58 PM
If you have seen the match you must notice there wasn't a clear favourite for the third set since Nadal was playing very well today and Hewitt didn't seem to be superior .


I agreee. It was a pretty even- and entertaining- match.

NYCtennisfan
06-16-2006, 03:59 PM
Nadal's BH is a lot more effective and offensive on the grass whereas his Fh is not as effective (although he still rips away at short and medium shots that are are left too high).

If wonder if this shoulder injury is in the same spot as his previous shoulder problems? If so, it would be a shame. His 1st serve % in the first set was really low, probalby as low as it has been in a very long time which suggests he was going for a lot more (learning his lesson from yesterday), and that has to be difficult on a shoulder after playing softball serves for 2.5 months.

mallorn
06-16-2006, 04:00 PM
I saw almost part of the match. Maybe i'm wrong, but was Hewitt look a bit angry at the end of the match when he involved conversation with Nadal or i just missed something...
No, Lleyton wasn't angry at all, in fact he was very nice to Rafa and in his interview.

mallorn
06-16-2006, 04:02 PM
Nadal's BH is a lot more effective and offensive on the grass whereas his Fh is not as effective (although he still rips away at short and medium shots that are are left too high).

If wonder if this shoulder injury is in the same spot as his previous shoulder problems? If so, it would be a shame. His 1st serve % in the first set was really low, probalby as low as it has been in a very long time which suggests he was going for a lot more (learning his lesson from yesterday), and that has to be difficult on a shoulder after playing softball serves for 2.5 months.
He was going for more today but his serve hasn't been softball for months now.

mandoura
06-16-2006, 04:03 PM
:sad: :sad: Rafa. Get well soon. I hope it's nothing serious. He looked so good today. :sad:

I am no Hewitt fan and wouldn't have liked him to win this way but I am happy he's in the semis. He is getting "nicer". :)

rexman
06-16-2006, 04:06 PM
No, Lleyton wasn't angry at all, in fact he was very nice to Rafa and in his interview.

What did Lleyton say?

The Daviator
06-16-2006, 04:08 PM
Shame for Rafa, still, he's showed some encouraging signs this week, that was a great first set he played...

Not a good day in all, the umpire told him off at the start for taking too long serving, I think that threw him a bit :(

mallorn
06-16-2006, 04:10 PM
What did Lleyton say?
I'll rewatch it and post it in a moment, I don't remember exactly. ;)

The Daviator
06-16-2006, 04:11 PM
I think Hewitt said, 'that's what happens if you play so much', in a friendly way...

Clara Bow
06-16-2006, 04:12 PM
Shame for Rafa, still, he's showed some encouraging signs this week, that was a great first set he played...

Not a good day in all, the umpire told him off at the start for taking too long serving, I think that threw him a bit :(


I don't think it threw him that much. As you stated, he had a great first set. Now I loves me some Rafa...but he can take too long on his points. I did notice, however, that towards the end of the first set- he took less time in between points than in the beginning and his service games actually got better.

Deboogle!.
06-16-2006, 04:13 PM
too bad for him but it sounds like it was the right decision. Probably just needs some rest, so now he can get that before Wimby. I hope he takes a couple of days off and maybe just enjoys London. He needs and deserves it.

RonE
06-16-2006, 04:15 PM
Shame it had to end with a pullout :(

Let's see if he will be ok by wimbledon. I certainly hope so. I am curious to see how far he can make it. If he plays like he did today he could be a real threat in a couple of years time provided he is not too tired after the clay season.

seven
06-16-2006, 04:17 PM
Rafa has been playing astonoshingly well on grass this week, to me, he looked much more comfortable especially from the baseline like Roddick or Hewitt, who plaey pretty poor. Hewitt would´ve never won the match, if Nadal wasn´´t injured, he was doing absolutely nothing, nothing but errors. Nadal started to serve less in the second and made more errors, because he was certainly feeling the pain, and he looked very much in pain, otherwise he would´ve never retired.
Hope it´s nothing serious, I still remember Coria doing the same thing two years ago, playing week after week, and trying to serve very hard on grass, he paid the price :awww:
But it was the right decision to retire, hope he can get well soon.

supersexynadal
06-16-2006, 04:18 PM
Possible. His 1st serve percentage is low too, 50-60%, and he got couple of aces in a set, which are so unlike a normal Nadal's stats...

He has been playing for like forever lately... Hope some rest will do him good.

Cheh.. I was on cloud nine few moments ago when Nadal leading after the 1st set, and Federer was looking like he was gonna lose at the 2nd set in Gerry Weber.. lol...
I dont know, i never played on grass but do u think he may have tried to hit the ball harder and flatter so he forced too much power into it?

Anyway, winning a set against hewitt on grass is a REALLy good start to wimbledon. I have no doubt that if he wasnt injured hed have a good change of winning the match. I hope he does the same in wimbledon. I wouldnt dream of him getting to the quarters. I hope that gives him confidence. Vamos rafaaa

The Daviator
06-16-2006, 04:20 PM
Rafa has been playing astonoshingly well on grass this week, to me, he looked much more comfortable especially from the baseline like Roddick or Hewitt, who plaey pretty poor. Hewitt would´ve never won the match, if Nadal wasn´´t injured, he was doing absolutely nothing, nothing but errors. Nadal started to serve less in the second and made more errors, because he was certainly feeling the pain, and he looked very much in pain, otherwise he would´ve never retired.
Hope it´s nothing serious, I still remember Coria doing the same thing two years ago, playing week after week, and trying to serve very hard on grass, he paid the price :awww:
But it was the right decision to retire, hope he can get well soon.

I agree, he really impressed me, if he could get some extra pace on the serve, then he could have some good results on this surface...

I just hope he doesn't get a big server in the first round of Wimbledon :unsure:

JadexD
06-16-2006, 04:23 PM
What?!?! It's such a shame Rafa, can't believe it. Hope you get better!

mallorn
06-16-2006, 04:27 PM
So at the net they had a nice handshake and exchanged a few sentences and half-smiles, then Lleyton was interviewed and said he didn't really notice a huge injury but Rafa hit the ball so hard and played so many matches, and it is always difficult to come back from a GS win and play next week, plus Rafa had a very tough match against Verdasco. Then the interviewer asked him what they said at the net. Lleyton answered that he told Rafa (but in a nice, friendly way): "That's what happens when you play so many matches, hopefully it's alright for Wimby." Lleyton also had some nice words about Tim who he plays next.

supersexynadal
06-16-2006, 04:40 PM
So at the net they had a nice handshake and exchanged a few sentences and half-smiles, then Lleyton was interviewed and said he didn't really notice a huge injury but Rafa hit the ball so hard and played so many matches, and it is always difficult to come back from a GS win and play next week, plus Rafa had a very tough match against Verdasco. Then the interviewer asked him what they said at the net. Lleyton answered that he told Rafa (but in a nice, friendly way): "That's what happens when you play so many matches, hopefully it's alright for Wimby." Lleyton also had some nice words about Tim who he plays next.
Awww Lleytons sweet! I dont know y hes the most hated player :sad:

Armada~121
06-16-2006, 04:47 PM
I don't think it threw him that much. As you stated, he had a great first set. Now I loves me some Rafa...but he can take too long on his points. I did notice, however, that towards the end of the first set- he took less time in between points than in the beginning and his service games actually got better.

It was kinda funny that when the umpire warned him that before the match, Rafa's immediate reaction was "but yesterday it wasn't me!". You can tell that Rafa is well aware that his delayed serves start to really tick off his opponents of late and has been trying to improve it in the past few matches, especially since the SF against Ljubicic. And just as he thought he was doing better, his opponent took turn in delaying serves. Since Rafa was the more notorious one, people naturally assume that it was him again who took too long.

He still takes quite a while to serve, but from the past few matches I think he has kept himself in the line, and as Clara stated, in some games he could serve even better. Let's see how well he would fare in Wimbledon.

gsm
06-16-2006, 04:50 PM
So at the net they had a nice handshake and exchanged a few sentences and half-smiles, then Lleyton was interviewed and said he didn't really notice a huge injury but Rafa hit the ball so hard and played so many matches, and it is always difficult to come back from a GS win and play next week, plus Rafa had a very tough match against Verdasco. Then the interviewer asked him what they said at the net. Lleyton answered that he told Rafa (but in a nice, friendly way): "That's what happens when you play so many matches, hopefully it's alright for Wimby." Lleyton also had some nice words about Tim who he plays next.
thanks for telling us this!

damn shame rafa had to retire, fingers crossed he feels better soon.

rafa is kind of lucky i guess, better he had the injury today and not last week.

revolution
06-16-2006, 05:00 PM
Nadal played super tennis in the first set. He was bludgeoning Hewitt with his sheer power from the back and schooling him everywhere.

Hewitt broke just when Nadal's shoulder started to trouble him. In reality Hewitt served very well today, or he could have been beaten in straights.

No one will be relishing playing Nadal at Wimbledon if his shoulder recovers.

Alexandy
06-16-2006, 05:05 PM
I'm glad to hear that Nadal played well. I hope his shoulder will be okay. Hopefully, it's just fatigue from all of his matches as of late. Get better soon Rafa!!!

mallorn
06-16-2006, 05:14 PM
From The CNN:
Nadal forced to retire at Queen's
Friday, June 16, 2006 Posted: 1639 GMT (0039 HKT)

http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/7110/storynadal9fl.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Nadal receives on-court attention before pulling out on Friday.

LONDON, England -- French Open champion Rafael Nadal suffered an injury scare ahead of Wimbledon as he was forced to retire from his Queen's Club quarterfinal against Australia's Lleyton Hewitt with a left shoulder problem.

Hewitt had just squared Friday's match at one set all when the 20-year-old Spanish top seed, who needed treatment earlier in the set, quit in a "lot of pain."

Hewitt will now play Britain's resurgent Tim Hemnan who had earlier beaten Russia's Dmitry Tursunov.

Henman, a perennial home hope at Wimbledon, has slipped down the rankings due a series of injuries and had lost at three of the last four gram slams to the unpredictable Tursunov.

Neither player showed their best form in a match that included six breaks of serve in each set, but Henman kept his nerve to win 6-3 7-6, taking the second set breaker for the loss of only one point.

Earlier, American James Blake advanced when Frenchman Gael Monfils retired with a back injury after losing the opening set 6-1 in just 21 minutes.

He will play the winner of the final quarterfinal between defending champion Andy Roddick and Fernando Gonzalez of Chile.

Fine form

Nadal, coming off his Roland Garros triumph where he beat Roger Federer, has shown fine form on the faster grass at Queen's and took the opening set against former Wimbledon champion Hewitt 6-3 on a single break.

Hewitt hit back with a double break before Nadal, despite being troubled by his shoulder, broke back and put his opponent under pressure before he wrapped up the set.

Nadal then gestured to the chair umpire that he was unable to carry on and left the court to sympathetic applause.

"I felt a lot of pain in the shoulder, starting in the final game of the first set," said a disappinted Nadal.

"To play more would have been stupid. I spoke with the physio and he said it could get worse if I had continued.

"The balls here are a lot of different than Roland Garros, much heavier. I couldn't continue with my shoulder like this - I feel pain."
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/SPORT/06/16/tennis.queens/

tangerine_dream
06-16-2006, 05:24 PM
All play and no time off gives Rafa a bad shoulder. :sad:

Hope he recovers in time for Wimbledon. He seems to have taken to the grass quite well. :)

BlueSwan
06-16-2006, 05:25 PM
Even though I'm firmly in the Fed camp, this saddens me. I neer like it when players get hurt and it was very interesting to see how well Nadal would do on grass. Just by taking a set from Hewitt he definitely did better than I expected. Hopefully he'll be well for wimbledon.

General Suburbia
06-16-2006, 05:29 PM
Nadal was being dumb. How can anyone tax his body like Nadal does and not expect an injury sometime like that? I'm pretty sure this guy was thinking he was invincible or something by now.

stebs
06-16-2006, 05:33 PM
I know it makes no sense but I think this injury could do Rafa good. He has been playing so much tennis if he didn't get injured he could easily burn himself out which can be worse than a small injury. I know he looks like a superman but he's a normal human being and he has played too much. Roger is tired from playing so much but Rafa has played what he played in the clay season plus Barcelona which has a five set final.

I hope he's okay but I think this cloud could have a silver lining, Rafa need to rest.

nkhera1
06-16-2006, 05:40 PM
Well the good news for Nadal is that he was able to take a set off of Hewitt who has been one of the best grasscourt players in the last few years. Nadal should be able to do much better than his 2nd round showing from last year.

stebs
06-16-2006, 05:42 PM
Nadal should be able to do much better than his 2nd round showing from last year.
If he can play at all.

Corey Feldman
06-16-2006, 05:52 PM
Gerry Armstrong is a great umpire..
but he was well out of order today, almost warning Nadal to speed up his serving games after yesterday's slow match... right at the warm up! :rolleyes:
and all caught on the mic hehe
Rafa "but yesterday, Fernando was unbelievable"

Socket
06-16-2006, 05:55 PM
Gerry Armstrong is a great umpire..
but he was well out of order today, almost warning Nadal to speed up his serving games after yesterday's slow match... right at the warm up! :rolleyes:
and all caught on the mic hehe
Rafa "but yesterday, Fernando was unbelievable"
I would guess that the tournament itself was behind this. They must not have been pleased when they had to shift the last match to Court 1, and probably heard from a few fans about it.

Alexandy
06-16-2006, 05:55 PM
If he can play at all.

Don't say that, stebs. :) We need to be positive. He will be better by Wimbledon...I hope. *crosses fingers*

mallorn
06-16-2006, 05:59 PM
Nadal was being dumb. How can anyone tax his body like Nadal does and not expect an injury sometime like that? I'm pretty sure this guy was thinking he was invincible or something by now.
When and where the hell was he supposed to improve his grass court game? On an artificial grass court on Mallorca, like last year? That did him a lot of good. :rolleyes:

After all his injuries Rafa is perfectly aware he's not invincible. In fact, he's very conscious how difficult and how important it is for him to stay healthy, as anybody who knows anything about him realises.

kronus12
06-16-2006, 06:06 PM
Rafal style of play is the reason he has a shoulder injury alia hewitt, even hewitt said in his post match interviews grind style of play like rafal will cause problem in the future when he gets older. This is only the begining he's already had a major injury on his foot, hopefully the shoulder is not as bad.
On the postive part he did take a set of one of the great grasscourt players of this generation. He should improve but wimbledon is the fastest grass court in the world and his first round opponet will be interesting. And yes i was one of those haters who didn't like hewitt at all but the last few years he's really shown his maturity and sportmanship and i hope he wins a few more slams before he retires but if federer wasn't around we would be talking about hewitt being one or maybe the greatest tennis player around.
Any tennis fan with a head on knows hewitt is that good.

Scotso
06-16-2006, 06:07 PM
Get well for Wimbledon, Rafa :)

justClaudia
06-16-2006, 06:17 PM
He played a very good first set.

Rest Rafa, and get well for Wimbledon.

stebs
06-16-2006, 06:29 PM
Don't say that, stebs. :) We need to be positive. He will be better by Wimbledon...I hope. *crosses fingers*
Unfortunately I'm a pessimist/realist. A pessimist when things are going well and a realist when they are going badly. :)

I hope Rafa will play Wimbledon though, I want to see Rafa take on big Ivo but he isn't fit either :sad:

Jogy
06-16-2006, 06:31 PM
Good show from Nadal on lawn this week!
okay, he had retire, but good matches

He will be able to give Federer a good grass match or even beat him soon at the rate he improoves :) :yeah:
Just look how Federer suck on lawn at the moment, has to battle three TB against a short guy like Rochus who never did a lot on grass like others :lol: ;)

sonia
06-16-2006, 06:42 PM
poor Rafa :sad:

ChloeLove
06-16-2006, 07:05 PM
It was unfortunate he had to retire, but it was the smart thing to do. He has definitely proven that he can play on grass, to me this was a very good showing for Rafa. His first set was great, he was playing like a grass player. Its hope for the future, that Rafa could win a grass tournament one day.

oz_boz
06-16-2006, 07:27 PM
Does anyone have the stats for the match?

Socket
06-16-2006, 08:15 PM
Does anyone have the stats for the match?
They're on the website. Click on the Live Scores link, and when the pop-up window opens, click on Results, then Friday, and then click on the individual match for the match stats.

croman
06-16-2006, 08:31 PM
I'm happy because Nadal lost. :lol: :lol:

BlakeorHenman
06-16-2006, 08:35 PM
Rafal style of play is the reason he has a shoulder injury alia hewitt, even hewitt said in his post match interviews grind style of play like rafal will cause problem in the future when he gets older. This is only the begining he's already had a major injury on his foot, hopefully the shoulder is not as bad.
On the postive part he did take a set of one of the great grasscourt players of this generation. He should improve but wimbledon is the fastest grass court in the world and his first round opponet will be interesting. And yes i was one of those haters who didn't like hewitt at all but the last few years he's really shown his maturity and sportmanship and i hope he wins a few more slams before he retires but if federer wasn't around we would be talking about hewitt being one or maybe the greatest tennis player around.
Any tennis fan with a head on knows hewitt is that good.


Agassi has also stated in interviews (not in this particular wording) that Rafa is on the track towards a short career with his style of play.

Also, this is going to be a very unpopular sentiment but I don't think Rafa has shown a lot of fantastic grass tennis this week. He beat players that he would be expected to beat on any surface, and yes, he took a set off Hewitt, but so did Vicente. I'm sorry, but I'm still not sure he's ready to be a grass contender. I think if he would have beaten Hewitt, Henman would have spanked him in the semis.

Ceri
06-16-2006, 08:47 PM
Rafal style of play is the reason he has a shoulder injury alia hewitt, even hewitt said in his post match interviews grind style of play like rafal will cause problem in the future when he gets older. This is only the begining he's already had a major injury on his foot, hopefully the shoulder is not as bad.
On the postive part he did take a set of one of the great grasscourt players of this generation. He should improve but wimbledon is the fastest grass court in the world and his first round opponet will be interesting. And yes i was one of those haters who didn't like hewitt at all but the last few years he's really shown his maturity and sportmanship and i hope he wins a few more slams before he retires but if federer wasn't around we would be talking about hewitt being one or maybe the greatest tennis player around.
Any tennis fan with a head on knows hewitt is that good.
Good post. It's nice to see Hewitt get some credit for his achievements for a change. :)

musefanatic
06-16-2006, 09:50 PM
I thought it was real shame that Nadal has to retire, I wasn't sure that Hewitt would've won it even though he claims he felt he was getting the upper hand of Nadal. I was getting a bit bored of him winning all the time though but just sad to see hi have to retire. Hope he's ok for wimbie :)

Iheartandy&roger
06-16-2006, 10:02 PM
fuck fuck fuck :( that really sucks hopefully this doesn't affect Rafa in Wimby....

Jakeev
06-17-2006, 01:37 AM
Damn I was disappointed. Rafa definitely adjusted to grass fantastically. Loved his aggressive play.

Hope he will be ok for Wimbledon.

Mimi
06-17-2006, 02:21 AM
oh god, how can the empire did that, warned him before the match? this of course will affect his minds :mad: :mad: get well soon, my little man :angel:

eddie_hyden
06-17-2006, 02:25 AM
oh god, how can the empire did that, warned him before the match? this of course will affect his minds :mad: :mad: get well soon, my little man :angel:


yup this is so not right...

Mimi
06-17-2006, 02:30 AM
now i am disliking Ljubicic more coz its him who brought out this take time too long issue and lead to nadal being attacked so much, i fear that this will affect his mental a lot during the matches :sad:
yup this is so not right...