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Would you be suprised if Nadal actually WON the U.S Open?

Pfloyd
09-04-2006, 03:14 PM
Without being "tard-ish" in your respones, can Rafa win the U.S Open?

gillian
09-04-2006, 03:18 PM
Yes and no.

In the sense that he hasn't been that successful on the North American hard courts, it would be surprising. However, given his determination, it wouldn't be shocking. I mean, he is the number 2 player in the world, so I don't think it'd be a complete shock to see him win this major.

cmurray
09-04-2006, 03:39 PM
I've said all along that i had a feeling this would be Rafa's year at the USO. I would say at this point, considering his success at Wimby, nothing should really be surprising with Nadal anymore. The guy can play.

Rogiman
09-04-2006, 03:45 PM
I would only be surprised if he stopped grunting and jumping up-and-down.

t0x
09-04-2006, 04:06 PM
At the end of Cincy, I said I'd eat my hat if he wins the USO :| His hardcourt form was terrible for the world number 2.

However, looking at his draw, realistically, only Roddick can take him out now, he's avoided all of the others who trouble him (Blake, Berdych etc both in Fed's quarter). So now, I wouldn't be so suprised if he wins it. Although I hope he doesnt :P

ExpectedWinner
09-04-2006, 04:18 PM
No surprise.

Grass court specialists usually do well in NY. :silly:

musefanatic
09-04-2006, 04:39 PM
I really don't think he'll do it but he might get to the final and give Roger a run for his money :)

Neely
09-04-2006, 04:41 PM
He can do it, but I don't see it currently because his first matches were not so impressive that I could say he already has the form to do it.

BlueSwan
09-04-2006, 05:09 PM
Not surprised at all. I still have him as second favourite for the title (Federer being the obvious favourite). Roddick or Hewitt in the semis could prove tough, but on the other hand he has a shot at beating Federer, which Roddick and Hewitt really doesn't.

*Viva Chile*
09-04-2006, 05:11 PM
If he defeats Roddick, he has all the chances on the final.

El Legenda
09-04-2006, 05:17 PM
He cant and he wont :) Roger can and Roger will :)

Adler
09-04-2006, 05:21 PM
I won't be surprised, but I don't want it to happen as long as he's so one-dimensional

nkhera1
09-04-2006, 06:26 PM
I won't be surprised, but I don't want it to happen as long as he's so one-dimensional

How is Nadal so one-dimensional? Just about everyone in tennis must be then.

Sunset of Age
09-04-2006, 06:31 PM
With the way Fed is playing now: it won't happen.

DrJules
09-04-2006, 06:36 PM
Not surprised at all. I still have him as second favourite for the title (Federer being the obvious favourite). Roddick or Hewitt in the semis could prove tough, but on the other hand he has a shot at beating Federer, which Roddick and Hewitt really doesn't.

Federer may be the strong favourite, but Nadal is clear 2nd favourite. The surprise would be anyone not called Federer or Nadal.

scarecrows
09-04-2006, 06:38 PM
I would bge surprised as there's some players that are playing better than him at the moment

Scotso
09-04-2006, 06:56 PM
I'm not expecting it, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Byrd
09-04-2006, 07:08 PM
I think having such an 'easy' draw til the SF will be actually quite bad for Rafa as he won't have played anyone of the same calibre of hewitt/gasquet/roddick, so playing players like moodie and novak and then playing them, will be a huge transition for him. With nadals current form, don't like his chances.

No im not a fedtard....

supersexynadal
09-04-2006, 07:37 PM
No i wouldnt. He usually pulls his socks up when he plays against federer like he did in dubai. In that tournment i remember he was playing 'safely' and against federer its like he heard me tell him what to do..

Ferrero Forever
09-05-2006, 09:20 AM
I wouldn't be suprised, Nadal is very good, but Federer is also very good. It will come down to who is playing better on the day, and I don't mind who wins because I like both

Jaffas85
09-05-2006, 09:34 AM
I think Nadal will be beaten in the semis by either Roddick or Hewitt.

Roddick and especially Hewitt have such a great track record at the U.S. Open and do quite well on the fast harcourt surfaces.

Regardless of whether its a Hewitt-Nadal semi or a Roddick-Nadal semi it should be very interesting though I don't favour Nadal to win his semi.

oz_boz
09-05-2006, 09:43 AM
Expecting it.

dmit424
09-05-2006, 09:51 AM
It would be somewhat surprising, yes, but not a shock or anything. He would have to have more things go right for him than Roger, obviously, but it's not out of the question.

scarecrows
09-05-2006, 10:19 AM
I think Nadal will be beaten in the semis by either Roddick or Hewitt.



I dont think he'll have any trouble with both of them

he can use his top spin forehand to Roddicks shitty backhand , whereas with Hewitt they both play a baseline game and I see Nadal better prepared for long rallies

oz_boz
09-05-2006, 10:28 AM
I dont think he'll have any trouble with both of them

he can use his top spin forehand to Roddicks shitty backhand , whereas with Hewitt they both play a baseline game and I see Nadal better prepared for long rallies

Plus Rafa's firepower is considerably bigger.

supersexynadal
09-05-2006, 10:34 AM
I dont agree with the last one. His returns have been annoyingly short to the point where i feel like screaming at him to attack the second serve and also when he plays on the run his crosses havent been so great either

oz_boz
09-05-2006, 10:40 AM
I dont agree with the last one. His returns have been annoyingly short to the point where i feel like screaming at him to attack the second serve and also when he plays on the run his crosses havent been so great either

Well, in the first three rounds you have to save some energy. It's not like he has had to play his best, Horna challenged him for a set but ran out of gas as expected. Nadal will probably get sharper later on.

Monteque
09-05-2006, 10:49 AM
At least for this time, i couldnt see that he is in the stage with triumph. Either A-Rod or Lleyton would be a great problem for him.

cmurray
09-05-2006, 11:06 AM
What's with all of this "one dimensional" crap? How in the world is Rafa's game one dimensional?

1. He comes to net fairly often. He doesn't hug the baseline on other surfaces the way a lot of clay courters do
2. His own serve is quite difficult to break and it's getting better all the time.
3. His defense is amazing - best on tour
4. He's a brilliant (yes I said it) shot maker
5. His transition game is phenomenal. His ability to turn defense to offense is second only to Roger's.
6. He's quick and strong.

Now, which dimension of his game were you referring to? I realize his return of serve isn't the greatest, but having one weakness doesn't make your game one-dimensional.

yanchr
09-05-2006, 11:11 AM
He has all the green lights on from the 1st round until semi, just like Wimbledon. God really loves the kid. He will have some trouble in semi, but manage to go through, and lose to Federer in the final.

kokket
09-05-2006, 11:17 AM
yes and no

after all he is the wimbledon runner up
well he has not a though draw ( the win against Baghdatis was impressive ) in Wibledon but to reach the final is not that easy

i think he has good chance to reach the final ... but it will be not easy
Next opponent Youzhny could be hard.
he lost to him in Dubai and has a though 5 Set win AO 2005.

after that he will meet Hewitt or Andy. And there he need realy to improve his game. I have seen last 2 matches from Nadal and he was not really good playing.

cmurray
09-05-2006, 11:26 AM
OMG, Kokket. Did Marat really say that in an interview? Damn, I love that guy. He's hilarious!

stebs
09-05-2006, 11:30 AM
Not at all surprised. It's a shame for me that both Rafa and Roger have not at all tough draws. The other two quarters are far harder. Especially Hewitt - Roddick quarter. I can't wait for Rafa - Hewitt/Roddick. That will be a great match.

supersexynadal
09-05-2006, 12:39 PM
What's with all of this "one dimensional" crap? How in the world is Rafa's game one dimensional?

1. He comes to net fairly often. He doesn't hug the baseline on other surfaces the way a lot of clay courters do
2. His own serve is quite difficult to break and it's getting better all the time.
3. His defense is amazing - best on tour
4. He's a brilliant (yes I said it) shot maker
5. His transition game is phenomenal. His ability to turn defense to offense is second only to Roger's.
6. He's quick and strong.

Now, which dimension of his game were you referring to? I realize his return of serve isn't the greatest, but having one weakness doesn't make your game one-dimensional.
No need to explain yourself. Theyre cann nadal-bashers and their aim in life-to bash nadal :rolleyes:

kronus12
09-05-2006, 12:42 PM
If rafal was to win it wouldn't be that a big of surprise. But you must admit fed is playing exceptional tennis at the moment and is it me or is he winning more winners from the backhand then the famous FH.
I still think the semi we will see how good he is against roddick or hewitt.
I think rafal would prefer to play hewitt then roddick because hewitt matches his game really well. Roddick on the other hand has got that massive serve that will trouble rafal no doubt.

njorker
09-05-2006, 12:52 PM
I would only be surprised if he stopped grunting and jumping up-and-down.

What?! I think his matches are more exciting because of all the energy and competitiveness he brings on the court. Yes, other players are as competitive as well (i.e. Fed=boring) but not as energetic as Rafa is.