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Nadal/Verdasco outgun Bracciali/Galimberti 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-6(4)

Deivid23
09-23-2006, 03:52 PM
:yeah:

Nice match, specially from Verdasco who was by far the best among the four players. He returned great, served also well and showed that what he did in Bratislava two years was not a fluke, he will be a very good DC player.

Now we have a doubles team, it was not that difficult, it was just a matter of joining our best doubles players ;)

prima donna
09-23-2006, 03:56 PM
Was this really worth a thread ?

Duchova
09-23-2006, 03:57 PM
Cheers.

:D

Castafiore
09-23-2006, 03:57 PM
Was this really worth a thread ?
yup, it was.

Thanks for the short match summary, Deivid.

Deivid23
09-23-2006, 04:02 PM
Was this really worth a thread ?

Do not pollute this thread, thanks

Alvarillo
09-23-2006, 04:06 PM
finally we win the doubles point!!!!!!
fernando :worship:
rafa :bounce:

Kalliopeia
09-23-2006, 04:08 PM
Yay! Too bad I couldn't actually watch. The DC site's livescores are awful. I can't believe none of these matches are on a web stream somewhere.

Neverstopfightin
09-23-2006, 04:20 PM
Verdasco's fans should purchase a tape of the match :worship: . He played an awesome match excepting the first part of the fourth set when he had a mental slump .

Nadal played a quite bad second set and from that moment he started to raise his level gradually and ended the match playing a great tiebreak being the best player of the end showing his rank in the decisive moment . Not a great match from Rafa but he ended the match playing well passing the exam when in the middle ( second set ) he was failing.

Even when Rafa doesn't play his best match he contributes a lot of things in the mental and psychological aspect . Verdasco with Robredo wouldn't have been the same player . Rafa was the leader of the pair and Verdasco offered the good game.

NADIA*
09-23-2006, 04:30 PM
:banana: well done chicos :banana:

tennisgal_001
09-23-2006, 04:32 PM
Tough one to swallow for the Italians, who served out the fourth set at 5-3 but got broken. Good match by the lefty duo. Spain's job just got a lot easier.

~EMiLiTA~
09-23-2006, 04:33 PM
great result!!! muy bien chicos!! :banana:

kiro
09-23-2006, 04:34 PM
So Rafa played this match instead of Robredo.
I wonder who's gonna play on Sunday...

Castafiore
09-23-2006, 04:42 PM
Rafa is playing the first match, I think.

http://i9.tinypic.com/2up4hed.jpg

~EMiLiTA~
09-23-2006, 04:42 PM
from the DC site..

Spain takes the doubles

Nadals replaces Robredo and leads Spain to doubles win

Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco put in a performance full of dynamic exuberance to beat Giorgio Galimberti and Daniele Bracciali 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 in Saturday’s doubles and give Spain a 2-1 lead over Italy in its Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off.

Nadal was called in by Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez as a replacement for Tommy Robredo, who had appeared out-of-sorts in losing to Filippo Volandri in Friday’s opening singles rubber. It proved to be a master stroke.

Nadal and Verdasco bring energy to the court

Nadal and Verdasco had never previously played Davis Cup doubles together – though they did reach the semi-finals of the ATP Tour event in Stuttgart in July 2005 on their only previous doubles foray – but appeared to gel immediately. Bouncing around between points and frequently exhorting each other with shouts, fist pumps, high fives and even chest bumps, Nadal and Verdasco were a collective bundle of energy from the first point.

Galimberti and Bracciali were by far the more established team and had never been beaten in Davis Cup play, yet they appeared overwhelmed early on. The Spanish duo broke Bracciali’s serve in the opening game to set the tone for the first set. While Nadal is undoubtedly the star of the show in Santander – where he is playing his first Davis Cup tie at home since the 2004 final – Spain owed its doubles victory as much to Verdasco as to the two-time Roland Garros champion. While Nadal’s groundstrokes were predictably potent, Verdasco served well and dominated the net with agile aggression.

Italians fight back

The high octane tennis which the Spanish produced in the first set was always likely to suffer a dip and when their energy levels dropped a notch in the second set, Bracciali and Galimberti pounced to temporarily quell the crowd and their opponents. The Italians’ efforts in leveling the match at a set all served only to galvanise Nadal and Verdasco once more, though, and the home side recovered the dynamism of the first set to go two sets to one ahead.

The momentum appeared to switch again at the start of the fourth set, with Italy becoming more aggressive and producing their best passage of play of the match to run up a 5-2 lead, yet Nadal and Verdasco did not stay subdued for long. They broke to 15 when Galimberti served to level the match, bounding back to their seats as though barely able to contain themselves. Verdasco had to survive a few anxious moments on his serve at 4-5 but it was his aggression and perseverance which secured victory for Spain after Nadal had taken them to the tiebreaker.

Spanish celebrate

After Nadal put away the winning volley, Verdasco jumped into the 20-year-old’s arms with such force that he knocked Nadal over backwards onto the court, and the pair remained locked in an embrace, covering themselves in red clay as the capacity crowd roared its approval.

Nadal will return to action for the reverse singles on Sunday, and could win the tie for Spain and secure his nation’s place in the World Group next year if he beats Volandri in the opening rubber. If Volandri manages to pull off another upset, then Sanchez will have to decide whether to keep faith with Robredo for the second singles rubber against Andreas Seppi or replace him with either Verdasco or David Ferrer. Under the ITF’s Davis Cup rules, Sanchez has until ten minutes before the scheduled start of the fifth rubber to make a decision.

Nadal will be anxious to put the tie beyond doubt by then, saving Sanchez from a selection dilemma and giving himself a triumphant homecoming at the same time.

Neverstopfightin
09-23-2006, 04:48 PM
So Rafa played this match instead of Robredo.
I wonder who's gonna play on Sunday...

It's easy . Nadal plays first against Volandri and in the dead rubber Ferrer plays the last match.

Neverstopfightin
09-23-2006, 04:48 PM
So Rafa played this match instead of Robredo.
I wonder who's gonna play on Sunday...

It's easy . Nadal plays first against Volandri and in the dead rubber Ferrer plays the last match.

Castafiore
09-23-2006, 04:49 PM
After Nadal put away the winning volley, Verdasco jumped into the 20-year-old’s arms with such force that he knocked Nadal over backwards onto the court, and the pair remained locked in an embrace, covering themselves in red clay as the capacity crowd roared its approval.
http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/6139/dcsept2006nandoandrafahuggingafterwinning2mp9.th.j pg (http://img236.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dcsept2006nandoandrafahuggingafterwin ning2mp9.jpg)
:)

Neverstopfightin
09-23-2006, 04:56 PM
http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/6139/dcsept2006nandoandrafahuggingafterwinning2mp9.th.j pg (http://img236.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dcsept2006nandoandrafahuggingafterwin ning2mp9.jpg)
:)

Yeah the missionary one :p

freesbee
09-23-2006, 04:57 PM
:banana: well done chicos!!:D

kiro
09-23-2006, 05:00 PM
http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/6139/dcsept2006nandoandrafahuggingafterwinning2mp9.th.j pg (http://img236.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dcsept2006nandoandrafahuggingafterwin ning2mp9.jpg)
:)

But according to the pic it's Verdasco who's knocked down :p

ANT0N!0
09-23-2006, 06:50 PM
I had some hope for the doubles match, I thought the Italian duo could have won this one. Apparently, Bracciali/Galimberti were not able to take their chances in the 4th set.. Damn it! :mad: I really had some hope for this one...

Merton
09-23-2006, 07:19 PM
Good win by Spain, the tie appears practically over, I cannot see Volandri winning against Nadal.

adee-gee
09-23-2006, 07:22 PM
Slighty off topic, but Rafa's Spanish look is probably his best yet :hearts:

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/1870/daviscup02x400x23092006jb4.jpg

tennisgal_001
09-23-2006, 07:28 PM
Slighty off topic, but Rafa's Spanish look is probably his best yet :hearts:

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/1870/daviscup02x400x23092006jb4.jpg

I have to agree. When it comes down to red Nike tops, this is the one he should stick with. And maybe loosen up the capris a li'l bit.

Metis
09-23-2006, 08:02 PM
from the DC site..
After Nadal put away the winning volley, Verdasco jumped into the 20-year-old’s arms with such force that he knocked Nadal over backwards onto the court, and the pair remained locked in an embrace, covering themselves in red clay as the capacity crowd roared its approval.
:haha:
This sentence reminds me of the cheesy Harlequin novels I read in summer camp when I was 14. :devil: :angel:

Carlita
09-23-2006, 08:30 PM
http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y35/Lady_Carlita/smilies/th_whoohoo.gif


there are pics where Fernando is carrying Rafa....so I think Rafa jumped Fer :haha:

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/7b/full.getty-tennis-davis-cup-esp-ita_11_27_42_am.jpg

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/84/full.getty-tennis-davis-cup-esp-ita_11_18_59_am.jpg

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/03/full.getty-tennis-davis-cup-esp-ita_11_32_01_am.jpg
:lol:

Peoples
09-23-2006, 08:38 PM
Who cares which one of the gay boys jumped the other one... :yawn:

Kalliopeia
09-23-2006, 08:45 PM
It actually looks like they were jumping each other and anyone else they could reach (Emilio Sanchez got a hug too) before they made their way to the side for that last cuddle. :D I love seeing them so happy.

Sunset of Age
09-23-2006, 08:51 PM
Rafa's indeed looking GREAT in that outfit. He should stick to this one!

MariaV
09-23-2006, 09:00 PM
Bien hecho chicos!!!!!!!!!! :hatoff: :bounce: :bigclap: :yippee:

Saumon
09-23-2006, 09:05 PM
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/03/full.getty-tennis-davis-cup-esp-ita_11_32_01_am.jpg
:lol:
where are Nando's hands? :speakles:

Carlita
09-23-2006, 09:13 PM
where are Nando's hands? :speakles::o uhuh

MariaV
09-23-2006, 09:20 PM
Gab, you know you're the naughtiest! ;) :o

Saumon
09-23-2006, 09:34 PM
Gab, you know you're the naughtiest! ;) :o
apparently Nando is naughtier than me! :p

Naranoc
09-23-2006, 09:49 PM
:eek: What on EARTH are they doing....

Rafa has had too many of these 'touchy-feely' incidents for it to still be a coincidence ;)

gebl
09-23-2006, 10:14 PM
Who cares which one of the gay boys jumped the other one... :yawn:

is that a slightly odd comment from a gonzo fan? for example, given the photos of gonzo celebrating on massu in the missionary position? given gonzo's closeness to paul capdeville's brother?

Peoples
09-23-2006, 11:26 PM
is that a slightly odd comment from a gonzo fan? for example, given the photos of gonzo celebrating on massu in the missionary position? given gonzo's closeness to paul capdeville's brother?
It's none of your business whose fan I am or am not. If you're going to say Gonzalez is gay then show me a picture of him touching William Capdeville while William is grabbing his dick. Otherwise, :tape:

GlennMirnyi
09-23-2006, 11:28 PM
Wow. Just awful. Verdasco isn't bad but Nadal is ridiculous at the net. How could they lose?

adee-gee
09-23-2006, 11:39 PM
Wow. Just awful. Verdasco isn't bad but Nadal is ridiculous at the net. How could they lose?
:haha:

Gugugugugu, have you ever seen Rafa play doubles?

GlennMirnyi
09-23-2006, 11:40 PM
:haha:

Gugugugugu, have you ever seen Rafa play doubles?

I've seen his amateurish volleys, yes. Why?

adee-gee
09-23-2006, 11:41 PM
I've seen his amateurish volleys, yes. Why?
:lol: were you wearing your Fed-tinted glasses while watching?

Xavidbz
09-24-2006, 12:02 AM
Vamos España! The first doubles match win in Davis Cup since the 2004 semifinal against France, and that's a good new for Emilio Sánchez Vicario!

GlennMirnyi
09-24-2006, 12:23 AM
:lol: were you wearing your Fed-tinted glasses while watching?

I prefer the contact lenses... :rolleyes: