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Rafael Nadal def. Tommy"the Weakest Link" Robredo 7:6(2) 6:2

Loremaster
11-15-2006, 02:53 PM
Great Much :worship: :worship:

Congratulations Rafa, now take out Bald Nikolay in straight sets to regain as much confidence as you can :)

MrJ
11-15-2006, 02:54 PM
Is the match over? :confused:

Jimnik
11-15-2006, 02:54 PM
How surprising.

Katastrophe
11-15-2006, 02:55 PM
Way to bounce back Rafa, very nice! :yeah:

Feketepuss
11-15-2006, 02:56 PM
Either you are ejaculating prematurely or the live scoring is two minutes behind reality!

jasmin
11-15-2006, 02:57 PM
It's over. Robredo didn't come to play.

MrJ
11-15-2006, 02:57 PM
The match is not over, yet!! :o

Oh well, I guess congrats Rafa in advance!! :cool:

Jimnik
11-15-2006, 02:57 PM
Is the match over? :confused:
Loremaster can see into the future. ;)

Loremaster
11-15-2006, 02:59 PM
of course I can :), it was 0-40 when I posted it ;)

NeverSayDie
11-15-2006, 03:00 PM
:woohoo: :bounce: :bigclap: :banana: Vamosssssssssssss!!!!!!!!

MisterQ
11-15-2006, 03:00 PM
Congrats Rafa.

tangerine_dream
11-15-2006, 03:01 PM
SS win, great recovery Rafa :worship:

GlennMirnyi
11-15-2006, 03:02 PM
Predictable.

Stevens Point
11-15-2006, 03:03 PM
of course I can :), it was 0-40 when I posted it ;)

yeah, 3 match points and what happened yesterday...

silver7
11-15-2006, 03:06 PM
Congrats Rafa:yeah: but also :sad: for Tommy.
I hate matches when two of my fav players plays against each other. :(

Metis
11-15-2006, 03:07 PM
Much needed win for Nadal. His reaction in the end said it all. He looked a bit shaky in the very beginning but after winning the 1st set tiebreak he was on fire. It was good for his confidence because he has been losing a lot of tiebreaks recently...

Well, a Feds-Rafa semifinal seems quite probable now :devil:

sawan66278
11-15-2006, 03:08 PM
Very nice bounceback victory for Rafa. He played pretty well, and it looks like his forehand has its sting back. An absolutely incredible forehand on set point in the first set!!!

Champions always bounce back from tough losses. Even though it was only against Robredo who is neck and neck with Fat Dave for weakest link standings in my book, a win is a win.

Two things I noticed in the match:

1. Rafa was extremely happy when he won. When signing the lens as the winning players do, he went "marker crazy"! After signing his name, he kept underlining it like an out of control child with a ting of madness in his smile.:yippee:

2. It clearly appears that Rafa is no longer taking a year between starting preparing to serve and serving. He is picking up the pace...nice to see.

Voo de Mar
11-15-2006, 03:08 PM
Rafa - good boy ;)
James will be on peak of the group even if he lose to Robredo in straights sets :cool:

GlennMirnyi
11-15-2006, 03:10 PM
Very nice bounceback victory for Rafa. He played pretty well, and it looks like his forehand has its sting back. An absolutely incredible forehand on set point in the first set!!!

Champions always bounce back from tough losses. Even though it was only against Robredo who is neck and neck with Fat Dave for weakest link standings in my book, a win is a win.

Two things I noticed in the match:

1. Rafa was extremely happy when he won. When signing the lens as the winning players do, he went "marker crazy"! After signing his name, he kept underlining it like an out of control child with a ting of madness in his smile.:yippee:

2. It clearly appears that Rafa is no longer taking a year between starting preparing to serve and serving. He is picking up the pace...nice to see.

Maybe because he was never in serious trouble through the whole match?

Yappa
11-15-2006, 03:10 PM
1. Rafa was extremely happy when he won. When signing the lens as the winning players do, he went "marker crazy"! After signing his name, he kept underlining it like an out of control child with a ting of madness in his smile.:yippee:


Hehe yeah, that was funny. :)


2. It clearly appears that Rafa is no longer taking a year between starting preparing to serve and serving. He is picking up the pace...nice to see.

Well, AFAIK he received a warning again, so...

canbera
11-15-2006, 03:10 PM
Now I hope that Nadal is going to beat Davydenko, and Nalbandian beats Roddick so we FINALLY have the Nadal-Nalbandian match! that'd be great-

GlennMirnyi
11-15-2006, 03:11 PM
Now I hope that Nadal is going to beat Davydenko, and Nalbandian beats Roddick so we FINALLY have the Nadal-Nalbandian match! that'd be great-

For that to happen Nadal must be the first of his group. I don't think that's possible anymore.

sawan66278
11-15-2006, 03:12 PM
Rafa got a warning? Was this in the first set? As a Rafa fan, I am glad to see him get one. Taking as much time as he has in the past made Ivan Lendl's preparation look like lightspeed on crack!!

Net Cord
11-15-2006, 03:12 PM
For that to happen Nadal must be the first of his group. I don't think that's possible anymore.

You're right. It's not possible. Even if Nadal wins vs. Davydenko and Blake loses vs. Robredo, they're both 2-1, and Blake has the H2H win.

zicofirol
11-15-2006, 03:13 PM
It's over. Robredo didn't come to play.

no, he did come to play, but he sucks so it doesnt matter.

GlennMirnyi
11-15-2006, 03:14 PM
no, he did come to play, but he sucks so it doesnt matter.

:lol:

Voo de Mar
11-15-2006, 03:14 PM
For that to happen Nadal must be the first of his group. I don't think that's possible anymore.

Nadal can't be first in the Gold Group even if he will win against Davydenko 2-0 and Blake will lose 0-2 to Robredo :)

jasmin
11-15-2006, 03:14 PM
Congrats Rafa:yeah: but also :sad: for Tommy.
I hate matches when two of my fav players plays against each other. :(



I know what cha mean silver.

Gulliver
11-15-2006, 03:15 PM
Typical clay court match.........yawn, a pair of grinders.

GlennMirnyi
11-15-2006, 03:16 PM
Nadal can't be first in the Gold Group even if he will win against Davydenko 2-0 and Blake will lose 0-2 to Robredo :)

Exactly. That's what I pointed out.

Adler
11-15-2006, 03:17 PM
Convincing victory, but Tommy played really well in the 1st set. He made some stupid mistakes, and Rafa hardly ever does them, and there you have the score

I wonder if Kolya feels well enough to play properly against Nadal. I guess not

Metis
11-15-2006, 03:17 PM
2. It clearly appears that Rafa is no longer taking a year between starting preparing to serve and serving. He is picking up the pace...nice to see.
He got a warning for code violation in his first service game (if I remember correctly) and then had a chat with the umpire during the changeover. He was complaining that the ballkid took too long to throw him the third ball, which I actually saw too (the warning came the second he got the 3rd ball :lol:), but still, it was a good thing it happened early...

GlennMirnyi
11-15-2006, 03:18 PM
Typical clay court match.........yawn, a pair of grinders.

That was in my head all the time.

Net Cord
11-15-2006, 03:18 PM
Convincing victory, but Tommy played really well in the 1st set. He made some stupid mistakes, and Rafa hardly ever does them, and there you have the score

I wonder if Kolya feels well enough to play properly against Nadal. I guess not

After losing to Blake, Davydenko said,

"I'm not ready for Shanghai physically," confessed Davydenko, who played almost every week of the ATP season until the autumn.

http://www.masters-cup.com/1/news/stories/wednesday.asp

mallorn
11-15-2006, 03:19 PM
Phew. :D

It'll be interesting to see who'll be less the confident guy ;) in the Rafa/Kolya match, with Davydenko's disappointment today. And what's up with Kolya's leg?

GlennMirnyi
11-15-2006, 03:20 PM
After losing to Blake, Davydenko said,

"I'm not ready for Shanghai physically," confessed Davydenko, who played almost every week of the ATP season until the autumn.

http://www.masters-cup.com/1/news/stories/wednesday.asp

Oh no!

Metis
11-15-2006, 03:22 PM
Convincing victory, but Tommy played really well in the 1st set. He made some stupid mistakes, and Rafa hardly ever does them, and there you have the score

I wonder if Kolya feels well enough to play properly against Nadal. I guess not
I agree that Tommy was good in the 1st set and fought really hard, but Nadal was pretty bad in the very beginning. The commentators said he committed 7-8 unforced errors in the first 4 games.

It seemed to me that once he got into his usual rhythm, Robredo didn't have a chance.

CooCooCachoo
11-15-2006, 03:23 PM
:sad: Was hoping for the unimaginable.

BlakeJamitis
11-15-2006, 03:25 PM
Davydenko shouldn't start using excuses now. I understand the pain of losing but he needs to realize that he can still make the semis. He gets a full day off to rest. Finally, Nobody told him to play 40 tourneys a year.

mallorn
11-15-2006, 03:29 PM
I agree that Tommy was good in the 1st set and fought really hard, but Nadal was pretty bad in the very beginning. The commentators said he committed 7-8 unforced errors in the first 4 games.

It seemed to me that once he got into his usual rhythm, Robredo didn't have a chance.
IMO that's an understatement. ;) He was so hesitant! :rolleyes: He only started to play better at 5*-6. :yeah:

guga2120
11-15-2006, 03:30 PM
hes still serving weak, i hope he doesn't choke against Nicolas, a Nadal/Federer semi would very good.

RogiFan88
11-15-2006, 03:42 PM
Davydenko shouldn't start using excuses now. I understand the pain of losing but he needs to realize that he can still make the semis. He gets a full day off to rest. Finally, Nobody told him to play 40 tourneys a year.

The way he was talking before Shanghai, you'd think he was going to win it all... what happened to his "confidence"? :rolleyes: OK, just tank your next RR match then... :p

So who'll be the top Gold Grp player then??

RogiFan88
11-15-2006, 03:42 PM
btw, Rafa d Tommy in straights -- expected and predictable ;)

Naranoc
11-15-2006, 03:48 PM
Never really in doubt, (Nadal having never dropped a set against Robredo) but then again he was defeated by JCF in straights so it wasn't impossible that an upset would happen, particularly at the begining of the match.

Good to see him regain some confidence back. If he'd lost this match... :scared:

Warrior
11-15-2006, 04:04 PM
It's a shame that Robredo qualified for the Masters Cup, while players like Baghdatis, Haas, and Gonzalez are not there!

Katastrophe
11-15-2006, 04:08 PM
It's a shame that Robredo qualified for the Masters Cup, while players like Baghdatis, Haas, and Gonzalez are not there!

I would be willing to bet there are more than a few who echo that statement. :)

ChinoRios4Ever
11-15-2006, 04:12 PM
congrats rafa :yeah:
now beat davy

vincayou
11-15-2006, 04:15 PM
Well done Rafa :yeah:
Tennis fan (even Fedtards) need a good Nadal.

Loremaster
11-15-2006, 04:20 PM
After losing to Blake, Davydenko said,

"I'm not ready for Shanghai physically," confessed Davydenko, who played almost every week of the ATP season until the autumn.

http://www.masters-cup.com/1/news/stories/wednesday.asp


oh NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!1:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:
WHAT A EXCUSE, if he won it 2 sets he would say I am playing my best right now, he has never won with James, even when he was rested and fresh, he simply chocked badly

Dancing Hero
11-15-2006, 04:31 PM
Not a surprise Nadal won, is it? Against Robredo, hardly.:)

Björki
11-15-2006, 04:57 PM
Rafa :)

RonE
11-15-2006, 05:07 PM
Soooooooo predictable :yawn:

Robredo is a waste of draw space :zzz:

revolution
11-15-2006, 05:08 PM
Ancic, Baghdatis, Haas, Gonzalez... four guys whom any one would have made for a competitive gold group.

Loremaster
11-15-2006, 05:12 PM
Ancic, Baghdatis, Haas, Gonzalez... four guys whom any one would have made for a competitive gold group.

true... robredo is a joke on this surface, but shame thaht Gonzalez, Ancic, Baghdatis and Haas had very start in Paris a it decided

Jade Fox
11-15-2006, 05:13 PM
Oh Lord not the "Debate" again. Last time I checked Tommy qualified because he earned the most points. The other guys(Gonzalez, Haas, etc.) didn't. How hard is this to understand?

Metis
11-15-2006, 05:19 PM
Ancic, Baghdatis, Haas, Gonzalez... four guys whom any one would have made for a competitive gold group.
Are you sure?
Last I heard, Baghdatis was sick of people talking to him about tennis and the TMC and Gonzalez didn't want to be an alternate and would probably have been extremely exhausted if he had made it.

jazar
11-15-2006, 05:22 PM
not a very suprising win. robredo is the whipping boy and doesnt deserve to be there

revolution
11-15-2006, 05:24 PM
Are you sure?
Last I heard, Baghdatis was sick of people talking to him about tennis and the TMC and Gonzalez didn't want to be an alternate and would probably have been extremely exhausted if he had made it.

I mean if they'd automatically qualified or if Grosjean had done the job he was supposed to do.

Metis
11-15-2006, 05:30 PM
I mean if they'd automatically qualified or if Grosjean had done the job he was supposed to do.
I understand, but to automatically qualify you have to earn it. Those who did qualify, earned it with hard work (mostly ;)).

Rafa = Fed Killa
11-15-2006, 05:36 PM
Vamos Rafa!

Regain your confidence.

sawan66278
11-15-2006, 05:50 PM
True Robredo qualified, but that is why there should be a rule that if a player does not make the final eight of at least one major, he should not be allowed to play in Shanghai. There is already a rule that allows the win of a slam an exceptional entry. There should be an exclusion based on slam performances as well.

Clara Bow
11-15-2006, 06:17 PM
True Robredo qualified, but that is why there should be a rule that if a player does not make the final eight of at least one major, he should not be allowed to play in Shanghai

He has made the QF at RG in the past, just not this year. Gonzo also did not make the QF of a major this year, so would you say that he should not have been allowed to make it even if he earned the right to as Tommy did?

Derek1206
11-15-2006, 11:47 PM
Vamos! :woohoo:

Great job Rafa! :D :banana:

Good luck in your next match! :yeah:

sawan66278
11-16-2006, 04:18 AM
Though I am a Gonzo fan...yes, in my mind, he should not have qualified because he did not even make the quarters of a major in the year 2006:sad:

zicofirol
11-16-2006, 05:57 AM
I watched this borefest on replay, god was it awful. Playing 10 feet behind the baseline, playing clay court tennis on a fast court, horrendous.

rmb6687
11-16-2006, 06:00 AM
I watched this borefest on replay, god was it awful. Playing 10 feet behind the baseline, playing clay court tennis on a fast court, horrendous.

very true...that was annoying and I actually fell asleep. I was really tired, granted, but i don't think I would have fallen asleep during the andy/rog match yesterday.

hammett
11-16-2006, 06:56 AM
What if the TMC was played on clay. Who would be the jokes then. ;)

Lets make it more fair to everyone and play it one year say in an indoor claycourt so we can laugh and call jokes at the likes of Roddick, Blake, Ljubicic. ;).

Loremaster
11-16-2006, 08:25 AM
Nadal is regaining his game, his shots on the run are sick, that backhand on the run pass, and forehand on set point :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

His volleys were also very nice

Another Federer - Nadal match ??

~EMiLiTA~
11-16-2006, 08:50 AM
i enjoyed watching that match...esp the first set when it was quite close and both players did very well.

good to see Rafa getting more confidence...i think he will beat Davydenko now

the handshake at the end was pretty short and sweet though..

A_Skywalker
11-16-2006, 08:55 AM
I would love to see another Nadal - fed match

oz_boz
11-16-2006, 09:04 AM
What if the TMC was played on clay. Who would be the jokes then. ;)

Lets make it more fair to everyone and play it one year say in an indoor claycourt so we can laugh and call jokes at the likes of Roddick, Blake, Ljubicic. ;).

The court has already been adjusted from carpet to slow hardcourt for the benefit of the slow surface players.

Well done Rafa, though giving Tommy a tiebreak was unnecessary. Now Davydenko, probably a bit tougher but Nadal will likely overpower him.

Sawan66728; Nalby is not even close to Tommy as a weak link. He plays bad regularly but he can beat almost anyone when on. Imagine Tommy taking a set from Fed?

sawan66278
11-16-2006, 12:05 PM
You're right, Oz...maybe a little too harsh about the criticism of Fat Dave...it just bothers me when I see a player squandering his talent because of his lack of fitness and mental demons...Kudos for his win against Roddick today, something Robredo probably could not have pulled off...but then again, once the serve is returned Roddick is a sitting duck;)

And I did notice the short handshake...any explanations for it given they are Davis Cup teammates?

~EMiLiTA~
11-16-2006, 12:10 PM
And I did notice the short handshake...any explanations for it given they are Davis Cup teammates?

i don't think they're as friendly as they used to be, even though they may deny it

oz_boz
11-16-2006, 12:27 PM
You're right, Oz...maybe a little too harsh about the criticism of Fat Dave...it just bothers me when I see a player squandering his talent because of his lack of fitness and mental demons...Kudos for his win against Roddick today, something Robredo probably could not have pulled off...but then again, once the serve is returned Roddick is a sitting duck;)

And I did notice the short handshake...any explanations for it given they are Davis Cup teammates?

:yeah: It is annoying isn't it? Imagine the matches we're robbed on because of the likes of Safin or David...of course it's hard to blame them since being on the top requires so much, but with their talent they could do better.

cincimini
11-16-2006, 02:22 PM
I watched this borefest on replay, god was it awful. Playing 10 feet behind the baseline, playing clay court tennis on a fast court, horrendous.


:scratch: Not sure what match you were watching, but I noticed that Nadal was standing much closer to or even on the baseline than ever before.
He's been working on being more aggressive and I think if you'd compare yesterday's match with a typical clay court match, there would be a big difference. He was attacking constantly and sometimes even inside the baseline...:eek:

Sorry you don't like baseline grinders, but I prefer a match with actual rallies to a serve-and-not-much-else match that the likes of Roddick put on...:rolleyes: