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Nadal def Baghdatis 3-6 6-2 6-3 in Dubai First Round

adee-gee
02-27-2007, 05:25 PM
Pretty good from Rafa after a poor 1st set with a lot of errors.

Stepped it up and towards the end of the 2nd it's the best I've seen him play in quite some time. A lot better than I expected after a while out.

Tough match against Andreev, but this has given me hope :)

Vamos :rocker2:

Action Jackson
02-27-2007, 05:26 PM
Nadal wasn't playing 10km behind the baseline as has been known to happen.

He has got past the 1st stage of the gauntlet and now it's the battle of the heavy forehands.

Alvarillo
02-27-2007, 05:26 PM
Rafa did not face a break point in 2nd and 3rd sets! :worship:
Vamosss

t0x
02-27-2007, 05:27 PM
Baggy! :(

So much talent, but isn't quite strong enough mentally to bring it all together right now. Also the first serve percentage isn't really good enough!

Nadal played a really bad first few games but was OK after that. Well done to him.

Xristos
02-27-2007, 05:28 PM
Vamoooos!

scoobs
02-27-2007, 05:29 PM
Good match, Nadal much better at the end than at the start. Nadal has re-entered baseline territory and once he got his timing in, Marcos was in full retreat behind his, on the chase.

RickDaStick
02-27-2007, 05:30 PM
Baggy sucked in the 2nd and 3rd but Nadal played well, good win.

nanoman
02-27-2007, 05:30 PM
Nadal is in better form than at ao. Trapped Baggy in his backhand corner very nicely. Must be a frustrating day for Baggy.

Joyce_23
02-27-2007, 05:30 PM
Great play from Rafa, the best I've seen from him in a long time. Yay!

Sunset of Age
02-27-2007, 05:30 PM
CONGRATS Rafa!!! :hatoff: :woohoo:

A very rusty first set from Rafa :bolt:, while Bagghy played brilliantly (saw his 'first services won' statistic? 100%!).
Hoever, it soon became clear that Bagghy couldn't keep up this level of playing, while Rafa highly improved his!

A very good second and third set from Rafa, if he keeps up that level, I might finally be able to get my Dream Final again! :worship:

Oh, and BTW - Rafa's outfit... :hearts:

LLeytonRules
02-27-2007, 05:31 PM
Bags's serve is a weakness.47 percent is not gonna get it doned.Not to mention the DF.It took Nadal almost 2 hours to finish the match.Andreev should be another tough one.

rafagirlno1
02-27-2007, 05:31 PM
great win from rafa . in the first set he was very rusty but as the match went on he played brilliantly . if he plays this kid of tennis i dont think anyone could beat him on any surface . he needs to be agreesive and avoid beeng over defensive .
just 4 matches to go to retain your dubai trophy :angel:

vamos rafa :worship:

sondraj06
02-27-2007, 05:33 PM
Pretty good from Rafa after a poor 1st set with a lot of errors.

Stepped it up and towards the end of the 2nd it's the best I've seen him play in quite some time. A lot better than I expected after a while out.

Tough match against Andreev, but this has given me hope :)

Vamos :rocker2:


I didn't get to see the match

but hopefully everyting they've worked on in his game is finally starting to show

and hopefully he has his confidence back

sondraj06
02-27-2007, 05:34 PM
uh oh, when's the last time they played and who won and how badly was the other person beat

mallorn
02-27-2007, 05:38 PM
The first set from Rafa :tape: :help: 0 winners, 17 UEs. :eek:

Got his act very nicely together in the next two sets though! :yippee: :woohoo: And had enormous luck on BPs on Marcos's serve. :angel:

Marcos :hug:



On a shallow note, finally a very nice outfit for Rafa. :yeah:

Pfloyd
02-27-2007, 05:39 PM
Bien hecho, Rafael!

mallorn
02-27-2007, 05:39 PM
uh oh, when's the last time they played and who won and how badly was the other person beat
Rafa is now 3-0 against Marcos.

sondraj06
02-27-2007, 05:42 PM
Rafa is now 3-0 against Marcos.

No, i mean andreev. isnt he the next opponent.
THANX

jazar
02-27-2007, 05:42 PM
expected, baggy dooesnt hit big enough or have the variation to beat nadal, but rafa has a tough draw and i would be suprised to see him defend his title

Pfloyd
02-27-2007, 05:44 PM
Hah, I expect people to start calling Baggy a bad player because he has a negative record vs Nadal on HC and Grass.

Please, Marcos is a great player.

The Pro
02-27-2007, 05:45 PM
Vamos!:D

Felt like a while since I saw Rafa really getting stuck in rather than clinging on at the basline. Some deep topspin shots too...

Byrd
02-27-2007, 05:45 PM
Baghdatis' approach to this match was pretty poor, he got lucky with the first set as Rafa was clearly playing pretty abysmal. Also his serving for pretty poor, what was it 10 dfs?, anyway his match plan wasn't good playing pretty passive as Nadal was always gonna come out on top and when he did play aggresively he had Nadal on the backfoot. I also found his shot selection to be pretty poor at times e.g going for drop shots when he had could of easily hit forehand winners seeings as Nadal isn't exactly the slowest player around. None the less, give credit to where it's due, Nadal upped his game and came out the better player.

adee-gee
02-27-2007, 05:46 PM
No, i mean andreev. isnt he the next opponent.
THANX
Andreev won their only meeting, in Valencia 2005.

Not that I'd like to do a Fed-tard thing and make an excuse for when my man loses, but Rafa was pretty tired for that even, it was straight after Miami when he lost that epic final against Federer.

Rogiman
02-27-2007, 05:46 PM
There is no reason Nadal should lose sets to that guy, Baggy has nothing to hurt Nadal with, in the last two sets Nadal outplayed him in the way I'used to seeing top players outply guys out of the top 200.

Baghdatis doesn't have any gameplan, he let Nadal's moonballs jump 4 meters in the air every time, and his fitness is questionable.

mallorn
02-27-2007, 05:47 PM
No, i mean andreev. isnt he the next opponent.
THANX
Duh. :lol:

Rafa is 0-1 against Andreev, he lost to him in Valencia 2005, 5-7, 2-6. Andreev is the last person who beat Rafa on clay.

adee-gee
02-27-2007, 05:50 PM
Baggy has nothing to hurt Nadal with, in the last two sets Nadal outplayed him in the way I'used to seeing top players outply guys out of the top 200.
Wow, that almost sounded like a bit of praise for Rafa :yippee:

FluffyYellowBall
02-27-2007, 05:51 PM
Finally he won a match while actually spending most of it very close to the baseline...Baghdatis lost his rythem and nadal alwas takes advantage of that.

jeahhh!
02-27-2007, 05:51 PM
Rafa!!:banana:

Rogiman
02-27-2007, 05:52 PM
Wow, that almost sounded like a bit of praise for Rafa :yippee:All I'm saying is that Baghdatis is just the ideal matchup for Nadal, and that his play in the last two sets was pathetic.

GlennMirnyi
02-27-2007, 05:57 PM
All I'm saying is that Baghdatis is just the ideal matchup for Nadal, and that his play in the last two sets was pathetic.

You don't need to explain to him about match-ups. Look at my avatar. ;)

rafagirlno1
02-27-2007, 05:57 PM
All I'm saying is that Baghdatis is just the ideal matchup for Nadal, and that his play in the last two sets was pathetic.

rafa was rusty in the first set as one month brake was there or else this match would hve been over in two sets
:wavey:

sondraj06
02-27-2007, 05:57 PM
Wow, that almost sounded like a bit of praise for Rafa :yippee:

Oh No you know it had to be, dipped in disdain before it went to print.

adee-gee
02-27-2007, 06:02 PM
All I'm saying is that Baghdatis is just the ideal matchup for Nadal, and that his play in the last two sets was pathetic.
Nadal's was pretty good as well, no? :)
You don't need to explain to him about match-ups. Look at my avatar. ;)
Poor attempted comeback, mine is far better and funnier.

You've still yet to explain to me the Federer-Nadal h2h and the Murray-Mirnyi h2h.

casillas_girl
02-27-2007, 06:05 PM
Bagghi :sad:


well done Rafa :yeah:
(sorry couldn't really decide who to cheer for :o)

Corey Feldman
02-27-2007, 06:06 PM
What a bonehead of a game from Marcos to lose serve at 1-1 in the second set... he helped wake Rafa up who had been pretty crap until then.

Rafa v Berdy is still on :)

GlennMirnyi
02-27-2007, 06:09 PM
Poor attempted comeback, mine is far better and funnier.

You've still yet to explain to me the Federer-Nadal h2h and the Murray-Mirnyi h2h.

No, the Scot that can't grasp anything about tennis is funnier.


How can't the monster of match-up understanding get these two?

1) Moonball vs one handed backhand.
2) Big server vs good returner + slow courts

Now explain to me the Ljubo vs overrated prick Murray H2H, with the sick match in Madrid... :lol:

adee-gee
02-27-2007, 06:12 PM
No, the Scot that can't grasp anything about tennis is funnier.

How can't the monster of match-up understanding get these two?

1) Moonball vs one handed backhand.
2) Big server vs good returner + slow courts

Now explain to me the Ljubo vs overrated prick Murray H2H, with the sick match in Madrid... :lol:
:haha: :spit:

The fact that you think you know about tennis makes your stupidity even funnier.

Actually I won't explain anything to you, I'd only be wasting my time. It takes someone with more patience than I have to explain things to you, it's like talking to a 2 year old baby, although the baby would probably speak more sense than you do.

Corey Feldman
02-27-2007, 06:13 PM
Not that I'd like to do a Fed-tard thing and make an excuse for when my man loses, but Rafa was pretty tired for that even, it was straight after Miami when he lost that epic final against Federer.translate to:
not that i wanna make an excuse but i'll make an excuse

:lol:

Jaap
02-27-2007, 06:16 PM
This Nadal was good today.

GlennMirnyi
02-27-2007, 06:16 PM
:haha: :spit:

The fact that you think you know about tennis makes your stupidity even funnier.

Actually I won't explain anything to you, I'd only be wasting my time. It takes someone with more patience than I have to explain things to you, it's like talking to a 2 year old baby, although the baby would probably speak more sense than you do.

translate to:

I'm a fanboy that has no idea about tennis whatsoever.

adee-gee
02-27-2007, 06:18 PM
I'm a fanboy that has no idea about tennis whatsoever.
I'm glad you've finally realised :)

Apemant
02-27-2007, 06:19 PM
Hmm hmm hmm, good win for Rafa after a sloppy 1st set, but I don't actually understand Baggy's gameplan for last 2 sets, when Rafa picked up his game. Was it just me or Baggy actually tried to be a bigger Nadal than Nadal himself? I mean, most of the time he was so far behind the baseline that you couldn't see him on the screen given the camera angle. Nadal then started to even step into the court, and Baggy was just retreating farther and farther back. I mean it's clearly suicidal to try that against Nadal.

Pfloyd
02-27-2007, 06:22 PM
No, the Scot that can't grasp anything about tennis is funnier.


How can't the monster of match-up understanding get these two?

1) Moonball vs one handed backhand.
2) Big server vs good returner + slow courts

Now explain to me the Ljubo vs overrated prick Murray H2H, with the sick match in Madrid... :lol:

Gustavo, how can you talk about tennis and expect people to take you seriosuly?

Give credit when it's due.

Feel free to hate anyone you want, but learn to be objective, or at least try to be objective.

guga2120
02-27-2007, 06:22 PM
1) Moonball vs one handed backhand.
2) Big server vs good returner + slow courts



It would not matter what court Murray was playing on against him, anyway Murray is better on faster surfaces, grass, US hardcourts.
And after Wimbledon this year you won't say hes overrated.:)

Rogiman
02-27-2007, 06:24 PM
Oh No you know it had to be, dipped in disdain before it went to print.
Shut up, bitch :lol:

scoobs
02-27-2007, 06:25 PM
I thought Nadal looked by the end of this match like he was ready to kick some ass and take down some names.

I'm looking forward to the QF now - I think he'll brush Andreev aside.

guga2120
02-27-2007, 06:28 PM
he made way to many errors today, he will not get to the final if he does not tighten his game, suprising to see him make so many errors off the backhand.

GlennMirnyi
02-27-2007, 06:28 PM
I'm glad you've finally realised :)

Since your first post.

It would not matter what court Murray was playing on against him, anyway Murray is better on faster surfaces, grass, US hardcourts.
And after Wimbledon this year you won't say hes overrated.:)

Murray = overrated.

Naide
02-27-2007, 06:28 PM
Rafa:banana:
not a fantastic match but :rocker2:

sondraj06
02-27-2007, 06:29 PM
translate to:
not that i wanna make an excuse but i'll make an excuse

:lol:


O.K here is the difference. There are reasons for everthing, they only become excuses when you use them to continue a particular behavior.

So there's is nothing wrong with having a reason for a lose. It just means you need to pony up next time and make it count.

brent-o
02-27-2007, 06:30 PM
This seems to be the trend when Nadal and Baggy play. One competitive set, and Baggy fades and Nadal runs away with the match.

sondraj06
02-27-2007, 06:31 PM
Shut up, bitch :lol:

shut up bitch

you are smart, you give me so much to work with on any given day

might want to take your tongue out roger ass before talking. You know what they say never talk with you mouth full

Rogiman
02-27-2007, 06:32 PM
O.K here is the difference. There are reasons for everthing, they only become excuses when you use them to continue a particular behavior.

So there's is nothing wrong with having a reason for a lose. It just means you need to pony up next time and make it count.You have a silly answer to everything, like a broken answering machine.

Why don't you put a fat one in your mouth and spare us all of that? :lol:

Rogiman
02-27-2007, 06:34 PM
shut up bitch

you are smart, you give me so much to work with on any given day

might want to take your tongue out roger ass before talking. You know what they say never talk with you mouth fullLike some wise poster once said, you wouldn't know sense even if it hit you in your face, just like your alcoholic father :lol:

sondraj06
02-27-2007, 06:34 PM
You have a silly answer to everything, like a broken answering machine.

Why don't you put a fat one in your mouth and spare us all of that? :lol:


Right as opposed to shut up bitch

I have a clever answer to everything. I think that's the word your searching you English online translator for

mallorn
02-27-2007, 06:35 PM
We have a match made in MTF hell... :haha:

Rogiman
02-27-2007, 06:36 PM
Right as opposed to shut up bitch

I have a clever answer to everything. I think that's the word your searching you English online translator forIsn't English your first language?

sondraj06
02-27-2007, 06:36 PM
Like some wise poster once said, you wouldn't know sense even if it hit you in your face, just like your alcoholic father :lol:

what, wanna try that one again

I'll give you another go at it, but don't get to comfortable. I won't be so generous next time.

jeahhh!
02-27-2007, 06:36 PM
We have a match made in MTF hell... :haha:

:haha:

Pfloyd
02-27-2007, 06:37 PM
Stop being so idiotic, pm yourselves, you're gonna close the thread!

Fumus
02-27-2007, 06:40 PM
Alright, well I just have to know...

How was Rafa's forehand looking? I know he was making sooo many errors off that wing towards the end of last season and sooo many opponents were attack it. I don't worry so much about Rafa's bh because it's solid, a bad here or there is an aberration I think the shot is quality.

sondraj06
02-27-2007, 06:44 PM
yeah some people were saying that he didn't play behind the baseline so much, so do people see some improvement in his game. I know Toni has been trying to change certain things.

SLICK
02-27-2007, 06:48 PM
Match report and press conference quotes from Nadal and Baghdatis.

http://www.inside-tennis.net/index.php?action=news&id=2476

ChinoRios4Ever
02-27-2007, 06:51 PM
vamos rafa :bounce:

jeahhh!
02-27-2007, 06:53 PM
Match report and press conference quotes from Nadal and Baghdatis.

http://www.inside-tennis.net/index.php?action=news&id=2476

Thanks! :hug:

Seraphim
02-27-2007, 06:54 PM
Baggy sucked in the 2nd and 3rd but Nadal played well, good win.

The Nadals in your avi are right-handed. LOL

vamosnadal
02-27-2007, 06:54 PM
Nadal made loads of UE in the first set especially off his forehand side. It looked like he was struggling for timing as he was playing his FH late and it was difficult conditions for both guys as it was very windy. Baggy played really well.

He then got more aggressive and managed to hit himself into form, making few UE in the next two sets. He was helped here and there as Baggy started struggling with his serve and began to tire, but Nadal really stepped in and played well. He even came into the net a couple of times. He also whacked some flat backhands which was great to see. One at 163km/hr!

It's just one match, but this Rafa fan is very happy. He became so aggressive and looked really confident and determined which we haven't always seen recently! Let's hope it continues, but he's got a tough trip to make that final.

DhammaTiger
02-27-2007, 06:54 PM
Vamos Rafa :worship: :woohoo:

mallorn
02-27-2007, 06:55 PM
Match report and press conference quotes from Nadal and Baghdatis.

http://www.inside-tennis.net/index.php?action=news&id=2476
Thanks! :D :hug:

sondraj06
02-27-2007, 06:56 PM
"It was a tough draw for me and also a tough draw for him too. It's not an excuse, that's the way it is; life is tough sometimes. You just have to accept it."

AHH that's why I like baggy. Would have like to see this match up further down the tournamnet as well but, what can you do.

Alvarillo
02-27-2007, 07:02 PM
There is no reason Nadal should lose sets to that guy, Baggy has nothing to hurt Nadal with, in the last two sets Nadal outplayed him in the way I'used to seeing top players outply guys out of the top 200.

Baghdatis doesn't have any gameplan, he let Nadal's moonballs jump 4 meters in the air every time, and his fitness is questionable.

Good to compare an ATP winner in Zagreb and Finalist in Marseille and 2 times Quarterfinalist this year with a player near to #200 .... :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :o
as objective as always :lol:

Björki
02-27-2007, 07:15 PM
well done Rafa :D

MariaV
02-27-2007, 07:25 PM
Good to compare an ATP winner in Zagreb and Finalist in Marseille and 2 times Quarterfinalist this year with a player near to #200 .... :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :o
as objective as always :lol:

Alvaro, do you really expect anything else from Rogiman? :lol:

Sorry for Baggy... but he'll be fine. :hug: :hug:

Merton
02-27-2007, 07:27 PM
Marcos has two major weaknesses in his game right now and both were exposed today: Low first serve % and how to handle high bouncing balls. He can work on the second part during the clay season, it will help him improve on hard courts.

Nadal played very well after the first set, surviving this match would help shaking off the rustiness. Andreev is one of the few guys that I think has better chances against Nadal on clay than on hardcourts. It will be interesting to see.

Corey Feldman
02-27-2007, 07:28 PM
It was a good effort from Baghdatino :lol:

adee-gee
02-27-2007, 07:45 PM
On a slightly unrelated note, did anyone see Rafa hit a backhand clocked at 163 km/h. Not bad for a moonballer :hatoff:

Corey Feldman
02-27-2007, 07:51 PM
must have been a mis-hit, of the frame :lol:

kobulingam
02-27-2007, 08:03 PM
There is no reason Nadal should lose sets to that guy, Baggy has nothing to hurt Nadal with, in the last two sets Nadal outplayed him in the way I'used to seeing top players outply guys out of the top 200.

Baghdatis doesn't have any gameplan, he let Nadal's moonballs jump 4 meters in the air every time, and his fitness is questionable.

He should watch tapes of James Blake. Well, not even Federer can hit those balls early like Blake can, so we can't expect Bagman to do any better.

Black Adam
02-27-2007, 08:17 PM
And to think the Piggy Roasting Thread had been bumped up already :haha: :rolleyes: Baghman can't consistently challenge Nadal because he is sometimes relaxed and lets that Topspin destroy him. Yet at times he can put up a decent fight.
Andreev isn't to be taken too lightly seeing what he did in DC and with that forehand of his he can be as bad matchup for Nadal just like Blake is. Nadal has to play real agressive and not let Andreev run the game.

GlennMirnyi
02-27-2007, 08:22 PM
must have been a mis-hit, of the frame :lol:

:haha:

Hip-And-Happenin
02-27-2007, 08:28 PM
Marcos :help: :mad: :sobbing: :hug:

cmurray
02-27-2007, 08:47 PM
It irritates that they had to meet in the first round. I really like Marcos - I like his attitude and his....zest. I'd have like to have seen this much later in the tournament.

Well done to Rafa though for adjusting to the surface so nicely. I didn't get to see the match (damn it), but hearing that Rafa is stepping into the court instead of chasing balls around is REALLY encouraging. I'd expected him to come out a little rusty...shook it off nicely though.

Sunset of Age
02-27-2007, 08:56 PM
It irritates that they had to meet in the first round. I really like Marcos - I like his attitude and his....zest. I'd have like to have seen this much later in the tournament.

Same here, sad to see Marcos leave the tournament so early! But alas, this bad fate can happen when you aren't a seeded player... better luck next time, Marcos.

Well done to Rafa though for adjusting to the surface so nicely. I didn't get to see the match (damn it), but hearing that Rafa is stepping into the court instead of chasing balls around is REALLY encouraging. I'd expected him to come out a little rusty...shook it off nicely though.

Well, he was very rusty in the first set - as if hadn't really woke up yet :) - but that soon changed in the second set when he got an easy break. He rolled over Marcos thereafter, indeed, not by waiting for the balls to land some 10 miles behind the baseline, but with aggressive, forward playing. He even came to the net quite often. Better playing than I've seen him do in ages. Okay - months. :cool:

And Rafa's outfit is very nice too! That has been quite a while as well. :D

Hope all of this is sign of good things to come.

cmurray
02-27-2007, 09:00 PM
Same here, sad to see Marcos leave the tournament so early! But alas, this bad fate can happen when you aren't a seeded player... better luck next time, Marcos.



Well, he was very rusty in the first set - as if hadn't really woke up yet :) - but that soon changed in the second set when he got an easy break. He rolled over Marcos thereafter, indeed, not by waiting for the balls to land some 10 miles behind the baseline, but with aggressive, forward playing. He even came to the net quite often. Better playing than I've seen him do in ages. Okay - months. :cool:

And Rafa's outfit is very nice too! That has been quite a while as well. :D

Hope all of this is sign of good things to come.


I saw pictures of the outfit....now THAT is more like it. I love the white piratas and that color blue is amazing on him. More importantly, I LOVE that he played well. NICE WORK, RAF.

GlennMirnyi
02-27-2007, 09:03 PM
Somebody should tell Baghdatis there's something called "game plan" in tennis.

scoobs
02-27-2007, 09:06 PM
Baghdatis seemed to have an idea what he needed to do at first - he was taking the ball on and taking control of rallies, trying to get up the court a bit and hitting some killer shots down the line to get Nadal on the stretch.

Then he seemed to forget what he was trying to do as soon as Nadal started playing better and spent the rest of the match chasing the bones Nadal was throwing for him.

Sunset of Age
02-27-2007, 09:07 PM
Somebody should tell Baghdatis there's something called "game plan" in tennis.

Too late now, Glenn... ;)
I think you're right abou this, BTW.

dorkino
02-27-2007, 09:15 PM
It was a good match indeed. Nadal's first set was just:banghead: He was so passive. That changed almost totally in the other two sets. In the second set , Rafa played much more aggressively in a way (i propably have never seen him as that before :scratch:) didn't seem trapped 1000 km behind the baseline , and made really really some good winners.:) And he even dared to make some good approaches to the net with good points won.
In the Third set he did what was necessary while Baghy didn't hold his nerves. (And for once ,he made more winners than his opponent , i remember someone here hoped this to happen one day :) :p )
All in all ,i am happy to see this form of Rafa and regardless of anything to come after, IF only he could keep that , i 'll see it as good progress.

GlennMirnyi
02-27-2007, 09:16 PM
Too late now, Glenn... ;)
I think you're right abou this, BTW.

Well, if you're running behind moonballs, you're playing wrong. :p

oscar_2424
02-27-2007, 09:17 PM
Way to go Rafa:)

Clara Bow
02-27-2007, 09:26 PM
Nice to hear that Nadal uppped his game and became more aggressive after a pretty poor performan in the first. Glad that he did not camp out way behind the baseline. I'm also happy to he did well at the net later on in the match. His comments about coming to the net more:

Nadal also confirmed he was making an effort to mix up his game more.

"I'm trying to play more aggressively and if I am feeling good with my forehand then I can go to the net.

"I won 11 points at the net and that's very good for me. I'm not like Tim Henman, I can't play that kind of serve and volley game but when I'm playing well I can come to the net more."

As others have said- too bad that these two had to meet so early.

dorkino
02-27-2007, 09:44 PM
Originally posted by Clara Bow
Nice to hear that Nadal uppped his game and became more aggressive after a pretty poor performan in the first. Glad that he did not camp out way behind the baseline. I'm also happy to he did well at the net later on in the match. His comments about coming to the net more:

Quote:
Nadal also confirmed he was making an effort to mix up his game more.
"I'm trying to play more aggressively and if I am feeling good with my forehand then I can go to the net.
"I won 11 points at the net and that's very good for me. I'm not like Tim Henman, I can't play that kind of serve and volley game but when I'm playing well I can come to the net more."
Yes. It was good. Let's hope he'd be able to keep it up. And about the net he did some good approaches,but of course it'll also depend on how many chances he 'll get in his next. ;)


As others have said- too bad that these two had to meet so early.
True.

Shrinking Violet
02-27-2007, 09:51 PM
Really impressive from Rafa in the 2nd and 3rd. The first set he was awful but by the third he looked a class above Marcos.

Kalliopeia
02-27-2007, 10:32 PM
My two favorite players meeting in the first round, that just sucks.

Sorry Marcos. :hug: Really a shame that he had to run into Rafa in the first round. He said that he thought a big part of his problem was that he still doesn't believe he can beat Rafa and Roger. Hang in there, Marcos!

And Rafa, wooo! I didn't get to see the match but I'm encouraged by what I'm hearing. Vamos!! :D

megadeth
02-27-2007, 11:12 PM
berdych looms in his draw though

adee-gee
02-27-2007, 11:28 PM
Somebody should tell Baghdatis there's something called "game plan" in tennis.
Perhaps he should seek out your expert help :spit: :haha:

GlennMirnyi
02-28-2007, 12:40 AM
Perhaps he should seek out your expert help :spit: :haha:

Of course. :D

NYCtennisfan
02-28-2007, 01:51 AM
Sets # 2 and 3 were pretty much like the sets they played in IW and at Wimbledon--all smackdowns by Nadal (excluding maybe the 3rd set at Wimbledon). Baggy was doing well getting his 1st serve in, dictating play, and was helped by all the UE's from Nadal. Once Nadal stopped making the UE's, he started winning the 2nd serve points on Baggy's serve, Baggy's 1st serve % dropped below 50% like always and that was that.

MarieS
02-28-2007, 02:03 AM
Perhaps he should seek out your expert help :spit: :haha:

:haha:

sawan66278
02-28-2007, 04:28 AM
Unable to watch the match because of work, it appears that Rafa took it up to another level in the second and third sets. True, mentally, Marcos is not quite there yet, but a wonderful victory for Rafa. Particularly when you consider that Marcos is one of the "young guns" Rafa will be facing quite often in the future.

Though it will be potentially difficult for Rafa in the second round, I look forward to his playing Berdych or Misha. A possible chance for revenge?;) As a Rafa fan (or a true fan of the game), you want to see your favorite players have to compete against the big boys. True, at times, you want easy draws for your faves. But in these smaller tourneys, true champions NEED to defeat their rivals and future rivals. Hoping for upsets is not the mark of true fan...or champion.

If Rafa loses...so be it...but true love of the game comes from wanting to play and defeat the best...Vamos!!!!!!!

The_Nadal_effect
02-28-2007, 06:35 AM
Of course. :D

Homer Simpson should win the Dubai open, eh Glen?

The_Nadal_effect
02-28-2007, 06:53 AM
Unable to watch the match because of work, it appears that Rafa took it up to another level in the second and third sets. True, mentally, Marcos is not quite there yet, but a wonderful victory for Rafa. Particularly when you consider that Marcos is one of the "young guns" Rafa will be facing quite often in the future.

Though it will be potentially difficult for Rafa in the second round, I look forward to his playing Berdych or Misha. A possible chance for revenge?;) As a Rafa fan (or a true fan of the game), you want to see your favorite players have to compete against the big boys. True, at times, you want easy draws for your faves. But in these smaller tourneys, true champions NEED to defeat their rivals and future rivals. Hoping for upsets is not the mark of true fan...or champion.

If Rafa loses...so be it...but true love of the game comes from wanting to play and defeat the best...Vamos!!!!!!!

Unable to watch the match as I wasn't aware that they would be showing it live on TEN sports. :( In anycase, rather happy to see Rafkulls find some form in the next two sets. Must have been fun to watch Baggy play Rafa, match oozing with charisma from both sides of the net, eh?

I like Baggy's cheerful persona a lot, but I think he is also a very 'generous to a fault' kind of guy: Remember how he gave away his match to Andre Agassi at USO last year only so that Andre can have another round (he also gave Ags a hug at the end: how cute is that: Sweet Sacrifice and so well acted by falling all over the court that no one could tell, and made his idol look young again). Too bad Becker didn't have the emotions in the next round. Baggy loves tennis and life and cant really disconnect one from the other. That might turn out to be a huge flaw if he doesn't work at it. He could learn that from Nadal. Guy's number 17 in the world but for me he's already a superstar!

Can anyone enlighten me on Baggy's overall record against RAfa?

sondraj06
02-28-2007, 06:55 AM
It stands at 3-0 right now. He can't seem to figure rafa out.

The_Nadal_effect
02-28-2007, 07:17 AM
Thanks Sondraj.

oz_boz
02-28-2007, 08:44 AM
Expected, well done by Rafa. He'll take out Igor in the next round, then it will probably be harder.

The Pro
02-28-2007, 09:25 AM
I predict he will beat Berdych and win Dubai!:p

In that order!