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Indian Wells SF: Nadal vs. Roddick

bluefork
03-16-2007, 04:18 AM
It's the match a lot of people seem to have been waiting for. Who's gonna win it?

*Viva Chile*
03-16-2007, 04:18 AM
Andy is the favourite, but I hope Rafa can do something.

bluefork
03-16-2007, 04:19 AM
Poll?

So impatient...:p

oschemi
03-16-2007, 04:20 AM
Roddick in straights

hablovah19
03-16-2007, 04:22 AM
I picked Andy in 3.
But who knows. ;)

Bremen
03-16-2007, 04:22 AM
Is Roddick really the favourite?? I think it's probably 50-50, still I picked Andy in 3.

Tennis Fool
03-16-2007, 04:28 AM
Nadal please take out the Duck :ras:

Voo de Mar
03-16-2007, 04:29 AM
My first idea - Roddick 6-3 2-6 6-4 :lol:

guga2120
03-16-2007, 04:30 AM
i could be understimating Rafa, but i think Roddick will win in 3, especially if Nadal plays the way he did against Chela. I hope Rafa wins though.

my0118
03-16-2007, 04:30 AM
in terms of their nicks, I can't imagine the moment a duck is roasting pigs with barbecue seasoning, but a piggy's hunting a duck.

Macbrother
03-16-2007, 04:32 AM
This one is a lot tougher to call. Nadal's defense could really trouble Roddick who is not a pure flat ball striker. I think for sure Roddick better play the match of this tournament tomorrow; and Nadal better do the same.

Roddick in three.

sawan66278
03-16-2007, 04:32 AM
Either Roddick in two or Rafa in three. If Roddick plays like he did tonight...Rafa could be in trouble....but then again, Ivan blew his opportunities...

Jimnik
03-16-2007, 04:35 AM
I've waited SO LONG for this. :drool:

bluefork
03-16-2007, 04:36 AM
If Nadal can get a read on Roddick's serve, I don't see any reason why Nadal can't win this match. Roddick's shots are not particularly flat (which seem to be a problem for Nadal) and if Roddick goes Kamikaze into the net (as he often does) Nadal will pass him. Add to that that Roddick's cross-court backhands play right into Nadal's forehand, and I don't think Nadal's chances look that bad.

Louche
03-16-2007, 04:38 AM
but a piggy's hunting a duck

Porky Pig and Daffy Duck

Fergie
03-16-2007, 04:41 AM
Andy please :rolleyes:

Jimnik
03-16-2007, 04:42 AM
Why is there no "tennis will be the winner" option? :p

Pfloyd
03-16-2007, 04:43 AM
Why is there no "tennis will be the winner" option? :p

Cause Nadal WILL win. ;)

sondraj06
03-16-2007, 04:46 AM
I said it before the only thing Roddick has that can rattle Rafa is his serve, I think he will win it on his serve. Nadal is not good at return of serve, or being aggressive on any return.

He can't not take advantage of Roddick second serve depending on how many of those he gets. Because if Roddick serving is on, like we saw tonight, Rafa isn't going to break him. And andy is going to control the points and push rafa behind the baseline. Then it will be a battle of the baseliners, which could go either way.

tripb19
03-16-2007, 04:50 AM
:retard: I voted Rafa in 2. How is Andy going to win?

laure xxx
03-16-2007, 04:50 AM
I said it before the only thing Roddick has that can rattle Rafa is his serve, I think he will win it on his serve. Nadal is not good at return of serve, or being aggressive on any return.

He can't not take advantage of Roddick second serve depending on how many of those he gets. Because if Roddick serving is on, like we saw tonight, Rafa isn't going to break him. And andy is going to control the points and push rafa behind the baseline. Then it will be a battle of the baseliners, which could go either way.

I thought Rafa was a good return of server..?

sondraj06
03-16-2007, 04:52 AM
I thought Rafa was a good return of server..?

No, no he is horrible at return of serve, and he struggles with being aggressive. So it could be a struggle for him, especially with the big serve Roddick has.

Veronique
03-16-2007, 04:54 AM
These 2 are my babies so I'll be sad no matter what. They both need this win desperately.

MaryWalsh
03-16-2007, 04:55 AM
Nadal in 3.

ChinoRios4Ever
03-16-2007, 04:57 AM
Why is there no "tennis will be the winner" option? :p

i second that, tennis will win for sure with this match :p

i hope rafa wins, but i think a-rod will win in 2 close sets

sondraj06
03-16-2007, 05:00 AM
These 2 are my babies so I'll be sad no matter what. They both need this win desperately.

Yeah I'm with you, I'm all about Nadal but if their were any one I wouldn't want him to play is Andy, he is my sentimental fav.

So tears for whoever loses:sad:

bluefork
03-16-2007, 05:01 AM
Why is there no "tennis will be the winner" option? :p

"Tennis will be the winner" is the same as "Nadal in 2" :p

Bad Religion
03-16-2007, 05:06 AM
Roddick´s forehand is not that good right now. It was a huge weapon years ago

Rafa is gonna win cuz I saw tonight that Roddick can not hurt with his forehand and backhand . Against the best defense on tour will be still more difficult for Roddick

Vamos Rafa :D

Xristos
03-16-2007, 05:25 AM
Rafa in 3.

General Suburbia
03-16-2007, 06:25 AM
If it goes to 3 sets, winner will be Rafa. If it goes to two, winner will be Andy.

Im psychic, so no questions plz.

prima donna
03-16-2007, 06:38 AM
Roddick in straights.

RonE
03-16-2007, 08:12 AM
Nadal in straight sets. I am so confident of this that if I'm wrong R=FK has to leave MTF for the second time.

Tom Paulman
03-16-2007, 08:25 AM
This will be very interesting, both have yet to lose a set. I hope Roddick, but it's really 50/50

oz_boz
03-16-2007, 09:21 AM
Nadal 5&4.

Horatio Caine
03-16-2007, 09:31 AM
Nadal is not good at return of serve, or being aggressive on any return.

"Not good at return of serve"...are you nuts? As for "not being aggressive," Nadal works the point by jostling his opponent out of position...how is that not being aggressive? Just because he doesn't go for a 170mph return of serve ala Blake, doesn't mean that he isn't being aggressive.

Because if Roddick serving is on, like we saw tonight, Rafa isn't going to break him.

He probably will...just not that often

Then it will be a battle of the baseliners, which could go either way.

Only one winner in a battle on the baseline...and that is not Roddick.

Horatio Caine
03-16-2007, 09:37 AM
...and for someone that apparently "doesn't have a backhand," Roddick's record vs lefties makes for scary reading...if you're a Nadal fan that is.

FluffyYellowBall
03-16-2007, 09:58 AM
...and for someone that apparently "doesn't have a backhand," Roddick's record vs lefties makes for scary reading...if you're a Nadal fan that is.

Whats his record vs lefties? I dont remember specific matches against lefties and forehand to roddicks backhand rallies will be in nadals advantage more than roddicks forehand to nadals backhand. Nadals forehand is better in consistencey and his backhand is miles better.

FluffyYellowBall
03-16-2007, 09:59 AM
Y do people call roddick a power player?? I wouldnt say that all... Being powerful from the baseline isnt called being a power player to me.

refero*fervens
03-16-2007, 10:07 AM
Nadal in straight sets. I am so confident of this that if I'm wrong R=FK has to leave MTF for the second time.

Bwahaha :lol:

Either way it will be a barbecue. The serving should decide.

eieieishockey
03-16-2007, 10:45 AM
just a short question:

will the final sunday be bo3 or bo5?

thanks.

Loremaster
03-16-2007, 10:59 AM
Roddick is yet ot face a single Break point, If Andy serves well Nadal is out , Nadal is great player but face the facts he is not the best returner on tour maybe on clya but not on HC I know many better returners he rarely block the ball good and it is key to return Andy serve + he has suffered because of such players like Andy huge serves with big weapon he just hits to many shots in the middle of the court when he is in defence and he will if he stands miles behind basleine to return Andy's serves
Andy wasn't broken a snigle time , he had much tougher draw so he is on fire , Nadal even with that draw was broken several times that why I think that Andy wins in 2 (if Berdych kills Rafa Roddick also can)

martine2
03-16-2007, 11:26 AM
Nadal in 3

Horatio Caine
03-16-2007, 11:26 AM
Whats his record vs lefties? I dont remember specific matches against lefties and forehand to roddicks backhand rallies will be in nadals advantage more than roddicks forehand to nadals backhand. Nadals forehand is better in consistencey and his backhand is miles better.

40/9 overall, and he has won 10 of his last 11 matches...his last loss to a leftie being US Open 2005 R1 (Muller).

Rommella
03-16-2007, 11:33 AM
Am going with Andy in 3. Nadal's not the best of returners of fast serves. That said, Andy has to serve really well to keep it.

Jimnik
03-16-2007, 11:55 AM
It will depend on Andy's attitude. He has to go out all guns blazing, step inside the basline and be 100% aggressive. He can't afford to give Nadal any rhythm whatsoever.

I don't think there's much Nadal can do, except take his oppurtunities and hope that Roddick misses.

RonE
03-16-2007, 11:56 AM
Roddick is yet ot face a single Break point, If Andy serves well Nadal is out , Nadal is great player but face the facts he is not the best returner on tour maybe on clya but not on HC I know many better returners he rarely block the ball good and it is key to return Andy serve + he has suffered because of such players like Andy huge serves with big weapon he just hits to many shots in the middle of the court when he is in defence and he will if he stands miles behind basleine to return Andy's serves
Andy wasn't broken a snigle time , he had much tougher draw so he is on fire , Nadal even with that draw was broken several times that why I think that Andy wins in 2 (if Berdych kills Rafa Roddick also can)

The shot that will be the most crucial in this match I think is not only Roddick's first serve but what he does after he hits a big first serve and draws a weak reply from Rafa.

Unless he is able to pound the short ball consistently near the lines and keep Rafa off balance Rafa will work his way into the rally and then if that happens its lights out for Roddick.

Byrd
03-16-2007, 12:03 PM
Roddick in straights, if Guccione can take a set off Nadal just from serve, pretty sure roddick can easily. It will be funny how far Nadal will be standing behind the baseline to return roddicks serves.

All_Slam_Andre
03-16-2007, 12:10 PM
This match is 50-50. If Roddick skittles off his service games quickly then the pressure on Nadal when serving increases somewhat. If this match turns into a long drawn baseline battle, Nadal come out on top. It goes without saying that Roddick needs to finish off the points quickly with aces/unreturnable serves/winners. His forehand needs to be fully functioning. Rafa's crosscourt forehand should do some damage to Andy's backhand. It's hard to call. If Andy's aggresive enough I think he'll edge this in 3 sets.

Byrd
03-16-2007, 12:13 PM
Roddicks lucky he has connors with him, as I'm sure he'll give him a good gameplan, otherwise roddick will continue mindless ball bashing.

Sean.J.S.
03-16-2007, 12:19 PM
Roddick 6-3 6-4.

Horatio Caine
03-16-2007, 12:22 PM
Roddicks lucky he has connors with him, as I'm sure he'll give him a good gameplan, otherwise roddick will continue mindless ball bashing.

Connors is undoubtedly going to be a major influence in how this match goes imo. I won't be able to view it, but I will be interested to see how this one goes.

Donny
03-16-2007, 12:38 PM
Match in the midday heat = quick court = Roddick wins in two sets

easy math

sondraj06
03-16-2007, 01:07 PM
"Not good at return of serve"...are you nuts? As for "not being aggressive," Nadal works the point by jostling his opponent out of position...how is that not being aggressive? Just because he doesn't go for a 170mph return of serve ala Blake, doesn't mean that he isn't being aggressive.



He probably will...just not that often



Only one winner in a battle on the baseline...and that is not Roddick.

I don't know what you are talking about, Nadal is not a great returner by any means, and he struggles with retrun of serve, what rafa matches have you been watching.

All Roddick has to do, is do Roddick. He is going to push Nadal 10 feet behind the baseline just to get to his serves and then it's all defense from Rafa which he can't seem to handle anymore, and lights out.

AnnaK_4ever
03-16-2007, 01:08 PM
Rafa.

Andy was pathetic against Ljubicic. Though maybe he can raise his level?.. I dunno...

adee-gee
03-16-2007, 01:25 PM
The shot that will be the most crucial in this match I think is not only Roddick's first serve but what he does after he hits a big first serve and draws a weak reply from Rafa.

Unless he is able to pound the short ball consistently near the lines and keep Rafa off balance Rafa will work his way into the rally and then if that happens its lights out for Roddick.
If only it was as easy as that :lol:

The match will depend on how many serves Rafa can return, no doubt about it. But Roddick hasn't faced a break point all week, and he's bound to get chances on Rafa's serve. I agree, Rafa will win the majority of the baseline rallies, there's not much Andy can do about that and coming to the net would be suicide. But I think Andy will win purely on the number of cheap points he'll get off his serve.

I'm happy either way, I'd prefer Rafa to win because he needs it more than Andy and dancing Rasta is feeling worn out.

Horatio Caine
03-16-2007, 01:35 PM
I don't know what you are talking about, Nadal is not a great returner by any means, and he struggles with retrun of serve, what rafa matches have you been watching.

All Roddick has to do, is do Roddick. He is going to push Nadal 10 feet behind the baseline just to get to his serves and then it's all defense from Rafa which he can't seem to handle anymore, and lights out.

Have you ever watched or even played tennis before?

Denise
03-16-2007, 01:35 PM
Hopefully Nadal in 2 ;)

sunsfuns
03-16-2007, 01:36 PM
Should be a straightforward victory for Roddick. Something like 6-4, 7-5.

Nadal hasn't played well at all - his opposition to this point has been mediocre.

Horatio Caine
03-16-2007, 01:36 PM
I'm happy either way, I'd prefer Rafa to win because he needs it more than Andy and dancing Rasta is feeling worn out.

:awww:

Can't he keep dancing until Monte C? :devil: Give him a shot of nandrolone or something ;)

sondraj06
03-16-2007, 01:43 PM
Have you ever watched or even played tennis before?

Well normally I answer questions when they are asked. But I've come to realize that asking sarcasm ridden questions are only a way to defer from the topic at hand and make a slightly veiled attempt at masking posters sad attempt at being an ass, which is mandatory.So i've learned to avoid them.

Instead I'll ask another question without the sarcasm this time. What does that have to do with any of the convo about Rafa's return.

Corey Feldman
03-16-2007, 01:47 PM
bah talk about the lesser of 2 evils..
pick a winner between this match? like trying to pick if i wanna lose an arm or a leg

i'll tip Rod in 3 sets.

Fumus
03-16-2007, 01:50 PM
I don't care, these are my two favorite players. Um...I think Roddick is the favorite if he serves at a certain percentage, you know what my feelings are about his chances. I bet Andy will be calling up his buddy James Blake and getting some tips tonight, I tell you that much. What else, Andy likes to approach on these shitty topspin forehands now instead of the low bouncing slices, I know Rafa will eat him alive if he tries to do that shit. I think Andy's game play will be entirely different than when he was more patient against Ivan last night. Andy will be trying to flatten the ball out and take time away from Rafa. I think Rafa doesn't have to do anything different really except he might wanna raise his level from yesterday...which was kinda low. Rafa will out rally Andy and pick on his backhand to no end. I love both these guys and wish them the best, I am soooo excited to watch these two very entertaining personalities and great tennis champions.

t0x
03-16-2007, 01:51 PM
Nadal 76 76

Fumus
03-16-2007, 01:53 PM
ps.

Who would have thought that the next time these two would have met since 04', that they would have both lost to Roger Federer in a Wimbledon final...lol

cmurray
03-16-2007, 01:54 PM
It very much depends on Roddick's serve. Roddick isn't exactly the best mover in the world - if he lets Rafa start to run him around, Rafa will win. If Roddick serves really well though, I think its gonna be a long day at the office for Raf. I voted for Rafa in 3 but I think it could go either way.

YEMI
03-16-2007, 02:00 PM
Andy!

tangerine_dream
03-16-2007, 02:08 PM
Finally, my dream SF. :drool: Guns vs Buns, I can't wait I hope it's a great match. :banana:

oscar_2424
03-16-2007, 02:13 PM
Nadal in 3 sets.

gebl
03-16-2007, 02:17 PM
:drool: Guns vs Buns, :banana:

:haha: :D

safinaferrero
03-16-2007, 02:18 PM
I think and wish that Nadal win win in 3 sets...

Ryan
03-16-2007, 02:27 PM
They're two of my favorite players to root for and watch, so I dont care who wins as long as they win the final.

BlakeorHenman
03-16-2007, 02:56 PM
I'm just rooting for accidental nudity.

sondraj06
03-16-2007, 02:57 PM
I'm just rooting for accidental nudity.


:bounce::haha::haha::dance::hearts::dance:

sondraj06
03-16-2007, 03:02 PM
Does any one know when this match is thanx,

Yappa
03-16-2007, 03:04 PM
Uh oh, I might subscribe to the ATP Pay stream after all.

adee-gee
03-16-2007, 03:05 PM
:awww:

Can't he keep dancing until Monte C? :devil: Give him a shot of nandrolone or something ;)
I don't know if he can keep going that long :sad:

I did suggest that but he's scared of Peoples, he won't take the risk.

Horatio Caine
03-16-2007, 03:29 PM
Well normally I answer questions when they are asked. But I've come to realize that asking sarcasm ridden questions are only a way to defer from the topic at hand and make a slightly veiled attempt at masking posters sad attempt at being an ass, which is mandatory.So i've learned to avoid them.

Instead I'll ask another question without the sarcasm this time. What does that have to do with any of the convo about Rafa's return.

Your attempt to sound mildly intelligent amuses me.

I find it incredible that you think a baseline battle between Nadal and Roddick "could go either way." That is what does it for me, and proves that you're talking out of your ass.

merce
03-16-2007, 03:36 PM
Andy in 3
Vamos!!!

Corey Feldman
03-16-2007, 03:40 PM
Does any one know when this match is thanx,Saturday
:silly:

probably be another 2AM -for me, match.

rofe
03-16-2007, 03:42 PM
Andy has to serve at close to 70%, stand close to the baseline and get his head out of his arse when it comes to volleying then he has a chance. If the rally goes beyond a few points on his serve, bye, bye Andy.

Oh and Andy get that shit of a loopy forehand out of your mind and your game.

:armed:

Federerhingis
03-16-2007, 03:44 PM
I hope Roddick wins but Rafael will be a formidable opponent. We shall wait and see how their games match up on hardcourts. It should at least be an interesting match.

Or Levy
03-16-2007, 04:00 PM
They both REALLY need that Victory, I'll be sad for whoever loses, but my heart is with Andy. Rafa has clay season ahead of him.

Hopefully Andy in a tight, high quality match.

Apemant
03-16-2007, 05:02 PM
Didn't have the patience to read the whole thread, so sorry if anyone mentioned something like this already. I don't think this match depends so much on Andy's % of 1st serve, as even 60% should be quite enough to hold his serve comfortably most of the time, if the rest of his game isn't too bad.

What this match ultimately depends on is how Andy will use his FH. That's it. He surely CAN put a lot of power on that shot when it's on, and Rafa surely has problems with powerful strikers, because in a normal rally he gives his opponents plenty of high bouncing balls which CAN, in theory at least, be attacked with a flat and powerful shot. So, if Andy's FH will work, lets face it, he is a clear favourite against Rafa on this sort of surface (even though it's not really fast). But if it won't work, then he will become nervous; that will lead to his serve dropping as well, and he will eventually succumb to Rafa's relentlessness.

Sunset of Age
03-16-2007, 05:25 PM
This is a really difficult one - could indeed go either way, highly dependent on the quality of Andy's serve.

As many over here I'm highly looking out for this match - I expect it to be a real fight, as there's so much for both at stake.
So, I'd like to have voted "tennis will be the winner!", but that option isn't included in the poll - against the MTF Laws, isn't that so? :lol:

VamosNyC
03-16-2007, 05:36 PM
I personally think that if Rafa is playing well he will win, the matchup favors him.
Big advantage on groundstrokes, Nadal's FH to Roddicks BH is a huge benefit for him, I don't like Andy's volley's against Nadal's passing shots either, he will be dragging Andy all over the court and getting everything back.
I like Andy alot and if he serves extremely well and Rafa has trouble on serve he's got a big chance too but I have to go with Rafael.

Hope the match lives up to the hype!

TenHound
03-16-2007, 05:54 PM
Too bad they both can't lose :(

brent-o
03-16-2007, 06:18 PM
If Nadal can get a read on Roddick's serve, I don't see any reason why Nadal can't win this match. Roddick's shots are not particularly flat (which seem to be a problem for Nadal) and if Roddick goes Kamikaze into the net (as he often does) Nadal will pass him. Add to that that Roddick's cross-court backhands play right into Nadal's forehand, and I don't think Nadal's chances look that bad.

Very true, I agree with most of what you said. But I think Roddick's serve may trouble Nadal. Doesn't he have trouble with big servers?

cmurray
03-16-2007, 06:38 PM
Very true, I agree with most of what you said. But I think Roddick's serve may trouble Nadal. Doesn't he have trouble with big servers?

I think its less big serving and more the flat, hard ground strokes that give him fits.

Metis
03-16-2007, 06:41 PM
I just hope this match will live up to everybody's expectations. :lol:

I think that Roddick will keep serving at a high level in this match too and the outcome will depend on Nadal's level of play. I have no idea who will win but I hope it will be Rafa :)

yana
03-16-2007, 06:54 PM
I hope Rafa will win because Rod just piss me off with his rocket serve. the placement is more important than the speed IMO. :rolleyes:

Fedex
03-16-2007, 08:10 PM
Its really hard to figure out this matchup since these two have not played since 2004. Roddick is the favorite, but I've got a feeling Nadal is going to suprise people and pull this one out in 3.

jazar
03-16-2007, 08:14 PM
i cant remember what i said in the other thead on this, but i might have changed my mind. if nadal is playing well i think he will win, but if roddick is running round his forehand enough he may well win

Il Primo Uomo
03-16-2007, 09:10 PM
Two animals on the court.
I'm rooting for Rafa this time. Roddick is a lost cause to me.

Loremaster
03-16-2007, 10:33 PM
Two animals on the court.
I'm rooting for Rafa this time. Roddick is a lost cause to me.

Why because he killed Berdych on clay in DC ??:devil:

danton
03-16-2007, 10:40 PM
I have no idea.

MissPovaFan
03-16-2007, 10:42 PM
Nadal in 3

NicoFan
03-16-2007, 11:01 PM
I like them both...though I will admit that I'm going for Rafa more here. Because when Spain plays the US, I'm going to root for Andy. So this time, it's Rafa's turn. :lol:

darnyelb
03-16-2007, 11:05 PM
I've been waiting for this match for awhile and am glad to see it finally happen. Me thinks Blake will be giving Roddick pointers on this fella and we'll see Andy pull it out in straights.

Kitty de Sade
03-16-2007, 11:09 PM
I keep going back and forth on this one...slight edge to Andy this time around. That being said, I'll be rooting for Rafa though. :)

Sunset of Age
03-16-2007, 11:28 PM
I like them both...though I will admit that I'm going for Rafa more here. Because when Spain plays the US, I'm going to root for Andy. So this time, it's Rafa's turn. :lol:

My feelings exactly. It's high time Rafa wins a title again... plus I think he needs the confidence boost more than Andy right now.

But it'll be a close match, and I hope a really exciting one!

Voted for Rafa in three.

Merton
03-17-2007, 12:18 AM
Andy must be considered the slight favourite objectively, given that the match occurs in North American hardcourts. His service implies that Nadal will stand way back on the inside, offering court advantage that Roddick knows he must exploit. Rafa should win the majority of rallies that exceed 4-5 strikes but still he tends to lose serve sometimes due to careless unforced errors. Having said that, I think that if the match goes to 3 sets Rafa has good chances to win.

Merton
03-17-2007, 12:20 AM
By the way, the markets started from showing Rafa as a slight favourite but then Andy's chances increased and now the match appears dead even.

Havok
03-17-2007, 01:37 AM
I hope Rafa will win because Rod just piss me off with his rocket serve. the placement is more important than the speed IMO. :rolleyes:

If you'd sit down and watch a Roddick match, you'd know that he has really good placement. Is it Federer-like placement? Nope, but couple that with his speed and he fools his opponents time and time again. He also mixes up his serves quite a bit too.

I hope this match is of the highest quality. Doesn't matter to me if its straight sets or a nail bitter 3 setter, as long as both guys are playing well. Topspin loopy shots really don't bother Roddick because he normally doesn't hit flat shots off of that, which results in many errors when people actually do do that. If he keeps on serving like he's been doing, I don't see Nadal getting a break of serve. Nadal needs to be careful with his own first serve %. I think I voted for Roddick in 3, don't remember as it was too early in the morning :p.

Rafa = Fed Killa
03-17-2007, 04:00 AM
Tough 3 set match with Rafa barely winning.

RodLo
03-17-2007, 04:03 AM
Andy...or maybe that's just wishful thinking??

laure xxx
03-17-2007, 06:41 AM
Roddick will win.

yana
03-17-2007, 10:02 AM
If you'd sit down and watch a Roddick match, you'd know that he has really good placement. Is it Federer-like placement? Nope, but couple that with his speed and he fools his opponents time and time again. He also mixes up his serves quite a bit too.

I watched his match against Rochus and all I've seen was Andy firing aces and Rochus playing a wonderfull tennis, his technique was over Andy's. But at 1,65 m you can stand a chance against a big hitter. But I see Andy as a favourite in this match too because Rafa's serve is too vulnerable. ;)

DrJules
03-17-2007, 10:24 AM
The serving machine, Roddick, vs. the tennis player, Nadal. Nadal will struggle to return enough to break serve and Roddick lacks the return game or baseline game to hurt Nadal.

Could easily see 2 or 3 tie-breaks, but expect consistency of Roddick to be decisive. Nadal is more likely to have a service game failure with double faults.

Peoples
03-17-2007, 10:35 AM
The serving machine, Roddick, vs. the tennis player, Nadal. Nadal will struggle to return enough to break serve and Roddick lacks the return game or baseline game to hurt Nadal.

Could easily see 2 or 3 tie-breaks, but expect consistency of Roddick to be decisive. Nadal is more likely to have a service game failure with double faults.

So what qualifies Nadal to be a "tennis player" while Roddick is just "serving machine"? Idiotic comment :rolleyes:

SaFed2005
03-17-2007, 01:12 PM
Go Roddick!

mandynyuna
03-17-2007, 01:20 PM
Hey does anyone know when the match is???

Naranoc
03-17-2007, 01:28 PM
Hey does anyone know when the match is???

5 1/2 hours away - 7pm local time.

Kalliopeia
03-17-2007, 01:32 PM
Hey does anyone know when the match is???

Noon California time, 3 pm eastern.

Vamos Rafa!! :D

Naranoc
03-17-2007, 02:00 PM
Noon California time, 3 pm eastern.

Vamos Rafa!! :D


Yes, 7pm in the UK :scratch: :crazy:

The_Nadal_effect
03-17-2007, 02:52 PM
Rafael.

ChloeLove
03-17-2007, 03:24 PM
AHHH this is an amazing match up. I'm excited.

It's a hard one to call . . . I think Nadal could really push Andy mentally and make him run around a little more than he wants to be. On the other hand, I think Rafa will have a difficult time trying to break Andy. Who can say? I am wishing for Nadal to win though.

Edith09
03-17-2007, 03:54 PM
I´m really lookong forward to this match. I tip Nadal in three.

HamburgGirl
03-17-2007, 04:56 PM
I think Roddick's gonna win this one. He's the better player on hardcourt and Nadal didn't look very convincing versus Chela.

MaryWalsh
03-17-2007, 05:17 PM
Still thinking Rafa in 3.

Viken01
03-17-2007, 05:30 PM
nadal will roast the duck, he is the favourite IMO.

but i will be happy if roddick can get into the final :)

Allure
03-17-2007, 06:38 PM
Tennis won't win:lol: