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Nadal demolishes Roddick 6-4 6-3

LinkMage
03-17-2007, 08:26 PM
Expected win by Nadal.

What a spanking. The only thing that saved Roddick from a 6-1 6-1 destruction was his serve. The only way he was winning points was with aces or service winners. Once the rally started he was completely lost.

Roddick hasn't got big enough groundstrokes to bother Nadal like Youzhny, Berdych or Blake. He also doesn't hit flat enough to blow Nadal off the court like those other players. If it wasn't for his serve, this guy wouldn't be in the top 10. He must be the most overrated player on the tour.

Also, I don't know why he goes to the net so often when he hasn't got a clue how to volley, plus Nadal's passing shots are superb. Roddick looked like a spinning door watching Nadal's passing shots fly by him time and time again.

Naranoc
03-17-2007, 08:27 PM
Expected win by Nadal.

:lol: Great way to start this thread.

Nadal faced no breakpoints, and served at 80% and over consistently throughout the match :yeah:.
The title should be his for the taking now.

BlakeorHenman
03-17-2007, 08:27 PM
i didnt expect it... now nadal should take the title.

RickDaStick
03-17-2007, 08:27 PM
PATHETIC match from Roddick. I wonder how much Nadal is going to charge him for that lesson. Nadal 17 forehand winners Roddick 2. The serve can only get you so far Andy.

bluefork
03-17-2007, 08:28 PM
:) Well done, Rafa. Knew you could do it.

Regenbogen
03-17-2007, 08:28 PM
Brilliant match from Nadal :worship:

I was hoping this would be closer though. Roddick :help:

nolop
03-17-2007, 08:28 PM
nice, nadal was always on control of the match, his serving was great and his backhand is improving

roddicks volleys and backhand :help:

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 08:28 PM
Ljubicic at least wouldn't have embarassed himself.

SwiSha
03-17-2007, 08:28 PM
Vamos

no name face
03-17-2007, 08:28 PM
agreed 100%. i'm american and i wish could give roddick credit, but i mean...he is not that talented minus the serve. nadal DESTROYED him...and wow, i haven't seen nadal play in a while but man has he improved. he was totally aggressive and just owned roddick on his 'best' surface.

well done. nadal should silence the haters for a bit.

Deathless Mortal
03-17-2007, 08:28 PM
Great played by Nadal :yeah: Was expecting a much more interesting match though. Impressed by the way how Nadal played.

hablovah19
03-17-2007, 08:28 PM
First time I've enjoyed Nadal demolishing another player. :drool::haha:

Well done! :clap2:

(Can't stand the hype around Roddick, thanks to the american coverage we get. :p )

This match was kind of boring though. :tape:

General Suburbia
03-17-2007, 08:29 PM
Shit match from Roddick, great match from Nadal.

That's pretty much it.

cmurray
03-17-2007, 08:29 PM
Rafa was just brilliant today.

33 winners
12 unforced errors.

We Rafa fans have been waiting a LOOONNNGGGG time for Raf to play like this again.

Or Levy
03-17-2007, 08:29 PM
Man, that was painful. And quick. I wanted Andy to win, but I was cheering for Rafa half way of the match, he just outclassed Andy, easily.

Well, if Nadal plays like that in the finals - we have a winner.

whirlwind
03-17-2007, 08:29 PM
Nadal was amazing, Roddick just sucked completely

Purple Rainbow
03-17-2007, 08:29 PM
Well done, Rafa!

justClaudia
03-17-2007, 08:29 PM
Good win Rafa. :)

federated
03-17-2007, 08:30 PM
A flat out beatdown. Well done, Rafa. I feel too sorry for Andy to rag on him (which is bizarre because I am no fan of his by any means).

TheHawk
03-17-2007, 08:30 PM
Yup, wonderful display from Rafa, Roddick had no answers if not with aces.

+alonso
03-17-2007, 08:30 PM
When Roddick attacked Rafa He never knew how to finish the point!

:hepl: At Roddick's volleys

DrJules
03-17-2007, 08:30 PM
Expected win by Nadal.

What a spanking. The only thing that saved Roddick from a 6-1 6-1 destruction was his serve. The only way he was winning points was with aces or service winners. Once the rally started he was completely lost.

Roddick hasn't got big enough groundstrokes to bother Nadal like Youzhny, Berdych or Blake. He also doesn't hit flat enough to blow Nadal off the court like those other players. If it wasn't for his serve, this guy wouldn't be in the top 10. He must be the most overrated player on the tour.

Also, I don't know why he goes to the net so often when he hasn't got a clue how to volley, plus Nadal's passing shots are superb. Roddick looked like a spinning door watching Nadal's passing shots fly by him time and time again.

Apart from the serve, a area in which Roddick excels, Nadal is a better player.

adee-gee
03-17-2007, 08:30 PM
I'm really, really happy for Rafa, it's been a long time coming :)

He played well, but the match was absolutely gift wrapped from Roddick.

Truly awful match tactically and executionally. It was almost like watching a ball machine feed balls nicely to Nadal's forehand at times. Nadal served well and was hitting the ball pretty well but I think he was made to look good. I don't know what Andy's ploy was. He hit nothing balls off both wings and Nadal couldn't have envisaged such an easy match in his wildest dreams. Roddick came to the net on nothing approaches and got punished.

Lots of people will gush about Nadal's performance, personally I still don't feel he's playing anywhere near the level he was last year, but he's looking likely to take the title :rocker2:

RickDaStick
03-17-2007, 08:30 PM
Apart from the serve, a area in which Roddick excels, Nadal is a better player.

Really?

Björki
03-17-2007, 08:31 PM
Congrats Rafa :)

Alien47
03-17-2007, 08:31 PM
Vamos Rafa!!!!!!!!

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 08:31 PM
Playing like this Roddick will be an easy pray for Nadal.

3rd page of Andy-Ljubo thread. You heard here first.

Smasher
03-17-2007, 08:31 PM
Credits to Nadal, stunning performance :yeah:

fenomeno2111
03-17-2007, 08:31 PM
Nadal schooled Roddick with a solid serve and solid play from the baseline. Nadal hit those sick winners over and over again and served really well. Roddick played crap, Nadal played good and that was the story. Vamos Nadal and better luck next time to Roddick

stebs
03-17-2007, 08:33 PM
Roddick played poorly and Nadal played an excellent match. It became clear all too soon that the only way Roddick was winning this was in breakers.

Kitty de Sade
03-17-2007, 08:33 PM
Amazing serving day for Rafa, wow. Andy looked totally lost from the beginning.

Great job by Rafa and continued good luck the rest of the way, he really deserves it. :clap2:

no name face
03-17-2007, 08:33 PM
Apart from the serve, a area in which Roddick excels, Nadal is a better player.

minus the serve, everyone in the top 15 is a better player. maybe even top 30.

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 08:33 PM
Benneteau would have won 6/2 6/2.

Roger The Great
03-17-2007, 08:33 PM
This was classic Nadal today. He dominated the rallies, making Roddick look slow and clueless. Nadal is refinding his form right in time for his most important time of the year.

Should be a good final tomorrow, whoever wins the other semi-final!

tripb19
03-17-2007, 08:33 PM
:retard: I voted Rafa in two. How is Andy going to hurt him?

What an intelligent comment, this poster is probably as good looking as he is intelligent.

Completely expected. The pirate beats the wooden player his planks are made from.

gusman890
03-17-2007, 08:34 PM
shit.

I want Roddicks FLAT/KILLA ROCKET forehand back. Otherwise, Nadal would be crying.

Great job of him serving like 89% though, thats insane, reminds me of the Federer-Nadal Rome Final.

Kalliopeia
03-17-2007, 08:34 PM
That was just beautiful, best he's played in a long long time. He missed just six serves for the entire match, according to ESPN. 89% first serves for the match I think. The forehand was a thing of beauty. He made Andy look like an amateur. I can't stand the guy but I almost felt sorry for him.

Now, take the title, Rafa.

I am one happy happy girl. :D

cmurray
03-17-2007, 08:35 PM
I'm really, really happy for Rafa, it's been a long time coming :)

He played well, but the match was absolutely gift wrapped from Roddick.

Truly awful match tactically and executionally. It was almost like watching a ball machine feed balls nicely to Nadal's forehand at times. Nadal served well and was hitting the ball pretty well but I think he was made to look good. I don't know what Andy's ploy was. He hit nothing balls off both wings and Nadal couldn't have envisaged such an easy match in his wildest dreams. Roddick came to the net on nothing approaches and got punished.

Lots of people will gush about Nadal's performance, personally I still don't feel he's playing anywhere near the level he was last year, but he's looking likely to take the title :rocker2:

I dunno, Adam. I think I disagree. Sure, Andy played a crap match, but Raf only had 12 UEs. He was just on today. Andy made it easier than it might have been, but Rafa's forehand was a thing of beauty today.

trixtah
03-17-2007, 08:35 PM
holy crap, almost 90% first serves from Rafa, Roddick got completely obliterated and torn 2-3 new assholes. Still waiting for a ducktard to say that Rafa didn't win, Andy lost :D

33 winners bye byeeee

DDrago2
03-17-2007, 08:35 PM
I heaven't seen the match but it it seems this was turbo-Nadal against exasperated Roddick

thunder2006
03-17-2007, 08:35 PM
WOW!! Great performance by RAFA......Roddick was completely lost. This was by far the best RAFA has played since WIMBLEDON. This match kinda reminded me of the match against AGASSI at Wimbledon where there was so much hype surrounding it but really was a RAFA whipping in straight sets.....

Vamos Rafa#1
03-17-2007, 08:35 PM
Rafa:worship: Excellent job today! Now win the title!

Naide
03-17-2007, 08:35 PM
:nerner: vamos chico

thrust
03-17-2007, 08:36 PM
Well someone here was a prophet-lol!! Awsome play by Rafa, keep it up!!

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 08:36 PM
When you're being aced by Nadal, you must rethink your life as a pro player. Even Benji Becker returns better.

cmurray
03-17-2007, 08:36 PM
Benneteau would have won 6/2 6/2.

Oh just stop. :rolleyes:

Macbrother
03-17-2007, 08:36 PM
Welcome back, Nadal.

yana
03-17-2007, 08:36 PM
Nadal was just puuuurfect! FH, BH, serve, confidence, he had all together again. I haven't seen him play like this since RG 2006. Well done Rafa, I didn't believe that you'll win! :worship:

sdtoot
03-17-2007, 08:36 PM
And to think Roddick somehow beat Ljubo yesterday!!

Allure
03-17-2007, 08:36 PM
Can't believe Gasquet loss to Roddick now.:o Guess the only way he can win against top 10 players is to moonball from now on as evident from Murray and Nadal.

Hopefully Djokovic/Murray will take town Nadal tomorrow.:p

DrJules
03-17-2007, 08:37 PM
I'm really, really happy for Rafa, it's been a long time coming :)

He played well, but the match was absolutely gift wrapped from Roddick.

Truly awful match tactically and executionally. It was almost like watching a ball machine feed balls nicely to Nadal's forehand at times. Nadal served well and was hitting the ball pretty well but I think he was made to look good. I don't know what Andy's ploy was. He hit nothing balls off both wings and Nadal couldn't have envisaged such an easy match in his wildest dreams. Roddick came to the net on nothing approaches and got punished.

Lots of people will gush about Nadal's performance, personally I still don't feel he's playing anywhere near the level he was last year, but he's looking likely to take the title :rocker2:

Nadal returned a very fast better than he has before; Roddick had not faced a break point this tournament before this match and loses his serve 3 times in this match.

Freddi22cl
03-17-2007, 08:37 PM
Andy bitch slapped.....just like Memphis.....

:wavey:

TennisLurker
03-17-2007, 08:37 PM
Roddick made Chela look like a terrific player

Apemant
03-17-2007, 08:38 PM
Didn't see this coming... really a bad performance from Andy... I actually don't think he's that bad as he looked in this match. For some reason he just froze. I had a feeling he didn't believe one percent that he could actually beat Rafa. Connors should have played him some tapes from Blake's and Berdych's matches vs. Rafa... :devil:

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 08:38 PM
Oh just stop. :rolleyes:

It's true and you know it.

Corey Feldman
03-17-2007, 08:38 PM
just kicked his ass.. easy job.

Nadal in a final again, at long last :lol:

hablovah19
03-17-2007, 08:39 PM
Besides his serve, I thought Roddick's fh was supposed to be so good? How come he wasn't doing what Blake usually does to Nadal? :lol:

Sunset of Age
03-17-2007, 08:39 PM
Rafael Nadal!!! :worship: :hatoff: :hatoff: :hatoff: :speakles: :hearts:

Might I say his his best match on hardcourt since.. well... who can remember? :D

Excellent passing shots. And, did anyone see his first and second serve stats?
Immaculate Playing by Raf. Take the title now - it's ALL YOURS!!!

Andy??? :sad:
He had no weapons whatsoever against this Rafita...

Well deserved win!

Oh, Ron, you expectation surely was SPOT ON! :lol:

jazar
03-17-2007, 08:39 PM
the king is dead.

if roddick is going to beat nadal he really needs a backhand and a return of serve and a volley

Pfloyd
03-17-2007, 08:39 PM
Welcome back Rafa!

AnnaK_4ever
03-17-2007, 08:39 PM
That's exactly the match and the outcome I expected after Andy's horrible performance against Ljubicic. You need to do something else rather than just serving to beat Nadal.
Unfortunately, since AO Andy keeps regressing. No groundies, no solid volleys, nothing to hurt anyone who can handle his serve :sad:

Very good match from Rafa, the other hand. He is the favourite for the title.

guga2120
03-17-2007, 08:39 PM
that was pretty impressive, Nadal literally overpowered Roddick on a not slow hard court. Roddick could not deal with his forehand.'

And i actually thought Roddick was going to beat him.:scratch:

A_Skywalker
03-17-2007, 08:40 PM
Great win. Vamos !

martine2
03-17-2007, 08:40 PM
YESSS Rafito you did it!!!!!!!!

Great match!!!

Will be good for his confidence :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Now go for the title!!!!! (you're my only fav left :angel:

yana
03-17-2007, 08:40 PM
I'm really, really happy for Rafa, it's been a long time coming :)

He played well, but the match was absolutely gift wrapped from Roddick.

Truly awful match tactically and executionally. It was almost like watching a ball machine feed balls nicely to Nadal's forehand at times. Nadal served well and was hitting the ball pretty well but I think he was made to look good. I don't know what Andy's ploy was. He hit nothing balls off both wings and Nadal couldn't have envisaged such an easy match in his wildest dreams. Roddick came to the net on nothing approaches and got punished.

Lots of people will gush about Nadal's performance, personally I still don't feel he's playing anywhere near the level he was last year, but he's looking likely to take the title :rocker2:


No, Rafa was good. I mean Chela did more mistakes than Andy, but Nadal still played like crap that match. But today he was on fire IMO.

bad gambler
03-17-2007, 08:41 PM
Too easy Rafa

Snowwy
03-17-2007, 08:41 PM
Rafa was just brilliant today.

33 winners
12 unforced errors.

We Rafa fans have been waiting a LOOONNNGGGG time for Raf to play like this again.

A big difference was his 1st serve finally going in.

tripb19
03-17-2007, 08:41 PM
I don't understand how Roddick's volleys just die in the ass when he tries to penetrate with them. Considering his strength and momentum, I think he must have the worst understanding possible in order to get the result he gets.

cmurray
03-17-2007, 08:41 PM
It's true and you know it.

Its not. You just can't bring yourself to admit that Rafa played great today so you have to poo-poo the match by saying that anyone would have beaten andy today.

Rafa played a crisp match.

Kalliopeia
03-17-2007, 08:42 PM
I'm actually surprised how one sided it was. I thought Rafa could do it but I really thought it'd be a hard-fought three setter.

Not that I'm complaining, mind. :D

Shabazza
03-17-2007, 08:42 PM
The best I've seen Nadal play on a hardcourt. 89% first serve is insane! Although Roddick doesn't pose a thread on any kind of first serve, so Nadal could go for the percentages rather than the bombs. He knew he is the better player once the rally started. :cool:

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 08:43 PM
I don't understand how Roddick's volleys just die in the ass when he tries to penetrate with them. Considering his strength and momentum, I think he must have the worst understanding possible in order to get the result he gets.

Volleying is technique and ability, not strenght.

adee-gee
03-17-2007, 08:43 PM
I dunno, Adam. I think I disagree. Sure, Andy played a crap match, but Raf only had 12 UEs. He was just on today. Andy made it easier than it might have been, but Rafa's forehand was a thing of beauty today.
He served extremely well.

All I'd say is if someone hits nothing balls to Rafa's forehand all day then of course he'll hit winners and dominate from the baseline. His backhand wasn't great today, still his depth is too short and a player like Gonzalez or whoever would've cracked a lot of those balls for winners. I don't think it's possible to play a less sensible match against Rafa than Andy did, that's all :shrug:

pete25
03-17-2007, 08:44 PM
I'm so angry !!!! the "only" damn time Roger loses early since the wimbledon final 2006 is the only time Rafa reaches the final.
What a shame !!!
And then all their following encounters would be on clay: THAT's CRAP !!!

tennisdreams
03-17-2007, 08:44 PM
Yay Rafa! He played great today!! I think a lot of Andy's problem was that he wasn't put away those volleys... Rafa got to them so many times.

LilyRoseAva
03-17-2007, 08:45 PM
A lesson of Tennis . Amazing Rafa today . Hope he will win the title now .

Castafiore
03-17-2007, 08:45 PM
I really thought that this match would be tougher. Rafa's forehand was beautiful to watch today.

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 08:45 PM
Its not. You just can't bring yourself to admit that Rafa played great today so you have to poo-poo the match by saying that anyone would have beaten andy today.

Rafa played a crisp match.

Get a clue, Roddick played like an amateur and made some 20 UNFORCED errors off the forehand. That has nothing to do with Nadal.

tennisrocks123
03-17-2007, 08:45 PM
Andy sucks.. I mean, come on... Yea his serve was the only thing that helped him today. I cannot believe people thought he could beat Nadal. He ends up losing the match at the net? wow. he is really "intelligent", not. Finally, nice to see a player punish Roddick's pathetic "slices"

kobulingam
03-17-2007, 08:46 PM
that was pretty impressive, Nadal literally overpowered Roddick on a not slow hard court. Roddick could not deal with his forehand.'

And i actually thought Roddick was going to beat him.:scratch:

Actually, IW has been playing quite slow.
Neverthless, Nadal still had the more powerful groundies (and more spin too).

A_Skywalker
03-17-2007, 08:46 PM
Lets not start to talk about Nadal in form. We should see how he does on the final. Roddick played really bad today. To be honest I didnt think Nadal will win so easily. I thought the ace machine will fire a lot of aces..

FluffyYellowBall
03-17-2007, 08:47 PM
Well roddick played terrible tennis and his volleys were just...dont have any word for it! But roddicks level of play wont stop me from saying that nadal played the BEST match since wimbledon and one of his best hard court performences

guga2120
03-17-2007, 08:47 PM
most of Roddick's winners were off his serve, if they got in any type of rally Nadal took control. Wonder what would happen if they played on clay?

qw19
03-17-2007, 08:47 PM
Rafa you are the best. Go for your title. Vamos!

Or Levy
03-17-2007, 08:48 PM
I'm so angry !!!! the "only" damn time Roger loses early since the wimbledon final 2006 is the only time Rafa reaches the final.
What a shame !!!
And then all their following encounters would be on clay: THAT's CRAP !!!

I couldn't agree with you more, I don't think Djoko or Murray are going to trouble Rafa much, with Roger here it could have been a really tasty final.

:sad: :rolleyes:

TennisLurker
03-17-2007, 08:48 PM
most of Roddick's winners were off his serve, if they got in any type of rally Nadal took control. Wonder what would happen if they played on clay?

Something like 6162

Naide
03-17-2007, 08:48 PM
Get a clue, Roddick played like an amateur and made some 20 UNFORCED errors off the forehand. That has nothing to do with Nadal.

begin a therapy, your hate for him is as impressive as rafa today

federated
03-17-2007, 08:49 PM
Can't believe Gasquet loss to Roddick now.:o Guess the only way he can win against top 10 players is to moonball from now on as evident from Murray and Nadal.

Hopefully Djokovic/Murray will take town Nadal tomorrow.:p

You call what Nadal was doing today "moonballing"? :haha: Maybe you should try learning a bit about the game we're talking about here...it's called Tennis.

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 08:49 PM
most of Roddick's winners were off his serve, if they got in any type of rally Nadal took control. Wonder what would happen if they played on clay?

IW = blue clay.

tripb19
03-17-2007, 08:49 PM
Volleying is technique and ability, not strenght.

Obviously :wavey: This does not affect the issue though, Roddick only usually gets one volley before he gets passed or errors: where he tries to end the point, he is coming to the net with lots of momentum and still hits balls that die in pace. It's completely odd after all these years.

cmurray
03-17-2007, 08:49 PM
Get a clue, Roddick played like an amateur and made some 20 UNFORCED errors off the forehand. That has nothing to do with Nadal.

And Rafa's 89% first serve percentage and lack of UEs had nothing to do with Roddick. What's your point?

I'll agree though that Andy played an awful match. Rafa shouldn't have had such an easy time of it against the #3 player in the world...doesn't change how cleanly Rafa was striking the ball.

zicofirol
03-17-2007, 08:50 PM
I totally misred this match, I knew roddick would not break Nadal but I though he could win it on serve alone, and I was wrong...

This match shows that roddick is not a power player his forehand is not imposing enough on the court, his forehand has alot of spin and does nto land deep enough...

trixtah
03-17-2007, 08:50 PM
Get a clue, Roddick played like an amateur and made some 20 UNFORCED errors off the forehand. That has nothing to do with Nadal.

glenn glenn glenn...glenn glenn glenn...you obviously didn't watch the match, so why bother posting? You ever see Nadal play in real life? You ever see Nadal's balls in real life? Nono, not those two. I voted Rafa in two sets, but at the start of IW, I didn't think he was going to make it very far.

Sunset of Age
03-17-2007, 08:50 PM
He served extremely well.

All I'd say is if someone hits nothing balls to Rafa's forehand all day then of course he'll hit winners and dominate from the baseline. His backhand wasn't great today, still his depth is too short and a player like Gonzalez or whoever would've cracked a lot of those balls for winners. I don't think it's possible to play a less sensible match against Rafa than Andy did, that's all :shrug:


Adam... just be happy... your poor little dreadlocked dancer might well be allowed to *stop* dancing real soon (tomorrow, that is!)

Raf's going to take this title. I can only wonder about Rogelio's comments should he have watched this match of his dear Main Rival! :lol:

white&blue
03-17-2007, 08:50 PM
:yeah: Back in business...

Kalliopeia
03-17-2007, 08:51 PM
Actually, IW has been playing quite slow.
Neverthless, Nadal still had the more powerful groundies (and more spin too).

All the ESPN commentators were talking about how it was faster today than it was a day or two ago because of the heat and all. Dunno. Doesn't matter, at least not to me. :D

Metis
03-17-2007, 08:51 PM
Great match from Rafa! And his confidence must be very high after this beating he administered :lol:. I would have loved to see him play against Roger tomorrow. :devil:

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 08:52 PM
Obviously :wavey: This does not affect the issue though, Roddick only usually gets one volley before he gets passed or errors: where he tries to end the point, he is coming to the net with lots of momentum and still hits balls that die in pace. It's completely odd after all these years.

He can't volley. That's the fact. When he goes to the net he only embarasses himself. If Ljubo, a very slow player, could pass him at will, this bitchdom today was totally expected.

And Rafa's 89% first serve percentage and lack of UEs had nothing to do with Roddick. What's your point?

I'll agree though that Andy played an awful match. Rafa shouldn't have had such an easy time of it against the #3 player in the world...doesn't change how cleanly Rafa was striking the ball.

If he did that serve percentage against Soderling, he'd be schooled anyway. Roddick can't return serves, can't hit a winner from the baseline. He's not a power player. He's a grinder-pusher today.

Pfloyd
03-17-2007, 08:53 PM
Gustavo you've been REJECTED!!

:)

The Daviator
03-17-2007, 08:53 PM
Rafa :banana: :yeah:

guga2120
03-17-2007, 08:53 PM
IW = blue clay.

is it? the ball moves very fast there b/c of the elevation i know that, which is why Roddick was serving in the 140's but IW is faster than Miami, no? I know Agassi always used to win Miami b/c it was slow, and not do much at IW b/c of the speed/

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 08:53 PM
glenn glenn glenn...glenn glenn glenn...you obviously didn't watch the match, so why bother posting? You ever see Nadal play in real life? You ever see Nadal's balls in real life? Nono, not those two. I voted Rafa in two sets, but at the start of IW, I didn't think he was going to make it very far.

I have watched the match and Nadal played in Brazil two years ago. Shut up. :wavey:

*Viva Chile*
03-17-2007, 08:53 PM
I couldn't agree with you more, I don't think Djoko or Murray are going to trouble Rafa much, with Roger here it could have been a really tasty final.

:sad: :rolleyes:

whiners :nerner:
You only have to assume that Federer is not on the tourney since last sunday, it so difficult to understand that??? :rolleyes:

Black Adam
03-17-2007, 08:54 PM
Roddick has never played his best tennis in Indian Wells so I am not that surprised.

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 08:54 PM
Gustavo you've been REJECTED!!

:)

I was the first to say Nadal would win. Understanding tennis sucks. :)

BORO77
03-17-2007, 08:56 PM
I am very happy Rafa:worship: has thrashed stupid AndyR:)
Good luck tomorrow Rafa:worship:

Peoples
03-17-2007, 08:56 PM
ARod played like crap

Pfloyd
03-17-2007, 08:57 PM
ARod played like crap

Because Nadal played well....

sawan66278
03-17-2007, 08:57 PM
At long last...Rafa Nadal is BACK! Superlative play from the beginning of the match, till the end. Think about it: Andy did not even FACE a break point throughout the entire tournament, and Rafa breaks him three times!!! And it would have been worse if not for a missed volley and a few serves clocking in the 140's:eek: :eek:

I thought that Rafa would have a shot if he could get back the Roddick serve. Boy was I right. Once the point started, Rafa was in COMPLETE CONTROL. The problem is that Rafa has difficulty with people who hit big and flat like Blake, Misha, and Berdych. Andy, while hitting flat, does not hit as flat as those guys. His balls do not penetrate like theirs. This combined with the fact that Andy does not have the strokes to handle Rafa's spin leads to one logical conclusion. If Andy had not served the number of service winners and/or aces, he very well probably would have lost 6-1, 6-1 (or worse).

What is amazing is that the court was a fast hard court. Cahill mentioned that the court was playing extremely fast...even faster than earlier in the week. Plus, Roddick had the crowd completely behind him. And yet, once the match started, you could look at Andy and Jimbo's faces and tell they knew they were in trouble. The smell of fear was in the air...and Andy did not know what to do.

Andy was sweating like crazy (because Rafa was pushing him around the court), and Rafa looked like he was having an easy day at the office.

Rafa's forehand was HUGE!!!:eek: :eek: And his return was even on...blasting back balls that were coming at him in the 130's.

True, Andy's net game (or lack thereof) was exposed. But, the real reason Rafa dominated:


BECAUSE HE FINALLY STARTED PLAYING CLOSE TO THE BASELINE!!!! If Rafa continues to do this, the tour better watch out. Regardless of the result tomorrow, Rafa is clearly back.

trixtah
03-17-2007, 08:58 PM
ARod played like crap

hahahahaha Peoples is back after calling Roger's "injury" versus Canas. roddick injured today as well? Couldn't walk off the court? Broken leg?

adee-gee
03-17-2007, 08:58 PM
Adam... just be happy... your poor little dreadlocked dancer might well be allowed to *stop* dancing real soon (tomorrow, that is!)

Raf's going to take this title. I can only wonder about Rogelio's comments should he have watched this match of his dear Main Rival! :lol:
I am happy, and he probably will take the title.....I just think the match today and the match against Ferrero are false indications of how he's truly playing. Both opponents were awful and played the match right into Rafa's hands.....if he was coming up against a Gonzalez or a Blake, someone who can hit winners from the baseline I still don't feel he's playing well enough to overcome them.

I am happy, even if I don't sound it :lol:

Johnny Groove
03-17-2007, 09:01 PM
well played, Rafa, very well played.

Service was incredible, he's wearing his pirates, his shoes were great (did anyone else see the "Redbull" bull on them? :lol: ) He returned Roddick's serve great, broke him 3 times, just overall great playing and great fashion, especially the blue outfit to match the blue courts :lol:

Pfloyd
03-17-2007, 09:03 PM
I am happy, and he probably will take the title.....I just think the match today and the match against Ferrero are false indications of how he's truly playing. Both opponents were awful and played the match right into Rafa's hands.....if he was coming up against a Gonzalez or a Blake, someone who can hit winners from the baseline I still don't feel he's playing well enough to overcome them.

I am happy, even if I don't sound it :lol:

We'll he's serving quite well, his return of serve has greatly improved, his backhand was ripping and his forehand was not that short.

I believe if Nadal played like this vs Blake, he could snatch a win.

User id 7816
03-17-2007, 09:03 PM
Expected win by Nadal.

What a spanking. The only thing that saved Roddick from a 6-1 6-1 destruction was his serve. The only way he was winning points was with aces or service winners. Once the rally started he was completely lost.

Roddick hasn't got big enough groundstrokes to bother Nadal like Youzhny, Berdych or Blake. He also doesn't hit flat enough to blow Nadal off the court like those other players. If it wasn't for his serve, this guy wouldn't be in the top 10. He must be the most overrated player on the tour.

Also, I don't know why he goes to the net so often when he hasn't got a clue how to volley, plus Nadal's passing shots are superb. Roddick looked like a spinning door watching Nadal's passing shots fly by him time and time again.

sounds like Roddick got exposed again. :awww:

martine2
03-17-2007, 09:04 PM
I was the first to say Nadal would win. Understanding tennis sucks. :)

Just admit he played VERY GOOD today, even if you don't like him....

I like Rafa, but no way I'm going to insult players I don't like when they play a bad match like the Rafa haters do. Everybody deserves RESPECT!

Bilbo
03-17-2007, 09:04 PM
expected win by Rafa :yeah:

Jimnik
03-17-2007, 09:07 PM
I've got to admire Andy's guts. To stand metres behind the baseline and exchange moonballs with Nadal, and hope to survive, certainly takes courage.

Maybe there isn't any sanity left in his brain after-all. :o

trixtah
03-17-2007, 09:07 PM
expected win by Rafa :yeah:

I KNEW THIS WAS COMING :p :p :p

MaryWalsh
03-17-2007, 09:07 PM
I was WRONG!!!!! I said Rafa in 3 . . .

CyBorg
03-17-2007, 09:08 PM
This is great to see. Nadal must get on a roll now. He needs this title so badly to get back on track.

I do want to see Fed win the French, but that would be no fun if Rafa is struggling. I want to see him earn it.

Allure
03-17-2007, 09:10 PM
I've got to admire Andy's guts. To stand metres behind the baseline and exchange moonballs with Nadal, and hope to survive, certainly takes courage.

Maybe there isn't any sanity left in his brain after-all. :o

So maybe I'm right Federated:p

adee-gee
03-17-2007, 09:11 PM
We'll he's serving quite well, his return of serve has greatly improved, his backhand was ripping and his forehand was not that short.

I believe if Nadal played like this vs Blake, he could snatch a win.
I didn't think his backhand was good.....apart from when he's hitting a passing shot off it, he's not hitting any winners from the baseline and it's far too short at times.

Jimnik
03-17-2007, 09:11 PM
So maybe I'm right Federated:p
:confused:

The Freak
03-17-2007, 09:12 PM
Great playing fom Nadal, once again we see Roddick can't hang with the top players.

DhammaTiger
03-17-2007, 09:13 PM
I am so happy;) ;) Rafa:inlove: :hatoff: :banana: the wonder Man, played magnificently:worship: . At last,aome good news for me,fter being depressed for a whole week, now I am smiling and keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow. VAMOS RAFA!!!:worship: :banana: :woohoo: :woohoo::dance: :yippee: :bigclap:

Pfloyd
03-17-2007, 09:14 PM
I didn't think his backhand was good.....apart from when he's hitting a passing shot off it, he's not hitting any winners from the baseline and it's far too short at times.

:confused:

Nadal was quite okay in his backhand I think.

Against Blake, if they were to play now, Rafa's return of serve would help him alot...

Either way, Rafa's recent HC losses has been tight matches, except for the one against Gonzo.

With this win, his confidence will be sky high, and this will help him against hard hitters in future tournaments...

Allez
03-17-2007, 09:17 PM
What the hell was Roddick doing ? Pushing balls to Nadal ain't the way to beat him. Given his speed around the court anything that isn't hit flat and hard to the corners and onto the lines qualifies as a "push". Nadal has won this without a doubt. Can't Nole beating him :shrug:

DDrago2
03-17-2007, 09:17 PM
I do want to see Fed win the French, but that would be no fun if Rafa is struggling. I want to see him earn it.


It would be VERY fun. Why does he have to do everything on a hard way? THey were rigging the draws against him for the last 4 Grand Slams and he didn't win RG two years in the row only because of this maniac Nadal

Apemant
03-17-2007, 09:18 PM
Most definitely, it seems Rafa's confidence is back, and he did play rather aggresive today, and missed very little, while hitting some amazing winners and passing shots and whatnot. Congratz to him for that, but I feel adee-gee is right in one respect, and that is you only play as well as your opponent lets you, and Roddick looked completely hopeless today. In all the games he got broken Nadal would produce like one magnificent winner, and then Andy would go like, 'oh shit, he's too good, cannot cope' - and hit several UEs in a row.

So, Rafa did play a great match actually but noone can deny that this just wasn't Roddick's day. He played much better in his previous matches, and I'm sorry to say, but it seems he was scared shitless of Rafa, just like Roger. Maybe he was subconsciously thinking like, if this guy can beat Roger, and look what Roger does to me, then I really have no chance...

Kalliopeia
03-17-2007, 09:24 PM
You almost have to feel sorry for Roddick. After the AO all anyone could talk about was how badly Roger savaged him. Now, (and regardless of whether you think Rafa played especially well), everyone will talk about how badly Rafa savaged him. I mean those games he won were won almost exclusively on his serve. It would have been a much uglier scoreline for Andy without that.

adee-gee
03-17-2007, 09:27 PM
:confused:

Nadal was quite okay in his backhand I think.

Against Blake, if they were to play now, Rafa's return of serve would help him alot...

Either way, Rafa's recent HC losses has been tight matches, except for the one against Gonzo.

With this win, his confidence will be sky high, and this will help him against hard hitters in future tournaments...
As I say, his backhand looked fairly good because of Roddick's inability to take advantage of short balls. If you get a chance, watch the match again and look at the depth on a lot of Rafa's shots, especially off his backhand. Many players would've taken advantage of it a lot better than Roddick did today.

Confidence is coming back and that's definitely a good thing. He needs a win against Blake/Federer/Berdych and that will really get him going I think.

PoderShileno
03-17-2007, 09:32 PM
rafa :worship:

vamosnadal
03-17-2007, 09:33 PM
That was such a massive performance from Nadal. Amazing, talk about in the zone!!! I always thought it would be a terrible match-up for Roddick, but I'm stunned that Nadal handled his serve so easily. From about the second game, Roddick was completely intimidated and his game suffered. I like Andy and don't mean to sound patronising, but I felt sorry for him out there at times!

I don't understand why people keep on comparing Roddick and Blake, they both have massive forehands but Blake takes his a lot earlier hits it flatter and can move quicker behind it. All of this is what troubles Nadal and Andyl's forehand, however good, was never going to trouble Rafa as much.

t0x
03-17-2007, 09:34 PM
How many rallies did Roddick actually win? It can't of been many.... & his volleying sucked more than usual today.

Well done Rafa though! Good for his confidence and he's definatley playing like it, if Roddick didn't have his first serve this could of easily had bagels in it.

DDrago2
03-17-2007, 09:35 PM
He needs a win against Blake/Federer/Berdych and that will really get him going I think.


Well that's not going to happen soon, the slow-court season starts right after this tournament

Havok
03-17-2007, 09:40 PM
Oh, ok. Way to show up for the match Andy!:retard:

Nicely done by Nadal, finally playing great tennis, which is good for the tour and good because he'll be able to push/beat Federer in finals, not like these other finalists who just laid aside and got spanked :p. If he faces Murray, Nadal all the way for the title. Though if Djokovic gets though, I'd rather him take it. Should be a great final as both these young guns have really good groundstrokes and great returns. I hope it wasn't as pathetic and lopsided as this match :help:.

explicit
03-17-2007, 09:43 PM
I was WRONG!!!!! I said Rafa in 3 . . .

Me too! :)

But, I love being wrong sometimes! Didn't watch the match, but good to hear Nadal played so well!

Havok
03-17-2007, 09:43 PM
That was such a massive performance from Nadal. Amazing, talk about in the zone!!! I always thought it would be a terrible match-up for Roddick, but I'm stunned that Nadal handled his serve so easily. From about the second game, Roddick was completely intimidated and his game suffered. I like Andy and don't mean to sound patronising, but I felt sorry for him out there at times!

I don't understand why people keep on comparing Roddick and Blake, they both have massive forehands but Blake takes his a lot earlier hits it flatter and can move quicker behind it. All of this is what troubles Nadal and Andyl's forehand, however good, was never going to trouble Rafa as much.
Roddick's old forehand was even better than Blake's forehand is, or could say was too :tape:. Some flashes of brilliance off the forehand once in a blue moon (though he did it for an entire tournament at Cincy 2006, discluding the 1r) but it's just consistently "meh" nowadays. These kinds of forehands won't beat speedy players who can his groundstrokes like Nadal.

I figured Roddick would have tried to go for it more and hit it much flatter, but I was wrong. Oh well.

sawan66278
03-17-2007, 09:44 PM
This match has to be a HUGE blow to Roddick's confidence. Getting whipped by Roger and Rafa...it just shows that he is WAY, WAY behind the top two players in the world...

Plain and simple, Andy was exposed today. Back to the drawing board for Jimbo and Andy.

adee-gee
03-17-2007, 09:48 PM
Well that's not going to happen soon, the slow-court season starts right after this tournament
Miami (if he doesn't withdraw)?

Also, even a win on clay against Federer or Berdych would be good enough for me.

cmurray
03-17-2007, 09:49 PM
Miami (if he doesn't withdraw)?

Also, even a win on clay against Federer or Berdych would be good enough for me.

Me too. Sadly, I don't think they're gonna get far enough in the draw to face Rafa.

darnyelb
03-17-2007, 09:55 PM
So disappointed in how Roddick played. I realize Nadal took him out of his game to an extent, but Roddick still could've played/strategized better.

damn ;(

Blue Heart24
03-17-2007, 09:57 PM
Andy :(
Totaly outplayed

Voo de Mar
03-17-2007, 09:59 PM
I didn't see this match but score is a surprising for me.

Hugh Jaas
03-17-2007, 10:02 PM
NADAL rules!


His pistons are working at full speed!

Vamos

adee-gee
03-17-2007, 10:03 PM
Me too. Sadly, I don't think they're gonna get far enough in the draw to face Rafa.
:haha: :yeah:

ChinoRios4Ever
03-17-2007, 10:07 PM
RAFA IS BACK!!!!!!! :D :banana:

DDrago2
03-17-2007, 10:08 PM
Miami (if he doesn't withdraw)?


Yeah, that's what I ment, Miami. As the slowest non-clay tournament it is the effective opener of slow-court season

laure xxx
03-17-2007, 10:10 PM
I assume all those people who are pushing the "if Roddick didn't have his serve" line don't realise how nonsensical that argument is.

It's like saying "if Agassi didn't have that return of serve" or "if Nadal couldn't run as fast". The serve is one of the hardest physical aspects of the game to perfect. Any fool can hit a bloody forehand, but not everyone can serve, and few can serve as well as Roddick.

Anyhow, back on topic, it seems Roddick can't hit winners anymore. I (rather stupidly in retrospect) thought Roddick would win, but it has recently struck me that Roddick has little to no weapons that can hurt Nadal. Not only were they playing on a slow court, Nadal neutralised Andy in every aspect - totally overpowered him.

Tough loss for Roddick to swallow now.

jenanun
03-17-2007, 10:14 PM
I didn't see this match but score is a surprising for me.

the score didnt, but the time surely did!

i thought the match started at 8pm in UK, i thought i could still catch the 2nd set if i got home by 9pm..... and the match was finished before i reached home!!!!!!!

nadal, 73 minutes?!?!?!?!

so, the final, best of 3 or best of 5? i know it was 5 last year, but do they change it this year?

Goonergal
03-17-2007, 10:16 PM
Didn't think it'd be that easy. I changed the channel thinking it'd still be on, but it was long over :o

martinatreue
03-17-2007, 10:17 PM
I was really torn by the boredom caused by the style of tennis and the enjoyment of seeing Roddick ripped apart.

vamosnadal
03-17-2007, 10:18 PM
I didn't see this match but score is a surprising for me.

I'm afraid to say Roddick lost even worse than the score suggests! He was absolutely spanked!

Neumann
03-17-2007, 10:31 PM
As I say, his backhand looked fairly good because of Roddick's inability to take advantage of short balls. If you get a chance, watch the match again and look at the depth on a lot of Rafa's shots, especially off his backhand. Many players would've taken advantage of it a lot better than Roddick did today.

Confidence is coming back and that's definitely a good thing. He needs a win against Blake/Federer/Berdych and that will really get him going I think.

I definitely agree with you here. His backhand wasn't bad, but it wasn't as if Roddick pushed it. I still remember his ripping backhand last year in Queens and Wimbledon. Even Federer was having problems dealing with it!

From this match you obviously cannot infer that he's finally "learnt" somehow to deal with powerful flat shots. His nemeses are still waiting...

Anyway, I'm sorry for Roddick (his volleys made me cringe too much), and well done Rafa.

gillian
03-17-2007, 10:31 PM
Damn! I didn't expect this. Nadal served like a demon. Good for him!

laure xxx
03-17-2007, 10:35 PM
I was really torn by the boredom caused by the style of tennis and the enjoyment of seeing Roddick ripped apart.

I don't understand how people derive so much pleasure from seeing Roddick demolished. It happens so often you'd think you'd be satisfied and even a little sick of it. Or maybe it just whets your appetite.

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 10:36 PM
Just admit he played VERY GOOD today, even if you don't like him....

I like Rafa, but no way I'm going to insult players I don't like when they play a bad match like the Rafa haters do. Everybody deserves RESPECT!

No, he didn't.

Roddick sucked a lot. Seppi would take him to 3 sets today.

kobulingam
03-17-2007, 10:40 PM
NADAL rules!


His pistons are working at full speed!

Vamos

Yeah they smashed the Suns last night.

Hugh Jaas
03-17-2007, 10:42 PM
WHERE did nadals serve come from?

he didnt have one a few weeks ago!?

Shrinking Violet
03-17-2007, 10:46 PM
Rafa looked really good tonight. Completely outclassed Roddick. i know a lot of people seem to believe that Roddick will take the number 2 spot off Rafa this year, but I just do not see it happening.

Well done, Rafa. :yeah:

Andy has a pretty shocking record against the top ten recently. What is it, 2 and 10 or something since the start of last season? :help:

cmurray
03-17-2007, 10:48 PM
No, he didn't.

Roddick sucked a lot. Seppi would take him to 3 sets today.

I'm surprised you didn't pull Donald Young out of your arse. :lol:

GM, you are wonderfully predictable. MTF just wouldn't be the same without you. ;)

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 10:57 PM
I'm surprised you didn't pull Donald Young out of your arse. :lol:

GM, you are wonderfully predictable. MTF just wouldn't be the same without you. ;)

I thought you came here speaking out of your *** that Roddick would win. :lol:

kobulingam
03-17-2007, 10:57 PM
WHERE did nadals serve come from?

he didnt have one a few weeks ago!?

Hard work. He practiced a lot between Dubai and IW.
Between matches in IW he also practiced hard.

If Nadal runs deep into Miami and plays DC, he's risking burnout before RG. I hope he skips Miami.

RickDaStick
03-17-2007, 10:59 PM
Hard work. He practiced a lot between Dubai and IW.
Between matches in IW he also practiced hard.

If Nadal runs deep into Miami and plays DC, he's risking burnout before RG. I hope he skips Miami.


Burnout from playing 10 matches in about 20 days? Lets get serious here.

BlakeorHenman
03-17-2007, 11:00 PM
I thought you came here speaking out of your *** that Roddick would win. :lol:

Come on, thinking Roddick would win coming into this match is not speaking out of your ass. He was clearly the more in-form player coming in.

Johnny Groove
03-17-2007, 11:01 PM
Hard work. He practiced a lot between Dubai and IW.
Between matches in IW he also practiced hard.

If Nadal runs deep into Miami and plays DC, he's risking burnout before RG. I hope he skips Miami.

:spit: Please, Rafa's not a little dandelion flower, he can take the match play

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 11:01 PM
Burnout from playing 10 matches in about 20 days? Lets get serious here.

:lol:

Mateya
03-17-2007, 11:02 PM
Great match from Rafa :yeah:

Once the rally began, Roddick was kind of lost...with Rafa a lot of people are lost :lol: but I didnt expect Roddick to be so outplayed...

Now one more VAMOS and title should be his :)

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 11:02 PM
Come on, thinking Roddick would win coming into this match is not speaking out of your ass. He was clearly the more in-form player coming in.

For Stevie Wonder, maybe. Anyone watching him against Ljubicic saw he was sucking big time. I was the first to say he'd lose, it was clear as the sun rising in the east.

mallorn
03-17-2007, 11:03 PM
I didn't expect it to be so straightforward, especially after the Chela match. A very focused, strong and clean match from Rafa. :bigclap: The forehand worked beautifully, the backhand was very solid, as was the serve and surprisingly the return, and he didn't play "from Melbourne." He was certainly 'feeling the feelings.' :lol:

I have to agree with Adam that this match is not indicative of how well he'd do against Blake and co. Unlike them, Andy didn't look confident, he struggled with his shots and movement and couldn't force Rafa out of his comfort zone at all (which is suicidal). Instead of bullying Rafa, he let Rafa bully him.

That out-of-nowhere drop shot winner that Rafa played from the baseline in the second game of the second set was lovely. :D

kobulingam
03-17-2007, 11:05 PM
Burnout from playing 10 matches in about 20 days? Lets get serious here.

Okay let's get serious.
Last year Nadal had way less match play before clay season and he burned out after Wimbledon. I think missing Miami really helped him get fresh for the clay.

This year Nadal is going to enter clay with a lot of hard work and matchplay under his belt. So he might burn out earlier than "after Wimbledon."

This is not about 10 matches in 20 days. See the big picture.

mrserenawilliams
03-17-2007, 11:05 PM
:drool: He was :hearts::inlove::kiss::smooch: During this match

I think he'll take the whole thing :yeah:

kobulingam
03-17-2007, 11:07 PM
Okay let's get serious.
Last year Nadal had way less match play before clay season and he burned out after Wimbledon. I think missing Miami really helped him get fresh for the clay.

This year Nadal is going to enter clay with a lot of hard work and matchplay under his belt. So he might burn out earlier than "after Wimbledon."

This is not about 10 matches in 20 days. See the big picture.

He didn't miss Miami last year, but rather lost his first match.

BlakeorHenman
03-17-2007, 11:07 PM
For Stevie Wonder, maybe. Anyone watching him against Ljubicic saw he was sucking big time. I was the first to say he'd lose, it was clear as the sun rising in the east.

Why do I even try to argue with you??? You're right SOOOOOOOOO much of the time!!!

tt boy
03-17-2007, 11:08 PM
duck:mad: dumbasshttp://http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/545/puke1im0.gif

GlennMirnyi
03-17-2007, 11:08 PM
Why do I even try to argue with you??? You're right SOOOOOOOOO much of the time!!!

Read my signature, you'll understand.

A_Skywalker
03-17-2007, 11:10 PM
I think this thread is going to be long

Byrd
03-17-2007, 11:13 PM
Shame Fed went out, would of been a good final.

FanofFederer
03-17-2007, 11:42 PM
This clown Roddick is an insult to the game of tennis. With his winning 95% of points through forehand and serve only, his limited tennis ability and intelligence, possibly ugliest technique in tennis history (apart from perhaps the player who beat him today), arrogant personality and clueless idiot American fans, it is always a joy to see him lose. A spanking in front of said clueless idiot American fans is of course fun to watch; just wish it was someone otherwise than this moonballing trash Nadal who did it :rolleyes:

A_Skywalker
03-17-2007, 11:46 PM
This clown Roddick is an insult to the game of tennis. With his winning 95% of points through forehand and serve only, his limited tennis ability and intelligence, possibly ugliest technique in tennis history (apart from perhaps the player who beat him today), arrogant personality and clueless idiot American fans, it is always a joy to see him lose. A spanking in front of said clueless idiot American fans is of course fun to watch; just wish it was someone otherwise than this moonballing trash Nadal who did it :rolleyes:

oh, you are a fan of Federer :wavey:

RickDaStick
03-17-2007, 11:47 PM
This clown Roddick is an insult to the game of tennis. With his winning 95% of points through forehand and serve only, his limited tennis ability and intelligence, possibly ugliest technique in tennis history (apart from perhaps the player who beat him today), arrogant personality and clueless idiot American fans, it is always a joy to see him lose. A spanking in front of said clueless idiot American fans is of course fun to watch; just wish it was someone otherwise than this moonballing trash Nadal who did it :rolleyes:


Talk about hitting the nail on the head.:)

BlakeorHenman
03-17-2007, 11:51 PM
Read my signature, you'll understand.

haha yeah thats what i meant. but like i said before in several posts... you have to be smart, because you like Tim.

guga2120
03-17-2007, 11:51 PM
This clown Roddick is an insult to the game of tennis. With his winning 95% of points through forehand and serve only, his limited tennis ability and intelligence, possibly ugliest technique in tennis history (apart from perhaps the player who beat him today), arrogant personality and clueless idiot American fans, it is always a joy to see him lose. A spanking in front of said clueless idiot American fans is of course fun to watch; just wish it was someone otherwise than this moonballing trash Nadal who did it :rolleyes:
:silly:

laure xxx
03-18-2007, 12:00 AM
This clown Roddick is an insult to the game of tennis. With his winning 95% of points through forehand and serve only, his limited tennis ability and intelligence, possibly ugliest technique in tennis history (apart from perhaps the player who beat him today), arrogant personality and clueless idiot American fans, it is always a joy to see him lose. A spanking in front of said clueless idiot American fans is of course fun to watch; just wish it was someone otherwise than this moonballing trash Nadal who did it :rolleyes:

Jesus titty-fucking Christ.

Welcome to the game of tennis, my friend. With the emergence of Lord Federer, people seem have forgotten what the game of tennis is really all about. Hit the ball hard. If that doesn't work, hit it harder. Got it?

Jlee
03-18-2007, 12:06 AM
Wow, what a match from Nadal. 89% first serves at one point? That's ridiculous. That was probably the best I've seen him serve, and play, in months. A much needed statement from him with the clay season approaching.

Roddick's first serve was obviously off, but I wonder how much that had to do with Nadal. Rafa was just punishing him and he felt like he had to go for more. It's similar to what Blake and other great returners do to people, they put on so much pressure that most players start pressing. He just couldn't get anything to work very well. Nadal was dominating the points so well. I think that people who haven't played him in a while, like Roddick, have trouble with him getting EVERY ball back. There were mulitple times when Roddick would hit what should have been a winner, and then wasn't prepared for the answer Nadal gave him. He'll hopefully study this match, with Jimmy, draw some conclusions, and develop some strategy before DC.

A lot of people would have had a tough time with Rafa today. Even Federer, I think. I hope this is an indication that he's back to making finals and winning tournaments. I didn't like that he was having a slump. Congrats to him on a great tourney so far and an unbelievable display today. The tournament is yours, vamos! :yeah:

connectolove
03-18-2007, 12:17 AM
Rafa was soo amazing! It was so beautiful to watch him play and win against the DUCK. I hope that he keeps his good work up.

shotgun
03-18-2007, 12:39 AM
One of the most anticipated matches of the year, Nadal played very well yet Roddick just didn't show up apart from blasting a few aces.

blosson
03-18-2007, 01:09 AM
This clown Roddick is an insult to the game of tennis. With his winning 95% of points through forehand and serve only, his limited tennis ability and intelligence, possibly ugliest technique in tennis history (apart from perhaps the player who beat him today), arrogant personality and clueless idiot American fans, it is always a joy to see him lose. A spanking in front of said clueless idiot American fans is of course fun to watch; just wish it was someone otherwise than this moonballing trash Nadal who did it :rolleyes:

I wonder why you even bother watching a match involving 2 players you obviously hate. Switch off.

Pea
03-18-2007, 01:49 AM
This clown Roddick is an insult to the game of tennis. With his winning 95% of points through forehand and serve only, his limited tennis ability and intelligence, possibly ugliest technique in tennis history (apart from perhaps the player who beat him today), arrogant personality and clueless idiot American fans, it is always a joy to see him lose. A spanking in front of said clueless idiot American fans is of course fun to watch; just wish it was someone otherwise than this moonballing trash Nadal who did it :rolleyes:

Lolz.

Rodduck pretty much played Rafa's game. I dunno why, but Rafa took it to him!:yeah:

Andre'sNo1Fan
03-18-2007, 01:51 AM
Vamos Rafa.......now one more match, and you may silence all your haters.

Jogy
03-18-2007, 01:55 AM
Congrats to Nadal!

I hate Joko-o-bitch, so I hope Nadal wins final! Vamos :)

Merton
03-18-2007, 02:03 AM
That was a very important win for Rafa's confidence, prevailing so easily against Andy in North American hardcourts must do wonders for him right now. I was wrong about this match, I viewed Andy as the slight favourite thinking that Rafa would stand so far back on the return that it would land short. However, he was able to take full swings on 2nd serves, leading to neutral rallies from the backcourt. Another important factor was that Nadal served well, I don't think that Roddick even came to deuce on any game.

Roddick did not play well, it is very hard to win in a match where Nadal is the agressor, for some reason his passivity reminded me of the performance against Hewitt at the 2004 TMC.

sondraj06
03-18-2007, 02:07 AM
Talk about hitting the nail on the head.:)

Still in denial, and when he starts winning over fed again. What will the critics say then haha

sondraj06
03-18-2007, 02:10 AM
Talk about hitting the nail on the head.:)

I didn't expect it to be so straightforward, especially after the Chela match. A very focused, strong and clean match from Rafa. :bigclap: The forehand worked beautifully, the backhand was very solid, as was the serve and surprisingly the return, and he didn't play "from Melbourne." He was certainly 'feeling the feelings.' :lol:

I have to agree with Adam that this match is not indicative of how well he'd do against Blake and co. Unlike them, Andy didn't look confident, he struggled with his shots and movement and couldn't force Rafa out of his comfort zone at all (which is suicidal). Instead of bullying Rafa, he let Rafa bully him.

That out-of-nowhere drop shot winner that Rafa played from the baseline in the second game of the second set was lovely. :D

No, you'r right. But I couldn't stop myself from thinking after the match

Bring on the piggy roasters.... it's time for revenge. :mad:

I'm excited about this year.

trumpets
03-18-2007, 02:13 AM
It was a good win for Nadal. I hope he stays in form and have a good match on clay vs. Federer when the clay season starts.

sondraj06
03-18-2007, 02:13 AM
No, he didn't.

Roddick sucked a lot. Seppi would take him to 3 sets today.

So you're saying his tennis wasn't good, get a life Glenn. Because analyzing tennis is definitely not your thang.

Regardless of how like crap Roddick played, Rafa still played wonderful tennis.

Anyone with eyes can see that. Now It is still to be seen if he can roast the roasters as yet, but shit i'm ready for it. Bring it on

Mr.Gasquet
03-18-2007, 02:17 AM
Congrats! Nadal

sondraj06
03-18-2007, 02:22 AM
Most definitely, it seems Rafa's confidence is back, and he did play rather aggresive today, and missed very little, while hitting some amazing winners and passing shots and whatnot. Congratz to him for that, but I feel adee-gee is right in one respect, and that is you only play as well as your opponent lets you, and Roddick looked completely hopeless today. In all the games he got broken Nadal would produce like one magnificent winner, and then Andy would go like, 'oh shit, he's too good, cannot cope' - and hit several UEs in a row.

So, Rafa did play a great match actually but noone can deny that this just wasn't Roddick's day. He played much better in his previous matches, and I'm sorry to say, but it seems he was scared shitless of Rafa, just like Roger. Maybe he was subconsciously thinking like, if this guy can beat Roger, and look what Roger does to me, then I really have no chance...

I think you might be right, I mean who knows. Because who knows what the hell goes into these players minds, but Roddick did look intimidated out there. And I would love to see how Rafa now does with some of the players who have given his game hell in the past, and see how he fairs. I thought it was going to happen with Murray but apparently not, oh well there is always the next tourney in tennis

Scotso
03-18-2007, 02:22 AM
Great win for a Rafa. Brilliant display.

ChloeLove
03-18-2007, 02:33 AM
This was a good confidence booster for Nadal, and I'm glad to see him playing with some fire again. I hope this is an indication of how he'll play the rest of the season.

Roddick was . . . dissapointing. I predicted he'd have some trouble returning, but I thought he'd at least give Nadal a run for his money. This reminds me of some of the clay matches Nadal plays that really frustrate his opponent. Roddick was frustrated and clueless, not great tennis for him.

nobama
03-18-2007, 02:37 AM
Roddick is a joke. :help: I hope Connors bitch slapped him when they got back to the locker room. :smash:

leng jai
03-18-2007, 03:14 AM
Roddick just gets completely cained by every good player he plays. First Roger at the AO, Murrey at San Jose, Haas at Memphis and now Rafa. Pathetic.

Clara Bow
03-18-2007, 04:10 AM
Okay- I like Roddick- seriously I do, but I realized how much Rafa is a favorite of mine when we just came home from SXSW and I roused hubs from a just gotten to sleep with a "FUCK YEAH!!!!" when I saw that Rafa got this imprtant hardcourt win. :) :)

Metis
03-18-2007, 04:15 AM
Okay- I like Roddick- seriously I do, but I realized how much Rafa is a favorite of mine when we just came home from SXSW and I roused hubs from a just gotten to sleep with a "FUCK YEAH!!!!" when I saw that Rafa got this imprtant hardcourt win. :) :)

I bet he didn't feel the same way about Rafa as you did at that moment :lol:

star
03-18-2007, 04:24 AM
Nadal was so happy after the win. It was nice to see.

Andy was upset with the way he played. He didn't even sign autographs, and he usually has when I've seen him lose.

Andy not only didn't have any answers for Nadal, he didn't have any questions either. I think Andy could play better against Nadal, but he didn't really offer Nadal a match this time around.

Corey Feldman
03-18-2007, 04:30 AM
Okay- I like Roddick- seriously I do, but I realized how much Rafa is a favorite of mine when we just came home from SXSW and I roused hubs from a just gotten to sleep with a "FUCK YEAH!!!!" when I saw that Rafa got this imprtant hardcourt win. :) :)Clara said the F word :sad:

Clara Bow
03-18-2007, 04:41 AM
I bet he didn't feel the same way about Rafa as you did at that moment :lol:

Not really :lol: but he actually likes Rafa a lot because Nadal was soooooo nice to our nephew a couple of years ago at Miami. His favorites are Rafa, Feds, Moya, Tursunov, Blake and shockingly Coria because they have all been friendly to us or our nephews when we have seen them practice. He actually likes Coria a lot because we saw him play a few years ago in Houston at TMC and Hubs talked to Guille in Spanish a bit after a practice and thought that Coria was very nice. Who whould have thunk???

Clara Bow
03-18-2007, 04:49 AM
Clara said the F word :sad:

What the fuck is your problem arsehole. ;) Sorry- been hanging out with rock and the rollers for the past few days so I am feeling a little saucey- even though you are sweetie Escude. :hug:

Fuck hell damn shit!! Darn tooting those bad influences.....

Mechlan
03-18-2007, 04:50 AM
What a demolishing. Roddick totally outplayed in every department, looked completely clueless, lacked effort, really just a terrible day for him. Maybe this spanking is another wake-up call that his game still has a long ways to go. Roddick fans have called it for a long time; his groundstrokes are nowhere near as penetrating or powerful as they used to be. He's going to have to start flattening out his forehand to make an impact. And his volleys today... :tape:. Time to go back to the drawing board. There are clearly not 3 men in the mix after this performance.

Of course to make matters worse, Nadal was playing well. The serve and return were clicking, and his confidence was really high. Rafa totally controlled the rallies. You could see his weight of shot bothered Roddick and he absolutely crushed the short balls. Andy made it easier than it should have been, but Rafa played really well and I'm not sure the result would have been different had Roddick been totally in form. I'm glad Nadal's found his form in time for the clay season. If he keeps it up, should make for some incredible tennis against one Federer in coming tournaments.

guy in sf
03-18-2007, 05:02 AM
Roddick is truly just serve and no game otherwise, that's how I beat good players like Gasquet who has a superior groundstroke game. Once everyone figures out how to handle his serve, he would not be in the top 20.

UDACHi
03-18-2007, 05:06 AM
what a pathetic match from andy. :lol:

Federerhingis
03-18-2007, 05:07 AM
It's kind of sad but I had a feeling Nadal would be too much for Roddick to handle. Oh well at least he's been more consistent to start this season as opposed to last year.

Action Jackson
03-18-2007, 05:10 AM
This result was never in doubt.

Pig decimates Duck.

Mrs. B
03-18-2007, 07:06 AM
http://k53.pbase.com/o4/98/376298/1/58116684.pig.jpg

:haha: :haha:

Fedex
03-18-2007, 07:09 AM
Never in doubt.

Rogiman
03-18-2007, 07:33 AM
That was a very well played match by Nadal, the best I've seen him play on hardcourts.

He was really going for his shots, and the serve was pretty damn good, he outhit, outplayed and outeverything-ed Roddick, and there is the gap between world #2 and #3.

Playing like that Nadal will be tough for anyone to beat.

Fedever
03-18-2007, 08:19 AM
I knew Nadal would win. Andy just does not have any natural instincts. His return of serve is terrible. He can not anticipate anything! He doesn't seem to have the ability to read his opponent and change his tactics. His form is usually horrible even when he is playing relatively well. He looks off balance to me most of the time and like a deer in the headlights with no idea of what's coming next. :rolleyes:

Sorry, just the facts as I see them.

I am not a Roddick fan to put it mildly. I hate the attitude and his constant bitching and complaining on the court even when his is winning, but sometimes I do feel remotely sorry for him.:eek: :confused: :scratch:

Fedever
03-18-2007, 08:28 AM
I'm so angry !!!! the "only" damn time Roger loses early since the wimbledon final 2006 is the only time Rafa reaches the final.
What a shame !!!
And then all their following encounters would be on clay: THAT's CRAP !!!

Me too! I just want to scream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:mad: :sad:

BlueSwan
03-18-2007, 08:33 AM
When Federer lost to Canas I had a feeling that Nadal would step it up to take the title. I'm a Federer fan, but I think Nadal winning the title (if he wins the final, which I think he will) is good for tennis and good for Federer. Despite being on a long winning streak, I've had the feeling that Federer has been resting on his laurels a bit, only producing great tennis when he had to. A Nadal win should increase Feds motivation again.

my0118
03-18-2007, 09:12 AM
Actually Roddick doesn't need Jimmy, or a coach at all.
he got lessoned by No.1 and No.2 player FOR FREE, which are the best lessons anybody hardly can get.

laure xxx
03-18-2007, 09:15 AM
Actually Roddick doesn't need Jimmy, or a coach at all.
he got lessoned by No.1 and No.2 player FOR FREE, which are the best lessons anybody hardly can get.

Not only were they for free, he actually got paid for them! Few extra thou for making a semi never goes astray. That's the way my Roddick rolls. :cool:

my0118
03-18-2007, 09:48 AM
Not only were they for free, he actually got paid for them! Few extra thou for making a semi never goes astray. That's the way my Roddick rolls. :cool:

Yeah totally Roddick deserves to take the lessons than anybody and got paid for them. He always went through a long way to take these valuable lessons.

name_change
03-18-2007, 09:58 AM
Expected win by Nadal.

What a spanking. The only thing that saved Roddick from a 6-1 6-1 destruction was his serve. The only way he was winning points was with aces or service winners. Once the rally started he was completely lost.

Roddick hasn't got big enough groundstrokes to bother Nadal like Youzhny, Berdych or Blake. He also doesn't hit flat enough to blow Nadal off the court like those other players. If it wasn't for his serve, this guy wouldn't be in the top 10. He must be the most overrated player on the tour.

Also, I don't know why he goes to the net so often when he hasn't got a clue how to volley, plus Nadal's passing shots are superb. Roddick looked like a spinning door watching Nadal's passing shots fly by him time and time again.
yeah. and if Nadal didn't have a forehand he wouldn't be top 10 either. or if Federer didn't move like a gazelle he'd be sunk too.

fact is, Andy has a serve. others dont have the same weapon. get over it.

bandabou
03-18-2007, 10:20 AM
hmm...when was the last time Roddick was even competitive against a top 10 player? Not even about beating one, just being competitive. Dang.

ASP0315
03-18-2007, 11:10 AM
Congrats Rafa
Well Rafa returned well and Roddick had no answer. :lol: Roddick relies on his serve most time but he runs into best returners on tour.(Murray, Nadal, Federer etc.) he will lose on these outdoor hard surfaces. I'll still fancy Roddick's chances against them on superfast indoor surfaces Indoor surface. :devil:

Had Roddick played Federer today he would have lost with the score of 6-1 6-2 :lol:

scoobs
03-18-2007, 11:15 AM
Not at all surprised by this result - I said in the preview thread that I didn't see how Roddick was supposed to hurt Rafa off the ground and it looks like that was exactly the problem.

Congrats to Rafa for the win and first final since Wimbledon, and I hope the final against Nole is a good one.

Loremaster
03-18-2007, 11:27 AM
I didn't see it coming but face the truth - Nadal playing in that way would beat anyone over 80% of serves it is insane also his strokes were really deep no moonballs into middle of the court to kill , laso Roddick didn't bring anything near his best his 1st serve % was low for him and he was bringing his ebst serves only to go out of trouble he rarely jumped to 30-0 or 40-15 by serving well also in key moments on BPs he was always on 2nd serve
I think what was shocking was Nadal form he hadn't played with such depth and confidnece on HC since Dubai last year.
Andy made good work to make semis in very good style and I hope he will go far in Miami, anyway revenge for Andy is near Davis Cup would be different story with very fast hardcourt so he will have next rivalry to kick off hopefully and maybe they will meet in Miami as well considering their form.
Still Nadal is in the final and it being best of 5 I see only him winning

Il Primo Uomo
03-18-2007, 02:13 PM
I repeat: Andy is a lost cause, Connors or NOT

Rafa :worship::eek:

Kalliopeia
03-18-2007, 03:00 PM
hmm...when was the last time Roddick was even competitive against a top 10 player? Not even about beating one, just being competitive. Dang.

Well he did have match points on Federer sometime recently, didn't he? I can't remember where...Shanghai maybe?

Still. I read an article today that said he had 22 winners in this match...16 of them were aces.

bandabou
03-18-2007, 04:23 PM
Well he did have match points on Federer sometime recently, didn't he? I can't remember where...Shanghai maybe?

Still. I read an article today that said he had 22 winners in this match...16 of them were aces.

Oh yeah..and then came the Oz open and it was bam boom bam, goodbye Andy.

The_Nadal_effect
03-18-2007, 05:01 PM
On hard courts; over Rafa, A-Rod we favoured
but stared agape when Rafa delivered
His volleys were deep
And A-Rod fell asleep
till he came to the net and was aptly skewered

sondraj06
03-18-2007, 05:13 PM
yeah. and if Nadal didn't have a forehand he wouldn't be top 10 either. or if Federer didn't move like a gazelle he'd be sunk too.

fact is, Andy has a serve. others dont have the same weapon. get over it.

Well I don't know about that either, look I think it's time everyone get serious about Rod and his serve. He has one the fastest serves on tour sure, but he is by no means the best server. Fed on occasions has out aced Rod for sure. And as we saw yesterday Rafa's serve was far better.

Fast doesn't equate good

He really needs to work on placement and getting his first serves in.

Yesterday was not the first time he had many problems with his service game. He has trouble with his first serves and rarely does great with his second when his first serve fails.

He relies too much on his first serve and the aces he gets are more about how fast they come at his opponents rather than placement.

oz_boz
03-18-2007, 05:19 PM
Kind of expected - Nadal played his best since last year's Dubai and Roddick without snap in his fh has nothing to hurt Rafa with once the rallies start.

IW title is Nadal's for the taking.

CmonAussie
03-18-2007, 05:19 PM
Well I don't know about that either, look I think it's time everyone get serious about Rod and his serve. He has one the fastest serves on tour sure, but he is by no means the best server. Fed on occasions has out aced Rod for sure. And as we saw yesterday Rafa's serve was far better.

Fast doesn't equate good

He really needs to work on placement and getting his first serves in.

Yesterday was not the first time he had many problems with his service game. He has trouble with his first serves and rarely does great with his second when his first serve fails.

He relies too much on his first serve and the aces he gets are more about how fast they come at his opponents rather than placement.


:wavey:
I`m pretty sure that FED has out-aced A-Rod almost every time they`ve played [except maybe Toronto 03];)

Raquel
03-18-2007, 06:06 PM
In a lot of the rallies Andy was further behind the baseline than Rafael. From Andy's perspective that just should not be happening. Nadal was just quicker, smarter and in control the whole match.

Corswandt
03-19-2007, 12:38 AM
Watched this purely out of morbid curiosity. Roddick looked so hopeless out there that I wonder for how long will the anglo media continue to talk about him as if he was an actual tennis player instead of a serving machine. Nudd-Ahl managed to play something vaguely reminiscent of tennis in a couple of points here and there, but overall the match was as godawful as I expected it to be.

This was the first time this season that I have watched a full match of Nudd-Ahl, and this means I have had enough of him for the next five or ten years. Didn't even bother to watch the final.

Corswandt
03-19-2007, 12:40 AM
Expected win by Nadal.

What a spanking. The only thing that saved Roddick from a 6-1 6-1 destruction was his serve. The only way he was winning points was with aces or service winners. Once the rally started he was completely lost.

Roddick hasn't got big enough groundstrokes to bother Nadal like Youzhny, Berdych or Blake. He also doesn't hit flat enough to blow Nadal off the court like those other players. If it wasn't for his serve, this guy wouldn't be in the top 10. He must be the most overrated player on the tour.

Also, I don't know why he goes to the net so often when he hasn't got a clue how to volley, plus Nadal's passing shots are superb. Roddick looked like a spinning door watching Nadal's passing shots fly by him time and time again.

Good summary.

minus the serve, everyone in the top 15 is a better player. maybe even top 30.

There's probably 40 or 50 players on the Tour who have a better ground game than Roddick. Looking at the glass as half full instead of half empty, you can't praise highly enough a serve that alone makes up for so many shortcomings.

Besides his serve, I thought Roddick's fh was supposed to be so good? How come he wasn't doing what Blake usually does to Nadal? :lol:

Roddick's FH is an average shot at best. It only looks powerful because of the way he hits it, and it doesn't have that much depth or accuracy.

scoobs
03-19-2007, 01:53 AM
I think one of Roddick's biggest problems is still that he stands at or behind the baseline, waits for the ball to come on to him, and then times the groundstroke. He doesn't lean on the ball, he doesn't come up to meet the ball and take it early. This willingness to wait for the ball to arrive gives his opponents precious time to recover their positions and anticipate the next shot. That's all a player like Nadal needs.

Even when he's hitting an approach, he hits the ball and then starts to move forward. If you watch, say, Henman hit an approach he's going forward as he takes the shot and he's already nearly at the net by the time the stroke is complete.

There's still work to be done here - being more aggressive does not necessarily equate to getting to the net. Not does it necessarily mean driving through the ball more with the forehand - although that helps. He needs to be taking the ball earlier much more often.

Jlee
03-19-2007, 02:21 AM
hmm...when was the last time Roddick was even competitive against a top 10 player? Not even about beating one, just being competitive. Dang.

:spit:

He beat Ljubo the round before...:lol:...

...but maybe you don't want to count him :tape:

Allure
03-19-2007, 02:46 AM
Watched this purely out of morbid curiosity. Roddick looked so hopeless out there that I wonder for how long will the anglo media continue to talk about him as if he was an actual tennis player instead of a serving machine. Nudd-Ahl managed to play something vaguely reminiscent of tennis in a couple of points here and there, but overall the match was as godawful as I expected it to be.

This was the first time this season that I have watched a full match of Nudd-Ahl, and this means I have had enough of him for the next five or ten years. Didn't even bother to watch the final.

:haha:

Mimi
03-19-2007, 02:56 AM
i am happy that rafa won, but i also feel a bit sad for roddick, seems more and more players can beat him :sad: , he cannot beat rafa, so how can he beat the mighty roger and finally won one more slam :sad:

yomike
03-19-2007, 12:27 PM
Oops Roddick meets someone who can return his serve and he falls dead.

screaminhead
03-19-2007, 03:42 PM
I just finished watching this. I expected at least a close match but I can't believe how badly Roddick got a beating from Nadal. Roddick can only put his head up when he aces out a game. Other than that, his head bowed, shoulders slumped throughout the match because of the winners Nadal produced.

Nice to see Rafa in form :worship:

The_Nadal_effect
03-19-2007, 04:21 PM
Ok everybody stop referring to Rafa as "the pig". Rafa is no pig. He's good, no? Of course, we can continue calling Roddick "the duck". Its more symbolic because he quacks on court. No hard feelings people at MTF.