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Rafa to butt-bounce back in Paris for the RG hat trick

Johnny Groove
05-20-2007, 04:00 PM
Lets get this loss out of our systems :dance:

yana
05-20-2007, 04:28 PM
Lets get this loss out of our systems :dance:

Remember that you started the Hambourg thread? :angel:

Johnny Groove
05-20-2007, 04:55 PM
I also started the Rome and IW threads :p

yana
05-20-2007, 05:06 PM
I also started the Rome and IW threads :p

And Miami too. :angel:
Let's see:
IW - :worship:
Miami - :(
Rome - :worship:
Hamburg - :(
Paris - it's time for :worship: again, right?

Johnny Groove
05-20-2007, 07:51 PM
And Miami too. :angel:
Let's see:
IW - :worship:
Miami - :(
Rome - :worship:
Hamburg - :(
Paris - it's time for :worship: again, right?

:lol: Good thinking :yeah:

mallorn
05-20-2007, 08:25 PM
Queen's :(
Wimbledon :worship:

It's a good thing I started the Barcelona thread. :lol:

Morrissey
05-20-2007, 08:39 PM
Lets get this loss out of our systems :dance:

Preach it brother! But Rafa should have skipped this meaningless event. At least for him. He didn't need to play here. He had nothing to gain and alot to lose. He lost the streak, to Fed no less. I rather have lost to Hewitt. Now Fed has confidence which is the last thing he needed. On the upside, Nadal got streak off his back and can let loose again. He needs to recharge the batteries though. I don't know what one week of rest will do for him. 2 weeks would've done much better. He won 3 clay tournaments and almost pulled out 4. I hope he didn't leave his best behind.

yana
05-20-2007, 08:41 PM
Hamburg sucks anyway! It's cold and depressing just like Fed. :rolleyes:
Onto the sunny Paris!

Johnny Groove
05-20-2007, 10:01 PM
Queen's :(
Wimbledon :worship:

It's a good thing I started the Barcelona thread. :lol:

so we will sacrifice Queens? :lol:

FedFan_2007
05-21-2007, 12:04 AM
Blaze:

How's that "real #1" with 2290 point deficit doing? Bwhahahahahahhahaaaa

Johnny Groove
05-21-2007, 01:12 AM
Blaze:

How's that "real #1" with 2290 point deficit doing? Bwhahahahahahhahaaaa

How about you get the fuck outta here, you useless piece of shit?

Morrissey
05-21-2007, 02:25 AM
Blaze:

How's that "real #1" with 2290 point deficit doing? Bwhahahahahahhahaaaa

Hey Fedfan, go cheer in your thread. Or were you rejected there too? Hey, when Nadal wins the French for the third time in a row I'll remember to flame your ass first. :mad:

Morrissey
05-21-2007, 02:27 AM
How about you get the fuck outta here, you useless piece of shit?

Can you say that in here? If so I love this forum. The mods at the TW forum are anal bastards. You can't get back at anyone in there because they'll rat on you like spineless scum. :(

Johnny Groove
05-21-2007, 03:26 AM
Can you say that in here? If so I love this forum. The mods at the TW forum are anal bastards. You can't get back at anyone in there because they'll rat on you like spineless scum. :(

yes you are :banana:

Morrissey
05-21-2007, 03:54 AM
yes you are :banana:

Don't get me wrong. I'm a Nadal fan and am glad you coated off that prick. I'm dealing with my fair share today. Let's see him take the RG trophy away from Rafa. Until then Rog, win Hamburg 10 times if you like. The RG trophy is what matters and we'll see how Rafa gets his revenge.

veyonce
05-21-2007, 06:26 AM
I agree with you, Morrissey. Hamburg is not as prestigious as Rome and Monte Carlo and of course the French Open. The conditions are totally different from the other 3 tournaments. Anyway this year is the last Hamburg tournament rite??

Reuters

Nadal heads to Paris with absolute belief

By Kevin Fylan

HAMBURG, May 21 (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal has lost his long winning streak on clay but his self-confidence remains intact as he heads to the French Open in search of a third successive title.

Nadal had won a record 81 successive clay-court matches over more than two years before losing to world number one Roger Federer in the Hamburg Masters final on Sunday.

Now we know the 20-year-old left-hander is not unbeatable but he remains quite clearly the best clay-court player in the world and he intends to prove it once again in Paris.

"My confidence is at 100 percent going into the French Open," said the man from Mallorca.

"I've played a lot of finals over the past months and I'm back playing better tennis than ever. I can't be sad about losing one match against the best player in the world."

Defeat by Federer prevented him from claiming a sweep of clay-court titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Hamburg.

But the fact that Nadal was able to play at all means he is in better shape than in each of the past two years, when fitness concerns meant he had to miss Hamburg altogether.

BETTER PLAYER

"The last two years I came to Roland Garros playing really badly," Nadal told reporters. "It's hard to go into a big tournament when you haven't played for two weeks and that's what I did after missing Hamburg."

He added: "I'm a much better player than I was two years ago and last year I wasn't in good shape. Now I'm very happy with my game."

Ever since he made his breakthrough as a freakishly powerful 16-year-old in 2003, Nadal has been a compelling player to watch.

It is not just that he has perfect command of the clay court, having been brought up on the surface like most Spanish players, or that he hits the ball with devastating accuracy and power, particularly off the forehand.

He is also a fierce competitor, with stamina and speed to match, which is perhaps not surprising considering he is the nephew of Miguel Angel Nadal, the former Barcelona defender with a reputation as a real hard man.

Rivals know there is scarcely any point playing a drop shot, as the Spaniard will invariably reach it. If they try to force him wide he is capable of turning desperate saves into winners, thanks to that raw power again.

TIGHT MATCHES

The evidence from Hamburg, however, shows it is still possible to get Nadal in trouble, after Lleyton Hewitt took him to the brink in the semi-finals and then Federer pushed him over.

"The thing about Nadal is that he hasn't been in that many tight matches," Hewitt told reporters after losing a knife-edge three-setter.

"Of those 80-odd wins probably 75 of them have been routine. If you get him in one of those tight situations you have a chance."

Most of the other leading contenders for the French Open also believe the situation is far from hopeless, even if they recognise that Nadal is at a level above them on clay.

Novak Djokovic believes Nadal's near perfection will bring out the best in all his rivals at the year's second grand slam tournament, starting next Sunday.

"Rafa's shown he's dominant, very superior, and an 80-match winning streak on clay is incredible," the Serbian said in Hamburg.

"But no one's unbeatable. As long as he's the best the players get more and more motivation just trying to figure out ways to beat him."

Updated on Sunday, May 20, 2007 9:00 pm EDT

Agassi Fan
05-21-2007, 04:52 PM
Go Rafa!
You will win RG again!!!

mallorn
05-21-2007, 08:26 PM
so we will sacrifice Queens? :lol:
Duh! :lol:

I can live with him defending his QF points. :angel:

delaitre
05-22-2007, 05:41 AM
This is a good article from "el mundo deportivo" ! Rafa is extremely confident for Roland Garros !!

Nadal se toma un respiro

TENIS El número dos del mundo se olvida de la raqueta durante una semana para poder afrontar Roland Garros con la máxima confianza



22/05/07 03:00 h.Por si a alguien le quedaba alguna duda ante la impresionante racha que se rompió anteayer en Hamburgo, Rafa Nadal es un ser humano. El propio tenista lo confirmó ayer en un acto promocional en Barcelona junto a Pau Gasol, cuando a la estrella de los Grizzlies Memphis le preguntaron si el mallorquín era humano. Tras ensalzar Gasol las virtudes del tenista, el propio Nadal tomó la palabra para, entre risas, comentar que ayer (por el domingo) se vio que sí soy humano.

Después de dos años invicto en la arcilla, el mallorquín se dispone la próxima semana a afrontar Roland Garros con una confianza máxima, aunque, eso sí, después de una semana de descanso, algo primordial para llegar a París lo mejor posible.

Y es que la racha ha sido tan larga y fructífera como agotadora. Nada menos que 81 partidos consecutivos sin conocer la derrota sobre tierra batida, dejando muy lejos la anterior marca, en poder de Guillermo Vilas con 53 victorias en 1977. Pero todo tiene un límite y ya en los últimos encuentros el manacorí dio síntomas de que no iba del todo bien pese a las victorias. Como su cara de agotamiento contra Davydenko en las 'semis' de Roma o, también en semifinales, pero de Hamburgo, cuando lanzó su raqueta contra el banquillo después de eliminar a Hewitt al cabo de más de dos horas y media, un gesto inhabitual en Nadal, todo un modelo de pulcritud y educación en la pista.

El último set de la final de Hamburgo, en el que Federer le hizo un 'rosco', algo que Nadal no padecía desde la primera manga de la final de Wimbledon del año pasado contra el mismo rival, ya no resultó ser una pista sino toda una evidencia del agotamiento al que ha llegado el número dos mundial. El mismo Nadal admitió tras la final que había perdido sus fuerzas y que mentalmente se sentía cansado.

Siempre positivo, Rafa se consoló diciendo que esta semana he jugado mi mejor tenis y no puedo estar triste porque he perdido contra el número uno mundial. Si tenía que perder contra alguien, Roger era el hombre.

El alivio de Federer

Las miserias de Nadal han sido como agua de mayo para el suizo, que no ganaba un torneo en tierra batida desde hace dos años y que vio cómo crecían las murmuraciones cuando hace semana y media cayó en los octavos de final de Roma ante Filippo Volandri (53 del mundo) y anunciaba la ruptura con su entrenador, el australiano Tony Roche.

Nadal tampoco se obcecó demasiado en la derrota y no quiso darle muchas vueltas. Sí explicó que no sé qué ha ocurrido exactamente: estuve a punto de ponerme 2-1 por delante en la segunda manga cuando Federer empezó a jugar mejor. Físicamente dijo estar en buena condición pero también admitió que me ha faltado frescura mental


http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/20070522/NOTICIA301811436.html

Denisse
05-22-2007, 09:29 PM
Translation:

Just in case someone remained in doubt, after the impressive streak broken in Hamburg, Rafa Nadal is a human being. The tennis player himself confirmed it yesterday in a promotional act in Barcelona next to Pau Gasol, when the star of the Memphis Grizzlies was asked if the Majorcan was human. After Gasol praised the virtues of the tennis player, Nadal himself took the word to, among laughters,comment that yesterday " it was seen that, yes, i am a human being."

After two unbeaten years in clay, the Majorcan will now play Roland Garros with maximum confidence, after a week of rest, somewhat fundamental to arrive in Paris as best as possible.

The streak has been long and fruitful as it has been tiring. No less than 81 matches without knowing defeat on clay, leaving Guillermo Vilas's 53 consecutive victories in 1977 far behind. But everything has its limit, and the manacori showed symptoms that he wasn't going to Hamburg all that well despite his victories. Like, his tired face in the semifinals match against Davydenko in Rome, and also in the Hamburg semis, where he threw his racket against the bench (not sure i saw it that way) after eliminating Hewitt, in a two hour and a half match. An unusual gesture in Nadal, who is a model of neatness and education on court. :)

The last set of the Hamburg final, in which Federer tangled him, something that Nadal hadn't suffered since the first set of the Wimbledon final of last year against the same rival, was no longer a clue, but an evidence of the exhaustion to which the number two had arrived. Nadal himself admitted after the end that he had lost his strength and that he lacked mental freshness.

Always positive, Nadal consoled himself by saying that he played his best tennis this week and can't be sad, because he lost against the number one player in the world. "If i had to lose against someone, Roger is the man".

mallorn
05-24-2007, 02:19 PM
Thank you, Denisse. :D

There's also a reassuring interview with Tio Toni in L'Equipe.

The draw will be live online again! :woohoo:
Follow the draw live!

Thursday, May 24, 2007
By Guillaume Baraise

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/2571/btirageausort0524fk0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

The draw for the French Open will take place at 11.30 am in the Tenniseum at Roland Garros. Fans the world over will be able to follow the event live on the official website simply by clicking on this link: the names of the players will appear as soon as they have been drawn, with the suspense building up as the draw progresses!

Click on this link

> Follow the draw live (from 11.30 am)

> Women's draw (from 12.15 am)

> Men's draw (from 12.45 am)

Seeds and qualifiers alike will be on tenterhooks, waiting to see what fate the draw has in store for them. Some mouth-watering ties are guaranteed as early the men's first round, and the draw will give Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal a clearer idea of what to expect during the opening week.

The top 32 players will be seeded, but outside of this group there are some real clay-court specialists, including Russia's Igor Andreev, local boy Paul-Henri Mathieu, Spain's Nicolas Almagro and Italy's Filipo Volandri, all of whom could be more than a match for anyone on this, their favourite surface.

In the women's draw, all eyes will be on the seeds, with Venus Williams possibly having to face a top 10 player as early as the third round. And what are the odds on her having to play her sister Serena...?

The French contingent will also be keeping a close eye on the draw for their home tournament, and with so many of them involved, some are bound to find themselves drawn against one of the favourites in the first round.

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2007-05-24/200705241180013748812.html

Castafiore
05-25-2007, 10:11 AM
http://i18.tinypic.com/6cxk1g5.jpg

Not exactly the dream draw I had in mind.

Del Potro for starters, Hewitt, Nieminen (remember Barcelona 2006?), Berdych, Moya, Blake, Djokovic,...
:unsure:

mallorn
05-25-2007, 10:22 AM
Rafa's draw is very hard, thank goodness there's a day of rest between matches...

l_mac
05-25-2007, 10:25 AM
Good God. All his "favourites" are in his quarter.

MariaV
05-25-2007, 10:28 AM
But some of 'faves' are bound to go out before, so that's good. :D
And Berdman could lose to GGL in rd 1. :lol: He's been very erratic lately. :shrug:
Just like Blake.
Hewitt and Djoker are the ones I don't like, been in top shape lately. :o

mallorn
05-25-2007, 10:30 AM
Good God. All his "favourites" are in his quarter.
Youzhny and Gonzalez aren't. I guess we should be thankful for small mercies. :rolleyes:

mallorn
05-25-2007, 10:33 AM
Hewitt and Djoker are the ones I don't like, been in top shape lately. :o
I don't like to see Lleyton so early either ... he has a knack for giving Rafa long matches. However, if we are to believe Tio Toni, Rafa was extremely tired before the SF in Hamburg. :shrug:

l_mac
05-25-2007, 10:33 AM
Rafa won't get the Sunday start this year, will he?

l_mac
05-25-2007, 10:36 AM
I don't like to see Lleyton so early either ... he has a knack for giving Rafa long matches. However, if we are to believe Tio Toni, Rafa was extremely tired before the SF in Hamburg. :shrug:

Hewitt might not make it to Rafa. Nieminen, maybe even Gaudio, could take him out before that.

Tough for Del Potro getting Rafa 1st round.

Björki
05-25-2007, 10:36 AM
I dont like Del Potro and Hewitt in his draw. :rolleyes:

mallorn
05-25-2007, 10:40 AM
Rafa won't get the Sunday start this year, will he?
No idea. :scratch:
Hewitt might not make it to Rafa. Nieminen, maybe even Gaudio, could take him out before that.

Tough for Del Potro getting Rafa 1st round.
As much as I like Lleyton, I wouldn't mind it in this tournament. ;) But he played really well in Hamburg, so I'm not going to count him out.

MariaV
05-25-2007, 10:40 AM
Hewitt might not make it to Rafa. Nieminen, maybe even Gaudio, could take him out before that.

Tough for Del Potro getting Rafa 1st round.

Gaudio is SOOOOOOOOO done, yesterday's news and will sure quit after losing 1st rd to Giquel at RG. :lol:
Yeah, sorry for JMDP but I don't see him bothering Rafa really.

And Nieminen has lost his confidence totally lately, just like Marat. He's been kinda complaining about that in the Finnish media. So we'll see who's the bigger headcase, he or Feli Lopez. :o

Tnn74
05-25-2007, 11:08 AM
Awww I was hoping Hewitt was going to be in Federer's quarter :awww:
oh well, vamoooooooooos Rafa! :rocker2:
take another bite out of that trophy :yeah:

linus
05-25-2007, 11:10 AM
Rafa will do more ready than we are expecting :aplot:

lets say something with wins, Vamos :yippee:

Foxy
05-25-2007, 11:24 AM
Hm. Interesting draw.
But I think it could have been much much harder.
You can't expect to play against players ouside top 50 until the final, can you?
Who is Del Petro. Yeah, he is young, he is tall, he is argentinian but that's it. Rafa crashed him in Miami. Second round no need to comment. Third round - well, maybe Soderling. Not so tough. Fourth round - true, there are there guys like Hewitt, Nieminen, Gaudio. Still not so tough. Rafa will be ready for Hewitt this time if he make it until Last 16. QF - Blake, Moya, Berdych, Kohlschreiber - on clay can be easily beaten by Rafa. SF - i don't see any big scare except Djoko. Final - i was not sure if Fed would reach it but when i saw his part of the draw... well it is now quite possible Fed - Nal in the final.

delaitre
05-25-2007, 02:49 PM
Gaël Monfil has just beaten Hewitt on clay in Austria 6-4,7-5.
Rafa was exhausted last week against Hewitt !!

Ti-Anne
05-25-2007, 03:59 PM
Hi guys ! :wavey:

Tricky draw indeed ...:scratch: Oh well, Rafa will be ready to take anybody, won't he ? ;)
I'm going to RG tomorrow (Benny Berthet Day), please do pray that it isn't raining ! :rain:
I hope I'll see Rafa so that I can pass a bit of love & support onto him ! :worship:

Denisse
05-25-2007, 04:00 PM
Gaudio is SOOOOOOOOO done, yesterday's news and will sure quit after losing 1st rd to Giquel at RG. :lol:



That is so meeeeeaaaan!!! :p

MariaV
05-25-2007, 04:49 PM
That is so meeeeeaaaan!!! :p

Sorry Denisse, I didn't mean to hurt his fans but he doesn't seem too motivated lately. :hug: :hug:

Denisse
05-25-2007, 05:30 PM
Sorry Denisse, I didn't mean to hurt his fans but he doesn't seem too motivated lately. :hug: :hug:


I know...it was nice to hear that some here still think he might give Rafa some troube. You know..if he actually makes it throught the first round :p

tangerine_dream
05-25-2007, 06:42 PM
Nadal vs Del Potro first round :woohoo:

Good luck, Rafa. :banana:

yana
05-25-2007, 06:57 PM
I dont like Del Potro and Hewitt in his draw. :rolleyes:

And P.H.Mathieu, and Djoko, and Blake, and...:rolleyes:
The Ballerina, on the other hand, has a dream draw.

mallorn
05-26-2007, 07:28 PM
From ESPN:
Let the Rafa-Roger watch begin

Updated: May 26, 2007, 12:59 PM ET

(Editor's note: Can Roger Federer complete the career Grand Slam? Will Rafael Nadal win for the third time in as many years at Roland Garros? While a Federer-Nadal match cannot happen until the final -- scheduled for June 10 -- ESPN.com will have daily updates on the top two seeds as they attempt to meet in the French Open final for a second straight year.)

http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2007/0525/ten_federer_275.jpg

PARIS -- Roger Federer, resplendent in a turquoise ensemble, hit enough sharply-angled forehands to leave his opponent grimacing on Saturday afternoon. Rafael Nadal, blazing guns set off by a sleeveless white shirt, played a typically muscular match.

Yes, Federer and Nadal were running around on Court Philippe Chatrier, digging balls out of the thick red clay.

Not on opposite sides of the court, mind you. That delicious potential matchup, which can only occur in the men's final 15 days hence, is the engine that drives this 2007 French Open.

Federer, the top seed who has failed to win here in eight previous appearances, traded shots with a feisty Fernando Gonzalez and won in a tiebreaker. Nadal, the second seed and two-time defending champion here, toyed with French favorite Fabrice Santoro, beating him 6-1.

It was the French Tennis Federation's annual Programme Benny Berthet that features many of the marquee players in one-set exhibition matches on the three show courts. No one tries particularly hard, and it's a good way for everyone to ease into the tournament, which begins in earnest on Sunday. Last year's extra-day experiment of 12 singles matches on three courts has been expanded to 24 singles matches -- just like the prize money this year, a 50-50 split between men and women -- on six courts.

After Federer finally broke through against Nadal, winning the Hamburg final a week ago and ending an 0-for-5 career mark against the 20-year-old Spaniard on clay, the rare prospect of a Grand Slam seems to be in play. If Federer can beat Nadal -- a weighty task since Nadal is an impeccable 14-0 at Roland Garros -- he will be the first man since Australian Rod Laver to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously. That happened in 1969, a dozen years before Federer was born.

The stunning Hamburg result (Federer lost the first set, then rallied in spectacular fashion to win, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0) has given wings to this talk of history and created some palpable drama on these leafy grounds. On Saturday, in his first comments to the media since the heat of his post-match interview in Hamburg, Nadal added an asterisk to the celebrated result.

"I was a little bit tired mentally," Nadal explained. "And for that reason, I can't play with the best tactic all the time."

Indeed, Nadal's shots were often short and lacking pace. He was tired. In a span of five weeks, he played four tournaments and 20 matches. And that doesn't include nine doubles matches. He nearly lost a three-set match in the semifinals to Lleyton Hewitt, and by the time he reached those last two sets in Germany, small wonder there was nothing left in Nadal's tank. And so, his 81-match winning streak on clay was over.

Federer, meanwhile, played only three tournaments -- including Rome where he lost to Filippo Volandri in the third round -- and a total of 12 matches. Can you say fresh?

"I'm not going to beat him every time now," Federer acknowledged. "We'll see about that. It was just a good match for me. I played excellent in the second and third set, and I believed in my chance and beat him in the finals on clay. It was the first time he ever lost on clay-court finals."

The day after Hamburg, Nadal traveled to Barcelona and shot a commercial for Play Station, did an appearance with the soccer player Ronaldinho, then spent two days in his hometown of Manacor on the Spanish island of Mallorca. He played golf, visited with family and friends and watched a heavy sea end his plans to go fishing.

"Try to forget a little bit tennis for some hours," Nadal said. "Some rest with some calm. That's the thing, no?"

The two players sounded like boxing publicists, as they each tried to spin the end of the pre-French season as an overwhelming success.

Federer: "That's an excellent result for me and gets his streak to an end. It's maybe good for the entire field, especially, for myself."

Nadal: "I'm happy because 81 [straight wins] on clay is unbelievable. It's difficult to improve this record, no?"

Let the games(manship) begin.

The major question looming after Hamburg is whether Federer will bring a new level of confidence to this tournament. His answer would be yes.

"Approaching the French Open, I feel stronger mentally," Federer said. "I'm not scared of this tournament as I used to be before. Physically, also, I'm no longer afraid of playing five sets, compared to the beginning of my career. Now I am more as a favorite here because I played better on clay.
"I really feel eager to win this particular tournament."

Likewise, for Nadal. He knows Federer, who has won 10 of the last 15 Grand Slam singles titles, has never taken the title in Paris and fairly aches to hoist the Coupe des Mousquetaires. A win by Federer makes him the overwhelming favorite to capture the Grand Slam (he has, after all, won the last four Wimbledons and the last three U.S. Opens). This would put him far, far ahead of the field.

Nadal, whose only two Grand Slam titles came here at Roland Garros, understands the stakes.

"I have a lot of matches of experience," Nadal said. "And with a tournament like this, is important [to] arrive with the best confidence. And right now, I have the best confidence."

Greg Garber is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/french07/columns/story?columnist=garber_greg&id=2883446




Rafa is reportedly going to start on Monday. Vamos! :bounce:

the_natural
05-27-2007, 06:13 AM
Rafa was mentally dead in hamburg, its easy to see that in retrospect, but im just fuming because had he won that game at 2-1 15-40 he would have crushed him mentally, but as you guys said "82 matches for rafa as he takes first step to defending his crown... unbeaten rafa makes it 88 consecutive as he reaches his 3rd consecutive RG final (still unbeaten on clay or at RG for that matter)" Unbeaten unbeaten, invincible, unstoppable. Great to use against qualifiers and guys outside the top 20, against a top 10 consisting of guys brought up on clay who fear and respect the world number 1 but arent all too happy that a teenager/young man have been beating them up on the most physically demanding of all surfaces??? Just adds fuel to the fire each match is one more reason to beat him.

They saw that he could lose on clay and in a MASTERS final no less, didnt just lose a set A whole friggin match when he won the first set comfortably, now they BELIEVE that he can be beaten so they BELIEVE they have a chance. Hewitt didnt Believe he could beat him nor did davydenko, or gonzo in Hamburg (after losing badly in rome) same with federer in the second set so what do you do?? play outta your skull, hey im not gonna win so i dont have to think just go for all my shots im gonna lose anyway cos hes unbeatable im just gonna show him that i lose on my terms -- Was the general consensus before now: IF I PLAY GREAT TENNIS, If im extra aggressive, i strike the ball cleanly and dictate from the baseline, i CAN beat him (But I HAVE TO DO THESE OTHER THINGS!!!!).

Instead of allowing themselves to play GREAT Unrestricted tennis, they force themselves to they HAVE to do it to beat him. They believe hes vulnerable this may be their only chance to beat him. So i dont think Rafa will lose before the final however I see Hewitt and Djokovic severley testing him possibly taking a set off him.

Its still hard for me to see them taking a set off him if he goes back to wat he was before the Rome Semis, Youhzny and Djokovic were playing AWESOME aggressive (note the word AGGRESSIVE) tennis Youhzny was even more successful than novak but still lost (2 and 2 wasnt it??) Both guys deserved to take a set off him and couldnt manage a break, BUT we dont want Rafa peaking too soon and I think that losing a set or 2 along the way is worth it for him to conserve his energies no? so Hopefully he wont do much running and plays for only one break per set and conserves his energies till the semis (i really hope Hewitt loses before facing rafa cos he can do some damage mentally).

I really dont wanna see federer in the finals though, even if rafa plays awesome tennis, the french crowd is gonna do everything they can to help federer, and id rather nadal lose to Canas or Gonzalez in the final (Id love to see Willy make the final :) Than see Federer make the final im just sick of that guy. I want rafa to WIN THIS ONE and then go play federer in the wimbledon final and win!!!

Oh one more thing guys, Muster lost to I think Bjorkman?? some serve volleyer im not sure who maybe bjorkman but it was a major upset at the 96 french when the king of clay was defending champ and i believe he had won Hamburg and Monte Carlo that year, Rafa was following the same path, now he and Federer are equal faves in the bookies eyes with federer maybe having a slight edge (very good for rafa)

mallorn
05-27-2007, 07:10 PM
I really dont wanna see federer in the finals though, even if rafa plays awesome tennis, the french crowd is gonna do everything they can to help federer, and id rather nadal lose to Canas or Gonzalez in the final (Id love to see Willy make the final :) Than see Federer make the final im just sick of that guy. I want rafa to WIN THIS ONE and then go play federer in the wimbledon final and win!!!
I really don't see who could beat Roger before the final though, he's highly unlikely to start playing badly again.
Oh one more thing guys, Muster lost to I think Bjorkman?? some serve volleyer im not sure who maybe bjorkman but it was a major upset at the 96 french when the king of clay was defending champ and i believe he had won Hamburg and Monte Carlo that year, Rafa was following the same path, now he and Federer are equal faves in the bookies eyes with federer maybe having a slight edge (very good for rafa)
I don't mind Roger being considered the favourite, that only puts more pressure on him. :devil:

What's important is for Rafa to go back to the gameplan he had in MC, Barca and Rome. All the hard work he did last year and at the beginning of this one has finally started to pay off and he's bound to be more successful with it in future.


OOP for tomorrow is out and Rafa is NOT scheduled to play. So probably on Tuesday, weather permitting.

yana
05-27-2007, 07:12 PM
Did you know that Rafa will write a blog from Paris again? You can read it here

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/blogs/...ros/index.html

Oh, but I think that this will be only in spanish.

mallorn
05-28-2007, 07:07 PM
OOP for Tuesday is out.

CHATRIER 11:00 Start
Women's Singles - 1st Rnd. Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI) vs. Nicole Vaidisova (CZE)[6]
Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Roger Federer (SUI)[1] vs. Michael Russell (USA) To Finish 6-4 4-1
Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marion Bartoli (FRA)[18] vs. Aravane Rezai (FRA)
Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)[16] vs. Sebastien Grosjean (FRA)
Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

If the forecast is correct, small chance of him actually getting on the court. :(

Rain, rain, go away. :mad:

explicit
05-28-2007, 07:59 PM
Rain is soooooooo annoying. This is something you expect to see @ Wimbly or USO, but Paris is supposed to be sunny and warm! :mad:

Anyway, Rafa, good luck tomorrow!

MariaV
05-29-2007, 07:02 AM
Well well, we'll see about the matches today... :shrug:
But did you see the first blog entry. His DEFEAT at Playstation - an Earth-shattering event!!!!! :spit: :haha: :haha:
Besides that something happened, but I don’t want to speak about it yet…nothing serious, nothing important, but unbelievable. I’ll tell you about today’s defeat at the playstation.

http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/blog/nadal.asp

mallorn
05-29-2007, 02:02 PM
Well, three matches out of the way, but Baghdatis-Grosjean could take ages...
But did you see the first blog entry. His DEFEAT at Playstation - an Earth-shattering event!!!!! :spit: :haha: :haha:


http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/blog/nadal.asp
That last sentence of his blog is odd, he says he doesn't want to speak about it yet and then immediately says it's about Playstation? :scratch: And yeah, like you said, Rafa losing at PS is hardly unusual, from what I read. ;)


EDIT: Well I'll be damned, Baggy got his head together and won in straights. :eek: :yippee:

Rafa up next. Vamos! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

l_mac
05-29-2007, 04:32 PM
AARRGGHH!!@ British eurosport and BBCi for showing Tim Henman's match!!

Good luck, Rafa!

MariaV
05-29-2007, 07:18 PM
Rafa wanted to give me a scare today. :lol:
Thank God he won in three 7-5 6-3 6-2. 2 h 19 min.
I saw it from the 3-5 down in the 1st set when Rafa won 8 games in a row. Del Potro will be a force in the future. There was some fun tennis today. :)

Did Rafa have a little cold or smth? I hope he'll get some rest now and be ready for .... probably Cipolla (if Gaba won't make miracles). Should be an easier match. :angel:

mallorn
05-29-2007, 08:42 PM
I saw it from 3 all deuce and I didn't like what I saw. Rafa was flat and out of sorts, and JMDP was giving him so much trouble. :( Rafa really should have lost the first set, he was sooo lucky JM froze at 5*-3 30-0. Then Raf played much more aggressively and JM was discouraged and erratic, but he'll be very dangerous in future. The commentators kept speculating that Rafa looked under the weather but I have seen no news on this and I sure hope he was just playing badly and not sick.

Anyway, one down, let's hope Rafa will play better from now on. :bounce:

mallorn
05-29-2007, 08:45 PM
A short summary with quotes:
Nadal still searching for best form

Tuesday, 29 May, 2007

Rafael Nadal got his French Open title defence off to a winning start on Tuesday - but the king of clay from Spain admitted he did not have one of his better days.

Nadal, who has won the single's title at Roland Garros for the past two years, struggled at first but finally got into the groove to seal a 7-5 6-3 6-2 victory over Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on the Philippe Chatrier court.

"I did not play well," admitted a frank Nadal, who had to battle to claim a tight first set. "He had a big chance at 5-3 and 30-0 up to win that first set but he didn't. But it's the first round, and it is always difficult here in the first round."

He added: "The court seems big and there is obviously more pressure early on. You don't know how you are playing, and the balls are different. But I am through. And I have never played well in the first round. In fact, I have never played well in the second round or even in the third round.

"I'm not just saying that because I want to seem bigger than I am. I am being humble. But it is difficult being champion, I can tell you."

Del Potro, an 18-year-old, is seen as one of the finest talents to come out of Argentina in a while and is tipped to be a future grand-slam champion.

He raced out of the blocks against his Spanish opponent, but could not keep it going.

Nadal added: "He is a great player with a very good future. He played tough and aggressively but it is easy to play like that when you are young and not the favourite. He has a lot of potential and it was a hard match for me."

PA Sport

http://www.wimbledon.org/tennisnews/article_A1568621180470214A.html

l_mac
05-29-2007, 08:47 PM
I don't think he looked sick, and I never really thought he was in any danger of losing the match, however he did not play well.

The most worrying aspect of the game today was his serve. Berry bad, no?

MariaV
05-29-2007, 08:51 PM
Ania! :wavey: :hug:

Good that he admitted he didn't play well. But he has time to improve his game in the next rounds. :D No need to be in top shape too early. ;) :angel:
Has he learned the word 'pressure' or is it edited? ;)
No transcript up yet so I'm going now! :wavey:

mallorn
05-29-2007, 09:13 PM
Nighty night Masha! :hug: :wavey:
The most worrying aspect of the game today was his serve. Berry bad, no?
:rolls:

Berry bad, si. Must be the pression and the different balls. :shrug:

l_mac
05-29-2007, 09:28 PM
Berry bad, si. Must be the pression and the different balls. :shrug:

:lol:

The commentators on British Eurosport thought it might be better for him to start slowly, rather than peak too soon. They then compared his performance unfavourably with Federer who, they claimed, was "brilliant" in his 1st round match.

A win's a win, and JMDP is a good player.

He and Rafa are friendly, right?

cc2monac
05-29-2007, 09:29 PM
I was at the match but i lest after the 2d set because i was sure rafa will win after the scare of the 1st set!!! rafa played realy badly, he made mystakes, the ball was oftenly out...it was like it wasn't rafa on the court
then JM led 5/3 and the real nadal came back on the court!!!!
at 4/0 for him in the 2d set JM recovered his tennis and supported by the public he made rafa run, sometimes rafa didn't even play the ball...I was watching his legs I thought maybe he was hurt but not at all
finaly rafa played better and hit the ball strongly and took the control of the game
I guess he was a lil bit stressed or something for his first match here
and it was cold, he doesn't like it when it's cold...
anyway he won and that's the only thing that matters!!! congrats rafa!!!

mallorn
05-29-2007, 09:41 PM
:lol:

The commentators on British Eurosport thought it might be better for him to start slowly, rather than peak too soon. They then compared his performance unfavourably with Federer who, they claimed, was "brilliant" in his 1st round match.

A win's a win, and JMDP is a good player.

He and Rafa are friendly, right?
Yes, apparently they spend a lot of time together on the tour and practice together too. I'm sure that made it even more difficult for Rafa, since JMDP would appear to know his game better than most.

The British commentators on ES International are all pro-Federer, sing his praises all the time and put their money on him. :rolleyes: Whatever, I sure hope Rafa makes them eat their words. :devil:

mallorn
05-29-2007, 09:45 PM
I was at the match but i lest after the 2d set because i was sure rafa will win after the scare of the 1st set!!! rafa played realy badly, he made mystakes, the ball was oftenly out...it was like it wasn't rafa on the court
then JM led 5/3 and the real nadal came back on the court!!!!
at 4/0 for him in the 2d set JM recovered his tennis and supported by the public he made rafa run, sometimes rafa didn't even play the ball...I was watching his legs I thought maybe he was hurt but not at all
finaly rafa played better and hit the ball strongly and took the control of the game
I guess he was a lil bit stressed or something for his first match here
and it was cold, he doesn't like it when it's cold...
anyway he won and that's the only thing that matters!!! congrats rafa!!!
Oh, you're so lucky to be able to see him live! :D :hug:

I'm sure he was a bit stressed, but in the end he coped really well. Let's hope the weather gets a little bit warmer soon!

NaDALiTa
05-29-2007, 10:25 PM
Rafa played a solid match,except during the first set, he was surely looking for his marks on the court, and JMDP played quite offensive and well :) Next round should be easier and i hope it will be with higher temperatures,they'll soon play on ice if it goes on this way!!!!!!

the_natural
05-30-2007, 04:42 AM
I wonder why rafa played so badly ?? Cos monte carlo he started off deadly and continued for the next 2 weeks... Maybe its cos its a slam/best of 5, so maybe he intentionally tries to keep from trying too hard and He has more "pression" (hehe), plus he must have been high at the beggining of the clay court season cos he missed his beloved dirt.

Next time they play on a fast court Del potro is going to humiliate Rafa (Unless rafa plays like he did in indian wells when he started playing well in which case he will at least take del potro to a tiebreak or 2), Rafa's game matches up for DP even more perfectly than it does for Berdych, when he starts serving more aggressively I dont see anyway for Rafa to beat him.

But your right that his serve was $HIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Constantly to the backhand with slice or maybe a bit of kick, almost as bad as the Hamburg final, and the match against Koyla.

In more bad news, one of the only possible challengers for federer in the semis, lost easily (Gonzalez :rolleyes: ) I really thought he had a chance to make the semis poor guy. And Rafa still has hewitt or Gaudio to play as "Warm ups" in the early rounds :rolleyes: what a fucking shit draw seriously.

I hope Rafa finds form again and is playing like he did in Barcelona and Monte Carlo (or pre semis rome), WHEN he gets to this years quarterfinals!!!!!! :(

Poor boy please dont be fatigued at all, just let it be that your gonna slip under the radar at the tournament this year with all eyes on that effeminate cow fucking twinkle toed cow fucking try hard wanna be cow fucking gargoyle faced media whore.

Aurora
05-30-2007, 10:38 PM
I'm sorry, the_natural, but I don't want your post to be the last one standing for so many hours in this thread. There is no need for that last sentence.

His draw has me worrying a bit too, but then when I saw him play yesterday again (for the first time since AO on tv in stead of blurry internetstream) I'm reminded why he's the best on clay! And that with playing far from brilliant...

:bounce: excited for some more great Rafamatches!

MariaV
05-31-2007, 09:37 AM
Hanneke, how are you doing? :bounce: And yeah, no need for foul language here.

Rafa on Lenglen today, buena suerte! :bigclap: Hope to see some bits of how our baby's doing. :D

LENGLEN 11:00 Start
Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[6] vs. Laurent Recouderc (FRA)
followed by
Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Jill Craybas (USA) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2]
Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Flavio Cipolla (ITA) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

Naide
05-31-2007, 01:21 PM
Vamos Rafa!
his outfit is the best of all players by far :inlove:

l_mac
05-31-2007, 03:22 PM
That was a pretty unimpressive victory from Rafa. He looks, unfortunately, like Hamburg Rafa rather than Monte Carlo/Rome (until semi) Rafa.

mallorn
05-31-2007, 03:26 PM
I haven't seen a single point thanks to ES's coverage of the Giro. :( The stats look strange, so many UEs!

Oh well, at least the unimpressive play didn't get him into trouble... today. Come on, Rafa, wake up!

l_mac
05-31-2007, 03:56 PM
I haven't seen a single point thanks to ES's coverage of the Giro. :( The stats look strange, so many UEs!

Oh well, at least the unimpressive play didn't get him into trouble... today. Come on, Rafa, wake up!

I hate that Eurosport have the rights to the French. They take the tennis off every year for the Giro. At least in Britain we have coverage via the BBc, but they thought it would be better to see Serena's match so we only got the 3rd setof Rafa's. I have, however, not missed a second of Federer's matches. :rolleyes:

yana
05-31-2007, 04:02 PM
I didn't see the match either cos of the Giro. Tomorrow I go in a vacantion so I can't follow the next few rounds. I hope that when I came back to find good news. Seems like everyone is expecting Roger to win.:rolleyes:
Rafa, please, prove them wrong!

mallorn
05-31-2007, 04:17 PM
ES is showing the third set now, thanks to the rain delay! :yippee:

Lucky Rafa, managed to finish before the rain came, and lucky us, we can actually see a little bit of the match. :cool:

MariaV
05-31-2007, 04:17 PM
I haven't seen a single point thanks to ES's coverage of the Giro. :( The stats look strange, so many UEs!

Oh well, at least the unimpressive play didn't get him into trouble... today. Come on, Rafa, wake up!


Didn't see it either but the score's decent, dunno how they count UEs, 1 h 53 min - pretty fast for Rafa. :lol:
Woohoo, rain and now ES is showing it. :D :wavey:

dorkino
05-31-2007, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by mallorn
I haven't seen a single point thanks to ES's coverage of the Giro. :( The stats look strange, so many UEs!

Oh well, at least the unimpressive play didn't get him into trouble... today. Come on, Rafa, wake up!

Yes. Rafa improved a little compared to his first match , but still far from impressive. Too much unforced errors with both forehands and backhands :banghead: Lots of Missed net points.
Believe it or not , but his best only appeared in the last game of the match.

Seems to me Rafa is so nervous this year. (With the hamburgish incident, those words about the big court and so, u can just see it in his shots selection).It makes him lose accuracy :shrug:.
The kid needs to relax and get some more belief in himself right now to get on fire again.

Allez Rafa , ALLEZ , :hug:

p.s.:secret: sorry for whining a lot.

MariaV
05-31-2007, 04:26 PM
No need to panic girls, the peak must only come next weekend. ;) :D
And he's still won in straights and easily than last year.

Cipolla looks cute. :lol:

mallorn
05-31-2007, 05:18 PM
Rafa looked a bit disgruntled and uncharacteristically up and down - one minute he would hit a great winner, and the next miss badly. This doesn't have to mean that he's out of form though - for one thing, Lenglen is a bit slower than Chatrier, so he had to get used to the conditions again, and for another, maybe he was trying things out, knowing that his opponent couldn't hurt him. The worrying stat was on the second serve - only 33% points won. :( And he did miss quite a few points at the net after getting himself into a good position, but I think that could have been to do with Cipolla being very good at the net.

mallorn
05-31-2007, 05:20 PM
Rafa's interview is up. :)

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-05-31/200705311180631272250.html

There's also a video there if you follow the link.

Edit: Smilied interview below. ;)

MariaV
05-31-2007, 05:26 PM
Q. This is a question totally unrelated to what's happened. But before we go to another language, I just wanted to ask you about the Australian Open surface that has been changed, and your thoughts on whether you prefer that or whether you prefer the old surface and how you think you'll go on the new surface?

RAFAEL NADAL: You change it for when? For next year?

Q. They're changing it for next year onward. They're going to Plexicushion?

RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. I think it's Plexicushion.

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't understand. I don't know exactly the surface. But the surface in Australia is okay. It was what I like, the original one. I don't know the future one. I don't know.

Q. It won't be as hot, and it won't have as uneven a bounce?

RAFAEL NADAL: What? Oh, being okay. The same? Faster? Is it faster or slower? What is this?

Q. More even. There won't be a discrepancy. It will be faster.

RAFAEL NADAL: Faster? It's not bad. I like, don't worry. If it's not very, very fast.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish, please.

Q. I suppose this match is what you expected it to be, or was it easier?

RAFAEL NADAL: Honestly, I didn't ‑‑ it was difficult for me to expect anything. However, I know that if I played my tennis, then in theory, I had more chances to win.

And at the beginning he was a bit nervous. He would make mistakes. Third set was a bit more disputed, but on the first two sets, I couldn't see anything. The third set was nice to play, both for him and for me.

Q. Can you tell me what is your feeling? It is the third time you try and win Roland Garros. Are you doing exactly the same thing as you used to do in the previous years? Do you have any inside stories you could share with us?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, to be honest with you, I'm not doing anything special for Roland Garros. Just the same as for all tournaments. I focus on my objectives, and I never focus all my objectives on just one tournament. I am focused on the tour. Nothing special about Roland Garros.

Q. Yes, but Boris Becker and Wimbledon, he would always go to the same restaurant. He had this special taste for Wimbledon. Don't you have the same feeling here in Paris?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I always go to the same hotel, but that's it.

Q. Why do you go to this hotel?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, because all my team goes there, and if my team decides to change, then I'll change.

As for restaurants, I like the restaurants not far from the hotel.

Q. What positive feeling do you get from this match, apart from having won? And what do you feel about possibly winning a third title in a row?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, to start with, today's match, what was most positive was winning. It's not a match where I've been able to play my best tennis, but what is very positive today was the ‑‑ well, you know, warming up. I arrived on the court, and I really was feeling well.

You know, as days go on, you feel more nervous, but everything was fine. When I was practicing this morning, I was okay. As for the match, it was not an exceptional match.

But I'm playing better and better every day, and I'll fight every day a bit more. Tomorrow will be another day of practice, and that will be an opportunity for me to feel very good, to get very good feelings. And then I'm going to play against ‑‑ who is going to be my opponent, by the way? Gulbis. Oh, so he won in five sets. Well, I don't know who Gulbis is. He had a good season. :lol:

What was the other part of your question about pressure? Well, okay, yes. Pressure.

But just like every other day, we all want to win matches here, so I don't feel more pressure than all the others, than Federer, than Robredo, Carlos Moya, all of those coming here who want to win have to cope with a certain level of pressure. But that's, you know, business as usual, which is still a bit more than on other days. But then we meet and get over it.

There's only one way you can eliminate pressure, by playing well. And I didn't play very well today. I feel more comfortable when I play well.

Q. When the weather is not very good like today, when there's clouds, and the clay is quite heavy, the ball is slower and people say that when the sun comes back, there will be many surprises because the court will be much faster. Will it be a change for you? Will it change things?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, absolutely. I like it when it's sunny because then the ball bounces back far better. It's easier to find your shots, to place your shots. But when it's rainy, everything is much slower. The ball is very heavy and you don't get very good feelings.

But, you know, this morning, there was a bit of sun. So when I practiced, the courts were a bit faster. Yesterday I practiced and it was raining all day long, and it was windy and cloudy. Obviously, the feelings you get are totally different.

Q. People are talking about Montanes and Gulbis, but did you see a bit of Gaudio‑Hewitt match? What do you think about Hewitt?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I looked at the match, and then I saw it was beautiful match.

Q. It's been a long time since you had played drop shots. Was it a problem to you today?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it was a bit of a problem, but I felt slightly more sharpened and fast enough. So, you know, when there is a drop shot, I can run to net. But that's usually the case. Today wasn't that good though.

Q. Carlos Moya said you played a lot with your Playstation and that he defeated you? :rolleyes: :lol:

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, he won yesterday.

Q. He said it was more difficult than practicing.

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I'm not going to make any comment on that, but I think we are very, very competitive with our Playstations together. Moya and Nalbandian played on a team, and they beat us. So we decided to turn off the play station, and they said, "Well, that's unfair."

Q. I think there is a crisis here ‑‑

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I know. Yes, I know, I know. He said I'm a pain in the neck. :lol: Okay. But he is. He is the one. He just doesn't accept anything. So I'm going to apply sanctions because he broke my remote control, and I'm just left with my Playstation. It's always very expensive, and I'm not the one breaking it. :rolls:



http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-05-31/200705311180631272250.html

MariaV
05-31-2007, 05:27 PM
I smilied it, Ania! :p :rolls:

And Gulbis hasn't won yet, it's 5-5 in the 4th set! :shrug: Gulbis just won the 3rd.

l_mac
05-31-2007, 05:28 PM
Q. I think there is a crisis here
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I know. Yes, I know, I know. He said I'm a pain in the neck. Okay. But he is. He is the one. He just doesn't accept anything. So I'm going to apply sanctions because he broke my remote control, and I'm just left with my Playstation. It's always very expensive, and I'm not the one breaking it.


:lol:

Gublis didn't win the match, did he? I thought he was 2-1 down in sets and 5-5 in the 4th? Or isn the scoreboard broken?

mallorn
05-31-2007, 05:30 PM
Well-smilied, Masha! :lol:

The bit about Playstation was hilarious, too bad it wasn't on video. :smash:

MariaV
05-31-2007, 05:38 PM
Well-smilied, Masha! :lol:

The bit about Playstation was hilarious, too bad it wasn't on video. :smash:

Yeah, that must've been hilarious. :rolls: These kids... at a GS tournament! :o
Good that Nalby and Moya both won their 'real' tennis matches. :lol:

l_mac
05-31-2007, 07:11 PM
And then I'm going to play against ‑‑ who is going to be my opponent, by the way? Gulbis. Oh, so he won in five sets. Well, I don't know who Gulbis is. He had a good season

His opponent will be Montanes.

MariaV
05-31-2007, 09:38 PM
Yeah LOL, Montanes won the 4th set TB after the rain 7-3. :lol:
I guess he's more 'convenient' opponent for Rafa.

MariaV
06-01-2007, 05:03 PM
Hey lovelies, the OOP for tomorrow is out and Rafa is playing last and I don't like it too much as there might be rain in the afternoon. :(

CHATRIER 11:00 Start
Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2]
followed by
Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)[5] vs. Lucie Safarova (CZE)[25]
Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs. Igor Andreev (RUS)
Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Albert Montanes (ESP) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

l_mac
06-01-2007, 05:09 PM
Sucks.

MariaV
06-02-2007, 05:50 PM
Oh, that was some entertaining tennis despite the easy score, 6-1 6-3 6-2. :D Excellent! :yeah: :hatoff: How long was that 6th game in the opening set? :lol:
But Rafa got it done in 3 again. Not a set lost yet. Now probably Lleyton next. That should be a hard-fought battle. :lol: Despite Jarkko taking the 1st set 6-1 Lleyts has taken the next 2.

mallorn
06-02-2007, 05:59 PM
Well done Rafa, Montanes gave him a nice workout, the next one will be tricky though.

l_mac
06-02-2007, 06:23 PM
Good stuff, Rafa. I'm going to assume you played better than in previous rounds.

Lots of h8ers on GM tonight. :rolleyes:

Morrissey
06-02-2007, 07:30 PM
Good stuff, Rafa. I'm going to assume you played better than in previous rounds.

Lots of h8ers on GM tonight. :rolleyes:

What can you do? Hope for Fed to decline and they swtich allegiances to some other guy and hope that guy doesn't win as much as Fed which will be a certainty. I really hope Nadal can ward off Fed at the French because it will only make their already inflated heads even bigger, if that's possible.

As for Nadal at the French, he hasn't shown me that he can lose or win easily either. He's not lost a set yet and I guess that's an improvement over last year after 3 rounds but Hewitt worries me. I don't think Hewitt will win but he's such a pain in the fucking ass :mad: . After that he's good to the final, he could face Moya in the QF and Baghdatis/Djokovic in the SF. None of these guys I really see taking him out. I think what I've noticed is that Nadal is playing mostly defensive in these matches, just hoping for them to make errors. He hasn't been aggressive yet and I don't like that because maybe he's not as confident or maybe not playing his best. What do you think? :confused:

linus
06-03-2007, 08:09 AM
Rafa' match against Montanes made me kinda late for bed :aplot: while to be frank, I lost some patience earlier than Rafa :bowdown: this guy is really wonderful :cool:

wish him to play less offcourt with his friends :lol: I wish him to think the coming matches more and I think he would ;)

go on watching Rafa :rocker:

l_mac
06-03-2007, 09:49 AM
Why has the French Open site once again failed to put up the defending champion's press conference?

Castafiore
06-03-2007, 10:15 AM
If most of those Masters Series events are able to give the transcripts of most of the players, why does a grand slam event have to be so selective?

The Roland Garros website was one of the very best a couple of years ago but it's gone downhill a bit.

MariaV
06-03-2007, 12:37 PM
Yes that's really a shame. :(

Feliz cumple, Rafa! :aparty: :bdaycake:

NicoFan
06-03-2007, 12:58 PM
Happy Birthday sweet RAFA! :aparty: :aparty:

He's legal now in the U.S. :lol: :lol:

NicoFan
06-03-2007, 12:58 PM
Why has the French Open site once again failed to put up the defending champion's press conference?

I agree - the interview section is bad this year. :sad:

Castafiore
06-03-2007, 01:19 PM
Oh right, it's his birthday!
:bdaycake:

Happy birthday, Rafa!

Check out this video posted on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afbIScPEGEw

:)

Confident
06-03-2007, 02:11 PM
Happy Birthday! ;)
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070603/capt.xrg14906031306.france_french_open_tennis_xrg1 49.jpg

linus
06-03-2007, 02:51 PM
woo... Gosh, what a video made by fans :bowdown: I feel moved much :angel:

Check out this video posted on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afbIScPEGEw

:)

linus
06-03-2007, 03:01 PM
http://bbs.muwen.com/fileuploaddir/54203667692.gif

Happy Birthday My Brave Clay King :aparty:

http://bbs.muwen.com/fileuploaddir/4B2676440.6.gif

qw19
06-03-2007, 03:48 PM
Happy Birthday, honey!!

RogiFan88
06-03-2007, 04:21 PM
Feliz cumple, Raf!

now you're a real man, even in pink! :lol:

mallorn
06-03-2007, 06:47 PM
I hope Rafa had a proper :aparty: with his dad and friends, cause this affair for the press tends to be a bit stiff. The good thing about it is it produces nice pictures. ;)


Rafi is playing second on Chatrier tomorrow, with a 12.00 start.

Novak Djokovic (SRB)[6] vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[14] vs Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

Best of luck, Rafa! :bounce:

the_natural
06-04-2007, 03:22 AM
The montanes match took close to 2:30 hours.. he showed flashes of MC/Barc rafa, lookin more confident, I didnt like that he was working to try and win every single game even when he had the break... cos he did lots and LOTS of running and he really didnt need to work that hard. BUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT in retrospect, He knew he was most likely gonna be up against hewitt so I think the reason that his 3 set match (in which lost something like 6 ot 7 games) took 2hrs 24 min, and Hewitts tight 4 set match took just a little over 3 hours. Was cos rafa was trying to get into the mindset needed to play Hewitt and wanted to make sure that he was striking the ball well being agressive etc etc..

Plus Montanes is a hitting parnter of rafas and hes a clay courter whereas Jarko isnt so much of a clay courter and doesnt know Hewitts game so well so its harder to win points when 2 guys know each others games well. Also when see that match it reminds you of WHY u didnt want to see Monte carlo rafa, in the first few rounds (cos he go effectively burn out by the late stages. like rome or Hamburg).


And sorry about the outburst before :sad: please absolve my sins :p I was just really really really angry cos I was worried with rafas form and i had read quite a few things about what *ahem* Other guy, had said, both about rafa, and Willy Canas, and a few other players and himself in general, it jsut really ilks me that he gets away with the things he says and people just lap it up and never look for mal-intent in nething he says they just take it all at face value and give the benefit of the doubt where as others, like our boy rafa, are highly scrutinized.

16681
06-04-2007, 06:25 AM
I missed Rafa's Birthday :awww: :o Anyway Happy Birthday :aparty: And Vamos against Hewitt :D

mallorn
06-04-2007, 04:15 PM
:woohoo: Rafa wins in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (5)! :yippee: He played very well in the first two sets and Lleyton didn't really. I couldn't see the third, but I'm so happy he made it in three, especially since he had problems when serving for set/match. ;)

Phew, I'm surprised this match was shorter (by one minute) than the Montanes match. :lol:

Johnny Groove
06-04-2007, 04:19 PM
he's butt-bouncing back :banana:

MariaV
06-04-2007, 04:20 PM
LOL Ania, no wonder it was shorter, Lleyts didn't seem to put up much resistance (unlike Montanes) in that 1st set I'm watching now. ;)
I saw the 3rd set when Rafa finally broke and served for the match at 6-5 and got soooo nervous for some reason... I didn't like that. And on the TB too, he was just lucky Lleyts missed the last 2 points.
Anyway, get some rest now chico, and let Carlos win on Playstation so he'll be easy on you in the qf! ;) :devil: :lol:

I was home for the final set - wonderful, exciting match! :hatoff: :worship:

mallorn
06-04-2007, 04:23 PM
I've recorded it and am off to watch it now. :D

l_mac
06-04-2007, 04:25 PM
Terrific performance from Rafa, and good on Hewitt for making it a match in the 3rd. Would have been near perfect if he had managed to serve uot the 1st and 3rd sets, but overall I am well impressed.

VAMOS!

MariaV
06-04-2007, 04:27 PM
I've recorded it and am off to watch it now. :D

Enjoy it dear! :D I'm enjoying it now from the start too. :)

tangerine_dream
06-04-2007, 04:55 PM
Rafa :drive:

Agassi Fan
06-04-2007, 05:05 PM
Well done Rafa!

l_mac
06-04-2007, 06:16 PM
Rafa's presser is up already:

Q. A little bit of a bump late in the match, but this was your best tennis of the tournament, no?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I'm very happy today with my game. I'm happy about the win. Very good win against Lleyton. So, yeah, I played the best match of the tournament, sure, my best match, I mean.


Q. Now the battle for Mallorca?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, nice to be in quarterfinals again here in Roland Garros, nice play against one of my best friends, Carlos Moya.

So I'm very happy for him, because he is playing very well. He is coming back at the top position. So I'm very happy for him playing semifinals in Hamburg, and right now, he's in quarterfinals. I hope he stops here (smiling).

No, anyway, he's playing very, very well.


Q. From the very start of the tournament, did you see Lleyton coming in this round and that it would be a big test for you?

RAFAEL NADAL: I know. Now I know the normal thing, if I am playing well, and if he play well, have this match today, no?

So just, first of all, I just think about the first matches. You always look at the draw, no? And I know if I arrive to fourth round, Lleyton. Is always a very good test, and very tough match, because he's a winner. So it's difficult with him. I'm very happy about my game today.


Q. This is perfect for your confidence to beat a great champion like Lleyton in this round?

RAFAEL NADAL: It's perfect to be in quarterfinals and it's perfect play. Ten times better today than the last days, no?


Q. When you and Moya play 11's, do you play for a bet, and who wins normally?

RAFAEL NADAL: 11's? Oh, 11's. I don't know. Depends on the moment. Two days ago, I won. And in Mallorca, I have more loses than win.


Q. You ever bet for dinner?

RAFAEL NADAL: What?


Q. The winner buys dinner?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no winner of dinners or morning. No, we some -- I don't know exactly in English -- push-ups, or some (Spanish) Kangaroos. :lol:


Q. Lleyton just was talking about the forehands that he faces on clay courts, and he said Gonzalez has a great forehand, and Federer has a great forehand, but yours was the toughest on clay. What is the toughest shot that you face in clay court tennis, the toughest shot?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't understand very good the question, so. I did not understand what he said about Federer.

Well, Federer. Federer, in my opinion, have the best forehand in every single place, because he can play the best forehand in all places, on grass, on clay. :rolleyes:

So, well, Gonzalez has big power, but not the same control, control, you know, exactly.

So I think I am not the best forehand of the tournament. No, I have some difference. I don't have a special big shot, no? :( I have a good backhand, good forehand -- well, a better forehand.

But Moya have a big forehand, too. So it's one of the top guys with the forehand.


Q. You don't think your forehand is a huge shot, a big shot?

RAFAEL NADAL: It is a good shot, for sure. I can't be the No. 2 in the world for three years and have a bad forehand. So, that's true. No, I have a good forehand. For me, in my game, it's my best shot. But I don't know if it's one of the best forehands on the tour. In clay, maybe, one of the best.


Q. You showed a lot of respect for Hewitt. Apologizing on a passing shot. Apologizing when you hit the line. Why was this?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I like a lot his game, and I like his attitude on court. So he is a fighter, so I like that. And I have a lot of respect for all the players, no? But especially, with fighter. I don't have any problem with Lleyton, so I like him.


Q. In the third set, Hewitt looked as if he wanted to try the outmost, and put it to the fifth gear, tried some incredible shots. Some of them worked. And then he started maybe getting tired and missing some easy forehands other than doing big shots. But at the third set, did you feel that even towards the end and the tiebreak, that if he kept playing like this, those big shots, he could get you in trouble in the match?

RAFAEL NADAL: All the way, the match was tough, no? Especially in the first set, he start to serving better, and that's put more pressure on the opponents. So when you arrive to a tiebreak, I know if I lose the tiebreak, I'm in the fourth set, and you start all the time the match, because he comes with confidence after returning for lose the game, for lose the match.

So always is tough if I lose the third set. It's going to be continuing in the match, fighting for the victory, but the match was very close.


Q. Do you remember watching Moya win the French Open as a boy?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, well, yeah, I remember. No, but not exactly. I saw him on TV a lot of times. I remember the final against Corretja, who he played very, very well, very good match. But I can't remember, really very good, no. I was very, very young.


Q. Was him winning the French Open an inspiration to you when you were young?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't have any idols, any heroes, nothing, no. But sure, having a player like Moya in Mallorca was very, very important for me. And for sure, I have the opportunity for practice with him a lot of times. That's helped me a lot. And having a model close to you is easier, no? So that's important for me.


Q. Because you're close to Carlos, and maybe you will bring different emotions to this match, how will you approach it?

RAFAEL NADAL: It is true we are very, very good friends, but we are fighting for the semifinals of Roland Garros. So that's not a joke. We're going to play the best always with the respect. The respect I'm going to have. I have big respect for him, so, always with fair play. But just trying to do the best for win the match.


Q. Can you put the friendship out of your mind?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I play a lot of matches against him. I played when I was young matches against my best friend, too, Thomas, a friend of mine in Mallorca, important matches. So, when you play these matches, normally you play important matches. But when you're on court, always your friend, you don't want to -- say one ball is out, I'm not going to be, well, Rafa going to win the ball. No, because I have confidence with him. But I want to win, and I can forgot that for one moment, for the match.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish, please.


Q. It was a beautiful fight with Hewitt. For the third set, there was some danger. Even when you were 6-3, 6-1, he was still trying to fight, and we saw you using your tactics to try and save your energy and play with a slow ball.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, he played then in the third set -- in the first set -- in the two first sets, he was not playing that well. But in the third set, he was definitely improving his game. And at one stage, it was not as accurate, because at 6-5, I couldn't find exactly the right way to play. Then I managed to score the last point, and that changed the game.

But I'm very happy with the way I played today. And as for my strategy, I tried to play my game, and I tried to define the momentum. I also tried not to play on his backhand. And in Hamburg, this is a mistake I had made, so I didn't want to do that again.


Q. We saw that you were really saving your energy, but that you were having great fun on the court.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, saving energy, not that much, but because when you play at Roland Garros against Hewitt, you don't save any energy. Having fun, yes, this is something you can say. This is one of the matches I suffered less because -- in which I suffered a lot because the pressure was great. When you get closer to the final, the pressure increases.

Although, I am very much in the tournament right now, I'm more confident. I feel I played better. However, the opponents I have to play now will be very difficult opponents. And you can't predict how they will be playing. And this is when I'll start having fun.


Q. Which were the emotions you had thinking about playing Carlos in the quarterfinals?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, as I said in English, he is a friend. He is somebody important to me for my career, and I need to thank him. He's always been a gentleman. And I had wonderful experiences with him. We won the Davis Cup together, and that brought us together, really. I must say that when he stops playing tennis, I'll still have a few years to go, but I will miss him because he is a friend. We can have dinner together every evening and have conversations together.

So this should be a very beautiful match, whatever happens. One of us will reach the semifinals, and at that stage, I will -- all I could say is I'd like to reach the semifinals with him.


Q. Is it with him you'd like to play the final? Or is it against him you'd like to win?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, it's always a sort of bitter aftertaste when you win against one of your best friends. But to a certain extent, I'd prefer not having to fight him in the quarterfinals, but meet him in the semifinal or in the final. But the positive thing about this is that one of us will reach the semifinal, and we'll have one Spanish player in the semifinal of a Grand Slam tournament, and that's very positive.


Q. We asked Carlos exactly the same question, we asked him if he would meet an opponent or a friend. So what about you?

RAFAEL NADAL: On the court, an opponent. Five minutes before, a friend, and five minutes after, a friend. When you walk on the court, you have a total respect, total confidence for the person, because if there's one person I trust, it's him. But when playing a match, you play a match 100%, not thinking about anything else.


Q. He also said that whether on the court or on the Playstation, he won't give you any point. Because you're friends, he won't be as tense as with other players. He'll be more relaxed because you know each other very well.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, we're at the top of our physical condition, the two of us. We're both be very happy to be in semifinals. And we'll do ten push-ups, and I won't ask him to do his push-ups before he leaves the court (laughing). :lol:

I need to be strong psychologically speaking.

Oh, no, come on, I'm just kidding. That wouldn't be nice.

We've both reached the quarterfinals. We both want to win. And whatever happens, five minutes before the match, five minutes after the match, we'll be friends. And we'll respect each other during the match. Thank God we are in quarterfinals together. And that's already very positive.


Q. You said you'd be very confident and positive. During the last nine days, were there any moments when you didn't feel confident, when you didn't feel very much at ease?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it's always because of this experience I've accumulated over the years. I've been playing for a certain number of years now, and what would be strange would be for me to play at a lower level now. I've reached a good level. My tennis is good, and so far I was playing not to lose, and now I'm playing to win.

You know, when you win your match, you walk out, and you're ready to fight again, to win again. I've played a very good match. And when I walked out, I thought, "Whoa, I was lucky I won."


Q. Since this tournament started, everybody said it's going to be a final --

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, don't mention the name of Federer again. :lol:


Q. No, but do you reckon another player like Cañas could emerge?

RAFAEL NADAL: The question is not is there any other player. There were eight of us, there are eight of us in the quarterfinals, and each of us wants to win the final because each of us wants this. So don't talk about Federer and myself more than the others. Roger and myself have reached the quarterfinals, fair enough. But all the others have as well. So I don't want to think further ahead. I hope I'll be able to play the final against Federer.


Q. But do you think Cañas could be in the final?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, this is my personal opinion. I think Cañas will have to play a very difficult match before he can play Federer. He'll have to play Robredo before he plays Federer. So it's going to be difficult for him. And I don't think it's because Cañas has won twice against Federer that he can win again. But we'll see what happens.

Robredo is at a very good level. Cañas, Davydenko, also. These are players who are very fit at the moment. Like Andreev and Djokovic. You can't say what will happen; anything can happen.


Q. For us coming from America, it's not as easy to be close to you as for our European colleagues. So my question is as follows, we had two left-handed people, Marcello Rios, and Thomas Muster. After you saw them, is there anything you have learned from them? :rolleyes:

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I'd love to be able to answer this question, but I can't remember exactly how they played. I have seen them.

But if I were to answer this question and give you some information, I'd be lying. I remember. I remember some of their games, some of their matches, but I can't remember their style, exactly.


Q. Which is the left-handed player that most inspired you? :rolleyes:

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I always try to play my way. And no matter whether your opponent is left-handed or right handed, what we try and do is copy what we like in other people.


Q. You obviously played a very high level game, but weren't you surprised to see Hewitt not being very strong during the first two sets?

RAFAEL NADAL: That's always the case. In Hamburg, he won me -- he won the two first sets, and here it was just the opposite. Maybe last time I was not playing very well, and he was playing his best level. And here he was not playing his best level, whereas, I was.


Q. But in the third set things were better balanced?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, he started playing very well, and that's quite normal. When you play like Hewitt, you're used to fighting and suffering.

Thank you very much.


http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-06-04/200706041180980156937.html

Hewitt's is up too, he says some good things about our boy.

Q. How do you feel after a match like that? How disappointed, and what's it like playing that guy and all that stuff?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, well he got off to a great start. The ball was flying everywhere out there today, you know, bouncing extremely high. He served really well, served a lot better than he did in Hamburg against me. And yeah, he hit his forehand up the line extremely well, as well, accurate.

And early on, he was sort of in his own. It was hard for me to press or do anything against him. In the end, I just had to try to get some rhythm out of him, and try and make a bit of a match of it in the third set.

But up until then, yeah, he wasn't making too many unforced errors.


Q. The conditions on the court, the weather conditions were bad for you, I mean, I'm talking about the rain, the early morning, and the heavy balls and something like this?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was maybe a little bit heavy, but the ball was bouncing a lot out there. Obviously, the way that he takes a cut off both sides, it was really getting up. Even his second serve out there, it was hard to do anything with. Whereas in Hamburg, it was sort of coming through at a more standard level, I guess, or height to return against him.

Yeah, he just hits the ball so much differently to anyone, really, out there.


Q. What would the differences be exactly?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Just his spin off his forehand. It's quite amazing. Gonzalez has got a big forehand, but Nadal's is different. Yeah, he can really work it over with that forehand. Whereas, Gonzalez is more brute power.


Q. Would you rather have his forehand or Roger's?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, well, it's hard to say. Obviously on all surfaces, you know, Roger's is pretty good. On grass especially, because it goes through a bit more. On clay, there's no doubt Nadal has the best forehand to set up points on this surface.


Q. Any procession towards the finals, we seem to be at a procession towards the final, did you see anything today that makes you think it won't be Nadal winning another title?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. :) I think the conditions here suit him well, here in Paris, probably more so than the court in Hamburg where Roger beat him. It bounces around a lot more out there, which I think helps Nadal a lot more. Yeah, I think the ball was probably in Roger's zone a little bit more, that hitting zone, especially on the backhand side, in Hamburg. Which if Nadal uses it right here, I think he's going to be tough to beat.


Q. Considering that Nadal is the reigning champion here in Paris, was it a surprise to see the way the public kind of supported you and preferred you to him? :(

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, I think they just wanted the match in the end. I think everyone's a big fan of him out there, as well. I think they realize what an effort it is to be going for your third straight French Open.

......

cc2monac
06-04-2007, 06:42 PM
I'm so glad with this win! that's true lleyton didn't play a great in the 2 first set but after he did and so it was great to see rafa is able to keep concentrated, to fight on every point
my dad was realy pleased with his game, it made him laugh that rafa can be on EVERY ball...it's realy great to see him playing that level
hope he'll keep playing like this
vamos rafa!

mallorn
06-04-2007, 06:52 PM
Thanks, l_mac!
So, yeah, I played the best match of the tournament, sure, my best match, I mean.
:lol:
So I'm very happy for him playing semifinals in Hamburg, and right now, he's in quarterfinals. I hope he stops here.
:lol: Me too. It could be complicated though, with Moya knowing him better than anyone and playing relaxed. The last time they played on clay, Charly won the second set 6-2. :unsure: And that match in Miami in 2006… :o
No, no winner of dinners or morning.
:scratch: :lol: :scratch:
Five minutes before, a friend, and five minutes after, a friend.
:yeah:
Yes, don't mention the name of Federer again.
:p

I love how Hewitt can be both confident about himself and gracious to his opponent… something a lot of top players haven't mastered. :rolleyes: Today before the match ES aired his comments about Rafa, and he was just so nice and respectful. And these comments are also so gracious. :yeah:

MariaV
06-04-2007, 07:21 PM
Yeah, very nice comments from Lleyton! :yeah: I've always respected him and it's great to see him back, he's one of the biggest fighters out there! :hatoff: And it was nice to see Rafa respecting him too, just as it should be. :D

Poor baby Rafa seemed so tired at the presser, he couldn't speak decent English today. :lol: But he still smiled his best smile! :)

16681
06-04-2007, 07:33 PM
Yeah, very nice comments from Lleyton! :yeah: I've always respected him and it's great to see him back, he's one of the biggest fighters out there! :hatoff: And it was nice to see Rafa respecting him too, just as it should be. :D

Poor baby Rafa seemed so tired at the presser, he couldn't speak decent English today. :lol: But he still smiled his best smile! :)
We know English isn't Rafa's 1st language so we look over any trouble he has there. I respect him greatly for taking on learning a language with everything else he has to do :hatoff: His smile is worth a thousand words in any language :D I really wish he didn't have to play Moya :sad:
Vamos Rafa ;)

Castafiore
06-04-2007, 07:51 PM
There are two guys whose interviews I always look forward to reading (other than my regular favorites):
Lleyton Hewitt (but he's another favorite of mine) and Andy Roddick --> both these guys usually give good post-match interviews.

mallorn
06-04-2007, 08:40 PM
Oh yes, Andy's interviews are the best on the Tour, hands down. :lol: :yeah:

linus
06-05-2007, 09:22 AM
Rafa :bowdown:

this guy has a wonderful brain on court :aplot:

tangerine_dream
06-05-2007, 02:33 PM
this guy has a wonderful brain on court
I think this is one of the most underrated aspects of Rafa's game. He's a good thinker out there and he adjusts his game so well to his opponents.

mallorn
06-06-2007, 09:21 AM
A preview of today's match.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/ffximage/2007/06/05/nadal6607_wideweb__470x307,0.jpg
Face off … Having beaten Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth round, defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal will take on his childhood idol and fellow Majorcan Carlos Moya in the quarter-final on Wednesday.
Photo: Reuters

Island dreaming

June 6, 2007

PARIS: Outside tennis circles, Majorca has something of a "sex, sand and sangria" image, but the island is now guaranteed a player in the semi-finals of the men's tournament at Roland Garros. And that is much more than two grand slam nations, Britain and the US, can say, their players having lost in the opening round.

In the quarter-finals on Wednesday, Rafael Nadal will take on fellow Majorcan Carlos Moya, a man he looked up to as a child and a player who is as close to the French Open defending champion as anyone in the sport.

It will be fascinating to see whether Moya can keep Nadal on court for longer than Lleyton Hewitt managed in their fourth-round meeting, the young man from the Balearics having dominated the Australian for a victory that took his record at the tournament to an astonishing 18 wins from 18 matches.

So losing is something Nadal has never experienced here, and it would be a huge shock if he were dealt a first French Open defeat by his fellow islander. Still, the match-up does provide yet another reminder of how much Nadal has achieved already in his career. Nadal turned 21 on Sunday, but it would be trite to suggest that he could "come of age" during this French Open fortnight, given that he is attempting to become only the second man in the Open era, after Bjorn Borg, to win three successive titles here.

In tennis terms, Nadal "came of age" two years ago, with that first Coupe des Mousquetaires in his French Open debut.

When Moya won the French Open title, in 1998, Nadal was just 12 and keenly followed the match on television, but the established player soon recognised the aspiring young kid's talent. As Nadal grew up, they would practise together whenever possible.

Moya is from Palma, Majorca's capital, and has since moved to Geneva, while Nadal originates from Manacor, where he still lives with his extended family in a smart building next to the 19th-century, neo-gothic church that dominates the skyline of the island's second-biggest town.

But that master-and-apprentice relationship has since ended, and they have become firm friends, to the point that they seem to have spent most of their time between practice and matches at this tournament competing against each other on a PlayStation tennis game. Both described the way the draw had panned out as "beautiful".

But their friendship will count for nothing in the quarter-final. "Rafa will be an opponent, a rival. On the court, you don't have any friends," said Moya, 30, who won a "Battle of the Oldies" when he defeated Jonas Bjorkman, a 35-year-old Swede. "So Rafa will be a rival. When you are on court, you want to win the match, whatever the manner. And that will be the case when we play here."

Moya argued Nadal's tennis was kick-started by the Davis Cup triumph in 2004, when the two of them were on the Spanish team that defeated the US in the final.

"It is true to say that his career took a new turn after that Davis Cup match," he said. "It was a watershed. I would say that this win awakened the fighting spirit of Rafa, and that's where he started his career, so to speak."

Nadal had recently picked out Hewitt as one of his favourite players, saying that he admired both his game and his mentality. But for much of their encounter the King of Clay made the Australian look like a knave on the surface, a humble and humbled clay-smeared manservant.

Nadal is yet to drop a set all French Open, and played his best tennis of the tournament against Hewitt, so seems to be peaking just when he needs to.

The Telegraph, London

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/tennis/island-dreaming/2007/06/05/1180809522850.html

MariaV
06-06-2007, 09:24 AM
Ania, are you home? :eek: :eek:

I am not. :( :o

mallorn
06-06-2007, 09:30 AM
I'm at home, then I have to go to work for about half an hour at 4 pm (so I'll miss some of Rafa's match, I bet :( ), and then I'll be back again.

So you won't be able to watch live? :(

MariaV
06-06-2007, 09:38 AM
^^ Most probably not. I have to be at work till 5 pm. :(
I'll go out for lunch now though. ;)
And I'll sure watch the match in the evening. VAMOS Rafa! :banana:

Have a nice day, Ania! :wavey:

mallorn
06-06-2007, 09:42 AM
You too! Bon appétit! :D :wavey:

l_mac
06-06-2007, 03:13 PM
Rafa, how could you? A bagel for Charly.

cc2monac
06-06-2007, 03:15 PM
rafa won!!! 6/4 6/3 6/0...I must say I was a lil bit sad for carlos who did play a great match anyway...rafa was just fresher and stronger...congrats rafa!!! good luck for your SM!

cc2monac
06-06-2007, 03:16 PM
Rafa, how could you? A bagel for Charly.

lol...I was thinking the same...I told myself "c'mon rafa! let him a game please!" but it looked like rafa realy wanted this bagel!

tangerine_dream
06-06-2007, 03:22 PM
Seeing Rafa brutalize other players is one thing but for him to do it against his friend and mentor is quite another. Ouchies. :scared:

MariaV
06-06-2007, 04:17 PM
:lol: Awww. :awww: Didn't he feel sorry for Carlos.
Of course I couldn't get home for the match at all bc of some urgent job. :mad: I need to see it later now.

mallorn
06-06-2007, 04:28 PM
Well played Rafa, the first set was iffy, he was too hesitant, but then he really stepped it up and played very well. The backhand worked so well today. :yeah:
Seeing Rafa brutalize other players is one thing but for him to do it against his friend and mentor is quite another. Ouchies. :scared:
Maybe he was sending a message. ;)

16681
06-06-2007, 04:37 PM
Well played Rafa, the first set was iffy, he was too hesitant, but then he really stepped it up and played very well. The backhand worked so well today. :yeah:

Maybe he was sending a message. ;)
Yes Rafa could not "let down" just because he was playing a friend. If he wants another FO Title, he has to play as well as he possibly can--no matter who he is playing :) Vamos Rafa :woohoo:

mallorn
06-06-2007, 05:13 PM
Rafa's interview is up. :D

Transcribed Interview

Q. One thing is at 5-3 in the first set, I remember that at a moment Carlos hit a great wide forehand, killer, stroking, high forehand. Two points later you did exactly the same replica, like it was like almost identical, identical shot from high forehand from baseline. It was like almost photocopy. And which made me think, as a technical thing, like, can we say that it is a fact that maybe you worked together, or looked at each other's game, or you watching his game can make it so resemblant. And the second thing is, he tried to take many of his balls on his forehand, and you, instead of hitting the backhand, he hit forehands. And he opened the forehand court wide to you, and did you work --

THE MODERATOR: Okay, let him answer, let him answer.

RAFAEL NADAL: I answer the first one?

Q. Yes.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, when, it is true we practice together. But that doesn't matter, not the same like another match, no. Not special. If he have one winner, I don't -- after two points, I have the same winner. But it's not --

Q. Stylewise.

RAFAEL NADAL: Style? But the style, he has his style. I have my style. No, it's ten years difference. We wasn't practicing in the same school, so it's not -- the style, I am left; he is right. It's not comparable in my opinion, no. So he has his game; I have my game. Nothing. The game is totally different. Whatever. We're friends, but the game is not the same.

Q. How amazing is it that in three years of playing here, you haven't lost one match? How amazing do you think that is?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, happy for making semifinals for the third time. So good. Yes, very happy about my game, especially after the first set. It was important for me, because I am playing so much better, especially after the first three rounds. And I am in semifinals, that is very good result for me. And yes, I am. Now I am close to the finals, so I play my best against Djokovic. It is a very, very tough match.

Q. Third set blowout, not a very good way to treat a friend, huh?

RAFAEL NADAL: What? Can you repeat?

Q. Not a very nice way to treat a friend as you call Moya.

RAFAEL NADAL: Not very nice? No, yes, no. :lol: I was speaking a little bit in the locker room after, but nothing about the match. So, well, the match was better for me, like than for him, that's for sure.

And I was just trying my best, no? We maybe begin the match with some shots each other. But after that, I played a little bit better, and he had some mistakes with the backhand, so that's easier for me later, no?

Anyway, he played a very good tournament. And I'm very happy for him, because he's coming back in the top positions, and he's coming back to his best level, no? So, semifinals in Hamburg, quarterfinals here, that's very good results.

Q. Can you compare your form now to this time last year when you go into the semifinals? Do you feel better?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it's difficult have the comparisons always, because it's another year, different situation. So not only have to compare it, I can say I'm playing better this year than last year. But not -- not here. In all tournaments, no, I improved a little bit my game, and I'm very happy for that.

Now I'm feeling better on court, more comfortable. And I am here in semifinals. But two days ago and today I play good matches. And I feel better, because I feel I can play little bit different. I can play a little bit more aggressive. I can play some defenses sometimes, but I can attack, too. So that's a little bit advantage, than in preparation last year, huh?

Q. Big picture. How important is it to you to have another great player on the tour like Roger? Would you prefer that he is here so you can find out how good you are as a player? Or would you prefer that he didn't exist so you could dominate tennis much the way he was before you came along?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, the second option better (laughing). :lol: But you never know, if Roger's not here, another one. No, well, for me, always it's nice, and always it's a special motivation to have another one better than you, no? It's nice go on court every day and practice, and, you know, you can play so much better than much better than what I am doing.

So, and that's the thing, Roger can do that. You know, he can play so much better than the rest. So that's always very nice, because if you watch his game, and after you go to practice, you can think more about the game, no? If you are No. 1, and you don't feel no one better than you, always, my opinion, have a good mentally for that, and always I want to improve, but it's easier if you have a model.

Q. Next match you are playing Djokovic, if I'm not mistaken. What can you tell us about his game, and what tactic are you going to use against him? You already played with him in Miami, and I believe that he won.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, in Indian Wells and Miami and Rome. Yeah, so, yes, he is playing very, very good game, very good tennis, and he's the No. 3 in the world in the race position this year, no? So he's doing very well.

And, well, very young, and he improve a lot this year. He has unbelievable potential. I know I going to have a very tough match in the semifinals. But the tactic is always the same: Play good. That's the better tactic, then you can win, you know.

Q. Aggressive, I imagine?

RAFAEL NADAL: Play good. If you play good defending, if you play good aggressive, play good. You play good, I can lose, but I'm going to have my chances.

Q. That is what he said he's going to use against you, to be aggressive as much as he can.

RAFAEL NADAL: Nice (laughing). I'm going to prepare tomorrow (laughing). :lol:

Q. Do you see him as being able to challenge you and Roger at the top, for there to be three of you, rather than two of you, and then everyone else?

RAFAEL NADAL: Roger, me and Djokovic?

Q. At the moment there's Roger, you and everyone else. In the future could there be a future of Novak?

RAFAEL NADAL: In the future, no. Right now, it's not just Djokovic, no? But sure in the moment this year, me, Roger, and Djokovic, we have little bit different of, if I am thinking, about the points, like those ones. If you look a little bit in the race, maybe we have so much different about the others.

But it's not three, no. If Roddick, one, going to come the grass; after, the Har Tru, it's going to improve a lot, for sure. Davydenko is doing very well. And Murray, he have really the lag, he have a lag because of the injury. But he was doing very well before the injury. So when he comes back, he's going to be another time in the best positions. Always, it's not easy to come back after one injury. But he has unbelievable talent, too, no?

And more players. Not just our three.

Q. I know you just had a birthday. I'm wondering, as a two-time champion, do you still feel young when you play here?

RAFAEL NADAL: Why not, no? I have turned 21 right now, so, yes. And now you think Djokovic is the new one, and me not the new one, so just one year less than me, no? So I have a lot of years here, left playing Roland Garros. It's just the third year, no?

I have maybe this one is the fourth or five year, fifth year in the tour? I don't know. Fifth? Yeah. 21, I'm five years, unbelievable. Very old. :haha: On the tour, very old. But the age is not.

Q. Also, I wondered if you could tell us what you think was going on back home during the match? Do you think people were torn? Their hearts were maybe divided a little bit, seeing you play Carlos? If they were maybe quiet watching? What do you think?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know, no. I really don't know. Carlos is a very nice person, and the people loves him, no? And, well, I don't know about me. I can't say nothing about me, but just someone wants to beat Carlos, someone's me, I think. I don't know, 10%. I don't know the percentage.

Q. I think you're a little bit tired and not so strong at the end of Hamburg. How long did it take you after Hamburg to feel better, more strong, and not so tired? And how do you feel now?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, look my style. If you look, I was here on Tuesday? Thursday? Yeah, Thursday. I just have three days at home, two, because one of these days I have a TV spot in Barcelona and one presentation with Nike. And I have Monday -- no, Monday, no, Tuesday, and Wednesday for be off at home. But nothing else.

I am very happy for that now. Always is important. It's not much time, but two days out of everything, tennis, that's important for refresh the mind. And I am tired. Not right now. I was tired in Hamburg, because every day the concentration, five weeks in a row. So it's not easy every day thinking about the match, doing everything, thinking about the match. So it's not easy, no.

But well, after that tournament, after this tournament, I'm going to change the place. That's important, too. Because you're fresh a little bit. You have to improve another surface. And I am not tired about playing on clay, but when you change the surface, always it's a little bit different. You change a lot of the things, and you think about your game on that surface, and that can help that for tired, no?

Q. Do you think that this tournament is looking very much like the 2006 tournament with you and Federer playing high, and Djokovic and Davydenko forcing the situation? And do you think that you are as confident against Federer if you get to the final both after your last loss on clay?

RAFAEL NADAL: I see the tournament, and I see the tournament -- four play in the semifinals and four have chances for the end title, no? I don't think about Roger, and I don't think about if I have chances against Roger to the final, no? I know Roger is the best in the world, and Roger beat me last time, so my opinion, he's the favorite for the tournament. [I knew it! :haha: ] But right now we are four in the draw.

Q. Why do you think you're so superstitious?

RAFAEL NADAL: No. Can you repeat the question? You can change, because I'm not very superstitious. Why? I put the bottles? And I always say that little bit the ass is not superstitious. There's problems with that (laughing), little bit bigger than usual. :rolls: :haha:

But, no, yes, the socks is not superstitious. When I am playing, after this style of shorts, not more large shorts, :awww: it's going to be easier. I'm going to finish about the socks.

What? Nothing else, I think. What do you think? What more? Nothing else, huh?

The lines? The lines? No, the lines. Just on clay, because I like the white line (laughing). :p

Q. You don't think you're superstitious?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, really, no. No, little bit. I am repeating a lot of things. But no, no, no. If Moya go on my place and put the bottles outside, I can continue in playing the match with the same -- with the same chances, I know that. The bottles not going to give me a power for win, not one point, I know. I am not stupid about that. :haha:

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish.

Q. This was a match against Carlos that you played at the same level as the final.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it's always different from what a standard match is. But it was just a quarterfinal. And that's it. When I go on and play a match, I think I'm playing my place in semifinal. And this is all I wanted to think about. I didn't want to have more pressure on me. And the idea was to play my quarterfinal and reach the semifinal.

Q. Were you happy?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I started with some doubts. Some people made comments on both of us, and it's true that we both speculated on how the other one would play. But then I was very happy I could win the first set. And then the match was totally different. At 1-Love in the second set, that was very important. Then I served two aces, and this is when I think the match was totally for me. I started being confident.

He started making mistakes with his backhand. I created the momentum of the match, and I took points at decisive moments of the match. I knew I should not base my game just on his backhand, because I knew that he would warm up and start hitting burning shots. I knew I had to be careful about his backhand.

Q. You both said at the beginning of the match, that you were opponents on the court. But wasn't it difficult to defeat him 6-Love in the third set?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, not at all. It's not painful, not for him, not for me. That's part of the game. Probably hurt him a bit to lose 6-Love in the third set, but I think what was most painful was losing his quarterfinal in Roland Garros.

And for me, I was just as happy as if I had won against anybody else, because I'm reaching the semifinals. And reality, well, if I had lost, I'd be sad, as if I would have been sad losing against anybody else. But, for sure, this is the player I didn't want to lose to.

Q. What about your semifinal against Djokovic, whom you know well, and who is rising at the moment?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I see him as a great player, as you do. He's a great player. He has great confidence. I see him as a winner because he wins many matches in difficult situations, like this year. And his potential is huge. He has a great serve, which is a great advantage, and he is young, which is also a great asset. He is a potential future No. 1.

Q. Federer-Nadal, Nadal-Federer, that's kind of a tradition. Do you reckon that Djokovic-Nadal could become a traditional match in tennis?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I can't answer this question. All matches at this level are good matches, especially when you have the top players playing each other. And Djokovic is one of the top players at the moment. I'm No. 2, and for him, I think he is 5th, 6th in the world, so it's going to be a very good match.

Q. Given what we expected, you are very good friends, Carlos Moya and you. Do you think it was difficult for him to lose like this, because you always try and play your best level against a friend?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, we are very good friends, so we don't want to lie to each other. We both know that we're playing a very important tournament for both of us, so playing a very long and difficult match. Had we played this type of match, we would have been very tired. This is a kind of match you need to play in a final. But here, you know, when you play 6-3, 6-4, 6-0, that was a straight victory. I realize it was probably a bit painful to him, but I didn't want to overdue it on the court, and hugging him on the court. :yeah:

We know each other, we have great confidence in each other, and we know that well. We're just the same on the court. We're opponents and we're both fighting for the same title.

Q. Could you come closer to the mic, because we need to record what you're saying.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, yes, I know. It's always the same thing. And when you broadcast it, I feel as if I have my head bent, and you don't give me the mic. So I don't know where to sit, so I'm sitting back, and it's terrible. So you'll need to provide me with a special rotating armchair. :lol:

Q. Third semifinal in a row. 2003, we had Argentineans in the semifinal. But it is the first time since 2003 that we have nobody from Argentina. Do you have an explanation for that?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know, an explanation? No, I have no specific explanation. You know, there are ups and downs in tennis. So we had Cañas in quarterfinal, Monaco. I don't think that Argentinians are going through a particularly difficult time. Gaudio played Hewitt, and you know, some tournaments, things turn out right. On others, they don't turn out that right. And sometimes you reach the semifinals.

Q. Two things: How would you compare this game to the one you played against Hewitt, and what you were talking about when you answered questions in English, when you felt tired after Hamburg, and how you freshened up your tennis after Hamburg?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you probably didn't understand my answer in English, so that probably why you ask me this question again (laughing). So what was your first question?

Q. Do you think you've played better tennis than when you played against Hewitt?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no. Carlos is somebody I know very well, so we know what to expect from each other. And it's true that I played very good tennis today.

And your second question, I have no specific answer. I was a bit tired in Hamburg, mentally speaking. I had been playing competitions at a very high level for five weeks in a row. And, you know, you have a very tight schedule when you play these tournaments. And when you've played five weeks in a row Hamburg, Rome, then I played Federer. I played Federer on Thursday -- on Wednesday. It was on Wednesday. Then on Monday, I had a commercial. I had to shoot a commercial in Barcelona, and I had no time to rest. And well, you have to pay the bill at one stage, you know.

I won't try and say this is an excuse to my defeats against Federer. Federer was playing very well. But it's true I was a bit tired in Hamburg.

And, well, I said, that changing surface can sometimes help. So from here, I'll go directly to play Queens. But the worst-case scenario would be for me to lose the semifinal on Friday, then go straight to London and play Queens.

You know, it's a good thing to change surface. It's good to play on grass. You have to change your game. And it's a tournament I usually play with a very small pressure, because everybody knows it's very difficult to adapt your game in two days. So you play, you're far more relaxed when you play. And all you know is that you need to give your best and to hit your strokes as fast as possible, so you have very little pressure. And you get all your daily routine back. And all you need to do is adapt your game. I quite enjoyed this change. I like practicing on grass. It's a totally different feeling. Mentally speaking, it's good as well. It helps me not to be tired, mentally tired all the time.

You understood me? Did I explain it well in Spanish now? Okay (laughing). [Cheeky! :lol:]

Q. Talking about the match today, the only difference we saw was against Carlos Moya. You did not show your joy and happiness after you won points on the court.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, maybe, you know, when I'm playing somebody from Spain, I don't like celebrating that much, unless the match becomes very difficult, and then I can't control myself that much.

But, you know, this match, there was -- in this match there was no reason for me to celebrate that much, apart from the first set when things were a bit more tense. But the two other sets, I just played the match. I was just playing and I had my great friend in front of me, and I was winning. So it wouldn't have been nice for me to celebrate each time I won a point. And that was it.

Q. We saw that Antonio Banderas was watching the game. I don't know if you realized that, but you know that Moya played in a film with Santiago Segura, so probably you could try to get in touch with Antonio.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I started thinking about it. He came to see me in the locker room. :D No, it's true. I couldn't see him in the crowd. But when I saw him in the locker room, I was quite happy just seeing him coming to congratulate us both. He is a very nice person, and I'm very happy I met him.

Q. That's your third Roland Garros tournament, and it's the end of your second week. Do you have a feeling that this is something that you know already, or do you still experience special feelings?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no. Three years in a row, of course you have different sensations and feelings each time. And the experience, having been through that already, is helpful.

Q. Carlos Moya explained that one of the key factors to his defeat was the wind, when he was playing against the wind, it was difficult to hit the return, and vice versa. So wind was apparently a key factor to him. So was there any bet between you concerning the match? And if 6-0 was the result of a bet you had between you and him?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I don't think the wind was a key factor. Of course there was wind, and that was a bit of a problem to him. But it was also a bit of a problem to me, because the ball bounces very high, and it was very windy. And it's often the case.

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-06-06/200706061181149619890.html

l_mac
06-06-2007, 06:00 PM
http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/mtf/images/smilies/haha.gif

Okay, that presser is an absolute peach - if I ever need reminding why I'm such a Rafa-fangirl I'll just re-read that. :rolls:

He's adorable.

Typical of the RG site to put the most boring part of the presser in the little video :(

mallorn
06-06-2007, 06:04 PM
^^ This RG has produced three gems so far, and I'm not even talking about the tennis. :p The La Bamba video, the interview with Raf when he was twelve, and this presser are simply priceless. :lol:

And yes, too bad they only uploaded the beginning. I would pay to see the whole thing. :lol:

l_mac
06-06-2007, 06:19 PM
OMG, I can't cope with the 12 y/o Rafa interview. It makes me feel icky :lol:

MariaV
06-06-2007, 06:20 PM
Oh, the La Bamba is just the best ......EVAHHHHHHH!!!! :haha: :haha: :haha:

And you smilied the presser too, Ania! :yeah: Looong pressers today. :lol:
The presser's video is stopping for me all the time. :(

Antonio Banderas at the match! :eek: And in the locker! :worship: :bowdown:
Oooh, I'm gonna watch the match carefully then. :D :lol:

I would've liked Igor in the semis but alas! :o :( I am NOT gonna say a word. :tape:

mallorn
06-06-2007, 06:58 PM
l_mac, how can little Rafa make you icky, he was a sweetie. :lol:


Oh, and I've just found a fourth gem, no need to watch the match so carefully after all, Masha. :lol:

http://upload8.postimage.org/706695/banderass.jpg (http://upload8.postimage.org/706695/photo_hosting.html)http://upload8.postimage.org/706739/banderass1.jpg (http://upload8.postimage.org/706739/photo_hosting.html)http://upload8.postimage.org/706765/banderass3.jpg (http://upload8.postimage.org/706765/photo_hosting.html)

MariaV
06-06-2007, 07:36 PM
Aniaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown:

Did I tell you I have a company 'picnic' on Friday that I simply cannot miss? :help: :help: :rolleyes: Jelena will sms me the score. I am not sure when I can see the semifinal match. :help:
I'm back to our lovely Mallorcan boys now. :angel:

cmurray
06-06-2007, 08:16 PM
Good God, that body. :worship: He is absolute art.

Morrissey
06-06-2007, 09:24 PM
l_mac, how can little Rafa make you icky, he was a sweetie. :lol:


Oh, and I've just found a fourth gem, no need to watch the match so carefully after all, Masha. :lol:

http://upload8.postimage.org/706695/banderass.jpg (http://upload8.postimage.org/706695/photo_hosting.html)http://upload8.postimage.org/706739/banderass1.jpg (http://upload8.postimage.org/706739/photo_hosting.html)http://upload8.postimage.org/706765/banderass3.jpg (http://upload8.postimage.org/706765/photo_hosting.html)

Nice pics, Rafa is stepping it up and if he continues this he will win this RG. Hey, I noticed you have the Polish flag above your avatar. My wife is Polish, she´s from Bedzin near Katowice. What part of Poland are you from?

Johnny Groove
06-07-2007, 03:15 AM
Can one of your girls point me in the direction of the 12 yr old interview? I saw the La bamba thing, and im curious as to the 12 yr old interview :awww:

tangerine_dream
06-07-2007, 04:19 AM
Antonio talking to topless Rafa in the lockerroom :hearts: :bowdown: I love seeing celebs at tennis matches, they are good promotion for the sport. :unsure:

Castafiore
06-07-2007, 06:37 AM
Can one of your girls point me in the direction of the 12 yr old interview? I saw the La bamba thing, and im curious as to the 12 yr old interview :awww:


http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5440321&postcount=483

mallorn
06-07-2007, 08:30 AM
Nice pics, Rafa is stepping it up and if he continues this he will win this RG. Hey, I noticed you have the Polish flag above your avatar. My wife is Polish, she´s from Bedzin near Katowice. What part of Poland are you from?
I'm also from the south. ;)

A very nice article - as always - by Bonnie DeSimone. :yeah:
Nadal venturing into new waters

DeSimone

By Bonnie DeSimone
Special to ESPN,com

Updated: June 6, 2007, 9:25 PM ET

PARIS -- Rafael Nadal is a Web-page-hits leader no matter what he does, but there's a particularly charming video of him currently circulating on the Internet, pulled from a French Open pre- and post-broadcast show. In it, a loose-limbed Nadal dances and belts out "La Bamba,'' grinning and goofing like the unselfconscious ham he is.

Yo no soy marinaro, soy capitan, soy capitan, soy capitan, Nadal sings.

Translation: "I'm not a sailor, I'm a captain." No one who has ventured into his territorial waters here would argue.

They say all young people feel immortal; that's why they take chances. How amazing it must feel to be bulletproof and non-risk-averse on the clay of Roland Garros, where even the best players endure their share of bad bounces.

Nadal is 19-0 at the French Open in the latest of his assorted streaks. He has yet to lose a set at this year's edition. Zooming out on his clay-court season, the Spaniard has played 25 matches on the surface and dropped four (4) sets total, two of them to Roger Federer in the Hamburg defeat that ended Nadal's 81-match march to the sea.

"I think there are just a few players who can not just beat him, but even get a set from him,'' said Carlos Moya, the latest opponent to be sunk by Battleship Rafa, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 in Wednesday's quarterfinal.

"If he is relaxed for a couple of games, maybe he loses his serve, so that's the only chance,'' Moya said. "But if he's playing focused the whole match and solid the way he did after the first eight games, I don't see many players who can get a set off him.''

The Nadal-Moya match, pitting two Mallorca homeboys 10 years apart in age, provided a ready-made picture frame for storytelling. L'Equipe, the French sports daily newspaper, filled that frame Wednesday with a 1999 photograph of Moya presenting Nadal with a junior trophy.

Moya was then in his early 20s, with what was to be his only Grand Slam victory tucked under his belt. He has the backlit air of a celebrity in the photo, moussed curls tumbling to his shoulders, wearing a blazer and dress shoes. Next to him, the 13-year-old Nadal sports a warm-up jacket, a bowl haircut, a winsome expression and a hint of the muscular build to come in his sturdy legs.

Neither man particularly wanted to explore the psychodynamics of their meeting, taking the standard "we're friends before and after the match and competitors on the court" line. But it's interesting to reflect that Moya, in that ancient photo, was older than Nadal is now.

Nadal, so long the youthful force in the men's game, just celebrated his 21st birthday on June 3. Yet at Roland Garros, he's a two-time champion and thus an elder statesman of sorts.

"And now you think [Novak] Djokovic is the new one, and me not the new one, so just one year less than me, no?'' Nadal said after the match, waggling his eyebrows endearingly as he referred to his next opponent. "So I have a lot of years here, left playing Roland Garros, it's just the third year, no?''

Nadal then frowned briefly, doing some math in his head. He turned to some of the Spanish speakers in the room for a fact-check. "Maybe this one is the fourth or five year, fifth year in the [men's] tour?" he inquired. "I don't know. Fifth? Yeah. Twenty-one, I'm five years, unbelievable. On the tour, very old. But the age is not.''

He has made age irrelevant. Unbelievable. But then, so did the 30-year-old Moya this week, by counterpunching his way back to the quarterfinals in Paris for the first time in three years. The 1998 French Open champion has had a couple of desultory, injury-marred seasons since he helped lead Spain to a Davis Cup title over the United States in 2004.

"I always believed that I had a lot of tennis inside of me that didn't come out yet,'' Moya said. "My goal was to be top 20 by the end of the year. I think it's something that can happen, if I'm playing this way.'' He's not far off, at No. 26.

The tennis inside Nadal is on display for all to see right now, and his mastery between the lines on red clay has spilled out into his people-pleasing, off-court demeanor as well. He's not much of a singer, in truth, but he hits the right notes in just about every other way, especially when it comes to the endless questions about that Other Guy he's expected to play in the final.

A reporter asked Nadal whether his world is better with Federer around, or whether it might be more fun if he didn't exist.

"Well, the second option better,'' Nadal said, smiling mischievously. "But you never know, if Roger's not here, another one … it's always a special motivation to have another one better than you.

"Always, I want to improve, but it's easier if you have a model.''

It takes a lot of power and discipline to carry off the tightrope dance Nadal is doing in this game, barely into adulthood and already pigeonholed as the best No. 2 who might not become No. 1 in history. As the lyrics to "La Bamba'' say, se necesita una poca de gracia. It also takes a little grace. Nadal has that going for him too.

Bonnie DeSimone is a freelancer who is covering the French Open for ESPN.com.

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/french07/columns/story?columnist=desimone_bonnie&id=2895334

l_mac
06-07-2007, 08:36 PM
Great article.

I've been reading conflicting weather reports for tomorrow. Stay away rain, please.

Morrissey
06-08-2007, 04:57 AM
Well we're getting close to the moment of truth. The final is on Sunday, Mr.Choksondik is left before the final. I personally think Rafa will win in 3 sets. I don't think Joker has enough to beat Rafa on clay. It will be intertesting to see how Davydenko plays Fed tomorrow. After the way he beat Nalbandian and Canas I was more than impressed. I have to believe that he can take Fed to 5 sets maybe even get into a serious dogfight. If that happens and Nadal smokes Choksondik after that I really hope Nadal kills Fed on Sunday. I hope Fed never wins the French. :devil: But mostly I want Rafa to have that 3rd Grand Slam title to his name. Just beating Fed is a bonus. :) But looking at the weather forcast for Sunday it's supposed to be 83 degrees (28°C)and sunny. Perfect weather for Nadal's game and the absolute opposite of Hamburg. This is title that Rafa will not let slip through his hands. Fed, you can win Hamburg 20 times but we'll always have Paris. :D

FedFan_2007
06-08-2007, 06:03 AM
Well we're getting close to the moment of truth. The final is on Sunday, Mr.Choksondik is left before the final. I personally think Rafa will win in 3 sets. I don't think Joker has enough to beat Rafa on clay. It will be intertesting to see how Davydenko plays Fed tomorrow. After the way he beat Nalbandian and Canas I was more than impressed. I have to believe that he can take Fed to 5 sets maybe even get into a serious dogfight. If that happens and Nadal smokes Choksondik after that I really hope Nadal kills Fed on Sunday. I hope Fed never wins the French. :devil: But mostly I want Rafa to have that 3rd Grand Slam title to his name. Just beating Fed is a bonus. :) But looking at the weather forcast for Sunday it's supposed to be 83 degrees (28°C)and sunny. Perfect weather for Nadal's game and the absolute opposite of Hamburg. This is title that Rafa will not let slip through his hands. Fed, you can win Hamburg 20 times but we'll always have Paris. :D

Why do you hope Fed never wins the French? Afraid that just 1 measly French title gives Fed the GOAT? :rolleyes:

Morrissey
06-08-2007, 06:38 AM
Why do you hope Fed never wins the French? Afraid that just 1 measly French title gives Fed the GOAT? :rolleyes:


Did you get lost in here? Go back to your Fed forum. This is Nadal fan page, you don't like my words? Don't come in here to read our comments if they bother you. If you want to read things you like just go back to your favorite player's page and post happily in there. Personally, I don't care where he stands, I just don't like him. He's boring and a phony. If you don't like that too bad. I don't go in your Fed page and bother you.

l_mac
06-08-2007, 05:25 PM
Unbelievable performance from Rafa today.

OUTSTANDING.

cc2monac
06-08-2007, 05:27 PM
congrats rafa!!!! it was a great match! i'm so proud and happy for him!!! I hope he'll do it in the final for the 3rd time!
vamos rafa! we are all with you!!!

mallorn
06-08-2007, 05:32 PM
Very, very well-played by Rafa, he just steamrolled Nole. :yeah: Some amazing shots, especially in the third set.

I'm still worried about his lapses of concentration. I mean, when was the last time he had a *5-2, 30-0 lead and let the opponent right back with silly mistakes? :smash: Not good.

Tnn74
06-08-2007, 05:36 PM
Yes, he CAN NOT afford to let Federer back into the match when he is up BY ANY MEANS!
:rocker: But Go Rafa! go for the 3-peat and take another bite out of that Trophy! :worship:

16681
06-08-2007, 05:36 PM
Very, very well-played by Rafa, he just steamrolled Nole. :yeah: Some amazing shots, especially in the third set.

I'm still worried about his lapses of concentration. I mean, when was the last time he had a *5-2, 30-0 lead and let the opponent right back with silly mistakes? :smash: Not good.
I don't think Rafa will have any lapses of concentration against Federer in the Final. Especially since Federer defeated him in Hamburg. It's pay back time now. Vamos Rafa :woohoo:

l_mac
06-08-2007, 05:38 PM
Very, very well-played by Rafa, he just steamrolled Nole. :yeah: Some amazing shots, especially in the third set.

I'm still worried about his lapses of concentration. I mean, when was the last time he had a *5-2, 30-0 lead and let the opponent right back with silly mistakes? :smash: Not good.


He's had some troubles serving out sets this year. Worriesome.

But still outstandingoutstandingoutstanding today Rafa!! Djokovic said after the match that Rafa's strength was what made him win today - whatever, Nole! You were whipped.

Tnn74
06-08-2007, 05:51 PM
He's had some troubles serving out sets this year. Worriesome.

But still outstandingoutstandingoutstanding today Rafa!! Djokovic said after the match that Rafa's strength was what made him win today - whatever, Nole! You were whipped.

yes, he was also the same Nole who felt he had the match under "control" last year :haha:

mallorn
06-08-2007, 05:57 PM
Here's a truly shocking statistic: Rafa spent 803 minutes on court, Roger 755 minutes. :eek: :eek: :eek: That's just 48 minutes longer, I think last year Rafa spent like hours longer on court than Roger before the final. He's been so much more efficient this year! :yeah:


[Damn this super slow internet connection! :mad:]

Björki
06-08-2007, 06:44 PM
vamos Rafa :rocker2:

Good luck on Sunday :bounce:

l_mac
06-08-2007, 07:26 PM
Snappy presser from Rafa:

Q. How did you plan the match beforehand? Did everything go as you planned? Or during the match, did you encounter anything from Djokovic in those big rallies or in the tactic that you had not foreseen? Did everything go as planned for you?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, nothing special, no. I don't have any special plan. I just try to go on court and play my best tennis. I think about me always, no? It's so difficult to think about me, can you imagine if I think about the others every match, no? So just tried to play my best tennis. For sure, try to move Djokovic open to his forehand for after and his backhand.

So very happy with my game today, no? Played very, very good match. I start very, very well. And after with the 5-2, 30-0, I lost the big chance. And after this in the 5-4, another big chance. But well, important thing is in the 5-5, I be very concentrate another time and be very focused in this game. I have little bit goal like there, because after 5-2, it's not easy have another break, but I can do. After and it's 5-5, I finished the set playing well.

Just, these three games, I can't say anything bad about my game, no? Because for the rest, I played very complete match. Touching very good the ball, especially with the forehand, the backhand, too. So very happy with my game today.


Q. How do you feel about playing Roger in the final, and I don't know, are you looking forward to it or are you dreading it?

RAFAEL NADAL: What do you think? The same like always, no? I mean, always get the same question. But well, I understand perfect. You have to do this question.

No, just, I feel -- I feel very happy right now because I play the final, so that's the most important thing for me. Later, I know I played against the best of the world, and sure, it's going to be a very nice match, interesting match, final of a Grand Slam against one of the best of the history, so...

He beat me the last time in Hamburg, but for that reason, maybe, he's the favorite.


Q. Do you feel you're playing better now than you were this time last year?

RAFAEL NADAL: I answered this question last days, no? I played -- this clay season, anything can happen on Sunday, no? But anyway, I played my best, my best clay season in my career, no? For the points, yep, maybe if I lose tomorrow, I defend every point more, 50 more, maybe? 50 more I play the final of Hamburg.

But the level of my tennis was the best year. That's my opinion.


Q. You're, of the moment, standing between Roger Federer and the greatest achievement in tennis, maybe even in any sport. I know that's not your problem, but have you thought about that? What are your thoughts on that?

RAFAEL NADAL: Sorry, I don't understand.


Q. What Roger Federer could achieve in winning all four Grand Slams. You're the man who has to stop him?

RAFAEL NADAL: Oh, okay.


Q. What are your thoughts?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. Just for me, that's, well, it's nice right now be with one of the tops of the history in tennis. But for me right now, just think about me, no? Just think about clay, very good third final of Roland Garros. And be very focused with play my best tennis. Just like this, I'm going to have chances, no? I know if I am playing my best tennis, it's going to be very, very -- I don't know if impossible, but very, very difficult. If he's playing well, and he's coming with confidence, so I'm going to try my best.


Q. You hit lots of fantastic shots today. But when you play a match like that, do you think after, one or two shots that gave you a lot of pleasure or maybe surprised you, made you happy? Certain shots in the match that you thought were amazing even for yourself?

RAFAEL NADAL: I played some nice shots today, no? I'm happy about my game. When I am playing well, normally, I run a lot, and I have some nice passing shots. So, well, I can't say nothing bad about the match, just the 5-2, 30-Love. For the rest, very happy. Very happy about my every shot.


Q. You have a very strong personality on the court, partly because of the clothes you wear. Is there any plan at some time soon to change from the longer pants to regular short pants?

RAFAEL NADAL: You never know. But I don't want to play with the same shorts, the same pants for the rest of my career, no? Any day, I'm going to change, so I don't know yet.


Q. This year, maybe?

RAFAEL NADAL: I really don't know about -- but last year I changed. You remember? You remember last year I changed after this tournament. I played with another one for the rest of the season. And this year I come back with the large ones.

But after that I played with one, like basketball, little bit strange (laughter). Well, I prefer these ones. They're very comfortable, these ones.


Q. How much difference?

RAFAEL NADAL: 17 centimeters and a half (laughing). I don't know.


Q. When Pete Sampras would play Andre, when he found that he would wake up much earlier in the morning and wake up and say, I'm playing Andre today. It was a different day for him when he played Andre. Great rivalry. You, of course, have a great rivalry with Roger. Does it feel different when you know you're going to play him than playing any other match? Are you more nervous? Are you more excited? Is it more fun? What's it like going into a match and getting ready to play your great rival?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, always, it's tough when you go on bed the night before, yes, when you go in bed. And, it's difficult to sleep, no, but, because I am playing the final of Roland Garros. It's going to be difficult to sleep, anyway, if I am playing against Roger or other ones. Every day happens the same because you think about everything.

But, it is important when it is the morning, stop the phones. Because if you wake up soon, then your provisions, it's difficult after for sleep for another time, no?

So just try to be with calm. It is the third final, that's help a little bit, because you have a little bit experience for the final in Grand Slam. So, I know it's going to be a very, very tough match with me, no? But try to be calm and try to play my best tennis. After that, if I lose, congratulations to Roger.


Q. Sorry to come back with the shorts again. But why those tight shorts? Can you give a little bit more of an input, why the tight shorts?

RAFAEL NADAL: Why the large? I don't know, no. I feel comfortable like this. It's different look and all, but I feel very good like this. For me, it's no --


Q. There's no reason?

RAFAEL NADAL: No reason. I don't know. I really don't know.


Q. You've been saying throughout the whole week, Roger Federer is the best player in the world; okay. On every surface he is. But we tend to think, the media, that on clay you are, the best player. I don't think I'd be wrong to say that. Is that a way, is that a tactic to take a little bit of the pressure off for you?

RAFAEL NADAL: Little bit?


Q. To take the pressure away, when you say Roger is the favorite.

RAFAEL NADAL: The pressure is not away, if you say something, if you say if he is the favorite. Because when I go on court, I don't going to think if I say, Here, Roger is the favorite.

So I want to be -- I want to play very good final. I want to try to win this final. And I know he's better player than me, because the numbers and everything say that. He beat me in Hamburg the last time on clay. And he's playing very good clay season, too - final here, final in Monte Carlo, champion in Hamburg.

So, well, I played very good clay season, too. I don't know that the points, this year I have more points than him, on clay, anyway. If he beat me on Sunday, no -- but, well, you know, Federer is unbelievable player, so for that reason, he is the favorite.


Q. Don't you feel that the best-of-five-sets match here is to your advantage as opposed to the best-of-three-sets that you played in Hamburg, that you've not ever lost a five-set match?

RAFAEL NADAL: I'm going to say you be after the match. I don't know.


Q. You said that Roger is the best in the world. But do you feel that here you are the best? This is your place, that you are the No. 1 in the world on clay here?

RAFAEL NADAL: I won the last two years, but he played semifinals and final. So it's not a bad results, too, no?


Q. But you still won?

RAFAEL NADAL: What?


Q. But you won?

RAFAEL NADAL: I won? Won, what is this?


Q. You won the last two times?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, yeah.


Q. So here you're at least better than him, right?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, yeah, and I was 51 matches without lose before the final of Hamburg. So, everything is the same. Anyway, anything can happen in the final. I just try to be with calm with me. Try to play very good match. And, this is -- well, say he's the favorite, I'm the favorite. Well, that doesn't matter in there, no?

So I think the favorite always is the same. The favorite is the guy who play better on Sunday. And after, when the guy's coming here with the trophy, that's the favorite, no?

But they think he's the No. 1, and maybe for that reason, maybe he's always the favorite, before the match.


Q. If Roger plays the same way that he did in Hamburg, and plays it as well as he did in Hamburg, can it be as effective here in Paris as it was there?

RAFAEL NADAL: For sure. He play very, very good final in Hamburg. No, I don't play a bad final. I had my chances in the first set and the beginning of the second to get points. After that, he play -- he play good. He played very good tennis, and very aggressive tennis, and, well, it was tough on me.

But I really don't know. So, I don't know. Anything can happen on Sunday. I don't know.


Q. Have you felt him getting better and better and better each time you've played him, leading into Hamburg?

RAFAEL NADAL: Who?


Q. Roger. Have you felt him getting better and better on clay each time?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't feel nothing about that, no. Because, well, he beat me in Hamburg, and I beat him in Monte Carlo, 6-4, 6-4. After the final of Monte Carlo, everybody when I go to the press conference says, What's happening, now you're winning easier.

Last year, I beat him in Monte Carlo in four sets, after I come in Rome, I have to lose this match in Rome. He have too much points. And everybody says, Well, now Roger is improving, he's closer than you on clay. And after, I come here and I beat him in four sets. So, well, he don't improve; I am not going worst; I am not going better. The thing is, well, you are playing well, you are playing not the same as well.

In one month, it's difficult to say something, like you are improving a lot, I am playing worst. Well, if I arrive on Sunday, and I don't play a very, very, very good match, I'm going to lose for sure. If I play very good match, maybe I'm going to lose, too.

But the thing is, well, if I'm playing well, if I'm not playing well, if he plays well, not well. That's my opinion. I don't know your opinion (laughing).

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish, please.

RAFAEL NADAL: Thank you. Don't ask nothing more, because I don't know nothing more in English.


Q. It was a very tough match. But you managed it very well. At what stage did you think that you might lose the match? At 5-5?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I really didn't have time to think about it, because then I had a breakpoint, and I won the set. I didn't think that the match -- I never think I can lose a match just after the first set, because it's a long match on clay. So sometimes you think, Okay, I might lose the first set.

But I try not to think at all. I came back 5-5. We started off at 5-2, and I came back at 5-5. And when we reached 5-5, I just did not remember that he had led 5-2. So that was important to keep positive.


Q. What about this final? You versus Federer here in Roland Garros, do you think it's going to be different from last year?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't remember what I felt last year. I can't compare it. But all I can say is that this was a very interesting match for him, for me, for all the people here in Roland Garros. It was a Grand Slam final. And today I have plenty of hopes. It's a new final for me in Roland Garros again that I'll play on Sunday.


Q. We're all coming for the final. Did you come here to play the final?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I came to play a tournament and to make my best to reach the finals. As I said it at the very beginning of the tournament, when people were already talking about the final against Federer, I said it right at the beginning, I want to play a tournament. I'll do my best to reach the final, and now I'm very happy I made it. We'll see what happens on Sunday.


Q. What about Federer? Do you reckon he is playing the match of his career and that he has great pressure?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, it's a very important match for him, but it's also very important match for me. I'm just a bit younger than him. I'm not playing for the Grand Slam, whereas he is playing for the Grand Slam. He is highly experienced for this type of matches. So we'll see together what happens on Sunday.

But I think he came, he is very positive. I know his match against Davydenko was a difficult match, but he was very confident. So, I know this will be a very special match. I think that was his state of mind last year as well.


Q. You served an ace at a key moment in the match.

RAFAEL NADAL: No, to me that's normal, serving an ace. But, you know, when I open the court and I relax, I'm a bit relaxed, then I try and have a very powerful serve, and serve with an ace. And I was successful in winning that game, which was very important for the rest of the match. You never know what can happen, but that's how it happened.


Q. When somebody asks you would you prefer Federer to be in the final or not, you said, no. So now the question is are you happy you're playing Federer or would you have preferred somebody else?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I'm happy to play anybody who has made it to the final. I'm going to play Federer. I'm very happy he is No. 1 in the world, and I always try and win here in Roland Garros.


Q. You don't smile a lot on the court. Is it because of pressure?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I don't know. I don't see many people smiling on the court, anyway. You're not there to smile; you're there to be focused and play the best you can.


Q. And now about your level in English, it's improved dramatically, hasn't it?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm trying to struggle (smiling).


Q. At 5-2, now that we can look back on things, what do you think? Right at the beginning, he was firing shots right at the beginning.

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no, not in the first set. It was 0-0, 30-15, then 30-15 at 5-2, I had a good serve on his forehand. But I didn't place my forehand well, and then he came back at -- then I came back 5-3, his serve. He served well, but I managed to come back at 5-4. I was feeling a bit of pressure. Then I came back at 5-5, and I concluded the set, and I won set.

But, you know, at that stage, anything could have happened. I was at 30-15, 30-0, and anything could have happened at that stage. But I had a bit of luck.


Q. Then for the other set, what happened in the second set?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, shit, I don't know. It's not all that serious, is it? I lost four points in a row. You know, after the first set I played, you don't know what's going to happen in the second. And, you know, it was Djokovic on the other side of the court. But I think everything was in our heads. And likewise for Djokovic. You know, when something happens to you once, and when you have bad luck, you have bad luck a second time.

At 40-Love I was serving. I had this wonderful serve, and the other one hits the ball, returns, and the ball is out. From a mentally speaking, that was very important. Mentally speaking, I was 100% focused to make it. And I was really willing to make it in the second set. So I was lucky I served an ace, and I managed to win the set.


Q. Your friend, Fracaso, who came to see you, said you would win. Your uncle said it's a 50-50. What do you think about it?

RAFAEL NADAL: I said it in English a million times. He is the favorite, I'm going to try and play my best tennis, and that's the only way I can win. He is No. 1 in the world at the moment, so I have great respect for him. And we'll see what will happen on Sunday.

He has lots of confidence, because he won me in Hamburg.


Q. I don't know if you keep an eye on the ladies tournament, but what do you think about the Belgian lady, Justine Henin?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, to be honest, I don't know much about the ladies tournament. But, it is a bit different from the others -- but Henin is a bit different from the others. She has a very complete game, and she's the one I prefer as a tennis player.


Q. As a tennis player?

RAFAEL NADAL: Hey, hang on a minute (laughter). What are you just saying? I swear, I swear, this is not what I meant. It's your fault, not my fault; okay. I was just saying this, because she can play beautiful backhands. She runs more on the court. She plays on the angles. That's it.


Q. Are you afraid the people will be on Federer's side tomorrow?

RAFAEL NADAL: Why? No. Maybe people here want Federer to win the finals so that he wins the Grand Slam here. He's not won in two years, so I would find it normal if people were supporting him more than me. And if people wanted him to win more than they would want me to win, I have no problem with that.

You know, I've been here three years already. This is my third year. And apart from that incident with Roger I had in the past, I had no problem here.


Q. Federer says the ball's faster here than in other tournaments, that they bounce very fast. Do you think it can have an impact, because he likes playing fast? Is it an edge for him?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I disagree with what he said. In Hamburg, the court was a bit slower. But in Monte Carlo and Rome, the court is very fast, and it seems the ball is almost alive.


Q. So the final would be slower here?

RAFAEL NADAL: Not if there is sun on Sunday. I don't like it when there are clouds like today. The court is much slower, it is wetter, and the balls get heavier and slower. So I like it when things are a bit faster.


Q. Djokovic walked out of the court, he was so sorry. He said there was nothing to stop you. Do you have any other shots that you've reserved for Federer?

RAFAEL NADAL: Oh, no, I'm not saving anything for Federer. And I'll do everything I can to win.


Q. In other interviews you said that you suffer more from pressure in the first round, and as you move up in the tournament, this pressure becomes smaller. And Sunday you'll play for the third consecutive title against Federer. If Federer wins, he'll become the greatest tennis player in history. Isn't it a great pressure for you?

RAFAEL NADAL: Why should it be a pressure for me? I don't see why. It's going to be a different type of pressure, maybe, because I made it to the final. I do think that I now play my best level of tennis, and reaching the final here in Paris is something beautiful for me as a tennis player. I guess it's the same for him. And I have the pressure, in any match I play here at this level. And it's obviously not the same as if I was to lose in the first or second round.

I know that I didn't play all that well in the first rounds, but as I said, it's more difficult for me to play the first rounds.


Q. You said this match was very important for your career. What does it mean in your career?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it's the final of a Grand Slam tournament, and any final in a Grand Slam is important. I don't think any player could say anything different about a final in a Grand Slam tournament. And then, it's true that I'd be happy to have three cups at home rather than two. When you come here, you want to win, we all do. And I'm very happy I made it to the final. And I'm going to fight and struggle like a lion. And, you know, when you've struggled all your career to make it, you have special feelings and special sensations when you make it to final. And I guess it's exactly the same thing for him.

I think he has more pressure at the moment than me, because what is at stake for him is probably more difficult than just winning a final. What he's aiming at is winning a Grand Slam. As for me, I just want to win the final of a Grand Slam. And he's got exactly the same pressure, and the additional extra pressure, because he wants to win the Grand Slam, and the four Grand Slam tournaments in a row. So all finals are different.

So I make that .. ooh ... 10% questions about today's match, 10% random questions, 20% about his tight shorts and 60% about standing in the way of Fed's Historic Slam. :rolleyes:

Morrissey
06-08-2007, 08:26 PM
Snappy presser from Rafa:



So I make that .. ooh ... 10% questions about today's match, 10% random questions, 20% about his tight shorts and 60% about standing in the way of Fed's Historic Slam. :rolleyes:

The French media are pricks. They want to get inside Nadal´s head about taking the slam away from Fed and wearing cool pants. Good for him he didn´t bite and fall for their tricks. They wanted to hear him say he´s the best on clay. As for his pants he has no reason to change since they´re unique, comfortable and cool. Fed fans and Nadal haters will criticise anything about Nadal but if their boy wore those pants they would all be buying them too. So go Rafa, demolish pretty boy Fed on Sunday and make us fans proud. But most importantly win that 3rd grand slam title. :worship:

tangerine_dream
06-09-2007, 02:45 AM
^^ Ugh. With apologies to any French fans in here, I am so tired of the French media and their vicious anti-Nadal attitudes, not to mention the rude RG crowds Rafa has to deal with every year. :ras: People mistake their behavior as being "knowledgeable tennis fans"? Right. :rolleyes:

Anyway, very strange matches from both Roger and Rafa today. Roger clearly has Rafa on the brain and Rafa clearly is feeling the pressure of defending his title. If Roger was this scatter-brained facing freakin' Davydenko then I don't know how he's going to hold up against Rafa come Sunday.

I think Rafa will start off nervous, like he often does. He'll probably lose the first set badly. But usually after the first set, he settles in and finds his groove. Roger will have to maintain such a high level of intensity to beat Rafa, I don't know if he'll be able to do it, and if he does do it, he might end up injuring himself which I don't want to see.

No scoreline/winner predictions from me, I'll just sit back and enjoy the final. Enjoy the final, Rafa fans :wavey: :dance:

Two nice pics from today's semifinal. :)

tennisluckyfree
06-09-2007, 03:31 AM
Anyone know where I can get a video of this match??

linus
06-09-2007, 10:30 AM
Vamos Rafa :bowdown:

no words can express my mind now :rocker:

watch, live watch to go on :cool:

mallorn
06-09-2007, 10:48 AM
I don't know what to expect of Rafa in the final in terms of nerves. Last year he was extremely nervous in the first sets of both RG and Wimbly but this year he's been starting strong and instead having problems closing out sets. Anyway, he said earlier this year that he feels less pressure this time around, so I hope it's still true. I really don't want him to give Roger a head start this time.

Another great article by Bonnie DeSimone:
Rafa getting stronger as French reaches final

By Bonnie DeSimone
Special to ESPN.com

Updated: June 8, 2007, 5:49 PM ET

PARIS -- One could argue that the most revealing statistic in Friday's French Open semifinal between Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Novak Djokovic was also the most straightforward statistic: time.

First set: 66 minutes. 7-5.
Second set: 48 minutes. 6-4.
Third set: 34 minutes. 6-2.

Conclusion: It seldom pays to get in the way of the inevitable.

Djokovic's debut in a Grand Slam final four came in a match where he was least likely to succeed, given his opponent. The advantage for him was that there is no shame in losing to Nadal at Roland Garros.

"This semifinal can only bring me positive things," Djokovic said.

Like a boulder rolling downhill, Nadal gained momentum and pace as the match went along. His contribution to tennis science will be energy equals massive forehand times lateral movement.

Yet it was hard not to wonder how the 20-year-old Djokovic might have fared against No. 1 Roger Federer, who played less than convincingly in the first match of the afternoon.

Djokovic came into the encounter obviously pumped and admirably unafraid. He lured Nadal to the net with drop shots, he volleyed well, he passed and he met Nadal's money shot with considerable power and control of his own.

But he basically had only two or three chances to make it a match, and couldn't close on any of them. Djokovic lost his own serve at love to go down 5-2 in the first set, then worked mightily to even things up, but Nadal broke him and then windmilled a forehand winner on set point.

In the second game of the second set, Djokovic let a triple break point slip away. Down 5-4 late in that same set, he earned another break opportunity when Nadal's mistimed forehand slice dribbled into the net. But Nadal responded by cracking an ace and knocking out the next two points. Djokovic's fuel reserves seemed to dissipate after that.

"If you win on clay against him, you've got to do more, you've got to push him more, push him over the limits," Djokovic said afterward. "And you've got to play a really great tennis and it's got to be your day.

"When we see how fit he is, how much he can go left-right, running without dropping any energy. … He was on one level all the time. And it's not easy to hold on with him, especially on this surface."

Nadal's press conference was marked by mild impatience as reporters picked at the few flaws in his match against Djokovic, and somewhat more pronounced boredom with the same-old, same-old quizzing about him and Federer.

"I think about me always, no?" Nadal said when asked about his game plan for Djokovic. "It's so difficult to think about me, can you imagine if I think about the others every match, no?"

On Federer: "It's nice right now to be with the tops of the history in tennis," Nadal said. "But for me right now, just think about me, no?"

Yes.

More elaboration followed.

Question: You're at the moment standing between Roger Federer and the greatest achievement in tennis, maybe even in any sport. I know that's not your problem, but have you thought about that? What are your thoughts on that?

Nadal: Sorry, I don't understand.

Question: What Federer could achieve in winning all four Grand Slams, you're the man who has to stop him?

Nadal: Oh, OK.

Nadal then confirmed the widespread suspicion that in this tournament, it is all about him. "I know if I am playing my best tennis, it's going to be very, very -- I don't know if impossible, but very, very difficult," he said, echoing another formidable competitor, Serena Williams.

He was expansive on other subjects, saying he thinks highly of Justine Henin's all-court game and picking her to win a fourth title Saturday. "She's the one I prefer as a tennis player," Nadal said. "She can play beautiful backhands. She runs more on the court. She plays on the angles."

And on the fashion front, Nadal broke news by declaring "I don't want to play with the same shorts, the same pants for the rest of my career, no? Any day, I'm going to change, so I don't know yet."

And you could also theorize that he doesn't want to wear the No. 2 collar for the rest of his career. No wonder he's weary of the questions. He won 81 straight matches on clay over three seasons, yet all anyone is asking him about is the one he lost a month ago to Federer in Hamburg. Can't a guy catch a break?

"In one month, it's difficult to say something, like you are improving a lot, I am playing worst," Nadal said.

"Don't ask nothing more, because I don't know nothing more in English."

No one should expect a 21-year-old wizard to have a detached perspective on his own muscular magic, in any language. Fortunately, on Sunday everyone can finally shut up and watch.

Bonnie DeSimone is a freelancer who is covering the French Open for ESPN.com.

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/french07/columns/story?columnist=desimone_bonnie&id=2897649

linus
06-09-2007, 10:56 AM
yes.. I felt as well that Rafa was kinda nervous but it is just normal in my eyes. To get the RG champion win is still an exciting and huge thing at present :smoke: Roger will be more nervous this year :aplot:

I never put Hamburg final in any serious situation, sorry, I didnt know why :shrug: it just worked on my mind, I couldnt defense it :p

around one day to count back :banana:

l_mac
06-09-2007, 02:09 PM
:lol: Rafa's pre match presser was about a third of the length of Federer's (unless they've only transcribed a bit of it) He looked fed up and bored.

Q. This is kind of a super classical tomorrow. A very big game. The fact that you won the last two Roland Garros, it gives you an advantage or it puts more pressure on you?

RAFAEL NADAL: Maybe in both things, no. The pressure is the same, like always. And, well, it's not an advantage to win the first two, no? You can play with a little bit more calm, because you have the title, but, no, you want to win always.


Q. And is a lot of focus not only about the game tennis, but about this personal confrontation between you and Federer, does it make you feel more motivated, this kind of confrontation?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I feel the same because it's the final of Roland Garros. The motivation is the final of Roland Garros. Not playing against Roger, no.


Q. You talked earlier this week about being tired because you'd had to travel to Barcelona to do a commercial shoot. And I was wondering if you could tell us exactly when that shoot was, and where you were traveling from? Was it during Hamburg or after?

THE MODERATOR: No, he traveled to Barcelona on Monday after Hamburg.


Q. Just a quick question, it's not about tennis, but it's about football. Tonight Barcelona's playing Espanol, are you going to be following that?

RAFAEL NADAL: Huh?


Q. Tonight, Barcelona is playing Espanol, Real Madrid playing Saragosa.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah.


Q. Are you going to be following these results tonight?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I'm going to watch the matches, yeah. I love the football, and, it's -- I always try to watch the match when I can, so today is a good day for watch the match.


Q. You give Roger a lot of credit and everything, but how important for you is it to win three Roland Garros in a row and to keep your record perfect here?

RAFAEL NADAL: Important is the same important than when you play final of a Grand Slam, no? When you play final in a Grand Slam, it always is special because you are playing for a little bit of history, no? So, well, always special feelings. Important thing for me is try to win another Grand Slam, no?


Q. Federer told us before that he feels that the crowd is a bit more with him, because if you won it, he didn't win this tournament. Do you agree with that, or do you expect the crowd to support you tomorrow?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I don't expect nothing. I understand perfectly, the crowd support Roger. So he never win here. But the crowd was fine with me always, too, no?

So I feel tonight -- I think tomorrow going to be a little bit with more -- little bit more with Roger, but not against me, no.

mallorn
06-09-2007, 03:37 PM
Well, he did write in his blog that it makes no sense to him to have another presser before the final - they always ask him the same things and he always gives the same answers, duh.

Honestly, the reporters have no imagination whatsoever. :rolleyes: How about surprising him with a question for a change...

NaDALiTa
06-09-2007, 07:09 PM
We really feel through his blog that he is pissed off with the press,it's part of the job,but i can understand him........always talking about the same damn thing "what do you think of federer? " "what was the key of the match?" blah blah blah blah
And the poor guy will also have to face the mythic questions on Wimby .......hold on Rafa!!!

And by the way good for tomorrow :) vamos campeon dale en los ojos :bounce:

lolyriality
06-09-2007, 08:33 PM
We really feel through his blog that he is pissed off with the press,it's part of the job,but i can understand him........always talking about the same damn thing "what do you think of federer? " "what was the key of the match?" blah blah blah blah
And the poor guy will also have to face the mythic questions on Wimby .......hold on Rafa!!!

And by the way good for tomorrow :) vamos campeon dale en los ojos :bounce:


Good luck for Rafa.

Have a nice sunday :wavey:

NaDALiTa
06-09-2007, 10:16 PM
Good luck for Rafa.

Have a nice sunday :wavey:

Thanx Loly :hugs: :hugs: hace tanto tiempo que no viniera !!!

16681
06-09-2007, 11:28 PM
Well, he did write in his blog that it makes no sense to him to have another presser before the final - they always ask him the same things and he always gives the same answers, duh.

Honestly, the reporters have no imagination whatsoever. :rolleyes: How about surprising him with a question for a change...
That's part of the problem--what else can they ask him?
And as much as I love Rafa :hearts: and want him to win tomorrow :D I think a lot of us are getting tired of it always being Federer-Nadal. Nadal--yes, but how about another guy instead of Federer :devil: I hope Rafa doesn't let the press bother him to the point of taking him off his game. I don't think against Roger it will. I hope whether he admits it or not he DOES want to stop Federer from winning RG and he DOES want to pay Federer back for beating him at Hamburg :yeah: Vamos Rafa ;)

mallorn
06-10-2007, 08:52 AM
That's part of the problem--what else can they ask him?
And as much as I love Rafa :hearts: and want him to win tomorrow :D I think a lot of us are getting tired of it always being Federer-Nadal. Nadal--yes, but how about another guy instead of Federer :devil: I hope Rafa doesn't let the press bother him to the point of taking him off his game. I don't think against Roger it will. I hope whether he admits it or not he DOES want to stop Federer from winning RG and he DOES want to pay Federer back for beating him at Hamburg :yeah: Vamos Rafa ;)
Word. :devil:

I'm always a bundle of nerves when Rafa and Roger play and it's extremely difficult to enjoy the match. I so hope Raf feels better than I do now. :lol: :rolleyes:

linus
06-10-2007, 09:39 AM
some hours to go :yippee:

MariaV
06-10-2007, 12:19 PM
Q. How much difference?
RAFAEL NADAL: 17 centimeters and a half (laughing). I don't know.


:spit: This was just soooo sunny for some reason. :devil:
Nothing wrong with being catty with the press. :lol: I understand it's getting annoying. There is'nt much new to come up with on either side. :lol:

OK I'm getting ready for the 'historic' final. :rolleyes:
I'm completely calm and let the better player win. :) :angel: Yeah right.
:wavey:

lolyriality
06-10-2007, 12:35 PM
Thanx Loly :hugs: :hugs: hace tanto tiempo que no viniera !!!




jajajaja...:shrug:....jajajajaja



C'mon: the match is near...:)

linus
06-10-2007, 02:04 PM
Gosh :worship:

brave brave Rafa... what amazing breaking point conversions :woohoo:

well, 2nd set coming :yippee:

linus
06-10-2007, 03:01 PM
take it easy, Rafa :hug:

focus more that is enough :rocker:

linus
06-10-2007, 03:37 PM
good Rafa again for the 3rd :bounce:

confident that Rafa will gather himself with 100% to fight for the gold set :cool:

linus
06-10-2007, 04:22 PM
My God :bowdown:

after the first games, Rafa almost controlled the win :woohoo:

I am nearly crazily happy :D

mallorn
06-10-2007, 04:26 PM
:woohoo: :yippee: :bigclap: :bounce: :sobbing: :D :woohoo:

linus
06-10-2007, 04:29 PM
getting moved with tears tho I know Rafa is still so young :angel:

no words to tell how wonderful Rafa is for Clay... Real King :yeah:

16681
06-10-2007, 04:29 PM
Rafa :woohoo: An RG Hat Trick--3peat :yippee: :banana: :dance: :bounce:
:bigclap: :clap2:

Tnn74
06-10-2007, 05:07 PM
:woohoo: Vamoooooooos Rafa!
what a way to prove you are The Undisputed King of Clay!!! :worship:

Ti-Anne
06-10-2007, 05:43 PM
Oh boy :eek: :eek: :eek: This boy is just sooooo goood !! :worship:
I'm so proud he's a king in my own country !! And he's also the king of my heart... :o :inlove:

lolyriality
06-10-2007, 05:45 PM
:wavey: Congrats to Rafa and all his fans !!! :worship:

Naide
06-10-2007, 05:48 PM
OMG :sobbing: the master did it again :worship:
I was nearly killed by friends because i supported rafa :lol:
But i love both :inlove:
And Gugaaaaaaaa

NaDALiTa
06-10-2007, 05:50 PM
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olé olé olé olé olé olé GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANDE RAFA !!!!!!

Congrats you did it,now you are a myth !!!!Welcome in the History !!!!

jcluvva
06-10-2007, 06:03 PM
Congrats to Rafa what a great win I'm so happy for him

Naide
06-10-2007, 06:06 PM
http://i12.tinypic.com/67fqnuf.jpg :D

RogiFan88
06-10-2007, 06:35 PM
Felicitaciones a Raf al ganar al favorito en RG otra vez! Que monstruo es Rafa! ;)

Alexandy
06-10-2007, 07:36 PM
I am sorry, but I am a wuss and didn't watch the whole match. I just taped it and waited to turn on the tv and only saw the last three games. Just watching those last few games was torture. :lol:

I am sooo happy that he won. :) Well done to Rafa. I wanted him to win because I love him but also because I knew that if he lost people would take pleasure in bringing out the "roasting" threads and articles would start saying Rafa is finished. So I am glad he could prove what a great player he is and win his THIRD Roland Garros!! What an achievement!!!

I'm glad the clay season is over. No more Fed vs. Rafa rivalry and constant comparison. I need a break. If I am menatally tired from watching these matches and hoping and worrying for Rafa to win, I can only imagine what Rafa and other players must feel like. :lol:

ETA:
I am nearly crazily happy

linus, that perfectly sums up my feelings as well. :crazy:

Morrissey
06-11-2007, 12:44 AM
http://i12.tinypic.com/67fqnuf.jpg :D

Excellent pics. Nothing better than seeing him take a bite out that trophy. Also having to get through Fed each and every time makes it sweeter.

Mimi
06-11-2007, 01:46 AM
:woohoo: :bowdown: :dance: :woohoo: :yippee: :nerner: :baby: :rocker2: :music: :inlove:

by the way, nadal looks a bit tired in the third photo, i read that he could not sleep before the final :confused:

tangerine_dream
06-11-2007, 01:48 AM
Congrats, Rafa :bigclap: Youngest ever to win three straight RG titles. The records keep on coming and you keep breaking them. :D

I like to take screencaps of tennis news I find on the web; it's like collecting newspaper clippings. I like that Rafa's were the main top headlines at places like Yahoo and The New York Times. :cool:

http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/2630/sicom2he2.th.jpg (http://img238.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sicom2he2.jpg)

tangerine_dream
06-11-2007, 01:49 AM
More headlines. I'm going to tape Sportscenter tonight, I'll bet they'll have something about the final to report. :)

http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/1536/foxsports2ic7.th.jpg (http://img527.imageshack.us/my.php?image=foxsports2ic7.jpg)

Mimi
06-11-2007, 02:51 AM
thank you so much tangy :D

tangerine_dream
06-12-2007, 05:53 PM
Even more headlines. These from the international newspapers. :D

Johnny Groove
06-12-2007, 05:54 PM
Good lord, alot of people enjoyed seeing Rafa butt-bounce back in Paris for his RG hat trick :eek:

dorkino
06-12-2007, 09:40 PM
Hope it's not too late to celebrate.
Bravo Rafa :yeah: :bigclap: :bigclap: :woohoo: :woohoo: :banana: :banana:

Neely
06-17-2007, 08:44 PM
Hi guys & gals,
I have a very special and specific question for you and I hope somebody remembers in which match (or set) this happened.
In one of Rafa's matches at RG, I'm not sure at what occassion exactly (if it was a let or play was stopped otherwise), there was a very high ball somehow. Rafa then went to the spot where the ball was supposed to come down, fished for that ball with his racket and absorbed the high fall with his racket in a manner that made it lie on his racket quietly. Great feeling and touch :) I know I saw it in a match and -seen from the lead camera- believe to remember that it happened at the bottom of the screen, but I could not find it anymore fast-forwarding through the matches. Maybe one of you paid attention and remembers this scene. Please tell me then, thanks! :yeah:

l_mac
06-17-2007, 09:20 PM
I think it was against Hewitt, in the middle of the 3rd set. Maybe Rafa serving at 2-3, or 3-4.

MariaV
06-18-2007, 07:06 AM
I think it was against Hewitt, in the middle of the 3rd set. Maybe Rafa serving at 2-3, or 3-4.

You're right, I think it was at 2-3

Neely
06-18-2007, 10:04 PM
I think it was against Hewitt, in the middle of the 3rd set. Maybe Rafa serving at 2-3, or 3-4.
You're right, I think it was at 2-3
Thanks, and so accurate! :worship:

Now I got it and I watched that scene already about 15 times because I like it so much somehow, unreal!
Hewitt angrily smashed the ball up high, and how beautifully Rafa took it down :) :eek:

here is the video of the scene (and something similiar I saw at Queen's)
http://rapidshare.com/files/38001100/NadalBallGathering.avi

l_mac
06-18-2007, 10:16 PM
Thanks, and so accurate! :worship:

You're welcome. :) I scared myself a little bit for remembering that. ;)

Now I got it and I watched that scene already about 15 times because I like it so much somehow, unreal!
Hewitt angrily smashed the ball up high, and how beautifully Rafa took it down :) :eek:

here is the video of the scene (and something similiar I saw at Queen's)
http://rapidshare.com/files/38001100/NadalBallGathering.avi

Ooh, thanks bunches! I shall d/l this immediately. The British Eurosport commentators weren't that impressed, but I was :lol:

edited: Have downloaded it now, again, thank you!!

Neely
06-18-2007, 10:37 PM
The British Eurosport commentators weren't that impressed, but I was :lol:
I liked it immediately because seldom you see this done with a ball that high; and our German commentator appreciated it as well. He said something like:
And you see he is not only power, he has the touch as well. This ball was about 20 to 30 meters high. This is just so good, outstanding. A real "Leckerbissen"/goody!

the_natural
06-19-2007, 04:25 AM
I liked it immediately because seldom you see this done with a ball that high; and our German commentator appreciated it as well. He said something like:
And you see he is not only power, he has the touch as well. This ball was about 20 to 30 meters high. This is just so good, outstanding. A real "Leckerbissen"/goody!

Ive seen blake and i think federer, do that with a ball thats thrown at them by the ball kids or like a return of serve that the opponent hits back when a let or fault is called. I dont know if people may think ur over-reacting but I agree with u, its actually a great sign of how... in touch he is with his left hand (:rolleyes: that sounds soooo Off colour), seriously though its a great sign cos it just means that its getting more and more natural off that side, his forehand is a result of him getting his body weight and strenght behind the arm to whip it thats why hes always had probs with the "driving forehand" cos it takes a great deal of control with that arm its much easier to just let momentum take over, if he can soften the ball like that from so high in the air it does mean that hes developing a strong neurological connection with that arm and subsequently with the right (usually the undeveloped side of a right handers brain) side of his brain, also its great for his potential volleying skills and adding to the shot repetoire :) think drop shots and slice hehehe

Castafiore
06-19-2007, 07:55 PM
Thanks for posting that little video, Neely!

mallorn
06-21-2007, 12:06 PM
Even more headlines. These from the international newspapers. :D
Thanks, Tangy, that's a very nice idea and some collection! :D :yeah: