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adee-gee
01-12-2009, 12:54 AM
Vamos Rafa :hearts:

Play MIT :D :rocker2:

How far will Rafa go at the AO? (2000 points for the winners :eek: )


http://yelims5.free.fr/Violence/Violence50.gif 1st Round -

http://yelims.free.fr/Groumph/Mecontent20.gif 2nd Round -

http://yelims4.free.fr/Pasdaccord/NonNon18.gif 3rd Round - P.Antonius FAIL!

http://yelims4.free.fr/Pasdaccord/NonNon03.gif 4th Round - l_mac, Metis, star, tennizen, TMJordan FAIL!

http://yelims3.free.fr/Hein/Hein85.gif QF - rafa maniac, scoobs FAIL!

http://yelims3.free.fr/Hein/Hein42.gif SF - acionescu, cmurray, Evita, Getta, Invisible, jachalator, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Princesspts, The_Nadal_Effect, shawshank, tangerine dream, Troickitard FAIL!

http://yelims5.free.fr/Sport/2eme.gif F - Corey Feldman, Foxy, nashty, wildegirl05, Xristos FAIL!

http://yelims5.free.fr/Sport/Winner.gif W - adee-gee, Aenea, Bachelor Dandy, Blaze-2004, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, MariaV, NaDALiTa, Ria, scarecrows, Snoo Foo, wilmar WINNER!

cmurray
01-12-2009, 12:56 AM
Vamos RAFA!

l_mac
01-12-2009, 12:59 AM
Vamos Rafa.

:(

Bibberz
01-12-2009, 01:00 AM
:rocker2:

Muzal's FTW :sport:

I will change the thread title when this thread overtakes Claire's in # of posts :(

You, sir, are a gross disappointment. :(

l_mac
01-12-2009, 01:01 AM
No cheering for Murray on Rafa's AO Thread :Armed:

:bigcry:

Castafiore
01-12-2009, 01:01 AM
Dammit, Adam. :(

Muzal?

Corey Feldman
01-12-2009, 01:04 AM
MIT : Runner Up.

l_mac
01-12-2009, 01:05 AM
Jinxer :lol:

cmurray
01-12-2009, 01:29 AM
No cheering for Murray on Rafa's AO Thread :Armed:

:bigcry:

Of course not. :angel:

Xristos
01-12-2009, 02:53 AM
I will not stand for this BS. There was a freaking poll for a reason.

tennizen
01-12-2009, 03:18 AM
Linda:rolleyes: This is what you get for advocating Adam so much.

Adam tomorrow morning edit your post to say Vamos Rafa only:rolleyes:

JolánGagó
01-12-2009, 06:06 AM
this is farsical :rolleyes:

(i'll delete this post in a short while)

adee-gee
01-12-2009, 06:40 AM
I will not stand for this BS. There was a freaking poll for a reason.
Splendid, why don't you leave us and get your ass out onto a tennis court so we can have the Xristos cheering thread next year :hug:

Bibberz
01-12-2009, 06:44 AM
Splendid, why don't you leave us and get your ass out onto a tennis court so we can have the Xristos cheering thread next year :hug:

First Clydey and now X. You're turning everyone away. :sad:

JolánGagó
01-12-2009, 06:46 AM
Please stop scaring valuable people away :rolleyes:

wildegirl05
01-12-2009, 06:55 AM
this is not on :armed: i'm posting my MIT prediction in claire's rafito-only thread :rolleyes:

fedtard more loyal to rafa than a muzal, sad times in the rafa forum :sobbing:

adee-gee
01-12-2009, 10:18 AM
I am not amused.

http://www.lionsandvultures.com/images/federer.png

Peta Pan
01-12-2009, 10:24 AM
A muzal sounds like something from Harry Potter :scratch:

Just thought I'd pop in and say VAMOS RAFA :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2:

nashty
01-12-2009, 10:27 AM
Is this the final AO thread already? Or just another drama?


Just asking. :)

JolánGagó
01-12-2009, 10:41 AM
Is this the final AO thread already? Or just another drama?


Just asking. :)

Oh this is just a little rehearsal, no worries.

cmurray
01-12-2009, 11:40 AM
MIT prediction - semifinal, though I might change it when the draw comes out

cmurray
01-12-2009, 11:40 AM
I am not amused.

http://www.lionsandvultures.com/images/federer.png

No, but your hair is a dream :inlove: Even after like...23 hours on the court.

adee-gee
01-12-2009, 11:58 AM
How can you see my hair? It's very dark :(

cmurray
01-12-2009, 12:42 PM
How can you see my hair? It's very dark :(

Well...Rafa's side of the court was still light. Obviously it's shining just enough for me to see :inlove: And I say you're hair is delightful.

acionescu
01-12-2009, 01:13 PM
I'm waiting for the draw :unsure:

Xristos
01-12-2009, 01:15 PM
Draw comes out Friday.

Metis
01-12-2009, 01:36 PM
I have decided to endorse this thread, so since I run MIT you'll have to to roll with it. :shrug: :D

Sorry Other! Better luck next time. :hug:




How far will Rafa go at the AO? (2000 points for the winners :eek:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd -
4th - Metis
QF -
SF - cmurray
F - Corey Feldman
W - Blaze-2004, Xristos





this is not on :armed: i'm posting my MIT prediction in claire's rafito-only thread :rolleyes:

fedtard more loyal to rafa than a muzal, sad times in the rafa forum :sobbing:

You have to post you prediction here to be valid. :p

Johnny Groove
01-12-2009, 01:37 PM
Nadal's gonna take the title, beating Djokovic in semis and Roger in finals :)

acionescu
01-12-2009, 01:40 PM
Nadal's gonna take the title, beating Djokovic in semis and Roger in finals :)

Clearly :smoke:

adee-gee
01-12-2009, 01:56 PM
I have decided to endorse this thread, so since I run MIT you'll have to to roll with it. :shrug: :D

Sorry Other! Better luck next time. :hug:
:woohoo:

Is it permitted to wait for the draw before playing MIT?

Is my first post ok? :D

Metis
01-12-2009, 02:07 PM
:woohoo:

Is it permitted to wait for the draw before playing MIT?

Is my first post ok? :D


Looks great :rolls:


You can post/change predictions any time before Rafa's 1st match starts.

Here are the rules: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7963153&postcount=1 :p

Xristos
01-12-2009, 02:20 PM
Put me down for F - Final.

adee-gee
01-12-2009, 03:28 PM
It's a shame Glenn didn't start the game. GIT would be fitting for him :(

Or Kelli. KITT (Kelli International Tipping Trophy) brings back many happy memories. Vamos The Hoff :inlove:

L-E8u2o48ts

scarecrows
01-12-2009, 03:57 PM
winner

adee-gee
01-12-2009, 04:23 PM
winner
Rafito or The Hoff?

:D

Bibberz
01-12-2009, 05:13 PM
How can you see my hair? It's very dark :(

:haha:

That photo never gets old. :D

It's a shame Glenn didn't start the game. GIT would be fitting for him :(

:lol:

Minn
01-12-2009, 05:45 PM
Put me down for Semi-Final, please. I may change it once I read the draw. Thanks, Metis.

Snoo Foo
01-12-2009, 05:53 PM
champion I don't need to see the draw

scoobs
01-12-2009, 06:35 PM
Qf

Getta
01-12-2009, 09:12 PM
semi-finalist

wildegirl05
01-12-2009, 09:16 PM
I am not amused.

http://www.lionsandvultures.com/images/federer.png

yeah, sure. i have that post saved adamski. the next time you :rolleyes: or bitch about fedals, i'll be parading it out on gm. the revenge, it will be sweet :lick: :devil:


A muzal sounds like something from Harry Potter :scratch:

Just thought I'd pop in and say VAMOS RAFA :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2:

i heard that's what jkr was gonna name wormtail's minions :D if he got minions, i.e.



You have to post you prediction here to be valid. :p

:ras: i refuse to have to do that. i'll stand by my protest for the principle of the thing. for rafito :rocker2:

l_mac
01-12-2009, 09:22 PM
champion I don't need to see the draw
Vamos :rocker2:
:ras: i refuse to have to do that. i'll stand by my protest for the principle of the thing. for rafito :rocker2:

But you posted in a thread that wished Rafa would lose 1st round.

Interesting.

Rafa losing in R1 >>>>>> Also hoping Murray does well.

wildegirl05
01-12-2009, 09:30 PM
But you posted in a thread that wished Rafa would lose 1st round.

Interesting.

Rafa losing in R1 >>>>>> Also hoping Murray does well.

yes, because of the sad state of this forum, the only thread that was solely about rafito at the AO was started by a hater :sad: place will need a mod at this rate :sad:

the rule was that fedals couldn't start a thread because they couldn't guarantee who they'll root for if rafa played against roger in the final :rolleyes: well, now rafa could well play against muzza before the final and this thread supported both of them. there was no indication that adam would pick rafa over muzza :armed: that's BS. i protest this favoritism :mad:

l_mac
01-12-2009, 09:45 PM
yes, because of the sad state of this forum, the only thread that was solely about rafito at the AO was started by a hater :sad: place will need a mod at this rate :sad:

the rule was that fedals couldn't start a thread because they couldn't guarantee who they'll root for if rafa played against roger in the final :rolleyes: well, now rafa could well play against muzza before the final and this thread supported both of them. there was no indication that adam would pick rafa over muzza :armed: that's BS. i protest this favoritism :mad:

Mmm, seeing as Claire's original thread stated that she hoped Rafa would lose in R1 I would take that to mean she would support anyone over Rafa in the final.

Your logic is not only flawed, it is disturbing :tears:

wildegirl05
01-12-2009, 09:54 PM
Mmm, seeing as Claire's original thread stated that she hoped Rafa would lose in R1 I would take that to mean she would support anyone over Rafa in the final.

Your logic is not only flawed, it is disturbing :tears:

what's disturbing is the lack of fairness and rules in this forum :tears:

maybe my candidate X's thread will show you how it's really supposed to be done :hug: if you'll ever let him have one, that is :sobbing:

Xristos
01-13-2009, 03:23 AM
I will start a thread once the AO starts. I promise you.

TMJordan
01-13-2009, 03:24 AM
I'll be waiting for it.

Xristos
01-13-2009, 03:26 AM
Im glad.

savesthedizzle
01-13-2009, 03:26 AM
Hmm I'll go SF for now... we'll see after the draw if I change my mind :D

TMJordan
01-13-2009, 03:26 AM
Im glad.

:yeah:

Xristos
01-13-2009, 03:28 AM
Good stuff mate. :)

wildegirl05
01-13-2009, 03:35 AM
I will start a thread once the AO starts. I promise you.

:banana:

after the way the democratic process was overturned :mad:, you could have just started another AO thread if you wanted. but you're nice enough to wait in order not to confuse the others in the forum :worship: good stuff, X :yeah: i'm glad i voted for you :bigclap:

Xristos
01-13-2009, 03:44 AM
Thanks for the support mate. The true winner always comes out on top even after all the injustice.

JolánGagó
01-13-2009, 05:43 AM
I morally support you too, X. I'd support your thread over any other bar tennizen's. If she chooses to open her thread that's the legit one, otherwise I'll go for yours.

Xristos
01-13-2009, 06:04 AM
Thanks, I understand that.

The_Nadal_effect
01-13-2009, 06:35 AM
I have decided to endorse this thread, so since I run MIT you'll have to to roll with it. :shrug: :D


Endorse my vote for a semi-final appearance, Metis :devil:

Castafiore
01-13-2009, 06:57 AM
yes, because of the sad state of this forum, the only thread that was solely about rafito at the AO was started by a hater :sad: place will need a mod at this rate :sad:
the rule was that fedals couldn't start a thread because they couldn't guarantee who they'll root for if rafa played against roger in the final :rolleyes: well, now rafa could well play against muzza before the final and this thread supported both of them. there was no indication that adam would pick rafa over muzza :armed: that's BS. i protest this favoritism :mad:
You may have noticed - hence, Adam not being amused - that some protested about the muzal thing so there's logic to the Fedal/Muzal/Noval/...sanity that prevails in here. :p

wildegirl05
01-13-2009, 08:21 AM
You may have noticed - hence, Adam not being amused - that some protested about the muzal thing so there's logic to the Fedal/Muzal/Noval/...sanity that prevails in here. :p

i was told a fedal was never going to be allowed to start a thread, let alone a gs. here a muzal starts a thread proclaiming muzals are awesome and then it becomes the official mit thread. blatant favoritism :armed:

never mind though, X has said he'll make the real thread when it matters :cool::worship:

Castafiore
01-13-2009, 08:36 AM
I see your point. However, because of that, Rafa out in R1 >>>>>>>>> Muzal? :awww:

adee-gee
01-13-2009, 09:12 AM
WG is such a hater :sad:

Metis
01-13-2009, 09:46 AM
Update:


How far will Rafa go at the AO? (2000 points for the winners :eek:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd - P.Antonius
4th - Metis, tennizen
QF - scoobs
SF - cmurray, Getta, Kitty de Sade, Minn, The_Nadal_Effect, tangerine dream, Troickitard
F - Corey Feldman, rafa maniac, Xristos
W - Blaze-2004, scarecrows, Snoo Foo, wilmar





It's a shame Glenn didn't start the game. GIT would be fitting for him :(

:rolls:


:ras: i refuse to have to do that. i'll stand by my protest for the principle of the thing. for rafito :rocker2:

OK :shrug: We'll see how long you'll last. :devil:

wildegirl05
01-13-2009, 10:00 AM
I see your point. However, because of that, Rafa out in R1 >>>>>>>>> Muzal? :awww:

if any brave rafatards had opened up a thread, i wouldn't have been forced to choose the hater's thread :shrug: :sad:

WG is such a hater :sad:

i don't believe in muzalism :armed: people must choose one player :rolleyes: how can anyone be a fan of the sweet, angelic goodlooking rafito :inlove: and that .... muzza at the same time? impossible :shrug: bandwagoners, the lot of them :D


OK :shrug: We'll see how long you'll last. :devil:

bring it on, sister :rocker2:

adee-gee
01-13-2009, 10:18 AM
i don't believe in muzalism :armed: people must choose one player :rolleyes: how can anyone be a fan of the sweet, angelic goodlooking rafito :inlove: and that .... muzza at the same time? impossible :shrug: bandwagoners, the lot of them :D
A bit like Fedals then, no? :D :kiss:

Stop being stubborn :p

bokehlicious
01-13-2009, 10:19 AM
My pick: 3rd :o

wildegirl05
01-13-2009, 10:24 AM
A bit like Fedals then, no? :D :kiss:

Stop being stubborn :p

exactly. if fedalism cannot exist neither can this :D

are you kidding? :rolls: no way. i have years (ok months) of catching up to do on the teasing :lol:

edit: also :smooch: i like the graphics you used for mit :bigclap: you stepped it up!

cmurray
01-13-2009, 11:24 AM
My pick: 3rd :o

:mad:

wilmar
01-13-2009, 11:33 AM
I know Murray is the bookie's favourite and all, but I think that will work against him.

And being a best of 5 event, Rafa has both the mental and physical edge over most, if not all. So, I predict Rafa to win the AO and be the only current player to win Slam on three different "surfraces".

Xristos
01-13-2009, 11:54 AM
Update:







:rolls:




OK :shrug: We'll see how long you'll last. :devil:

I said F - Finall not W - winner. Please change that.

tennizen
01-13-2009, 12:05 PM
Metis, I'll be your buddy and pick 4th round:sad:

adee-gee
01-13-2009, 12:35 PM
Update:
:worship: first post updated.
exactly. if fedalism cannot exist neither can this :D

are you kidding? :rolls: no way. i have years (ok months) of catching up to do on the teasing :lol:

edit: also :smooch: i like the graphics you used for mit :bigclap: you stepped it up!
Fedalism = pure glory huntage. Big difference :ras:

Thank you :kiss: I added a special new category for you :angel:
I know Murray is the bookie's favourite and all, but I think that will work against him.

And being a best of 5 event, Rafa has both the mental and physical edge over most, if not all. So, I predict Rafa to win the AO and be the only current player to win Slam on three different "surfraces".
No talking about Murray in here please.

:angel:

Xristos
01-13-2009, 12:57 PM
Thanks Metis.

Metis
01-13-2009, 01:26 PM
:worship: first post updated.

:bigclap:


WG :spit:



Thanks Metis.

no problem, it's my job :)

Minn
01-13-2009, 02:02 PM
:worship: first post updated. :rolls: Great first post, Adam.

wildegirl05
01-13-2009, 04:06 PM
:worship: first post updated.

Fedalism = pure glory huntage. Big difference :ras:

Thank you :kiss: I added a special new category for you :angel:

the glory of estoril and halle cannot be underestimated :shrug:

:spit: :haha: :haha:

i've made my pick. i'm just not posting it here :D

rafa_maniac
01-15-2009, 03:28 PM
Final

tangerine_dream
01-15-2009, 06:45 PM
Semifinal. Vamos, Rafa.

"I don't feel like I have to defend anything and I start this year from zero again. I'm 22 years old and have won five grand slams, 12 Master Series titles, an Olympic gold medal and I'm world number one -- that keeps me calm." — Rafael Nadal

:cool:

JolánGagó
01-15-2009, 07:50 PM
"I don't feel like I have to defend anything and I start this year from zero again. I'm 22 years old and have won five grand slams, 12 Master Series titles, an Olympic gold medal and I'm world number one -- that keeps me calm." — Rafael Nadal


:worship:

word of sheer wisdom if there is any.

:worship:

l_mac
01-15-2009, 08:41 PM
Rafa :worship: :inlove: :worship:

Metis
01-15-2009, 11:12 PM
Semifinal. Vamos, Rafa.

"I don't feel like I have to defend anything and I start this year from zero again. I'm 22 years old and have won five grand slams, 12 Master Series titles, an Olympic gold medal and I'm world number one -- that keeps me calm." — Rafael Nadal

:cool:


Rafa :worship:

adee-gee
01-15-2009, 11:49 PM
MIT: Round 1.

No way he can get past Rochus :sad:

Disclaimer: my pick may be changed.

Getta
01-16-2009, 12:43 AM
Vamos, Rafa. :rocker2:


"I don't feel like I have to defend anything and I start this year from zero again. I'm 22 years old and have won five grand slams, 12 Master Series titles, an Olympic gold medal and I'm world number one -- that keeps me calm." — Rafael Nadal


:yeah:

Foxy
01-16-2009, 07:27 AM
Fair draw for Rafa until the semis. He has some pretty tricky opponents like Monfils or Simon, Hewitt or Gasquet but if he is in a top form we shouldn't worry. I do think Rafa's loss to Monfils in Doha was a fluke. So I am going to make my prediction for MIT. It is not easy since Murray is in his half as almost always in GS. A little offtopic now:

Murray's allocation at GS draws since 2007:
AO 2007 - Rafa's 1/8
FO 2007 - Do not play
WB 2007 - Do not play
US 2007 - Fed's 1/2

AO 2008 - Rafa's 1/2
FO 2008 - Rafa's 1/4
WB 2008 - Rafa's 1/4
US 2008 - Rafa's 1/2

AO 2009 - Rafa's 1/2

So my MIT prediction is going to be either Finalist or Winner. And I will choose Finalist. The Semi will take too much out of him. He always struggles after beating Murray the next match.

acionescu
01-16-2009, 09:35 AM
SF for me please :awww:

I refuse to reasonably aknowledge that it would be possible for him to lose to a French player again :rocker2:( Of course I asume that the new ScottishGOAT will take out the JWT in the QF :cool: )

Metis
01-16-2009, 09:56 AM
Update:


How far will Rafa go at the AO? (2000 points for the winners :eek:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd - P.Antonius
4th - Metis, star, tennizen, TMJordan
QF - scoobs
SF - acionescu, cmurray, Evita, Getta, Invisible, jachalator, Kitty de Sade, Minn, The_Nadal_Effect, shawshank, tangerine dream, Troickitard
F - Corey Feldman, Foxy, nashty, rafa maniac, Xristos
W - adee-gee, Aenea, Bachelor Dandy, Blaze-2004, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, NaDALiTa, Ria, scarecrows, Snoo Foo, wilmar

nashty
01-16-2009, 12:55 PM
This one's really hard to call. But I say Final.


Vamos!

savesthedizzle
01-16-2009, 02:12 PM
I don't remember if I've picked yet.. I think I was waiting for the draw...

MIT: semifinal :unsure:

Metis
01-16-2009, 02:19 PM
The table with all the names is 2 posts above Jess. :rolls:

You did pick the same round both times though :yeah:

shawshank
01-16-2009, 04:33 PM
Can't see him going further than semis. That would even be a succes, but it wouldn't make me happy at all. Semifinal for me :(

Jachalator
01-16-2009, 04:36 PM
Murray scares me, so I say:

SEMIS

GuiroNl
01-16-2009, 05:16 PM
Win

TMJordan
01-16-2009, 08:15 PM
Round 2.

After he beats Rochus in a gruling 5 setter he will have nothing left against the deadly Serra.

Horrible draw for our Rafito. :sad:

Bibberz
01-16-2009, 11:22 PM
My prediction:

Winner, winner, chicken dinner. :p

Rafa has the "luck of the blogger" on his side. He's got this. :D

star
01-17-2009, 09:40 AM
MIT: Fourth round :sad:

Invisible
01-17-2009, 10:04 AM
My prediction: SF :unsure:

-Evita-
01-17-2009, 11:06 AM
I predict SF, too.

Metis
01-17-2009, 12:07 PM
The bottom half is playing on Monday.

I believe nobody has posted the draw in this thread yet. Rafa's quarter:


NADAL, Rafael ESP [1] v ROCHUS, Christophe BEL
SERRA, Florent FRA v KARANUSIC, Roko CRO
SCHWANK, Eduardo ARG v HAAS, Tommy GER
CIPOLLA Flavio ITA (Q) v TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS [29]

GASQUET, Richard FRA [24] v JUNQUEIRA, Diego ARG
SPADEA, Vincent USA v ISTOMIN, Denis UZB (W)
CANAS, Guillermo ARG v KINDLMANN Dieter GER (Q)
HEWITT, Lleyton AUS v GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI [13]

MONFILS, Gael FRA [12] v VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS v KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
GOLUBEV, Andrey KAZ v FOGNINI, Fabio ITA
MASSU, Nicolas CHI v ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP [17]

KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO [25] v GIMENO-TRAVER, Daniel ESP
ODESNIK Wayne (Q) USA v ANCIC, Mario CRO
GUCCIONE, Chris AUS v DEVILDER, Nicolas FRA
ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP v SIMON, Gilles FRA [6]

rafa_maniac
01-17-2009, 02:09 PM
Nice draw until R4, where things get nasty fast. At least he should be able to conserve energy early on. I was really hoping his half would play first though to get that extra day off in the 2nd week...

Denisse
01-17-2009, 04:57 PM
I say winner! :)

cmurray
01-17-2009, 05:13 PM
I say winner! :)

I like an optimist. :D

l_mac
01-17-2009, 11:54 PM
No-one posted his pre tournament presser?

C'mon people.

NaDALiTa
01-17-2009, 11:56 PM
WIN

venga!venga!

TMJordan
01-18-2009, 12:23 AM
I'll change my pick to round 4. Go Raf!

Ria
01-18-2009, 10:51 AM
My prediction: Winner! :)

Xristos
01-18-2009, 02:23 PM
Chosen by the fans for the fans.

Vamooos King Rafa. Melbourne is where you claim your first hard court slam!

Tuesday the battle begins. It will be a long and hard war but the true WARRIOR RAFA NADAL will emerge victorious.

l_mac
01-18-2009, 02:29 PM
*bump*

scoobs
01-18-2009, 02:34 PM
Mods please merge this into the proper thread :wavey:

Xristos
01-18-2009, 02:35 PM
Get out of this thread.

adee-gee
01-18-2009, 02:38 PM
I am amending my MIT pick to winner :sport:

Vamos Rafa :rocker2:

Xristos
01-18-2009, 02:40 PM
Creative title I must say.

Hats off to you my dear friend.

wildegirl05
01-18-2009, 02:46 PM
:woohoo: X you did it :rocker2:

i love this thread :hearts: vamos rafa :sport:

i'll repost my MIT pick here - final :D

Bibberz
01-18-2009, 02:49 PM
I am amending my MIT pick to winner :sport:

Vamos Rafa :rocker2:

Fuck yeah, kid! :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2: Rafa's going gangsta on the AO! :smoke:

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/1285/1robertconneryblackandwnx2.jpg

Creative title I must say.

Hats off to you my dear friend.

It's not too late, X. Join us. :D

l_mac
01-18-2009, 02:53 PM
Adam, this is the official thread because it has the MIT predictions game in it.

Please change the title and I will ask the mods to modify X's title :hug:

wildegirl05
01-18-2009, 02:53 PM
X, i have some suggestions for making sure people see this thread and post here :)

a) you should officially post rafa's AO outfits here. since you're the official outfits knowledge person :dance:
b) you should post rafa's main draw here and give us your thoughts on how he's going to fare round by round
c) any pictures you find of rafa at AO, you should repost here as well :D

l_mac
01-18-2009, 03:01 PM
I need to think a while more about my MIT prediction.

Xristos
01-18-2009, 03:16 PM
Of course. Anything for you. :)

Xristos
01-18-2009, 03:17 PM
Fuck yeah, kid! :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2: Rafa's going gangsta on the AO! :smoke:

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/1285/1robertconneryblackandwnx2.jpg



It's not too late, X. Join us. :D

Im sorry but I can not.

Bibberz
01-18-2009, 03:19 PM
Im sorry but I can not.

:sad:

Metis
01-18-2009, 03:21 PM
Fuck yeah, kid! :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2: Rafa's going gangsta on the AO! :smoke:

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/1285/1robertconneryblackandwnx2.jpg


It's not too late, X. Join us. :D


:rolls:

Xristos
01-18-2009, 03:23 PM
:sad:

I love your love for Federer's father.

Bibberz
01-18-2009, 03:24 PM
I love your love for Federer's father.

:D

Aenea
01-18-2009, 06:28 PM
Hi, fans :wavey:

AO started and so did MIT :) A lot of ppl joined MIT this season :) there are predictions for every round :D I'll play, too.

Metis, put me down for WIN. :unsure: but still :bigclap: I hope Rafa got in shape since Doha :unsure: :scared:

Vamos http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-basic/wave.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

NaDALiTa
01-18-2009, 11:35 PM
I've already made my prediction,but I don't see my username on the MIT board,then I'll do it again: WIN

star
01-19-2009, 12:34 AM
I want everyone who picked WIN to win. :)

rafa_maniac
01-19-2009, 02:56 AM
I'm sorry all, but I'm changing my predicting to QF. I have low expectations for Rafa this time :sad:

Aenea
01-19-2009, 06:36 AM
OOP Tuesday, Jan 20

Rod Laver Arena 19:30

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Samantha Stosur (AUS) v. Klara Zakopalova (CZE)

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Christophe Rochus (BEL)

Please, Rafa don't lose to Rochus :scared:

Good luck, baby :inlove:

Metis
01-19-2009, 07:57 AM
I've already made my prediction,but I don't see my username on the MIT board,then I'll do it again: WIN

I have already included your prediction. :) Adam hasn't updated the first post of the thread yet.

JolánGagó
01-19-2009, 10:40 AM
I don't recognize this thread as the legit AO thread.

However, for MIT purposes, my prediction is WIN.

JolánGagó
01-19-2009, 10:42 AM
Great!

My prediction for Rafa is WIN.

scarecrows
01-19-2009, 11:51 AM
Tuesday the battle begins. It will be a long and hard war but the true WARRIOR RAFA NADAL will emerge victorious.

last year you were more a fan of Federer than Nadal

you changed your mind now that rafa is no.1?

Xristos
01-19-2009, 01:23 PM
No, have loved them both for a long time my friend.

NaDALiTa
01-19-2009, 01:48 PM
I have already included your prediction. :) Adam hasn't updated the first post of the thread yet.

Oops my bad!Thank you :wavey:

Metis
01-19-2009, 01:54 PM
Reminder: Don't forget to post/change your predictions before Rafa's match starts tomorrow!

Check the lists below to make sure your name is in the correct round!



How far will Rafa go at the AO? (2000 points for the winners :eek:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd - P.Antonius
4th - l_mac, Metis, star, tennizen, TMJordan
QF - rafa maniac, scoobs
SF - acionescu, cmurray, Evita, Getta, Invisible, jachalator, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Princesspts, The_Nadal_Effect, shawshank, tangerine dream, Troickitard
F - Corey Feldman, Foxy, nashty, wildegirl05, Xristos
W - adee-gee, Aenea, Bachelor Dandy, Blaze-2004, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, MariaV, NaDALiTa, Ria, scarecrows, Snoo Foo, wilmar

Lopaka
01-19-2009, 06:53 PM
Just get the temperature down a few degrees. Yesterday was really hot. Fortunately Rafa's match is at night. I'll be there and cheering for him.

dorkino
01-19-2009, 07:05 PM
Around 1st or 3rd Round. :scratch:


Am i allowed to whine about the draw? :baby:

Princesspts
01-19-2009, 07:53 PM
MIT- Sf

adee-gee
01-19-2009, 09:34 PM
I have already included your prediction. :) Adam hasn't updated the first post of the thread yet.
Sorry, updated now :p

Vamos Rafa, don't drop more than 6 games :yeah:

Xristos
01-20-2009, 12:21 AM
I will be at the match. LIVEE!!

VAMOOS!

rafa_maniac
01-20-2009, 12:45 AM
Don't forget I changed my pick to QF.

l_mac
01-20-2009, 12:46 AM
MIT Prediction - 4th ROUND (is that when he can meet gonzo? if not I change my pick to QF)

People.

Uncle Toni has a bad back :bigcry: and couldn't get up yesterday.

Al Costa helped Rafa yesterday.

Vamos Uncle Toni :hearts: Get better soon :worship:

tennizen
01-20-2009, 12:49 AM
Uncle Toni:bigcry: Who will take care of our boi

MariaV
01-20-2009, 04:15 AM
Oh OK so I can give my MIT prediction here? I say WIN too. :rocker:

nkhera1
01-20-2009, 06:17 AM
It will be interesting to see Nadal's "new" forehand. More importantly I wonder how it will affect him on clay and against Roger Federer. I still think that if he just works on beefing up the serve to make it consistently what it is during Wimbledon and maybe works on coming to the net a bit more, he wouldnt have to take such drastic actions while still being able to keep his advantages.

adee-gee
01-20-2009, 12:03 PM
Clearly I am good luck, I can think of no other explanation to justify such a great performance and easy victory.

Vamos :rocker2: should be easy against Karanusic.

Aenea
01-20-2009, 01:17 PM
:woohoo:

Rafa, what a convincing win and what an outstanding display from you tonight :bigclap: Just sustain this form through the entire tournament and you will be the winner.

I know Rochus played badly and he was hardly trying but I'm happy that Rafa played so well. I was worried about his form :unsure: and the knee injury :scared: but today he looked fine :D

Adam, I hope you are really Rafa's good luck :wavey:

tennizen
01-20-2009, 01:20 PM
Nice write up on Rafa by Tom Perrotta.


Late Night Massacre
by Tom Perrotta

It's a beautiful Melbourne evening: A light breeze, dry air (which feels almost like fall air after the 105-degree high of this afternoon) and lots of happy Aussies inside Rod Laver Arena. It's one big party in here--a party at the expense of Christophe Rochus, the small Belgian with miserable luck who must lose to Rafael Nadal tonight. First-round matches in majors often lack suspense, especially when the top seed plays a part. But so far, this one is more than a drubbing. It's like watching a man being fed to a lion, except I have a wireless connection and a very comfortable seat (I imagine the Romans would have enjoyed such amenities).

Nadal continues to stroke winners from every corner of the court (boom! There goes another backhand, this one over the outside net post and into the corner) as poor Rochus looks on in amazement. Nadal claimed the first eight games of the match before Rochus recovered some dignity. Then the Spaniard closed the second set with three consecutive aces. For my money, he has the best forehand in the game, and perhaps the best backhand, too (I refer you to last year's Wimbledon final, in which Nadal hit both the finest slice backhand passing shot and the most remarkable two-handed cross-court bomb I've ever seen). Now he can serve, too?

An opponent like Rochus, of course, doesn't tell us much about the form of the world No. 1. Nadal could win this match in straight sets on his a very bad night. But if you're looking for positive signs, well, there are many. Nadal is serving for the corners and hitting those corners. He's standing close to the baseline during (rather brief) rallies. He's stepping into his returns and moving forward whenever he gets the chance. The question, as always, is whether he'll be able to do that when the competition stiffens.

No matter how well he plays and how many titles he wins, Nadal still doesn't inspire as much confidence on hard courts as he does on clay and grass. This isn't surprising, but perhaps for different reasons, I suspect, than most observers suggest. The book on Nadal is that he often plays too defensively on hard courts (and hits the ball too short), and that he doesn't serve well enough. I don't think that's true these days, as his gold medal run at the Beijing Olympics showed. Nadal plays more aggressively each year, no matter the surface and his game is perfect for hard courts. It just happens to be more perfect for clay and grass. The chief reason? On cement, to my mind, Nadal's superior hand-eye coordination becomes less of an advantage. (Match update: Nadal spins, runs hard to the baseline, and loops a topspin lob winner. The lion roars again.)

How often do you see Nadal mishit the ball or hit an outright shank? Considering how hard he swings, and how much spin he applies with an extreme western grip, not too often. That's the case on clay and grass, too, where the bounces are unpredictable. In the rain, in the dark (the Wimbledon final), in the blinding sun, on clay, on grass--it doesn't matter. For everyone else, it does, or at least, it matters more than it does for Nadal. I can't help but think that his Uncle Toni, who made a point of teaching the young Nadal to deal with shoddy courts and conditions, has a lot to do with his nephew's impeccable timing, no matter what the ball does after it bounces. (Forehand winner down the line; Nadal to serve for the match.)

Hard courts, of course, give the truest bounces in the business. On hard surfaces, Nadal's supreme spin, so effective (and so unpredictable once it crashes into clay or a worn down patch of grass) becomes more predictable. His drop shot, which is underrated, becomes less of a weapon, too.

These are subtle difference, but important ones--differences that define wins and losses against opponents like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. It's not the whole story of Nadal's failure to win a major on a hard court, but it is part of it, and part that is too little discussed.

That said, I fully expect Nadal to win a hard court major or two, and perhaps this one (we'll know more about his chances later in the week, especially if he meets someone like Fernando Gonzalez, the slugger who demolished Nadal here in 2007, when Nadal's offensive skills weren't nearly as developed).

A final update: Nadal detonates another winner to bring on match point, followed by another forehand blast to end this bloody affair, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. One hour and 17 minutes and one Belgian carcass later, I'm through for the night. By the look of things, Nadal has many nights to go.

Metis
01-20-2009, 01:30 PM
Nice article Hema :yeah:



Karanusic up next for Rafa. Vamos! :rocker2: :D

Castafiore
01-20-2009, 01:36 PM
Rafael Nadal

Tuesday 20 January 2009

Transcribed Interview


Q. Could you have asked for a better start? You seemed to hit your form very quickly today.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, well, I played well, especially the serve and the forehand. Well, I play always good concentration all the time. Serving very well, I think. And with the forehand, moving very good the ball around the court.

No, I feeled well.


Q. Is it good to have a match that's over so quickly in the first round?
RAFAEL NADAL: The good thing is win. If is like this, better. So happy for the good start this year in the Australian Open. Happy about my performance today, sure.


Q. Would you say the more improvement you have made is on your serve?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know, sometimes good, sometimes a little bit worse. Today good. Today very well. Important things is try to serve like this when the pression moments are there. So that's the things I have to continuing work.

For something, you start to serve well when the score is favorable. Sure, I am happy today about my serve. I have to continuing work. I worked for lot of time for improve my serve.

I think I am always improving a little bit more. I have to continue.


Q. It was so easy. Did you not feel sorry for him?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know, the sport is like this. Today I played well. Maybe he didn't play one of his best matches. But the tennis is always difficult because if you are not playing all the time a hundred percent, anyway, if the score today was 6‑0, 6‑2, 6‑2. If I had some mistakes in some moments, he can come close back to me and anything can happen.


Q. Is that dangerous if you lose concentration if it's that easy?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I think the dangerous thing is if you are not playing with good concentration all the time. You are playing a Grand Slam. Is impossible not be concentrate all the time, no?


Q. I think he will look for another job.
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't think so, no?


Q. He told us just now.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, he is joking, for sure, no? He is a good player and he gonna to play well in the tournament.


Q. I notice you didn't have a sleeveless shirt on today. Are you sort of getting a bit older?
RAFAEL NADAL: You like it or the prefer the other one (smiling)?


Q. I wouldn't go sleeveless myself. What do you think?
RAFAEL NADAL: I feeled well, no? I feel good. Well, in this moment we gonna play like this. You never know in the future. But right now I am fine like this.


Q. Anything cause the change? Was there any reason to change it up?
RAFAEL NADAL: For change. I don't know.


Q. With Roger and Novak winning well, was it important for you also to send a message to them?
RAFAEL NADAL: That's think too much, no? I am no thinking nothing about this, no? I just think about try to play well myself. Well, Roger and Novak and Murray, they are far. They are far in the draw, no? I just can play with them in semifinals or finals, no? I have to think about next match right now.


Q. Those straps are protection only in the knees?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes. I play like this for all the time, for long time right now.


Q. It's protection?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes. I feeling good right now like this.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-20/200901201232370243171.html

adee-gee
01-20-2009, 02:14 PM
Conclusion: Rafa feels good :p

Aurora
01-20-2009, 08:41 PM
start of the year, his english is rusty :p

Aenea
01-21-2009, 06:57 AM
OOP Thursday, 22 Jan

Rod Laver Arena 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Chris Guccione (AUS) v. Gilles Simon (FRA)[6]

2. Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Roko Karanusic (CRO)

Go, Rafa http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-gen013.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

adee-gee
01-22-2009, 07:24 AM
:sport:

Another comfortable win :yeah:

Aenea
01-22-2009, 07:47 AM
The world has become accustomed to seeing Nadal mopping up clay court titles and making the French Open his very own, but of late the Spaniard has been branching out. Not only did he break Roger Federer's heart by beating the Swiss in the Wimbledon final, but he also ended 2008 as the best hard court player in the world. Of his 82 wins for the season, 46 of them came on the cement surface. This was indeed a break from the norm.

from AO official site http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2009-01-22/200901221232613234281.html

:eek:

Is this true? Rafa was 2008 best HC player? How could I miss on that fact :p

Karanusic down, Haas next. Vamos :rocker2:

Castafiore
01-22-2009, 07:53 AM
Transcript of Rafa's R2 presser:

Q. You've only dropped 11 games in two matches. How do you assess your form to this stage? You must be happy.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I am happy, no? Sure, I played before first round, second round. But, anyway, was a good result today. The other guy play very, I think, irregular. Sometimes play well, sometimes he had some mistakes. So was tough match for get the rhythm.

But the result is good. I think I won without problems, no?


Q. Last year you led the tour with wins on hard courts. Does that give you confidence in thinking you can win a Grand Slam on a hard court, as you've done on grass and clay?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I gonna try, no? For sure I think when you think you win in Toronto, you win in Olympics, I have Montréal, I have Madrid, I have Indian Wells in this kind of surface. When you have these tournaments playing against the best players of the world, because in these tournaments are the best players of the world. Why you can't win a Grand Slam in hard court, no?

I always try. Trying to improve always in this surface. Hopefully in this year have a chance for win here or for win in the US Open.


Q. Do you think here or the US Open favors your game, one or the other, better?

RAFAEL NADAL: The thing is play good. If I am playing good, I think I gonna have my chances for have a good result in both.


Q. One thing you've changed is your forehand here. It seems to be a lot flatter. Is that something you've really focused on?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, not true. I didn't know nothing about that (laughter). First new.


Q. Does anything set Melbourne apart for you, make it seem different to you?

RAFAEL NADAL: Is very good city, no? I think is a calm city, big city, but at the same time calm. Problems with my English, no? Calm? No. I think you understand more than my secretary (laughter).

No, I really enjoy the city. Is clean, very clean city. So that's good, no? One of the favorite cities for me I think.


Q. You would have wanted to have played both in Shanghai and in the Davis Cup final last year. But do you think perhaps having missed those two events you are better prepared, it's given you a bit of time perhaps?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I don't know really. I had time in December for practice ‑ more than in other years. But other years the result were very good, too, no? I hope continues with the same results.

I don't know if gonna be good. I think for some aspects can be good. For some other ones, is a little bit worse. Can be good because you didn't play, you have more time for practice, you have more time for recover mentally from the long season like last year. But at the same time I was more time than the rest outside of competition. So this is a little bit tougher get the rhythm another time.

Anyway, watching the positive thing, I hope if is not here can help me for the season.


Q. Could you tell us in more than one word how Mauritius was?

RAFAEL NADAL: It was well. I was there ‑‑ well, we were there for one week. Yes, was very nice place. I don't know. The people was very nice with me there. I had some activities. I enjoyed a lot. Hope to come back.


Q. Tommy Haas in the next round. It's going to be a hard match for you.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, going to be the first big opponent I think. Right now, well, gonna be a very good test for see how I am. I going to have to play very well if I want have chances to win, no? I think he won today very easy. So when one player win easy, is good news. Seems he's playing well. I have to play well if I want to win.


Q. Can you talk a little bit about Albert Costa coming in as the new Davis Cup captain, what you think he brings to the job, good things or bad things.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, always is good to have a player being a captain. Especially Albert, I think he has a very good relationship with all the players. I was playing the same time with him. I know him, I think. He always was a team player. Right now for me is the best captain we can have, no?


Q. Do you think he has a lot of pressure? Obviously, Emilio has done quite well with the team.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, Emilio won, and the lost the first three years. So doesn't matter, no? The thing is be there, win or lose is another thing. Doesn't depend only the captain. The captain is more. But I think the captain is more important for have a good atmosphere on the team. I don't know. The important thing for me in the captain is have a captain ‑‑

THE INTERPRETER: That he makes a good atmosphere on the team so that people want to go and play Davis Cup.

RAFAEL NADAL: That's more important thing because in the end is not like a football team, then you play, no?


Q. There's a lot of interest in your new outfits. Some of your fans on the websites don't seem to like them too much, your clothes. Do you like the change of image?

RAFAEL NADAL: What happened? The fans didn't like?


Q. Some of them don't.

RAFAEL NADAL: Sorry (laughter). I don't know.

No, I am feeling okay. I am feeling well. For sure, when you have a change, some people like, other people don't like. For sure with the sleeveless, not everybody like the sleeveless. Right now gonna be the same, no?

But, anyway, is a change. But I feel good like this. Important thing in the end is not the clothes; is the ball and racquet and play well.


Q. Tommy Haas is coming back from an injury. How much do you know about his history, his story, his shoulder problems, all that kind of stuff? Did you follow that? Are you aware of it?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I know him for a long time, no? I played a lot of matches. A lot. I don't know if a lot. But I played some matches against him.

He had important injuries in his career. That's tough for a big player like him. He had very good result. He had for two years outside the court. He came back and he start another time playing well. Right now he had ‑‑ well, last year he had another time some problems, but is coming back.

Look, he's in third round another time. So he's a very good player. Always for everybody is tough, dangerous. When he came back, always he's there, no?


Q. Is there something special you have to fear about his game?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I think he's a very complete player. He can play slice, good backhand, good forehand. He can go to the volley. He have a good serve. No, he can do everything. If I want to win, I have to put more rhythm and intensity than him.


Q. You have many fans in Australia. You see Rafa on the T‑shirts. Does that help you make you more relaxed when you go on the court, thinking that a lot of them are on your side?
RAFAEL NADAL: Not more relaxed, no. That's always nice have the crowd with you. Just can say thank you very much everybody, no?

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-22/200901221232605010109.html

Metis
01-22-2009, 08:52 AM
It's time for some action in the MIT competition. Someone will fail in the next round. Hopefully it will be P.Antonius. :D



How far will Rafa go at the AO? (2000 points for the winners :eek:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd - P.Antonius
4th - l_mac, Metis, star, tennizen, TMJordan
QF - rafa maniac, scoobs
SF - acionescu, cmurray, Evita, Getta, Invisible, jachalator, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Princesspts, The_Nadal_Effect, shawshank, tangerine dream, Troickitard
F - Corey Feldman, Foxy, nashty, wildegirl05, Xristos
W - adee-gee, Aenea, Bachelor Dandy, Blaze-2004, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, MariaV, NaDALiTa, Ria, scarecrows, Snoo Foo, wilmar





Haas :scared: :unsure:

Well, they have played 3 times on hard (not in slams) and Rafa won in straight sets every time. :shrug:

Xristos
01-22-2009, 11:25 AM
Vamoos!

Aenea
01-23-2009, 05:34 AM
OOP Saturday, Jan 24

Rod Laver Arena 19:30

Women's Singles - 3rd Round
Samantha Stosur (AUS) v. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[4]

Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Tommy Haas (GER)

Good luck, Rafi :inlove:

adee-gee
01-24-2009, 12:09 PM
On we go to R4 :sport: excellent display (from what I saw :D )

Unfortunately we have Gonzo now. Certainly worthy of an :unsure: :scared: and the fact he has cruised through to the 4th round spending very little time on court makes me even more :unsure: :unsure: :scared: :scared:

Metis
01-24-2009, 12:18 PM
Nadal-Haas 6-4 6-2 6-2 :D

Nice, quick one Rafito. :yeah:



How far will Rafa go at the AO? (2000 points for the winners :eek:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd - P.Antonius
4th - l_mac, Metis, star, tennizen, TMJordan
QF - rafa maniac, scoobs
SF - acionescu, cmurray, Evita, Getta, Invisible, jachalator, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Princesspts, The_Nadal_Effect, shawshank, tangerine dream, Troickitard
F - Corey Feldman, Foxy, nashty, wildegirl05, Xristos
W - adee-gee, Aenea, Bachelor Dandy, Blaze-2004, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, MariaV, NaDALiTa, Ria, scarecrows, Snoo Foo, wilmar




P.Antonius YOU FAILED :nerner:


I want to take this opportunity to dedicate today's FAIL to the now ex-president; the FAIL force was with him through the years. :worship:


http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/bush_bookupsidedown.jpg

http://canasianinvasion.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/fail_bush-fazendo-pose-burro-marcio-marciocamargoblogspotcom.jpg

http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/bush_idiot_heart.jpg


http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/bushbrolly.jpg


:D

Aenea
01-24-2009, 12:36 PM
Well done, Rafi :kiss:

Now take Gonzo out and let him feel how you felt 2 years ago at the very same tournament when you 2 met :devil:

Vamos :rocker2:

adee-gee
01-24-2009, 12:44 PM
:rolls: if Metis' fail posts were a person, I'd marry them :inlove:

rafa_maniac
01-24-2009, 12:45 PM
I already felt pretty vindicated with that Olympic final beatdown, but a nice thrashing day after next would still please me greatly :devil:

Foxy
01-24-2009, 01:05 PM
I am so glaaaaaaaad P. Antonius failed.
Just take it and go home, m*g!

Aenea
01-24-2009, 01:27 PM
I already felt pretty vindicated with that Olympic final beatdown, but a nice thrashing day after next would still please me greatly :devil:

I look forward to this too :D but the atmosphere will be unbearable. The Chileans are scary and very loud. I hope for a good umpire not Norm Chryst :( who can keep the Chileans at bay.

dorkino
01-24-2009, 01:40 PM
Rafa's presser:

Q. Can you play any better than that?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, always you can improve, no? Perfect matches doesn't exist. But today, especially after a few games, after the first three, four games, I started to play well. In the beginning, I was playing too short little bit. And Tommy has the control of the points on the court. But that change after the beginning of the match.

For that reason, I have the victory, no? I play more inside the court with the forehand. Improving a little bit more with the backhand, too. Very happy to be in fourth round for another year.


Q. Do you think you're playing better at this stage this year than the same stage last year?

RAFAEL NADAL: I never compared year by year, no? I don't like the comparisons. Last year, I played the semifinals here. Was a very good result for the start of the season. Right now, I am in fourth round. For sure the toughest matches still to come.

Against González, this match going to be a very tough match. He's coming with big confidence after two big wins against Hewitt the first round, and right now against Gasquet with unbelievable comeback, two sets down. He's coming with confidence. Going to be a very tough opponent.


Q. Do you think you owe him a victory here after he beat you easily two years ago?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, he beat me very easy two years ago here. So it wasn't play one of my best matches. He played well.

Well, he's tough. He's very good player. He can beat me, for sure, another time. Hopefully not. But I gonna try my best for try to change the situation from two years, for try to play the same level like last year in Olympics.


Q. How much of a factor do you think it is that he had so long on court tonight, whereas you've been very quick with the matches you had?

RAFAEL NADAL: Hopefully affect a lot (smiling). But I think that's not gonna happen, no? He didn't play with the sun, with the hot. That's gonna be important factor.

And, well, for sure he going to be a little bit more tired. But he's very strong, no? He's very strong player physically. The same time he going to be with more confidence than ever, no, because he beat against big player like Richard, and he had a very good comeback. So that's very important for the confidence.


Q. Does that come into your strategy, to run him around early?

RAFAEL NADAL: Doesn't matter. I never think about that, no? I only think about try to play my game, try to play aggressive with my forehand, and try to be very concentrate with the serve, no?


Q. How did you find the conditions out there tonight?

RAFAEL NADAL: Very good, no? No wind. That's always easier for play. Very good atmosphere. So, very happy for everything, no? The crowd support was always there supporting me. So that's very nice when you come on court and feel the support of the crowd. So can say thanks very much to all the Australian people, no?


Q. After your results last year, after becoming world No. 1, how motivated are you to show what you're capable of at this tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: The same motivation like every year. Every year when I came here, I came with my best motivation, try my best all the time. This year I gonna try the same, so... One number don't change motivation, no?

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-24/200901241232718800078.html

GuiroNl
01-24-2009, 06:42 PM
I already felt pretty vindicated with that Olympic final beatdown, but a nice thrashing day after next would still please me greatly :devil:

Vindication. Why would you feel vindicated?

rafa_maniac
01-25-2009, 01:36 AM
Vindication. Why would you feel vindicated?

Because of a certain match at the 2007 Oz Open :o

Aenea
01-25-2009, 06:03 AM
OOP Monday Jan, 26


Rod Laver Arena 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 4th Round
Gael Monfils (FRA)[12] v. Gilles Simon (FRA)[6]

2. Women's Singles - 4th Round
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[13] v. Serena Williams (USA)[2]

3. Men's Singles - 4th Round
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)[13]

Good luck, Rafa :D

GuiroNl
01-25-2009, 08:06 AM
Because of a certain match at the 2007 Oz Open :o

Yes I got that but still: why would you feel vindicated? I don't get that.

Foxy
01-25-2009, 12:22 PM
Has the courts been repainted for this year? I mean the hue of the colours is not the same as last year. The inside of the court was way darker I remember. Anyone?

rafa_maniac
01-25-2009, 03:07 PM
Yes I got that but still: why would you feel vindicated? I don't get that.

Maybe that's not the right word... unless you count me feeling vindicated on Rafa's behalf? :D

Xristos
01-25-2009, 03:22 PM
Has the courts been repainted for this year? I mean the hue of the colours is not the same as last year. The inside of the court was way darker I remember. Anyone?

Really? Pics?

Anyways Vamooos Rafa! Take your revenge.

Aenea
01-25-2009, 03:50 PM
Really? Pics?

Anyways Vamooos Rafa! Take your revenge.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=8608&page=361

Pics from the last year.

Xristos
01-25-2009, 04:06 PM
Looks about the same, no?

GuiroNl
01-25-2009, 04:57 PM
Maybe that's not the right word... unless you count me feeling vindicated on Rafa's behalf? :D

Got ya :)

Aenea
01-26-2009, 06:03 AM
:woohoo:

Rafa into the QF already, beating Gonzo 63 62 64 :worship: the only one of the big 4 who is yet to drop a set :D

Well done baby :inlove:

Now Simone next :armed:

Metis
01-26-2009, 06:57 AM
Well done Rafito! :D



How far will Rafa go at the AO? (2000 points for the winners :eek:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd - P.Antonius
4th - l_mac, Metis, star, tennizen, TMJordan
QF - rafa maniac, scoobs
SF - acionescu, cmurray, Evita, Getta, Invisible, jachalator, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Princesspts, The_Nadal_Effect, shawshank, tangerine dream, Troickitard
F - Corey Feldman, Foxy, nashty, wildegirl05, Xristos
W - adee-gee, Aenea, Bachelor Dandy, Blaze-2004, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, MariaV, NaDALiTa, Ria, scarecrows, Snoo Foo, wilmar




l_mac, Metis, star, tennizen, TMJordan: quite a nice little group we have here :D and among them are the champions of MIT FAIL 2008, l_mac and Metis. :worship: tennizen and TMJordan are no strangers to FAIL either and star is a newbie I believe (she is learning from the best :hug: )


For them, one of my favorite FAILs: :kiss:


http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/tennisdoublesfail.jpg

GuiroNl
01-26-2009, 11:23 AM
Anyone else getting excited now given Nadal's form?

Metis
01-26-2009, 11:39 AM
I prefer to not get excited and attribute it partly to Gonzo's having played a long 3rd round match (not to mention all the tapes he was wearing on his leg).

I watched a few games of the Tsonga-Blake match and Tsonga seemed to be in great form, maybe almost as good as last year's (?)

GuiroNl
01-26-2009, 11:51 AM
From what I saw Tsonga was indeed playing fine tennis but I don't think he's at the level of last year. Of course, if he is to reach the final Tsonga is probably the hardest player left in the top half of the draw for him.

Still, I think Rafa is much better than he was last year and playing well enough to counter Tsonga. We'll see though, just happy to see him play well right now.

adee-gee
01-26-2009, 12:05 PM
Dedicated to all those who doubted my thread starting abilities :ras: :D

Clearly Andy was upset by my snub, resulting in a disappointing 4th round loss. Rafito, however, with my full support (and MIT prediction) is going all the way to the title. I take full credit for this and expect to be on the front page of vamos brigade.

:rocker2:

Aenea
01-26-2009, 12:11 PM
True that. Tsonga is playing well I saw his match vs Blake, he was serving solid and I don't know whether Blake is a bad returner or Tsonga's serves are just hard to return. Can he sustain that form for 2 more matches? What if it goes to 5 setters? Hopefully Verdasco will take care of Tsonga :unsure:

But before that Rafa has to take out Simon :scared:

tennizen
01-26-2009, 12:43 PM
Well done Rafito! :D





l_mac, Metis, star, tennizen, TMJordan: quite a nice little group we have here :D and among them are the champions of MIT FAIL 2008, l_mac and Metis. :worship: tennizen and TMJordan are no strangers to FAIL either and star is a newbie I believe (she is learning from the best :hug: )


For them, one of my favorite FAILs: :kiss:


http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/tennisdoublesfail.jpg

Metis:hug: I knew I would have a proud moment on the FAIL leaderboard along with you distinguished champions. I may start crying like Fed did when Rod Laver was around in AO 2006:sobbing:

Metis
01-26-2009, 05:30 PM
Metis:hug: I knew I would have a proud moment on the FAIL leaderboard along with you distinguished champions. I may start crying like Fed did when Rod Laver was around in AO 2006:sobbing:

:hug:

Follow our lead and your chances of FAIL will keep improving. :D

tangerine_dream
01-26-2009, 06:32 PM
l_mac, Metis, star, tennizen, TMJordan: quite a nice little group we have here :D and among them are the champions of MIT FAIL 2008, l_mac and Metis. :worship: tennizen and TMJordan are no strangers to FAIL either and star is a newbie I believe (she is learning from the best :hug: )
The Fail is strong with these two.

Aenea
01-27-2009, 05:53 AM
OOP Wednesday Jan, 28

Rod Laver Arena 19:30

Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Gilles Simon (FRA)[6]

Good luck Rafa and bring on your A+ game http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-happy110.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

Xristos
01-28-2009, 03:35 AM
Vamoos.

Take care of the biz-ness.

GuiroNl
01-28-2009, 10:45 AM
Somewhat unconvincing win but at least he has the poor match out of the way now (I hope).

Metis
01-28-2009, 11:12 AM
Nadal-Simon 6-2 7-5 7-5

In the SF once more! :banana:




How far will Rafa go at the AO? (2000 points for the winners :eek:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd - P.Antonius
4th - l_mac, Metis, star, tennizen, TMJordan
QF - rafa maniac, scoobs
SF - acionescu, cmurray, Evita, Getta, Invisible, jachalator, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Princesspts, The_Nadal_Effect, shawshank, tangerine dream, Troickitard
F - Corey Feldman, Foxy, nashty, wildegirl05, Xristos
W - adee-gee, Aenea, Bachelor Dandy, Blaze-2004, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, MariaV, NaDALiTa, Ria, scarecrows, Snoo Foo, wilmar




rafa maniac (who almost got lynched for jinxing during the 3rd set :hug: ) and scoobs (our very own moderator :hearts: ), here is your special FAIL, suggested by cmurray (her turn will come up soon I hope :devil:):


http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/fail-owned-first-time-fail.jpg

Aenea
01-28-2009, 12:09 PM
After MTF ate several of my posts :mad: I'll be short this time around.

:woohoo:

I'm happy you are into the semis, Rafa :bigclap:

tennizen
01-28-2009, 12:13 PM
Rafa's presser is up. Nice analysis in the first paragraph.

Q. You're through to the semifinals without dropping a set again, like last year. Can you compare your level here this year versus last year?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I never like the comparisons between years. This year I am playing more regular than last year, no? I think last year I played against Troicki saving set points, against Serra I think easy. Next I played against Simon, saving set points. Today tough match, too, without playing very well, and against Mathieu I didn't play very well.

The feeling I am playing well. I only had little bit worse match the second round, but for the rest I played very good third round. Against González and Simon I think was very good matches.

Today was tough, because play against Simon is always difficult. I can't play exactly my rhythm because when I play my rhythm with the forehand trying to change directions with the forehand for him is good, no? I think he feels very well two meters behind the line and running all the time.

I think I had to change a little bit the strategy, trying to play a little bit more slice, short balls, try to change the rhythm, no? Play higher, play lower. So that's what I try today.

Q. Sounds like you're playing better. What is the difference? Is it your serving? What's improved this year?

RAFAEL NADAL: If I play the same like all the year last year, you give me a paper and I sign, no?

The thing is always have illusion for improve. I never lost this illusion for continuing improve my tennis. I think I have little bit more things to do than a few years ago. I can slice a little bit more, I can go a little bit more to the net. I am playing a little bit better inside the court. That's the things that I am improving, no, or trying to improve. The serve, I improved, but for sure I need improve more.

Q. Will it be very emotional to play a compatriot, Fernando Verdasco, in the semifinal?

RAFAEL NADAL: Always is good to play against another Spanish player in semifinals of Grand Slam, no? Is very good news for us. One player gonna be in the Final. But, you know, Fernando is playing at his best level. I never played against him when he's playing at the level like right now, because I think he never played at this level before, beating Murray, beating Tsonga. Sometimes in the past he had some mistakes in important moments and he lost a little bit of concentration. But right now he's changing these things, no?

I think he play very well in Brisbane, but right now he's playing well, no? I saw his two matches against Tsonga and Murray. He was very focused all the time, knowing what he want to do all the time. So going to be very tough.

Q. Will that be a good feeling for you, playing against another Spanish player, someone you know well, compared to against someone you don't know very well?

RAFAEL NADAL: No difference, no? The only difference, we both from Spain. We have good very relation. Good thing, one Spanish player going to be in the Final. So this is no different because in the end you play against a rival. This time the rival is another friend. But, anyway, going to be very tough.

Q. You're from a hot country. How important is it going to be for players to stay out of the heat as they're going further into the tournament?

RAFAEL NADAL: Believe me, not like here. I never had the same ‑‑ I never feel the same like today when I was warming up outside.

Q. How do you think people from places that are cooler than where you come from are going to be handling the situation?

RAFAEL NADAL: It is a little bit easier for players who are from the countries with very hot. But in our case, I think is not like here, like this, no? In Spain is the winter right now. Is cold, very cold. So if you are from, I don't know, Argentina, right now is the summer, is a little bit easier because you arrive with the same conditions. But for us is much different.

Q. Does having the roof closed or opened, the way it changes the way the court plays, is that good for your game or bad for your game?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, in the end you have to play well in both situations, no? Change a little bit, but not too much. Maybe is a little bit faster with the roof. But that's it.

cmurray
01-28-2009, 12:14 PM
I don't normally say this, but.....I hope I lose. :D

I'm :scared: of Nando.

adee-gee
01-28-2009, 12:34 PM
Muzza you big pessimist :ras:

Iphone fail :hearts:

cmurray
01-28-2009, 12:47 PM
Muzza you big pessimist :ras:

Iphone fail :hearts:

:( I am not. I'm just so irritated with all the Fedtards who are saying their little "please let Rafa lose" chants so Roger doesn't have to play him in the finals. :mad:

iphone :rocker2:

Foxy
01-28-2009, 01:01 PM
Could you please explain me why playing under a closed roof is considered faster than playing under the open roof? I mean physics-wise. What makes it faster? Let for example assume all other factors are the same. Play at night, same surface, same court, same balls, same players and everything else. Just the roof ON/OFF is the variable.
Thanks.

cmurray
01-28-2009, 01:17 PM
Could you please explain me why playing under a closed roof is considered faster than playing under the open roof? I mean physics-wise. What makes it faster? Let for example assume all other factors are the same. Play at night, same surface, same court, same balls, same players and everything else. Just the roof ON/OFF is the variable.
Thanks.

I think conditions are supposed to be slower with the roof closed, actually. Apparently there is a real lack of humidity in Melbourne, but with the roof closed, it causes much more humid conditions, thus slowing the ball down.

tennizen
01-28-2009, 01:42 PM
Simon:hearts: So full of praise for Rafa:dance:

Q. What is your take on the match today?

GILLES SIMON: What do you think (smiling)?

Q. You played it.

GILLES SIMON: Yeah, I played it. Unfortunately for me, I gave him the break every time in the first game of every set. It was hard after to come back. I didn't manage in the first set. It was better in the second and third. But finally, he was far better than me.

I mean, the last time I saved so many breakpoints and everything, and this time no one. Every time I had the chance, he played better than me. He hits a winner every time. I mean, he was just too good today.

Q. Is that a matter of experience, that he plays best on the big points?

GILLES SIMON: No, I don't know. I think it's a matter of level. I really have to do some unbelievable shots sometimes just to come back in the match, and then it's hard to play like this. It's harder in three sets, 'cause when you start the match, when finally you lose the set, then you know you have three more sets to win if you want to win the match. So it's harder.

But, I mean, I just gave what I had. It was a good match.

Q. You thought you got the maximum out of it, the maximum you could achieve?

GILLES SIMON: I don't know. You never know. Sometimes just one points or two points different and the match can change. I mean, I have a set point. Even if I have no chance, because he played a good serve, and then he hits the forehand. So there was nothing to do.

But, I mean, it's just one point, and if you win it, it can be a different match. It can always be better. But I think I did what I had to do on the court. He was just better than me today. He didn't miss anything. He didn't give any point during three sets. He was serving very well.

Q. You're happy with what you've achieved this tournament?

GILLES SIMON: Yes, of course. It was the first time I was on the top eight seed and I reached the quarterfinals. So that's why I told you I did what I had to do on this match, on the tournament. It's very nice for me.

But when you lose a match, you're never happy. I know that I had some chance to do better, and I really wanted to win maybe just one set, but just to feel different. To lose three sets to Love, it's always hard.

Q. How do you assess Rafael's chances of going on and winning the tournament?

GILLES SIMON: I mean, he has a good chance to win. He's No. 1, so... He didn't lose any set. He's playing very good. Maybe Roger because he did a very nice match yesterday. But I don't know. If he's playing like this, he have a really good chance to win.

Q. What is better about his serve?

GILLES SIMON: I don't know. It seems to me that I returned better the last time I played against him. And this time, it was only better in the third set. But in the two first sets, he did so many winners with his serve. Finally we were just playing from the baseline, but on my serve. So that's why it was a good match.

But I was just not able to break him. That was good for confidence, I mean. I think that's why he was really good in every important point because he hits a winner any time. I think you can watch the video. Every time I had the chance, he touched the line or... So there was nothing to do.

Q. Do you think that's the big difference from the match in Madrid?

GILLES SIMON: Yes, I think, really. In the first set, it was really better, it was 6‑2. That's not a problem. But if you have one chance, you have to take it against him. You can't have three, four, five opportunities. That's too much. If you miss one or two, then you lose in three sets, just like this.

I think I was better in Madrid. But finally it's very close.

Q. What is his biggest strength?

GILLES SIMON: The mental. I don't know. He's doing everything very well on the court. He has a lot improved his game. He's able to run. He can attack. He can comes to the net when it's important. Sometime it was 15‑30 on his serve, and then he did a serve and volley.

Every time I play against him, he's the best player, I think. He's still improving.

cmurray
01-28-2009, 01:47 PM
Gilles :inlove:

He was very gracious. :hug:

rafa_maniac
01-28-2009, 01:47 PM
:( I am not. I'm just so irritated with all the Fedtards who are saying their little "please let Rafa lose" chants so Roger doesn't have to play him in the finals. :mad:

iphone :rocker2:

Really? They're making me feel all warm and gooey inside, knowing how much they're squirming in fear at the idea of another Fedal slam final :devil:

tennizen
01-28-2009, 01:49 PM
Really? They're making me feel all warm and gooey inside, knowing how much they're squirming in fear at the idea of another Fedal slam final :devil:

Your optimism has to be curbed somehow:(. We cannot have that sort of thing here. Maybe Rafa will have another Seppigate in upcoming tournaments and that will bring you down:lol:

cmurray
01-28-2009, 01:56 PM
Your optimism has to be curbed somehow:(. We cannot have that sort of thing here. Maybe Rafa will have another Seppigate in upcoming tournaments and that will bring you down:lol:

losing to Monfils was sort of like Seppi-gate - and it hasn't worked yet. :mad:

rafa maniac, did you say your name is Robin?

Aenea
01-28-2009, 03:27 PM
:( I am not. I'm just so irritated with all the Fedtards who are saying their little "please let Rafa lose" chants so Roger doesn't have to play him in the finals. :mad:

iphone :rocker2:

Fedtards nasty as always nothing new under the sun :shrug: What bothers me more is the high level of hypocrisy on this board. I've been here for a year now and I still cannot get used to that.

:secret: Adam it is 62 75 75

adee-gee
01-28-2009, 04:02 PM
:secret: Adam it is 62 75 75
That was Metis' fault :speakles: she wrote 6-3 7-5 7-5 and I just copied and pasted it :lol:

http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/millionaire_idiot_fail.jpg

Xoman
01-28-2009, 04:51 PM
Could you please explain me why playing under a closed roof is considered faster than playing under the open roof? I mean physics-wise. What makes it faster? Let for example assume all other factors are the same. Play at night, same surface, same court, same balls, same players and everything else. Just the roof ON/OFF is the variable.
Thanks.

Foxy,

I don't know why people say it makes it faster ... My reasoning as engineer goes as follows: When the roof is closed the temperature inside the enclosed area drops a few degrees. Making the fair assumption that the atmospheric pressure stays the same, then the air is slightly more dense the lower the temperature is, thus oppossing slight more resistance to objects travelling through it. Therefore with the roof close, the balls will be a tad slower. However the difference is almost negligible. I don't know why people keep saying the ball goes faster with the roof closed. I would like to hear their reasoning.

Foxy
01-28-2009, 05:23 PM
Foxy,

I don't know why people say it makes it faster ... My reasoning as engineer goes as follows: When the roof is closed the temperature inside the enclosed area drops a few degrees. Making the fair assumption that the atmospheric pressure stays the same, then the air is slightly more dense the lower the temperature is, thus oppossing slight more resistance to objects travelling through it. Therefore with the roof close, the balls will be a tad slower. However the difference is almost negligible. I don't know why people keep saying the ball goes faster with the roof closed. I would like to hear their reasoning.

OK, let's take Hamburg. The general assumption was that Djokovic had an advantage playing Nadal under the roof. Why? I still can't get it. Maybe it is just topsin related?

cmurray
01-28-2009, 05:56 PM
OK, let's take Hamburg. The general assumption was that Djokovic had an advantage playing Nadal under the roof. Why? I still can't get it. Maybe it is just topsin related?


Isn't Hamburg played out of doors? :scratch:

Foxy
01-28-2009, 07:20 PM
Isn't Hamburg played out of doors? :scratch:

It has a roof too.

Shantal
01-28-2009, 07:21 PM
Foxy,

I don't know why people say it makes it faster ... My reasoning as engineer goes as follows: When the roof is closed the temperature inside the enclosed area drops a few degrees. Making the fair assumption that the atmospheric pressure stays the same, then the air is slightly more dense the lower the temperature is, thus oppossing slight more resistance to objects travelling through it. Therefore with the roof close, the balls will be a tad slower. However the difference is almost negligible. I don't know why people keep saying the ball goes faster with the roof closed. I would like to hear their reasoning.

Simple: It's all about the spin. With the extreme heat the balls become heavier and Nadal top-spin becomes a fraction less effective. For players who play flatter than Nadal [99.9% of the tour] it's something similar - their shots become more flatter [we are talking about very tiny differences] and thus give defending type of players less time to reach the ball. In a way people assume that less time to reach the attacking shot = less effective defense = more effective offence = faster court. Which isn't exactly right, but it's that way things are seen around here.

OK, let's take Hamburg. The general assumption was that Djokovic had an advantage playing Nadal under the roof. Why? I still can't get it. Maybe it is just topsin related?

Yes, it's all top-spin related. Even if Hamburg was known for the slowest clay-court Masters it's more suited to Federer's game than to Nadal's because on impact the court produces less top-spin than the other clay courts. So Federer both has the time to move to take the shot [it's still clay] and then hit it low so that it's difficult to return.
The roof also eliminates all outside forces like wind and sun which are more problematic to the attacking players, since they have to have more precision in placing the balls on or near the lines.

rafa_maniac
01-29-2009, 05:17 AM
Your optimism has to be curbed somehow:(. We cannot have that sort of thing here. Maybe Rafa will have another Seppigate in upcoming tournaments and that will bring you down:lol:

I wouldn't consider it optimism, I don't really expect him to win the final should he make it, I just like seeing Fedtards squirm :shrug:

rafa_maniac
01-29-2009, 06:40 AM
losing to Monfils was sort of like Seppi-gate - and it hasn't worked yet. :mad:

rafa maniac, did you say your name is Robin?

Yes I did. :wavey:

Aenea
01-29-2009, 09:49 AM
No need to tell you tomorrow's OOP :) you all know

19:30 RLA Rafa vs Verdasco :D

Vamos Rafa :rocker2: take care you make it to the finals :armed:

Good luck :bigclap:

the_natural
01-29-2009, 11:20 PM
Rafa better watch his perfectly toned ass... Verdasco will go out there to win today, i wouldnt be nervous if this were the finals cos i know Verdasco will win like 2 games if he makes the finals, but he will be all heroice today... also hope rafa not injured like some people said

born_on_clay
01-30-2009, 08:20 AM
Good luck Rafa !

GuiroNl
01-30-2009, 01:36 PM
A really good win although I wasn't impressed by Nadal's play at all (read: he sucked), hitting many groundstrokes short and an insane amount of BH slice shots.

Anyway, first time that a form horse doesn't take him out in a HC slam, hope that he recovers for the final.

Aenea
01-30-2009, 01:45 PM
Rafa :worship:

Congratulations for your first HC GS final :bigclap:

I could say even harsher words than "he sucked" but since this is a cheering thread I won't. I expect a huge improvement for the final. Hopefully he'll be OK by then. How unfair that he always gets some on fire players for 3rd consecutive year :sad:

But now it's time for celebration since Rafa is into the final. I'll worry about it when the time comes :)

:woohoo: :woohoo: :aparty:

Metis
01-30-2009, 02:14 PM
Nadal-Verdasco 6-7 6-4 7-6 6-7 6-4 :eek:

Un-frigging-believable!!! :woohoo:




How far will Rafa go at the AO? (2000 points for the winners :eek:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd - P.Antonius
4th - l_mac, Metis, star, tennizen, TMJordan
QF - rafa maniac, scoobs
SF - acionescu, cmurray, Evita, Getta, Invisible, jachalator, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Princesspts, The_Nadal_Effect, shawshank, tangerine dream, Troickitard
F - Corey Feldman, Foxy, nashty, wildegirl05, Xristos
W - adee-gee, Aenea, Bachelor Dandy, Blaze-2004, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, MariaV, NaDALiTa, Ria, scarecrows, Snoo Foo, wilmar



acionescu, cmurray, Evita, Getta, Invisible, jachalator, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Princesspts, The_Nadal_Effect, shawshank, tangerine dream, Troickitard: time to say :wavey: You were so close to winning this. :awww: Better luck next time!

http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/titanicfail.jpg



and my heart will go on and on... :music:

Aurora
01-30-2009, 03:22 PM
I'm still high with adrenaline...

tangerine_dream
01-30-2009, 03:24 PM
Best fail ever. :D Rafa, omg what a win. :worship:

Aurora
01-30-2009, 03:50 PM
great match.

really nice interview http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-30/200901301233244960359.html
but
Q. Do you plan to play closer to the baseline against Federer? Tonight you had to run really a lot.
RAFAEL NADAL: Was tough to be more inside, no? What do you think? Did you see the speed of the ball or not (laughter)?

Q. I saw he was able to stay farther in front.
RAFAEL NADAL: I would love to be more inside, yeah. I gonna try to be more inside for the final, but I am playing against Federer.
:o

DhammaTiger
01-30-2009, 05:14 PM
Great match from both players. Rafa is amazing . Vamos Rafa!!

Getta
01-30-2009, 06:33 PM
acionescu, cmurray, Evita, Getta, Invisible, jachalator, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Princesspts, The_Nadal_Effect, shawshank, tangerine dream, Troickitard: time to say :wavey: You were so close to winning this. :awww: Better luck next time!

As long as Rafa achieves greater results than my wrong predictions, it is seen as a good thing. Strongly hope my streak of bad luck continues. :dance:

Vamos, Rafa! :bigclap:

Minn
01-30-2009, 07:12 PM
I love my fail picture! And I'm glad my prediction was wrong.

16681
01-30-2009, 08:47 PM
This is a case of good news vs. bad news. The good news is he won the Match :) But the bad news is he probably wore himself out in the process of winning the Match plus if he plays like that when he plays The Fed it will be GSM for The Fed :sad: And I hate the thought of The Fed winning yet another Grand Slam :ras:

Herdwick
01-30-2009, 09:30 PM
Evening :wavey:
:worship:
Best match of week to my mind. Many, many congrats to Rafa, he is amazing, how he keeps improving. Up to last year, allegedly he was only a clay courter, then he wins Wimbledon. Now, he has his first hardcourt slam in his sights and no one in their right mind would bet against him.

Bring on the classic final. :bounce:

l_mac
01-30-2009, 09:52 PM
This is a case of good news vs. bad news. The good news is he won the Match :) But the bad news is he probably wore himself out in the process of winning the Match plus if he plays like that when he plays The Fed it will be GSM for The Fed :sad: And I hate the thought of The Fed winning yet another Grand Slam :ras:

At this point, I'm just beyond happy that Rafa has made the final.

Of course, come Sunday morning I will be cursing Mr Priss to the heavens :D but for now I am feeling only delighted that Rafa has achieved something I feared he never would :worship: :worship:

Rafa said he was having back cramps in his presser (Spanish one I think :awww:) and also that he had started crying when he got to 0-40 in the last game.

What a sweetheart :hearts:

Manila ESQ
01-30-2009, 10:16 PM
Good luck, Rafa on the finals! Don't give up as we're not giving up on you either. Just give it your best, and who knows? Roger may get a virus or soemthing. Hahaha... Joke!

l_mac
01-30-2009, 11:36 PM
Bah. The GM experts are predictinga right battering for Rafa :awww: His winning record in finals and H2H with The Nose could well take a hit :tears: Maybe he should have lost in the semis.

This is the first match the two have played with Rafa ranked above Fed, right?

:scared: :unsure: :bigcry:

GuiroNl
01-31-2009, 12:09 AM
This is the first match the two have played with Rafa ranked above Fed, right?

Yes in all previous meetings Federer was the #1 player in the world.

Foxy
01-31-2009, 09:16 AM
Any news from Rafa's practice session? How does he look? What elements does he practise?

Aenea
01-31-2009, 09:55 AM
Guys you all know tomorrow 19:30 RLA the Grand Finale :D

Rafa vs Roger :worship:

I feel like it's time to cheer Rafa up

http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-basic/wave.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-gen013.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-happy110.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

I'm expecting a loss but I'm hoping for a win :D

Rafa, play well and avoid a beatdown :tape: please please :bowdown: though I'm prepared to face anything

Vamos :rocker2:

Metis
01-31-2009, 12:48 PM
1st harcourt Slam final for Rafa :worship:



How far will Rafa go at the AO? (2000 points for the winners :eek:)


F - Corey Feldman, Foxy, nashty, wildegirl05, Xristos
W - adee-gee, Aenea, Bachelor Dandy, Blaze-2004, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, MariaV, NaDALiTa, Ria, scarecrows, Snoo Foo, wilmar




I see a perilous, narrow path ahead for adee-gee, Aenea, Bachelor Dandy, Blaze-2004, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, MariaV, NaDALiTa, Ria, scarecrows, Snoo Foo and wilmar

This is for them :hug:

http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/dangerousbikelane.jpg

cmurray
01-31-2009, 02:22 PM
Metis, that pic is hilarious :rolls:

That being said, I am ridiculously glad that I was wrong. :inlove: Please don't get killed in the final, Rafa. :bigcry:

The_Nadal_effect
01-31-2009, 04:15 PM
Don't moonball.

Metis
01-31-2009, 08:23 PM
Metis, that pic is hilarious :rolls:

and I have the corresponding FAIL photo if Rafa loses tomorrow :lol:

cmurray
01-31-2009, 08:34 PM
and I have the corresponding FAIL photo if Rafa loses tomorrow :lol:

you can still use it even if he wins! Because then Mikey and a couple other people will have failed. :D

Mikey, mate. I love you, but I hope to hell you lose. :rolls:

Foxy
01-31-2009, 09:40 PM
I hope I lose badly this time! :devil:

jaybee
02-01-2009, 02:41 AM
I don't think Rafa will win (I wish I'm wrong about this one). Having said that, I still think his reaching his first hardcourt GS final is a big achievement already. Vamos Rafa! I'm a proud fan!

rafa_maniac
02-01-2009, 03:25 AM
No chance for Rafito today :sad: but well done on your first HC GS final! :D May it be the first of many, and I'm sure we'll win one someday soon :hug:

nashty
02-01-2009, 12:28 PM
RAFA you monster!:worship:


I am so glad to lose in MIT! NICE WIN RAFA. Congrats on your FIRST HC SLAM!!!

Congratulations AUSTRALIAN OPEN CHAMPION!:worship: :hatoff: :worship:

GuiroNl
02-01-2009, 12:31 PM
What can you say?

Great win.
Unbelievable attitude.
Congratulations.

Nothing seems to cover it :)

linus
02-01-2009, 12:49 PM
OMG.... finally AO !!! :bowdown:

Rafa is really a real fighter in the tennis world :worship:

rafa_maniac
02-01-2009, 01:02 PM
I'm pretty sure this can't be real...

Herdwick
02-01-2009, 01:16 PM
:wavey: :worship: Stunned and speechless - didn't think Rafa could do it after the epic Verdasco SF. But he never ceases to surprise. Sky's the limit now for him - he'll be honing in on the USO like a guided missile.

And what class he showed at the end of the match when Roger was crying.

Xristos
02-01-2009, 01:30 PM
The guy never ceses to amaze me.

Congrats champ!

On another note does anyone know what Rafa Rafa will be poseing for his pics with the trophy tomorow at Southbank?

zveeen
02-01-2009, 01:30 PM
Well done Rafa :)

Foxy
02-01-2009, 01:31 PM
I am speechless! :happy:

Aenea
02-01-2009, 01:34 PM
Rafa :worship: :bigclap:

:woohoo: :woohoo:

I still can't believe it. That's amazing. Rafa is the new Oz Open Champion!!

Adam, Bachelor Dandy, Jonathan, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, Maria, NaDALiTa, Ria, Genci, Snoo Foo, wilmar I'm happy to be in your company winning MIT :D

Metis, the narrow and perilous path took us to the win :D Thank you for the pic, very nice

Vale_86
02-01-2009, 01:45 PM
What can I say... Roger played very well, I'm so sorry for him when at the end he was crying :sad: but I'm very happy for Rafa, he deserved to win! Great job Rafa:worship::bigclap::woohoo::rocker2:

Metis
02-01-2009, 01:50 PM
Nadal-Federer 7-5 3-6 7-6 3-6 6-2 :speakles:

Is this true? I cannot believe it! :sobbing:



How far will Rafa go at the AO? (2000 points for the winners :eek:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd - P.Antonius
4th - l_mac, Metis, star, tennizen, TMJordan
QF - rafa maniac, scoobs
SF - acionescu, cmurray, Evita, Getta, Invisible, jachalator, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Princesspts, The_Nadal_Effect, shawshank, tangerine dream, Troickitard
F - Corey Feldman, Foxy, nashty, wildegirl05, Xristos
W - adee-gee, Aenea, Bachelor Dandy, Blaze-2004, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, MariaV, NaDALiTa, Ria, scarecrows, Snoo Foo, wilmar




Corey Feldman, Foxy, nashty, wildegirl05, Xristos:

It's true, you rode with all your heart
down the treacherous bike trail,
but alas! your rivals couldn't outsmart
so you deserve today's FAIL! :D


http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/bikeriverfail.jpg





But the day belongs to the unexpected winners, who proudly take 2000 tasty points and a great start to the 2009 MIT season. Please put your hands together for:

adee-gee, Aenea, Bachelor Dandy, Blaze-2004, Denisse, GuiroNl, JolanGago, MariaV, NaDALiTa, Ria, scarecrows, Snoo Foo and wilmar

:bigclap: :aparty: :bigclap: :aparty:



http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/TEL/193~Winners-Posters.jpg

alisia
02-01-2009, 02:03 PM
:worship: Congratulations to Rafa on winning the Australian Open :worship:

However today was the first time ever I felt sorry for Federer :speakles: hopefully it won't happen again :p

natacha_w
02-01-2009, 02:04 PM
CONGRATULATIONS RAFA!

This match is amazing~~

Roger has done very well~

but finally RAFA WINS!!!:worship::worship::worship:

VAMOS~! :rocker: