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Rafa at Rotterdam-Unrealized dreams:bibcry::bibcry:

tennizen
02-06-2009, 04:18 PM
Please avoid Seppi-gate this year Rafito:hearts:

Metis
02-06-2009, 04:22 PM
Vamos for more glory on hard courts! :rocker2:




How far will Rafa go in Rotterdam? (500 points)

1st -
2nd - acionescu, Aenea, TMJordan
QF - cmurray, Evita, Laba, l_mac, les-ilator, Metis, nashty, rafa maniac, wacked82, wildegirl05
SF - Aurora, Blaze-2004, Getta, GuiroNl, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Rafa#Uno:-), Xristos
F - Foxy, Jachalator, JolanGago, scarecrows, shawshank, star
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Invisible, MariaV, Snoo Foo, tennizen, Troickitard, wilmar

Björki
02-06-2009, 04:24 PM
Vamos Rafa :rocker2:

Metis
02-06-2009, 04:28 PM
The draw is supposed to be out in 4 hours. In which quarter will Seppi be? :scared: :unsure:

tennizen
02-06-2009, 04:30 PM
^^ Don't worry Metis. I have started my prayers early this time:scared:

shawshank
02-06-2009, 05:12 PM
Vamos for more glory on hard courts! :rocker2:

I think the draw is for 32 players. There is no 3rd round :) I will wait with my prediction till the draw comes out!

JolánGagó
02-06-2009, 05:14 PM
I'll wait for the draw too.

Is Fed playing? :tape:

Foxy
02-06-2009, 05:28 PM
Rafa will also play doubles with Ignacio Coll.
News here. http://www.abnamrowtt.nl/content.cfm?pers_id=20&cat=2&lang=1

Minn
02-06-2009, 05:38 PM
I'll guess now - SF. Of course, as usual, I reserve the right to later change my mind.

GuiroNl
02-06-2009, 05:48 PM
Sf

wildegirl05
02-06-2009, 08:08 PM
quarters :scared: :unsure:

Castafiore
02-06-2009, 08:12 PM
Singles main draw:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/407/mds.pdf

l_mac
02-06-2009, 09:15 PM
HORROR DRAW :speakles:

Bolelli, Berdych, Tsonga, Davy/Monfils, Murray.

:sobbing:

Diorelli
02-06-2009, 09:19 PM
Tsonga is in Rafa's draw. :help:

However, due to the huge boost from winning AO, I'm going to be brave (or incredibly stoopid) and pick him as the winner. :tape: :timebomb:

l_mac
02-06-2009, 09:20 PM
(1) NADAL, Rafael ESP v BOLELLI, Simone ITA
(WC) DIMITROV, Grigor BUL v BERDYCH, Tomas CZE
QUALIFIER v TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS
(WC) HUTA GALUNG, Jesse NED v (7) TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA

(3) DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS v ANDREEV, Igor RUS
BENNETEAU, Julien FRA v LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO v LLODRA, Michael FRA
QUALIFIER v (5) MONFILS, Gael FRA

(6) FERRER, David ESP v MELZER, Jurgen AUT
QUALIFIER v YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS
SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER v ANCIC, Mario CRO
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER v (4) SIMON, Gilles FRA

(8) SODERLING, Robin SWE v QUALIFIER
GASQUET, Richard FRA v MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA
(WC) DE BAKKER, Thiemo NED v SEPPI, Andreas ITA
LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO v (2) MURRAY, Andy GBR

:retard:

:sad:

:tears:

Johnny Groove
02-06-2009, 09:21 PM
That draw :tape:

SF for me

Foxy
02-06-2009, 09:29 PM
Qf

nashty
02-06-2009, 11:04 PM
Qf

Laba
02-07-2009, 01:46 AM
Quarters.

wilmar
02-07-2009, 02:37 AM
Horror Draw indeed for Rafa!

But this will be a good test for Rafa, and I'd rather him play these guys now in the smaller tournies to better know how to handle them in the Masters/Slams.

But I have faith in Rafa, more so after his AO vitory.

So I predict Rafa to be Champion at Rotterdam.

Vamos Rafa!

JolánGagó
02-07-2009, 06:05 AM
Final.

acionescu
02-07-2009, 06:55 AM
What a stupid draw :smash: 2nd round for me :sad: I can't possible predict a loss to the French mugs.
Rafa, please tank the singles and get the doubles :rocker2:

Bibberz
02-07-2009, 07:47 AM
Win.

-Evita-
02-07-2009, 09:36 AM
Qf

Getta
02-07-2009, 10:59 AM
semis

rafa_maniac
02-07-2009, 11:09 AM
Well seeing as I never wanted Rafa to play this dreaded tournament, perhaps this draw is a blessing in disguise. Quarters.

scarecrows
02-07-2009, 11:16 AM
2nd round

adee-gee
02-07-2009, 11:43 AM
MIT - Winner :rocker2:

Hema :rolleyes: did you learn nothing from my AO success? Such pessimism, I'll blame you if Rafa loses early :mad:

I'm going to ask Rafa to play doubles with me at Wimbledon if this mug gets the chance :D

nashty
02-07-2009, 12:18 PM
When is he playing?

anon57
02-07-2009, 01:39 PM
When is he playing?
I fairly certain Nadal will be playing his first round Wednesday evening.

Invisible
02-07-2009, 02:48 PM
After seeing the other predictions I'm a bit unsure about mine, but I'm going with WIN :unsure:

TMJordan
02-07-2009, 03:44 PM
Round 2.

I am 99.99% sure Rafa will not win here.

star
02-07-2009, 03:57 PM
Final

Thanos
02-07-2009, 03:59 PM
After seeing the other predictions I'm a bit unsure about mine, but I'm going with WIN :unsure:

:D

Thanos
02-07-2009, 04:01 PM
quarter final

DhammaTiger
02-07-2009, 07:29 PM
I have confidence in Rafa, so i predict winner

tennizen
02-07-2009, 07:32 PM
Win:rolls:

Aenea
02-07-2009, 09:31 PM
R2. I'm not sure about R1 either :scared:

acionescu
02-07-2009, 10:10 PM
OMG, I predicted the same round as the those two notorius haters...:sobbing:

Aurora
02-07-2009, 10:38 PM
Can I enter too? SF for me (I'm thinking Tsonga isn't going to play)

l_mac
02-08-2009, 12:54 AM
Who cares?

He is Australian Open Champion :D :woohoo: :sobbing:

But I am hoping he wins the doubles title :rocker2:

10nisfan
02-08-2009, 04:33 AM
if RAFA had this draw in AO, he wouldn't have the chance to beat Ro-Goat and win it...

i think he might get by Birdman but he could lose to Ali Tsonganator in the 3nd Round :scared: :sad:

10nisfan
02-08-2009, 04:47 AM
Who cares? He is Australian Open Champion :D :woohoo:


...agree... we couldn't ask for more from Rafito, he exceeds/surpasses most people's predictions of what he can achieved.... but RAFA often manages to surprises us...:rocker:

so Maybe he can get pass Birditch, Tsonganator, Donkey/Ivo/Monfils, Simon/Muzza... :scared: :scared: :scared:

MariaV
02-08-2009, 12:15 PM
Meh, I predict the big W in singles this time, besides the doubles title of course! :rolls: :rolls: :rocker:

Can we still change our pics till his first match starts? :angel:

TMJordan
02-08-2009, 02:38 PM
Round 1 in doubles.

Metis
02-08-2009, 03:08 PM
:lol:


Doubles Draw:


[1] Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic - Gilles Simon/Dmitry Tursunov
Martin Damm/Robert Lindstedt - Simone Bolelli/Andreas Seppi
[3] Jeff Coetzee/Wesley Moodie - Rainer Schuettler/Rogier Wassen
Simon Aspelin/Pavel Vizner - Tomas Berdych/Jurgen Melzer

[WC] Ignacio Coll-Riudavets/Rafael Nadal - Arnaud Clement/Michael Llodra
[WC] James Auckland/Andy Murray - [4] Julian Knowle/Andy Ram
Jamie Murray/Dusan Vemic - Igor Andreev/Marcin Matkowski
Christopher Kas/Philipp Kohlschreiber - [2] Lukas Dlouhy/Leander Paes


Vamos Rafa and Ignacio! :rocker2: :lol:

Foxy
02-08-2009, 04:23 PM
Lol, Clement and Llodra are so f*cked! :haha:

Snoo Foo
02-08-2009, 06:17 PM
I say... final

Snoo Foo
02-08-2009, 07:43 PM
I say... final

Rafa never loses in finals so I change my pick to champion. :rocker2:

Metis
02-08-2009, 08:40 PM
OOP for Monday!

Centre Court
Not before 2pm

Ignacio COLL-RIUDAVETS (ESP)/Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Arnaud CLEMENT (FRA)/Michael LLODRA (FRA)

http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/407/OP.pdf


Vamos! :D

Diorelli
02-08-2009, 08:53 PM
^^ This should be entertaining. :lol: I don't think I've ever seen Ignacio play before. :scratch:

les-ilator
02-08-2009, 10:31 PM
Yikes. I'll pick quarters. Prove me wrong Rafa:cool:

Bibberz
02-09-2009, 08:12 AM
Final

:(

http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/funny-pictures-kitten-makes-poor-decision.jpg

Rafa never loses in finals so I change my pick to champion. :rocker2:

:rocker2:

MariaV
02-09-2009, 03:12 PM
Rafa lost the doubles 3-6 4-6 but got a nice training session. :)

Foxy
02-09-2009, 04:40 PM
I am watching Youzhny's match and the surface looks really fast. But the ball bounces quite nice.

Elena.
02-09-2009, 06:47 PM
I like the sig of :bibcry:.I have just seen the video on youtube ,if he really did make a wish ,that's so cute :lol:

Aenea
02-10-2009, 12:25 PM
Berdych just lost to Grigor Dimitrov :eek: I'm definitely changing my pick no way Grigor can beat Nadal just yet.

cmurray
02-10-2009, 12:29 PM
quarterfinals, if you please. :D

scarecrows
02-10-2009, 12:33 PM
change my pick to Final

savesthedizzle
02-10-2009, 01:10 PM
I haven't made a pick yet, I'll say Champion :)

Aenea
02-10-2009, 05:59 PM
OOP Wednesday, Feb 11

CENTRE COURT

Not Before 7:30 PM

Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Simone BOLELLI (ITA)

Good luck, Rafa :D

l_mac
02-10-2009, 06:33 PM
Hmm.

QUARTER FINAL.

I hate myself :sobbing:

shawshank
02-10-2009, 06:54 PM
Please put me down for a final! Good luck our champion!

wildegirl05
02-10-2009, 07:35 PM
Hmm.

QUARTER FINAL.

I hate myself :sobbing:

:sobbing: why did you have to pick my round? :bigcry:

Metis
02-10-2009, 09:35 PM
Hmm.

QUARTER FINAL.

I hate myself :sobbing:

:bigclap: My FAIL buddy :hug: We might as well fail together again and if we win it will be a historic day. :worship:




:sobbing: why did you have to pick my round? :bigcry:

your chances of FAIL have increased considerably :hug:


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

Jachalator
02-11-2009, 12:08 PM
Our new Aston Martin owner will get to the final, so Final for me.

wildegirl05
02-11-2009, 12:59 PM
:bigclap: My FAIL buddy :hug: We might as well fail together again and if we win it will be a historic day. :worship:






your chances of FAIL have increased considerably :hug:


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


i wanted to fail with the spotlight on myself :( maybe a lovely fail picture :inlove: now everybody and their sister has honed in on my pick :armed:

Metis
02-11-2009, 01:06 PM
i wanted to fail with the spotlight on myself :( maybe a lovely fail picture :inlove: now everybody and their sister has honed in on my pick :armed:

:hug: You can still change your pick to the 1st round :shrug:

Xristos
02-11-2009, 02:22 PM
Put me down for SF.

Ria
02-11-2009, 05:08 PM
MIT - semifinal

Rafa#Uno:-)
02-11-2009, 05:14 PM
My first post here
I think he goes to SF Tsonga has a small injury I think.

But my hopes are he goes longer...

Foxy
02-11-2009, 06:16 PM
Change me for F. It is still 15min to Rafa's match. :)

Princesspts
02-11-2009, 06:21 PM
MIT--sf

Metis
02-11-2009, 06:54 PM
Final update!




How far will Rafa go in Rotterdam? (500 points)

1st -
2nd - acionescu, Aenea, TMJordan
QF - cmurray, Evita, Laba, l_mac, les-ilator, Metis, nashty, rafa maniac, wacked82, wildegirl05
SF - Aurora, Blaze-2004, Getta, GuiroNl, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Princesspts, Rafa#Uno:-), Xristos
F - Foxy, Jachalator, JolanGago, scarecrows, shawshank, star
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Invisible, MariaV, Snoo Foo, tennizen, Troickitard, wilmar

LinkMage
02-11-2009, 07:33 PM
WTF is Nadull doing? One of the only times I want him to win and he's down a break to that clown Bolelli? :retard:

LinkMage
02-11-2009, 07:33 PM
Break now!

l_mac
02-11-2009, 07:36 PM
This could be a Doha scale epic fail.

:mad:

edit for MIT I mean. I don't care about the actual result :lol:

Yves.
02-11-2009, 07:37 PM
6-4 Bolelli

LinkMage
02-11-2009, 07:37 PM
:bigcry:

Metis
02-11-2009, 07:55 PM
This could be a Doha scale epic fail.

:mad:

edit for MIT I mean. I don't care about the actual result :lol:


:bigcry:

The Pro
02-11-2009, 08:20 PM
Now now children, have faith. I didn't think he'd win the Aussie. :cool:

Rafa#Uno:-)
02-11-2009, 08:44 PM
my god 0 of 7 breakchanses missed in that game start 3rd set

vamos Rafaito now

Metis
02-11-2009, 09:22 PM
Pheewww... another massive MIT FAIL averted. There shall be a Winner :banana:

Aenea
02-11-2009, 10:13 PM
What a tough and long match against Bolleli :rolleyes:

OOP Thursday, Feb 12

CENTRE COURT

Not Before 7:30 PM

Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Grigor DIMITROV (BUL)

Play better Rafito :wavey:

Gigor said he has trained with Rafa a few times and that Rafa's training sessions are a madness :D Let's see how he will feel in a real match :)

Carlita
02-11-2009, 11:09 PM
That was a :unsure: match to watch..... Great to be there though :)

:haha: omg RAFA!!! :sobbing:

After his match tonight, the guy who does the interview said: here in Holland we have a tradition when a baby is born. We eat "beschuit met muisjes". So Rafa was :confused::o okay.... Then the guy said: and yesterday I got a new son :) so here you go. Then they entered the court with a tray filled with "beschuit met muisjes" and Rafa looked at them :unsure: (what's that?... :unsure: I eat this?! :eek:, are you sure?! :unsure: ) then he sniffed them :haha: (they taste sweet Rafa) then took a bite and put it down and picked it up again coz oooh that was yummy!!! :rolls: The look on his face was priceless!!!

For those of you who have no idea what Im talking about:
blue/white for boys, pink/white for girls

http://www.susteren.nu/home/wp-content/gallery/diversen/beschuit-muisjes-jongen.jpg

Please win this tournament Rafa.... I want to see you on Sunday holding that trophy!

sasa
02-11-2009, 11:36 PM
^ I saw the moment with that 'beschuit' on livestream and Rafa was adorable. Especially when he said "Is that cheese?" :lol: He's such an adorable person, I really love him more and more :hearts::hearts: (I'm a girl, btw :) ).
Vamos, Rafito! Good luck for tomorrow!

l_mac
02-11-2009, 11:40 PM
Mf1dWKQT2pM

:inlove:

Thanks for the report, Carlita :hug: Have fun for trhe rest of the week. ARe you going every day?

Is Rafa the only one of your favourites playing?

Carlita
02-11-2009, 11:49 PM
thanks for the clip Linda, it's so adorable to see :inlove: I am sitting behind the players so I couldnt take pics when he was eating !

Rafa's my fav this week :) (Verdasco and Moya not being here ;) ) But I also like Ancic, Mathieu and Coetzee, so if they do their best to get to at least Friday afternoon, I'll have a good time ;)

Glad Rafa plays the evening match again tomorrow, so I don't have to take time off work ;)

Minn
02-11-2009, 11:55 PM
Thanks, Carlita. I'd never heard of beschuit met muisjes before. Have a good time tomorrow night!

Carlita
02-12-2009, 12:02 AM
Thanks, Carlita. I'd never heard of beschuit met muisjes before. Have a good time tomorrow night!thanks :) Im sure it will be fun!

beschuit met muisjes is just something your serve your guests when they come to look at the new :baby: I love to put them on white bread :lol: (the pink ones of course :p)

GuiroNl
02-12-2009, 12:03 AM
Three evenings of watching live tennis are over already ... but I had a great time and the Nadal match was the best of the 6 matches I've seen in Rotterdam this year.

Bolelli was playing really well but Rafa did the simple things better and was aggressive on the right moments.

Peta Pan
02-12-2009, 12:24 AM
:haha: The clip is so cute :awww:
The look on his face before eating it :spit:

sasa
02-12-2009, 02:56 PM
:help:

Rafa's match with Dimitrov will be live on internet?? You know something about that? I really want to see Rafito tonight.

Aenea
02-12-2009, 03:02 PM
www.bet365.com is working good for me, they'll show it :wavey:

Thank you for the updates and the vid, guys :)

Carlita
02-12-2009, 03:16 PM
http://atdhe.net/

this is a good one as well :)

GuiroNl
02-12-2009, 03:17 PM
www.atdhe.net is working for me (for those interested in live streams)

tennizen
02-12-2009, 03:25 PM
Wow that livestream:worship: Thanks Carlita and Guironi

sasa
02-12-2009, 03:42 PM
^ Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:
www.atdhe.net is working very good for me too :).

Vamos, Rafito!

sasa
02-12-2009, 06:28 PM
:) I just found these on youtube. Maybe some of you didnt see them, so I thought to put them here:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gixk0HjraTg&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc5Mk0McXEo&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzfG16KFLiM&feature=related

He is such a nice guy. And very very humble.

Metis
02-12-2009, 09:21 PM
Nadal-Dimitrov 7-5 3-6 6-2

nice going Rafa against the young kid :spit:




How far will Rafa go in Rotterdam? (500 points)

1st -
2nd - acionescu, Aenea, TMJordan
QF - cmurray, Evita, Laba, l_mac, les-ilator, Metis, nashty, rafa maniac, wacked82, wildegirl05
SF - Aurora, Blaze-2004, Getta, GuiroNl, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Rafa#Uno:-), Xristos
F - Foxy, Jachalator, JolanGago, scarecrows, shawshank, star
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Invisible, MariaV, Snoo Foo, tennizen, Troickitard, wilmar




acionescu, Aenea, TMJordan: What can I say? You were close :eek: so I can understand how much this must hurt. :awww: Take solace in the fact that you will not be the only ones that will fail in Rotterdam. :hug:



http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/flyinglessons.jpg?w=500

Metis
02-13-2009, 09:30 PM
Nadal-Tsonga 6-4 6-7 6-4 :D

Another long 3-setter :spit:




How far will Rafa go in Rotterdam? (500 points)

1st -
2nd - acionescu, Aenea, TMJordan
QF - cmurray, Evita, Laba, l_mac, les-ilator, Metis, nashty, rafa maniac, wacked82, wildegirl05
SF - Aurora, Blaze-2004, Getta, GuiroNl, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Rafa#Uno:-), Xristos
F - Foxy, Jachalator, JolanGago, scarecrows, shawshank, star
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Invisible, MariaV, Snoo Foo, tennizen, Troickitard, wilmar



cmurray, Evita, Laba, l_mac, les-ilator, Metis, nashty, rafa maniac, wacked82, wildegirl05... two words ladies and gentlemen: EXPECTED FAIL!

l_mac and Metis have done it again :worship: No words can adequately describe the special relationship they have with FAIL; maybe these images will:


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

Aurora
02-13-2009, 10:38 PM
:haha: that fail is massive

:eek: Rafa really wanted it, celebrated hard. played some good tennis :bowdown:

Metis
02-14-2009, 09:02 AM
Same time as every day :shrug:


Not Before 7:30 PM

Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Gael MONFILS (FRA)

Björki
02-14-2009, 09:07 AM
Vamos Rafa :bounce:

rafa_maniac
02-14-2009, 12:41 PM
I really thought I had those MIT points in the bag this time :sobbing: :D

Metis
02-14-2009, 08:30 PM
Nadal-Monfils 6-4 6-4 :dance:

in straight sets :eek:




How far will Rafa go in Rotterdam? (500 points)

1st -
2nd - acionescu, Aenea, TMJordan
QF - cmurray, Evita, Laba, l_mac, les-ilator, Metis, nashty, rafa maniac, wacked82, wildegirl05
SF - Aurora, Blaze-2004, Getta, GuiroNl, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Rafa#Uno:-), Xristos
F - Foxy, Jachalator, JolanGago, scarecrows, shawshank, star
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Invisible, MariaV, Snoo Foo, tennizen, Troickitard, wilmar




Aurora, Blaze-2004, Getta, GuiroNl, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Rafa#Uno:-), Xristos:

For you all, a Valentine's Day FAIL :inlove:



http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/fail-owned-intersection-of-lovers-and-dead-end-fail.jpg



:music:
FAIL is in the air
everywhere I look around :singer:

star
02-14-2009, 09:00 PM
:bigclap: Metis

I hope you have a nice one for me tomorrow!!

Metis
02-14-2009, 09:26 PM
OOP for the final

Not Before 2:00 PM

Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Andy MURRAY (GBR)

Metis
02-14-2009, 09:27 PM
:bigclap: Metis

I hope you have a nice one for me tomorrow!!


I hope so too! Murray :scared: :unsure:

Björki
02-14-2009, 09:27 PM
well done Rafa :dance:

DhammaTiger
02-14-2009, 09:46 PM
Rafa is in the final :yippee: :bounce: :dance: Vamos Rafa the best!!! :yippee: :dance:

I predicted he will win, so I have done well so far. Vamos you can beat Murray :bounce:

meihaditalab
02-14-2009, 10:46 PM
VAMOS rafa:) and people say he can't perform well on hardcourts...

l_mac
02-15-2009, 12:41 AM
I really, really hope he wins tomorrow. Murray might be my 2nd favourite, but he is a gazillion miles behind Rafa.

He has being playing like crap and still winning. That is a champion.

les-ilator
02-15-2009, 02:25 AM
One day I'll learn to stop doubting him. Yay for Rafa!

acionescu
02-15-2009, 07:46 AM
Hema :mad: You have absolutely no excuse to NOT have changed the title until now :rolleyes: So what if was Valentines Day? Your hub is a Fedtard after all :shrug:

Murray :scared: :unsure:

JolánGagó
02-15-2009, 08:00 AM
Im not used to this. Now I don't know whom to root for, Rafa or me.

Aenea
02-15-2009, 09:40 AM
Rafa into final in Rotterdam :woohoo: I forgot to change my pick :o :mad:

I'm so happy for him :dance:

Vamos, Rafi :rocker2: Play well today, play your best please :bowdown: Losing to Murray again is unacceptable :armed:

Good luck, baby. Take Rotterdam :D

GuiroNl
02-15-2009, 12:31 PM
My favourite player against my least favourite player in my home town.

Don't you dare lose this one Rafa :armed:

Minn
02-15-2009, 01:07 PM
:lol: I like my fail, Metis, as I always do. I hope those who picked "F" get a fail today!

nashty
02-15-2009, 03:19 PM
Rafa :hug: And Andy's reference to Rafa during his speech. Nice.

Rafa losing this one is okay. But the injury...:bigcry:

So I guess no Dubai then.

Björki
02-15-2009, 03:24 PM
Rafa :sad: :awww:

GuiroNl
02-15-2009, 03:32 PM
My favourite player against my least favourite player in my home town.

Don't you dare lose this one Rafa :armed:

Ok losing like this isn't that bad although the injury isn't nice at all.

Metis
02-15-2009, 03:39 PM
Nadal-Murray 3-6 6-4 0-6 :sad:

Hopefully the situation with Rafa's knee is not serious...




How far will Rafa go in Rotterdam? (500 points)

1st -
2nd - acionescu, Aenea, TMJordan
QF - cmurray, Evita, Laba, l_mac, les-ilator, Metis, nashty, rafa maniac, wacked82, wildegirl05
SF - Aurora, Blaze-2004, Getta, GuiroNl, Kitty de Sade, Minn, Rafa#Uno:-), Xristos
F - Foxy, Jachalator, JolanGago, scarecrows, shawshank, star
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Invisible, MariaV, Snoo Foo, tennizen, Troickitard, wilmar




:bibcry:, adee-gee, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Invisible, MariaV, Snoo Foo, tennizen, Troickitard, wilmar: Ouch, that was a painful FAIL :hug:


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Foxy, Jachalator, JolanGago, scarecrows, shawshank, star: your WIN will have an asterisk next to it :ras:

You still get the 500 points though :p

scarecrows
02-15-2009, 03:54 PM
bang bang, 2 in a row

Foxy
02-15-2009, 04:08 PM
So sorry for Rafa and congrats to Muzza.
I hope the knee is not that bad as it looked and be ready for Indian Wells. (I expect a Dubai and DC withdrawal as it is the only wise thing to do in that situation.)

Aenea
02-15-2009, 04:21 PM
Rafa injured :sad:

I hope it isn't very bad. He must withdraw from any tournaments until IW and take a longer rest he's pushing himself too hard.

Get well soon, Rafi :wavey: Go rest for 2 weeks.

Metis
02-15-2009, 04:47 PM
bang bang, 2 in a row

you're on a roll :lol:

MariaV
02-15-2009, 04:55 PM
bang bang, 2 in a row

:mad: :fiery: You better predict all W's from now on. :p ;) :lol:

So sorry for Rafa and congrats to Muzza.
I hope the knee is not that bad as it looked and be ready for Indian Wells. (I expect a Dubai and DC withdrawal as it is the only wise thing to do in that situation.)

I wouldn't count on it. If it's not that serious he might be back after a week home. Dubai is too good money and the DC is supposed to be one of his main goals this year. :awww: But indeed, some more rest wouldn't hurt.

shawshank
02-15-2009, 05:22 PM
I've made some calculations and Rafa can be 100% sure to hold the number one spot till the 4th May regardless his results. In fact thanks to winning AO he has a huge chance to stay nr 1 for the whole season :)
Hope his injury isn't serious!

Foxy
02-15-2009, 05:25 PM
ATP Tour - Murray downs Nadal for Rotterdam title
Eurosport - Sun, 15 Feb 16:59:00 2009

Briton Andy Murray upset world number one Rafael Nadal 6-3 4-6 6-0 in a disappointing World Indoor Tournament final in Rotterdam marred by injuries.

Murray was less troubled by his ankle problem than Nadal was by his right knee problem after he had a medical time-out three games into the second set.

Both players then dropped serve four times in a row, handing the set to Nadal who could not put any power into his service but refused to give up.

"Thought the first set was very good, I played well and saw nothing on Nadal's movement" Murray said.

"But after his time out he wasn't running anymore and just hitting the ball hard from the baseline."

"It was disappointing as it wasn't particular entertaining at the end."

Murray, the world number four, knew he needed to play his best tennis to beat Nadal, but neither player reached the high standard they achieved in earlier rounds.

"After the first set and Nadal's problem I really struggled with my service game and got a bit nervous," Murray said.

Murray became the first Briton to win the tournament in Rotterdam. Tim Henman lost three finals in 1999, 2000 and 2002.

Nadal refused to blame his injury for his second successive loss to Murray after last year's US Open semi-final.

"Murray just played better today," Nadal said. "I tried but couldn't give anything more in the third set."

"I don't think that this injury will be a serious problem, for sure it is not the same as last year."

"It was an option not to finish the match, but that is not a good way to finish a final, not for me not for Andy and not for the crowd."
Nadal said he did not sustain the injury during the final but that it had got worse during the week.

"I will have a week now before I play Dubai and don't expect a problem so after all I had a great week in a strong tournament, with a spot in the final after good matches against Bolelli and Tsonga," Nadal said.
Reuters

l_mac
02-15-2009, 05:30 PM
I've made some calculations and Rafa can be 100% sure to hold the number one spot till the 4th May regardless his results. In fact thanks to winning AO he has a huge chance to stay nr 1 for the whole season :)
Hope his injury isn't serious!

4th May is my bday. I hope that him losing #1 is not my present :bigcry:

shawshank
02-15-2009, 05:40 PM
4th May is my bday. I hope that him losing #1 is not my present :bigcry:

Don't worry Linda. Rafa won't lose in the first rounds of Dubai, IW, Miami, Monte Carlo and Barcelona. He will remain nr 1 much longer :)
I'm sure you will get a lot nicer present :wavey:

MariaV
02-15-2009, 06:13 PM
I absolutely f**ing want the Wimbledon title again and this time a thorough beatdown of CryingFed at the Wimbledon final. :devil: :D

star
02-15-2009, 06:28 PM
Foxy, Jachalator, JolanGago, scarecrows, shawshank, star: your WIN will have an asterisk next to it :ras:

You still get the 500 points though :p

I'll take the * with a :ras: :hatoff:

Not happy about the loss or the injury. :(

Still all in all -- a good tournament from Rafa. He improved over last year.

star
02-15-2009, 06:31 PM
4th May is my bday. I hope that him losing #1 is not my present :bigcry:

Oh, so you are a baby bull -- just like Nadal. Not that Nadal was born in May, but he is El Torito. :)

meihaditalab
02-15-2009, 08:23 PM
murray's face probs distracted Nadal too much and didn't allow him to focus enough on the game. And Rafa's injury must have something to do with his vision (looking at murray across the net isn't a pretty site)
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Laba
02-16-2009, 04:53 AM
It was a painful match to watch, very painful... but goddamn, it wouldn't hurt Rafa to crush his groundies a little more like that when he isn't injured either.

Aurora
02-16-2009, 08:08 AM
:sad: third time I see him play a match and third time he loses, second time an injury.
Two times I saw him at RG, but only on practice-days.
;) maybe you should pay me for not going to his matches

:bigclap: for not retiring. A few times he had me thinking it, with the funny way he always needs to step in front of the umpire chair (even though the gap was quite small in R'dam).

It was unreal though, the people around me didn't notice his injury and kept wondering "this is really weird, why does he make so many errors". But on the whole the public became quite deflated, but still polite to Andy.
I was watching Andy in the beginning to see any signs of his ankle, but once I saw Rafa stretch his legs I knew it was going to be hard. Even the slightest negative body language always stands out with him, I felt sorry when I saw him keep his head down during changeovers. (Toni is such a rock btw)

Manila ESQ
02-18-2009, 11:00 PM
Yeah, at least, he did not retire. I hope he gets well soon enough.