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The "killing tennis, point by point" Indian Wells 2009 Thread - CHAMPION!! :bounce:

Castafiore
03-10-2009, 09:29 PM
Official site:
BNP Paribas - Indian Wells 2009 (http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/1/home/)

Singles draw:
Main Draw (http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/4/assets/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/4/assets/pdfs/draws/09ATP_MDS1.pdf)

[1] Nadal vs BYE
Anderson vs Q
Q vs Garcia-Lopez
BYE vs [26] Tursunov

[21] Berdych vs BYE
Youzhny vs Troicki
Q vs Q
BYE vs [14] Nalbandian

[9] Monfils vs BYE
Isner vs C Rochus
Massu vs Schwank
BYE vs [24] Safin

[30] Melzer vs BYE
Dent vs Junqueira
Odesnik vs Sweeting
BYE vs [6] Del Potro


[3] Djokovic vs BYE
Vassallo Arguello vs Q
Hernandez vs Haas
BYE vs [29] Schuettler

[18] Stepanek vs BYE
Querrey vs Canas
Chela vs Seppi
BYE vs [16] Wawrinka

[12] Ferrer vs BYE
Q vs Navarro
Hanescu vs Chardy
BYE vs [20] Fish

[31] Kiefer vs BYE
Reynolds vs Fognini
Q vs Zverev
BYE vs [7] Roddick

--------------------------------

[8] Simon vs BYE
Lu vs Q
Ljubicic vs Nishikori
BYE vs [28] Ancic

[22] Andreev vs BYE
Q vs Gulbis
Gabashvili vs Acasuso
BYE vs [11] Tsonga

[15] Robredo vs BYE
Spadea vs Kunitsyn
Darcis vs Granollers
BYE vs [19] Cilic

[32] Mathieu vs BYE
Starace vs Gremelmayr
Montanes vs Serra
BYE vs [4] Murray


[5] Davydenko vs BYE
Benneteau vs Kohlschreiber
Lapentti vs Q
BYE vs [25] Soderling

[23] Gasquet vs BYE
Lopez vs Llodra
Q vs Tipsarevic
BYE vs [10] Verdasco

[13] Blake vs BYE
Devilder vs Nieminen
Hewitt vs Hernych
BYE vs [17] Gonzalez

[27] Karlovic vs BYE
Stakhovsky vs Q
Gicquel vs Bolelli
BYE vs [2] Federer


Doubles Draw
draw (pdf) (http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/4/assets/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/4/assets/pdfs/draws/09ATP_MDD1.pdf)
Rafa's first doubles match:
Lopez Marc(ESP)/Nadal Rafael (ESP) vs Cermak Frantisek (CZE)/Mertinak Michal (SVK)

(1) Bob Bryan (USA)/Mike Bryan (USA) VS (WC) Yves Allegro (SUI)/Roger Federer (SUI)
(WC) Marc Lopez (ESP)/Rafael Naldal (ESP) VS Frantisek Cermak(CZE)/Michal Mertinak (SVK)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO)/ Dusan Vemic (SRB) VS David Ferrer(ESP)/Albert Montanes (ESP)
Feliciano Lopez (ESP)/Femando Verdasco (ESP) VS (5) Marlusz Fyrstenberg (POL)/Marcln Matkowski (POL)
(3) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/Mark Knowles Mark (BAH) VS Igor Kunitsyn(RUS)/Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
Max Mirnyi (BLR)/Andy Ram (ISR) VS Martin Damm (CZE)/Robert Lindstedt (SWE)
Tomas Berdych (CZE)/Nicolas Kiefer (GER) VS Ross Huntchins (GBR)/ Andy Murray (GBR)
Mario Ancic (CRO)/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) VS (8) Marcelo Melo (BRA)/ Ander Sa (BRA)

(7) Jeff Coetzee (RSA)/Wesley Moodie (RSA) VS Michael Llodra (FRA)/Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Mardy Fish (USA)/Andy Roddick (USA) VS Jeremy Chardy (FRA)/Gilles Simon (FRA)
Simon Aspelin (SWE)/Jamie Murray (GBR) VS Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)/David Nalbandian (ARG)
Julian Knowle (AUT)/Jurgen Melzer (AUT) VS (4) Lukas Dlouhy (cze)/Leander Paes (IND)
(6) Bruno Soares (BRA)/Kevin Ullyett (ZIM) VS Travis Parrott (USA)/Filip Polasek (SVK)
Fernando Gonzalea (CHI)/Tommy Robredo (ESP) VS Rainer Schuettler (GER)/Robin Soderling (SWE)
Lukasz Kubot (POL)/Oliver Marach (AUT) VS Gael Monfils (FRA)/Mischa Zverev (GER)
Richard Gasquet (FRA)/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) VS (2) Danile Nestor (CAN)/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)

Betty
03-10-2009, 09:40 PM
well done castina:yeah:

better nole for me....even if andy is not at 100%

acionescu
03-10-2009, 09:42 PM
HATE :mad: Watch JMDP qualifying officially for my "most hated" list :sobbing:

Minn
03-10-2009, 09:42 PM
Thank you, Hilde. I see nothing wrong with the name.

acionescu
03-10-2009, 09:43 PM
I predict 4th round :sobbing:

And this only because my mind refuses to accept losing to Tursunov :tears:

tennizen
03-10-2009, 09:46 PM
QF is my prediction. I see a lot of erstwhile roasters in Rafa's draw. I have a feeling Berdych is going to have a good tournament. These DC successes get to people's heads:lol:

Minn
03-10-2009, 09:48 PM
I would like to say win, but I'm going to say...oh, I don't want to say Finals. I'll stick with win. I'm a cup-is-half-full kind of person. :unsure:

Getta
03-10-2009, 09:53 PM
runner-up

acionescu
03-10-2009, 09:54 PM
[the custom moan]No really, only JWT is missing :mad: [/the custom moan]

Blake set to meet Gonzalez again :haha:

MariaV
03-10-2009, 10:06 PM
Lopez vs Llodra again. :mad: :mad:

l_mac
03-10-2009, 11:00 PM
:spit:

I see a 2nd round loss to Anderson.

star
03-10-2009, 11:13 PM
I have to wait and see what qualifier gets put in Nadal's draw before I decide. :p :p

mamasue
03-11-2009, 01:34 AM
Casta, in honor of your thread, I will debut SAINT CAHILL! :lol:

The man whose mere mention caused Fedtards worldwide to simultaenously orgasm!!! :haha:

May he prove to be a false idol. :devil:

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/2964/secondcoming3.jpg

MariaV
03-11-2009, 08:42 AM
:spit:

I see a 2nd round loss to Anderson.

I wanted to say that too but then again Anderson MIGHT, just MIGHT lose to a qualy in the 1st round and then I'd look :silly: so I decided not to comment on that as of yet.

acionescu
03-11-2009, 09:03 AM
I decide to be more optimistic this year. All my wishes have been fullfilled( regarding his carrier, that is :p ) so I predicted 4th round. But I can watch with calm how he loses to the Mighty Anderson :cool:















And then go to kill myself

JolánGagó
03-11-2009, 09:12 AM
MIT prediction: Final

Metis
03-11-2009, 09:38 AM
I pick 4th round :sad:



How far will Rafa go in IW? (1000 points up for grabs)

1st - Bye
2nd - l_mac
3rd -
4th - acionescu, Metis, tennizen, wildegirl05
QF -
SF - EnriqueIG8, Evita, Xristos
F - adee-gee, Getta, Invisible, nashty, Troickitard
W - :bibcry:, Aenea, Ale., Diorelli, Foxy, JolanGago, LinkMage, Minn, SnooFoo

adee-gee
03-11-2009, 09:53 AM
MIT: Final

Elena.
03-11-2009, 09:55 AM
I am playing MIT too,I say winner.
I was going pretty well with my predictions before my french debacle :scratch:

nashty
03-11-2009, 11:36 AM
F please. when is he playing?

MariaV
03-11-2009, 11:51 AM
F please. when is he playing?

2nd round starts on Saturday so on Saturday or Sunday.

nashty
03-11-2009, 12:15 PM
^^Thanks.

Diorelli
03-11-2009, 12:21 PM
Win. Because I'm employing the power of positive thinking. :lol:;)

Xristos
03-11-2009, 01:55 PM
Casta, in honor of your thread, I will debut SAINT CAHILL! :lol:

The man whose mere mention caused Fedtards worldwide to simultaenously orgasm!!! :haha:

May he prove to be a false idol. :devil:

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/2964/secondcoming3.jpg

LMAOOO!!!

Put me down for SF.

tennizen
03-11-2009, 02:25 PM
I change my pick to 4th round. Berdych will beat Rafa:sad:

JolánGagó
03-11-2009, 02:46 PM
Berdych will beat Rafa:sad:

:smash:

unless you're jinxing Mugdych :hug:

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 03:38 PM
Apparently, Rafa plays his first match on Sunday (Roger starts on Saturday).

wildegirl05
03-11-2009, 04:00 PM
i'm going with 4th round :scared: :unsure:

do better, rafito :hug:

Bibberz
03-11-2009, 08:07 PM
Win.

kaylee
03-11-2009, 08:11 PM
Pessimists.

Foxy
03-11-2009, 08:28 PM
MIT Prediction: T.I.T.L.E.

shawshank
03-11-2009, 09:50 PM
Mariusz Fyrstenberg wrote on his blog that he couldn't sleep on his first night in Indian Wells because of jet lag and he went for a breakfest before 6 A.M. The only person who couldn't sleep as well was Rafa. So they had a breakfast together. Nice story for me, but I would prefer Rafa to sleep and be ready fot the tournament!

savesthedizzle
03-11-2009, 10:43 PM
MIT: Final :)

JolánGagó
03-11-2009, 11:17 PM
I want to change my MIT prediction, please.

New MIT prediction: WIN

EnriqueIG8
03-11-2009, 11:23 PM
MIT: SF's.

LinkMage
03-11-2009, 11:59 PM
I want to participate in this. :D

Put me for WIN. :zzz:

Bibberz
03-12-2009, 12:05 AM
I want to change my MIT prediction, please.

New MIT prediction: WIN

:rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2:

Now if only Adam and Jess would come to their senses.... :rolleyes:

star
03-12-2009, 01:23 AM
Mariusz Fyrstenberg wrote on his blog that he couldn't sleep on his first night in Indian Wells because of jet lag and he went for a breakfest before 6 A.M. The only person who couldn't sleep as well was Rafa. So they had a breakfast together. Nice story for me, but I would prefer Rafa to sleep and be ready fot the tournament!

:lol: Breakfast at 6AM strikes me as normal. :p :p

Snoo Foo
03-12-2009, 08:53 AM
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc179/SnooFoo828/emoticon/tinykrazee.png CHAMPION http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc179/SnooFoo828/emoticon/tinykrazee.png

JolánGagó
03-12-2009, 09:23 AM
:lol: Breakfast at 6AM strikes me as normal. :p :p

FFS that's just a bit late to go to bed.

Castafiore
03-12-2009, 11:27 AM
First post edited to add the doubles draw.

Rafa is teaming up with Marc Lopez.

Invisible
03-12-2009, 11:35 AM
My pick is FINAL :unsure:

JolánGagó
03-12-2009, 11:40 AM
I first thought final but I think he either doesn't make it or he wins it, I don't see him right now losing IW final. I might be blind though :scared:

-Evita-
03-12-2009, 12:54 PM
I pick semifinal.

Aenea
03-12-2009, 04:28 PM
What an inspiring thread title :lol:

For MIT add me to the winners, pls :)

Castafiore
03-12-2009, 06:30 PM
:rolleyes: Jeez...do people whine about thread titles this much as well in other forums?

It covers what it needs to say...deal with it.

Aenea
03-12-2009, 06:59 PM
:rolleyes: Who is whining Hilde? Since when does :lol: smilie expresses whining? Can't you stand people having fun and pocking mild jokes at each other? I bet you knew what the effect of such a thread title would be now deal with it.

Metis
03-12-2009, 07:17 PM
Hilde :rolls:

tennizen
03-12-2009, 07:20 PM
Hilde, I thought tournament threads are not cheering threads:p:D

wildegirl05
03-12-2009, 07:20 PM
:haha: brilliant :D

Metis
03-12-2009, 07:29 PM
You should add a full stop after "...because I feel like it" :p

you could also add a smilie too, like :Ras: :D

Getta
03-12-2009, 07:39 PM
:rolleyes: Jeez...do people whine about thread titles this much as well in other forums?

No.

rafa_maniac
03-13-2009, 05:49 AM
Semis

Laba
03-13-2009, 07:38 AM
Winner.

shawshank
03-13-2009, 09:11 AM
Let's be optimistic! My type is a win!

MariaV
03-13-2009, 09:33 AM
Geeezuz Christ what a fuss about a thread title. :o :o :o :o

Rafa is palying doubles today, has this been noted here?

Edit: No, it hasn't been noted. Rafa and Marc Lopez are playing vs Frantisek CERMAK (CZE)/Michal MERTINAK (SVK) on Stadium 1.

MariaV
03-13-2009, 09:37 AM
Uhhh, and what should I predict, what should I predict? :scratch:

Meh, let's go with the big W again. :lol: :rocker:

cmurray
03-13-2009, 11:25 AM
Final please.

scarecrows
03-13-2009, 11:40 AM
Sf

Metis
03-13-2009, 12:47 PM
Update:



How far will Rafa go in IW? (1000 points up for grabs)

1st - Bye
2nd - l_mac
3rd -
4th - acionescu, M.C. Metis, tennizen, wildegirl05
QF -
SF - EnriqueIG8, Evita, NaDALiTa, rafa maniac, scarecrows, Xristos
F - adee-gee, cmurray, Getta, Invisible, nashty, star, Troickitard
W - :bibcry:, Aenea, Ale., Diorelli, Foxy, JolanGago, MariaV, Laba, LinkMage, Minn, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream

M.C.
03-13-2009, 03:17 PM
4th round

:wavey:

sasa
03-13-2009, 07:32 PM
Is somewhere a site where we can watch online Rafa's today match? :) I soooo want to see Rafito! :p

Castafiore
03-13-2009, 08:57 PM
Rafa's first opponent on Sunday will be Michael Berrer.

[Q] M Berrer (GER) d [WC] K Anderson (RSA) 63 63

Getta
03-14-2009, 03:22 AM
[WC] M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) def F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 76(2) 46 10-7

acionescu
03-14-2009, 07:42 AM
Sasa, just for you to know:

- sport.ro shows ATP1000 + Wimbledon
- sport.1 shows ATP500
- telesport shows ATP250 + DC + FC
- ES shows AO, RG, USO

Well, for all the above Romanian channels, "showing" is generic because they allways find a way to cut tennis to show football, boxing, Gigi, WWE, eating hotdogs contest, etc...:retard:
The point is sport.ro should start coverage tonight but I'm not sure that they'll stay enough to show Rafa's match :mad:

l_mac
03-14-2009, 09:34 AM
I will need to change my pick now that Dangerous Kev Anderson has been eliminated.

When does he play Fat Dave? 4th round?

sasa
03-14-2009, 11:11 AM
Sasa, just for you to know:

- sport.ro shows ATP1000 + Wimbledon
- sport.1 shows ATP500
- telesport shows ATP250 + DC + FC
- ES shows AO, RG, USO

Thank you soo much :worship:! Let's hope that sport.ro will show his matches.

PS: Se vede ca dupa retragerea lui Pete Sampras am 'rupt-o' complet cu acest sport, habar n-aveam ca posturile romanesti transmit atata tenis. Multumesc mult ca mi-ai spus :)

acionescu
03-14-2009, 12:39 PM
I will need to change my pick now that Dangerous Kev Anderson has been eliminated.

When does he play Fat Dave? 4th round?

Yes :scared:

And the even more dangerous Tursunov is in 3rd but my heart just doesn't want to admit a loss to the Russian blogger, the great love of Cheryl's life :tears:

star
03-14-2009, 01:38 PM
Yes :scared:

And the even more dangerous Tursunov is in 3rd but my heart just doesn't want to admit a loss to the Russian blogger, the great love of Cheryl's life :tears:

You must have faith in Rafa. Tursunov? pfffft! He is nada.

When Rafa wants to win -- hard to beat him. I saw that in doubles last night. Why don't we have a doubles MIT, anyway?

I pick Rafa for .......... Final.

acionescu
03-14-2009, 05:10 PM
He's not playing today :sad:

NaDALiTa
03-14-2009, 07:31 PM
MIT prediction: semi final!

tangerine_dream
03-15-2009, 02:05 AM
Winner for me. Vamos Rafa. :dance:

Ria
03-15-2009, 10:33 AM
MIT prediction: Winner :dance:

Aenea
03-15-2009, 11:29 AM
OOP March, 15 Sunday

Not Before 2:00 PM (9PM GMT, 10CET, 11EET :D )

Dinara SAFINA (RUS) vs Shuai PENG (CHN)

followed by

Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Michael BERRER (GER)

Vamos Rafito :inlove: Time to reclaim Indian Wells :rocker2:

Now that PNB Pariba took over are they gonna change the whale trophy?

Castafiore
03-15-2009, 12:39 PM
The new trophy has the shape of a star.

Xristos
03-15-2009, 02:16 PM
The new trophy has the shape of a star.

Cool. Vamoos!

star
03-15-2009, 03:06 PM
The new trophy has the shape of a star.

So I heard. Stars everywhere this year. :)

BNP Paribas is much more high profile about their VIPs. Everywhere are VIP signs and the special balls decorating the way to the BNP Paribas suite -- Which I might add is in the sunniest hottest part of the stadium. :p And has its very own special doorman. Just a bit more elitist than were the old Pacific Life people who were laid back and also sponsored a special charity booth for saving whales at the tournament. It was a great booth and had a big inflatable whale that kids loved to walk through. It's just a difference I notice. I'm glad BNP Parabas is giving the money so we can have the tournament.

nashty
03-15-2009, 04:26 PM
The new trophy has the shape of a star.

http://cowbell.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83423e30253ef011168f3f58d970c-pi

Rafa will have a hard time biting it. So maybe he'll not bother winning it.:shrug:

star
03-16-2009, 05:43 AM
http://cowbell.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83423e30253ef011168f3f58d970c-pi

Rafa will have a hard time biting it. So maybe he'll not bother winning it.:shrug:

I miss the whale. :bigcry:

This is kind of plain, isn't it?

Castafiore
03-16-2009, 08:11 AM
^ Me too. :awww:

The trophy being the shape of a star isn't a bad idea (well, it's the sponsor's symbol) but this trophy is rather ugly.


http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/4318/nadalvsberrerstats.th.png (http://img12.imageshack.us/my.php?image=nadalvsberrerstats.png)
Next up, Dmitry Tursunov.

Metis
03-16-2009, 09:01 AM
How far will Rafa go in IW? (1000 points up for grabs)

1st - Bye
2nd - l_mac
3rd -
4th - acionescu, M.C. Metis, tennizen, wildegirl05
QF -
SF - EnriqueIG8, Evita, NaDALiTa, rafa maniac, scarecrows, Xristos
F - adee-gee, cmurray, Getta, Invisible, nashty, star, Troickitard
W - :bibcry:, Aenea, Ale., Diorelli, Foxy, JolanGago, MariaV, Laba, LinkMage, Minn, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream



l_mac :rolleyes: I bet she got tired of sharing the FAIL and wanted one just for herself. :(


http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/fail-owned-canadian-language-fail1.jpg

nashty
03-16-2009, 02:58 PM
I miss the whale. :bigcry:

This is kind of plain, isn't it?


Yeah, it is. But at least it doesn't look like something else. ;)

Aenea
03-17-2009, 07:15 AM
OOP March, 17 Tuesday

Not before 1PM (8PM GMT, 21CET, 22EET)

Novak Djokovic vs Tommy Haas

Dinara Safina vs Jill Craybas

Rafael Nadal vs Dmitry Tursunov

Good luck, Rafi http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-happy080.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

acionescu
03-17-2009, 08:10 AM
Another lat night/early morning for me :bigcry: :bigcry:

And again after Safina :rolleyes:

Castafiore
03-17-2009, 09:35 AM
He's playing singles and doubles today:

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[4] V Zvonareva (RUS) vs N Li (CHN) - WTA
Not Before 1:00 PM
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) vs T Haas (GER) - ATP
[1] D Safina (RUS) vs J Craybas (USA) - WTA
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [26] D Tursunov (RUS) - ATP
Not Before 7:30 PM
[31] N Kiefer (GER) vs [7] A Roddick (USA) - ATP
Not Before 9:00 PM
[5] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [12] F Pennetta (ITA) - WTA

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
[9] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [WC] U Radwanska (POL) - WTA
Not Before 1:00 PM
[30] J Melzer (AUT) vs [6] J Del Potro (ARG) - ATP
[WC] J Isner (USA) vs [24] M Safin (RUS) - ATP
S Querrey (USA) vs [16] S Wawrinka (SUI) - ATP
[12] D Ferrer (ESP) vs J Chardy (FRA) - ATP
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [WC] M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) - ATP - After Suitable Rest

MariaV
03-17-2009, 09:45 AM
Maybe I'll get some sleep before Rafa's match. :) I want to see him demolishing the 'megablogger' and wannabe DJ. :devil:

acionescu
03-17-2009, 01:31 PM
I don't think he's gonna have too much time to rst between singles and doubles :tears:

star
03-17-2009, 03:42 PM
I don't think he's gonna have too much time to rst between singles and doubles :tears:

Maybe that's the way he wanted it. Anyway, that stadium will be packed. They put Andy on 3 yesterday and it was impossible to get in there. 2 is a bit bigger, but still with no stadium 1 matches everyone will just jam that place.

Aenea
03-18-2009, 07:10 AM
Rafa - DJ Dimi 63 63 :D

Rafa/Lopez - Bryan Bros 46 36

OOP March, 18 Wednesday

Not before 9PM (4AM GMT, 5CET, 6EET)

Rafael Nadal vs David Nalbandian

Time to get to business, Rafa :armed: Good luck and vamos:rocker2:

MariaV
03-18-2009, 08:14 AM
:scared: :unsure:
David N. is kinda unpredictable, how will his mood be? :scared: :unsure:
Hahaha, and why did I predict the big fat W. :rolls:

Castafiore
03-18-2009, 11:42 AM
tennistv.com - Nadal vs Tursunov, post-match interview (http://www.tennistv.com/page/TennisTV/TournamentInterviews/IndianWells/0,,11444~1594263,00.html)

http://picture.belga.be/belgapicture/picture/prev/13061749.jpg
:D

They're usually quite late in putting the transcripts of the pressers online.

acionescu
03-18-2009, 11:51 AM
:D


:angel:

MariaV
03-18-2009, 11:54 AM
Gracias Hilde! :D

Metis
03-19-2009, 09:13 AM
Nadal-Nalbandian 3-6 7-6(5) 6-0 :eek:


on the brink of defeat :scared: saved 5 mps and bageled Nalby :worship:

vastly better than the previous 2 times against David :p



How far will Rafa go in IW? (1000 points up for grabs)

1st - Bye
2nd - l_mac
3rd -
4th - acionescu, M.C. Metis, tennizen, wildegirl05
QF -
SF - EnriqueIG8, Evita, NaDALiTa, rafa maniac, scarecrows, Xristos
F - adee-gee, cmurray, Getta, Invisible, nashty, star, Troickitard
W - :bibcry:, Aenea, Ale., Diorelli, Foxy, JolanGago, MariaV, Laba, LinkMage, Minn, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream




For a moment there I thought the power of the FAIL had deserted me. :awww: This should be a lesson to all: never doubt the Metis FAIL :D


acionescu, M.C., tennizen, wildegirl05: thank you for sharing this FAIL with me :hug:


http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/fail-owned-pimp-fail1.jpg

:lol:

Castafiore
03-19-2009, 09:19 AM
^ :lol: Excellent fail pic, Metis.


http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/4680/nadalvsnalbandianstats.th.png (http://img16.imageshack.us/my.php?image=nadalvsnalbandianstats.png)

Castafiore
03-19-2009, 10:01 AM
Transcript of Rafa's press-conference after his match against Tursunov:

INTERVIEWS
March 17, 2009


R. NADAL/D. Tursunov

6 3, 6 3

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You want to talk about that match a little and Tursunov?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. Well, it wasn't one of my best matches, true. It was tough to play against him, no?
He didn't give me a lot of rhythm. He played good shots but at the same time mistakes. I had more mistakes than usually.
But, you know, then I won 6 3, 6 3, so it's a good win. I'm in the third round and I'm happy for that.

Q. What do you have to do to get past David Nalbandian? You haven't played him for a while, but you've had problems with him each time.
RAFAEL NADAL: More than problems. 6 2, 6 1 and 6 4, 6 0 is more than problems. (Laughter).
Well, I don't know. Well, in the past, sure. I don't know. If I win tomorrow, I gonna tell you what I did better than the last time.
Well, I think the important thing is play well. I didn't play well the last two times. He was playing very well in the moment and I didn't play very well.
So the first thing is play well. Second, I have to play ready, because he has the control of the point, gonna be almost impossible, no? Because he playing tight, and he moves all the time. He has very good control.
So I have to try to play long and try to play hard all the time with the good intensity and very good rhythm. I going to try.

Q. You're playing doubles here. What is your thinking on why you're playing doubles?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, first thing, because it's two weeks tournament, so I have days off. Second, because I like to play doubles, no?
I don't play a lot, but I think this tournament is the right tournament to play, no?
So that can help me to improve and to continuing get rhythm on this kind of surface, because I played on clay for one week and a half or two weeks before come here.
So we decide to play doubles because I had a match before the first singles and for practice a little bit more.

Q. How did you feel about going out to play Mike and Bob, the No. 1 doubles team tonight?
RAFAEL NADAL: Always is gonna be I hope a nice match. We gonna try our best for have a good fun and play good match and have a good result.

Q. Have you expressed any concerns about the scheduling? You don't really have much time between this match and your doubles match here tonight.
RAFAEL NADAL: That doesn't matter, because I didn't play doubles yesterday. I play Friday and I play Tuesday, right now.
But anyway, everything is okay. I gonna play. I think the doubles match today can help me to play good shots and to improve the tennis for tomorrow.

Q. When you were young, did you always want to be No. 1, or did you discover later that you could be No. 1 and want to be No. 1?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, when I was, you know, kid, I don't know I never thought about to be No. 1, no? I enjoy playing tennis and try my best in every practice, trying to improve every day. But no, never thinking about be No. 1.

Q. When you win, you always bite your trophy. What's the significance of that?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I don't know. I did when I won first Masters Series in Monte Carlo 2005. Later I started to do it. I don't know.

Q. Do they all taste the same?
RAFAEL NADAL: Doesn't mean too much.

Q. Roger Federer and Allegro took two games from the Bryans. Do you have a target higher than that?
RAFAEL NADAL: Win three.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports....
http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/4/players/interviews/2009/nadal317.asp

Aenea
03-19-2009, 11:24 AM
Q. Roger Federer and Allegro took two games from the Bryans. Do you have a target higher than that?

RAFAEL NADAL: Win three.

:rolls:

Great goal :worship: Great answer :D

Rafa beat Nalby :worship: :bigclap: :woohoo: What a match :worship:

This win was a must Rafa couldn't afford losing to Nalby once again. Now only Murray's defeats are not avenged yet :armed:

Aenea
03-20-2009, 07:31 AM
OOP March, 20 Friday

Not before 3PM (10PM GMT, 23CET, 24EET)

Novak Djokovic vs Andy Roddick

followed by

Rafael Nadal vs JM Del Potro

http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/404/op.pdf

Another sleepless night for us poor Europeans :sad: and Miami starts next week so no decent sleep through the nights for another 2 weeks.

Good luck, Rafi :inlove:

Castafiore
03-20-2009, 07:43 AM
Transcript from Rafa's presser after the Nalby match:
INTERVIEWS
March 18, 2009


R. NADAL/D. Nalbandian

3 6, 7 6, 6 0

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL



THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Where did you find it in yourself to save those match points?
RAFAEL NADAL: Lucky. I think today was lucky. Anyway, well, I am not happy. I'm not very happy about myself and the first two sets.
No, I think I had from the memory, a lot the last two matches. He played well, yes, but I had a little I was a little bit scared about his backhand. So, yeah, that's I didn't go to the match with the best mentality, no?
But, well, important thing is that I won. I'm quarterfinals, so I'm very happy for that. Yeah. I'm happy to have with the reaction. I played very well the match points against, and I played better the tiebreak. In the third set he was tired, I think. But I played better.

Q. What about his backhand gives you trouble or was making you think...
RAFAEL NADAL: Not the problem. I didn't play against his backhand, you know. I was scared about his backhand and it was a mistake. I think that now, because I have a good close forehand, too. So I think can't be a problem play against his backhand with my forehand.
But I played too much to his forehand and he killed me against my backhand, no? In the end I have a little bit changes of rhythm with the slice, so that helps me a lot. And, yeah, I find a solution, no?

Q. Is it safe to say during the change in the second set when the crowd was cheering for you, kind of bounced out, and was that kind of a turning point in your mind?
RAFAEL NADAL: It was important, no? The crowd support is always really important. I just can say thanks to the crowd.
But they still there and supporting me, so thank you very much. It's nice to have the good crowd with you, and today was really important.

Q. What did you mean when you say you are not the good mentality on the beginning of the match? What was the problem?
RAFAEL NADAL: I say that, because I think I didn't go to the match with clear idea how to play the match, no? So I go in the match, and I didn't have exactly the tactic or the things I had to do to win this match, no? Probably because I lost very easy in the last two matches against him, and I didn't know exactly think play.
So I'm not happy about myself about that. Anyway, if I lost the last two matches, I didn't play well and he did, and I go on court and try to play my game. Play aggressive and hard, and later he play better and beat me.
But I have to play, no? I didn't play with that rhythm and with that aggressivity in the beginning and he killed me, so I'm not happy about that.

Q. What about coming back for the next match? And is this a little bit like Australia with Verdasco and then going into the final?
RAFAEL NADAL: Probably I going to be better physically. I didn't play five hours. How long was the match?

Q. 2:48.
RAFAEL NADAL: It's okay.

Q. Look ahead to play the next match.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, that was a big save today, so I hope to play more aggressive next match and this match today give me confidence hopefully for next match, no?
Well, I have to play if I want to win. If not, going to be almost impossible.

Q. Do you think that the two matches that you played yesterday, the doubles and the singles, had anything to do with this?
RAFAEL NADAL: I am more tired than usual? No, completely not. I played very late today. I sleep more than eight hours. I didn't do nothing during all the day. No.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports....

http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/4/players/interviews/2009/nadal318.asp

-Evita-
03-20-2009, 08:27 AM
Thanks for the transcript :worship: I hope he's gonna kill Del Potro :) :rocker:

Castafiore
03-20-2009, 08:18 PM
Rafa's Savior

By Tennis Week
Friday, March 20, 2009

Rafael Nadal has friends in high places.

Actor Jim Caviezel, best known for playing Jesus in Mel Gibson's film The Passion Of The Christ (the film, with dialogue in Aramic, Latin and Hebrew is highest grossing non-English language movie in history), sat directly behind Nadal's team in a court-side box for his grueling 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-0 victory over 14th-seeded David Nalbandian in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

The 14th-seeded Nalbandian had not dropped a set to Nadal in two prior meetings — both played on indoor hard courts — and pushed the six time Grand Slam champion to the edge of elimination in holding five match points.

"Rafa, you can't lose you've got Jesus on your side!" some fans shouted during crucial stages.

The presence of a celluloid savior didn't hurt: Nadal fought back ferociously in posting his first victory over Nalbandian.

The two hour, 48-minute battle ended shortly after 2 a.m. local time and Caviezel, who drove to Indian Wells from Los Angeles for the match, stayed for every point before leaving the tournament grounds at about 2:30 a.m. to drive back home to L.A.

Before departing, Caviezel, who characterized his primary interests growing up in Mount Vernon, Washington as sports and religion, met Nadal and presented him with a copy of his film. The 6-foot-2 Caviezel, who was struck by lightning and suffered a separated shoulder while filming The Passion Of The Christ, played college basketball at Bellevue Community College and reportedly dreamed of playing pro basketball before pursuing an acting career.

Like Nadal, Caviezel is ambidextrous.

http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6629327
"Rafa, you can't lose you've got Jesus on your side!" some fans shouted during crucial stages.
:haha:

Snoo Foo
03-20-2009, 08:21 PM
Before departing, Caviezel, who characterized his primary interests growing up in Mount Vernon, Washington as sports and religion, met Nadal and presented him with a copy of his film.

oh lordy lordy lordy

Castafiore
03-21-2009, 01:46 AM
Rafael Nadal def. Juan Martin Del Potro: 6-2, 6-4

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/9132/nadalvsjmdpstats.th.png (http://img18.imageshack.us/my.php?image=nadalvsjmdpstats.png)

Roddick up next!

16681
03-21-2009, 04:23 AM
I don't get in here too often to post, but believe me I have been following Rafa :) Roddick's fans (?) have been known to call him the "Duck" so may we have roasted "Duck" in the SF ;)

star
03-21-2009, 04:41 AM
I don't get in here too often to post, but believe me I have been following Rafa :) Roddick's fans (?) have been known to call him the "Duck" so may we have roasted "Duck" in the SF ;)

Yeah. I think maybe his not fans call him Duck. :p

Nadal should win that match, but lighting can strike. :)

Aenea
03-21-2009, 08:23 AM
OOP for the Semis

Not before 1PM (8PM GMT, 21CET, 22EET)

Andy MURRAY vs Roger FEDERER

followed by

Rafael NADAL vs Andy RODDICK

At least Rafa defended his points :clap2:

Good luck today, Rafi but play better than last night

acionescu
03-21-2009, 04:27 PM
Why phantom? :confused:

l_mac
03-21-2009, 04:28 PM
:lol:

Hilde :hug:

There hasn't even been any really good pics from IW :sad:

acionescu
03-21-2009, 04:41 PM
I didn't see a good on-court picture of Rafa since the sleeveless....:tears:

cmurray
03-21-2009, 04:51 PM
I didn't see a good on-court picture of Rafa since the sleeveless....:tears:

I know. It's a tragedy. :sobbing:

l_mac
03-21-2009, 04:59 PM
*bump*

:mad:

cmurray
03-21-2009, 05:04 PM
*bump*

:mad:

:scared:

l_mac
03-21-2009, 11:27 PM
Presser from match with DelPo:

R. NADAL/J. Del Potro
6-2, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You win 6-2, 6-4, and then you go back out and practice hard. Are you not happy with your game?

RAFAEL NADAL: Not practice hard. (Laughter).
No, yeah, I happy about the beginning, the first set and 2-0, Love-40. But later I stop a little bit.
No, I just went to serve a little bit, practice a little bit more the serve, because I served well in the beginning, but later I had some mistakes and a little bit more the backhand. I wanted to play a little bit longer the backhand. But that's it.
I'm happy. I won against No. 6 in the world. 6-2, 6-4 is a very good result.

Q. Do you feel your level today was better than it was against Nalbandian?

RAFAEL NADAL: The beginning, sure, yeah. I played bad against David. But the beginning of the match and -- I have lucky in that match, sure. I'm more happy. I go on court with more clear ideas.

Q. How satisfying was it to win in two sets today after your battle against Nalbandian in the previous round?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, the match before is past right now, no? Yeah, doesn't matter if that match happened two days ago.
I'm happy about the 6-2, 6-4 against big player like Del Potro. So that's the thing.

Q. You look like you lowered your toss to further out in front and your serve looks a lot better. Have you improved it a lot?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, that's what I don't want.

Q. You don't want it?

RAFAEL NADAL: I want it to be more inside. That's why I was practicing a little bit more.
No, in the beginning, yeah, I was putting the ball okay, but in the second set I start to put the ball lower and lower.
Yeah, I think a little bit more higher is better for my serve, I think for everyone.

Q. In tennis history, the sport seems to have been more popular when there have been great rivalries such as McEnroe and Børg, McEnroe and Connors, Sampras and Agassi. Do you feel that you're bringing the game back to that kind of level and does it excite you?
RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't understand that. I understand everything, but you didn't finish the question.

Q. I'm asking if you're excited by it and does it...

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. Well, I'm not one to say if I improve the game and if the game more popular right now because I am here. I don't think so.
But anyway, if it's like this, I am not the right person to say.

Q. Can you talk about the match tomorrow against Andy, and have you had a chance to watch him?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, he's playing really well, no? He started the season very well. Semifinals in Australia. He played the final in Doha, too, and he won in Memphis, yeah. So he's doing very well.
Going to be a really tough match. I have to play very well. I have to -- I must serve well if I want to win and be focus all the time, play aggressive on the return and play right.

Q. Can you also take us back to your match against Andy in 2007?

RAFAEL NADAL: That's a long time ago. I was playing really well in that moment. I am playing well, too, right now, no? But that's a long time ago. A lot of things change.
He's playing well. Yeah, it's difficult. I don't like to compare the matches, no?

Q. When you go in to play Andy, you've won four out of the six that you've played against him. Do the past matches mean anything when you play him this time?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, it's important to have matches against one player like Andy, because, well, he can surprise you. You go on court, and you know he's serving big power and he gonna have big forehands. He go aggressive to the net. It's good to know these things, no?
But in the end, every match is completely different. The matches start from 50% for everybody tomorrow.

Q. What are you happy about in your game right now, and what do you feel like you really need to improve during the next match and maybe for the final?

RAFAEL NADAL: Improve always depends on the moment, no? You were doing one things better than other things, and in another moments could change -- things change, no?
But I have to continuing improve my serve, that's sure. I have to play a little bit more aggressive. I am doing, I think, but I have to continue improving, and I am doing a lot of things much better than the past.
I think the good thing, I always was improving, and I hope I still. Well, I have big illusion and motivation every time I go on court to continuing improve my game, no?
I feel if it's not like this, I don't want to be No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No.4. I gonna go back, no?

Q. I'm surprised to see you eating cookies. Are they chocolate chip cookies?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah.


Q. I was wondering if you have things like that quite a bit? I always think athletes have a very regimented diet and don't indulge.

RAFAEL NADAL: Not me. (Laughter.)
My opinion, you can eat everything. Well, before the match maybe don't have five cookies or one stick, but my opinion, you can eat everything in the right time and with -- well, if I eat right now, twenty cookies, maybe I gonna have indigestion tonight.
If I eat two, three cookies, maybe it's okay. Maybe not for the stomach, no, but for the head it's better. (Laughter.) In the end, the important thing is be mentally okay.

Q. Better mental preparation?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah.

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=55415

Castafiore
03-22-2009, 12:57 AM
http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/1829/nadalvsroddickstats.th.png (http://img27.imageshack.us/my.php?image=nadalvsroddickstats.png)

tennizen
03-22-2009, 02:57 AM
Rafito played like crap against Ducky but Murray's pretty bad as well so there's still hope.

star
03-22-2009, 03:00 AM
So happy about the result today. :) :) :)

star
03-22-2009, 05:04 AM
Weather tomorrow. 67 for the high. brrrrrrr showers and windy p.m.

nashty
03-22-2009, 05:16 AM
Rafa's passing shots were great. I hope he wins tomorrow, never mind if I lose in MIT. :)

Aenea
03-22-2009, 07:41 AM
Rafito played like crap against Ducky but Murray's pretty bad as well so there's still hope.

:scared:
I wouldn't say "like crap" but yeah, Rafa wasn't impressive. And he has difficulties to hold serve when being a break up :help: I'm scared to watch when he's serving :o But you are right about Andy he's not at his best as well. No player has been impressive in this tournament so far. I hope Rafa will be tonight :D

I love to post the OOP for a Final :D Here is today's

Not before 2PM (9PM GMT, 22CET, 23EET)

Rafael Nadal vs Andy Murray

Vamos, Rafi :rocker2: Indian Wells is the tournament you are avenging your previous defeats. So make sure we see the new trophy in your hands :cool:

Good luck, baby :yippee:

acionescu
03-22-2009, 08:25 AM
Where are the fail pictures? :mad:

Metis!!!!!!!!!!!

Metis
03-22-2009, 10:32 AM
Where are the fail pictures? :mad:

Metis!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, OK, don't shoot! :scared: :unsure:

:lol:




How far will Rafa go in IW? (1000 points up for grabs)

1st - Bye
2nd - l_mac
3rd -
4th - acionescu, M.C. Metis, tennizen, wildegirl05
QF -
SF - EnriqueIG8, Evita, NaDALiTa, rafa maniac, scarecrows, Xristos
F - adee-gee, cmurray, Getta, Invisible, nashty, star, Troickitard
W - :bibcry:, Aenea, Ale., Diorelli, Foxy, JolanGago, MariaV, Laba, LinkMage, Minn, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream




EnriqueIG8, Evita, NaDALiTa, rafa maniac, scarecrows, Xristos: guess what? :D


http://blogs.menupages.com/sanfrancisco/shipment-of-fail.jpg





and one more dedicated to Genci (scarecrows) :p

http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/399px-scarecrow1.jpg

16681
03-22-2009, 10:34 AM
I personally very much enjoyed the roasted "Duck" that Rafa served up :p I have always heard that Rafa doesn't like wind. I feel that hurt him in his Match against "Rodduck". And with the weather report given that could hurt him in his Match with Murray. However, Murray did have to play the longer Match so time on court should be in Rafa's favor. I hate that Rafa and Murray have to play in the Finals. I like them both, but someone has to be defeated :sad: At least both Nole and The Fed went out of this Tournament so that made me very happy :yippee:

Castafiore
03-22-2009, 05:40 PM
Transcript of Rafa's presser after the SF:

March 21, 2009

Rafael Nadal

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

R. NADAL/A. Roddick
6-4, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. We're used to seeing you hit hard off of both wings most of the time. Today you seemed to be incorporating a backhand slice. What was your strategy behind using that shot today?
RAFAEL NADAL: It wasn't a strategy. It was just the slice backhand, no? But in some times, sure, I played too much slice backhand today. Sometimes it's good have the slice backhand to change the rhythm of the point.
I use it too much today. That's not the right way.

Q. Today was the second time you were serving for the match and you got broken. Can you take us through what happened there in the second set when you were serving for the match?
RAFAEL NADAL: Scared maybe.

Q. Scared maybe?
RAFAEL NADAL: (Laughter.) I don't know. Yeah, it was -- yeah, I had important mistake. I have important mistake in 30-All with the forehand. I have bad selection of the shot, because I was -- I played with too much risk. Yeah.
For me, the worst game wasn't the 5-4. For me, the worst game was the 2-1, 30-0. For me, that's the worst, because in 5-4 you are serving for the match, and always is tough. But with 2-1, 30-0, 6-4, 2-1, 30-0, I had the match completely under control.
Yeah, this is not the right moment to lose that game, no?

Q. After your last match you went out and practiced your serve. Were you happier with your serve today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Some moments, yeah. Some moments, yes; some moments not very happy. But, well, not bad.

Q. You played a pretty good tiebreaker though. You must have at least been happy about that.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, it was important I played better the tiebreak. The 6-5 game, 5-6 with my serve, I played better. I served better, because in the second set I started to play more defensive, no? So that's the reason, I think.
Anyway, the wind was hard, but that's the reason why I have more problems having the match under control, two times the break.
Maybe with 6-5, I started again to play a little bit more aggressive. I served a little bit more, well, I don't know, more direction.
So in the tiebreak I did the same, having good points. So that was important to keep that mentally after two times losing the serve.

Q. They're saying tomorrow the wind here might be about 40, maybe 50 miles an hour.
RAFAEL NADAL: Tomorrow?

Q. Yeah. It's normally pretty calm here. In those circumstances, what do you have to do to play well in the wind?
RAFAEL NADAL: Move. I have to move more than usual. That's what I think.
Sometimes if you stop, I don't know, half second before to touch the ball, now you have to stop later because the ball can move all the time.
So I have to keep moving all the time and try to play inside the court. Because if you play the ball when the call is coming, I don't have to wait to the ball. I have to go to the ball.

Q. What is it that makes Murray difficult to play?
RAFAEL NADAL: Murray?
Well, he played well for the last one year. Yeah, everything, I think. He's very complete player. He has a good serve, has very good control from the baseline. Yeah, everything.
He has, well, good hands, very good dropshot. So he can play aggressive, he can play defensive, so he's a very complete player. Yeah, I think the chances play with Murray than him.

Q. You, of course, are known for biting the trophies, but you won many trophies over your career so far. If you had to choose just one or two trophies as your very favorite, which would they be?
RAFAEL NADAL: Trophies in my career?

Q. Yeah.
RAFAEL NADAL: Wimbledon and Roland Garros, yeah.

Q. Which Roland Garros?
RAFAEL NADAL: Second.

Q. Because? Why?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I had important injury in 2006. End of the season was tough moments to me, yeah.
I really don't know in that moments if I gonna have the chance to come back in the top positions or still there playing at the same level than before.
Yeah, when I won there it was really emotional, no? Some tough moments in the last moments of Roland Garros 2006.

Q. Two years ago you beat Roddick pretty handily in the semis. How did you think he's better today compared to when you played him two years ago in the semis?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know, no? I saw him always good, yeah. Sure, he's playing better this year, I think.
He started the season, I don't know, with good illusion, trying to play more aggressive. I saw him play very good matches.
I think he's -- he has more motivation right now than the last few years. That's what I see on the TV. I don't know. That's my feeling.

Q. You talk about Andy Murray has gotten a lot better this last year. What have you seen him do that's taken him to the next level?
RAFAEL NADAL: What he has to do to...

Q. What has he done this last year to get so much better?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think he's more focus all the time mentally, no? He's more regular, no?
Yeah, before he has one good match and later he played one set well and two sets not at the same level. Right now he's playing all the time very solid and very regular. He's not having strange illusion, no?
You look his results the last seven, eight months, he's not losing against anyone. He only lose against the best, and not a lot of times. I hope tomorrow. (Laughter.)

Q. It seems like maybe one of the reasons why you've been dominating and almost never losing now, is because even when you're not playing so well, you're finding ways to win; is that true?
RAFAEL NADAL: That, I think, is not new for me, no? I think the best players -- I think everybody can play and can win. Everybody can play well and can win everybody when one player a playing at his best level.
The important thing is continuing win a lot of the matches when your level is not in the top. So I think all my career I have that. Yeah, I think that's (Translated from Spanish.)
THE MODERATOR: It's a quality of mine.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I think it's a positive quality of mine. If I'm not playing at my best level -- normally I didn't have a lot of loses in first, second round. Hopefully. You understand right now, no?
But, yeah, that's what I did well all my career, no? That's a mentality thing: Being positive and accept if you are not playing your best, you have to fight.

Q. It should be is fantastic final against Andy. Is he an opponent that you enjoy playing against? If so, why?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I enjoy playing everybody. I enjoy playing tennis and being here. Sure, enjoy being in another final. Masters Series final is very good news for me.
Tomorrow I have a match to enjoy and try to play my best tennis. It's going to be a challenge for me, and I'm going to try to play my best tennis. Only like this I gonna have chances to win against Andy.
Yeah, but anyway, the result is fine. Being in the final here is really important to me, no? Having 600 points and continuing have the good wins and good results is really important.

Q. Any disappointment not playing Roger?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I don't know, no? I think tennis are not only Roger and me. I told you guys one hundred times, but, you know, it's very difficult play against Roger every final, no?
You know, in the history, how many Grand Slam or finals we have? I don't know. Big rivalries, Børg, McEnroe, how many? Do you know?

Q. Four.
RAFAEL NADAL: Four? We already have three, three and one. Seven, so it's a lot. That's very difficult to be all the time both players on the final in the same level.
It's really strange.

End of FastScripts

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=55450

Roddick's presser is quite good as well:
link to Roddick's presser for those interested (http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=55448)

MariaV
03-22-2009, 07:14 PM
Thanks Hilde! :hatoff:
Roddick's pressers are always great, you gotta give him that. :yeah:

Waiting for the final.... :scared: :unsure:

Bibberz
03-22-2009, 07:32 PM
Hilde, you've been a pretty awesome threadstarter. Well, more to the point, you've been a pretty awesome threadupdater. :yeah: :p

l_mac
03-22-2009, 07:34 PM
Hilde, I liked your title from yesterday :haha:

SHAME ON THOSE WHO CHOSE "FINAL" FOR MIT.

Final is the least acceptable time to lose :mad:

edit: looking more closely, very disappointed with the names I am seeing beside Final :(

Björki
03-22-2009, 07:43 PM
Best of luck to Rafa :rocker2:

Bibberz
03-22-2009, 07:44 PM
Hilde, I liked your title from yesterday :haha:

SHAME ON THOSE WHO CHOSE "FINAL" FOR MIT.

Final is the least acceptable time to lose :mad:

edit: looking more closely, very disappointed with the names I am seeing beside Final :(

I hope Metis brings out some extra-heinous FAIL pictures for them if Rafa wins. :D If--perish the thought--Rafa loses, I hope Metis rolls out a very lousy WIN picture.

Castafiore
03-22-2009, 07:57 PM
Hilde, I liked your title from yesterday
The one after that was a bit lame so, let's mix both titles up.

tangerine_dream
03-22-2009, 08:43 PM
Good luck to Rafa tonight. :wavey: I hope the wind doesn't ruin the match, unless of course it favors Rafa. :D

I am, however, prepared to swarm GM with my anti-Murray vitriol should Rafa lose. :mad:

Mikey's gloating will be unbearable. :rolleyes:

wildegirl05
03-22-2009, 09:07 PM
Good luck to Rafa tonight. :wavey: I hope the wind doesn't ruin the match, unless of course it favors Rafa. :D

I am, however, prepared to swarm GM with my anti-Murray vitriol should Rafa lose. :mad:

Mikey's gloating will be unbearable. :rolleyes:

tangy, finally a seasoned hater on the muzza-hatewagon :worship:

godspeed :rocker2:

l_mac
03-22-2009, 09:11 PM
Good luck to Rafa tonight. :wavey: I hope the wind doesn't ruin the match, unless of course it favors Rafa. :D

I am, however, prepared to swarm GM with my anti-Murray vitriol should Rafa lose. :mad:

Mikey's gloating will be unbearable. :rolleyes:

Mikey? Mikey is the least of our worries :bigcry:

Clydey :sobbing: :sobbing:

And all those mew Muzzatares. I don't like any of them :tears:

tangerine_dream
03-22-2009, 09:12 PM
tangy, finally a seasoned hater on the muzza-hatewagon :worship:

godspeed :rocker2:
I am leading the way for sure.

Don't you dare fluke another win, Muzzardbreath. :armed:

wildegirl05
03-22-2009, 09:33 PM
I am leading the way for sure.

Don't you dare fluke another win, Muzzardbreath. :armed:

i will join you :hug:

let's see how many gamesmanship "injuries" come into play today against poor rafito :rolleyes:

don't lose concentration rafa, vamos!!

Jelena_78
03-22-2009, 11:07 PM
6-1 6-2 Impressive! :)

Congratulations :worship:

nashty
03-22-2009, 11:14 PM
:woohoo: RAFA WOOOOOOON!!! :woohoo:


Glad to lose in MIT. :rocker:

Congrats Rafa!!! Played well even with that wind. Didn't even face a breakpoint!:cool:


Can't wait for his trophy-biting pic! Rafa's really on revenge mode in IW.

Castafiore
03-22-2009, 11:15 PM
http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/548/nadalvsmurraystats.th.png (http://img408.imageshack.us/my.php?image=nadalvsmurraystats.png)

:bounce: :worship:

Bibberz
03-22-2009, 11:17 PM
MIT: Final

http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif (http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad-smilies/14/#)http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif (http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad-smilies/14/#)http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif (http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad-smilies/14/#)http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif (http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad-smilies/14/#)http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif (http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad-smilies/14/#)

Metis
03-22-2009, 11:26 PM
Nadal-Murray 6-1 6-2 :rocker2:

another title for Rafa :D


How far will Rafa go in IW? (1000 points up for grabs)

1st - Bye
2nd - l_mac
3rd -
4th - acionescu, M.C. Metis, tennizen, wildegirl05
QF -
SF - EnriqueIG8, Evita, NaDALiTa, rafa maniac, scarecrows, Xristos
F - adee-gee, cmurray, Getta, Invisible, nashty, star, Troickitard
W - :bibcry:, Aenea, Ale., Diorelli, Foxy, JolanGago, MariaV, Laba, LinkMage, Minn, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream




adee-gee, cmurray, Getta, Invisible, nashty, star, Troickitard: we are all really sorry you lost :awww: ...NOT! :dance:


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3089/3115865407_9de3c2a872.jpg






:bibcry:, Aenea, Ale., Diorelli, Foxy, JolanGago, MariaV, Laba, LinkMage, Minn, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream: Congrats! :bigclap:

you win...


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v260/the_breaks/1000.jpg

points!!! :worship:

Aenea
03-22-2009, 11:28 PM
Rafa will have a hard time biting it. So maybe he'll not bother winning it.:shrug:

He found a way :lol:

Flawless victory :worship: :worship: :worship:

Diorelli
03-22-2009, 11:33 PM
:woohoo: My first MIT points :inlove: Thanks Rafito.

16681
03-23-2009, 12:53 AM
Rafa Master of All-Even the Wind :worship: :bowdown:

Minn
03-23-2009, 02:07 AM
:bounce: Glad to come home to a win for Rafa (and a win for me, :bibcry:, Aenea, Ale., Diorelli, Foxy, JolanGago, MariaV, Laba, LinkMage, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream). I didn't see a thing of this tournament, but I'll be around for Miami. Thanks for all the updates, everyone.

Mimi
03-23-2009, 05:06 AM
:woohoo::bowdown::haha::lol::bigclap::yippee::nern er::music::rocker2::inlove::singer::rolls::aparty: how good it is to start my hateful Monday with this win (even though got scolded by the crazy boss by waking her up for a meeting:rolleyes:) :rolls:

Foxy
03-23-2009, 05:37 AM
Rafa, you f**king animal! Just awesome. I totally came when I saw the result! Congrats. You are the greatest. :worship::worship::worship:
Later I will watch a full tape of the match.

MariaV
03-23-2009, 07:38 AM
:woohoo::bowdown::haha::lol::bigclap::yippee::nern er::music::rocker2::inlove::singer::rolls::aparty: how good it is to start my hateful Monday with this win (even though got scolded by the crazy boss by waking her up for a meeting:rolleyes:) :rolls:

Hi Mimi! :wavey:
:lol: Yeah, nothing can spoil my mood this wonderful Monday morning! :banana: :dance: :yippee:

Castafiore
03-23-2009, 07:55 AM
http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/5071/650xs.jpg (http://img15.imageshack.us/my.php?image=650xs.jpg)
(Getty Images)
:bounce:

Steve Tignor:
Forget the biceps and the legs and the forehands and the overheads. Nadal's most important strength is the one that's the hardest for all of us to achieve. He has the strength to be honest with himself.

March 22, 2009 - Steve Tignor's The Wrap (http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2009/03/iw-rafa-sightings.html#comments)
:D

Naide
03-23-2009, 08:09 AM
:hearts: too good :worship:

Pistolero
03-23-2009, 08:16 AM
Rafa :worship:

Bibberz
03-23-2009, 08:19 AM
Thanks for linking to the article, Hidle. :D I much prefer this paragraph, though:

While Federer sticks with what works and maintains a deep belief in his innate ability, Nadal is about the process. He's a tinkerer who doesn't believe he was born to be the best; he concentrates on how he can improve himself enough to get there. He's there, but he's still tinkering.:worship:

I wonder who loves Rafa more--Tignor or Neil Harmon? :scratch: It's got to be Harmon since he's spent more time with Rafa....

l_mac
03-23-2009, 08:36 AM
Thanks for linking to the article, Hidle. :D I much prefer this paragraph, though:
:worship:

I wonder who loves Rafa more--Tignor or Neil Harmon? :scratch: It's got to be Harmon since he's spent more time with Rafa....

:lol: What a coincidence - they are my two favourite tennis writers :D

I also think Harman. He has adored Rafa for years.

l_mac
03-23-2009, 08:38 AM
I'll just include the full text of the artiicle, because people are lazy and might not click on the link :D

IW - Rafa Sightings

The last 10 days in Indian Wells were a riot of tennis, with players, fans, press, tournament workers, and myriads of other humans crisscrossing all over the grounds. Floating above them the entire time, and landing safely with the trophy between his teeth at the end, was one man.


In my own little corner of this world, the back rows of the pressroom, Rafael Nadal was a figure of fascination. I heard reporters who who don't normally cover tennis say how "charming" and "hilarious" and "nice" and "amazing" he was. As a player, yes, but even more so as a person.



They're right, of course, but they're getting in a little late, don't you think? After making easy, 6-1, 6-2, work of the No. 4 player in the world today, Nadal stands at a an unprecedented career peak. He's won the first Slam and Masters event of the season and dominated a Davis Cup tie for Spain. The season, as Nadal said today, is long, and at this time last year Novak Djokovic found himself in much the same position. But for now the only way I can think of to wrap up this tournament properly is to record the best of what I saw of its central character, Rafael Nadal.



—I had lunch at 1:30 or so on Sunday. The cafeteria was mostly empty. Facing away from me, toward a wall, a few feet from a TV, was Nadal. He was at a table with a hitting partner and looked smaller in his sweatshirt and vintage blue-and-yellow Nike sneakers. He was watching golf; he and his friend were analyzing how one of the golfers should hit the ball. Nadal put his hand up and moved it toward the right, indicating that it should be a slice. When the shot landed with a thunk in the sand trap, Nadal went "Ooof." He was scheduled to play the final in an hour



—It was match point for Nadal against Andy Roddick in the second-set tiebreaker of their semifinal. Roddick duffed a strange return that popped up diagonally and landed in an awkward position for Nadal, a few inches from the net on his backhand side. Nadal wanted to drill it but couldn't get there in time. You could see him adjust as he ran. When he got there, he pushed the ball lightly and at an extreme crosscourt angle. This forced Roddick well wide of the court on his pass. He got to it, gave it a rip, but couldn't bring it back into the court. Anyone who says modern tennis, or modern men's tennis, is the domain of thoughtless power needs to see that shot and the improvisatory poise that made it happen.



—At his press conference after his quarterfinal win over Juan-Martin del Potro, Nadal shows up with two chocolate chip cookies and starts to eat them as he talks.


Q. I'm surprised to see you eating cookies. Are they chocolate chip cookies?


RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah.


Nadal says "Yeah," but his smile says, "So? What about it?"


Q. I was wondering if you have things like that quite a bit? I always think athletes have a very regimented diet and don't indulge. 


RAFAEL NADAL: Not me. (Laughter.) 


Long pause, Nadal flashes what you might call a s--- eating grin.

"My opinion, you can eat everything. Well, before the match maybe don't have five cookies or one steak, but my opinion, you can eat everything in the right time. If I eat right now, 20 cookies, maybe I gonna have indigestion tonight. If I eat two, three cookies, maybe it's OK.

Maybe not for the stomach, no, but for the head it's better. (Laughter.) In the end, the important thing is to be mentally okay.

Q. Better mental preparation? 


RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah.



—Nadal is down a match point and for all intents and purposes out of it in the fourth round against David Nalbandian. He hits a ball with maximum force that lands on the line for a winner.



When he pulls out the second set in a tiebreaker, I can only wonder if any other great players in history have had so many emotional, dramatic, unlikely, and memorable moments as Nadal. Already this year he's been involved in two classics—Verdasco in Melbourne and Nalbandian here—and topped them both by putting his arm around Roger Federer.



—Nadal walks into his press conference after the final with his cellphone in his hand and a distracted look on his face. He looks like he's walking toward a van that’s going to take him to the airport, not to answer questions from a room full of reporters. He sits down and says, lightly, "Hel-lo."



—It's 2-2 in the second set of the men's final. The wind has kicked up and is swirling. Nadal and Andy Murray each move inside the baseline and chip balls at each other that bend and curl in the breeze. It looks like they're playing paddleball with magnetized racquets. Nadal takes a ball from Murray and slices it back low and slow and down the middle. He follows it forward. The ball curves away from Murray, who can't get his forehand up and over the net. Nadal breaks and doesn't lose another game. Ditto my comment above about his shot on match point against Roddick—improvisatory poise at its best.



—To do this, Nadal uses a Babolat Aerodrive (or something like that), a racquet that nobody else anywhere uses. It reminds me of his cookie comment—you can eat everything, you can use anything, it doesn't matter, what matters is you.



—Late in the second set in the final, Murray runs down a lob and flicks a forehand over his head. Nadal lets it go and watches it drop two feet inside the line. When his reaction—he jumps a little, closes his eyes, raises his head, and opens his mouth to say something like, "Oh no!"—is replayed on the big screen, the audience erupts with laughter.



—Nadal practices his forehand over the first weekend of the tournament. He's working on snapping up on it with less backswing and more flick. In his next match, he seems to have it mastered, and it does look a little different and more abbreviated than I remember it. While Federer sticks with what works and maintains a deep belief in his innate ability, Nadal is about the process. He's a tinkerer who doesn't believe he was born to be the best; he concentrates on how he can improve himself enough to get there. He's there, but he's still tinkering.



—After his semifinal, Nadal is asked whether he feels like he has learned to win matches even when he's not playing his best. He says that that's something he's always had success doing.

After the final, he's asked why he thinks he handled the wind better than Murray. Nadal says that he thinks he "accepted" the conditions better than Murray, who fought them.



These two answers, about finding ways to win and accepting the conditions around him, point to what I think is, beyond his speed and spin and power, a major reason for Nadal's success. Unlike most tennis players, even the best tennis players, he doesn't play with anger or regret or frustration, the three emotions that doom most of us.



After losing the fourth set of the Wimbledon final last year, Nadal said that he sat down on the changeover and accepted that he had played horribly when he was ahead in the tiebreaker, but that otherwise he was "doing very well." If Nadal is a control freak or a perfectionist, he doesn't allow it to get the best of him. John McEnroe couldn't emotionally deal with his errors, Djokovic lets his frustration affect his play, and even Federer gets down in the mouth if things aren't going as he expects. Nadal accepts, when he walks onto a court, that he will not always be at his best. As a guy who is constantly trying to improve, he begins with the premise that he can never be perfect, and that he should not always win. Federer and Pete Sampras, by contrast, begin every match believing that no one can beat them if they go out and do what they're supposed to do.



On the one hand, Nadal's is an intelligent approach because it allows him to take pressure off himself and put his mistake behind him—why regret what was inevitable in the first place? On the other hand, when you try to imagine actually putting this into practice in the heat of battle, you realize that it is an almost impossibly difficult psychological stance to achieve for any length of time. How does one banish these primal reactions?



Forget the biceps and the legs and the forehands and the overheads. Nadal's most important strength is the one that's the hardest for all of us to achieve. He has the strength to be honest with himself.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2009/03/iw-rafa-sightings.html

l_mac
03-23-2009, 08:40 AM
Neil Harmon's effort:

Andy Murray blown away by irresistible Rafael Nadal
Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent, Indian Wells, California

The Weather Channel had forecast a spring fury and that was the emotion that swelled inside Andy Murray’s chest yesterday as his desert adventure was torn asunder by the brilliance of the best player in the world and a storm that threatened to bring down anything that did not have the deepest of roots.

When he comes to reflect on his 6-1, 6-2 defeat in the final of the BNP Paribas Open here, Murray should not be too hard on himself. Rafael Nadal did what the very best do: he handled everything a little bit better, his touch was astounding and, despite his victory, one imagines that the Spaniard was a touch sad that a potential classic was ruined by wind that did everything but cause the players to take flight.

Nadal established himself further as the king of the courts — any court, any time, in any circumstances. Yes, Murray had beaten him on their past two meetings and many thought that he was poised to take the the eleventh title of his career, thus achieving in four years what in took Tim Henman 14 years to manage. His time will come again. He is too good for it not to.

Too often yesterday, he was the epitome of gloom and despondency, shrugging his shoulders, unable to get the leverage on the ball he required as Nadal played near error-free tennis that was astounding.

The final aside, Murray can reflect with pleasure on his first tournament since being laid low with the virus that ruled him out of last month’s Davis Cup tie against Ukraine in Glasgow. To have reached this stage having dropped only one set, and that against Roger Federer, spoke volumes for the Scot’s character and burgeoning reputation. When he woke in the morning, though, he must have realised just how tough this day would be. Nadal at any time is a tall order, Nadal in a maelstrom is almost an impossible task.

It goes to the extraordinary talent of the Wimbledon champion that Murray did not manage to reach break point in any of Nadal’s eight service games. Once again, defeating the world No 2 and No 1 in successive days proved too much. “He played great, he did incredibly well,” Murray said of Nadal, who won his thirteenth Masters title. “Unfortunately I couldn’t get the job done today.”

At least he departed in a sharper mood than Federer. The Swiss’s 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 semi-final defeat by Murray, his fifth straight setback to the British No 1 if you count the Abu Dhabi exhibition in the first week of January, was the most troubling and the former world No 1 was at a loss to explain it other than in brief, withering tones. “Do you recall struggling that much with your backhand in a long time?” he was asked. Answer: “Yeah, I have those moments quite frequently.”

Dress it up any way you like — Federer is not the same as he was. Be it lack of energy, lack of belief, lack of an understanding as to how he can beat Nadal and Murray, something is lacking. Murray has worked out the strategy against him — play as much as possible to the backhand, deaden the pace, keep the ball in play and watch the opponent lose his discipline.


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article5957151.ece

rafa_maniac
03-23-2009, 08:42 AM
That article is :inlove:

EDIT: I am referring to Tignor's.

Elena.
03-23-2009, 08:56 AM
:bibcry:, Aenea, Ale., Diorelli, Foxy, JolanGago, MariaV, Laba, LinkMage, Minn, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream: Congrats! :bigclap:

you win...



Awesome :D thanks Metis,should have joined from the start.(By the way I changed name from Ale. :o )

Bibberz
03-23-2009, 09:16 AM
Here's the trophy presentation (with Spanish commentary):

IinOA3GKMMY

6:20-6:30 is awesome. :lol:

Awesome :D thanks Metis,should have join from the start.(By the way I changed name from Ale. :o )

Well that's too bad because, pursuant to MIT bylaws, "Ale" will be credited the points and "Lena71" will get nothing. Sorry, but them's the rules. :awww: :hug:

acionescu
03-23-2009, 09:47 AM
That Tignor article :awww: :crying2: :awww: :inlove:

Metis
03-23-2009, 10:04 AM
Nice articles, especially Tignor's. :D


Great job with the thread Hilde. :bigclap: Very thorough, including the stats, interviews and other pertinent info. :hatoff:




Awesome :D thanks Metis,should have joined from the start.(By the way I changed name from Ale. :o )

OK. I've used the new one in the MIT rankings table. :)


Well that's too bad because, pursuant to MIT bylaws, "Ale" will be credited the points and "Lena71" will get nothing. Sorry, but them's the rules. :awww: :hug:

:lol: You're right. I'm glad you reminded me so that I can deduct the 2000 points you won as BachelorDandy :dance:

cmurray
03-23-2009, 11:39 AM
That Tignor article was FANTASTIC. And it reminds me yet again why he is the best tennis journalist in the game. :inlove:

Thanks Hilde and Linda.

edit - Metis :haha: BD, she pwned you. :D

DhammaTiger
03-23-2009, 11:46 AM
I'll just include the full text of the artiicle, because people are lazy and might not click on the link :D

Linda,thanks for posting the article in full. Rafa is simply, and without a scintilla of doubt the best :yippee:

DhammaTiger
03-23-2009, 11:51 AM
http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/5071/650xs.jpg (http://img15.imageshack.us/my.php?image=650xs.jpg)
(Getty Images)
:bounce:

Steve Tignor:

:D

Castafiore: Thanks for the photo, thanks for the link to the article, and thanks for making my Monday ;) :hug:

tennizen
03-23-2009, 12:40 PM
Rafa:worship::worship:

Bibberz
03-23-2009, 12:45 PM
:lol: You're right. I'm glad you reminded me so that I can deduct the 2000 points you won as BachelorDandy :dance:

1. It's "Bachelor Dandy"--not "BachelorDandy". :ras:

2. I was :bibcry: before you awarded the AO points. :shrug: The 3,000 points are mine fair and square. (I plan on changing my name once JM returns, though, so I guess I could lose them then. :sad:)

3. If you're feeling particularly malevolent and you do deduct points from me, :bibcry:, I want to see Bachelor Dandy's name on the scoring table as well. :dance: I could finish the year as #1 and #2. :rocker2: :lol:

4. Nothing I say matters since this is your tournament. You could give me a negative score and I wouldn't be able to do anything. :bigcry: Please show some clemency. :awww:

edit - Metis :haha: BD, she pwned you. :D

:rolleyes:

I almost want Metis to split up Bachelor Dandy and :bibcry:--that way I'd be beating you with two accounts. :drool:

cmurray
03-23-2009, 12:58 PM
1. It's "Bachelor Dandy"--not "BachelorDandy". :ras:

2. I was :bibcry: before you awarded the AO points. :shrug: The 3,000 points are mine fair and square. (I plan on changing my name once JM returns, though, so I guess I could lose them then. :sad:)

3. If you're feeling particularly malevolent and you do deduct points from me, :bibcry:, I want to see Bachelor Dandy's name on the scoring table as well. :dance: I could finish the year as #1 and #2. :rocker2: :lol:

4. Nothing I say matters since this is your tournament. You could give me a negative score and I wouldn't be able to do anything. :bigcry: Please show some clemency. :awww:



:rolleyes:

I almost want Metis to split up Bachelor Dandy and :bibcry:--that way I'd be beating you with two accounts. :drool:

:sobbing:

:haha: Nice try, BD. :D

Bibberz
03-23-2009, 02:15 PM
http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/party/party0032.gif (http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/party-smilies/2/#)

tennizen
03-23-2009, 02:24 PM
Hilde congrats on your maiden thread starting victory:p. Now you see why we make a big fuss about it;):D

And BD stop taking my name in vain:p

Aenea
03-23-2009, 02:36 PM
http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/5071/650xs.jpg (http://img15.imageshack.us/my.php?image=650xs.jpg)


Awesome :inlove: :inlove:

star
03-23-2009, 06:04 PM
It was great! I'll never forger the players in the late afternoon sunlight at the victory ceremony. I didn't want to leave the court it was so gorgeous.

At the end of the warm-up, a huge gust of wind came up and blasted Rafa on the service line with dirt and sand. He had to close his eyes and turn away. I was afraid the wind would be worse than it had been in the women's final, but as both players stepped to the line to play, the wind died down almost as it too was holding its breath for the match. After the first three games, I felt for certain that I was watching the two best players in tennis at this moment. It was awesome.

The wind increased again and made life difficult for both, but more for Murray who wasn't able to play his game of taking the pace off the ball. He had to smack it to counter the effect of the wind. Rafa was focused. (but that goes without saying) At one point in the second when it seemed as if Murray would make a foray, suddenly Nadal took all the pace off the ball. Super fast thinking and great tactic because it worked like a dream.

And Murray who had befuddled and maddened Federer was himself befuddled. The score was lopsided, but the match didn't feel that way until the end.

Have to say, Murray was a good sport after the competition was over. He stood and smiled good naturedly while talking to Nadal before the awards. He was gracious in defeat. Oh, and Nadal had so much trouble with that enormously heavy trophy. They kept making him hold it for photos afterward and it was obvious he was afraid he was going to drop it. He tried balancing it on his abdomen once. As soon as he could he set it back down on the table.

Castafiore
03-23-2009, 06:38 PM
Thanks, star. :)


Now you see why we make a big fuss about it;):D
No, I still don't get the fuss. :shrug:

star
03-23-2009, 07:05 PM
Another thing that happened -- don't know if it was on TV -- The wind blew Rafa's tennis bag off the chair. Rafa was on the service line and immediately pointed at it for the ball boy to set it right 'cause you know how the boy is about his racquets. The wind also blew over his water bottles :eek: and the ball boy set them back upright too. As soon as the ball boy touched the bottles, this low pitched collective "ooooohhhh" went through the stadium. I was kind of like "is Rafa going to lose concentration because his water bottles are all fucked up?" But, not Rafa :worship: He just went right on. Didn't miss a beat.

acionescu
03-23-2009, 07:56 PM
Now, if he went over the water bottles being moved and won the match, that's just :worship: :worship:

Swiss Mountain
03-23-2009, 10:37 PM
As a Federer fan, I want to say congratulations to Rafa.

I have to admit I never like him game but the mental is great.
The final was horrible and boring because Murray can't do nothing with the wind, I hoped it was Roger but he's not ok in this moment.
Unfortunatly for me, a Fed fan, I became a fan of fed in the end of 2007. Imagine my loss.
Now, I wonder if Nadal can make 3 in a row at Indian Wells like Roger?
Hum? That is not provocation (please, don't mention clay yet! I will be at the french since I leave 1 km from Roland Garros, a pity!)

star
03-23-2009, 11:03 PM
As a Federer fan, I want to say congratulations to Rafa.

I have to admit I never like him game but the mental is great.
The final was horrible and boring because Murray can't do nothing with the wind, I hoped it was Roger but he's not ok in this moment.
Unfortunatly for me, a Fed fan, I became a fan of fed in the end of 2007. Imagine my loss.
Now, I wonder if Nadal can make 3 in a row at Indian Wells like Roger?
Hum? That is not provocation (please, don't mention clay yet! I will be at the french since I leave 1 km from Roland Garros, a pity!)


Uh.... Yeah. You could have just posted this in GM. :p

Swiss Mountain
03-23-2009, 11:10 PM
Uh.... Yeah. You could have just posted this in GM. :p

No, I don't wanat.
Since fafa is always winning the french and since it piss me off, I have to say it here.
Why, is there a problem? You are not sectarians, aren't you?

l_mac
03-23-2009, 11:12 PM
You have the worst avatar I've ever seen. :)

Your congratulations post wasn't very genuine.

Tootle off back to the Fed forum :wavey:

star
03-23-2009, 11:15 PM
No, I don't wanat.
Since fafa is always winning the french and since it piss me off, I have to say it here.
Why, is there a problem? You are not sectarians, aren't you?

Normally, people post their hostile feelings about a player in General Messages, and not in the player's forum.

But, if it makes you happy -- :hug:

Swiss Mountain
03-24-2009, 01:55 AM
You have the worst avatar I've ever seen. :)

Your congratulations post wasn't very genuine.

Tootle off back to the Fed forum :wavey:

Let me send th emessage back:

YOU have the worst avatar I ever I've even seen. Seriously, are you 12 or 13? and black and white Nadal pic? precious little girly fan, that is hilarious, since he has nothing to do with the old ones, when they were competing on grass, and not green clay (thank you Wimby for slowing down the court that much) why fuck are you putting NADAL an average player who can get his racket behind his neck like a pro? He put it around his shoulder lol
Maybe you are another teen in love with his horse's nostrils and teeth.

Can't wait for the french, him winning on "booh! go away"! nobody can like him here, you now why? answer: his game is awful to wach; even U2 said on the Grand Journal 'canal+)" it was awful to watch him because first Your Ears Bleed!"( cf: he screeeaaam!!!)
He is NO Kuerten or Federer, who were ADORED. Don't wonder why.

STOP SCREAMING LIKE AN *** RAFA!" respect the people and don't call the kine everytime Roger is killing you. (Again, sorry for the 6/0 he put you on clay!)
Find me one person who likes him, and don't give me the doped Phelps please! lol I prefer Jordan & Woods.

Thank God there are 4 or 5 Masters on clay and NONE on grass, because Rafa 'I love to call the kine while I'm down ' Nadal would be crushed in H2H.


Lucky boy also have the wind; can't wait to see when he will be 27.

Swiss Mountain
03-24-2009, 01:57 AM
I was coming in peace, but that juvenile provocation make me piss off.


Watch tennis not Rafa only,,you MAY understand little girls!

Bibberz
03-24-2009, 04:49 AM
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MariaV
03-24-2009, 07:49 AM
Another thing that happened -- don't know if it was on TV -- The wind blew Rafa's tennis bag off the chair. Rafa was on the service line and immediately pointed at it for the ball boy to set it right 'cause you know how the boy is about his racquets. The wind also blew over his water bottles :eek: and the ball boy set them back upright too. As soon as the ball boy touched the bottles, this low pitched collective "ooooohhhh" went through the stadium. I was kind of like "is Rafa going to lose concentration because his water bottles are all fucked up?" But, not Rafa :worship: He just went right on. Didn't miss a beat.

Yeah yeah I noticed when he pointed at the bag, but the water bottles, I guess I missed that! :eek: :eek: Rafa is a true hero then! :worship: :bowdown: :lol:

acionescu
03-24-2009, 07:55 AM
I think is Claire :ras:

MariaV
03-24-2009, 08:11 AM
I think is Claire :ras:

Claire's double? :scratch: Hmmmm :mad:

Castafiore
03-24-2009, 09:40 AM
INTERVIEWS
March 22, 2009


R. NADAL/A. Murray

6 1, 6 2

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How difficult was it? Maybe it wasn't difficult at all. I don't know.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, well, always it's tough, no? The conditions today was really difficult. But, you know, I think I have good strategy and I played a really good match with those conditions, no?
Probably Andy didn't play his best because of the conditions, but I think I played a really complete match, moving very well. I never stop the legs during all the match, and I think that was the key all today, no?

Q. Did you get the sense that he let the conditions dictate to him and you did not let the conditions dictate to you?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, maybe. I don't know if I was a little bit more prepared than him today to play with these conditions. Maybe I think I accept a little bit better than him that conditions today.
Maybe I was a little bit with more positive attitude than him during the match, and last two days, that's decisive, no? I think I moved and I played a little bit more in the middle the court, more aggressive, moving a little bit more than him.
And I change with something like this, backhand sometimes trying to put low balls, because with this wind it's really tough to play, to play to have winners.
So I think I played very good today.

Q. Were these the toughest conditions you've played in, or has there been somewhere that's been worse?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I played at Wimbledon 2006 or 2007, I don't know, because 2007, I think. Yeah, 2007. Quarterfinals against Berdych. Unbelievable wind. Amazing.

Q. Centre Court?
RAFAEL NADAL: Centre Court, yeah, amazing. In Benidorm two weeks ago, amazing, too. We practiced one day and well, worse than today. Yeah, I had some matches with the wind, no?

Q. You said you felt you had good strategy today to deal with the conditions, what was the strategy to deal with the conditions?
RAFAEL NADAL: I explain a little bit more later, no? The good strategy I think because I was playing inside the court. I go to the net sometimes, and, well, I never stop the legs. So that's the strategy, no? Try to move all the time.
When there is a lot of wind, I think the important thing is you don't to have find the shots close to the line. I think that the thing is you have to put balls inside, trying to play hard with good rhythm, but in the middle. Not in the middle, but to the sides, not close to the lines, no?

Q. Do you feel that the Nalbandian match helped you find a new momentum?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. No. (Laughter.)
No, no, I don't think so, no.

Q. You don't feel mentally stronger after that match?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I was playing okay. Yeah, I won first round playing very well against Berrer, and second round against who?

Q. Tursunov.
RAFAEL NADAL: Tursunov. Well, no.
But later against Nalbandian I played, well, bad. But, well, when you save five match points, it's like you start another tournament, no?
But I was practicing really well during all the week. I think some of the moments this week I practiced better than what I played, which is strange on me.
But, yeah, I think that's happening this week, no?

Q. I know you've answered this before, but why would you think winning the Grand Slam would be almost impossible, given that you've won Roland Garros four times and Wimbledon, the Australian on hard courts. You've won this twice. Is it because the year is so long, or are you just being modest that you think it's impossible for anybody?
RAFAEL NADAL: I gonna answer another time the same, no? I think when you start the tournament, you start from the first round. When I go to the tournament, I play first round and I don't know if I gonna win.
You never know what's going on in two months, in five months, in seven months. So it's very difficult to play during all the year at the same level, your best level.
Anyway, if I am playing at my best level, if Murray has a good day, he has a good chance to beat me or Federer or Djokovic or a lot of players.
So every tournament is really tough. And you are thinking a Grand Slam. Maybe it's tougher, too. Playing five sets maybe help a little bit the top players to have the better results because you have, well, more time.
But anyway, it's almost impossible. That's my feeling. I would love to have the Grand Slam. My feeling, is yeah, almost impossible.

Q. You've been playing so well here, Davis Cup, Australia, wins over the top players. What are the one or two elements in your game that are really helping you play so well and have so many victories this season?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I don't know, no? I think I yeah, I played very well last year. I had a great result last year on this surface, too.
Yeah, in Australia the conditions is okay. It's good for me, good conditions. And here too, no? I think it's hot. The bounce of the ball is a little bit high, so that's help me. No?
I had a very good result for the last five years here or yeah, four or five years here.

Q. Anything in your game that you think you're really improving?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think I have more options to do. I can do more things than before. I can change the rhythm with one slice backhand like today.
I am serving okay. In some moments against Nalbandian in the match points, I served very well.
Yeah, when I am playing good, I can play more inside than before, no? I think that before, to win every match, I had to run much more than right now, no? Right now I have more times the control of the point than before.

Q. Because Andy had beaten you twice before, was it even more satisfying to get this win so it didn't become you know how players sometimes build up momentum. Was that satisfying for you, as well, this win?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it's important. Andy was the only big top player like I didn't won this year, so yeah. It was important it's important win for me, no?
But anyway, the most important thing for me is win the title, any way, the opponent in the final, no?

Q. You seem to play every point as if it were an adventure, like something new and fun.
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't think so. (Laughter.)
No, no, no. I think I'm a serious player.

Q. I didn't mean you're not serious.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think my game is serious, like one time I go to the net. I think I play really similar points.
I try to have the control of the point with the forehand. That's the normal point on me. Serve, I have the control of the point on the forehand. Not one time go to the net, and another time, dropshot.
It's not like an adventure. That's my feeling. I don't know what you're saying.

Q. You seem to be playing very well right now. Are there any areas of your game that you need improvement, or are there any special areas that you're looking at to improve right now?
RAFAEL NADAL: You're asking every day to improve, and I would love to continuing to improve all my life. I'm trying to improve always.
But, you know, improve, if you watch me yesterday, what I improve from yesterday to today, I didn't improve nothing. That's the true.
Every day, asked the same question, and I answer the same question. Sure, I would love to continue improve the serve, the volley, the winner, play more inside the court and more aggressive. But that's a process. I think I improve it for the last few years, but I have to continuing improve.

Q. You mentioned on the court this is one of your favorite places to come on the tour. Why is that so?
RAFAEL NADAL: It's a really calm tournament. It's, I think, nice place. I like to play golf. (Laughter.)
Yeah, I think everything is easy, you know. The hotel are close to the club. Everything is easy here, so I like that.

Q. How much time do you give yourself to enjoy a win like this? Is it just a night, or do you think about it? Or it's just straight back to work for Miami next week?
RAFAEL NADAL: To enjoy, no, I gonna fly tonight to Miami. Yeah, no, no.
Well, sure, I'm very happy to win here. I'm really happy. It's important victory for me.
But yeah, I said in one interview on court, no? The good thing of tennis is when lose you have another chance next week. The bad thing is when you win, next Tuesday you are like this another time.
So most of the times you don't have enough time to enjoy the victories, yeah.

Q. On your clay court schedule, did you consider maybe not playing four tournaments going into Roland Garros and not playing Barcelona or something like that? Maybe not playing Monte Carlo?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. Monte Carlo, I'm gonna play, yeah. It's one of my favorite tournaments, sure.
Yeah, and Barcelona, I am inside. I'm on the list. I think I gonna play. Yeah, I think I gonna play Barcelona, because it's one 500. Can be the only 500 I gonna play on clay.
Yeah, I think I have to play. But always depends of your feelings in the moments, no? But normal I gonna play Monte Carlo, Rome, Barcelona, and later we will see.

Q. Are your fingers blistered?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. But if I don't put the tape, after one hour, yes.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports....

BNP Paribas Open - Transcript (http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/4/players/interviews/2009/nadal322.asp)


Link to Murray's presser (http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/4/players/interviews/2009/murray322.asp)


" second round against who?"
:lol:
Tursunov made quite an impression on Rafa, didn't he?

tennisace21
03-25-2009, 10:57 PM
Surely an accomplishment :)

JolánGagó
07-01-2009, 09:42 AM
why is this thread a sticky? :shrug:

Minn
07-01-2009, 12:00 PM
Because he was the Champion. :shrug: