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The tightest matches played by Rafa on clay EVER...

fsoica
05-04-2009, 03:54 PM
2005 Rome final: 6-4 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6(6) against Coria
2006 Rome final: 6-7(7) 7-6(5) 6-4 2-6 7-6(5) against Federer
2007 Rome SF : 7-6(3) 6-7(8) 6-4 against Davydenko
2005 Monaco SF : 6-7(6) 6-4 6-3 against Gasquet
2006 Monaco F : 6-2 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(5) against Federer
2007 Hamburg SF: 2-6 6-3 7-5 against Hewitt
2008 Hamburg SF: 7-5 2-6 6-2 against Djokovic
2008 Hamburg F : 7-5 6-7(3) 6-3 against Federer
2008 BarcelonaF: 6-1 4-6 6-1 against Ferrer
2009 Monaco F : 6-3 2-6 6-1 against Djokovic
2009 Rome final: 7-6(2) 6-2 against Djokovic

Anybody knows a very close match that Rafa lost on clay ?

Quadruple Tree
05-04-2009, 03:57 PM
Hamburg 2007 against Federer. Maybe you don't consider that very close since the third set was 6-0, but you have matches where the third set was 6-1 or 6-2.

rafa_maniac
05-04-2009, 03:58 PM
If you're going to including matches like Barca Final 08 and this year's Rome final, you need to include pretty much every match where he's lost a set and/or played a tight set. Mathieu and Federer at RG 06 for instance.

fsoica
05-04-2009, 03:58 PM
Hamburg 2007 against Federer. Maybe you don't consider that very close since the third set was 6-0, but you have matches where the third set was 6-1 or 6-2.

Yes, you're right.
I've chosen the matches when Rafa was, if I can say, "stretched" to the limit at some moment in the match. Like Djokovic does, usually.

Priam
05-04-2009, 04:00 PM
I remember reading that he only felt really nervous at RG against mathieu in '06 (4 sets, 5 hr match) and grosjean in '05.

rafa_maniac
05-04-2009, 04:02 PM
Oh, and in answer to your question:

2004 Stuttgart QF, lost to Ferrer 3-6 7-6(3) 5-7

tennizen
05-04-2009, 04:07 PM
I think the more interesting topic is the tightest shorts worn by Rafa on clay.

Action Jackson
05-04-2009, 04:08 PM
Good to see GM is now the Nadal worshipping forum.

rafa_maniac
05-04-2009, 04:10 PM
I think the more interesting topic is the tightest shorts worn by Rafa on clay.

http://lonelysandpiper.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/rafa_picks_butt.jpg

Foxy
05-04-2009, 04:10 PM
Good to see GM is now the Nadal worshipping forum.

VAMOS!

tennizen
05-04-2009, 04:13 PM
http://lonelysandpiper.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/rafa_picks_butt.jpg

Are you sure this is the one?

rafa_maniac
05-04-2009, 04:23 PM
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1267/1349898199_34353b9aa1.jpg?v=0

:shrug: It's a tough call.

tennizen
05-04-2009, 04:25 PM
:shrug: It's a tough call.

It's definitely not easy:sobbing:

Certinfy
05-04-2009, 04:26 PM
Maybe we should choose the 1 that makes Rafa look the hottest?

duong
05-04-2009, 04:26 PM
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1267/1349898199_34353b9aa1.jpg?v=0

:shrug: It's a tough call.

yes I wondered the same : sure there have been many tight matches for him, but which one was the tightest ? :confused: :lol:

His improvements about that have been impressive actually : he surely has less tight matches, as he has lost some weight :bolt:

justsumma
05-04-2009, 04:43 PM
VAMOS!
someone ban this biological aberration called Foxylove

bjurra
05-05-2009, 01:08 AM
Nadal was down 4-6 1-4 against Nieminen in Barcelona 2006.

Albop
05-05-2009, 01:10 AM
VAMOS!

chupala.

superslam77
05-05-2009, 01:18 AM
that is what i reffer to "vamosing with gay shorts"

:haha:

marcRD
05-05-2009, 01:22 AM
Nadal was down 4-6 1-4 against Nieminen in Barcelona 2006.

2 breaks aswell....

Chris Seahorse
05-05-2009, 09:46 AM
Nadal has lost only three close matches on clay in his career.
1) 2004 David Ferrer d Rafael Nadal Stuggart quarterfinals 6-3 6-7(3) 7-5
2) 2003 Nicolas Lapentti d Rafael Nadal Bastad quarterfinals 3-6 6-3 7-6(6) (easily the closest)
3) 2003 Mariana Puerto d Rafael Nadal Aix-En-Provence Challenger Final 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4

That is pretty much all the really close matches Nadal has lost on clay in his career. There are a few other 2 out of 3 set matches that Nadal did lose in the 3rd set but these weren't really that close at the end. The 2007 final loss in Hamburg to Federer and the 2005 Argentian Open quarterfinal loss to Gaudio being the most recent rare examples of Nadal winning the 1st set easily and then running out of gas. This has actually also happened to Nadal a few times early in his career on the Challenger circuit to Volandri, Economidis and Galvani. Besides all these matches I think the only other 3rd set loss in a 2 out of 3 set match in Nadal's career was Fernando Gonzalez's defeat of Nadal in the 2nd round of Stuggart in 2003 6-2 3-6 6-2.

I think that is all Nadal's career final set losses in 2 out 3 set matches. I'd list all his losses in close 3 out of 5 set matches too except there aren't any. Infact there aren't any 3 out of 5 set losses on clay at all. :lol:

ToniTennis
05-06-2009, 12:42 PM
Nadal has lost only three close matches on clay in his career.
1) 2004 David Ferrer d Rafael Nadal Stuggart quarterfinals 6-3 6-7(3) 7-5
2) 2003 Nicolas Lapentti d Rafael Nadal Bastad quarterfinals 3-6 6-3 7-6(6) (easily the closest)
3) 2003 Mariana Puerto d Rafael Nadal Aix-En-Provence Challenger Final 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4


:lol: Please tell me that this is a typo and you weren't really trying to make fun at Mariano Puerta's expense, implying he plays like a girl. :haha: Rafa beaten in tight match against a member of the WTA tour...

ToniTennis
05-06-2009, 12:44 PM
chupala.

Why so rude?:confused:

Norrage
05-06-2009, 12:57 PM
That match against Mathieu :D :D fantastic!

Corey Feldman
05-06-2009, 01:07 PM
change thread title to "greatest chokes v Nadal EVER"