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Rafa in China Open 2009 ! SF is also a good result :)

born_on_clay
09-27-2009, 09:35 AM
Unconfirmed news from news.sina.com.cn:

Rafa is looking positive about attending the Oct 3-11 China Open, though final decision will not be made until next Wednesday. If you happen to read Chinese see the news below:
http://sports.sina.com.cn/t/2009-09-25/23074605121.shtml


I'll try my best to translate and convey the important information contained in this piece--but please keep in mind these are all unconfirmed and discount the story at your discretion:

1. On the night of 9/25 Beijing time, Rafa's agent sent a positive but non-final message to the organizers, saying that he will try his best to be there at the China Open.
2. A doctor's report released last Friday shows that the 15mm rupture of Rafa's abdominal muscle has almost fully recovered; another week of rest and healing should be able to do the job.
3. Next Wednesday, Rafa will have another physical examination, which will determine whether his condition allows him to participate in the China Open.
4. If it is a go, he will arrive in Beijing on 10/2 or 10/3, and the matches formally begin on 10/5.

MariaV
09-28-2009, 06:51 AM
Good news so let's hope for the best. It would be nice to get some match play in before the Shanghai Masters 1000. :)

Foxy
09-28-2009, 10:28 AM
Yeap. And get the better of the rest of the season. I would be happy if he wins either Paris or London. :) Two of my favourite cities.

born_on_clay
09-29-2009, 07:32 AM
MAIN DRAW

3 Nadal, Rafael ESP
4 Djokovic, Novak SRB
5 Roddick, Andy USA
8 Davydenko, Nikolay RUS
10 Verdasco, Fernando ESP
11 Gonzalez, Fernando CHI
12 Soderling, Robin SWE
15 Robredo, Tommy ESP
19 Ferrer, David ESP
22 Blake, James USA
23 Querrey, Sam USA
24 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER
25 Ferrero, Juan Carlos ESP
26 Fish, Mardy USA
27 Mathieu, Paul-Henri FRA
28 Karlovic, Ivo CRO
29 Hanescu, Victor ROU
30 Andreev, Igor RUS
31Troicki, Viktor SRB
33 Almagro, Nicolas ESP
34 Chardy, Jeremy FRA
36 Tursunov, Dmitry RUS
42 Kunitsyn, Igor RUS
43 Benneteau, Julien FRA
45 Becker, Benjamin GER


The China Open Organizing Committee announced the main draw entry list for China Open 2009 in Beijing on September 7, 2009.

??The main draw players (both male and female) entered before the sport entry deadline through rankings are all among the world top 50 players. As the highest level combined tennis event in Asia, China Open 2009 attracts a great number of stars that could even match with a grand slam. Chinese fans will be so lucky to enjoy the highest level tennis performance right in China.

??China Open will host both men’s and women’s events like the four grand slams. Its women’s event is the last stop of the four WTA crown jewel events. All the world top 47 woman players are included in women’s main draw list. On the other hand, its men’s event is one of the ATP 500 series. 18 of the world top 30 players are among the men’s main draw list, including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco, Fernando Gonzalez and Robin Soderling.

??There are altogether 60 main draw places for women’s event. The top 47 players entered before the entry deadline at the end of August qualified China Open directly. 5 places are reserved for Chinese players and overseas players who made special contribution to the development of tennis. The last 8 places are from the qualifying event held prior to the main draw match. 3 Chinese players are entered through world ranking. They are Li Na, Zheng Jie and Peng Shuai.

??As the only combined tennis event in Asia, China Open has a very impressive main draw on the man’s side. There are altogether 32 main draw places. 25 will be entered according to rankings, and there are 3 wildcard places and 4 qualifying places. The 25 players entered through ranking are among the world top 45, and 18 of them ranked among the top 30. 5 of the world top 10 players will participate in China Open. They are Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco. Fernando Gonzalez, Robin Soderling, Tommy Robredo, and David Ferrer (all ranked among the top 20) also chose to take part in China Open. Together with Marin Cilic who qualified by wildcard, half of the world top 20 players will show up at China Open.

??On the women’s side, the first wild card goes to Belgium player, former world No. 1,Kim Clijsters. On the men’s side Marin Cilic from Croatia, Marat Safin from Russia, and Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus received the three wild cards. All the past champions at China Open since 2004 are most likely to meet again at China Open.

??Marat Safin had confirmed to hold his retirement ceremony at China Open. He expressed his affection and gratitude for China Open in his letter to the Chinese fans: “I had great experience at China Open last time I was there, and to win the champion at China Open is very important moment for me as well. I am very happy I will be back to Beijing this October to participate the first year of newly upgrade China Open, I would like to invite you all come and witness this great tournament with me at Olympic Stadium. And I also like you all be there and spend one of my memorable time with me at China Open.”

??“Marat Safin has several options to hold his retirement ceremony after the US Open, including Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and Moscow,” said the player manager of China Open Organizing Committee, “and yet he chose China Open to bid farewell to all his fans around the world.” Safin means a lot to China Open and China Open also witnessed Safin achieving his best accomplishments. To bid farewell at China Open is to show his gratitude for his fans in China and in Asia. Fighting in the same stadium with his sister Safina undoubted means something special for him, noted the manager.




Tennis players winning in China will be presented with new trophies in Chinese classical style vividly embodying the elements of Chinese historical relics in the up-coming China Open in early October.

??The organizer last Friday unveiled this year's trophies named the "China Cup", saying the Chinese-flavored trophies would be a cultural mark of China and Beijing.

??Unlike the previous five sessions, this year's Open will reward both the winners and runner-ups. Designed and created by Chinese artifacts experts and gold artisans, the trophies take the archetypes of national treasure relics from the Palace Museum and National Museum in terms of both materials and craftsmanship.

??The women's singles trophy takes the shape of a bronze Ding named Zilong from the National Museum. Ding, in Chinese culture, is a noble ritual bronze article representing power; and in Chinese language, it means prosperity and climax, conveying good wishes to New China's 60th anniversary falling on October 1st. It has phoenix and lucky cloud designs on the surface, meaning female power.

??Women's singles trophy

??Having been upgraded this year to a top-tier tournament in Asia, the 10-day sixth annual China Open will host a large group of grand slam stars in the Beijing Olympic tennis court on Olympic Green.

??Men's singles trophy

??The women's top seeds include the Williams sisters, Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva who will be vying for the Zilong Ding, making the China Open women's competition a "crown jewel" of the tournament.

??The revamped China Open is expected by the organizer to plant tennis, the Olympics and sport more deeply in the country.

born_on_clay
09-30-2009, 09:04 AM
Rafa is preparing to Beijing
Vamos ! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvTWbI-Kp0k

born_on_clay
10-01-2009, 01:05 PM
Nadal To Play At China Open
Beijing, China

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will play at next week’s China Open, an ATP World Tour 500 tennis tournament in Beijing, after receiving medical clearance Wednesday in Barcelona.

The 23 year old had been sidelined since a semi-final exit at the US Open, nursing a stomach injury he suffered during the North American summer swing. He was unable to represent Spain in its Davis Cup semi-final tie against Israel and also was forced to withdraw ahead of this week’s PTT Thailand Open.

Nadal will headline an impressive 32-player field that includes Top 10 players Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davydenko and Fernando Verdasco as he attempts to maintain his perfect record in Beijing. He won the China Open title in 2005 and followed with a gold medal triumph at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

The Mallorcan has lent his support to Madrid’s 2016 Olympic campaign, but will be unable to attend the official announcement of the winning bid Friday in Copenhagen. Nadal said on his official web site: "I will still support Madrid’s Olympic bid spiritually and I take this opportunity to thank Madrid’s mayor and the sport’s secretary of defense for always counting on me to support this project."

Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo are the other three candidate cities short-listed to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

born_on_clay
10-02-2009, 01:55 PM
RAFA ARRIVES IN CHINA
Beijing, October 2, 2009


After what seemed to be a never-ending flight from Mallorca to Beijing, Rafa Nadal has finally landed in China!

The Australian Open champ is back for the first time since wining a Gold Medal at the Olympic games last year and is delighted with the support and love he received from his fans this morning as he made his way through the Beijing international airport.

Right around 8:30am, a great number of press, fans and onlookers broke out in excitement as Rafa (who couldn’t hide his happiness to be back in competition) signed a few autographs before heading to a waiting China Open car.

Stay tuned for the official draw!

Vamos Rafa!

Foxy
10-03-2009, 08:02 AM
The draw is out.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2009/747/mds.pdf

First round - Baghdatis
Second round - Blake
QF - Gonzalez or Ferrer
SF - Davydenko
F - Djoko, Verdasco, Soderling, Roddick

Good luck, Rafa!

born_on_clay
10-03-2009, 01:43 PM
Good luck Rafa !
The draw is bad IMO

Foxy
10-03-2009, 02:04 PM
Good luck Rafa !
The draw is bad IMO

Given the current field there I think it is a reasonable draw. His biggest rivals are in the bottom half.

MariaV
10-04-2009, 06:13 PM
Horrible draw for Rafa and very unfortunate for Baghdatis to meet Rafa in the first round. Gosh, and I need to make a MIT prediction. :help: :help: :bolt:

JolánGagó
10-04-2009, 08:04 PM
MIT prediction: F

star
10-04-2009, 08:06 PM
I thought I already posted my MIT.


MIT: Win

Laba
10-04-2009, 11:53 PM
MIT: Final

Vamos.

wilmar
10-05-2009, 01:19 AM
WIN for me please.

Vamos RAFA!

Minn
10-05-2009, 01:31 AM
Mit - F

Snoo Foo
10-05-2009, 02:14 AM
:rocker2: WIN :rocker2:

born_on_clay
10-05-2009, 08:50 AM
MIT: win

MariaV
10-05-2009, 09:01 AM
You're all so optimistic. :cuckoo: Will Metis be back in time at all? :p

What the heck, I'll say WIN too. :banana: :dance:

Foxy
10-05-2009, 09:29 AM
WIN for me.
If Rafa can't win here I can't see him win another title this year as the fields will go stronger and stronger until London.

nashty
10-05-2009, 01:19 PM
W please.

shawshank
10-05-2009, 02:19 PM
Final for me.

acionescu
10-05-2009, 02:22 PM
SF :sobbing:

tennizen
10-05-2009, 02:45 PM
Win

star
10-05-2009, 03:10 PM
You're all so optimistic. :cuckoo: Will Metis be back in time at all? :p

What the heck, I'll say WIN too. :banana: :dance:

:yeah:

That's the spirit!

Metis will just have to catch up. :)

born_on_clay
10-05-2009, 07:55 PM
Nadal says Thanks to Chinese fans
http://www.chinaopen.com.cn/news/en/2009-05-31/164325.shtml
Rafa :*

Some practice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63w0v7CbN2w&feature=player_embedded

videos thanks to yujia30046388:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTIyODUxNTY0.html

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTIyODAyNzQw.html

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTIyODA2MzE2.html

And from today practice session:
http://video.sina.com.cn/sports/t/v/2009-10-04/165232864.shtml



Press Conference Video

http://video.sina.com.cn/sports/t/v/2009-10-04/195032870.shtml


more video practice today with Ferru, videos thanks to m09:

http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/LnXhPi4HP4k/
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/Y45AYeZ52r4/
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/G1pOlKnroBc/
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/LqN-Ys9SE0A/
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/ru1WsF6hHOA/
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/1oFVFhZjQQ8/




Transcription of Pre-Match Press Conference: Rafael Nadal (ESP)
2009/10/04?16:14

??Date: 4th Oct. 2009

??Time: 15:00

?Q: It’s been a tough year in terms of injury which meant you took time away from the game. Do you feel any fresher?

??A: It’s been a more difficult year for me because I had an injury of the knee and then the stomach, abdominal injury in the US Open. Results are good. I'm happy being number two and very happy to have 3 master series and one grand slam. Important for me to finish the year as good as possible and try to be ready for the Davis Cup final for my country-have time to practice to be ready for next year.

??Q: You obviously took time off after the U.S. Open after abdominal injury, how do you feel now? Are you fit and ready to go?

??A: I hope so, I hope I'm ready now, it'll be good. But after one year like this, you are always a little bit scared.

??Q: Follow up question: some people say your style of tennis makes you more prone to injury- so aggressive- is that something you've thought about changing?

??A: A lot of people have a lot of opinions. There's a lot of talk, but you know what, I started being professional tennis player at 16 years old. So that's probably not the best time to start when your body is not completely done. I have had seven years under my belt already- I think that's a very long career already, no? Lots of players start at 21 and finish at 29. I've played the last five years without going out of number one or number two, except one week this year, so if you're not fit and your body is not in good conditions its impossible to be five years in the top two. Everybody said that in 2005, and we are in 2009 and I'm still at the same number. I always work hard to be okay, and that's what I'm going to do all my career, and yeah, I have aggressive style of game, but I think no one can choose what style to play. I do all in my hands to play my best tennis, sure I would love to serve like Karlovic and volley like Federer, but my game is another. I'm happy with my game. With my game I have a very good career right now. If I play 3 more years 3 more years…1 more year, 1 more year…10 more years, 10 more years…but it’s impossible to say right now that I’m going to change the style of the game.

??Q: You actively campaigned for Madrid, to get the 2016 games, are you over the disappointment?

??A: Yeah, it was tough for us, being in the finals. We pushed hard for 2012 and then 2016. I think Madrid did a very good job. It's tough for Spain, for Madrid, for lot of people that worked very hard for a long time, but you know, I think that London and Madrid are too close, that's my feeling. They had to change the continent, that's what I think….they didn't say that was going to affect us before we were candidates for the 2016 Olympics. We are disappointed but at the same time we were in the final. I don't know if 2020 if we are going to be candidates to be the organization of the Olympics 2020, but my feeling is we are close. If we continue to push hard, I don't want to say, but my feeling is that Madrid is going to finish organizing the games, that's my feeling, I hope so.

http://www.chinaopen.com.cn/news/en/2009-10-04/161488.shtml

Invisible
10-05-2009, 08:18 PM
I'm going with WIN!

star
10-05-2009, 09:09 PM
Nadal says Thanks to Chinese fans
http://www.chinaopen.com.cn/news/en/2009-05-31/164325.shtml
Rafa :*

Some practice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63w0v7CbN2w&feature=player_embedded

videos thanks to yujia30046388:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTIyODUxNTY0.html

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTIyODAyNzQw.html

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTIyODA2MzE2.html

And from today practice session:
http://video.sina.com.cn/sports/t/v/2009-10-04/165232864.shtml



Press Conference Video

http://video.sina.com.cn/sports/t/v/2009-10-04/195032870.shtml


more video practice today with Ferru, videos thanks to m09:

http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/LnXhPi4HP4k/
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/Y45AYeZ52r4/
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/G1pOlKnroBc/
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/LqN-Ys9SE0A/
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/ru1WsF6hHOA/
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/1oFVFhZjQQ8/




Transcription of Pre-Match Press Conference: Rafael Nadal (ESP)
2009/10/04?16:14



http://www.chinaopen.com.cn/news/en/2009-10-04/161488.shtml

The interesting part of the press conference was how much he played with his hair. :(

Metis
10-06-2009, 07:32 AM
Rafa back in action :rocker2:



How far will Rafa go in Beijing? (500 points for the winners)

1st - Metis (pame Marcos :rocker2:) :p
2nd -
QF - Bibberz
SF - acionescu
F - JolanGago, Laba, Minn, shawshank
W - born_on_clay, Evita, Foxy, Invisible, MariaV, nashty, SnooFoo, star, tennizen, wilmar

acionescu
10-06-2009, 07:38 AM
:rolleyes:

-Evita-
10-06-2009, 08:02 AM
Win :)

Bibberz
10-06-2009, 08:11 AM
Qf

Metis
10-06-2009, 11:57 AM
Nadal-Baghdatis 6-4 3-6 6-4 :(




How far will Rafa go in Beijing? (500 points for the winners)

1st - Metis
2nd -
QF - Bibberz
SF - acionescu
F - JolanGago, Laba, Minn, shawshank
W - born_on_clay, Evita, Foxy, Invisible, MariaV, nashty, SnooFoo, star, tennizen, wilmar





Metis... :hug:

Hey don't laugh at her, she was really close to pwning you all there :armed:

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/8/17/128949792612939820.jpg

MariaV
10-06-2009, 12:42 PM
We wouldn't even dream of laughing at you Metis! :hug: :hug:

Xristos
10-06-2009, 04:07 PM
Win.

JolánGagó
10-06-2009, 04:08 PM
We wouldn't even dream of laughing at you Metis! :hug: :hug:

:rolls: :rolls:

born_on_clay
10-06-2009, 07:59 PM
Date: Oct. 6th 2009 Time: 20: 30

  Scores: Rafael Nadal defeated Marcos Baghdatis (6-4/ 3-6 / 6-4) and advanced to the 2nd round.


Q: You had a tough match today, and we are concerned about your body. How does your body feel? How is the injury?

  A: My body today is okay. I hope it be okay today and tomorrow and after tomorrow.

  Q: Since 2005, you are winning more and more fans in China. Have you noticed that they were waiting for you outside the hotel and cheered for you on the court?

  A: Sure the fans show emotions here. It’s always good for every sport and for me, especially here back in Beijing. I know some people are waiting for me at the hotel. Just wanted to say thank you very much to all the people here in China because they make me feel very well. My third time here in Beijing, so every time was very good.

  Q: Just tell us a little bit about the match, and how you felt during it. Did you feel anything at all? Were you pleased with the result?

  A: I think I didn’t play my best tennis. That’s true. But I improved in the third a lot. Especially in the last four games I played much better. For the rest of the match, I think I played very well on the second set. The first set was close, but I had a few mistakes at 5-4. For the rest, it was tough to have the break. It was very important moment for me in the first set with 2-1, I think, love-30. It was a very important comeback for me. After that I feel much better and calm. The victory is important because for me, he’s a very good opponent, and this tournament every opponent is very tough. We are playing here the top 45 of the world, so every match is going to be very difficult.

  Q: Marcos has dropped in the rankings, but everyone knows how talented he is and what he’s capable of. What was your reaction when you saw that you were going to play him the first round?

  A: Tough match. Anyway if he was outside the competition for a few time, he is very good. Very good player. He’s a very dangerous player. I am happy to see him back here, to see Marcos here because he’s a very good player and he’s a nice person and a very important person for our sport. He has always very good tactic on court. Each one of these players, I’m very happy for him to see him back here.

  Q: I actually wanted to follow up on the question about when you were serving 1-2, down love-30 and you hit a volley into the open court. How much energy did that give you? Did it give you more energy, more confidence? Because you both looked pretty tired before that.

  A: No, no. The volley was an easy volley. The volley wasn’t a very important shot. The way how I played this point, having a very good first serve and playing very aggressive with the forehand and going to the net. Having the decision to play more aggressive than I did in the past was good for me, and if I want to be in the top positions next year, I have to play aggressive. I have to play hard with my forehand, improve a little more my serve. The only way to be in the top is to play aggressive.

MariaV
10-07-2009, 07:36 AM
:rolls: :rolls:

And what are you laughing here? :(

So nice words about Marcos from Rafa. :D
Blake next! :scared: :unsure:

JolánGagó
10-07-2009, 08:34 AM
And what are you laughing here? :(


I took it as fine irony. Was I wrong? :scared:

MariaV
10-07-2009, 08:48 AM
I took it as fine irony. Was I wrong? :scared:

Erm, I didn't mean any irony really but if you see it that way...

born_on_clay
10-09-2009, 09:47 AM
Presser

Date: Oct. 8th 2009
Scores: Rafael Nadal defeated James Blake (7-5 / 6-7(4) / 6-3) and advanced to the quarterfinal.


Q: What part of this game annoyed you most and how do you sort this puzzle?

A: He's a very good player. His return is very fast. I think I played a very good match. I feel it well – one of my best matches after my injury of the knee. I'm happy with how I played today.

Q: When you come so close to winning in two sets and have to play a third, what are you feeling? Is it frustrating?

A: No, it's not frustrating. I was very happy with how I played. He's playing really well. I have to try to conserve myself the first few games, and later we will see. I was feeling well. It's a very important win.

Q: How much does a match like this take out of you in terms of getting through the rest of the tournament?

A: Every match is important; every win is very important. Every win gives you confidence. I feel it a very good win. I didn't have a lot of bad shots with the forehand, so that's important. For the rest, I have to play aggressively, but I think I'm ready to play aggressively.

Q: You've been playing in China for a few years now. Have you noticed any difference with the fans?

A: My first time here was in 2005 playing in the China Open but in the other stadium. My feeling is completely different. It improved a lot always and is going better than before. When I played in 2005, I remember in the finals there were a little more people but not a lot of people on courts in other matches. Now there are a lot of people. It makes me very happy, and cheering for the tournament is very important.

Q: Having just recovered from abdomen and knee injuries earlier this year, how are you feeling for the rest of the tournament and the rest of the year?

A: It was a hard year for me, more than I expected when the year started but that's part of the game. Sometimes the not perfect situations are going on. For the rest, I'm very happy to be here on the court, and I'm very happy with how I'm playing. The expectations are always high, but it's always tough to say.

Metis
10-09-2009, 12:36 PM
Win.

too late :shrug:


:rolls: :rolls:

:mad:

Metis
10-09-2009, 01:59 PM
Nadal-Safin 6-3 6-1 :)




How far will Rafa go in Beijing? (500 points for the winners)

1st - Metis
2nd -
QF - Bibberz
SF - acionescu
F - JolanGago, Laba, Minn, shawshank
W - born_on_clay, Evita, Foxy, Invisible, MariaV, nashty, SnooFoo, star, tennizen, wilmar





Dear Bibberz, here's a FAIL only for you :hearts:


http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/6/22/128901820777685308.jpg

shawshank
10-09-2009, 05:45 PM
Date: 9th Oct. 2009

  Time: 10:20 p.m.

  Scores: Rafael Nadal defeated Marat Safin (6-3/6-1) and advanced to the semifinal.

  Q: It must have been a special situation tonight. All of the crowd was for your opponent. Can you also talk about your level of play tonight?

  A: I am happy for him to have the end the China Open for him like this. So, for the rest, it is important for tennis. Marat is a very important player for tennis, for the fans, so we are going to miss him a lot. For the rest, I think I played a really good match, especially in the beginning, the end of the first set and the second set for sure. So I am happy with that. I think I did very good yesterday and today so I am happy.

  Q: Usually it’s not a good thing to have as tough of a draw that you have had in this tournament. Given some time off, does it give you more confidence knowing you can beat these players for the rest of your year?

  A: No, I think it is difficult to say what is going to happen at the end of the season. I hope I will be healthy and if it stays like this, I hope to continue to improve. It is important for me and my style of the game to play games in a row as opposed to breaking and then coming back. If you keep playing, you are already in a rhythm. This is a very good start for the late season, playing three important opponents. Tomorrow, I have another important test. I hope to be ready to play tomorrow and tonight. I am going to try my best to play 100%.

  Q: You say you think you are playing well here, when was the last time you felt as good as this?

  A: I don’t know. My feeling is better than the American season. I don’t know if I am 100%, but we will see tomorrow and the rest of the tournament.

  Q: Can you talk a little bit about tomorrow’s match?

  A: He is very good because his style of game is very aggressive, serving very well all the time and hitting the ball very high. I saw him play against Murray in US Open and we saw mistakes so I have to play aggressive, I need to play inside the court and make him feel like if he has to win, he is going to have to play more than two or three good shots. I would like to push him with my forehand.

Metis
10-10-2009, 07:26 AM
Nadal-Cilic 1-6 3-6 :(




How far will Rafa go in Beijing? (500 points for the winners)

1st - Metis
2nd -
QF - Bibberz
SF - acionescu
F - JolanGago, Laba, Minn, shawshank
W - born_on_clay, Evita, Foxy, Invisible, MariaV, nashty, SnooFoo, star, tennizen, wilmar




JolanGago, Laba, Minn, shawshank, born_on_clay, Evita, Foxy, Invisible, MariaV, nashty, SnooFoo, star, tennizen, wilmar:

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/7/27/128931697334117079.jpg




acionescu: Hmmm... winner at MIT for a 3rd consecutive tournament... Something is rotten in the state of Denmark...

Congrats I guess :mad:

http://img.perezhilton.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/app-congrats__oPt.jpg


:lol:

Foxy
10-10-2009, 07:34 AM
Embarrassing. He is definitely not ready yet. :(
Best of luck in Shanghai. :)

acionescu
10-10-2009, 07:40 AM
:mad:

for both: the win and the photo :ras:

JolánGagó
10-10-2009, 07:43 AM
Rafa's basically finished, he'll never win a major again :sobbing:

veyonce
10-10-2009, 08:45 AM
The Shanghai Masters 1000 draw is out..... Rafa is in the top half awaiting the winner between James Blake and Ivo Karlovic. Monfils, Mathieu, Hewitt, Ljubicic, Verdasco are in the same top half while Del Potro, Soderling, Tsonga and a number of Spaniards are in the top bottom half...

Minn
10-10-2009, 11:50 AM
:bigcry:

born_on_clay
10-10-2009, 12:40 PM
Cilic was too good today :(
Rafa has to play different against opponents like Cilic and Del Potro if he wants to win

born_on_clay
10-10-2009, 01:39 PM
Press Conference: Rafael Nadal (ESP)
2009/10/10?19:03

??Q: Was that a case of him being really good or you being bad? Or a bit of both?

??A: He played well and it was very difficult to play for me. Play fast and almost win all the time. Worst for me was when I had a chance to come back to the match and I didn’t play very well. He didn’t serve that well. He gave me many chances to play and I was way under pressure in the first one in the second set I had a lot of pressure. I can do better next time. I must do.

??Q: I wanted to ask in your past few matches after you go and see your fans and that’s pretty unusual. Usually people only go up after winning a grand slam or something. So, can you talk about why you went to high-five your fans?

??A: They were from Spain and Madrid and they were cheering for me all the time and they were close so I went there to say thank you.

??Q: You do have very good results when playing against Cilic and Del Petro who are quiet tall. What will you change in other matches?

??A: They play well they are young and playing well. Maybe it’s not because they are tall. To play these big matches you need more confidence. When I am there I need to bring more confidence to cross this test and I must play better next time. One time when I close the first time after that for experience it will be much easier next time. I will try to be there every week and then finally you get your goal. In Paris, in London, next year. If you want to continue to improve you should play more finals and continue next time.

??Q: What do you think about final in China Open and do you have any instructions for Djokovic?

??A: No on the instruction. It’s going to be a good final Djokovic with lots of experience. Cilic won and we will see lots of finals in the future.

??Q: Can you talk about the ATP and your expectation?

??A: My expectation is the same as here. Every week it’s the same expectation. My only goal is continue to play well. Not so much today but second round. My goal is to continue to improve and try to have a good result.

??Q: Was there a particular reason for the slow start?

??A: No I say before I answer the first question like this. I played worst for sure than the last 2 days and he played well. First he didn’t give me lots of options. I can lose for sure against one player. Cilic is good and has good serve. I can accept to win and I can accept to lose but mentally probably I wasn’t there. If you’re losing 6-1, 6-3 then there’s something wrong.

Foxy
10-11-2009, 11:25 AM
Pity, Rafa could have beaten both finalists judging from the level of played they showed!

Mimi
10-12-2009, 01:12 AM
playing as worst as hell, could not return Celic's huge serve is one thing, but could not hold serve is another thing:rolleyes: