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"Still without a title, but with a better game" Doha 2010 thread! Final loss to Davy

shawshank
01-02-2010, 04:17 PM
Doha 2010 draw:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/451/mds.pdf

[1] Roger Federer (SUI) - Christophe Rochus (BEL)
Evgeny Korolev (RUS) - Martin Vassallo Arguello (ARG)
Oscar Hernandez (ESP) - Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) - [6] Albert Montanes (ESP)

[3] Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) - Qualifier
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) - Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)
Daniel Koellerer (AUT) - Qualifier
Fabio Fognini (ITA) - [7] Ivo Karlovic (CRO)

[5] Viktor Troicki (SRB) - Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
Olivier Rochus (BEL) - [WC] Abdulla Al Haji (QAT)
[WC] Karim Maamoun (EGY) - Lukasz Kubot (POL)
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) - [4] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)

[8] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) - Qualifier
Qualifier - [WC] Younes El Aynaoui (MAR)
Frederico Gil (POR) - Potito Starace (ITA)
Simone Bolelli (ITA) - :worship:[2] Rafael Nadal (ESP):worship:

Rafa couldn't get an easier draw! Davo, Karlovic and Gulbis on Roger's side.

Doubles draw:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/451/mdd.pdf

Rafa will defend title with Marc Lopez and they will play against Fyrstenberg/Matkowski in R1.

He will play doubles on Monday and singles on Tuesday.

Vamos Rafa!

born_on_clay
01-03-2010, 12:15 PM
Nice draw for Rafa :)
Good luck, our champ :)

shawshank
01-03-2010, 01:28 PM
No MIT this year?

born_on_clay
01-04-2010, 01:55 PM
Marc Lopez withdrew from second round of qualies
Does anybody know wheater Rafa will play doubles in that situation ?

shawshank
01-04-2010, 02:48 PM
Marc Lopez withdrew from second round of qualies
Does anybody know wheater Rafa will play doubles in that situation ?

I think I have never seen anybody to withdraw from singles and to play doubles... So I don't think they will play!

-Evita-
01-04-2010, 03:02 PM
Metis, you'll keep organizing MIT, won't you? :awww: :hug: :)

My prediction: final

Betty
01-04-2010, 03:08 PM
final

born_on_clay
01-04-2010, 03:22 PM
Let's start the season from the high note - Youzhny is out so, win for me

star
01-04-2010, 05:58 PM
MIT: Win

Metis
01-04-2010, 06:02 PM
No MIT this year?
Metis, you'll keep organizing MIT, won't you? :awww: :hug: :)

OK :unsure: I thought there might be a significant drop in participation. We'll see how it goes. :shrug:




How far will Rafa go in Doha? (250 points)

1st -
2nd -
QF -
SF - elessar, tennizen
F - Betty, Evita, Foxy, Metis, nashty, shawshank
W - acionescu, Bibberz, born_on_clay, dal, Getta, MariaV, Minn, Ria, Snoo Foo, star

tennizen
01-04-2010, 06:07 PM
Sf

l_mac
01-04-2010, 06:30 PM
Awful thread title. Far too positive considering Rafa's nightmare draw.

Vamos RafiANGEL :rocker2:

shawshank
01-04-2010, 06:34 PM
I go with the final.

dal
01-04-2010, 06:36 PM
hmmmm... WIN for me :)

Foxy
01-04-2010, 06:51 PM
Final.

Metis
01-04-2010, 07:29 PM
Rafa is playing both singles and doubles tomorrow. Here's the OOP:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/451/op.pdf


CENTER COURT

Matches Start At: 3:30 PM
Ryler DEHEART (USA) vs Younes EL AYNAOUI (MAR)

followed by
Simone BOLELLI (ITA) vs Rafael NADAL (ESP)

shawshank
01-04-2010, 07:30 PM
So Lopez is such a good friend that he wanted to save himself for doubles with Rafa :)

acionescu
01-04-2010, 07:36 PM
Win :rocker2:

Metis
01-04-2010, 07:41 PM
Win :rocker2:

who said you could play? :(

Getta
01-04-2010, 07:48 PM
winner.

born_on_clay
01-04-2010, 08:22 PM
So Lopez is such a good friend that he wanted to save himself for doubles with Rafa :)

an encounter against Polish duo ;)

Snoo Foo
01-04-2010, 08:32 PM
WIN... what is this tournament? who else is playing?

star
01-04-2010, 09:23 PM
who said you could play? :(

She can play as long as she picks win. :p

Well, until Rafa doesn't win. Then she can't pick win anymore.


:silly:

Minn
01-05-2010, 01:20 AM
Win. :scared:

MariaV
01-05-2010, 09:14 AM
Metis, you'll keep organizing MIT, won't you? :awww: :hug: :)

My prediction: final

final

I go with the final.

Final.

What is this all?!??! Jinxing? :rolleyes:

The proud MIT winner of 2009 says WIN :dance:

Ria
01-05-2010, 09:24 AM
MIT: Win :bounce:

Foxy
01-05-2010, 10:06 AM
What is this all?!??! Jinxing? :rolleyes:

The proud MIT winner of 2009 says WIN :dance:

Yeap, 2010 will be the year of the jinxers! :devil:

Bibberz
01-05-2010, 10:48 AM
So this thread is legit? Um, okay. WIN.

WTF is with all this "Final" horseshit?

My prediction: final

http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif

final

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F - Betty, Evita, Foxy, Metis, shawshank

http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif

I go with the final.

http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif

Final.

http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif

Win. :scared:

http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif

Metis
01-05-2010, 11:17 AM
She can play as long as she picks win. :p

Well, until Rafa doesn't win. Then she can't pick win anymore.


:silly:

I have decided Andreea will be on probation for the next 3 tournaments. She will be closely monitored. :armed:



What is this all?!??! Jinxing? :rolleyes:

The proud MIT winner of 2009 says WIN :dance:

Respect for the defending champion :worship:



So this thread is legit? Um, okay. WIN.

WTF is with all this "Final" horseshit?

http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif

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http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif

:rolls:

Metis
01-05-2010, 11:18 AM
I hope we don't have a massive FAIL like last year :(

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7978339&postcount=89

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7979122&postcount=8

:lol:

elessar
01-05-2010, 11:30 AM
SF, can't really see Rafa getting past Karim Maamoun.

nashty
01-05-2010, 12:04 PM
Final.

Bibberz
01-05-2010, 12:14 PM
Final.

http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif

Xristos
01-05-2010, 02:04 PM
Vamooooos! Put me down for F.

Bibberz
01-05-2010, 02:34 PM
Vamooooos! Put me down for F.

http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif

(I'm very disappointed, X.)

Metis
01-05-2010, 02:38 PM
Sorry Xristos, the match had already started. :shrug:

MariaV
01-05-2010, 03:06 PM
SF, can't really see Rafa getting past Karim Maamoun.

Maamoun already lost to Kubot 1st rd. :D :D :D :D :kiss:

Metis
01-05-2010, 03:09 PM
SF, can't really see Rafa getting past Karim Maamoun.

Maamoun already lost to Kubot 1st rd. :D :D :D :D :kiss:


Phewww! What a relief!

Metis
01-05-2010, 03:21 PM
Nadal-Bolelli 6-3 6-3 :)



How far will Rafa go in Doha? (250 points)

1st -
2nd -
QF -
SF - elessar, tennizen
F - Betty, Evita, Foxy, Metis, nashty, shawshank
W - acionescu, Bibberz, born_on_clay, dal, Getta, MariaV, Minn, Ria, Snoo Foo, star

dal
01-05-2010, 03:59 PM
SF, can't really see Rafa getting past Karim Maamoun.

:ras: the Egyptian hope already lost today 0 and 2 :o:o:o

Xristos
01-05-2010, 04:24 PM
http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif

(I'm very disappointed, X.)

GIVE ME A BREAK!

What was it, 1 all?

Minn
01-05-2010, 08:37 PM
http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif Back atcha.

l_mac
01-05-2010, 09:25 PM
I had a forgettery about this. Like Claire, I would have (bravely, considering HELL draw) gone for SF.

star
01-06-2010, 12:31 AM
GIVE ME A BREAK!

What was it, 1 all?

He doesn't like a final pick.

He's very pushy.

born_on_clay
01-06-2010, 10:06 AM
Stats:

born_on_clay
01-06-2010, 03:53 PM
Rafa - Starace 62 62
Vamos

MariaV
01-06-2010, 07:22 PM
Lovely, lovely. :D I only caught the end of the match when Potito had already surrendered but Rafa seems OK for now.
Should I post "Next up Darcis :scared: :unsure:"?

MariaV
01-06-2010, 08:19 PM
Finally the OOP for tomorrow is out. Rafa vs Darcis 2nd on Center court after Troicki vs Kubot. Vamos! :rocker:

shawshank
01-06-2010, 09:37 PM
Please, let it be Kubot against Rafa in semis :)

acionescu
01-07-2010, 08:08 AM
OMFG, Rafa is gonna lose to Davuidenko the GOAT again :bigcry: :bigcry: ruining their H2H even more :(
And no one worth losing to until the F :sobbing:

MariaV
01-07-2010, 08:12 AM
OMFG, Rafa is gonna lose to Davuidenko the GOAT again :bigcry: :bigcry: ruining their H2H even more :(
And no one worth losing to until the F :sobbing:

Naah, Kolya was 'sick' recently and on medication and is't as brilliant as he was in London. :p

JolánGagó
01-07-2010, 09:41 AM
do you ppl think Rafito will reach AO 2d week? :scratch:

Foxy
01-07-2010, 10:37 AM
do you ppl think Rafito will reach AO 2d week? :scratch:

Let's all hope he reaches the AO 3rd week? No? :)

tennizen
01-07-2010, 12:35 PM
do you ppl think Rafito will reach AO 2d week? :scratch:

SF for sure:dance:

Pumbaa
01-07-2010, 01:01 PM
Should be no problem reaching the final. Vamos! :cheer:

acionescu
01-07-2010, 03:18 PM
Listen to the llama girl. Her previsional powers are legendary :bowdown:

MariaV
01-08-2010, 08:26 AM
:haha:
Well, Troicki in the semis of Doha right now. :p Vamos! :rocker:
But that final vs Kolya or Fed does look mighty tough. :scared: :unsure: Major :ras: to all those who picked the F. :rolleyes:
For Rafito's sake I hope he'll be able to take the title... finally and get that so much needed confidence! :banana:

Metis
01-08-2010, 01:24 PM
Nadal-Troicki 6-1 6-3 :)



How far will Rafa go in Doha? (250 points)

1st -
2nd -
QF -
SF - elessar, tennizen
F - Betty, Evita, Foxy, Metis, nashty, shawshank
W - acionescu, Bibberz, born_on_clay, dal, Getta, MariaV, Minn, Ria, Snoo Foo, star



elessar, tennizen (and l_mac too, since she would have picked SF if she hadn't forgotten :hug:):



http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/11/3/129017516785172775.jpg


Reminds me of that story Claire posted today about the Slovak police: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9479117&postcount=2886

:lol:

Bibberz
01-08-2010, 01:28 PM
http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/2653/rafatroickistats.png

MariaV
01-08-2010, 05:40 PM
Oh that Kolya is still red hot.... :scared: :unsure:
Im afraid it's going to be very very though. :awww: :scared: :unsure: :bolt:

Metis
01-09-2010, 05:35 PM
Nadal-Davydenko 6-0 6-7 4-6 :(

Wasted 2 mp on his serve in the tiebreak and 2bp chances to go up 2 breaks in the 3rd set. :help:




How far will Rafa go in Doha? (250 points)

1st -
2nd -
QF -
SF - elessar, tennizen
F - Betty, Evita, Foxy, Metis, nashty, shawshank
W - acionescu, Bibberz, born_on_clay, dal, Getta, MariaV, Minn, Ria, Snoo Foo, star




acionescu, Bibberz, born_on_clay, dal, Getta, MariaV, Minn, Ria, Snoo Foo, star: you started too fast and ended up falling flat on your face. :p


http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/12/7/129047167648731510.jpg




Betty, Evita, Foxy, Metis, nashty, shawshank: You've made an excellent start in 2010. Congrats! Enjoy your 250 points :D


http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/12/9/129048415842999738.jpg

tennizen
01-09-2010, 05:37 PM
All those who won today are banned from making a pick ever.

Metis
01-09-2010, 05:45 PM
So this thread is legit? Um, okay. WIN.

WTF is with all this "Final" horseshit?

http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/mad/mad0244.gif


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:rolls:


All those who won today are banned from making a pick ever.

you don't have a say in this :hug: :D

-Evita-
01-09-2010, 05:46 PM
All those who won today are banned from making a pick ever.

... says the person who picked semifinal :o

Metis, love the pictures :haha:

tennizen
01-09-2010, 05:46 PM
you don't have a say in this :hug: :D

I can rally support:armed: I will not let this slide unnoticed.

Edit: Evita: SF is a better pick than final.

MariaV
01-09-2010, 05:49 PM
All those who won today are banned from making a pick ever.

Hema has my support! I say ban them all! :mad: :fiery:
And I better say nothing about the match because that would get me banned from MTF. :rolls: :rolls:

A :retard: :banghead: :smash: wouldn't even begin to describe my emotions. I don't know if I'll ever recover. :tape:

born_on_clay
01-09-2010, 05:51 PM
no comment on this

shawshank
01-09-2010, 05:58 PM
I hoped that I would bring some luck to Rafa with starting this thread :( I was one point away :(

star
01-09-2010, 06:03 PM
I think the title was a bit on the jinxing side. :) :)

Plus no itty bitteh kitteh commiteh approval. ;)

acionescu
01-09-2010, 06:07 PM
I blame the smug title :mad:

here is not Fedland, you know, we're humble :smash:

star
01-09-2010, 06:13 PM
I blame the smug title :mad:

here is not Fedland, you know, we're humble :smash:

Yes. :sad: Humbalito Titles.

"Rafa will try his best to get past the second round"

Of course, that's only when he has a bye in the first. :)

MariaV
01-09-2010, 06:19 PM
I hoped that I would bring some luck to Rafa with starting this thread :( I was one point away :(

:hug: :hug: :hug: Better luck next time. :hug:

OK I have to give kudos to Davy though, for never giving up and still playing great tennis. :hatoff: Doesn't mean I'm not mad about Rafa losing. :bigcry: :crying2: :bigcry: :crying2: :bigcry: :crying2: :bigcry: :crying2:

Foxy
01-09-2010, 08:46 PM
Well, I honestly wouldn't mind Denko in Rafa's quarter. He is beatable. Let alone in best of 5.
This loss reminds me a bit of Nadal - Potro in Miami. Lost after 2 breaks up in the third. Smth similar happened here.

shawshank
01-09-2010, 08:59 PM
Well, I honestly wouldn't mind Denko in Rafa's quarter. He is beatable. Let alone in best of 5.
This loss reminds me a bit of Nadal - Potro in Miami. Lost after 2 breaks up in the third. Smth similar happened here.

The only difference is that in Miami Rafa was tired and played very bad.
Today he played a really great match. Still it wasn't enough.

Foxy
01-10-2010, 08:00 AM
When is Rafael flying to Melbourne?

Mimi
01-10-2010, 08:34 AM
i can't stand my poor rafa losing in final, i hate all my favourites to lose in final, getting so close to the trophy, and especially the way he lost, winning the first set by 6:0, having 2 match points, and having a break in the final set, how could i swallow this lost? he always won while leading and sometimes even when falling behind, having match points against him and cruicial moments, now where gone his lucks nd fighting spirit?igcry::bigcry::bigcry:

did he ever lose when having match points? rafa now has problem for winning titles, i am worried about this.......

MariaV
01-10-2010, 09:34 AM
i can't stand my poor rafa losing in final, i hate all my favourites to lose in final, getting so close to the trophy, and especially the way he lost, winning the first set by 6:0, having 2 match points, and having a break in the final set, how could i swallow this lost? he always won while leading and sometimes even when falling behind, having match points against him and cruicial moments, now where gone his lucks nd fighting spirit?igcry::bigcry::bigcry:

did he ever lose when having match points? rafa now has problem for winning titles, i am worried about this.......

I am worried too Mimi dear. :hug: :hug: :bigcry: :crying2: :bigcry: :crying2:
But the only thing we can do is hope Rafa and his team will get through this.

I'm not too good with stats but I'm sure he's lost while having match points.
I said it was not good to win the first set 6-0. :bigcry: :crying2: :bigcry: :crying2: :bigcry: :crying2: I am going to be mad until he finally wins another title. :o :tape:

born_on_clay
01-10-2010, 11:42 AM
Rafa is in form - we all saw it
The problem lies in his mentality and concetration
He lost in Doha because of his head
He needs his concentration back

Have a postitive attitude before OZ :D

rafa_maniac
01-11-2010, 02:25 PM
Rafa is in form - we all saw it
The problem lies in his mentality and concetration
He lost in Doha because of his head
He needs his concentration back

Have a postitive attitude before OZ :D

Pretty much. It's so frustrating this loss because he's obviously getting his form back, but what's missing is the mental conviction he used to be famous for. A win here at the start of a new season over the form player around would have washed away all those end of 09 woes I feel, and he was ONE POINT AWAY!! :mad: The good news is he's at least playing well and will be tough to put away over best of 5.

born_on_clay
01-11-2010, 05:46 PM
Pretty much. It's so frustrating this loss because he's obviously getting his form back, but what's missing is the mental conviction he used to be famous for. A win here at the start of a new season over the form player around would have washed away all those end of 09 woes I feel, and he was ONE POINT AWAY!! :mad: The good news is he's at least playing well and will be tough to put away over best of 5.

What's more I was very surprised with what Rafa said after the match against Davydenko.
His attitude was exceptionally good, it's a good sign before OZ
And.... uncle Tonie will be back with some tips ;) (i hope) :D

Mimi
01-12-2010, 01:11 AM
uncle Toni should give rafa's butt a whip:mad::mad:

born_on_clay
01-15-2010, 10:47 AM
Home » Doha, Interviews
Just another person
8 Jan 2010 | by miri |

Thanks to patzin for sending in this article from The National. It’s basically little Rafa-primer on how to live a good life.

Realise that you are just another person. This is one of the most important things I have learnt. On the tennis court you may be different, you may be a star, but when you walk off the court, you are just another person. Some people get confused about that. They think that because they are good at singing, playing tennis, football or whatever, they are good at everything. It is very important to stay grounded.

My will to win comes from my education. It doesn’t matter what you do, whether you are a tennis player or whatever, education is the basis for everything.

Keep control of yourself. My uncle is my coach. When I was younger, if I threw my racket on the ground, or said something I should not have, he would throw me off the court. After that, I learnt to keep control of my temper. You can practise the forehand, you can practise the backhand, but you have to train the mind, too. You have a lot of moments of pressure in your life, not least in tennis, and if you have more control of yourself, you are better prepared to deal with these moments.

You must work hard, persist, to earn your rewards. I practise four to six hours a day, every day. Sometimes I think I don’t want to practise, but I still do. The most important thing, even more than winning, is to do your best at all times and be satisfied with your performance.

Losing is not all bad. At match point I get very nervous – in fact, I’m nervous every time I go on court because I’m scared of losing. In tennis, you win one day, but the next is like starting over. The only good thing about losing, is that it makes victory sweeter