AO R4: Nadal def. Karlovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

AO R4: Nadal def. Karlovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

samanosuke
01-24-2010, 05:30 AM
Decent resistance from Ivo . In every set one poor service game from Ivo was enough for Rafa

Anyway great tournament for. If he can keep this kind of game for some time it would be good season for him

jeremda01
01-24-2010, 05:30 AM
Karlovic served very well, but Nadal got the better of Karlovic's groundstrokes.

Well done Rafa, though to the Quarter Finals.

Now to play against Andy Murray which shall be a very interesting match. :):)

Mechlan
01-24-2010, 05:32 AM
Expected win. Match against Murray should be fun.

moonlightdance
01-24-2010, 05:32 AM
no tiebreaks, impressive.

The Magician
01-24-2010, 05:34 AM
You'd think against a big server only one break of serve means you lose the set but it's the opposite. If you can break it's easy from there, even for someone with as weak a serve as Nadal.

Orka_n
01-24-2010, 05:36 AM
Really, really poor match... Ivo's backhand is indeed laughable. The whole thing consisted of serves and ugly UEs. *sigh*. I guess I have to wait a few days more for Nadull's defeat.

jeremda01
01-24-2010, 05:39 AM
True, the last few times they played, there were a number of tie breakers.

Lopez
01-24-2010, 05:40 AM
Ivo had his chances but played a few brainless games and to be fair Nadal was reading Ivo's serve really well at times. Ivo should come in on the second serve more often IMO, rallying isn't his strenght and his second serve can be difficult to return as well.

Bring on Nadal vs Murray!

Luinir
01-24-2010, 05:41 AM
Really, really poor match... Ivo's backhand is indeed laughable. The whole thing consisted of serves and ugly UEs. *sigh*. I guess I have to wait a few days more for Nadull's defeat.

Soderling fan alert...

Certinfy
01-24-2010, 05:42 AM
Interview made me LOL a little :p

l_mac
01-24-2010, 05:43 AM
OMG that was an adorable interview :inlove: :worship:

Decent effort from Rafa today :hug:

Corey Feldman
01-24-2010, 05:43 AM
surprising Nadal losing a set here

Calidreth
01-24-2010, 05:47 AM
Incredibly lucky set of shots for Karlovic to take the second, don't think I've ever seen so many net cords in a game. Good returning from Nadal, but he needs to cut down on the UE's.

bad gambler
01-24-2010, 05:49 AM
Routine

Langers
01-24-2010, 05:54 AM
Brilliant interview with Courier. :yeah: Hilarious stuff Rafa.

Speed of Light
01-24-2010, 05:59 AM
Good practice session for Rafa,he kept it going with the obvious second set tank.
It will be nice to see him thrash the pusher followed by the ballbasher from here on.

General Suburbia
01-24-2010, 06:51 AM
Always funny to see Karlovic try to pass a someone at the net with a backhand slice. Other than that, I didn't see much. I appreciate the skill the giant has with the serve, but his game is so horribly unwatchable I can never watch more than a set.

Jelenin
01-24-2010, 06:54 AM
Well done Rafa :yeah:

Corey Feldman
01-24-2010, 06:54 AM
any men who liked the Nadal-Courier interview are gays

DartMarcus
01-24-2010, 06:56 AM
Another Nadal's win :sad: so boring :o

vamosinator
01-24-2010, 08:05 AM
Nadal got his confidence up high after apparently feeling disappointed about his form previously, very good performance of concentration :yeah:

Also, Nadal did a good job in the interview of keeping the pressure on Murray by mentioning how great Murray is at attack and defense and how Murray might send him home on the plane or whatever. Murray has maximum pressure having not dropped a set and being hyped up as usual; can't wait to see this bum fall :yeah:

moon language
01-24-2010, 09:13 AM
Nadal is just happy he's through that freak show. Now back to playing tennis.

Noleta
01-24-2010, 09:17 AM
No TB:eek:

Noleta
01-24-2010, 09:18 AM
any men who liked the Nadal-Courier interview are gays

:lol:

Topspin Forehand
01-24-2010, 09:37 AM
All this Karlovic is such a bad matchup for Rafa needs to end. Rafa is now 3-0 against Karlovic. Karlovic can't handle all those shots to his backhand.

paseo
01-24-2010, 10:21 AM
NID. Murray next :D

madmax
01-24-2010, 10:26 AM
Nadal is just happy he's through that freak show. Now back to playing tennis.

watch your language son:( Your boy will be trashed in the next round anyway

ossie
01-24-2010, 10:38 AM
good for tennis

Stefanos13
01-24-2010, 10:48 AM
any men who liked the Nadal-Courier interview are gays

with such insights you may want to reconsider your avatar

saniapower
01-24-2010, 11:27 AM
Ivo :tape:

Andi-M
01-24-2010, 11:28 AM
Karlovic's ground game is baaaaaaaaaaad.
Still Rafa did what he had to, you cant really assess someones form when they play ivo, but I guess we'll see next round.

saniapower
01-24-2010, 11:29 AM
any men who liked the Nadal-Courier interview are gays
:lol::haha:

saniapower
01-24-2010, 11:29 AM
Murray will finish off this Rafa quickly

sammy01
01-24-2010, 11:41 AM
yawn, man that was boring. nadal acting like he was breaking fed in the final in the 5th set, the 3 times he broke. ivo's break of nadal was a joke and complete luck.

i expect a loooooooooooooooooooooong 5 setter with nadal vs murray.

maxxo
01-24-2010, 11:56 AM
altough ivo somewhat improved his ground game, there's nothing he could do here. nadal came up with some fantastic returns to break his serve. murray - nadal could last well over 5 hours. both seem on fire, should be a drama.

Orka_n
01-24-2010, 12:10 PM
Soderling fan alert...:haha:
What tipped you off, Sherlock? Soderling on my avatar or my posts in the Soderling forum? :lol:

Vida
01-24-2010, 12:16 PM
saw most of this last night. as usual with watching Karlovic kind of dozed off.

Björki
01-24-2010, 12:34 PM
:dance:

Sophocles
01-24-2010, 02:36 PM
Fell asleep after the 1st set. It was late and I was having a long & enjoyable conversation with a bottle of Highland Park.

Nole fan
01-24-2010, 02:43 PM
Courier is my hero.
Great win for Rafa, vamos!

Calidreth
01-24-2010, 02:43 PM
Vamos!

Juanes
01-24-2010, 02:44 PM
Vamos Rafa... keep it up!!

muchu
01-24-2010, 02:54 PM
with this kind of play from rafa, i don't think he has any chance against murray. murray is too smart and not in the same league as dr.ivo

Certinfy
01-24-2010, 02:55 PM
Dr Ivo :o First serve went MIA at key moments :(

Filo V.
01-24-2010, 03:01 PM
Time to beat Murray now.

ChinoRios4Ever
01-24-2010, 09:16 PM
no TBs :lol:

4 down, 3 to go Rafa :bounce:

zagro
01-24-2010, 09:40 PM
any men who liked the Nadal-Courier interview are gays
Yes we are
Now you read this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual_panic)

DwyaneWade
01-24-2010, 09:45 PM
Hard to read too much into Nadal's form here.

Just a good job surviving and moving on to the gauntlet awaiting (Murray, Roddick/Cilic, Federer/Davydenko/Djokovic)

Topspin Forehand
01-24-2010, 11:51 PM
Btw this is a great idea how Nadal would handle Sampras's serve imo. At least on a slow hardcourt, Nadal will have his chances to break Sampras. And Sampras also has a one-handed backhand and comes to the net a lot. Of course Sampras will have his chances on Nadal's serve as well. That is the difference between Sampras and Karlovic.