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RG R2: Nadal def. Minafils 6-2 6-2 6-2

tyruk14
05-25-2010, 04:48 PM
Routine.

(Title, R1. That's why I don't start topics more often. Dunce.)

delpiero7
05-25-2010, 04:48 PM
triple bagel, just as expected.

Nadal with a mountain of winners in the final set, a whole ONE (and that to bring up MP).

Surcouf
05-25-2010, 04:48 PM
Nadal was awful today. None of his weapons were working and his struggled in rallies against an unranked junior. Nadal forehand was dead today.

Rafa made an immense amount of unforced errors. Maybe Nadal worst match on clay this season.

His level was really bad. I hope he will finally enter in his tournament as soon as possible. Not a good first match, that's sure.

TMJordan
05-25-2010, 04:49 PM
Nadal is HORRIBLE.

Chiakifug
05-25-2010, 04:49 PM
Routine? :spit:

rhinooooo
05-25-2010, 04:49 PM
Scoreline is flattering for Rafa especially the first set. All credit to Mina, he was very entertaining to watch and really went for it. He might look like Monfils, but he sure as hell plays much nicer tennis.

green25814
05-25-2010, 04:49 PM
Much closer than the scoreline suggests.

Minimonf could be better than his predecessor!

federernadalfan
05-25-2010, 04:50 PM
uh nid
mina put up a fight in the beg. of first set, then kinda lost it when rafa started pounding his forehands left and right

Ilovetheblues_86
05-25-2010, 04:50 PM
If only Monfils played like MinaR..

delpiero7
05-25-2010, 04:51 PM
How many BPs did Rafa save, 10?

btw this thread title sucks, mine was much better :p

green25814
05-25-2010, 04:51 PM
Scoreline is flattering for Rafa especially the first set. All credit to Mina, he was very entertaining to watch and really went for it. He might look like Monfils, but he sure as hell plays much nicer tennis.

He does moonball though, so the comparison is apt.

Polikarpov
05-25-2010, 04:51 PM
Mina just couldn't string points together.

ossie
05-25-2010, 04:51 PM
mina played surprisingly good, rafa wasnt great today but 6-2 6-2 6-2 if i play a bad match no?

tyruk14
05-25-2010, 04:51 PM
How many BPs did Rafa save, 10?

btw this thread title sucks, mine was much better :p

What was it? :cool:

federernadalfan
05-25-2010, 04:52 PM
rafa and his $525,000 watch was amusing...especially when the commentators talked about it :lol: makes federer's rolex look shabby

@Sweet Cleopatra
05-25-2010, 04:52 PM
Rafa played smart, good start Rafa :worship:

UsD.AnDreS
05-25-2010, 04:53 PM
really "le fils de Monfils"

Sophocles
05-25-2010, 04:53 PM
Nadal lucky to get out of that one.

delpiero7
05-25-2010, 04:53 PM
What was it? :cool:

RG R1: Nadal def. Mina 6-2 6-2 6-2

:)

pesto
05-25-2010, 04:53 PM
Mina doesn't have such stupidly extravagant movement as Monfils. Hopefully that will mean he's not so accident-prone. I think a lot of the comparison is superficial.

green25814
05-25-2010, 04:53 PM
When Mina plays Mofils at some stage this forum will explode.

Billups85
05-25-2010, 04:53 PM
6-2 6-2 6-2 if Nadal plays with no forehand.

out_here_grindin
05-25-2010, 04:54 PM
Unfair scoreline to Mina, he played better that 2,2,2.

green25814
05-25-2010, 04:55 PM
6-2 6-2 6-2 if Nadal plays with no forehand.

6-2 6-2 6-2 if Nadal plays an 18 year old playing his first pro match :lol:

Would've been close if Mina had experience.

Priam
05-25-2010, 04:55 PM
Rafa was a bp saving machine in the first set. Scoreline doesn't do the match justice. Terrible feeling playing 2.25 hours and getting only 6 games. Typical R1 for Rafa, he should get better with more matches.

The Nothing [†]
05-25-2010, 04:55 PM
It's all been said I guess:yawn:

A_Skywalker
05-25-2010, 04:55 PM
Mina definately can play, he has a future.

Guy Haines
05-25-2010, 04:55 PM
Good outfit (finally ditches the clown/golf pants), average play.

I liked Mina's attitude out there. Not at all like Monfils.

@Sweet Cleopatra
05-25-2010, 04:55 PM
6-2 6-2 6-2 if Nadal plays with no forehand.

Rafa Fh is going to get better, he is adjusting to different balls.

Have a faith in Rafa ;)

Billups85
05-25-2010, 04:56 PM
Nadal lucky to get out of that one.


:rolleyes:

The win was never in danger. Not even close.

@Sweet Cleopatra
05-25-2010, 04:56 PM
I liked Mina's attitude out there. Not at all like Monfils.

Yeah he is better

theseth1119
05-25-2010, 04:57 PM
If Rafa plays like this against Rogie in the F, he will definitely lose the match for sure.

Garson007
05-25-2010, 04:58 PM
Nadal is so good he skips rounds.

green25814
05-25-2010, 04:58 PM
Peak clay Djokovic would've beaten Nadal today

Surcouf
05-25-2010, 04:59 PM
If Rafa plays like this against Rogie in the F, he will definitely lose the match for sure.

If Nadal continues to play like that, he will lose before the 4th round.

But I think he will adjust his level.

Sophocles
05-25-2010, 04:59 PM
:rolleyes:

The win was never in danger. Not even close.

You reckon?

@Sweet Cleopatra
05-25-2010, 04:59 PM
Peak clay Djokovic would've beaten Nadal today

Nadal was using the suitable effort to go to next round.

Commander Data
05-25-2010, 04:59 PM
Mina won 50% more games then Fed 2008. Mina is the GOAT.

Frog Logic.

Seriously:

Nadal played bad today. He has to step it up.

The Magician
05-25-2010, 05:00 PM
Nadal had to tire out a junior player to win :haha: Terrible from him, only way he wins RG is because his draw is a joke.

Filo V.
05-25-2010, 05:00 PM
Expected performance from Rafa for me. He wasn't tested so you aren't going to see his A level. Mina has good potential but needs some definitive improvements in several areas.

When Rafa plays his R3 vs. potentially Hewitt or R4 vs. potentially Bellucci, you will see him step it up.

djb84xi
05-25-2010, 05:01 PM
I like Mina. He's got some promise, and I think he can be even better than Monfils, Chardy, and Gasquet. He's got ways to go, but he's got a world of potential. As for Rafa, pretty routine win, although he made a few more unforced than I would've like to have seen. Nonetheless, a very solid win and he'll play himself into better form as the French goes along.

Filo V.
05-25-2010, 05:01 PM
People are overreacting, as I expected.

djb84xi
05-25-2010, 05:02 PM
If Rafa plays like this against Rogie in the F, he will definitely lose the match for sure.

in your wildest dreams!

@Sweet Cleopatra
05-25-2010, 05:03 PM
Expected performance from Rafa for me. He wasn't tested so you aren't going to see his A level. Mina has good potential but needs some definitive improvements in several areas.

When Rafa plays his R3 vs. potentially Hewitt or R4 vs. potentially Bellucci, you will see him step it up.

:yeah: Exactly

I am 100% confidant in Rafa :cool:

TennisOnWood
05-25-2010, 05:03 PM
Grand Slam victory number 100 :worship:

ImmzB
05-25-2010, 05:04 PM
Vamos Rafa!

Johnny Groove
05-25-2010, 05:05 PM
Rafa in cruise mode.

RafaTheBest
05-25-2010, 05:05 PM
:lol: People on here are so comical! Nadal always cruises through the first round or 2 playing his C game and EVERY SINGLE YEAR the haters proclaim how terrible he is playing and how he won't win the tournament playing like that. IT NEVER FAILS! :lol:

Anyone who thinks he will play at that level for the rest of this tournament is just an idiot and should stop watching tennis.

RedFury
05-25-2010, 05:06 PM
If Nadal continues to play like that, he will lose before the 4th round.

But I think he will adjust his level.

I'd agree if only for the fact that I think Rafa only forced himself to play to his standards in BPs agaisnt. The rest of the time he was content saving energy and moving Mina around till he either made a mistake or Rafa could pound a winner.

All in all, expected start from Rafa; happy he didn't waste much energy out there. Kudos to the kid as well for putting in a serious performance -- certainly looks like he has the tools (and the head) to be a better pro than Monfils.

Har-Tru
05-25-2010, 05:10 PM
Nadal was awful, hopeless.

He's so not taking this title.

MariaV
05-25-2010, 05:12 PM
Yeash, the kid could become a better version on Monfils.

6-2 6-2 6-2 if Nadal plays an 18 year old playing his first pro match :lol:


To nitpick, it was the kid's second pro match. ;)

Action Jackson
05-25-2010, 05:12 PM
It's the 1st round by the way.

theseth1119
05-25-2010, 05:12 PM
Expected performance from Rafa for me. He wasn't tested so you aren't going to see his A level. Mina has good potential but needs some definitive improvements in several areas.

When Rafa plays his R3 vs. potentially Hewitt or R4 vs. potentially Bellucci, you will see him step it up.

Stop right there, that proves what a joke the draw truly is for Rafa, Satan Hewitt in the 3rd round and Bellucci in the 4th round, absolute scrubs.

jaysean
05-25-2010, 05:12 PM
always great when a spaniard beats another frenchmen like a red headed step child.

Commander Data
05-25-2010, 05:13 PM
If Rafa plays like this against Rogie in the F, he will definitely lose the match for sure.

Lets not get carried away here. Fed would find a way to lose anyway. Probably dumb a BH return into the net at MP and go on to lose in 5 or so..

Djokovic might do it.

FormerRafaFan
05-25-2010, 05:15 PM
Rafa did a decent job today, Mina wasn't half bad.. A bit shabby at the beginning of the first set but then.. all hail the king of clay. Rafa should only get better as the toruney goes on.

Vamos Rafa.

DrJules
05-25-2010, 05:15 PM
If the thread was read without knowing the score you would never have guessed Nadal won a first round match easily.

@Sweet Cleopatra
05-25-2010, 05:17 PM
If the thread was read without knowing the score you would never have guessed Nadal won a first round match easily.

MTF aka mentennisfrums posters :rolleyes:

The Freak
05-25-2010, 05:18 PM
Closer match than the scoreline suggests.

This guy will be a good player :yeah:

green25814
05-25-2010, 05:19 PM
Rusty will take Rafa out.

Persimmon
05-25-2010, 05:20 PM
All the neon green Rafa is wearing is so glaring. :lol:

Har-Tru
05-25-2010, 05:21 PM
Lets not get carried away here. Fed would find a way to lose anyway. Probably dumb a BH return into the net at MP and go on to lose in 5 or so..

Djokovic might do it.

Federer will beat him, if Nadal gets that far.

theseth1119
05-25-2010, 05:22 PM
Like I said, Rafa has a cruise to the QF. Mina, Zeballos, Hewitt, and Bellucci, don't make me laugh. However, in the QF he'll get Verdasco and that's where we'll see where Rafa stands. I know you're thinking that this is the same Verdasco Rafa just beat in the MC finals last month giving up only 1 game in 2 sets, but I think this Verdasco will pose a real threat to Rafa. Should Rafa win the QF though, he's going to the F, because in the SF (the other quarter of the draw) there's really nobody there to stop him, it'll either be Verdasco in the QF, Rogie in the F, or Rafa's knees that stop Rafa.

@Sweet Cleopatra
05-25-2010, 05:23 PM
Federer will beat him, if Nadal gets that far.

No, he will not, Rafa is playing smart and so determined. Plus he can beat Federer on any surface.

ApproachShot
05-25-2010, 05:24 PM
Was one of the most if not the most competitive 6-2 6-2 6-2 matches I saw. Mina had so many breakpoints he couldn't convert (he had a look in all of Nadal's service games in the first set) and 8 of the first 9 games went to deuce if I'm not mistaken.

But the result was never in doubt. And I'll still stay with my prediction before the tournament that Nadal will emerge as the winner.

theseth1119
05-25-2010, 05:27 PM
No, he will not, Rafa is playing smart and so determined. Plus he can beat Federer on any surface.

Nope, Rafa can't beat Rogie at the USO or year end championships. He can't beat Rogie on fast hard outdoors nor indoors.

@Sweet Cleopatra
05-25-2010, 05:28 PM
Nope, Rafa can't beat Rogie at the USO or year end championships. He can't beat Rogie on fast hard outdoors nor indoors.

That was the past, now Rafa will beat Federer each time they play, even if Rafa plays bad.

edit: I like Fed too please don't annoy Rafa fans with Rafa played bad when he plays good cause you make us post bad posts about Federer. Now going to watch Sharapova.

l_mac
05-25-2010, 05:30 PM
:haha:

Priam
05-25-2010, 05:31 PM
It's only the first round guys!

shadows
05-25-2010, 05:32 PM
Felt sorry for Mina that he was unable to convert one of his many bp's, still impressive performance from him all in all. If he's able to maintain that kind of level he should move up the rankings fairly swiftly.

Arkulari
05-25-2010, 05:32 PM
routine win, what did you expect? Rafa going all out in someone who's nowhere near a threat? :haha:

delpiero7
05-25-2010, 05:33 PM
I'd love to know what makes Fed fans think that one rusty performance in R1 of a slam means that Nadal won't win the tourney. Federer was almost teetering against Andreev in R1 of the Aussie Open and then went on to beat down every other player he faced after that.

One rusty performance (in which Nadal won 6-2 6-2 6-2 may I add) doesn't mean Federer will beat Nadal should they meet up.

-Valhalla-
05-25-2010, 05:35 PM
This Mina kid has got some game but his backhand is a liability [and it strongly resembles Roddick's]. Why his handlers allow the moniker 'Mini Monfils' is beyond me. If I were his agent, I would have him create his own identity and not emulate a clown like Mugfils.

Excellent depth, pace, and movement from Rafa.

green25814
05-25-2010, 05:35 PM
I'd love to know what makes Fed fans think that one rusty performance in R1 of a slam means that Nadal won't win the tourney. Federer was almost teetering against Andreev in R1 of the Aussie Open and then went on to beat down every other player he faced after that.

One rusty performance (in which Nadal won 6-2 6-2 6-2 may I add) doesn't mean Federer will beat Nadal should they meet up.

Because Federer is on and off, he has bad and good days. Nadal's level usually stays around the same for a grandslam, or gets progressively worse as his knees get tired.

Rafa is done, sorry. Will never win another slam.

delpiero7
05-25-2010, 05:39 PM
Because Federer is on and off, he has bad and good days. Nadal's level usually stays around the same for a grandslam, or gets progressively worse as his knees get tired.

Rafa is done, sorry. Will never win another slam.


NO need to apologise for expressing your opinion - Nadal losing at Roland Garros doesn't affect me personally :)

l_mac
05-25-2010, 05:41 PM
Because Federer is on and off, he has bad and good days. Nadal's level usually stays around the same for a grandslam

Really?

Do you watch Nadal play often?

green25814
05-25-2010, 05:45 PM
Really?

Do you watch Nadal play often?

Yeah, I do. His game is on the downslide.

Castafiore
05-25-2010, 05:48 PM
Yeah, I do. His game is on the downslide.
No, you don't or you don't pay close attention.

Rafa was quite relaxed in this match and you could see it in his body language, the choice of his shots, what he did during break points.

Not saying that he's going to cruise through the other rounds but suggesting that he plays every match at top level is ludicrious.

Sunset of Age
05-25-2010, 05:50 PM
1st round autopilot-stuff from Rafa, way too many UEs, but I'm sure he'll be able to step it up in the next rounds. That said, needed about 2 and a half hours to beat a WC junior player? Hmmm.

Mina surely made a good impression for being an unseeded kid, the match notes do him no justice. Comparisons to Monfils? Idiotic, besides them both being from Guadaloupe. In this match, Mina has shown to have one thing that Monfils will never have: a BRAIN. I'm expecting to see more of the fellow in the near future.

green25814
05-25-2010, 05:50 PM
He finds it very hard to switch off. He plays the same way against Federer as he does against practise opponents, pretty much. Its common knowledge, and part of why he has injury problems imo.

l_mac
05-25-2010, 05:52 PM
He finds it very hard to switch off. He plays the same way against Federer as he does against practise opponents, pretty much. Its common knowledge, and part of why he has injury problems imo.

:yeah:

No need for further discussion :D

FormerRafaFan
05-25-2010, 05:56 PM
Yeah, I do. His game is on the downslide.

You say that all the time, yet, he keeps on winning.. I think he'll win French Open, but whatever. Just be a Rafa hater, I don't care.

Topspin Forehand
05-25-2010, 05:57 PM
Mina is for real. He made Nadal hit a ton of balls. You expect Nadal to make more errors when you got someone that can get to as many balls as Mina. Great preparation for Nadal to find his rhythm in RG. He is always nervous in first round at RG.

M4RC
05-25-2010, 06:02 PM
Federer will beat him, if Nadal gets that far.

Oh yeah, in 3. Fed in cruise control.





























:haha: This thread should be considered the "trolling thread of the year" in 2010. 95% of the comments are suitable to be responded like this:

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jonas
05-25-2010, 06:04 PM
6-2 6-2 6-2 if Nadal plays with no forehand.
__________________
RAFAEL NADAL

Clay GOAT

6 Grand Slams
18 Masters Series
39 Titles

First player to win 400 singles matches in fewer than 500 matches played.

Sorry to break it to you, Billups, but Borg reached 400 ATP wins after 495 matches...

Deivid23
05-25-2010, 06:06 PM
Just posted to lower the percentage of idiots in this thread. Cheers

Aenea
05-25-2010, 06:18 PM
Sorry to break it to you, Billups, but Borg reached 400 ATP wins after 495 matches...
Nadal did it after 491 matches.

Billups85
05-25-2010, 06:21 PM
Sorry to break it to you, Billups, but Borg reached 400 ATP wins after 495 matches...

Source?

elessar
05-25-2010, 06:25 PM
No, you don't or you don't pay close attention.

Rafa was quite relaxed in this match and you could see it in his body language, the choice of his shots, what he did during break points.

Not saying that he's going to cruise through the other rounds but suggesting that he plays every match at top level is ludicrious.
Oh yeah?

Well, read that !!
J'ai mal joué. A l'entraînement, je jouais bien. J'étais plus nerveux que d'habitude, mais j'ai remporté le match

Bet you feel pretty foolish now :sport:

RedFury
05-25-2010, 06:26 PM
He finds it very hard to switch off. He plays the same way against Federer as he does against practise opponents, pretty much. Its common knowledge, and part of why he has injury problems imo.

Cite for the last time Rafa got injured against a "practice opponent"?

M4RC
05-25-2010, 06:30 PM
Nadal did it after 491 matches.

Yeah, but he will be spanked in R2. Everybody knows it, no? He will have a pain there, in his famoose asssss. He will try his best, no?

:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Edit.

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Arkulari
05-25-2010, 06:31 PM
Rafa :spit: :spit: :lol:

Castafiore
05-25-2010, 06:36 PM
Bet you feel pretty foolish now :sport:
:lol:

Fine, he played out of his mind and was scared shitless by this Mina. Happy now? :ras:


I saw the last two sets, to be honest and by then, he looked quite relaxed. :)

jonas
05-25-2010, 06:45 PM
Source?

Well, I simply counted Borg's matches at atpworldtour.com :wavey:

jonas
05-25-2010, 06:46 PM
Nice to see a new face on tour.
I thought Rafa was decent for a first round,

l_mac
05-25-2010, 07:03 PM
Rafa's presser:

R. NADAL/G. Mina

6‑2, 6‑2, 6‑2

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.

Q. Can you tell me what was your reaction, your feeling on court for the first match this year? You had lost last year. What was the feeling, in general?

RAFAEL NADAL: I played really bad. (laughter.) That was today.

I was practicing really well all the days, but I played very well three tournaments. But, you know, first day here is always a little bit more nervous than usual.

I think I played bad, but I won anyway, without problems, so that's always important and positive thing. But I think I can do it much ‑‑ a lot of better, much better next round.

Q. What did you know about your opponent before the match? What do you think of his game?

RAFAEL NADAL: Not much. I didn't know nothing before the match. I think he's a good player. He can play well in the future, but you never know. Sure, he has good potential with good serve and he's fast. That's very important.

And later from the baseline I think he can play well, but we will see. Sure, how old is him?

Q. 18.

RAFAEL NADAL: When you have 18 and you can play, so for sure he gonna has his good chances to be in the tour very soon.

Q. Did you ask other players about him before, or did you just play?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I didn't ask a lot, no? I know him a little bit. I asked a few ones, but I didn't ask a lot. I didn't know a lot about him before.

Q. Coming into this tournament, everyone says that you are the man to beat. Basically it's gonna be you winning the fifth title. What do you think about that? Are you the clear favorite of this tournament?

RAFAEL NADAL: You didn't ‑‑ you wasn't here the first day in the press conference, no? No, because every day is the same question.

For me I told is the fifth year in a row I answer the same question, no? For me, the favorite or no favorite ‑‑ I know you have to write something ‑‑ but the only favorite is the players who gonna be in the final next Sunday, no? Or after two Sundays, no?

But right now is very difficult to speak about the favorite. I know sure I am one of the players that if I play my best tennis I gonna have chances to play good tournament, but a lot of players think the same than me, I think.

Q. Were you disappointed not to play on the central court, or do you think you would have been even more nervous?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no. The nervous for me doesn't matter to play in the center court or in the court 16. For me, the nervous is because of first round of Roland Garros. Always the feeling is a little bit more different, and I have to pass this day.

I remember the four times that I won here. I always had first matches really bad matches, no? For me, I'm not worry about that. That's the true.

For me was a little bit surprised to be nervous like this, because for moments ‑‑ other the years I didn't practice well before the tournament because I was a little bit more nervous to play here, but not this year.

I practiced really well, so probably I hope is only a little bit accident today. But I think I am playing enough well. Not play in the center court for me doesn't matter. I play where the organization want me to play, and if I win matches, I gonna have the chance to play there.

Q. Your uncle Toni was a little critical about the crowd here last year when you went out. Did you feel that they were supportive to you today?

RAFAEL NADAL: You can ask my uncle, not me. (laughter.)

I didn't criticize. I didn't say nothing against them, the crowd. Not one time. You can ask Toni.

Q. But today...

RAFAEL NADAL: I played against the French. When I played Madrid, the crowd support me. That's normal thing on the sport, and that's good for the sport.

Q. How was it for you today? Was it easy? Have you been surprised by Gianni Mina?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, wasn't easy. Never easy. I was surprised, no? I was more surprised about myself than him, because he's a good player, a young player, and always young player have good potential and nothing to lose in big match like today.

So for him is a perfect history and the perfect moment, I think, no? But I play worse than I thought before the match, but that's happen. (Smiling.)

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish, please.

Q. I had the impression that the balls were lighter. Could you practice on center court?

RAFAEL NADAL: I practiced two days on center court. I don't know about the balls. I think they were perhaps a wee bit heavier. Well, of course they were new balls, but I practiced two days really well. There was no problem with the balls.

I managed to win or to go through three tournaments with the same balls, no problem.

Q. You've just said that you played badly. Can you tell us why technically?

RAFAEL NADAL: I played poorly because I made a lot of unforced errors. Ball was not doing what I wanted to do. I didn't play well. That's the truth. That's why I couldn't play my game as usual.

I did things in such a way that I couldn't play well compared with what I usually do. It's true. I'm a bit nervous or stressed. You know, it's the first round. The first round is always difficult on this tournament.

But I know I have to refocus and calm down and move forward. I think I will have no problems in continuing and moving forward.

Q. Tell me if I'm wrong, I think I remember that you didn't really play well during three games.

RAFAEL NADAL: No, he won a number of games, that's true, because I didn't play well. I made a lot of unforced errors. I think I didn't really serve well and I was playing too much from the baseline and I couldn't really move around the way I wanted to because I was too nervous.

I was playing shorter balls or shots. I didn't have time to change directions when I needed to, so this is one of the reasons why his game was made easier.

But each time, as I say, my first round I played badly.

Q. I think I read somewhere that you had practiced and you had trained...

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, this is what I said. Well, I was asked if this week would prepare for Roland Garros, and I answered, Okay. It's not the week in Rome like this week is a practice before Roland Garros. Rome is a full‑fledged tournament just like Roland Garros is.

This being said, practice is not just three days. It's about training and practicing all the time. I was ready for Roland Garros. Three days will not suffice.

Q. After today, after this experience, what do you think you should do to impose your style?

RAFAEL NADAL: I think I should continue playing the way I've played for a while now. Today unfortunately I couldn't really play the way I wanted. I was a bit tense, more than usual.

To tell you the truth, I feel really at ease when I practice, so I should hit more strongly and I should let myself go for these shots.

Q. Recently you've talked about the work you had to put in to reach this level and to live up to your own ambitions. I suppose that at your age, you're 23, this is good. By that I mean this is very positive. You're very young. Still, though, in addition to this there is motivation plus all the other tournaments you've won. What are your motivations?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I'm almost 24, absolutely. I'm always, always motivated; otherwise it would be a pity if I had no more dreams at 23 or 24. I'm very competitive, and my ideal is to be the best. Not against the others, but I want to be better compared with my own self.

You know, last year I had some problems. I was injured. It was a bit complicated. This was truly a challenge for me to catch up and to reach my best level. This is a genuine personal satisfaction.

When I win Roland Garros or Monte‑Carlo, I'm so happy. It's happiness which is immediate, but it's the climax of a series, a streak of events and tournaments. Of course I'm very happy. If I win Roland Garros, of course I'll be very happy.

If I lose, I'm aware that at least I'll have done my best. I think that last year helped me considerably to move forward.

Q. What is it that you have to do to win? Because you said you didn't play well and you were nervous.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I don't know. I think there was a difference of games and levels between myself and my opponent. It's the first time for him, you know, playing at this level. I think there's some stress.

He could have played really poorly, but, well, maybe he didn't play his best tennis. I think that if it had been a tougher opponent I would have played better. Maybe I thought I had enough leeway to play this way, and this is it. It's the way it is.

Q. Next round is against Zeballos. Do you know him? Does he play as a left‑handed player?

RAFAEL NADAL: I know him a little because I have friends who know him. I was told he serves pretty well, that he hits very strongly. Therefore, I have to be more regular and more consistent.

I'll see if I can read his game, but we'll see in the future. I trust I'll play well. I'm quite prepared for this. Well, at least to try and win the match.

Q. What about the circumstances in general, or the weather conditions, rather? In Madrid it was sometimes warm or cold. What do you prefer?

RAFAEL NADAL: The sun. I love the sun. The sun is like happiness. When it's a bit like a dull‑type of weather like this, I don't really like this type of weather. When I play tennis I'd rather play in the sun.

The ball bounces higher. When it was really sunny, I can tell you the balls are a lot lighter. Today it was a bit heavier, so I didn't play really well.

Q. I'd like to know something out of curiosity. Has it happened to you to be faced with a player who serves that strongly? :cuckoo:

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, usually when people play on my backhand, no problem, because I play backhand, and I can play crosscourt. He didn't do this, but he's young. Young players have their own shots that are a bit novel shots.

So he played on my forehand, as well. So anyway, I know him well.

Q. Usually you play one day out of two. One day every other day. How are you going to manage this time off?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I'm really happy in Paris. I have colleagues at the hotel. We enjoy it. Paris is so pretty. We walk around. Tomorrow I'll be free. I'll walk around. And.

Like having a day off to unwind, to calm down, to sometimes watch tennis, as well, and to just relax and enjoy it.

Well, of course, I'll practice for one hour or one and a half hours.


http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2010-05-25/201005251274813253961.html

TennisOnWood
05-25-2010, 07:08 PM
Rafa is the only active player with 400 victories in first 500 matches played but he is not the only one ever

B.z.A.
05-25-2010, 07:10 PM
Young boy had 9 bp.
Nadal will loose in 4th rnd or QF.

Billups85
05-25-2010, 07:22 PM
Young boy had 9 bp.
Nadal will loose in 4th rnd or QF.

Wanna bet?

DwyaneWade
05-25-2010, 07:25 PM
Nadal was pretty shaky, but he did what he had to do.

Remember,even in the glory of 2008 he struggled in the first 2 rounds (Belluci came close to taking first set before losing 7-5, and then his next opponent, a French player, had set point in the first).

Extremely impressed by Mina. His tactics were great, taking the backhand early like that is extremely difficult against Nadal. Barring injury he is going to be at least a top 50 player.

@Sweet Cleopatra
05-25-2010, 07:53 PM
God, Nadal didn't need to play better. He is playing smart.

Some people can't get it.

B.z.A.
05-25-2010, 07:56 PM
Wanna bet?
sure. but if u still win, he cant make Final.
God, Nadal didn't need to play better. He is playing smart.

Some people can't get it.
:haha: :wavey:

Commander Data
05-25-2010, 08:07 PM
Federer will beat him, if Nadal gets that far.

Look, Federer couldn't pull it off in the past. I fail to see a reason why it should be different this time.

MrChopin
05-25-2010, 08:12 PM
Nadal was awful today. None of his weapons were working and his struggled in rallies against an unranked junior. Nadal forehand was dead today.

Rafa made an immense amount of unforced errors. Maybe Nadal worst match on clay this season.

His level was really bad. I hope he will finally enter in his tournament as soon as possible. Not a good first match, that's sure.

I'll guess this is based on substantial evidence, not the rafa-logic of there always being 25 levels of improvement in Nadal's unwaveringly piss-poor game.

Rafa's presser...

Q. Tell me if I'm wrong, I think I remember that you didn't really play well during three games.

RAFAEL NADAL: No, he won a number of games, that's true, because I didn't play well. I made a lot of unforced errors. I think I didn't really serve well and I was playing too much from the baseline and I couldn't really move around the way I wanted to because I was too nervous.

I was playing shorter balls or shots. I didn't have time to change directions when I needed to, so this is one of the reasons why his game was made easier.

But each time, as I say, my first round I played badly.


Must be RG. Rafa made the same comments regarding the Soderling loss last year. Of course, this time its against #600+ that he beat 2-2-2.

Chair Umpire
05-25-2010, 08:20 PM
Q. Your uncle Toni was a little critical about the crowd here last year when you went out. Did you feel that they were supportive to you today?

They should make him that question after he plays in the center court again.

green25814
05-25-2010, 08:31 PM
I'll guess this is based on substantial evidence, not the rafa-logic of there always being 25 levels of improvement in Nadal's unwaveringly piss-poor game.



Must be RG. Rafa made the same comments regarding the Soderling loss last year. Of course, this time its against #600+ that he beat 2-2-2.

Rafa is such a bitch sometimes. Can never admit to being outplayed when on clay. :lol:

Corey Feldman
05-25-2010, 08:34 PM
thought this Mina played some good stuff

Nadal's strings are illegal

l_mac
05-25-2010, 08:42 PM
How can Fedtards be so bitter? (not you Mikey :kiss:) It's honestly so sad to see. :sad:

Corey Feldman
05-25-2010, 08:45 PM
i'll need to read back Linda :eek: surely fedtards couldnt have expected an upset here

Pirata.
05-25-2010, 08:48 PM
How can Fedtards be so bitter? (not you Mikey :kiss:) It's honestly so sad to see. :sad:

All tards are bitter when their rival plays. It's not exclusive to Fedtards, l_mac, it's just a symptom of a true tard :p

FormerRafaFan
05-25-2010, 09:26 PM
I don't get why all the Fed fans need to attack Rafa after every single match. I don't see Rafa fans attacking Fed after matches. I think it's just ridicolous. Rafa could play the best match of his life and it still wouldn't be good enough for the Fed fans.

l_mac
05-25-2010, 09:29 PM
I don't get why all the Fed fans need to attack Rafa after every single match. I don't see Rafa fans attacking Fed after matches. I think it's just ridicolous. Rafa could play the best match of his life and it still wouldn't be good enough for the Fed fans.

So true :awww:

Chair Umpire
05-25-2010, 09:33 PM
It's quite simple actually...
http://blessingthecrush.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/sour-grapes.jpg

Har-Tru
05-25-2010, 09:59 PM
Look, Federer couldn't pull it off in the past. I fail to see a reason why it should be different this time.

Because Nadal and his knees aren't what they were, Nadal is going downhill while Federer is going uphill this clay season, the clay is playing faster than any time they've met here, the pressure is for the first time on Nadal's shoulders more than on Federer's...

M4RC
05-25-2010, 10:00 PM
Fedtards don't accept that Nadal's handcrafted titanium watch is more expensive than Roger's. I know that's the reason. They don't care if he wins RG or not, the watch is the real deal.

http://tennisconnected.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/richard-mille-rafael-nadal.jpg

350.000€, no?

Topspin Forehand
05-25-2010, 10:05 PM
Because Nadal and his knees aren't what they were, Nadal is going downhill while Federer is going uphill this clay season, the clay is playing faster than any time they've met here, the pressure is for the first time on Nadal's shoulders more than on Federer's...
Yes they are in much better shape now imo. Not overplaying this clay season. If he suffers from anything, it is nerves with less playing. Federer is not going uphill. His best was 2006 and Nadal was able to beat Federer at his best. Nadal has always had pressure. He is amazing at handling it.

ShotmaKer
05-25-2010, 10:10 PM
350.000€, no?

i thought it was more than that. Rafa's DBS is also better than Roger's SLR ;)

Clay Death
05-25-2010, 10:13 PM
Because Nadal and his knees aren't what they were, Nadal is going downhill while Federer is going uphill this clay season, the clay is playing faster than any time they've met here, the pressure is for the first time on Nadal's shoulders more than on Federer's...


i think you forget one thing old sport:

clay warrior is the hunter, not the hunted.

all of his slams except 1 were obtained while he was the hunter and ranked #2. he is #2 once again and he is out for a good hunt. or 7 good hunts.

the last 3 guys here will get destroyed beyond all recognition. i will explain in another thread why fed would be wise to tank in the quarters or the semis. in fact i think i can damn near count on it.

a very smart, tactical move for fed if he does it.

Il Primo Uomo
05-25-2010, 10:23 PM
Good Rfa. Onto the next one!

DwyaneWade
05-25-2010, 10:26 PM
Because Nadal and his knees aren't what they were, Nadal is going downhill while Federer is going uphill this clay season, the clay is playing faster than any time they've met here, the pressure is for the first time on Nadal's shoulders more than on Federer's...

How can you say Federer is going uphill? Based on one tournament (Madrid)? He lost to Montanes the week before! And for all you say about pressure, Madrid showed me that Federer, even with the pressure to win RG gone, mentally crumbles against Nadal on clay.

Har-Tru
05-25-2010, 10:40 PM
i think you forget one thing old sport:

clay warrior is the hunter, not the hunted.

all of his slams except 1 were obtained while he was the hunter and ranked #2. he is #2 once again and he is out for a good hunt. or 7 good hunts.

the last 3 guys here will get destroyed beyond all recognition. i will explain in another thread why fed would be wise to tank in the quarters or the semis. in fact i think i can damn near count on it.

a very smart, tactical move for fed if he does it.

Nadal couldn't care less about the ranking me thinks.

And if Federer were to really tank, that would tarnish his legacy a lot more than losing one hundred finals against Nadal could.

How can you say Federer is going uphill? Based on one tournament (Madrid)? He lost to Montanes the week before! And for all you say about pressure, Madrid showed me that Federer, even with the pressure to win RG gone, mentally crumbles against Nadal on clay.

Madrid and R1 here, and the fact that Federer himself admitted the FO is the big prize.

DwyaneWade
05-25-2010, 10:44 PM
Nadal couldn't care less about the ranking me thinks.

And if Federer were to really tank, that would tarnish his legacy a lot more than losing one hundred finals against Nadal could.



Madrid and R1 here, and the fact that Federer himself admitted the FO is the big prize.

Well of course it is the big prize. Nadal thinks the same. Does that mean Nadal is going uphill?

Machiavelli
05-25-2010, 10:50 PM
Nadal moonballed himself to victory against a junior player; i'd say dreadful it was and hope it continues;

Federer vs. Luczak was masterpiece tennis compared to this comedy rafito displayed today; he can't hit a winner to Save his life and serving Like Dominguez Lino Lino; he was hitting balls back so short, pure luck their are no big hitters in his part of the draw, only his spanish gigolos who bend down for their domina every single match;

easiest draw ever, relying on a geriatric semi-invalid Nole to save us, that's the luck true tennis fans get, pathetic...

Good stuff Mina is not even close to Monfils gamewise, another french pushing squash player wold have been too much, kid has some potential

KarlyM
05-25-2010, 10:51 PM
Rafa looked sluggish, but it's the 1st round. :p Mina did a better job than I expected - he made the match a little entertaining.

Topspin Forehand
05-25-2010, 10:57 PM
Nadal moonballed himself to victory against a junior player; i'd say dreadful it was and hope it continues;

Federer vs. Luczak was masterpiece tennis compared to this comedy rafito displayed today; he can't hit a winner to Save his life and serving Like Dominguez Lino Lino; he was hitting balls back so short, pure luck their are no big hitters in his part of the draw, only his spanish gigolos who bend down for their domina every single match;

easiest draw ever, relying on a geriatric semi-invalid Nole to save us, that's the luck true tennis fans get, pathetic...

Good stuff Mina is not even close to Monfils gamewise, another french pushing squash player wold have been too much, kid has some potential
Nice trolling there. ;)

osmonde
05-25-2010, 10:58 PM
Mina did not crumble under Nadal, as many pro players do sometimes...
He will remember this match for his life for sure.
He will be fun to watch years ahead, talent will prevail

As for Nadal, he admitted he played bad, what else could he say?
First round is always a tricky match for everyone on tour in any tournament.

Ask Federer about his first round in Rome and loosing to
Gulbis.

ChinoRios4Ever
05-25-2010, 11:11 PM
Mini Monfils could be good :yeah:

Har-Tru
05-25-2010, 11:31 PM
Well of course it is the big prize. Nadal thinks the same. Does that mean Nadal is going uphill?

Federer puts a lot more emphasis on slams vs AMS than Nadal, they said so themselves last week.

Nadal played at his best in MC, then worse in Rome and even worse in Madrid and even worse today.

Federer played at his best in Madrid, and even better today (though it's hard to tell against a clearly inferior player like Luckaz or however it's spelled).

Topspin Forehand
05-25-2010, 11:33 PM
Federer puts a lot more emphasis on slams vs AMS than Nadal, they said so themselves last week.

Nadal played at his best in MC, then worse in Rome and even worse in Madrid and even worse today.

Federer played at his best in Madrid, and even better today (though it's hard to tell against a clearly inferior player like Luckaz or however it's spelled).
So you can't play well in both MS and Slams? I didn't know that. I guess the Fed in 2004, 2005, and 2006 and Nadal of 2008 fooled me.

Har-Tru
05-26-2010, 12:06 AM
So you can't play well in both MS and Slams? I didn't know that. I guess the Fed in 2004, 2005, and 2006 and Nadal of 2008 fooled me.

Pff you're boring me.

-Valhalla-
05-26-2010, 12:22 AM
Rafa is such a bitch sometimes. Can never admit to being outplayed when on clay. :lol:

He won 2,2,2. Yeah, he really got outplayed :rolleyes:

-Valhalla-
05-26-2010, 12:28 AM
How can Fedtards be so bitter? (not you Mikey :kiss:) It's honestly so sad to see. :sad:

Insecurity does that to people.

Besides, froghop has em all worked up in the 'Sampras, not Federer, the greatest' thread. They need somewhere to vent their sexual frustrations.

xelena
05-26-2010, 12:29 AM
Nadal moonballed himself to victory against a junior player; i'd say dreadful it was and hope it continues;

Federer vs. Luczak was masterpiece tennis compared to this comedy rafito displayed today; he can't hit a winner to Save his life and serving Like Dominguez Lino Lino; he was hitting balls back so short, pure luck their are no big hitters in his part of the draw, only his spanish gigolos who bend down for their domina every single match;

easiest draw ever, relying on a geriatric semi-invalid Nole to save us, that's the luck true tennis fans get, pathetic...

Good stuff Mina is not even close to Monfils gamewise, another french pushing squash player wold have been too much, kid has some potential

Ahahahaha a gREAT one Machiavelli!! so truuuue :)!!

Machiavelli for Presidente of the MTF !!! :bigclap::bigclap:

-Valhalla-
05-26-2010, 12:32 AM
^case in point

M4RC
05-26-2010, 01:37 AM
i thought it was more than that. Rafa's DBS is also better than Roger's SLR ;)

http://blogs.aldeaw.com/garage69/files/2009/02/nadal-dbs1.jpg

My body is perfect, no? Physically speaking.

Nadal moonballed himself to victory against a junior player; i'd say dreadful it was and hope it continues;

Federer vs. Luczak was masterpiece tennis compared to this comedy rafito displayed today; he can't hit a winner to Save his life and serving Like Dominguez Lino Lino; he was hitting balls back so short, pure luck their are no big hitters in his part of the draw, only his spanish gigolos who bend down for their domina every single match;

easiest draw ever, relying on a geriatric semi-invalid Nole to save us, that's the luck true tennis fans get, pathetic...

Good stuff Mina is not even close to Monfils gamewise, another french pushing squash player wold have been too much, kid has some potential

If Nadal was such a mug you wouldn't be painting your pants in shit being terrified of him. Federer himself is terrified. Oh, and you're a troll: "come Nole and save us?" :spit: Save us? :haha: Save us from our idol's tears.

Ahahahaha a gREAT one Machiavelli!! so truuuue :)!!

Machiavelli for Presidente of the MTF !!! :bigclap::bigclap:

WTF :confused:

Mimi
05-26-2010, 01:55 AM
playing so badly against a nobody, how could Rafa win the title with this form:rolleyes:

HarryMan
05-26-2010, 02:24 AM
Judging from the responses in this thread, people could seriously think this was a five set epic, and Nadal just edged past his opponent. He lost just eight games, no reason to be dissapointed (for his fans) or too excited (for his haters).

Johnny Groove
05-26-2010, 02:30 AM
This thread is ridiculous :lol:

10 pages of bullshit for a 2, 2, and 2 owning :lol:

Geo
05-26-2010, 02:51 AM
I think Mina will have a good future :shrug: :yeah: He had some good shots today and gave Nadal a bit of trouble here and there. Pretty good for someone ranked #655.

Arkulari
05-26-2010, 04:02 AM
From Rafa's Facebook:

http://i46.tinypic.com/oa2o0y.jpg

Topspin Forehand
05-26-2010, 04:04 AM
Rafa's got high standards I guess. I notice he is making comments like this more often. Where is the humbleness lately? Give the opponent credit like you used to.

jaysean
05-26-2010, 04:09 AM
Rafa's got high standards I guess. I notice he is making comments like this more often. Where is the humbleness lately? Give the opponent credit like you used to.

agreed.
he never used to do this.

maybe rafas ego is hurt from last year.
atleast its not as bad as rogers ego.

for now atleast.

as a rafa fan, i want him to be humble all the time even if he wins or loses.
id hate if he turned out to be arrogant like federer.

Arkulari
05-26-2010, 04:13 AM
maybe he's now learning to speak his mind? there's no humbleness in professional sport, and that's just fine by me ;)

Turquoise
05-26-2010, 05:13 AM
playing so badly against a nobody, how could Rafa win the title with this form:rolleyes:

Have faith Mimi :hug: As was said before, 6-2 6-2 6-2 when he plays bad, no?

delpiero7
05-26-2010, 05:44 AM
Because Federer is on and off, he has bad and good days. [B]Nadal's level usually stays around the same for a grandslam, or gets progressively worse as his knees get tired.

RG 2008:


R128 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 76 W 7-5, 6-3, 6-1
R64 Nicolas Devilder (FRA) 148 W 6-4, 6-0, 6-1
R32 Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 26 W 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
R16 Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 23 W 6-1, 6-0, 6-2
Q Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 20 W 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
S Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3 W 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(3)
W Roger Federer (SUI) 1 W 6-1, 6-3, 6-0

andy neyer
05-26-2010, 06:31 AM
Rafa's got high standards I guess. I notice he is making comments like this more often. Where is the humbleness lately? Give the opponent credit like you used to.

He's always set up high standards for himself. I remember many matches in which he said he didn't play well and that he needed to correct the errors before.

He's just very 'auto-exigente'.

andy neyer
05-26-2010, 06:36 AM
How can Fedtards be so bitter? (not you Mikey :kiss:) It's honestly so sad to see. :sad:

Gotta agree with you here.

I'm not a Nadal fan by any means but some of the comments on this thread are beyond pathetic.

andy neyer
05-26-2010, 06:41 AM
Because Nadal and his knees aren't what they were, Nadal is going downhill while Federer is going uphill this clay season, the clay is playing faster than any time they've met here, the pressure is for the first time on Nadal's shoulders more than on Federer's...

Man, I like you but you just keep repeating that as if you wanted to convince yourself that you're right.

If Nadal had lost at least 1 match during the 3 Masters on clay he played this year, I might consider your point that he's not winning RG this year. But he's the best on clay and he's the most likely winner of RG by far.

As for the speed of the courts, it's just the same as it has always been. Insisting that the courts are playing quicker is just not true and it puts you in the same level as some of the knowledge-less people we have around here.

Har-Tru
05-26-2010, 06:59 AM
Man, I like you but you just keep repeating that as if you wanted to convince yourself that you're right.

If Nadal had lost at least 1 match during the 3 Masters on clay he played this year, I might consider your point that he's not winning RG this year. But he's the best on clay and he's the most likely winner of RG by far.

As for the speed of the courts, it's just the same as it has always been. Insisting that the courts are playing quicker is just not true and it puts you in the same level as some of the knowledge-less people we have around here.

I just say what I think will happen. If I turn out to be wrong, I'll admit my mistake.

The courts don't play the same every year. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. This year the courts are playing faster than some years ago. My impression, again.

Aenea
05-26-2010, 07:02 AM
Judging from the responses in this thread, people could seriously think this was a five set epic, and Nadal just edged past his opponent. He lost just eight games, no reason to be dissapointed (for his fans) or too excited (for his haters).

6 :p 3x2=6

andy neyer
05-26-2010, 07:12 AM
I just say what I think will happen. If I turn out to be wrong, I'll admit my mistake.

The courts don't play the same every year. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. This year the courts are playing faster than some years ago. My impression, again.

True but I guess that's because of the weather. Showers are expected today and I guess the courts are gonna get slower.

There is nothing wrong with saying what you think will happen... I think i might be getting a bit too tense at little things.

Mimi
05-26-2010, 07:31 AM
Have faith Mimi :hug: As was said before, 6-2 6-2 6-2 when he plays bad, no?
thanks Turquoiste, so happy to see you posting, sorry, mimi is too demanding and is chicken heart :smooch::smooch:

Halba
05-26-2010, 11:08 AM
nadal played bad and won 2,2,2. heaven help all opponents when he plays good.

FormerRafaFan
05-26-2010, 11:40 AM
He should look out for Soderling if he keeps on playing like he did today. Actually, he should be thankful they're not in the same half, and most likely Fed will take care of him before a potential final.

Persimmon
05-26-2010, 11:46 AM
nadal played bad and won 2,2,2. heaven help all opponents when he plays good.

But can he do it? Was Lendl right?

Hola Mr. SK
05-26-2010, 01:01 PM
Minafils :lol: :yeah:

Sillyrabbit
05-26-2010, 01:14 PM
As for the speed of the courts, it's just the same as it has always been. Insisting that the courts are playing quicker is just not true and it puts you in the same level as some of the knowledge-less people we have around here.

But they are? Federer admitted it last year, Cilic and Sharapova have both pointed it out this year, commentators are mentioning it too.:confused:

Corey Feldman
05-26-2010, 01:14 PM
Har-Tru jinxing

covering himself, he wants Nadal to win here imo

@Sweet Cleopatra
05-26-2010, 03:30 PM
But they are? Federer admitted it last year, Cilic and Sharapova have both pointed it out this year, commentators are mentioning it too.:confused:

It IS faster, not a hard thing to notice. Just watch any old match and a new match.

Topspin Forehand
05-26-2010, 03:38 PM
True but I guess that's because of the weather. Showers are expected today and I guess the courts are gonna get slower.

There is nothing wrong with saying what you think will happen... I think i might be getting a bit too tense at little things.
Courts are soaked and it's still playing relatively fast for clay. The only big difference is the height of the bounce. Still plenty of big shots being effective.

jaysean
05-26-2010, 03:46 PM
mina was fist pumping in the first couple of games right at nadals face, nadal saw that and i bet he said to himself, i'll make u pay for that down the line, i'll wear u down physically and mentally until ur so tired u cannot raise ur fist to pump it.

green25814
05-26-2010, 04:25 PM
RG 2008:


R128 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 76 W 7-5, 6-3, 6-1
R64 Nicolas Devilder (FRA) 148 W 6-4, 6-0, 6-1
R32 Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 26 W 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
R16 Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 23 W 6-1, 6-0, 6-2
Q Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 20 W 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
S Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3 W 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(3)
W Roger Federer (SUI) 1 W 6-1, 6-3, 6-0

Don't underestimate Bellucci

Btw Rafatards, incase you haven't realised yet, this thread was a troll by most of us Fedfans. We all know Rafa is 99% certain to win the title, but it hasn't happened yet so we're making the most of things for now. :p

l_mac
05-26-2010, 04:35 PM
this thread was a troll by most of us Fedfans.

You're not allowed to troll. Should I report all your posts in this thread?

green25814
05-26-2010, 04:37 PM
I thought of it more as satire.

M4RC
05-26-2010, 04:53 PM
He should look out for Soderling if he keeps on playing like he did today. Actually, he should be thankful they're not in the same half, and most likely Fed will take care of him before a potential final.

Nadal wants his vendetta. I'm sure at 100% he wants to play Toad in the final.

I want it, too :devil: He won't lose one single set this RG. I have a feeling... :angel:

Har-Tru
05-26-2010, 04:58 PM
Har-Tru jinxing

covering himself, he wants Nadal to win here imo

It took you a while to make that comment. :D

I say what I think will happen, not what I want to happen.

Otherwise I'd choose Roddick and Wawrinka to battle it out in the final.

Start da Game
05-26-2010, 05:40 PM
It took you a while to make that comment. :D

I say what I think will happen, not what I want to happen.

Otherwise I'd choose Roddick and Wawrinka to battle it out in the final.

keep repeating your stuff zillion times a day all over MTF and feel the pain with every spartan execution.......

nadal and his knees are not going down anytime soon.......just say the truth to everyone that you don't like nadal and want fed to win the title, needless and useless to pretend something which you are not actually.......vamos!

Har-Tru
05-26-2010, 05:50 PM
keep repeating your stuff zillion times a day all over MTF and feel the pain with every spartan execution.......

nadal and his knees are not going down anytime soon.......just say the truth to everyone that you don't like nadal and want fed to win the title, needless and useless to pretend something which you are not actually.......vamos!

http://www.vipersrt3g.com/images/Demotivators/Demotivators%20-%20Look%20at%20this%20duck.jpg

Sillyrabbit
05-26-2010, 05:54 PM
Don't underestimate Bellucci

Btw Rafatards, incase you haven't realised yet, this thread was a troll by most of us Fedfans. We all know Rafa is 99% certain to win the title, but it hasn't happened yet so we're making the most of things for now. :p

Some posts in here are really :retard: I think the other fedfans forgot the plan and got carried away.

l_mac
05-26-2010, 05:55 PM
Otherwise I'd choose Roddick and Wawrinka to battle it out in the final.

I thought you were a fan of clay tennis?

On topic: Rafa is such a cutie :hearts:

Har-Tru
05-26-2010, 05:56 PM
I thought you were a fan of clay tennis?

I am. And?

Roddick sucks on clay, granted, but it is Stan's favourite surface.

l_mac
05-26-2010, 05:59 PM
I am. And?

Roddick sucks on clay, granted, but it is Stan's favourite surface.

Any clay final with Roddick is a disgrace to claycourt tennis--->you care more about your fave players than quality tennis--->Fanboy.

Start da Game
05-26-2010, 06:00 PM
http://www.vipersrt3g.com/images/Demotivators/Demotivators%20-%20Look%20at%20this%20duck.jpg

keep comforting yourself with such posts.......that's the only thing left for you now.......

Har-Tru
05-26-2010, 06:03 PM
Any clay final with Roddick is a disgrace to claycourt tennis--->you care more about your fave players than quality tennis--->Fanboy.

ha! :D

Well I said it was my dream final right now, in which Roddick would play thrilling attacking all-around clay tennis. But maybe tomorrow my dream final is another one. One can dream right...

keep comforting yourself with such posts.......that's the only thing left for you now.......

I don't comfort myself. That's what you do all the time looking at your Nadal poster.

l_mac
05-26-2010, 06:42 PM
Well I said it was my dream final right now, in which Roddick would play thrilling attacking all-around clay tennis.

Ah, so a fantasy rather than a dream :D

ossie
05-26-2010, 08:16 PM
Any final with Roddick is a disgrace to tennis
fixed

gorgo1986
05-27-2010, 05:55 AM
Hilarious reading this thread. I was at the match, live and center. Quite an experience, the crowd was pretty good with Rafa. Really nice atmosphere. Rafa did what had to be done. Played a mediocre match and still only lost 6 games in three sets to a rather talented kid. I guess people on here are getting tired of watching Nadal win everything this season. Its so sweet of all of you worrying about Rafa's form or his knees but do not worry too much, he will win Roland Garros without dropping a set and than all of you will crow back under the rock you came from. Than again? You will probably say something about the draw being a fluke or how Nadal is only good on clay. The predictability on here is so refreshing, I can always count on you for a good laugh. This thread made my day. Off for another day at Roland Garros. I will be the one with the Spanish flag at the Nadal, Verdasco, Ferrer matches! ;)(and hopefully Gonzo without the flag.)

Frederick16
05-27-2010, 06:53 AM
Hilarious reading this thread. I was at the match, live and center. Quite an experience, the crowd was pretty good with Rafa. Really nice atmosphere. Rafa did what had to be done. Played a mediocre match and still only lost 6 games in three sets to a rather talented kid. I guess people on here are getting tired of watching Nadal win everything this season. Its so sweet of all of you worrying about Rafa's form or his knees but do not worry too much, he will win Roland Garros without dropping a set and than all of you will crow back under the rock you came from. Than again? You will probably say something about the draw being a fluke or how Nadal is only good on clay. The predictability on here is so refreshing, I can always count on you for a good laugh. This thread made my day. Off for another day at Roland Garros. I will be the one with the Spanish flag at the Nadal, Verdasco, Ferrer matches! ;)(and hopefully Gonzo without the flag.)

i was there also, i dont agree with you. Mina was playing like a future player who was doing a hit and run game all the time. Nadal really needs to put up his level (and he will do). I was sitting 5 meters of the court so we saw his facial expressions the whole match. And often he said things to toni like: "how the hell i am hitting this balls so bad??" and then smiling after another frame ball..

FormerRafaFan
05-27-2010, 07:05 AM
Hilarious reading this thread. I was at the match, live and center. Quite an experience, the crowd was pretty good with Rafa. Really nice atmosphere. Rafa did what had to be done. Played a mediocre match and still only lost 6 games in three sets to a rather talented kid. I guess people on here are getting tired of watching Nadal win everything this season. Its so sweet of all of you worrying about Rafa's form or his knees but do not worry too much, he will win Roland Garros without dropping a set and than all of you will crow back under the rock you came from. Than again? You will probably say something about the draw being a fluke or how Nadal is only good on clay. The predictability on here is so refreshing, I can always count on you for a good laugh. This thread made my day. Off for another day at Roland Garros. I will be the one with the Spanish flag at the Nadal, Verdasco, Ferrer matches! ;)(and hopefully Gonzo without the flag.)

I agree. He can win even when he plays mediocre (like Madrid). I wouldn't worry about it too much. I do think he will step up his game when he has to though, he always does.