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Losing To Lalo and epic fail in MIT - Rafa in Queens thread

acionescu
06-06-2010, 08:57 PM
:rocker2:

bye :scared: :unsure:

scoobs
06-06-2010, 08:58 PM
boy strong like bull has a decent draw to the SFs I think, so he should be able to get his grasscourt legs under him before the challenges start.

acionescu
06-06-2010, 09:02 PM
The Draw

(1) NADAL, Rafael ESP :inlove: vs BYE
DANIEL, Marcos BRA vs KAVCIC, Blaz SLO
QUALIFIER vs BROWN, Dustin JAM
(WC) BAKER, Jamie GBR vs (16) ISTOMIN, Denis UZB

(9) BENNETEAU, Julien FRA vs CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA
DENT, Taylor USA vs ANDERSON, Kevin RSA
QUALIFIER vs (WC) DIMITROV, Grigor BUL
BYE vs (8) LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP

(3) MURRAY, Andy GBR vs BYE
NAVARRO, Ivan ESP vs KOELLERER, Daniel AUT
FISH, Mardy USA vs DEVVARMAN, Somdev IND
KOROLEV, Evgeny KAZ vs (13) GIRALDO, Santiago COL

(12) LLODRA, Michael FRA vs GOLUBEV, Andrey KAZ
LEVINE, Jesse USA vs (WC) HARRISON, Ryan USA
QUALIFIER vs LU, Yen-Hsun TPE
BYE vs (5) CILIC, Marin CRO

(6) MONFILS, Gael FRA vs BYE
SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER vs GIMENO-TRAVER, Daniel ESP
BECK, Karol SVK vs RAM, Rajeev USA
NISHIKORI, Kei JPN vs (11) GASQUET, Richard FRA

(14) SELA, Dudi ISR vs GUCCIONE, Chris AUS
PRZYSIEZNY, Michal POL vs MULLER, Gilles LUX
KUNITSYN, Igor RUS vs MARCHENKO, Illya UKR
BYE vs (4) RODDICK, Andy USA

(7) QUERREY, Sam USA vs BYE
(WC) WARD, James GBR vs GINEPRI, Robby USA
GICQUEL, Marc FRA vs RUSSELL, Michael USA
GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP vs (10) TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB

(15) SEPPI, Andreas ITA vs (WC) TOMIC, Bernard AUS
MALISSE, Xavier BEL vs QUALIFIER
LORENZI, Paolo ITA vs RIBA, Pere ESP
BYE vs (2) DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB :ras:

Metis
06-06-2010, 09:18 PM
Grass :inlove:



How far will Rafa go in Queens? (250 points :awww:)

1st - Bye
2nd -
3rd -
QF -
SF - Foxy, Getta, JolanGago, MariaV, Metis, rafa_maniac, shawshank, tennizen
F - Betty
W - born_on_clay, Luinir, Minn, Princesspts, Snoo_Foo,

acionescu
06-06-2010, 09:26 PM
Rafa will play doubles too :bounce:

Apparently The Little Lopez was kind enough to make room in his busy schedule to give Rafa's double carreer another chance, God bless him :hug:

http://http//www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2010-06-06/201006061275848073382.html

Luinir
06-06-2010, 10:06 PM
Win

star
06-06-2010, 10:07 PM
Rafa will play doubles too :bounce:

Apparently The Little Lopez was kind enough to make room in his busy schedule to give Rafa's double carreer another chance, God bless him :hug:

http://http//www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2010-06-06/201006061275848073382.html

Are you going to post the doubles draw?


Is it time for me to break out my cow avs?

acionescu
06-06-2010, 10:26 PM
Doubles draw

http://www.lta.org.uk/3G/Tournaments/AEGONChampionships/Draws/mensdoublesdraw.pdf

LiLo and Rafa play Shitller and The Thinker in the 1st round :unsure:
If they win they'll play Lindstedt and Horia next :tears:

centralviva
06-06-2010, 10:32 PM
Mug Murray in the semi piece of cake

acionescu
06-06-2010, 10:35 PM
Andy is playing with Jamie :banana:

star
06-06-2010, 11:33 PM
boy strong like bull has a decent draw to the SFs I think, so he should be able to get his grasscourt legs under him before the challenges start.

That's who he should be from now on. BSLB. :lol:

And thanks for the doubles draw, Andrea. Oh, you have the same name as our new U.S. player. :)

Princesspts
06-06-2010, 11:37 PM
MIT- WInner

tennizen
06-06-2010, 11:51 PM
Sf

Chair Umpire
06-07-2010, 12:17 AM
Rafa shouldn't play too much doubles matches this season and he should avoid the DC as well. He has a good shot at winning the USO this year.

born_on_clay
06-07-2010, 05:46 AM
Metis, win for me, please
Rafa is on fire :)
confidence - that's what it takes right now
Vamos !

rafa_maniac
06-07-2010, 06:34 AM
Sf.

Foxy
06-07-2010, 07:03 AM
SF for me. Hope I am wrong.

He probably should have skipped Queens. And better skip DC QF after Wimbledon. There are so many in form Spanish players hungry for success. Rafa is not needed against France.

MariaV
06-07-2010, 07:07 AM
OK I'll say SF this time. :tape: Am I allowed? :o :scared: :unsure:

MariaV
06-07-2010, 07:09 AM
SF for me. Hope I am wrong.

He probably should have skipped Queens. And better skip DC QF after Wimbledon. There are so many in form Spanish players hungry for success. Rafa is not needed against France.

Naah, RG didn't really kill him this year, physically I mean, and he needs some match practice on grass before Wimbledon. Hopefully he'll skip the DC though, he kinda indicated that he's gonna rest in Mallorca after Wimbledon so... the traditional beack photos are coming! ;) :rocker:

JolánGagó
06-07-2010, 02:23 PM
MIT pick: SF

born_on_clay
06-07-2010, 09:23 PM
have some spirit guys ... :devil: :)

katewallace
06-07-2010, 09:34 PM
Practice @ Queens today.

We expect rain every day this week until Saturday. Sorry guys. Typical bloomin' English weather. It was so lovely last week as well just to rub salt into the wounds ...

http://i47.tinypic.com/2e196k5.jpg
http://i49.tinypic.com/10pd7x0.jpg
http://i50.tinypic.com/bds2on.jpg
http://i45.tinypic.com/2n7mofn.jpg
http://i49.tinypic.com/2ptseb8.jpg

There are more here

http://www.menstennisblog.info/

Minn
06-07-2010, 10:19 PM
Win. :unsure:

What make of clothing is that red shirt he's wearing?

star
06-07-2010, 10:21 PM
Win. :unsure:

What make of clothing is that red shirt he's wearing?

Andrea was asking about that too.

I thought he was exclusive with Nike.

Minn
06-07-2010, 10:23 PM
Yeah, I remember Andreea asking about it. No one has figured it out? Could they be a bunch of little swooshes making a flower pattern?

star
06-07-2010, 10:34 PM
Yeah, I remember Andreea asking about it. No one has figured it out? Could they be a bunch of little swooshes making a flower pattern?

There's an idea.

I don't see anything at the Nike store like it.

Betty
06-08-2010, 12:30 PM
final

Castafiore
06-08-2010, 12:36 PM
Could they be a bunch of little swooshes making a flower pattern?
It is! Good catch.
It's the Nike Grand Slam Polo.

http://www.freshngood.com/wp-content/uploads/2010-beta/2/nike-sp-2010-Grand-Slam-Polo-10.jpg

mahRAHT
06-08-2010, 02:55 PM
katewallace

i'm jeolous, these pics are excellent lucky you, no way i think he'll

play today, looks like rain on/off, still raining now.

sorry, Betty, I have a feeling the finals going to be

novak vs nadal

thats what i'd like to see.

Snoo Foo
06-08-2010, 02:58 PM
win

JolánGagó
06-08-2010, 03:04 PM
katewallace

i'm jeolous, these pics are excellent lucky you, no way i think he'll

play today, looks like rain on/off, still raining now.

sorry, Betty, I have a feeling the finals going to be

novak vs nadal

thats what i'd like to see.


English, please.

mahRAHT
06-08-2010, 03:20 PM
jolangao...hi

its raining, no tennis, no chance nadal will play today, well i think!

Getta
06-08-2010, 04:36 PM
semi-finalist.

shawshank
06-08-2010, 07:02 PM
why is murray/murray playing on center court instead of Rafa? what happened?

born_on_clay
06-08-2010, 07:58 PM
why is murray/murray playing on center court instead of Rafa? what happened?

I don't know
I'm scared :eek:

shawshank
06-08-2010, 08:56 PM
It's not fair that they allowed Murray to play on center court while Rafa didn't play at all today. It means no practice before first match tomorrow...

shawshank
06-08-2010, 08:58 PM
OOP Queens Club, Wednasday 9th of June
Center Court:
1. Grigor Dimitrov - Feliciano Lopez (not before 12:30)
2. Rafael Nadal - Marcos Daniel

BTW, my type is semifinal!

l_mac
06-08-2010, 09:46 PM
why is murray/murray playing on center court instead of Rafa? what happened?
One of Rafa's opponents (Tipsy) didn't finish his singles match until really late (3rd set only started at 7pm BST, no way they could ask him back out to play)
I don't know
I'm scared :eek:

:retard:

l_mac
06-08-2010, 09:46 PM
It's not fair that they allowed Murray to play on center court while Rafa didn't play at all today. It means no practice before first match tomorrow...

Rafa practised for 2 hours this afternoon.

shawshank
06-08-2010, 09:56 PM
One of Rafa's opponents (Tipsy) didn't finish his singles match until really late (3rd set only started at 7pm BST, no way they could ask him back out to play)


:retard:

Thanks for that information. I don't know why I didn't notice Tipsa still playing singles. Any news about his todays practice? Was he satisfied with the way he played?

nashty
06-09-2010, 02:09 AM
Win please.

It's getting harder now.

acionescu
06-09-2010, 04:23 AM
Win, of course, vamos :rocker2:

Metis
06-09-2010, 10:40 AM
Update:



How far will Rafa go in Queens? (250 points :awww:)

1st - Bye
2nd -
3rd -
QF -
SF - Foxy, Getta, JolanGago, MariaV, Metis, rafa_maniac, shawshank, tennizen
F - Betty
W - acionescu, born_on_clay, Luinir, Minn, nashty, Princesspts, Snoo_Foo

Foxy
06-09-2010, 11:14 AM
Update:

nashty, betty and me, we all have chosen a different round in MIT. So obviously there will be a clear leader after Queens.
I really hope Rafa loses in the semis... :devil: Just kidding, folks! ;)

acionescu
06-09-2010, 05:17 PM
Rafa-Marcos Daniel 6-2 6-2 :sport:

Could someone post the presser, I'm really bad at finding them :awww:

Metis
06-10-2010, 02:00 PM
nashty, betty and me, we all have chosen a different round in MIT. So obviously there will be a clear leader after Queens.
I really hope Rafa loses in the semis... :devil: Just kidding, folks! ;)

Not if Rafa loses before the SF :rolls:

If he doesn't then it will only be a 250 point lead. :)

Metis
06-10-2010, 02:13 PM
Could someone post the presser, I'm really bad at finding them :awww:

= too lazy :(






June 9, 2010

R. NADAL/M. Daniel
6-2, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. So after two years off the grass, what's it like to play it again?
RAFAEL NADAL: I play a little bit in exhibitions.

Q. I mean real tennis.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. I practice terrible those days. Yesterday, well, wasn't lucky for me because the day when I arrive I only can practice 15 minutes and with that conditions, raining and with the balls too heavy.
And yesterday, you know, after all the final, doing press, doing a little bit of celebration, next day photo in the morning, coming back to London, I was really tired yesterday, no?
So I practiced very bad yesterday. During the morning I did a little bit better but still bad. And I really would love to have the doubles before the singles, but anyway, today during the match in singles I felt well.
I felt returning well. That's the most difficult thing for me. I feel good returns. The serve, I was serving well in Roland Garros and I did the same here, I think.

Q. You feel you move well, as well? You move well?
RAFAEL NADAL: You have to adapt a little bit more, no?
I think to be the first day, sure, I had good movements. But probably Marcos Daniel is a clay court player I think more than grass court player, and that makes the match for me a little bit easier, because the points was logical points, no? It wasn't one serve, one forehand winner. So it's more the normal points, so wasn't very big change.

Q. Can you compare how you're feeling now compared to 12 months ago obviously when you played at Hurlingham and had to go home.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it's difficult to compare, because the conditions are completely different. One year ago I was injured and now I am not injured. That's the big difference.

Q. But how difficult was it for you to miss Wimbledon, and did you watch any it?
RAFAEL NADAL: Wasn't really difficult for me, because I wasn't ready to play. Was more difficult to accept that I had the injury that don't play Wimbledon, because I wasn't ready to play Wimbledon and to try to have a good result there. Maybe with that conditions, I wasn't able to win three matches there.

Q. Did you watch any of the tournament? Did you watch any of the final?
RAFAEL NADAL: I watched the final. Nothing else more. I watched the final, yeah. All the final. It was real emotional final, yeah.

Q. Because you have transferred in 2008 from clay to grass and were so successful, mentally is it much easier now to deal with this move?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know, after having the good results on grass, having won final -- well, one champion here and two finals and one champion there in Wimbledon, sure, I start to believe I can play well on this surface, no?
So that makes me feel a little bit better mentally when I came back here, but at the same time I need the time because I have to adapt, and that's needs more days, I think.

Q. Do you think the hardest transition of all in tennis is from five sets on clay to three sets on grass? Because you can have ten minutes of bad tennis and you're out.
RAFAEL NADAL: Touch the ball, probably no. But compete, yes, because the way that you have to compete is completely different, and the way that you have to play the points is different. The movements are completely different, and you have to be very focused all the time.
Sure, on clay you have to be very focused all the time, too, but you have time. So here if you -- you can lose a game on clay and you have come back. Here, if you lose your serve, is gonna be very difficult to come back. So that's a big difference, no?

Q. How does it feel to be No. 1 again?
RAFAEL NADAL: Nothing special. Nothing special for me. I told you a lot of times for me wasn't a goal be No. 1. I am No. 1. Yes, I'm very happy to be No. 1, but I No. 1 because I did the things well for the last probably year.
Anyway, if I haven't big results the second half of the year last year, I have very regular results and I wasn't able to -- I wasn't ready to win important tournaments, but I was ready to be in the semifinals, and I was in the semifinals all the time, so that's was very positive point for me.
This year I started the year with completely different level. I played -- my feeling was in all the tournaments that I played I had the chance to win the tournament, and that's very good news because seems like you are ready to beat against everybody, no?
Be No. 1? Very good news, but that's makes me more happy be healthy, watching me I had the opportunity to be competing at the top level, and sure, win Roland Garros.

Q. Two of the times you were in London last year with the Hurlingham match and then with the O2 Arena when your knees were hurting again and you were very --
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. I said last year was obviously a difficult year, as you said, at Roland Garros. Were those two of the worst sort of moments of that year when you were in London before at Hurlingham and at the O2.
RAFAEL NADAL: Worst moment was when I lost in Roland Garros and when I had to -- when I felt bad after Roland Garros, during other places, and I wasn't -- my knees wasn't work well. So during other places was hard for me.
And after that when I had to stop during the summer, sure, was a difficult moment. In the end of the season here, sure, is not nice to be on court and to play like I played in the Masters, but that's part of the sport. I was healthy in that moment, but I had too many problems during all the season, and I arrived in last tournament of season in not in the best moment, about the level of tennis, about the confidence. I played in the more difficult surface for me against the best players of the world. So that was the result, no answer.

Q. Do you think you're a better player now than you were Wimbledon 2008? And if so, what specifically -- especially on grass.
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I don't know. You know, sometimes happen when you look the matches, last matches seems like you are playing better than a few years ago, but if you have a video and you watch the match in Wimbledon against Murray quarterfinals, against Federer the final, is difficult to be playing much better than that, no, for me.
And, you know, seems like on clay I improved a lot for these years. I think I am better player because I am more complete player. But if you see the final, you know, in Roland Garros the first time, and there was the final in Rome against Coria, and it was a very high level, no?
The level wasn't much better this year than that match, know? Probably in general I am better player because I am running less than before, but that's all.

Q. How many times have you watched the 2008 final?
RAFAEL NADAL: Complete final? Not one time. I watch moments of the final a lot of times.

Q. Have you found a solution to the knee problem?
RAFAEL NADAL: I am not -- I don't have pain now. I worked a lot, and for the moment I am well but never know if that's forever. But for moment we found a solution.

Q. What have you done to help it?
RAFAEL NADAL: A lot of things, so it's impossible to say one.

Q. The most important thing?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I don't know.

Q. You're world No. 1 again, but Wimbledon has this ability to change the seeding 1 and 2 if it looks at the previous record. Will you expect to be No. 1 seed at Wimbledon this year?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't expect nothing, because doesn't gonna affect nothing if I am No. 1 seed or I am No. 2 seed.

Q. Won't mean anything to you?
RAFAEL NADAL: If I am No. 3 maybe, yes, gonna be a surprise for me. (Laughter.)
Being No. 1 or No. 2, no, doesn't make any difference. I am happy with both things.

Q. Is what happened on Sunday still in your mind, or is that now in the past and it's all concentration on grass and what's coming up?
RAFAEL NADAL: Oh, sure is still on my mind because it was emotional moment for me. But I have to play today. I have to play tomorrow. I'm happy to be playing on grass another time, because for me I enjoy a lot because I have to do different things, and for me always is a challenge to be here and to practice these new things: the serve, the volley, the slice, return more inside than clay. So I enjoy doing this transition, too.
After Wimbledon, the summer I'm gonna have time to enjoy the victory of Roland Garros and to enjoy Majorca.

Q. Playing on grass, is it easier for your knees or do you worry about twisting on grass?
RAFAEL NADAL: Worse things -- bad things can happen every surface. For me, the worst surface is hardcourt; not grass, not clay. Hardcourt is very difficult, is very, very aggressive for the ankles, for the knees, for everything, for the back, you know.
Yeah, seems like the tennis is always moving to this way to play more and more in these kind of surfaces, but my feeling is always a big mistake because the grass is soft, the clay is soft, and the movements are more -- I don't know the word exactly in English.

Q. Natural?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, more natural. On grass -- in grass you arrive and you have to stop and you come back. On hard you arrive, and all the time very aggressive. I think that's bad for the knees and sure for the ankles, for everything. I feel it worse when I played on hard and than the rest of the surface.

Q. Last Saturday for the first time an Italian woman won Roland Garros. After winning, Francesca Schiavone told us that she was wondering what you thought about her win, and she was very keen to know your opinion because you are the master of the clay. Can you tell us if you met her, what did you say? What's your opinion about her victory?
RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't met her after the final. I just watch her before the final. I say, Good luck.
Sure, is important victory for her. Very important I think because she's a fighter, I think. She has a perfect game to play well on clay. That's my feeling. Sure, she had amazing tournament. Just congratulate her for this good effort.

MariaV
06-10-2010, 06:13 PM
7-6 (4) 4-6 6-4 and broken when serving for the match. :spit:Oh dear Rafa, that was closer than expected but all is well that ends well, phew. :lol:
Rafa said that he felt something at the back of his thighs or legs and just wanted it checked by the physio but that he was fine after the match. Vamos now baby Rafa! :rocker:

Foxy
06-10-2010, 06:35 PM
Rafa should try a little bit more to block returns on grass and enter the rallies in neutral position. He loses too much points after his stupid topspin returns. Towards the end of the match he blocked the returns more frequently and managed to break Istomin 2 successive times.

MariaV
06-10-2010, 06:43 PM
There conditions were tought today indeed as Rafa said, the wind and humidity/rain, hopefully it'll be better tomorrow.

Here the short vid about leaving practice in the morning today.
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JolánGagó
06-10-2010, 06:47 PM
Muzza :haha:

born_on_clay
06-10-2010, 08:53 PM
does anybody know what happened to Rafa after 2nd set when he call a medical trainer ?

l_mac
06-10-2010, 09:30 PM
does anybody know what happened to Rafa after 2nd set when he call a medical trainer ?

He said he felt something in the back of his leg (in the famous ass) and got thr trainer on to check. He said he felt fine at the end of the match but is getting more tests/fondling tomorrow morning.

born_on_clay
06-11-2010, 08:28 AM
He said he felt something in the back of his leg (in the famous ass) and got thr trainer on to check. He said he felt fine at the end of the match but is getting more tests/fondling tomorrow morning.

thank you :wavey:

Metis
06-11-2010, 02:15 PM
Nadal-Lopez 6-7 4-6 :spit:



How far will Rafa go in Queens? (250 points :awww:)

1st - Bye
2nd -
3rd -
QF -
SF - Foxy, Getta, JolanGago, MariaV, Metis, rafa_maniac, shawshank, tennizen
F - Betty
W - acionescu, born_on_clay, Luinir, Minn, nashty, Princesspts, Snoo_Foo



We have a MASSIVE FAIL ladies and gentlemen! :worship:


Foxy, Getta, JolanGago, MariaV, Metis, rafa_maniac, shawshank, tennizen, Betty, acionescu, born_on_clay, Luinir, Minn, nashty, Princesspts, Snoo_Foo: all these people put an effort in this tournament for nothing. :mad:




http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/5/26/129193671045222155.jpg (http://cheezburger.com/View/3566566656)

acionescu
06-11-2010, 02:23 PM
I wonder if he asked Feli about his hair conditioner at least ...:sad:

nashty
06-11-2010, 02:29 PM
poor rafa. :| at least, no change in MIT. :)

MariaV
06-11-2010, 02:55 PM
Good grief Rafa! :help: :help: :o

MariaV
06-11-2010, 03:34 PM
Excellent presser from yesterday. :o
The first one is actually the TV interview right after the match I think.


June 10, 2010

Q. On behalf of everybody who watched that match, thank you for the most fantastic entertainment. It was probably closer than you wanted. :spit: :o
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know how difficult it's been, coming to play. He's a good player. I think his game adapts very well to this surface. He plays flat and has a good serve.
Yeah, wasn't easy for me. The day was difficult, too, a lot of wind. When you have the wind, play like this, the court, the ball stays lower. For me, a little bit better, the sunshine, the court is true. I played a lot of matches here with good sunshine.

Q. We saw you have an injury timeout. What was that?
RAFAEL NADAL: I felt something here, behind the leg. Just, I wanted to check with the physio if it's something dangerous or not. I gonna check if I can finish the match playing.

Q. How do you feel at the moment?
RAFAEL NADAL: I am feeling very good. :shrug: :o

End of FastScripts



http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=64101

June 10, 2010


Rafael Nadal

LONDON, ENGLAND


R. NADAL/D. Istomin
7-6, 4-6, 6-4


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Has there been any reaction to your injury and the treatment you had? Has there been any reaction to your injury when you went down to see the physio? How is that now?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I called the physio to check how was the leg, and, well, I still doing some test. They gonna do it to me more when I finish the press conference to know how I am.
I feel something after he handled it, so I have to be sure that there's nothing dangerous, because, you know, the situation is if something happen this week, it's difficult to be ready in one week.

Q. How did you do it? Were you running and stretching+
RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't feel nothing. I didn't feel nothing. But the pain was there, and it starts slow and I started to feel a little bit more.

Q. When you say behind the leg, is it behind the knee or further up in the hamstring?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, it's up.

Q. Further up?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, a little bit.

Q. Tight? Little tight?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, but I don't know exactly. (Pointing to upper area on back of leg.)

Q. Hamstring. And the conditions out there, so cold, so windy?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, that doesn't help a lot.

Q. When was the last time you played in conditions quite as horrible as that today?[IB]
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, was difficult to play, no? Stop for the rain, lot of cold, wind. That's not the best conditions for the body because it big change for me, and big change to play for two months on clay and now on grass.
With these days makes everything little bit more difficult. But, you know, positive thing, I was there mentally in the third. I finished the match playing better and winning the match.
I had big mistake with the volley 40-30, 5-3, but I played all the point perfect. Just that mistake. Nothing to say. :tape: :o

[B]Q. How do you stay focused in the rain delay, not knowing how long you're going to be off the court for?
RAFAEL NADAL: I was talking there with Andy little bit about the World Cup and that's it, relaxing on the sofa.

Q. When you have to maybe make a decision tonight about whether to go on or whether to say maybe it's better I don't play, do you ring Uncle Toni at home or do you make a decision?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no. Gonna make the decision here, but I am not thinking right now about go out of the tournament, no? I think I play tomorrow, sure, no?
Sure, I have to be careful and I have to check a little bit more. We will see, but I hope to be -- I would love to be okay for tomorrow. I gonna try my best.

Q. Do you talk to your uncle much when he's not here for a week? Do you ring him on the telephone to tell him how the matches went?
RAFAEL NADAL: I have my coach here, Francis. He's traveling with me when Toni is not traveling, so I have a lot of confidence with Francis, too. I feel perfect with him.
Sure, I talk with Toni, but sometimes I call him about have he watch the match, but, no, I talk with Francis here.

Q. What do you think of your opponent? He played pretty well, didn't he?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I -- I think he has a good game for grass because his shots are flat, he go inside, very good cross backhand, I think.
The serve was good. So I think he can have good result in Wimbledon if he keep playing like this, no?
My serve today was worse than the last few days, and I lost the serve three times, so that's too much, I think, to play well on this surface in three sets.

Q. Are you going to play doubles? Have you decided not to play doubles now in this tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: The doubles is canceled for today.

Q. But you still hope tomorrow to play singles?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, we see what's happen. I didn't decide. I am there in doubles, and if I don't have nothing, I just -- you know, the time is not a lot to adapt to the grass court, no?
So as much I can compete and as much I can be playing on court, as much time as I can, that's better for transition. For that reason I play doubles here.

Q. Thinking of Wimbledon, what's your first memory of when you first went there?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. Your first memory of going to Wimbledon. What do you remember about it?
RAFAEL NADAL: I play juniors. I played juniors 15 years old? 15, I think, or 16. 15 or 16. I don't remember, yeah. Maybe 16; 16, I think.
So, yeah, was amazing for me arrive there. Play on grass, play on grass was amazing feeling.
It different, different surface. Really special to play on grass. First time that I played there, I enjoy it a lot. I love it there, sure. I watch all my life the tournament on the TV, so for me just be there was a dream.
The first memory is my first practice in Aorangi Park with Francis. Practice with him. He was the coach of Felciano López in that moment. I arrived there the second week. Feli had to play the fourth round. I was practicing with him for one hour.

Q. You have to play López next. What are your thoughts on that?
RAFAEL NADAL: Always difficult. He's a very good player on grass, big serve, very good volley. Always is very difficult opponent, but for me every moment on court is a good moment to keep improving. And have a difficult test like tomorrow is good, too.

Q. You had the Queen's granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, cheering for you today. And you'll be playing in front of the Queen at Wimbledon if the schedule goes as planned. How much interest do you have in the British Royal Family, and does that excite you?
RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.)
Well, no, for me and I think for the sport is good to have important people around the sport, like the Queen of Spain came to the final of Roland Garros and for me was an honor.
Is always honor have the royalty watching me and just can say thanks a lot to the royalty of England to come and support me. :angel: :worship:

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rafa_maniac
06-11-2010, 04:33 PM
Oops! (and to think I was the only one who had QF in their predictions until I caved and edited :o) Oh well, Wimbledon is all that matters :rocker2:

careergrandslam
06-11-2010, 05:31 PM
:o pathetic

born_on_clay
06-11-2010, 06:49 PM
Well deserved rest for Rafa :)

born_on_clay
06-11-2010, 06:58 PM
:o pathetic

hater :o

Ariel
06-11-2010, 07:49 PM
I didn't see the match but I'm thinking Rafa didn't give it his all, or couldn't, in the second set because of the strained gluteus muscle. He pulled out of the doubles because of it. (If I'm wrong and those that saw the match thought Lopez took it to him, them I stand corrected. )

But in my book it's good news for Rafa. No sense sweating out Queens. Most of the top seeds have dropped like flies. Now he has much needed extra time to rest and rehab up for the Big W.

Minn
06-11-2010, 07:50 PM
Nadal-Lopez 6-7 4-6 :spit:

We have a MASSIVE FAIL ladies and gentlemen! :worship:

Foxy, Getta, JolanGago, MariaV, Metis, rafa_maniac, shawshank, tennizen, Betty, acionescu, born_on_clay, Luinir, Minn, nashty, Princesspts, Snoo_Foo: all these people put an effort in this tournament for nothing. :mad:

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/5/26/129193671045222155.jpg (http://cheezburger.com/View/3566566656) :speakles: :speakles: I had to read the score twice before I processed what I was seeing. I hope that was enough practice on grass. :rolleyes:

16681
06-11-2010, 10:37 PM
Sorry Rafa lost :sad: He didn't look comfortable the whole Match. I didn't know he had an injury problem may be that was what was bothering him. He just looked like he wanted to be somewhere else. Lopez did play well. And I must say that was one Match that was easy on the eyes :hearts: :devil:

careergrandslam
06-12-2010, 03:41 AM
hater :o

not a hater at all.
im not a blind tard that is happy with nadal losses to mugs.
i will praise him when he wins and criticize him when he loses to mugs in awful fashion.
but i will continue to support him at all times.

born_on_clay
06-12-2010, 09:55 AM
not a hater at all.
im not a blind tard that is happy with nadal losses to mugs.
i will praise him when he wins and criticize him when he loses to mugs in awful fashion.
but i will continue to support him at all times.

don't you see he was at 24 match winning streak ?
he needs a beak right now
Wimbledon is all that matters
who cares abotut Queens ?

MariaV
06-12-2010, 04:29 PM
Here the man himself at the last presser. :D

June 11, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND

F. LÓPEZ/R. Nadal
7-6, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You did say yesterday that you thought it might be a very difficult match. That's exactly what it was. He played brilliantly.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, he played well, I think. I had too much opportunities the first set. But yeah, I think his serve was very good, and, you know, from the baseline he has very good slice, and with the forehand he can have a very good shot.
I just congratulate him. I think he's playing well, and yeah, I wish him best of luck to win the tournament.

Q. How do you feel your own game is?
RAFAEL NADAL: I feel a little -- yeah, pretty well. I think I played for moments very good tennis, very good forehands. I played much better than the previous days with my forehand. That's very positive thing. I think it was more that today than the rest of the days to the court.
No, I feel I playing well, but I played in the tiebreak -- well, I played a very bad game after the break in the first set. That was the bad thing on the first set.
In the tiebreak I lost three points from the baseline when he was serving second serve, so to win the tiebreak, you can't lose three points from the baseline if you are better player than that from the baseline, no? If he served well, he win the point with the serve. Well done. But from the baseline I had to win minimum one point of the three, and after, I had amazing mistake with the match.
So that was the set. And after that I -- I think I played worse the second set and he did well in a way. He had very good volleys.

Q. Were there any injury problems today?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I feel it a little bit, but I told you yesterday I will try to play and I did. I am happy. Seems like it's not nothing very important, so that's the very positive thing. Still there, but it is not a big problem, I think. :D :angel:

Q. Do you feel ready for Wimbledon?
RAFAEL NADAL: I will know in one week. I feel ready to come back at home and to enjoy a little bit of my home and the family, the friends. Before, since before Indian Wells, I didn't spend not one week in that home, so in the same time it gonna be positive thing for me to be there and to enjoy a little bit Mallorca weather and the island too, no? (Laughter.)
Sure, disappointing to lose today but at the same time be at home for a few days. Gonna be very positive thing for go to Wimbledon with very, very good motivation, I think.

Q. Do you know what time you will arrive in Wimbledon?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know even at what time I gonna be in Mallorca.

Q. What will you do over the weekend? Will you do any work? Will you pick up a racquet over the weekend?
RAFAEL NADAL: This weekend?

Q. This weekend.
RAFAEL NADAL: No way. Not this weekend, no. This week, yes, but not this weekend.
I think I gonna enjoy a little bit, watch all the family, watch all the friends, you know. Have some dinner with the friends and maybe play some golf. That's it. :yeah:

Q. Do you think it matters that much whether you play three matches on grass, four matches, five matches before Wimbledon?
RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. Does it matter that much that you play three or four or five matches or just that you've had some competition? Does it matter how much matches you've played?
RAFAEL NADAL: Sure, if you can play more, better. But hopefully will be enough for me. I think I gonna have a few days next week in Wimbledon to practice, too.
If I'm not feeling ready, I always have an exhibition, but it is not on my calendar play exhibition before Wimbledon. I played a lot of matches the last few months.
My feeling was not bad today, so that's positive. Just adjust a little bit more the things. You know, here you don't have a lot of time to practice, too, because you arrive and you play. But next week in Wimbledon I gonna have more time to practice and to adjust a little bit more the serve, a little bit more the backhand and the movements on the grass. So that can be good thing.

Q. You were just saying that this weekend you will not pick up a racquet. Will you do any sort of work? Any sort of training at all or nothing?
RAFAEL NADAL: Any what?

Q. Will you do any sort of training? Will you go for runs or you'll do nothing?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't run a lot. I run a lot this month, so it's enough for me I think. I don't need more physio performance. No I gonna be enough for Monday, Tuesday, gonna work a little bit with Toni and with Juan Forcades, my physical performance trainer, and that's it. I think gonna be more negative practice this weekend than positive. Sometimes it's worse practice than not practice.

Q. Family and World Cup?
RAFAEL NADAL: World Cup always. World Cup always. I was watching start, first match now in the locker, and sure, this I can't see today France against Uruguay because maybe I in the plane, but I gonna be always watching the football because it's my favorite sport.

Q. Is there any one reason why so many seeds have gone out? Is that because of conditions here?
RAFAEL NADAL: Because the tour is difficult and all the players can play really good, and especially in the fast surfaces, everything that happen. When you play against big servers like Mardy Fish, Feliciano, all the match depends on a few points.
Grass is not easy surface. First week on grass is always difficult for everybody, so anything can happen.

Q. You have obviously played a lot of matches in the last two months. If you look at Murray, Roddick, Djokovic, they have not played many matches. But would you rather be in your position maybe a bit more tired by having won more matches than to be fresh and not having won so much?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think almost everyone wants to be in my position, no, when you came for three Masters 1000 and a Grand Slam.
If you tell me that six months ago when I didn't win a tournament and when, I don't know, Federer win in Madrid, Roland Garros, later Wimbledon, I gonna be -- well, I only want to be tired if I win. I think everybody prefers to be tired and win. That's no question, no?
But everyone have his own preparation for Wimbledon, and I think everybody gonna be ready to play his best tennis there.

Q. Would you like one day to see there be a little bit more of a gap between the French Open and Wimbledon so we could have three weeks perhaps on grass?
RAFAEL NADAL: I would love, but we have to do it a shorter calendar. We need more weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon. I don't know where we gonna find the weeks. But sure, two weeks is, when you played a very good clay season, is crazy to only have two weeks to play and to practice on grass. But at the same time, you know how difficult this to change the calendar, and I don't know how we can do.

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shawshank
06-13-2010, 09:51 AM
Nadal dancing in Queens :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkejufpGkjo