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~~~US OPEN 2010~~~ Rafa, we are here to WALK with you ALL THE WAY!

Foxy
08-25-2010, 01:08 PM
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I decided finally to push my luck and start my first tournament thread. This is arguably the most important tournament for Rafa this year and I really hope I can bring him luck. Please, let me keep this thread and make it official. I promise you won't regret it. :)


2010 US Open Men's Singles Seeds

1. Rafael Nadal, Spain
2. Roger Federer, Switzerland
3. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
4. Andy Murray, Great Britain

5. Robin Soderling, Sweden
6. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia
7. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
8. Fernando Verdasco, Spain

9. Andy Roddick, United States
10. David Ferrer, Spain
11. Marin Cilic, Croatia
12. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia
13. Jurgen Melzer, Austria
14. Nicolas Almagro, Spain
15. Ivan Ljubicic, Croatia
16. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus

17. Gael Monfils, France
18. John Isner, United States
19. Mardy Fish, United States
20. Sam Querrey, United States
21. Albert Montanes, Spain
22. Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spain
23. Feliciano Lopez, Spain
24. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia
25. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland
26. Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil
27. Fernando Gonzalez, Chile
28. Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic
29. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
30. Juan Monaco, Argentina
31. David Nalbandian, Argentina
32. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia




US Open 2010 Men's Draw

Rafael Nadal [1] vs. Teymuraz Gabashvili
Maximo Gonzalez vs. Denis Istomin
Gilles Simon vs. Donald Young
Tobias Kamke vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber [29]

Feliciano Lopez [23] vs. Santiago Giraldo
Rainer Schuettler vs. Qualifier
Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. Peter Luczak
Qualifier vs. Ivan Ljubicic [13]

David Ferrer [10] vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov
Benjamin Becker vs. Daniel Brands
Jarkko Nieminen vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver
Jeremy Chardy vs. Ernests Gulbis [24]

David Nalbandian [31] vs. Qualifier
Florent Serra vs. Florian Mayer
Pere Riba vs. Qualifier
Fabio Fognini vs. Fernando Verdasco [8]

---

Andy Murray [4] vs. Lukas Lacko
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo vs. Dustin Brown
Juan Ignacio Chela vs. Lu Yen-Hsun
Mikhail Kukushkin vs. Stanislas Wawrinka [25]

Sam Querrey [20] vs. Bradley Klahn
Marcel Granollers vs. Andreas Seppi
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs. Lukasz Kubot
Potito Starace vs. Nicolas Almagro [14]

Mikhail Youzhny [12] vs. Andrey Golubev
Dudi Sela vs. Xavier Malisse
Jack Sock vs. Marco Chiudinelli
Frederico Gil vs. John Isner [18]

Radek Stepanek [28] vs. Julien Benneteau
Tommy Robredo vs. Qualifier
Victor Hanescu vs. Carlos Berlocq
Michael Llodra vs. Tomas Berdych [7]

======

Nikolay Davydenko [6] vs. Michael Russell
Simon Greul vs. Richard Gasquet
Kevin Anderson vs. Somdev Devvarman
Tim Smyczek vs. Thomaz Bellucci [26]

Gael Monfils [17] vs. Qualifier
Igor Andreev vs. Horacio Zeballos
Janko Tipsarevic vs. Olivier Rochus
Stephane Robert vs. Andy Roddick [9]

Marcos Baghdatis [16] vs. Arnaud Clement
Eduardo Schwank vs. Robby Ginepri
Pablo Cuevas vs. Qualifier
Jan Hajek vs. Mardy Fish [19]

Juan Monaco [30] vs. Qualifier
Kristof Vliegen vs. James Blake
Philipp Petzschner vs. Qualifier
Viktor Troicki vs. Novak Djokovic [3]

---

Robin Soderling [5] vs. Qualifier
Taylor Dent vs. Alejandro Falla
Thiemo de Bakker vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Fernando Gonzalez [27]

Albert Montanes [21] vs. Michal Przysiezny
Carsten Ball vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Evgeny Korolev
Illya Marchenko vs. Marin Cilic [11]

Jurgen Melzer [13] vs. Dmitry Tursunov
Qualifier vs. Ryan Sweeting
Bjorn Phau vs. Ricardo Mello
Qualifier vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero [22]

Lleyton Hewitt [32] vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu
Leonardo Mayer vs. Guillaume Rufin
Michael Berrer vs. Andreas Beck
Brian Dabul vs. Roger Federer [2]




Rafa's road to immortality

R128 - Gabashvili 7:6 7:6 6:3
R64 - Istomin 6:2 7:6 7:5
R32 - Simon 6:4 6:4 6:2
R16 - Lopez 6:3 6:4 6:4
QF - Verdasco 7:5 6:3 6:4
SF - Youzhny 6:2 6:3 6:4
F - Djokovic 6:4 5:7 6:4 6:2

- Who's Next? ;)



Nadal - Gabashvili R128 Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L0BCeZHmTA

Nadal - Istomin R64 Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlySGcf1scs

Nadal - Simon R32 Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ0qQr5ySVc

Nadal - Lopez R16 Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARulyqclNU8

Nadal - Verdasco QF Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iM7GoZBwNQ

Nadal - Youzhny SF Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m56j6v-JWLs

Nadal - Djokovic Final Highlights Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG90-qSU_Ww

Nadal - Djokovic Final Highlights Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxRDaJOBipM&feature=related

Nadal - Djokovic Final Highlights Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKiEq8IrKJs&feature=related

MariaV
08-25-2010, 02:30 PM
:scared: :unsure: Where is Adam? :sad: Ah well, Adam has brought him RG and Wimbledon already anyway, we can't ask for too much. :lol:

Betty
08-25-2010, 02:31 PM
final

acionescu
08-26-2010, 03:42 PM
:scared: :unsure:

tennizen
08-26-2010, 04:41 PM
Murray in Rafito's half.

acionescu
08-26-2010, 04:54 PM
Good. At least that Scottish mug has a better chance to reach the final :D :o

tennizen
08-26-2010, 04:57 PM
Rafa has Nalby in his quarter:lol: We need Snoo's smileys here.

acionescu
08-26-2010, 05:11 PM
Foxy, I hope you are warming up your fingers to post the draw :(

Thinking of Metis(:() who's holidaying on her Greek Island and picked QF. I ber she used her connections to rig the draw in order to have Nalby(:ugly: ) to beat Rafa there :mad:

tennizen
08-26-2010, 05:36 PM
QF:rocker2:

MariaV
08-26-2010, 06:03 PM
Foxy, I hope you are warming up your fingers to post the draw :(

Thinking of Metis(:() who's holidaying on her Greek Island and picked QF. I ber she used her connections to rig the draw in order to have Nalby(:ugly: ) to beat Rafa there :mad:

You know where Metis is, right? Traditor! :mad: :fiery:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100825/ap_on_re_eu/eu_greece_royal_wedding

Oh, and should she come back eventually I say... QF this time. I would be so glad to fail. :D

Foxy
08-26-2010, 06:32 PM
Here is the draw. Decent draw for Rafa until the semis where he can meet Murray. :scared:



Rafael Nadal [1] vs. Teymuraz Gabashvili
Maximo Gonzalez vs. Denis Istomin
Gilles Simon vs. Donald Young
Tobias Kamke vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber [29]

Feliciano Lopez [23] vs. Santiago Giraldo
Rainer Schuettler vs. Qualifier
Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. Peter Luczak
Qualifier vs. Ivan Ljubicic [13]

David Ferrer [10] vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov
Benjamin Becker vs. Daniel Brands
Jarkko Nieminen vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver
Jeremy Chardy vs. Ernests Gulbis [24]

David Nalbandian [31] vs. Qualifier
Florent Serra vs. Florian Mayer
Pere Riba vs. Qualifier
Fabio Fognini vs. Fernando Verdasco [8]


Andy Murray [4] vs. Lukas Lacko
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo vs. Dustin Brown
Juan Ignacio Chela vs. Lu Yen-Hsun
Mikhail Kukushkin vs. Stanislas Wawrinka [25]

Sam Querrey [20] vs. Bradley Klahn
Marcel Granollers vs. Andreas Seppi
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs. Lukasz Kubot
Potito Starace vs. Nicolas Almagro [14]

Mikhail Youzhny [12] vs. Andrey Golubev
Dudi Sela vs. Xavier Malisse
Jack Sock vs. Marco Chiudinelli
Frederico Gil vs. John Isner [18]

Radek Stepanek [28] vs. Julien Benneteau
Tommy Robredo vs. Qualifier
Victor Hanescu vs. Carlos Berlocq
Michael Llodra vs. Tomas Berdych [7]

===

Nikolay Davydenko [6] vs. Michael Russell
Simon Greul vs. Richard Gasquet
Kevin Anderson vs. Somdev Devvarman
Tim Smyczek vs. Thomaz Bellucci [26]

Gael Monfils [17] vs. Qualifier
Igor Andreev vs. Horacio Zeballos
Janko Tipsarevic vs. Olivier Rochus
Stephane Robert vs. Andy Roddick [9]

Marcos Baghdatis [16] vs. Arnaud Clement
Eduardo Schwank vs. Robby Ginepri
Pablo Cuevas vs. Qualifier
Jan Hajek vs. Mardy Fish [19]

Juan Monaco [30] vs. Qualifier
Kristof Vliegen vs. James Blake
Philipp Petzschner vs. Qualifier
Viktor Troicki vs. Novak Djokovic [3]


Robin Soderling [5] vs. Qualifier
Taylor Dent vs. Alejandro Falla
Thiemo de Bakker vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Fernando Gonzalez [27]

Albert Montanes [21] vs. Michal Przysiezny
Carsten Ball vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Evgeny Korolev
Illya Marchenko vs. Marin Cilic [11]

Jurgen Melzer [13] vs. Dmitry Tursunov
Qualifier vs. Ryan Sweeting
Bjorn Phau vs. Ricardo Mello
Qualifier vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero [22]

Lleyton Hewitt [32] vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu
Leonardo Mayer vs. Guillaume Rufin
Michael Berrer vs. Andreas Beck
Brian Dabul vs. Roger Federer [2]

Foxy
08-26-2010, 06:59 PM
Rafa's road to immortality

R128 - Gabashvili
R64 - Istomin
R32 - Simon/Kohlschreiber
R16 - Lopez/Ljubicic
QF - Nalbandian/Verdasco/Gulbis/Ferrer
SF - Murray/Almagro/Isner/Berdych
F - Federer/Djokovic/Davydenko/Soderling


Seeing the draw I hesitate what my MIT pick should be. It is either SF or WIN. Given the fact that I have a 100% record in slams this year anything I choose will happen. That's why I am obliged to pick WIN!!! Good luck, Rafa!

acionescu
08-26-2010, 07:58 PM
You know where Metis is, right? Traditor! :mad: :fiery:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100825/ap_on_re_eu/eu_greece_royal_wedding

Oh, and should she come back eventually I say... QF this time. I would be so glad to fail. :D

I suspected the same thing :jealous:

Manequin75
08-27-2010, 12:09 AM
Seeing the draw I hesitate what my MIT pick should be. It is either SF or WIN. Given the fact that I have a 100% record in slams this year anything I choose will happen. That's why I am obliged to pick WIN!!! Good luck, Rafa!

Go foxy ...may your prediction come true this slam also.

WIN for me too........

JolánGagó
08-27-2010, 02:24 PM
MIT pick: QF

Xristos
08-27-2010, 04:10 PM
Qf.

star
08-27-2010, 08:14 PM
I suspected the same thing :jealous:

I have long suspected Metis is a member of the royal family -- hence the private island and mystery.

Veronique
08-28-2010, 07:56 AM
Thank you, Foxy. The 1st post got me caught up since I've been extremely busy.

Win!

Vamos Rafito!

Foxy
08-28-2010, 08:22 AM
I have long suspected Metis is a member of the royal family -- hence the private island and mystery.

Please, everybody, no off-topic here from now on. Thanks. ;)

acionescu
08-28-2010, 09:35 AM
:help:

adee-gee
08-28-2010, 09:55 AM
No chance for Rafa now.

But Foxy starting the thread makes me think of Megan. Time for a pic spam :sport:

http://www.spygolfer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/megan-fox.jpg

adee-gee
08-28-2010, 09:55 AM
http://www.modom.net/pictures/2010/02/megan-fox-fhm-2.jpg

adee-gee
08-28-2010, 09:56 AM
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/uploads/megan-fox-kiss-mirror.jpg

adee-gee
08-28-2010, 09:56 AM
http://www.birdville.k12.tx.us/schools/117/images/red%20fox1.jpg

acionescu
08-28-2010, 10:22 AM
:lol:

Aaaaaah, I mean, please stay on topic :(

tennizen
08-28-2010, 01:50 PM
Adam cares more about his thread starting than Rafito's victory:( Ego King:rolleyes:

acionescu
08-28-2010, 02:01 PM
He has a reputation to preserve :shrug:

Minn
08-28-2010, 05:10 PM
http://www.birdville.k12.tx.us/schools/117/images/red%20fox1.jpg This one is by far the cutest.

SF for me.

acionescu
08-28-2010, 05:20 PM
How far will Rafito go in USO( which is still a crap tournement, btw :zzz:)

post your picks, 2000 points (:hearts:) to be won!
R128 -
R64 -
R32 -
R16 -
QF - Metis, tennizen, MariaV, JolanGago, Xristos,
SF - Minn
F - Betty (:rolleyes:)
W - Foxy, Manequin75, Veronique, acionescu(because I like the company :D)

Foxy
08-28-2010, 05:33 PM
http://www.birdville.k12.tx.us/schools/117/images/red%20fox1.jpg

Adam, don't worry. Everything will be OK. Don't be grumpy. I always bring him luck in a way. Every time I visit a tournament he wins for example, and the next few tournaments after that. ;)

Naina
08-28-2010, 06:11 PM
Final please :)

JolánGagó
08-29-2010, 04:09 AM
Thanks Foxy, it was time already for a decent OP. Enough of deluded dramaqueenery.

nashty
08-29-2010, 08:37 AM
Final.

rafa_maniac
08-29-2010, 08:44 AM
semis

acionescu
08-29-2010, 11:11 AM
Update

post your picks, 2000 points (:hearts:) to be won!
R128 - Luinir :o
R64 -
R32 -
R16 - careergrandslam :mad:
QF - Metis, tennizen, MariaV, JolanGago, Xristos (the chicken :ras:)
SF - Minn, rafa_maniac, cristallh24 (the realists :sobbing:)
F - Betty, nashty, Naina (:rolleyes:)
W - Foxy, Manequin75, Veronique, born on clay, acionescu(because I like the company :D )

careergrandslam
08-29-2010, 03:10 PM
R16

nashty
08-30-2010, 01:17 AM
When will he play his first match? I'm thinking of changing my pick. :(

Luinir
08-30-2010, 06:21 AM
R1

MariaV
08-30-2010, 07:08 AM
When will he play his first match? I'm thinking of changing my pick. :(

It's either Tuesday or Wednesday. So you have time to change your pick till his first match. :wavey:

born_on_clay
08-30-2010, 01:07 PM
Hi all :)

It's another chance for immortality for Rafa and he is aware of it himself - WIN for me
vamos !

shawshank
08-30-2010, 02:40 PM
It's either Tuesday or Wednesday. So you have time to change your pick till his first match. :wavey:

It's Tuesday evening- Rafa wrote on FB :)

MariaV
08-30-2010, 04:51 PM
Thanks shawshank, hadn't checked FB or VB on Sunday or today. Rafa seems pretty positive and OK with the Tuesday start. :) Although he'd never complain in public anyway.

christallh24
08-30-2010, 05:27 PM
SF's.

*praysonkneesrafawins*

Foxy
08-30-2010, 07:30 PM
OOP is out for Tuesday, 31st of August

Arthur Ashe Stadium

11:00h

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Jelena Jankovic(SRB)[4] vs. Simona Halep(ROU)

Not Before 13:00h

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Viktor Troicki(SRB) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Jarmila Groth(AUS) vs. Maria Sharapova(RUS)[14]

19:00h

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[1] vs. Teymuraz Gabashvili(RUS)

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Caroline Wozniacki(DEN)[1] vs. Chelsey Gullickson(USA)

Rafa is playing first in the night session. Good luck, Matador.

born_on_clay
08-30-2010, 07:51 PM
fingers crossed for good start :D

MariaV
08-31-2010, 07:27 AM
At least good he doesn't have to wait after women. Vamos! :rocker: :bounce: :bigclap:

rafa_maniac
08-31-2010, 09:30 AM
Just got my ticket to the men's semis today. Anyone else going? If Rafa doesn't make it that far I will not be pleased :mad:

Foxy
09-01-2010, 06:04 AM
Nadal - Gabashvili 7:6 7:6 6:3


An Interview With: Rafael Nadal
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Do you prefer to have a night like tonight to start a tournament: a very difficult match to get under your belt? Or would you rather play for an hour and 10 minutes and get it over with?

RAFAEL NADAL: I prefer play one hour and 10 minutes. Win easier, no? Everybody wants win easier. That's no excuse about that, no?

I think that no one wins easy, no? Roger did last night. Djokovic, very tough match today. Soderling five sets win yesterday.

So no one match is easy, especially in a big tournaments, no? The pressure's there. You play against players that they don't have much to lose, so they play aggressive. This is difficult to stop.

I had a difficult match, but I think I did play well.

Q. Did you feel like you played well other than the serve? Were you happy with all the parts of your game?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, my serve worked very well tonight. There have been a few aspects. The concentration was high all the time. The forehand is working well. The backhand is not that bad that I had last weeks. So improves a little bit. Just remains a little bit of this confidence to have a little bit more, you know, to improve a little bit that level, to go to the next step.

That's the only thing for me, to remain, to play with a little bit more aggressive, a little bit more calm. The basic things I think are in the really right way.

Q. You said on court you know you have to serve well to win here. Have you been working on that a lot this summer?

RAFAEL NADAL: All my life I worked a lot on my serve (smiling). Not this summer, no; all my life.

Q. When you go out in a first‑round match against a guy who could be dangerous, do you say, I don't want to play too crazy because maybe I can get into a bad situation, so maybe I'll play a little more safe and see what happens?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, is difficult go first round and play crazy and play aggressive and play like if you are playing the final, no, because you need this confidence during all the tournament to play like you do in one final, no?

So you go on court. I know Gabashvili very well. You go on court knowing he gonna play aggressive. He gonna go for the big shots. So I just tried before the match to think that I have to play regular all the time. I have to be very focused on my serve and I gonna have chances on the return in a few moments, no?

If I gonna be well with my serve, on the return for sure I gonna have my chances. I had, and I had a few terrible mistakes with the breakpoints. So I went for two tiebreaks. Is important for the confidence. I played well the two tiebreaks, I think.

Q. You were hitting 130 miles an hour on your serve. Is there a change on your serve, or it had to do with the conditions or what?

RAFAEL NADAL: And wait. Wait for the next one, I going for 135 (smiling).

No, I am trying to serve a little bit more like Wimbledon because the ball here is very soft. Is not getting a lot of topspin. I try to play a little bit more flat. And for that reason, I am serving faster, I think. That's it.

Q. Talk about playing Istomin. He's played pretty well the last few weeks.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, he's playing well. He had a very good tournament in New Haven. Yeah, sure is difficult opponent, good player. I played against him in the second round of Queen's. I had a very difficult match, 7‑6 in the third ‑‑ 7‑5 in the third.

Well, is really close than the match of today, I think. But he plays a little bit more calm than Gabashvili. So, I don't know, I just have to keep playing like I did today, a little bit more aggressive, a little bit more confidence. That's it.

Q. Are you as comfortable at this Grand Slam as you are at the others?

RAFAEL NADAL: Is the more difficult for me, especially I think because the ball. The ball is the more difficult thing for me because the ball I think is more easy to play that ball for the players when they have the flat shots, no? That's much easier for them than for the topspin players. That's the only thing.

But I won Olympics with this ball. I won in Beijing in 2005 with this ball. I can do it.

Q. You're about ready to unveil your new, big, flat forehand?

RAFAEL NADAL: That's almost impossible. The thing is play with topspin, but play very aggressive all the time, play with very high rhythm. That's the way.

Q. There's a doubles player here who is playing with a two‑handled racquet.

RAFAEL NADAL: I met him.

Q. Does that strike you as crazy?

RAFAEL NADAL: For me, yes (smiling). For me, yes. For me is no reason to play like this, yeah. Is add the complication on the game, you know.

acionescu
09-01-2010, 06:19 AM
Rafa beats Gaba 7-6 7-6 6-3 :dance:

post your picks, 2000 points (:hearts:) to be won!
R128 - Luinir :o
R64 -
R32 -
R16 - careergrandslam :mad:
QF - Metis, tennizen, MariaV, JolanGago, Xristos (the chicken :ras: )
SF - Minn, rafa_maniac, cristallh24 (the realists :sobbing: )
F - Betty, nashty, Naina (:rolleyes:)
W - Foxy, Manequin75, Veronique, born on clay, acionescu(because I like the company :D )

Luinir, we appreciate the jinxing try, still a big FAIL, he doesn't lose in GS R1, not anymore :D

http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/epic-fail-price-tag-fail.jpg

allpro
09-01-2010, 06:51 AM
nice pop on the first serve - good depth on the groundstrokes - flattening out on both sides........an encouraging start.

bamos el jefe :drink:

MariaV
09-01-2010, 07:06 AM
Phewwwwwww! I was too chicken to watch but seems like he played quite OK, and served better than in Toronto or Cincy which is an encouraging sign. Vamos! :banana: :rocker:

adee-gee
09-01-2010, 07:47 AM
:lol: has Andreea taken over from Metis?

If I'd started the thread Rafa would've won 0,0 and 1 :tears:

acionescu
09-01-2010, 08:28 AM
She is holidaying on the Greek Islands atm :mad: someone had to replace people too selfish to sacrifice their vacations for Rafito's USO cheering thread :(

born_on_clay
09-01-2010, 08:34 AM
6 more to go my dear :D

Foxy
09-01-2010, 10:54 AM
:lol: has Andreea taken over from Metis?

If I'd started the thread Rafa would've won 0,0 and 1 :tears:

Then, next time don't wait to start the thread until the play starts on Monday. :)
So if Rafa loses it will be all your fault, no?. :devil:

MariaV
09-01-2010, 11:00 AM
Then, next time don't wait to start the thread until the play starts on Monday. :)
So if Rafa loses it will be all your fault, no?. :devil:

:lol: Exactly, we'll blame Adam. :lol:

Foxy
09-01-2010, 12:31 PM
:lol: Exactly, we'll blame Adam. :lol:

I am looking forward to it. Adam, be very afraid! You will be under pression for next couple of weeks. :devil:

Metis
09-01-2010, 02:41 PM
Thinking of Metis(:() who's holidaying on her Greek Island and picked QF. I ber she used her connections to rig the draw in order to have Nalby(:ugly: ) to beat Rafa there :mad:

You're wrong. :( My dream was both Rafa and Nalby (:inlove:) reaching the final. Now it cannot happen any more. :sad:



You know where Metis is, right? Traditor! :mad: :fiery:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100825/ap_on_re_eu/eu_greece_royal_wedding


Actually, that island was one of our 4-5 choices for a vacation destination. :rolls: We didn't know about the wedding at the time. I'm glad we didn't pick it in the end. It would have been a nightmare with the security measures and all the royalty worshippers :rolleyes: flocking to the island.


I suspected the same thing :jealous:

:lol: I saw some footage of the wedding shenanigans in the news one day. Wasn't impressed at all. :zzz:



I have long suspected Metis is a member of the royal family -- hence the private island and mystery.

:lol: If I had gone there for the wedding, it would have been to throw tomatoes at them. :p



Please, everybody, no off-topic here from now on. Thanks. ;)

sorry :p

tennizen
09-01-2010, 02:43 PM
Actually, that island was one of our 4-5 choices for a vacation destination. :rolls: We didn't know about the wedding at the time. I'm glad we didn't pick it in the end. It would have been a nightmare with the security measures and all the royalty worshippers :rolleyes: flocking to the island.



Metis:banana:

our:aplot:

Metis
09-01-2010, 02:43 PM
Rafito :rocker2:




How far will Rafito go in USO( which is still a crap tournement, btw :zzz:)
Rafa beats Gaba 7-6 7-6 6-3 :dance:


Luinir, we appreciate the jinxing try, still a big FAIL, he doesn't lose in GS R1, not anymore :D

http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/epic-fail-price-tag-fail.jpg

Excellent! I am very pleased with your work Andreea. :worship:




:lol: has Andreea taken over from Metis?
She is holidaying on the Greek Islands atm :mad: someone had to replace people too selfish to sacrifice their vacations for Rafito's USO cheering thread :(

:ras: I have served the MIT competition for years. I deserve a break. :awww:



If I'd started the thread Rafa would've won 0,0 and 1 :tears:
Then, next time don't wait to start the thread until the play starts on Monday. :)
So if Rafa loses it will be all your fault, no?. :devil:

:lol: I agree. Adam will have only himself to blame. :D

Metis
09-01-2010, 02:46 PM
Metis:banana:

our:aplot:

:spit:

I'm going to let you wonder. :D

Foxy
09-02-2010, 09:27 PM
OOP Friday, 03.09.2010
Rafa is playing second in the night session after the women's match.


Arthur Ashe Stadium
Night Session
7:00 PM

Women's Singles - 3rd Round
Mandy Minella(LUX) vs. Venus Williams(USA)[3]

Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[1] vs. Denis Istomin(UZB)

JolánGagó
09-02-2010, 11:23 PM
Great! about 3am the earliest :bounce:

suckers.

Lalitha
09-03-2010, 02:47 AM
Rafa is a crowd puller, so he will be given night matches. But why the schedule is so bad? Usually in other GS's you start playing 3rd round of matches on thursday and here, we are still in 2nd round till friday!

born_on_clay
09-03-2010, 06:55 AM
Rafa is a crowd puller, so he will be given night matches. But why the schedule is so bad? Usually in other GS's you start playing 3rd round of matches on thursday and here, we are still in 2nd round till friday!

cause there is something called "fucking super Saturday" :o

acionescu
09-04-2010, 07:47 AM
Rafa - Istomin 6-2 7-6 7-5 :dance:

Next Simon :scared: :unsure:

Betty
09-04-2010, 01:18 PM
Metis:banana:

our:aplot:

i thought the same:aplot:
maybe...M and M:aplot::p

Foxy
09-04-2010, 06:36 PM
The interview after the victory against Istomin is finally out.



Q. It's early, but what would winning this tournament and also having the chance to win three straight Grand Slams mean to you?

RAFAEL NADAL: Doesn't matter if is straight or not straight for me. Just if any day I have the chance to win here, it would be a dream, no? But I told you now, I do not thought about win here now because this year I am five matches away, so is a lot. And if I come back another years, like I hope to come back a lot of more years, remain seven every time. So is very far. For me, just be here and have a chance to win the fourth is just unbelievable thing. When I was younger, seven years before or six years before or three years before, I never really thought I really can do that. So I am very happy what happen in my life, in my career, in all my career. So just enjoying that moment and trying to fight every ball because if there is any chance to win here, convert this chance.

Q. How much pressure is there, do you think, because this is the one you haven't won yet?

RAFAEL NADAL: You know, I gonna say what I think seriously. I don't think about win this tournament now. So probably the pression is going to be there any day if I am in the final. But before that remains too much to have the pression to win. I have the pression, like every Grand Slam. And, believe me, I have less pressure here than when I play in Roland Garros. So is completely different. And, you know, is like I need to play well a lot of matches. So remain a lot. I am not thinking about the victory. Maybe in any moment I think about the win here and complete the four Grand Slams, maybe, yes, is pressure. But seriously, for me I think about point by point and winning next match. So right now I am very happy to win today and think about Simon.

Q. How have you found the rhythm of your serve, because you're serving very well?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, Toni arrives and everything under control. No, seriously, I don't know. That's pretty strange, because I wasn't serve very well the previous days. I started to serve well one or two days before the competition. But the week of practice, I wasn't serve really well, no? I changed a little bit the grip, like five or six days ago, because I felt when I played against the wind I didn't have free points. So I needed that, no? So I tried to play the serve a little bit more aggressive. For the moment, it's working really well, so I going to try keep playing like this. And, sure, serve like this is a big confidence on my game.

Q. There was a lot of talk about a storm coming in and maybe you wouldn't get your match in tonight. Given your schedule, it's Friday, you're playing your second match, were you relieved to get the match in tonight so you can get your rest?

RAFAEL NADAL: If you play every day night, is no problem. The problem is if you play night, very late, after you play day. So is not a lot of rest, no? But that's the US Open, and they do what they think is better I think for everybody. I accept the rules. If I have to play second round on Friday, I play second round on Friday. No discussion of that.

Q. How fast would you say the court is, and how does it affect the time you have on your returns?

RAFAEL NADAL: Is fast, the court. Is faster the center than the practice courts, for sure. And, yeah, is not like Cincinnati. Cincinnati's faster than this. But is one of the fastest.

Q. How does it compare with Wimbledon, for example?

RAFAEL NADAL: Everybody talks about Wimbledon is very slow. Maybe because I won two times. (Smiling.) When I started to play on Wimbledon in 2003 or 2002, I don't remember, 2003 we are in 2010, so I played like eight Wimbledons. The speed of the court always was the same. That's my feeling. So there's no discussion Wimbledon is much faster than here. Is another sport than here. But I like the faster courts.

Q. It was a very exciting point when he went up 5 1. The crowd got into and you applauded, and then he didn't win another point in that tiebreaker. You play with passion. But when someone shows that emotion, do you lift your emotion accordingly?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, he fighted a good point. He played a great point. I had to win that point three times before. But he did well. Finally he was fast going for the dropshot and he pass me, no? Just was a tough point for me, because 4 2 or 5 1 going to the other place, to the other side, is easy for the wind, but is hard for me. But I think I stayed very well mentally in that moment. I was playing with big calm and big concentration. And finally I was a little bit lucky, for sure. Is impossible to come back from 5 1. I had a little bit lucky. But the concentration, I had a good point. It was a very important moment of the match.

Q. You saw how hard it was for Roger to complete the career Grand Slam, how long it took him to win the French Open. What thoughts did that give you about your quest to win the career Grand Slam?

RAFAEL NADAL: You are focus on this. Maybe for Roger was a big goal because he is the best of the history and he needed Roland Garros. He deserved Roland Garros because he did three finals, another semifinals. Seriously, for me, complete the Grand Slam at this moment is not a goal. For me the goal is try to improve my level, to play well the next match, and we will see what happen next Sunday, no? If I have the chance to be there, gonna be a chance for me to complete. But if not, remains a lot to be there. If not, I gonna come back home, try to keep improving to come back a lot of years here to try. For me is not an obsession and is not a real goal.

Q. What do you think your chances are to be the best in history, the way you've described Roger?

RAFAEL NADAL: For me? I never thought about that. I think I am not ready to be the best of the history. I think is not the right moment to talk about that, seriously. Because I have 24 and a half, a little bit less 24 and a few months years old so talk about the history when one player is playing is difficult, no? I am very happy, eight Grand Slams, Olympics, 18 Masters 1000. I am probably in one part of the history of tennis, no, so I am very happy with that. Now everything is to win. I don't know if I gonna have the chance to keep winning Grand Slams. I gonna try for sure. But be the best of the history is almost impossible.

Lalitha
09-04-2010, 10:25 PM
cause there is something called "fucking super Saturday" :o

as some one pointed out in GM, Rafa gets to play night matches inspite of being seeded #1, which of course he is not complaining - but realises that if he has to play a night match and next day has to play a day match without proper rest,its going to be difficult. its actually unfair. Now that there is hardly any americans left - they are going to give all night matches to him. :mad:

Veronique
09-04-2010, 11:30 PM
as some one pointed out in GM, Rafa gets to play night matches inspite of being seeded #1, which of course he is not complaining - but realises that if he has to play a night match and next day has to play a day match without proper rest,its going to be difficult. its actually unfair. Now that there is hardly any americans left - they are going to give all night matches to him. :mad:

I'm sure Roger will get his share of night matches. I bet Murray is getting the night match tomorrow.

Lalitha
09-04-2010, 11:55 PM
He is playing day session tomorrow.

by the way, never come across such an irritating and annoying website like this years US open. doesnt allows to you click on what you want. :mad:

Foxy
09-05-2010, 07:29 AM
Rafa is playing third in the day session. Gilles, be very afraid.


Arthur Ashe 11:00
Women's Singles - 4th Round
Ana Ivanovic(SRB) vs. Kim Clijsters(BEL)[2]

Women's Singles - 4th Round
Shahar Peer(ISR)[16] vs. Venus Williams(USA)[3]

Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[1] vs. Gilles Simon(FRA)

Foxy
09-05-2010, 07:49 AM
Nadal - Gabashvili R128 Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L0BCeZHmTA

Nadal - Istomin R64 Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN5aCj621n0

allpro
09-05-2010, 09:25 AM
excellent 1st set. clutch 2nd set tb.

bamos numero uno :drink:

allpro
09-05-2010, 09:43 AM
cause there is something called "fucking super Saturday" :o

more like "stupid Saturday".

Foxy
09-06-2010, 07:09 AM
Rafa beat Simon 64 64 62. He is looking as good as he was at AO09 if not better.


Q. Are you feeling better about this place? You haven't done really too well here.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I did two semifinals in the past.

Q. Oh, yeas. That's not bad.

RAFAEL NADAL: For me that's not bad. (Laughter.)

Well, I think I am playing better, a little bit better, every day. So today was a solid match, I think. The serve is still good, so that's a very important thing.

From the baseline, I think my movements and my shots start improve, to be better every day.

Q. I'm writing a book on Marcelo Rios. Do you have any memory? Talk about him a little bit.

RAFAEL NADAL: Sorry, but I wasn't on the tour when he was on the tour.

Q. What about the way he played.

RAFAEL NADAL: If I say you something I gonna say some lies, because I didn't remember. So is better not say nothing.

Q. The improvements we're seeing in your serve, is this a result of a change in your technique or your motion, or is it more a matter of confidence and attitude?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, seriously, I wasn't serve -- I didn't serve very well in the previous tournaments. But I started to serve well the week before the tournament, a few days before the tournament start.

I changed a little bit the grip, but that's all.

Q. You haven't had a five-set match here yet, but you are 14-3 in fifth sets. Why do you think you're so good in them?

RAFAEL NADAL: 14-3? I don't know. (Laughter.) Every match is different. I don't know. The important thing is when you are in the fifth set, first thing be healthy, be in good form physically.

And second thing is be in the right position mentally, no? So that's the thing, the more important thing.

Q. Do you like best-of-five over best-of-three?

RAFAEL NADAL: Different. I don't know. I think for the Grand Slams is okay best-of-five. But, for example, for the other tournaments I think is better best-of-three. Because if not, gonna be an unbelievable season.

For example, for the Davis Cup, I think that can be a change, because three sets gonna be easier for all the players.

Q. Pete Sampras always said that Andre Agassi raised the level of his game and made him a better player. Do you feel that way a little bit about Roger, too? Does he raise your game more than any of the other players?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know if that was the right thing. But for sure if you have in front of you unbelievable player like Roger.

You know, for me the most important thing for me to copy of Roger, I think when he started to be No. 1, he always improves. So after two years being No. 1, he was better player than before. I think he improved during all his career. That's very important thing.

For me, that's something that I really need to do, too, no? So if I want to be here more years - I already have six in the top two - I was for the last six years in the top 2 because I always improved, too. That's my feeling.

And if not, well, you always lose something, maybe lose a little bit more the inspiration than when you start. So you have to work in other things. If you lose something for one part you have to improve for another part. So that's it.

Q. How much do you think about the importance of adding this slam to your résumé? How much do you think about that?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no. I think about the practice of tomorrow. If I say the serious thing, is that. That's the true. Is very far, the victory of this tournament.

I am in fourth round. That's good news for me - without losing a set - but remains a lot.

I am happy where I am, but is only fourth round.

Q. What parts of Roger's game has he improved over the past few years? What parts of your game have you improved?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, when I played against him in Miami 2003 and when I played against him another time, 2006, 2007, I think his serve improved a lot, his backhand improved a lot.

So that's probably for that reason he was the No. 1 for a long, long time.

Q. It's harder to take advantage of his backhand now?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know, because I didn't play him for - only one time in Madrid this year, no?

But I am not speaking in that way. I think the way that I speaking is for all the players probably when in 2003 he was very good. But anyway, everybody says he always had not very good backhand. But after that, he starts to improve and improve the backhand, having amazing slice backhand, very good topspin backhand, too.

So for sure every time is more difficult to play against his backhand, because he always try to find a solution with the slice, going to the net. So for sure he is always better and better.

Q. Simon said he was pretty anxious to get back to France to see his newborn son. Could you tell that he mentally checked out in the third set because he wanted to leave? What did you say to him at the net in the end?

RAFAEL NADAL: I just congratulate him because he is father now. For sure is good for him to come back home and see the son and everything. That's for sure gonna be nice for him. Just congratulate him for that.

Q. There was a report this afternoon that the other day you didn't want to take one of the transportation vans that had a picture of Roger. Can you describe what happened?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, well, if you know me, you know that I not gonna do. This is very stupid thing. I was in a van of the picture of Roger, both sides of the van, like 15 times these two weeks. (Smiling). So that's very stupid thing. That's never happen.

Speaking seriously, is better the other side. I want this car because is bigger, and I am more comfortable with this car than with the others. You can see the car of Roger's photo is there, is outside, is a van. So is much bigger than the other ones.

Roy know, the manager of the transportation, that I always want this car. So it was good.

Q. Did you get out of that car that had his picture or you stayed in it?

RAFAEL NADAL: I thought my English was better. (Laughter.)

I said I went with this car 15 times.

Q. Did you say you thought Davis Cup should be reduced to best-of-three?

RAFAEL NADAL: That's what I say before. For me, the Davis Cup is always too much for the players because is every year. That's something that maybe can change in the future.

But at the same time, for the players have three sets and not five can help a little bit for all the players.

Q. So far four Spanish people made it into the next round. Tommy still has a chance. Looks a little bit like Spanish Open.

RAFAEL NADAL: Already one Spanish player going to be in semifinals. That is positive news for us. Especially is very positive because I think, for the ball and for the court, is probably the most difficult tournament for us, no? So that is very important news for the Spanish tennis.

Just congratulate my friends. Best of luck for everybody.

Q. Why is this court the most difficult for you personally, and how have you begun to overcome that?

RAFAEL NADAL: For me, the ball. Not the court, the ball. The ball is softer than the rest of the balls of the tour. Is the ball that is getting less topspin. The ball stays lower than the other ones.

But I won Olympics with that ball. Seems like is not impossible for me to play with this ball, no? I did two semifinals. I won in Beijing 2008. But if I have to say something for me to change to play this tournament, gonna be the ball.

Q. So how confident are you at this point with that ball on this surface without having a US Open championship before?

RAFAEL NADAL: Maybe the same like when I was in fourth round. Happy to be in fourth round. For sure, the important thing for me is I played better today than two days ago; and two days ago I played better than five or six days ago.

So that's always important, and very good news be improving during the tournament. So that's what I did, and I need to keep improving if I want to have chances.

Foxy
09-06-2010, 07:11 AM
Murray is out.
Here is Rafa's updated road to immortality.


Rafa's presumable road to immortality

R128 - Gabashvili 7:6 7:6 6:3
R64 - Istomin 6:2 7:6 7:5
R32 - Simon 6:4 6:4 6:2
R16 - Lopez
QF - Verdasco/Ferrer
SF - Youzhny/Querrey/Wawrinka
F - Federer/Djokovic/Soderling/Monfils

MariaV
09-06-2010, 07:47 AM
Yep, Nalbadian out, Murray out. :eek: Let's see what the other Spanish chicos have in store for him. :scared: :unsure:

JolánGagó
09-06-2010, 08:37 AM
I want to change my MIT pick.

New pick: F

MariaV
09-06-2010, 08:44 AM
LOL Gagó but you cannot change your pick any more! :ras: :nerner:
Neither can I btw. :o :tape:

JolánGagó
09-06-2010, 09:08 AM
:mad:

born_on_clay
09-06-2010, 09:55 AM
I am really pleased with Rafa's performance against Simon :yeah:

Veronique
09-06-2010, 02:51 PM
Murray is out.
Here is Rafa's updated road to immortality.

I'm trying very hard to remain calm. Please don't screw this up, Rafa!

Veronique
09-06-2010, 02:52 PM
I want to change my MIT pick.

New pick: F

Oh ye of little faith!:p

careergrandslam
09-06-2010, 07:19 PM
I'm trying very hard to remain calm. Please don't screw this, Rafa!

me too, if he messes this up aswell, i will lose respect for him.
its been 17 months since he won a hardcourt title and this is the best chance he will ever get.

he must win this USO, no excuses.

but lets go match by match and hope and pray he doesnt mug this one up.

Foxy
09-06-2010, 07:50 PM
Nadal - Simon R32 Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ0qQr5ySVc

MariaV
09-07-2010, 08:18 AM
Are you guys forgetting a teeny tiny obstacle like Federer? :o :scratch: I would say Fediva has it in the bag already. :zzz: :zzz:
*OK you can take it as my jinxing attempt but you know I'm not very good at it :tape:*
And a late match vs Feliciano after women, could get very late and we know Rafa doesn't like it. :o

Arthur Ashe Stadium

7:00 PM Women's Singles - Quarterfinals
Samantha Stosur(AUS)[5] vs. Kim Clijsters(BEL)[2]

Men's Singles - 4th Round
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[1] vs. Feliciano Lopez(ESP)[23]

16681
09-08-2010, 06:39 AM
Rafa defeated Lopez :D And next up is Verdasco. I really hate that the Spanish players have to play each other :sad: But I want Rafa to win this Tournament so badly and I'm afraid he won't :scared:

allpro
09-08-2010, 02:51 PM
four down, three to go :drink:

JolánGagó
09-08-2010, 04:01 PM
Federina winning this tourney is as certain as the sun rising everyday :sobbing:

acionescu
09-08-2010, 04:44 PM
So true :sobbing:

Foxy
09-08-2010, 05:30 PM
Rafa - Lopez 6:3 6:4 6:4
The presser


Q. How much of an advantage do you think you had just because Feliciano had never played on that court, had never played that late?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, he played in that court.

Q. Oh, I thought he said he had not.

RAFAEL NADAL: I remember very good match against Roger in this court few years ago. He won the first set.

Q. He talked about the advantage you had.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, sure, is difficult court to play. Is not easy. Is not easy for me, and I play almost every last year I played almost every day on this court. So I imagine for Feli is a little bit more difficult, no? But, yeah, finally is tennis court, yeah. Is true wind is more difficult on center court than outside courts. In my opinion, the center court is a little bit faster than the other ones. But that's all.

Q. Does the time of day make any difference? Is it harder to play it at 11:00 p.m. than 1:00 p.m.?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, but I am here, too, no? Feliciano, he started at 11:30, but I don't know what time, at 11:00, but I started, too. Doesn't make any difference.

Q. How important was it for you to jump out 3 Love in the first set and really set the tone?

RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't understand. (Through translation.) Well, the important thing is with 3 0 I have an important advantage to win the first set, and the first set is always very important. But at the same time, he had good chance to come back with 3 2, I think. No, 4 2, 4 3? I don't know. But he had another chance with Love 40 one game. So with two second serves he had two mistakes on the return of the two second serves, so was a big mistake for him in that moment. After that, I think my serve was working well all the time, so I had opportunities on the return. I convert not every one, but I convert the set, so it was enough.

Q. What's the scariest thing about Verdasco to you?

RAFAEL NADAL: Everything. He's a very complete player. He has all the shots and he's playing very well, no? Much better than he did last months, so gonna be very difficult match. I saw him play today, and I saw him play against Nalbandian the other day. He's playing very good tennis, so gonna be a very interesting match. I have to play aggressive, to play well. It not gonna be impossible, I think.

Q. Do you think you've got any edge just because of how long he spent on the court today?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I don't know. We don't know yet, no? We will see in one day and a half. I think we are fit enough to resist that. It was four hours?

Q. Four and a half.

RAFAEL NADAL: What? Four hours 23, so, yeah, was long, but I played in Australia five hours 15 minutes in semifinals, and I had to play the final one day later. So I was very tired, but I was ready. I think for sure he gonna be ready.

Q. You have not lost your serve or a set the whole tournament. When you're serving this well, do you feel your whole game lift?

RAFAEL NADAL: No. No, I think I am playing well, but I not playing yet at my highest level, but I am playing well. To be in quarterfinals of the US Open without lose a set and without lose a serve, two things must work really well: the concentration and the serve. Without these two things you gonna lose for sure serves, no? So both things was worked very good. I think every day I played a little bit better, no? The conditions some days are not easy, like today. The opponent is not easy, too, because the rhythm against Feli is not always the right rhythm to play good because he plays light, he goes to the net, very good serve. So I think I am playing better and better every day, and I had to play a little bit better this match.



Rafa's presumable road to immortality

R128 - Gabashvili 7:6 7:6 6:3
R64 - Istomin 6:2 7:6 7:5
R32 - Simon 6:4 6:4 6:2
R16 - Lopez 6:3 6:4 6:4
QF - Verdasco
SF - Youzhny/Wawrinka
F - Federer/Djokovic/Soderling/Monfils

Foxy
09-08-2010, 07:16 PM
Nadal - Lopez R16 Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gd-e4hM2fI

Metis
09-08-2010, 08:19 PM
Andreea, haven't you forgotten something? :armed:

acionescu
09-08-2010, 09:49 PM
No, I thought it was your duty :shrug: And I was in hospital with P.anyway, not navigating the Greek Island with the filthy rich :ras:

careergrandslam
09-09-2010, 06:02 AM
Federina winning this tourney is as certain as the sun rising everyday :sobbing:

this.

im afraid not even our rafa can do anything to stop federer this tournament.

Castafiore
09-09-2010, 11:08 AM
Okay, which joker is responsible for scheduling an exhibition match before one of the men's quarter final in the evening session. :mad:

Neil Harman's tweets about it:
Tomorrow's schedule at US Open has a night match - Hingis/Kournikova v. Cash/Wilander. The US Open now officially a circus...

And the match is on Arthur Ashe, the Centre Court!!! The USTA should hang its head in shame. Nadal and Verdasco have to wait for a charade
Amen!

Metis
09-09-2010, 01:05 PM
No, I thought it was your duty :shrug:

You undertook the responsibility of running MIT for this tournament. You have to see it through. :(


And I was in hospital with P.anyway, not navigating the Greek Island with the filthy rich :ras:

That was days ago. :rolleyes: More like you've been too busy sampling the wine at your uncle's vineyard to update the results. :(



Okay, which joker is responsible for scheduling an exhibition match before one of the men's quarter final in the evening session. :mad:

Neil Harman's tweets about it:

Amen!

Oh well, I'm guessing it's not going to take long. Besides, Nadal and Verdasco won't have to wait, they are scheduled to start at 8pm.

I'm assuming of course that the organizers will make sure they do start at 8pm. Otherwise it is truly ridiculous.

MariaV
09-09-2010, 01:44 PM
I'm going to wake up just in time for Rafa's match it seems. :dance: :haha:

Lalitha
09-10-2010, 03:22 AM
Saw the match - not a bad match - cant say good either.

hope he gets to play the 1st semifinal before the ladies final on stupid saturday.

16681
09-10-2010, 03:25 AM
:worship: Rafa :worship: Nando didn't stand a chance, but I think David wore him out in their Match. Rafa won in 3 sets, but Nando did break Rafa for the 1st time in the Tournament. Then after that it was all downhill for Nando. I'm sorry I don't remember the exact scores of the Sets :o

born_on_clay
09-10-2010, 03:44 AM
7-5 6-3 6-4
solid but worse than previous matches
I belive it's due to the conditions on court :shrug:
good luck in semis our hero :angel:
any MIT update coming soon ?

allpro
09-10-2010, 05:03 AM
0-11.......pobrecito nando :o

bamos toro bravo! :drink: :smoke:

acionescu
09-10-2010, 05:57 AM
Seeing that Metis(:rolleyes:) didn't update, I'll do it when I'm home, in about 6-7 hours

Foxy
09-10-2010, 06:49 AM
Please, Rafa, if there is a way to screw everything up, "get lost" and never find that way! :)

MariaV
09-10-2010, 09:27 AM
I lost in MIT and I couldn't be more happy about it! :woohoo: :lol:

shawshank
09-10-2010, 10:44 AM
First time I didn't play MIT this year. Hope it will bring luck to Rafa :) 6 sets to go! Unfortunetly I'm leaving to work in Szczecin at the ATP challenger and I have no idea if I manage to watch semis and final... :(

acionescu
09-10-2010, 01:55 PM
Rafa defeated Nando 7-5 6-3 6-4(or something :unsure:)

post your picks, 2000 points (:inlove:) to be won!
R128 - Luinir :lol:
R64 -
R32 -
R16 - careergrandslam :mad:
QF - Metis, tennizen, MariaV, JolanGago, Xristos (the chicken :ras:)
SF - Minn, rafa_maniac, cristallh24 (the realists :sobbing: )
F - Betty, nashty, Naina (:rolleyes:)
W - Foxy, Manequin75, Veronique, born on clay, acionescu(because I like the company :rocker2:)

careergrandslam, metis(:rolleyes:), tennizen, MariaV, JG, X - best of luck next time, this time you just FAILED:

http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/129155852219864407.jpg

JolánGagó
09-10-2010, 02:06 PM
:bounce:

Foxy
09-10-2010, 04:06 PM
Rafael Nadal's interview after his win against Verdasco.


Q. The shot a lot of people were wowing about was the one where you kind of had to do the 360.

RAFAEL NADAL: It was not a big hit. I thought it was an instinct shot. I thought it was not another chance to put the ball inside, because I was running to the net, thinking I gonna have a volley, but Fernando hit a very good slice backhand and the ball pass at me and I had to hit the ball very late. I had to turn the 360 to have enough space to put the ball inside. I don't know if you understand with my English.

Q. What do you think of the conditions out there?

RAFAEL NADAL: Difficult. Yeah, very difficult to play tennis tonight. But I think I did well. I did very well for moments. I started with very scared with -- when I was playing with the wind and against the wind, too. But anyway, the game that I lost my serve in the third game, I think I played a great game. I lost the game 40 Love, Love 40, but he had amazing forehand down the line and two very good passing shots. So I think I played aggressive that game, but was not the right game, so just keep going. I thought that's the right way to play well against the wind. And with the wind, in the beginning my feeling was I can't attack the ball, because every time that I touch the ball the beginning, few forehands three meters behind the baseline. But I think because I moved -- I was playing too aggressive, the shot too aggressive, because I was scared I was playing -- I was moving the hands faster than usual, and I think was completely the other thing that I had to do is move the hands slower. When I found that, the game completely change.

Q. Do you like the challenge of playing in different conditions, or would you rather every day was 80 degrees and perfect?

RAFAEL NADAL: With a lot of wind, that I remember, I always played good matches with a lot of wind. Another thing is if not crazy wind, but wind to one side is a little bit more difficult for me, because playing against the wind was very tough last year. But I think I am doing better against the wind, too. Is important improve for me. You know, no one likes to play on these conditions. But at the same time, I think that one of the positive things and the two most important things that you have to do with these days is move. The movements must be all the time high intensity, and the concentration must be all the time full. So probably both things is one of my best things on the game.

Q. What's your general emotion about having reached the semifinals for a third consecutive year?

RAFAEL NADAL: It's great news for me, especially this year without losing a set. So is very good news. I think I played every day better. Today I played -- for the conditions, I think I played a great match against very difficult opponent like Fernando. So for me, be in semifinals is amazing. But I have to keep going and keep playing better if I really want to have chances to be in the final.

Q. I understand you do not like to look ahead. You like to keep it from point to point, match to match. But Fernando was saying he thinks you'll get to the final and play Roger. He says if he had to bet, he'd put a bet on Roger to win because he says likes Roger likes these conditions. What do you think about that statement?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, for sure Roger is the favorite of the tournament, especially because he won five times five times? And six finals in a row. No one doubt on that. And I am in semifinals, so I don't think about the final. Everybody free to think, and what Fernando says is completely fair. I hope keep playing well and have my chance in that match in semifinal.

Q. Can you compare your feelings this year going into the semifinals to how you felt in 2008 and how you felt last year and how you're feeling physically?

RAFAEL NADAL: I think 2008 I was ready to -- maybe I was ready to -- if we speak about the level of tennis, I think I was ready to do something very important here, no? But mentally I was destroyed in that moment of the season, no? Yeah, Roland Garros and Wimbledon for the first time, victory in Toronto, semifinals in Cincinnati, and Beijing champion, I think I started that match in semifinals against Andy without energy. Without energy, is impossible to have any chance to win one semifinals. Last year is no question. I don't know, nothing to say, because I played against unbelievable player like Del Potro. He was playing amazing level, but at the same time, I had three centimeters of abdominal broke, no? It was very painful, and for me it was one of the greatest results of last year, be in the semifinals here with my abdominal broke, no? It was a great result for me. This year I think -- I know how important is the US Open for me right now, and I know I have to arrive to this tournament fresh if I want to have any chance to have a very good result. That's what I tried. I think I did. I am at the right round without problems, so that's very positive? Right now remain the most difficult thing.

Q. I have noticed that you always leave every part of the center court with the right foot first. Why do you do that?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, that's not true. You write that? You heard that?

Q. Every part of the court you put your right foot first.

RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't know that before. (Laughter.)

Q. You do it all the time?

RAFAEL NADAL: Oh, yeah? You know better than myself. (Smiling.)

Q. Can you just speak about your memories of 2006 against Youzhny and then just talk about the match coming up.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I remember it was a painful match for me, 2006, because I think I arrived at the US Open playing better than before, because I had a not easy summer losing, I think, in round of 16 in Toronto, and quarterfinals in Cincinnati maybe. So I arrived playing so so, but during the tournament I was playing better and better. I think I lost that match because I was too yeah, I was too anxious for a moments. Remain a little bit of calm, because the match started bad, one set for him. But after that I won the second, and I had a set point I think in the third with easy, easy ball, no? So, yeah, was very difficult match. He's a great player, very aggressive, very flat shots. This court I think adapts very well to his game, so he's playing very good tennis. Gonna be very difficult to beat him. That's what I can say. And I have to play aggressive, because if I am losing court against him, gonna be impossible to come back. I have to play aggressive, serve well, and try to put him away of his right position with my forehand.

Q. Is this the freshest you've ever felt in New York physically and mentally? I mean, obviously you're healthy. But is it also because you changed your schedule at all? What adjustments did you make so that you get to this point where you feel so fresh?

RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't change a lot my schedule. My schedule just changed don't play in Barcelona. So I am fresher because I know how important is the US Open, and I'm fresher I think because I had to stop three weeks during the summer without tennis because I had to do a treatment on my knees. After that I started playing in Toronto and Cincinnati a little bit slow, slower than usual, no? Probably after that very well, after three or four months, very intense for my head, and a lot of emotions in that moments, since Monte Carlo to Wimbledon, 11 months without win a title, and after that win all these tournaments, very important tournaments for me. The body goes down a little bit, because you don't know I don't know, but the body, without no (through translation) with no intention, the body goes down a little bit. And after all these tournaments, when I started to play in Toronto was a little bit hard for me to not for the motivation, but you start a little bit more slower than usual, no? I think I was a little bit tired at that moment or without the right energy to play at my 100%. But arrive at these tournaments, everything change.

Q. Going back to the conditions today, which side of the court is harder to play from if you're looking at the umpire?

RAFAEL NADAL: In this court, normally the wind goes the main entrance for the players, other side?

Q. Uh huh.

RAFAEL NADAL: Other side. The winds go to other side. That side.

Q. Do you find it easier to play on the right?

RAFAEL NADAL: When you are playing when you are on the when you have the umpire to the left, left hand, that's always with the wind.

Q. Just quickly, could you describe the change you made to your serve?

RAFAEL NADAL: Another time, no, please? It's nothing decisive. It's part of the confidence, and I changed only a little bit the grip. That's all. Maybe tomorrow -- or after tomorrow I gonna serve disaster. For the moment works well.



Rafa's presumable road to immortality

R128 - Gabashvili 7:6 7:6 6:3
R64 - Istomin 6:2 7:6 7:5
R32 - Simon 6:4 6:4 6:2
R16 - Lopez 6:3 6:4 6:4
QF - Verdasco 7:5 6:3 6:4
SF - Youzhny
F - Federer/Djokovic

born_on_clay
09-10-2010, 05:38 PM
ok guys it's time to start to pray :angel:

careergrandslam
09-10-2010, 05:52 PM
im getting really nervous that rafa might mess this chance up to win the title..... AGAIN!

now is when the real tournament starts for rafa.

Foxy
09-10-2010, 06:32 PM
ok guys it's time to start to pray :angel:

We should all mortals pray for Death! ;)

Metis
09-10-2010, 08:00 PM
Rafa defeated Nando 7-5 6-3 6-4(or something :unsure:)



careergrandslam, metis(:rolleyes:), tennizen, MariaV, JG, X - best of luck next time, this time you just FAILED:

careergrandslam should have gotten his/her own separate FAIL :rolleyes:


you started well Andreea but remember it's important to finish well too :(

marvin0211
09-10-2010, 10:32 PM
hope Rafa wins but im still happy if he reach a final its a milestone for him

careergrandslam
09-11-2010, 04:46 AM
careergrandslam should have gotten his/her own separate FAIL :rolleyes:


you started well Andreea but remember it's important to finish well too :(

why?

MariaV
09-11-2010, 11:29 AM
At least Rafa has the first semifinal today. VAMOS!!!!!!!!! :rocker: :bounce: :bigclap: Not a great weather forecast for the weekend though. :o :unsure:

nashty
09-11-2010, 06:51 PM
WOW! First USO Final! Come on Rafa! Finish what you started!

born_on_clay
09-11-2010, 07:06 PM
you're all welcome to Rafa's Hall of Fame => my sig
big achievements this fortnight ! :cool:

Rafa, one more please
do it !
Vamos !
:angel:

Veronique
09-11-2010, 07:23 PM
ok guys it's time to start to pray :angel:

I've been praying since day 1. 50 Hail Marys every day.:angel:

acionescu
09-11-2010, 07:35 PM
Rafa defeats Misha 6-2 6-3 6-4 :bigclap:

post your picks, 2000 points (:hearts:) to be won!
R128 - Luinir :lol:
R64 -
R32 -
R16 - careergrandslam :mad:
QF - Metis, tennizen, MariaV, JolanGago, Xristos (the chicken :ras:)
SF - Minn, rafa_maniac, cristallh24 (the underestimaters :rolleyes: )
F - Betty, nashty, Naina (:scared:)
W - Foxy, Manequin75, Veronique, born on clay, acionescu(because I like the company :rocker2:)

Minn, rafa_maniac, cristallh24, stinking FAIL from you http://l.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/emoticons7/68.gif

http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/129168630649600196.jpg

16681
09-11-2010, 09:04 PM
:worship: Rafa :worship: And Vamos for tomorrow or whenever the Match is played :D I have heard rain is expected in New York tomorrow :sad:

star
09-11-2010, 09:44 PM
Foxy :worship:

Great thread starter.

born_on_clay
09-11-2010, 10:39 PM
I want those MIT points :devil:

MariaV
09-11-2010, 11:39 PM
Monday final would not be good for Rafa. So let's hope they can get it played tomorrow. :tape: :bolt:

marvin0211
09-12-2010, 01:15 AM
hope you win tomorrow Rafa for a career GS

Foxy
09-12-2010, 07:54 AM
The interview after Rafa's SF win.


Q. What does it mean to you to get to the finals of the US Open?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it's another step I think in my career, so for sure is a very important victory for me. Yeah, be in the final of the last Grand Slam of the year is something new, because I always arrived here with problems. I think I can say I did a very good tournament. Anyway, the result of tomorrow of course change a lot the result of the match of tomorrow. But I am very satisfied how I improved during all the tournament, because I didn't arrive to this tournament playing my best. That's a very important thing.

Q. I was wondering, with having to come back tomorrow, how important was it to get it over in three sets?

RAFAEL NADAL: Sure, always is important if it's three. If you have a match like I had in the semifinals of Australia a few years ago in 2009, I lost; I gonna lose for sure, no? But having three sets match and two hours, or a little bit more, of the match always is great, no? I gonna be in perfect conditions tomorrow, so that's very positive. We will see what happen.

Q. We don't know who's gonna get through here; Roger took the first set. Should he get through, people are saying this may just be the most important final in the Open era, if not in tennis history. I'm wondering what your thoughts are on that.

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't think is that important. That is for sure very important match, but is only one more match. So I think we played during both of our careers very important matches against each other. So for sure this one gonna be something new, because it's a different tournament. But for me it's not important, the match of tomorrow, than the final of Wimbledon 2008 or the final of Wimbledon 2007. That's my feeling.

Q. If it is Roger tomorrow against you, given your head to head record against him and the possibility of winning the career Grand Slam, earlier in the tournament you said, Roger is the greatest player ever in your mind. Do you feel as though you'll be on the path to be called the greatest player ever?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) No. No, no, is another match, and I don't think about the victory of tomorrow. We will see what happen with Roger. I think Roger is playing great level, probably the better level of the year for sure. So will be very difficult if he's in the final. If he's not, for sure Novak gonna be very difficult, too. Anyway, we suppose I won that final, I win that final, I gonna say the same. I am not of the way to be the best of the history, because that's very far. I really don't believe I can arrive to the Roger's level, no? So I think what Roger did is something almost impossible to repeat. I go day by day, and just like this I gonna have a chance to keep having chances to win important tournaments.

Q. We know that you don't like to look too far ahead, either in matches or in tournaments, but did you have a special feeling about this Open in the past few months for any reason because of the issues, the career slam possibly, that sort of thing?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I know if I am healthy is probably the year I gonna arrive better, because the mentality is there, the head is there during all the year to have a good tournament here. But for me, the most important tournament of the year 2010 was Roland Garros. You know, for me that was the most important tournament for me. And after that I was big confidence for me won in Roland Garros another time, because was very hard lose in 2009. So after that, I think I relaxed a lot. I can play very well on grass, and I said yesterday probably in Toronto/Cincinnati the body, it goes down a little bit for sure with this tournament. In the beginning I started playing so so. Is normal because the confidence wasn't at my best after having not very good two tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati. Toronto was okay, but Cincinnati the feeling wasn't great. So I worked a lot during the tournament to be back on my best level, no? The serve help me a lot on that, because that's give me a lot of confidence.

Q. Respectfully, in our sport, people love to talk about who is the greatest player of all time. In that conversation, do you think it should be based strictly on number of Grand Slams won, or do you feel there are other elements in it such as head to head?

RAFAEL NADAL: Head to head is not an element for me. Is a part of the statistics, but is not the decisive element. Even a Grand Slam is important element, but is not all on the tennis, because for me some things, more important things and more difficult things to do than win a Grand Slam. In my opinion, Roger won 16 Grand Slams already. But what he did, 23 or 24 semifinals in a row, that's something amazing. Is impossible to repeat, in my opinion. For me, what I did on clay the last six years in the previous tournaments, winning Monte Carlo six, Barcelona five, Rome five, and Hamburg one and Madrid another one. These previous places before Roland Garros is much more difficult to win than Roland Garros, because it's three sets, it's tournaments back to back, and you play against the best players since the first round. So in Roland Garros, Grand Slam, you normally can have a few rounds without playing above the top players, and that's can help you. And for the best players have the matches at five sets help us a little bit more, to have more time.

Q. Do you think Davis Cup or Olympics or Masters Series should be a consideration in the conversation?

RAFAEL NADAL: In the conversation, everybody is free to have his own opinion. (Laughter.) I am not one to say the steps, For that reason you are the best of the history. In my opinion, Roger is the best of the history, the best of the history that I ever see. I don't know Rod Laver, how it was in the past, because I wasn't in this world. (Laughter.) That's what I can say. The Masters 1000 I think is very important things, important tournaments, because you play against the best players of the world in every tournament. Is very difficult to win a Masters 1000 and Davis Cup for sure. But that's more difficult to say because you play by team, and you depends a little bit which team you have. Anyway, without the great team that I have in Spain, gonna be impossible have three Davis Cups already for me, no? So that's question about that. Olympics for sure is another thing. Olympics the most difficult thing to win, because you only gonna have one or two chances in your career. You have to be at the right moment at your best level.

Q. You said a moment ago that you thought Roger was playing the best tennis right now, of the year. Quite a few players in this press room in the last week have said that they think that he's playing the best tennis of his career. How much have you watched of his matches? Would you assess it as maybe the best of his career?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I don't know. I think Roger was amazing during all his career. Difficult to say right now he's playing best tennis of his career. He's playing at probably his best level without losing a set and having great victories against very difficult opponents. So probably is playing at his best level, but he played at unbelievable level a lot of times.

Q. Roger said before the tournament began that he wanted to face you in the finals. How do you feel right now at this moment with that match going on and you're already there?

RAFAEL NADAL: I feel great. For me, is a pleasure be here, to be the first player to be in the final. For me, I said before it's not a dream, because a dream is to win the tournament. But is very, very important tournament for me be in the final. I told you before, is another important tournament in my career. Right now gonna be very difficult to have the title. But I gonna try my best. I would love to play against another player than Roger in the final, because he is the best. (Laughter.)

Q. The way you play and the way you move on the court, it's like you were in 2003, 2004. Do you think tomorrow will be easy if you play against Djokovic?

RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't understand the first part.

Q. The first part is just a commentary. The way you move on the court now, the way you were moving is like you were moving in 2003, 2004.

RAFAEL NADAL: Me?

Q. Yes. So do you think tomorrow will be easy match for you?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, first thing is no answer, because you already answered yourself. (Laughter.) And second thing, I don't know. You think gonna be an easy match for me? I don't think so. For me gonna be very difficult match.

Q. If you face Novak Djokovic, tell me about that match, what you think of Nole.

RAFAEL NADAL: I played against him a lot of times, so he is probably -- when he's playing well, probably is the player who can play at high level for moments, no? Because he can have winners from every part of the court. He serve, when he's serving well, help him a lot, because he can have very good serves. He's a very difficult opponent for me, especially I had a lot of loses against him in this kind of surface. I have victories, too, but I have loses. So he's a great player. I think he deserve to be in that final, too, because fourth time he's in that situation. Well, he was in the final one time, but another time in semifinals. He always is here. He's a very regular player. He had I think for his level not easy season, because for him his aspirations, I think, is win a Grand Slam title than winning a Masters 1000 title. He fighted every week and every week was there, but the final he didn't win. So he deserve be there, because his mentality is always very positive, and he's a great guy, great player for our sport. For sure, if I play against him, gonna be very difficult.

Q. If you do face Roger, how different would it be tactically than facing him on the other surfaces where you've already played him?

RAFAEL NADAL: I played against him on this surface a lot of times, too, so is not a big difference. I don't know the tactic, because every court is different. But he's always very similar, I think.

Q. What, if anything, do you remember about the way Juan Martin Del Potro beat Roger here last year in the final? If Roger is your opponent, is it possible for you to learn anything tactically from Del Potro's approach, or does that have no significance to the way you would play Roger here?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, that's -- no, I can learn about my victories in the past against him. I can't learn about the victory of Juan Martin Del Potro against Federer last year, because he's completely different style of player. Del Potro have unbelievable serve, very flat shots from the baseline. My style is a little bit different, so I can't play like Del Potro did last year. At the same time that my opinion, Federer that year, last year, had to win that final because he was winning playing unbelievable in the beginning. Have break in the second, so it was yeah, he had the match under control, and something happened in the end of second and everything change.

Q. When you were a little boy, which players did you most enjoy watching?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I always enjoyed watching Carlos Moya. He's always very close to my village, so he was one of my favorite players, for sure.

Q. When you were on the court earlier, you acknowledged 9/11 and you talked about New York and how you felt embraced by the city. What prompted you to make those comments, and how has New York made you feel welcome?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Well, I think first thing, 9/11 was a big shock for everybody in the world. I remember everybody remember where they were at that moment, and I remember what happened that day and where I was. Yeah, was terrible shock for me, especially because I was in the top of the twin towers few months before. So, yeah, that's just the minimum thing that I can say, all the support for the victims and for the families for sure is always in my mind. When I came back after the disaster, in the first six years I always was there at Ground Zero every time watching that. So, yep, that's probably the most impact view that I had in all my life.

Q. Your serve, I mean, how much work have you put into the serve and how much has it made a change for you, the little changes that you made?

RAFAEL NADAL: Every day I explain, and probably today I didn't serve as good as I did during all the week. But I still served well, better than usual. I change a little bit the grip, and what I change especially is the position. Important thing is I know I have to serve well if I really want to have any day the chance to win here. So I always repeat this to myself. I worked a lot to serve well during all my career, and I have to keep working that hard. The serve at the point of today is good, but not enough. I don't have the control of the situation with my serve because every day is new for me, and I served already very good for the last six matches. We will see what happen tomorrow, but I don't feel I have completely defined the serve. So that's what I have to keep working on that way, because right now I think I am in the right way to finally serve well.

Q. When athletes win consistently and they reach the level you have, No. 1, they're very stubborn. They don't want to change anything. Why are you able to adapt and change things in your game even at the level you've reached?

RAFAEL NADAL: I think I changed the strings in the end of the season. So, yeah, you are in the top, but the things works very well, but can works better always and worse. But always you have a risk, and you have to -- I don't know. In English is not -- I am not inspired today. Only inspiration was on court. (Laughter.) Forget. (Laughter.)

Q. You've always been extremely hungry. You could have been the king of clay only, and you worked and worked to win Wimbledon. You could have done just that, and you worked and worked to do what you're doing on hard court. Does that hunger come from, I want to win everywhere, or is it just, I want to be the best I can be? Why is it you're always not satisfied?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, because I always thought I always can keep improving. That's why I am playing, to keep improving and to feel myself better player than before. I go to practice every day not to practice; I go to practice every day to try to learn something and to keep improving my level. I already won on hard, so that's not nothing new for me to win on this surface. But the conditions in every tournament are different, and I need to have more options to do to try to win against difficult players like today. Like in the past, I had a lot of problems against Youzhny in the past, because I was playing before two meters behind the baseline or three meters behind the baseline, all the balls higher with topspin, and he had always the chance to come inside. Now I can change the rhythm. I can play a slice backhand. I can serve, win a little bit more free points with the serve, and I can play more close to the baseline. So the position on court improved, the slice backhand improved, and it was important shot for me to stop the rhythm of that player. For sure the forehand always was good. The true, I think I am more close to the baseline now.



Rafa's presumable road to immortality

R128 - Gabashvili 7:6 7:6 6:3
R64 - Istomin 6:2 7:6 7:5
R32 - Simon 6:4 6:4 6:2
R16 - Lopez 6:3 6:4 6:4
QF - Verdasco 7:5 6:3 6:4
SF - Youzhny 6:2 6:3 6:4
F - Djokovic

MariaV
09-12-2010, 02:15 PM
Uhhhhhhh, so it doesn't look THAT bad for the afternoon so there's still hope they get to play today? :scratch:

Weather Information
(as of Sunday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. ET)

US Open Media Advisory for Sunday, Sept. 12, Session 26

Based on the latest official weather report from the US Open meteorologist, we are expecting intermittent showers today between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., with occasional showers after 3 p.m. We expect to complete all scheduled matches today, with play not to begin before 1 p.m.

Our next weather advisory will be issued at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon.

For official updates, stay tuned to USOpen.org.

(All times ET)



http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2010-09-11/201009111284215130089.html

allpro
09-12-2010, 04:26 PM
uno mas.......BAMOS!! :drink: :drink: :smoke: :smoke:

Foxy
09-13-2010, 04:14 PM
Nadal - Youzhny SF Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqZg-CXw7wQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yHqYxx87dA

I can't find the Nadal - Verdasco extended highlights. Can someone help me, please? Thanks.

16681
09-14-2010, 02:31 AM
Rafa U.S. Open 2010 Champion :worship:

Metis
09-14-2010, 02:34 AM
Foxy :worship:


:D

allpro
09-14-2010, 02:36 AM
it is finished :drink::drink: :smoke::smoke::smoke::smoke::smoke: :yeah: :worship:

Minn
09-14-2010, 02:52 AM
:banana: :dance: :banana: :dance: :banana:

star
09-14-2010, 02:57 AM
:worship: Foxy


Excellent thread start. Your first slam. :) :)

Jelena_78
09-14-2010, 03:01 AM
Rafa was too good today! :worship:

Congrats on winning his 1st USO and completing a career Grand Slam! :clap2:

:wavey:

marvin0211
09-14-2010, 03:03 AM
congrats Rafa for a career golden slam

Veronique
09-14-2010, 03:40 AM
Foxy :worship::worship::worship:

Mimi
09-14-2010, 03:43 AM
:bowdown::bowdown: All hail king Foxy and king Rafa

Foxy
09-14-2010, 05:49 AM
Thank you, all!!! I am crying at the moment!!! Amazing achievement. :worship: Here is my final masterpiece dedicated to the greatest of all time Rafa Nadal and his incredible die hard fans! Enjoy!

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/7058/rafanadaltitlescollagev.png (http://img820.imageshack.us/i/rafanadaltitlescollagev.png/)

Foxy
09-14-2010, 05:58 AM
The Interview after the Career Golden Grand Slam!


Q. Congratulations. It's a remarkable achievement what you did out there tonight and in such an impressive fashion with such great play. Now you have the career Grand Slam. Talk about what tonight means to you and this trophy means to you.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, well, just thank you very much, first thing. Yeah, it was amazing feeling. I think win against Novak is always very, very difficult, and the results say that lots of times, I lost against him. So I think for the first time in my career I played a very, very good match in this tournament. That's my feeling, no? I played my best match in the US Open at the most important moment, so I am very, very happy for that, for sure.

Q. In the career Grand Slam, though...

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I know, for you, very important, that. (Laughter.) You know, I still 24. I have, I know, for me, it's a dream have the career Grand Slam, but this is more dream have the US Open. Is some moments unbelievable feeling because I worked a lot all my life, in all difficult moments to be here, but I never imagined have the four Grand Slams.

Q. Can you talk a little bit how you've improved your hardcourt game? Because obviously you started on clay and then you made a big adjustment for grass. What have you done to become a champion on hardcourts?

RAFAEL NADAL: I did, in 2009, I won in Australia, too.

Q. But you're better now.

RAFAEL NADAL: Maybe, or maybe not. I don't know. (Laughter.) Is part of the moment and part of the situation, no? And part of the confidence. So always when you are playing well and when you are in the right moment with big confidence, seems like you improved a lot. But, you know, there are moments when you are not playing that good, when you lose your confidence, you lose matches, and seems like you are not playing that good and you forgot to play tennis. It's not like this, and it is not like this I improved a lot since 2009. I think I improved my tennis a little bit but is not a radical change, no? Sure, to win in here in the US Open I think is the more difficult tournament for me to play, more difficult conditions to adapt, to adjust my game on this court, for the balls, for the court, for everything, no? In Australia, anyway, if it's hot, the ball, the bounce are higher. And in Wimbledon, is true I have to adjust a lot my game to play in Wimbledon, but in my opinion, play in Wimbledon for me always wasn't that bad, because one of the most important things on Wimbledon is the movements, and I think my movements are good to play well in that surface. The surface help me, because my serve was not that good, that I have today, and with less serve I can do it the same, the same to the opponent as what I have today at this tournament especially and with this serve and with the US Open. For that reason I think the hardcourt always was the most difficult surface to play good for me, especially with the serve because I have to play almost every point, and probably the serve make the big difference in this tournament.

Q. I think you're strong mentally keep point for completing Grand Slam. How you keep your mental so strong, consistent?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I think my the practice is done a lot of years ago, so is not the moment now that I have. I am strong now because I think practice everything you can practice everything. I think the mentality, I practice it a lot, my mentality, a lot when I was a kid, so right now for me it is a little bit easier, I think.

Q. What do you think you have to accomplish to convince yourself that you're ahead of Roger, maybe the greatest ever?

RAFAEL NADAL: Remain a lot of titles, so that's no doubt about that, no? I think I am more than happy that with my titles, for sure I think is talk about if I am better or worse than Roger is stupid, because the titles say he's much better than me, so that's the true at that moment. I think will be the true all my life. But, sure, for me, always, always Roger was an example, especially because he improved his tennis I think during all his career, and that's a good thing that you can copy, no? So I try to copy this, and I know Roger and me are different, much different styles. Being better than Roger I don't think so is the right moment to talk about that, because I am I don't think that.

Q. What do you think the future of your rivalry is with him? How long do you think it will last?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. Well, now Novak is, too, but he has to defend a lot of points now in the end of the season now, Novak, too. He gonna have his chance to be win the year No. 2, Novak, too. But Roger is there, too, to finish No. 2. You know, we start every year, and a lot of new players and good players are there like well, not new, Novak and Andy are not new, Andy Murray, but always come new players, very good players. But for the last six years, Roger and me was we were No. 1 and No. 2, no? So that's probably a great rivalry since that six years. We will see what happens in the future. I am not a genius.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about today's rain delay, what you did during that time and what you told yourself about the match?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, well, the delay, it wasn't in the right moment for me, but just go back to the locker room, have a shower, and have all the tapes another time. That's what I did.

Q. What did you tell yourself about the match at that point?

RAFAEL NADAL: Nothing special, no? I think -- I thought before the match gonna be very difficult for me to win this match today, because the style of Novak is very difficult for me, because he play aggressive, he play very inside the court with very complete shots on the baseline, forehand and backhand, and difficult for me. But I started the match feeling the ball great, and for me what I said to myself is I did another time, so I can do it another time. So just be there, fight every point and try to play with high intensity all the time, so I know if I play with high intensely, put a lot of balls inside and play long. Finally, I think he can be more tired than me, so if the match is long, I think I gonna have a little bit of advantage, and that's what I thought before the match. But if he starts to play like he did in Paris, is true indoor is different, my level is completely different now than what I did in the Masters 1000 in Paris last year, but when he's playing at his best, he's very difficult to stop.

Q. I'm sorry we broke a tradition. Normally when the winner of the Grand Slam comes in the media room, everybody claps. We didn't do it tonight. (Applause.) Second thing, you're ahead of Roger being 24 years old of three Slams. I'd like to know, now that you lost only five times the serve in all tournament, only one set, what is your goal now? Because you won already everything, Davis Cup, Olympic Games, all the four Slams. Is the major goal to reach Roger or something else?

RAFAEL NADAL: Is very, very -- is too far. 16 for me is too far for me to think about that, no?

Q. So what else?

RAFAEL NADAL: My goal is all the time and all my life was the same, is keep improving and feel myself better player next year than what I felt this year. Being better player doesn't mean you gonna win more than you did, because win or lose sometimes is part of the moment and part of the confidence. But my goal remains for me that the Masters Cup is the big, yeah, probably the last big tournament that I didn't win. That's true is the most difficult title for me to win, because we play it in indoor, and when indoor, indoor very quick surface, so gonna be always very difficult if we don't change that. But at the same time is a challenge for me to keep improving to have the chance to play well there and to have the chance to win. So that's what I gonna try this year. For me right now the next goal is try to finish the season much better than what I did in other years. The last part of the season always was difficult for me. Well, today it started to be less difficult, that's true. But, yeah, I want to finish the season if it's possible with a good feeling.

Q. I spoke to Mats Wilander, and he said that you are the most improved player this year. You've won 21 matches and only dropped 2 sets. He says you're one hell of a special athlete. What could you do to improve since you've done so much with all these titles? How do you think you can improve?

RAFAEL NADAL: For me the most important thing is try to keep serving like I did during this tournament. I think that's if I can do it, this most of the times gonna be a big change for me and my tennis career, because if I have that free points that I had during all this tournament gonna be different for me. I can play more aggressive. I can play with more calm when I am returning. So can change a lot. So that's, for me, the first very important part to keep improving. After that, I can improve everything: volley, keep improving the volley, keep improving the position on court, being more inside the court. I improved a lot since last year, but never is enough. I am not a perfect player, so everybody can improve.

Q. Did you expect such good play from Novak in the second set?

RAFAEL NADAL: I expect everything from Novak because he's the No. 2 of the world, and his level is very, very high. I'm sure he gonna win this tournament very soon, no? Because his level is unbelievable, and I think he has the right game to win here and to win in almost every place, no, or in every place. So I wish him the best of luck, because he's a great athlete, but at the same time is a great, great person. When he lose, is not easy to do it what he do all the time when he lose matches. That's very positive for the sport and great example for everybody.

Q. You've achieved so much over these brief years starting maybe with the clay court streak and then winning in so many different circumstances. In the big picture, we sort of debate what are your greatest strengths. What do you think your greatest strengths are as a champion? Is it strokes or focus, willingness to make changes, attitude? What do you think are your two or three greatest strengths?

RAFAEL NADAL: What's my best thing? I think the mentality, attitude on court I think always was good for me. I am positive on court, and I fight all the time. But not the only thing. Positive attitude is not only fight on court. I think I was able to listen all the time to the coach and to have adjustments and to be ready to change things to be better and to improve. So probably that's was the best thing for me. If we talk about the game, for sure for me I think the best thing that I have is my intensity on court, no? When I am playing well, the intensity always is high. The rhythm is high. Sometimes yes but not always I have easy winners or with one shot winner, but I can have winners after three, four shots having a great rhythm all the time, no? So the focus on court I think was -- that's similar, no, the rhythm and focus. I can, I think, play at the same rhythm and the same level long time. So that's what I think my best thing is.

Q. He did a great job fighting off breakpoints. Did this make you nervous, or what did you think when he actually converted with so many great shots?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, on the statistics of the ATP I was No. 1 on breakpoints converted, so I think after this tournament I don't want to be No. 1 on breakpoints converted. Sure, because the second set I had big chance to go for the second break and decide the set before. I had to serve for the set with 5 4, and that's always dangerous. That's when I didn't convert any chance of the to do the second break. For sure was a little bit nervous for me, because especially on the 5 4 I have 15 30. So that was a very important moment, and at that moment I did something that I never did: three serves, one ace and two service winners. So that's the big experience for me, and believe me, that's good.

Q. Can you describe how much things have changed for you in the past 12, 15 months, whether you're surprised at how fast things have changed?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, the life change sometimes, no? Ten months ago seems like I never gonna be another time the same. Now seems I gonna be one of the greatest, so I don't think that's not that bad in that moment and not that good in this moment. So always is in the middle, I think, no? Last year I had a difficult year. Well, I had a great year because when you win a Grand Slam and three Masters 1000 you have a great year, but is true the second half of the year was very difficult for me, have some personal problems, home, and after, I have a lot of injuries, here the abdominal, before, the knees. So, yeah, wasn't an easy year. But is, at the same time, for sure, is not good have these moments but live these moments but at the same time, yes, because after that, when you come back, you are ready to (through translation) value how difficult is win titles and how difficult is be there all the time, no? When I came back and I started to win in Monte Carlo, you know, the emotion is completely different. So when you are winning and winning for a moments, you forgot how difficult this is do, is do it, no, is win tournaments no? So I didn't win a tournament for 11 months. I played for six months very bad. So after that, I think I was ready to come back in January of this year. I started the season playing really well, but the titles didn't came since I started in Monte Carlo, so was four months of playing well but hard moments, too. I was ready to win but without a victory. So I think I was I had great mentality at that moment.

Q. This is not a criticism, but what took you so long to get in here after you left the court? Were you celebrating with your family? Taking a shower? What were you doing that took you so long to get in here?

RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. To come over here. What took you so long? It's not a criticism. But what were you doing?

RAFAEL NADAL: Before?

Q. Yeah.

RAFAEL NADAL: I had the control antidoping, and saying hello, all the US Open staff and say thanks, everybody, for the organization, for the facilities that they give me, they give to me. After that, I was with the authorities, they came, thank you very much. Infanta, she came. Cristina, sorry. Cristina came. And the president of the Spanish Federation and the family. Just be out there for the family for a few minutes, and afterwards I was in the locker room organization, and having (through translation) planning? No. Organizing all the clothes. I have show in the locker.

Q. I know you don't like to compare, all right? You don't like to compare this and that and that, but you had so many celebrations, so many great moments in your career, and I saw you last this summer celebrating like if you were crazy when Spain won the World Cup in soccer. I'd like to know which is the emotion that really, you know, that causes you more joy in your life as being the most, the biggest that you never forget more than others?

RAFAEL NADAL: Every feeling is different and at the same time is good, no? Every victory is special, if we speak about my victories. Some ones are more than other ones. This one is very special for me, because is the last one remain. So when Spain won the World Cup was amazing. I was crying like like today, maybe, no? But is different feelings, but at the same time every feeling is unbelievable. But is very difficult to compare. Football is unbelievable. You know how big is football in Spain, or maybe you don't know, but we deserved that title. (Laughter.) We deserved that title a few years ago. Maybe you forgot. You forgot about the World Cup of '94 here? (Laughter.) (Motioning with elbow .) But we don't forgot. It was very emotional moment for us, for World Cup.

Betty
09-14-2010, 06:01 AM
i always love the foxy:D

and my antijinx mit worked:banana:

allpro
09-14-2010, 06:21 AM
Thank you, all!!! I am crying at the moment!!! Amazing achievement. :worship: Here is my final masterpiece dedicated to the greatest of all time Rafa Nadal and his incredible die hard fans! Enjoy!

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/7058/rafanadaltitlescollagev.png (http://img820.imageshack.us/i/rafanadaltitlescollagev.png/)

nice. and i look forward to the wtf artwork.

Aenea
09-14-2010, 06:30 AM
Congrats, Champion. You have achieved more than I ever hoped for!!

:worship: :worship:

Mimi
09-14-2010, 06:55 AM
:bowdown::bowdown::bigclap::bigclap: thank you so much king Foxy for this piece of art:worship:

ktdude
09-14-2010, 08:30 AM
Great work Foxy and I love the sig Aenea!

JolánGagó
09-14-2010, 09:38 AM
Great job Foxy :yeah:

Please start every tourney thread :worship: :worship: :worship:

shawshank
09-14-2010, 09:38 AM
Foxy, you are as good as Rafa :) You have to start also Masters Cup thread this year :)
The best moment for me in Rafa's career :)
I was sooo happy- amazing!

born_on_clay
09-14-2010, 10:20 AM
Foxy, you are as good as Rafa :) You have to start also Masters Cup thread this year :)
The best moment for me in Rafa's career :)
I was sooo happy- amazing!

seconded
I was crying last night
The tears of joy :)

Foxy
09-14-2010, 10:22 AM
Foxy, you are as good as Rafa :) You have to start also Masters Cup thread this year :)
The best moment for me in Rafa's career :)
I was sooo happy- amazing!

Thanks. I will probably do it once again at Masters Cup. That is the only big thing left to be won for Rafa's trophy room. ;)

Mimi
09-14-2010, 11:02 AM
may change my present avator when rafa won his 10th slams:D

star
09-14-2010, 12:44 PM
Great job Foxy :yeah:

Please start every tourney thread :worship: :worship: :worship:

We should save her for grand slams. :) :)

acionescu
09-14-2010, 12:46 PM
Great job Foxy :yeah:

Please start every tourney thread :worship: :worship: :worship:

Don't be greedy :( we're not fans of that player obsessed by trophies :rolleyes:

Let Foxy relaxed to spare his forces :ras:

acionescu
09-14-2010, 06:30 PM
Rafa wins his 9th GS by defending Nole 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2 :woohoo: :woohoo:

post your picks, 2000 points (:hearts:) to be won!
R128 - Luinir :lol:
R64 -
R32 -
R16 - careergrandslam :mad:
QF - Metis, tennizen, MariaV, JolanGago, Xristos (the chicken :ras:)
SF - Minn, rafa_maniac, cristallh24 (the underestimaters :sobbing: )
F - Betty, nashty, Naina (:rolleyes:)
W - Foxy, Manequin75, Veronique, born on clay, acionescu(the visioneers, the greatest, the best Rafa fans :worship: :worship: )

Betty, nashty, Naina: Ouch, painful defeat....!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JYnju_tDnIA/SYj9uagrrxI/AAAAAAAABso/z1EycDjh56o/s400/Federer_Crying.JPG

Foxy, manequin75, Veronique, born on clay and if you allow me, last but not least, acionescu, are the worthy winners :worship: lets celebrate :rocker2:

http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/129126345547917897.jpg

star
09-14-2010, 06:41 PM
:lol:

:hatoff: Good job, Andrea!

dorkino
09-14-2010, 08:33 PM
Vamooooooossss. :woohoo: :woohoo: :bounce::bounce::yippee:

Wanted to share the happiness with my fellow Rafatards who have always believed in him and refused to shut him out at hard times.:hug::hug:


Rafa gives an honorable example of succeeding through hard work , belief , felxibility for improvement and all in the modest way. Thanks Rafa for giving us a refreshing hope in this world. :bigclap::yeah:

Manila ESQ
09-14-2010, 08:52 PM
We all know that Rafa is the greatest clay court player of all time. But he was not satisfied with this. Through determination, he was able to win all the other slams.

Wimbledon - Rafa lost his first 2 finals against Roger. While Andy Roddick got demoralized after losing slam finals to Roger, this is not true for our Rafa. The following year, he beat Roger in the greatest match of all time. Then, he won another one this year.

Australian Open - Nobody gave him a chance to win AO 2009, after having to beat Verdasco in 5 sets in the semifinals day before the finals. But what do you know? He beat Roger in the finals in 5 sets, reducing Roger to tears.

US Open - Again, he was not given any much of a chance to win the US Open. But this year, he proved to the world that he is one of the greatest players of all time. He became the youngest player in the open era to complete the career slam. He is also the first man to win 3 consecutive slams in 3 surfaces.

Aside from the career slam, he also won the Olympic gold medal in 2008 giving him the Career Golden Slam. Note that he won the Olympic gold in probably his worst surface. So, it was really a monumental effort.

So, congratulations Rafa, and to all his fans, it's celebration time!!!

Vamos_Me_Rafa
09-14-2010, 09:00 PM
I said this in the other Rafachat thread but I'm so happy Rafa won the USO/Career Slam on my 21st birthday. :sobbing::hearts::worship: I made all my friends sit down and watch the final before we went out drinking. :devil:

Mimi
09-15-2010, 02:40 AM
Vamooooooossss. :woohoo: :woohoo: :bounce::bounce::yippee:

Wanted to share the happiness with my fellow Rafatards who have always believed in him and refused to shut him out at hard times.:hug::hug:


Rafa gives an honorable example of succeeding through hard work , belief , felxibility for improvement and all in the modest way. Thanks Rafa for giving us a refreshing hope in this world. :bigclap::yeah:

so glad to see you dorkino, i missed you so much :lol::hug::smooch:

Mimi
09-15-2010, 02:41 AM
I said this in the other Rafachat thread but I'm so happy Rafa won the USO/Career Slam on my 21st birthday. :sobbing::hearts::worship: I made all my friends sit down and watch the final before we went out drinking. :devil:

happy birthday, I wish I were as young as you:eek::mad::D:wavey::cool:

Veronique
09-15-2010, 03:46 AM
I'm emotionally exhausted.

Foxy
09-15-2010, 07:24 AM
Nadal - Djokovic Final Highlights Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqfdQGIJcx0

Nadal - Djokovic Final Highlights Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4mW_HzNbvQ

Rafael Nadal Us Open 2010 Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC2m1DguBQo

rafa_maniac
09-15-2010, 01:47 PM
Got to be in the stands monday night to watch Rafa finally lift that US trophy in person. Everyone around me was going nuts. Definately one of those moments in life I'll never forget, and I'm sure Rafa won't either :lol: Vamos Campeon, doesn't matter what you do or don't achieve in the rest of your career, you've already given your fans more than we could ever have dreamed possible :worship:

marvin0211
09-15-2010, 01:52 PM
congrats for the threadstarter and all Rafa fans enjoy the moment

dorkino
09-15-2010, 06:58 PM
so glad to see you dorkino, i missed you so much :lol::hug::smooch:


Mimiiiiiiiiii and me too lotsssss. How's life going with you ?? Hope you're as Happy as Rafa now :lol::hug::smooch:

star
09-15-2010, 08:04 PM
Got to be in the stands monday night to watch Rafa finally lift that US trophy in person. Everyone around me was going nuts. Definately one of those moments in life I'll never forget, and I'm sure Rafa won't either :lol: Vamos Campeon, doesn't matter what you do or don't achieve in the rest of your career, you've already given your fans more than we could ever have dreamed possible :worship:

I am so happy for you!! What a marvelous experience!

Veronique
09-15-2010, 09:26 PM
Got to be in the stands monday night to watch Rafa finally lift that US trophy in person. Everyone around me was going nuts. Definately one of those moments in life I'll never forget, and I'm sure Rafa won't either :lol: Vamos Campeon, doesn't matter what you do or don't achieve in the rest of your career, you've already given your fans more than we could ever have dreamed possible :worship:

What an experience! I would have loved to be there. I wouldn't have a voice for days. LOL

Mimi
09-16-2010, 03:01 AM
Mimiiiiiiiiii and me too lotsssss. How's life going with you ?? Hope you're as Happy as Rafa now :lol::hug::smooch:
not good not bad:p. I wish you are good :hug::smooch::smooch:


yes i am happy coz i never thought rafa would win us open, but for me, the happiest moment was still at the time he won his first wimby, coz wimby is the greatest tennis tournament for me:worship:

benny1234
09-24-2010, 08:47 AM
Got to be in the stands monday night to watch Rafa finally lift that US trophy in person. Everyone around me was going nuts. Definately one of those moments in life I'll never forget, and I'm sure Rafa won't either :lol: Vamos Campeon, doesn't matter what you do or don't achieve in the rest of your career, you've already given your fans more than we could ever have dreamed possible :worship:


Sounds great!!

the cat
10-13-2010, 12:57 AM
Rafael Nadal is so deserving of the career grand slam and all the greatness he attains in his career. :D :tennis: Rafa plays so hard and cares so much about tennis it's great to see. I haven't posted at MTF in over 2 months and so much has happened since then. Mainly Nadal winning his 9th grand slam singles title and career grand slam at the 2010 U.S. Open. :) :cool: He earned it.

Mimi
10-13-2010, 01:35 AM
Rafael Nadal is so deserving of the career grand slam and all the greatness he attains in his career. :D :tennis: Rafa plays so hard and cares so much about tennis it's great to see. I haven't posted at MTF in over 2 months and so much has happened since then. Mainly Nadal winning his 9th grand slam singles title and career grand slam at the 2010 U.S. Open. :) :cool: He earned it.

:woohoo::hug::smooch::banana::rocker: my dear catti is here