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USO R4: Nadal def. Lopez 6-3 6-4 6-4

Luinir
09-08-2010, 06:15 AM
Good effort from Lopez but Nadal was too solid for him. Nadal was better against Istomin and Simon but this is a good performance though.

Good chance to him against Verdasco in quarters!

DuMa
09-08-2010, 06:17 AM
i think the late start had both of them off their game. but nadal impressive that he hasnt lost his serve so far.

azinna
09-08-2010, 06:17 AM
Solid and couldn't really be in doubt given that Lopez has little security in his shots.

Arkulari
09-08-2010, 06:17 AM
Rafa played much better against Istomin and Simon, but was solid enough to get away with this match

Topspindoctor
09-08-2010, 06:19 AM
30/14 W/UE 9 aces, 4/4 BP saved :)

djb84xi
09-08-2010, 06:19 AM
that was a solid match for Rafa. still hasn't dropped serve. impressive! feli didn't stand a chance. hope nando is ready for a beatdown too.

Voo de Mar
09-08-2010, 06:20 AM
Second straight boring match of Baldal :zzz: Don't expect too much of his next match against Bendoverdasco ;)

Topspindoctor
09-08-2010, 06:21 AM
Win % on first serve... 90% :eek::eek:

rafa_maniac
09-08-2010, 06:21 AM
Pretty good from Rafa. Didn't serve as well as against Simon and reverted to dropping his shots too short on this surface but more than good enough for a player like Feli. Youzhny in the semis could be the first big test.

Thkmra
09-08-2010, 06:21 AM
Very little doubt Rafa will win this tournament, and complete the Slam!!

FormerRafaFan
09-08-2010, 06:23 AM
A little bit weak and passive in the third set, otherwise very good from Rafa. Good serve, almost double as many winners as UE's.. He got it done in 3. All in all a good match from Rafa today (or should I say tonight? :p)

Mechlan
09-08-2010, 06:23 AM
Too easy. Expected.

FormerRafaFan
09-08-2010, 06:24 AM
30/14 W/UE 9 aces, 4/4 BP saved :)

Exactly. If that's not solid, I don't know what is :)

Sure, he played better in the earlier rounds, but.. At least he got it done in three here, and the stats are good.

Priam
09-08-2010, 06:25 AM
Lopez was too inconsistent. Funny thing was his horrendous dropshot attempt in the 2nd.

Nadal has to improve his play in the next rounds. 1st serve% was a little low for him.

HarryMan
09-08-2010, 06:30 AM
Nadal is looking very good and this is the toughest he has ever been at US open. His serve is extremely good and gets him out of trouble, which wasn't the case previously. Anyone who wants to beat him has to work even harder than in the past on hard courts.

His ROS is his only main weakness in his game. Other than that, his game looks very solid for winning the US open this year.

kindling
09-08-2010, 06:31 AM
Another nightmare. Hard to watch another uninteresting beatdown. Lopez, Verdasco, and Ferrer must get together and talk s&#@ on Rafa behind his back. They've got to be tired of his dominance.

straitup
09-08-2010, 06:33 AM
Totally predictable and boring, but a good performance for Rafa once again. Lopez was flustered from the first ball, thank god he didn't keep up the form he had for the opening of the first set :tape:

careergrandslam
09-08-2010, 06:43 AM
rafas serving was good but his ROS is absolutely awful and he was back to his old self dropping too many balls short.

born_on_clay
09-08-2010, 06:46 AM
3 more, please :)

moon language
09-08-2010, 06:48 AM
Comfortable win. Verdasco could be troublesome if he's not gassed.

Also, 135mph serve.

gbmkc
09-08-2010, 06:54 AM
Was another outcome actually possible?

Good for Rafa.

The Magician
09-08-2010, 06:58 AM
Nadal is getting worse as the tournament is going. Luckily for him Lopez and Verdasco have a 0% chance of ever beating Nadal in a slam, but Nadal will have to get very lucky with who he plays in the final to even have a shot.

FormerRafaFan
09-08-2010, 07:00 AM
The most awesome thing is that Lopez actually didn't play that badly, especially in the 3rd. Nadal was just too good, with that serve and those returns (again, not as good in the 3rd). He is a serious contender for the title now IMO. And he has improved on most issues people seemed to list for him not winning a GS. His serve now is just.. wow. People should be scared.

I just hope for another epic match against Verdasco although it will get though for Verdasco, he can't have much gas in the tank left after that 5 setter. What annoys me the most is that he could have ended it in 4, had he only won the 2nd set TB. ARGH :(

sabina_RF_lee
09-08-2010, 07:01 AM
Poor tennis. Its so hilarious, nadal never reached final here, and now the door for final is open.
Tennis is dead

*Jean*
09-08-2010, 07:04 AM
Feli :( :hug:

Luinir
09-08-2010, 07:08 AM
Poor tennis. Its so hilarious, nadal never reached final here, and now the door for final is open.
Tennis is dead

why? rafa is one of the best tennis players in the history and he deserves to be in final here. btw, he still have to win 2 matches for reach the final.

Mimi
09-08-2010, 07:08 AM
rafas serving was good but his ROS is absolutely awful and he was back to his old self dropping too many balls short.

what is ROS?:confused:

Arkulari
09-08-2010, 07:11 AM
Nadal is getting worse as the tournament is going. Luckily for him Lopez and Verdasco have a 0% chance of ever beating Nadal in a slam, but Nadal will have to get very lucky with who he plays in the final to even have a shot.

which picture do you want for your avatar:

http://blogs.putalocura.com/torbe/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/rafa-nadal.jpg

http://www.denuncia-social.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/rafa-nadal-photoshop.gif

we can make something really awesome in photoshop for you :hearts:

Priam
09-08-2010, 07:20 AM
How many balls did Lopez shank?!

moonlightdance
09-08-2010, 07:22 AM
what is ROS?:confused:

return of serve ;)

Calidreth
09-08-2010, 07:25 AM
Looking good Nadal, lets see if you can go all the way this time.

Mimi
09-08-2010, 07:28 AM
return of serve ;)

thanks:D

FormerRafaFan
09-08-2010, 07:33 AM
How many balls did Lopez shank?!

I don't know, but it was quite a lot. I lost count of how many balls both netted. Nadal wsn't exactly THAT good today either. He netted a few balls himself.

bad gambler
09-08-2010, 07:39 AM
Nadal is getting worse as the tournament is going. Luckily for him Lopez and Verdasco have a 0% chance of ever beating Nadal in a slam, but Nadal will have to get very lucky with who he plays in the final to even have a shot.

Maybe Verdasco should ask him to play right handed then! Then you might think he deserves to be in the final if he gets there!!

moon language
09-08-2010, 07:40 AM
Hard to imagine Nadal not winning this title, but crazier things have happened.

nadal_slam_king
09-08-2010, 08:08 AM
Nadal is getting worse as the tournament is going. Luckily for him Lopez and Verdasco have a 0% chance of ever beating Nadal in a slam, but Nadal will have to get very lucky with who he plays in the final to even have a shot.

Nadal can afford to get much much worse before Federer even gets a set from him. Nobody is close to Nadal's level right now.

MariaV
09-08-2010, 08:35 AM
Another nightmare. Hard to watch another uninteresting beatdown. Lopez, Verdasco, and Ferrer must get together and talk s&#@ on Rafa behind his back. They've got to be tired of his dominance.

They're way too nice people for that. ;)

Xristos
09-08-2010, 08:37 AM
What happened at the end of the match at the nets? Nadal and Feli seemed to exchange words, what was all that about?

nadal_slam_king
09-08-2010, 08:43 AM
What happened at the end of the match at the nets? Nadal and Feli seemed to exchange words, what was all that about?

The last words Nadal said were picked up by the umpire's mic and he said "Very well played". Not sure what Lopez said but it was probably something like "You are going to win the US Open" because it looked like Nadal shook his head in disagreement.

Montego
09-08-2010, 08:51 AM
http://blogs.putalocura.com/torbe/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/rafa-nadal.jpg

we can make something really awesome in photoshop for you :hearts:

This one really waits to be photoshopped :devil:

FlameOn
09-08-2010, 09:00 AM
Feli. :sad: Good tournament. :hug:

sabina_RF_lee
09-08-2010, 09:07 AM
This one really waits to be photoshopped :devil:

hell ya :worship:
banana:devil:

nastoff
09-08-2010, 09:08 AM
Verdasco will be a lot more competitive, Lopez was too inconsistent to be pressure on Nadal.

ossie
09-08-2010, 09:44 AM
lopez had the right gameplan and wasnt half bad with his execution but when your playing againt rafa in this form you need to be top notch and make no mistake. the same counts for any1 else he faces be it verdasco or fed.

TennisOnWood
09-08-2010, 10:06 AM
2 strikes of 20 consecutive sets won in Slams in one season :)

3 to immortality :worship:

nadal_slam_king
09-08-2010, 10:41 AM
2 strikes of 20 consecutive sets won in Slams in one season :)

3 to immortality :worship:

Nice catch, Nadal is a stat matchine :)

henke007
09-08-2010, 10:42 AM
http://i36.tinypic.com/2r5z12o.gif

Rafa#Uno:-)
09-08-2010, 10:47 AM
didnt see the match but heard here Rafas ROS return of serves were bad.
Hmm he use to be quite good returner but his weakness is he stands to way back....
Lopez has the banana serve which means rafa couldnt reach the serves....

Verdasco has a banana serve too.....sqary for rafa.....

Well 135 mph by rafa in his serve
wow
he changed his grip GOODY!!

Will it be at fed-nadal final?


Söderling has a small small chance against the Genie Federer

but what is the odds? small

Sophocles
09-08-2010, 11:09 AM
He can't have returned THAT badly if he broke a good server such as Lopez in every set.

If I were Nadal I might prefer a proper test before the final.

2003
09-08-2010, 11:12 AM
Lopez was hopelez :)

nadal_slam_king
09-08-2010, 11:16 AM
Lopez reached 138mph, he's a tough server. Nadal broke him regularly enough though. Why would people be asking for better returning than this?

emotion
09-08-2010, 11:46 AM
With Nadal's draw, winning the USO seems likely :sad:

Topspindoctor
09-08-2010, 12:04 PM
Lopez reached 138mph, he's a tough server. Nadal broke him regularly enough though. Why would people be asking for better returning than this?

This, plus he plays serve and volley, which Nadal hates playing against. I honestly expected it to be a tougher match.

shawshank
09-08-2010, 12:19 PM
3 matches to great happiness for me and most important for Rafa :)
Vamos Rafa!
It's incredible that nobody managed to break Rafa in 4 matches on HC! He is just tooo good!

Ben.
09-08-2010, 01:22 PM
Solid stats from Rafa though he didn't look as confident out there as against Simon. His groundstrokes weren't as deep and when he tries to be aggressive he is still, at times, lacking consistancy. He is also lacking that killer instinct, he could have broken way more than three times, he let too many opportunities slip away. Still room for improvement. Feli had a nightmare start winning like one point in the first dozen and shanking every other ball into the crowd, thought we might have seen a real beating at first, fortunately he got better but was still making too many errors.

Sillyrabbit
09-08-2010, 01:43 PM
Still needs to find consistency on those serves which he's clearly trying to put more speed on, served really well in the first set and was hammering them down, faded slightly after that.

Sophocles
09-08-2010, 01:48 PM
This, plus he plays serve and volley, which Nadal hates playing against.

Er, really? Nadal has the best passing shots in the history of the game.

nadal_slam_king
09-08-2010, 01:52 PM
Rafa doesn't need to improve anything to beat the rest of the field, he played a very high standard of 30 winners, 14 unforced errors, 9 aces, 63% 1st serves in, won 90% of 1st serves, won 62% of 2nd serves, and in very swirly wind conditions. That form will beat Djokovic, Soderling, Federer, no problem. He isn't supposed to play aggressive all the time, that would be too one-dimensional, he's a thinker and he varies his play appropriately.

Topspindoctor
09-08-2010, 02:10 PM
I still can't believe people say he isn't looking convincing :lol: The guy hasn't been broken once yet...If that's not convincing then everyone else is playing WTA quality matches - He isn't going to go all out in earlier rounds when it's easier to just break once and hold serve. He was doing it since RG this year (remember two TBs against Almugro :o) and he is doing it now (saving energy for big match). I know the fans want Rafa to rout everyone like in RG2008, but I don't think it's going to happen ever again because he doesn't NEED to break his opponent 6 times in one match. It's exact type of high energy game he has been moving away from and people still want him to win 2/2/2 every match in order to look good :lol:

star
09-08-2010, 02:14 PM
I still can't believe people say he isn't looking convincing :lol: The guy hasn't been broken once yet...If that's not convincing then everyone else is playing WTA quality matches - He isn't going to go all out in earlier rounds when it's easier to just break once and hold serve. He was doing it since RG this year (remember two TBs against Almugro :o) and he is doing it now (saving energy for big match). I know the fans want Rafa to rout everyone like in RG2008, but I don't think it's going to happen ever again because he doesn't NEED to break his opponent 6 times in one match. It's exact type of high energy game he has been moving away from and people still want him to win 2/2/2 every match in order to look good :lol:

:hug: :hug: You just don't get it, do you? Nadal can't play tennis. He only brutalizes the ball. He hasn't played one good player or if he has they simply choke against him. He can't return serve. He can't volley. His serve is probably juiced up by some unknown technology because how is it gonna change in only a week?

I hope this helps. :wavey:

@Sweet Cleopatra
09-08-2010, 02:15 PM
Keep going Champ :worship:

Deivid23
09-08-2010, 02:48 PM
That was like taking candy from a baby. Bit pissed off Rafa let that clown win so many games, a triple 61 would have been more realistic

Deivid23
09-08-2010, 02:48 PM
And btw, good stuff from #1, even against a clown with a racket :yeah:

Deivid23
09-08-2010, 02:53 PM
Second straight boring match of Baldal :zzz: Don't expect too much of his next match against Bendoverdasco ;)

The same way he bent over in AO SF surely, u donut :lol:

kindling
09-08-2010, 03:59 PM
Seriously though, how do you change your serve overnight? Slightly changing the grip added 20mph to your serve?! I'm no conspiracy theorist or an accuser, but something funny is about.

star
09-08-2010, 04:04 PM
Seriously though, how do you change your serve overnight? Slightly changing the grip added 20mph to your serve?! I'm no conspiracy theorist or an accuser, but something funny is about.

Maybe because you underrated Nadal's serve all along?

Nadal's top serve before this was not 115 mph. He could bang a few in the 120s. It's more accurate to say that he added about 10 mph to his serve.

Fiberlight1
09-08-2010, 04:04 PM
:hug: :hug: You just don't get it, do you? Nadal can't play tennis. He only brutalizes the ball. He hasn't played one good player or if he has they simply choke against him. He can't return serve. He can't volley. His serve is probably juiced up by some unknown technology because how is it gonna change in only a week?

I hope this helps. :wavey:

http://knowyourmeme.com/i/000/039/080/original/5008_9c00_420.gif?1265669754

star
09-08-2010, 04:08 PM
http://knowyourmeme.com/i/000/039/080/original/5008_9c00_420.gif?1265669754

Exactly.

kindling
09-08-2010, 04:12 PM
ya, ok, right.

Rafallucci.
09-08-2010, 06:03 PM
:inlove: Well done, Rafa.

Persimmon
09-08-2010, 06:05 PM
Baldal

Even with a crew cut he would look hot.:angel:

tennisfan856
09-08-2010, 06:53 PM
i posted this in the live scores thread, but I think this is an accurate representation of how feliciano lopez plays tennis.

http://www.mariowiki.com/images/thumb/e/e0/Mario%27sT_DonkeyKongJr.jpg/180px-Mario%27sT_DonkeyKongJr.jpg

Sapeod
09-08-2010, 06:57 PM
Lopez: I lost easily and you went to 5 sets with David. Tired?
Verdasco: Si, I haven't got a chance against Rafa.
Lopez: Vamos, easy final for Rafa!!
Verdasco: Si, Vamos!!!
Lopez: Vamos!!!!
Verdasco: Want to go do another titanic pose on the boat and maybe make some suggestive positions?
Lopez: Hell yeah!!


Nadal must be loving this draw.

Nadal: Gracias Nando and Feli for helping me get to an easy final. You are both my best buddies, no?

I hate it when Murray goes out early :o

brent-o
09-09-2010, 01:57 AM
Too easy. Expected.

Just once, I would love someone to say "Too hard. Surprising." lol!

sabina_RF_lee
09-09-2010, 02:00 AM
Lopez: I lost easily and you went to 5 sets with David. Tired?
Verdasco: Si, I haven't got a chance against Rafa.
Lopez: Vamos, easy final for Rafa!!
Verdasco: Si, Vamos!!!
Lopez: Vamos!!!!
Verdasco: Want to go do another titanic pose on the boat and maybe make some suggestive positions?
Lopez: Hell yeah!!


Nadal must be loving this draw.

Nadal: Gracias Nando and Feli for helping me get to an easy final. You are both my best buddies, no?

I hate it when Murray goes out early :o

:worship::worship::worship:
Priceless

bayvalle
09-09-2010, 03:29 AM
That was like taking candy from a baby. Bit pissed off Rafa let that clown win so many games, a triple 61 would have been more realistic

I saw Lopez's effort as only all for show. The whole affair was scripted. No, a "triple 61" could have given themselves away.

But we aint seen nothing yet - there is another scripted match scheduled tomorrow between Nadal and Verdasco. Until when will Verdasco and company ever stop being "used" by Rafa/Tio Toni? The draw started this all.

Ben.
09-09-2010, 03:34 AM
^Lol this is not original or funny so why bother?