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Australian Open 2011 - The dream is over :( => QF loss to Ferrer 4:6 2:6 3:6

born_on_clay
01-12-2011, 12:57 PM
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2011

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/6610/bannermz.jpg

Hi :wavey:
I hope you don't mind me creating Australian Open 11 thread
I hope it will bring Rafa luck :)

Rafa has started practising on Tusday

I have also added a poll. How far will Rafa go at AO11 ?

Vote and discuss

DRAW:
http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/8273/79520401.jpg
http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/904/16152429.png


AND SOME HISTORY:

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/4309/54560555.jpg


http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/752/rafal.png

VAMOS !

star
01-12-2011, 01:05 PM
BoC, do you really think it's best to start the thread when Foxy was so instrumental in leading Rafa to three consecutive GS titles? I'm superstitious about this, so think he might take Rafa to all four.

born_on_clay
01-12-2011, 01:07 PM
:)BoC, do you really think it's best to start the thread when Foxy was so instrumental in leading Rafa to three consecutive GS titles? I'm superstitious about this, so think he might take Rafa to all four.

nice,
ok it's not a problem for me
mods can delete this thread and Foxy can create a new one :wavey:

I just believe it's time to make one

MariaV
01-12-2011, 01:14 PM
Where is Foxy?!?!?!! :( :(
:scared: :unsure:
I'm just trying to be with calm. :o :lol:

star
01-12-2011, 01:25 PM
:)

nice,
ok it's not a problem for me
mods can delete this thread and Foxy can create a new one :wavey:

I just believe it's time to make one

Yes, I agree with you. WHERE is Foxy. Because if he's not going to be around, we have to have one.

:hug:

Metis
01-12-2011, 01:28 PM
Foxy was not successful at ensuring Rafito's win at the WTF. Clearly his luck has run out. :shrug:


born_on_clay FTW :rocker2:

:D

star
01-12-2011, 01:30 PM
Foxy was not successful at ensuring Rafito's win at the WTF. Clearly his luck has run out. :shrug:


born_on_clay FTW :rocker2:

:D

WTF? What the fuck? That's a mickey mouse round robin exho. :nerner:

star
01-12-2011, 01:31 PM
If BoC brings the title to Rafa, I will :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: at his feet forever.

born_on_clay
01-12-2011, 01:45 PM
If BoC brings the title to Rafa, I will :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: at his feet forever.

It's too much pressure, no ?
:D

MariaV
01-12-2011, 01:51 PM
It's too much pressure, no ?
:D

No pression whatsoever, Rafa never makes himself a favourite. ;)
Let's see how it goes this time, VAMOS! :rocker:

finishingmove
01-12-2011, 01:52 PM
****
****
****
Omg

(i won't vote :scared:)

TennisOnWood
01-12-2011, 02:00 PM
Our concern should be his week service and poor backhand.. not the thread opener

Betty
01-12-2011, 02:01 PM
when the draw will be out?:scared:

TennisOnWood
01-12-2011, 02:02 PM
Friday

star
01-12-2011, 02:03 PM
Our concern should be his week service and poor backhand.. not the thread opener

The only thing I can influence is the thread starter. I leave the rest to Toni. Toni leave to us the starting of the thread. Of course, he worries about it, but he knows that we will do the best we can. :shrug:

star
01-12-2011, 02:04 PM
It's too much pressure, no ?
:D


No pression.

Rogi is the favorite, no? He is the best., no?

Betty
01-12-2011, 02:07 PM
and Nole after rogi,right star;):angel:

star
01-12-2011, 02:42 PM
and Nole after rogi,right star;):angel:

And muzza third, no?

Even Tsonga. Not to mention Soderking. :p

:tears:

Yazoo.C
01-12-2011, 03:02 PM
Vamos Rafa!!! :rocker2:

born_on_clay
01-12-2011, 03:45 PM
are you too scared to vote ? ;)

Foxy
01-12-2011, 04:49 PM
Born, you can keep the thread! ;) No worries. But, please, add some nice pics and links on Melbourne. Good luck, mate! :)
I reserve the right for the Miami thread. I will try to open threads on important tournaments which Rafa has not won so far. (Miami, Cinci, Shanghai, Paris, WTF) US Open was first done and dusted in my list! :devil:

star
01-12-2011, 04:51 PM
Born, you can keep the thread! ;) No worries. But, please, add some nice pics and links on Melbourne. Good luck, mate! :)
I reserve the right for the Miami thread. I will try to open threads on important tournaments which Rafa has not won so far. (Miami, Cinci, Shanghai, Paris, WTF)

I blame you if he doesn't get the AO title.

Just so you know.

And are scared.

Very scared.

Foxy
01-12-2011, 04:53 PM
I blame you if he doesn't get the AO title.

Just so you know.

And are scared.

Very scared.

And if he wins, then what? :p

star
01-12-2011, 04:54 PM
And if he wins, then what? :p

I already said: I :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: at BoC's feet forever.

:p

acionescu
01-12-2011, 07:01 PM
FFS :rolleyes:

1.Foxy only open the USO thread, adam open RG and W( and the won AO for that matter ) :rolleyes:
2.for a lurker that sneaked in you know little about this habit: we wait for the draw to make the picks, doh :rolleyes:
3. i don't know what's the deal with open the thread if you don't update the titles, posting news related to AO, etc :rolleyes:
4. and no, I don't want Foxy to open every tournement cheering thread, 1 win+1 final is not credential enough and I'm sure sokk, veronique, nadal_power, nadal is King/God/master/etc...are dying to do it too :rolleyes:

/rant over

:D

MariaV
01-12-2011, 07:14 PM
are you too scared to vote ? ;)

Nope, I'm simply waiting till the draw is out at least. I promise I'll vote after that. ;)

And we gotta live with BoC's thread now. :p
Maybe I could take some clay court tournament thread in spring but we'll see.

star
01-12-2011, 07:28 PM
FFS :rolleyes:

1.Foxy only open the USO thread, adam open RG and W( and the won AO for that matter ) :rolleyes:
2.for a lurker that sneaked in you know little about this habit: we wait for the draw to make the picks, doh :rolleyes:
3. i don't know what's the deal with open the thread if you don't update the titles, posting news related to AO, etc :rolleyes:
4. and no, I don't want Foxy to open every tournement cheering thread, 1 win+1 final is not credential enough and I'm sure sokk, veronique, nadal_power, nadal is King/God/master/etc...are dying to do it too :rolleyes:

/rant over

:D

I think Veronique is too busy to bother. :shrug:

But, yes. Opening the tournament thread is a BIG responsibility. Has to be updated with the draw with the next match and also PICTURES and news if possible.

vn01
01-12-2011, 09:49 PM
WIN FOR RAFA! VAMOS CHAMPION! 4th consecutive Slam comes! :D

I opened the thread about Doha- QF :shrug:

I may open for Queens next :lol:

star
01-12-2011, 10:30 PM
WIN FOR RAFA! VAMOS CHAMPION! 4th consecutive Slam comes! :D

I opened the thread about Doha- QF :shrug:

I may open for Queens next :lol:

Did you put out the draw? Post pics? Post articles? Entertain us?

Those are the important things.

Getta
01-12-2011, 10:38 PM
first round.

scoobs
01-12-2011, 10:39 PM
Sf

tennizen
01-12-2011, 11:58 PM
Sf

Yazoo.C
01-13-2011, 04:08 PM
Rafa won AO in 2009 while he was ranked Number 1 and the previous year he won the Wimbledon for the first time. He is ranked number 1 right now and won Wimbledon last year, so will he win the AO this year?

Interesting :lol:

born_on_clay
01-14-2011, 07:18 AM
So here comes the draw:

Draw
http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/8273/79520401.jpg
http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/904/16152429.png

[1]Nadal vs. Daniel
Qualifier vs. Gimeno-Traver
Tomic vs. Chardy
Falla vs. [31]Lopez
[20]Isner vs. Serra
Stepanek vs. Qualifier
Machado vs. Giraldo
Qualifier vs. [15]Cilic
[10]Youzhny vs. Ilhan
Qualifier vs. Anderson
Qualifier vs. Phau
Chela vs. [22]Llodra
[27]Nalbandian vs. Hewitt
Berankis vs. Matosevic
Russell vs. Ebden
Nieminen vs. [7]Ferrer
[4]Soderling vs. Starace
Qualifier 1 vs. Qualifier 2
Istomin vs. Qualifier
Mello vs. [30]Bellucci
[24]Gulbis vs. Becker
Dolgopolov vs. Kukushkin
Seppi vs. Clement
Petzschner vs. [13]Tsonga
[11]Melzer vs. Qualifier
Ball vs. Riba
Sela vs. Del Potro
Qualifier vs. [21]Baghdatis
[32]Garcia-Lopez vs. Berrer
Schwank vs. Mayer
Marchenko vs. Ramirez-Hidalgo
Beck vs. [5]Murray
[6]Berdych vs. Qualifier
Kohlschreiber vs. Kamke
Harrison vs. Mannarino
Qualifier vs. [28]Gasquet
[23]Davydenko vs. Mayer
Fognini vs. Nishikori
Zverev vs. Tipsarevic
Schuettler vs. [9]Verdasco
[14]Almagro vs. Qualifier
Andreev vs. Volandri
Qualifier vs. Paire
Luczak vs. [17]Ljubicic
[29]Troicki vs. Tursunov
Dabul vs. Qualifier
Karlovic vs. Dodig
Granollers vs. [3]Djokovic
[8]Roddick vs. Hajek
Przysiezny vs. Kunitsyn
Berlocq vs. Haase
Benneteau vs. [26]Monaco
[19]Wawrinka vs. Gabashvili
Qualifier vs. Golubev
Gil vs. Cuevas
De Bakker vs. [12]Monfils
[16]Fish vs. Hanescu
Robredo vs. Devvarman
Stakhovsky vs. Brands
Kubot vs. [18]Querrey
[25]Montanes vs. Brown
Andujar vs. Malisse
Lu vs. Simon
Lacko vs. [2]Federer


The draw will be posted in the first post as well
Nice to see some folks voting ;)

As for my MIT: win :worship:
Ther is no other option this time ;)

born_on_clay
01-14-2011, 07:28 AM
Players To Rally For Relief At Australian Open

Tennis superstars Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters, Sam Stosur, and friends will gather on Sunday afternoon in Melbourne for a special exhibition to raise money for the victims of Australia's flood disaster.

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Lleyton Hewitt, Stosur, Clijsters and Pat Rafter headline a glittering list of tennis superstars who will put aside their Australian Open preparations for the Rally for Relief tennis match at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday at 2pm

more at:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/01/Other/Rally-For-Relief.aspx

Ben.
01-14-2011, 11:24 AM
Pretty good draw for Rafa, aside from having Murray in his half yet again, but could have been much worse. Which half plays first?

born_on_clay
01-14-2011, 11:35 AM
It's time to analise the draw
1st round - easy cake 3 sets
2nd round - Qualifier will be more dangerous in my opinion, still 3 sets
3rd round - Feli :hug: - 3 sets
4th round - Stepanek (He can easily make it to the 4th round; easy one, 3 sets) / Isner (will be difficult to beat if serving well - can go to some tiebreaks, even 4 sets) / Cilic (out of form but still Rafa is 0-1 against him. I would like Rafa to play against him to show actually who's the boss :cool: - 3 sets)
QF - Ferrer (if makes it so far it will be easy one - 3 sets) / Nalbandian (really doubt if he can make it so far physically - if yes, will be tired - 3 sets) / Youzhny (most probable matchup, still 3 sets. I am calm after US Open 2010 :yeah:)
SF - hard to predict; Murray (hard, will go to 5 sets with Rafa prevailing in the end, another epic one) / Soderling (4 sets) / Gulbis ( 3 sets but very doubtfully :shrug:) / Del Potro (I would like so much delPo making it so far but will he ? - 4 sets) / Tsonga (only if Soderling and Murray both choke somehow :P )
F - Federer ( I wouldn't dare to predict this one... but I have to belive in Rafa - another gripping 5 setter) / Djokovic ( can make it so far but after NYC10 I am confident Rafa can win against him on hardcourt) / rest (doubtfully)

born_on_clay
01-14-2011, 11:56 AM
Only 2 days left to vote guys :D

1st ROUND MATCH
RAFA NADAL VS MARCOS DANIEL

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/1526/20119464.jpg

Matches : 2-0 / 100%
Sets: 5-0 / 100%
Games: 31-16 / 66%

Commander Data
01-14-2011, 12:33 PM
R7

MariaV
01-14-2011, 01:02 PM
F - Federer ( I wouldn't dare to predict this one... but I have to belive in Rafa - another gripping 5 setter) / Djokovic ( can make it so far but after NYC10 I am confident Rafa can win against him on hardcourt) / rest (doubtfully)

Oh dear, it's gonna be tough vs the in-form Fedmug in the final but Rafa better make the Federina cry yet another time. :D
So W it is! Vamos! :rocker:

Betty
01-14-2011, 01:05 PM
SF mit

nashty
01-14-2011, 01:53 PM
WIN please!

Björki
01-14-2011, 01:59 PM
Win mit

:rocker2:

tennizen
01-14-2011, 02:33 PM
changed my pick to Win

Yazoo.C
01-14-2011, 03:41 PM
Voted. :)

Hopefully it becomes true.

ImmzB
01-14-2011, 03:42 PM
Vamos Rafa, good draw for him! :)

Rafa to take the title!

FormerRafaFan
01-14-2011, 05:32 PM
I'm most scared of Nalby, Bhaggy, Soderling, Murray and Delpo in his half.

But everyone else should be ok :)

Ionut
01-14-2011, 05:43 PM
4th consecutive GS; 10th in total <vamos>
VAMOS!:rocker:

Foxy
01-14-2011, 06:34 PM
Waiting to be sure which half starts first. So far all points Fed's half is first.
So if Rafa starts first - WIN, if starts second then Final. Sorry.

born_on_clay
01-14-2011, 07:51 PM
Waiting to be sure which half starts first. So far all points Fed's half is first.
So if Rafa starts first - WIN, if starts second then Final. Sorry.

actually I like Rafa's chances when playing second :D

Yazoo.C
01-14-2011, 08:01 PM
The Spanish champ has had a stellar year and is hoping to convert his unbeatable form into a fourth consecutive Grand Slam win.

Proving just how focused he is on Australian Open 2011, Nadal brushed off suggestions that a potential Grand Slam added to his desire to win the 2011 tournament. "My motivation is the Australian Open. There is nothing bigger than this. My motivation is this tournament. "

The popular Spaniard is remaining calm and not letting the pressure of a potential history-making win get to him.

"For me the pressure is the same, like every tournament the pressure is my pressure. I want to play well I want to do the right things," said the multi-Grand Slam champion.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2011-01-14/201101141294978304398.html

vn01
01-14-2011, 08:29 PM
WIN MIT. VAMOS! :rocker2:

TennisOnWood
01-14-2011, 08:33 PM
I'm most scared of Nalby, Bhaggy, Soderling, Murray and Delpo in his half.

But everyone else should be ok :)

Nalbandian and Baghdatis can't do anything agains him in Slams

Foxy
01-14-2011, 09:29 PM
actually I like Rafa's chances when playing second :D

I don't. After the grueling 5-setter against Murray in the semis he will definitely need the 2 days of rest which he can have if he starts first. But as we know Hewitt's half always starts second, Rafa is there so...

Tonkie13
01-15-2011, 10:12 AM
I don't. After the grueling 5-setter against Murray in the semis he will definitely need the 2 days of rest which he can have if he starts first. But as we know Hewitt's half always starts second, Rafa is there so...

and it is so again!:mad:

born_on_clay
01-15-2011, 10:41 AM
I don't. After the grueling 5-setter against Murray in the semis he will definitely need the 2 days of rest which he can have if he starts first. But as we know Hewitt's half always starts second, Rafa is there so...

AO 2009, I hope the history will repeat :cool:

Foxy
01-15-2011, 10:58 AM
WIN for me regardless the Tuesday start.

born_on_clay
01-15-2011, 02:00 PM
WIN for me regardless the Tuesday start.

That's the spirit ! :worship:

Minn
01-15-2011, 05:08 PM
With many reservations about many things, I say Win for MIT.

shawshank
01-15-2011, 05:25 PM
WIN for me! Let's go for a Rafa Slam!!!
I'm so excited with AO starting tomorrow :)

Yazoo.C
01-15-2011, 05:39 PM
Press Conference:

H5MyirNmGOU

star
01-15-2011, 07:50 PM
MIT SF

Metis
01-15-2011, 08:18 PM
1st Grand Slam of the season :rocker2:

...and let's not forget people, Australian Open = 2000 points at stake! :eek: :hearts:




How far will Rafa go at the Australian Open? (2000 points :drool:)

1st - Getta :D
2nd -
3rd -
4th -
QF - Metis
SF - acionescu, Betty, rafa_maniac, scoobs, sokk, star
F - Commander_Data
W - Björki, born_on_clay, Foxy, ImmzB, Ionut, JolanGago, MariaV Minn, nashty, shawshank, tennizen, Veronique, vn01

acionescu
01-15-2011, 08:47 PM
Such a sweetheart :awww: :hearts:

MIT: SF terrible draw :bigcry:

FormerRafaFan
01-16-2011, 01:31 AM
I voted for SF. So I guess that means MIT SF for me :)

Thanks for the video btw, Yazoo.C. Rafa is so cute:hearts:

Veronique
01-16-2011, 02:38 AM
FFS :rolleyes:

1.Foxy only open the USO thread, adam open RG and W( and the won AO for that matter ) :rolleyes:
2.for a lurker that sneaked in you know little about this habit: we wait for the draw to make the picks, doh :rolleyes:
3. i don't know what's the deal with open the thread if you don't update the titles, posting news related to AO, etc :rolleyes:
4. and no, I don't want Foxy to open every tournement cheering thread, 1 win+1 final is not credential enough and I'm sure sokk, veronique, nadal_power, nadal is King/God/master/etc...are dying to do it too :rolleyes:

/rant over

:D

I don't understand nor do I care to understand the context in which my name is mentioned. If you think I'm dying to open a thread, you know nothing about me. How often do you see me here? I've been a member since 2002. How many posts do I have? Think before you post!

Veronique
01-16-2011, 02:43 AM
I think Veronique is too busy to bother. :shrug:

But, yes. Opening the tournament thread is a BIG responsibility. Has to be updated with the draw with the next match and also PICTURES and news if possible.

She knows nothing about me. I suggest she gets a life as well. Get out more, child!

Veronique
01-16-2011, 02:55 AM
Finally found the right thread. I vote for Rafa Slam!

rafa_maniac
01-16-2011, 10:45 AM
Semis :bigcry:

born_on_clay
01-17-2011, 07:47 AM
ORDER OF PLAY FOR TUSDAY
Rod Laver Arena

11:00 AM Start Women's Singles - 1st Round
Sybille Bammer(AUT) vs. Vera Zvonareva(RUS)[2]

Men's Singles - 1st Round
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[1] vs. Marcos Daniel(BRA)

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Samantha Stosur(AUS)[5] vs. Lauren Davis(USA)

JolánGagó
01-17-2011, 03:08 PM
MIT pick: W

star
01-17-2011, 03:36 PM
MIT pick: W

Welcome back, Mr. Gago. :hug: :hug:

Foxy
01-17-2011, 05:21 PM
Benchmark for the 1st round - No more than 1h 45min on court. He should be as quick as possible to gain more time for the virus recovery.

born_on_clay
01-18-2011, 06:53 AM
Benchmark for the 1st round - No more than 1h 45min on court. He should be as quick as possible to gain more time for the virus recovery.

You wanted it, you have it ;)


http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/3101/66376525.jpg


1/7 Vamos ! ;)

born_on_clay
01-18-2011, 07:02 AM
Rafael Nadal - 18.01.11
Tuesday, 18 January, 2011

Q. Is it good to save energy for later or would you have preferred a tougher match?
RAFAEL NADAL: You never know, no? The worst thing is that he had an injury. He's for sure a really nice guy, really nice person. I really sorry for him. I wish him all the best for the recover. Hopefully is nothing really, really important.

But that's all what I can say. Save energy or not, I think the way that the match came doesn't make big difference, no?

Q. Were you generally happy with the way you were going anyway?

RAFAEL NADAL: Is difficult to say something, to say I played really well, I played bad. I think I played right. I played some good shots, some long shots. The serve can be a little bit better. Yeah, that's the only point that I think I can improve. I can improve in everything for sure.

But the only thing I feel I have to improve more if I want to play well here. So that's it. For the rest, forehand and backhand, I felt okay.

Q. What about the serve? What do you need to do that's different?

RAFAEL NADAL: If I know, I will do it before. I don't know. I will try to practice a little bit. I practiced already after the match a little bit. Hopefully going to be fine.

Q. So you say after the match you went straight to the practice courts?

RAFAEL NADAL: Only for serve. Half an hour for serve.

Q. You're winning a game like that 2 love and you can see your opponent is injured and hurting, does it enter your head to give an easy ball?

RAFAEL NADAL: No. For sure I am a professional and I try my best in every point, no? That's the best thing for respect the opponent in that situation. I think that's the best way, no? So sometimes if you do something and you let him win a game is worst, no?

I think he started the match injury. He tried his best during the match. He didn't want to retired. That says a lot of him. Not everybody's able to do this. So all the respect for him. And I think he did all in his hands, but he was really injured.

Q. Does a Grand Slam require a specific routine for you because it's two weeks and it could be a five set match sometimes? Do you have a special routine compared to other tournaments?

RAFAEL NADAL: No. I try my best in every tournament. Sometimes works well; sometimes not that well. I don't have a special routines in no one tournament.

Q. The fact that you have a day off between each match...

RAFAEL NADAL: The only thing is you have a day off. The day off, I don't know, you can relax. Little bit of swimming pool, that's all. Practice little bit. Not many things.

Q. I guess you're not too happy about the result of Real Mallorca last night against Madrid. Can you talk a little about the start of the season for Mallorca and how Michael Laudrup has influence on the team?

RAFAEL NADAL: I think for sure is not a positive result. Was 3 0. Mallorca is doing a great season. Is 27 points already. For us the main goal is keep in the first division, so we are in the really good way.

I think the coaches are doing a great job. The situation of the club one year ago wasn't ideal, the perfect one, so a lot of changes on the club. Not easy for the players, I think, and for everybody.

So if we know everything about that, the situation is much better than in the best dreams that we thought.

Q. How close do you follow Mallorca traveling around the world?

RAFAEL NADAL: I try to see all the matches always. Not today because I had to come here very early to practice because I played early. But I sure try to see every match. When I am in Mallorca, if I have the chance, I go.

Q. Who did you want to win if they're playing Real Madrid?

RAFAEL NADAL: Always depends of the situation. But my uncle is the second coach of Real Mallorca right now. For sure the family is the first thing.

And after, if my uncle is not there, always depends. If Real Madrid plays to win the league and Mallorca plays for nothing, I want Real Madrid to win.

If Mallorca plays to be in the first division and Real Madrid plays for not much, I want Mallorca to win. So always depends of the moment, of the season.

Q. How close do you think you are to your top form, and how many games do you think you'll need to play before you're at your best?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I don't know where is my best level and what far I am from that. So I try my best every day. Sometimes you play well; sometimes you play a little bit worst. I can't say if I am playing at my best or not.

I think I am in the right way. We will see what's happen when I gonna play the next match.

Q. We're writing a lot about you going for four Grand Slam titles. Do you ever read any of the stuff that's written about you or do you deliberately try to ignore it?

RAFAEL NADAL: I never read a lot about me, so this is not an obsession. Seriously, the most positive thing that's talking about that is because I won the last three. The rest of the things doesn't matter, no, because I know how difficult is every tournament. I am not ready to think if I am ready to win this tournament or not right now, no?

So you have your job; I have my job. You can write what you think, and I gonna try my best every day to play well and to be competitive when I am on court.

But I never think about winning the four Grand Slams in a row because that's very far right now.

Q. You're a great fan of football. Do you also like Formula One? Did you watch Fernando Alonso when he was fighting for the championship in Abu Dhabi?

RAFAEL NADAL: I watch on the TV in Mallorca, yeah. Was tough day.

MariaV
01-18-2011, 10:58 AM
Silly Rafa! :lol: So Miguel Angel is coaching Real Mallorca.
Anyway, good that he understand he has to improve in order to have a chance. Vamos! :rocker:

Metis
01-18-2011, 11:25 AM
Nadal-Daniel 6-0 5-0 ret.



How far will Rafa go at the Australian Open? (2000 points :drool:)

1st - Getta
2nd -
3rd -
4th -
QF - Metis
SF - acionescu, Betty, rafa_maniac, scoobs, sokk, star
F - Commander_Data
W - Björki, born_on_clay, Foxy, ImmzB, Ionut, JolanGago, MariaV Minn, nashty, shawshank, tennizen, Veronique, vn01




Getta: bad luck; she couldn't have known the guy was injured. :hug:


http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2011/1/7/cd90824f-d12c-4295-b6e8-a0e124c37514.jpg (http://cheezburger.com/View/4333269504)

Foxy
01-18-2011, 12:13 PM
Similarities to AO 2009

1. Rafa won Doha Doubles Title
2. Rafa lost before the final in Doha in straights
3. Rafa starts AO on second day
4. Rafa starts AO with a bagel
5. AO ball kids back to orange/yellow outfit. In 2010 they were in magenta/dark red.
6. Murray and Tsonga land in Rafa's half
7. In AO 2009 Rafa was seeded no.1 (came in ranked no.1 too), same for this year.
8. In 2008, he won Wimbledon, then the next year won AO. In 2010 he won Wimbly,....?

Yazoo.C
01-18-2011, 01:29 PM
^ :worship:

Yazoo.C
01-18-2011, 01:41 PM
Another similarity :lol:

In AO 2009 Rafa was seeded no.1 (came in ranked no.1 too), same for this year.
In 2008, he won Wimbledon, then the next year won AO. In 2010 he won Wimbly,....?

Foxy
01-18-2011, 02:14 PM
Update:

Similarities to AO 2009

1. Rafa won Doha Doubles Title
2. Rafa lost before the final in Doha in straights
3. Rafa starts AO on second day
4. Rafa starts AO with a bagel
5. AO ball kids and linesmen back to orange/yellow outfit. In 2010 they were in magenta/dark red.
6. Murray and Tsonga land in Rafa's half
7. In AO 2009 Rafa was seeded no.1 (came in ranked no.1 too), same for this year.
8. In 2008, he won Wimbledon, then the next year won AO. In 2010 he won Wimbly...?

born_on_clay
01-18-2011, 03:27 PM
Upcoming match.....
Second round

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/7623/55410284.jpg

vn01
01-18-2011, 07:22 PM
Excellent start for Rafa. 1 is down. 6 more. VAMOS! :worship:

acionescu
01-18-2011, 08:12 PM
He was also playing with his left hand in 2008 :eek:

born_on_clay
01-19-2011, 09:02 AM
Schedule for day 4:

Rod Laver Arena

11:00 AM Start
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Carla Suarez Navarro(ESP) vs. Kim Clijsters(BEL)[3]

Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[1] vs. Ryan Sweeting(USA)

Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Nadia Petrova(RUS)[13] vs. Alicia Molik(AUS)

MariaV
01-19-2011, 09:15 AM
Oooh, again a day match! :eek: I better get up this time.

Foxy
01-19-2011, 05:18 PM
Benchmark for the 2nd round match: no more than 1h55min-2h00min on court.

born_on_clay
01-19-2011, 06:41 PM
Benchmark for the 2nd round match: no more than 1h55min-2h00min on court.

come on, it's Sweeting ;)
1:45

MariaV
01-20-2011, 09:07 AM
Uhhh, no-one been here yet! :( :lol:
Good news for Foxy ;) 1 h 42 minutes :D 6-2 6-1 6-1

Next up Tomic, for sure a Saturday night match. Hopefully the Aussies will not be too much against Rafibaby. :awww:

And here the interview. :D

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-20/201101201295498525167.html


Q. Were you aware of who your opponent was today? Had you ever heard of him?

RAFAEL NADAL: About him? I heard about him, but I really didn't know how he play. Yeah, my uncle was watching the match the other day. He knows what he do better, what he do worse.

But, yeah, I think he's young. He can improve. He has to improve the serve, because with his tall he can serve much better.

Q. What do you take out of today's game, if anything? Is there anything that you can take out of it for the rest of the tournament?


RAFAEL NADAL: I think I played a solid match. A few mistakes with the backhand, that's all. The serve, my serve improved a lot since the first day. I think I was serving very well today. To the right, to the chair umpire, the sun was there and was very difficult for some moments.

But in general, I think my serve worked really well, so happy for that. Movement good; backhand good; having a few more mistakes than usual. I have to play longer with the backhand. Maybe have to play a little bit more aggressive, more inside the court.

But in general I am happy. :)

Q. Seems possible that you might have to play a young Australian in the next round, Bernard Tomic. What do you know about him?

RAFAEL NADAL: I know him. He's very young. He has very good potential to be in the top positions in the future. Well, he's playing well. He's winning two sets now. We will see who gonna win the match.

But anyway, both opponents going to be really difficult in third round of Grand Slam. No one opponent can be easy. I have to play well if I want to win against both of them. :angel:

Q. Is there anything harder about playing someone who is a local identity, if not a favorite?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, is good, no? I think is nice to have a young Australian coming well and having very good talent and very good future. So gonna be a nice match if that happen. So I'm excited to go on court and to try my best tennis, and for sure to try to win.

The crowd is always fantastic here anyway. If I play against local heroes, like I played against Lleyton a few years ago, the crowd was fantastic all the time. For sure the support is always with them, but always with very good respect for me, you know. I felt all my career very good here and the crowd was always supporting me, so for me is not a problem that.

Q. If you haven't have experience, it's not someone you played against a lot, what do you do to prepare yourself if you're a little unsure of the way he plays?

RAFAEL NADAL: If I play against Tomic?

Q. Yes.

RAFAEL NADAL: What can I say different? What can I do different? Practice little bit tomorrow, rest in the hotel, maybe going to the aquarium. I didn't go this year. I go every year. So that's all.

Q. So you're pretty relaxed about it?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, but I gonna be nervous, if you want, 10 minutes before the match and when the match start. But two days ago, before, if I start to be nervous two days ago, I have a big problem, I think (laughter).

Q. What did you think of Roger's match last night?

RAFAEL NADAL: Very nice match, I think. Very high level of tennis. I think Roger started the match playing very aggressive, very well. But always Simon is very difficult to beat, no? When he's playing well, he's fast. When the match is longer, he don't have mistakes. You need to play all the points really good to beat him.

Five set match, that's long time. You have to play well long time to beat Gilles. I think he had amazing comeback, two sets all. He had a good chance in the beginning of the fifth with Love 30, but I think Roger played very well the important moments, no? He played aggressive. He had good serves, very good cross backhands and good volleys.

Was a very good tennis match. Finally, I think Roger deserves to win because he was playing really well. :hearts: :inlove: oh dear this lovefest is just :o

Q. Do you think it's harder these days for a young player to make headway in the game, to improve quickly enough to be at a standard to play the number of players there are in the game today, a young player, with so much pressure on them?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think always happen that. When I arrived, since like is impossible to be in the top, because in that moment, all the players was very good and very young: Coria, Nalbandian, Roger, Lleyton, Roddick. A lot of ones in the top.

And when I saw the rankings, I say, Well, I don't know how I can be there, no? But finally you improve every year, you improve every day, you're going to have your chance, no? And that's what I tried.

Finally I did in 2005. So when I started to play well, I improved little bit my level, I think I was able to go there. And for sure this is difficult, but I think is the problem of the best today is I think we are still young. Del Potro is young. Murray, Djokovic, Soderling, Berdych, hopefully myself (smiling). We're still young. Hopefully we can be there for a long time.

But the tennis is very hard sport and is really difficult have a very, very long career, no? So you always gonna have problems. One injury, three months out. Another one, one month out. Another one is tired mentally. So everybody has his chance.

Q. You experienced what it was like to be a teenager on the way up playing against the very best. How do you think Bernard will feel if he does play you? How do you think he should approach the match?

RAFAEL NADAL: What he needs to do?

Q. What he would need to do.

RAFAEL NADAL: Play very bad, please (laughter). That's what I can say to him, so...

I don't know what he has to do, no? The first thing, he has to play well.

Q. When you were a teenager playing against the best in the world on your way up, how did you approach the games? What was your attitude?

RAFAEL NADAL: Is much easier when you are a teenager, I think. When you have 17 or 18, everything is easier. You play with no pressure. You can win, you can lose, everything is fine. That's a different mentality. You can play more aggressive. For everybody is the same history I think, no?

When you arrive, you hit all the balls like crazy and without think, without pressure. When you are there (indicating at a high level) you start to think a little bit more about you have to play this shot, you have to play another shot, I can't lose this match, I have to win this match for sure.

That's a little bit more problems. When you are coming up, you play quarterfinals perfect; you play semifinals fantastic; you play final very good; and if you win, is unbelievable. So when you are there, you play quarterfinals, say, Well, is good. Is not my tournament, but you are going back very happy at home.

So that is different view and different perspective of the game. So the pressure is higher when you are in the top. Seems like can be a different thing, but believe me, that's what happen.

Q. How do you deal with the high pressure because everybody expects you to win every game? How do you deal with this high pressure?

RAFAEL NADAL: I think I am in a different moment of my career. That's happened to me in 2006, 2007 perhaps, but not the day of today. The day of today, I am lucky. I have 24 and a half. I won what I win, what I won in the past, and that's more than what I ever dreamed.

So my moment is different. I am very happy about what I did. That's give me a lot of calm. I have probably less pressure right now, last year's season, winning a lot. I have to work hard every day. That's what I do: keep practicing with humble, illusion, and motivation for sure, waiting my chances, trying to find my chances.

But I have pressure, yes, but for sure less than when I was playing in 2006 and 2007.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

born_on_clay
01-20-2011, 09:15 AM
come on, it's Sweeting ;)
1:45

I wanted it I have it ;) :cool:
Good job Rafa :hatoff:
Thanks mariav for the interview

Stats from round 2:
http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/9586/48111542.jpg

MariaV
01-20-2011, 09:20 AM
^^
:wavey:
Yep, let's hope Saturday will also be nice & easy. :scared: :unsure:
Then week 1 is done and we can look forward.

born_on_clay
01-20-2011, 01:29 PM
Onto round 3 :)
Against Bernard Tomic
http://img813.imageshack.us/img813/4010/19262272.jpg

vn01
01-20-2011, 03:14 PM
VAMOS RAFA! :yeah:

Tomic is a nice guy, but his run comes to an end

Foxy
01-20-2011, 05:00 PM
Currently Rafa is leading the stats as the least time on court among the top dogs. He should try and keep it up at least until QF if he wants to have a chance to be fresh for the latter stages. I like his chances.

Yazoo.C
01-21-2011, 12:12 AM
Rafa's post match interview, not sure if it's only for UK viewers :unsure:

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/20012011/58/nadal-wary-tomic.html

Yazoo.C
01-21-2011, 12:19 AM
MoNlLvjKgOE

born_on_clay
01-21-2011, 02:37 PM
Order of play

Rod Laver Arena
7:00 PM Start

Women's Singles - 3rd Round
Samantha Stosur(AUS)[5] vs. Petra Kvitova(CZE)[25]

Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[1] vs. Bernard Tomic(AUS)

Yazoo.C
01-21-2011, 04:06 PM
Night match :banana: I may actually get to watch this :D

Foxy
01-21-2011, 06:15 PM
Benchmark for R3: No more than 2h on court. Thanks!

born_on_clay
01-21-2011, 08:56 PM
Night match :banana: I may actually get to watch this :D

I wouldn't beso happy about playing until midnight :mad:
But I'll watch it as well ;)

Yazoo.C
01-21-2011, 09:42 PM
I wouldn't beso happy about playing until midnight :mad:
But I'll watch it as well ;)

Yeah true but it may turn out to be a good thing. I watched Tomic's post match interview and he said he usually goes to bed at 9pm or something and did not want a night match. :lol:

I guess we'll have to wait and see how Tomic handles playing at night.

And I had to miss Rafa's previous two matches because of the time difference, now I may actually get to see the next one, that's why I was so happy. :lol: ;)

born_on_clay
01-22-2011, 12:12 PM
It's over 2 hours :mad:
Rafa is a bit rusty
And he's sweating too much. He changed his shirt after just 4 games :o

vn01
01-22-2011, 01:07 PM
This kid Tomic is good. Rafa didn't play very well, but he'll win Australian Open 2011

Foxy
01-22-2011, 01:13 PM
Failed benchmark. Not by much though. I'll take it.

A few observations:
1. Tomic played really well after the first set. Rafa played average the whole match. Stepped it up in the end. Nice finish.
2. Rafa had big problems with his serve. Low 1st serve percentage, little to no placement. Some stupid DFs.
3. Tomic is like a light version of Cilic. Cilic is a little more powerful but he is not as quick as Tomic. Rafa should play way better to beat Cilic.
4. What's up with the stupid shirt? I think it is very synthetic fabric and heats the body additionally hence Rafa is sweating like crazy. He should ask NIKE to change the shirt type immediately!
5. It seems like slower surfaces no longer help Rafa. Just the opposite. He looks these days far more impressive on fast surfaces where he can hit winners left and right. I think he said it himself a couple of interviews ago.

Good luck next week, champ!

born_on_clay
01-22-2011, 01:17 PM
Stats:

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/1606/3rdiz.jpg

This shirt is horrible :mad:

born_on_clay
01-22-2011, 01:50 PM
4th round against Cilic :scared:

it's time to reverse that negative H2H :devil:

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/4985/4thc.jpg

vn01
01-22-2011, 02:48 PM
I like Cilic, but we have mission. Rafa in 3 :)

Topspindoctor
01-22-2011, 04:12 PM
Please win in 3, Rafa :scared:

born_on_clay
01-22-2011, 05:40 PM
4 sets, 3:20h on court :unsure:

Foxy
01-22-2011, 06:00 PM
I think after I read the presser he actually is having mono. Hopefully not but it is not normal to get tired so easily even at training.

Yazoo.C
01-22-2011, 07:23 PM
Great Rafa won :D

And I hope he doesn't have mono :scared:

born_on_clay
01-22-2011, 07:59 PM
presser:

Rafael Nadal - 22/01/2011

Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. Bernard Tomic(AUS) 6-2 7-5 6-3

Q. There were some difficult moments out there tonight.
RAFAEL NADAL: Sure, yeah, especially in the second. Yeah, he's a kind of player that is very difficult to play against. His style of game is not easy to play.
He's good, no? He's a better play, and I think he will be better.

Q. What advice do you have for him? He's a talented young player who is just starting his career.
RAFAEL NADAL: I can tell you what I did. What I did is work all the time, to work with humble, illusion and motivation to be a better player, no? That's the only thing that I can say for sure.

Q. Do you feel like you played well tonight?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I don't think so. I didn't play well tonight. I played short. The movements wasn't the best. The position on court wasn't the best neither.
So the positive thing that the attitude was good all the time. That's true. Even with the 4‑0, I keep fighting for the second. And for moments I did something good in the third. I went to the net more than before, so that's positive thing.
But I have to change a few things if I really want to have chances to win the next match, and I gonna do it.

Q. How long did it take you to understand his game? He doesn't play a very regular game.
RAFAEL NADAL: In general, the most difficult thing is he's a good player, no? So he won the first two matches against not easy players in straight sets. So is a difficult match. And is important victory for me. Even if I didn't play my best tennis, for me win in three sets, 6‑2, 7‑5, 6‑3 is a very positive result for me. I'm very happy for the victory.
Is more important win matches when you are not playing your best than when you are playing your best, no? Yeah, is more difficult and the same time is have better value, I think, because when you are playing well everything is easier. When you're not playing that well, like today, the victory is more important.

Q. You weren't on court very long in the first two matches. Was it good to get a bit extra time and a bit of extra hitting and still get the win?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, is better win easier (smiling). But that's part of the game. Is impossible to win easy in this sport. All the players are really good. All the players are very competitive. That's normal, have a difficult matches like I have today. That's a normal thing.
Every day right now gonna be really difficult. The next match gonna be very difficult and I have to be ready to play my best tennis.

Q. You seemed to be sweating a lot early on, changed your shirt a few times. Were you feeling okay out there?
RAFAEL NADAL: I was perfect when I started the season in Abu Dhabi playing. I was playing perfect and I was feeling perfect physically. In Doha, I had that problem. I wasn't feel very well. Have fever and these things. Seems like after that my body is still not perfect. I am sweating more than usual. I am more tired than usual when I'm playing. That's what happen right now. That's the true.

Q. Was it a bit unusual having the crowd primarily against you?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't feel that. The normal thing was he's young, he's from Australia. Normal thing is have the crowd behind him. But I don't feel a lot that tonight. I think the crowd was real neutral. The crowd was supporting both of us.
The crowd here in Australia is always fantastic. I played against Lleyton. He's an idol here. It was when I was a kid ‑ little bit more than a kid, but when I had 17 and 18. The crowd was fantastic. Very respectful with both of us. Supporting Lleyton for sure, but supporting myself, too.
Tonight have something similar. Is always nice go on this center court. Atmosphere is always nice I think.

Q. You said you don't have a fever anymore, but the body is getting tired. Are you concerned in the next week the body might not be ready for five sets after five sets?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. Hopefully I gonna improve. I don't know. I don't know what's going on. I am doing all that I can. I am working, I am resting. I can't do more, no? If I don't feel perfect, it's not my fault. It's day of today. All I can say is keep fighting. I have the (indiscernible) here, my biscuits, for the problem maybe. If I eat more, maybe I am better next week.

Q. Do you think in the last year you have made more progress in your tennis game or in your English?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think in my tennis game for sure, no? Cannot be my English because I am not very inspired tonight. But I can speak better.

Q. We saw your father here tonight. Has he been to many Grand Slams to see you play.
RAFAEL NADAL: My father? Yes, he comes here normally. He loves Australia. He loves be here. He loves Melbourne and this tournament. He's coming back every year.
Now my mom was with me in Abu Dhabi and Doha. My father is here, yeah. In Roland Garros normally they come together. But not in the first week normally. In the second week they are coming. But is normal the Grand Slams is important tournaments and I am happy if they are coming.

born_on_clay
01-23-2011, 09:23 AM
Schedule for day 8:

Another night match :mad:
Federina played in day session of course :mad:

Rod Laver Arena

7:30 PM Start
Men's Singles - 4th Round
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[1] vs. Marin Cilic(CRO)[15]

Women's Singles - 4th Round
Ekaterina Makarova(RUS) vs. Kim Clijsters(BEL)[3]

Foxy
01-23-2011, 10:57 AM
Schedule for day 8:

Another night match :mad:
Federina played in day session of course :mad:

Rod Laver Arena

7:30 PM Start
Men's Singles - 4th Round
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[1] vs. Marin Cilic(CRO)[15]

Women's Singles - 4th Round
Ekaterina Makarova(RUS) vs. Kim Clijsters(BEL)[3]

Benchmark for 4th round. No more 2h 30min if he wants to have a chance.

born_on_clay
01-23-2011, 11:04 AM
Benchmark for 4th round. No more 2h 30min if he wants to have a chance.

I am realistic. 4 sets, 3:20 on court if not more :scared:
Rafa isn't 100%
If Rafa isn't 100% you all know what can happen
I have faith in him but I am unsure about AO11 from now on

nashty
01-23-2011, 01:31 PM
i dont think the negative H2H will be reversed with just one win. but i hope rafa wins in 3 anyway.

4th round against Cilic :scared:

it's time to reverse that negative H2H :devil:

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/4985/4thc.jpg

born_on_clay
01-23-2011, 04:40 PM
i dont think the negative H2H will be reversed with just one win. but i hope rafa wins in 3 anyway.

1-1 isn't negative, is it ? ;)

born_on_clay
01-24-2011, 11:34 AM
Job done in 3 sets (2:30h). Great benchmark Foxy !

Stats:

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/2791/4thj.jpg

The most important thing is, Rafa said himself in the interview wirh Courier he isn't sweating so much and feels much better :)

He palyed so-so and has to raise his level against Ferrer and especially against Murray

MariaV
01-24-2011, 11:35 AM
6-2 6-4 6-3, I couldn't watch but is Rafa doing better already? :o
Tough battle vs Ferru ahead, and I don't even want to think about the semis vs. Murray. :help: :help: :scared: :unsure:

MariaV
01-24-2011, 11:37 AM
Thanks for posting the stats, b_o_c! :wavey:

klyne
01-24-2011, 11:56 AM
Job done in 3 sets (2:30h). Great benchmark Foxy !

Stats:

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/2791/4thj.jpg

The most important thing is, Rafa said himself in the interview wirh Courier he isn't sweating so much and feels much better :)

He palyed so-so and has to raise his level against Ferrer and especially against Murray

i havent watched murray's matches recently in AO, is he really doing much better??i mean some of u here seems a little nervous on him..oh yeah AO is the only GS title rafa havent won last year(if im not mistaken)sooooooooooo..oh no, rafa better win the title this year..vamossssssss!!

Topspindoctor
01-24-2011, 12:44 PM
Good win. Serve and groundstrokes getting better and better. Still one round of practice to come before facing the big guns.

MariaV
01-24-2011, 02:27 PM
OK here the presser.

Q. How are you feeling? Do you think you're fully recovered?

RAFAEL NADAL: Today I felt very good, no? I didn't sweat like the other days. So that's fantastic news for me. The better news is I played much better than the rest of the days. :D

I was able to play with high intensity, very good rhythm, playing more inside the court. So play more aggressive, changing rhythms with the slice and with the topspin, backhand. The serve worked better today. :D

So, in general, I think it was a very good match for me and very important victory. So very happy for everything. :D

Q. Do you have any idea as to why you didn't feel that good a couple of days ago? Is it a medical situation or just you didn't feel great?

RAFAEL NADAL: I think so. I don't know, no? I don't have more information than that, no? You see, I was sweating like crazy the other day. I play night session, too. So the conditions wasn't very different.

I say the other day, it's true, I playing better. When I play better, I play with a little bit more calm and with less anxiety. For that reason, I am anxiety less.

I say the other day, too, today in the practice, I didn't sweat like the other days, too. I sweat much less. Hopefully continue like this.

Q. Cilic just said he had some kind of trouble with the weather. How did you feel with the weather, with the cold? He said it was a bit cold for him. It suited you better than him.

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I didn't find that cold. Was normal condition. Is a night session. Not playing with the sunshine, so is normal conditions.

Q. I think he was saying that because it was cold and the ball wasn't bouncing as much.

RAFAEL NADAL: The ball is bouncing less?

Q. Yes.

RAFAEL NADAL: When is hot, the ball bounce higher.

Q. He was saying it was less.

RAFAEL NADAL: He must say the ball stays lower today.

Well, in general, I think is more positive for him than for me, no? I like the high bounce. And I think for my game is more positive if the bounce are higher. I can play with the topspin. Is easier for me to play. Seriously, for me, I don't know if he was a little bit tired of the other day, but I am very happy how I played. I played my best match here by far.

Q. We'd like to know, apart from winning, what do you enjoy most about being on court? Do you enjoy saving the breakpoints or hitting passing shots, hitting a winner?

RAFAEL NADAL: I enjoy the competition and I enjoy play well. I enjoy everything, no? I enjoy the moments that you have to do something to play well. You have to do something to change some situations. These kind of changes, mentality changes, I love that sometimes and other times it didn't work a lot and you can't enjoy.

Q. You've spoken before about the strength of Spanish sport generally. Is it special for you to play against David in a quarterfinal here?

RAFAEL NADAL: For me is not as special. For me is a very good news because one Spanish is going to be in semifinal, so that's fantastic for our country I think. Start the first Grand Slam of the season having one player in semifinal. That's good news.

I'm happy for him. He's playing good. He won in Auckland. He's in quarterfinal. Is going to be a very difficult match. I wish him all the best. Hopefully I can play my best tennis and have good chances to win. I don't know.

Q. You've seen a lot of him over the years, played against him a lot. You know each other's game pretty well.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, we know each other perfect. We played a lot of times against each other. At the same time we practiced a lot of times, no?

I think he's a fantastic player for a lot of years being in the top positions. That's very difficult to do, and he did. So all the respect for him. I know gonna be a really, really difficult match.

Q. Is playing David going to be a tougher test of your fitness and your health compared to the match today?

RAFAEL NADAL: We will see. I don't know. Cilic is a great player. He's a very tough opponent. Before the match, I was scared seriously. Well, scared in a good way because I know how good he can play. Only match against him I lost 6 1, 6 3 in Beijing. I have no chances. Is true it was a different situation for me.

But these kind of players is very difficult to play. David will be something different. We know each other perfect. He's very good. He's No. 7 or 6 in the world. You are in quarterfinals. In quarterfinals you can't have an easy match.

Q. You played many times more than five hours per match. What was your reaction when you heard that yesterday Schiavone and Kuznetsova played 4 hours and 44 minutes in just three sets?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it makes it possible that there is not tiebreak in the third. Was a fantastic match, I think, no? Is good for the sport. Sure is a good show for the tennis world.

The worst thing, the winner can be a little bit tired. But I think she has today rest, no?

Q. Did you see any of that?

RAFAEL NADAL: I wasn't see. I wasn't see the match. But I heard about that. That's good. Is a good victory, and I congratulate Francesca.

Q. You were capable to come back after a long match with Verdasco and play well in the final. Many people were surprised. Do you think Francesca Schiavone can be strong enough to play Wozniacki, or you don't think it's possible?

RAFAEL NADAL: Why not, no? If I did, a lot of people can do it. We will see, no? Is very personal thing. At the same time, even the same person, you play a long match and you can be better or you can be worse, depending on the moment. For example, I played against Andy Murray here in 2007, I think. I played very long match in fourth round, Round of 16. I wasn't able to play in quarterfinals against González. It happened in 2009 against Verdasco, and I was ready to play a long final, no?

Depends of the moment. You never know.

Q. Do you find it distracting when everybody is calling out, I love you, Rafa?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I feel fantastic (laughter).

Q. Are you able to block it out?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I heard everything. But is nice (smiling).

Q. What about when the girls whistle at you and take pictures of you when you're changing your shirt?

RAFAEL NADAL: That's a very good feeling (smiling).

Q. Could you tell us more about this Armani campaign? Was it a good experience? What do you think of the pictures?

RAFAEL NADAL: Was a long experience, but very good experience, no? Is always nice to know different worlds. The fashion world is something that I didn't know before.

Yeah, was a good session of photos, long one. But hopefully the result are satisfactory, so... I worked very hard, seriously (laughter). So, yeah, was nice. A different experience and I enjoyed.

Q. Do you find you sexy on the picture?

RAFAEL NADAL: I'm not the right person to say. I always watch myself so so. But what do you think? Do you like it?

Q. Yeah, I do.

RAFAEL NADAL: I happy if I like it (smiling).

Q. You say it was long. How long were you one next to the other?

RAFAEL NADAL: Was different shootings. We talked enough about that in the past.

Q. Just a question about the Hawk Eye system. Is it difficult to know when to challenge and when not to challenge? How do you feel when you challenge and the result is that it's just in or just out or very close?

RAFAEL NADAL: That's part of the game, no? Is difficult to see sometimes. But sometimes is important point and you challenge. We'll see what's going on. When you see the ball, you are praying to have the positive result for you, no?

I think is a positive thing for the sport. I think the crowd enjoys the Hawk Eye. I think that's a good really good improve in the tennis world when the Hawk Eye came, no? I think is very positive and I enjoy because you have your chance. That's good.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports


Some ridiculous parts in the end, before the hawkeye questions I mean. :tape: :lol: :o

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-24/201101241295872126192.html

born_on_clay
01-24-2011, 05:51 PM
Quaterfinal against Ferrer

http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/1706/58379324.jpg

born_on_clay
01-25-2011, 10:49 AM
Rod Laver Arena

7:30 PM Start

Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
Rafael Nadal(ESP)[1] vs. David Ferrer(ESP)[7]

Mixed Doubles - Quarterfinals
Sally Peers(AUS) /Carsten Ball(AUS) vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands(USA) / Horia Tecau(ROU)

Topspindoctor
01-25-2011, 01:58 PM
Nice, another evening match.

born_on_clay
01-26-2011, 11:26 AM
Australian Open QF curse ?

http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/1642/38182758.jpg

We all need to move on, this is life.



btw. I won't open any tournament thread ever from now on :o

Ben.
01-26-2011, 11:47 AM
Just bad luck for Rafa. Maybe it is related to his sickness, pushing himself too hard because of it. He certaintly needs to really make an effort to lighten his schedule. His off season, or lack off, was a mistake whichever way you look at it. It was apparant as soon as he was shaking his head and grimacing after three games, he was unlikely to come through.

Good news is he was able to hang in there, so hopefully it isn't that serious and he hasn't aggravated it further by doing so. Plenty of time to rest up now until Indian Wells.

MariaV
01-26-2011, 11:52 AM
If it's just a muscle tear it's nothing serious, and Rafa was scheduled to rest anyway, he needs it. As long as he'll be fine for winning all the clay court titles again I'm happy. :)

ApproachShot
01-26-2011, 11:53 AM
BBC news are reporting a left thigh injury - I think most of us would have guessed this from the strapping after his 1st set MTO. So disheartening for it to happen now. But all credit to him for hanging in there and seeing the match to a conclusion. Rest up Champ, and we'll see you in Indian Wells, if not the Davis Cup!

Also, the General Messages forum is rapidly disintegrating into a cesspit of hate-filled posts (and yet these posters have the audacity to call themselves tennis fans).

Ben.
01-26-2011, 01:04 PM
Yeh that is GM for you, a bunch of classless fanboys. There are a couple of dozen posters who should just be banned in attempt to salvage it.

Yazoo.C
01-26-2011, 01:13 PM
Q. What can you tell us about the injury? What did David say to you at the end of the match?

RAFAEL NADAL: I can say nothing about the injury. Seriously, I would prefer don't talk a lot about the injury.

Tonight, first of all, I don't know nothing. Second thing, for respect to the winner and to a friend, I prefer to talk about the match. I think he played at a very high level. I just congratulate him and wish him all the best for the semifinal. I think he's doing a fantastic tournament. If he keep playing like this, he going to have a good chances.

What David told me at the net is for me and that's it.

Q. How emotional is it for you tonight?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, is a difficult day for me. I lost in quarterfinals another time. So I tried my best. I couldn't do more. Tonight I think I played against a great player, a great opponent. Today I really can't do more than what I did. So he played at a very high level, and I wasn't able to compete against him tonight.

Q. It's going to be difficult for us to write a piece without appreciating how well you could move. It seemed to us you couldn't move as well as you would like to have been moving tonight. Is that a fair statement?

RAFAEL NADAL: You see the match?

Q. Yes.

RAFAEL NADAL: So you are ready to write everything. I don't have to tell you about what I felt on the court because I tried my best all the time. But is obvious that I didn't feel at my best. I had a problem during the match, in the very beginning. After that, the match was almost over. So that's what I can say.

But you know what, for me is difficult come here and speak about. In Doha I wasn't healthy. Today I have another problem. Seems like I always have problems when I lose, and I don't want to have this image, no? I prefer don't talk about that today. If you can respect that, will be a very nice thing for me. Thank you.

Q. What was the problem, though?

RAFAEL NADAL: You are listening me? I can't tell you which problem I have. First thing, because I don't know. That's my answer.

Q. What you achieved in the last year was nothing short of amazing. Does this break your heart a little bit that it had to happen like this?

RAFAEL NADAL: The tennis career, you have higher moments and lower moments. I had almost all the time very, very happy moments and very nice moments in my career. That's part of the sport. Last year I was very lucky. I was healthy most of the year. I was playing unbelievable during all the year.

This year I did I think all the right things to start the season playing really well. And, seriously, I was playing like this in the first exhibition in Abu Dhabi. After that starts the problem. Was a difficult month for me, no?

That's part of the sport. Accept; keep working; try my best in the next tournament. That's what I can do.

Last year I had a fantastic year. This year the year just start. Last year in the beginning I had problems, too, and finally was the best season of my career. I think is almost impossible to repeat that. But remain a lot, and remain a lot to have hopefully really good moments, and at the same time, too, really negative moments.

So this is one of bad ones, one of negative moments. That's part of the sport. I think I am very, very lucky sportsman about what happened in my career. And I have to accept the fantastic moments that I had during a lot of years with the same calm that when I have problems. And if I am ready to accept both things with I think let's say everything the same, I going to be able to come back and play my best tennis another time.

Q. How do you think David will get on in the semifinals?

RAFAEL NADAL: He's playing fantastic. But I think he's not the favorite. But if he keep playing like this, hopefully he can have a good chance to be in the final or win the tournament. I would love. Is a fantastic person. Is a close friend of mine. So I wish him all the best.

I think that Andy is playing very good, too, but David is playing at high level, no? If he's able to keep playing like this, I think he gonna have a good chances. I hope that. I wish him all the very best.

Q. After what happened in Doha, coming here a little bit late...

RAFAEL NADAL: Coming late?

Q. You were ill in Doha and came to Melbourne a little bit late.

RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't came late. You are wrong. I was here one week before the tournament. Is more than enough.

Q. The question is, with you being ill in Doha, then what happened after the Tomic match, did you feel that maybe this tournament wasn't meant to be, wasn't destiny to win?

RAFAEL NADAL: I tried my best in Doha. Was a difficult week for me. Here, seriously, before the match of today I started to feel that I am playing much better and I am very healthy and don't have no problem in general. So I was happy about happened during the first week because I was through without being perfect.

I started the second week with a very good match against Cilic and improving my level every day. Seriously, I was practicing much better than in the beginning of the tournament, and I felt ready to play this quarterfinals. But wasn't the day.

Q. What will be your next tournament?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know yet. I have to think a little bit about everything and we will see what's going on in the next weeks.

Q. We appreciate your fair play, and we understand what you're saying. I just would like to know if you didn't have in front of you a friend of yours, would you have kept till the last ball and point to stay on court or would you have left a little before?

RAFAEL NADAL: I hate the retirements, so this wasn't the day. I did last year. I hate that moment. I didn't want to repeat that.

Q. The match against Cilic showed you were recovering well. Did you feel anything unusual the last couple days?

RAFAEL NADAL: I felt fantastic the last couple days. I practiced very good yesterday. I had a fantastic warmup today before the match. Only feeling that I can say was very positive. I started the second week, and when the second week started, everything was better and better for me: the health, sweat, the level of tennis. Everything was better and better.

Q. Earlier today Andy Murray said there's a number of guys on tour who on any given day can beat each other: yourself, Robin, Roger...

RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't understand.

Q. He said any one of the top six or seven players on any day can beat each other. Do you think after the year you had last year, our expectations of you are probably higher than yours, given the evenness of the top six or seven players?

RAFAEL NADAL: For me there are much more than six or seven on the tour that can beat everybody. I think is more than these few. In general, the expectations, I don't know which expectations you have about me. I have my ones. I have my goals. Probably we think different ways, no?

I live day to day with myself. You see everything from outside. I know how difficult is everything. Probably, you know, not exactly the same. This part is difficult, no? This part is very competitive. You have to have be in perfect conditions to win. The season is always crazy, very long. You can't have time to rest and come back to prepare perfect in a season. That's this game. Only the best players, only the more prepared players physically and mentally are ready to be here and to be in the top positions a long time.

My expectations, I said before the tournament, I said before the year start, is enjoy every day and practice hard every day with same illusion, humble and motivation that I did all my career. So that's my principal goal, in general, no?

I lost in quarterfinals today. We'll see what's happen in next tournament. I'll work hard to be ready.

Q. Can you tell us your feelings tonight compared to this time last year?

RAFAEL NADAL: Is different because last year was the knees. I had a problem, big problem, in the knee in the past. So was hard for me to have another time the same. I didn't see a solution in that. Is not the case.

I came last year after probably six, seven months really hard for me of injuries and of problems in general. So was a hard situation. This year everything is a little bit different. I have three more Grand Slams at home, a few more Masters 1000s and a few more tournaments.

I can say nothing wrong because I had a fantastic time last year. Not possible be all the time at hundred percent. Not possible all the time to have all the positive factors together to win in every tournament.

Last year happened in almost every one. This year we start with a little bit of unlucky. I gonna work hard to come back and to keep having chances and to compete against the best players and to keep being in the top positions of the ranking, so...

I love playing tennis. I love the competition. And I love, in general, the hard moments because you are ready to change the situation working hard, working every day with a goal and with illusion.

Q. You said your preparation was good for this year. Was the vacation long enough after London?

RAFAEL NADAL: The vacation long enough? No, one day is enough, you think? Never is enough. With this sport you never have vacations enough. This part is special for different things. This factor is one of the special things that makes the tour hard and difficult. Only the best players mentally prepared are ready to be here long time.

I said before, wasn't a problem of holidays, the start of the season. The only problem was a little bit of unlucky. In general, I had a virus. When you have a virus, your body goes down and you have more risk of everything. That's probably what happened. That's the simple thing.

Now we have to accept. I said 100 times. But the only thing I can say is, accept the situation and work to try to have another very good season.

Q. How did the fireworks display disrupt your rhythm?

RAFAEL NADAL: Nothing, nothing, no.

:sobbing:

vn01
01-26-2011, 01:21 PM
I am very sad! Very very sad! :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

I can't talk now! I don't know!

MariaV
01-26-2011, 02:04 PM
Awwwwwwwwwwwww http://bestsmileys.com/hugging/6.gif

At least it's nothing serious like last year the knees & retirement and he didn't lose any points actually (trying to see the bright side). :)
Rafa's gonna be back, like he said. :)

Metis
01-26-2011, 02:32 PM
Nadal-Ferrer 4-6 2-6 3-6 :sad:



How far will Rafa go at the Australian Open? (2000 points :drool:)

1st - Getta
2nd -
3rd -
4th -
QF - Metis
SF - acionescu, Betty, rafa_maniac, scoobs, sokk, star
F - Commander_Data
W - Björki, born_on_clay, Foxy, ImmzB, Ionut, JolanGago, MariaV Minn, nashty, shawshank, tennizen, Veronique, vn01





acionescu, Betty, rafa_maniac, scoobs, sokk, star, Commander_Data, Björki, born_on_clay, Foxy, ImmzB, Ionut, JolanGago, MariaV Minn, nashty, shawshank, tennizen, Veronique, vn01: that 's what I call an impressive FAIL performance. :worship:


X--g9CjYKhE





Metis: the only winner of the first grand slam :sport:


http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/12/2/th_845417b5-36e3-4682-819d-717b1ab291d7.gif (http://cheezburger.com/View/4224189184)

Langers
01-26-2011, 02:35 PM
Very sad, and the absolute idiots on the main board posting in all the threads aren't worth the time of day. Disgraceful lot.

acionescu
01-26-2011, 02:45 PM
Metis is to blame :mad:

I've always said it: GREEKS. ARE. DANGEROUS :scared: :bolt:

Metis
01-26-2011, 03:06 PM
Metis is to blame :mad:

I've always said it: GREEKS. ARE. DANGEROUS :scared: :bolt:

reported :(

clare2904
01-26-2011, 03:31 PM
Hi guys :(

http://confessionsofarafafan.blogspot.com/2011/01/rafael-nadal-torn-thigh-muscle.html

Torn thigh muscle according to UT :( Not sure how long the recovery will be.

MarsCapricorn
01-26-2011, 03:51 PM
The good thing is that he hasn't lost in a slam when healthy since probably USO 08 against Murray which is an amazing achievement. It could be well put in born's books! That's the 9th tournament since then (or 8th if you exclude Wimby 09). ;)

clare2904
01-26-2011, 04:07 PM
Short video of the press conference

http://confessionsofarafafan.blogspot.com/2011/01/rafael-nadal-press-conference-short.html

ImmzB
01-26-2011, 06:51 PM
Rafa! :sad:

I hope he get's a speedy recovery and is ready for Indian Wells!!

MarsCapricorn
01-26-2011, 06:57 PM
Rafa! :sad:

I hope he get's a speedy recovery and is ready for Indian Wells!!

Indian Wells is one of his favorite tournaments and he usually plays quite well there. Enjoy your vacation, buddy!

born_on_clay
01-26-2011, 09:03 PM
Has he really torn his muscle ?
:scared:
How long will it take to recover fully ?
Anyone knows ?

born_on_clay
01-26-2011, 09:30 PM
Metis, it was a put-up job :o

dombrfc
01-26-2011, 09:37 PM
Get well soon Rafa

born_on_clay
01-27-2011, 08:53 AM
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/26012011/58/nadal-loss-ferrer.html

MarsCapricorn
01-27-2011, 12:25 PM
Mugerina lost. Great news for Rafa's N1 campaign to march towards some records there. Rafa extended the lead to 4425 points. So he assures N1 ranking at least until the end Madrid tournament meaning until 9th of May. Well done, mate. Get better! ;)

MariaV
01-27-2011, 12:39 PM
Has he really torn his muscle ?
:scared:
How long will it take to recover fully ?
Anyone knows ?

I hope it's not really a huge tear, more like a strain or a pull but Rafa has played through immense pain before so actually no wonder if it was really a tear, then it could take months I think. But Rafa has time now, luckily.

Topspindoctor
01-27-2011, 02:04 PM
I heard the recovery time is 3-4 weeks.

vn01
01-27-2011, 02:21 PM
I heard the recovery time is 3-4 weeks.

So we should forget about success in Indian Wells/Miami :(

4 weeks is too much

Topspindoctor
01-27-2011, 02:28 PM
So we should forget about success in Indian Wells/Miami :(

4 weeks is too much

Screw those events. The priority now is winning 6th RG. Nothing else matters, not even clay tournaments.

MarsCapricorn
01-27-2011, 03:01 PM
Screw those events. The priority now is winning 6th RG. Nothing else matters, not even clay tournaments.

I disagree. All Masters tournament matter, especially Miami as he never won there. But I think he should be ready by then. He has 40+ days until IW starts.

vn01
01-27-2011, 05:43 PM
I want Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome, before RG, then the French. Then Wimbledon and then I don't care about anything else. 5 tournaments, 30 matches. This is the goal for 2011. :)

MariaV
01-27-2011, 06:32 PM
Screw those events. The priority now is winning 6th RG. Nothing else matters, not even clay tournaments.

He needs to win some tournaments before RG again to get the confidence back.

I want Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome, before RG, then the French. Then Wimbledon and then I don't care about anything else. 5 tournaments, 30 matches. This is the goal for 2011. :)
+1

born_on_clay
01-27-2011, 06:37 PM
I want Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome, before RG, then the French. Then Wimbledon and then I don't care about anything else. 5 tournaments, 30 matches. This is the goal for 2011. :)

+ WTF ;)

FormerRafaFan
01-27-2011, 08:48 PM
I want Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome, before RG, then the French. Then Wimbledon and then I don't care about anything else. 5 tournaments, 30 matches. This is the goal for 2011. :)

I second this.. I really feel his game is suited for grass as well as clay. I think and hope he can win Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year, then f*ck everything else, well, maybe eberything else except what you mentioned :)

MarsCapricorn
01-27-2011, 08:53 PM
+ WTF ;)

+ Shanghai and Paris ;)

vn01
01-28-2011, 01:01 PM
I agree for the World Tour Finals :) VAMOS!

MariaV
01-29-2011, 05:25 PM
:lol: We're pretty greedy people here, no? :lol: ;)

born_on_clay
01-29-2011, 05:37 PM
News about Rafa's injury:
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/australian-open-2011/rafael-nadal-flies-home-for-scans-on-injured-hamstring/story-fn77kxzt-1225995719044