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MONTREAL 2011: :sunrue: Rafa! Sorry about the thread start. :sunrue:

star
08-07-2011, 04:52 PM
Its a new dawn, a new day, and Im feelin

GOOD!

:banana:


[1] Djokovic vs BYE
Davydenko vs Qualifier
Seppi vs Cilic
Nieminen vs [16] Del Potro
[12] Troicki vs Qualifier
Baghdatis vs Isner
Qualifier vs Mannarino
BYE vs [5] Monfils

[3] Federer vs BYE
Chela vs [WC] V. Pospisil
[WC] Tomic vs Qualifier
Fognini vs [13] Tsonga
[10] Gasquet vs F. Mayer
Golubev vs Bellucci
Stakhovsky vs Kohlschreiber
BYE vs [8] Almagro

[6] Fish vs BYE
F. Lopez vs [SE] Stepanek
[WC] Gulbis vs Ferrero
Llodra vs [11] Youzhny
[14] Wawrinka vs Nalbandian
Qualifier vs Montanes
Andujar vs K. Anderson
BYE vs [4] Murray

[7] Berdych vs BYE
Dolgopolov vs [WC] Chvojka
Karlovic vs Monaco
Qualifier vs [9] Simon
[15] Verdasco vs Qualifier
Tipsarevic vs Haas
Dodig vs Chardy
BYE vs [2] Nadal


http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2011/421/mds.pdf

MIT is now OPEN! Get your picks in early, get em in later, but get em in!

star
08-07-2011, 05:01 PM
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star
08-07-2011, 05:43 PM
Steve Tignor’s MIT entry.


Semifinals: Djokovic d. Federer; Murray d. Nadal

Final: Djokovic d. Murray

Betty
08-07-2011, 05:43 PM
Sf

star
08-07-2011, 05:46 PM
Sean Randall at Tennis X weighs in for MIT

And in those semifinals I’ll take Djokovic to beat Federer and Murray to upset Nadal. In the final I’ll ride the hot guy Djokovic to the title.

star
08-07-2011, 05:51 PM
This is RIVETING stuff! :rolls:

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star
08-07-2011, 06:22 PM
Even Djoko can’t believe the awesomeness :tape:

http://www.10sballs.com/wordpress/show_image_248.php?filename=/2011/08/10152.jpg&cat=971&pid=27765&cache=true

MariaV
08-07-2011, 07:35 PM
Metis is away on a vacation, who will manage the legendary MIT? :awww: I will be away next week too sadly. :sad:
But my MIT prediction is QF this time. Vamos! :banana: I hope for a greal fail this time. :rolls:

star
08-07-2011, 07:44 PM
Metis is away on a vacation, who will manage the legendary MIT? :awww: I will be away next week too sadly. :sad:
But my MIT prediction is QF this time. Vamos! :banana: I hope for a greal fail this time. :rolls:

Metis said last Saturday she was gone for a week. She should be back for her MIT duties in time. (I think :unsure: )

star
08-07-2011, 08:00 PM
I forgot to mention :smash: that Rafa will be playing doubles with the ever fabulous LIlLo. :banana:

http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg616/scaled.php?tn=0&server=616&filename=64riy.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640


DOUBLES DRAW

(1) BRYAN, Bob (USA)/BRYAN, Mike (USA)
Bye

LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP)/VERDASCO, Fernando (ESP)
POSPISIL, Vasek (CAN)/SHAMASDIN, Adil (CAN)

HANLEY, Paul (AUS)/SOARES, Bruno (BRA)
ALMAGRO, Nicolas (ESP)/DLOUHY, Lukas (CZE)

Bye
(5) BOPANNA, Rohan (IND)/QURESHI, Aisam-Ul-Haq (PAK)
__________________________________________________ ______
(3) BHUPATHI, Mahesh (IND)/PAES, Leander (IND)
Bye

LOPEZ, Marc (ESP)/NADAL, Rafael (ESP) :banana:
BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE)/MAYER, Florian (GER)

MURRAY, Andy (GBR)/MURRAY, Jamie (GBR)
CHVOJKA, Erik (CAN)/DUCLOS, Pierre-Ludovic (CAN)

Bye
(8) BUTORAC, Eric (USA)/ROJER, Jean-Julien (AHO)
__________________________________________________ ____
(7) FYRSTENBERG, Mariusz (POL)/MATKOWSKI, Marcin (POL)
Bye

KNOWLES, Mark (BAH)/PETZSCHNER, Philipp (GER)
DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB)/TIPSAREVIC, Janko (SRB)

FISH, Mardy (USA)/ISNER, John (USA)
GASQUET, Richard (FRA)/SIMON, Gilles (FRA)

Bye
(4) LLODRA, Michael (FRA)/ZIMONJIC, Nenad (SRB)
_________________________________________________ ___
(6) LINDSTEDT, Robert (SWE)/TECAU, Horia (ROU)
Bye

DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr (UKR)/NORMAN, Dick (BEL)
TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)/WAWRINKA, Stanislas (SUI)

STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy (UKR)/YOUZHNY, Mikhail (RUS)
ANDUJAR, Pablo (ESP)/MONFILS, Gael (FRA)

Bye
(2) MIRNYI, Max (BLR)/NESTOR, Daniel (CAN)

Getta
08-07-2011, 08:12 PM
second round.

bilal..messi
08-07-2011, 11:10 PM
http://i56.tinypic.com/kx02f.jpg

bilal..messi
08-07-2011, 11:12 PM
http://i54.tinypic.com/zk6989.png (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsi3xl4Ezqw&feature=youtu.be)

bilal..messi
08-07-2011, 11:13 PM
tomorrow in montreal

http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/3508/order88.png

bilal..messi
08-07-2011, 11:15 PM
in facebook

http://i56.tinypic.com/kx02f.jpg


Practice with Pico and Juan Carlos Ferrero. Tomorrow first double match with Marc Lpez!! Rafa

Minn
08-07-2011, 11:43 PM
MIT: F. :tears:

star
08-07-2011, 11:48 PM
Practice with Pico and Juan Carlos Ferrero. Tomorrow first double match with Marc Lpez!! Rafa

:wavey: Bilal.

Don’t forget to post your MIT prediction before Rafa plays his first singles match. Just pick the round where you think he will lose or if you think he will win the tournament pick win.

star
08-07-2011, 11:58 PM
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Some really cute shots in this one.

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Are these shorts just a little bit shorter?

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acionescu
08-08-2011, 08:34 AM
Star :worship:

Your dedication to this thread is just AWSOME :bowdown:

My MIT : SF

I'd take over MIT duties this afternoon if HRH Metis doesnt make an appearence :cool:

Metis
08-08-2011, 02:51 PM
No need for that Andreea. I'm back just in time. :nerner:


Anyway, great work star :worship:


Rafito :hearts:



And now on to MIT business:


How far will Rafa go in Montreal? (1000 points :hearts:)

1st - Bye
2nd - Getta
3rd -
QF - MariaV
SF - acionescu, Betty, Sean Randall, Steve Tignor
F - Minn
W - Metis :dance:

Metis
08-08-2011, 02:52 PM
Even Djoko can’t believe the awesomeness :tape:

http://www.10sballs.com/wordpress/show_image_248.php?filename=/2011/08/10152.jpg&cat=971&pid=27765&cache=true

:lol:

tennizen
08-08-2011, 02:53 PM
Winner MIT

star
08-08-2011, 02:54 PM
No need for that Andreea. I'm back just in time. :nerner:


Anyway, great work star :worship:


Rafito :hearts:



And now on to MIT business:

:rolls: :rolls: I wondered if you would do that! :lol:

MariaV
08-08-2011, 04:51 PM
Star, about the shorts - maybe a TINY bit shorter indeed but I'm no expert. :o

star
08-08-2011, 04:53 PM
Star, about the shorts - maybe a TINY bit shorter indeed but I'm no expert. :o

Thank you, Maria for addressing the MOST important question of the thread! :worship:


Here is Rafas world.

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acionescu
08-08-2011, 05:35 PM
The **** is just getting worse and worse :bigcry: :bigcry:

Foxy
08-08-2011, 07:28 PM
Mit: W

born_on_clay
08-08-2011, 07:30 PM
MIT: semis

evilmindbulgaria
08-08-2011, 07:41 PM
MIT - W! Time for a threepeat :rocker2:

star
08-09-2011, 12:21 AM
LilLo and Rafa lost their doubles match against Berdych and Mayer 3-6: 6-7

star
08-09-2011, 04:46 AM
I don’t know what this has to do with the tournament, but then again, :shrug:

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star
08-09-2011, 05:13 AM
Marc has this to say about the doubles:

Un desastre de partido por mi parte....el segundo set un poco mejor pero si nos escapo en el tie break,ahora toca animar a Rafa

Castafiore
08-09-2011, 06:38 AM
Thanks for the updates, star.


The **** is just getting worse and worse :bigcry: :bigcry:
Drama queen.

star
08-09-2011, 03:09 PM
Rafa tweets to Lo

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@marclopeztarres.We have tried, but they were better than us. Now I must prepare the next match against Ivan Dodig! #vamos
10 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply
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@marclopeztarres lo hemos intentado pero esta vez ellos fueron mejores. Ahora toca concentrarse en el partido contra Ivan Dodig!! #vamos

MariaV
08-09-2011, 07:17 PM
The new Armani ad? :D :D :hearts:

Bjrki
08-09-2011, 07:25 PM
Mit: F

star
08-09-2011, 07:27 PM
Mit: F

:(

Its cruel to post that with that avatar.


:bigcry:

MariaV
08-09-2011, 07:44 PM
:(

It’s cruel to post that with that avatar.


:bigcry:

But probably that's gonna happen, Nole the invincible. ;) :awww: :o

!VamosRafa!
08-09-2011, 08:04 PM
Uuuuuuuuuuugh!!!!

Tennis is so not fun like it used to be :(
MIT: F, losing to Mr. Invincible :sobbing:

!VamosRafa!
08-09-2011, 08:06 PM
I dont know what this has to do with the tournament, but then again, :shrug:

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He should have taken the underwear off too :p
Damn, he is getting hotter and hotter :drool::worship:

!VamosRafa!
08-09-2011, 08:44 PM
Nole's tennis has brought darkness to Rafaland :sad:

star
08-09-2011, 08:46 PM
Nole's tennis has brought darkness to Rafaland :sad:

Not really.

Rafa is still Rafa Nothing dark about that. :dance:

star
08-10-2011, 01:53 AM
From the interview with Jimmy Connors in Montreal.

Q. Coming back to what you were just saying, has money changed things?
JIMMY CONNORS: Yeah, but I'm not against that. That's what I played my whole career to bring into the game, to bring more interest into tennis, get more money into it.
Sure, there's good and bad that always comes with that. You know, to find a player who goes out and gives the kind of effort, say, for instance that Nadal does every time, plays like he's broke, that's pretty special. To feel like that's the way he is, that's what his game is, and he forgets about everything else, that's a special attitude. I like that.
That was my attitude. That's why I enjoy watching him. He'll give you everything. Doesn't matter what the score is, what round it is in the tournament, he'll give you everything he has all the time.

Q. As far as having a particular fondness for any players?
JIMMY CONNORS: I like Nadal just because of the style, his go-for-broke, give it everything he has. I don't think there's anything that can take the place of that.

star
08-10-2011, 02:02 AM
Return from the practice. Tomorrow, the match against Ivan Dodig. I'll tell you the match time ;)

http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg610/scaled.php?tn=0&server=610&filename=59jgf.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

star
08-10-2011, 02:11 AM
Here is the order of play for Central Court. It’s a crazy schedule tomorrow. All the courts are packed with to be finished and held over matches.


12:00 p.m.

Federer v. Pospisil

Baghdatis v. Isner

Not before 2:00 p.m.
Djokovic v. Davydenko

Not before 5:30 p.m.
Dodig v. NADAL

Not before 7:30 p.m.
Fish v. Stepanek/F. Lopez

Edda
08-10-2011, 02:56 AM
Vamos, Rafa!

star
08-10-2011, 01:35 PM
WEATHER FORECAST

11 am

71 F
Precip:
30%


12 pm

73 F
Precip:
30%


1 pm

74 F
Precip:
30%


2 pm

75 F
Precip:
30%


3 pm

76 F
Precip:
30%


4 pm

76 F
Precip:
40%


5 pm

75 F
Precip:
40%

acionescu
08-10-2011, 02:01 PM
Fahrenheit sucks :(

star
08-10-2011, 02:17 PM
Fahrenheit sucks :(

Precipitation is the same in celcius as fahrenheit.

:hug:

Today

Hi 25C
Lo 15C
Precip
40 %
11

Hi 21C
Lo 13C
Precip
30 %
12

Hi 25C
Lo 16C
Precip
10 %
13

Hi 27C
Lo 17C
Precip
30 %
14

Hi 22C
Lo 14C
Precip
50 %
15

Hi 24C
Lo 13C
Precip
40 %
16

Hi 25C
Lo 16C
Precip
40 %
17

Hi 26C
Lo 16C
Precip
60 %
18

Hi 26C
Lo 16C
Precip
60 %
19

Hi 24C
Lo 16C
Precip
60 %

rafa_maniac
08-10-2011, 06:33 PM
Final.

shawshank
08-10-2011, 09:09 PM
Final.

Metis
08-10-2011, 09:53 PM
Update:



How far will Rafa go in Montreal? (1000 points :hearts:)

1st - Bye
2nd - Getta
3rd -
QF - MariaV
SF - acionescu, Betty, born_on_clay
F - !VamosRafa!, Bjorki, Minn, rafa_maniac, shawshank
W - evilmindbulgaria, Foxy, Metis, tennizen

Metis
08-10-2011, 09:53 PM
:rolls: :rolls: I wondered if you would do that! :lol:

:p


I don’t know what this has to do with the tournament, but then again, :shrug:

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:unsure: :tape:

Getta
08-11-2011, 02:53 AM
And now on to MIT business:

i won first time ever :stupid:

star
08-11-2011, 02:56 AM
Update:

Getta :worship:

Nadal loses to Dodig 6-1, 6-7, 6-7

I’ll post the interview when it comes up, but it’s

117 points for Nadal and 106 for Dodig. :facepalm:

52% first serve for Nadal. winning 75% of first serves and 55% of second.

2 double faults.

Didig saved 6 of 11 break points against, and Nadal 1 of 4.

!VamosRafa!
08-11-2011, 03:12 AM
I cannot breathe....ONLY ppl who saw the match know what agony I went through :sobbing:
Unreal choke by Rafa, just no words...Novak Djokovic, you sick bastard, what have you done :mad:

star
08-11-2011, 03:14 AM
I cannot breathe....ONLY ppl who saw the match know what agony I went through :sobbing:
Unreal choke by Rafa, just no words...Novak Djokovic, you sick bastard, what have you done :mad:

:hug: :hug: :hug:

Getta
08-11-2011, 03:17 AM
Novak Djokovic, you sick bastard,...

stop it now ffs

star
08-11-2011, 03:20 AM
stop it now ffs

:lol: I didnt take that seriously. :lol:

Congratulations!

:nerner:

evilmindbulgaria
08-11-2011, 03:26 AM
I cannot breathe....ONLY ppl who saw the match know what agony I went through :sobbing:
Unreal choke by Rafa, just no words...Novak Djokovic, you sick bastard, what have you done :mad:

Well, I feel your pain :hug: I was like that a couple of years ago but since 2009 I have managed to shake up losses like that fairly quickly. Nowadays it takes about 15 minutes to stop caring. Not because I have become a lesser fan of Rafa but because I understand and don't expect him to win every single match/tournament. He has achieved so much and I have been a fan throughout this journey and still am. Rafa will bounce back, he always does and he will win tournaments again and again.

star
08-11-2011, 04:07 AM
Well, I feel your pain :hug: I was like that a couple of years ago but since 2009 I have managed to shake up losses like that fairly quickly. Nowadays it takes about 15 minutes to stop caring. Not because I have become a lesser fan of Rafa but because I understand and don't expect him to win every single match/tournament. He has achieved so much and I have been a fan throughout this journey and still am. Rafa will bounce back, he always does and he will win tournaments again and again.

:yeah:


I told myself that after last year, I would be satisfied no matter what. I still want him to win, but Im so happy with what hes achieved.

I think though that he is not happy or satisfied, and so I feel bad for him. :hug:

acionescu
08-11-2011, 04:44 AM
Getta :mad: :armed:

Star as a thread starter :facepalm:

born_on_clay
08-11-2011, 05:27 AM
Does the problem lie in Rafa's head or is he really declining ? :mad:

born_on_clay
08-11-2011, 05:30 AM
I cannot breathe....ONLY ppl who saw the match know what agony I went through :sobbing:
Unreal choke by Rafa, just no words...Novak Djokovic, you sick bastard, what have you done :mad:

I actually believe it's because Novak as well
wimbledon was too much :sad:

Xristos
08-11-2011, 05:47 AM
Rafa will bounce back in 2012.

Bjrki
08-11-2011, 08:32 AM
:sad:

Foxy
08-11-2011, 08:32 AM
Rafa will bounce back in 2012.

Is 2011 over already? :shrug:

acionescu
08-11-2011, 08:45 AM
:sad:

It's your avatar fault :mad:

!VamosRafa!
08-11-2011, 09:08 AM
Is 2011 over already? :shrug:

pretty much...

!VamosRafa!
08-11-2011, 09:11 AM
I actually believe it's because Novak as well
wimbledon was too much :sad:

It wasn't Wimbledon...He mentally broke Rafa in the 2nd set of IW where it all went downhill.
The loses in IW and Miami hurt a lot more than the one in WImbledon :shrug: I actually thought Rafa had a chance in IW and Miami and had absolutely no hope for WImby. This is the 1st time since Rome 2008 where he's lost in R2 in an ATP 1000 :sad:

I cannot believe he got mentally owned by freaking Dodig.

MariaV
08-11-2011, 10:04 AM
Well, I feel your pain :hug: I was like that a couple of years ago but since 2009 I have managed to shake up losses like that fairly quickly. Nowadays it takes about 15 minutes to stop caring. Not because I have become a lesser fan of Rafa but because I understand and don't expect him to win every single match/tournament. He has achieved so much and I have been a fan throughout this journey and still am. Rafa will bounce back, he always does and he will win tournaments again and again.

Well said. :yeah:

I actually believe it's because Novak as well
wimbledon was too much :sad:

Already Rome and Madrid were too much. IF ONLY he had won that Miami final, I'm sure things would all be different. Rafa just let it go! :mad: :fiery:
Of course he won the first set in both IW and Miami, at least one final he SHOULD have won! :mad: :fiery: He got so soft and all blah blah I cannot win everything, 2010 was a miracle blah-blah, of course you're not gonna win with such attitude and then by the clay finals Nole was already in his head. :rolleyes:

Is 2011 over already? :shrug:

Pretty much, no? :shrug: No expectations whatsoever. Rafa better get well and prepared for the Olympic season 2012. :D Goodness, can you imagine Nole winning the Olympic gold medal! :bigcry:

Mimi
08-11-2011, 10:37 AM
Pretty much, no? :shrug: No expectations whatsoever. Rafa better get well and prepared for the Olympic season 2012. :D Goodness, can you imagine Nole winning the Olympic gold medal! :bigcry:

i don't mind Nole winning the Olympic gold coz rafa had won it already, all i wanted is more slams, slams, slams!!!!!!! :fiery:

shawshank
08-11-2011, 12:16 PM
It wasn't Wimbledon...He mentally broke Rafa in the 2nd set of IW where it all went downhill.
The loses in IW and Miami hurt a lot more than the one in WImbledon :shrug: I actually thought Rafa had a chance in IW and Miami and had absolutely no hope for WImby. This is the 1st time since Rome 2008 where he's lost in R2 in an ATP 1000 :sad:

I cannot believe he got mentally owned by freaking Dodig.

Still, there is a huge difference between Rome 2008 and now with Montreal. In Rome he was exhausted after 2 tournaments that he won and he had blisters that even a trainer was scared to look at.
Here he was fresh both mentally and physicly. After one month of break. And what's more he really played a good match. He wasn't struggling to much. He was in a comanding lead 61 31.
Do you remember his matches against Robredo and Almagro in Paris in 2009? He played his worst tennis ever. Yet, he still managed to win both of this matches 7/5 in the 3rd set.
In Montreal he played really good tennis against a good opponent (but nothing more), yet, he still managed to lose.

MariaV
08-11-2011, 01:44 PM
Still, there is a huge difference between Rome 2008 and now with Montreal. In Rome he was exhausted after 2 tournaments that he won and he had blisters that even a trainer was scared to look at.
Here he was fresh both mentally and physicly. After one month of break. And what's more he really played a good match. He wasn't struggling to much. He was in a comanding lead 61 31.
Do you remember his matches against Robredo and Almagro in Paris in 2009? He played his worst tennis ever. Yet, he still managed to win both of this matches 7/5 in the 3rd set.
In Montreal he played really good tennis against a good opponent (but nothing more), yet, he still managed to lose.

Hmmmmmmmm..... so he is mentally completely off. And I think such a long break wasn't too good for him. Of course he needed time off to heal the foot but I heard the foot is still not completely healed? :confused: Anyway, looks like Rafa needs a lot of match practice indeed.

Rafaaah
08-11-2011, 01:45 PM
This is a huge blow for us fans...not sure how big this lose is to Rafa, surely wouldn't have seen it coming. For Rafa to win the first and then lose is so rare..off course unless you are Nole and playing in 2011! But this is devastating and hard to accept that things will be ok in 3 weeks for the USO. I mean I am not pinning my hope on him winning again...although I'd dream and wish for that...but will he even be able to reach the final or semis?!?

Another thing is...DITCH THE GREEN!! In 2009, Rafa wore green at the ATP Finals and lost all games...has he ever lost 3 matches in a row...how often does he even lose 2 matches in a row...green is super unlucky for Rafa!! Stick to red, blue, black or even white!!

Praying for Fed to kick Nole's ass...I can't stand seeing him win anymore!

!VamosRafa!
08-11-2011, 04:06 PM
Pretty much, no? :shrug: No expectations whatsoever. Rafa better get well and prepared for the Olympic season 2012. :D Goodness, can you imagine Nole winning the Olympic gold medal! :bigcry:

I would be shocked if Nole didn't win the Olympic Gold Medal. The guy is a beast when it comes to fighting for his country :mad:

MariaV
08-11-2011, 04:19 PM
I would be shocked if Nole didn't win the Olympic Gold Medal. The guy is a beast when it comes to fighting for his country :mad:

Yeah! And he cried in Bejing after he lost the semis to Rafa, that's how much it means to him to fight for his country. We are lucky Rafa got those incredible runs before superNole the real GOAT.

About wearing green - I'm not an expert and maybe he has won in green too but doesn't seem the most fortunate colour for him indeed. :o

Btw I watched the end of the match now - RAFA was serving for the match at 5-3 in the 3rd set!!!!!!!!!!!! Our RAFA, the strongest mentally. Well, or so he used to be, those days seem to be gone at least for now. :mad: :sad: Where is our strong Rafa who would have never lost in such situation. It's not only Nole in his head which is totally f**ed up, as a tendency this year with other palyers too he soooooooooooo often loses his own serve after he has broken the opponent, time after time again, it's getting reaallllllly annoying! :mad: :mad: I have been wondering about it since spring but now it is getting ridiculous!!!!!!!!!! :help: :help:

Ben.
08-11-2011, 04:31 PM
The silver lining is he probably played his best tennis all year in the first set and never played badly in the match. Dodig just never let his head drop and kept attacking. Still Rafa letting a break slip in the second and twice in the third set, failing to serve the match out and losing serve in every game Dodig had a break point is a worry. Needs a semi in Cincy just to get some matches in but he has never played too well there, still he was in woeful form before USO last year and then produced one of the best tournaments of his career.

MariaV
08-11-2011, 04:41 PM
We can only hope, hat_boy, we can only hope. But this is soooo uncharacteristic of Rafa to lose his serve so often and not being able to fish off the sets or the matches. :help: :help:

l_mac
08-11-2011, 04:46 PM
Never start a tournament thread again, star :mad: Jinxer.

acionescu
08-11-2011, 04:54 PM
^^^+100000000000000

Your sig has new meanings now :bigcry: :bigcry:

star
08-11-2011, 05:26 PM
Getta :mad: :armed:

Star as a thread starter :facepalm:

I know. I know. :facepalm:

We may also have to ban Getta from MIT as you once were. :sad:

It's your avatar fault :mad:

True. Lets blame it on her rather than on my thread starting! :yippee:

i don't mind Nole winning the Olympic gold coz rafa had won it already, all i wanted is more slams, slams, slams!!!!!!! :fiery:

:lol: :lol: :hug:

Never start a tournament thread again, star :mad: Jinxer.

I know. I know. :sad: No one is more devastated than me. :bigcry:

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Foxy
08-11-2011, 06:24 PM
Well said. :yeah:

Pretty much, no? :shrug: No expectations whatsoever. Rafa better get well and prepared for the Olympic season 2012. :D Goodness, can you imagine Nole winning the Olympic gold medal! :bigcry:

You all here have become quitters! I can't believe it. No, it is not over for this year, yet, be sure of it! Relax now, and enjoy the rest of the season. I am sure it will be exciting for us again! :devil:

star
08-11-2011, 07:36 PM
You all here have become quitters! I can't believe it. No, it is not over for this year, yet, be sure of it! Relax now, and enjoy the rest of the season. I am sure it will be exciting for us again! :devil:

:) :)

Rafas having a tough time right now. But everything is not all sunshine and roses all the time.

star
08-11-2011, 07:45 PM
August 10, 2011


I. DODIG/R. Nadal

1‑6, 7‑6, 7‑6

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Rafa.

Q. You were up a break in the second set. You were up a break two times in the third set. In the end you lose the match. What happened?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, seriously I didn't felt that I played bad. But that's true. In the decisive moments, I didn't play well. That's the true.
He played well. Little bit of everything. Little bit of long time without competition. Little bit of I started one week and a half ago playing tennis.
He played very well, very aggressive. He didn't feel the pressure in the important moments. And at the end of the match, probably I was a little bit unlucky today, no?
I felt I played enough well to win that match. But that's tennis. The only thing I can do is congratulate the opponent and keep working for Cincinnati. :lol:

Q. Was your foot a problem today?
RAFAEL NADAL: No.

Q. Not at all?
RAFAEL NADAL: (Shaking head negatively.)

Q. Do you think it was one of his best matches?
RAFAEL NADAL: You can ask him later. I don't know. I didn't saw all his matches, so...

Q. So it wasn't him; it was you played your best, and you thought everything was right with you?
RAFAEL NADAL: I thought he played well. He played well important moments. He played without pressure. He played aggressive. His serve worked well.
I had to close the match with the 5‑3 in the third set. I had to close that match probably in the second when I was playing very well, 6‑1, 3‑1, playing very high level of tennis.
After that, the tennis is like this. You are winning without many problems, you have one mistake, and after the opponent start to serve very well, play very aggressive.
I was serving very well at the beginning of the match, and after my serve was worst.

Q. Sometimes you've won when you haven't been at 100%. You said you were happy with how you played.
RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't say I am happy the way that I played because when you are winning 5‑3 in the third, you lose the match, when you are winning 3‑0 in the third and you lose the match, I can't say I played well because when you have all of these advantage, you have to win the match.
I said, if we talking about level of tennis, especially in the beginning, the beginning of the second set and the first set, I played well. Play well is when you have to win. I didn't today.

Q. Have you ever been in a match like this when you can't explain what happened? It was an incredible match.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, for me wasn't that incredible (smiling). :hug: :hug:
Was an emotional match and bad for me. :hug: Is not the first lose in my career when I had an advantage. That's happens. Not going to be last time for me. I have to accept these loses exactly the same like the victories and keep working. :angel:
So I didn't have a lot of time to work before here, for the foot in Wimbledon, and I have few more days now for Cincinnati. Is not a good new for sure.
Thinking positive, I will try my best to arrive in perfect conditions to Cincinnati.

Q. Does it change anything in your preparation for the US Open? Certainly you were hoping to get more matches. Are you going to do something different?
RAFAEL NADAL: What can I do? [I imagine him smiling when he says that]

Q. I don't know.
RAFAEL NADAL: You know any recommendation?
I don't know. Play Cincinnati and play the US Open. That's the only calendar for me. Any change not going to affect to my level of tennis before US Open.

Q. After a night like this, what is your psychological recovery process like? What do you do to get something like this out of your mind?
RAFAEL NADAL: You know, the worst part on a lose like this is all the work that you did, that I did the last week. I arrived Thursday to prepare well the tournament. I arrived probably today being competitive. Lose a match like this when I didn't felt that I was playing bad. We talk about tennis. That's tough because you have to start another time right now.
In the beginning, everything is hard because you think remain one week to play another time. Everything is hard. You cannot come back home, so you gonna be here.
The beginning, everything is tough. But, you know, tomorrow day off. I didn't stop playing tennis for two weeks. I will have one day off tomorrow. Friday I will be in Cincinnati practicing.
When I gonna start practicing there, I gonna try my best. I gonna try to thinking positive. :worship: I gonna try to think what worked well here, what didn't work well, and work on that. I'll work on be ready to play well in Cincinnati.

Q. Do you feel the pressure to play well in Cincinnati?
RAFAEL NADAL: I would love to do it. I don't have to. That's the sport. You don't have to play well every week. You don't have to be all the time at your best. It's not an obligation win or be in the final every week. That's what I want to do all the time. :worship: That’s what I try all the time. But is not possible, no?
This year is been fantastic year for me with tough moments. Today probably is a tough one. But worst when you lose five finals. :awww: I lost five finals this year. I'm playing well. You know, after long time without strange lose, I lose today. Let's work hard to try don't to repeat that in Cincinnati.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

star
08-12-2011, 12:50 AM
Rafa Twitters

(read backwards)

RafaelNadal
Tomorrow I will start the training sessions in Cincinati trying to improve. Thanks for your support.
1 hour ago Favorite Retweet Reply

RafaelNadal
I believe that I did not play a bad match, but in the moments that it would have to won I did not do it well and Dodig yes.
1 hour ago

RafaelNadal
Hi all !The defeat of yesterday was hard.

MariaV
08-12-2011, 06:36 AM
Hmmmmm, dunno if tweeting that The defeat of yesterday was hard is so smart but whatever. :awww:
Anyway, best of luck in Cincinnati! :bounce: :bigclap:

acionescu
08-12-2011, 06:59 AM
Who wants Star to open the Cincinnati thread too? :bounce: :rocker2:

star
08-12-2011, 07:18 PM
Who wants Star to open the Cincinnati thread too? :bounce: :rocker2:

Only Hema. :tears:

acionescu
08-12-2011, 07:34 PM
And FedFan1514444, Mirkaland, Slumpdasco, madmax, sophocles, scarecrows, corey feldman, etc...

And Action jackson :D

Metis
08-12-2011, 07:37 PM
Nadal-Dodig 6-1 6-7 6-7 :o



How far will Rafa go in Montreal? (1000 points :hearts:)

1st - Bye
2nd - Getta
3rd -
QF - MariaV
SF - acionescu, Betty, born_on_clay
F - !VamosRafa!, Bjorki, Minn, rafa_maniac, shawshank
W - evilmindbulgaria, Foxy, Metis, tennizen




MariaV, acionescu, Betty, born_on_clay, !VamosRafa!, Bjorki, Minn, rafa_maniac, shawshank, evilmindbulgaria, Foxy, Metis, tennizen: sinking deaper and deaper in FAIL...



http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2011/6/15/321fe10b-f0b8-4244-b28e-18c2b87d73e3.jpg (http://cheezburger.com/ZenLikeCalm/lolz/View/4870533632)






Getta: Don't beat yourself up over this. WIN was bound to happen at some point. :hug:



http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/8/30/cada2806-027d-4e2c-8b97-76d9c5212c52.jpg (http://cheezburger.com/View/3913442304)

acionescu
08-12-2011, 07:38 PM
twice? :scratch:

Metis
08-12-2011, 07:39 PM
For star:


http://shesawake.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/3stooges_face_palm.jpg

acionescu
08-12-2011, 07:40 PM
Next time you need a fail award just provide a link to this thread :o

tennizen
08-12-2011, 07:42 PM
I have one for star

http://i.imgur.com/ll3ER.gif

Metis
08-12-2011, 07:54 PM
Let's summarize all the (serious) reasons for Rafa's FAIL:

1. star opening the thread
2. Bjorki's avatar
3. the green shirt
4. Getta (accused by star)

How could Rafa ever have a chance? :tears:



I still think star is the main culprit here. Being a devoted fan of the Evil One, she has brought Rafa bad luck, not just now but all year. I'm not even sure if anything can be done to reverse this process; it might be too late. :sad: Ostracizing star from the Nadal fanbase might be a good start though. :(

acionescu
08-12-2011, 07:59 PM
I totally agree :yeah:

star
08-12-2011, 10:41 PM
Let's summarize all the (serious) reasons for Rafa's FAIL:

1. star opening the thread
2. Bjorki's avatar
3. the green shirt
4. Getta (accused by star)

How could Rafa ever have a chance? :tears:



I still think star is the main culprit here. Being a devoted fan of the Evil One, she has brought Rafa bad luck, not just now but all year. I'm not even sure if anything can be done to reverse this process; it might be too late. :sad: Ostracizing star from the Nadal fanbase might be a good start though. :(

Ok.

:wavey: