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Article: Hewitt fires out Nadal warning

Action Jackson
06-08-2005, 03:35 PM
http://www.timesofoman.com/newsdetails.asp?newsid=16407


Hewitt fires out Nadal warning


LONDON –– Lleyton Hewitt has written off Rafael Nadal's chances at Wimbledon and insisted that he can himself put three months of injury hell behind him and mount a serious bid to win a second crown at the All England club.

Hewitt, the 2002 Wimbledon champion, is playing in the traditional warm-up event at Queen's club this week in his first tournament since March.

But he is confident that he can bounce back quickly from the lay-off enforced by surgery on a troublesome toenail and a subsequent fall that left him with cracked ribs.

Those setbacks forced the Australian to miss the French Open, where Nadal's form on his way to victory sparked suggestions he could become the first player since Bjorn Borg to win back-to-back titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Hewitt however believes he will still have the edge on the young Spaniard on grass.

"We're on grass now, so the game changes a little bit," Hewitt said.

"He is obviously a hell of a player and his clay court record is amazing. On the grass court he is going to be competitive but he is definitely not one of the favourites."

The 24-year-old added: "I've been looking forward to this part of the season for a while.

"It will be a bonus if I can get some matches under my belt at Queen's but even if I bombed out I still think I've got a good chance of getting through to the second week at Wimbledon and then anything can happen."

Hewitt's opening match at Queen's provided him with a solid workout, the Australian being pushed all the way by Belgian Xavier Malisse before coming through 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 7-5 on Tuesday.

He next faces the winner of the clash between Davide Sanguinetti of Italy and giant Belarussian Max Mirnyi. –– AFP

oneandonlyhsn
06-08-2005, 03:36 PM
Hewitt :rolleyes:

Poor Nadal, now he faces the same thing that Roger does. Thats what you get for winning a GS and playing some really hot tennis kiddo.

Deivid23
06-08-2005, 03:36 PM
"He is obviously a hell of a player and his clay court record is amazing. On the grass court he is going to be competitive but he is definitely not one of the favourites."

Sounds fair to me

Action Jackson
06-08-2005, 03:38 PM
I don't think Hewitt really has said anything out of the ordinary there.

silverwhite
06-08-2005, 03:43 PM
Yeah. He's gotten to the final in the last 2 Grand Slams he has played. Morever, he's really at home on grass. Nothing wrong with what he said about getting to the 2nd week. :shrug:

Auscon
06-08-2005, 03:44 PM
Hewitt :rolleyes:



I dont think he said anything radical there

Rafa definitely isnt one of the favs for Wimbledon...

VingaRafel
06-08-2005, 03:45 PM
Hewitt is right, he didn't say anything... "arrogant"... oh My God...the "A" word !!

To be honest here, Hewitt doesn't have to worry about Nadal (and obviously he doesn't), he needs to worry about Federer, cause I don't think he'll ever beat Federer again.

Billabong
06-08-2005, 03:45 PM
I also think Hewitt was correct with what he said:)

mandoura
06-08-2005, 03:46 PM
... the French Open, where Nadal's form on his way to victory sparked suggestions he could become the first player since Bjorn Borg to win back-to-back titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon ...

Did Borg do it after his 1st win of RG? I think, if I am not mistaken, that he won his 1st Wimbledon a year or two after his 1st RG.

... "We're on grass now, so the game changes a little bit," Hewitt said.

"He is obviously a hell of a player and his clay court record is amazing. On the grass court he is going to be competitive but he is definitely not one of the favourites." ...

I think he is right there. So, as Deivid said, it's fair by me too.

Turkeyballs Paco
06-08-2005, 03:46 PM
:shrug: who knows? hopefully Lleyton will have enough time to get back into it at Queens. It's nice to see he's very confident, but I don't know. Rafa's a threat on hard courts but I don't know about grass, he could surprise us, you never know.

Action Jackson
06-08-2005, 03:48 PM
Did Borg do it after his 1st win of RG? I think, if I am not mistaken, that he won his 1st Wimbledon a year or two after his 1st RG.


He did 3 times in a row 78, 79 and 80.

the cat
06-08-2005, 03:50 PM
Mandoura, you are right about Bjorn Borg having to wait a couple of years to win Wimbledon after he won his first French Open. Borg won his first French Open in 1974 and his first Wimbledon in 1976. :tennis: And to me Borg is the greatest tennis player I have ever seen play. :D

mandoura
06-08-2005, 03:51 PM
He did 3 times in a row 78, 79 and 80.

Yes I know. But did he go win Wimbledon right after his 1st RG win? i.e. the first year he won RG did he win Wimbledon too? I will check it.

Action Jackson
06-08-2005, 03:52 PM
Yes I know. But did he go win Wimbledon right after his 1st RG win? i.e. the first year he won RG did he win Wimbledon too? I will check it.

No, he didn't.

the cat
06-08-2005, 03:53 PM
Mandoura, please read my previous post and that will fill you in on Borg and the French Open and Wimbledon.

GWH, Borg also won the 1981 French Open over Ivan Lendl in a thrilling 5 set final. :D And that was Borg's 11th career and last grand slam singles title.

mandoura
06-08-2005, 03:55 PM
Mandoura, you are right about Bjorn Borg having to wait a couple of years to win Wimbledon after he won his first French Open. Borg won his first French Open in 1974 and his first Wimbledon in 1976. :tennis: And to me Borg is the greatest tennis player I have ever seen play. :D

Thank you :cat:. You saved me a search, not that I minded. ;)

Thank you for getting my point too. That is why I commented on the Borg comparison. He is one of my all-time favs and the list is becoming longer and longer. I saw a documentary recently about him, with Wilander, Edberg, Noah, Bahrami. He was great. It shed light on his personality and I loved it.

rofe
06-08-2005, 03:57 PM
I think Hewitt is probably very disappointed that he had to sit out part of the season so his comments are a way to get himself pumped up for the rest of the year. Also, he wants to get back into the limelight since there has only been talk of Nadal (the wonder kid) and Federer (the champion) and that doesn't sit well with him.

Skyward
06-08-2005, 03:57 PM
Just the catchy title, nothing more.

Auscon
06-08-2005, 03:58 PM
lol, with the title of this thing I just get this image of Lleyton talking to the reporter...

Rep: Lleyton, how would you rate your form against Malisse today?"

Lley: This is grass mate, you know, you've got no chance! You better watch out kid!

Rep: I'm sorry, what?..who?....

Lley: He can't do it. Cmon.

Rep: Ok, but anyways, how well would you say you played today, as compared with how well you hope to be playing, come Wimbledon?

Lley: Nadal can't win! Nadal can't win!

the cat
06-08-2005, 03:59 PM
You're welcome Mandoura. And I wish I had seen that documentary.

I like so many others thought Borg would go on an extended hiatus instead of retring in his mid 20's. It still boggles my mind that he retired so young. :eek:

mandoura
06-08-2005, 04:01 PM
lol, with the title of this thing I just get this image of Lleyton talking to the reporter...

Rep: Lleyton, how would you rate your form against Malisse today?"

Lley: This is grass mate, you know, you've got no chance! You better watch out kid!

Rep: I'm sorry, what?..who?....

Lley: He can't do it. Cmon.

Rep: Ok, but anyways, how well would you say you played today, as compared with how well you hope to be playing, come Wimbledon?

Lley: Nadal can't win! Nadal can't win!

:haha:

But seriously, why would he do that? He has the edge over Nadal, 3-0 to Hewitt.

mandoura
06-08-2005, 04:04 PM
You're welcome Mandoura. And I wish I had seen that documentary.

I like so many others thought Borg would go on an extended hiatus instead of retring in his mid 20's. It still boggles my mind that he retired so young. :eek:

In this documentary he said it was not fun anymore. It was like having a job that losts its magic (and I am paraphrasing).

Action Jackson
06-08-2005, 04:04 PM
In this documentary he said it was not fun anymore. It was like having a job that losts its magic (and I am paraphrasing).

It wasn't just that, but it helped.

Auscon
06-08-2005, 04:11 PM
:haha:

But seriously, why would he do that? He has the edge over Nadal, 3-0 to Hewitt.

do what? say Nadal is not one of the favs?

He was probably just asked how he thought Rafa might go at Wimbledon, and gave an honest answer

mandoura
06-08-2005, 04:11 PM
You're welcome Mandoura. And I wish I had seen that documentary.

I like so many others thought Borg would go on an extended hiatus instead of retring in his mid 20's. It still boggles my mind that he retired so young. :eek:

This might interest you (I keep repeating it to my son):

There was a question about how he could be that cool on court, how he maintained this "iceberg" figure. He said: " When I was young (I think around 13/14, my son's age now ;) ), I was very emotional and fiesty. I used to swear a lot, get mad and break my rackets. Until one day, the club manager came to our home to tell my parents I am banned from the club for 6 months for my behavior. I felt very sad for my parents. I swore I will never open my mouth on court again and that was it."

Obviously I am not quoting him word for word but this is my recollection of it to the best of my abilities. :D

Iza
06-08-2005, 04:12 PM
Hewitt is right. I have to agree with him. Rafa is not the best on grass and Hewitt is at his best on grass (3 titles in Queens and the 2002 Wimby prove it ;) ) so no, I don't think Rafa can upset the Aussie, not to mention Fed. But he is always a fighter :worship: and that's why he is so respected and even feared (I'm afraid this word is a bit too radical) . I think the press is exaggerating about Rafa now. I mean, yeah, he's on an amazing winning streak, but clay season is over(well, at least for a while) and they shouldn't forget that grass means Fed, Hewitt and Ducky (just to name the most important ones) .

mandoura
06-08-2005, 04:13 PM
do what? say Nadal is not one of the favs?

He was probably just asked how he thought Rafa might go at Wimbledon, and gave an honest answer

No, why would he keep repeating: "Nadal can't win! Nadal can't win!" ?

Auscon
06-08-2005, 04:13 PM
This might interest you (I keep repeating it to my son):

There was a question about how he could be that cool on court, how he maintained this "iceberg" figure. He said: " When I was young (I think around 13/14, my son's age now ;) ), I was very emotional and fiesty. I used to swear a lot, get mad and break my rackets. Until one day, the club manager came to our home to tell my parents I am banned from the club for 6 months for my behavior. I felt very sad for my parents. I swore I will never open my mouth on court again and that was it."

Obviously I am not quoting him word for word but this is my recollection of it to the best of my abilities. :D

Didnt Federer's parents do something similar? He was always playing up on court when things werent going his way so they took his racquet from him so he couldnt play....said he didnt play up from then on

Auscon
06-08-2005, 04:16 PM
No, why would he keep repeating: "Nadal can't win! Nadal can't win!" ?

he wouldnt :)

mandoura
06-08-2005, 04:21 PM
Didnt Federer's parents do something similar? He was always playing up on court when things werent going his way so they took his racquet from him so he couldnt play....said he didnt play up from then on

Yes I think so. And I read somewhere that Roddick's mother once grabbed him out of court because of his misconduct too. I am gathering ideas. :D

Exodus
06-08-2005, 04:23 PM
Hewitt is right Nadal won't have a chance at Wimbledon, but i also think he's kinda sick of people talking about Nadal. He is used to people talking about Roger but not Nadal just not yet

Socket
06-08-2005, 04:28 PM
"He is obviously a hell of a player and his clay court record is amazing. On the grass court he is going to be competitive but he is definitely not one of the favourites."

Sounds fair to me
Yes, that's a fair assessment, and it's certainly not "writing off" Nadal's chances at Wimbledon. It's not as if Lleyton said that Nadal would lose in the first round. Typical of the sports media to exaggerate a moderate statement into an extreme one that hardly resembles what was actually said.

Socket
06-08-2005, 04:30 PM
lol, with the title of this thing I just get this image of Lleyton talking to the reporter...

Rep: Lleyton, how would you rate your form against Malisse today?"

Lley: This is grass mate, you know, you've got no chance! You better watch out kid!

Rep: I'm sorry, what?..who?....

Lley: He can't do it. Cmon.

Rep: Ok, but anyways, how well would you say you played today, as compared with how well you hope to be playing, come Wimbledon?

Lley: Nadal can't win! Nadal can't win!
:haha: :haha:

Carolinita
06-08-2005, 04:32 PM
there is nothing wrong with the Hewitt's statement, he's right: it's not any secret Rafa isn't favourite in grass

oneandonlyhsn
06-08-2005, 04:41 PM
I think Hewitt is probably very disappointed that he had to sit out part of the season so his comments are a way to get himself pumped up for the rest of the year. Also, he wants to get back into the limelight since there has only been talk of Nadal (the wonder kid) and Federer (the champion) and that doesn't sit well with him.

Ditto my point exactly, I dont think anyone has very high expectations of Nadal on grass this year. His game is still developing, and after all the matches he has played I wont be surprised if he looses in the early rounds at Wimbledon.

In this case itsmore about Hewitt trying to focus more media attention on himself, since its been all Nadal lately.

Rex
06-08-2005, 05:16 PM
Nadal is Nadal- i think he can pull through

alfonsojose
06-08-2005, 05:17 PM
Lleyton :yawn:

Raquel
06-08-2005, 05:25 PM
Nadal's form on his way to victory sparked suggestions he could become the first player since Bjorn Borg to win back-to-back titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.


I'd like to see which 'experts' actually suggested this.

Scotso
06-08-2005, 05:29 PM
Good luck to both.

tennisman.
06-08-2005, 05:45 PM
Nadal is one of the favourites only when playing on clay.
On the other surfaces he is useles.

Yasmine
06-08-2005, 05:58 PM
"He is obviously a hell of a player and his clay court record is amazing. On the grass court he is going to be competitive but he is definitely not one of the favourites."

Sounds fair to me
exactly!
Looking at the title, I was expecting something not very nice at all, but that's very realistic what he said:confused: :angel:

Nimomunz
06-08-2005, 06:27 PM
the statement is a fact but just because it came from hewitt is it a big deal...

nermo
06-08-2005, 07:26 PM
Well, What Hewitt said is just True..He didnt say anthing Weird or aggressive about Nadal..Dont know but , when i first read the title ..i thought Hewitt would attack The kid...well he didnt..Good for him..so another catchy title..

About Borg...ofcourse..i think he was one perfect player...i didnt get the chance to see much of him..but from what i saw..he was one of the best.. :yeah: and i thought the way with which Borg changed attitude at court turning to a calmer, more stable player happened exactly with Federer ..i am sure i read it somewhere..and was surprisingly similar..but it s beautiful and amazing how far can the person control his attitudes and turn about 180 degrees...

but again Mandoura..I think Roddick is not as mentally stable as both Federer or Borg..just an opinion..no offense

Chloe le Bopper
06-08-2005, 07:47 PM
"He is obviously a hell of a player and his clay court record is amazing. On the grass court he is going to be competitive but he is definitely not one of the favourites."

Sounds fair to me
Indeed. Much ado about nothing.

Chloe le Bopper
06-08-2005, 07:51 PM
Hewitt is right Nadal won't have a chance at Wimbledon, but i also think he's kinda sick of people talking about Nadal. He is used to people talking about Roger but not Nadal just not yet
Hewitt's been off for what, three months? He hasn't had time to get sick of talking about Nadal yet :angel:

nermo
06-08-2005, 08:08 PM
Hewitt's been off for what, three months? He hasn't had time to get sick of talking about Nadal yet posted by Chloe

:haha: it has been a loong time since i ve seen an optimistic comment from you chloe.. ;)

sprinterluck
06-08-2005, 08:24 PM
Hewitt's assessment sounds generous in light of Nadal's loss to a doubles specialist today. Hewitt even said that Nadal would be "competitive" on grass, but it's not looking that way now--

From the ATP website:

Rafael Nadal's 24 consecutive match win streak came to an end on the grass of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Wednesday. The newly crowned Roland Garros champion fell to doubles specialist Alexander Waske 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Chloe le Bopper
06-08-2005, 08:28 PM
Hewitt's assessment sounds generous in light of Nadal's loss to a doubles specialist today. Hewitt even said that Nadal would be "competitive" on grass, but it's not looking that way now--

From the ATP website:

Rafael Nadal's 24 consecutive match win streak came to an end on the grass of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Wednesday. The newly crowned Roland Garros champion fell to doubles specialist Alexander Waske 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Yes, Nadal should just go home to Mallorca and not pick up a Racquet again until July. He's clearly a good for nothing loser whose luck has come to an end.

Seleshfan
06-08-2005, 08:30 PM
Yes, Nadal should just go home to Mallorca and not pick up a Racquet again until July. He's clearly a good for nothing loser whose luck has come to an end.

slight correction. "He's clearly good for nothing but clay, whose clay season has run out"

nermo
06-08-2005, 08:34 PM
Yes, Nadal should just go home to Mallorca and not pick up a Racquet again until July. He's clearly a good for nothing loser whose luck has come to an end. posted by Chloe

welcome back.. :bigwave:

Chloe le Bopper
06-08-2005, 08:35 PM
slight correction. "He's clearly good for nothing but clay, whose clay season has run out"
Dont' forget to add: "Miami is the new clay"

We will revise that statement later to add other tournaments he ends up doing well in that aren't clay.

Some day, most of the tour will be on the new clay.

vincayou
06-08-2005, 08:38 PM
A threatening wave of clay has been seen near London.

nermo
06-08-2005, 08:41 PM
A threatening wave of clay has been seen near London. posted by Vincayou


:yeah: nice one..

robinhood
06-08-2005, 08:58 PM
Good to see Hewitt's big/honest mouth back on the paper.

Chloe le Bopper
06-08-2005, 09:00 PM
A threatening wave of clay has been seen near London.
:lol:

sprinterluck
06-08-2005, 09:04 PM
Yes, Nadal should just go home to Mallorca and not pick up a Racquet again until July. He's clearly a good for nothing loser whose luck has come to an end.

Oh don't be so harsh on young Nadal. :p He still has many years to learn how to master the grass. If we're talking clay and hardcourt though Nadal would be a clear contender.

Chloe le Bopper
06-08-2005, 09:17 PM
I was teasing.

mandoura
06-08-2005, 09:22 PM
Well, What Hewitt said is just True..He didnt say anthing Weird or aggressive about Nadal..Dont know but , when i first read the title ..i thought Hewitt would attack The kid...well he didnt..Good for him..so another catchy title..

About Borg...ofcourse..i think he was one perfect player...i didnt get the chance to see much of him..but from what i saw..he was one of the best.. :yeah: and i thought the way with which Borg changed attitude at court turning to a calmer, more stable player happened exactly with Federer ..i am sure i read it somewhere..and was surprisingly similar..but it s beautiful and amazing how far can the person control his attitudes and turn about 180 degrees...

but again Mandoura..I think Roddick is not as mentally stable as both Federer or Borg..just an opinion..no offense

:confused: :confused: and btw none taken as I don't get it ;) .

NYCtennisfan
06-08-2005, 09:22 PM
I was teasing.

I can't believe people don't realize this after the 1,000th facetious remark. :)

I really do think it bothers LH that a lot of attention has been paid to Nadal and not him (probably a lot of other players feel this way as well) but he has been gone and Nadal has played so brilliantly. That's what happens on the ATP Tour--you cna be king one month and nothing the next.

Fee
06-08-2005, 09:36 PM
Wonder what Lleyton thinks of Karlovic's chances these days? That's who he's really worried about.


;)

mandoura
06-08-2005, 09:38 PM
Wonder what Lleyton thinks of Karlovic's chances these days? That's who he's really worried about.


;)

:lol:

mandoura
06-08-2005, 09:39 PM
BTW Fee, miss your old avy but this one is nice too.

sprinterluck
06-08-2005, 09:41 PM
I was teasing.

So was I. See the :p icon.

:)

On espn.com Matt Cronin writes:

But if Lleyton Hewitt, who is the same height as Nadal and nowhere near as strong, can win the Wimbledon title, why can't Nadal? The same analogy could be made with Agassi, who wasn't nearly as quick as Nadal or hit as hard off the forehand when he won the Wimbledon crown in 1992.

Chloe le Bopper
06-08-2005, 09:44 PM
So was I. See the :p icon.

:)

Sometimes I'm slow.

On espn.com Matt Cronin writes:

But if Lleyton Hewitt, who is the same height as Nadal and nowhere near as strong, can win the Wimbledon title, why can't Nadal? The same analogy could be made with Agassi, who wasn't nearly as quick as Nadal or hit as hard off the forehand when he won the Wimbledon crown in 1992.

Rafa clears Hewitt by about two inches.

The same analogy would have to extend to Hewitt and RG if this were the case, and I don't think it quite works that way.

Raquel
06-08-2005, 09:59 PM
On espn.com Matt Cronin writes

But if Lleyton Hewitt, who is the same height as Nadal and nowhere near as strong, can win the Wimbledon title, why can't Nadal?
Lleyton's serve is underrated. During the Malisse match in Queens he was hitting serves at 125-130 mph. He can win a lot more cheap points on serve than Nadal and that's obviously a big help on grass.

Chloe le Bopper
06-08-2005, 10:00 PM
Lleyton's serve is underrated. During the Malisse match in Queens he was hitting serves at 125-130 mph. He can win a lot more cheap points on serve than Nadal and that's obviously a big help on grass.
.. but his serve wasn't always like that :p

mandoura
06-08-2005, 10:01 PM
Sometimes I'm slow.

Slow? Never. ;)

Chloe le Bopper
06-08-2005, 10:03 PM
Slow? Never. ;)
BAN!

nermo
06-08-2005, 10:06 PM
But if Lleyton Hewitt, who is the same height as Nadal and nowhere near as strong, can win the Wimbledon title, why can't Nadal? The same analogy could be made with Agassi, who wasn't nearly as quick as Nadal or hit as hard off the forehand when he won the Wimbledon crown in 1992. posted by Spinterluck

can anyone tell me how far is Matt cronin related to tennis??

Fee
06-08-2005, 10:35 PM
BTW Fee, miss your old avy but this one is nice too.

Which one? Me & JMG, me & Hasi, me & Andy, me & Robby, me & Kiefer.... :lol:

wipeout
06-08-2005, 11:44 PM
Rafa clears Hewitt by about two inches.

Yeah, I noticed Nadal is the same height as Federer now, which would make him 185 cm / 6'1". Same height as Sampras as well, so there's no reason Rafael can't develop a big serve.

mandoura
06-08-2005, 11:45 PM
Which one? Me & JMG, me & Hasi, me & Andy, me & Robby, me & Kiefer.... :lol:

You and anyone. ;) :lol:

PamV
06-08-2005, 11:48 PM
Why would Hewitt need to fire out a warning to Nadal about Wimbledon? Aren't Federer, Roddick and Henman more likely to be the ones he needs to contend with on grass?

JeNn
06-08-2005, 11:49 PM
Storm. In. A. Tea. Cup. :yawn:

bad gambler
06-08-2005, 11:50 PM
Why would Hewitt need to fire out a warning to Nadal about Wimbledon? Aren't Federer, Roddick and Henman more likely to be the ones he needs to contend with on grass?
I think it was more of a case he was prompted by the reporter as to what he believed was Nadal's chances this year

Deivid23
06-08-2005, 11:51 PM
Dont' forget to add: "Miami is the new clay"

We will revise that statement later to add other tournaments he ends up doing well in that aren't clay.

Some day, most of the tour will be on the new clay.

Watch out in next years, Nadal winning on grass or hard courts will likely be one of those devastating consecuences of greenhouse effect.

mandoura
06-08-2005, 11:52 PM
I think it was more of a case he was prompted by the reporter as to what he believed was Nadal's chances this year

As I posted before, I don't see anything wrong or catching with what he said. He was pretty matter-of-fact.

PamV
06-08-2005, 11:53 PM
So was I. See the :p icon.

:)

On espn.com Matt Cronin writes:

But if Lleyton Hewitt, who is the same height as Nadal and nowhere near as strong, can win the Wimbledon title, why can't Nadal? The same analogy could be made with Agassi, who wasn't nearly as quick as Nadal or hit as hard off the forehand when he won the Wimbledon crown in 1992.

It's not about strength. It boils down to who feels comfortable on what surface. Hewitt plays a similar game to Nadal but he can't move on clay because it doesn't give him traction. I would guess Nadal is not going to feel as comfortable moving on grass because most clay courters don't. Hewitt feels very comfortable moving on grass, just like Federer.

mandoura
06-08-2005, 11:54 PM
Watch out in next years, Nadal winning on grass or hard courts will likely be one of those devastating consecuences of greenhouse effect.

Deivid, I have a feeling he will win Wimbledon one day.

martirogi
06-08-2005, 11:54 PM
what a freaking idiot

so glad his fake injury that allowed him to miss clay and train for grass is over :rolleyes:

Deivid23
06-08-2005, 11:55 PM
Deivid, I have a feeling he will win Wimbledon one day.

Somebody call to a doctor!!

bad gambler
06-08-2005, 11:55 PM
what a freaking idiot

so glad his fake injury that allowed him to miss clay and train for grass is over :rolleyes:

I couldn't have put it better myself

mandoura
06-08-2005, 11:58 PM
Somebody call to a doctor!!

Moreover, I think he will win all four slams :o . One down, three to go.

Do you think it's too late for me, intensive care stuff? :eek:

Deivid23
06-09-2005, 12:01 AM
Moreover, I think he will win all four slams :o . One down, three to go.

Do you think it's too late for me, intensive care stuff? :eek:

I prefer to keep my expectations in a humble way but I think it´s fair to say you will hardly find a stronger believer on him around here ;)

mandoura
06-09-2005, 12:10 AM
I prefer to keep my expectations in a humble way but I think it´s fair to say you will hardly find a stronger believer on him around here ;)

I know what you mean, but when one dreams, one should dream big. :D

Deivid23
06-09-2005, 12:12 AM
I know what you mean, but when one dreams, one should dream big. :D

Yeah but I don´t have dreams, I have strong convictions, and yes those convictions are about huge things ;)

bad gambler
06-09-2005, 12:13 AM
I couldn't have put it better myself

damn the retard emotion doesn't work for me :sad: :sad: :sad:

mandoura
06-09-2005, 12:16 AM
Yeah but I don´t have dreams, I have strong convictions, and yes those convictions are about huge things ;)

I'll settle for that.

Lee
06-09-2005, 12:17 AM
damn the retard emotion doesn't work for me :sad: :sad: :sad:

That really threw me off when I first read your response ;)

mandoura
06-09-2005, 12:18 AM
damn the retard emotion doesn't work for me :sad: :sad: :sad:

BG, is that :worship: for Kolya in your sig? :eek:

I am glad you changed your mind about him.

bad gambler
06-09-2005, 12:19 AM
BG, is that :worship: for Kolya in your sig? :eek:

I am glad you changed your mind about him.
It's actually me giving a bit of tongue and cheek, i probably should replace the worship emotion with :p


:p

VingaRafel
06-09-2005, 12:21 AM
I am happy with the fact that 3 months ago people referred to him as " the future of tennis". Today, he is the player to beat (along with Federer).

mandoura
06-09-2005, 12:21 AM
It's actually me giving a bit of tongue and cheek, i probably should replace the worship emotion with :p


:p

He is good though. Won me a lot of money that I lost on Marat. :rolleyes:

sprinterluck
06-09-2005, 03:15 AM
I am happy with the fact that 3 months ago people referred to him as " the future of tennis". Today, he is the player to beat (along with Federer).

Off topic already, but I hope Rafa paces himself so he can have a long career and truly become the future of tennis. He's only 18 and judging from the size of those biceps, puts in a ton of gym work. His grinding style of play will take its toll on his body unless he paces himself and hopefully works on his serve to get cheap points.
Look at that intensity. It amazes me that he has enough energy to play those tough matches then punch the air with an uppercut/scissor kick. :D

oneandonlyhsn
06-09-2005, 04:55 AM
Off topic already, but I hope Rafa paces himself so he can have a long career and truly become the future of tennis. He's only 18 and judging from the size of those biceps, puts in a ton of gym work. His grinding style of play will take its toll on his body unless he paces himself and hopefully works on his serve to get cheap points.
Look at that intensity. It amazes me that he has enough energy to play those tough matches then punch the air with an uppercut/scissor kick. :D

yum :p

connectolove
06-09-2005, 08:07 AM
Hewitt is right, Rafa needs to improve his grass and hard court skills: SERVE and else, then he may have a chance.