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Nadal is not the same force as yester year....

Xristos
04-20-2006, 03:57 PM
He was been playing very sluggish.....your thoughts on his play on clay this season.....

ClaycourtaZzZz.
04-20-2006, 03:59 PM
:lol: Still good enough to beat Jesus Fed:haha::haha::haha::haha::rolls:

stebs
04-20-2006, 03:59 PM
It's the mark of a great player to play badly and win. Federer won the Australian Open playing mediocre tennis for much of the time. He and Rafa are the only two guys out there who can consistently win while playing badyl. One of the things that sets them apart from the rest.

euroka1
04-20-2006, 04:00 PM
He may be pacing himself and saving the big effort for Fed.

stebs
04-20-2006, 04:00 PM
:lol: Still good enough to beat Jesus Fed:haha::haha::haha::haha::rolls:
We'll see. :devil:

Fisico
04-20-2006, 04:00 PM
Rafa is playing only his third match on clay this season.
cut him some slack

Midnight Express
04-20-2006, 04:04 PM
Rafa on clay...thats what I've been waiting for! He is briliant!

hitchhiker
04-20-2006, 04:07 PM
I think anything except a nadal win this week will be a huge surprise. feds chances on this court are overrated for anyone who saw their past matches

NYCtennisfan
04-20-2006, 04:20 PM
The thing that surprises me about Rafa on clay this year is that level is always so consistent and he doesn't have huge ups or downs. He has been making a lot of errors which you hardly ever see him do on hardcourts let alone on clay. But again, the players he played had no real chance of beating him.

LLeytonRules
04-20-2006, 04:30 PM
Why is anyone surprise?He is winning his matches by grinding it out.Its always been like that, he is about quickness and top heavy spin on the ball.

Black Adam
04-20-2006, 04:39 PM
Besides it's his first tourney on clay this year.........wait till he gets into his range :devil: :aplot:

Clara Bow
04-20-2006, 04:40 PM
The thing that really strikes me so far this year is his unforced errors. He is missing shots that he would have made last year – in particular what would have been forehand winners last year. He is well set up, and then will make an error. Odd to see. His quickness, imo so far has not really changed that much from last year. He’s just more sloppy.

Like some others have alluded to, it is reminding me a bit how Roger was at the start of the Aussie Open. I am not worried yet…I think that his form will come more as the season progresses and also maybe when he plays some tougher opponents.

connectolove
04-20-2006, 04:41 PM
Most excellent players go thru ups and downs. He is playing good, and he will improve with time.

TennisGrandSlam
04-20-2006, 04:45 PM
:lol: Still good enough to beat Jesus Fed:haha::haha::haha::haha::rolls:


Still better fcukable ClaycourtaZzZz. :rolleyes:

Rogiman
04-20-2006, 04:48 PM
Still better fcukable ClaycourtaZzZz. :rolleyes:
Leave him alone, his father and his uncle are the same person.

MariaV
04-20-2006, 04:54 PM
It's the mark of a great player to play badly and win. Federer won the Australian Open playing mediocre tennis for much of the time. He and Rafa are the only two guys out there who can consistently win while playing badyl. One of the things that sets them apart from the rest.
Exactly. That's what makes them great, they can step it up when it matters, on important points.
No worries here. Rafa's doing well. :D

WF4EVER
04-20-2006, 05:01 PM
I'll reserve my opinion until 11th June, 2006.

ExpectedWinner
04-20-2006, 05:05 PM
The thing that surprises me about Rafa on clay this year is that level is always so consistent and he doesn't have huge ups or downs.

Agree. Watching his last 3 matches was similar to listening Bolero. Ravel was inspired to compose this piece after watching an assembly line at a factory.

Action Jackson
04-24-2006, 07:37 AM
Still good enough to win Monte Carlo.

Allez
04-24-2006, 07:39 AM
This was a ridiculous thread.

Merton
04-24-2006, 03:27 PM
He would not be expected to peek so early in the season. Indeed, this is normal for all players, they should try to get top form as close to RG as possible. Yet it is funny that Rafa winning close sets causes such an over-reaction.