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Björki
08-11-2006, 05:48 AM
Vamos Rafa :bounce:

(14) Haas v Verdasco
Agassi v Simon
Q v Clement
Querrey v (2) Nadal

mallorn
08-11-2006, 05:30 PM
Thanks, Björki! It's a good idea to move on to the next tourney. Of course, last year Rafa lost the first match in Cincy, so he can't do worse than that :p ;) and hopefully he'll do much better. :bounce:

Here's an article from the official site: (http://www.cincytennis.com/en/news/2006/atp_field.asp)
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MASON - July 10, 2006 - Every singles winner of the last 14 Grand Slam events and the last 28 Masters Series events, a retiring legend, the two most dominant players in men's tennis, seven current or former world No. 1s, and exciting youngsters who were wild cards here last year. Those are just some of the highlights of the field for the 108th year of Cincinnati's world-class tennis tradition: The Western & Southern Financial Group MASTERS.

Some of the men expected to compete are the two winningest players in the men's game - defending champion and world No. 1 Roger Federer, and French Open champ and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal. If healthy, three-time champion Andre Agassi will be making his final appearance in Cincinnati, while Andy Roddick, a finalist here last year and champion in 2003, will be looking to get to Final Sunday once more.

Also in the field will be comeback star James Blake, top players Andy Murray and Gael Monfils (who were wild cards here last year), and such stars as Lleyton Hewitt, 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, and every other star in the men's game.

Also, the tournament has extended one of four of its wild cards to 2000 singles finalist Tim Henman, who is currently ranked No. 64.

Here is the list of players who've committed to the tournament, their rankings as of the date of their commitment, June 26, their ages, their singles records in Cincinnati and their best result in Cincinnati:

The 23 players directly accepted into the main draw and the one known wild card, their countries and their rankings as of June 12:

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mallorn
08-11-2006, 11:21 PM
The draw is out.

(1) Federer v Srichaphan
Murray v Henman
Grosjean v Tursunov
Mathieu v (16) Ginepri

(9) Roddick v Bracciali
Q v Vliegen
Q v Q
Chela v (6) Davydenko

(3) Nalbandian v Q
Wawrinka v Acasuso
Fish v Q
Massu v (13) Gonzalez

(10) Ferrer v Moya
Martin v Almagro
Monfils v Safin
T. Johansson v (8) Baghdatis

(7) Robredo v Gasquet
Mirnyi v Malisse
Serra v Benneteau
Djokovic v (12) Nieminen

(18) Hrbaty v Goldstein
Q v Q
Youzhny v Phau
Rusedski v (4) Ljubicic

(6) Blake v Santoro
Bjorkman v Ferrero
Coria v Lopez
Soderling v (11) Berdych

(14) Haas v Verdasco
Agassi v Simon
Q v Clement
Querrey v (2) Nadal

VAMOS RAFA!

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TMJordan
08-12-2006, 03:08 AM
Good luck Rafa!

Tough 2nd round match against Clement.

MariaV
08-12-2006, 07:58 AM
Well, this Querrey guy is tall and a big hitter too right? It will be tough once again. :( :( Then Arnaud. :o :o Nono is hot right now, won the tourney in Washington. And it doesn't get any easier. :bolt:

mallorn
08-12-2006, 10:31 AM
Yes, Rafa had better get down to business. http://img2.menstennisforums.com/793/icon_tennis.gif

From The Enquirer:
Tournament draw does Agassi no favors

Final visit here likely to run through Nadal

BY COLLEEN KANE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

MASON - Andre Agassi could face a tough road in his goodbye to Cincinnati next week at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.

Agassi, on his summer hardcourt farewell tour that will end in retirement after the U.S. Open, was placed in the same eighth of the tournament bracket as second-ranked Rafael Nadal.

The pairing means Agassi could face Nadal in the round of 16 - if the three-time champion here makes it through a first-round match against Frenchman Gilles Simon and a second-round match with Fernando Verdasco or Tommy Haas. Nadal faces California teen Sam Querrey, a wild-card entry, in his first-round match.

Tension began to build at Friday's draw ceremony as name after name was pulled and Agassi's had yet to be called, while Nadal, the No. 2 seed, had yet to receive an opponent. Agassi nearly ended up with a first-round pairing with the 20-year-old Spaniard - Agassi was the fifth-to-last player placed in the bracket.

"It's exciting and sad to have all those matches because it means one of the players will be gone the next day, but it just shows how strong the field is," W&S tournament director Bruce Flory said. "When the lowest-ranked guy is around No. 60, there's no easy match."

Sixth-ranked American James Blake is also in the same quarter-bracket as Agassi and Nadal, potentially setting up a high-powered quarterfinal.

Among other notable matchups, top-ranked defending champion Roger Federer will play No. 47 Paradorn Srichaphan in the opening round. Eleventh-ranked American Andy Roddick, in the same quarter with Federer, will open with Italy's Daniele Bracciali.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060812/SPT/608120429/1062

Tommy_Babyboy
08-12-2006, 01:52 PM
Yeah! Rafa has much luckier draw than Blake and Robredo...

Querrey v (2) Nadal
Whos the hell is that? :D

mallorn
08-12-2006, 07:22 PM
Whos the hell is that? :D
:shrug: Never seen him. All I know is that he's very tall and a big hitter, and in his last ATP match (in Washington) it took Wesley Moodie three tough sets to beat him. He won two challengers this year. Here's his ATP profile.

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/?playersearch=Querrey



Rafa is in Cincy, he practised in the morning and is scheduled to practise again at 6 pm.

TMJordan
08-13-2006, 02:46 AM
Yeah! Rafa has much luckier draw than Blake and Robredo...


Whos the hell is that? :D

Sam Querrey, big strong kid who may be a big part of the future of american tennis, he lost to Murray in strait sets Gonzo in strait sets and Dima in strait sets , hasnt really beaten anyone good, Rafa shouldnt really have trouble.

Xristos
08-13-2006, 03:50 AM
Vamos!

Björki
08-13-2006, 08:25 AM
Rafa is playing doubles with Lopez again.

NaDALiTa
08-13-2006, 08:58 AM
is that normal that i want to cry when i see the draw :sad: :bigcry:

mallorn
08-13-2006, 10:39 AM
Rafa is playing doubles with Lopez again.
Hmmm, I hope it's because he needs match practice before the USO but this is starting to look a bit suspicious...Surely they're not going to have him play ALL matches in the upcoming DC tie again?!

mallorn
08-13-2006, 10:48 AM
is that normal that i want to cry when i see the draw :sad: :bigcry:
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Rafa must simply start playing better, and then the draw will be less important. I hope his practices are going well in Cincy.

NaDALiTa
08-13-2006, 11:11 AM
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Rafa must simply start playing better, and then the draw will be less important. I hope his practices are going well in Cincy.


:hug: i really start wondering if the break wasn't too long...4 weeks it's long :lol:

he said that the practice were good in Toronto but we couldn't see it during the match.........i hope practices will be bad :lol: so that he'll kick everyone's ass in Cincy !!! :devil:

vamos rafa, i still believe in you!!!

mallorn
08-13-2006, 01:09 PM
i hope practices will be bad :lol: so that he'll kick everyone's ass in Cincy !!! :devil:
Maybe you're on to something. :lol: His morning practice yesterday seemed to go so-so. I'm glad he practised with a big hitter though.
He was practicing with Dmitry Tursunov. He seemed frustrated with his shots, especially his forehand still. I'm hoping that after a little more practice things will improve for him. He was definitely practicing his return game because he didn't serve once that I can recall.
vr.com has several blogs from Cincy, this is from Sarah's. (http://vamosrafael.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=5528)

NaDALiTa
08-13-2006, 02:15 PM
thanx mallorn,for the news, i can't help thinking that the break was too long.The main problem against Berdych was his forehand, he has to work on that point!!! Toni please come and help Rafito for Cincy!!!!

16681
08-13-2006, 02:58 PM
thanx mallorn,for the news, i can't help thinking that the break was too long.The main problem against Berdych was his forehand, he has to work on that point!!! Toni please come and help Rafito for Cincy!!!!
It seems the breaks are never too long for Roger :( Pat Mac said in Canada the fact that the guy was so tall hurt Rafa because most player have to hit Rafa's shots back at their shoulder level. But since this guy was tall Rafa's shots were in the right spot for him to easily hit. However, I'm sure Rafa has defeated other tall guys. So I'm not really sure if that was actually the problem myself :unsure:

16681
08-13-2006, 03:00 PM
Ooops sorry I forgot to wish Rafa Vamos for Cincy :D

NaDALiTa
08-13-2006, 03:11 PM
It seems the breaks are never too long for Roger :( Pat Mac said in Canada the fact that the guy was so tall hurt Rafa because most player have to hit Rafa's shots back at their shoulder level. But since this guy was tall Rafa's shots were in the right spot for him to easily hit. However, I'm sure Rafa has defeated other tall guys. So I'm not really sure if that was actually the problem myself :unsure:


French comentators said the same about itbut i don't completely agree Arnaud Clément is as tall as me (so he is small) and he managed to beat Rafa , i'm not sure it's a question of height !! The guy that take his chance, that hit strong without security and thinking can beat Rafa!!! It's sad :( but it's like that :lol:

The Pro
08-13-2006, 05:48 PM
Ugh, Berdych or Blake in the quarters. It's like all of Rafa's kryptonite is there before the semi finals...

PoderShileno
08-13-2006, 05:55 PM
Go RAFA¡¡¡¡¡

prima donna
08-14-2006, 03:18 AM
Good luck!

mallorn
08-14-2006, 08:56 AM
Good luck!
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mallorn
08-14-2006, 08:57 AM
Well, I hope Nadalita's theory (bad practice = good match play) will come true because according to fans in Cincy who have watched Rafa practise he still couldn't find his forehand on Sunday. :help:
Anyway, I'm kind of sad to report that he still didn't look 100% adapted to the surface. He kept missing forehands (the backhand looked great), got only a few serves in, and kept moaning and groaning in Spanish (including an occasional "NOOOOOO" yell). At one point he even slammed the racket against the net post.... definitely a sign of frustration if you ask me!!!
http://vamosrafael.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=5527&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

If he slammed his racket he must be super frustrated. :(


Rafa and Feli are scheduled to play their first match this afternoon.

Court 3

NOT BEFORE 4:00 PM

Possible Court Change

Leos FRIEDL (CZE)
Cyril SUK (CZE)
vs
Feliciano LOPEZ (ESP)
Rafael NADAL (ESP)

http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2006/422/MDS.pdf

And here's the full draw:

(1) Federer v Srichaphan
Murray v Henman
Grosjean v Tursunov
Mathieu v (16) Ginepri

(9) Roddick v Bracciali
Gicquel v Vliegen
Spadea v Seppi
Chela v (6) Davydenko

(3) Nalbandian v De Voest
Wawrinka v Acasuso
Fish v Mahut
Massu v (13) Gonzalez

(10) Ferrer v Moya
Martin v Almagro
Monfils v Safin
T. Johansson v (8) Baghdatis

(7) Robredo v Gasquet
Mirnyi v Malisse
Serra v Benneteau
Djokovic v (12) Nieminen

(18) Hrbaty v Goldstein
Vik v Sanguinetti
Youzhny v Phau
Rusedski v (4) Ljubicic

(6) Blake v Santoro
Bjorkman v Ferrero
Gimelstob v Lopez
Soderling v (11) Berdych

(14) Haas v Verdasco
Dlouhy v Simon
Lee v Clement
Querrey v (2) Nadal

MariaV
08-14-2006, 09:06 AM
Ahh, where has his forehand gone? :( :( :scratch: I hope he's at least find the serve. ;)
And what was Prima doing here? :rolleyes:

MariaV
08-14-2006, 09:09 AM
Hmmm, I hope it's because he needs match practice before the USO but this is starting to look a bit suspicious...Surely they're not going to have him play ALL matches in the upcoming DC tie again?!
They sure ARE Ania! :mad: :fiery: Just like last year in Italy. :mad: He's their only savour! :rolleyes:

mallorn
08-14-2006, 09:20 AM
They sure ARE Ania! :mad: :fiery: Just like last year in Italy. :mad: He's their only savour! :rolleyes:
This would be such hypocrisy. :fiery: The previous captain came in for a lot of criticism for making Rafa play all the matches, which ended with him almost collapsing on Sunday. Sanchez said they'd have other players play doubles more so that this would not happen again. David is playing with Tommy though, so hopefully he'll use them. :shrug:
And what was Prima doing here? :rolleyes:
I'm beginning to think he's a masochist. :p

BlueSwan
08-14-2006, 09:59 AM
Ugh, Berdych or Blake in the quarters. It's like all of Rafa's kryptonite is there before the semi finals...
Well, a more positive way of looking at it would be that he can't meet both of them!

Johnny Groove
08-14-2006, 02:19 PM
Rafa :rocker2: Querrey should be no problem, as I hear his speed is comparable to an oil tanker :)

Carlita
08-14-2006, 02:33 PM
Rafa :rocker2: Querrey should be no problem, as I hear his speed is comparable to an oil tanker :):haha: sounds hopeful :lol:

vamos Rafi!!! :bounce:

NaDALiTa
08-14-2006, 03:59 PM
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Is Pinocchio in the place? He might try to send a bad cast over rafa's head........i have lucky charms and good vibrations to send to Rafa!!!!!!

black cat get away from us :lol:

MariaV
08-14-2006, 04:39 PM
I'm beginning to think he's a masochist. :p
Maybe Prima was checking out the competition! :haha: :haha:

Blaze, you sure? I've never seen this Querrey guys but as he's tall he might be quite an uncomfortable opponent. :scared: Not that he's had any spectacular wins up to now.

mallorn
08-14-2006, 10:38 PM
The OOP for Tuesday is up.

Centre Court
Matches Start At:
11:00 AM

Andy Murray (GBR)
vs
Tim Henman (BGR)

followed by

Sam Querrey (USA)
vs
Rafael Nadal (ESP)


http://www.cincytennis.com/en/assets/common/download_redirector.asp?file=http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2006/422/OP.pdf

Johnny Groove
08-15-2006, 12:05 AM
Maybe Prima was checking out the competition! :haha: :haha:

Blaze, you sure? I've never seen this Querrey guys but as he's tall he might be quite an uncomfortable opponent. :scared: Not that he's had any spectacular wins up to now.

Hes got big strokes, a magnificent backhand and a huge serve. That is what my street sources tell me. They also say that a turtle covered in molasses could beat him in the 50 metres, but who knows :shrug:

Johnny Groove
08-15-2006, 12:06 AM
Rafa just needs to move him side to side, and he'll have no problem :yeah:

Denisse
08-15-2006, 12:58 AM
i like your ways of saying he's slow :D

prima donna
08-15-2006, 04:22 AM
Good luck, go kick some ass out there, Rafael.

Seriously, you've proven to be a formittable threat on hard court.

MariaV
08-15-2006, 06:34 AM
Awww Prima! Needing some S&M action again? ;) :hug: And please change your name back as I already asked you. Prima Donna looked much better. :D
Love the Roger & Mirka pic btw. :)

OK guys, doubles news from last night.
http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/doubles/news/

Singles star Rafael Nadal and partner Feliciano Lopez also moved into the second round with a 6-4, 5-7, 10-4 (Match TB) victory over Leos Friedl and Cyril Suk. The teams were facing each other for the second time in a week after squaring off in the first round in Toronto last week. Lopez and Nadal defeated Friedl and Suk in their last meeting.

Friedl and Suk were partnering for the second time this year after making their team debut in Toronto. Lopez and Nadal will battle second seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Max Minyi to advance to the quarterfinals.
So next up should be Bjorkman/Mirnyi but Jonas retired vs JCF with lower back injury so I wonder if they might get a wo? Hopefully it's nothing too serious with Jonas. :shrug:

the_natural
08-15-2006, 07:47 AM
Noooo Noo NOOO!!! Hes in the same half as Tommy :( I mean is in the same quarter as tommy that is sooo friggin unfair!!!! AGHHH this has got to be one of the most bottom heavy draws Ive seen in a while and im not being biased, I mean it. If rafa does manage to pull this off hes a legend really....

If hes slamming the racket its a HUGE PROBLEM, it means hes troubled, he said he never slammed his racket before or something, something is definatley wrong, I hope its not a personal problem...

What happened with Doubles in toronto ??

the_natural
08-15-2006, 07:52 AM
Oh and one more thing, when people say that he was made to play all the matches for Spain in the Davis Cup tie, they meant that he played 2 singles and one doubles match right???

mallorn
08-15-2006, 08:02 AM
Maria, I don't think he wants a :hug: I think this is what he needs http://img2.menstennisforums.com/793/icon_whip.gif.


Back to topic, I'm sorry to say that even though Rafa and Feli won yesterday, Rafa didn't play great. Susan of vr.com was at the match and was doing live commentary and she said he was still struggling on his serve and forehand. When will this end?! :help: I don't remember the last time I was nervous before Rafa's match but I think I'll be behind the sofa today. :scared:

mallorn
08-15-2006, 08:04 AM
What happened with Doubles in toronto ??
They lost in the second round.
Oh and one more thing, when people say that he was made to play all the matches for Spain in the Davis Cup tie, they meant that he played 2 singles and one doubles match right???
Yes, that's what happened last September in Italy (he won the singles but he and Feli lost a marathon doubles match).

mallorn
08-15-2006, 09:13 AM
Some quotes from Querrey...he's picked Andy Roddick's and James Blake's brains about beating Rafa. :(

From Ventura County Star:
Querrey to face Nadal today in first-round match in Ohio

By Rhiannon Potkey, rpotkey@VenturaCountyStar.com
August 15, 2006

Sam Querrey realizes if he wants to be the best he has to play the best, and the Thousand Oaks resident gets his chance today.

The 18-year-old wild card faces second-ranked Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Mason, Ohio.

"I am excited. It's kind of like you want to play him, but you don't want to because he is one of the best guys in the world," said Querrey, ranked No. 178. "But it's fun to play a guy who has had his success, and I will be on TV. That will be cool."

After taking some time off to rest at home, Querrey returned to the courts last week to train with Andy Roddick at Roddick's house in Austin, Texas.

They practiced three hours a day with Roddick's new coach, Jimmy Connors, in attendance.

"That was really good. You are always going to get better playing top players like Andy, and gives me a little confidence," Querrey said. "I feel really fit and on top of my game."

Querrey will need to be against Nadal, the only player to have beaten top-ranked Roger Federer this year.

Querrey picked up some advice on how to approach the 20-year-old Spanish left-hander from Roddick while they flew to Cincinnati aboard Roddick's private jet, and planned to also ask James Blake for his insights.

"Hopefully I will not let him push me around too much," Querrey said. "But I really have nothing to lose, so that is a good thing.
http://www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/tennis/article/0,1375,VCS_143_4918111,00.html

connectolove
08-15-2006, 09:36 AM
Rafa needs to win in Cinci, or at least get to the final!

GO RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

vviva
08-15-2006, 11:00 AM
:wavey:
Best of Luck Rafa

MariaV
08-15-2006, 12:28 PM
Maria, I don't think he wants a :hug: I think this is what he needs http://img2.menstennisforums.com/793/icon_whip.gif.


:lol: Oops right, here's the appropriate S&M smilie for our Prima. http://www.freesmileys.org/emo/sf/whip.gif


Back to topic, I'm sorry to say that even though Rafa and Feli won yesterday, Rafa didn't play great. Susan of vr.com was at the match and was doing live commentary and she said he was still struggling on his serve and forehand. When will this end?! :help: I don't remember the last time I was nervous before Rafa's match but I think I'll be behind the sofa today. :scared:
Yeah, I hope he'll find his serve and fh asap. :(
And a :hug: to you. Don't be too :scared:.

Johnny Groove
08-15-2006, 04:20 PM
So Prima likes the :aplot: eh? :lol:

I hope Rafa finds his form, his forehand, and his serve :awww:

mallorn
08-15-2006, 05:41 PM
OK, it's almost time.

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VAMOS RAFA!

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silver7
08-15-2006, 05:42 PM
VAMOOSSS RAFA!
:bounce::rocker:

Björki
08-15-2006, 05:51 PM
vamos Rafa :bounce:

Denisse
08-15-2006, 06:55 PM
i'm not liking this...

mallorn
08-15-2006, 06:59 PM
Yeah, Rafa just lost the TB. :mad:

And I don't have coverage anymore, they cut it at 4-5. :sobbing:

Denisse
08-15-2006, 07:02 PM
i'm watching it with no audio..it's weird..

Denisse
08-15-2006, 07:35 PM
yay! second set 6-2 :woohoo:

mallorn
08-15-2006, 07:36 PM
Phew.

Please Rafa win TWO sets. :rolleyes:

Björki
08-15-2006, 07:50 PM
2-2

vamos Rafa

Denisse
08-15-2006, 07:55 PM
so he seems to have gotten his act together a bit...

mallorn
08-15-2006, 07:59 PM
Rafa broke for 4-2 and is to serve. Come on, Rafa, finish this.

mallorn
08-15-2006, 08:05 PM
Rafa's 5-3 up and will serve for the match. Come on!

Björki
08-15-2006, 08:09 PM
GSM Rafa 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 :) :)

mallorn
08-15-2006, 08:09 PM
GSM Rafa 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3.

Phew.

silver7
08-15-2006, 08:12 PM
I´m happy that he won :woohoo:
Now good luck for the 2nd round:yeah:
VAMOS

mallorn
08-15-2006, 08:14 PM
Match stats, but they don't include UEs. Does anybody know how many FH UEs Rafa made?

And what happened on the three BPs in the first set, did Querrey outserve him or did Rafa blow it?

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MariaV
08-15-2006, 08:17 PM
Phew. :lol:
He sighed from relief and made his trademark leap and seemed so happy he won. Aww bless this kid and his smile. :angel:
I didn't see the whole match (too busy with Marat drama as you can understand) but saw some of his absolutely gorgeous bh cc. :) :worship:
GOOD LUCK TOMORROW RAFITA! :bounce: :bigclap: :yippee: :bounce: :bigclap: :yippee: H-T Lee tomorrow again, should be fun.

mallorn
08-15-2006, 08:20 PM
Backhand and volley are getting better than ever, that's good news. Now if he could only find his serve and forehand again. :rolleyes: Although the serving stats are much better today, and he never faced a BP. :yeah:

MariaV
08-15-2006, 08:22 PM
Match stats, but they don't include UEs. Does anybody know how many FH UEs Rafa made?

And what happened on the three BPs in the first set, did Querrey outserve him or did Rafa blow it?


Didn't exactly see the TB but I think it was more that Rafa blew it. He came back to 5-6 from 3-6 but that was all he could.
Both had 31 UEs. Don't know how many fh and bh. Not bad Rafael, not bad.

Btw, I will be at the doctor's and at a meeting tomorrow so not much time to come here but I'll sure be back home for tennis. :)

MariaV
08-15-2006, 08:25 PM
Backhand and volley are getting better than ever, that's good news. Now if he could only find his serve and forehand again. :rolleyes: Although the serving stats are much better today, and he never faced a BP. :yeah:
Yeah. And don't worry, he'll find his serve and fh too. :)

NaDALiTa
08-15-2006, 08:44 PM
my theory was right, :lol: he didn"t play that well today, but he won , he'll gain a bit of confidence, because i found him kind of nervous in the first set. I'm really angry after the french journalists, they said that there had a chance for Rafa not being coached by Toni anymore because Toni stayed in Mallorca. BULLSHIT, Toni wasn't here last year too , he is in holiday with his family,he'll come for the uso!!!!

mallorn
08-15-2006, 08:52 PM
Didn't exactly see the TB but I think it was more that Rafa blew it. He came back to 5-6 from 3-6 but that was all he could.
Both had 31 UEs. Don't know how many fh and bh. Not bad Rafael, not bad.

Btw, I will be at the doctor's and at a meeting tomorrow so not much time to come here but I'll sure be back home for tennis. :)
The're showing it now, so at 4-4 15-40 on Querrey's serve Rafa made two consecutive FH errors and then was aced. Grrrr.


I hope you're alright Maria? :hug:

MariaV
08-15-2006, 08:58 PM
The're showing it now, so at 4-4 15-40 on Querrey's serve Rafa made two consecutive FH errors and then was aced. Grrrr.


I hope you're alright Maria? :hug:
Ah, OK. I didn't quite get your question before, silly me. :lol:
Querrey's serve was pretty good actually. Someone in GM said - next Roddick. :lol:

Thanks, I hope I'll be OK. ;) :hug:
I am off for the night. :wavey:

mallorn
08-15-2006, 10:39 PM
Night night. :hug:

From Reuters: (http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=2006-08-15T210211Z_01_L15473523_RTRIDST_0_SPORT-TENNIS-CINCINNATI-UPDATE-1.XML)
Nadal beats ace American teenager Querrey

Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:02 PM BST164

CINCINNATI, August 15 (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal overcame 10 aces from American Sam Querrey to defeat the teenager 6-7 6-2 6-3 and advance into the second round of the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament on Tuesday.

The Spanish number two took the first step towards a seeded meeting in the final with Roger Federer, who won his seventh title of the season last weekend in Toronto.

Querrey, the newest of the home hopes, is ranked 178th in the world and Nadal, who prevailed in just over two hours as he broke three times while never losing serve, paid tribute to him.

"He has an unbelievable serve but in the third set I improved my game a lot," Nadal told reporters. "My forehand got better and I relaxed."

The Spaniard, who won the last of his five 2006 titles at Roland Garros in June, was beaten last week in the Toronto third round by Czech Tomas Berdych.

"I need to get some more confidence in my game," he said. "My movement also needs to improve and I need to play with more aggression."

(...)

And from Forbes:
Associated Press

Nadal Advances at W&SFG Masters
By TERRY KINNEY , 08.15.2006, 06:12 PM

Rafael Nadal, the No. 2-ranked player in the world, needed three sets to put away wild card Sam Querrey in the first round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters on Tuesday.

Querrey, an 18-year-old Californian ranked 178th, pressed Nadal throughout until the Spaniard won 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.

"I know I was playing very badly," Nadal said. "In the third set, maybe I improved."

Querrey, a pro for only two months, was 4-8 going into the match. He showed off a big serve that hit well over 130 mph on the radar gun.

"Just with his serve, he's going to be in the top 50," Nadal said. "He has very good potential."

Each player held serve through the first set, and Querrey pulled out the tiebreaker to put a scare into Nadal.

"Each point I won, I kept building a little more confidence," he said. "I was happy with the way I played."

Nadal finally recorded a break of serve in the fourth game of the second set when Querrey double-faulted to go down 1-3. In the final set, Nadal put Querrey away on match point with a perfectly placed drop shot.

(...)
http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/08/15/ap2952054.html

Johnny Groove
08-16-2006, 01:00 AM
Rafa!!! And everyone else: :hug:

He played like shit in the 1st set, but really found his form in the 2nd and 3rd, but WHERE IS THE FH?!?!?!?

veyonce
08-16-2006, 06:50 AM
I watched the match and was shaking my head when he made those unforced errors, esp his forehands; shots he would normally make without any difficulty. He seems out of sorts to me, esp during the 1st set. There wasn't any intensity and fire which we would normally see in Rafa during his matches. Hopefully he will find his rhythm back asap and he can't play like this in Cinny and esp US Open. Nevertheless, he finally broke the Cinny jinx by reaching 2nd round. Vamos Rafa!!!

Crossing my fingers and toes for his 2nd round match tonight...

veyonce
08-16-2006, 06:50 AM
Rafa's post match press conference transcript is up!!

August 15, 2006

R. NADAL/S. Querrey
6-7, 6-2, 6-3

RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Rafa, please.

Q. It looked like you were working pretty hard. Was it a tougher match than you'd expect from a wildcard?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I know I was playing bad in Toronto (indiscernible). I am practicing here better the tournament, no, but I know, no, I wasn't with a lot of confidence. So the most important thing is the victory today, no? He is a good player. He has a very good future.

So for me I bringing very bad the match. Very bad. I have my chance in the first set with one 15?40. In the 30?40 I have one forehand and I miss that. So after the first set I can do the break in the third game of the second, but without play very good, no?

But in the third, maybe I improve a lot my level, no? So that's the most important thing, the victory. And in the third I finish the match too much better, no? So that's important.

Q. Did you figure that eventually after the first set you'd start playing better?

RAFAEL NADAL: After the first?

Q. Yeah. Did you feel like at some point you would begin to play more like yourself?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I -- I was thinking about victory always, no? But I know I was playing very bad. I had lot of mistakes in the first.

So after, after, I have a little bit luck, good luck in the first game of the second. He had some mistakes, and that's important for my confidence, no, I can do the break faster. After that, I improve my level, no?

Q. Are the conditions pretty different? It's warmer and a bit faster. Is it different here?

RAFAEL NADAL: Here is a little bit faster than Toronto, but the ball is still the same, no? The ball is still big. But is a little bit faster, yes. Is so faster.

Q. Is okay for you?

RAFAEL NADAL: For me it's okay. I always think I am -- is me playing good and I am playing bad, not the court is good, the court is bad, the balls is okay, what is bad. So it's me.

Q. Did you feel rusty in your run in Toronto?

RAFAEL NADAL: Can you repeat? I lost the concentration.

Q. Did you feel rusty in your run in Toronto?

RAFAEL NADAL: It's a new word. I gonna improve. I gonna learn a new one.

Q. Short of match practice, off your game.

RAFAEL NADAL: Sure, in Toronto was not a good tournament for me, no? Is important play a little bit better. Not the result. The result, the third round, sure, is not my best result but is not a disaster, no? But is the form, is the game, no?

So here I want to improve my game. I practicing three hours and a half every day before the tournament. So I work a lot for feel better, no?

Q. With all the success you've had on all surfaces, not having a win here, getting your first win, does that make you feel a little bit more comfortable playing at this tournament?

RAFAEL NADAL: Is important. I lost two dramatic matches here. Two years ago against Chela I lost with 5?3 in the third, and the last year I lost with three matchpoints, no? Ace with second serve. Big serve in the third -- in the first, in the first. And forehand winner on the line, no? So I remember exactly the match. So that's tough, yes.

Is important for me win here first match, no?

Q. Do you remember your victories the way you remember your losses?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, sure, I remember all matches.

Q. Can you talk about Sam Querrey. Is he someone we should look out for in the future?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, he's a young player. Just with the serve he gonna be a good player for sure, no? He gonna be in the top 50 easy just with the serve. After, he wasn't -- he don't play bad with the baseline, no, so that's important. And he has a very good potential, no? We will see. Always is important the attitude, too. So we will see in the future, no? He is young, one less than me? Yeah, one less than me.

But if you look, Djokovic is still in the top 20. Murray, too. So a lot of good players now is come back, no?

Q. You're probably asked this every week, but with you and Federer at No. 1, No. 2, the rivalry, what do you think about the rivalry and how it's kind of taken over tennis?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I don't think nothing (laughing).

I don't know, no? I live this reality. I just think about me, no? I am not looking Federer, he's winning, he's playing bad, he's playing better. I am worried about me. My goal is improve always my game. I am younger than him, but, sure, maybe I never be the same like him, no? But I am younger than him and I have lot of things for improve.

Q. Do you have confidence that you will be as good as him or that you can do what he does now in the future?

RAFAEL NADAL: That's -- so if you look the statistics, he's just one on the history with his numbers, no? So is difficult I will be the second, no?

So I am not thinking about that. I am thinking about improve my game, I am thinking about improve because in the next years I want to continuing be in the top of the top numbers. So for that reason I want to improve. I want to continuing trying to continuing winning good tournaments.

But I am not thinking about if I gonna be the same like Federer. I know that's -- it's not impossible, but very, very difficult.

Q. Carlos Moya adapted his game to win the title here on these courts. Does that suggest that you could also adapt your game so that you might have a chance?

RAFAEL NADAL: I won in Madrid, is faster than him. I won in Montreal last year, is faster than here. Is not adapt the game; is playing good or playing bad. If you are playing good, you have chance. If you are playing bad, is not the same chance.

But I am very happy. I finish the matches in Toronto, and I am not happy with the matches, no? But today I finish the match, I am very happy. I win a very important match, sure. I finish the match better than I begin, so I feel better for the next matches, no? Maybe I gonna improve my game now. I am prepared.

Q. Are you tired of being asked about Federer?

RAFAEL NADAL: Hmm?

Q. Are you tired of being asked about Federer?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, for me it's okay. But, no, I want to -- I am not tired for speak about Federer. I am tired for speak about the rivalry of him and me because on the tour is a lot of good players, no?

Q. You played Lee last week. How do you expect the match will be tomorrow on this faster court?

RAFAEL NADAL: He's a tough player. He has very good legs. He run a lot. He play faster, no, in the baseline. So we gonna see. I need play a very good match for try to win. I gonna try that.

http://www.cincytennis.com/en/players/interviews/2006/nadal1.asp

veyonce
08-16-2006, 07:00 AM
Order of Play For Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Centre Court start 11:00 AM
(Q)H Lee (KOR) vs (2)R Nadal (ESP)
Not before 1:00 PM
(6)J Blake (USA) vs J Ferrero (ESP)
(1)R Federer (SUI) vs A Murray (GBR)
Not before 7:30 PM
(9)A Roddick (USA) vs K Vliegen (BEL)
Acasuso/Prieto vs (3)Knowles/Nestor

Grandstand start 11:00 AM
G Monfils (FRA) vs (8)M Baghdatis (CYP)
M Youzhny (RUS) vs (4)I Ljubicic (CRO)
(WC)M Fish (USA) vs (13)F Gonzalez (CHI)
(3)D Nalbandian (ARG) vs (WC)S Wawrinka (SUI)
Not before 7:00 PM
D Tursunov (RUS) vs (15)R Ginepri (USA)
(4)Hanley/Ullyett vs Safin/Youzhny

Court 3 start 11:00 AM
(14)T Haas (GER) vs G Simon (FRA)
J Gimelstob (USA) vs R Soderling (SWE)
(16)D Hrbaty (SVK) vs (Q)D Sanguinetti (ITA)
(7)T Robredo (ESP) vs M Mirnyi (BLR)
Gonzalez/Ljubicic vs Lindstedt/Nieminen

Court 4 start 11:00 AM
(7)Damm/Paes vs Dlouhy/Vizner
(Q)V Spadea (USA) vs J Chela (ARG)
F Serra (FRA) vs N Djokovic (SCG)
(10)D Ferrer (ESP) vs N Almagro (ESP)
Bhupathi/Gimelstob vs (6)Erlich/Ram

Excerpts From Federer's Press Conference:-

Q. I realize you're asked this every week, but the rivalry with Nadal, what are your thoughts on that? Do you enjoy being in that spotlight where everybody looks at you and Nadal and says, Hey, this is the rivalry?

ROGER FEDERER: I understand the point and what the people are saying about it, you know, and I think it's absolutely justified with our results over the last one and a half years. But like what I said in Toronto, you know, I don't care really if I play him on the other side of the net or it's somebody else in the finals like Gasquet, I in the end care about winning the title, you know. That's what's over everything, and the player's not bigger than the tournament. For me, that's the conclusion to this rivalry.

It's definitely good I won Wimbledon. I enjoy playing him, but I don't need it every week, you know.

Q. How important was Wimbledon, to get back on your side?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I knew it from the start, you know. A year without being the Wimbledon champ would feel a little bit lonely, I guess, I don't know.

But I did it again, so don't need to look back.

Q. But beating Nadal?

ROGER FEDERER: Look, I mean, of course it would have been a big boost for him and people would have written many different things, but I think I played an excellent match, you know, dominating him in the first and the fourth set. Second and third were close, like I did expect it to be. So I was very happy the way I played.

mallorn
08-16-2006, 09:29 AM
Thanks, Veyonce!

I'm glad he's the first match because it means I'll get to see it. :dance:

mallorn
08-16-2006, 03:16 PM
Two articles, one from The Cincinnati Enquirer:
Teen stuns Nadal - for a while

Querrey takes solace in taking set in loss to No. 2 player in the world
BY COLLEEN KANE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

MASON - Now that American teenager Sam Querrey can say he took a set off the No. 2 player in the world, he might as well dream big.

He's thinking top 50 in the world by next summer and a couple wins at this year's U.S. Open. In fact, he'd like to go "three or four rounds in it, maybe take out (Andre) Agassi in a five-setter, night match," he added with a smile.

Just a few months graduated from high school, two months into his pro career, No. 178 Querrey met No. 2 Rafael Nadal Tuesday at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters for the biggest match of his blooming career. Using a serve that consistently topped 130 mph, the 18-year-old won a first-set tiebreaker over the 20-year-old Spaniard at Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Nadal, the winner of five tournaments this year, including the French Open, cleaned up his mistakes in the second and third sets and won the match 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3, but it was enough to leave Querrey smiling following his first match against a top-10 player.

"It doesn't feel like it's right at first, because he's supposed to beat me. Then I won that first set and started to build a little bit of confidence," Querrey said. "That happened to me earlier this year. I played (then-No. 14) James Blake at the Pacific Life Open, and I won the first set there. You're a little bit shocked at what just happened."

Nadal simply said he played "very bad" in the first set, but he recovered to win his first singles match here after bowing out in the first round the past two years. The first-set trouble came following a round-of-16 exit in Toronto. He said he's been practicing 3½ hours a day to smooth his transition to the summer hardcourt season. Toronto was his first tournament back after losing in the Wimbledon final to No. 1 Roger Federer.

"Toronto was not a good tournament for me. It is important I play a little bit better," Nadal said. "The result, the third round (in Toronto), is not my best result, but it isn't a disaster."

Nadal will face qualifier Hyung-Taik Lee in the second round at 11 a.m. today. He will try to advance to his first hardcourt final since winning in Dubai in February.

Querrey will wait to see if he receives a wild card into the Open and will continue to adjust to the professional life - and to being dubbed America's next great star.

"(Being on Tour) is pretty cool. I mean, all my high school friends, when they think someone's going pro, they kind of relate that to like (former USC running back) Reggie Bush signing a $60 million Reebok contract," Querrey said with a laugh. "Like when we go out, they expect me to take care of everything. It's not like that."

There's hope that Querrey could break through in the next couple years. Nadal said Querrey's serve, which won 10 aces Tuesday and previously has topped out at 140 mph, is bound to give the teen a shot at some big things.

"Just with the serve he's going to be a good player for sure, no? He's going to be top 50 easy ..." Nadal said.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060816/SPT/608160343/1062

and the other from The Cincinnati Post:
Rivalry spices up tennis

Federer, Nadal are heads above the rest

By Josh Katzowitz
Post staff reporter

MASON, Ohio -He knew the question was coming, because the question comes every week. So when the query finally appeared Tuesday, about 5 minutes into his postmatch news conference, Rafael Nadal looked to ATP Tour official Fabienne Benoit, smiled and pointed in recognition.

This, before the inquisitor had finished the query.

What do you think about the rivalry? For Nadal, the question doesn't need to be quantified or explained.

It's obvious who his rival is, and because that rival hadn't needed to fear another player before Nadal began his ascent to the No. 2 ranking, the competition between the two is intriguing. The rival, if you haven't been paying attention, is No. 1 Roger Federer, and around tennis, the buzz is eminent.

They've played eight times, including five times this year. Nadal - who beat Sam Querrey, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3, Tuesday in the first round of the Western & Southern Masters, has won six meetings, but Federer triumphed most recently in the Wimbledon finals. If Federer and Nadal are in the same tournament, there's little doubt who the tournament director wants in the final.

If they want the best in men's tennis, they want Federer and Nadal.

So, it's an obvious question to ask Nadal, and as he and Benoit previously have discussed - hence, the pointing and laughing in the news conference - he's asked about it every week.

"I don't think nothing," Nadal said when the question finally came around. "I live this reality. I just think about me. I'm not looking to Federer to win or if he's playing bad. I'm worried about me. My goal is to improve always my game. It's OK. I'm not tired of being asked about Federer. I'm tired of being asked about the rivalry, him and me. In the Tour, there's a lot of good players, no?"

Yes, that's true. But even some of the top players think the Federer-Nadal rivalry can be something special.

"They win almost every tournament," said David Nalbandian, the No. 4 player in the world. "If it's not one, it's the other one. Every time they play, it's interesting to watch. It's No. 1 and No. 2 in the world. That's the rule of sports. We think it's OK."

Said James Blake, ranked No. 5: "The rivalry has been great for the game. They have had such great matches. People have been talking. Given the way men's tennis is, where anybody can beat anybody at any time, they've made it to where they're almost unbeatable (before) the semifinals and finals."

That's a good point. In their last seven meetings, Federer and Nadal have met in the finals six times - including one French Open, one Wimbledon and three Master Series events - and the semifinals of the 2005 French.

While it seems Nadal would rather ignore the news generated by the rivalry, Federer, who beat Richard Gasquet in the finals of last week's Toronto event for his seventh title this year, understands why it's such a big deal.

"I understand the point, what the people are saying about it," Federer said after dispatching Paradorn Srichaphan, 7-5, 6-4, Tuesday night. "It's absolutely justified if you look at the results over the last year and a half. But I don't care if I play him on the other side of the net or it's somebody else in the finals, like Gasquet. The player's not bigger than the tournament. I enjoy playing him, but I don't need it very week."

When the two are entered in the same tournament, though, they meet more often than not. In the eight events that both have shared a draw this year, they've faced each other five times.

Even with Federer's victory at Wimbledon, Nadal has beaten Federer four times this year - for the record, the Switzerland native has lost only four times this season. Plus, Nadal says, there's room for him to grow.

"I am younger than him," said Nadal, 20, five years Federer's junior. "Maybe I'll never be like him, but I am younger than him. There's a lot of things to improve. I'm thinking about improving my game, because in the next years, I want to be in the top numbers. I'm not thinking about whether I'm going to be the same as Federer. It's not impossible, but it's very, very difficult."

Whether he can attain Federer's status as perhaps one of the greatest ever is anybody's guess. But the wait to see could be interesting.

"It certainly has all the components that can capture the imagination of the sporting public," Andre Agassi said. "It's No. 1 and No. 2 in the world with two entirely different games. Their personalities are entirely different. Those are the layers that are needed to have a great rivalry. And they're playing in all the finals. They've separated themselves from the field. Something tells me they'll be deciding the Grand Slams for the next few years."

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060816/SPT09/608160342

mallorn
08-16-2006, 04:47 PM
Well, it was a straightforward win for Rafa, 6-4, 6-3 although he was still far from his best. 19 UEs is again a lot for him (to 15 winners) but serving stats are better (71% first serves in, 88% first serves won, 62% second serves won) and his net play was perfect today - 13/13 points won at the net. :yeah:

Just let him get the forehand back in the next match or else it may be the last one here! http://img2.menstennisforums.com/793/icon_frustration.gif

MariaV
08-16-2006, 04:50 PM
The last one here? :awww: :hug:
Rafa the master volleyer!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :worship:
Didn't see any of it. Baggy and Monfils battle going on on my TV, they thought Rafa - Lee match was too boring I guess. :shrug:

mallorn
08-16-2006, 04:57 PM
Well it wasn't the most exciting match I've seen :lol: but I'm glad they showed it because I hate the scoreboard thing. :p

silver7
08-16-2006, 05:29 PM
:woohoo:
Well done Rafa :yeah:

Björki
08-16-2006, 05:38 PM
Rafa :woohoo:

Jogg
08-16-2006, 06:47 PM
:woohoo: well done Rafa :bounce:

MariaV
08-16-2006, 07:02 PM
Well it wasn't the most exciting match I've seen :lol: but I'm glad they showed it because I hate the scoreboard thing. :p
The Russian NTV+ tennis was on Grandstand actually as Youzhny vs Ljubo was next after the Baggy - Monfils battle. It was fun watching the 'juniors'. :) Marcos is always so cheerful and smiling. :)

mallorn
08-16-2006, 07:19 PM
The Russian NTV+ tennis was on Grandstand actually as Youzhny vs Ljubo was next after the Baggy - Monfils battle. It was fun watching the 'juniors'. :) Marcos is always so cheerful and smiling. :)
Marcos :hearts: I like Monfils too, must have been fun to watch.

Are you watching Roger-Andy? They can't hold serve to save their lives! :eek: :lol:

Edit: Andy just held to take the set. :eek:

mallorn
08-16-2006, 08:41 PM
Well, what a shocker of a match it turned out to be. :eek:

Back to Rafa though. :) From CNN:
Nadal too good for Lee once again

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 Posted: 1909 GMT (0309 HKT)

http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2006/SPORT/08/16/tennis.cincinnati/story.nadal.jpg
Nadal claimed a second successive comfortable victory over Lee.

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Second seed Rafael Nadal defeated South Korea's Lee Hyung-taik 6-4 6-3 for the second time in seven days to reach the third round of the Cincinnati Masters.

The Spanish world No.2 produced the straightforward win in 80 minutes, breaking three times while never losing his own serve.

The double French Open champion earned an identical winning scoreline last week in the Toronto Masters against the 30-year-old Korean.

"My goal is improve on every surface, my goal is improve my game," Nadal told reporters. "Not only on hard court but on every surface.

"But to improve on every surface, I need improve my game, that's the challenge."

Nadal is keen to make an impact during the American hardcourt season following his third-round defeat in Toronto last week.

Although he has captured five titles this year, he has failed to get his hands on any trophy since triumphing at Roland Garros in June and is desperate to find some run of form before the U,S. Open begins on August 28.

Meanwhile, Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero outwitted American sixth seed James Blake 6-2 6-4 and Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis beat Gael Monfils 7-6 2-6 6-1.

http://edition.cnn.com/2006/SPORT/08/16/tennis.cincinnati/

From AFP:
Nadal on the double against Lee

08-16-2006, 19h54
CINCINNATI, United States (AFP)

http://www3.turkishpress.com/i-s/SGE.FAY60.160806195440.photo00.quicklook.default-186x245.jpg
Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Hyung-Taik Lee of Korea during their second round match at the ATP Cincinnati Masters. Nadal won 6-4, 6-3.
(AFP/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal scored a duplicate 6-4, 6-3 win over South Korea's Hyung-taik Lee in the second round of the ATP Cincinnati Masters to follow up on a similar scoreline one week ago.

Spain's world No. 2 moved into the third round in efficient style where he will play German Tommy Haas.

The 14th seeded Haas, winner of the Los Angeles title earlier in the hardcourt summer, booked his place over Gilles Simon of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Another Frenchman was bundled out as Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus beat Gael Monfils 7-6 (10/8 ), 2-6, 6-1.

Former world No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero found some life in his game with an upset of sixth seed James Blake 6-2, 6-4.

The highest-ranked American went down in 64 minutes without even obtaining a break point against the 31st-ranked Spaniard, whom he also lost to in Cincinnati four years ago.

Nadal doubled up on Lee after knocking the 73rd-ranked Asian out in the Toronto second round last week. The winner got through in 1hr 20min, breaking three times along the way.

Nadal said he is hoping to improve on hardcourts with the US Open starting in less than a fortnight. He will be seeded second behind rival Roger Federer, defending champion at Cincinnati and winner last weekend in Toronto.

"I didn't play a bad match today. After I got used to conditions, I improved my return," said Nadal.

"My goal is improve in every surface, my goal is improve my game. Not only on hard court, but on every surface."

Federer, who beat Nadal in the Wimbledon final after losing four previous finals this season to the on-form Iberian, has won seven titles in 2006 to five for Nadal.

All four of Federer's 2006 defeats have some against his main challenger.

Federer was bidding for a third-round spot as he later faced Briton Andy Murray, a repeat of last years Bangkok final which the Swiss won in tough straight sets.

AFP
http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=137893

lilfairyprincess
08-16-2006, 11:24 PM
good luck for the rest of the week rafa!!! now that federer is out i hope he can claim the title!:bounce:

veyonce
08-17-2006, 01:01 AM
I was shocked when my friend (a roger friend) told me roger's defeated by murrary... That was so shocking.. Ferrero defeated Blake too. That's good news for Rafa. I was so tired that I dozed off during Rafa's match.. Lol.. But Rafa has picked up his game from his first match. Hopefully he'll get Cinny title.. Hehe... Vamos Rafa!!!

veyonce
08-17-2006, 06:36 AM
Transcript of Rafa's Press Conference on 16 August 2006

August 16, 2006
R. NADAL/H. Lee
6-4, 6-3

RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Your shirt says "hard court specialist."

RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. Your shirt says "hard court specialist." I think that's what it says. Is this the surface you're becoming comfortable on now? Do you think you'll ever be as comfortable on hard court as on clay?

RAFAEL NADAL: The thing is if I am playing good, is if I am playing bad. Because I play very good tournaments on hard court, no? The thing is not if I feel comfortable on hard court or not, the thing is I play good, I play bad. If I play good, I can play good. If I play bad, I play bad here, on clay, and every place.

Q. I noticed you used the volley a few times today when it was needed. How much do you practice on that? How much do you want to incorporate that, utilize that in your game?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, is important, volley better, no? I improve a little bit the volley maybe. I practice a lot before Wimbledon. So if you are playing better on the baseline, so you have more chances for volley better, no, because the volley is more easy.

But today is not that, no? Today I volley some difficult volleys, and I (speaking Spanish)...

THE MODERATOR: He played them well, like he got them.

RAFAEL NADAL: Si, I play well the volleys.

Q. Is hard court more a challenge for you than clay? Your record on clay is so dominant it would seem that maybe hard courts aren't as good for you as clay.

RAFAEL NADAL: My challenge is improve in every surface. I can improve more on clay, too. I can improve on grass. I can improve in every place. I am young, I just have 20, just 20 and a few months, no?

So my goal is improve in every surface. My goal is improve the game ? not in hard court, but in every surface. But for improve in every surface, I need improve my game. So that's the challenge, no?

Q. What do you want to achieve? You've already won so much in this sport. When Andy Roddick was No. 2, his thing was he wanted to beat Roger Federer. Well, you've already done that several times.

RAFAEL NADAL: I want to be happy playing tennis, that's the most important thing for me. And I want to be happy in my life, without the tennis, no? The more satisfaction for one person is the work for me, no? If you are working well, you gonna finish your career with a good satisfaction, and that's my goal, no? I would love that, no?

Q. Were you happier with how you played today compared to your last match?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. Maybe I play -- I don't play bad today, no? I was playing a good match, especially after the -- after some games, no? Because I was returning bad in the beginning, very short, very slow. And after, I change that, no? Is attitude much hard and more (indiscernible), so that's important on my game, no?

Q. Is that because you are getting used to the conditions now, the different conditions, becoming accustomed to them?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I feel better. When I was practicing warm?up today before the match, I feel better on court, I feel more comfortable, with more confidence when I am touching the ball. So that's important, very important.

Q. Is it also quicker but it bounces up higher here? Is that what happens?

RAFAEL NADAL: Here is a little bit quicker. Maybe that's good, too, for me, no? Because with my serve, I won more points. And in the baseline I can play good, too, no? So tomorrow I will have a very difficult match against Haas. That's a good test.

Q. You said before Wimbledon people were asking you what your expectations were for Wimbledon, and you were saying, Hey, listen, three or four years, put myself in position to succeed on grass, because it's a goal of yours. You go this year, you make the final. Does that change your expectations for a US Open or Australian Open because you already succeeded, got to a final on a surface that is least suitable for your game?

RAFAEL NADAL: You never know. Because you are playing well in Wimbledon, I was playing well in Wimbledon, I was serving well. You can play the final because you are the No. 2 in the world, so you have experience. When you are winning three, four matches in one surface, you have chances. Because for anything, you are the No. 2, no? You have more experience than the other guys in the important moments, so that's important in the final rounds.

So for that reason, I can play good. I was play good on Wimbledon, but maybe I play my best tournament in the year in Wimbledon, no? Wimbledon and Rome for me was the best tournaments in the year. I was playing my best tennis. Monte?Carlo semifinal and final, too.

But I say always that. I want to continue improve. I play final now in Wimbledon, but I say the same before Wimbledon now, and it improve for in the next three, four years I have -- for gonna be have a good chance, no, for win. That's important.

Q. Which improvements have you made on the mental part of the game?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. Maybe I always have a good mentality, very a lot of motivation always when I go on court (speaking Spanish)...

THE MODERATOR: He always has a lot of fun playing.

RAFAEL NADAL: I love the competition, so that's good, no, for the game. Maybe now I have little bit more experience because I am playing a little bit more big matches, no, with pression. So that's important, too.

Q. One of your points in the second set they replayed. Do you like replay? How do you think that's working out?

RAFAEL NADAL: The challenge, the HawkEye?
Q. Yeah, yeah.

RAFAEL NADAL: Is okay. Is okay. Is part of the show, no? If like this tennis gonna be better, for me it's okay.

Q. Next season what will give you more satisfaction: to win your third French Open or first Wimbledon?

RAFAEL NADAL: So we gonna think now in the US Open, no? That's the most important thing now. Next year we will see.

But, sure, always you prefer win some different thing, no? I always say my dream is win any day on Wimbledon, no? I know that's very difficult for any Spanish, but with a good mentality and with big motivation and with working a lot, you have always a little bit chance, no - small chance.

Q. The WTA is going to allow coaching during matches. How much do coaches matter, and should the ATP allow that?

RAFAEL NADAL: Maybe that's stupid. Stupid because for why? For what you have a coach? For being in the chair like this (sitting with arms crossed). He's coming to Australia for anything, no? You can go just you.
So for me is important, the coaching. Is part of the show, too. You have one coach for anything, not for don't say nothing. So for me, the coaching is (speaking Spanish)...

THE MODERATOR: It's a change that is needed.

RAFAEL NADAL: For me, the WTA, that's the new rule, that's perfect. That's a good rule. I hope in the next month in the ATP gonna be change that, no, too?

Q. How famous are you in the United States compared to Europe? Do fans recognize you here in the United States as much as they do in Europe?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, maybe the same, no? Is okay. In every place, so that's good. I feel good here in the United States every time. Very good atmosphere here when I was playing doubles two days ago, unbelievable. Yesterday in the match was good. Today is, too early, at eleven. But always is good. In Toronto was very, very nice. I feel good here in America, no?

http://www.cincytennis.com/en/players/interviews/2006/nadal2.asp

MariaV
08-17-2006, 07:10 AM
LOL, I didn't come here after THE SHOCKER as I thought MTF would be flooded. :lol:
VEYONCE, your Mitya avvy!!!! :haha: :haha: Are you a Mitya fan?

mallorn
08-17-2006, 08:28 AM
Order of play for today:

Centre Court start 11:00 AM

(16)D Hrbaty (SVK) vs (4)I Ljubicic (CRO)

Not before 1:00 PM

(14)T Haas (GER) vs (2)R Nadal (ESP)

A Murray (GBR) vs (15)R Ginepri (USA)

Not before 7:00 PM

(9)A Roddick (USA) vs J Chela (ARG)

(1)Bryan/Bryan vs Arthurs/Hrbaty

and

Court 3 start 1:00 PM

(5)Santoro/Zimonjic vs Lindstedt/Nieminen

Not before 3:30 PM

(WC)Lopez/Nadal vs (2)Bjorkman/Mirnyi

Safin/Youzhny vs (6)Erlich/Ram


Yay! They didn't schedule Rafa to play the night match. :yippee:

MariaV
08-17-2006, 11:22 AM
Ania! :wavey: Today I will FINALLY get to see his match I hope. :) :yippee:
I wonder how's Jonas' back doing, I was hoping for a w/o for Rafa & Feli. ;)

lilfairyprincess
08-17-2006, 11:48 AM
A walk over would maybe be helpful..rafa plays his singles match at 1pm and his doubles at 3.30pm!! thats not much time to rest in between his matches:eek: hopefully rafa doesnt tire himself out to much!

mallorn
08-17-2006, 03:28 PM
Rafa needs as much match practice as he can get. ;) I'm just concerned that if he plays tired the probability of getting injured is higher.

From The Cincinnati Enquirer:
Nadal just scratching the surface
No. 2 Nadal still developing his game

BY DUSTIN DOW | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

http://img123.imageshack.us/img123/7715/bildewv3.th.jpg (http://img123.imageshack.us/my.php?image=bildewv3.jpg)
Rafael Nadal gets a hold of a backhand shot against Hyung-Taik Lee Wednesday. Nadal won the match 6-4, 6-3.

MASON - Hard Court Specialist? Rafael Nadal?

That's what the shirt said.

The man - all 20 years of him - who holds the record for consecutive clay-court wins wore an interesting shirt after his match Wednesday in the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.

"Hard Court Specialist" was emblazoned across the chest. Wishful thinking perhaps?

"My challenge is improve in every surface," said Nadal, who didn't get much of a challenge from Hyung-Taik Lee in a 6-4, 6-3 victory at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. "I can improve more on clay, too. I can improve on grass. I can improve in every place. I am young. I just have 20, just 20 and a few months, no? So my goal is improve in every surface."

That's right. The No. 2 player in the world and the only regular formidable threat to No. 1 Roger Federer wants to get better. The thing is, Nadal - good as he is - actually has quite a bit of room to improve. He's not as comfortable on hard courts or grass as he is on clay, and he might never be. His game also lacks the consistency of Federer's, a fact that Nadal sometimes can overcome with his athleticism.

His aggressive, sprinting style so far has produced 17 singles titles, including six Masters Series and two French Open championships. He has been No. 2 for almost 13 months straight.

The point at which Nadal really showed he might turn into Federer's equal on all surfaces came in July at Wimbledon, when Nadal reached the final but lost to Federer in four sets.

That performance prompted questions Wednesday about whether Nadal realistically could think of winning the U.S. Open.

"You never know," Nadal said. "I was playing well in Wimbledon, I was serving well. You can play the final because you are the No. 2 in the world, so you have experience. When you are winning three, four matches on one surface, you have chances.

"Maybe I play my best tournament of the year in Wimbledon, no? I was playing my best tennis."

As he moves forward in his career, though, Nadal continually redefines how good his "best tennis" actually is. Last year, he was the best player on clay and still is.

Two years ago when Andy Roddick was atop the sport, he talked of the next frontier as being able to beat Federer. Nadal already has done that six times.

"I want to be happy playing tennis," Nadal said. "That's the most important thing to me. And I want to be happy in my life, without the tennis, no? If you are working well, you're going to finish your career with a good satisfaction, and that's my goal. I would love that, no?"
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060817/SPT/608170381/1062

orderlycommotion
08-17-2006, 03:48 PM
:yippee:Good Luck, Rafa!:yippee:

Xristos
08-17-2006, 04:55 PM
VAMOS!! I hate Haas..

vviva
08-17-2006, 05:03 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:


!VAMOS, RAFA!

U CAN DO IT!


:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Björki
08-17-2006, 06:55 PM
Rafa leads 7-6, *3-3

Björki
08-17-2006, 07:06 PM
Rafa def. Haas 7-6, 6-3 :woohoo:

mallorn
08-17-2006, 07:10 PM
:woohoo:

That was better, although Rafa had a major brain cramp in the first set in the game where he lost his serve to let Haas back into the game. :fiery: Luckily he didn't lose the TB. :yippee:

Next up, Juanqui. :D

lilfairyprincess
08-17-2006, 07:12 PM
rafa!!! :bounce:

vviva
08-17-2006, 07:29 PM
http://img471.imageshack.us/img471/7338/statsy0.jpg

:worship:

mallorn
08-17-2006, 08:11 PM
Thanks, vviva! :) Rafa said it was his best match in two weeks and while it doesn't mean much considering his previous performances :tape: it's a step in the right direction. He really played much better today. :yeah:

From Reuters: (http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=2006-08-17T192338Z_01_L17807658_RTRIDST_0_SPORT-TENNIS-CINCINNATI.XML)
Cincinnati-Nadal survives Haas test to reach last eight
Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:23 PM BST184

By Simon Cambers

CINCINNATI, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Second seed Rafael Nadal survived a tough test of his title credentials as he beat German Tommy Haas 7-6 6-3 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters Series event.

The Spaniard, beaten in the third round last week in Toronto, edged the first set before breaking Haas in the eighth game and serving out for victory.

The French Open champion will play former Roland Garros champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain in the last eight. Ferrero beat Swede Robin Soderling 7-5 6-4.

Less than 24 hours after the shock defeat of world number one Roger Federer by Scottish teenager Andy Murray, Nadal found himself in a dogfight in the opening set, having been 3-1 up.

Haas, who had treatment for a blister on his left foot, led 5-3 in the tiebreak but Nadal won four consecutive points to take the set.

Games went with serve in the second set until the eighth game when Nadal lifted his level to break to love and though Haas forced a break point in the next game, Nadal held on to advance to the last eight.

Earlier, fourth seed Ivan Ljubicic eased into the quarter-finals with a 7-5 6-4 win over Dominik Hrbaty, the Slovakian 16th seed.

In the last eight, Ljubicic will meet either seventh seed Tommy Robredo of Spain or unseeded Frenchman Florent Serra.

Murray takes on American Robby Ginepri, a semi-finalist at the U.S. Open last year, in the third round later on Thursday.

From Sporting Life: (http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=international_feed/06/08/17/TENNIS_USA-Cincinnati.html)
http://www.teamtalk.com/Images/70722.jpg

NADAL INTO LAST EIGHT

Rafael Nadal booked a place in the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters Series event on Thursday, beating Tommy Haas of Germany 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 in the last 16.

Nadal, the new favourite to win the tournament following Roger Federer's defeat at the hands of Andrew Murray, found it hard going against Haas who was a match for him for most of the first set.

However, the Spaniard outlasted the German to take the tie-break and the set.

The first seven games of the second set all went with serve with Haas once again holding his own against the two-time French Open champion.

Haas produced some superb shots from the baseline but Nadal's power game was sometimes too hot for the German 14th seed to handle.

However, second seed Nadal broke Haas in the eighth game to give himself the chance to seal victory on his own serve.

Haas gave himself a break point in the next game but failed to take it and Nadal took the match, punching the air in celebration.

In the quarter-finals, Nadal will play the victor of the match-up between his fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero and Swedish prodigy Robin Soderling.

Also through to the last eight is fourth seed Ivan Ljubicic.

The Croatian defeated 16th seed Dominik Hrbaty 7-5 6-4 and next plays either Tommy Robredo of Spain or France's Florent Serra.

Johnny Groove
08-17-2006, 11:50 PM
Rafa :bigclap: Who else wants a Roddick-Nadal final? :drool:

Kalliopeia
08-17-2006, 11:55 PM
Not me. Not because I think he would beat Rafa, but because I can't bear Andy Roddick. Such a crybaby. The sooner he goes out the happier I'll be.

As for Rafa...damn that backhand down the line he pulls out sometimes is pretty. He's looking better and better with every match.

veyonce
08-18-2006, 04:08 AM
August 17, 2006
R. NADAL/T. Haas
7-6, 6-3
RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. When you played your first full season in about 2003, did you expect to get to No. 2 so quickly?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, sure, I wasn't thinking about be No. 2, no? That's very nice for me. I work a lot for be in the top players of the world. But I was -- my goal was be in the top -- first of all in the top 50, after in the top 20, after in the top 10. And when I was the top 10, top 5. And after, No. 2, no?

Q. What has that been like for you, just kind of being so successful so soon in your career?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I don't know, no? I am happy for that. I have a very good career now. I am young. I can improve a lot of things. But now, if I stopped playing now, sure, I have a very good career, no? The important thing is improve this career, no? So I have time.

Q. Earlier today Ferrero said that the courts are pretty fast here, which might help him against you because it would make the points go by a little quicker.

RAFAEL NADAL: Ferrero say that?

Q. Yeah.

RAFAEL NADAL: So that's true.

Q. You think that's true?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know, no? If he say that, it's okay. I don't know, no? Gonna be a tough match, so I just think gonna be a tough match. He's a very good player. We will see tomorrow.

Gonna be a tough match. I need play my best tennis.

Q. Do faster courts make things more difficult for you, though?

RAFAEL NADAL: Sometimes, yes; sometimes, not. I was playing the final of Wimbledon, that's (significant?), no? Last year I play Montreal, I won in Montreal, and Montreal is faster than here, for sure. I won in Madrid, and Madrid is faster than here, too.

That's not the reason for play good, for play bad, for lose tomorrow, for win tomorrow. If I play good tomorrow, I have chances to win. If I play bad, I gonna lose. So that's the thing.

Q. Does it seem strange to have Roger out of the tournament so early? Normally, you are heading towards a final together when you were together.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, is the second time this year I am in the tournament, he is out, no? First one in Barcelona, and now the second time. But is the first time when we are playing the two, he and me, he's out and I am in the tournament, no?

But is nothing special, no? Is not -- I am not thinking about the final. I thinking about the quarterfinals tomorrow. That's the thing.

Q. Can you talk about your match today, what you thought about Tommy and how you played.

RAFAEL NADAL: I play a good match. I feel comfortable on court. I am happy because I was beginning the match very well. I was playing my best tennis in the first games. After, I had some mistakes, easy mistakes, for the break. So the match after gonna be tough, no, after the -- when he come back and break me after my break, no?

So but I play good match. I feel comfortable on court, so that's the most important thing, no?

Q. Other than Carlos Moya, were there any other Spanish players you grew up watching, admiring? Did you follow Juan Carlos at all when you were growing up?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, my favorite was Moya. Sure, Ferrero was a (indiscernible). He was, when I was younger, he was the number top 10. I saw him when he won the Davis Cup for Spain in 2000 maybe. So after, when I was playing my first tournaments in the tour he was the No. 1.

Q. Do you usually get such a big crowd to watch your doubles match? That court was packed over there today.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, sometimes. Sometimes that's nice, no? Is a good atmosphere for the doubles, so that's good for the doubles, too, no?

Q. Can you go anywhere at home and not be recognized? Do you just get mobbed, people asking for your autograph or taking pictures everywhere you go when you're at home? Can you go to the supermarket or anywhere?

RAFAEL NADAL: At my home?

Q. Yeah.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I can do everything at my home. I live in a small village and the people, everybody knows me, but not for famous, no? Everybody know me because they know me, because the village is small. So everybody now is know me because I am famous, but I go to the supermarket and I go to the party, I go to the cinema without sign - not one autograph. That's nice sometimes, too, no?

Q. I was going to ask you, is that nice, when you can be yourself?

RAFAEL NADAL: Everything is nice. So sometimes I want to feel the same like other guy, normal guy of 20 years, no, because I am normal guy.

So after, well, here, when I am here and everybody is coming to me asking me autograph, so that's very impressive, too, no?

Q. About how many people live in your village, would you say? Do you know?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, we are between 1,000 and 30,000 (laughing).

No, no, no. We was 30,000. Thirty, 32,000.

Q. You are a young guy at 20. Can you comment on some of the other young guys in the top 30 like Berdych.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, maybe gonna be the future top 10s, no - Berdych, Murray, Gasquet, Djokovic. Monfils, we will see. But maybe for me is Djokovic, Gasquet.

Djokovic, Gasquet, Murray and Berdych gonna be in the top 10 for sure. I don't know if this year, I don't know next year. But for me, gonna be the top 10.

But in the top 10, just ten, huh? I always say he's gonna be in the top 10, but is just ten. If he could go to the top 10, I go out, so, I don't know (laughing).

Q. What did you learn from Moya growing up?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, he is my friend, so I have a good relationship with him. I know him. I was practicing with him since when I was 14, so I know him a lot, no?

Q. You haven't done so well in the past here in Cincinnati. This year you've won your first matches here. How does that feel? Do you feel a bit more comfortable playing here now or not?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, the first year I lost here. I lost two unbelievable matches, no - first year against Chela 5-2 in the third, and last year against Berdych, three matchpoints down -- up. I lost the matchpoint.

So the first year I wasn't play my best tennis in the moments. I come back after one injury, important injury, for four months, and I am not feeling comfortable.

Last year I was playing very good in Montreal, and I arrive here and is a big change, no?

Q. So if you're able to do well here, what kind of confidence will you have going to the US Open this year as opposed to last year?

RAFAEL NADAL: Last year I was playing good. I was winning Montreal, so I was arriving to the US Open with good confidence. But maybe I had one mistake - I come back here, I play here, and after I come back to home, to Mallorca. So that's tough because is jetlag and jetlag another one time when I come back after seven, eight days.

So this year I change. I say, Well, I gonna be here for one month. So I don't come back to home, because when I come back to home sometimes is tough because I can't play at good level with some players. So if I am still here, I can play every day with a good player, so that's important for the arrive, no?

http://www.cincytennis.com/en/players/interviews/2006/nadal3.asp

veyonce
08-18-2006, 04:25 AM
Tommy Haas' post match press conference is all about Rafa!!

August 17, 2006
R. NADAL/T. Haas
7-6, 6-3
TOMMY HAAS

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Why is he so good? What makes him so hard to beat? Roger has so many shots, but what is it about Rafael?

TOMMY HAAS: Well, it's the first time I played Nadal so it's tough to know what to expect going out there. I mean, what you have seen the last couple years is always that he's very quick, gets a lot of balls back, and once in a while he does some phenomenal shots. When you think actually you're gonna get an easy ball back, he seems to come up with an incredible winner or passing shot. That's what makes him unbelievable difficult.

He's a left-handed player, which sometimes it's tough to read his serve or to dictate play because it's much different, you know. You have to really remember yourself the whole time that you're playing a lefty, and that's not easy to do sometimes.

Q. Do you remember when you were first aware of him as a player? Did you see him as a junior?

TOMMY HAAS: Well, I remember seeing him I think when he got a wildcard one time into Hamburg, and he actually beat Moya there. That was I think his first big win on the tour. But Moya obviously also helped him when he was young, so I don't know how much Moya actually put into that match.

That was the first time they started talking about him. I think also when he qualified in Monte-Carlo or something. Obviously, that was a big talk about him and, you know, for the right reasons. He has been undefeated on clay courts for the last two years, and I think it shows. He has a lot of heavy balls. When he runs around the backhand and starts hitting his forehand, dictating play, it's really tough to get out of it.

Q. How have you seen him develop and evolve over the last couple of years?

TOMMY HAAS: I don't know. I don't really want to talk about Rafael too much. If you have questions about how I played today, then that's fine. But other than that, no comments.

Q. When a player of your stature is asked about other players, that's bothersome, isn't it?

TOMMY HAAS: No, it doesn't bother me. I mean, obviously, I was up 5?3 in the tiebreak, and I made three or four unforced errors. It's frustrating because I think I could have won the first set after playing a very solid first set.

And then, you know, that break I got in the second set with two, uhm, unforced errors, my forehand, you know, where I just didn't stand good through the ball, and then he came up with a phenomenal shot and then he broke me to that game. And didn't use the break chance I had when I missed the return.

I'm just a little bit frustrated about those key points, not being able to focus enough or to play the points that way that I wanted them to play. Didn't really make him win the first set there when I was up in the tiebreak in the first set, 5?3. That's quite frustrating, but a good thing for me to know for the next time.

http://www.cincytennis.com/en/players/interviews/2006/haas3.asp

MariaV
08-18-2006, 08:09 AM
Hey lovelies! :wavey:
OOP for today. YAY, I'll be home for the match. :D

Friday, August 18, 2006
Centre Court start 10:00 AM
(7)Damm/Paes vs (3)Knowles/Nestor
Not before 12:00 NOON
J Ferrero (ESP) vs (2)R Nadal (ESP)

And good that he didn't tire himself out in the dubs. :lol: 6-1 6-2 to Jonas & Max. Jonas must be fine after all. :D

mallorn
08-18-2006, 08:32 AM
Hola Maria! :wavey:

It's like the people doing the schedule want to do us European Rafafans a favour and don't want to keep us up too late. :clap2: ;)

Rafa seemed in such a good mood in this interview. :lol:
Q. About how many people live in your village, would you say? Do you know?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, we are between 1,000 and 30,000 (laughing).
:haha:

Tommy was really fed up with all the focus on Rafa, I can't really blame him. :p

Q. Do you usually get such a big crowd to watch your doubles match? That court was packed over there today.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, sometimes. Sometimes that's nice, no? Is a good atmosphere for the doubles, so that's good for the doubles, too, no?
For both his doubles matches the court was absolutely packed. This is from The Cincinnati Enquirer on Rafa's first match:
Bizarre moment of the day

The people over on Court 3 know how to party. Or they need to get a life.

Throughout the rain delay here, Court 3 remained packed while the court stayed empty. Seriously, several hundred people stayed in their seats; cheering; doing the wave; clapping; yelling for no reason for more than two hours while watching an empty court dry.

And then, when play resumed, they were sitting there watching a doubles match. I can honestly say that in three years covering this event, I've never found a need to watch a match on Court 3, much less watch an empty court.

posted by Dustin Dow
Nadal draws big doubles crowd

Second-ranked Rafael Nadal has packed the small Court 3 with cheering fans, a few waving Spanish flags, for his doubles match with fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. The crowd is standing room only, and one group of fans is standing at the very top of the Center Court stadium to catch the match far below (ignoring the James Blake match taking place on Center Court behind them :p ). One fan told me she waited an hour and a half in the rain for her seat for the match.

Nadal/Lopez won the first set 6-4 and are down 4-5 in the second set with Czech players Leos Friedl and Cyril Suk.

posted by Colleen Kane
And about the second match:
Nadal Loses!

But it was in doubles. Seems two matches was too many today, and he and partner Felciano Lopez lost to defending champs Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi 6-1, 6-2. Quite a crowd for a doubles match...they even started doing the rally clap at match point...for which Nadal zipped a return down the line and flashed a big grin to the crowd. They still lost on the next point, when Lopez's return flew behind him into the stands. Nadal was still smiling at the end. Guess a doubles loss is easier to take when you advanced to the singles quarterfinals a couple hours earlier.

Bjorkman and Mirnyi, by the way, advanced to the quarterfinals and could be the first doubles team to defend its title here since 1937.

posted by Colleen Kane
http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/sports/

Susan of vr.com wrote that after the match Feli grabbed the umpire's microphone and said to the crowd, "I need to collect some money for lessons, please." :rolls:

MariaV
08-18-2006, 11:09 AM
Feli!!!!!!!!! :haha: :haha:
Thanks for the articles Ania! :wavey:

atheneglaukopis
08-18-2006, 01:48 PM
Q. Earlier today Ferrero said that the courts are pretty fast here, which might help him against you because it would make the points go by a little quicker.

RAFAEL NADAL: Ferrero say that?

Q. Yeah.

RAFAEL NADAL: So that's true.

Q. You think that's true?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know, no? If he say that, it's okay.
Isn't that word for word what he said when the reporters asked him about what Djokovic said about being in control of the match? :haha: At least this time it wasn't so outrageous he had to ask for a translation.

MariaV
08-18-2006, 05:41 PM
WTF was THAT!!!??????????? :rolleyes: :mad: :fiery: GEEZ!!!!! JCF is attacking more that Rafa. Rafa is passive like hell. And those 2 DFs in the TB? :rolleyes: 21 UEs in the 1st set!
Now go and win the next 2 sets Rafael!!!!!!!

mallorn
08-18-2006, 06:00 PM
Actually, 27 UEs in the first set. :eek:

Rafa is playing like crap and JCF is attacking all the time. This is not looking good at all.

mallorn
08-18-2006, 06:12 PM
The heavens took pity on Rafa. 6-7, 4-5 rain delay. :lol:

Björki
08-18-2006, 06:26 PM
vamos Rafa you can still win :bounce:

MariaV
08-18-2006, 07:18 PM
I guess I was so shocked I didn't even get the numbers straight, sorry.
Oh dear oh dear!!!! Now can someone explain what was THAT? :confused: :mad: :fiery:

I saw how JCF got hammered by Gonzo last week 6-2 6-1. :rolleyes:
Tio Toni better get over there fast and kick some sense into Rafael. Because WTF was THAT? You simply cannot play so passively and make so many errors.
39 UEs in total. And 29 winners. :rolleyes: GEEZ! And I thought it was now for Rafael to take the tournament. :rolleyes:

mallorn
08-18-2006, 07:23 PM
That was pretty pathetic, he did all the things he knows he shouldn't be doing.

I could kick his butt for losing the early break in the first set for the second match in a row. :fiery:

MariaV
08-18-2006, 07:29 PM
I could kick his butt period. For totally brainless play, especially on important points.
Geez!!!!!!! :rolleyes:
I guess I'm off to watch Robredo - Ljubo.

16681
08-18-2006, 07:30 PM
Rafa :sad: It is really strange both Federer and Rafa knocked out of the same Tournament :eek: I wonder if the fact Rafa's Uncle Tony wasn't there had anything to do with the loss?

mallorn
08-18-2006, 07:37 PM
I could kick his butt period. For totally brainless play, especially on important points.
Geez!!!!!!! :rolleyes:
I guess I'm off to watch Robredo - Ljubo.
I don't like either of them. :p Plus, would you believe it, after the match stopped bec of rain my channel didn't show another minute of it :mad: and they're still showing frigging football. Oh I hate this football-obsessed country! :sobbing:

MariaV
08-18-2006, 07:44 PM
Good I have a tennis channel. :)
But that tonight was Rafa horror show. :eek: :rolleyes: :unsure: :scared:

I don't even know what to think for the USO now. :shrug: I better not have any expectations.
And Marat had a concussion. I wonder if his brain got back into place or ever worse that it was before. :tape: :ignore:
P.S. I'm not the biggest Ljubo or Tommy R lover either.

mallorn
08-18-2006, 07:52 PM
Good I have a tennis channel. :)
But that tonight was Rafa horror show. :eek: :rolleyes: :unsure: :scared:

I don't even know what to think for the USO now. :shrug: I better not have any expectations.
And Marat had a concussion. I wonder if his brain got back into place or ever worse that it was before. :tape: :ignore:
P.S. I'm not the biggest Ljubo or Tommy R lover either.
You know what? After tonight I don't have any expectations for the USO either. He has no confidence at all, his game is poopoo and he can't go far unless he changes dramatically, but there's little time for that. I don't know if Toni can make much difference now. I didn't think it would matter but now I think maybe it was a bad decision for Toni not to come with Rafa.


Jesus Christ, so he did have concussion! :eek: And he played a match yesterday! I hope he'll get well soon, but if Rafa's accident is anything to go by, I'm afraid he might start to play like crap now...oh wait... :tape:

Alexandy
08-18-2006, 08:00 PM
Great job of staying waaay behind the baseline and letting JCF control everything and win the match, Rafa. I have no hope for the U.S. Open either. Might as well pencil Fed's name in as the winner right now.

If Rafa had just moved in just a little it could have made all the difference. I thought I was watching Andy Roddick with long hair and a tan. (Though Andy's been playing much closer to the baseline his last two matches...).

MariaV
08-18-2006, 08:01 PM
:lol:
Oh no, I mean it wasn't that serious with Marat. I was just kidding although it's not really funny. :o They said he has a stiff neck, that will probably be for a couple of days. But for the USO now I don't have any expectations regardless of the draw.
Btw, when did JCF start working with Perlas? I should visit the JCF forum.

mallorn
08-18-2006, 08:09 PM
Well, it wasn't serious with Rafa either, he went fishing straightaway. Still, after the accident and his holiday he seems unsettled and unfocused and generally un. :(

Oh you know what would be the worst? If Rafa and Marat met in the first round. :eek:

Geez, is the site so slow for you too?

MariaV
08-18-2006, 08:14 PM
Geez, is the site so slow for you too?
Yes MTF is slow tonight so I better leave and concentrate on the match at hand. 5-5.

Oh you know what would be the worst? If Rafa and Marat met in the first round. :eek:

:haha: At least then one of them would be in the 2nd round. :tape: :ignore:
And better than Marat-Fed 1st rd.

mallorn
08-18-2006, 08:17 PM
:haha: At least then one of them would be in the 2nd round. :tape: :ignore:
And better than Marat-Fed 1st rd.
:haha: :haha: :sobbing: :sobbing:

Johnny Groove
08-18-2006, 08:20 PM
Rafa :sad:

Hes not playing well, I really need him to be playing good hardcourt tennis ala Dubai come USO time :sad:

texasgirl
08-18-2006, 08:49 PM
I have so many emotions now. I'm sad, mad, fed up. :( I'm beginning to wonder about Rafa. I hate to have these doubts but it's the way I feel.

mallorn
08-18-2006, 08:52 PM
Rafa :sad:

Hes not playing well, I really need him to be playing good hardcourt tennis ala Dubai come USO time :sad:
I'm not going to hold my breath. :o I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed. Hey, it worked for Wimbledon. :p

From Sporting Life:
NADAL DUMPED OUT BY FERRERO

http://www.teamtalk.com/Images/72018.jpg

Second seed Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Cincinnati Masters on Friday following a straight-sets loss to fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero.

The world number two often struggled to find his rhythm in the quarter-final clash, allowing Ferrero to pull away in two tie-breaks and seal a 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7/3) victory.

It was the fifth meeting between the duo with French Open champion Nadal getting the better of his countryman on each of the previous four occasions.

The 20-year-old had also become favourite to win the title in Cincinnati following top seed Roger Federer's stunning defeat against Britain's Andy Murray in the second round.

The opening set proved an even affair with Nadal exchanging a break of serve with his opponent to take the match into its first tie-break.

But Nadal's game deserted him as Ferrero punished his opponent's serve to quickly wrap up the tie-break 7-2 and take a 1-0 lead.

Nadal then tried to claw back some lost ground in the second, but wasted two break points as the set also headed into a tie-break.

And errors once more crept into the second seed's play as Ferrero pounced on the opportunities gifted to him, with a long forehand from Nadal eventually sealing his fate.

The win sees Ferrero, a former world number one and the 2003 French Open champion, equal his best performance at Cincinnati, where he reached the last four in 2002 before losing out to Carlos Moya.

The 26-year-old is now hoping to win his 12th ATP singles title and the first since his victory at Valencia in 2003.
http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/06/08/18/TENNIS_USA-Cincinnati.html
From TSN.ca:
Nadal falls early in Cincinnati
Associated Press

8/18/2006 4:07:21 PM

MASON, Ohio (AP) - Rafael Nadal lost to fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in the quarter-finals Friday, leaving the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters without its top two players.

Top-ranked Roger Federer's 55-match winning streak in North America ended Wednesday with a loss to Britain's Andy Murray. Murray was to play American Andy Roddick in the quarter-finals Friday night.

On an overcast, humid afternoon, the unseeded Ferrero put on one of his best performances of the year, making few mistakes during a match that was delayed because of rain in the second set.

It marked the first time since the 2005 Australian Open that Federer and Nadal were entered in the same tournament. Now, the world's Nos. 1 and 2 players will be heading into the U.S. Open coming off big upsets.

Nadal had played well the previous two days, and was facing a struggling player who had never beaten him. Nadal was 4-0 career against Ferrero, all four wins coming last year.

And, Ferrero hadn't reached the quarter-finals of a tournament since April, an indication of how far he had fallen since his French Open title in 2003.

Nadal has won five tournaments this year, none since the French Open in June. He is 13-4 since his last title, including a four-set loss to Federer in the finals at Wimbledon.

Four Spaniards made the tournament's quarter-finals, a record for the tournament. No. 7 Tommy Robredo was scheduled to play No. 4 Ivan Ljubicic - the highest remaining seeded player - in a later match.

Ferrero appeared more determined in the opening set, at one point diving on the hard surface to try for a volley. He landed hard on his right knee and rolled into the net, bringing Nadal over to see if he was all right.

He was just getting started.

Nadal threw back his head in disgust after his double-fault put Ferrero up 4-0 in the first-set tiebreaker. then, instead of pumping his fist after a good point, Nadal was reduced to halfhearted gestures.

Ferrero overcame a pair of break points to stay on serve at 5-4 in the second set when rain delayed the match for 32 minutes, giving Nadal a chance to regroup. He sprinted onto the court for the warmup, and made an exaggerated fist pump and leg kick after winning the next game to even it up.

But Ferrero wasn't going to crack.

He pushed the second set to another tiebreaker, then took control with a forehand down the line for a 2-0 lead. Ferrero made no mistakes in the tiebreaker, which ended with Nadal missing on three straight forehands.

Ferrero then turned to the crowd and waved both arms in celebration.
http://www.tsn.ca/tennis/news_story/?ID=174643&hubname=

mallorn
08-18-2006, 08:53 PM
I have so many emotions now. I'm sad, mad, fed up. :( I'm beginning to wonder about Rafa. I hate to have these doubts but it's the way I feel.
I don't have doubts about Rafa, just about his current form. :(

Kalliopeia
08-18-2006, 09:59 PM
It's so frustrating to see him playing badly. I mean at least at Wimbledon, he lost because Roger was just playing brilliantly, not because Rafa was playing like crap.

I don't know how much Toni not being there had to do with it...he won Montreal last year without him didn't he? Of course he wasn't so unprepared for match play last year as he was this year, either.

He definitely has what it takes to win the US Open, but he won't make it into the second week if he doesn't find a way to tighten up his game and play well even when he isn't feeling that he's 100%.

NaDALiTa
08-18-2006, 11:10 PM
i'm not sad about the performance, i'm sad about the fact that what i saw today,wasn't the usual Rafa. It seemed he was sick and tired of playing, he was tired , he wasn't fighting. It might be the fact that he feels unease about his game, that disturb his mind!! i don't know but i don't like it :(

Johnny Groove
08-19-2006, 12:47 AM
he didnt take one of the wild cards into New Haven, Monfils and Baggy did, so he wont have any tourney play the next week. Hopefully Toni gets over to USA and smacks his ass around the court and whips him into shape :D

veyonce
08-19-2006, 05:23 AM
August 18, 2006

J. FERRERO/R. Nadal
7-6, 7-6
RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You played Juan Carlos four times before today. You were successful. What happened today?

RAFAEL NADAL: Maybe he play his best match against me for sure, no? For sure I don't play my best match in my life, but I wasn't play very bad. He play good match. That's all. I am playing better this week. I am happy for that. I improve a lot than last week.

But today I have my chances, but he play good important moments. I play very bad especially the first tiebreak.

Q. The rain delay came at a very bad moment for you, didn't it, 4-5 down, second set? Did that increase the pressure?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, sure, was bad moment because I was coming back better. I have one 15-40 in the last game. He had two unbelievable serves. But I have a very good chance there for won the second set, no?

So after that he play good. He play unbelievable the second tiebreak. Very, very good all points, no? I was play very bad the first tiebreak, but after I have my chances, and he play better than me in important moments, no, so.

Q. When you double-faulted in the first tiebreak twice, did you lose focus? What do you think happened?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. If I was know, I wasn't be the double-fault, no?

So, you know, sometimes you miss the feeling in some important moments. Normally I don't have this problem, but today I had mistakes in important moments.

Q. So how are you feeling about how you're playing heading into the Open?

RAFAEL NADAL: I am improving. I improve a lot here from Toronto. That's important for sure. Now I am disappointed but because I am playing better and was a good opportunity for me for play a good tournament here.

So I play the quarterfinal. Is not very bad tournament. But, sure, my expectative is a little bit better, no? Okay, we will see in the Open, no? I was practicing a lot this week. I was working a lot this week. That's important. Good work, so I gonna continue. I have one week and two days more for practice and for put me at my hundred percent physical in tennis.

So I will try that, no? I have a lot of illusion in the US Open, so I gonna try.

Q. Do you have the feeling that on hard court everything seems to be possible, more possible than on clay, on grass; every game seems to be very tough?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. Maybe, you know, maybe if I am playing my best tennis today I was winning, no? I have my chances.

But if you are not playing your best, the match always is very similar against any player. And if Juan Carlos is playing with very good confidence - he was No. 1, he was one of the best players in the world - and he is playing well this week - he won against James Blake, one of the best on this surface, he won against Soderling yesterday - so that is a good result. He is coming with confidence. This is a tough match for me and for everybody. I can lose, and I lose.

Q. In the first set you seemed - very unusual for you - tired. Was it the humidity? You didn't seem to have the energy.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, yeah, I was tired some moments. The humidity was unbelievable today. Didn't know. Maybe one month out of competition, sometimes when a match come back tough, you feel tired, no?

But that's important for my preparation for the US Open, too. I play very tough match today, very tough match the first day, so that's important, too, for put me in my hundred percent, no? I gonna continue working very hard next week for arrive to the U.S. with my best.

I don't know. We will try.

http://www.cincytennis.com/en/players/interviews/2006/nadal4.asp

veyonce
08-19-2006, 05:32 AM
It's nice to see the Spanish armada so friendly with each other...
Excerpts From Ferrero's press conference:-

August 18, 2006
J. FERRERO/R. Nadal
7-6, 7-6
JUAN CARLOS FERRERO

Q. What was the difference today between the last five matches?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: I think in the other times maybe I didn't play really good at the important moments like today. Today, I think I felt very calm in that kind of moments like tiebreaks and, you know, important games. I did not make a mistakes in that important moments. That's one of the keys to win these kind of matches.

It's what Rafa does in important moment always. He has a lot of control of his mentally, and he always play very good in important moments. So one of the keys to always play good.

Q. What does it mean to beat him, and how does it feel to finally beat him so people will stop asking you?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yeah, well, it's a special win of course because Nadal is one of the best players in the world. He's No. 2. You know, always the rivality in Spain, always is like this, you know. This also is special to win because, you know, I think I'm telling this normal that everybody is speaking about Nadal in Spain, and if you win him, you can show everybody that you still playing tennis. You know, I'm not saying nothing about Nadal, but, you know, I think it's normal. But the other guys, we are playing yet.

Q. He raised his level at the end, and you raised yours again, didn't you, which must be especially satisfying?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: Yeah, of course it's very special to win today. I, you know, felt that when he wants to grow up in level, you know, I do one plus up, you know.

You know, I feel pretty good all the time. I'm very comfortable. I'm very confidence in me, you know. Since I get in the court, I was so confidence because I was playing so good, and I was thinking that maybe is one of the times to win.

Q. The Spanish tennis armada seems to be as strong as ever. How much camaraderie is there between you and the other players?

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO: You know, I think we're gonna play golf now, Rafa and me (laughter). Yeah, at five.

So we are so friendly. You know, all the nights we are having dinners - different, you know, Rafa, and the other day Robredo, the other day Ferrer. We are so very good friends. You know, when you go to the court, of course you want to win to anybody, but when you out, you out.

http://www.cincytennis.com/en/players/interviews/2006/ferrero4.asp

MariaV
08-19-2006, 07:13 AM
Thanks Veyonce! :kiss:
I was practicing a lot this week. I was working a lot this week. That's important. Good work, so I gonna continue. I have one week and two days more for practice and for put me at my hundred percent physical in tennis.

:yeah: Maybe that's also why he was tired but let's keep on working Rafael!