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Old 01-21-2012, 12:03 PM   #61
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born on clay, the first set against Lacko was 6-2. Thanks for these stats, very helpful.
oh, thanks, typo

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Old 01-21-2012, 12:23 PM   #62
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Oh, I now had a look at b_o_c's stats, looks like deteriorating from match to match. Hope the game itself keeps improving, vamos!
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I thought the same Even though the serve was slower last match, it was far more effective and a higher percentage. He used the wide serve a lot which accounts for it being slower. I was suprised at only 27 winners though, seemed like more when watching.

Another earlyish match tonight Three quick sets please, Djokovic and Murray are wasting no time and Fed's had a walkover.
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Rafa's presser after the last match for those who haven't read.

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Q. How was today's match and how do you feel with your knee?

RAFAEL NADAL: Good. The knee is fine. That's important thing. The match was a really complete match, a really solid one. Very happy about my game.

Being in fourth round without losing a set, it's fantastic news.

Q. Do you like birds? You had to wait for the birds to leave.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I like. Not to wait during the match, but it was a good fun because they were trying to take ‑ I don't know how to say in English.

Q. Do you feel it's been fairly comfortable so far for you? Has it been quite easy for you so far?

RAFAEL NADAL: Today, the match?

Q. So far through the tournament.

RAFAEL NADAL: Everything was easy it seems today?

Q. Do you feel as though your progress through the draw has been quite easy?

RAFAEL NADAL: No. I am playing well. If you are playing well, things can be a little bit less difficult. If you are playing bad, every match will be very, very difficult, no?

I did well. I played both matches, three matches at very good level. Today was one of the best, solid, without mistakes, comfortable with the serve, having good return.

So nothing is easy. Everything is difficult. Every match you have your problems. First set was 6‑2, but was a really fighted set. That's my feeling. Was tough one.

But I played solid all the match, so that's why the result.

Q. Can you talk about John Isner's progress.

RAFAEL NADAL: He's this kind of player that must be in the top, in my opinion, because there is no one reason why he is not in the top 13 of the world, top 14 of the world, my opinion.

Fantastic serve. More than fantastic serve. The movement to be like this is very good, and he has fantastic forehand.

I don't know why last year, especially the first part of the year, he didn't play very well, because he has everything to be there. I know he's one of the opponents that you don't want to meet against.

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Old 01-21-2012, 08:14 PM   #65
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Finally I'll be able to watch Rafa tonight
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Straight Sets win for Rafa Sorry Feli
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6-4 6.4 6-2 Feli was nice to him but a loss to Berdych coming up NID! Losing in the QF is no shame though, well done Rafa! Now go heal your shoulder, knee, foot etc etc.
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6-4 6.4 6-2 Feli was nice to him but a loss to Berdych coming up NID! Losing in the QF is no shame though, well done Rafa! Now go heal your shoulder, knee, foot etc etc.
He will trash berdych in 3: 6-4 7-6 6-1.
Be more positive dude.
Don be like "vamos rafa" rafa has beaten berdych for 9 times in a row so give me a reason exept injury why rafa will lose in the QF.
He is in form and confident
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Stats after R4:



I'm not satisfied about winners count getting lower and lower with every match.
More agresiveness please Rafa
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Right about the winners but at least the 1st serve % is still good, gonna need it vs Berdych but also more aggression.
At least I hope the Aussie crowd will be supporting him.
2 h 25 min match time, at least he hasn't exhausted himself, all straight sets so far.
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Right about the winners but at least the 1st serve % is still good, gonna need it vs Berdych but also more aggression.
At least I hope the Aussie crowd will be supporting him.
2 h 25 min match time, at least he hasn't exhausted himself, all straight sets so far.
Yes, the good thing is he still didn't prolong the sets to 75 or 76 yet. I still haven't watched highlights of the match but I guess he is on the right path. I don't think Berdych will be a problem. Maybe Rafa will lose a set but then again no Murray in the semis so it is always a good thing preparing for the final + the 2 days rest after the SF match. It's looking good. And again I like Rafa's chances against Rogi in semis more than if it was in a final against Rogi. Because how many times did Rafa lose to Rogi in a final after an exhausting SF?
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He lost to Rogi in the WTF semis last, no?
And the Abu Dhabi exho but that doesn't really count.

Rogi seems great though, and Delpo seems great too, they can both sweep defensice and mentally destroyed Rafa off the court. Let's hope it won't happen though.
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Terrible match, fell asleep for a while. Rafa should have won about an hour earlier, he needs to find that killer instinct again and be able to run away with the set/match when he has the upper hand. If he lets Berdych hang around for a long time then he can find himself in trouble. Still, one set lost in the last nine meeting means Rafa is a huge favourite.

Del Potro/Fed is another matter though. After Davis Cup and WTF I wouldn't feel very comfortable about either of those matchups.
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I'm happy to see Rafa winning all his rounds and in straight sets...but I'm not convinced by his performance so far. I can't really see what has changed so much since last year? I haven't been watching ever moment of his last 4 matches but I feel that his serve was quite fast and flat in the first match but then reverted back to how it has always been...a lot more spin and loopier...easier to attack for the great players.

He isn't hitting that many winners or being aggressive going to the net more. At the start of this tournament, when he is playing much lower ranked opponents that he should win easily, he really should be testing out and searching for that powerful flatter USO'10 serve of his!! And definitely work on improving points conversion with much shorter rallies and going to the net to be more aggressive. Rafa is not the same Rafa he used to be....eventhough he can win long rallies, Novak has made the whole world believe that anyone can win long rallies against Rafa so now people are not afraid to try it and stick it out to see if they really can win a long rally against Rafa. He isn't hitting his returns early, he isn't aiming for back of the court or down the lines. Federer is just a genius about placing the ball in the right places...Novak and Murray have excellent down the line shots..so how can Rafa win against them if his continually plays the ball short and not back and to the sides (wide) enough? I'm so worried...but I still hope he continues to win and take the Trophy...I do believe that it will be bit a big task at this stage..but maybe he will sudden step it up as his opponents get more challenging? VAMOS!!
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The last presser, nothing sensational, some random stuff about the T-shirts though.

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Q. How good is it for you physically that you've had straight‑sets matches so far?
RAFAEL NADAL: I want to say the same than the other day, no? Physically it's important. More important thing is play well, no? If you win in four sets and your feeling is fantastic, you know, works very well.

So it's positive winning three sets. Yes. The most positive thing is the feeling is positive during all the tournament and happy about how I am playing and enjoying the tournament. I'm in quarterfinals. That's very good news.

Q. Do you feel like you're improving, getting better with every match?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. I think I started the tournament playing really well this time. Sometimes in a few tournaments I feel that I am improving day by day. But this time I felt that the first day I played well, and second, two days ago I played well. And today I played another complete match in my opinion, serious match.

But now I arrive to quarterfinals. Is the moment to keep playing well and to try to go a little bit more. That's all. In general, I am doing the right things. I am in the right place, right moment.

So now remain to keep playing well and to try, if it's possible, to improve a little bit. But I am happy.


Q. How did you feel about your serve in this tournament? In the US Open you said you need more free points with your serve. How did you feel it in this tournament?

RAFAEL NADAL: I played a few matches against a player, against a few kind of players that I really needed to serve a little bit slower for the start of the game.

Today, especially on the deuce, I tried to serve with a lot of spin against the backhand of Feliciano, because if I serve faster against his forehand or fast against his backhand, for him sometimes it's easier to block the return. The ball come back a little bit faster, and I don't have no one interest to play against him this way, because normally he return the serve with a slice if I have a good kick, and for him it's much more difficult to return a slice from here than from here.

So that's why I tried to serve a little bit lower, and higher to try to get the position under control with my forehand on the second shot, no? The goal against him always is, you know, his best way to try to beat me is play aggressive sometimes, no?

If he goes to the net, he has the chance to go to the net with his slice backhand, with his forehand, and I try to make that not happen, to make sure that that will not happen, no? And put in first serves inside and with spin I have always the first shot with my forehand, and I have the chance to control the point from there.

So I take out his chance there. That's why. But the serve is working well. Good percentage. Few free points in important moments. That's all.

Q. I wonder if you had watched any of Tomic in this championship, and just get your assessment of how he plays the game.

RAFAEL NADAL: He understand the game. His position on court is fantastic. He's young, and probably he's doing great mentally, my opinion. He stays very relaxed with, in my opinion, positive face, even when the match is tough for him, in tough moments of the match, I saw him always with calm and accepting everything really well.

That's the right tactic to be a champion. Probably he's one of these players that have a very good chance to be there. For sure after, in terms of the game, he need to improve things. Sure, he's young. How old is him? 19? 20? Need to keep improving things, in my opinion. But with 19 years old he is No. 30 of the world winning three very tough matches here against three players with very good level.

The normal evolution is to saw him, I don't know if this year, in the top 10, but probably this year, next year.


Q. What are your thoughts on Lleyton Hewitt making this run at this stage in this tournament?

RAFAEL NADAL: I admire him a lot. I think he deserve all the respect of the people who love this sport and respect and admiration of everyone, because after having, I don't know how many, five surgeries, six surgeries, something like this, keep having the, you know, the motivation to run, to fight every ball. Even if the body don't have the perfect answer, is something fantastic.

I was yesterday at the hotel watching the match, last set, and even if I have a good relationship with Raonic, his coach is from Spain so I am close to him, you know, I really get emotional when he finished. He goes to the floor. He was really showing out his emotions, so is something fantastic at this moment of his career after having fantastic career, you know, keep having this motivation and this illusion to win a third‑round match. That's unbelievable.

So I wish him all the best for the rest of the season. I hope his problems will be fine. He's one of the more charismatic players on tour. I always liked him, his spirit of competition.

Today he is an example to follow for a lot people.

Q. Were you involved in the design of the T‑shirt?

RAFAEL NADAL: I am not Sharapova. (Laughter.) Maria is doing. I am just say, on these things, I like; I don't like. I say it's okay.

But what's happen a lot of times? Because I have to say that one year and a half ago, and I don't remember. We arrived here, I saw the T‑shirt, and I didn't remember that I approved that. But anyway, I like it. If not, I don't gonna to wear.

Q. You mentioned Milos' coach is Spanish. Have you spoken to him during the tournament?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I spoke more with the coach and with Milos, too. But he's doing great. In my opinion, he stayed a little bit more nervous than what he must do in the few moments, like in the previous match against Petzschner. Probably yesterday he was a little bit too anxious.

But seriously, with this serve, forehand, and not bad movement, if you are just a little bit smart and try to keep improving your game, you have to be in the top positions of the ranking.

And he is young. He has everything to be there. Only problem is the injuries, in my opinion, because for the rest he has everything to be there.

I don't have any doubt that he will be fighting for important tournaments very soon. His movements are good. He need to go to the net a little bit more often. His serve is, for most of the time, impossible to return and he has a very good forehand.

So if his mental part works well, I don't have any doubt he will be there.

Q. Would it mean a lot to you to make it through the quarterfinals here this year after the last two years you dropped out of the quarterfinal stage?

RAFAEL NADAL: Hopefully not happen this time. (Smiling.)

No, every year is different. I had a bad experience last two years here. It's tough have to go out of a tournament like Australia in quarterfinals.

In 2010 I retired because I couldn't continue. Last year I decided not to retire, but I had a problem in the second or third game of the match. So I played one complete match with very bad feelings.


Q. You play against so many different kind of players. What goes on in your mind if you're playing against a player of your own country? Is it emotionally different or the same?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, it's not emotionally different, no? Just Feliciano today is one of my best friends on tour. That's the game. That's the sport. You understand that's only a game. You understand that everybody wants to win; everybody wants to finish the match with the best result.

That's it. But emotions are similar, you know. It happens very often. Nothing new.

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