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Old 06-03-2007, 03:30 PM   #31
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I'm left with Rafa, Canas and Nalby! In the girls tournamnet n'aaaahhhhh...nothing interesting for me Serena should win this one imo...I'm sick of seeing Justine with the trophy and I don't see any other decent contender than Serena Butterface (Jankovic ) can't win RG!


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Old 06-04-2007, 05:38 PM   #32
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Rafa!
I didn't watch David vs Davydenko, but I reckon fatso did his best
vamos Willy!

and the women, hm, well, I'm cheering for Ivanovic
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Old 06-04-2007, 07:38 PM   #33
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I'm so happy for Nikolay! But I don't know who to root for in his next match vs. Willy. Probably Willy. I couldn't help rooting against Pico the other day

Serena vs. Justine! Again, I don't know who to root for. It'll probably be the best match of the tournament, on both sides.
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I will root for Justine and for Nikolay... for sure... hopefully davydenko wins... I want him to beat Nadal
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yay, Ana
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I'm so sad Jelena lost But good on ya Ana
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wow I didn't expect to see Ana in the final this is cool...too bad she doesn't stand much of a chance against Justine
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Go Federer and Ana (both are under-dogs )
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it would be nice if Federer wins RG
he'd make some noise, huh?
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Regardless of who wins this final, Roger and Nadal need duke it out til the death!!!...ok maybe not until death, but this entire French Open sucked. Cañas vs. Davydenko was a straight setter, Justine vs. Serena was a straight setter, Djokovic vs. Nadal was a...you get the picture. Nothing exciting happened! The closest we got to excitement was the Davydenko/Nalbandian match. None of the marquee matches lived up to the hype. I feel there were just as many chokes on the mens' side as was on the womens' side.
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rafa won it, as expected.

have to agree with you, saraa. there were hardly any close matches or epic 5-set-battles and in men's singles there were no surprises at all. let's hope it will be different again next year (with guille being the positive surprise, of course ).
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Oooo, was this a good final? Nadal played some on spot tennis, but I can't say the same for Roger. When Rafa was playing well, Roger changed some things and mixed it up, which was good. Helped him win the 2nd set. But even though Rog changed some things, Rafa continued forth with his decided gameplan. I can't say that Rafa was indestructable though; Rog had his chances and wasted them with some very questionable shots. Then he had his "I might not be able to do this" body language on and started slapping balls all over the place off both wings. 1 of what, 16? 17? breakpoint chances. That, however, was mainly due to Rafa's clutch serving. Well, I'll say it was a good match for Rafa. He played good tennis and stuck to his gameplan regardless of what Roger was doing on the other side of the net, and it paid off. If Rog wants to beat Rafa on clay (for real, not like in Hamburg), he's gonna have to realize that he has to be out there for far more than 3 hours. He has to be mentally prepared to stay there, however long and whatever means it takes. Do a split, sprint, get his shirt red. It takes more than just a forehand and a volley to whoop Rafa in his house.

Guille got an honorable (I guess) mention from the Three Stooges (Mac, Robinson and Carillo) during the match. They mentioned that the only 2 matches where Rafa was pushed to 5 sets was vs. Rog at Rome '06 and vs. Guille at Rome '05. Mac went on to say that "Coria is out of the game right now, trying to recover from that loss. He was up 3-0 in the 5th!" In a way I agree, but the way he meant it was very surface. It's never that simple with Guille. Well, hopefully he'll be there next year to give us something decent to watch.
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Guille got an honorable (I guess) mention from the Three Stooges (Mac, Robinson and Carillo) during the match. They mentioned that the only 2 matches where Rafa was pushed to 5 sets was vs. Rog at Rome '06 and vs. Guille at Rome '05. Mac went on to say that "Coria is out of the game right now, trying to recover from that loss. He was up 3-0 in the 5th!" In a way I agree, but the way he meant it was very surface. It's never that simple with Guille. Well, hopefully he'll be there next year to give us something decent to watch.
I saw the same moment, and I thought about that...I mean, he was just kidding at a certain level, intentionally generalizing for effect. BUT i think there was a cummulative thing that did happen, and I think I know which were the Big Three because I saw all of these matches I am going to mention, and I felt like I had been physically bruised from within after they were over:

1. 2004 french final - could write that off as a real tragedy of circumstance at a certain level, because you can always get cramps, and that does happen, and it was crippling. But then came the...
2. 2005 rome final - here is another one that he won, basically, and the crowd roused the opponent, and he paniced and got a little tentative and let the player back in. It was the 2nd "king of clay" encounters he lost -- the one at the french where he was on the winning streak and was just a king of clay, and then rafa being the challenger to that claim, and having outplayed him but then let it go... which shook him up a bit & double faults began to appear, and so he got the good draw to reach the final at the french again and then fell to davydenko in 4 sets hurt him...until finally...
3. 2005 US Open QF - and this time, I was in the stands....all that fighting to get to his first hardcourt GS semi, and he doublefaults BOTH POINTS at deuce to lose to a guy he....just was so so so much better than. I left the stands and felt like someone had put a torch to my skeletal frame. It was such a painful way to lose.

So it wasnt losing the three matches but how they were lost (You will remember 'Willie'--who used to be in this forum all the time--basically bailed on Guille after this match...and he said exactly that, it was "how he lost the match"...)

Coria is such a steely fighter. If there is doubt that creeps in to the center, that when you finally get to the finish line, you choke... you dont even lose but beat yourself... I think it can really shake your will and create a fear of your own ... i dont know, of your own flaws...or perceived flaws. In any case, I would bet those 3 are the ones he needs to come to terms with. I've come to terms with them.

in fact, as i write this, 'grease' is on....and olivia newton-john is singing "hopelessly devoted to you" HEAR THAT GUILLE??? and we will ride off into the sunset with that hot black car, waving to the crowd with a happy ending...
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Rafaaaa Roger winning the tourney would have totally ruined my day. Rafa played a very solid match and Roger...well Roger had his moments of brillance indeed but imo clay is not for him and his play
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