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Old 01-18-2008, 07:53 AM   #91
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OK FedFan, you've taken it too far this time. Bye bye.

Hehee, that was a fun first set, wasn't it? 6 SPs saved!
Booh, Koubek and PHM are tiring each other out in the 5th. Good for baby Rafa. QF vs Roddick here we come!
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:01 AM   #92
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what, have to face the powerful roddick in quarter final already, and not semin final
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Hehee, that was a fun first set, wasn't it? 6 SPs saved!
Booh, Koubek and PHM are tiring each other out in the 5th. Good for baby Rafa. QF vs Roddick here we come!
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:38 AM   #93
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^^^ Yes Mimi, probably a quarterfinal vs Roddick. I don't see Andy losing earlier. And hopefully Rafa will beat PHM.
I am an open PHM fan though and I'm glad he pulled that marathon vs Koubek but Rafa should be too much for him. Especially a Rafa who hasn't dropped a set yet!

And semis probably Gasquet or Youzhny from the top quarter.
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:51 AM   #94
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Friday, 18 January, 2008

Q. Can you remember the last time you had to save six set points in the first set of a match?

RAFAEL NADAL: No. Match points, yes. Two weeks ago. You said points, too. Against Moya, maybe four. Similar.


Q. Did you just feel that you started very slowly today?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. I know normally I start very hard. And today, well, I really don't know. I start the match without very good tactic, I think, no?

I don't know exactly in English, but I start the match watching the rival, not worried about me, trying to do my game, trying to play aggressive with my forehand. So that's what I have to do, no, not watch in the other side what's going on, no?

I thought he start ‑‑ he will start a little bit more slowly. Well, with the ball not very high to his forehand, he will miss a little bit. But really he don't miss. He play forehand return winners, so...

Thank you David Ferrer, because he give me this tactic. He say me that before the match (laughter).


Q. Is the overriding emotion more relief to get through? Are you happy to have got through, given the start?

RAFAEL NADAL: Sure, is important win for me, no? Is important. In every tournament, you have to overcome difficult moments. I have one in the first day. Today another time. Is important, no, because you feel the pressure.

Is important play in difficult moments and is important have alternatives when the things are not doing very well.


Q. What's going through your head when you're down 5‑2 in a set?

RAFAEL NADAL: Nothing, no? I just try to play my game, no? I know I was not doing the things how I would like to do because I didn't play aggressive, I didn't have the control of the point.

And I know in some moment of the match I have to change. I have to try to start play my forehand, try to have the control of the point with my forehand, move Gilles. When I had that, when you do these things, the match change a lot, no?


Q. What do you do on your day off? Reading your blog, you used to play PlayStation with Ferrer.

RAFAEL NADAL: No, disappointing here we are in different hotels, so is not possible, no? Yes, practice in the morning a little bit here, and in the afternoon rest. Less than yesterday because I rest too much yesterday in the afternoon.

I don't know what's happening here in Australia, but I really ‑‑ I really don't know, but in the afternoon if I am in the room, I sleep two hours. I never sleep nothing but here. I don't know.


Q. Australian siesta.

RAFAEL NADAL: Australian siesta (laughter). In Mallorca is typical. Here I never do.
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Thanks, yana I should have known better than to get my hopes up and wish for something as unattainable as a quarterfinal showdown with Rafa. Now we'll get Rafa vs Not Andy. Boo.
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Ferrer is giving Rafi bad advice.
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Tangy,

GM is probably a place to avoid for a while until the dust settles. I'm not exactly a huge Roddick fan but the GM enjoyment of bashing him and laughing at him when he loses is over-the-top, as usual.
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Thanks, yana I should have known better than to get my hopes up and wish for something as unattainable as a quarterfinal showdown with Rafa. Now we'll get Rafa vs Not Andy. Boo.
Don't pencil Rafa in yet. He sucks

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Tangy,

GM is probably a place to avoid for a while until the dust settles. I'm not exactly a huge Roddick fan but the GM enjoyment of bashing him and laughing at him when he loses is over-the-top, as usual.
I know. 17 pages on the match thread in about 50 minutes.

Maybe it'll be topped when Querrey beats Nole later
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:28 AM   #100
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no, maria, now no roddick vs rafa, poor roddick
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^^^ Yes Mimi, probably a quarterfinal vs Roddick. I don't see Andy losing earlier. And hopefully Rafa will beat PHM.
I am an open PHM fan though and I'm glad he pulled that marathon vs Koubek but Rafa should be too much for him. Especially a Rafa who hasn't dropped a set yet!

And semis probably Gasquet or Youzhny from the top quarter.
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Rafa vs PHM the night match tomorrow, never in doubt. I hope he'll be fine with this. VAMOS!!!!!!

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@ Roger been taken to 5 sets by the world #49. Can you imagine the reaction on GM if that had happened to Rafa? But somehow it means that Federer is even more Godlike? WTFever.

Anyway, I hope the roof is open tomorrow but I think more rain is forecast. I suppose Rafa was due another night match, and it won't make that much difference if the roof is closed. Hope he can win

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