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Old 01-24-2008, 11:27 AM   #1
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I just read Nadals post match interview:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...176322037.html

I think I just felt in love I didn't know that I was gay up to this point...

I mean this interview is so sweet you gotta love him right?

from this point on I'm gonna be a Nadal Fan. Expect for Rogi to win 1 FO.

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Old 01-24-2008, 11:30 AM   #2
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I play fine, he play better.

It's no wonder we are where we are when he always believes that it's out of his hands.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:32 AM   #3
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there's things i don't understand though: why doesn't nadal hit the crosscourt-forehand WAY more often? we know he can, so why not do it? then: why can't he adjust during matches regarding the depth of his strokes? he must've notice by set 2 that tsonga took it to him as soon as his strokes dropped like 2-3 m behind the net. why not change that and play the strokes differently?

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Old 01-24-2008, 11:38 AM   #4
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I don't understand the part when they are talking about someone faking their serve. Can someone clarify this for me? Thanks
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:43 AM   #6
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I understood this to mean that Nadal thought JWT might have been intentionally starting the service motion and then stopping before actually serving in order to throw Nadal off. I could be wrong. But if I'm right, I doubt JWT was actually doing this. You'd think it would actually be counterproductive and throw him off.


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Old 01-24-2008, 11:48 AM   #7
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I understood this to mean that Nadal thought JWT might have been intentionally starting the service motion and then stopping before actually serving in order to throw Nadal off. I could be wrong. But if I'm right, I doubt JWT was actually doing this. You'd think it would actually be counterproductive and throw him off.
I don't understand it clearly either from those Spanish senores and I didn't see the match but I'd say it was the other way around, JWT complained about Rafa 'faking' the serve whatever that means.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:48 AM   #8
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Thanks for that. The way it was said is really hard for me to understand.
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"I arrive to the dropshot...Very good shot to the ball...touch the ball shit, very bad"

haha I've never heard this language from him before but he didn't try to blame anything so thumbs up
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I understood this to mean that Nadal thought JWT might have been intentionally starting the service motion and then stopping before actually serving in order to throw Nadal off. I could be wrong. But if I'm right, I doubt JWT was actually doing this. You'd think it would actually be counterproductive and throw him off.
well it seems that Tsonga told him that he was indeed doing that
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Let's not be naive here. He doesn't always believe it's out of his hands. He keeps his answers curt for several reasons. He doesn't want to come off as a jackass who doesn't recognize his opponent's success; his command of English isn't great; he's reluctant to analyze the match for anyone's else's benefit.

It's not like he doesn't try to improve. He's done something right in order to stay #2 for this long. If he was content to merely give credit he wouldn't have improved on grass and hard courts over the years. You're better than that, Scoobs.


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I play fine, he play better.

It's no wonder we are where we are when he always believes that it's out of his hands.
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Does anyone know if Rafa watches his matches at some point?

I'd be interested if he still believes a lot of what he said after watching it on tv. Statements such as "I was playing fine" and "I tried to play more inside the court" baffle me.
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It seems sometimes that Rafa suffers from an anti-Williams sister kind of affliction. That is to say that Rafa is sometimes SO eager not to to make an excuse that he can come off as disaffected or clueless when he says things like Mr. Scoobs pointed out "I played well, he played better. What're you gonna do? Maybe next time." I guess a post-match interview isn't necessarily the best time to assess your weaknesses on a court, but I guess I'm only talking about perception, not reality. WE all know Rafa cares.
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There was one part of the match where Rafa "complained" to the umpire about something. I just assumed that the translator was referring to the same incident. It's still not clear to me.

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I don't understand it clearly either from those Spanish senores and I didn't see the match but I'd say it was the other way around, JWT complained about Rafa 'faking' the serve whatever that means.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:56 AM   #15
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Let's not be naive here. He doesn't always believe it's out of his hands. He keeps his answers curt for several reasons. He doesn't want to come off as a jackass who doesn't recognize his opponent's success; his command of English isn't great; he's reluctant to analyze the match for anyone's else's benefit.

It's not like he doesn't try to improve. He's done something right in order to stay #2 for this long. If he was content to merely give credit he wouldn't have improved on grass and hard courts over the years. You're better than that, Scoobs.
I'm not saying he's not trying.

I'm saying it's not working.

And I'm saying that perhaps he needs to be a little bit less generous with the credit and perhaps a little bit more hard on himself for not finding ways out there to change the pattern of the match.

Set 3 was the same as set 2 was the same as set 1. No plan B.

If you're the world #2 and you're being beaten by someone who is playing tremendously well, you either accept it and go down in flames or you try to find a chink in the armour - this may involve you getting out of the comfort zone more, but you should be trying all sorts of things.

Different serving positions, varying where you return, getting to net sometimes as a surprise, changing the pace a bit sometimes.

And it's no good just doing it once, you have to persist until you're sure it's not going to work.

This, more than anything, is my criticism.
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