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Old 01-19-2009, 09:34 PM   #136
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I have already included your prediction. Adam hasn't updated the first post of the thread yet.
Sorry, updated now

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Old 01-20-2009, 12:21 AM   #137
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I will be at the match. LIVEE!!

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Old 01-20-2009, 12:45 AM   #138
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Don't forget I changed my pick to QF.
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MIT Prediction - 4th ROUND (is that when he can meet gonzo? if not I change my pick to QF)

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Uncle Toni has a bad back and couldn't get up yesterday.

Al Costa helped Rafa yesterday.

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Oh OK so I can give my MIT prediction here? I say WIN too.
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It will be interesting to see Nadal's "new" forehand. More importantly I wonder how it will affect him on clay and against Roger Federer. I still think that if he just works on beefing up the serve to make it consistently what it is during Wimbledon and maybe works on coming to the net a bit more, he wouldnt have to take such drastic actions while still being able to keep his advantages.
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Clearly I am good luck, I can think of no other explanation to justify such a great performance and easy victory.

Vamos should be easy against Karanusic.
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Rafa, what a convincing win and what an outstanding display from you tonight Just sustain this form through the entire tournament and you will be the winner.

I know Rochus played badly and he was hardly trying but I'm happy that Rafa played so well. I was worried about his form and the knee injury but today he looked fine

Adam, I hope you are really Rafa's good luck
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Nice write up on Rafa by Tom Perrotta.

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It's a beautiful Melbourne evening: A light breeze, dry air (which feels almost like fall air after the 105-degree high of this afternoon) and lots of happy Aussies inside Rod Laver Arena. It's one big party in here--a party at the expense of Christophe Rochus, the small Belgian with miserable luck who must lose to Rafael Nadal tonight. First-round matches in majors often lack suspense, especially when the top seed plays a part. But so far, this one is more than a drubbing. It's like watching a man being fed to a lion, except I have a wireless connection and a very comfortable seat (I imagine the Romans would have enjoyed such amenities).

Nadal continues to stroke winners from every corner of the court (boom! There goes another backhand, this one over the outside net post and into the corner) as poor Rochus looks on in amazement. Nadal claimed the first eight games of the match before Rochus recovered some dignity. Then the Spaniard closed the second set with three consecutive aces. For my money, he has the best forehand in the game, and perhaps the best backhand, too (I refer you to last year's Wimbledon final, in which Nadal hit both the finest slice backhand passing shot and the most remarkable two-handed cross-court bomb I've ever seen). Now he can serve, too?

An opponent like Rochus, of course, doesn't tell us much about the form of the world No. 1. Nadal could win this match in straight sets on his a very bad night. But if you're looking for positive signs, well, there are many. Nadal is serving for the corners and hitting those corners. He's standing close to the baseline during (rather brief) rallies. He's stepping into his returns and moving forward whenever he gets the chance. The question, as always, is whether he'll be able to do that when the competition stiffens.

No matter how well he plays and how many titles he wins, Nadal still doesn't inspire as much confidence on hard courts as he does on clay and grass. This isn't surprising, but perhaps for different reasons, I suspect, than most observers suggest. The book on Nadal is that he often plays too defensively on hard courts (and hits the ball too short), and that he doesn't serve well enough. I don't think that's true these days, as his gold medal run at the Beijing Olympics showed. Nadal plays more aggressively each year, no matter the surface and his game is perfect for hard courts. It just happens to be more perfect for clay and grass. The chief reason? On cement, to my mind, Nadal's superior hand-eye coordination becomes less of an advantage. (Match update: Nadal spins, runs hard to the baseline, and loops a topspin lob winner. The lion roars again.)

How often do you see Nadal mishit the ball or hit an outright shank? Considering how hard he swings, and how much spin he applies with an extreme western grip, not too often. That's the case on clay and grass, too, where the bounces are unpredictable. In the rain, in the dark (the Wimbledon final), in the blinding sun, on clay, on grass--it doesn't matter. For everyone else, it does, or at least, it matters more than it does for Nadal. I can't help but think that his Uncle Toni, who made a point of teaching the young Nadal to deal with shoddy courts and conditions, has a lot to do with his nephew's impeccable timing, no matter what the ball does after it bounces. (Forehand winner down the line; Nadal to serve for the match.)

Hard courts, of course, give the truest bounces in the business. On hard surfaces, Nadal's supreme spin, so effective (and so unpredictable once it crashes into clay or a worn down patch of grass) becomes more predictable. His drop shot, which is underrated, becomes less of a weapon, too.

These are subtle difference, but important ones--differences that define wins and losses against opponents like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. It's not the whole story of Nadal's failure to win a major on a hard court, but it is part of it, and part that is too little discussed.

That said, I fully expect Nadal to win a hard court major or two, and perhaps this one (we'll know more about his chances later in the week, especially if he meets someone like Fernando Gonzalez, the slugger who demolished Nadal here in 2007, when Nadal's offensive skills weren't nearly as developed).

A final update: Nadal detonates another winner to bring on match point, followed by another forehand blast to end this bloody affair, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. One hour and 17 minutes and one Belgian carcass later, I'm through for the night. By the look of things, Nadal has many nights to go.
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Nice article Hema



Karanusic up next for Rafa. Vamos!
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Tuesday 20 January 2009

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Q. Could you have asked for a better start? You seemed to hit your form very quickly today.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, well, I played well, especially the serve and the forehand. Well, I play always good concentration all the time. Serving very well, I think. And with the forehand, moving very good the ball around the court.

No, I feeled well.


Q. Is it good to have a match that's over so quickly in the first round?
RAFAEL NADAL: The good thing is win. If is like this, better. So happy for the good start this year in the Australian Open. Happy about my performance today, sure.


Q. Would you say the more improvement you have made is on your serve?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know, sometimes good, sometimes a little bit worse. Today good. Today very well. Important things is try to serve like this when the pression moments are there. So that's the things I have to continuing work.

For something, you start to serve well when the score is favorable. Sure, I am happy today about my serve. I have to continuing work. I worked for lot of time for improve my serve.

I think I am always improving a little bit more. I have to continue.


Q. It was so easy. Did you not feel sorry for him?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know, the sport is like this. Today I played well. Maybe he didn't play one of his best matches. But the tennis is always difficult because if you are not playing all the time a hundred percent, anyway, if the score today was 6‑0, 6‑2, 6‑2. If I had some mistakes in some moments, he can come close back to me and anything can happen.


Q. Is that dangerous if you lose concentration if it's that easy?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I think the dangerous thing is if you are not playing with good concentration all the time. You are playing a Grand Slam. Is impossible not be concentrate all the time, no?


Q. I think he will look for another job.
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't think so, no?


Q. He told us just now.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, he is joking, for sure, no? He is a good player and he gonna to play well in the tournament.


Q. I notice you didn't have a sleeveless shirt on today. Are you sort of getting a bit older?
RAFAEL NADAL: You like it or the prefer the other one (smiling)?


Q. I wouldn't go sleeveless myself. What do you think?
RAFAEL NADAL: I feeled well, no? I feel good. Well, in this moment we gonna play like this. You never know in the future. But right now I am fine like this.


Q. Anything cause the change? Was there any reason to change it up?
RAFAEL NADAL: For change. I don't know.


Q. With Roger and Novak winning well, was it important for you also to send a message to them?
RAFAEL NADAL: That's think too much, no? I am no thinking nothing about this, no? I just think about try to play well myself. Well, Roger and Novak and Murray, they are far. They are far in the draw, no? I just can play with them in semifinals or finals, no? I have to think about next match right now.


Q. Those straps are protection only in the knees?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes. I play like this for all the time, for long time right now.


Q. It's protection?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes. I feeling good right now like this.
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Conclusion: Rafa feels good
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start of the year, his english is rusty
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OOP Thursday, 22 Jan

Rod Laver Arena 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Chris Guccione (AUS) v. Gilles Simon (FRA)[6]

2. Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Roko Karanusic (CRO)


Go, Rafa
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