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ROME (AFP) – Rafael Nadal breezed to a fifth Rome Masters title in six years and then revealed that he is losing none of the fire that has seen him dominate clay tennis since 2005.

The 23-year-old world number three matched American legend Andre Agassi's record of 17 Masters titles as he beat compatriot and 13th seed David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2 at the Foro Italico.

That took his overall record on clay to 191 wins to just 17 defeats, most of which were in his early career.

He has won the Monte Carlo Masters six years in a row, won Rome five times in six years, won Barcelona five years in a row before skipping it this season and will be aiming for a fifth win in six years at Roland Garros later this month.

"It's not true that I don't have bad days. I've had a lot of bad days in the past five or six years," he said.

"The thing is to have high motivation to keep winning. The important thing is to have enough motivation to want to improve all the time and this is what has happened to me all my career.

"Every time I go on court I try my best and I try to do this all the time."

Nadal's clay court dominance seemed to reach its zenith two weeks ago in Monte Carlo when he dropped just 14 games on route to the title.

But he insists he will not be able to repeat that every time.

"Now I'm playing well and winning a tournament like Monte Carlo and losing 14 games doesn't happen every week," he said.

"Can you remember lots of Master 1000 tournaments where someone only lost that many games because I can't. In this tournament I lost one set and had a very difficult match (in the semi-final).

"I wanted to win this tournament but it was difficult to win like Monte Carlo.

"I am probably more happy winning without playing my best. When I play my best it?s a more a mental thing."

Given how he is playing at the moment it's easy to forget that until winning in Monte Carlo, he had gone more than 11 months without lifting a trophy, a period where he was plagued by knee injuries.

And the man he beat in that Monte Carlo final, Fernando Verdasco believes he cannot be stopped.

"I think Rafa is in a good moment and he's playing well and I think he's the best player on clay," he said.

"He has now recovered from (his injuries) last year and is now very confident.

"Everybody has different opinions but I think he is the best player ever on clay and it's unbelievable what he has done in the past years.

"When he played over the past years, he was winning almost every match easily and he didn't normally lose a set.

"If Rafa plays his best tennis then nobody can beat him on clay."

Before facing Nadal in the Rome final Ferrer was asked if he agreed with Verdasco that he would't be able to beat Nadal if he was on top of his game.

"I think he's right. I think he is the best player on a clay court," he said.

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What's the one weapon that all great players share? It’s not a serve. It’s not a forehand. It’s not speed or power or hand-eye coordination or even the ability to “raise their games when it counts.” What they all share is an opponent.

This is obviously true for every player, not just the champs. But no one affects the person on the other side of the net like a star, and they don’t have to lift a finger to make it happen. I remember a fellow junior who arrived late for a tournament, didn’t get a chance to look at his draw—where he would have learned that he was playing the first seed—and went out and won the first set without much trouble. One by one, every kid in the club began to make his way to the viewing area above their court to witness the potential upset. By the time we filled the seats, the match had turned around completely and the top seed would go on to win the third set at love. His opponent, the kid who ran into the club late, told me afterward that when he saw everyone watching, he remembered that the guy he was trouncing was actually really good. Naturally, he fell apart.

David Ferrer, of course, knew all about Rafael Nadal, his opponent in Rome on Sunday. He also knew, presumably, that he'd lost to him five straight times. At first, as is often the case when a player takes the court against a more accomplished opponent, Ferrer didn’t seem too worried about it. He had, as they say, nothing to lose.

Ferrer ignored his opponent right up until the point where he couldn’t keep him out of his mind anymore. That is, he ignored him until it mattered. Leading 5-4 in the first set, Ferrer went up 0-30 on Nadal’s serve. He got a look at a second serve, moved around to hit a forehand, tried to put a little more juice on it than he normally does, and drilled it in the net. OK, that’s understandable, everyone can tighten up once. On the next point, Ferrer started better and engaged Nadal in a rally, the kind of rally he’d been winning over the court of the set. Then, for no logical or tactical reason, he attempted a backhand drop shot from the baseline. After a feeble and nervous little stab, the ball fluttered harmlessly into the net. Nadal, given new hope, won the next two points and eight of the following 10 games.

You might say he was lucky, that Ferrer handed it to him, but it’s not that simple. Famous players create their own luck; their success shimmers darkly around them, like a force field, and extends all the way across the net and into their opponent's head. A player’s name and reputation are part of the sport like anything else. Nadal has a particular mastery over his fellow Spaniards. For Roger Federer, it’s the guys from his own generation that he count on taking to the woodshed. Against Youzhny, Ljubicic, Roddick and Davydenko, to name four, Federer is a combined 54-7.

Nadal won his 17th Masters title on Sunday, tying him, at 23 years old, with Andre Agassi for the all-time record. Twelve of those titles wins come on clay. This doesn't make Nadal a specialist in the traditional, slightly derogatory sense of the word—no player can be called that who has won Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Still, from a statistical standpoint, it's true that Nadal has been especially, historically dominant on this surface. Clay produces champions—Borg, Vilas, Wilander, Courier, Bruguera, Muster, Kuerten—who are, typically for a fleeting few years, unbeatable on it. The slow, grinding, stamina- and consistency-oriented clay game minimizes unpredictability and cools off the hot hands of an underdog. The best dirtballers loom like mountaintops that have never been scaled. Nadal, despite the annual round of talk about his body breaking down—we may still be talking about it when he's winning titles at 28—is likely to loom as a towering figure on clay for longer than any of his predecessors. With six titles in Monte Carlo, five in Rome, four in Paris, and a 93-match win streak, he has already surpassed everyone other than Borg.

But let’s forget the records and the parlor games and the my-favorite-player-just-happens-to-be-better-than-your-favorite-player debates for now and look at what it’s like to watch Nadal play on his favorite surface. The Rome final ended anti-climactically, after two lengthy rain delays, under night skies, in front of a sparse crowd. But while there was a lack of tension and drama in those latter stages—Ferrer had blown his best chance and he wasn’t going to get another—there was still an opportunity to see Nadal in his element, relaxed again, moving well again, swinging from the heels again. This version of him made me think of the old question about whether he has an “ugly” game or not.

Near the end, Nadal slid out wide and extended his arm on his forehand side just far enough to scrape a desperation slice over the net. On the next ball, he slid out in the same direction, but this time he was there a little sooner, soon enough to take a full topspin cut and curl it over the alley and just inside the sideline. With that shot, the rally was turned around, and Ferrer could do nothing more than flail the ball into the bottom of the net. The replay of the point was an isolation of Nadal. We saw him skid a long distance along the baseline and reach wide. He didn't lose his balance, and he let himself come to a natural halt. Then we saw him do it again, this time with a completely different stroke and a much more aggressive result. Immediately after he hit the second ball, Nadal turned and was moving forward at full speed for the next shot, which never came.

Clay highlights the particular beauty of Nadal’s game. It's a beauty of energy, of the vitality, rather than the elegance, that can be exhibited in tennis, and which is embedded deeper in the sport's core. It can be found in the parabolic bend of his forehand when it crosses the net and peaks in the air—few players have ever hit with his combination of high-arcing trajectory and heavy-topspin propulsion. In his accuracy with each stroke. In his point construction, which often leaves him with a single easy volley to put away at the net. In his ability to slide unimpeded over long stretches, without losing his balance, and catch up with a ball that had seemingly already passed him. In the way he enlarges the playing surface in all directions. In that little anticipatory, frenetic jump forward that he made as Ferrer was dumping the ball in the net. The desire is there in the movement.

On hard courts or grass, Nadal can be just as good, and even more vicious in his attack, but he’s never as smooth and self-assured, never as complete and artistic and at his ease, the way he is on clay. On hard courts, he must go to the edge of his comfort zone; on clay he’s within himself. Maybe clay-court special-ist is the right term for Nadal, after all. There is something pretty special about watching him play on it.
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i am running a little behind on the dinner front. what didyou have?

i have not had my dinner yet. will have some baked chicken and steamed cauliflower in a little bit.

passed an opportunity to have fried catfish with some friends. i think i will just say NO to fried food.
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To carry over the snooker talk, I've never heard it mentioned in North America, and have never ever seen it on TV here.
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they were showing some snooker event on espn the other day.

looks boring as hell. i rather count the ripples in the water.
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they were showing some snooker event on espn the other day.

looks boring as hell. i rather count the ripples in the water.
Well, bang goes that theory, but I maintain I've never seen it on Canadian TV. It's actually not that bad to watch. There is a lot of skill involved.
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Well, bang goes that theory, but I maintain I've never seen it on Canadian TV. It's actually not that bad to watch. There is a lot of skill involved.

its different strokes for different folks. i just dont have any use for such lazy and pedestrian type of sports or games.
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Consequences of spills can last for decades

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Because there is very little wave action and the soil is oxygen poor, marshes might suffer the worst hits.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Oil might remain in the sediment of a marsh for 20 years

Oyster reefs are immediately in danger and population recovery may be stunted by lingering oil

Only about 15 to 20 percent of oil can be recovered from water

Currents may take oil around southern tip of Florida into the Atlantic, Caribbean(CNN) -- As oil began approaching the coast of the United States, environmental scientists said the effects of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico could have ecological and biological consequences for years, if not decades.

The intricate ecosystem is a major source of seafood for the United States and hundreds of species of animals and plants are at risk, experts said.

Some areas in the path of the slick are particularly sensitive to problems because unlike the rocky coast of Alaska hit by oil from the Exxon Valdez disaster, much of the coastline that will be hit by the BP spill consists of marshy areas where the water is calmer and more difficult to clean.

The marshes are in extreme danger, said a biologist with the University of Houston who studies coastal wetlands.

"It's likely going to persist for decades because it will get into the marsh where there is very little wave action and the soil is oxygen poor," said Steve Pennings. "The immediate acute impact might not be that severe because there is not much oil getting to a certain spot, but because the oil might stick around [in the sediment] for 20 years you might have a real chronic effect."
The oil spill started April 20 after an explosion on the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven oil-rig workers remain missing and are presumed dead. The rig sank April 22 about 50 miles off the southeast coast of Louisiana and the untapped wellhead is gushing oil into the Gulf. About 1.6 million gallons of oil have spilled since the explosion, the Coast Guard said.

Wetlands in Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states were already struggling because of sea-level rise and the lack of sediment due to some rivers being channelized, Pennings said.
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I had cereal, I didnt feel like cooking! For DEsert, ice cream
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kay, who is that in your avatar? he looks funny as hell.
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in america, we call snooker, pool or billards. that is why I didnt know what it was
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