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Old 01-06-2012, 11:09 AM   #31
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"For a lot of moments during the match, I played at a very, very high level, moving very well, going inside the court. I had control of the point most of the time against a player that I normally [am not able to dictate], because his level has always put me in trouble in the past."

The Spaniard won 75 per cent of his first serve points, and was proficient at the net, taking eight of nine points when he came forward to win for the ninth time in 13 meetings against Youzhny. "I think I was moving fast. I tried to go to the net a lot of times," Nadal said afterwards on court. "That's what I need to keep doing if I want to compete against the top players. Mikhail is a fantastic player and it was tough. But I think I did well." Apart from that little brain malfunction.

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Old 01-06-2012, 12:08 PM   #32
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Don't be mean Star!

Ah well Rafa lost 3-6 4-6 to Clownfils. I only saw the end, he was a break up so wth happened, did he serve like a again?
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He had a 4-1 lead in the 2nd set and even had chances to go 5-1 up

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Considering mental aspects of the game Rafa is not the same Rafa we all used to know
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^Yep. Rafa was hitting the ball well enough but he cost himself so many points by not coming to the net and allowing Gael to stay in the points. Shocking though, is the fact he cannot win any close games or even earn some BPs at numerous 30-30s on return, 0-30 when Monfils was serving for the first set, etc. Even the commentator said Rafa needed the double break to win the set, he didn't get it and he didn't win the set. I knew I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up for a title.
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Yeah, wth is wrong with him?
At least he was playing better & nore aggressively than at the end of last year and he was even smiling again so gotta look for positive signs. But defo not ready to face the big guns yet. We'll see at the AO if he can improve.
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Yeah, wth is wrong with him?
At least he was playing better & nore aggressively than at the end of last year and he was even smiling again so gotta look for positive signs. But defo not ready to face the big guns yet. We'll see at the AO if he can improve.
The aggressiveness costs him this match and will cost him some more matches he needs to reverse more to his skills of patience rather than pressing the fire button too early. He needs to be like Djokovic - perfect mix of patience and winner timing. On another note Monfils got a little lucky in so many points during the match - I can think of at least 4. Just remember when Rafa slipped. That was the turning point where it all went south. So I don't yet write him off. There is so much time until the second week of AO where he can start hitting his strides right. And I believe it.
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Oh, Rafa! Too bad! I hope the rest of the year is better for you. Last year was such a horrible year in so many ways and it's looking like 2012 will be no better.
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Yes, 2009 and 2011 have been his worst years! He is quite better at the even years - 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012?
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The aggressiveness costs him this match and will cost him some more matches he needs to reverse more to his skills of patience rather than pressing the fire button too early. He needs to be like Djokovic - perfect mix of patience and winner timing. On another note Monfils got a little lucky in so many points during the match - I can think of at least 4. Just remember when Rafa slipped. That was the turning point where it all went south. So I don't yet write him off. There is so much time until the second week of AO where he can start hitting his strides right. And I believe it.
Yeah that point when Rafa slipped. And some others.
And I agree, at least right now I am more optimistic about this year.
Hope he can stay away from injuries and the shoulder and the knees and everything else will be great for IW-Miami and the looooong clay-grass court spring-summer ending with the Olympics.

Edit: Rafa seems to share our sentiments, and seems in a positive mood which is good.

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"The second set, I started doing well, doing what I have to do to win a match against him... I didn't play well at the end the match. I was a little bit unlucky in a few decisive movements. He did better than me and I congratulate him. He's playing really well."
And I mean Gael did play really well, even if he got the luck on his side a few times.
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Based on the trends of previous years...good-bad-good-bad...I hope 2012 is very good, I mean epically great!!

It is really frustrating watching Rafa play these days!! Even against sure win player, is doesn't look like he can or win wrap it up easily. Unlike Djoko who has the annoyingly amazing backhand down the line which drastically wins him a lot of points and long rallies..Rafa is way too predictable. Never the first to change the direction of rallies when stuck in a long one. This is probably because he has always learn to endure and that by extending the rallies, his winning percentage goes up....until Djoko became the one on top of all the long rallies. This simply means Rafa needs to stop really on winning long rallies but forcing an error on his opponent and simply go for the winner instead. But he just returns the shorts back to where it came from or worse, he returns it short so that the opponent comes into the court and hammers down a winner. Why has it become so frustrating?? There is nothing wrong with Rafa's skills, his speed, strength and shots are all very good...but his mind, it's doesn't seem like it is as willing to find a way to rise on top of situations anymore. When he is winning, he should ride the momentum and finish is without much pain...when he is losing he needs to change it up. But as mentioned about the monfils match....when he gets to xx-30...he can't quite get to break point. Sigh~~ It's so painful and worrying...when will GOAT Rafa be back? I'll always be here waiting and cheering him on but its time for him to step it up and prove to us, his teams, all the players, all the critics and skeptics that he is not a write off...and NOT inferior to Djoko.

I can only pray...HOPE that in 2012 he can win at least 2x GS, 5x ATP 1000s (plus a few finals and play/do well in Paris & Shanghai) and Gold in Olympics, SF of ATP WTF and win all the small events he plays!!! Wishing for too much?? I think so...cos if he won the 6 finals last year...he would have had 3x GS and 6x 1000s!!
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