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Old 02-15-2013, 03:01 AM   #31
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Is he going to play Indian Wells ?
I thought he was. The news or some post said that he was playing there. Majority of the people thought he wasnt gonna play there.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:23 AM   #32
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Default Re: Brasil Open -- Vamos Rafa! def. Joao Souza 6-3; 6-4

I think Rafa will skip one of the US Masters.

And he looked very unsure on court - way too rusty. No chances to beat Almagro in my opinion. Not mentioning other top 10 players in upcoming months
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shit, Almargo is there?
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Default Re: Brasil Open -- Vamos Rafa! def. Joao Souza 6-3; 6-4

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I think Rafa will skip one of the US Masters.

And he looked very unsure on court - way too rusty. No chances to beat Almagro in my opinion. Not mentioning other top 10 players in upcoming months
No way he beats Almagro here, but I'm confident it will be different story in Acapulco. Clay in Acapulco is exactly as Rafa would like it to be. This Sao Paulo is way to quick.
I think match against Souza looked like a match in indoor hard tournament. Easy holds from both and then one break each set. Rafa was really rusty, so I expect similar match today with a scoreline 7/5 6/4 or sth like this.
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shit, Almargo is there?
There is a small chance that Nalby will get a job done for Rafito...
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Default Re: Brasil Open -- Vamos Rafa! def. Joao Souza 6-3; 6-4

Some sentences from press conference:

"Today I felt good," Nadal said. "It's not perfect yet, I don't know when I'll be at 100 percent. It was acceptable. I'm confident that as the days and weeks go by I'll recover what's still missing."

"I was more or less OK - I'm in a process of recovery," said Nadal.

"The important thing is to have regularity, to be able to compete. I am confident that with the days and weeks, I will regain what I am missing."

"The problem is not the court. The problem is the ball which is very bad," he added.

"It's the fault of the ATP for allowing play with a [tennis] ball of poor quality. The ATP does not have the capacity or the infrastructure to be able to analyse the conditions before the tournament begins."

What balls are they playing with?
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Default Re: Brasil Open -- Vamos Rafa! def. Joao Souza 6-3; 6-4

Mimi, Nico is there.

shawshank - thanks for the interview. I've heard before that balls and court condition are unacceptable
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fat David is not much better than Almargo. He had beaten rafa a lot of times :banghead
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I'm afraid the indoor factor will be decisive this weeks more than real clay tennis...
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fat David is not much better than Almargo. He had beaten rafa a lot of times :banghead
Yes, but in this case I can't see David winning his first tournament that he is playing in 6 months. He can win against Almagro and then lose to Montanes or Bolelli
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Hard to believe that Alund is the player waiting for Rafa in the semis...
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Hard to believe that Alund is the player waiting for Rafa in the semis...
Yeah LOL he better not lose. But losing in the final again would be horrible.
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Hard to believe that Alund is the player waiting for Rafa in the semis...
yeah, another runner up plate
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I didn't think I could admire Rafa more. This was like the good old days of watching Seles (when not playing well) win on heart alone.
Needs to spend a week on his backhand & 2nd serve and please Jimmy - start to entertain the notion of decreasing serve speed to up 1st serve percentage.
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