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Old 04-13-2007, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default The Battle of the Surfaces: Rafa-Roger Exhibition in Palma

At first I thought it was an April Fool's joke because the story surfaced around April 1 but now there's more and more about it in the Spanish media, and apparently the court is being constructed, so it looks like this is for real.

According to the Spanish articles, Rafa and Roger are going to play an exhibition match called "The battle of the surfaces" on May 2. The court is going to be the oddest thing - half-grass (for Roger) and half-clay (for Rafa).

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Los operarios trabajan en las instalaciones del Palma Arena. Foto: JAUME MOREY

Hierba para el partido galáctico

Comienzan los preparativos en el Palma Arena para albergar el partido entre Nadal y Federer

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Si le gusta el tenis, el próximo día 2 de mayo a las 16.00 horas tiene una cita con los dos mejores jugadores del mundo en el Palma Arena. Roger Federer y Rafael Nadal pondrán en juego las dos mejores rachas de la historia de la ATP (sobre hierba y sobre tierra batida) en una exhibición que se jugará en una pista mitad césped-mitad arcilla con capacidad para alrededor de 6.500 espectadores. La instalación ya ha comenzado su lavado de imagen y hoy se presentará oficialmente el partido.

Tal y como adelantó Ultima Hora, Roger Federer y Rafael Nadal van a protagonizar la guerra de las galaxias en Palma. La mejor racha de todos los tiempos sobre hierba (48 triunfos seguidos) y el registro más importante sobre tierra batida (62 victorias consecutivas) cruzan las dos filosofías más opuestas del deporte de la raqueta en un partido que ha despertado una gran expectación en todo el mundo.

El Govern se puso ayer manos a la obra. Andrés Puigserver y su equipo se instalaron en el Palma Arena y comenzaron la construcción de la pista. El lado de la tierra batida no tiene ningún secreto para el constructor mallorquín ya que es el responsable de hacer las pistas de Copa Davis cuando España actúa como local, y lo único que preocupa es el lado de la hierba, especialmente por el poco margen de tiempo que tienen.

http://www.ultimahora.es/segunda.dba?-1+9+395931
http://www.sport.es/default.asp?idpu...ccio_PK=809&h=

http://www.mallorcadiario.com/index....3555&Itemid=33


EDITED to add the link to the official site: http://www.thebattleofsurfaces.com/news.php
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Old 04-13-2007, 11:03 AM   #2
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I think this is hilarious and looks to be a hell of a lot of fun. Too bad I probably won't be able to see it.
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That has to be a joke.

And if it weren't, they should make the court divided lengthwise to be fair - but the injury risk . I guess Fed would like to have grass on the ad side.
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fed will win
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nadal will win by 6-0 0-6 7-6

hilarious idea!!
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Fed would win, Fed on clay>Rafa on grass and also can adapt qiuicker to the different movement

but this is all bullshit if you ask me
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That will be the last victory of Rafa for quite some time.. With his joke mentality and pathetic game, I hope the disgusting player loses every single match next season. He's disgraceful. He should just retire. He's a joke.
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fed will win
If his half is grass, no way.
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That has to be a joke.
Like I said, I thought so at first... but actually constructing the court would be taking the joke a little too far, don't you think?

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And if it weren't, they should make the court divided lengthwise to be fair - but the injury risk . I guess Fed would like to have grass on the ad side.
We were wondering about the court on vb.com and someone came up with the idea of a striped one.
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Like I said, I thought so at first... but actually constructing the court would be taking the joke a little too far, don't you think?
Have you been to the site yourself? I would think twice before I took a photo as evidence in the days of Photoshop et al.
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Have you been to the site yourself? I would think twice before I took a photo as evidence in the days of Photoshop et al.
Fair enough.

Does anyone know if April Fool's lasts a month in Spain?
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munich and estoril that week,probably neither of nadal or federer playing there so it could be right anyhow?
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Will they operate normal rules and change ends?

I think it sounds like a lot of fun...I'd LOVE to see this match.
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Will they operate normal rules and change ends?
They would have to, the guy standing on the clay side has a huge advantage.
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For some reason that sounds like an injury waiting to happen.
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that is an absolutely crazy idea. why not just have a clay court and grass court and play a set on each. still i guess it will be hilarious to watch
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