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I thought there were 6 keys to Rafa's win last night against Thiem:



1. mental discipline

2. relentless will to win

3. belief. he got hit hard in the first set but he simply would not let go of his belief.

4. experience on the big stage

5. positive body language. he did not allow himself to look any other way except positive for the full duration of the match.


he was far from his best but his thoughts were positive at all times and that was reflected in his body language.


6. fight. he kept on fighting until the very end. it wasn't his day but he would not stop fighting.



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Thiem choked. He was the better player. Nadal got lucky.
abosolotly right, nadal is such a lucker time and again, espesily in the uso.
he won't be so lucky aginst NO1E:smile2:
 

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Thiem choked. He was the better player. Nadal got lucky.
abosolotly right, nadal is such a lucker time and again, espesily in the uso.
he won't be so lucky aginst NO1E/images/MensTennisForums_2015/smilies/tango_face_smile.png
He really should've lost to Khachanov also, and lost sets to Ferrer and Bashilisvli.

Tbh we should be hoping he’s in the final.
 

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Apart from acing the mental game and his motivation every time a realistic chance of winning arises, I felt his down the line backhand was working nicely. He was moving Thiem around quite a lot (much more than on clay where he just waits for his errors).
 

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He creates his luck. Thiem didn't choke. Great match by Thiem.


Thiem didn't choke at all. he just would not go away.


Thiem was calm, composed, and poised out there for the full duration of the match.




it was clay warrior that got tight time and again. one reason for that was that he really was far from his best. 49 unforced errors from Rafa last night. and so many missed opportunities to break.




but Rafa kept on fighting. one point at a time. he fought with his heart and his mind.
 

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Six reasons Nadal won? Let’s see...

1. Thiem randomly gifts away a service game in the second set even though he’d been solid on serve up until then.

2. After breaking back, he gifts away his service game straight away to lose the set.

3. After serving for the third set, he loses four games in a row, and the set, in pathetic fashion.

4. After clawing his way back by winning the fourth set, he squanders the opportunity he’s been given by not taking his chances and losing the tiebreak by missing an overhead like a fucking amateur, a shot he’d been hitting complete fine for the entire match.

5. Thiem is a choker.

6. Thiem is a ballbashing idiot who has no Plan B when his Plan A stops working.

There we go. Six reasons why Nadal won.
 

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clay warrior is far from his best but it is all coming together at precisely the right time:


he will be better prepared for his next battle.



I expect his ground game to be more crisp and more clean. 49 unforced errors last night were too many for him. so look for him to play a cleaner match.



Rafa in straights or in 4 sets.
 

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Clay Death, are you not slightly worried that every single one of the clay warrior's matches appears to be turning into an endless war? He might be winning these wars but at what cost to himself? What is he going to have left for the final against fresh Djokovic, if the same thing happens yet again against Delpo?
 

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I thought there were 6 keys to Rafa's win last night against Thiem:



1. mental discipline

2. relentless will to win

3. belief. he got hit hard in the first set but he simply would not let go of his belief.

4. experience on the big stage

5. positive body language. he did not allow himself to look any other way except positive for the full duration of the match.


he was far from his best but his thoughts were positive at all times and that was reflected in his body language.


6. fight. he kept on fighting until the very end. it wasn't his day but he would not stop fighting.



your thoughts?

I completely agree, he would never have won this match without these. But he also needed a good portion of luck. The match was decided by very few points, which he could as well have lost.
 

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Another thread of outrageous stupidity, with a few exceptions.

Just for haters to say Thiem "choked."

Thiem played better for 5 sets than he ever had in his entire career, and if anyone choked, it was Rafa--with an easy volley putaway shank that would have given him MP in the 4th.

But all players choke a shot now and again, totally normal totally human.

Thiem never imploded or gave up-.

Rafa was craftier, played within himself, found a way to deal with Thiem's serve by the end, lfinal serve return on 1rst MP was brilliant, he chased down a very difficult CC shot and threw up a very high deep lob which Thiem overhit on the smash as Rafa prob suspected he would.

This one point was microcosm of the entire match, except for the 1rst set.

Rafa won the set with his heart and mind--Thiem hit harder and perhaps better but determination and craftiness won in the end.
It could so easily have gone the other way.
 
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