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19 sets in a row .... 29-26 H2h .. Rafa's lead down to 500 points
 

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Rafa had a mini-break early in the tiebreaker and only lost it because one of Djokovic's shots hit the top of the net.
ONLY ? Really ?
 

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Nadal was sadly too fatiqued and tired to make this a valuable contest.

Of course some idiots will always want to believe it's more than that, but they're speaking from a too emotionally-involved POV.

He hit no penetrative forehands anymore after missing most in the first set. No opening up his shoulders, and of course no running-around-the-backhand. He slow balled throughout and even when presented with take-on shots, he didn't take them. His biggest rip came from the BH at BP down 2nd set 5-5.

Of course, a 70% Nadal still made it close and could have won, would he not be so mentally infringed against Djokovic.

He could have won the set 6-3, 7-5, 7-6. But he remained passive on 1st(return) and 4th BP at 2-3, didn't take the obvious open court cross at 5-5 0-15 after a magic recovery, or the FH DTL in the TB at 0-1. A shot he'd normally make with ease.

This mental infringement and passiveness allowed Djokovic to think he was being clutch, when he pointed to his temple in the tiebreak.

Djokovic again upped his game to perfection in the first set for Nadal.

Serbs came off looking pretty lame, again.

They're no better than Federer fans.

Nadal the sportsman, actually waved his finger after some of the crowd applauded a Djokovic first serve miss late in the second.
 

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19 sets in a row .... 29-26 H2H .. Rafa's lead down to 515 points
 

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Second set gives a hope.But again Rafa srsly needs to reconsider his tactics.Those duckin slices and hitting on the racket instead of open space...These little things do their job
 

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I am very pleased this ended in two, because Rafa found some fire after the 1st set and was threatening a lot, which culminated with those BPs. All in all after a one way traffic in the first, we have seen an epic battle in the 2nd, the way they saved some of hose BPs....another level.
 

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That was the closest Rafa got to Nole on a long time on a HC, right?

Solid second set from both, amazing stuff from Rafa to save BPs at 5-5. And then, instead of being aggressive like that in key moments during the TB, he decided to slice away...

Will be interesting to see the doubles match now.
 

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This was a must win match for DJ for AO.

I dont think dull cares about getting roasted on HC so he can go relax now and try again at AO.

Fed got a preview so he can prepare accordingly for AO.
 
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