Great job Tomas... last year Federer, this year Nadal. Good scalpings, but time to see this guy become more consistent. I'm still not seeing the great 'talent' the commentators have talked him up as, but I like the guy.
Rest up, Rafael... you and your manpris are gonna rock Flushing Meadows.
ah, Rafa... :sad:...at least he did not go down without a fight so I'm proud of that but this sucks....first round. I hope this match against a big server has been a good learning experience for him.
Go and rest, Nadal and come back strong for the USO.
That's what always is going happen to Nadal when he faces a good hardcourter - that is a hard-serving, flat-hitting guy.
Pay attention to the stats. First set: Berdych serves at 48%. It is a close set. Second set: Berdych serves at 72%. Nadal is blown off the court. Third set: Berdych serves at 47%. It is again a close set.
Summary: just like an year ago nadal is vulnerable when facing a big serve. He is lucky he didn't have to play Roddick. Roddick's second serve is as good as Berdych's first. It would have been another embarassment like their last year USO match.
Nadal still is very much a claycourter. To succeed on hardcourts he needs a soft draw consisting of certain type of players.
Unbelievable performance by Berdych he couldnt move well halfway through the first set because of a groin pull. He hung in there, and played with so much guts, nothing but respect for the young Czech :worship:
Rafa not sorry you lost, you are playing too much you need rest :lol: