All that just happened is Nadal remembered who he is on clay. BASICALLY GOD on the surface. And as I've said before. Anytime he plays at 75% or better no one has a prayer. In the second and third set. Nadal showed why he is the CLAY GOAT. And second best overall player in history. Dasco had no chance against this version of the GREAT ONE.Who could have foreseen that Verdasco would fall apart after failing to break in the first game of the second set?
Other than anyone who has ever watched him, ever.
yeah Nadal's forehand was abysmal at first, insanely high, inaccurate, softly hit. thank god he managed to hit it better as things went on. at one point the Nadal backhand seemed much more powerful and accurate than the forehandFH in the 1. set :help: :tape:
Nadal's defense today in the 2nd and 3rd set was very good. he might not hit the ball as well as in the past but I think his movement is looking better than did earlier in the season, maybe not so sluggishAll that just happened is Nadal remembered who he is on clay. BASICALLY GOD on the surface. And as I've said before. Anytime he plays at 75% or better no one has a prayer. In the second and third set. Nadal showed why he is the CLAY GOAT. And second best overall player in history. Dasco had no chance against this version of the GREAT ONE.
nah, Nadal was pretty solid in the second and third sets. 'could've been routine' when the latter 2 sets were 1-6 1-6. you're delusional.Expected, last week Verdasco lost to Almagro of all people. :lol:
Nadal played short and served weak the whole match, but Verdasco only was able to take advantage for a while. Also, he colapsed badly after the missed chances early in sets 2 and 3. Could've been a routine 6-2 6-2 set for him easily.
I won't be surprised if Haider-Maurer/Vesely beat Nadal.
No one has total control on clay against Nadal. That's an illusion. It's ALWAYS on his racquet. Nadal can flip the switch anytime. He is simply court rusty after no competition in a month. By the second set the real Nadal stepped forward and it was lights out for Dasco.Nadal was absolutely pathetic in the first set, no depth on any of his shots, allowing Verdasco to be in total control and hit Nadal off the court. Verdasco played very solid and was the far more aggressive and consistent player.
Key turnaround to this match was the first game of the 2nd set. Verdasco had 3 break points but failed to convert in a 12 minute game. He quickly lost the next 4 games as his level dropped dramatically, while Nadal regained some confidence and looked decent for a while, although his forehand was still lacking depth and misfiring quite a bit.
Verdasco was up 30-0* 1-0 in the 3rd set and had total control of the next point but Nadal hit a wonderful backhand pass. That turned around the match and although Verdasco did have more break points in the next couple Nadal service games, Nadal was surprisingly clutch for once and Verdasco completely collapsed in his next 3 service games, making incredible silly and numerous UE.