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Hamburg R1: [1] Rafael Nadal def. Fernando Verdasco 3-6 6-1 6-1

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.
 

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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.
 

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Re: Hamburg R1: [1] Rafael Nadal def. Fernando Verdasco 3-6 6-1 6-1

car crash tennis from both.
 

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Re: Hamburg R1: [1] Rafael Nadal def. Fernando Verdasco 3-6 6-1 6-1

Rafa hasnt played since Brown match. So rust is mostly to blame.
Verdasco has played a few days more so its not that important.

Rafa just trolled a few MTF members into watching this match thinking he would loose.
 
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Re: Hamburg R1: [1] Rafael Nadal def. Fernando Verdasco 3-6 6-1 6-1

Fiasco :facepalm: Player with enormous potential, but is a huge mental headcase
 

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Nadal was terrible in the first set but much better in the latter 2. Way more depth and confidence in the shots in the last 2 sets. That said, Verdasco did his usual fiasco thing, hitting lots of errors and sort of making it east for Rafael to turn around the match

overall I'd say a positive sign because there were definitely a lot of signals of Nadal fighting and trying to find his form and even some moments where he was hitting the ball sort of like his old self

hopefully he can play a good overall tournament and avoid falling into the pit of bad form he had in the first set. To be fair it was his first match in like a month or more so
 
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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.
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.
 

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Re: Hamburg R1: [1] Rafael Nadal def. Fernando Verdasco 3-6 6-1 6-1

FH in the 1. set :help: :tape:
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 forehand

Verdasco is a strange player though, he'll be doing fairly well in a match and then freak out mentally when he fails to break (beginning of second set) and spiral down in frustration. he just looks like he gets pissed and has no control over his feelings, an opposite of Nadal in that respect
 

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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.
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 sluggish
 

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Forget the 1st set

That was a great match. It's not so much that Fernando always loses to Rafa, because the serve and return of both completely dictates the match-up. It's that he doesn't put up this sort of performances in his losses more often.

One of Rafael's best serving performances of the last weeks and there are many to choose from.
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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.
 

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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.
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.

not to say Nadal is playing THAT great, but he improved drastically after set 1

also are you kidding? Almagro can play great here and there on clay. there are a lot worse players one can lose to. and if you think Haider or Vesely are tougher opponent on clay than Verdasco you're just lacking a brain
 

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Yeah, first set was really bad by Rafa. No power in his shots, no depth, Verdasco was more reliable player and he was in charge. Better hitting in next two sets, some good moments, much less weird errors, when Verdasco's quality slowly was dropping and Nadal was rising and catching his rhythm. In both 2nd and 3rd set Rafa saved all break points he faced, good sign. Also I think he served well, without double faults, which is also positive for him. We're gonna see what's going on in next matches, first matches in tournament can be tricky after significant break.

Winners/UEs differentials:
16-21 for Rafa.
23-33 for Nando.
 

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Weird match. Verdasco could've really won this as the 3rd Set was 50:50 in terms of how the points are gotten but failed to convert any opportunity he can. 1st Set had Verdasco being decent and brilliant at times while Nadal's FH seems listless. 2nd Set Verdasco had an opening at the starting game and an 11 minute game ensued. Nadal did somehow improve his game but just enough while Verdasco, who was free flowing in the 1st Set, after losing that long game surrendered the next service game easily, and kinda semi-tanked the rest of the 2nd Set, but did manage to get the opportunity to serve first in the 3rd Set. 3rd as I said was anybody's game with both players having chances return, but while Nadal was able to remove the pressure, just like in the 2nd Set, Verdasco folded after the opportunity on the previous game disappeared. Nadal still looks very vulnerable and really could've lost this but good fight for him and did improve in the 2nd and 3rd Sets but Verdasco just can't get that momentum in the 2nd and 3rd Sets even though he had his chances -- when was the last time Nadal lost in the 1st Round of Clay?

P.S. This tournament is ripe for Tio Toni conspiracy theories. :lol: 11 Spaniards I think in the main draw, Munar getting the retirement from a fellow Spaniard in GGL, Verdasco seemingly having all the chances to win the match but kinda wasted every good opportunity in the 2nd and 3rd Set, and Nadal's side not having that big of a threat to the SF IMO.
 

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Re: Hamburg R1: [1] Rafael Nadal def. Fernando Verdasco 3-6 6-1 6-1

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.
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.

I love it. I mean I love it extra when Fedtards think they know the script on Nadal. His year was always coming. It had to. Who the fuck expected Nadal to keep winning slams every single year. Duh get a clue. Federer could only win one slam in the last 5 years. Yet Nadal is supposed to win like clockwork. There's no script with this legend. When he is good and ready he will lights out anyone. It's just a question of reaching his superior level that's all.
 
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