Nadal vs. Soderling French Final After Fade by Berdych
by Staff | June 4th, 2010, 2:23 pm
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Rafael Nadal was overpowering, Tomas Berdych did his typical fade, and Robin Soderling was relentless as Nadal and Soderling set up a French Open final showdown on Friday at Roland Garros.


It will be a rematch of the fourth round last year when Soderling stunned the Spaniard, who was dealing with knee issues.

“It’s always good to have beaten a player before,” said Soderling, the first to lay down the smack. “I know that I can beat him. I showed it. But every match is a new match, and every match is different.”

Soderling came back from 1-2 sets down to beat No. 15-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 on Friday, while Nadal beat No. 22 Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(6). Nadal has not lost a set in the tournament, and is a perfect 21-0 on clay in 2010.

Nadal says he is wary of the big-hitting Swede.

“He’s playing at an amazing level, very aggressive,” Nadal said. “He’s a very, very dangerous player. He’s one of the best of the world. It will be a difficult match.”

Soderling almost didn’t make the meeting, grinding out a slugfest against Berdych, who failed to put the Swede away in the final two sets, seemingly running out of gas at the end.

“It was really tough to play my game,” Soderling said, “because he was hitting so hard.”

Berdych nonetheless took consolation in his best effort yet at Roland Garros.

“It was a great two weeks for me,” the big Czech said. “Every round I won here, it’s a great moment.”

Soderling has defeated both Nadal and Roger Federer now over the last two French Opens.


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91 Comments for Nadal vs. Soderling French Final After Fade by Berdych

jane Says:

Posted this on the other thread, but thought it might be better here since it’s official who will be in the final. As to conditions, it looks like rain is the forecast for Sunday.

Last year, when Rafa lost to Soda, it was mainly cloudy and cool; the average temperature that day was around 16 degrees C and it was partly to mostly cloudy in the afternoon. No rain though. Here’s a link to the data:

http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/LFPG/2009/5/31/DailyHistory.html?


andrea Says:

well, this is kind of cool. not a lot of love between the two of these guys. plus soderling also almost beat nadal in wimbledon during the infamous 4 (?) day match.

this will be a good final. definitely not a 3 setter.


Huh Says:

YES!!!

This is what I wanted. :D

Thank God, at least one of my guys reached final to take on Rafa Nadal.

Way To Go Sod!

C’MON SOD!!!


Huh Says:

Good result. Rafa’s win as I wanted and Melzer also put up some resistance. This what we fans want know. Hopefully the FO final won’t be a whitewash.

GO SOD!!!


Huh Says:

Berdych is scary good when on! I was totally scared about him today. Both Sod and Berdych were hitting amazing shots and it was anybody’s match till it actually ended. Safe to call it EPIC!

Two epic matches in the FO so far.

FED VS SOD and SOD VS BERDYCH.

Hopefully the final would be epic too.


ánima Says:

I thought Berdych had level enough to win the match. He has shown as much. Now he has to believe it.

As for Sunday final, I beg Nadal not to leave us alone with that player. After Federer and Nadal the heir cannot be that one.


SG Says:

Soderling isn’t an ideal match up for Rafa. He hits the ball quite flat and through the court. If he’s clean on Sunday (not too many UE’s) he has more than a puncher’s chance to win. Rafa will have to keep Sod out there in long rallies and wear him down physically and mentally.

We’ll see if Sod has learned anything from last year when it seemed he was just happy reaching the final. He may not get many more chances like this.

Nadal’s now playing the best claycourt tennis of anyone. But a good fight is all about match ups and this match up is a good one for an all out war. I’m looking forward to Sunday.


stu Says:

SO excited about Sunday!


Anna Says:

Yep, last year Soderling was in awe of Roger and the fact that he was actually in the finals of a slam. It will be different this year and I agree an all out war. I hope Rafa scopes in and stays tough. It would be the perfect ending to his clay court season and he is most deserving. Happy finals everybody!!!


Mr. Perfect Says:

I hope soda kicks nadal’s @$$ all the way to mallorca with a stop-over at madrid. :)

Happy finals everybody. ;)


SG Says:

Rafa does have a knack for winning wars. If this match goes the distance, I’d say Rafa has a big edge. He knows how to win the close ones.

Deep in a 5th set, it’s a lot easier to get tight when you hit the ball as flat as Soderling does. Much less room for error. Combine this with fatigue and I think Soderling has to get Rafa out in no more than 4 sets to have a strong shot at winning. If Soderling is on, this is possible though I think they’d all be hard fought sets.

It’s no wonder all these pre-game shows are so popular. The hype is almost better than the match itself.


Mr. Perfect Says:

going 5sets, who knows when rafa’s knees or abdomen or something else gives in? i know this is clay and you cannot play expecting your opponent has injuries, but he did have injuries till a few months back.

i am not sold on nadal being nerve-proof. he choked big-time against melzer today. if soda can keep things close, nadal will break down physically or mentally. soda should come out swinging, if today is any proof, nadal is going to be nervous coming in. soda should feel good about this. he has the advantage, he gets under rafa’s skin like no-one else, he should capitalise on that.

and by the way, if it rains on saturday night and conditions are heavy, i will be surprised if rafa even wins a set. soda’s game is tailor made to kick rafa’s bhut!


skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa has the heart and fight of a Lion. He has proven that time and time again. I was laughing as some of the posters were posting during ANY of the Rafa matches,” oh, he doesn’t look good”, “too many errors”, “Rafa got broke, oh no”. Looked like one of Feds matches being commented on, lol. Except, Fed lost….

Well you don’t know the guy then. At the end of all the scores he has managed to get the final without LOSING A SET. Like the man says, he plays “each point at a time”. This guy is tough, very tough mentally, no doubt.

Sod? He has the answer for Rafa, but to me it’s in his head to win or lose. Rafa is not going to make a lot of errors by himself. He has to blast Rafa off the court. No hesitation. If he starts over thinking the match, errors will fly and Rafa will pounce like the Lion he is.

Should be a great match, hope both players play up to there form.


csl Says:

Finally!! Way to go Soderling this was the rematch i wanted the most. Although im a Fed fan Soderling in the final against Nadal is good for the sport. Id love to see a new slam winner, well see if he’s up to the task of defeating the mighty dirt baller nadal. A whopping 71% of Nadal’s career tournament victories have been on clay. As for Soderling and his tactics huge serving will be mandatory. Who ever wins more clutch break points will win the match.


topspin Says:

Agreed,

Sod has the skills to win the match no doubt, he can’t expect Nadal to give him the match, I can see Sod winning only if he plays lights out like against federer or last year against nadal, I mean when someone is on fire like that, damn what can you do.

otherwise it’ll be Nadal’s match.


thark Says:

skeezer is right – rafa is tough as nails. it surprises me that people would say that he choked when he didn’t even lose the set in question, never mind the match. we’ve all the seen the raw intel on this clay court season…

fortunately for soda fans, RBCS has the right balance – he will neither underestimate nadal nor shake in his boots. should be a fantastic match!


skeezerweezer Says:

Look, I am not a Rafa fan. Wait, take that back, he is not my fav, but I am a fan and appreciate him in the game. I am the one who has repeatedly mentioned Rafa’s cakewalk draw at FO. If which most in part was, I won’t take that back. BUT, He has one three Clay court tourneys in a row leading up to this so you can’t say he doesn’t deserve to be here either, just debating myself…….wierd!

Out

“Just remember there only two ways to argue with me……….and neither way works”


skeezerweezer Says:

But he has WON….typo


skeezerweezer Says:

Anyone been to the Santa Cruz, Ca. Boardwalk? There they have as one of the games a bazooka ( yes a Bazooka ) powered by air compressors that shoot tennis balls 98 miles an hour! So fun…but reminds me of Sod’s power, when you shoot a tennis ball with the one of those bazookas reminds me of Sod! Lol

http://www.flickr.com/photos/41894176272@N01/2772204611


skeezerweezer Says:

Oops, says 200 MPH, way faster! Anyways, it’s still looks like Sod’s speed on the FH :)


DMB Says:

Hey,

Rafa will more than likely win. But i am not so sure about his mental powers as much as skeezer. Everytime i see him do his first serve routine i wonder when he’ll go completely rainman on us. If he gets stuck in this ‘everything must go in a certain manner’ thing he’s a goner;) But i am hoping he’ll last at least another year and a half (that way Federer has a better chance winning the olympics).

Having said all that; Go Sod!

(that way federer remains nr. 1 in the rankings)


Dari Says:

Go Robin!
I do like Rafa and am often awed by his shots (love that running forehand that hooks in down the line, whoa!) But there is something for me that says I want a new FO champ! Yes I’m a big fed fan, but I don’t care about no. 1 anymore, really I just want he who beats federer to beat everyone!
Did you see Sod actually *smile* when he won!
Smack the mess outta that bell on sunday, Sod!
Rafa, you are on verge of needing a therapist for your ticks!


aleish17 Says:

Congrats to my fellow Rafa fans out there (somewhere)!
Crossing my fingers for Rafa this Sunday! Facing Sod would be difficult but all out support for Rafa to claim the FO 2010 title.

Vamos Rafa!!!


zola Says:

Dari,

Let’s have a new Champion in Wimbledon! :)

aleish17
yes, me too! Crossing my fingers for Rafa. Robin is a very dangerous player. Rafa needs to play his best.

VAmos RAfa!


skeezerweezer Says:

aleish17,

No worries :) There are a ton of Rafa fans readin at tennis-x. They are here :-)


van orten Says:

it’s funny..seems that nadal fans really respect soederling. i sense less certainty in predicting the outcome of sunday’s final. it would have been easier with fed in the final, wouldn’t it dear fellow tennis spectators?


the sandman Says:

I hear Rafa is already injured. Is that true? I mean he hasn’t lost yet.


zola Says:

van Orten,
well, with Federer it is 2 wins out of three. It meens there is 33% room to worry all the time. He is a 16 times GS champion. I do not think anyone would underestimate Federer. He is always dengerous.

With Soderling it is 3 out of 5. Means we have to worry 40% of the time! Not to mention that he has been playing great tennis and is very confident after winning Federer.


zola Says:

Skeezerweezer,

True about the power of Soderling. Here is a bazooka for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcBZWa97OMM

seems to me that he generates lots of this power by his wrist. Much like Del Potro.


Riri Says:

Rafa fans everywhere, lets pray for Rafa.
Soda has better chance to win, but may God Almighty bless Rafa with FO 2010 title.
Hope Rafa stays humble if he win it.
And hope Rafa will not down mentally if he lost, stays strong and focus for WIM.
God Bless Rafa Nadal.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Zola,

Ok..ok…so why did you have to give me a link to him hitting with his shirt off? Zola? C’mon? Own up?…LOL….. J/K :-)

Seriously, thanks for the link. Great stuff. His follow through actually looks kinda like Feds. What blows me out of the water is his backswing! My gosh, what a turn, and the arm extended waaaayy back, no wonder he generates so much! Combined with the wrist action….Baboom! A Bazooka!


Michael Says:

Now what I anticipated has happened and the mouth watering final is before us – Nadal Vs Soderling. It will definitely be a very good match as I know that Soderling never fears Rafa even on Clay. He can dare the lion in its own den. I am sure if Soderling plays like he did against Cilic and Federer, he can surely beat Nadal. Finally, it will all boil down to the kind of form Soderling is in. Best of luck to both the players for a good final. May Tennis win.


zola Says:

Skeezerweezer

lol! I was looking for a Soderling forehand clip and that came up. I wanted to see how he generates that power.

You can generate lots of power by holding the racket loose in your hand. If you look at his grip, he hold his racket like that. Usually that produces a missile-like flat shot, but he needs to be in position.

I think last year Rafa gave him that opportunity by playing lots of the balls short. I think in the fourth set Rafa figured how to play him, but it was too late!Let’s see what he does this year.


Wade Says:

Come on rafa you can do it. With the number 1 ranking up for grabs cant see rafa losing unless like so many of you said sod just blasts nadal off the court from the get go (doubt it). If nadal wins this he has easily topped his previous clay court swings in previous seasons which would be absolutely amazing i mean a 22-0zip record for 2010 wtf. Sod needs to keep the points very short and If it becomes a close match advantage rafa.

RAFA THE KING OF CLAY!!!!!!!!!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Zola,

Loose? Somebody told me that too so I tried it and went out and played my regular match with the guys and my racket came out of my hands and I Helicopter’d into the next court and hit some guy in the knees as he was serving. Oooops. Again, my bad :(

Too bad we have to wait till Sunday, no? Well, the womens final has it’s own stories too, hope the bring it tomorrow……:)


kit Says:

congrats to soderling, wanted to se him win on sunday, after all he beat the defending champion. but nadal is really great, not dropping a set on his way to the finals, and it will take a lot of mental tougness on soderling’s part to stay with nadal on this one. defenitely an interesting match come sunday.

go soderling!


zola Says:

Skeezweezer,

I have actually tried that and I can tell you it works (my forehand went from 1 mph to 1.2mph!).

Practice a bit more and you can do it. See how Soderling holds the racket.

It is not the best of tactics at least for me. becuase I was hiting winners without having the right techniques, so it was a get-out-of-jail stroke for me. But for someone like Soderling who has all the correct motions, I think it is an extra weapon.

Wade,
yes, Vamos Rafa for GS #7. He has been the dominant player of the clay season. Of course Soderling is a bad match up for Rafa. I was watching highlights of last year’s match. I think Rafa knows how to play him and I hope he can win.


ines Says:

Nadal doesn´t have to play any players from the top 20 even in the semis.What a damn joke!Robin will be the first top ten he plays against.The joke of the year, so I think Robin deserves to win.Go Robin for a new King!!!


zola Says:

ines,
Tell that to Federer. He was responsible for the draw!
And if he had not lost to Soderling, Rafa would have played the world number 1!


Michael Says:

It will all depend on the kind of form Soderling is in. Soderling is dangerous when he is on song, but equally he will be vulnerable when he is not. If we see the Soderling we saw against Cilic and Federer, then I would say good bye to Nadal’s dream of a fifth title this year. For that to happen, it is the serve which is going to play the most dominating part. If that clicks for Soderling, then he can well follow up with the kind of aggressive game that he is normally known for. True, Nadal will be hungry and is the most consistent performer around, but I can assure you that things are not going to be pretty easy for him. Psychologically, in this match, I feel Soderling holds the edge. It is the match for him to win. If he loses,he can only blame himself.


ines Says:

Zola, In 4 tournaments he hasn´t played a top ten player other than Roger in Madrid.Nadal´s draw has been a pure comedy.And some people wanted to put an asterisk by Roger´s French…
Hypocresy in tennis world, would Nadal be in the final with Murray draw?
In my opinion Robin deserves to win, can´t wait.


margot Says:

Agree with everyone, if Sod gets into rallies with Rafa, he will lose, we saw that with Berdie. If, however, his serve is on song and the points are short, he will win. Also, an advantage for him is that Rafa’s serve is usually returnable.
Unpredictable? Yes. Exciting? Very.


Michael Says:

Soderling will hope for a rainy day on Sunday to make the match still more interesting. A heavy damp surface will help Soderling more to hurl thunderbolts at Nadal similar to what he did against Federer. The outcome will depend on a number of factors. But one has to thank Soderling for the uncertainity that is gripping us today as to who would the likely winner. If it had been Berdych, the match would have been as good as won for Nadal simply because Berdych cannot even get the better of him in Hard Courts or Grass forget about Clay. With Soderling it is a different matter altogether simply because he was the only one who could stop Rafa on Clay. He did what even the Greatest couldn’t.


ertorque Says:

My prediction on winnnig probability:

Sod 55% Rafael 45%

This is upon the condition that Sod maintain his good service form and keep UE at bay.

AND also upon the condition that Rafael plays his usual tough game.


rroger Says:

The way that Sod generates all that ball speed is primarily with the ultra high swingweight racquet that he uses. His racquet is customized to a swingweight of around 385, compared to about 350 for most pros, including Fed and Nadal. This requires a longer swing to get the heavier racquet head moving quickly, which he has when given enough time. Also his extra arm length from his 6’4″ frame allows additional racquet head speed to be generated. The combination of heavy racquet plus long swing makes for ball crushing power and clay is the best surface to get that extra time for a long swing thus it has become his favorite surface.


Eskay Says:

Sod appears to have a slight edge. Mentally too, he won the last two times they played. Rafa will be prone to nerves, given all the expectations. If there were no media hype of injuries being a factor last year, pressure would not have been that high. Now, Rafa has to live up to additionally prove that he would have won last year but for injuries. Sod appears to be going the Delpo way. Win the day with explosive shots. Rest of the ATP season does not matter that much. That is the reason that both of them may be G.S champions, but unlikely to become number 1.


Eskay Says:

@rroger
ATP site says that Soderling uses Head YOUTEK Radical Midplus. And this racquet is supposed to have 312 gms. strung weight. Where does one get to know the weight of Sod’s or any other player’s racquet?


rroger Says:

Eskay,
Most pro tennis players’ racquets are not what they appear to be. More info on this topic can be found on a search engine or on some popular tennis discussion forums.


margot Says:

Will Rafa say he is not the favourite with this one???? Sorry Rafa fans, just teasing….


madmax Says:

Eskay,

it’s universal isn’t it? this sort of information is evident in the branding and advertising of the product.


aleish17 Says:

It’s okay margot. I love it when he does not think of himself as the favourite coz that only means that as much as his strong desire to win, he cannot rule out the possibility that he will also lose. Actually he said in his June 04 interview, that he guess he (Rafa) and Sod are the favourite because they reached the finals. And he also admitted that he will have a tough match against Sod come this Sunday. Cheers!


aleish17 Says:

To all pro Rafa, Rafa-haters, pro Sod and all tennis-lovers out there, LET’S BRING THIS ON!!!

VAMOS RAFA!!!


madmax Says:

aleish, it’s all part of the plan though don’t you think? the mind games? – of course rafa’s the favourite! He’s been the favourite for the last 5 years!


its all abt da game Says:

well, well, well…
mr. perfect,
you will bark till sunday, i can gather that..
what then??
i hope, you won’t hide your face since you have been around on tennisx from the time before nadal’s grandmomma was bron, right??

about the match,
i hope rafa wins it..
the king has to get back his throne..
though if sodalime wins, atleast i’ll be happy that borg and wilander were not fools to predict what they predicted..


Tanya_Harding Says:

Rafa in straight sets (#5).

Soderling is over his head in this one. He’s not sneaking up on Rafa this time. Rafa will not give Soderling any silly errors to work with like Federer did.

I look for a clean focused match from Rafael Nadal.


Mr. Perfect Says:

it is all about lime,

you can bray as much as you want, but till when? till pick-@$$-oh breaks his knees or whatever he will come up with when he loses next.

soda-pop loses, no problemo, i am sure he wont offer pansy excuses like itchy-butto offered last time – my parents were divorced. my grandparents are divorced. my great grandparents divorced and everything under the sun.

win or lose, soda-pop takes his losses like a man.


Eskay Says:

@rroger & @madmax
Thanks. I also wanted to purchase a heavy racquet since a light racquet gave me chronic wrist injury.I purchased Head Liquidmetal radical MidPlus, which had similar weight to Nadal’s racquet. But I believe a still heavier like the one rroger mentioned Sod uses would be better. A big swing like that of Sod requires slightly more time to play. If he is denied that time by Rafa, his power can be blunted. But the best person to do that was Roger since he takes the ball very early standing just at the baseline and yet he lost. Rafa hits from 6 metres behind the baseline and that too with top spin, which gives plenty of time to the opponent.Sod can take deadly advantage of that. For me, it is difficult to predict the winner.


van orten Says:

now that nadal is in the finals i read and hear only superlatives about him. he is back stronger than ever , he is unbeatable, he is the most consistent player of the world…i predict that if he doesn’t win at wimbledon people will say that he was tired( as usual) instead of writing or saying that the other one deserved the win. like they always do with federer when he loses. i don’t understand why there always has to be an excuse when losing. there are so many top players around who beat him before and it was def. not because he was tired. by the way the opponent can be tired too from time to time. but you don’t write or say that, because only rafa has the permition to get tired. i wonder why.


Huh Says:

MR. PERFECT:

You are one clear Rafa-hater. You are living in a fool’s paradise being a bitter anti-Nadal. All your posts evoke some sick hatred and jealousy of Nadal. You really suck! Shame on you! I pity you. Behave properly or there’s no escaping the real Rafatards if Rafa beats Fed again in a GS anytime soon (though I hope not). Enjoy your ugly ride of slamming Nadal (being a particular Fedtard, that you are!) unjustly while it lasts. And don’t think that I can’t see what is your language (if anything, it’s extremely classless) and what is your linguistic capability (pretty low). If you had any knowledge of English, be it reading/writing/comprehension/understanding/vocabulary, you’d have never associated the word ‘perfect’ with yourself. There’s nobody who’s perfect but unless one’s most imperfect, he’d not name himself Mr.Perfect (as is obviously the case with you). No wonder they lack even the most basic knowledge/art of perfection and are ending up embarassing yourself. Fine example of imperfection from you, way to go!!!

Your hatespeak is exposed here and you’re disgraceful and coward enough to accept, it hardly means I don’t know comprehension. You are more and more sounding like an ABSOLUTE idiot here who has no idea, whatsoever, of even his own words, let alone others! Hell, you’re indeed an idiot! Talk of the pot calling a kettle back, that’s indeed you claiming me as someone lacking English comprehension, it’s high time you realise your inabilty to distinguish between a lecture and a friendly chat(that I was having with you).

And FYI, I am already tired of your @$$ fetish! Sounds like coming from a real pervert when you always keeping talking about @$$. Are you here to even contribute something worth read or just to spew venom, eh?

And how the bloody hell did you think that you’ve the free pass to talk to me in such disapproving, disrespectful and brazen manner? You really though I couldn’t and wouldn’t hit back, didn’t you? Well, go and direct your garbage against the ones who’re too good not to even consider defending themselves against your idiotic and meaningless posts, I’m, not the one to take the unjustfied heat on me silently. I would retaliate and retaliate with vengeance. You don’t own this site, thus you’ve hardly any right to ask others to post anything which is even fully in disagreement with you, let alone slightly. Stop being delusional and stop being nasty. Learn to treat others with dignity and not with disdain, when you’re the one responsible to have given them the reason to defend themseleves against your vicious, hostile and irresponsible attacks. I warn you against having such a condescending attitude towards others. Don’t interact with me if you don’t want to. I hardly care for hateful persons like you. If you can’t handle the heat created by your own self, then don’t create it; coz you’d suffer otherwise, none else.

YOU SUCK BIG TIME!


Huh Says:

MR. PERFECT:

You are one clear Rafa-hater. You are living in a fool’s paradise being a bitter anti-Nadal. All your posts evoke some sick hatred and jealousy of Nadal. You really suck! Shame on you! I pity you. Behave properly or there’s no escaping the real Rafatards if Rafa beats Fed again in a GS anytime soon (though I hope not). Enjoy your ugly ride of slamming Nadal (being a particular Fedtard, that you are!) unjustly while it lasts. And don’t think that I can’t see what is your language (if anything, it’s extremely classless) and what is your linguistic capability (pretty low). If you had any knowledge of English, be it reading/writing/comprehension/understanding/vocabulary, you’d have never associated the word ‘perfect’ with yourself. There’s nobody who’s perfect but unless one’s most imperfect, he’d not name himself Mr.Perfect (as is obviously the case with you). No wonder they lack even the most basic knowledge/art of perfection and end up embarassing themselves, just like you. Fine example of imperfection from you, way to go!!!

Your hatespeak is exposed here and you’re disgraceful and coward enough to accept, it hardly means I don’t know comprehension. You are more and more sounding like an ABSOLUTE idiot here who has no idea, whatsoever, of even his own words, let alone others! Hell, you’re indeed an idiot! Talk of the pot calling a kettle back, that’s indeed you claiming me as someone lacking English comprehension, it’s high time you realise your inabilty to distinguish between a lecture and a friendly chat(that I was having with you).

And FYI, I am already tired of your @$$ fetish! Sounds like coming from a real pervert when you always keeping talking about @$$. Are you here to even contribute something worth read or just to spew venom, eh?

And how the bloody hell did you think that you’ve the free pass to talk to me in such disapproving, disrespectful and brazen manner? You really though I couldn’t and wouldn’t hit back, didn’t you? Well, go and direct your garbage against the ones who’re too good not to even consider defending themselves against your idiotic and meaningless posts, I’m, not the one to take the unjustfied heat on me silently. I would retaliate and retaliate with vengeance. You don’t own this site, thus you’ve hardly any right to ask others to post anything which is even fully in disagreement with you, let alone slightly. Stop being delusional and stop being nasty. Learn to treat others with dignity and not with disdain, when you’re the one responsible to have given them the reason to defend themseleves against your vicious, hostile and irresponsible attacks. I warn you against having such a condescending attitude towards others. Don’t interact with me if you don’t want to. I hardly care for hateful persons like you. If you can’t handle the heat created by your own self, then don’t create it; coz you’d suffer otherwise, none else.

YOU SUCK BIG TIME!


Thomas Says:

@Huh
well said.


Thomas Says:

C’mon soderling,its time to take down a legend :)


Huh Says:

Mr. Perfect:

Now don’t again come up with your moronic BS that I lectured you in my 11.15 a.m. post or something.


Huh Says:

Hi Thomas!

Are you a Fed fan? I am one for sure. :)
Fed’s my No.1 among the current guys.


Huh Says:

Mr. Perfect:

Now don’t again come up with your moronic BS that I lectured you in my 11.15 a.m. post on the other thread/ 11.06 am post on this thread. something.


Huh Says:

“Thomas Says:
C’mon soderling,its time to take down a legend :)”

Hey, I myself couldn’t have said it any better!!! Kudos to you too. :D

AND for both of us, I say…..

WAY TO GO SOD!!! :)


dell mini Says:

Cant predict the winner for tomorrow’s match quite clearly. sure it is going to be a great match personally I would rate it as high as wimbledon final of 2008. Rafa last year may not have been too serious about the threat of soderling, and primarily I see that reason as being the biggest undoing factor for rafa last year, this year though I hope it will be different evidently from the pre match expressions from both players, soderling said hed prefer rafa to melzer and rafe rated soderling very highly

one short coming of rafael Nadal is that he plays too many short balls to his opponents and part of the reason for this is that he stands way too far from the baseline a tactic originally he modelled to suit and compensate for the ferocity of federer’s serves, but the same tactic which worked so very well for him against federer is proving to be very disadvantage to him against other opponents and mainly the soderling of last year and the del potro in US open last year. If anything we all can agree that rafa has mastered the art of beating federer but in doing that he lost out on the art of beating other players. One thing is rafa needs to use different tactics against different kind of players and he cannot stand so far behind the baseline against the likes of soderling and del potro or they will demolish him and bleed him.

If anything I predict that Rafa is going to come to net more often tomorrow to counter the ouches of soderling agreed that coming to the net on clay court is not such a great idea but we donot know all about soderling and surely we do not know how comfortable he feels like when his opponent is banging him hard by advancing to the net, it is most certainly a very worthy try


Huh Says:

FOR MR. PERFECT:

I wrongly typed “Your hatespeak is exposed here and you’re disgraceful and coward enough to accept, it ” in my 11.03 and 11.06 am post.

READ IT AS:

“Your hatespeak is exposed here and you’re disgraceful and coward enough NOT to accept it ”

And be careful of again coming back at me saying that you can’t even type properly as me and all such other non-sensical stuff. And for God’s sake don’t remind me of your perfection re. typing skills or I’d again have to repeat the truth about you which is-

YOU SUCK!


Tejuz Says:

The script looks so familiar..

just like last year..

Sod beats the No 1 player and defending champion before the semi’s
Sod scrapes through a 5-setter in the semis (last tine it was gonzo)
Sod meets the No 2 player in the finals who is on the verge or regaining his No 1 ranking.

The only difference is that Nadal had an easy path to finals compared to Federer last year and Nadal is on an un-beaten streak on clay this year.

The other difference is that Sodering has beaten Nadal before on the same surface.. and if there is any player who can stop Nadal.. it has to be Sod.

In prev finals Nadal always used to face Fed who had a mental block against Nadal on clay.. but this time its different.Its probably the other way round. Soderling does get under-the-skin of Nadal in their matches.


Huh Says:

AGAIN FOR MR. PERFECT:

“You don’t own this site, thus you’ve hardly any right to ask others to post anything which is even fully in disagreement with you, let alone slightly.”- this I wrongly typed in my 11.03 & 11.06 am posts.

But you gotta read it as:

“You don’t own this site, thus you’ve hardly any right to ask others NOT to post anything which is even fully in disagreement with you, let alone slightly.”

Finally my fave sentence about you once again:

YOU SUCK!


Huh Says:

Tejuz:

You’re scaring me and also lighting me up. Scaring coz u cited the errie simiarity in the 1st part ith last year’s situation, but lighting me up also by citing the difference between last year and this year. Thus, this is for you.

):)


Tanya_Harding Says:

Huh,

You seem to like attacking other posters more than analyzing the tennis. Your posts are rude and tiresome. Stick to the tennis. Others have a right to their opinions too.


sheila Says:

i have the utmost respect for raphael nadal, but i adore roger. so i hope soderling pulls off the upset so that roger retains #1 ranking. unfortunately, nadal will probably be running soderling ragged and mentally, i don’t know if soderling will hang in there, but sure hope he @ least wins a set off nadal. nadal is certainly playing like the #1 player in the world so he does deserve the french. hoping roger bounces back and can @least break sampras’ record as longest #1.


Lenny Says:

Someone let me know when tennis-x gets back to being about the tennis, and when all the 5-year-olds with their playground-fight yells of “Rafa-Sucks-Fed’s-the-best”, “Fed-Sucks-Rafa’s-the-best”, “You-Suck-I-Hope-Your-Guy-Loses” have left.


Huh Says:

Tanya:

Why are you after me exactly? Well, you ought to know what’s actually happening instead of coming to your extremely ill-arrived conclusions and baseless allegations against me. Actually this site is getting spoilrd due to people like you who never look at two sides of the coin. Carry on your tireless lies and exaggerations, it suits you. I couldn’t care less about you.


Huh Says:

Tennis-X could have had a very smooth life if classless posters don’t use language like “Rafa-Sucks-Fed’s-the-best”, “Fed-Sucks-Rafa’s-the-best” as has been just used by some players’ worshippers.


Huh Says:

Tanya:

Please don’t stop, keep posting and do have fun lying against me. I have seen people like you before and would see people like you after, and I call them the ‘self-righteous’ ones. There’s no way your words carry any meaning for me either. Believe me, I skip your posts without reading. You try to do the same. If you can’t resist reading my posts, then make sure you don’t sound like advising me. I never pay attention to people like you who spend their lives pretending niceties. I’m too happy in my personal life to be willing to spoil it listening to your advice. Have fun at tennis_x as there is no dearth of exaggerators like you over here. Don’t bother to respond as I promise never to read your drivel directed against me again.


Tanya_Harding Says:

*Ugh*

I rest my case.


montecarlo Says:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CnX6k0snxA&feature=player_embedded#!

I hope Soderling doesn’t try to cheat this time.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@mc

Too funny. Where was he pointing with his racket, to a bug? It sure wasn’t where the ball landed, lol


Skeezerweezer Says:

For those of you that can’t wait til tomorrow, here is a link to the last set of the 2009 FO match.Interesting ,Rafa went up a break early. Good stuff:)

Thoughts?


montecarlo Says:

BTW skeez check this video @ 6:46

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8yD9bv7zUs

Nadal had a match point to finish the match in straight sets and watching the replay 4-5 times the ball still looks good to me although the linesman and hawk eye called it wide.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Better,,,complete highlights in 10 min

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a43Q22VDP_U


Skeezerweezer Says:

@mc

Yeah that was really close. On a side not Nadal seemed to move a lot better in 2007 than now, no?


Tanya_Harding Says:

I believe he’s moving just as well. I just don’t think he’s as consistent as he was because of his new found emphasis on offense.

It just appears he’s not moving as well, because he’s involved in more shorter points overall. Were used to seeing Nadal run more in a defensive way. Less of those point these days.

That’s just my take.


aleish17 Says:

Hi Huh!

Hands down for you! I adore you for being such a fair Fed-fan, not only for Fed but for other players too such as my fav! Kudos to you!

Good luck to both players today. This will be a helluva match. I hope Rafa prevail in the end though!

Come on Rafa!!! Vamos!!!


aleish17 Says:

Hi madmax!

I guess I’d rather hear Rafa say he’s not the favourite rather than openly admitting he is. Im not ruling out the idea that it’s all mind games but if the other player gets affected by it, then I guess its not Rafa’s fault. After all, there are no rules on what to say and what not to say during interviews, right?

Speaking of the “RULES”, regarding the time delay that Rafa usually do in court, I am one with you and the others who noticed it. There were also times when I hate watching the slow Rafa, whether it’s his superstitions or not. There are rules in the court and I for one (as a fan especially as a Rafa fan) would want him to follow it.

I’ll give him a good spanking in his “famous buttocks” if and when I get to see him (imagining….)lol


Huh Says:

Hi Dear Aleish:

FOR YOU- VAMOS RAFA! :)

FOR ME, C’MON SOD! :)


Huh Says:

“I’ll give him a good spanking in his “famous buttocks” if and when I get to see him (imagining….)lol”

Lol Aleish! ;)

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