Nadal v. Djokovic in US Open Final, Who’s the Pick?
by Sean Randall | September 12th, 2010, 2:08 pm
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Heading into this afternoon’s final singles match of the 2010 Grand Slam tennis season, the biggest question for me between our two finalists, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, is fitness.

We know Rafael Nadal will come into today’s US Open men’s final feeling about as fit and ready as he’s ever been in New York. But what about Novak Djokovic?

The Serb completed his dramatic 3-hour, 44-minute 5-set win over Roger Federer in the early evening last night, which gives him less than 24 hours to recover for his super showdown in a few hours at 4:30pm against Rafa.

Again, it was one of the best performances from Novak I’ve ever seen but I just don’t know if he has enough time to recharge his legs, his body and his mind back to full strength.

“It’s finals of the Grand Slam,” Djokovic said. “I’ve been in this situation before in 2007, so I’m more experienced than Rafa. But it’s gonna be definitely a tough one. Rafa is just playing fantastic tennis. He’s gonna be very motivated to win this title because it’s the only title he hasn’t won in majors.

“I will do anything that comes up to your mind legally recovery-wise,” he joked. “I will do it. You know, I cannot go to the details too much. Emotional recovery with my girlfriend, and a couple of things that I cannot talk about. It’s not what you think. I know what you’re thinking.”

What I am thinking is that Nadal is the very last guy you want to play with weary legs. That said, I hope Novak can recover because if he somehow is 100% fit and healthy the 23-year-old has an excellent crack at Nadal. On hard courts, Djokovic has won seven of 10 meetings against Nadal and he’s won their last three meetings on the surface.

So Novak should have the knowledge and confidence – especially after finally beating Federer – to take it to Rafa. And we know his game actually matches up well with Nadal on many levels, especially on the US Open courts.

Fitness aside, the match for me teeters on Djokovic’s first serve and Nadal’s second serve. If Novak can maintain a high first serve percentage – into the upper 60/70% range – he’s got a chance. If he serves poorly giving Nadal generous helpings of second serve looks he’ll be in serious trouble.

Novak will also have to attack Rafa’s second serve. We know Nadal is going to be mistake-free off the ground and he’s going to have a good serving day with his new, more powerful delivery – he’s only dropped serve twice. But Nadal’s sub-90mph second serve is still vulnerable especially by players like Djokovic who has pontent, if not underrated, return game.

So if Novak can serve well (i.e., hold with some ease) he can take more chances on Rafa’s serve and maybe get a peak or two at break chances.

Mentally, though Nadal is just so tough in situations when so much is on the line, and for Rafa this arguably could be the biggest match of his career to date. And it hard to see him letting this opportunity slip by. Just three sets, 15 or so service holds.

As for my pick, had Djokovic enjoyed an extra day off or at the very least the luxury of an easy straight-set semifinal win, I think I would actually pick him here. Again, he’s owned Nadal on the hardcourts and even though Nadal’s has looked phenomenal this week, I still have doubts about the level opposition he’s faced thus far and the very fact that he hasn’t won a hardcourt title in some 18 months still gives me slight pause.

Djokovic has been battle-tested and he’s won matches over players who excelled this summer – Fish, Federer. So based on strength of competition, Novak gets the edge.

And in some ways the quick turnaround and his underdog status might help ease the pressure on Novak, who I’m sure few if any expect to win. So while mentally he may not be the freshest, he should at least be clear in his mind and free with his racquet.

But it’s hard to discount Djokovic’s energy level although there is hope. There is a chance of rain today and with it a possibility for a third straight Monday final. However, if the match is played as scheduled I cannot see him being at 100% after yesterday’s monster win.

It is a bit of an injustice that players are forced to play the semifinals and finals on consecutive days to win the US Open (Federer even touched on it yesterday). Some day that will change, unfortunately for Djokovic, unless Mother Nature intervenes again, it won’t be soon enough.

I said at the start of the tournament that Nadal’s biggest obstacle was the schedule, fortunately for him with his path and Djokovic’s 5-setter it ultimately and ironically may very well work in his favor.

So I like Nadal completing his career Slam today by capturing his first US Open in four, maybe even three sets. And Spain’s summer reign culminates with Nadal taking a another bite out of history.


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564 Comments for Nadal v. Djokovic in US Open Final, Who’s the Pick?

jane Says:

In each of the 3 slam finals Rafa’s been in this year, he has and will face Federer’s conquerer. It was the other way round for Fed at the AO this year (and USO and FO last year) where he had to face Rafa’s conquerer. Shows that a player pretty much has to beat Fed or Rafa just to get to a slam final, and that to win a slam, that player pretty much has to beat both of them – but it’s not easy to get past one of these two let alone both!

All that said, good luck to Nole today; I hope he can make this final competitive, find his deepest reserves, and take at least a set, if not win it all. This is the slam he’s done best at for 4 years in a row so it would be wonderful to see him win it and get his second slam.


kimberly Says:

I hope its great final and I hope rafa wins.but I feel it could go either way. Regardless, congrats to both players on a great tourney. Vamos rafa!


Andrew Miller Says:

Maybe there will be a rain delay to give Novak some time to put his best out there. Novak has the game to make this happen. As much as it’s Nadal’s moment, so too is it Novak’s.


Andrew Miller Says:

Federer threw the kitchen sink at Novak and for the first time at a slam when both were healthy, Novak ducked the kitchen sink and took Federer out at the very end (that’s the only way to beat Federer – or Andy Roddick – is to take them to the very last point). So if Novak’s still standing he has a shot!


Andrew Miller Says:

Plus, Mr. Randall jinxed Nadal. That has to help the ailing Nole.


margot Says:

Djko has the game to beat Rafa, whether he does or not, depends I think on two things. Firstly, whether his first serve is as good as it was yesterday. It needs to be, Rafa is top in 2010 for points won on second. Secondly, of course, on how fit he feels. I believe rain is not expected till the evening.
We haven’t really seen Rafa tested in this USOpen yet, so come on Djko! Believe!
jane: have everything crossed again, am beginning to get severe cramp..;)
tennisfansince 76: do hope you’ve come out from underneath your blanket and your intestines are unsquidged..or are you, at this moment, sitting casualty? :)


gabsvamos Says:

Vamos Rafa!!!! I am so excited that I get to watch so much history being made everytime I watch Nadal take one more step towards legendary greatness.

3 sets, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3.


zola Says:

I think Jane has a great point that a player to get past through Fed and Rafa to win a slam and that is not very easy.

I would like Rafa to win and complete his career slam. I don’t care if he takes the rest of the year off. But he has worked hard to get to this position and I hope he can use his chance.

Djoko played magnificent tennis yesterday and against anyone but Rafa I would have wanted him to win.

That said, I am glad that after 6 years now the critics point to the fact that the super Saturday is a very dumb idea and puts one player in disadvantage.


margot Says:

jane: rain suspends play ;)


Kimo Says:

What’s with Novak and sexual innuendos?

I never thought I’d be happy when it rains during a major, but I’m really glad Novak will get a few more hours of rest.


margot Says:

Humph! have just realised if it’s only “for a few hours” I won’t be watching :(


Dory Says:

Poor Nole. How important it is to him so people will never call him a one-slam wonder which he isn’t. He’s got the game second to none but due to Federer and Nadal’s dominance (their mental toughness maybe), Nole has fallen behind. In the match against RF, he didn’t leave anything behind and totally unleashed. He has to do the same on Nadal. He obviously knows very well that to beat Nadal, you have to be extremely aggressive. God hope he has the endurance left in him to do it. GO NOVAK!


jane Says:

margot, yes have just noticed that it’s raining lightly. Maybe it’ll begin to pour and then the match will be tomorrow. ; ) Honestly don’t know how much difference it’ll make but a little extra rest surely couldn’t hurt! No “rain, rain go away” from me today. :)


Timo Says:

I think Nadal will win his ninth Grand Slam Titel. His game is too strong and in the important situations he’ll be so concentrated.

But i hope it’ll be an amazing final ;)


Nina Says:

@Andrew Miller: “As much as it’s Nadal’s moment, so too is it Novak’s”.

So true Andrew. I don’t understand why people think pressure is off Novak and that he has nothing to lose here. He has a lot to lose! He has the best chance to win his second grand slam after two dubious years and a very shaky season. He also knows that he’s got the game second to none, as Dory points out, and it’s time that he steps up to the occasion if he wants to be in the equation in the future. I think Novak will feel the pressure as much as Rafa, and I just hope that he can give it all there and win it. God knows I will be cheering for him with everything I’ve got.


WTF Says:

jane Says:

“In each of the 3 slam finals Rafa’s been in this year, he has and will face Federer’s conquerer. It was the other way round for Fed at the AO this year (and USO and FO last year) where he had to face Rafa’s conquerer. Shows that a player pretty much has to beat Fed or Rafa just to get to a slam final, and that to win a slam, that player pretty much has to beat both of them – but it’s not easy to get past one of these two let alone both!”

The same was true of last year as well! AO, Nadal had to beat Fed. FO and USO Fed had to beat Nadal’s conqueror (Soderling and Del Potro respectively). Nadal didn’t play the USO, but he likely would have made the final, or lost to the guy who made the final. He vindicated himself this year. By winning Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, I’m fairly confident that he would have won it in 2009 if he had the chance.

I hope Novak makes a good match of this. The rain is giving him a bit more rest time, but it’s only showers. It will intermittently disrupt play, but I doubt it will cause the whole match to be postponed to Monday. He has a chance to answer all my criticisms about his fitness. If he wins this today (and not Monday), never again will I bring up his fitness unless I see him panting or retiring from a match and mention it after the fact.

Novak gets credit for some very gutsy play when he was down match points, but people are overvaluing Federer’s missed opportunities. Those match points were on Novak’s serve. Novak’s meant to win those. If they were on Fed’s serve and he blew them, it would be a quite different story.


Dan Martin Says:

I am going to say Novak in 4 tight sets.


Ike Says:

Dan Martin Says:

I am going to say Novak in 4 tight sets.

agree…


blank Says:

jane -

I am rooting for Nole. Good luck to him!


Ike Says:

Nina

I always wonder when people / experts / players say “Player X is favorite, player Y is underdog – Pressure is on player X, player Y has nothing to lose, and so on…”

My question is does it really matter for the players themselves? i mean these guys are “the best” tennis professionals in the world! Seriously, how many favorites have lost GS finals because of pressure and how many underdogs have won because of nothing to lose?

If we do the analysis for last (say) 10 years of GS finals, I think numbers will support my theory.
(Note: I am talking men’s tennis).
Just for e.g. Rafa had “huge” pressure on him this year’s FO & Wimby, but he won!
Did Fed lose last years USO final because of “pressure of being favorite”, I think it was pure shot-making capability of Del Potro!


magaji Says:

hope rafa will win, expetially if put into consdaration that nole win agains him last yr was due to injured he suffered from.so for sure rafa will win in streght set.go rafa Nigerian are be with u.


Ike Says:

blank, jane, margot,

probably, this is the final i will enjoy the most in a long time….
i just hope it will be high-quality, winners more than UEs match…
Rafa is a great player / champion, but i m rooting for Nole…


guy Says:

a comment from the usopen website:

‘I hate to sound like an idiot, but could someone tell me who or what “Nole” is?’


Anna Says:

Zola – I’m with you, if Nole were playing anyone but Rafa I’d want him to win. He certanly played his heart out yesterday. But regardless, this is Nole’s season coming up and I know his play at this tournament will give him alot of confidence for the indoor h/c tournaments. I’m pretty sure he’ll have #2 locked up by years end. As for Rafa, I really want him to have this extraordinary moment.


Anna Says:

I believe “Nole” is a nickname for Novak.


sonic Says:

Yes, rain!

All of a sudden Nadal goes from an easy victory today, to an unsure match tomorrow. At least the weather gods have sense, since US Open organizers are idiots who make men play 2 matches in 2 days.

Come on rain, do your stuff!


Kimo Says:

Anybody got any new on when the rain might stop, if at all?


Kimo Says:

I meant “any news”


jane Says:

CBS is reshowing the 5th set Fed/Djoko semi at the moment; it is just fantastic. These two were hitting monstrously in the rallies. Shots you’d just never expect to come back were coming back. Thanks to Djoko and Fed for the joy of watching you two go at each other with all you have. What a fabulous set of tennis, imo. It’s like they both laid it all out there as they knew it had come down to one set.


blank Says:

jane,

Glad your man is getting some well needed rest.


Ike Says:

sonic

as u know, Super Saturday is very unique thing about USO, (since 1984). Probably u know, they had sandwiched women’s final between men’s semis, (i think that was real stupidity). Here is the link:
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/open/2009-09-11-super-saturday_N.htm

But, i think the current format of Super Saturday is ok. This way i (and most of the Americans) don’t need to take Friday off, either to watch or travel to NYC.
Just my opinion.


jane Says:

BTW, congrats to Jack Sock for winning the boy’s juniors; Novak has been hitting with him for a few days, and Nole said in his presser the other day that Jack is a great kid with loads of potential.


Kimo Says:

Thanks blank. So would they play even if there’s 30% chance of rain?


jane Says:

blank, yeah, I think he’s going to need it. : ) Rafa is extra motivated to win this one and complete his set. Not that Nole isn’t hungry to win too. Anyhow, we’ll see. I wonder if it’ll get started today; the last shot shows it’s still raining in NYC.


Von Says:

Didn’t Djokovic have two days off before he played the SF on Saturday??


sonic Says:

Ike,

that’s the problem, it’s a matter of convinience and glam. But for players, it’s torture. How many results were changed due to this? All of a sudden weather you play first or second becomes a big deal. It brings a huge element of luck into something the players and sometimes their families bring a their whole lifes into.

How was Djokovic supposed to play today? He wouldn’t have lasted more than a set. It was maybe fine in 1984 when tennis was still on a fairly joke level compared to today and people actualy played on the net as a standard, but today it’s become so physical and full of baseline grinding this format in no longer acceptable.

I have a growing sense that justice will prevail this time around, looks cloudy as hell.


blank Says:

I am not sure what the cutoff time is if the match is to be called off today?

Even if it starts, I think it will more likely be stopped on and off due to rain. If that’s the case, who will handle it better?


Kimo Says:

I got work tomorrow so I’m off to sleep. I’ll try to wake up in the middle of the night to check if the match is on. I just hope they give up on playing tonight.


aleish17 Says:

They already announced that the final match will be played tomorrow.


Von Says:

The SFs this year were played earlier than in previous years, and many other players have done it before.

Many here on this site have mentioned that a few hours in recovery time does not or should not affect any player, when it was mentioned previously..

People are talking as though someone is out to hurt one of the players by schedulikng of today’s Final. it’s always been that way.


montecarlo Says:

Play suspended till tomorrow. Djokoivc gets much needed and deserving rest. :)


zola Says:

still raining!

Kimo,
There is supposed to be a rain-free window before 9 pm. I hope they don’t make the players wait and then send them off to finish the match tomorrow!

The window was supposed to be about 5 pm and so far has not opened.

I am surprised that they have not even conered the
grounds. It will take a bit to dry the courts if the rain stops.

Anna,
you are right in saying that Djoko can stay in this position for a long time. My guess is till at least the AO. I do not think he has many points to defend. We have to see how federer will react to this loss and slide to no 3.


aleish17 Says:

I heard the commentator said the men’s final will be played 4 pm tomorrow.

See you guys tomorrow! Now Novak will be rested for one more day. May the better man win!

Vamos Rafa! Rest well!


Kimo Says:

YESSSSSSS!!!! Night everyone :)


blank Says:

Great news for Novak! I hope he wins.


WTF Says:

When doesn’t it rain late at a US Open? IT’s almost as if mother nature knows it’s the final weekend of a US open and decides to ruin it on purpose. Same time every year. So predictable yet the USTA won’t build a roof. Not even a cheapo transparent raincoat plastic roof that they could cover the stadium with from above?


Ben Pronin Says:

The whole point of Super Saturday is for the ratings and commercial success, right? Well this is the third straight year we have a Monday final. Last I checked, Monday nights aren’t exactly the best night for tennis finals. So for the sake of ratings, why not push up the semis to Friday in case of any delays so that the chances of playing on Sunday are greater. I realize it doesn’t apply this year since playing on Friday wouldn’t have changed today. But last year, Saturday rained out and everything was pushed back a day.


zola Says:

Good news for Djoko and his fans.

I think this is normal to have a day between the SF and the final. Now it will be a normal match.
If Rafa wins, no there will be no “if”s and “but”s.

I think the rest is good for Rafa’s knees and blisters as well.

two things need to change about the US Open:
1) Men’s semis needs to be moved back to Friday
2)Arthur Ashe stadium needs a roof!


jane Says:

Zola ” I do not think he has many points to defend. ” Actually Nole has loads of points to defend this fall: Bejing title (500 pts), Basel title (500), Paris Masters (1000), as well as semis in Shanghai! Thus, it’s fantastic that Djoko will pick up a few extra points at the USO (maybe more if he wins the slam). In addition, Fed didn’t play the Asian swing last year, so it’s very possible Fed could gain points there and still get back to #2 depending on how Novak makes out the remainder of the year. Plus Nole is in Davis Cup semis after the USO, so he may be a little worn out. In any case, I’d rather Nole get another slam than keep #2 ranking.


jane Says:

two things need to change about the US Open:
1) Men’s semis needs to be moved back to Friday
2)Arthur Ashe stadium needs a roof!

I agree. Have one men’s semi around 2:00 or 3:00 and the second around 6:00 or 7:00 on the Friday. All the other slams keep that schedule of 1 day’s break between.

In any case I also agree with zola that the “rest” issue is no longer a factor and the match can be played out without that being a talking point.

I hope Nole uses this extra time to get physical ready and focused. I am sure Rafa is already raring to go! ; )


Kimo Says:

Djoko didn’t reach the Shanghai semi, remember? Delpo and Fed qualified from their group, Soda and Davy qualified from theirs. It was kind of an upset considering Nole won Basel and Paris.


Kimo Says:

Ooops, I confused Shaghai with WTF, sorry, my mistake.


stu Says:

I, for one, don’t think Nole would have let tiredness get in the way. It would have been a fantastic match regardless, but if they had played on Sunday, Nole would have had an excuse to lose. Now there are none. Your time has come Novak Djokovic, show us what you’re made of!


Duro Says:

May be it’s meant to be for Novak. So many signs yesterday. Almost every time the ball hit the net it went to the other side, Fed out, rain today… Hm…

See ya tomorrow, folks. In Novak we trust!


Ben Pronin Says:

The problem with the USO all starts at the beginning. The first round is played over 3 days, which is completely unnecessary. Everything needs to be pushed up 1 day. Because right now, if the semis were played Friday, that would still require someone to play 2 days in a row since 2 of the quarters are played Thursday.


zola Says:

Jane,
I didn’t know about Djoko’s points. But reaching the final surely compensates for some of those. From Fed’s record thos year, I am not sure if he would want to put any effort in smaller tournaments ( and maybe that costs him the majors now). We will see.
Regardless, this is a great result for Djoko and I am sure he will be motivated to do better for the rest of the year. He had a difficult beginning of the year with shoulder injuries and parting from Martin.

Stu,
definitely Djoko would have wanted to do his best, but the match with Federer took a lot physically and mentally. To me it looked like a final. He was stopped in NY three times by Federer. I think that win meant a lot to Djoko.

I wish now that the delayed the match, they had it at night so that people could watch it! I need to find an excuse for tomorrow!


jane Says:

zola “I wish now that the delayed the match, they had it at night so that people could watch it! I need to find an excuse for tomorrow!”

I know! I can’t miss work as it’s only the second week of classes and I teach until 4:20 pacific time, meaning 7:20 eastern. Arrrghh! Oh well, can’t have it both ways (i.e., rest for Nole and getting to watch live) so I’ll have to try to follow scores at work and set the tape again.

stu, were you there yesterday to see it live? Tell us your impression if you were.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Damn,

The U.S is the richest nation in the world but can’t afford a roof at their premiere tennis event. Good Lord, even Wimbledon has one.

Get with the times U.S Open, build a roof.


YY Says:

I hope for a Rafa win to get the Career Slam record out of the way. Novak still has plenty of chances to win Slams but Nadal may not have the chance again. If the stars were aligned for Roger to win the French to complete his career Slam, let this be Rafa’s moment! Surely, true tennis fans would like to see another player complete this rare achievement? Good luck Nadal! :o)


Nina Says:

Now at least Novak has equal chances to win this slam. Good for tennis me thinks. Ajde!


Sean Randall Says:

Match postponed until 4pm tomorrow on CBS. Good news for Novak.


Boomba Says:

Yes, because rain,Novak will win tomorrow, he is very lucky, good news. and I think Novak is going to eat Nadal in 3 sets. No doubt.


Kimberly Says:

Break down of match-up
First Serve–Adv Nadal
Second Serve-Adv Novak
Return-Advantage Novak
Forehand-Advantage Nadal
Backhand-Advantage Novak
Net-Adv Nadal
Movement-Equal
Fitness-Advantage Nadal
Motivation-Equal
X Factor-Advantage Nadal

Think its a 50-50 shot despite what some people are saying.

Thoughts?


Hypnos Says:

I think it’s 50-50, but not because of the skills breakdown. It’s because Djokovic is going to grip-it-and-rip-it, and it will come down to whether or not the ball goes in.


Robert Says:

Well considering the talent of both players I beleive Novak has a deeper control of emotion.
I think Rafa will try is best to beat is opponent but I am afraid that he will loose control and Novak will win. This is what happened yesterday against Roger. Novak has a very strong power control and it could allow him to have Rafa do more errors.

Good Luck Novak!


mem Says:

kimberly,

why do you upset yourself so much over the predictions of posters and writers? they are only predictions! destiny lies with God, not with man! in other words, nadal’s fate is not in the hands of writers, commentators, or fans. they have no power over whether nadal wins or loses. they think they do! they are only stating what they wish to happen. relax, enjoy the match, we will see what happens! all in due time!


Voicemale1 Says:

Nadal probably would have preferred to play Federer, who isn’t having one of his better years & he could have exploited Federer’s Backhand even on this surface to greater effect than normal. Djokovic is a tougher match up for Nadal overall. It’s tempting to just say the surface favors Djokovic and be done with it, assuming the extra day helps him only (Nadal gets an extra day too).

The real problem for Djokovic is he’s never faced the new & improved aggressive version of Nadal that’s been on display in this tournament so far, with the beefed up serve and the mindset to come in behind that brutal forehand of his. Novak is used to playing the Nadal who happily stayed back 8 feet behind the base line even on a hard court and waited for the other guy to make errors. He has said many times that he like playing Nadal on a hard court because it’s easier for him to “make Winners”. But with Nadal pretty much having staked out the baseline (and speed into the forecourt fearlessly) this whole fortnight, Djokovic might not find that pattern so easy to execute now. Nadal’s ratio of net points won is stunning, and his volleys are much better than Djokovic. The new Nadal Serve is something Djokovic hasn’t seen yet, and Nadal has still only lost his serve twice in six matches. That stat is breathtaking. Basically, Djokovic is going to be facing a better hard court version of Nadal than he’s seen before. On top of all that, Nadal is moving as sweetly as he ever has on a hard court surface in this event. That’s not to say Djokovic can’t win this – he certainly can. But given how Nadal has made his way through the tournament, Djokovic is actually going to have to play better than he did against Federer to win. And that’s the real question: whether he can play better than he did Saturday. Unless Nadal drops a level or so. But since Nadal is 8-2 in Major Finals, it pretty much shows that a Major Final isn’t exactly the place where his level tends to drop.

The day off helps them both. If it starts to get tight or get away from Djokovic he’ll start overusing that drop shot of his. If it starts to get away or gettight for Nadal, expect the serves to start getting spun in instead of hammered in. So when the nerves get to each of them as a First US Open Title gets closer for one of them, it will very likely become a war of attrition with long rallies and a lot of scrambling with lots of haymaker shots getting blasted to the other guy. And between these two it’s Nadal who wins when it turns into one of those types of matches. Nadal in 4 Sets.


zola Says:

Voicemale 1
great analysis.
I too think the rest helps both. Any time Rafa has one more day to rest those knees and blisters that botheres him, it is good news.
Now they are equal and the fatigue is not a factor anymore. The better player will win. I hope it is RAfa . But if Djoko can win Federer in the semis and RAfa in the final, then what is there so say but congratulating him?

I think Rafa’s hard court game has improved a lot and I hope it can show in the final. If not, he will have to go back and work harder and come back next year.

My only criticism is the time as I wrote before. 4 pm on a Monday? Why not 6 or 7 pm? grrrrr!
VAmos RAfa!


Voicemale1 Says:

Zola:
Thanks you very much. But I could also be very wrong :).


stu Says:

jane, i had been meaning to write about my experience at Arthur Ashe, but I realized on reading the comments here that everything about the match had been discussed already!

what you guys may not have appreciated, however, was the role the spectators had to play in Novak’s win. we cheered every rally, booed every bad line call, held our collective breaths for every ball that caught a net cord (all of which were in Nole’s favor :P). i didnt realize that the crowd would be with Novak, and don’t think he did either because he was SO pleased – did they show him blowing the crowd kisses on TV? clapping for them (while they did the mexican wave even after being told to be silent) in the middle of a game? asking roger to wait a bit before serving on break point because he was overwhelmed by their support?

it was a fantastic, dramatic match to watch live, especially after the disappointment of the Rafa-Youzhny matchup. the spectators were asleep for most of that match, except when Youzhny finally broke serve, only to promptly give back a break :S. the contrast between the two matches was apparent from the get go, with Roger’s awesome backhand to win the first point. i can see why people say Roger wasn’t at his best, but i think sets 1 and 5 were absolutely brilliant for both players. this was the fourth time that i have watched nole and roger live at Arthur Ashe, and while we all know that Nole was mentally stronger this year, i think it was the fact that he has been drama-free this entire tournament (2007 – first breakthrough, 2008 – roddick, 2009 – desperate attempts to win back the crowd) that made the difference…


stu Says:

ps – i watched the 5th set again on tv later because i was too nervous to appreciate it the first time, and now i wish i could go to the final tomorrow :(


Daniel Says:

Seems Djoko is going to play the spoiler here.

From the get go everything was aligned for Nadal: first his draw opened up, them Spanish felas, then Fed one point away froma the finals (Nadal would definitly prefered to play him than Djoko)after an exhausting semis while Nadal had an easy one with Youzhny. Suddenly, just one point and things changed. Djoko in the final, but spent. Now things turn even more, a extra day of rest which renewd Djoko’s strenght. I can only imagine his feelings when the match was postponed: this is it! The tennis gods must love me and I will take my chance. While Nadal must have feeling, shit, another day.

I will go with Djoko in 4, but only if he wins the first set. He can’t aford to let Nadal confortable in the match from the go. If he loses the first set Nadal will enter in super kill mode, his tennis nirvana, which he did in Wimby.


jane Says:

Thanks for the “live” report stu. I didn’t see that “blowing kisses” moment, no; on the t.v. it seemed as though the crowd was equally supportive of both players which is what Novak said in his post-match presser. At some moments they’d be behind Fed, and at other moments, behind Nole, or that’s how it seemed to me. I will have to look for the “wave”, though, if I watch that tape again. It must have been incredible to experience live – lucky you. It was amazing to watch, especially that 5th set, on the T.V. Wow, some go-for-broke, gutsy tennis. I haven’t seen Nole quite than mentally tough or determined in a long while.


stu Says:

re the crowd support, it could also be that i was in the same section as a huge bunch of loud, excited serbians :). he kept looking in our direction and waving at the end of the match…


jane Says:

How nice that he waved in your group’s direction; it shows that fans are appreciated. I remember what Djoko said about that tough first round match in the heat, how one fan kept saying to him “hang in there; keep fighting” and how he heard him/her “and that’s what [he] did”. A testament that one fan can make a difference, for good or ill.


Michael Says:

A lot of people say Nadal will win the US Open because he has won every match in 3 straight sets. But I don’t think he can win the final against Djokovic. Nadal hasn’t play a tough match in the touranment so far like Djokovic, who he beat Federer from the dead coffin of saving two important match point. I believe Djokovic will be ready to check Nadal in 3 straight sets like Del Potro from last year. It is a dream for Nadal but I think still a far distant for Nadal to accomplish. Go Djokovic!!! 6-2, 6-2, 6-2


andrea Says:

rain everywhere…except LA..nice and sunny here. maybe ship the final out west?

i’m strangely ambivalent about the final. after fed played so calm, cool and collected against soderling, i didn’t even factor the serb in. swore it would be a rafa/roger final.

i guess i have to go for rafa but hope it’s not a beat down. can hardly wait to go back home and watch the 5th set of the semi…sounds like it was ferocious.


guy Says:

djoker has had some convincing wins against nadal on hardcourt, but the problem for him is nadal actually has a better serve than him at this point, not as good as federer’s but still better than novak.
also nadal is a better returner than fed so djoker won’t be able to get to hold as easily.
and of course it’s 5 sets, and novak doesn’t have nadal’s concentration.
technically speaking nadal is the better player at this point.

but on the otherhand that federer win would do wonders for somebody’s confidence.


zola Says:

Andrea,
Same here. After Federer played that magnificent match against Soderling, I thought he would win the championship. I really don’t understand how he played like that yesterday. Maybe he needs to play more to be more consistent.

Stu,
what a match to watch at the US Open. Watching from TV I couldn’t figure out who the crowd was cheering for. Towards the end the support for Djoko was higher. Will you be there for the final?

guy,
I too think Rafa is a better hard court player than he was a year ago. His serve, court positioning, his forehand , volley, many things have improved. But Djoko is now very confident and motivated and well-rested. So let’s see what happens tomorrow. I hope Rafa can win this. Nothing againt Djoko, but this is very significant in Rafa’s career.


montecarlo Says:

Startling fact about Djokovic- Rafa rivalry is that djokovic has never won the third, fourth or fifth set against Nadal whether its a best of three set match or 5 set match. All the 7 matches that he has won were best of three sets and in those too he won in straight sets. So until he proves otherwise I can’t see him winning three sets against Nadal. His best chance was if match was played over two days and this doesn’t seem to be happening now.


Swiss genius Says:

i am horrible with predictions, so i am sad to say i think rafa will win in 4. the good news though is that rafael and roger are the only guys who can overcome my prediction jinx, so i will hope rafael proves me right. i don’t mind being wrong and rafa winning in 3 or 5.

too bad with the rain, yesterday. rafael would have crushed novak in 3. now, things are even, but rafael’s career golden slam and novak’s retirement slam have taken a huge hit.

come on rafa, give yourself a chance at a rafael slam. vamos rafa.


Swiss genius Says:

where is my post?


Swiss genius Says:

i am horrible with predictions, so i am sad to say i think rafa will win in 4. the good news though is that rafael and roger are the only guys who can overcome my prediction jinx, so i will hope rafael proves me right. i don’t mind being wrong and rafa winning in 3 or 5.


Swiss genius Says:

too bad with the rain, yesterday. rafael would have crushed novak in 3. now, things are even, but rafael’s career golden slam and novak’s retirement slam have taken a huge hit.

come on rafa, give yourself a chance at a rafael slam. vamos rafa.


Fairypin Says:

Having seen Djoko gasping and panting along the way during Fed’s match, just surprised me so much that he could hold to win. Compared to Federer or even Clisjter, after 27-shot-rally she still took as normal breath.

Now that both of them have got one more day (at least)resting, no unfair to excuse.

Hope it will be a good final and a better player will win his first USO.

I cheer for Rafa to complete his Career Slam as he’s deserved. They’ve yet met this year and I agreed with someone up above that Djoko’d never tasted new version of Rafa’s. The version with full of confidence as same as or even more than Rafa’s 2008 added by much improved hardcourt game. I don’t think Djoko’d ever beat Rafa in any final, let alone Grand Slam final(they’ve never met in GS final). While Rafa’s record in final esp. GS one is unbeleivable(8-2) , this could simply explain of Rafa’s mental strength to deal with any kind of pressures with calm and humility. “If he plays better than me, he beats me so just congratulate him” as nice and easy like that. But..no fight? No way. We’ve seen this before, someone played 5-set-4-hour semi match and then came back within less than 48 hours to play another 5-set-4-hour match to win the final beating the GOAT and that’s Rafa. Champions take chances and I could not see Rafa let this trophy slip away from his bite. Vamos Rafa


stu Says:

zola, I wish I could watch the final live but I have to work :(. NYers were going crazy trying to sell their tickets yesterday, so many can’t make it and nosebleed seats were available for as low as $50!


mat4 Says:

Djoko beat RAfa in the Miami final.


mat4 Says:

Sorry, my mistake. They played the final at IW, it was the qf at Miami.


mat4 Says:

Before the USO, nobody gave Djoko a chance to make the QF: he was bound to lose against Fish, Roddick, Baghdatis… Then, when he made the semi, except Ubha, nobody saw him winning against Fed. Now, everybody sees Rafa as the winner.

The worst is that nobody wants to see that Djokovic is Rafa’s nemesis on hard. When he won, it was a beat down most of the time. But for Rafa fans, everytime he loses on hard, he is injured, or tired, or I don’t know what.

It will be, at least, a difficult match for both. But if Novak plays well, Rafa will be not beaten, but humiliated, just like he was in Toronto, Miami, Paris, Cincy, IW…


Michael Says:

The contest in the finals of the US Open will all boil down to the form on that particular day. Considering the law of averages, Nadal’s serve percentage is likely to desert him in the final and this may help Djokovic a lot. Djokovic is also in a way lucky blessed by Mother Nature after his marathon against Federer which just drained him a lot and might have had an impact if the finals were not rescheduled. This is a big breakthrough match for Djokovic as if he wins the final he will be doing what Del Potro did last year beating Nadal and Federer consecutively to grab the coveted crown. Moreover, a Djokovic win will put him on a league of his own and will also earn considerable charisma which has been the domain so far of only Federer and Nadal. My prediction is that if the match ends in four sets, Djokovic will be holding the trophy and if it goes to five, then Nadal will be having the last laugh.


Voicemale1 Says:

One thing to keep in mind also is how much Djokovic was helped in his cause to get through by Federer himself. In their SF Federer gave up a total of 66 Unforced Errors, and many of them coming at times that turned the match to Djokovic (such as the Forehand Error on Match Point). The ratio of Winners-Errors for Federer was -18; the only time I have ever seen this kind of stat for him is when he plays Nadal at The French Open. But you expect a lot more errors on clay than hard courts. Djokovic kept his game very clean: his ratio in the same category was a mere -2, and his own First Serve percentage was a solid 62%. With Federer serving at barely above 50% for the match, Djokovic was getting a look at a Second Serve almost half the time. That also helped the Djokovic cause considerably.

Even with Federer playing that far below his best the match still had to go to a 5th Set. Basically Novak got a lot of help from Federer losing the match to him. I’m not sure he can count on that today. He’s going to have to take the match, Nadal is a lot more consistent, gives up a lot less errors overall, and serves more consistently – especially in this tournament.


Voicemale1 Says:

Mat4:

Just to correct: Nadal & Djokovic played twice at Indian Wells. Nadal won their Final in 2007; Djokovic won their SF in 2008.


johhny Says:

“In their SF Federer gave up a total of 66 Unforced Errors …”

true, but the real reason for that was the fact that Novak Djokovic was across the net, simple as that.


jane Says:

Voicemale1, “Novak got a lot of help from Federer losing the match to him.” In some ways, yes, you could see it this way. But also, Djoko could’ve made it easier on himself too. One could argue that he should’ve won set one; he was up a break but lost it, and then he blew it when he was trying to force a tiebreak. J-Mac immediately said Nole “should’ve won that set.” Djoko did the same when trying to force a tiebreak in set 3. Both times, broken and errors. So if he had forced and won at least one of these tiebreaks, the match might’ve been over in 4, not 5, sets.

Also, Novak stepped up his level when he was down those two match points, and he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. In some ways I saw the way Nole played those few points as Rafa-like. Instead of playing safe or tentatively when the match was on the line, we went for it, and imo, he played out the remainder of the match like that, and so did Fed. They were both really laying it out there those last 6 games or so. They both made some errors, but they both hit some beautiful shots too.

I am not making any predictions: what others have said is true; Nole hasn’t beaten Rafa in a best of 5. They’ve never met on hard court in a best of 5 so perhaps that’ll help Nole’s cause. But Rafa is improved and he’ll not want to let this chance to complete his set of slams go by. I don’t think Nole will want to lose this chance to grab a second slam either, but Rafa has considerably more experience playing slam finals – how many? 12 is it? This’ll be his 13th slam final I think whereas it’ll be Nole’s 3rd, and he’s not been in one for over 2 years, so Nole may (?) be nervous and that could be a factor in tense / close moments. He may’ve gained some confidence from the Fed win though which could mitigate the nerves? I don’t know.

Anyhow, whatever happens, I hope it’s a good match.


stu Says:

I have no doubt that it will be a good match. I have not been able to think about anything else.


sar Says:

Nadal will be in pitbull mode for sure. Novak must take the first set.


jatt Says:

It looks like the beast will be claimed the king.
Reason, rafa knows this is “the” match and he is not going to care about his knees or changed game style. He is going to run after every ball and return it back to nole which i think will play a lot of part in 4th set particularly.I really wish Nole to take this slam as he has been knocking at the doors since last 2-3 years now but it is difficult to go through the beast.


guy Says:

voicemale

i think the errors in this match are a little misleading because they were both blasting away, federer particularly. and some shots listed as unforced were probably a lot harder to make than the scorer realised. the fact they were both in the negative says something to me, because it was a high quality match.
also federer was always going to have more errors than novak because he was being way more aggressive and that’s the price you pay sometimes, especially when you’re against such a good defender.
i mean if aggressive tennis didn’t have a price, blake would have 20 grandslams by now.


Von Says:

Voicemale1: “With Federer serving at barely above 50% for the match, Djokovic was getting a look at a Second Serve almost half the time. That also helped the Djokovic cause considerably.”

Thank you for saying the obvious. I would have liked to state those facts, but considering how many jumped down my throat for saying Monfils, the clown, gave the match to the Joker, I didn’t dare mention anything else. The Djokovic fans don’t like to face reality of what happens in his matches.

Federer helped djokovic considerably — he lost his serve, and as you pointed out, it still took 5 sets for Djokovic to obtain the win.

Federer fans should be somewhat proud of their guy — he’s tough to beat in slams. Who else would be able to go 5 sets with their serve desrting them in such crucial moments. and, even, in the 5th, he had match points. The guy’s goood, no question about that, and it’s obvious why he won 16 GS titles.

someone mentioned that no one gave the Joker a chance, well his draw opened up from round 2 when roddick got taken out by Tipsy. A tired Mardy Fish, who’s played the worst match over the the course of the USO series, and a clown in the form of Monfils, helped the Joker.


jane Says:

Nole is 2-4 vs. Fed at slams (2 at AO, and 4 at USO), but he’s 0-4 vs. Rafa at slams (3 at RG, 1 Wimbledon). I don’t know how much surface plays into this or if Rafa is just a tougher match up for Djoko? Only one player has ever beaten Nadal at RG (Soda, of course), and even Fed couldn’t stop Rafa there so Nole’s 3 losses there are not surprising in some ways. Maybe this is Nole’s best shot to beat Rafa at a slam, here or the AO? But Rafa is always tough to beat and he has an incredible slam final record. He really is in the conversation as one of the greatest of all times. If he wins today, his stock in that department goes way up! :)


stu Says:

“Who else would be able to go 5 sets with their serve desrting them in such crucial moments”

answer: Nole :)


mem Says:

Below is a quote from nadal about the postponement!

“There’s nothing you can do about this; it’s New York in the rain,” Nadal said, gazing outside. “For sure, it’s fairer like this. I think it’s better for both of us to have a day of rest.”


fed is afraid Says:

rafa is such a sweetheart.


Kimberly Says:

my plans (if anyone cares), pick up kids at school, work out, watch the match. May miss the very beginning but oh well. At least I know my house will be clean and all of the laundry folded as I always clean and fold laundry while I am nervous. Cook the kids dinner?(i see delivery in my future) Cooking does not relax me, only cleaning.


Nina Says:

@Voicemale1 said “Even with Federer playing that far below his best the match still had to go to a 5th Set. Basically Novak got a lot of help from Federer losing the match to him.”

Not true. Watch Federer’s presser, he explains it perfectly because he knows his tennis:
“I tried to play aggressive, not to give him too much rhythm, and it all came back at me. I let him back in the match like that.
At the end, it’s not easy, you know. 3?All, 4?All, 5?All in the fifth, anything can happen. That’s the good part, not the bad part, because it’s not purely in your control.
Sure, now looking back I missed a few too many forehands at the very end, but the match won’t be decided on winners only. You can also see mistakes, and he pushed me to make those. Credit to him.”
And last but not least: “The guys who overlooked Djokovic don’t know anything about tennis”.
And yet, what do most people? Overlook Djokovic. Again. Such a pity. But time will tell, just one hour from now.


stu Says:

We need a “like” feedback button on this blog. If we had it, Nina, your post would get one from me!


stu Says:

Rafa was practicing his deep backhand down the line and crosscourt acc to Luke Jensen. Nole was having trouble finding a lefty to practice with :)


margot Says:

jane: have so much crossed have bcome a contortionist! Set your students a long poem to learn by heart, in silence. In honour of grendel it’d better be Beowolf. Put your feet up and watch final in peace! It’ll take them 4ever..


Kimo Says:

It’s ON.


Kimo Says:

Novak is tiiiiight.


Daniel Says:

What was this forehand into Nadal’s hand. Bad start for Djoko, all his serves sete retornes.


stu Says:

Novak twisted his ankle already? come on!


tenisbebe Says:

JMac said that Novak did something to his ankle on the first point. I didn’t see it but he is flexing it. Ai yi yi, his game is about movement and that doesn’t bode well for a competitive match.


i am it Says:

Rafa breaks Djoko in the 1st game giving, allowing 1 point.
He’s on mission.


i am it Says:

That’s a slow start for Djoko. He may get run down in this set.


tenisbebe Says:

They are both tight. That attempted BH down the line by Rafa – ow.


stu Says:

horrible shank forehand ugh. it was novak’s point…


zinaldo Says:

This is going to be a real boring final,nadal peppering djoker backhand and him missing.


zinaldo Says:

Please del potro and murray make finals so nadal cannot just come and do one single thing to win.


zinaldo Says:

The moonballer is at it again,such ugly tennis.


fed is afraid Says:

go rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


i am it Says:

Rafa has put a lot of pressure on Djoko from the beginning. Djoko misses 2 (one BH and another BH, both easy ones after long rallies).

Rafa consolidates his break. 2-0.

Djoko goes down 0-30. Ace. 15-30. Ace. 30-30. Powerful flat shot from Djoko. 40-30. Big serve unreturned. Holds.
Djoko on the score board. 1-2.


fed is afraid Says:

if it is ugly tennis, it is winning tennis.
just ask roger


stu Says:

it is kind of ugly from both players so far but there’s no doubt in my mind that the match will pick up from here. they’re just finding their groove.


zinaldo Says:

Come on novak.


jane Says:

I have a 40 minute break between classes; ah, not looking good for Djoko – already broken. Rafa (as “i am it” rightly says) is a man “on a mission”! His serve will be crucial today because Rafa will make Djoko pay, probably more than Fed did (something VM1 already pointed out above). I hope Djoko can make a match of it anyhoW.

hey margot!! I can’t do “Beowulf” in that class as we’re doing non-fiction prose a.t.m. (it’d be a little difficult to pass dragons and such off as fact, though with some of these kids you never know, lol), but I do have a group thing planned for the second class hour so I will upload the uso site to the podium computer and take peeks. :) I don’t know how much the crossing will help versus a determined Rafa, but we’ll see. First set might be more crucial today than the other day.


Von Says:

If anything is ugly, it’s some of these comments.

I suppose Nadal has read Brad Gilbert’s book, and has put it in motion, but I think another player, has adhered to it as if it were the Ten Commandments. I saw some ugly tennis being played during the USO and it wasn’t coming from Nadal’s racquet. sheesh.


zinaldo Says:

Damn nadal is good but what a pusher and defensive player,everything is about not making any mistakes.


zinaldo Says:

yes novak,beat that spanish b.


Kimo Says:

YESSSS come on Novak!!!

Nadal broken in his 2nd service game. Shows that he only held his serve so easily during the tournamet coz the opposition was S.O.F.T.


i am it Says:

Beautiful rallies but Djoko overpowers and takes break back.
2-2.


Kimo Says:

Why is Djoko not coming in. He’s not gonna win this match from the baseline.


rose Says:

.im not sure who is gonna take this one..nadal is playing great but novak has the edge and totally overpowers nadal in this surface..lets wait and see…


zinaldo Says:

Ridiculous how many defensive shots this spaniard is
playing,all about waiting for mistakes.


zinaldo Says:

Come on novak show him this isn’t roger the sissy.


stu Says:

i think early signs say that djokovic is playing better. rafa will still win, because this seems like it will go the distance


fed is afraid Says:

did you see that t shirt, i left ny


zinaldo Says:

Proper moonballing working for nadal right now.


zinaldo Says:

Nadal is doing nothing but float the ball and saying to djoker you hit a winner.


stu Says:

is it hot out there? why is novak struggling physically?


Kimo Says:

The more aggressive Novak is, the better he plays.


dari Says:

This is already grueling. GO NOLE!


i am it Says:

Big mistake from Djoko to let that slice down the line go and faces 0-40.
Saves first forcing Rafa to slice wide. 15-40. 2nd serve. Good 1-2 punch. 30-40.
1 to go.
Forced Rafa to throw FH long. Deuce.
Big wide serve unreturned. Game point.
Djoko throws easy FH wild.
Deuce.
Rafa runs Djoko side to side and forces an earror from Djoko.
Break Point 4.
Rafa forced to throw BH wide.
Deuce.
Djoko shanks easy FH into the net.
5th BP.
Djoko hits beautiful BH down the line.
Deuce.
Djoko mishits and gets angry (self-abuses his feet with racket).
6th BP.
After a long rally, Rafa’s powerful FH into the corner earns him another break. Djoko gets frustrated and difigures his racket.
3-2.


zinaldo Says:

Just how boring nadal is,really if djoker was taller he would be hitting them over his shoulders shots,a lot easier,this is why had this been del potro today,nadal would be losing as he would be able to hit this spaniard boring player off the court.

But i give him credit,he is in the tennis game to win and not lose.


zinaldo Says:

Nadal is only here to make djoker work,he won’t be risking anything.


margot Says:

kimo: agree with that and let’s not write off Djko yet..please. However, Rafa’s first serve is not on at the mo. but he’s playing clever.


tenisbebe Says:

Anything short, Nole needs to tee off on. Like that point!


Peter D Says:

Djoko might have lost it mentally right here


fed is afraid Says:

this is so exciting
go rafa


i am it Says:

Rafa consolidates break losing only 1 point.
4-2.
This match is intense.


Von Says:

No, it’s not hot in NYC. According to John McEnroe, with the Joker, one never knows if it’s real that he’s suffering from anything, or he’s just playing possum.


zinaldo Says:

Really that one person can build his all career on one tactic,is truly ridiculous,please del potro come back please,so nadal might have to think about something else to do.


tenisbebe Says:

Rafa really bided his time and then drilled the FH for 2 winners in that last service game. Love it!


i am it Says:

Djoko holds in love. 3-4.
That’s what he needs to do. He has to construct an open court and go for big shots to make it a match.


stu Says:

zinaldo, whats the point of repeating the same complaint over and over again? if the strategy works for rafa, he has the right to use it!


guy Says:

zinaldo that’s an interesting analysis, given nadal has 10 winners to novak’s 8.
pretty effective moonballs huh?


tenisbebe Says:

Oh man, what a crappy dropper attempt!


i am it Says:

Djoko has not been able to take advantage of Rafa’s 2nd serve.
Rafa holds in love. 5-3.


gonzalowski Says:

Nadal played uso 2009 not healthy, maybe Delpo ‘d have won too but no so far.

Rafaaaa!


zinaldo Says:

Everything defensive from nadal ridiculous.


Von Says:

stu: @ 5:02 pm, I agree with you. I’m beginning to think you’re somewhat fair-minded. after all.

I don’t know why a tennis player is criticized (outside of gamesmanship) for playing in the manner that’s effective for him to win.

I don’t suppose anyone’s noticed the amount of time between points that Djokovic is taking, so why the criticism for Nadal on how he plays. sheesh.


i am it Says:

Djoko holds, losing only 1 point. 5-4.
Can he do anything to deny Rafa the 1st set?


zinaldo Says:

What not healthy,are you a deluded rafa fan who believes everything he says about him only losing whenever he is unfit or didn’t play his best,that is rafa ego so he can never doubt himself he has to say them stupid things.

Like when he says roger is the best even though he pretty much beats him each time they play,it is just to keep himself grounded and not to believe in his own hype.


margot Says:

jane: if Beowolf is out what about a biography of Queen Victoria, it would be a very long book ;)
Uh oh, looks like a thunderstorm coming.


i am it Says:

It has begun raining.


gonzalowski Says:

in Spain’s media today the discussion is if Rafa is best spanish sportman ever. It seems between him and Indurain (5 tours of France)


zinaldo Says:

Djokovic has to be aware of that stupid serve to the backhand.


Von Says:

This is ridiculous — the match was postponed because of rain, and here’s the rain again. OY


i am it Says:

Djoko could not do much to Rafa’s variation of serve. Rafa takes the 1st set, losing 2 points on this game.


guy Says:

11 winners to 9
damn nadal and his defensive tennis…


jane Says:

Based on the first set, it’s looking like Rafa may have this one in the bag: more winners to UEs, and a nice, clean set, whereas Djoko has more UEs to winners.

I have been following scores only while doing other work; how much rain is falling?


zinaldo Says:

Please del potro come back please only can make this fraud play at his absolute best,right now nadal doesn’t really have to much but hit the ball to djoker backhand.


i am it Says:

Jane,
Rain was misinfo from the CBS people.

Djoko holds in love 1-0 (2nd set). Nice start. Don’t give up hope.


Von Says:

We get it that some people are working and others are not. OY same ol same ol. OY


jane Says:

Thanks i am it; have to go to class. Good luck to Nole, but I feel in my gut that Rafa may have date with destiny today. :) That’s okay – whatever happens is fine. I’ve always liked Rafa’s fight, he’s hard not to admire.


zinaldo Says:

I can’t see djoker winning this.


fed is afraid Says:

nole has more of a chance of winnning this than roger would against rafa.


zinaldo Says:

I think if djoker can find that drop shot because nadal is properly camping on that baseline that it could well be a money shot today.


YY Says:

The beauty of tennis (and any non time-limit sport) is that the match isn’t over until the last point is won. Which explains why I don’t enjoy football/soccer as much :o)


i am it Says:

Djoko is mounting a fight. He forces Rafa’s 3 games points to deuce. But misses next 2. Rafa holds. 1-1 (2nd set).


i am it Says:

Rafa replies with equal force but is not enough to break. Djoko plays well enough to hold. 2-1 (2nd set).


YY Says:

Still looks like it could go either way. Go Rafa!!!


zinaldo Says:

You would think this was clay the way nadal is getting to so many balls,i am starting to wonder if even del potro could beat him but i think the height of juan martin and the better forehand would be bothering nadal only tactic of hitting to djoker backhand.


margot Says:

Bad news 4 Djko, Rafa’s serve is improved and he’s beginning to read Djko’s. Djko keep those points short and go for it!


rose Says:

this is novak chance to break ..will he do it?


Vins Says:

Zinaldo, please stop crying.


Kimo Says:

COME ONNNNNNNNN Noleeeeeeee.


fed is afraid Says:

oh no


i am it Says:

Djoko gets triple BPs. and breaks Rafa in love. And a “Come-on” from Djoko.
3-1.


stu Says:

Okay – can he hold now till the end of the set? Cmon, give us a match! Even if Rafa wins in the end please fight as long as you can!


Kimo Says:

WOW. That was the point of the match at 0-0.


fed is afraid Says:

rafa wishes roger was across the net right now


Kimo Says:

That’s it Novak. Be very aggressive. Keep Rafa on the run and this match is yours.


blank Says:

Novak playing beautifully. I don’t think he will let this set go!


Kimo Says:

This game was AWESOME from Novak.


i am it Says:

Djoko consolidates his break with a love game. His FH is firing now.
4-1 (2nd set).


zinaldo Says:

Novak at his best,is better than nadal on hard court,he just needs to stop being so passive and really go after nadal whenever he has an opportunity.


Kimo Says:

I’m having flashbacks of 2007 here!!!


margot Says:

jane come back! At last Djko makes a match of it! Come on!!


paula Says:

I think this could be a match. We shall see.


YY Says:

Come on Rafa!!!!

Novak is playing well now.


zinaldo Says:

As long as novak backhand is firing,then this match could well be going novak way.


rose Says:

ok novak starting to play..im rooting for nadal just the same way i rooted for roger last year in the french open..fight for your career grand slam kid !!!!!..


Kimo Says:

Rafa looks shaky after these last two games.


zinaldo Says:

Nadal problem is that he has to be a bit aggressive and that is against his nature.


NELTA Says:

RAIN DELAY COMING VERY SOON


zinaldo Says:

Djoker is returning way better than before and now he is getting more and more into the pusher game.


gonzalowski Says:

what a volley Nadal! he’s artist too, zinaldo


stu Says:

i love Novak’s “too good” applause when his opponent plays a good shot…


stu Says:

djokovic needs to win this set before the rain delay. if there is a god and he really was listening to novak’s prayers…


zinaldo Says:

Look at nadal cheating,does he really need to get that new racquet,what a plonker of a number one,everything to disrupt djoker play.


i am it Says:

Djoko put a lot of pressure on that game but was not able to do much.
Rafa holds. 2-4 (2nd set).


YY Says:

I like how the players show so much mutual respect for each other. Wish I could say the same for some of their fans. lol.


zinaldo Says:

Come on novak be ready for the moonballing.


gonzalowski Says:

great back hands nadal. But Djoko superior this phase


zinaldo Says:

Come on novak that,that fraud,always moonballing and never attacking.


paula Says:

agreed YY.

Nole’s little brother is a cutie.


zinaldo Says:

Djoker is too passive and just hitting the ball down the middle.


stu Says:

how did he miss that volley that he set up so well? adv nadal to give back a break-point…


rose Says:

RAFA RAFA RAFA chanting in center court ..woowww i guess the crowd wants to witness history today


stu Says:

rafa’s slice backhand needs some work


stu Says:

they’re both playing below their best levels. maybe its windy again, maybe its nerves…


YY Says:

@Paula… yeah little Djokovic is a cutie!


Kimo Says:

Novak is playing very smartly, knowing when to keep hitting to Rafa’s backhand and when to attack Rafa’s forehand.


rose Says:

loving these two guys…showing some emotion on court…omg..


gonzalowski Says:

Rafa all this set showing nerves at his face


zinaldo Says:

This is over,god gave novak an helping hand but he decided to do the same to nadal.


paula Says:

Rose- I agree. Love these two right now-love the passion.


i am it Says:

Djoko got caught up in a long rally. 4-15 becomes Deuce as Rafa goes for beautiful inside out cross court winner.
2nd serve in a row.
Djoko cannot pick up Rafa’s deep FH with a volley and Rafa has BP even the break. 2nd serve.
Rafa misses slice long.
Deuce. 2nd serve.
Djoko misses BH into the net.
2nd BP for Rafa.
Rafa misses BH slice into the net and is upset (beats on his hand).
Deuce.
Rafa fires another inside-out cross court as Djoko’s return was not deep enough.
3rd BP. 2nd serve.
Rafa breaks after a long rally.
3-4.
That does not good for Djoko to lose a game after he had 2 game points. You cannot a play sloppy single point, or else this is what happens.


Kimo Says:

There’s 65% chance it will rain.


margot Says:

Djko’s serve isn’t so good so Rafa breaks back. Whether u like his game or not is totally irrelevant, he is totally admirable. He does what he needs to do, which in this case is change his game.


Daniel Says:

I can’t believe the after winning 12 points in a row playing flat for winners Djoko reverted to moin balls waiting for Nadal to miss.


zinaldo Says:

Djoker serve is not a weapon like that of roger can be.


i am it Says:

Djoko tried to do something despite Rafa had 3 game points and earned 2 points but misses easy BH service return into the net and Rafa holds.
4-4 92nd set).


fed is afraid Says:

oh, crap


Kimo Says:

I hate it when they stop in the middle of game, specially late in a set.


YY Says:

damn rain delay again.


zinaldo Says:

I really don’t know who the rain is going to help,djokovic will be cursing himself about not consolidating the break.


i am it Says:

While Djoko is struggling to hold to take a lead with 5-4. He is 30-30.
Rain.Players inside the building.


fed is afraid Says:

usta pays executives 9 million a year, yet they can’t afford a roof.


Kimo Says:

WOW looks like a big rain delay. The emptied out Ashe.


Wheeler Says:

WHERE’S THE DAMN ROOF, USTA?


rose Says:

the us open needs a freaking roof on center court ..c’mon now


montecarlo Says:

Why in the hell they started the match so late when they knew rain was predicted? Come on man this match needed an 11 AM start.


stu Says:

rafa is going to come back with the best strategy to win 2 consecutive points off novak’s serve.

why didn’t novak just take the set before the rain delay?!


Kimo Says:

montecarlo said:

“Why in the hell they started the match so late when they knew rain was predicted? Come on man this match needed an 11 AM start.”

Two letters: T and V.


YY Says:

Do you think this match could be delayed till Tuesday?


montecarlo Says:

The rain break will help djokovic. There is no way he could have played 3 consecutive sets with this level and this much effort against Rafa. As I said earlier djokovic’s best chance is rain delays and lots of rest in between, even another day’s rest wont be bad :D


i am it Says:

When Djoko got broken back on the 7th game 2nd set), he played 1 point casually and and in the next point he was too defensive, and so on. The point is he got caught up in the rally, instead of going for winners and shortening points. He allowed Rafa to dictate points. He cannot always do that unless you are in a position to hang on with Rafa with deeper returns.


Nina Says:

C’mon Djoko, you have to win this set, there is no other way if you want to stay in the match! My god, this is the worst shake to my heart possible… I can’t stand it, no matter the result. Do you see Djoko tired? he looks like…


stu Says:

YY, as of now it is predicted to rain until 8-ish, and then clears up. We’ll see a winner under the lights. There’s only a set and a quarter left to play anyway :(


Wheeler Says:

If Djoko loses this game, it will be because of the damn rain and stopping play at 30-30. WHY CAN’T THEY STOP AT 4-4??


Nina Says:

Do we agree only the most aggressive Djokovic can win this, right? so let’s do it Djoko, don’t shy away from it! maybe the rain delay will be good for him, he’ll have time to think what went wrong. He was playing so well at the start of this second set, don’t ruin it please. My heart can’t take it. How long is expected the delay?


stu Says:

Well then Djoko’s just gotta learn not to lose games in such situations. No excuses, he has to man up and play like he did on Sat.


YY Says:

Thanks Stu! Was asking because the court looks really wet and I can actually hear the rain coming down from the livecast. lol.


montecarlo Says:

The problem with USO is they don’t even have funds to purchase covers let alone build a roof. So that means even a 5 minute rain means atleast 45 minutes delay due to drying of the court. Come on man, even my local tennis courts got covers and play resumes here within 5 minutes of rain stopping.


Kimo Says:

As an engineer, I must tell you guys that money is not the only problem. Covering Ashe is NOT easy. Hell, Centre Court at Wimbledon is a lot smaller than Ashe and it took them three years to complete the roof.

The problem at the US Open is the scheduling. Plain and simple.


fed is afraid Says:

they don’t have the funds because they pay executives exorbitant salaries


WTF Says:

Wheeler Says:

“If Djoko loses this game, it will be because of the damn rain and stopping play at 30-30. WHY CAN’T THEY STOP AT 4-4??”

If anything, the rain delay helps him. He needs it more than Nadal. It allows him to recompose himself and speak to his coach. And physically, we know he’s more likely to struggle in a long match than Nadal. He has already benefit greatly by getting an extra day off.


fed is afraid Says:

players should boycott uso


jane Says:

Oh phooey, just when the students are almost settled into group work, the rain halts play. Oh well: it doesn’t sound like Djoko is in with a big chance from your comments. I’d like to see the ceremony; regardless of whether Nole wins, he made one big hurdle here by beating Fed instead of getting taken down by him 4 years in a row. So he’s a step in the right direction. The bad news is that hard courts were the one place players thought they had a chance versus Rafa, but now Rafa has mastered these too! What can you do? Keep on trying; it’s the only thing.


fed is afraid Says:

nole isn’t out of it yet, he still has chance to win


van orten Says:

i knew this was coming djoker playing the match of his life against federer but when it counts most he is way too passive and letting nadal dictate the points. i wish fed had won on saturday . he would be agressive no matter what !!!!

there must be a statistic which says: nadal 1st in breaking serve after being back 40:0 or 40:15 in the score and winning his serve after being 0:40 . it is just too hard too watch. and i am so happy it is raining now .. djoker had his chances he took them ( what a surprise vs fed) not vs nadal so far..what a pity


sar Says:

They said $500,000 for a roof at Ashe.

Nole better wake up.


fed is afraid Says:

and the trophy ceremony will be another diaster like it was last year with del potro begging to speak in his language.


montecarlo Says:

Yesterday’s rain was much lighter and they called off play by about this time. So I can sense they will call it off pretty soon. And I am sure they will again schedule a late start tomorrow and hope for another Rain delay. I assume they are trying to take this tournament in its fourth week.


margot Says:

Bed time UK!
Night jane, i am it, stu,kimo, fif and everyone, 2 many 2 mention. Hope the match continues competitively. Might even be continued 2morrow if the rain carries on :)
What cracks me up, about the tournament, is that men with brushes sweep the rain off the courts ROL. Didn’t we get a man on the moon 30 or something years ago…..


van orten Says:

i officially will quit watching tennis if nadal wins this in 3 sets!


stu Says:

“djoker had his chances he took them ( what a surprise vs fed) not vs nadal so far”

exactly. he doesn’t seem to be in it, mentally, like he was against fed. he is playing well, but misses BIG opportunities like he has done in all other match this year before saturday…


stu Says:

haha night, margot. i guess there are a few positives to your favorite losing early – uninterrupted sleep!


NELTA Says:

There’s a smaller batch of rain clouds about 2 hours behind the ones in Flushing right now. They appear to be heading in the same direction so there could be another delay maybe 8:30-9pm if the match isn’t finished by then.


i am it Says:

“We get it that some people are working and others are not. OY same ol same ol. OY”

What’s your problem, control freak, hiding out of Vindy mask for a sec, still on probation and moderated (your comments were not posted instantly)?


stu Says:

for shure the match will be finished by then, no?


Von Says:

I doubt the USO directors would want for this match to be carried over to tomorrow, again. It’s not cost effective for them to do so, despite what people think, as the additional labor costs incurred must be quite high. However, it would be to their advantage and be cost-effective in the long run to put a roof on one of the courts, so that these delays wouldn’t be a problem in the future.

I think we can blame the rain problems on Nadal, as it appears that the rain loves him and follows him wherever he goes. From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli …. LOL.


Ben Pronin Says:

It’s 7 now, it’s still raining hard. Each set has been 50 minutes and they’re not even done the second set yet. I’m going to take a wild guess and say the match won’t be over by 8:30/9… unless Novak retires during that time.


i am it Says:

correction: hiding out = coming out


sar Says:

I mean 500 million


YY Says:

@sar… $500 million seems correct. I was thinking… $500,000… that’s less than the winner’s prize money! :o)


Von Says:

LOOL, somebadoy or bodies are getting afraid and edgy that their boy is not doing so well. GO NADAL!!!!!!


Eric Says:

500 million? no way is that an actual figure. they could build a completely new tennis complex for less than that.


Skeezerweezer Says:

sar,

lol, when you said 500k I thought you meant a tent?

I am it,

Are is saying Mindy is Von?


i am it Says:

Skeeze, that’s the unanimous verdict of 5-member jury (all old-time regular T-X posters) after analyzing syntax, vocab, para, and tone.


Skeezerweezer Says:

WOW…


Kimo Says:

Eric, the roof at Wimbledon was for 400 million, and it wasn’t as big of an engineering challenge as covering Ashe would be.


montecarlo Says:

I heard they started drying the court. Can somebody confirm?


Ben Pronin Says:

Yep, court is being dried.


WTF Says:

I think everyone (USTA included) would want to see a roof on Ashe. Problem is the cost. Wimbledon’s Center Court roof cost 400 million pounds to install and the process took 9 years to install it. They had to do it piece by piece each year, or the stadium would not be available during Wimbledon time.

I’m quite sure Ashe stadium’s roof would be a more complex job than Center Court’s. Ashe is a lot bigger than Center Court even though Wimbledon likes to call that court the biggest court in the world. There could be technical hurdles making it even more expensive or take even longer.

Does the expense of the roof outweigh the costs incurred by delaying the final by a day or two? From their perspective, it’s a much tougher question to answer and I suspect they are having difficulty justifying the cost. After all, rain only matters at Flushing for 14 days in a year. It’s an awfully high expense for something that will only be relevant 2 weeks in a year.

My guess is that the roof will never happen. Blame the US Open architects for their lack of forward thinking when they built the structure.


stu Says:

how long does the effin court take to dry?


WTF Says:

If they started plans for construction on the roof tomorrow, then we wouldn’t expect to see the roof functional until 2020 at the very earliest, so don’t hold your breath guys. Just get used to 3 week US Opens.


paula Says:

I think wtf is right.


stu Says:

Von, FYI, Djokovic has already done lot better in this tournament than anyone expected him to, incl himself and you, so I don’t see what you’re so happy about.


stu Says:

couldn’t the match have stopped at 4-1 for Nole? i guess he’s had his share of luck this tourney. but so has rafa!


zinaldo Says:

Watching the the last year final and i am really now thinking that roger must have thought that del potro after handing him the 3rd set,would capitulate in the 4th and soon as he didn’t,he is the one that lost it.

This is now what i think roger has become accustomed to and the only way he is going to be more competitive,he is going to need to find that edge he used to have in his prime and stop those mental walk about he has been going onto lately.


Wheeler Says:

@WTF. The rain won’t necessarily help Djoker esp at 30-30. Nadal tends to be very stable from the start of matches. Federer almost always and Djoker sometimes needs time to settle down on their game and commit less UEs. If before that, he gets broken, it’s over.


fed is afraid Says:

why didn’t the geniuses put one on at the beginning


WTF Says:

stu Says:

“how long does the effin court take to dry?”

A long time unfortunately. The US Open aren’t very clever like their french and english counterparts. At Wimb and Paris, upon the slightest onset of drizzle, the ball kids will grab a cover and quickly blanket the entire court with it. The process takes less than 10 seconds. No drying necessary.

US Open does not cover its courts, and the drying process takes 45 minutes. No roof, and slow to react to rain. This from arguably the biggest, richest and grandest of the grand slam tournaments. It baffles the mind.


fed is afraid Says:

as an american i am embarrassed at how badly run the uso is


Skeezerweezer Says:

WTF,

I agree. Wouldn’t make more sense to just start all over again with a design for a roof…??

Kimo?


goat galz Says:

Yup Skeezer, everyone knows it.

Oh, and Von, a reminder in case you forgot, Roddick is the goat’s forever pigeon. Even lungman Djokovic just got a win off the old guy at a GS.

Laughing so hard it’s rattling my old bones, dolls.


stu Says:

okay ima risk it and go home. if it starts before i get back, enjoy the match, people!


Eric Says:

Kimo, seriously? That’s amazing… I remember a few years ago when Pittsburgh was building new football and baseball stadiums, each one was only 200-250 million (each). So I guess it’s the engineering challenge of the roof that makes it so expensive – but it’s still hard to believe. It would probably be cheaper to build a completely new facility with a roof than to retrofit the current one, eh?


WTF Says:

Wheeler Says:

“@WTF. The rain won’t necessarily help Djoker esp at 30-30. Nadal tends to be very stable from the start of matches. Federer almost always and Djoker sometimes needs time to settle down on their game and commit less UEs. If before that, he gets broken, it’s over.”

He’ll be fine. He’s two points away from going up a 5-4 lead and making Nadal serve to stay in the set. I don’t know at what score you would consider it an advantage to Djokovic for a rain delay to happen? Does he have to be up 4-2 or 5-3?

I could already see signs of a struggle physically coming out of Djokovic in the less than two sets so far. No way I would have fancied his ability to keep it up if it were to go 5 sets. But thanks to the 90 mins rest he gets, there will be no problem at all physically no matter how long this match goes for. That has to be in his favor, no?

He retired against Roddick at the Australian because the heat was too much for him. But an hour later when he was in the press room, he said he felt better and was ready to go back out again. Well he’s getting more than an hour’s break now, and the conditions were nowhere near as grueling as it was on that day. If this rain delay helped anyone, it’s him.


Von Says:

Fed is afraid: As an American I’m not embarrassed about how the USO is being run. I think they do a good job, really. No one can predict mother nature. The FO still does not have a roof, and it was only last year that Wimby installed one. I’m positive the USO will have a roof installed in the not too distant future.

As I mentioned to a poster when the tourney began September in NYC is very iffy, weather wise.

__________________
skeezer: You can have a good laugh, as you know better. LOOOOOOOOL


Kimo Says:

@Skeeze:

The only way I see a roof happening over Ashe is if they take down the nose-bleed sections (aka cheap seats). The current design cannot in any fathomable way carry hundred of tonnes of added weight.

And I don’t see them doing that either because the VIP boxes will then become the worst seats in the house.


Kimo Says:

And if you mean they just tear Ashe down and start over with a new design, that would be even more outrageously expensive and can’t be done in less than a year.


fed is afraid Says:

i won’t hold my breath waiting for that roof to come


sar Says:

McEnroe showed a point in the Fed match where Novak twisted or hurt his ankle and he flexed it already on the first point today. He also said the five set match with Fed has to have taken something out of him. Nole has to play through it but even if he does win it by a miracle he has to play Davis Cup in a few days. Can they have a physio treatment during rain delays?


WTF Says:

stu Says:

“couldn’t the match have stopped at 4-1 for Nole? i guess he’s had his share of luck this tourney. but so has rafa!”

Don’t kid yourself. Any rain break at all would favor Djokovic. Rafa would rather keep playing and wear Djokovic down physically, even if it meant gifting the second set. Rafa is not ‘lucky’ for the rain break. In fact, he’d rather have played this yesterday. And don’t tell me THAT delay was his luck too?

As the commentators pointed out, Rafa’s record when winning the first set is 106-1. I (and he) would have fancied his chances at winning this match regardless of whether it would have to be postponed. The break did him no favors. If Djokovic is rusty when coming back, it’s his own fault.


jane Says:

Any updates on how long the rain will last?


Eric Says:

Ashe isn’t sacred ground. They could build a new facility somewhere else without tearing it down. :) Anyway, I don’t think the lack of a roof is that horrific – yes, rain delays are terrible, but this run of bad luck will end eventually. Apparently, the USO went 20 years without rain affecting the final, until 2008 or whatever.


sar Says:

They said they are drying the court and it will start any moment.


YY Says:

On the one hand, while it would be nice to see fans be more respectful of other players… it does make amusing and entertaining reading here to see how some fans bash opponents. Some are so obviously blind with love or hatred of players that no amount of arguing or counter arguing will make a difference.

Thanks to all for making this BLOG fun ;o)


i am it Says:

“If Djokovic is rusty when coming back, it’s his own fault.”

No excuse, esp. after the extra day’s rest.


sar Says:

They’re on the court on streaming


Kimo Says:

Eric said:

“Ashe isn’t sacred ground. They could build a new facility somewhere else without tearing it down. :)”

So what do you suggest they do with a 23000-seat tennis stadium? Even in the final it’s not a full house, so imagine if the US Open final is not played on it. It’ll be a waste land. :)


i am it Says:

They are back on court. Great.


zinaldo Says:

That is how djoker should play.


Kimo Says:

Looks like Novak spoke to Vajda during the break and Vajda told him to hammer the ball. That’s the right tactic.


Eric Says:

It looks like fears Djokovic would come back cold are turning out wrong. Hopefully he can actually win this set – he deserves it.


WTF Says:

“Fed is afraid: As an American I’m not embarrassed about how the USO is being run. I think they do a good job, really.”

I think they could do much better. Instead of spending 10 seconds to cover the court with a sheet, they spend 45 minutes drying it? Why? And if a second delay happens, that’s another 45 minutes on top of the delay from the rain. 10 seconds vs 45 minutes.

“No one can predict mother nature.”

Weather is never easy to predict (although looking at the last 3 US Opens, you could argue that it would be easy — just predict some rain!), but it seems to me the original architects weren’t concerned about it at all. They did not sit in a committee and decide on whether (no pun intended) or not they should design their structure in a way to provision for uncertainties like this. It’s not even built to comfort spectators in the event of extreme heat.

The architecture was not built to be able to support a roof, so massive and expensive modifications would be required just to install one. It would be simpler (though not cheaper) to demolish Ashe and redesign it. Demolish Ashe? Unthinkable. So of course it won’t happen.

Lack of foresight, or indifference?

“The FO still does not have a roof”

Weather in Paris is never as big an issue when it’s staged than it is in NY.

“and it was only last year that Wimby installed one.”

But the plan for the roof was in motion a decade before it was installed. No plan has been put in motion yet for a roof to Ashe. It will take at least as long if not longer for the roof to be completed unless they want to go a year or two without Ashe being used.

It will be a long time coming if it happens. I don’t see roofs happening unless the entire venue gets moved to somewhere else and they are forced to reconstruct everything. This has happened before, but I don’t expect it to happen again unless asteroids/hurricanes/earthquakes/terrorists destroy half of Flushing. Something I’d rather not think about.

“I’m positive the USO will have a roof installed in the not too distant future.”

It depends on your definition of “not too distant”. Mine probably differs from yours.


zinaldo Says:

Come on djoker.


Kimo Says:

That was a big hold for Novak.


jane Says:

Nole needs to keep working on that net game of his; it was the right play at 15 all, but he didn’t execute.


paula Says:

Covering the court would be really sensible.


jane Says:

These two both defend so well with their backhands.


MarkoPolo Says:

Hold Nole!!!!!!!! Hold!!!!!!! Focus and fire away!!!!


zinaldo Says:

Nadal is quick but damn i think murray and del potro would be beating him right now.


YY Says:

Bleah… the broadcast from USopen.org is delayed by about 10 minutes!!! :P


jane Says:

Try fromsport.com YY. It’s working well for me right now.


blank Says:

C’mon Nole. Don’t let Rafa take this to the breaker. Break him here!!


sar Says:

JMac really loving Nole at the moment. Heavy compliments.


zinaldo Says:

Nadal backhand is well helped by him being right handed in real life which gives him a bit more control and power to hit the ball as hard as he does.

I think that big hitters with a brain and a solid backhand are going to be the type of players that truly make it hard to nadal on his quest to the slams.


YY Says:

Thanks Jane! :o)


jane Says:

Nole gets a set! :)


blank Says:

Now we have a match!!!


Kimo Says:

COME ON NOLEEEEEEEE. Win this thing.

He was just better in that set than Rafa.


Eric Says:

ohh yeah. that’s my man


Duro Says:

Oh my God… Shivering…


Kimo Says:

That was the third time Rafa was broken this match. So when people said that Rafa only held easily before this match because his competition was weak and tired, they were right.


YY Says:

Come on Rafa!!!


Farley Says:

Yeah, Novak gonna win, 4 sets.


Eric Says:

Kimo, damn straight. Although his serve HAS gotten very good.


sar Says:

BRAVO Nole takes the set!!

Like Clijsters the Gemini, Nole and Rafa are too.


Kimo Says:

This is the first slam final this year that won’t end in straights.


blank Says:

Now I can see why strangely I felt relieved when Fed lost.
1. Djoko didn’t deserve to lose to him 4th straight time
2. Fed, imo, has almost no chance against this Rafa


zinaldo Says:

Make him run as if he was running away from a bull.


Kimo Says:

Djoko of 2007 is back baby!!!


YY Says:

The match can still go either way. No point getting over excited until match point. :o)


zinaldo Says:

I expect a lot of coaching if djokovic keeps his level and even some fake injury time out if needed.


sar Says:

Djoko of 2007 is back baby!!!

Kimo, that’s what Mac said. I hope he can keep it up.


zinaldo Says:

Everything chip,someone would kill nadal with serve and volley today.


Von Says:

YY, If you live in the US, the match is being shown on ESPN2, as I write.


Kimo Says:

Shrug that break off Djoko. You can still break back.


fed is afraid Says:

yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


fed is afraid Says:

now don’t lose your serve


jane Says:

Nadal breaks to start the 3rd. I wonder if this’ll be over in four?


YY Says:

That was a loose service game by Novak. That’s why it’s so hard to predict who’s gonna win this match. Both players are having performance swings and not very consistent. Boils down to who plays the crucial games well.

So exciting!


Von Says:

WTF: Maybe our definitions on the roof are as far apart as Australia is from the USA.

It’s nice to see you around and your guy’s looking good.


guy Says:

kimo no you’re wrong
rafa gets broken a lot today because djoker is one of the greatest returners in the game


Kimo Says:

Novak is doing everything right, if only he had more power on his forehand :(


Von Says:

Hang on Rafa, and shrug that second set off.


Ike Says:

Kimo

it’s ok, still Nole can beat Rafa!


Kimo Says:

guy Says:

“kimo no you’re wrong
rafa gets broken a lot today because djoker is one of the greatest returners in the game”

Exactly, and Youzhny, Verdasco and Itsomin aren’t.


jane Says:

Rafa has upped his level; that was a big service game to consolidate the break. Nadal is so strong mentally. He just doesn’t cave or get thrown off very often. Nole, on the other hand, is looking a little bereft a.t.m. – everything is coming back so he is going for too much. Call them forced errors.


fed is afraid Says:

GO RAFA


Von Says:

GO RAFA, YOU’RE DA BOMB!!


guy Says:

‘Exactly, and Youzhny, Verdasco and Itsomin aren’t’

which doesn’t mean they’re not worthy opponents, just that djoker is no.3 in the world.
do you expect nadal to play four no.3 players in a tournament?
just drop the ‘easy draw’ crap


Kimberly Says:

nadals break point conversion is terrible this match. vamos rafa. clean up your act.


Ike Says:

Kimo, von,

great hold by Nole, hope he can build upon it.


zinaldo Says:

Well done djoker,good fighting spirit there,there is no way roger would have held that game with his slowness and rubbish backhand.


Kimo Says:

Another big hold from Novak.

jane said:

“Nole, on the other hand, is looking a little bereft a.t.m. – everything is coming back so he is going for too much.”

I’d rather have him make a lot of mistakes being aggressive than allowing Rafa to dictate with the forehand.


Wheeler Says:

Does Novak look completely exhausted in set 3 to anyone?


blank Says:

If Nadal is playing Murray or Djoker any day on any surface, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get broken.


Eric Says:

guy, it’s an objectively demonstrable fact that nadal had an easier draw than djokovic. whether it was easy in absolute terms depends on what you mean – what’s clear is that 2010 Youzhny, seeded 12, is not an especially tough draw for a SF opponent (who should be in the top 4, not top 20, in the world).


YY Says:

@Kimberly. Agreed. But I think both players are tight tonight on the big points.

This set could still go to Novak if Rafa loses concentration or has a poor service game.


guy Says:

and while we’re on how ‘bad’ the return games of nadal’s opponents are, youz and verdasco are both in the top ten for return games won this season, ahead of federer.


Ike Says:

guy, Kimo,

sorry to chime-in, i think we Rafa & Nole fans shouldn’t be at each others’ throat


Kimo Says:

“just drop the ‘easy draw’ crap”

Ok, how about “this is Rafa’s third match where he’s playing someone who just won a five setter” crap? Is this more your kind of crap?

If Rafa wins no one would remember that he got an easy draw, but it IS a very easy draw.


blank Says:

Just the fact that Murray lost early playing like crap doesn’t make Rafa’s draw an easy one.


Eric Says:

that point was a sign from the gods. unbelievable


Ike Says:

paula,

few days ago u wrote
“I think Carillo is proof satan exists.”
i totally agree with that, i have decided to write email to CBS, i just want to know, why do they as Carillo to do commentary? i m gonna ask them to take read some of the blogs!


guy Says:

eric, the point wasn’t whether djoker had a tougher draw, he was always going to, being no.3 not no.1.
the point is, nadal’s opponents weren’t poor returners and the fact he only lost serve twice was because, god forbid, he’s been playing and serving well.


Wheeler Says:

Nole’s first serve is gone. And so is the energetic body language. I think that’s it. :(


YY Says:

I like the way Novak smiles when the shot is too good. Very positive, like he’s enjoying the good tennis rather than thinking the opponent is too good for him.


Ike Says:

here we go, few more BPs for Rafa….


Kimo Says:

Novak is letting Rafa off the hook by committing all these unforced errors. He’s got that “I have no problem losing to Rafa” look about him that doesn’t make me comfortable.


Kimmi Says:

djoko is making too many errors now. nadal wants this more.

C’mon Djoko..FIGHT


Eric Says:

guy, I definitely agree: Nadal has been playing well. That is just a fact. But it’s also a fact that he had a cushy draw up to the semifinals, and then his seeded SF opponent failed to show up. So all and all, his draw was, yes, easy. Not saying it’s his fault, but it’s definitely part of the reason he’s finally made it to his first USO final. (The other part being that he does almost everything perfectly and his opponents can’t keep up.)


Kimo Says:

Novak has saved so many break points today. The drawback of that is, he’s playing way too many break points.


Wheeler Says:

He may not even play set 4 now. Retire from another match Djoko?


YY Says:

@Eric, that’s why it is more important for Rafa to win this year. He may not get the chance again. I feel Novak will have many more chances at the US Open in the future than Rafa. Same goes for Roger the year he won the FO.


Von Says:

Yes, djokovic played 5 sets, but sets 2 and 4 were just 7 and 8 games each respectivedly. How much energy did that match really take, if anyone wants to be realistic.

The only set that was challenging was the 5th set.

Nadal on the other hadn, played 3 sets, of 10 games each.

Total time spent on court was 1.5 hours more for djokovic.

What about the Monfils match, how many games did that match have?

This is being fair and realistically speaking.

Youzhny is a great returner, but Nadal’s expertise on the court made that match look easy.
_______________
Blank: “Just the fact that Murray lost early playing like crap doesn’t make Rafa’s draw an easy one.”

It’s nice to see someone who’s fair. I’m not a nadal fan, but geez, this poor guy is bein g lambasted for no reason.


Daniel Says:

Have you ever saw a match in which Nadal didn’t save a single break point.
Djoko is 3-3
Nadal is 3-20

Seems today Djoko has the mental strengh edge, even playing inconsistantly!


YY Says:

Wheeler, Novak played some very good shots at break points. He isn’t going to give up!


Von Says:

Also, Federer made the Joker look good.

The Fed of 2004-2008, would not have let that set go. He would have won it.


guy Says:

kimo
djoker only played 90mins longer and they both had a day off.
playing 3 seeds and a slam champion in the final isn’t an easy draw. if you wanna talk easy draws we can go through countless federer slams not to mention how many times he’s played a first time finalist. but i don’t see anyone bringing those up.


Kimo Says:

Whatever happens today, I have new respect for Djoko. Rafa is the leader in break point conversion this year, yet look at how many BPs Novak has saved today.


Wheeler Says:

What a weird and sad 3rd set.


Ike Says:

great save Nole…..again………now break Rafa!


guy Says:

the fact is, no.1 and no.2 seeds will rarely have so called ‘tough’ draws. it’s how the system is designed.


stu Says:

phew. so much just to hold, and he still needs to break back!

@WTF – just saw your message. i wasn’t saying anything negative about rafa, and i didnt meant this rain delay would be lucky for rafa. i said they’ve both had their share of luck this tournament, for rafa, the main one was his draw (you have to admit it was better than nole’s atleast!)


YY Says:

Rafa hold serve!!!! :o)


guy Says:

which is why nadal said this week grand slams aren’t harder to win than multiple masters series, where you play the best players from the get go.


Daniel Says:

Kimo says: Novak is doing everything right, if only he had more power on his forehand :(

But he does have it. Remember the semis agaisnt Fed. The problem is that today he is not hitting it flat.
By the way, Nadal’s backhand is cracking as the match goes on, he hit a few in the bottom of the net today.


blank Says:

They should put some men in the WTA tour to make it more competitive.


paula Says:

I find the grand slam draws for the number one and two players always mysteriously easy, unless you have some comeback person like Henin or Nalbandian in there. That’s why, in some ways, the Masters are more fun- stellar matches from Round One.


Kimo Says:

guy, just because all top 32 players are seeds doesn’t mean they’ll gonna make a dent in a top 4 player’s game.

By a tough draw I mean having to play players who can beat you. The only such player in Rafa’s half was Murray and he was expected to disappoint as he often does.

As for the 90 minute difference, those are Rafa’s bottle adjustments, toweling off between points, picking his shorts, etc.


paula Says:

haha- just seeing your comments now, guy-
we are in agreement.


Von Says:

Well, I see Djokovic taking a lot of time between points, so, I suppose it’s all even in terms of time.


Von Says:

Koenig and Goodall have said it many times that it’s harder to win a masters due to the fact that with each match from round one, they players have some very tough opponents, plus there’s no day in between to rest.


Ben Pronin Says:

If Djokovic had a better serve… if Nadal wasn’t lightning fast… if potatoes were tomatoes and they played with orange rackets… tough match for both guys. At least the final is being fought too th and nail by both guys. Even if Nadal’s draw was easy, it may even be hurting him against Djokovic today. Djokovic has been returning like Agassi all tournament, obviously not everyone is going to do that and certainly not everyone Nadal will face. I do think Nadal’s draw was rather fluffy but that wasn’t his fault. He came out and executed every day and based on today’s performance, I don’t think it matters what draw he had. And really no matter what happens, it won’t matter. I have to agree with Von, Monfils basically gave Djokovic a free day. The guy forgot he was a tennis player and decided he’d rather be a clown.


Wheeler Says:

Djoko’s pace and accuracy gone. I am so sad.


Kimo Says:

Daniel said:

“But he does have it. Remember the semis agaisnt Fed. The problem is that today he is not hitting it flat.”

But he doesn’t hit it like that consistently, unlike Delpo who’s like POW, POW, POW, POW….


Kimo Says:

POINT OF THE MATCH!!!


zinaldo Says:

Well done novak at least you are fighting.


paula Says:

that was an awesome point. Go Nole. Make this a real match.(I’m a fan of both players, but mostly a fan of good matches…)


zinaldo Says:

Come on novak believe,you can do this.


Wheeler Says:

Looks like his energy comes from mom and Marko.


Wheeler Says:

Nole’s standing way too far sometimes.


Von Says:

Come on RAFA WIN. I’ve stuck my neck out for you and had it lopped off and put back on NUMEROUS TIMES, that I now have to check if it’s on or off. That said, WIN THIS, WILL YA.


zinaldo Says:

Nadal has put some variation to his serve today not like he used to only serve to people backhand which has totally thrown djoker return game off as he can’t be sure where he is going to serve next.


Daniel Says:

You gotta give credit to Nadal! 15-30 and he hit 4 serves, because the first one was great but let. He painted the line 3 times in tense moment where any miss and he would be facing break point, which he didn’t save none. Champions just raizes when the time comes and this was it! Djoko was hungry to break back, he only whished for one second serve and Nadal gave none.


Kimo Says:

Realistically speaking, Nole’s chances have dropped considerably now that he’s down 1 set to 2, but Delpo’s chances were slim last year too…


i am it Says:

those wide angle serve of Rafa’s is immobilizing Djoko. That’s what won Rafa the 3rd set, mostly.


Kimmi Says:

C’mon djoko..fight fight fight!


kimberly Says:

Nole was down to fed and troiki.


stu Says:

this is the grand slam final we’ve been missing all year!


Kimo Says:

I’m definitely gonna be sleep-walking at work today.


Kimo Says:

that’s right, kimberly. Keep the faith. But one has to wonder how much gas is left in the tank.


YY Says:

Rafa’s missed too many break point opportunities today. If he loses, these will really come back to haunt him. You have to give it to Novak for really hanging in there.


paula Says:

man, I hate the challenge system. Just use the technology.


jane Says:

Nole is the first guy in slam finals this year to take a set off the opponent: Fed won AO in straights; Nadal won the FO and Wimbledon in straights. I am proud of him. He has played an awesome tournament no matter what happens in this final.

Losing to Rafa, if that happens (likely) is nothing to be ashamed of. He’s numero uno for a reason and has clearly improved yet again. His serve is just fantastic.

Nole is hitting some wicked shots too. Trying to fight. But LOOK at what you have to do just to win a point against Rafa! Insane. You just have to say, sometimes, “too good.”


YY Says:

I won’t write Novak off yet.

Go Rafa!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

errors errors errors: Djoko seem to be using too much enery on this rallies. C’mon hold


Kimo Says:

Rafa is hitting the lines way too many times. That’s what’s frustrating Novak.


zinaldo Says:

All nadal has done today is chip the return,someone would have killed him with a serve and volley.


YY Says:

Novak is so mentally tough this time! So many BPs saved!!!


Kimo Says:

Everything is going in Rafa’s favor right now. There is a sense of inevitability here. :(((


Kimo Says:

Novak looks extremely tired.


Kimmi Says:

I see this now! nadal to win 22 GS


jane Says:

These two are just slugging the ball. I can’t see Nole breaking back now. Rafa is too tough!


paula Says:

I agree with Johnny Mac- Nole needs to come in more.


Wheeler Says:

I don’t get it. The rain seems to have triggered the fatigue in him after he took the 2nd set. They had hardly played 2 games and from set 3, all that fatigue of the previous match set in?


Ben Pronin Says:

It’s pretty telling when a guy wins the US Open with clay court tennis.


Von Says:

“All nadal has done today is chip the return,someone would have killed him with a serve and volley.”

NO KIDDING. THEN I SUPOSE ANYONE CAN GO OUT AND DO THAT, HOW ABOUT YOU???????


Kimmi Says:

another 0-40…thats it i am afraid. nadal just too good


YY Says:

Looks like Nadal is going for the kill now. Go Rafa!!!

I think Novak has the mental strength but seems physically tired.


stu Says:

just too good, rafa!


blank Says:

Well done Rafa. Congrats you deserve it!

Well played it Djoko. Good luck at the next one.


YY Says:

Hard to see Novak coming back down 2 breaks.


paula Says:

Ben- I think its more complicated than that. First of all, there’s Raf’s big serve- new to his game and much more suited to hardcourt tennis. Secondly, Rafa has sort of revolutionized spin-he’s added this entirely new dimension to the game. And regardless of his spin, he has AMAZING racquet head acceleration.


jane Says:

Awww, Nole, he is just down and out now. : / That break at the beginning of the 4th set was like a knock out punch. He did bring the “fight” today, as Enberg said. No one else here took a set from Rafa or Fed, except Nole.

Rafa is two games now from history. Wow, he’s like the “new Fed,” in terms of dominance!!! He’s got the career slam and the golden slam with this win. 3 slams this year, and if he wins AO, he’s got the Rafa slam.


Wheeler Says:

Why play better when you are behind and play worse when you haven’t been broken?


YY Says:

Nadal didn’t do much in the 4th set. Novak just dropped a level unfortunately. But woohoo… so close to history here!

Go Rafa!!!


zinaldo Says:

Nadal has done nothing but serve well and keep the ball into play then wait for djoker misses.


YY Says:

Oooh… break point for Novak!


jane Says:

Nole’s forehand has improved I think; he’s hit some scorchers today!


jane Says:

Rafa’s defense is OUTRAGEOUSLY good! Wow! Like J-Mac said, Nole “would’ve won that point 4 times against anyone else.” LOL!


Kimo Says:

If Novak played the entire match like he has in the last two games, he would have won.


Wheeler Says:

Complete domination by Nadal this season. 3 Slams and 3 Masters 1000s. Have to hand it to him.


json Says:

zinaldo

“Nadal has done nothing but serve well and keep the ball into play then wait for djoker misses.”

Absolutely! Rafa is not the winner, Novak is the loser obviously. All of Rafa’s winners etc didn’t actually exist, Novak decided to just let them whizz past him. And no, you don’t sound like a fanboy/girl at all…!


stu Says:

we have the best top 2 we have had in years


zinaldo Says:

Can’t wait for the indoors tournaments and see how nadal does in them.


Kimmi Says:

at least NO breadstick novak. great hold


paula Says:

Both these men are playing great tennis. Not a bad final after the lay downs of Berdych and Soderling.


Ben Pronin Says:

Don’t worry zinaldo, we won’t see Nadal again until he’s biting down on his trophy of his 4th consecutive slam title.


jane Says:

Kimmi, lol, that’s what I was thinking; phew! No breadstick! : )


kimberly Says:

Omg so nervous I can’t watch


Dan Martin Says:

Congrats to Rafa and his fans. Novak hit him with shots few else could, returned his serve well and still is not going to get it done. Rafa is #1. He’s also taking tennis to new places.


Dan Martin Says:

Jane if he gets the Rafa Slam it would be the greatest achievement in the open era.


paula Says:

Nole is so fun to watch here- what a good hearted man.


kimberly Says:

Please rafa stay strong


zinaldo Says:

Nadal has the luck of champions.


paula Says:

“the luck” HAHAHA
dude, that is a “I took the special bus” comment.


Kimo Says:

Congrats to all Rafa fans.


jane Says:

Awww, Huge Congrats to Rafa for a history-making win! And congrats to all his fans here, zola, Ezorra, aelish17, Voicemale1, Kimberly, Anna,etc, etc…I can’t remember all the names. You must feel thrilled! Enjoy the win! (Kimberly maybe now Rafa’s available for you son’s birthday party ;))

Also huge kudos to Novak for a great tournament, for beating Fed, the USO King for the last 5 years, for taking a set from Rafa and fighting with your heart; Awesome work Nole!! LOL, on the funny net cord moment; such a cool guy!

It was a good final imo; Djoko fought, but Nadal was simply the better man today. I hope Djoko has something in the tank for Davis Cup.


YY Says:

Yes!!!! Career Slam!!!!

WTG Rafa!!!!


zinaldo Says:

Well done rafa but you are going to need to do a lot more especially if you are to really become a true great,your game relies too much on opponents making mistakes especially easy ones.

I really would love to see rafa hitting winners left and right against a murray or del potro and not just keep the ball into play or pepper the djokovic backhand or federer.


Dan Martin Says:

Rafa is the standard bearer for my favorite sport. I will write something up in the next 24-36 hours. Sean will get the first crack of course. Then maybe “staff”.


vrael Says:

for all the fed fans here…lucky federer wasnt playing this…he would have been destroyed

BOW DOWN TO RAFA NADAL…YOUNGEST MAN EVER TO WIN GOLDEN CAREER SLAM……VAAAAAAAAAAAMOS


sar Says:

Agreed JMac! Nole is back in the mix. The “invisible” man at US Open made it to the finals taking out Fed along the way. Bravo Nole, your fans are so proud of you today. Nice exchange at the net too.

Congrats to all Rafa fans.


Kimmi Says:

Congrats Rafa. he is one to beat from now on. The guy has improved….wow wow wow just woww!

Novak – Chin up. at least you have beaten the fed. who denied him the title 4 times. Keep trying.


blank Says:

Congrats Rafa!


Dan Martin Says:

Zinaldo,

Rafa’s style of play is not my favorite. I grew up trying to serve and volley and chip and charge. That is passe now and makes me feel old. Still, who exactly is a true great if Rafa is not?

I think at best in the post-Laver you could put Fed, Sampras and Borg’s career ahead of Rafa’s. I also think you could argue Rafa’s career over at least two of those three already.


Daniel Says:

God laugh at Djoko with the 30-30 down the line ball from Nadal.

Just wow! 24 Years oold, Golden Slam, 3 Slam in 3 different surfaces in a row, something is never being done.

Now he set himself for a carrer Slam in AO11. jst amazing that we are living in an era that we have 2 of the top 5 players of all time.

As of now: Federer, Laver, Sampras, Nadal and Borg. Sorry, Nadal has 2 less Slams than Borg, but this one change the whole picture.

I just felt a sad moment of now: the commentors mention that tennis is gonna suffer a huge loss when Fed and Nadal stop playing. In 6 years ffrom now, we may not be seeing neither of them on courts anymore! :(


zinaldo Says:

All that because of his left hand and immense mental strength but he still didn’t beat murray,federer or del potro so this is a bit of a default us open.


Duro Says:

I am absolutely impressed by superiority of this athlete. Indisputably biggest champion of today. My sincere admiration and felicitation to Rafael Nadal and his fans. What a super human you have and root for. Unbelievable. Congrats, congrats, congrats.

About my Nole, I’m very satisfied. He couldn’t do anything else. Way to go my boy.

Cheers all. What a great final.


json Says:

zinaldo

You are a funny guy/girl! Rafa is lucky and waits for others mistakes and has won 9 grand slams by doing precisely that(including beating Federer how many times again?). And everyone in the world who thinks he is a brilliant player and already in the GOAT debate have obviously do not share the depths of your insights. Genius!


zinaldo Says:

Nadal is like roger at the start when he was humble and really so proud of winning this sort of tournaments but after the 2007 australian open he became a bit arrogant as if he just expected to win them and to me that is where the problems started.


i am it Says:

Congrats to Rafa for his Career Slam.
History made, Bravo !!!
He simply outplayed Djoko. He had everything going, all shots and serve. Defense and offense.
He will be part of the GOAT discussion from here on.
Djoko gave all he had but was not enough.
He was such competitive and produced some of the spectacular shots. He has a lot to take out of this tournament. Kudos to his return to the top 2.
The match lived up to the bill, even if it didn’t go distance.


Dan Martin Says:

I have always been upfront about my biases as a fan. Fed is my all time favorite. Today, I was pulling for Novak. I was pulling for Novak against Fed as well. I just felt it was his year after he beat his countrymen.

I say this and then say Rafa is a great great champion. If he only wins due to being mentally tough and playing lefty, well who cares how he wins? He wins, wins and wins… He makes Hewitt look like a conscientious objector. That is how mentally tough he is.


Von Says:

CONGRATS TO RAFA NADAL, YOU DONE GOOD.

CONGRATS TO HIS FANS: Mindy, Zola, Ezorra (ever so gracious), Voicemale1,(you’ve fought for your guy with class)Kimberly, Aleish, WTF, AND Anna(I just got a B12 shot to root for Rafa), nADLINE, and any others I’ve forgotten to mention.

ENJOY YOUR NIGHT AND THE FOLLOWING WEEKS, YOUR GUY is DA BOMB.


Daniel Says:

If a was Nadal I would skip the entire asian swing and just come back to play, Paris Masters and London final (the only trophy he hasn’t one as of now). He has already points to kip him in number one untill April.

Just rest those kneeds and prepare for the year end where everyone will be scary/hungry to beat him.

I was always a Fed fan for his tennis and for the greatness he was bring in to tennis. Now I can’t wait to see what Nadal will do next. The hype in AO11 will be huge as it was during this open after Rafa’s improved serve.


blank Says:

Nobody is more respectful to other players than Rafa. He is great!


Dan Martin Says:

Clijsters 2.2 Mil Rafa 1.7 Mil… Hey, Rafa does not need cash, but …


zinaldo Says:

How many winners does nadal win whenever he beats roger,there is nothing amazing apart from nadal being able to run down so many balls,his game is pretty much understand,just pepper people backhand and wait for a short reply,very simple of course but not easy to do.

He tried to do the same thing twice against murray and come out loser and the same happen against del potro last year as the mistakes weren’t coming.

He is going to have to be more aggressive and not just hit to the backhand like he did on so many occasions today,the likes of murray and del potro can handle that that shot pretty well and that is why i would say that both of them at their best would beat nadal at their best as they don’t fear nadal or don’t get down on themselves the way roger and djokovic have done against him.


blank Says:

Dan,

They should snatch the $750k or so they gave to Vera and give it to Nole.


Eric Says:

Dan, that includes Kim’s winnings from the US Open series, not just the USO itself.


Ben Pronin Says:

What a joke. I hope we’re all proud. Let’s go celebrate Gasquet-style. It’s ok, Nadal will defend us.


zinaldo Says:

People would say nadal has gotten better but i see this win like roger at the french open,he beat only one person that could beat him,murray lost and del potro wasn’t there so this year was properly made for nadal to win this trophy,i can’t wait for the indoors and the australian open to come around and see how he does against the 2 players that don’t fear and can handle pretty much everything he throws at them.


Dan Martin Says:

I would love nothing more than to see JMDP back healthy. I also hope Murray gets a better mental grip on things as he is uber talented. Oz with Nole, Fed, JMDP, and Murray trying to stop a Rafa slam would be amazing to see. Throw in Cilic too if he can get back to January form. However, why should Nadal complicate things if his formula works? He has added a slice, played doubles and improved at the net, flattened out some shots when he needs to and beefed up his serve. It is not like Rafa 2005 out there. I do want to see some young stud athlete (Belucci?) throw down the gauntlet on clay and say, “Hey can you stay out here all day with me? I am 4 years younger and going to do everything you do better.” It has not happened yet.


Dan Martin Says:

I know it is from the US Open series, but still… we know who is earning money for the slams in terms of tickets and ratings.


sar Says:

How much did Nole get? They didn’t say.


johhny Says:

congrats to Rafa, 110% deserved, way to go champ.

Nole: service, service, service.


kimberly Says:

Congrats to rafa other rafa fans, this was an awesome win. So happy for him. I believe rafa won this tourney out of heart (yes he got a great draw) but he played his heart out because he wanted this so bad. During the trophy presentation he looked like he still couldn’t believe it.

I actually think novak kept the scoreline as tight as anyone (except maybe delpo) could have today. I believe with rafa playing the way he was anyone else would have gone out in straights. He was gracious during the presentation and a class act throughout the entire occasion. I’m glad he didn’t win but I think 2011 has good things in store for him.


Mg Mg Says:

VAMOS RAFA !!!!!


Nadal is the GOAT Says:

Wow, that seals the deal……… RAFAEL NADAL IS NOW OFFICIALLY THE GREATEST TENNIS PLAYER EVER.


rjnick Says:

Did ESPN just cut away at 10:15 without warning or goodbye? The only thing I see on ESPN Classic is 1970s celebrity bowling. Was this just on the East Coast? Because that is a pretty sucky way to end it.


blank Says:

Unless someone gets into Nadal’s head, I don’t see him losing the biggies anymore. Just like it happened with Federer, Nadal will lose the mental edge one day…but that day is not near, that I know.


Dan Martin Says:

RJnick = ESPN runs bowling and stuff like that to make sure Monday Night Football gets the best possible rating.


Von Says:

Congrats to RSutherland also. You’ve been gone for quite a while. I hope you’ll return now to celebrate your guy’s victory.


topspin Says:

What a great match, but even tho Nole played great, I agree with some people, Roger needed to be there, to be defeated by Nadal, only then those FedTards would agree that Nadal is the GOAT!!

Just like when Fed won the french, it’s only winning if you beat the favorite and in the USO Roger was the favorite.


Eric Says:

What’s with all this constant delpo adoration the past weeks? yes, he had a good year last year (culminating in the USO), but it’s not like he’s the world no. 2…


Von Says:

The USO is now being shown on ESPN Classic. they cut off at 10:15 pm.


jane Says:

sar – you won the bracket challenge for our tennis channel pool!! I think? Kimberly you are second, then stu, then scott, then moi. Not too shabby for my first try. : ) When does the Shanghai one happen? I’ll maybe try it.


Mg Mg Says:

Congrats to Novak too. He played a great match. All fans will love his effort. So glad to see him get back to his top form.


Daniel Says:

In part zinaldo is right, if you look at Nadal’s winners today, I bet 20 of them were passing shots due to Djoko not knowing how to finish a point in the net or hit a flat aproach. As much as Nadal has the best counter pounch passing shots from behind the baseline ever, Djoko play a huge factor in allowing those. He never tryed to wrong foot Nadal, he was too predictable and missed a lot of top spin forehand when trying to go crosscourt, which he missed almost zero against Fed.
This was the match Nadal played more defense of all, and Djoko attacking game fell in the law of avareges. He hold himself and misse half the time he tryied winners, plus no serve at all. Nadal had more aces than him, ah!

But Dan is right, if this formula works why change: He almost won US open, which is one of the hardest slams to win (the one with less different wiiners) without dropping a set.


sar Says:

How? I picked Nole to win? What do I get?


fed is afraid Says:

terrible for espn to go to football as soon as rafa receives his trophy
shameful


blank Says:

jane,

I am sure Nole made all his fans proud. He played well, but Nadal was a man on a mission. Hope Djoko works even harder and comes back like a champion next year. He is so much better than Murray.

Shanghai is in less than a month (10 Oct)!!

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tournaments/Event-Calendar.aspx


fed is afraid Says:

rafa owns roger, there is no * for rafa
he would have had an easier match against roger


rjnick Says:

They said it was supposed to switch to ESPN Classic, but I at least didn’t get the Open, just the bowling. I guess since the match itself was over they didn’t want to bother. Did anyone else actually see the Open?


grendel Says:

It’s very hard to see beyond Nadal now. He is head and shoulders above everyone else – and let’s face it, Djokovic had a good tournament. A deserved winner against Federer, he hit toe to toe for a bit with Nadal. He couldn’t keep it up – but who could? The arguments about the Nadal serve are just silly; he totally outserved Djokovic today, and only Federer against Soderling looked to have the more impressive serve. By any standards, that’s an extraordinary advance, and you just wonder how much further he can go.

Kimmi says:”see this now! nadal to win 22 GS” Kimmi, I reckonned four years ago that Nadal would would end up with the most slams. There was something about his mind which was enormously impressive. Since then, his physical game has steadily improved, and who knows if he has yet reached his peak. I can’t see Murray, Federer or Djokovic beating a top flight Nadal in the near future. del Potro is the great unknown.

Of course, even Nadal won’t win everything. He will have his lapses, his injuries, and others will sneak in a slam here and there. Maybe del Potro will prove after all to be his nemesis. Maybe some youngster will come up out of nowhere to challenge him. But for the time being, it is very hard not to see Nadal winning another 10 slams or so.


WTF Says:

This is a pretty big achievement. Winning three in a row on the same calendar year on three unique surfaces is a better feat than each of Fed’s triple AO-Wimb-USO hatricks.

It wasn’t long ago that I said Rafa would never win the US Open, and I think a lot of people shared that sentiment. I didn’t go as far as saying hard courts were his achilles heel, but the USO was always going to be the hardest for a few reasons.

In past years he always entered the event tired or impaired physically in some way. 2008 was a great opportunity, but winning olympic gold, canada, and SF of Cincy took a lot out of him. This season he cut down on his schedule, played less and won less in order to preserve himself for the most important event. He used to give everything and fight for every point. He no longer does that in the less important tournaments like Masters. He doesn’t try too hard to win those anymore because he doesn’t want to wear himself out for the big events. A smart move.

Something that surprised me is how much his serve has improved. It was sub par not long ago. I don’t know how he did it, but he’s improved it quite considerably. He seems to have adapted to his new serve very quickly which I didn’t think possible.

These last two weeks he was just too good. Not even the rain could stop him. So a big congratulations to the guy who has now surpassed Llendl, Agassi, Edberg, Wilander, Becker, Connors and McEnroe in the pecking order of greatness. He is the Michael Phelps of Tennis. When someone says “he can’t”, he goes and does it. In 2008 he got pasted in the AO semis by Tsonga. He responded by coming back to win it the following year. That year he got pasted in the USO semis by Del Potro. He came back again the following year and won it. Maybe that’s what triggers his hunger?

At 24, he still has a few more slams left in him. Maybe not 7, but as long as he continues to do what he did this year (cut down on unnecessary events, and don’t pour heart and soul into winning every point at a Masters 1000) he still has at least 3 more in him. In French Opens alone I can see him winning another 3 (he’ll be 27 if he wins 3 more in a row). But next year, he has a chance at history again — the Rafa slam if he wins the Australian.

It’s really amazing what his team has done with him. He is being coached by an uncle who didn’t play Tennis himself, and who had unorthodox ideas like making him play left handed. It’s worked very well. No one would have thought a Spaniard would win Wimbledon. His doubters labelled him a “clay court specialist”. When he won on grass, they moved the goalposts to him not being able to win on hard courts because the surface is unfriendly to his knees, or the court is too quick for his game, or the bounce nullifies his topspin. Now they don’t even have that anymore. What do his naysayers have left?

I hope to see more finals between him and Djokovic. With Federer moving out of the limelight a little, the torch has passed onto Djokovic in the rivalry with Nadal I think. I hope anyway. And Novak has shown himself to be such a good sport I really do want him to win some more slams including this one. A new player needs to step up now with Federer slowing down (he lost in slams to players this year that he never would have lost to a year ago).

Do you really think Federer missed this match? Because I don’t.


jane Says:

blank, thanks for the link on Shanghai. I agree, Nole played a good tournament. I hope he continues to work on his volleys and transition game, because if he could keep points shorter he’d do better. He seems more willing to come in lately which is a good sign. So maybe he’ll get better up there. I hope he wins another slam!


arya Says:

its good federer wasnt in the finals….it would have been heartbreak for him again…


WTF Says:

By the way, Novak still has Rafa’s paycheck right..?


CBSsportsSUCKS! Says:

The tv coverage was terrible! CBS then ESPN2 with a threat of ESPNclassic at 10:15. Rafa was handed his trophy and the coverage just stopped. They’d never do this with a regular season football game let alone the SuperBowl. This is the premiere US tennis event and it gets no respect.


Dan Martin Says:

Fed is Afraid I will agree Nole was the tougher opponent for Rafa. Fed might have served better than Nole did, but would he have returned and rallied as well? No.


jane Says:

“And Novak has shown himself to be such a good sport I really do want him to win some more slams including this one.”

Nice post WTF, all of it, but I especially the above. : ) I too hope Nole wins the USO, he’s been in two finals now. Maybe third time is a charm.


12345 Says:

wat an achievement


Rsutherland Says:

VON – thank you, that was sweet. I am way too sensitive (to deal with breathtaking nonsense, sour grapes, bitterness- zinaldo mad max, gannu, superman et al), my humor is way too sarcastic and I am not nearly the tennis aficionado (do not find any interest in numbers – X# of weeks etc) …also, personalities factor too much for me) required to be blogging on these sites. I think GOAT talk is a waste of oxygen regarding 2 players who are still playing – just stupid.
In terms of Rafa, I am simply unable to comprehend the level of bitterness projected upon such a talented yet sweet young man – family oriented – who will never let all this money and success get to his head.
I think those who say such horrible things about him are sad – they obviously do not have it in their own lives the capacity to believe that someone actually can be genuinely nice and guileless despite their successes.
I do enjoy reading much of these blogs and love that you do not put up with crap and let them have it with intelligence and accuracy.
Cheers – you are a better woman than I!!!!


kimberly Says:

I thought the first three sets were excellent. I think nole will take something away from this tourney as well. I’m not so sure del potro would have beat the rafa of uso 2010. I think he has been somewhat glorified in absentia. I think rafa would have gone out there with a game plan. I think djoko did just about as well as could be done against an opponent who knew it had to be his year.

I don’t know if Rafa will win the uso again. I think he knew this was his best shot. That is why he played lights out.

Great tourney. Can’t wait for shaing hai draw!


WTF Says:

zinaldo Says:

“People would say nadal has gotten better but i see this win like roger at the french open,he beat only one person that could beat him,murray lost and del potro wasn’t there so this year was properly made for nadal to win this trophy,i can’t wait for the indoors and the australian open to come around and see how he does against the 2 players that don’t fear and can handle pretty much everything he throws at them.”

A few things, first I don’t think Federer would have stopped him in this final. Their head to head in hard courts is 3-3. The last time Federer beat him on a hard court was 2007 believe it or not. That was 3 years ago! He has not improved since then but regressed with age. This year he lost to Soderling, Berdych, and Djokovic in the grand slams, guys he owns in H2H and players you would not have imagined him losing to a year or two ago. Nadal on the other hand has improved since 2007 by leaps and bounds. Back then he still only had French Opens trophies in his cabinet. He’s added the 3 other trophies now.

As for Australian Open, let’s not forget that he beat Federer there last year when Federer was a better player than he is today. Not only that but he had a day less rest than Federer and came off the longest match ever played in AO history (over 5 hours) in the semi final against Verdasco. Had to do it in 5 sets back to back also.

As for Murray being able to stop him. I think it’s time to stop hyping Murray. Wait until he proves himself first at the grand slams before hailing him as the next big thing. He loses early when people expect him to take home the title. He has so far not delivered on the promises of his talent, and when the chips are down, I don’t think he will. He owned Federer outside of the slams. And whenever he was given an opportunity to win the title against him (a guy he plays well against), he would lose in straight sets. Too much was expected of Murray and too little he has delivered.

Nadal under promised and over delivered. People did not expect him to win slams outside of the French because he is cut from the same mold as the rest of his ilk. Clay court Specialist.

When he said his dream was to win Wimbledon, not the French Open, people scoffed. Agassi said the next day he was dreaming and it wouldn’t happen. Perhaps Nadal read his comments. He made the final the following year, and 3 more times in a row after that. After winning Wimbledon people were equally skeptical about his hard court prospects. He’s answered those doubts now, Federer or not.

No I don’t think Federer could have stopped him. The Federer of 2007 could, but we’re a long way from 2007 now. Fed is 29, and he is starting to lose to players he didn’t lose to before. Of course I’d expect him to lose to his greatest nemesis who is still in his prime and continuing to improve every day.


12345 Says:

del po wont beat this rafael….hewas lucky last year to get an injured rafa in the semis


Von Says:

Rsutherland:

You’re welcome and CONGRATS ! I’m glad that you’ve been able to watch your guy evolve into one of the greats to ever pick up a racquet.

What can I say about the nonsensical, envious, bitter and classless comments that are leveled at me. Just touche’. I laugh to myself at times because in my personal life I’ve not encountered such types, and hope I never will..

I blog on this site because I happen to like tennis and some players, but it takes a super human effort to overlook the childish name calling indulged in by some who are without pride and dignity. The lying and ganging up are also a side effect of their classlessness.

Cheers to you too, and maybe soon you’ll play a Moonlight Sonata for me. Be happy!


kimberly Says:

The womens final was a joke. At least finally we had one gs final that wasn’t pitiful.

So to sum uo the GS season for the top 5:

Nadal 3 wins and one quarter
Novak: 2 quarter, 1 semi and and 1 rup.
Fed-1 win, 1 semi and two quarters
Murray-1 rup, 1 semi, one 16, 1 32.
Soda- 1 128, 2 quarters, 1 RUp


Von Says:

wtf:

“No I don’t think Federer could have stopped him. The Federer of 2007 could, but we’re a long way from 2007 now. Fed is 29, and he is starting to lose to players he didn’t lose to before. Of course I’d expect him to lose to his greatest nemesis who is still in his prime and continuing to improve every day.”

TO REITERATE MY PREVIOUS STATMENT OF SEVERAL HOURS AGO, THE fED OF ’07, WOULD NOT HAVE LOST THAT 5TH SET TO THE jOKER. aND, FURTHER, THE fED OF ’07 WOULD NOT HAVE LOST 6-1, AND 6-2. NO WAY.

Ah shseesh, my CAPS lock was on. sorry to all.
______________
RSutherland: Now, see what you did to me? Your post got me all confused. LOOOL.


zinaldo Says:

Murray has beaten nadal twice at the slam and i don’t care what people say,rafa will always find excuses for him so he doesn’t get down on himself,del potro and murray are the 2 only guys who not only have the game,are fearless and the stamina also to stay with nadal.

Murray has the speed and the backhand to really make things complicated for rafa and if you watch most of their matches,nadal is always the one out of breath in the corners,murray knew he needed to be fitter to hang with the best and he has that,the only thing he needs is to become more aggressive whenever he plays in the slams and last time he did he beat them at cincinatti.

Del potro would have not missed as many shots as djoker did today as his backhand would have withstood nadal one dimensional tactic a lot better and i bet you nadal would have been more reluctant to go to his forehand as he has been burned by it so much in their past encounters.

Del potro is also better clutch player than novak,tougher for me mentally,doesn’t fear nadal or gets down on himself whenever he misses a shot,of course we won’t know but the indoors are coming and he is said to want to return for the paris masters,who knows if he can rediscover his form and fitness first and if he does,i would bet you that he is the one player nadal would never want to play on almost any surfaces apart from grass as his game is like anti nadal,big,strong,2 handed backhand,amazing forehand to get rafa on the run,doesn’t intimidated by seeing rafa on the other side of the court,only time will tell.

I wouldn’t be surprised for del potro to become nadal nemesis the way rafa has been roger’s,there is just something about his game that for me is made to bother nadal.


stu Says:

Amazing, amazing match by Rafa. I’m already looking for replays. I really think he is unbeatable now, unless Nole grows a power serve overnight and works on his fitness. There is no remaining flaw in Rafa’s game.


CWALKER Says:

Hi, I am a close follower of this site and have never posted, so this is my first time.
I’d like to firstly congratulate Rafa for completing his career golden grand slam – only other people to do so are Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf (who had the calendar golden slam). Amazing achievement!
I find it difficult to accept those who are claiming that Nadal was handed this title because he didn’t face Murray or Delpo – firstly, Murray has never won a slam, while Novak has one. Secondly, Delpo has one US Open title, but before he won it, he was virtually a second tier player. To suggest that Nadal’s win would only be valid if he faced either two is stupid as Novak is at least on par, if not better than them. Delpo and Murray still have a lot to prove before they can be considered serious contenders at the Slams against Federer and Nadal.
Consider this: in the past 5 years, only three players not named Federer or Nadal have been able to sneak in a win at a major: Safin, Novak and Delpo. The remaining 17 slams have been divided between Nadal and Federer, which pretty much sums up their dominance.


sar Says:

Stu, I really think Nole can beat Nadal on HC’s. He has to work on a few things like his serve for sure. But coming from under the radar like he did, with media saying he had no chance, to be in this final was a wonderful thing. I’m really proud to be a Nole fan tonight.


stu Says:

i agree, sar, that nole is not at his 07-08 level, and the fact that he even reached the level he’s at right now so quickly after toronto/cincinnati is astonishing. new respect for novak tonight, for his tennis skills, his interviewing skills, his “losing skills”. he’s a big boy now.


zinaldo Says:

Nadal can lose to players that don’t make that many mistakes because all nadal did today was to return the ball at a length and then djoker missed,he did the same last year against del potro and he was blasted off the court court.

You need to have a good serve which stretches rafa so whenever he does them chip returns you are there to put them away,a solid backhand which he won’t be able to exploit like he has been doing to roger and now to djoker,a monster forehand to put away his countless retrievals,be strong mentally and great speed.

Del potro and murray for me are the only 2 players capable of this,murray is like a nadal clown without the left hand,i would go as far as saying that had murray been left handed he would have beaten roger at at least one of their finals.

Del potro has it all and i can’t wait to see him back.


zola Says:

Ben,

**What a joke. I hope we’re all proud. Let’s go celebrate Gasquet-style. It’s ok, Nadal will defend us.***

You are a miserable joke of a writer. Shame on you!


YY Says:

zinaldo is pathetic in his desperate attempt to take everything away from Rafa’s win!

Come on, luck and destiny or whatever will have its part to play. Roger’s stars were aligned when he won the French, and Rafa certainly was lucky how his draw unfolded (won’t say his draw was the best but how certain threats were eliminated did favour him). But this doesn’t take way anything from their wins. Getting to the finals may have been easy, but to actually win it is another.

These top players have been gracious and have shown great sportsmanship. You can see how most of the top players are friends off court as well… so why is it we have some “fans” trying to make things ugly with these sad negative posts.

True fans of tennis you are not. :P


zinaldo Says:

I am not taking anything away from rafa,he has won and deserves it but i just feel that him winning depends a little too much on his opponents missing shots they wouldn’t miss against someone else,he kind let’s you tee off and if you make them he is toast and that is what happened last year against del potro.

This year apart from djoker there was no one that could beat him whereas del potro came really close to beating roger at the french, i want to see tested where he has to come up with winners properly and not just hang behind the baseline all the time.

Del potro age says a lot to me a bit like rafa when he came onto the circuit,he is almost like the one sent to really show us what rafa is made off or to just stop him from achieving real greatness the way rafa was for roger.


YY Says:

A win is a win. If a player is missing shots it is because he/she knows that the other player will punish them if they go for safe shots. Keeping the ball in play isn’t that easy either and matches don’t always have to be won on winners.

The level of play by the top players are pretty close. What is the key difference is mental tenacity and fitness, and that is Rafa’s edge. His style of play may not be considered beautiful by some of you here, but IT WORKS! That is called stategy and having a game plan and sticking to it (keeping execution consistent throughout the match is another key factor).

So stop this bullshit about how other players can beat him on such and such a day or such and such an occasion (coz that is always possible and any idiot can see that). This is the Grand Slam, and they have yet to prove they can do it!

That said, I would like to see Murray winning a Slam one day and see how delpo performs next year.


zinaldo Says:

From what i have read del potro is supposed to be making is coming at the thaiand open alongside nadal,gulbis and gonzales,i don’t think nadal would be ready so soon after winning his us open but if there is anyone that can then it is him.

It would be nice to see del potro again,they said he has started practising again at the start of august or end of july so that would be a good 3 months before him starting to play,he will still be rusty but as long as he gets some minutes in,he should be ready for the bigger tournaments like paris,shanghai(a lot of money),swiss indoor basel and the valencia open and who knows accumulate enough points to get to the london world tour finals.


Mindy Says:

Von,

Thanks so much for your genuine, heartfelt congratulations on Rafa’s historic win! You have taken your hits, but are still standing. I salute you! For two people who are being relentlessly accused of being the same person by the usual suspects (you know who you are, haters!), all I can say is that I am in good company.

RSutherland,

Your comments resonated with me. I remember when you were posting on this site. It’s too bad that you aren’t still here, because the long suffering Rafa fans who try to have their voices heard here, are badly outnumbered by the intolerant, abusive, intimidating few who dare to tell everyone what to say and how to say it.

I always say – what goes around, comes around! Ain’t it grand? Our Rafa is on top of the world, the new King reigns supreme. No one can take this away from him! The ONLY player to win RG, Wimbledon and the USO in the same calender year on ALL surfaces! The Golden Slam! Career slam! All at the tender age of 24! It just shows that hatespeak will not triumph in the end. Rafa was not going to be stopped. He had a date with history. I am just glad that I was able to see it!

Thanks for naming names, although I would have added one or two more! It’s a good thing to call them out publicly for their relentless and cowardly poison that they spread over what should be a forum where all can share their thoughts without being subjected to sickening personal attacks.

To fans of Djokovic – your man fought hard and gave it his best. It was a match well played. He showed grit and heart and was a true sportsman when it was over. He will have more chances to win this tournament.

Rafa was just too good today. I am more proud of him than I can ever say! People who hate the way some here hate Rafa, should wake up one day and realize that it will only end up destroying you. Rafa cannot be hurt by the cruel words that have been spoken be a few sorry souls.

Rafa, you earned this. Enjoy your hard won victory and know that you are at the top of your game. You came the last mile of the way!


Mindy Says:

One more comment before I depart this lovely place.

Skeezer, you really must stop letting maxi and company do your thinking for you. As Von said, you know better!

Maxi is the one who can’t go on tennistalk without everyone accusing her of using a different screen name. It’s really quite hilarious. Any time a person posts under a new screen name and goes around making disgusting personal attacks on everyone, they all think it’s maxi and say it on the forum. So she is just trying to play the same game with Von and myself.

I honestly thought you weren’t that gullible. Just like I don’t know that “Vindy” is Von and Mindy! I am it is not that bright or original.

Too bad haters! The truth hurts! It doesn’t look good for someone to stand up for people being allowed to speak their minds without the chosen few telling them what to say and think!

See what all that hatespeak and trash talk about Rafa did – he won the USO! The more you hate on him, the more he wins. I love it when that happens!

Have fun in your own miserable little world, haters!


Izzul Says:

Rafa fan here, so firstly, congrat to him for the career slam (and with that Olympic gold medal, maybe some of you guts/gals are right, it should be called Golden Career Slam). By the time AO 2011 is concluded, there is chance that he will do a Rafa Slam. But more importantly, I’m also tennis fan, and I’d like to thank you to the like of Rafa, Nole, Murray and others up and coming young players, we will experience a golden tennis period again. As for the GOAT in MEN tennis argument, I always listen to the highest authority of tennis words for it. Currently that man is RAFA and he said repeatedly the the GOAT is Roger Federer. So, I will take his words as a fact and that is that. Period. The good thing about the highest authority of tennis is it always changed. The next torch bearers (probably either Nole or Andy) will have their own opinion about GOAT. Notice that I qualified my GOAT as in MEN tennis, because I personally think that the GOAT in Tennis World is Martina Navratilova. Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. (Yep, I Wiki it, so what, it saves times). That’s 59 Grand Slam. Enough said. I also know Mrs. Agassi won 22 Grand Slam singles titles and 11 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles but hey, overall, Navratilova records is still no contest.
Sorry, I digressed.
So as the conlusion:-
a) Congrat to Rafa for his Golden Career Slam
b) Congrat to Nole, the future world No. 1, for that gutsy but some times error prone performance. I really believe that his time will come, soon, very soon.
c) Congrat to Roger as the GOAT in men Tennis (according to Rafa, none the less)
d) What a year 2010 was and still is for all the tennis fans as there a still many wonderful tournament to look forward to.

Vamos Rafa, Salute to Nole and all the other great players both in ATP and WTA family.


Izzul Says:

Oh, I forgot.
My last two words.

Lil Wayne.

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