Nadal Eats A Bagel in Doha; Roddick v. Baghdatis Tonight in Brisbane
by Staff | January 5th, 2011, 8:28 pm
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Rafael Nadal is best known for eating trophies on a tennis court. Today, in a rare occurrence, the world No. 1 was fed a second set bagel in a second round clash with unheralded Lukas Lacko in Doha. Nadal, though, prevailed after the snack winning 7-6, 0-6, 6-3.

“Well, when I lost the serve for the second time in the second, I didn’t fight anymore, because I say, ‘well, we gonna rest a little bit now and try my best in the third’,” said Nadal.

Nadal added that he had been fighting a fever earlier in the week that drained his energy.

“I wasn’t physically 100%, no?” he said. “I had fever two days ago. Last night wasn’t perfect, too. So I felt less power than usual. I feel a little be tired for the moments, that’s what happened in the third.”

Still, Nadal rallied for some doubles play after the win by teaming with friend Marc Lopez to beat a local Qatari squad.

Earlier in the day Roger Federer also endured his share of struggles posting a tough 7-6, 7-5 win over his countryman Marco Chiudinelli.

“It was really difficult today, under the circumstances (of playing a good friend), and I’m happy the match is in the past and I can look forward,” said Federer who had to overcome a 4-1 second set deficit.

Tomorrow, Nadal will meet the uneven Ernests Gulbis in one quarterfinal. Nadal has won all three meetings with the Latvian. Federer plays the streaky Viktor Troicki. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is still alive and he meets Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. In the final quarter, Ivo Karlovic faces Nikolay Davydenko.

Andy Roddick and Marcos Baghadatis will meet in Brisbane later this evening. Both guys eased into the quarterfinals with Roddick taking down Alexander Dologopov and Baghdatis besting Lukas Kubot.

“It is good to play a Top 10 player like Andy, it will be a great match and it will be nice to see how I perform,” said Baghdatis who beat Roddick in their only previous Australian meeting at 2006 in Melbourne.

No. 4 seed Mardy Fish and No. 6 Feliciano Lopez were upset victims to Radek Stepanek and Kevin Anderson, respectively.

Top seed Robin Soderling will also be on court tomorrow against Michael Berrer.

Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych continues to play well in Chennai. Earlier today the Czech steamrolled Ivan Dodig 6-2, 6-4 to book a Friday quarterfinal spot.

DOHA ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, 6 JANUARY, 2011

CENTER COURT start 3:30 pm
[7] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [3] J Tsonga (FRA)
[6] V Troicki (SRB) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [5] E Gulbis (LAT)
[4] N Davydenko (RUS) vs I Karlovic (CRO)

BRISBANE ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, 6 JANUARY, 2011

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 10:30 am
[4] M Bartoli (FRA) vs B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) – WTA
[Q] M Ebden (AUS) vs [8] D Istomin (UZB) – ATP
[1] R Soderling (SWE) vs M Berrer (GER) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
[5] M Baghdatis (CYP) vs [2] A Roddick (USA) – ATP
J Groth (AUS) vs A Petkovic (GER) – WTA


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Near Perfect Davydenko Foils Federer-Nadal Final in Doha
Nadal, Federer Cruise in 2011 Openers; Verdasco Vanquished in Brisbane
Federer v Nadal in Doha; Brisbane, Chennai, ATP Previews
Roddick Impressive; A Federer-Nadal Final Ahead in Doha?

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62 Comments for Nadal Eats A Bagel in Doha; Roddick v. Baghdatis Tonight in Brisbane

GIYER Says:

In an article dated Jan 5th 2011 ,also check out points to “Near Perfect Davydenko Foils Federer-Nadal Final in Doha” a 2010 article. It was so confusing when I read it without noticing the date.


dari Says:

the baghdatis-roddick match is out of my league for staying up for aussie tennis (non-roger late rounds, that is!), but it should be a great match.
as far as gulbis-rafa, i hope ernests can get another scalp and start playing up to his potential. i don’t need any new kids beating roger in majors or anything, but I really want to finally see these young guys succeed. so many hopes for so many talents just aren’t panning out, and even if your favorite player is not in this “young” group, you want to always see the sport growing, know what i mean?

roger sure as heck better wake up for troicki tomorrow. if not, he will be getting a little extra rest for AO tomorrow, whether he wants it or not!


Anna Says:

Troiki played some mean tennis last fall. Glad he’s meeting Roger and not Rafa, although Rafa will more than have his hands full with Gulbis. Actually, Rafa needs to get rid of his bug and rest up for AO.


steve-o Says:

Oh, Nadal needn’t worry. Gulbis will choke, as he always does. If Federer hadn’t choked even worse in the third set at Rome, Gulbis would have lost there too.

I suspect Troicki will show no sign of the hesitancy he demonstrated in blowing multiple match points against Nadal last fall, or in squandering a two sets to one + break-in-the fourth lead against Djokovic at USO; he’ll play the tennis of his life and somehow find reserves he never knew he had, because everyone wants to be able to tell his grandkids that he once beat the best player of all time. Such is the price of greatness.

And if Nadal’s so sick, why on Earth is he still playing doubles as well as singles?


Steve Says:

Federer’s crazy shot in real HD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y6p8e0XvlM


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Steve-o

Yeah agreed about Rafa, but Fed doesn’t look 100% either, saw him sniffing alot and blowing the nose…I guess whatever, hope it is short lived for both.

On another note, gotta give these two credit for playing through a pre lim tourney of sorts with AO looming and still giving it there all. They still keep there commitments, although in the future they should plan better( exho’s …errrr nada? ). Gotta be tougher on the Fed nowadays. If any of you have little ones you know what I mean. They catch anything and sometimes as a parent you feel they catch everything, and if they get it, you most likely will. It will be a different life for Fed now…..


jojostryus Says:

Steve-O

Agree with you, Gulbis may choke but Troicky is a choker too, no?


Gregoire Gentil Says:

“Well, when I lost the serve for the second time in the second, I didn’t fight anymore, because I say, ‘well, we gonna rest a little bit now and try my best in the third’,” said Nadal.

That’s the most shocking sentence I have ever heard from Nadal.

I wouldn’t say that such strategy for a normal player is not bad, but for Nadal, it’s bad. Nadal is feared by all his opponents because he never ever ever gives up. Until the ball has not bounced a second time, he goes for it.

Well, that’s good for his opponents to know his change of mind.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@GG

Yah I was a little unsettled to hear that from the “Heart of a Lion”. But alas, we all are human, no?

Still, it can go both ways. a sign of maturity in his game management or a weakness for his eventual opponents…


steve-o Says:

Troicki’s won Davis Cup recently, that will surely give him an extra shot of confidence.

I don’t know how sick Federer is, but it doesn’t seem too bad for him at the moment. Hope it doesn’t get worse.


thark Says:

i’m predicting soda pop taking out roddick in the brisbane final – that should help sean whet his appetite for eating his words all year ;)

wreck.

shop.

soda.

:)


dari Says:

Who’s been keeping an eye on nole at hopman cup? I know its not the stiffest competition, but he is looking GOOD.


Kimmi Says:

Roddick CRUSHED baghdatis. did not expect this..wow!


dari Says:

Kimmi- did you get to see the match at all? I still couldn’t find men’s Brisbane on.live stream. But I was happy to see roddick playing so well. Man, I wish he could bring home one more slam for double Decker.


Kimmi Says:

dari – did not, just saw results this morning. expected a closer match. looks like roddick is slowly but surely getting back to his old self.

tsonga with 2 set points. set!


Kimmi Says:

so far troicki no chance in this first set


Kimmi Says:

missing big points federer..c’mon


Kimmi Says:

missing more big points..aaah!


Kimmi Says:

missing another and another big point

he is getting a lot of them though


Kimmi Says:

he breaks….eventually! i mean troicki cant expect federer to keep missing.


Kimmi Says:

triocki cant hurt federer today. nothing! federer is cruising in his service games. federer gets a break point in almost every tricki service games. this match could have ended a long time ago…

commentator saying ia almost like fededer exhibition…i agree!


Kimmi Says:

federer keep missing though. missed 2 match points


Kimmi Says:

ok, third match point coming up.

game set match federer…6-2 6-2


Kimmi Says:

ok..lets see how many break points federer got today ..16 break point!

he converted 4…good enough!

good luck with tsonga tomorrow!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Yeah Fed is playing better….still..doesn’t seem like a happy guy again today for whatever reason…or maybe its just me…

Anyways 15/19 Net Points won….transition game coming around….like it :) !!!!


Skeezerweezer Says:

@Kimmi

Is Rafa vs “Wild Thing” up next?


Kimmi Says:

yes. the bull and “wild rhing” next. lets hope rafa is feeling better today.

go gulbis, i know you will lose but pls give us a match!


Kimmi Says:

nishikori still kicking butt in chennai. beats falla 4-6 6-3 6-2


Skeezerweezer Says:

Agreed. Let’s hope Rafa is feeling better and “Wild Thing” keeps the ball in play today…. ;)


jane Says:

Congrats to Nole and Ana for reaching the Hopman Cup final. Chennai is getting down to the wire now, with Tipsy, Hasse, Nishikori, and like Wawrinka being the final four. I see Cilic is still alive in doubles so at least he is still getting some play. Fed is still winning, and TSonga is through, although I think when TSonga faces another good server his chances are not quite as great as against someone whose serve is less consistent. Roddick did great against Baggy by the looks of it, and I think he beat him last year here too.


jane Says:

Oops forgot some people in Chennai; I think Berdy is still in there too. I can’t see Tsonga being any trouble for Fed. Tsonga just isn’t a consistently good returner so he will make no dent in Fed service games if Fed’s serving as well as he did today. The only time Tsonga beat Roger it took a rather huge unraveling on Fed’s part.


jane Says:

margot sounds like Soda has been practicing his volleying with his new coach:

*World No. 5 Robin Soderling believes he is ready to break the Federer-Nadal dominance at the Grand Slams in 2011 and finally lift one of his own. The two-time French Open finalist has never advanced past the quarterfinal stage at any of the other three majors. But the 26-year-old will be hoping that he can improve that record under the watchful eye of new coach Claudio Pistolesi. He has never advanced past the second round Down Under and insists this must improve. “I still feel I can improve and become a better player,” said the Swedish No. 1. “If I can do that then I’m pretty sure I have a good chance to do well this year. [During the off season] I tried to do a few things. I tried to work on playing a little bit more aggressively, coming into the net a little bit more.” He also laughed off the supposed gulf in class between the Top 2 and the chasing pack. “I never felt that the gap was very big,” said Soderling, who defeated Nadal (2009) and Federer (2010) en route to his only Slam finals appearances. “There are a lot of very good players and I think there are 10 or even 15 guys who can win the big tournaments like the Grand Slams. Of course, Roger and Rafa will always be the favourites in every tournament they play in, but I think there are a lot of players who have a chance to beat them.” (source tennis grandstand)


Kimmi Says:

0-40 gulbis…gulbis with break points


Kimmi Says:

back on serve. hmmm, crunch time now!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa/Gulbis match heating up 4 all in the 1rst…


Kimmi Says:

nadal serve hips of break points. wow! he came up with some wow shots


jane Says:

Gulbis is not fading today, at least not so far. He can be such a great player to watch, his forehand especially is crazy good when it’s clicking.


Kimmi Says:

tie break! gulbis doing well to hang in there!


Kimmi Says:

grrrrr! brain cramp! ernie!


Kimmi Says:

nadal was nadal in the tie breaker. gulbis was gulbis..silly drop shot cost him.


Skeezerweezer Says:

And Rafa takes the 1rst. Rafa, at crunch time, as usual, keeps the ball in play, as if to say “I am gonna keep it in….are you?”


mat4 Says:

Glupis has everything, except patience. Pity.


mat4 Says:

When I watch him now, I have to reconsider. It’s not a question of patience, but he is not well placed.


Kimmi Says:

ernie should leave the droppers in the locker room

now 15-40..nadal breaks here..that it ernie


Daniel Says:

Gulbis is a mental case, almost depressive.


Kimmi Says:

nadal breaks. layani is getting blasted by commentators. poor officiating on that break point


jane Says:

Sometimes with Gulbis it seems like lack of hunger to win also. Does he really want to dig down and fight with all his might to win, or does he want to coast on his incredible talent? Seems to me he needs to have both good motivation and the talent to get into the top ten. (which I probably stupidly predicted he could…sigh, Ernie).


Daniel Says:

Wow, What a get from Nadal with this volley!


jane Says:

But then again, Nadal is Nadal, and he ain’t number one for nothing! So kudos to Gulbis for keeping it close. Don’t mean to be too hard on him.


mat4 Says:

Indeed, Jane. Rafa is playing exceptional tennis. Gulbis is playing quite well too.


mat4 Says:

I have the impression that Gulbis has problem with balls he hits on the run, especially high on the backhand. With his size, he is a bit slow when changing direction.


Kimmi Says:

congrats to rafa. gulbis is always tough. unpredictable. rafa was ready for the task


van orten Says:

nadals antibiotics are very strong i guess lol


margot Says:

Ah, this is where u guys r!
jane@ 11.43 ROL, ROL and ROL again! Fish and bicycle?


dari Says:

Missed all matches today :(
Good to hear improvements from both Rafa and roger. Was there a call placed between them last night deciding to pick up the pace? :)


Kimmi Says:

davydenko breaks dr. ivo early on. NELTA, you are so right. dr.Ivo streak of going without getting broken ends here. with davy.

Go davy! take the set then break again in the second set!


Skeezerweezer Says:

@dari,

Inside unreliable sources say they shared some chicken noodle soup and a steam bath last night, feel much better today……


Kimmi Says:

dr. ivo looks a little bigger. i think he is put on a little weight. maybe muscles…


Kimmi Says:

wow! dr. ivo generated 2 break back point. his FH is big..he must have trained so much on his all court game. he is actually better now..i think


Kimmi Says:

davy saved break point and takes the first set


NELTA Says:

Ivo definitely looks heavier which can’t be good for his movement. He still hasn’t been able to break anyone’s serve yet.

What if Ivo and Isner meet at Wimbledon this year?


jane Says:

margot, well you can’t fault Soda pop for lack of confidence, anyhow. ;)

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