Best Day in Tennis: Nadal Faces Del Potro, Murray v. Gasquet Again at Wimbledon
by Sean Randall | June 26th, 2011, 7:52 pm
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Week two at Wimbledon begins with an absolute banger of a schedule. The greatest day of tennis, as it’s known, features the best of the best including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and in the main event it’s Rafael Nadal against Juan Martin Del Potro.

Up first on Center is Brit hero Murray. I said at the start that if Murray was going to stumble it would happen here to Richard Gasquet. On paper from results last week, the Frenchman has been the better player. Gasquet hasn’t dropped a set while Murray has had some minor niggles and tense moments, which does give his backers further cause for concern.

With Murray already having reached the finals in Australia and the semifinals in Paris, the expectations to do well at Wimbledon have increased exponentially, and Gasquet is no easy out. These two talented Europeans have split their four meetings with there most recent two going Murray’s way in five sets, both 0-2 comebacks including an epic at Wimbledon in 2008.

Still, I think Murray will get the job done against Gasquet in four sets. But an upset here wouldn’t surprise me. Gasquet has the game and talent but I wonder if he’s completely shaken off those two blown leads to Murray. I think he hasn’t.

Federer continues his bid for a seventh Wimbledon against another 29-year-old, Mikhail Youhzny. Part in thanks to a great draw, Federer hasn’t dropped a set and he’s looked great, and I think he keeps it that way against the Russian. Youhzny has been a well-above average player in Slams but I don’t think he has enough to get past Federer at this stage and at Wimbledon. Federer has won all 10 against Youhzny who has managed just two sets in those meetings. On Monday, Yiuhzny will need three, a rather doubtful proposition.

As for the big showdown, I picked Nadal at the start of the tournament to win it and I’ll stick with him here. Nadal hasn’t dropped a set but I think that changes today against Juan Martin Del Potro. Nadal beat Delpo in straights at Indian Wells however at the 2009 US Open, in their last Slam meeting, it was the Argentine crushing Rafa. Nadal was injured in that match while Delpo still wasn’t fully back at Indian Wells. So it’s somewhat even. This time, both players should be at or near full strength – I do note Nadal complained of a leg ailment on Saturday which I hope will not be an issue.

If this were hardcourt, I’d give the edge to Del Potro – he’s hitting the ball great while Nadal has looked off his game a little despite his recent success. But on grass I think Nadal can and will expose Delpo’s lack of speed and experience on the surface. Delpo will get his share of aces and ground stroke winners, however mentally on the big points I feel Nadal will come up big and make the difference to take it in four, maybe five sets. It’s also suppose to be hot on Monday, and that could be a problem for Del Potro.

In the other matches, I think Novak Djokovic should roll past Michael Llodra, Feliciano Lopez over Lukas Kubot. I like Tomas Berdych to end Mardy Fish’s best Wimbledon. After Milos Roanic broke out at the Australian Open, 18-year-old Bernard Tomic has nicely snapped up the “future star spotlight” this week. But I think Malisse, a former Wimbledon semifinalist, takes out the Australian. The 30-year-old Belgian should have enough experience for the youngster who was aided by a sick Robin Soderling in the last round.

David Ferrer and JW Tsonga tangle in a good one. Both guys have been playing pretty well and on grass Tsonga with his aggressive game should pull through. Ferrer does have a grass court title, Tsonga does not. Something not to be overlooked.

As for the women, the Williams sisters are coming on at just the right time. Do they have enough in the reserves for three more big wins to meet in the final? I’m still not convinced. Serena plays a tough, underrated Marion Bartoli. Venus meets 2010 semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova who seems to be a bit of a women’s grass expert. Both are tough matches, I think. However, if the sisters roll through than watch out.

ESPN2 has live TV coverage with NBC also airing a few matches.

MONDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
Centre Court 13:00 Start Time
Andy Murray (GBR)[4] v. Richard Gasquet (FRA)[17]
Venus Williams (USA)[23] v. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)[32]
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[24]

No. 1 Court 13:00 Start Time
Marion Bartoli (FRA)[9] v. Serena Williams (USA)[7]
Michael Llodra (FRA)[19] v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[2]
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)[18] v. Roger Federer (SUI)[3]

No. 2 Court 12:00 Start Time
Shuai Peng (CHN)[20] v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[5]
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[1] v. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)[24]
Mardy Fish (USA)[10] v. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[6]

No. 3 Court 12:00 Start Time
Nadia Petrova (RUS) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[4]
Lukasz Kubot (POL) v. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
David Ferrer (ESP)[7] v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[12]


Also Check Out:
Del Potro Joins Federer In London Final, Basel Quarterfinals; Almagro Faces Top Seed Ferrer In Valencia
Andy Murray Says He’s Finally Able To Train Like He Used To
Djokovic, Murray Begin Play Wednesday In Paris; Berdych, Tsonga Win Openers
Del Potro Dominant In Clay Opener; Tomic, Cilic, Haas On Court Friday In Munich
Tsonga, Del Potro Make Shanghai Masters Cup Debut Sunday

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302 Comments for Best Day in Tennis: Nadal Faces Del Potro, Murray v. Gasquet Again at Wimbledon

trufan Says:

Nadal has a leg ailment?? Or is it just another excuse build up?


Kimmi Says:

“This time, both players should be at or near full strength ”

excuse me sean! how is delpo in full strength? sure nadal will beat him here but delpo still slowly but surely working his way to his full strength. he is not near his USO 09 best yet.


Golf is barely a Sport Says:

Murray should beat gasquet, but he has to be careful as Gasquet has a real talent for taking a line.


skeezerweezer Says:

Agree with the Sean here; if it was HC Delpo is primed for another shellacking of the Beastman, but he’ll have to wait till USO. Rafa can slice ( chop? ) on the Grass within his game, Delpo can’t, and his movement(Delpo) his great for a big man, but exposed if your not doing the S&V thing on Grass. He has a shot, what is it? Grass always rewards the big server, and if he can combine that with some decent returns and utilize his Bazooka FH, he has a shot. Again with any player Rafa faces, what are you gonna do in the TB? You better have steely nerves and big Gonads.


Aravind Says:

Prediction, Nadal’s BH slice will be totally useless against Delpo.. It will work only when Delpo is pushed far to his FH side and has to take the slice on his BH. If he can run around and take the slice on his FH, he can change the dynamic of the point in one shot, pretty much the same way that Rafa does against Federer. Delpo is taller than Rafa, but he uses an eastern FH grip so technically it should be easier for him.

The match will come to one dynamic. How Nadal serves. I expect Nadal to raise his serving game, but if he does not, watch out. Delpo will be not easy to break, and has the champion’s knack of producing big serves on key points.

I think too much is made out of Delpo’s poor record in grass. It is a tad misleading. First of all, he was not even 20 in all of those matches. And more importantly, he lost to good players in Hewitt, Federer and Wawrinka. There is no shame in those losses. There are signs that he is finding his groove. If he goes ahead he should get some encouragement from his record against Nadal prior to injury.


skeezerweezer Says:

^ Hey I like Delpo, and hope your take on it is what it is, it will male a great match.

Meanwhile, anybody need an extra Jacket?

“Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ jacket fetches $1.8M”


Humble Rafa Says:

I am never at full strength. Just so you know. In case I lose, I need excuses.

I am afraid of the Elf..I mean JDMP.


V Blacklabel Says:

We’re pretty much in agreement on the men. My men’s and women’s picks for the Round of 16 are up: http://bit.ly/iyockr


skeezerweezer Says:

@Humble Rafa

LMAO as usual…. if there is any MTO’s or excuse factors I am sure you are on it :)

@ V Blacklabel,

Great Blog you have, good read. I would agree with most but have to add;

If Fed doesn’t beat Youz in 3 he is “wobbly” to win Wimby imho. This is where he needs that “extra gear” he used to have and take off from the field, and this is a great time to prove it in this match.

Nole’s match is a telling sign too. If he can butcher a good server and attacker on the grass it shows he can play on Grass. Llorda can stick it at S&V on Grass. If he can be steady enough to hold serve and put pressure, come in on Nole we might see a battle. Nole is obviously the better talent, and if he can get through this guy comfortably it will speak volumes, because having the ability to attack on Grass is ( well, it’s suppose to be ) what Grass is about, it’s suppose to be an advantage if you can attack. But with the changes in 2001, don’t know about that. Go figger…..


V Blacklabel Says:

Skeezer, thanks for the compliment. I think your point about the changes in the grass is the sticking point. It’s not the ace-a-thon, or 1-2 punch scenario we saw when Sampras was winning here.

Llodra can certainly show Djokovic a different look, but with his speed and passing shots, I think Djokovic gets through that one.


Nims Says:

I believe Roger has shanked more in the past 3 rounds than the entire FO. Not sure if it’s the surface speed or his timing is off in the ground strokes. His shots were so much crisper at FO. I don’t think he is carrying forward with his FO form except the Serve.

As he goes deeper in the tournament, the players are capable of playing better returns. I believe he will not be able to sustain the ground strokes like he did in FO. As I see with every match, it’s getting more doubtful of his chances of winning the tournament this year.


Michael Says:

Instead of packing all the Mens Singles last 16 matches in one day, I think it would have been better had they stretched this to two days. That being said, I would say Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray, Tsonga, Fish, Bernard Tomic will fancy chances against their opponents. Particularly, the Nadal Vs Delpotro match will be the most anticipated. Despite the hype, I do not see Del Potro giving too much problems to Nadal especially on a Grass Court. If Delpo plays his heart out, the match might extend to four sets or else it will end up in three tight sets with Nadal emerging the winner.


Goat Fed Says:

I always have tough draw u know…Still I beat everyone but Rafa and keep qtr final streak


Anna Says:

Aravind – JMDP & Rafa’s head to head prior to Rafa’s injury was 4-0 to Rafa. The three wins for Juan that you refer to were all in 2009 (the season of the bum knee)and two of them on h/c during his recovery. Prior to IW this year Juan was in 3 finals and won DelRay, so he had some matches under his belt when he met Rafa at the semi’s, but Rafa had many more tools to work with than Juan in that match. Frankly I expected it to be a much tougher match for Rafa than it was. It’ll be interesting tomorrow and I’m expecting there to be more than one dynamic in play. Juan’s movement on grass will be as important as Rafa’s serve.


Dory Says:

I am so upset about the scheduling. All 8 matches on one day and every 45 minutes a new match will start. Can’t watch even 4 of them. What good if I can only watch maximum 3 matches out of 8?


Dory Says:

My predictions btw:
Tomic beats Malisse
Gasquet beats Murray
Lopez beats Kubot
Djokovic beats Llodra
Ferrer beats Tsonga
Fish beats Berdych
Federer beats Youzhny
Nadal beats Del Potro (although I would LOVE for JMDP to win)


cherry Says:

I wish I was there to see the games live. Oh well, I will settle for watching the games on TV and hope that Federer wins his match! http://www.tennisround.com


Gabsvamos Says:

Anna, I wholeheqrtedly agree with you about their last IW match, not as tough as I expected. For sure the level of JMDP is much higher than his ranking but I still don’t believe he is able to hang with the Big 3 or 4 yet….Hope everybody enjoys a great day of tennis and VAMOOOOOOOS!!!


Eric Says:

Yet another idiotic Jon Wertheim piece…

I guess Nole and Roger don’t exist, and F-Lo making the fourth round is no diff from Rafa?

Plus the usual jingoistic crap about how great the Americans are… http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/jon_wertheim/06/25/midterm.grades/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a1


Aravind Says:

Anna – Federer’s record prior to the US open final was 6-0 against Del Potro! That was his first grand slam final! The first four losses were as a teenager against a world number one or two.

I saw that IW match that you were talking about. At one point in the first set Delpo was leading 4-1 I believe. That match was way closer than the score suggested. It came up to a couple of screaming rafa passing shots to come up with the break. I saw all the three finals prior to that as well. It is testimony to Delpo’s amazing talent that he could make it to those finals. He was tested in each of those tournaments prior to reaching finals, and he was really not playing at a level to test a top 5 player. That is why the top four players are the big four. They play at a higher level consistently.

What makes JMDP a bad match up is that he plays very close to the lines than most players on tour(Djoker at his peak does it splendidly). He can take time out from Rafa’s shots easier than others. In other words, he need not play at his best to trouble Rafa. In IW, I was surprised that the match was as close as it was. Rafa was going for 4th consecutive slam just a few weeks earlier. And AO was Delpo’s first tournament of the year. I thought it would be a routine 6-3 6-2 beating which it was not.

Rafa needs to play something close to his best to win. The situation is close to his match against Soderling last year. Soderling had set point to bagel Rafa in the first set, and the third set was a tiebreak which could’ve gone either way. Rafa won a very close match, which leads me to think he will pull through this one as well. But Delpo at his best is the kind of player that Soderling can only dream of becoming. I would be very surprised if this match turned out to be lopsided.


Eric Says:

“Gasquet has the game and talent but I wonder if he’s completely shaken off those two blown leads to Murray. I think he hasn’t.”

Based on what evidence?

“Part in thanks to a great draw, Federer hasn’t dropped a set…”

What great draw? Federer’s draw has been average, not especially rough so far, but Kukushkin, Mannarino, and Nalby are no slouches. Nalbandian could have put up a real fight and I don’t think it would have surprised anyone if he had taken a set. Fed was just too good for him.

I will be shocked if Del Potro wins two sets from Nadal. One set — mild surprise. I predict Rafa in 3.

I definitely agree with you about Xavier Malisse, though. Guy gets overlooked…


Possum Says:

I think all these matches will go as expected but for one. I see Tomic prevailing over Malisse and I don’t even think it will be close. Media attention down under has been negligible even though this teen has made it to the 4th round, which says something about his popularity. Local press has pinned him as a spoilt brat with an insufferable father but if he wins this round everyone will jump on the bandwagon and it’ll be a Tomic-athon. His straight set demolition got hardly any attention even though he had just beaten the5th ranked player.


Kimmi Says:

too much talking ESPN


Kimmi Says:

Tomic with another speedy start. 6-1 first set.


Kimmi Says:

34 C, 92 F


Kimmi Says:

malisse settling down in the second set.


BT Says:

Impressive form from Tomic. Wins the second 7-5!


Kimmi Says:

Yeah tomic, unbelievable.

Possum – yes, this could be straights set :)


Kimmi Says:

ah gasquet already with break point. c’mmmon muzza “focus”


dari Says:

Wow aza smoked petrova.
Tomic! I don’t know what he did at FO, but I’m glad to see he is building off if his decent play at australia


Kimmi Says:

Lisicki to the qtr final. Great results for her


Kimmi Says:

malisse hasnt broken tomic yet. he is fighting. another close set.


Kimmi Says:

danger, malisee bad game here. 0-40. if tomic breaks, he serves for the match


Kimmi Says:

BREAK! Tomic serving it out


Kimmi Says:

OMG..tomic through! amazing!


Kimmi Says:

sharapova through!

I want to see wozniacki and sharapova


Kimmi Says:

bartoli with an early break.

Muzza and reshaaard on serve..3-3


Kimmi Says:

wow, bartoli hitting the ball VERY hard


dari Says:

Novak was right about Tomic as Jane pointed out! Now he will face Tomic himself next round!


Kimmi Says:

serena in trouble


dari Says:

C’MON feli, back up that roddick win!


BT Says:

Wow. Its not often you can say that Serena Williams is almost getting overpowered. A great game by Bartoli to serve out the set.


Kafu Says:

So far we are seeing best tennis when the three big guys play each other…as Nadal vs Roger, or Roger vs Djokovic, or Djokovic vs Nadal.


dari Says:

I wouldn’t be surprised if bartoli beat serena, but I expect serena to turn it around and take second set.
Murrayyyyy


BT Says:

Bartoli to serve for the match. Wow! This aint over yet though.


dari Says:

WOW, what a return. that’s why serena is serena
let’s go serena, get this break


dari Says:

what a point, who knew bartoli could defend like that, and both just loving the angles


Gannu Says:

Serena is the ultimate tigress and warrior…amazing champion…jut destroys her opponent through sheer will power..If Fed had even 1% of that he would have destroyed Nadal in all french opens!


dari Says:

oh, man what a f* champ. serena aces on match point down, but of course!


dari Says:

hey gannu, hope roger doesnt get rained out today!


dari Says:

wow, bartoli did it
sorry to see serena go :(
now bartoli better just make the final then if she beats serena


BT Says:

Outstanding effort from Bartoli. A VERY well deserved win. Credit to Serena though, it took 5 match points.

I was really impressed how strong Bartoli was mentally.


dari Says:

told ya murray had gasquet wrapped up!


Gannu Says:

hope so dari..the last thing he needs after 18m of slamless life is bad luck!!!

Women’s defending champ is out..hope the men’s defending champ is also eliminated today ;-) lol – Wishful thinking i know ;-)


BT Says:

Geez look at Billie Jean King in the royal box at the end of the Murray match. She’s like a prairie dog poking her head up trying to get in the shot between Will and Kate. Hehehe.


dari Says:

yes, impressive from bartoli, hope she keeps going, who is next? oooh, lisicki- tough. i know lisicki is good, but i don’t know her, so will be cheering the serena-slayer bartoli.


Gannu Says:

Wozniacki is out..wat a No 1 we have!…


skeezerweezer Says:

margot,

muzza looked good today…into the qtrs and looking good while doing it :). Y’all don’t forget about the Scot’s chances, kinda feelin there is a major 5 setter coming in the finals run……;)


andrea Says:

well, it’s been impressive for the williams sisters to make it this far after being off for almost a year, however, if either advanced to the final and won, it would look horrible for the WTA.

bizarre that venus lost to the same person in the same round with the same score…at least that’s what johnny mac says.


Humble Rafa Says:

I love Bartoli. She makes me look normal.


Humble Rafa Says:

Deliciano in the 5th. WOW. Usually he is a quitter, nice to see Deli fight.


Maso Says:

Nadal’s serve is looking really good so far. Going to be very tough for Del Potro to bother Rafa.


dari Says:

Good luck to delpo! Hope he finds some good movement, big serves and fh’s to keep it competitive on grass


Maso Says:

Del Potro saves two break points and hods serve. 3-3. If it goes to a breaker, it doesn’t look good for Juan Martin.


Maso Says:

Another difficult hold by Del Potro, but he’s hanging on tight. Nerves of steel, that one.


Maso Says:

Time violation for Nadal. Nailed an ace right after, though. 5-4. Tight set, so far, good serving on both sides though Rafa’s got the advantage.


dari Says:

congrats to feli from two sets down!!!!


Maso Says:

Del Potro defends two set points. Deuce. His serve’s definitely keeping him in there.


Maso Says:

WHAT A RALLY! 30-40 on Nadal’s serve, 5-5. Nadal wasn’t even on camera when he hit back that one and it almost landed in. Christ.


Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations to The Deliciano. WOW. What a comeback!

Everyone in Deliano Land is happy. Our fearless leader Judy Murray will give a speech in 10 mins.


Maso Says:

And Del Po defends another set point. Going into a tie break. This should be interesting!


Ben Pronin Says:

My respect for Nadal just plummeted into the negatives.


tfouto Says:

WTF, Nadal is doing again…


Skeezerweezer Says:

Well we have all seen this before.


tfouto Says:

Its difficult to believe Nadal just have an terrible concidence to this time-outs timings. But who knows?

From BBC Sport-

“1812:Nadal in some bother here – trainer on, winces all over the Majorcan’s face. “It’s when I put my foot down and push,” he says. What else? He says he’s taken lots of anti-inflammatories, and the trainer is saying there’s a problem with something on the bone. They’re calling for a doctor. Oh no.”


tfouto Says:

“1816:This really isn’t good. An official medical time-out has been caled, the doc is involved and is suggesting there may be an issue on the bone. They’re thinking of taping it up again, but they had tried that at the start of the match – Nadal tore the strapping off a good half-hour ago. He’ll continue, I think, but for how long?”


Maso Says:

Could have waited till after the tie break…


dari Says:

i don’t know the mike is right up by rafa on the computer feed at least and it does not look good


dari Says:

fed fightin in tie break, not as sharp as the other matches, but youzh seems to be serving well. fed errors


tennisfansince76 Says:

Rafa is done.


marrisv Says:

doesn’t look good for rafa… wrong timing again at wimbledon… feel awful for him….


Humble Rafa Says:

I am losing the faith..so I am calling the trainer. Remember, I never lose without being hurt.


JF Says:

On boy, looks like it’s over


Skeezerweezer Says:

And now Nadal is running like a madman.


dari Says:

roger gonna have to come up with a big serve down a set point in the TB


dari Says:

fudge first set youzh


newman Says:

what was delpotro whining about?? It’s completely within the rules to call for the trainer after the game is over…not well done by the argentine


tfouto Says:

Federer is playing badly…


Maso Says:

… Federer loses the first set and Del Po goes from 3-0 to 3-4 in the tie break. I’m gonna go crazy.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Nadal keeps looking at his foot after he loses a pt.


dari Says:

expect roger to be a little more patient in the second set


dari Says:

where is the fed return from RG?


Maso Says:

I think I should stop watching tennis for the sake of my health…


Maso Says:

And Del Po gives it away on a double fault. This is so frustrating… so frustrating…


dari Says:

2nd serve soooo long.
i hope delpo can regroup to take over a player in less than perfect condition


andrea Says:

much as i admire nadal, the trainer thing is a little tiring. slowing down the opponents momentum again. he’s becoming djokovic-esque in that department.

and he does take forever between points so someone should be calling him on it! good call ref.


tennisfansince76 Says:

that MT was bullshit. you need to go the hospital then go. no trainer before the tiebreak.


tennisfansince76 Says:

but that said it is DP fault for letting noodle off the hook


Maso Says:

I can’t believe Federer is actually… having trouble against Youzhny. This is just not a good day.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Darren Cahill says Nadal’s injury has gone away?!?!??! injuries don’t go away. twinges go away.


tennisfansince76 Says:

thats what Delpo should be doing w/ his BH. roasting noodle


Skeezerweezer Says:

Just like I said earlier. Delpo, what are u gonna do when u get in a TB with Rafa?
He needs some more big matches under his belt. That said, the match is not over. Rafa running like a Deer after that MTO when some thought he was done. Haha Rafa tactic #423.

Delpo whines about like all the other players, that’s why.


Queen Says:

WTF is supposed to do if his foot hurts? Give up the whole match? He is entitled to medical time out and he can take it. F..ck the momentum if Delpo is good enough today he will beat him anyway with the hurting leg. You are bunch of morons!


margot Says:

Andy looking cool, calm and collected…Fed losing a set to Youzny…..my goodness me, the world has turned topsy turvy….;)


tennisfansince76 Says:

Birdy is doing his thing


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Queen either retire from the match or play thru it? hmmm


Humble Rafa Says:

Enough advice folks. I am fine. In case, I start losing, the injury will come up again. Otherwise, I am fine.

Rafa from center court, Wimbledon.


tennisfansince76 Says:

sloppy DP


tennisfansince76 Says:

wow Nadal is moving so very well. must have been a really serious injury either that or he recovers quickly.


Humble Rafa Says:

It is neither serious nor I recovered quickly. It is called faking when losing. It is an art of winning.


tennisfansince76 Says:

DP should just dispense w/ the tennis match and lock Rafa in kimura. “Injury!?!? I’ll give you an injury!”


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Humble Rafa you are killing me.


Aravind Says:

Nadal back to his cheap tricks. I have seen it way too many times for it to be a coincidence. Delpo really was rattled, not by superior play, but by the sheer ridiculousness of it all!


Skeezerweezer Says:

HR…LMAO

I know, now you are moving even better now . Gauze and tape does wonders….;-)


Ben Pronin Says:

Sports are all about momentum. It’s why in basketball coaches call time outs when the other team goes on a 10-0 run. But there’s not strategy to stop momentum in tennis except injury time outs. Well change overs are kind of self-installed momentum killers in a small way. But Nadal employs a tactic that in any other sport would be legitimate but in tennis it’s gamesmanship.

Everyone’s got a niggling problem. Nadal just chooses to address his when he’s being troubled during a match. If HE’S so good, he shouldn’t have to worry about disrupting his opponent’s momentum with anything but his own play. Suffice to say, for the most fit/physical guy in tennis, he sure is quick to call the trainer.

It’s well within the rules, unfortunately, but it’s too bad the world number 1 has to employ these tactics to win big matches.

Skeezer’s right, the MTO happened in between Nadal running around like a rabbit. Nadal needs to man up.


Jo Says:

tennisfansince76 Says:
@Queen either retire from the match or play thru it? hmmm

Why does Nadal has to retire or play through injury since he has a third option; An option that is available to anyone? If DP is good, he will beat Nadal under circumstances. Novak, for an example, was extraordinary by beating Nadal on previous 4 finals.


Aravind Says:

No matter how many Grand Slams Nadal wins, for this single reason he will never warm up to my heart, or fans like me.
He called the trainer when he was up a set point, after he hit a rasping winner. He was hoping to win the set then and there and give Delpo 10 minutes to think about what happened. From that time till now is the poorest Delpo has played in this match. This really sucks!!


Miki Says:

Queen, it’s not about whether he takes the medical time out or not, but when he takes it. It is supposed to be allowed between the sets, or in the breaks between games, but not just before the tie-break. But Rafa has so much respect from the umpires that he is privileged when it comes to breaking the rules.


Ben Pronin Says:

Nadal’s a bloody hypocrite. He says he likes the rivalries nowadays better than the Connors-McEnroe-Lendl ones because they were dicks to each other on and off the court but today Federer and Nadal and all of them are nice to each other off the court. Nadal says on the court is all that matters and it’s important to educate the younger generations in proper behavior. So basically, it’s ok to be a dick on the court, but not off. Lessons from Rafael Nadal.


Aravind Says:

What is more annoying is the sheer stupidity of the commentators that they cannot even call this bluff!! God, this is SOOO annoying!! They are going on and on about how Nadal seems to be alright.. Hmm.. Maybe that was because he was never injured?

I cannot understand how you can go around from grimacing in pain and hobbling to running around like a rabbit in the next. What kind of injuray magically heals itself in between a gruelling match?


Maso Says:

All right, Roger, takes the 2nd set with two breaks. Now time to pick it up another gear and take down Youzhny quick and proper.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Jo. such a rule should not exist. and it didn’t used to. it was installed after a journeyman japanese men’s player went into convulsions on the court playing thru cramps. he would not retire due to his warrior pride. so they made this rule. i will now state better rule that should have been made in response to that event. if a player looks like he is having serious medical problems the umpire can default him thus he does not have to retire at the cost of his pride. otherwise play thru or retire. that is how it used to be and how it should be. and on the men’s side only Nadal employs the dubious MTO on such a consistent and serendipitously timed basis.


Maso Says:

I have to admit, Nadal’s time outs are rather suspicious, especially since he always wins afterwards and seems to show no sign of injury.


Eric Says:

Delpo putting up more of a fight than I anticipated. Very tight first set, a close tb, and Rafa barely holding serve in this game. Interesting! I guess Delpo solved his grass movement woes.

I see Fed lost the first set in a tb; no real worry there, at least not yet. 1-1 now.


Aravind Says:

This is so depressing.. Nadal running from all the way on the FH corner to the BH corner and hits an “INSIDE OUT” FH!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

Nothing suspicious in my medical time outs. Move on.

I am having a bad day. ok. The stupid umpire is giving me time warning between points. The Elf is playing well, so on. Give me a break, ok.


Eric Says:

That’s the way to save a 0-40, Roger. :)


Skeezerweezer Says:

Delpo, a class act and a gentle giant on and off the court.

FISH!!


Miki Says:

I think it’s safe to say that the injury isn’t real. I believe there was something, meaning he stepped on his foot in an unnatural way, but that’s it. If he had some problems in TB, they are all gone now.


Maso Says:

Damn, what a rally at 0-15 on Rafa’s serve. Too bad DelPo missed that last one.


Maso Says:

15-40, holy crap. Come on, Juan Martin, be a champ and take this break!


Eric Says:

Yeah… it’s clear Del Potro has figured out whatever issue on grass he used to have, because he’s playing really well. The movement I think is still an issue for him, but he’s avoiding any kind of defensive play, it seems, which minimizes that risk by dictating play.


dari Says:

love when roger hits bh down the liiiinnneeee!


tennisfansince76 Says:

yeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!


dari Says:

good little fight the last few games, for roger
from 0-40 down to hold, then 40-15 down to break


Aravind Says:

And DELPO gets the break and gets to serve for the set!!!


Maso Says:

All right, Del Po gets the break. Now let’s hope he can nail the set.


Humble Rafa Says:

Oh oh..call the trainer! Call the trainer! 15-40


Eric Says:

OMG, serving for the set now. As a Roger fan, I would love Delpo to win this match. :)


dari Says:

oh and delpo breaks, nice few minutes here :)


tennisfansince76 Says:

poor noodle. his foot is hurting again


Aravind Says:

Delpo levels at 1-1!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS


Maso Says:

And Nadal drops his first set! All right. This could be interesting after all.


Grand Slam Says:

I love it!!!!!! Common Juan take it all!!!!!!!!! Hate the Nadal mind games!!!!!!!!


Eric Says:

WHAT A POINT for 40-0! WOW! Ahem. Sorry. This is NOT what I was expecting from JMDP, I will come out and say I was wrong. Talk about amazing.

The other day – after reading that article Gannu (I think) posted about Federer’s “Still” Autumn – I watched again the Federer-Sampras match. This…reminds me of that.


tennisfansince76 Says:

poor little noodle. oh wait. another MTO. it seems noodle needs to have a colonoscopy before the 3rd set can commence.


Ben Pronin Says:

If Del Potro isn’t back to his best level yet then he’s sure as hell right about to burst through the door. Man did I miss his game. Great stuff. Love it when a match is 50/50.


Eric Says:

Ben, I’ve just been thinking about Del Potro and how we’ll know that he’s back at his best. After all, he’s played fantastic tennis in some tournaments this year, and has a title (titles? I forget…). If, for example, he had lost to Simon (as was certainly possible, if not likely) and not had a fantastic autumn HC season, people would still be saying “he’s only at 80% back from his injury.”

But I don’t think the injury can be invoked anymore. It’s been nearly a year since he was ready to come back on tour, early to be sure, and over six months since he started playing a normal schedule again.

I was reminded – until today – of Henin. No injury there, but she was far from her prior glories when she un-retired. The time away from serious competitive tennis took off the edge, and I was starting to wonder if that was going to turn out to be true for JMDP. Today, he’s answered that worry with a resounding NO (and a few 432432 mph forehands). So yeah – if he’s not back now, more or less, I really want to see what new heights he can reach.


tennisfansince76 Says:

and JDMP really had the 1st set on his racket. played tentative in the tiebreak.


Aravind Says:

Delpo looking very good here in the beginning of the third set. Hitting deep on both wings, when he does that he is very dangerous! Roger can testify!!


Eric Says:

Meanwhile… Roger has recovered nicely from the first set TB jitters. Baked goods on the way here… :)


Humble Rafa Says:

I wonder why Roger doesn’t call for a trainer everytime he loses.


Maso Says:

Maybe there’s something to the foot injury. Nadal has been making a few unusual unforced errors.


Eric Says:

Youzhny is playing just terribly now…


Eric Says:

Okay, nothing like a pair of aces to erase the effects of some bad net play!


Maso Says:

All right, Del Potro’s starting to play those huge forehands we know he can do. Hadn’t really seen any since the beginning of the match but it seems like he’s feeling it more now.


Aravind Says:

Eric, I have followed all his matches, including some of the smaller tournaments. He was in trouble against lesser opponents(normally he would destroy those)frequently, but hung tough and kept fighting. He was not ready to play top 5 talent earlier in the season. The first indication of his fitness was at French open when he was able to push Djokovic into four sets. I think he is almost back to 100%. I don’t think he is there yet. Delpo can push Nadal when he is not playing 100% of his ability. It sounds silly, but it is true. He troubled Nadal earlier when he was not as rounded as he is today. Check out his volleys, lateral movement and slices in this match. There is so much improvement in his game and his serve can get much better.
I think it will take till end of the year for us to see him at his best. It will be amazing if he can qualify for the year end championships. What an achievement that would be. From 457 in the start of the year to a top 8 finish. This is a really good player and a likeable one. I hope he gets back to his rightful place in the top 5. I seriously believe that he has more upside than Murray.


Humble Rafa Says:

Can you believe that Deliciano Lopez is now playing mixed doubles now..an hour or so after his 5 set delicious win.


Eric Says:

Aravind, I agree that Del Potro has been slowly but surely working his way back up to his top form. My point was that everyone is always talking about how much he has recovered from his injury, which has been healed for a year. His path has been in search of a different kind of recovery – absence from competitive tennis.

And you are right: he has vastly improved a lot of those aspects of his game. Youzhny should take some lessons, what abysmal net play that guy has been throwing at Roger.


Dory Says:

This is the worst Wimbledon scheduling ever. Missing Federer, Ferrer vs Tsonga, Fish vs Berdych matches because obviously I am watching JMDP vs Nadal.


Eric Says:

I guess you don’t need net play against Roger if he can’t get a decent serve in, though, what the heck was that?


Maso Says:

What the hell was Roger doing? Take the damn third set and let’s forget about Youzhny!!


Maso Says:

Oh shit, Del Po takes a fall, the hip is hurt, it doesn’t look good.


Aravind Says:

Oh no! Delpo is down.. Slipped.. It looked quite bad.. I hope he is alright.. Big man with lot of momentum falling down.. I think Nadal is dodging a bullet here..


Maso Says:

Yeah, that one wasn’t fake.


dari Says:

no lo creo


Maso Says:

Oh god, Federer’s really playing sloppy here. FOCUS ROG!


Queen Says:

Now what? What you gonna say now? That Delpo does not deserve MTO? Even Steven…


Lenny Says:

@Dory – Do what I am. 1 match on TV, 2 side-by-side on my comp :)

And Rafa haters, I guess THIS is the ONLY MTO in this match that’s legit, right? :P


Eric Says:

Man, Roger is just kind of up and down today. I hope he is settled down more for his Tsonga match, that one will be much more dangerous.

Meanwhile Tomic rolled past Malisse. I don’t envy Djokovic’s quarterfinal – an upset would be shocking, but rising young guns are the most dangerous since you’re not familiar with their game. Should be an interesting match, at least, we’ll see if Tomic actually has anything to throw at an uninjured top guy.


Maso Says:

Jesus, not a single first serve from Roger. Set point, at least, but christ, nail the serve, buddy!


Maso Says:

All right, third set goes to Rog, but that wasn’t pretty. Should have closed it at 5-1. Hope Del Po’s okay, but he looked like he was really hurt. Couldn’t get up himself.


dari Says:

nice short angle fh from roger to take the set
I REALLY HOPE JUAN M IS OK


Aravind Says:

I hope Delpo is not injured.. He was beginning to play some vintage Delpo game.. When he hits deep and runs his opponents ragged..


Maso Says:

Damn, Del Po looks like he’s in pain. I doubt he’ll make it to the end… who knows, though, but it doesn’t look good right now.


dari Says:

it is really up and down Eric
UP


Aravind Says:

Delpo unleashing some thunderbolts in that previous game. He is so dangerous when he starts playing this aggresively. Nadal having to play a very high game here and he is hanging on.


Dory Says:

@Lenny, I can’t do that. My net connection is expensive “broadband” yet slow, plus one really can’t watch three matches at a time, maximum two. Otherwise you miss most of the shots. And the TV coverage on ESPN in India is so bad they show player interviews, discussion while a match like JMDP Nadal is going on Center court. So I have to depend on my slow internet to be able to watch just one match in its entirety.


Aravind Says:

Delpo serving to stay in the set in the third set. To win this match he needs to do it in four. I just don’t see him lasting in a fifth set.


Grand Slam Says:

Common Delpo hang in there!!!!!!!! Unfortunately, this started looking like a drama of the two drama kings!!!!!!!! Delpo probably said if Rafa can take the MTO I can too!!!!! Still hope Delpo take it at the end I have fate!!!!

Fed is now in cruise mode!!!!!


Eric Says:

Delpo might be in pain, but it doesn’t seem to be affecting his play at all.


Maso Says:

Come on, Del Po, hang on tight in the tie break.


Eric Says:

Not the best tiebreak opening ever for JMDP. :/


Maso Says:

Damnit, concedes the minibreak already.


Maso Says:

Oh, shit, Juan Martin slips again but gets back up. Gets back the minibreak.


Maso Says:

Nasty error on the forehand from Del Potro there… 4-2.


Eric Says:

Vintage Rafa to get another minibreak there, very nice. :)


Maso Says:

Set points for Nadal in the tiebreak.


marrisv Says:

phew… nadal got the third. it may be crucial.


Aravind Says:

Bad errors from Delpo in the tiebreak..


Daniel Says:

Nadal is killer in tiebreak this Wimby. It will be an herculean effort to beat if he refuses to lose tiebreaks!


Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic is very familiar with Tomic’s game. They’ve hit before these last 2 slams and Tomic has an exho win over him back from last year in Kooyong.


Maso Says:

Going to be very tough for Del Potro here at 2-1, but who knows?


Daniel Says:

DelPo needs an early break in the fourth. If the sets get close Nadal will prevail once again.


Maso Says:

And Federer is through. Damn, wish he hadn’t dropped that first set, but still, another consecutive QF for Rog!


dari Says:

good for roger to get through even some low level periods
29 STRAIGHT MAJOR QF’s


Maso Says:

Agreed, Daniel. DelPo doesn’t want it to go to a tie break again.


Daniel Says:

Congrats to Fed 29 straight Grand Slam Quarter finals!!!


marrisv Says:

yes, congrats to Fed… will take on Jo-Willy in the Qtrs…


dari Says:

props to mardy fish, too!
haven’t seen him play, but i’m sure he is glad to be at this stage at wimby


marrisv Says:

break for rafa…. finally……..


Dan Martin Says:

Nadal pulling the old injury timeout bathroom break combo. Time violations …. This is like a 14 and under junior match in terms of how the world #1 is comporting himself. No technical rules broken with the injury timeout and bathroom break combo, but come on when did you last see something like that in a gentleman’s singles match?


Maso Says:

Nadal gets the break in the 4th set, think this one’s over.


Eric Says:

Ben, are you seriously comparing practicing together a couple times to a slam quarterfinal?

Match will be Rafa’s in 15 or 20 minutes unless Delpo can step it way up.


Grand Slam Says:

I smell a Murray Federer final!!!!! As it stands I like Murray’s chances against NadaL, if he gets through Delpo today, because it is not over until “the big fat lady sings”!!!!!

Brits will be all over Nadal if he pulls another MTO drama in the match with Murray and will eat him alive!!!!! What an actor this Nadull!!!

Nole looked better today comparing to the match against Baggy~~~~ still not convinced that he will stop/trouble “The Fed”, if that match up occurs in the SF, because Tomic will have something to say in the QF!!!!! I guess it will show how much and what did young Tomic learn from his mentor, Nole!!!! Nole will evaluate that and feel it on his own skin, first hand!!!!!!

Kudos to the Maestro Federer!!!!! Even dropping a set is still nothing!!!!! He is proving that he is still the top dog to beat, sending a clear message to the field and the “so called contendors”. #17 is getting closer and closer and I really like his chances!!!!!


Dan Martin Says:

JMdP let things go in the 1st set breaker. To lose the set on a double fault, it showed that the mind games worked. He rebounded nicely and played well in the 2nd and even in the 3rd, but unless he finds some crazy level he has not reached yet today the hill is too steep.


Grand Slam Says:

Fully agree with Dan Martin at 3:46 p.m. Rafa is an actor/player of the rules in the highest order possible!!!!!!! All the humbleness he portrays goes straight to the garbage with these poor mental/mind games!!!!!!! Guaranteed, Fed would never pull something like that!!!!!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Eric, yes. he’s familiar with his game. They’ve played a match before, albeit an exho. Tomic might be on a hot streak but Djokovic isn’t going to be stunned by what he brings to the table. He already knows how the kid plays as opposed to often times where the experienced player has no idea how a young upstart plays and the amount of talent he possesses.


Grand Slam Says:

Common Delpo!!!!!! Step it up!!!!! The crowd wants a 5th set!!!!! Time to hit Nadal off the court!!!!! Use your power, you have it!!!!!!


Maso Says:

Gonna be tough for DelPo to break back, not looking good.


marrisv Says:

C’mon Rafa – One game to go.


Eric Says:

Ben, I don’t think an exhibition match or a few practice sets really give Djokovic the same level of familiarity with Tomic’s game that he has with opponents he’s played several times on tour. That’s all I’m saying.

Tomic has – clearly – evolved a lot in the past few months, as he now finds himself unprecedentedly far into a slam. Young up and comers rise quickly because they are developing their skills and mental resourcefulness quickly. Nole might think he knows Tomic’s game, but he might be surprised, and that can take a set or two to overcome at times.

I will be very surprised if Tomic wins a set; it seemed clear that he was only able to beat Soderling because of Robin’s illness. But to do so in straight sets was still a massive statement.


Grand Slam Says:

And now that FH is looking tentative!!!!!! Common take care of that serve boy!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

I can’t believe everyone is talking about injury + bathroom combo as they it is some chicken combo sandwich.


marrisv Says:

Rafa is through….


Grand Slam Says:

Nadal won!!!! Kudos to Delpo fighting through on his least favorite surface!!!!!! Really thought Delpo will come through!!!!Well moving on to the QF’s!!!!!


Dan Martin Says:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYYUtb4GUHE We did not see one of these at the end of the match. I think JMDP will call him out a little at least during the presser.


dari Says:

awwww, really close for JM, tiebreaks killed him.
shucks
so proud of del potro how much variety and great movement he showed against a guy like nadal
classy for delpo to wait, god knows rafa takes a while hehe
can’t wait to see juan martin keep improving match toughness
so it looks like roger actually has the toughest quarter now with JW tsonga, hope he steps up a bit from today
MANIC/MAGIC MONDAY FINISHED


Dan Martin Says:

Humble, I played tennis as a junior and those sort of stalling techniques are gamesmanship. It worked. It is still low. Especially low for the super fit, super tough world #1.


Grand Slam Says:

I think it is Rafa, the super fit, super tough world #1 as Mr. Jackill and Mr. Hyde!!!!!!


Mg Mg Says:

Roger took a bathroom break in his AO 2010 QF match against Davydenko. Roger admitted it worked.


Maso Says:

Well, what a frustrating match, between Nadal’s fake injury and Del Potro’s slip. There was some nice play, though. Anyway,the top 4 is through to the quarters, let’s see how it plays it out on wednesday.


montecarlo Says:

This site is still full of idiots. Nadal rips a winner, reaches sets point.. he got all the momentum with him.. why would he fake something at that time? And why he will gift away first three points in the tiebreak without even running if he is faking?

Dan Martin, Grand Slam.. I salute you.. thanks for maintaining tennis-x as shit and as rafa hated as before. congrats to you people. LOL


Tennis Vagabond Says:

The Big Four will come through this looking as solid at the top as ever, but Del Potro will be cracking that cartel shortly.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Oh geez are we going back to the ONE time Fed did something questionable? Hypocritical call outs is getting old already….Fed does not have a history of MTO’s, time warnings, coach warnings, etc.

Anyways, Fed just accomplished his 29th straight GS qtr. Keep the records comin Fed!


Eric Says:

Quarterfinal time!

Fish has nothing with which to really trouble Rafa. Easy peasy if Nadal doesn’t have too much UE trouble.

F-Lo can be very dangerous, as we all know, but Murray is so strong on grass that it’s hard to see him losing. It should be tight, though.

Djokovic is playing at a very, very high level as well and it’s hard to see Tomic stopping his run.

The closest quarter is obviously Tsonga-Federer. Tsonga is almost unquestionably the best remaining non-top-4 player and he’s only dropped one set so far, in a TB to Dimitrov, even though he has come through over decent opposition. Federer looked very shaky at times against Youzhny today, and from Tsonga we can expect a level of play somewhere like Youzhny’s best. So I could easily see this match being four or maybe even five sets. If I had to guess, I’d say Federer in 4, with at least one of his sets in a TB, but Tsonga able to win one 6-3/4.


Dan Martin Says:

Even if he was hurt he should have waited until some time other than 6-6 to call the trainer out to the court. Then to leave the court after the 9 minute break…. It does not pass the smell test. He might be hurt, but there are ways to get treatment such as letting some of that 9 minutes be eaten by an ordinary changeover that do not impose a strange flow on the match. Hey, I got a time warming, let me go towel off and dare the umpire to actually penalize me. That stuff is just bush league.


mem Says:

Dan Martin,

get over it! this is tennis. if nadal feels he needs a time out, he’s has a right to take it. too bad he doesn’t have to get your permission to take one. anyway, who are you to say whether it’s gamemanship or not. let you people tell it, everything nadal does is a fake, but when other players do it to nadal you seem to be blind. are you the one playing the match? i get so sick of you people trying to find an excuse for players who lose to nadal. delp potro had five sets to beat nadal.

nadal is doomed if he does and doomed if he doesn’t.

nadal took a time out at 6 all, so how is that a tactic to win when the score was even. then, del potro took a time out on nadal’s serve when he was 40:15 up. as always, i guess you didn’t see that.

how many times over the years have i watched players take time out on nadal, del potro being one of them and nothing is said and nadal didn’t complain. so, suck it up and move on!


Dan Martin Says:

Mem if you are hurt and get a 9 minute break to get worked over and talk to people it certainly throws your now cold opponent into an odd spot. Then after sneaking out a set that DelPo blew (he did) to take another break. It is a mind game. It worked. Let us call it what it was though.


dari Says:

did not see much of the murray match, heard he looked good, congrats to him!


montecarlo Says:

BTW Nadal asked for the time out during that 5-6 game, immediately after getting that injury and not after the game as some people are complaining. You mean to say that he wanted to stop his own momentum by taking the time out?

And he should have waited? Even if his Bone was broken he should have played out the tiebreak? You guys are amazing. :D


Grand Slam Says:

Common his bone was not broken!!!!!!! It was a shabby scenario!!!!!!


Dan Martin Says:

Hey, I guess JMDP who questioned the umpire about the time violations and bathroom break was a figment of my imagination. I guess Darren Cahill saying the umpire should not have allowed for the 9 minute break to occur at 6-6 was also something I imagined. Come on, even Chris “America” Evert said the injury timeout was poorly handled. I may not know more about tennis than those questioning me, but JMDP, Cahill and Evert do. The thing did not pass their smell test either.


Humble Rafa Says:

I don’t understand why people have trouble understanding why I take breaks. Basically, I follow these simple rules.

1) Am I not playing well? Call the trainer
2) Am I down 2 sets to zero? Call the trainer and his mother.
3) Is the opponent playing very well? Call the trainer.
4) If everything is going well, STFU and play.


montecarlo Says:

Mr Dan Martin-

May be You, Delpo and Daren cahill and other ignorant people here don’t know the ATP rules so you people can whine as much you want to.

According to the rules—

“Medical Time-Out can only be taken at changeover or set-break, unless the trainer/doctor determine that the player has an acute medical condition requiring immediate attention (ankle or knee sprain, bloody nose, etc.). If the player requests the trainer during a game, and the trainer diagnoses a non-acute condition, then the player will be instructed to play until the changeover when he can receive the medical time-out”

It wasn’t Nadal’s fault that Trainer took 6 minutes to diagnose his injury and then confirmed that it was a serious injury to provide 3 minutes of treatment.


Queen Mirka2 Says:

Lol, Nadal haters are really delusional. You guys really think Rafa faked an injury just after ripping a wonderful winner to bring up the set point? He was 6-5 up with a set point when the injury happened. You can clearly see from the replays he twitched his left foot. And immediately he called for the trainer (even before it went to 6-6).

Anyway, it was such an epic win by Rafa. Del Potro played like US Open 2009. He deserved to win the tournament or at least reach the finals. But Rafa is just way too good!

No wonder Nadal haters are mad!!


Kimberly Says:

mem-the same standards don’t apply to nadal as everyone else on this site? Haven’t you learned that? Just shrug it off. Its actually amusing once you embrace it. I laugh my -ss off at some of the anti-nadal comments and often don’t even bite back.


Blah Says:

I would just like to say humble rafa is the best poster ever. And gasquet, sigh.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@montecarlo

A serious injury? Wow, ok. I hope when get one of those I can get over it as quickly as he did.


Marijane Says:

Congrats to humble rafa,dan,grandslam,ben pronin, i love you so much, dont worry rafa will lose soon due to his injury. You are my inspiration ha ha ha


Dan Martin Says:

He did not break the rules. He worked the rules. I think he was genuinely hurt, but the chair could have and should have said, “When the set ends.” The chair called him for a time violation one time, my guess is he broke the 25 second rule after that point and the chair never enforced it. So go ahead and cut and paste the rules on delaying play/slow play. Cahill is a stand up guy. PMac saying, “He’s running really well for someone whose hurt.” Evert… DelPo… The rules are sort of a minimal standard below which things should not fall, and yes the rules were not broken at 6-6 or at 7-6, 0-0. The general spirit of how most players conduct themselves on the men’s tour was not upheld. It was like a junior type tactic.


dari Says:

i don’t have as strong of a stance on this MTO for rafa because
1)he does it so much- desensitized
2)delpo had a 3-0 lead in the TB after the MTO
3)rafa would have to be a fine actor and put energy into the grimacing and what not i saw on the sidelines during the examination
That said, is there ANY rafa fan who would be willing to step up and say “hey, its a little weird/fishy that rafa does this very often at opportune moments and then goes on moving fine?”
this is not a rhetorical question-can any rafa fan see how spectators could be a little wary of this pattern?
and these things are happening not just at smaller tournaments, but at grand slams at very important moments.
i’m actually more confused than angry cause it would be hard to fathom that an incredibly fit, mentally tough 25 year-old #1 10 GS champ would have this repetitive behavior


Ben Pronin Says:

No one is saying Nadal broke the rules, we’re saying what he did was gamesmanship, and it was. Remember last year when Nadal was serving for he third set against Soderling when Soderling randomly decided he had an injury. He got a little work done and broke back but eventually lost the tiebreaker anyway? I haven’t rooted for him since. That was pure gamesmanship.

I love how the most overlooked thing here is the fact that even though Nadal had some foot pain he was still covering every inch of the court and beyond the way he always does. For Pete’s sake is it too much to ask for to actually SEE how he’s injured? Didn’t Del Potro take an MTO after he fell down? At least we saw something happen. Nadal claims his foot hurts but apparently not enough to hinder his movement in the slightest. Therefore there an MTO was unnecessary.

At the AO last year when Federer took the bathroom break, didn’t he do it after the first set? And didn’t Davydenko go up a quick break anyway before falling apart? And didn’t Federer say he did it to waste time for the sun to go down a bit because it was bothering him? And didn’t he admit that it also helped slow down Davydenko’s momentum (which I honestly don’t get because he STILL went up an early break).

Why doesn’t Nadal at least admit he’s doing this crap on purpose. And we’re to believe he’s genuinely modest? Like I said, most other sports have legitimate tactics used to slow down the opponents’ momentum (time outs). Tennis DOESN’T have time outs. MTO’s are more injuries. Instead, Nadal used it as a regular time out with a bonus foot massage.

And all of this is even worse when considering the fact that Nadal is always preaching how the players should behave in an according way so that the next generation is taught proper behavior, whatever the hell that is. And Nadal’s number 1 in the world, supposedly a great ambassador to the sport, etc. As a tennis player, the most important behavior is how he conducts himself on a tennis court, not his charities or whatever else he does off the court.

If I’m turning a blind eye to other players, I’d love for someone to point it out.


mem Says:

Dan Martin,

you’re right let’s call it what it is and this is what it is when nadal takes a time out, no matter how long it is, according to you and others, it’s never legitimate because he is super fit so and he sure never ever be injured.

same as with time warnings. novak bounces the ball into next year and rarely gets a warning. nadal on the other hand is the target for getting time warnings. del potro walks around like a turtle between points consumming the same amount of time, but who gets the warning, rafa nadal. so don’t talk to me about what nadal should and should not do because i’m no idiot i know nadal is held to a different standard.


montecarlo Says:

@Skeezerweezer

Nadal gifted 5 straight points without even trying to run after that injury and he was kinda lucky he got next two points basically due to Delpo’s wrong shot selection.

So the pain relief spray took about 6-7 minutes as it usually does. Then Nadal kept on playing coz he actually won the first set and it din’t really hurt that much because his body was warmed up. I wouldn’t be surprised if the actual injury is detected after the match and Nadal turns out to be painfully sore for the next match (if he doesn’t withdraw from the tournament).

It will be interesting to hear Nadal’s presser because I think if he had lost the first set he was pretty close to conceding the match at that time.


Queen Mirka2 Says:

Why the hell will Rafa play the tiebreak with pain when there is no such rules which forces him to do so? And about the time between points… the BBC graphics showed when the umpire warned him, that both Rafa and JMDP were taking 26 seconds in between serves? So the umpire should have warned both of them. Instead he decided to warn only Rafa.

And what about the incredible level of tennis that Rafa maintained throughout the match? He is by far the greatest tennis player of all time.


montecarlo Says:

Also I would say Delpo is a huge clown that he blew his chance to win the match in the first set tiebreak itself. I mean how could you lose against a guy who isn’t even able to run properly (kinda like 70% speed) when you are already ahead 3-0 in the tiebreak? The mental midget literally gifted that tiebreak to Nadal and that double fault missed the line by almost two metres. Pathetic.


marrisv Says:

Rafa had a great match ..and from the stats he had more aces, more winners and thouroughly came out the deserved winner. He won the big points and stayed strong in the crucial moments

I like DelPo but he is not in the same class as the top four yet.


Queen Mirka2 Says:

Nadal is having an MRI scan on the foot. He said in the interview that during the first set he thought the foot was broken. It was clearly visible from his movements. He was limping on the left foot. This caused him to lose concentration and make too many unforced errors. As a result he lost the 2nd set. But what a comeback from then on. He played like a true champion and showed the world why he is the real no. 1 tennis player.


mem Says:

dari,

i’ll step up and say, NO it’s not weird. it’s only weird when it comes to rafa nadal.

Ben,

if a player can’t keep his focus to win a tiebreaker then he needs to choose another profession. this game is not for cry babies and i didn’t see nadal crying and blaming soderling when he lost his serve after robin took the time out. what nadal did was re-focus. this is a professional sport; these things happen and players have to learn how to re-focus after the opponent takes a time out. nadal does it all the time because he knows it’s a part of the game. you can’t go around saying nadal is “super fit” so therefore other players should get more of an advantage than him. what kind of crap is that? these guys get paid to expect the unexpected. simple as that!


newman Says:

WOW!! anything to critisize rafa…it must bother some lunatics here that rafa is alive even…..and BTW those he say rafa bent the rules to get the MTO are seriously misinformed…that MTO was within the rules…and there is nothing against taking an mto before a tiebreak…rafa grimaced and bent down after hitting a downright winner….it was at that time he injured himself…anyone who thinks he was faking it is just blind


Skeezerweezer Says:

@montecarlo

Well I think you are right Rafa’s presser might reveal more…I read some other place that he was scared that it was his bone…so we’ll see. Whatever the case, he showed no ill effects after the MTO that he could not play the next round. He moved unbelievably well for an injured foot for the next 2 hours, so it shouldn’t be too serious.

Agree that everyone needs to some of this in Delpo too. He go into 2 TB’s and played like dog doo doo. Rafa just did his thing, you have to pick it up in the TB. He needs more big matches under his belt. This match should bode home well for USO me hopes.


Skeezerweezer Says:

marrisv,

Yeah Rafa’s stats were awesome and matched up well against Delpo, me saw that too. This is a big win for the Beast and looks like he is ready to contend for the Wimby crown again.


montecarlo Says:

And right as I was predicting…

just read this on official wimbledon site.. should be on all news channels and sites anytime now—-

21:15: Rafa admits he came close to retiring “I don’t know what the problem is,” Nadal has just admitted. “It seems as if it’s in the bone of the foot. I thought I might have to retire but I will check it out tomorrow. I felt something really strange, the pain went a bit down after that.” That match will certainly have taken it out of him. Nearly four hours of gritty tennis.

I am pretty sure all you Rafa haters are pretty excited right now and hoping he doesn’t play anymore (which looks very possible now) so Federer can pick up No. 17? Right?


montecarlo Says:

And this proves Delpo failed to beat 70-80% moving Rafa which Soderling was able to achive at FO 2009.

You people din’t even notice then that Rafa was always one step behind in his footwork just like he was today.


dari Says:

Imagine if Rafa was denied mto at that moment, that woulda been a hubbub, too!
Great tennis aside from the drama- we have to be grateful of that. Delpo so many times to the net and Rafa a nice share as well. Glad delpo found his grass legs [for the most part :) ]


montecarlo Says:

And just for tennis-x’s enjoyment-

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/media/ALeqM5j6IaXLOEoLc6QlJyqMpkZYkQR93A?docId=59651b1b96eb4600a54c8ca0209f5748&size=l

You people must be loving that pic of your so called Faker Actor and whatever, don’t you?


andrea Says:

that is unfortunate for nadal. let’s hope it isn’t too serious.


marrisv Says:

i hope he continues in the tournament and it is nothing serious to cause longer term damage.


dari Says:

“montecarlo Says: Just as I predicted news is out everywhere-”
hehe Uhm, Monte, two top players just played an exciting match in which the #1 and returning 1st tier player had mto’s and played fantastic tennis AT WIMBLEDON of course there is news everywhere!


montecarlo Says:

@dari- I meant News that Rafa was close to retiring at the time of injury and may not be able to continue in the tournament.


Anna Says:

Wow, what a fantastic tennis match. I haven’t seen Delpo play like that all year and for sure he will be the big threat at the USO. Just to bad so many of you have to go the way of blaming and hating. For anyone without a bias it was obvious that Rafa hurt himself. For those of you who blah, blah, blah about gamesmanship and such I wish you’d just get a life. Juan had 5 sets to beat Rafa. FIVE sets. They both played tremendous,fought hard, probably played the best game of the tournament and the best you snivelers can come up with is “gamesmanship”. I hope the best for Rafa. He’s a great champion and doesn’t deserve to go out, particularly after this match.
And Ben, just how many players do you have on your fan roster? Not to many I would imagine, as I’ve seen them all take time outs and then get back out on the court and win. I guess that means they were faking it.


Eric Says:

Rafa’s injury did not keep him from covering the court. If you watched the match, you would know that’s true.

Taking an MTO when you are injured isn’t gamesmanship, it’s being not-a-moron. Rafa did the right thing, unless he is lying about the foot. I sympathize because I have some foot problem that rears its annoying and painful head every now and then – but it doesn’t keep me from covering the court to my usual (pathetic) abilities, any more than it did to Rafa.

Anyway, Del Potro didn’t play as he did at the 2009 USO. There he had more confidence and didn’t choke away his leads and chances.


Kimberly Says:

montecarlo–don’t worry rafa will play QF—im sure he is just making a pre-excuse in case he loses, right guys? Or is it that he sandbagging Fish and Murray with the idea that he might not move as well?

But in all seriousness I believe Rafa will play and continue to play.


jane Says:

Just got home and checked all the results: no real surprises on the men’s side, except maybe Fish, but that is the match I thought was the pick em. Also Tomic! Whoa, what a break through. Nole might have his hands full. Fed vs. Tsonga should be fun but Fed will win. Murray over Gasquet in straights – nice win!! I see both Rafa and Fed lost a set today, so they’ve cut their teeth in. ;) Both Williams sisters out (!) just when I thought they were gaining in momentum, and Woz is out, yet again, seemingly too early at a slam. Would love to see Lisicki, Sharapova, Kvitova, and Azarenka continue. But havent looked at the ladies’ draw to see who is on which side.

Kudos to all the winners!

I have it all pvr’d and just sitting down to watch. Spent day on crazy field trip with a bunch of 10 year olds.


Eric Says:

Woz out in the fourth round at Wimby for the third year in a row. It’s a bummer, but not quite earthshattering.

As for the Williamses, well, all I can say is “LOL!” to everyone who thought Serena was going to win. I am not surprised at all that Bartoli won, although obviously I don’t claim to have expected it. Venus’ loss is IMO much weirder – Pironkova? Who the heck is that?

I hope Lisicki breaks out even more than she already has, here. She was very convincing in her win over Li and it’s nice that she’s backed it up. Bartoli could be troublesome…


bryan Says:

hahaha what a bunch of pathetic fed fans rooting for delpo hoping that he’ll knock out rafa. Why, coz you guys are all scared that rafa will beat him again in case they meet in the final? Can’t blame u, if I were you I’ll be scared too. What with all the slams H2H and all.

And oh, seems there also a bunch of expert in tennis rule. Why don’t you guys put up your own tour and implement your rules? but untol then just shut the f…k up and let the players play with all available options within the existing rules.


marrisv Says:

Rafa’s reactions at the end of the match suggests to me that he was genuinely happy and in probability will continue. Hopefully, nothing major comes out of the scan tomorrow.


jane Says:

Okay, just read all the comments. Hope Rafa isn’t too seriously injured. What happened? Did he fall or something?


Kimberly Says:

allright, let me give you my ten cents on rafa’s next match.

He may not be 100%—and he doesn’t have to be. 80% is prob good enough to beat Fish.

With that said, this is one of Rafa’s only matches where I wouldn’t hate it if the opponent won. I loooove Fish. Kaiser is actually surprised that I will root for Rafa.

But hear me out, I would probably root for Fish if I thought him a serious contender for the title. But no way can he take out murray and fed/djoko where is Rafa is a serious contender. So I wouldn’t want to sacrifice a player who is a contender for one who isn’t. So I will root for Rafa :-)


marrisv Says:

jane – Here is a highlight link from Youtube At 0.10 when Rafa hits a forehand winner, he obviously did something.

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


jane Says:

Thanks for the highlight marrisv: it is tough to see what happened exactlt but he crouches down right away. Maybe he had a slight injury already and tweaked it? Anyhow, will read up. That the injury happened in set one yet he still went on to play three sets and win versus Delpo means he must be not too badly hurt. Anyhow, hope he will be well.


sar Says:

del potro walks around like a turtle between points

Mem, I don’t think he like the heat either.


Kimmi Says:

Oh god, just watching venus match. it was so ugly.

at least serena went down fighting but venus….horrible. she hits so many error with no reason. aaargh!! was horrible to watch.

on to the ladies left in the draw, i hope we get another 1st time grand slam winner. Kvitova is my first pick.


Dan Martin Says:

Mem,

I think players taking so much time between points is garbage. It was garbage when Connors and Brad Gilbert would towel off after every point even if it was 45 degrees outside. It is garbage when Nole, Rafa and anyone else does it. The problem is the chair umpire could enforce it. The umps never have (see Jimbo) and never will (see Rafa getting a towel immediately after being warned). If the ump was serious, he would say point penalty the next time it happened, and my guess is play would pick up no matter who we’re watching. I loved watching Connors, but he pulled gamesmanship moves all the time. I think people can like a player and admit they pull some goofy stuff off on court. Anyone who has seen juniors at tournaments knows there are all sorts of attempts to play head games. My experience playing and coaching tennis tells me some of that went on today. Darren Cahil agreed.


jamie Says:

An online psychic just told me she sees Nole as the Wimbledon champion this year. His chart is perfect.

Ajde!


Dan Martin Says:

Cahill I should say. Anyway, the part where I think gamesmanship came into play upon reading post match stuff is the bathroom break right after the 1st set ends. Rafa is hurt sure. He also knows JMDP let him off of the hook with the mini-break and knows JMDP had set point at 5-6 and ended up losing the set on a double fault. To leave the court again so short after a 9 minute break seems to serve two purposes. 1 – maybe buying time for pain to subside 2 – Let the other guy stew over blowing chances to go up a set on the world #1 and defending champion

Maybe he just needed to use the loo, but it was odd timing.


grendel Says:

http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/index.html

Excellent article by Steve Tignor on what makes Serena so compelling a player. In particular:”what Serena brought back to tennis was the type of edge-of-your-seat, heart-in-your-throat excitement that you can only get when a player of her stature and persona is fighting for her life and on the verge of defeat. I don’t feel that when Nadal or Federer or anyone else at the top of the game is about to go down” and:”She’s a player who needs to be threatened, to feel the threat of defeat. That’s a great and almost unique trait to have—she’s one of the few humans who loosens up under pressure, who needs and relishes pressure—but it’s also double-edged. Its gotten her out of a hundred desperate situations, but it has also contributed to putting her in those situations in the first place. If you go to the brink often enough, you’re going to go over it eventually.”

When Bartoli served for the match, and got to 40-15, you still didn’t think she’d do it – and she didn’t. And she kept on losing matchpoints in the breaker – as Tignor accurately put it:”It was going to be tough for the Frenchwoman to win a rally at match point—Serena basically stopped missing on the MPs against her”, but Bartoli held her nerve. She went through those odd gymnastics – which I find reassuring, because it’s telling me that Bartoli still thinks she can win and that’s very unusual in this stage of a match against Serena. Her face looks very fierce,one more deep breath then up we go with that bizarre serving motion – and it’s a cracker, with Serena barely getting a racket on it.

It was touch and go. If Serena had sneaked the set, I suspect she’d have gone on to win, though one shouldn’t downplay Bartoli’s great competitive spirit.

Venus, too, looked like she was coming back against Pironkova whose composure – which had been impressive – was beginning to crack. If the sisters can get some hours under their belts, they’re going to be big favourites in New York, for sure. I see only one real threat to them.

Kvitova was simply awesome against Wickermayer. Her groundstrokes were like something out of Valhalla – time and again she hit the lines with outrageous shots off both wings and hit with a crispness and power which I doubt has ever been equalled. This woman is special. However, she was in the zone today against a weakish opponent, so we can’t say she is unbeatable on grass quite yet – though I can’t help feeling that time will come. Her serve is excellent when on – second only to Serena’s imo – but unfortunately it is inconsistent. Once she’s sorted that out, woopee! Kvitova is one of those strange athletes – Federer is another such – who make you feel proud when you watch her, almost as if it’s you who’s doing the hitting. I have no idea why this should be so, and perhaps it’s just a personal quirk.

It’s great that little Cibulkova has beaten Wozniacki on the big stage. She takes such risks – she must, with her small stature and only moderate serve – and she has a most exhilerating game. She goes flat out, and when she misses – badly sometimes- she just shrugs and hits the ball even harder. Sharapova will be favourite of course against her, but she’d better not have one of those yippy days on the serve, Cibulkova will punish her.

Youzhny is a very talented player, and he absolutely held his own against Federer almost to the end. Generally, against Federer, he tends to doff his cap and, after some pretty play, almost as if to say “I can do the same as you” (I remember one delightful bh slicing duel at the AO which drew out a smile from the old curmudgeon Tony Roche) he will gently fold. But today, it was very noticeable that he had a combative expression on, which he pretty much stuck with throughout the match. He deserves credit for this. You got the feeling Federer was a bit narked – junior was being uppity sort of thing, and in the end, he had to pull the stops out to gain the W. On the evidence of this match, I for one wouldn’t like to say who is going to get into the final from this half.

I didn’t catch Tomic against Malisse. But I greatly enjoyed his performance against Soderling (who admittedly was not well). This confirmed the very favourable impression he made against Nadal in the AO. His change of pace is smoother and more impressive than Murray’s – Murray has other attributes – and I’m sure this is a Grand Slam Champion in the waiting. He is quite remarkably mature. Dimitrov, for instance, played very well against Tsonga – at last, an encouraging performance – but I for one felt he was still a boy even though 20 and, if he is is to go far, among other things he’s just going to have to toughen up. Tomic is a fair bit younger, but physically, much more complete.


Ike Says:

Ok, here are my picks for men’s semi (which I guess are same as most of us):

* Rafa beats Mardy
* Andy beats Lopez
* Fed beats Jo
* Nole beats Tomic

There was no upset in FO quarters, so I have feeling that there won’t be one at Wimby either.
But, still if Rafa is not fit enough Mardy can beat him, (this could be the first time Mardy beats Rafa).
If Jo hits great serves and plays his best, he can beat Fed. But, still I don’t see it happening in a GS, and especially at Wimby.


Ike Says:

Hey grendel, how are you?
I am going to read you detailed post above (minus ladies tennis)


grendel Says:

How’s tricks, Ike? but it’s all ladies tennis….(there’s some good stuff there, you know – have a look at Kvitova if you have a chance)
margot, the chap who played Jackson Brodie, Jason Isaac(s), did you see him watching one of Murray’s matches, with a suitably sombre expression?


Ike Says:

grendel, i read ur post in totality. good one!
I never rooted for Serena (never ever) though, I had some respect for Venus, until her stupid/childish celebration after winning Wimbledon, (i think it was beating Davenport in 05).
If there is one player I will be rooting for in women’s tennis to win Wimbledon, that would be …Cibulkova


Dan Martin Says:

I keep waiting for a consistent champion to emerge on the women’s side of things. I thought Clijsters might be a surprise comeback week in and week out #1. I am not sure when it will happen again. Serena is a great player and competitor. I just wish she played more events (this serious injury excluded of course). Still, I am not asking for another Graf, Navratilova, or Serena. A new Sanchez-Vicario or Hingis should pop up every few years.


Kimmi Says:

yeah grendel, we cheer for kvitova. we hope she is good enough to win one of these.


grendel Says:

Ike, I remember that celebration, if we’re talking about the Davenport match – it was certainly annoying if you were supporting Davenport. The thing is, it was a terrific match which was completely draining to watch – what must it have been to play? You can kind of see why Venus did her victory dance – although if I’d been the opponent, I’d have wanted to clock her one. Davenport, though, she oozes a sort of elephantine calm (although she could on occasion be one of the great mutterers)- and I imagine she simply observed Venus’ antics with glum fatalism.

Dan Martin, I am hoping that within a couple of years, Kvitova will be your woman….


Ike Says:

grendel, but definitely she could have shown more class, after such a classy match, (i think Davenport had at least one or two match points).

I wish Justine Henin had not retired in 2008. I always rooted for her. Hopefully, she will make one more comeback, but she is 29 now.


grendel Says:

Kimmi, Kvitova should certainly beat Pironkova – actually, it’s kind of a pity that Pironkova beat Venus – it would have been kind of fascinating to see Kvitova smashing a Williams all round the court, even if misleading. I hope the Williams are matchtight for the US – and then we shall see.

Kvitova should meet Azarenka in the semi. That should be a very interesting battle indeed – I just hope Kvitova can up the percentage on her serve, first serve only 45% today. She still won over 90% of them – but that was Wickermayer. Azarenka will surely take advanyage.


Kimberly Says:

Justine “the hand” hen in was never a fav of mine, nor is Kim who actually seems very sweet.

Sharapova can be a beeeotch but shes blond and beautiful and has a greeat game and is a rela fighter, and great fashion,

I only true class example ofnthe womens game I can think of is Graf and that is by hearsay as I wasn’t watching tennis back then,


skeezerweezer Says:

@Dan,

Yeah it’s hard to believe the Williams are now the old ladies, at 29. Retirement is just around the corner. Wish she(Serena) played more matches before Wimby also. You could tell in the Bartoli match ( no dis respect to B, she played awesome ) she had flashes of total domination ( that BH return is the best in the game,,,, maybe even on the mens side too! )and then WTF? Totally needed some more matches under her belt. The Williams were brought into the game totally different, taught different, and it shows. Won’t see this style of game for along time. They will be missed when there gone. WTA has been turning into a ghost town without them. When a Henin or Clisters and a Davenport came along, they made “the show” even more exciting. But without the Williams? Sharapova by herself couldn’t take up the mantle when they left. I hope too we get some unique women to watch coming up soon…..they need it!


trufan Says:

Same old gamesmanship and excuses from Nadal. He was running like a rabbit all the time. So much for having an injury!

And all the delay tactics – always in violation of the rules.

ALL his losses are attributed to injuries. He needs to get some balls (not the tennis vareity) and own up to it.


Kimberly Says:

Btw, the royal guard has retreated and the mascot is back to colino6 an Bethany Matteo sands!


Nims Says:

The GOAT (in faking) has proved yet again there is no one close to him in faking injuries. Anyone thinks there will be someone to ever beat him in this department.. I say no.


jamie Says:

Predictions for the next 2 majors

Wimbledon: Nole wins

USO: Fed wins

Take it to the bank.


Nims Says:

jamie..with the kind of form Rafa in (ie faking and taking MTO’s) I do not see anyone can beat him with his tactics. Unless Rafa vows that he will not take MTO’s in his matches, he should be the favourite.


jane Says:

Lisicki has loads of potential too. Actually, call me crazy, but I think women’s tennis is coming around. Well? It IS possible you know.


aleish17 Says:

Nobody whined about Del Potro taking an MTO when Nadal was up 40-15 in the 3rd set. Ohh well, that MTO is legit because we all saw him slipped and grimaced in pain. But what about after the MTO when Del Potro was running well and it seemed he was okay? Apparently, nobody thought he was faking it. But when it comes to Nadal, a lot of people quickly jump into thinking he is faking it.


someone Says:

zomg look at all these rafa-lover idiots – especially that retard mem. You guys are so delusional. Get your mouth off Rafa’s nuts and look at the facts:

1) Rafa MTO when Del Potro has the momentum from saving the set pts. and then he RUNS LIKE A HYPERACTIVE RABBITT. WHAT GODDAMN INJURY?
2) When Rafa was facing philipp petzschner at wimbledon last yr, he calls the trainer when he’s down and then he RUNS LIKE A HYPERACTIVE RABBITT. WHAT GODDAMN INJURY? Phillip even complained and talked about it in his post presser. Nadal then ends up winning wimbledon, his injury somehow disappears?
3)Rafa calls the trainer when he’s down in the 1st set at the FO against Fed
4)In one of the master finals on clay against Fed, Nadal calls the trainer and wastes time to fix some FRIGGIM GODAMN TAPING on his fingers

And least of all, he is always breaking the rules by wasting so much time between pts, you can’t deny this. He should be stripped of all his titles because of all these obvious rule-breaking.

He’s just a stupid cocky actor, and the whole humbleness is a facade. He knows he can’t win when he’s behind, so he has to resort to these stupid tactics.


Jimbo Jones Says:

All of the Nadal fans who complain he is held to a different standard. He’s #1. He’s the Standard Bearer. Of course he is held to a different standard. What do we see from him. He has as much as admitted to receiving coaching during matches. He takes too long between points. At the French he averaged 27 seconds between points. If he played 1/2 of his points at under 25 seconds, he’d have to be way over 25 seconds on the other half of his points to average 27 seconds. The timeouts last year and this year at Wimbledon. Phillip P. and JMDP both complained about his stoppages of play. Throw in the constant picking of his nether regions and you have an ugly situation for a lot of tennis fans. He’d good, d*mn good, but why pick, why stall, why get coaching, why take MTOs and bathroom breaks at key moments? If he is #1, he is going to be scrutinized about how he plays. He is #1 so he needs to cut the crap. As the Aussies used to say, “If you are hurt, you don’t play and if you’re playing, you’re not hurt.” The Aussie Pantheon was not taking MTO’s after failing to convert set points. They did not take coaching. They did not stall. They did not pick their crevice. He’s no Laver, Newcombe, Rosewall, or Emo.


trufan Says:

Nadal fans conveniently hiding now?


Little Wing Says:

It’s really sad that the RAfa-haters will look for any reason to crucify him, it’s quite sad. So for the full story reagarding what happend to RAfa’s foot, he had a pinched tendon which lead to swelling which I assume was a result of the taping being to tight (http://bit.ly/l3n3gt)


Dory Says:

I am still extremely angry and pissed that I couldn’t watch the Federer vs Youzhny, Ferrer vs Tsonga and Fish vs Berdych. Wimbledon is now my least favorite Slam because the awful scheduling. Hope it rains like crazy at the start of the QFs so only the ones on the Center court will carry on and we will get to watch all QFs.

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