Stanislas Wawrinka Calls Out Uncle Toni For Coaching Rafa Before Every Point Yesterday!
by Tom Gainey | November 7th, 2013, 11:07 am
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Following a tough 76, 76 loss to Rafael Nadal yesterday at the ATP World Tour Finals, Stanislas Wawrinka targeted Uncle Toni for illegal coaching during the match.

“It’s nothing personal against Rafa or against Toni,” Wawrinka said. “We all know, players and umpire, that Toni is always trying to help Rafa. That’s normal. That’s part of the game. But when it’s too much, it’s too much.

“Today I didn’t agree with the umpire that he didn’t tell him something or he didn’t give him second warning just because it was Rafa. We all see. I was there. Before every point, he was trying to coach him. That just what happened. Again, it’s nothing against Rafa or Toni. That’s in the rules. Normally the umpire should have done something.”

Other players including Ivan Ljubicic have commented on Uncle Toni’s tactics. And Uncle Toni admitted himself that he talks to his nephew during matches.

Wawrinka has lost all 12 matches to Nadal and all 26 sets the two have played. Tomorrow, Wawrinka will try to work his way into the semifinals by beating another Spaniard, David Ferrer.


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111 Comments for Stanislas Wawrinka Calls Out Uncle Toni For Coaching Rafa Before Every Point Yesterday!

Brent Says:

Nothing new!!!!!!!Rafa is a known cheat in every possible way, from doping to illegal coaching to being aggressive on-court shoulder bumping opponents, disgusting ;((


skeezer Says:

There will always be an “*” next to a lot of Rafa’s wins. Apparently he needed to have on court coaching to win matches.


Giles Says:

Yeah, poor Rafa, his tennis is worse than Fed’s!
#Haters
#StewInYourOwnJuice


holdserve Says:

When did it become known that Rafa is doping?
Again a case of confusing fact and belief? Tut tut!
What is disgusting is posters making unfair accusations without proof. They seem to believe that repeating a lie umpteen times will make it true. To quote my favorite math again, zero multiplied by itself umpteen times is still a zero. Not all your hate Brent is going to alter that!
Anyway Brent the right sites for you to visit are Ruan’s tennis blog or tennishasasteroid problem. Or perfect tennis. Actually there are umpteen sites catering to Rafa haters.
It seems there exist only 2 kinds of fans: Rafans and antiRafans!


Giles Says:

C’mon Daveed, beat the Swiss cry baby!!


holdserve Says:

Not all the uncles in the world sitting in Fed’s box can make Federer win against Rafa!
Anyone who believes that Rafa wins because of on court coaching has a serious problem distinguishing between fact and belief.


Patson Says:

ATP needs to enforce the rules or scrap them. Plain and simple. It should be unacceptable to have a rule being broken repeatedly. On-court coaching can be critical , for instance, on a big point. If a player is a break point down and is not sure where to serve, an external signal can change the complexion of the match if the player executes it perfectly. Just like the 25 second rule, this one needs to be harshly enforced or scrapped. It’s not even an allegation, Toni has admitted it himself. ATP needs to do a better job here.


Giles Says:

“Wawawawa has lost all 12 matches to Nadal and all 26 sets the two have played”.
That tells the whole story, no?
Vamos Rafa!!


Leo Says:

What a shame! #1 in the world, but needs coaching during a match…


skeezer Says:

^Yeah and some of his fans are in denial. Notice the responses attempting to divert the FACT.


Giles Says:

That’s just it, we don’t know if it is a fact. Toni could have been mouthing several Vamoses which Wawawawawa mistook for coaching. Does wawawawa speak Spanish? He can barely speak English.


Ben Pronin Says:

We know for a fact that since Nadal has become a top player, his uncle has been accused of on court coaching. We know for a fact that at the beginning of this year, Uncle Toni admitted that he coaches Nadal during matches. We know for a fact that Nadal and his uncle love to bend the rules and complain about the ones who can’t. Fraud. And Uncle Fraud.


Giles Says:

I thought Wawawawa was busy getting pummelled yesterday. Was he also busy looking at Rafa’s box on “every point”? Doesn’t make any sense. Proves that he is exaggerating.
C’mon you are either playing tennis or looking at the players box. So he must have been looking at his box as well and taking in the coaching from Norman. For all the good it did him.
#Liar


shamboozie Says:

puppet


skeezer Says:

Giles,
Give it up. What you see is obviously blurred. Quit whining about it and own up to it. Other players waaayyy before the Stan incident have accused Rafa and Toni of this. Unc Toni AND Rafa have owned up to it, and he has been fined in the past as a result of it.


Bolm Kelvin Says:

Definitely Rafael is Uncle’s boy. He might even need Uncle Toni’s help to get the baby and also need help to buy candies for him.


hawkeye Says:

Fact: Elite tennis starting with Nadal and Murray,now Djokovic and others has rendered Federer obsolete.

Fact: Evolution exists!

Fact: 10-21

(Shank-you very much.)


SG1 Says:

I’m really disappointed in Wawa’s comments. If you’re going to say stuff like this, say it after a win. Uncle Toni can’t coach Rafa in the middle of a point can he? Uncle Toni is a bit of whack job and a control freak. Who’s to say that Rafa even looks at him after “every point”.

I’m not saying that there isn’t coaching going on. I’m sure there is. But come on. You don’t hear this from Federer, Murray and Novak after a loss. I like Wawrinka and I hope after a little of cool down time, he’ll come to his senses. You can’t blame coaching for never beating Rafa. It’s a sad excuse and one not worthy of an excellent player like Stan.


skeezer Says:

“If you’re going to say stuff like this, say it after a win.”
WTF?


SG1 Says:

That’s what I said. After a win. Why didn’t he do something more during the match (play the match under protest or something). Complaining after a loss is nothing more than sour grapes.


James Says:

And the TX whiner strikes back!


SG1 Says:

And for what it’s worth, the Williams’ sisters have been getting coaching during matches for a long time. No one is calling them frauds or cheats. Every top player gets some signals from their box. There’s so much money in tennis today. With all that money comes the inevitable corrupted values.


Giles Says:

@SG1 Well said indeed!


hawkeye Says:

Poor Federazzi.

I suppose I’d be upset too if Nole, Muzza and Rafa were so much better than Fedfan.

But to post on forums crying about it though and looking for desperate excuses???

Sad (and HILARIOUS too!!!!)


skeezer Says:

@SG1
On court coaching is allowed in the WTA, for what it is worth.

I don’t see anything wrong with Stan making public his protest after the match. Although I did not watch the match, I agree he should have complained during the match. Regardless, Stan is not on an island here, other players have complained DURING a match, after a match…AND, Rafa’s team has been fined in the past for this. Just saying…


James Says:

Uncle Toni however should just shut his mouth. Rafa doesn’t need his help in matches. If he weren’t a family, Rafa would have shouted at him already.

Unlike Murray and Djokovic, Nadal almost never looks toward his box during matches.


SG1 Says:

Fair enough Skeezer. Fair enough.


Ben Pronin Says:

“I thought Wawawawa was busy getting pummelled yesterday”

7-6 7-6 is pummelling now? Interesting.

“Elite tennis starting with Nadal and Murray,now Djokovic”

Clever wording. Proves a lot about your knowledge of tennis.


Seth Says:

“Fraud. And Uncle Fraud.”

Indeed. Nadal is a joke.


hawkeye Says:

And your words prove your hate for a player simply for being the greatest of all time. Both sad and hilarious.

Shank-you, shank-you very much My fan.


hawkeye Says:

Frauderer the weak era paper GOAT.

Even with preferred scheduling and rigged draws, the free ride ended in 2008.

0-5 vs Rafa in majors since.

Federazzi sad.

Please forgive them for their hate. Let it aaaaall out sadfans.

It’s just a game.


Ben Pronin Says:

Nope. I don’t hate a player for being the goat. For that, I’d have to believe Nadal’s the goat, which he’s not. Good interpretation skills, hawkeye. Good thing you have that hawkeye to read with. 7th grade must be nice.

I do believe Federer is the goat, and I don’t hate him. I don’t like Nadal because he’s a fraud and a phony.


Giles Says:

Pronin. You are so full of rage right now you are talking gibberish. “Fraud and phony”. Hahaha
#RafaelNadalWorldNo1


Anna Says:

I’m sure Toni was telling Rafa the same thing that Stan’s coach was telling Stan throughout both tie breaks. If it’s Toni yelling at Rafa it’s on court coaching. If it’s some other coach yelling at their player, then it’s all copascetic. Other coaches are “encouraging”, Toni is the only one coaching. You’d think all of thgese complainers speak Mallorcan. They don’t have a clue about what Toni is saying, they only know they’re losing and need to initiate a little congtroversy to maybe unsettle Rafa.

Skeezer and Ben, your both full of cr*p. Like some of these sniveling players you try to make mountains out of mole hills, and create controversy where there is none.


Ben Pronin Says:

When it’s Nadal, it’s ok to break the rules, right Anna? It’s just a molehill that he and his coach constantly break the rules. Why would anyone own up to a problem if Rafa Nadal is the one causing it? Let’s just blindly defend the crap out of this guy because’ we’re not allowed to think they might be doing something wrong.

It’s like party politics. If you’re a liberal, g-d forbid you have a conservative thought. By no means should you have varying opinions on different issues. Nope. Not for Anna and the Rafa Brigade. If Rafa does it, it MUST be good. No ifs ands or buts. Except for Nadal’s butt. There’s always Nadal’s butt.


Giles Says:

@ Anna. Spot on. Too many Rafa haters here who want to jump on the bandwagon!


Giles Says:

Oops, someone can’t resist mentioning Rafa’s butt. It certainly is a butt worth talking about! Lol


Anna Says:

Ben – “for a fact”. Lol…. Like you are the bottom line for what’s factual and what’s not. For a fact, people like Ben make false accusations in the hopes of diminishing Nadal’s career. When it comes to anyone being a fake/fraud (your favorite words now) you take the cake.


Anna Says:

When was the last time you read a headline about a player other than Rafa being coached on court? Are you telling me that it doesn’t happen to anyone else. Look at the replay of yesterdays match and tell me what the hell Magnus was doing throughout the whole of the 2nd set tiebreak. But when the match is over the only controversy is about Rafa receiving on court coaching. Hypocrisy abounds around this subject, still people like you try to keep the issue afloat because any little stab at Rafa is a point for Roger.


skeezer Says:

“Like some of these sniveling players you try to make mountains out of mole hills, ”

No, Rafa does that all on his own. He is making the news, not tennis fans.

btw,
who are sniveling players on tour you are mentioning? Anyone not named Rafa?


hawkeye Says:

Believe what you want Prof. Pronin. (Phd., Federazzi Mythology).

Courier, Sampras, Agassi, Muzza, Nole, Jmac and other tennis greats have better credentials.


Anna Says:

“Rafa does that on his own.”

Hardly Skeezer. In this instance (and I won’t even look at the top of the page) I would say it’s Tom Gainey making a mountain out of a molehill by posting this story, and you and Ben continueing the effort for your own agenda, which I’ve already discussed. The umpire didn’t call coaching on Toni, Stan did, right after he lost the 1st set and smashed his racquet to smithereens, for which he was not fined. So, is it ok to pick and choose which rules need to be followed. In yesterday’s match Stan obliterated his racquet while Magnus was screaming his bloody lungs out at differen times throughout the match, and yet the controversy surrounds Rafa and Toni. Actually, we all know why. It gives Fed fans another shot at Rafa. Even Anacone fessed up to the importance of “drama” off the court while commenting the match.


hawkeye Says:

Too many hurtful facts have put Me on longer time delay again to protect the delicate federazzi feelings.

Ignorance is bliss for the federazzi.

It’s KILLING meeeee!!!!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Anna, I pointed out that Wawrinka’s comment is very peculiar. He said that “it’s normal and happens all the time and everyone knows it.” This is not normal. I mean it is, but it’s not supposed to be. It especially shouldn’t be the norm for the number 1 player in the world. It is hypocritical of Stan. But I also don’t look at Stanislas Wawrinka as the guy every other player and fan should look up to in terms of model behaviour.


Steve 27 Says:

Mirka had coaching Federer before: She said, Move your legs!


hawkeye Says:

Nor fedfan. Too many fines for cursing and, when he was young, tanking.

Hmmm, maybe there’s home for Tomic the Tank Engine yet following in the exGoat’s footsetps.


hawkeye Says:

Careful Anna or the federazzi moderators will put you on time delay.

Badge of honour.

As Jack Nic once said and I say to the federazzi, “You can’t handle the truth!!!!”

shank-you very much!!!


Slice Tennis Says:

^^ Is it ??
Is that the reason he plays female tennis most of the time ??
LMAO


Slice Tennis Says:

“He is making the news”

Vamos Rafa !!!!
He is such a BIG star !!!
Time to celebrate.


skeezer Says:

@Anna,

“Slice Tennis Says:
“He is making the news”

and….
there ya go.

He makes it, it doesn’t just come to him. You adore too much.

So how do you know what was being said between the players and coaches anyway, were you there? They CAN talk, encourage and communicate. They CANNOT Coach. There is a BIG difference. The officials now it. This is why they fined Rafa’s team awhile back for it.


Slice Tennis Says:

Its so easy to coach and make him beat top players.
“Vamos…hit your forehand” is enough to make him beat the sh!t out of Federer, djokovic, etc at their best on their best surfaces.
So easy !!
VAMOS !!!!!!!


skeezer Says:

^I take that back, if they can signal, talk etc to Coach is not legal. I’ll check the rule book again, but you get the idea.


Giles Says:

skeezer only gets very vocal on this forum when he has back-up in the form of Pronin. He was the same in the past when his co-Rafa hater was around. Always jumping on the bandwagon.
His problem is he can’t take on the “Rafanatics” (that’s his lingo) when he’s on his own here.
#Bandwagoner


Ben Pronin Says:

Thank you, Slice Tennis, for proving my point.

Rafa fans = know-nothings.


Ben Pronin Says:

Bandwagoner? Because Skeeze is supposed to take on a brigade of cyber bullies on his own?

Giles, I think the bell just rang, recess is over!


Giles Says:

Does wawawawa speak Spanish? Why does he think Toni was coaching and not giving words of encouragement?
FYI Bernades speaks fluent Spanish. How come Rafa or Toni didn’t get a code violation for coaching? Tell you why, because there was no coaching, just words of encouragement. Further Bernades is not shy to give Rafa tvw’s so why would he refrain from giving him a code violation if in fact there was any coaching from Toni!. Wawawawa is a liar! Wawawawa is a sore loser!


Slice Tennis Says:

Ben and Skeeze,
Calm down.
Rafa fans don’t hate Federer. And we don’t hope for his retirement.
Why should we ?
Is he going to win another slam and move the target further….NO.
Is he going to beat Rafa in a grandslam…a BIG NO.
Federer is a nice little punching bag who even helps Rafa by doing the job (Ex.FO 2011 semis).

Tell me one reason for Rafa fans to hate Federer and hope for his retirement.

I hope he plays for many more years and continue the “rivalry” with Rafa. LMAO.


Slice Tennis Says:

“Wawawawa is a liar!”

This has to be true….bcos the umpire did not punish Rafa.


Giles Says:

hey skeezer. Bet you miss @Dave. Was he a better back- up for you than Pronin? Remember his loooooong posts all Rafa based hatred? He certainly was a better writer than Pronin. So, now you are left with Pronin. Good luck with that man.


Giles Says:

I don’t hate fed, never have done, it’s his dogged fans that rile me. That’s the true, no?


Slice Tennis Says:

Yes….there is NO SINGLE reason to hate him.
Pity him. God its killing me !!


Dan Martin Says:

I would not look at the 0-12 much here. Stan has been a different player since the US Open started. Krickstein said in the 30 for 30 that he and no one else should have been surprised at Connors’ gamesmanship during the match in 1991, but that Krickstein should have said something to the umpire. 3 of the past 4 sets Stan has played vs. Rafa have gone to breakers (all won by Rafa). Stan stood up for himself and that says a lot about how he sees himself on tour. Indoor tennis contributed some to the 3 sets going to breakers as well. Still, Stan is not an easy out any longer.


coke man G Says:

Well said dan martin. Its nice to see that some writers for this site can still stay fair and balanced without resorting to trading childish personal attacks back and forth with other posters.

Watch out for stan next year. Both him and del potro could challenge nadal, djoker, and murray in slams if they could become more consistent (and stay healthy in del po’s case)


Dan Martin Says:

Coke man G – I am more like writer emeritus here – my website http://tennisabides.com is where I do 99%+ of my writing these days


Leo Says:

A couple of Rafa fans can’t seem to let this go. Why would you argue this? There is ample proof that Nadal and Toni are guilty. Even they don’t seem to hide this. It is pathetic!

I don’t think a 17 time slam winner ever goes obsolete. Too many entries in the record books to mention here. #TooManyRecords


coke man G Says:

thanks for the link dan, cool website, will definitely frequent there more often next season. I’ve been an on and off reader of tennis x for the past few years- always thought your articles were some of the more fair and sincere ones here.


roy Says:

stan complained during the match. but it didn’t seem to be about tactics. part of the conversation overheard, ”every point, it’s VAMOS” and the chair umpire saying, ”yes, he’s not usually like this” or something along those lines. so the chair could see what was happening. there was no talk of coaching.
so the complaints here were more about stan being ANNOYED by the noise from the box between points, the way federer was annoyed at the noise from djoker’s box at various points.

stan’s complaints to the umpire were not really consistent with what he was saying after the match.


Hawkeye Says:

Even peRFect Fedfan has been fined for on court cursing players and umpires as well as tanking at an age when Rafa was winning majors.

Kettle meet pot all over again.


holdserve Says:

How is Rafa responsible for Uncle T shouting encouragement or even advice?
skeezer, I know you find it hard to differentiate between fact and opinion. So you are excused. But just for the record Rafa never admitted he took coaching. He said Uncle T talks too much.
Good job Anna!


Okiegal Says:

@Roy ^^^

I agree 100%. I don’t think Uncle T. would shout out coaching tactics to the other end of the court where Rafa is serving. That umpire knew exactly what Toni was saying. I don’t see any harm in encouraging the player…..not just Rafa but anyone. Coaching no…support yes. I don’t think I have ever watched a match that the players didn’t look at the players box. Don’t just single out Rafa, they’re all guilty.
This banter back and forth is grade school.


Skeezer Says:

holdserve,
I have no idea what your trying to say other than joining in on the cyber bullying team. The facts are there, and twisting them only makes u types look worse. Read the rule book.


Okiegal Says:

The commentators said that Rafa apologized to Stan for the incident and also had an exchange of words with his box. I watched the match again and sure enough during the change over he said something to Stan……didn’t show him talking to his box. I will take the commentators at their word…..because they don’t miss a thing!! If anyone has mentioned that already on this forum, I missed it. Hope this wasn’t a 3 peat. IMHO…….I think most of the players have looked to their box for coaching. Does that make it right?? No…..so let’s move on….this horse has been beat to death!!

VAMOS RAFA!!


WTF Says:

As if he needed coaching to beat Stan who hasn’t won a set against him in 12 matches.


Okiegal Says:

@WTF^^^^^^

Exactly!!!


squirrel Says:

Wow,lots of harsh words from Rafa fans,why so much hate towards Federer?

I’m not saying Fed fans are much better at it,but here we are discussing about Wawa and Nadal,why bring Fed into this and keep attacking Skeezer,Ben Pronin etc?

Hmmmmm,stop cyber bullying one another!


Giles Says:

The bottom line is that Wawawawa is a liar!


logic Says:

Just shows the truth about out world number 1. CHEATER.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal im in complete agreement with you,i dont believe Rafas perfect either,and it does seem unfair to single him out,especially as his oponent was guilty of doing exactly the same thing,especially as many players are guilty of exactly the same thing,dont get me wrong im not saying its right,but im just saying a little consistency wouldnt go a miss regading the rules,and a little perspective would be nice when it comes people always believing the worst of paricular players.


Ricardo Says:

I Wont say that tony doesnt try to coach Rafa in some matches bu tot say that he wins thanks to this is absurd, tony is not always on tour with Rafa and his nephew has managed to win important games without him, plus other players like nole also get coached a lot, its propably not right but it is not decisive


holdserve Says:

I think it is ridiculous to believe Rafa needs on court coaching to beat Stan or anyone else. He is recognized as a great tennis brain.
First of all no one has yet translated what Toni says. Whatever he speaks is presumed to be coaching. Second I have it on the authority of my pro friends that no one wants to be coached while they are playing as it is very distracting and annoying. Like backseat driving. Uncle T is actually Rafa’s uncle so he probably cannot help yelling encouragement or advice just like my controlling family members cannot help backseat driving despite my protests.
Chris Evert is on record as having complained to the umpire about her father’s friend yelling coaching at her. It must be difficult for Toni to keep his mouth shut.
Whatever Rafa does or doesn’t do is attacked by anti Rafans so it is not worth fretting over. Let the umpires decide.
I know that history is not going to give importance to the arguments of the hate brigade so why should we?
Rafa’s butt and Rafa ‘s butt picking are already famous and part of the Rafa legend. At first I used to wish he wouldn’t do it. Now if he doesn’t do it, I get worried. It is part of what Rafa is. If he is butt picking, he is in the zone. If he isn’t butt picking, something is wrong.
Uncle T is also part of the Rafa legend and as a fan I accept him totally.
If the haters think Rafa needs on court coaching to beat Stan, let them think so. Stan sounds absurd and so do these haters.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Ricardo great post you hit the nail on the head.


skeezer Says:

“I think it is ridiculous to believe Rafa needs on court coaching to beat Stan or anyone else. ”
Really? Then tell Uncy Toni to stay of the court for a year. Then you can come back and bully us all again and say “See?”
You think ….is not ….”it is”.
It’s the rule. Prove you can win by abiding them.


Giles Says:

Rafa won Montreal and Cincy back to back while Toni was watching him on TV.
Maybe Toni was coaching him via satellite or something similar. What do you think @ skeezer?
Vamos Rafa!


Giles Says:

C’mon Daveed kick this liar’s butt!!


skeezer Says:

@Giles,
Quit with the nonsense already. I never said Rafa hasn’t won a match without Toni being there. But he(Unc talk too much) has been there for most of them!
Oh an btw, Stan is NOT a Liar. Were you there listening to the conversations and watching from every angle? You know very well Rafa’s team has a well documented history of this subject. Give it a rest. Stan is one of the good guys on Tour.


James Says:

@skeezer, keep fighting the good fight. These kind of opportunities are rare.


Giles Says:

^^^ And how the heck do you know Stan is not a liar??


John Says:

Yeah what a golden era of Tennis. The Era where Ferrer can reach 9 finals. Lmao.

Hawkeye talks more nonsense than a banshee on steroids.


Giles Says:

^^^ for skeezer


courbon Says:

@ John: So in this era we have a player that has 17 slams, other 13, third 6 and last only 2.In a space of 8-9 years. Sure, it’s not golden era-it’s crap. And it does not matter that every single tennis legend ( Sampras, Connors, Lendl, McEnroe, Borg)and every single journalist say it also…
I will disregard all the facts and all comments from those people and I will agree with you…hmmmm


Thomas Says:

This isnt a golden era.


courbon Says:

@ Thomas: What is your conclusion based on?


John Says:

Oh but I though Federer got all his Slams in a Weak-Era?

So his Slams dont count, just ask Hawkeye.

Weak Era finished when Fed stopped dominating and got old. Thats when the Golden Era started.

Just ask your pal Hawkeye…

Then I suppose we should deduct all Nadal’s slams pre 2009 lol.


courbon Says:

@ John: I actually did not follow what Hawkeye wrote-I just seen your post.For me, when Fed started it was weaker era but he also won slams in a strong era so I would never use ‘weak ear’ argument in diminishing Federer’s achievement’s.
I guess crucial question is-What era, in a calendar terms, we are talking about. In my mind it was from 2006,2007-till now. What period you are talking about?

P.S.By the way, I ‘m not Nadal fan.


Slice Tennis Says:

2003 to 2007 was well and truly a weak era.

How else would you explain an one dimensional teenage clay courter spending 160 odd consecutive weeks at No.2 and a king of retirements solidly getting hold of No.3 in his teens. That was one void era where a couple of teens with no complete game made finals and won slams.


James Says:

Novak Djokovic could end his season with over 12,000 points and still be ranked #2. This should tell you how tough the competition is in this era.


Slice Tennis Says:

Well said James.
Ajde No2e. LOL


Ben Pronin Says:

Slice Tennis, change your name. You have no connection to tennis at all.


hawkeye Says:

Not what I said John. You’ve twisted my words again.


Hawkeye Says:

Ping!


Patson Says:

Neil Harman , the tennis journalist says on twitter about the Rafa-Berdych match:

“This must be the first time I can recall a group of Swiss journalists firmly behind Nadal. A lot of fist pumps”

Stan’s probably got nothing to complain about now.
Rafa’s got him a semi-final berth.


James Says:

And here’s Stan on Twitter:

Stanislas Wawrinka @stanwawrinka 39m
Vamooooos!!! Next diner is for me @RafaelNadal !! Good job!!

—————


Slice Tennis Says:

Stan should repay by doing the job in the SF.


skeezer Says:

There were lots of Fed commercials during this match. No wonder Rafa won.
;)
____

@James
Make sure and show that post to giles ;)


skeezer Says:

Seriously, Rafa is looking scary good. He lost some momentum in the 2nd ( probably knew he secured the top spot at that point ) but otherwise looked very solid.


Patson Says:

@skeezer:

His serve doesn’t seem that potent though. His real test would be against Fed or Delpo. In Cincy he beat Berdych in straight sets, it took 3 over here. I think Delpo/Fed have a shot against him.

I’m sticking with my man though.

Nole all the way!


Steve 27 Says:

Rafa improved his match season record to 74-6 including 35-3 on HC

He is the first active player to win at least 35 matches on clay(39) and HC in the same season

He is an ATP World Tour best 23-4 vs top 10 opponents this year

Rafa has also advanced to the s/finals for the 16th time in 17 tournaments


Okiegal Says:

@Hippy Chic 6:53 am

Thanks, you and I think alike. I know Rafa’ s not perfect……but who is?? I think he takes lots of verbal abuse by haters. He is my favourite, no doubt, but I appreciate all GREAT PLAYERS. When I watch and Rafa isn’t playing I always have a player I cheer for……makes it more interesting for me..
I think every player has received coaching at some time or other, with maybe the exception of Roger. That is my take on it. Now, Roger will speak up and tell certain fans to BE QUIET!!! Lol That didn’t bother me either.

In the meantime…….VAMOS RAFA….GOOD LUCK 2014!!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal DITTO,exactly my thoughts.


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/mgqoo
All blown out of proportion it would seem.


Okiegal Says:

Much ado about nothing!!

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