Nadal Advances In Rio, Ferrer v Thiem Friday; Del Potro Comeback Continues In Delray
by Staff | February 19th, 2016, 9:38 am
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Rafael Nadal twice squandered break leads in Rio on Thursday but the former No. 1 finally advanced over Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-5.

“Winning is the important thing, which gives you confidence and lets you relax,” Nadal said.

“I’m feeling better physically.”

Nadal will now meets Alexandr Dolgopolov. Also on Friday, David Ferrer faces the hot Dominic Thiem.

In Marseille, Tomas Berdych held off fiery Alexander Zverev 7-5 in the third set. Berdych moves on to battle David Goffin. Also today, Nick Kyrgios gets Richard Gasquet and top seed Stan Wawrinka tangles with good friend Benoit Paire.

In Delray Beach, Juan Martin del Potro continues to be the story. Last night, the Argentine dispatched John-Patrick Smith 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinal.

“Physically I felt good,” del Potro said. “But I was playing too many slices. It’s not my game. If I improve my backhand, I will once again be the Tower of Tandil.

“I am so happy to be here, playing in front of my fans. If I can play better, next year I will be back for sure.”

Del Potro now faces veteran Jeremy Chardy.

“I was really happy for him to come back,” said Jeremy Chardy. “For a tennis player, the worst is to be injured. [His comeback] is great for the fans too. We need players like him on the tour.”

Del Potro also was awarded a wildcard into Indian Wells, it was announced by the tournament.


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52 Comments for Nadal Advances In Rio, Ferrer v Thiem Friday; Del Potro Comeback Continues In Delray

Van Persie Says:

Sorry, no thread for Paire ici. Big congrats for Benoit!


Okiegal Says:

I just read where Dog withdrew and Rafa got a walkover……don’t know if it is true or not…..it was chat room talk….


Robin Says:

Yes, Rafa got a wakover.


Humble Rafa Says:

God saw me and puked. I knew he was afraid, especially on clay.


Daniel Says:

Dolgo had some right shoulder issue.

Thiem wins first set versus Ferrer, fighting back from 1-3 down to close 6-3. Looks like he wants another final, where he can potentially (almost certain) face Nadal I don’t see neither losing their semis.


AndyMira Says:

wow..thiem still looks hot in Rio..is it upsets in the making?pauly..what do you say?Rrrrafa must be really worried indeed..


Daniel Says:

Thiem’s FH is insane today, he is crushing the ball. Will serve for the match for a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ferrer on clay, very impressive.

And he will get the easier semis, so he could be fresh for final and a rematch with Nadal. Best we could get for this SA swing.


Wog Boy Says:

If they are to meet, Rafa in two.


AndyMira Says:

If the two will meet in final,rafa will have to summoned all his experience and calmness to face this fired up youngster..he can’t afford to do less,if not there will be a 3rd upsets in the making..


jane Says:

i am very interested in how thiem is coming along on clay.


Daniel Says:

DelPo dismissed Chardy, 6-2, 6-3, next Query and final most likely Dimitrov. Can he do it and win it all? 2 more matches.


AndyMira Says:

This is out of context..but where is CDP?Missed interacting with you..


Pauly Says:

The dog shoulder injury
Thiem in hot form
Nadal will win RIO


AndyMira Says:

Pauly..are you sure?Did you see how thiem dismissed ferrer today?Sorry..didn’t mean to contradict you..but 63 62 was quite a statement and ferrer is no small name on clay court..oh..how i wish for rafa to win..i sense this is a key factor for him..win here then he will go to IW with a big confidence..lose here,then his season will blur even more..


Pauly Says:

Andy Mira

Rafa will beat Thiem in final I predict


AndyMira Says:

Pauly..thank GOD for that,i will take solace from it..


Pauly Says:

Indian wells is the most important tournament for Nadal
Enough said
If he wins RIO like I predict wow … He will go to IW with confidence & he can win that tournament Coz it suits his game big time high bouncing surface
Do well at IW … Sets up big clay season starting with Monte Carlo πŸ‘
Nadal can win the French open 2016 if he clicks into form


AndyMira Says:

Well..it’s about time pauly..maybe he can take a lesson from his pal from Tandil..who would have thought he will comeback with a bang..


Pauly Says:

The only problem is confidence & belief in my opinion
I think Nadal is scared of Djokovic … It looks like he’s beaten before the match starts
His serve is so weak … Even if he gets his first ball in its slower than Serena’s serve & Djokovic thrives on that
That’s why Djokovic hates big servers they wreck his rhythm
To beat Djokovic two things must happen … Bigger serve & totally flat forehand other than that Nadal’s speed of foot can’t return sadly


Pauly Says:

Juan Del Potro πŸ‘

He’s got a big serve big forehand he can beat Djokovic
I hope his wrist holds up
Good luck to him
He’s had more injuries than Rafa


AndyMira Says:

Pauly..i asked you yesterday whether you read francisco Roig interview..he said that they working out a few changes in rafa’s game since us open but still didn’t succeed much..in your view,what are they working on?In my POV..there’s nothing much going on..is there?


Pauly Says:

Andy Mira

They might be working out some new tactics for Djokovic only
Nadal must try everything he To improve his game … My suggestion would be to completely flatten out forehand & hit the serve harder other than that … Whet else


AndyMira Says:

yes..pauly..agree..rafa’s heavy topspin always bounced higher when it landed,especially if he always give a short ball that landed in the middle of the court..his weak second serve always got eaten alive by the likes of novak and roger who just waiting to stepping aside and go for broke..it’s amazed me other player who got physical less intimidating than rafa like kei or Dolgo can collect a bunch of point everytime they serve,well..i hope he will working out everything in the end..


AndyMira Says:

@VP..sorry missed to say hello to you earlier..if you read this..how are you?


nits Says:

Nadal’s camp is much more worried about Foginini, Verdasco, Theim type losses. They have to stop this leakage first.


Okiegal Says:

@Pauley…..I too wonder if JMD’s wrist will hold up. If he goes back to his old ways I don’t see how it can. Knocking the cover off the ball is what caused the problem in the first place. How do you change something that comes natural?? Baseball pitchers get rag arm for overuse of the arm, he has what I would call rag wrist!! Good luck to him. I am excited to see him back in the picture…….hope it lasts.


Okiegal Says:

@nits….I agree wholeheartedly with your comment @ 9:17. These lesser players who beat Rafa would have to worry Nadal’s camp more than getting beat by the #1 in the world……common sense tells you that. He has got to get his serve in better working order….first serve percentage sucky……I wont be shocked if Thiem beats him again today…….Rafa will be super nervous before it even starts. His head thing is still working overtime…….we will see!


AndyMira Says:

@OKie.. sorry to bother you but..they will meet tomorrow IF rafa can get pass cuevas..


Van Persie Says:

Hi AndyMira, sorry for my late reply. Just came back from the mountains. New fresh energy for me :). Took a break from routine ;) How are U?


Van Persie Says:

P.S. Watching now Paire against Cilic. Hope Benoit wins the match ;)


AndyMira Says:

VP!it’s nice to chat with you again..truth to be told,i expect to see your name here next week..anyway glad you’re already warming up your fingers this week..it’s gonna be busy next week hah…by the way i’m fine..tq for asking..so how’s the mountain?still standing there?


Van Persie Says:

Unfortunately I am back to the civilization :(…arrived a few hours ago at home. Lol. We had snow up there and here everything seems to be prepared for the spring :)
Congrats for Rafa, I see he is doing well ;). Am already nervous for the Roland Garros, to be honest. This man can offer surprises
Well, I am waiting also to see Nole in action again


AndyMira Says:

VP,if you don’t mind me asking..where’s up there and where’s here?For the life of me,i can’t figure out where..by the way about rafa..well you know..still same ol’ same ol’..hope he will improve come RG..hey..even though nole will hardly need any luck but i still want to wish you some..hope you’re gonna enjoy it k?


Van Persie Says:

AM, no problem, you can ask. I was in the Alps and I live in a big city from Bayern. Will not give further details ;)
Regarding Nole and luck, I guess he will need some for RG…


AndyMira Says:

VP..heh!heh!don’t worry i’m a thousand miles away..will not barge into your house for a cup of tea!..bout nole and his dream RG..don’t worry about that..if it meant to him then he will get it..if not try again next year..and nole has plenty of time ahead of him[we hope,the rest is GOD business]..


Van Persie Says:

AM, I would be glad to invite you for a cup of tea :))). I only do not want to give to many details regarding me on a site. That’s all;)
Now tennis: Paire lost the match :(; I like Paire…Kyrgios demolishes Berdych at the moment..


AndyMira Says:

VP..i know..i’m just teasing you..paire is very talented..but the problem with him was he’s sometime hot,sometime cold..if he’s a little bit consistent,he’s sure can challenge top guy..hey VP..you’re realize kyrgios form a little hot nowadays..maybe love has got to do with it..emh..emh..say no more..


Van Persie Says:

AM, you’re right with Paire
Do you think, Kyrgios is in a serios relationship? I only wonder, who can be the lucky girl :)…lol
Kyrgios has the potential to be in top 5 in the future


AndyMira Says:

VP..i don’t think it’s serious..you know teenage love..but he is sure smitten with her..her name is Ajla Tomljanovic..hey..i want you to find a video that was taken at AO last month..at that time they’re in the hallway and they’re kissing,but what amuse me and i’m sure you will too is that kyrgios reaction to that kiss..and i start to look differently at kyrgios after that..he’s just a kid even though he’s acting like a super brat on court..


Van Persie Says:

Well, Kyrgios is still a teenager and acting accordingly. I was not very shoked last year after his comments regarding Wawrinka. It was not nice, but teenagers do say a lot of stupid things..


AndyMira Says:

Agree..actually after he defeat rafa at Wimby,i already knew that he’s a spoiled kid..his body language said as much..what is it with Aussie young guns..they’re sure talented but it’s a shame didn’t backing up with reasonable sel in their brain..


AndyMira Says:

Hey VP..i’ll let you rest ok..you must be tired after the journey..it was nice chatting with you VP..good day and good tennis to you..so long..


Van Persie Says:

Perhaps they will grow up and act differently in the future. We’ll see :)


Van Persie Says:

AM, ok, thank you, will chat another day. Wish you also a good day ;)


Okiegal Says:

@Andy Mira……I got my wires crossed. I was checking the order of play and discovered that. I am glad……Rafa takes one match at a time…we can’t look forward until the proper time…..eeeek…….hope he gets to the finals!!


Robin Says:

Gosh what a dedication to tennis – 41% comments by one commentator over current “live” threads.


Wog Boy Says:

^^
:))


AndyMira Says:

@Okie..rafa will start in a minute..enjoy it ok?


Robin Says:

Wog Boy

????!!!??


Wog Boy Says:

Robin,

Just loved your post, you made me smile, that’s all:)


AndyMira Says:

Rafa stand so far behind the baseline..what the %&^% is he doing there?


AndyMira Says:

St$%^&$ rafa!

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