Nadal Recovers After Bagel; Monday Miami Features Federer v Del Potro
by Staff | March 26th, 2017, 11:50 pm
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Rafael Nadal losing a set 6-0?


The former No. 1 rebounded from one of the worst starts of his career on Sunday at the Miami Open to eventually defeat No. 26 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 0-6, 6-2, 6-3.

“He was doing everything good, so that’s sport,” Nadal said. “When somebody is playing the way that he was playing that first set, I lose the set because he was playing too good. That’s it. But a match is long and the positive thing is I held the pressure well this afternoon after a very tough first set. I resisted well in the first few games of the second set and then I think I played a great second and third set.”

It was Nadal’s 1,000th career match.

“One thousand matches is a lot of matches. Obviously that’s good news because that says I am having a long career. During a lot of years, I heard that I’m going to have a short career, so it’s something important for me,” said Nadal. “I remember the first match very well because it was at home in Mallorca. It was my first victory on the ATP and was a great feeling.”

No. 2-seeded Kei Nishikori was the only other Top 10-seeded winner Sunday, outdueling No. 25 Fernando Verdasco 7-6(2), 6-7(5), 6-1. He will next face unseeded Argentine Federico Delbonis, who beat German Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(5), 6-1.

“I knew it’s going to be a tough one,” Nishikori said. “Fernando is a very solid player. He has a great serve and great groundstrokes. I knew it was going to be long rallies. But it was a shame when I was up a break in both first and second sets and both went to 7-6. That was something I made some mistakes when I was up a break.”

An all-American meeting was set up when No. 13 Jack Sock defeated Czech Jiri Vesely 6-3, 7-6(0), and Jared Donaldson received an injury walkover against No. 3 Milos Raonic who withdrew with continued issues with his hamstring.

“It’s related to the previous injury I sustained almost four weeks ago, if not a little bit more than four weeks ago, in Delray Beach,” Raonic said of his hamstring injury. “It’s the same muscle in the hamstring up high. It got progressively worse after my first round, after practicing yesterday, and it seemed like it was not possible for me to compete today without putting myself at significant risk.”

Other winners on the day were Italian Fabio Fognini, American Donald Young and France’s Nicolas Mahut.

Highlights of Monday play in Miami are (4) Roger Federer vs. (29) Juan Martin del Potro, (16) Alexander Zverev vs. (18) John Isner, (1) Stan Wawrinka vs. Malek Jaziri, and (12) Nick Kyrgios vs. (17) Ivo Karlovic.

Federer leads Del Potro 15-5 in their head-to-head. However, the two haven’t played since the 2013 ATP Finals won by Federer in three.

“It’s better to play him maybe this time around when we’re both better. He was also just on the comeback last year,” Federer said of facing the Argentine. “We’ve had some epic matches against each other: Semis at the French, Olympic semis, finals at the US Open. You name it, we’ve had some really good ones.”

MIAMI MONDAY SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [25] F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs S. Rogers (USA)
WTA – [11] V. Williams (USA) vs [Q] P. Tig (ROU)
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [26] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [Q] A. Kontaveit (EST)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [13] J. Sock (USA) vs J. Vesely (CZE)


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104 Comments for Nadal Recovers After Bagel; Monday Miami Features Federer v Del Potro

Aced out Says:

Nadal played bad he won because Khol’s level dropped disastrously in the 2nd and 3rd.


Miles Says:

Mmm, according to the ATP site report, Nadal left the court after the 1st set (he must have a bladder the size of a plum) and he came back a different player.

Funny how these departures from the court only seem to occur after he’s lost the first set – funny, too, how often his opponent loses concentration when this happens. Still, I’m sure Nadal doesn’t do this to put his opponents off!


Aced out Says:

Nadal needs to pick up his level if he wants to do better here. In the meanwhile nadalites can read this nicely written stuff about him, djoko and roger http://www.138mph.com/decoding-the-big-three-murray/


J.S. Says:

YOU’RE KIDDING, RIGHT???
Nadal lost 2 points on his service game in the 2nd set, and 1 point in the 3rd set. THAT IS AMAZING!!! Rafa came back after the 1st set “break” and did something different……HE didn’t want to lose his 1000 set. It’s crazy fortitude and the will to win that so many don’t have.
IMPRESSIVE STUFF!!


Miles Says:

Impressive ‘stuff’ indeed!


Giles Says:

Miles. He’s learning the tricks of the trade from fed! At least he didn’t call for a bogus MTO!!


James Says:

Nadal was hungry – he left after the first set, ate the bagel with cream cheese, and came back with a lot more energy.


J.S. Says:

HAHA – JAMES!!!
By the way….Wish he would’ve eaten the box of cookies I shoved in my mouth during the 1st set! UGH!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Upper thigh-hamstring. This is what stopped Milos at Australia over a year ago. This is getting quite worrisome for his long term prospects. Hope he can have a full recovery. He has put so much work into his game, it would be a real shame if he never gets to be a full-time player at this level.


James Says:

I am actually a bit bullish on Nadal this year. While he is nowhere close to his old self (and will never be), he seems to be healthy, relaxed, and playing pretty decently, most of the time. With djokovic on such a slide, he has a good shot during the clay season this year, and perhaps more. Would be quite something if he won the French and then Fed won wimbledon. Then they can both retire in peace. Actually Fed can already retire in peace.


James Says:

Raonic’s injuries seem persistent, like Delpo’s. I don’t think he can make it (win a slam). Kyrgios, I think, has the max potential of the young guys – he also seems to be getting his head together. A little more focus, and he could be the next new slam winner. Thiem, Goffin – nah, I am not that sold on them. And Dimitrov will always be Dimitrov.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

James, I think you’re right. Kyrgios may get his head together for one slam, but like Safin, I don’t see him being able to stay at that level week in and out and stay at #1.

Which really makes you wonder WHO is going to be #1 in 2 years?? We could wind up with a Dinara Safina (or Marcelo Rios) type situation, where someone like Milos or Nishikori holds it without ever dominating or even winning a slam. Too soon for me to bet on it, but maybe Zverev or Cornic will develop into #1s.


Miles Says:

Giles, the irony of your statement is staggering. Federer’s averaged out at one MTO every 2 years of his career. Nadal, on the other hand, has taken gamesmanship to new levels.


Giles Says:

Miles. Seems you have a serious problem with Nadal. Is it because of the numerous beatings he has given fed? Obviously!


Giles Says:

^^^ 23-11


SG1 Says:

Federer is potentially staring down 20 majors. Imagine that happening.


SG1 Says:

I thought Pete’s 14 was mind boggling at the time.


madmax Says:

Giles Says:
Miles. He’s learning the tricks of the trade from fed! At least he didn’t call for a bogus MTO!!

March 27th, 2017 at 7:52 am

Giles,

Really, you are such a child.

Silly, silly boy.


jatin Says:

Fed is serving amazing so far.


lakie Says:

Crowd, possibly the spanish connection, seems to be on Del Potro’s side.


jatin Says:

3 backhands winner in this game alone from fed.. Break points


FedExpress Says:

BP converting syndrom returned


FedExpress Says:

so much clown stuff from fed on BP

Delpo got out of jail. Fed could be punished for not taking them. karma is a baaaaaaatch


jatin Says:

Delpo saves Break points again.


FedExpress Says:

federer imploding


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I was skeptical that Fed could maintain the ‘new’ BH, but watching this match, 3rd tourney of the year, it seems to be a permanent improvement over the last few years. Incredible. How did he do this? It just doesn’t make sense that a veteran player could suddenly improve a stroke so much.

Speaking of BHs, it is GREAT to see Del Potro hitting some good two handers. That bodes very well for him continuing his push for the top ten, and maybe beyond.


Van Persie Says:

Love DelPo’s supporters


jatin Says:

Fed express
As long as he is serving as well as he is doing, he should be fine.
The only concern is taking those BP chances. He already missed like 4 break points chances.


jatin Says:

Tennis Vagabond
Many people have named it NEO backhand. I like that name :)
It has become even more reliable than his forehand these days.


jatin Says:

Fed breaks. He is creating opportunities in each and every game.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

MAN, DelPotro can fire forehands like nobody else!


jatin Says:

POWER HITTING by delop
Break points


jatin Says:

1 saved


jatin Says:

Amazing forehand by fed


jatin Says:

Another BP from delpo


jatin Says:

CLUTCH from federer.. WOW


FedExpress Says:

yep jatin. clutch.

only blemsih this season where he wasnt clutch was the donskeys match.


jatin Says:

It was a bad dream fed express. Don’t even want to remember that match.


FedExpress Says:

Doesnt fit in to his season so far jatin.

surreal but he won IW so responded like a champ. mental strength is more than saving BPs and serving out of trouble. it is also how you respond from bad bad losses.

fed has done that many times. and its sweeter every time he silents his doubters and haters.


jatin Says:

I agree fed express.


FedExpress Says:

Fed duelling in rallies these days is such a beautiful sight

he couldnt rally vs Nole at the WIM finals 14,15 to save his life


jatin Says:

He wins most of them too, thanks to his super aggressive style of play. Can’t believe how much he has changed his game.

Anyway, back to the match.
2-2


jatin Says:

Amazing forehand
0-15


jatin Says:

Great backhand return … 0-30


jatin Says:

15-40
Comon fed


jatin Says:

He breaks. I am loving it man :)


FedExpress Says:

Break Federer

this guy oozes confidence atm. bossing around like the best tennis player on planet. wait, he is the best


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Perfect match for me: Fed winning, but Del Potro looks great. Fed’s BH spot on, again, and Del Potro hitting plenty of 2-handers.

Del Potro is going to kick butt on clay.


steve-o Says:

Those aggressive, driven backhand returns from Federer are making all the difference. He gets a short reply from the opponent and he has all the time in the world to set up his forehand and put away the ball. Why didn’t he do this years ago?


jatin Says:

Steve o
Maybe he wants to impress us at 35 :)
But yeah, I wonder the same. Lubicic is perhaps the best coach he has ever had.


jatin Says:

What a backhand winner by fed.. WOW


FedExpress Says:

these BHs
porn.


Daniel Says:

Can’t watch it, at work😡


FedExpress Says:

Couldnt do anything the BPs. too good the serve to ace him.


FedExpress Says:

concentrate Federer.


FedExpress Says:

BP delpo


naderer Says:

Please keep the comments coming. Some of us only have them to follow the match.


jatin Says:

His serve is too reliable these days ;)


FedExpress Says:

clutch again


jatin Says:

Leads
5-3


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Great match, naderer. Lots of aggression, no two shots hit to the same place in a row. Wish they both could win. I am very optimistic for both guys after this.


FedExpress Says:

lol


jatin Says:

WOW. What a forehand return from fed.


jatin Says:

Yeah.. great match. Del potro played some good tennis as well.


jatin Says:

Especially his forehand is as good as ever in terms of fire power.


jatin Says:

Fed, serving for the match


jatin Says:

First point fed. 15-0


FedExpress Says:

The crowd. They love this.


jatin Says:

Delpo missed the forehand long after a long rally
30-0


FedExpress Says:

congratz jatin and fed fans


jatin Says:

Fed ACE
40-0


jatin Says:

Finished it with a forehand winner.. What a match by ROGER FEDERER.


steve-o Says:

Federer wins, 6-3, 6-4.


jatin Says:

Thanks fed express and congrts to you too and all the other fellow fed fans. Our guy is playing just out of this world tennis right now. Enjoy it as long as it lasts. :)


the_mind_reels Says:

Very nice from Fed today!

Meanwhile, Donald Young plays his way into his second Round of 16 appearance in as many tries at the M1000 level. Nice for a guy who’s been battling for so long for consistent results! I don’t expect much from him anymore, but it’s nice to see him finally posting some good results. If he goes another round, he could nearly match his career-high ranking.


skeezer Says:

What a resurgence year RF is having. He is also beating guys that have either given him problems in the past or are downright just tough. Birdsh!t, Rafa(twice), Stanimal, Delpo, Nishikori. Keep it a thumping’ Maestro! This run may be shorter rather than longer but it is hecka fun right now!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Skeeze, to make it better, his tennis is just more enjoyable to watch since 2012 or 2013.


Colin Says:

Nick vs Dr Ivo was a more interesting match than I expected, for two reasons. Firstly, Karlovic, who used to be sneered at as a boring serve machine,showed some surprising touch at the net, and secondly Nick behaved admirably throughout. When things got really frustrating, he threw his racquet down but didn’t damage it, and after that he looked positively cheerful, smiling a lot and interacting with a ball kid.

Nick also played some excellent tennis. Is he finally maturing, and even starting to enjoy playing? We must hope so.


J-Kath Says:

Hi JS

Glad to see U back although I rarely contribute these days.
Well done for Federer….confess not my favourite but nor is Del Potro ….still a match to be saluted.

WB
The weather in Australia?????????? How about finding some business to do in the UK where temperatures are a scary 18 degrees plus and it’s still March.


Kimberly Says:

Hello all, just returned.

Started watching practice, Nadal practicing with Moya, Nishikori Kerber and Konta were all practicing as well.

Then went to watch Wozniaki/Muguereza, topsy turvy set of Wozniaki playing classic counter punching game. Wozniaki up 4-1 and then Mugueuza up 5-4 and then wozniaki runs away with the breaker. It was hot and I went to the patron lounge to see Muguereuza retired? Feeling on site was she didn’t feel like expending the effort to play two more sets and hit 1000 balls.

Then the main show. Wasn’t an empty seat in site. First time Delpo holds (which he struggled to many times) the crowd erupts and starts singing. But the reality is that Federer is clearly on another plane right now. His timing is impeccable and how early and aggressive he is playing these powerful balls in amazing. Match was never really contested to be honest. Although when Del Potro lets out the power grunt and hits a forehand its a sight to see. And yes, today he did not slice so much.

Then Isner/Zverev. Anti climactic as the stadium was 30 percent full as everyone went to Kyrgios. Was impressed was Zverev maturity and positive attitude throughut the match (even though there was one tiny racket smash) but he his demeanor and body language very positive no matter what. But a shame Isner lost.

Then I left. My people stayed. But I was too tired.


skeezer Says:

Thanks for the on court report K😃👍, wish I was there.
—-
@colin,
Yeah am glad Nick got through, I saw the first two sets and didn’t think the kid had enough patience left for the Dr. but he came through.
Gotta give props to Ivo, he plays the same , no matter what the surface, fast, slow, medium, no matter. Servebot? Yes, but he does it well, and with no BH to speak of he always plays tough. No adjustments from him lol.


Markus Says:

Nice to read first hand accounts of the tournament from somebody who I often read from hear in TX. Thanks Kimberly. Remember to keep drinkng a lot of water.


Markus Says:

“here”


Paco Says:

Saw the Match. Nadal played his usual self (nowadays): short and shanking balls every once in a while. In my view the only difference between the first and set 2 + set 1 was a little adjustment on his service. Both apart from that the rest was Kholschreiber’s running out of gas and ideas.


steve-o Says:

Thank you, Kimberly.


Kimberly Says:

tomorrow is a blockbuster. Federer and Nadal in the day session back to back. Wawrinka will be in grandstand if he wins which he has historically played like @#$% on. He has been playing well on stadium. Lets see if his good play continues if he goes to grandstand.


J.S. Says:

Kimberly are you going to Nadal and Federer’s matches today? I am so excited to hear your “inside” report…..Awesomeness!!!

ENJOY and thank you!!!


Miles Says:

Oh, and Giles:

I have an issue with Nadal because of his continued gamesmanship – it’s blighted his career in my view.

I am enjoying his long decline, though.


Markus Says:

That’s the drawback to Giles’ querulous comments about Federer. It baits Federer fans into making unfavorable comments about Nadal even if they probably would rather not. Nadal is a nice guy and a great player but Giles’ makes it difficult to appreciate that.


J.S. Says:

Miles…No clue what you are talking about or what tennis you have watched this season? (CONFUSED?)

Marckus….you could say the same about Fed fans, yes? Maybe we will all learn to enjoy the dominance both Nadal/Federer are giving us. I admit, glad Roger isn’t going to MC but not because I don’t like him, LOL


lakie Says:

Miles, your post does not do you any credit… it doesn’t affect Nadal or his fans…..it just shows you in a poor light….


Giles Says:

Markus. I must say your personality has declined somewhat compared to when you were a virgin on this site. Shame, you were quite likeable back then. What happened to you Markus? Trying to compete for the title of ” Mr Nasty”??


Giles Says:

Miles. Beware KARMA !!!


Markus Says:

You’re right, J.S., it works both ways but lately, Federer and Nadal fans have been mostly cordial to each other, except for Giles. From what I read here recently, Federer fans were simply happy for his recent results without insulting Nadal. Maybe there are some exceptions but negative comments towards Nadal from Federer fans were usually in retaliation to nasty comments, mostly coming from Giles.


SG1 Says:

Federer’s like a kid who’s found a cool new toy to play with.


JS Says:

Thank you Markus…..AGREED :)

Nishikori is having some trouble with Delbonis in Miami! Who would’ve guessed??
Looks like a medical time out too from Nishikori on his leg.

This makes things interesting. Although he isn’t my favourite (like watching paint dry) I don’t like to see any top players lose or with injury.


Panela Says:

Daniel – I was at work as well. so stayed off of here. had it recorded and watched it as soon as I got home. Excellent match and I agree it is great to see Del Potro back, although I was thrilled Roger came through the match… and yes, the BPs were a bit frustrating, but Roger came through when he had to… And FedExpress and Jatin – I agree with you both….. and maybe, just maybe the 6 months off were a blessing in disguise. Roger was able to regroup, he got a new coach and with nothing to loose, came back with his love of the game and WOW WOW WOW!!! us federer fans are enjoying watching him in action…. it is certainly a beautiful thing to watch…. Don’t you guys think the racket has a lot do to with his backhand imrpoving so much??? and Lubicic for sure is a big factor… Giles – why do you dislike Roger so much? Can’t you give a bit of credit where it is due? he came back from an injury and is playing like he has not played in years. at 35 no less. Can’t you be a Rafa fan and give Roger some credit at the same time? Anyway, was a great match and I hope this is just the beginning for Del Potro and we have him back just like old times


Pamela Says:

Kimberly – how exciting to be there. I was there, but it has been about 10 years. We watched Kim Clijsters and a few other good matches. wasn’t able to see Roger or Rafa play… It’s a great venue.. I missed IWs this year… My daughter works for one of the sponsors and I live in San Diego, only 1.5 hours from IWs…. would love to do them both in one year. anyway, Have fun!!


J.S. Says:

forget my last comment – Looks like Nishikori is back!


J.S. Says:

OPSIE I posted my comment incorrectly. Here it is so you guys don’t think I am crazy, LOL

Thank you Markus…..AGREED :)

Nishikori is having some trouble with Delbonis in Miami! Who would’ve guessed??
Looks like a medical time out too from Nishikori on his leg.

This makes things interesting. Although he isn’t my favourite (like watching paint dry) I don’t like to see any top players lose or with injury.


Humble Rafa Says:

Some ignorant people are talking about my plums. A certain part of my body looks like a big plum. Xisca hasn’t complained.


skeezer Says:

^you must be talkin about your prunes. Please don’t exaggerate.


Aced out Says:

It’s all a function of Rafa’s mindset and how it has changed overtime. Here’s an interesting take on the mindset of Roger, Andy, Rafa and Novak. The writer seems to know her/his stuff http://www.138mph.com/decoding-the-big-three-murray-part-iii/


J-Kath Says:

Aced out
The “www.138mph” article made its debut on Tennis-X two weeks ago.

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