Rafael Nadal: Dolgopolov Is A Crazy Player
by Tom Gainey | March 14th, 2012, 12:59 pm

It should be a fun, entertaining match this afternoon when Rafael Nadal meets the unpredictable Alexandr Dolgopolov. The Ukranian star has very unique style of tennis, one Nadal calls crazy!

“He’s a crazy player,” Nadal said about Dolgopolov. “He’s a crazy player, not like a crazy guy. He’s a crazy player because you can expect everything. He can play really aggressive, he can play very fast, he has a very good serve, and ball is going too fast sometimes, no?

“He can beat you and you will not have‑‑ you have always something to do, but you will have small chances. And he can play with mistakes, but you never know because he’s a special player, and it’s very difficult to wait something.”

Nadal, though, has a gameplan in place.

“But the thing I gonna wait is he will play very fast, he will play very aggressive, and I have to be ready to accept everything what he gonna do in the match,” said Rafa. “Because he will play with very aggressive shots because his ball is going very fast. I have to play long to make him hit the balls in more difficult positions. That’s what I have to do. But I know he can hit a winner from every place on the court.”

Dolgopolov is 0-4 against Top 3 players, never winning a set in any of those matches and he’s entering the match today after two tough three set wins. Nadal, on the other hand, has enjoyed two quick victories as he bids for a seventh straight Indian Wells quarterfinal. Rafa has beaten Dolgopolov easily in both their two prior meetings.

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6 Comments for Rafael Nadal: Dolgopolov Is A Crazy Player

Brando Says:

Good luck rafa!!!!!!!

mem Says:

i agree, dolgo is crazy fantastic. i love watching him!

all the best rafa, we love you!

jane Says:

I look forward to this match – hope I can watch it. Dolgo is always fun to watch. I don’t expect him to win, but hopefully it will be a good contest.

alison hodge Says:

im afraid i wont get to see the match,but good luck to rafa,hopefully he will come throgh pretty comfortably,and hope dolgo can make it a good contest too vamos rafa.

Michael Says:

I think Dolgopolov made far too many unforced errors as his trait and this he cannot afford against a player like Nadal. Dolgopolov was having a bad day in Office and this was reflected in the results. I thought that he would give a good fight to Nadal especially after his last match where he played superb Tennis to dismantle Baghdatis. But it seems Dologopolov cannot continue his brilliant Tennis in back-to-back matches and we saw the error prone version of Dologopolv which looked pretty awful. Nadal had it very easy especially considering how bad Dologopolv played to gift the match to him. Simply put, you do not know what to expect from Dologopolov and Nadal is 100% correct in his version.

tennisfan Says:

Good Luck Rafa:

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