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Nadal's moment of truth starts now!

by GoonerFatayer (U4757249) 13 June 2007
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Nadal is about to start his first grass court game this year! I for once is a massive nadal fan! I do believe federer is the best in the world right now but i do also believe nadal aint far off!

For starter, he already won 3 GS at the age where fed had none! reached W17 final in his second attempt at it! (lets remember that before 2006 his record on grass was 1-0 YES HE ONLY PLAYED ONE GAME ON GRASS BEFORE LAST SEASON) he lost at queens last year to hewitt as he pulled out injured whilst competing with what we call these days a grass court specialist! sets count was 1-1 at that point btw!

I believe nadal is under-rated on grass! he's here this year to prove a point and I for once believe his point will be proven! although I do say it again! proving a point and beating the best in the final is a different story! I'll be chearing for him all the way to the final! Vamos rafa! same way i will be chearing for fed to reach the final! coz lets face it that would be the ultimate challenge for nadal! play fed on grass and match him! or at least play better than he did against you in the FO final ;-)

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posted Jun 13, 2007

another early break of serve! it looks like game set and match!

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comment by arf (U1873539)

posted Jun 13, 2007

Yeah, game over.

Really good movement from Nadal - he's being very careful and deliberate with his footing.

Del Potro has all the attributes to be a good grass courter, awesome natural talent. He really needs a good coach though, his stance and positioning for a lot of shots is really inconsistent.

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comment by arf (U1873539)

posted Jun 13, 2007

Some stats here:

http://www.protennislive.com/frameset.asp?year=2007&wkno=24&lang=en&tabno=1&eventid=0311&ref=www.artoischampionships.com

Key one is Del Potro's second serve - 35% points won, yuck. Partly this is that his second serve is weak and easy to attack. Mainly it's down to the fact that in any rally he will eventually not position himself right, have to stretch while hitting, and tamely plonks it in the net.

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posted Jun 13, 2007

ok may be this wasn't the best of tests but its a test he passed none the less! next looks likely to be monfils! another young prodigy! never seen him play on grass though but he's certainly good on clay! anyone seen him on grass?

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comment by arf (U1873539)

posted Jun 13, 2007

Good solid win for Nadal. Didn't have to do much admittedly, as Del Potro basically threw it away with countless errors in a little spell at the end of the first and start of the second set.

Good points for Nadal: the serve, his movement and footing, net touch, good angled whipped winners hit early and throttling some of his clay court instincts.

Bad: he struggles with deep powerful groundstrokes on grass, just can't time them well at all or get anything of a shot back.

Nadal is on course for Ljubicic in the semis, who might play straight into that weakness (and breaking Ljubicic on this surface will be toughtoughtough).

Can't see Mirnyi or Monfil being much of a challenge (they're 1-1 atm, on serve in third). I saw Monfils yesterday, and although his serve was in outrageously good form (4 straight aces in one service game!), he hits far too many baseline shots with a crappy little mid court block nothing-shot, which Nadal would just whip into the corners for a winner.

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posted Jun 13, 2007

mirnyi just won it after having to break to stay in the game! I guess i spoke too soon! but whats mirnyi like?

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comment by Jagrees (U8214866)

posted Jun 13, 2007

GoonerFatayer

Good item. Yes Nadal is one of the few spaniards trying to put up a good show at Wimbledon and the warm up event. One should appreciate his grit and determination eventhough grass is his least favoured surface. I hope he gets a good result at Stella Artois as he will be tested by Ljubicic, Djokovic who are both in his half of the draw. Depending on the draw at Wimbledon he should do well this year considering his form. It will be interesting to see a Federer Nadal match again this year at Wimbledon.

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posted Jun 13, 2007

Calling del Potro the next Monfils is pretty faint praise. Amazing he's only 18 he looks 10 years older than Nadal. Not enough mobility or savvy to threaten at Wimby

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posted Jun 13, 2007

Mirnyi will put an end to this nonsense tomorrow smiley

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posted Jun 14, 2007

I am not a big fan of grass court tennis, it is a bit of a one-off but the margin between winning and losing is so small. Hewitt made one double fault and it cost him the first set yesterday.

The Men's matches are boring, anyone with a decent serve can get to the quater finals no sweat. Nearly every set will be either 6-4 or goes to a tie break, there are hardly any rallies. Why else has Andy Roddick reached a couple of finals? He is one of the worse movers and plays some poor shots but due to his freak serve even he can do well.

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