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Rafa for ATP World # 1 ranking

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by rafareal#1 (U12578427) 20 July 2008
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This is your regular update for Rafa ATP world # 1 ranking conquest.
In this thread,we will focus on Rafael Nadal's performances during the HC season to analyse progressively his move towards the # 1 spot.

We would like to congratulate Rafa for capturing the top spot of men's tennis following his win against Nicolas Lapentti yesterday in Cincinnati 7-6(3) 6-1.
In fact,that win has confirmed Rafa to be officially the new ATP world # 1 player by August 18 depending on his results this weekend:
- If Nadal wins the title, he will become No. 1 this Monday.
- If Nadal loses in the final he will become No. 1 on August 11
- If Nadal loses in the semifinals he will become No. 1 on August 18.
For sure,Rafa might come short for his SF encounter against Djokovic tonight but the most important job has been done,with the # 1 spot in his pocket,he deserves to rest for a while,recharge his batteries and then embark on a new campaign to try to capture his first HC slam in US open and he will be undoubtedly one of the serious contenders this year for the title.

So,many months of hard work and patience have finally paid off as Rafa has been waiting for a record 158 straight weeks as # 2 expecting to capture the top spot one day.
To achieve it,Rafa had absolutely to become a much better player and that what he has been doing in this couple of years.

Tennis experts were impressed the way he has been improving his game over the last couple of years.
From a claycourt specialist,Nadal has become an all-court player.
The new changes he put into his game:effective serve,better net game,powerful flat backhand and an overall aggressive game which allowed him to win back to back RG and Wimbledon can do wonders on HC,as well.

Rafa proved that he could also play the same aggressive game in HC with the results he has achieved these last weeks.
This is James Blake's statement:

"With his talent level it's making him one the best hard courters in the world, because he's changed his serve a little bit in terms of mixing it up a little better. He does a much better job now of taking the offense as soon as he can instead of waiting and being patient like he does on clay.
When I played him this year in Miami and Indian Wells he was definitely a different player in terms of his level of improvement. He's changed his game to the point where he's definitely one of the best hard courters in the world. And if not the favorite, one of the two or three favorites to win the US Open for sure."

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All Rafa fans are invited to celebrate these historical good news by clicking to the link below to view some of Rafa's best shots on slow motion:

www.rafaelnadal.com/thehit/?...

Congratulations and Vamos Rafa!!!

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Fantasticbingting,
The fact that Rafa can reach the # 1 spot if he produces better results shows that he can reach the top ranking depending on his performances.
He still has a long shot to take intil the US open.

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posted Jul 30, 2008

You've made an error
You have taken off both toronto and cincy, but cincy hasn't finished yet.

So Fed loses 350 for Toronto final not 850. nadal loses 225 for semi, so fed remains number 1.

You have to wait till cincy is over before you can make that judgement! and fed (albeit narrowly) did avoid losing in the first/second round!

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posted Jul 30, 2008

"So Fed loses 350 for Toronto final not 850. nadal loses 225 for semi, so fed remains number 1."

I thought I explained clearly enough -- due to the schedule change(both Cincy and Toronto were(is)played two weeks earlier). So Federer´s points earned in 07 in both events will not come off until Aug-18. If he wins Cincy, 500 will be added, but 850 from last year will come off later. So if Rafa makes the semis in Cincy, his lead over Fed will be insurmountable. Please read my earlier post in conjunction with this one.

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Sorry I was responding to just the first paragraph of you post, were you said federer lead was 300 but nadal would gain 600 and odd points, which I infered as meaning Nadal would lead by 300.

The change in the dates due to the olympics is irrelevant because the points will all have come of the monday mid way through the olympics - all it does is delay any chance in the ranking (if there is one) and 1st and 2nd seedings are equivalent.

The only way the delay would ahve been relevant was if without the delay fed lost #1 and regained it due to subsequant result eg olympics, but the delay kept him at #1 until he gain fresh points at the olypics. However as the rankings will be back to normal on the monday during the olympics the change in #1 will occur.

Nadal is guranteed to be #1 for at least 1 week if he makes the cincy semis, if federer wins olympics and nadal loses early then may gain it straight back again.

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posted Jul 31, 2008

Who are these fools calling me a fanboy, check your definitions idiots <laugh> How can I be a fanboy when I'm currently a fan of no player on the ATP tour, in fact I hate them all and hold each one responsible for letting this happen to tennis. I am only a fan of the sport.
Anyone who doesn't see that every surface is now playing the same and every player in the same way (basically the ATP has become like the WTA), and that the game is dying an ugly death because of it, must be a clown who has just started watching tennis.

And a player like Nadal having so much success perfectly illustrates that. If we were to ask the general yet fundamental question how does Nadal or for another example how does Djokovic win a tennis match, the answer is they win via brute force, their physical strength, fitness and athleticism is what gives them the edge. They sure as heck aren't the most nautrally talented or complete tennis players out there, even most Nadal or Djoko fans, at least the non-deluded ones, would admit that.

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posted Jul 31, 2008

Niko Bellic (U1984770),
You are known as a notorious Rafa hater on the forum,so your point really is useless.

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posted Jul 31, 2008

Blake talks about Rafa's improvements:

Q. I want to ask you about Nadal. Hard court is the one surface he hasn't won a major on. You played him at the US Open in '05. What do you remember about that, and what have you seen improvement-wise in his game the last couple years?
JAMES BLAKE: I've definitely seen an improvement, a huge improvement. I think when I played him in '05 he was an excellent player. He was like 2 or 3 in the world at that point, and he deserved to be there. He had won on clay and he had even won I think in Toronto that year or Montreal.
He had played great tennis on hard, but I felt like he was playing exceptional clay court tennis on hard. I think he was so skilled at that it still made him one the best hard courters, but now I feel like he's adapted his game to play hard court tennis.
With his talent level it's making him one the best hard courters in the world, because he's changed his serve a little bit in terms of mixing it up a little better. He does a much better job now of taking the offense as soon as he can instead of waiting and being patient like he does on clay. I think, to be honest, what's helped him the most is his success at Wimbledon because he had to change his game there. In doing so, it made it so he realized he can play that way and that well.
When I played him this year in Miami and Indian Wells he was definitely a different player in terms of his level of improvement. He really makes you work hard. He's never going to get tired. That's the same on any surface. He's changed his game to the point where he's definitely one of the best hard courters in the world. And if not the favorite, one of the two or three favorites to win the US Open for sure.

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posted Jul 31, 2008

Rafa Nadal will be no-1 on Aug 18 at the latest. However he will become no-1 outright by winning Cincy this week.

Congratulations to the NEW NO-1 of the World, Rafael Nadal! <bubbly>

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posted Aug 1, 2008

Masterplan, what the hells happened to the picking thread?<grr>
Has it been put in the queue for the moderators?

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posted Aug 1, 2008

He is just a Killer.
I hope that he can keep this run until the start of the clay season...and i wonder, Why does Sky show all matches but Nadal?

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