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Nadal v Youzhny (US Open Semi-Final)

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by chris (U14603451) 10 September 2010
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Everyone is raving about the quality of Rafael Nadal's tennis at the moment. Indeed he has been in dominant form during this tournament, not dropping a set and coasting through to tomorrows semi-finals. His serve is looking good and his powerful groundstrokes are giving his opponents lots of trouble. Combined with a great return of serve, many pundits think Rafa is unstoppable. The 24 year old is eager to gain a career Grand Slam of winning all the four majors yet he is still never reached a final at Flushing Meadows, losing in the semis the last two years. His last two matches against his opponent tomorrow Mikhail Youzhny have been one sided affairs back in 2008, but Youzhny has won 4 out of his eleven matches against Rafa and will feel he has a chance to play well against the world number one. In fact back in 2006 Mikhail defeated Nadal in the US Open quarter finals in four sets, which should give him more confidence that he can at least do himself proud against the Spaniard. Youzhny had a terrific win against Wawrinka in the last round but played a few very poor service games. If he does this against Nadal, the Spaniard is less likely to be forgiving as Wawrinka. Mikhail needs to get a higher percentage of first serves in against Rafa, attack the Spaniards deceptive 2nd serve and try and outpower the number one seed with his brilliant backhand shots. I can't see Nadal losing this match, but if he does have a lapse then maybe Youzhny can at least win a set.

PREDICTION:

Nadal to win 3 - 0
Value Bet, Nadal to win 3-1


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posted Sep 11, 2010

Nadal has had an easy route??

What nonsense.
Gabashvili and Istomin were by far the toughest 2 opponents that anyone else had to face in the first 2 rounds.
Verdasco had to play a phenomenal game to be the first player to break Nadal such is the standard of Rafa's game right now.

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posted Sep 11, 2010

Piers Newbery, why is it that you don't put Serbian flag graphic when NoDjo wins?!

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posted Sep 11, 2010

can't be better than that! give us a fiver!

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comment by chris (U14603451)

posted Sep 11, 2010

5 sets here we come!!

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posted Sep 11, 2010

Rafa's resting somewhere in a NY hotel wondering how easy is gonna be tomorrow.

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posted Sep 11, 2010

djoko and fed are both way superior than anything nadal has come up against here. even if a little tired they still should be able to pummel him

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posted Sep 11, 2010

Anyone knows how Serbia flag looks like?

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posted Sep 11, 2010

back in seasons 05-08, r-fed would have been home with his feet up already by now instead of playing a 5th decider against nodjo, so time & age has really caught up with r-fed

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posted Sep 11, 2010

djoko and fed are both way superior than anything nadal has come up against here. even if a little tired they still should be able to pummel him
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Nadal-Federer 14-7; Nadal-Djokovic 14-7, not bad stats.

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posted Sep 12, 2010

Gabashvili and then Istomin
in the first 2 rounds is easy??
I suggest you know nothing about tennis. Did you watch those 2 matches?
Both could have gone either way, especially as Nadal was 5-1 down in one tie break against Istomin but won it with sensational atacking play.

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