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Postby Tai-Pan » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:48 am

Regardless of Nadal's injury histrionics, I still expect him to win; however, I haven't seen Fed play at all, although it seems like he really hasn't had too very much so far this tournament (the simon retirement was a bummer, but then again he is french after all). Injured or not, Nadal is nothing if not tenaciously consistent, and given Federer's recent tendency to lapse in form at various times in matches, I just don't see him taking out Nadal. The form Fed showed at the World Tour Finals where he beat Nadal in straights is unfortunately the exception now. But then again, I'm usually wrong with all my predictions. Regardless of who wins, I don't see anyone beating Djokovic in the final.
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Postby wolfie » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:50 am

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Postby delgriffith » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:01 am

I couldn't get my head around this being the first Nadal-Federer match on U.S. soil in 6 years.
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Postby No Good Advice » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:58 pm

it's gotta suck so badly to play nadal like this... some fucking wild shots from federer and he runs it all down. as much as I admire what he does, he still wins matches by forcing errors on others and it's slightly annoying

and now his serve is great as well
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Postby glumble » Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:15 pm

go-go-gadget good match
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Postby glumble » Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:24 pm

i like nadal at the net to set up the break in that game

remember a few weeks back?

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Postby No Good Advice » Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:39 pm

djokovic looks tired.. still remember how witless nadal looked in those last sets at indian wells, though
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Postby quilty » Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:41 pm

David Foster Wallace wrote:Of course, in men’s sports no one ever talks about beauty or grace or the body. Men may profess their “love” of sports, but that love must always be cast and enacted in the symbology of war: elimination vs. advance, hierarchy of rank and standing, obsessive statistics, technical analysis, tribal and/or nationalist fervor, uniforms, mass noise, banners, chest-thumping, face-painting, etc. For reasons that are not well understood, war’s codes are safer for most of us than love’s. You too may find them so, in which case Spain’s mesomorphic and totally martial Rafael Nadal is the man’s man for you — he of the unsleeved biceps and Kabuki self-exhortations.
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Postby glumble » Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:46 pm

when Nadal plays well, it just makes me that much more excited to watch him ruin people's careers on clay for awhile again
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Postby No Good Advice » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:08 pm

lucky rafa snuck away with the set there
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Postby glumble » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:19 pm

quilty, post some Jim Troeltsch tennis commentary on all the different ways you can describe the act of defeat
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Postby education in reverse » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:23 pm

haven't watched any yet this year...i only watch the majors usually. please keep this thread alive so i can know who is awesome by clay time.

also is gael monfils ever gonna be good? i want him to be good but he's not.
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Postby glumble » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:35 pm

if he can find it within himself to properly listen to a coach, he'll be great

he's already good
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Postby quilty » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:37 pm

i don't think it's premature to say that monfils will never win a major. he's tremendously athletic and a versatile player, but he lacks consistency. his flare for showmanship can be an asset but it also shows a lack of discipline and focus that simply isn't a problem for anyone with staying power in the top 10. i can see him making a final, maybe, but in the next couple years people are going to stop talking about potential and start talking about wasted talent with him.

glumble wrote:quilty, post some Jim Troeltsch tennis commentary on all the different ways you can describe the act of defeat

unfortunately my copy is at home but i see no reason why the dfw cult shouldn't colonize this thread as well.

this is an exciting match. i genuinely don't know who will win.
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Postby education in reverse » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:37 pm

well yea talent wise he's good. he's got a good coach. i meant like top 10 good.

fucker is infuriating.
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Postby glumble » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:43 pm

He doesn't listen to his coaches. He has so much natural athletic ability that if he just adapted a certain style of play, he'd be winning majors. Instead he does shit like
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Postby glumble » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:45 pm

2 lobs lol
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Postby l.ambient » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:47 pm

Man fuck this shit got stuck in traffic for an hour
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Postby education in reverse » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:49 pm

haha when they went back to the booth after that happened patrick mcenroe was just shaking his head for like 10 straight seconds.

monfils is probably my favorite guy to watch. i get what's wrong/right with him and all. just mainly wondering if there's anything out there re: him actually turning it around. his twitter feed reads like a 15 y/o's
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Postby glumble » Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:50 pm

since it's entirely a mental issue, it sounds like you have your answer
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Postby glumble » Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:10 pm

point of the match so far right there
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Postby No Good Advice » Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:13 pm

infuriating to watch monfils play that defensive shit
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Postby No Good Advice » Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:40 pm

so excited watching a regular old 1/8 final in charleston. the long rallies, drop shots, all feel fresh at the start of clay season
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Postby glumble » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:09 pm

1440 The other game is looking pretty intense - Frederico strawberry switchblade has taken the first set against Gael Monfils in a tie-break after a gruelling hour of hitting. Sky aired a replay of the best point, a brutal 36-shot rally which saw at least three skied recovereries from behind the baseline falling miraculously in play. That went on so long I'm pretty sure you could see the shadow of the floodlights inching around the court.


can't find video, but it doesn't seem to matter
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Postby glumble » Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:17 am

Can't believe Fed couldn't do anything with those seven break chances against Melzer.

Nadal v. (a restored!) Murray on clay right now
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Postby glumble » Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:41 am

Murray up two breaks in the second set, Nadal hasn't lost here in six years.
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Postby glumble » Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:57 am

Fitting to win that second set on a drop shot.

Nadal lost only two sets over the course of the entire clay season last year. Murray has been knocked out during the first round at every tournament since the Australian; this could be a career changing win for him.
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Postby quilty » Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:03 am

is it possible that nadal defends all his clay titles and picks up barcelona?
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Postby glumble » Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:19 am

I'd say that depends on Djokovic.
& based on today's play, Murray
though it looks like he's tanking now.
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Postby glumble » Sun Apr 24, 2011 3:36 pm

Ranking points earned so far this season:
Roger Federer - 2170
David Ferrer - 2560
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