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Attila the tennis Bum
04-29-2007, 06:59 AM
NADAL VS FED ...HALF COURT IS GRASS AND THE OTHER HALF IS CLAY!! tHIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/4351/74014494sv7.jpg

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/3131/74014498fp4.jpg

Baghdatis72
04-29-2007, 07:08 AM
It's going to be a weird situation though changing sides every 2 games :lol:

I think Nadal will win it.

vamosrafa15
04-29-2007, 07:16 AM
the pros wear different shoes for those surfaces, so i dont' really know how taht is going to work out, its like changing strategy every 2 games. vamos rafa

Andres
04-29-2007, 07:18 AM
the pros wear different shoes for those surfaces, so i dont' really know how taht is going to work out, its like changing strategy every 2 games. vamos rafaThey ARE going to change shoes every 2 games :)
It's going to be entertaining, at least :D

maneater
04-29-2007, 07:20 AM
oh my god that will be amazing!!!!!!!!!
i think nadal will win, seeing as he was the only person to take a set off Roger on grass, and since Roger finds it harder to take a set of Rafa on Clay...omg match of the millenium ..PERIOD
oh my God, if Roger lost that he'd be suicidle!

mrHan
04-29-2007, 07:23 AM
Nadal will win since he has an unfair advantage over ball speeds.

Andres
04-29-2007, 07:23 AM
Nadal will win since he has an unfair advantage over ball speeds.
How?



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noeledmonds
04-29-2007, 08:00 AM
This is will be a scrappy poor quality match where each player fails to find any real rhythm. I just hope there are raising money for a good cause as the concept in itself is ridulous and will make entertaining viewing at best and chaos if it works not so well.

Attila the tennis Bum
04-29-2007, 08:00 AM
the pros wear different shoes for those surfaces, so i dont' really know how taht is going to work out, its like changing strategy every 2 games. vamos rafa

Your right! Gras court shoes stop you from sliding on clay. I actually like that! In fact Agassi & Coria wore grass court shoes at the FO until it was made illegal because it tore up the courts.

How is Nadal going to deal with pivoting rather than sliding? Maybe they will allow a break to change shoes?

Vlad
04-29-2007, 08:05 AM
I don't know whats the big deal about all this.. they both will play very carefully trying not to get injuried since movement is very different on clay vs grass.. it is interesting concept but match of the century? please. Just fun exhibition.

Andres
04-29-2007, 08:08 AM
Your right! Gras court shoes stop you from sliding on clay. I actually like that! In fact Agassi & Coria wore grass court shoes at the FO until it was made illegal because it tore up the courts.

How is Nadal going to deal with pivoting rather than sliding? Maybe they will allow a break to change shoes?
They change shoes in every changeover ;)

kimizz
04-29-2007, 08:09 AM
This event is a joke

qwerty66
04-29-2007, 08:15 AM
when and hwere is this gonna be played?
and will it eb on TV?
or maybe TTC?

Andres
04-29-2007, 08:16 AM
Wednesday, in Spain

qwerty66
04-29-2007, 08:17 AM
will it be on tv?

jmsx521
04-29-2007, 08:17 AM
How do you change shoes when your socks are wet from the sweat?

Andres
04-29-2007, 08:18 AM
will it be on tv?
It is, at least in Argentina and Latin America.
Have no idea about rest of the world.

dowjones
04-29-2007, 08:34 AM
Actually, they played last Wednesday, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (88-86). No one cared who won. ;)

goforgold99
04-29-2007, 10:09 AM
It is, at least in Argentina and Latin America.
Have no idea about rest of the world.

Can you say the channels plz? Maybe I'll find a stream for them

pabloJD
04-29-2007, 10:19 AM
The guy on the clay side will have an easier time. I think this match doesn't make much sense for tennis fans. It's great promotion though

randomname
04-29-2007, 10:31 AM
this is kinda dumb, theres no advantage to being on the grass side, the ball just comes at you faster

Andres
04-29-2007, 10:36 AM
Can you say the channels plz? Maybe I'll find a stream for them
Fox Sports Latin America

goforgold99
04-29-2007, 10:39 AM
this is kinda dumb, theres no advantage to being on the grass side, the ball just comes at you faster

They wil change sides!

Fox Sports Latin America
thx.

ubel
04-29-2007, 10:55 AM
Yea, whoever is serving from the clay side is going to have some fun, while being on the grass side is going to be hell. Being on the grass side, you just have to continuously keep the ball deep and with enough pace/spin to not allow that guy on clay to rip the ball during rallies. Also, if the 1st serve percentage from the grass side isn't high enough or not placed well enough from either player, I think we're going to see quite a few break-point opportunities. Just my guess, though, as far as strategy goes.

Any guesses on number of shanks? hehe :)

Andres
04-29-2007, 10:57 AM
Nadal, playing on the grass side, is going to hit SERIOUS topspin forehands to Fed's backhand, to avoid the swiss attacking him, in order to prevail from that surface.

DueSouth
04-29-2007, 11:31 AM
OMG this sucks!!!!! I am gonna be working(in my new job)that day and then straight after i have a tennis lesson. Im gonna miss it!!!Why do you hate me god,why?:(

LeftyServe
04-29-2007, 01:35 PM
OMG this sucks!!!!! I am gonna be working(in my new job)that day and then straight after i have a tennis lesson. Im gonna miss it!!!Why do you hate me god,why?:(

DVR, maybe?

Aykhan Mammadov
04-29-2007, 02:13 PM
IMHO, such a match should be conducted neither in UK, no in France, but somwhere in the border between, better in the tunnel between.

But why not to suggest even more diversified version , each quarter of the court is like at AO, USO, W and FO respectively, and a winner is becoming full Grand slam winner and the GOAT immediately.

illkhiboy
04-29-2007, 02:28 PM
Federer should win this. On grass, Nadal's topspin wouldn't bother him too much though he will lose most of the games on that side. However, he should eke out one game per set when he's on grass. On clay, he will have more time to set up his strokes and Nadal won't be able to grind on grass.
Nadal should win comfortably on the clay side but as his topsin strokes won't bounce much on the grass, he will likely lose one game per set. On the grass, he won't be able to set up his strokes and therefore Fed will have the advantage.
This will play out like a video game where the person playing on the nearside has the advantage.

Andres
04-29-2007, 03:39 PM
Federer should win this. On grass, Nadal's topspin wouldn't bother him too much though he will lose most of the games on that side. However, he should eke out one game per set when he's on grass. On clay, he will have more time to set up his strokes and Nadal won't be able to grind on grass.
Nadal should win comfortably on the clay side but as his topsin strokes won't bounce much on the grass, he will likely lose one game per set. On the grass, he won't be able to set up his strokes and therefore Fed will have the advantage.
This will play out like a video game where the person playing on the nearside has the advantage.
I doubt Nadal is going to hit heavy topspin on his forehand when he's on the clay side (attacking grass) the same way he hits his forehand on clay. He'll probably flatten it out, and we'll see lots of slice backhands.

tenniskid3119
04-29-2007, 03:46 PM
How do you change shoes when your socks are wet from the sweat?


take the shoes off, put others ones on

ibringtheHEAT
04-29-2007, 03:51 PM
take the shoes off, put others ones on

sounds complicated ;)

dr_punk
04-29-2007, 04:09 PM
play barefoot

jmsx521
04-29-2007, 04:29 PM
But seriously, when you have clay stuck on your sweaty socks and you change your shoes 10-20 times – it makes the right formula for getting blisters. If you play on clay, you would know what I am talking about; it would be uncomfortable to play while you feel the clay grinding in your socks.

The Victor
04-29-2007, 04:34 PM
At what time will this battle be played?
:)

goforgold99
04-29-2007, 04:36 PM
At what time will this battle be played?
:)
you do the maths: http://www.thebattleofsurfaces.com/ ;)

jmsx521
04-29-2007, 04:39 PM
Do they wet the grass and the clay with the same amount of water, or the clay gets more?

The Victor
04-29-2007, 04:39 PM
So, 2 PM my time (GMT), on wednesday.

I may be able to watch this in live streaming or if any of my TV channels carries it.

MUST WATCH IT!!!!

Chip n' charge
04-29-2007, 04:45 PM
2 words can describe this..........Pure Insanity.

Tough one to call but........My pick is Federer.

Huppe
04-29-2007, 04:54 PM
To add to the ridiculousness/excitement (depending on your view) of this whole thing, why don't they just wear one of each shoe, one clay, one grass.

Does anyone else find it silly that they play on this kind of court, as if it provides neutrality, only to have it in Nadal's small island home (which has some beautiful places, if you've never been, FYI).

Andres
04-29-2007, 05:00 PM
But seriously, when you have clay stuck on your sweaty socks and you change your shoes 10-20 times it makes the right formula for getting blisters. If you play on clay, you would know what I am talking about; it would be uncomfortable to play while you feel the clay grinding in your socks.
I play on clay all the time, and I don't get blisters.

Attila the tennis Bum
04-29-2007, 06:31 PM
Is Tennis Channel carrying?

tennis_hand
04-29-2007, 06:35 PM
I don't know whats the big deal about all this.. they both will play very carefully trying not to get injuried since movement is very different on clay vs grass.. it is interesting concept but match of the century? please. Just fun exhibition.

best description of this exhibition only.

Attila the tennis Bum
04-29-2007, 06:47 PM
MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- World No. 1 Roger Federer expects to have fun when he meets closest rival Rafael Nadal on a hybrid clay/grass court next month in Mallorca.

Wins By Court Surface
Federer Nadal
Clay 0 5*
Hard 2 2
Grass 1 0
* beat Federer in 2006, 2007 Monte Carlo finals
The match, called the "battle of the surfaces," will take place in Mallorca's Palma Arena on May 2.

"It's exciting. The idea was there six or nine months ago," Federer told a news conference at the Monte Carlo Masters Series.

"I said it would be fun to do something like this. It never happened before," added Federer, who has won the last four Wimbledon singles titles.

"It might seem crazy, especially at this time of the season but we also enjoy playing tennis for fun.

"It does not always have to be serious. The result is not the most important, it's more about having fun out there."

Federer is the undisputable king of grass, while two-time French Open champion Nadal is on a record 67-match winning streak on the slow clay surface. Nadal defeated Federer on Sunday for his third-straight Monte Carlo Masters title.

Last year, the Spaniard beat Federer in the final of the French Open only for the dominant Swiss to claim his fourth Wimbledon crown by taming Nadal at the All England Club.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

BigServer1
04-29-2007, 07:40 PM
This match means nothing in the grand scheme, just like the last exhibition they played after TMC Shanghai. If Fed wins, he's no closer to beating Nadal on clay and if Nadal wins he's no closer on grass. They are just going to have fun and make money in the process.

master935
04-29-2007, 08:05 PM
Again. is the tennis channel carrying this? or is it only on ESPN latin america?

stormholloway
04-29-2007, 08:13 PM
If one player is doing poorly, the other will let him in the match. That's the point of an exhibition. I can't believe people are concerned with results here.

Attila the tennis Bum
04-30-2007, 05:07 AM
Again. is the tennis channel carrying this? or is it only on ESPN latin america?


finally at least someone told me something. So its on ESPN latin america? Anyone know what time?

kingbishop
04-30-2007, 05:43 AM
well it is not so much the results... but it definitly will be interesting to watch and see what happens... As for teh match of the century... that will be When fed loses to Nadal in the wimbledon finals in 5 grueling sets.

Warriorroger
04-30-2007, 06:14 AM
How do you change shoes when your socks are wet from the sweat?


Roger doesn't have sweaty feet

tuk
04-30-2007, 06:15 AM
I still think it's a dumb idea...Federer is gonna get his arse kicked...it's no advantage for him if he (Federer) stands on grass but Nadal stands on clay....whoever stands on the clay side has the advantage...
anyway, I'm still gonna watch it...but it's not really a very bright idea IMO...

Andres
04-30-2007, 06:20 AM
finally at least someone told me something. So its on ESPN latin america? Anyone know what time?
It's not ESPN Latin America. It's Fox Sports Latin America.
11 am, Argentina time (that's -3 GMT)

(And I said it like 10 times :D)

goforgold99
04-30-2007, 06:46 AM
It's not ESPN Latin America. It's Fox Sports Latin America.
11 am, Argentina time (that's -3 GMT)

(And I said it like 10 times :D)
wasn't able to find a stream for that channel :(

too bad that there is no info on the official site which TV channels will be covering:-(

Photoshop
04-30-2007, 01:30 PM
This would've been more interesting, imo.
http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/8760/courtmx3.jpg

Andres
04-30-2007, 01:32 PM
This would've been more interesting, imo.
http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/8760/courtmx3.jpg
True, true! ;)

KingOfTennis
04-30-2007, 01:33 PM
wow the courts look soo AWESOME!!!!! its better then the ordinary look.

TennisandMusic
04-30-2007, 02:47 PM
This would've been more interesting, imo.
http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/8760/courtmx3.jpg

And probably very dangerous.

TalkingTennis91
04-30-2007, 03:04 PM
And probably very dangerous.

Oh, I agree. The sliding taking place on the clay and the precise, short steps you'd have ot take on the grass, it probably would get dangerous.

vamosrafa15
04-30-2007, 03:34 PM
sorry a little off topic, does anyone know if it is being televised in the U.S.? thanks

jmsx521
04-30-2007, 05:35 PM
Yes Photoshop, next year I hope they do it that way and keep mixing it in different ways for the following years as well.

By the way, I wonder how the practice will be before the match... 5 min. for each side?

goforgold99
05-01-2007, 05:49 AM
This would've been more interesting, imo.
http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/8760/courtmx3.jpg

I think it's cool that the left back sind of the court is bended up :D

They should do sth like down-hill Tennis, one has to hit the ball up-hill & one down-hill :D

Greengrass
05-01-2007, 03:20 PM
Guess its meant to be "fun" ... but reduces tennis to the level of a circus ....but no doubt Fed + Rafa are getting a healthy appearance fee. This should have been a charity event imo.

Attila the tennis Bum
05-02-2007, 04:19 AM
I give up. I missed it . did anyone see it?

Andres
05-02-2007, 04:33 AM
What? the match?
Starts in an hour and a half :p

Attila the tennis Bum
05-02-2007, 04:36 AM
What? the match?
Starts in an hour and a half :p

ONLY ON ESPN LATINO?????

Andres
05-02-2007, 05:09 AM
God dammit! ESPN latinamerica DOESN'T BROADCAST IT!!
Fox Sports LA does!!! And according to Zaragoza, apparently, Fox Sports in the US also does it.

Attila the tennis Bum
05-02-2007, 05:16 AM
God dammit! ESPN latinamerica DOESN'T BROADCAST IT!!
Fox Sports LA does!!! And according to Zaragoza, apparently, Fox Sports in the US also does it.


TY!!!.............

nyc
05-02-2007, 06:21 AM
is it on TVUPlayer?

Attila the tennis Bum
05-02-2007, 06:24 AM
iTS ON NOW IN PERFECT CLARITY!!!!!!!!!!!! FOR FREE!!!. nADAL WAS INTRODUCED TO ACDC'S HELLS BELLS...AWESOME:

Download "Sopcast" and in about one hour the match can be watched on the channel "true sports channel" 8-)