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Rhino
06-12-2008, 04:29 PM
Nadal said today at Queens "I probably play my best tennis on this surface", and about Wimbledon last year he says "I lost a good chance to win my favourite tournament.

Somehow I think the other players would rather meet him at Queens than at Roland Garros :)

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-1025997/Nadal-serves-ominous-warning-I-play-best-tennis-grass.html?ITO=1490

ACE of Hearts
06-12-2008, 04:32 PM
I thought his favorite was RG?

zagor
06-12-2008, 04:33 PM
I'm sure Fed would prefer to play Nadal on grass than on clay every day of the year.Funny how Nadal also says that Wimbledon is his favourite tournament(along with many top players),some of his fans here were stating how Wimbledon isn't THAT important,it looks like to Nadal it is.

CityHeightsTennis
06-12-2008, 04:36 PM
i believe Nadal does play his best tennist at grass, but federer plays even better. And Nadal just owns Fed in clay because Fed can't play for crap on clay...

Rhino
06-12-2008, 04:38 PM
Nike are developing some special glasses for Nadal that makes green look brown.

TheTruth
06-12-2008, 04:39 PM
Nadal has said Wimbledon was the tournament he most wanted to win since he first came on the tour. That doesn't mean we as fans are supposed to think like him.

bolo
06-12-2008, 04:41 PM
i believe Nadal does play his best tennist at grass, but federer plays even better. And Nadal just owns Fed in clay because Fed can't play for crap on clay...

well put, although fed. is the 2nd best clay courter right now and has been for a while. Nadal has always said wimbledon is what he really wants. Nothing new there.

nickb
06-12-2008, 04:42 PM
i believe Nadal does play his best tennist at grass, but federer plays even better. And Nadal just owns Fed in clay because Fed can't play for crap on clay...

Yeah only 3 French Open Finals...how crap. :roll:

Mansewerz
06-12-2008, 04:44 PM
Yeah only 3 French Open Finals...how crap. :roll:

Revise it to "can't play for crap on clay against Nadal ;)"

DarkSephiroth
06-12-2008, 04:48 PM
Not to Compare Federer and Nadal yet again but...

I think Nadal and Federer are equally tough on Clay / Grass, respectively.

I think Nadal has a much better chance of beating Federer on Grass than Federer has at beating Nadal on Clay.

But, I think there is a greater chance that Nadal will get knocked out at Wimbledon before facing Federer versus the chance of Federer getting knocked out @ Rolland Garros before facing Nadal.

Interesting points? =D

Rhino
06-12-2008, 04:50 PM
Yeah only 3 French Open Finals...how crap. :roll:

Which is more than Sampras, Connors, McEnroe, Coria, Becker, Edberg, Rafter, Safin, Hewitt, and many other greats.

daddy
06-12-2008, 04:50 PM
Nadal said today at Queens "I probably play my best tennis on this surface", and about Wimbledon last year he says "I lost a good chance to win my favourite tournament.

Somehow I think the other players would rather meet him at Queens than at Roland Garros :)

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-1025997/Nadal-serves-ominous-warning-I-play-best-tennis-grass.html?ITO=1490

I agree. Queens is a bit faster and it suits him not so good as Wimby. There's a lot of sliding on these todays grass courts which can only help him - I can imagine. He is a huge hitter also, he can flatten out the serve these days and forehand was always a danger shot from that guy.

daddy
06-12-2008, 04:51 PM
i believe Nadal does play his best tennist at grass, but federer plays even better. And Nadal just owns Fed in clay because Fed can't play for crap on clay...

Well put. 10

Zaragoza
06-12-2008, 05:04 PM
I thought his favorite was RG?

Nadal is a polite guy and he often says his favourite tournament is the one hes playing or about to play. I remember him say that Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome, R.Garros and Wimbledon were "his favourite tournament" (let alone Davis Cup and Olympics).
He just likes tennis and enjoys playing all these tournaments with great tradition.

ACE of Hearts
06-12-2008, 05:09 PM
I will say that Roger wont win the FO if Nadal is always in the final and that who will take 3 sets from Roger at wimbledon?Its a tough task even if Rafa took him to 5 last year.I dont like Rafa's game but i like his fight and determination.

federer envies me
06-12-2008, 05:11 PM
And Nadal just owns Fed in clay because Fed can't play for crap on clay...

Since when does getting to the finals of Roland Garros 3 years in a row equal sucking on the surface

feyya
06-12-2008, 05:13 PM
i believe Nadal does play his best tennist at grass, but federer plays even better. And Nadal just owns Fed in clay because Fed can't play for crap on clay...

Are you smoking something? Feds clearly number 2 on clay.

skraggle
06-12-2008, 05:17 PM
Nadal gave Federer everything he could handle in last year's Wimby finals. I think Nadal can take him there given his pwnage of Federer at the FO. Nadal is getting better at other surfaces while Fed has regressed a little.

ACE of Hearts
06-12-2008, 05:20 PM
Nadal played well giving the conditions but whose to say that those conditions will be the same again?I am not saying he cant win wimbledon but i dont know if he can beat Fed on grass just like i dont think Roger can beat Nadal on clay.

miniRafa386
06-12-2008, 05:26 PM
Nadal played well giving the conditions but whose to say that those conditions will be the same again?I am not saying he cant win wimbledon but i dont know if he can beat Fed on grass just like i dont think Roger can beat Nadal on clay.

yes

Nadal gave Federer everything he could handle in last year's Wimby finals. I think Nadal can take him there given his pwnage of Federer at the FO. Nadal is getting better at other surfaces while Fed has regressed a little.

yes again.

dh003i
06-12-2008, 05:58 PM
Nadal played well giving the conditions but whose to say that those conditions will be the same again?I am not saying he cant win wimbledon but i dont know if he can beat Fed on grass just like i dont think Roger can beat Nadal on clay.

Yes, Nadal has never and will never be as good as Federer on grass. The only chance for Nadal to beat Federer on grass is if he plays out of his mind, and Federer doesn't play that well. That almost happened last year, but Federer still could've played quite a bit better than last year.

And of course, the slowing down of the grass, and increasing of the bounce, helped him. Hopefully, that has been reversed (not b/c I dislike Nadal, just because I want Wimbledon to be Wimbledon, not the baseline being almost clay by the final).

Double Fault
06-12-2008, 06:04 PM
Nike are developing some special glasses for Nadal that makes green look brown.

HAhahA I really laughed out loud with this one

edmondsm
06-12-2008, 06:09 PM
Nadal is talking out of his ***. He almost lost to Robert Kendrick two years ago at Wimbledon. Would that have happened at any clay court tournament........no.

Cup8489
06-12-2008, 09:58 PM
Nadal is talking out of his ***. He almost lost to Robert Kendrick two years ago at Wimbledon. Would that have happened at any clay court tournament........no.

so what? he may still LIKE the tournament more..and sometimes he will run into someone who's game matches up well against him...

personally i know that i'm better on clay (green clay, haven't found a red clay court yet) than i am on grass, but i love grass alot more.

paterson
06-12-2008, 09:59 PM
I wonder if Nadal would have the same opinion about Wimbledon if the 1990's style grass-courts were still in place. When the surface was ridiculously quick and the bounces were low and uneven.


It's a credit to the All England club that they did somthing about it
and used a new Rye grass which created equal oppurtunities for all.

There is no doubt that Nadal would have had the same attitude as other clay specialist like Guga, Muster, Corretja and Rios had they not slowed the surface and changed the bounce.

NamRanger
06-12-2008, 10:03 PM
I wonder if Nadal would have the same opinion about Wimbledon if the 1990's style grass-courts were still in place. When the surface was ridiculously quick and the bounces were low and uneven.


It's a credit to the All England club that they did somthing about it
and used a new Rye grass which created equal oppurtunities for all.

There is no doubt that Nadal would have had the same attitude as other clay specialist like Guga, Muster, Corretja and Rios had they not slowed the surface and changed the bounce.



I don't see the French Open changing their surface to accommodate HC or Grass players.

lambielspins
06-12-2008, 11:05 PM
There is no doubt that Nadal would have had the same attitude as other clay specialist like Guga, Muster, Corretja and Rios had they not slowed the surface and changed the bounce.

There is no doubt you are wrong on that. Perhaps he would not have the same results, but he sure as heck would not have the attitude of those you mentioned. It is just not in his makeup. If that were going to happen he would get that attitude on fast hard courts, and whether his results are the best or not he busts his *** off trying and obviously cares a ton.

Hot Sauce
06-13-2008, 12:13 AM
Which is more than Sampras, Connors, McEnroe, Coria, Becker, Edberg, Rafter, Safin, Hewitt, and many other greats.

And me. I don't have any FO finals :(

HyperHorse
06-13-2008, 12:19 AM
I think Nadal enjoys playing on grass because it's a different approach compared to clay, and it's a lot easier on the joints. Plus no Spainard has won @ Wimbledon for a long, long time..
He's enjoying it because he's also having to learn different skills FOR grass.. eg, flattening out the groundstrokes, learning to hit with slice, volleying, using the flat serve and the slice slider out wide...
And it's the extreme opposite to clay, he knows he has to be aggressive.
And on grass he can still run around since it's not as much strain on the joints as on the hardcourts, which is why i think he hasn't done well @ US Open...
Plus their scheduling is fubar.

alienhamster
06-13-2008, 12:27 AM
Nadal plays his best tennis on clay, no matter what HE thinks is his best surface. I see no evidence to suggest otherwise.

tennis_hand
06-13-2008, 12:44 AM
Nadal said today at Queens "I probably play my best tennis on this surface", and about Wimbledon last year he says "I lost a good chance to win my favourite tournament.

Somehow I think the other players would rather meet him at Queens than at Roland Garros :)

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-1025997/Nadal-serves-ominous-warning-I-play-best-tennis-grass.html?ITO=1490


LOL.

sounds like giving himself some confidence and energy, playing the chicken-egg game.

it is like he saying he plays his best tennis on hard courts sometimes.
well..

Rhino
06-13-2008, 12:49 AM
LOL.

sounds like giving himself some confidence and energy, playing the chicken-egg game.

it is like he saying he plays his best tennis on hard courts sometimes.
well..

Yes that's it. Do you remember that clip of Nadal playing with Serena Williams on top of a hotel in Dubai on what appeared to be water?

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a195/showbiznes/Rafael-Nadal.png

Nadal said that day "I play my best tennis on water".

Not fulltime player
06-13-2008, 02:06 AM
Nadal is a polite guy and he often says his favourite tournament is the one hes playing or about to play. I remember him say that Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome, R.Garros and Wimbledon were "his favourite tournament" (let alone Davis Cup and Olympics).
He just likes tennis and enjoys playing all these tournaments with great tradition.

Hes saying Wimby is hes favourite since he was playing futures and challengers.

TheNatural
06-13-2008, 02:41 AM
Nadal is already better than Fed on grass as of 2007. The only thing that stopped Nadal in 2007 was the twisted knee.

drive
06-13-2008, 02:44 AM
Yes, Nadal has never and will never be as good as Federer on grass. The only chance for Nadal to beat Federer on grass is if he plays out of his mind, and Federer doesn't play that well. That almost happened last year, but Federer still could've played quite a bit better than last year.

And of course, the slowing down of the grass, and increasing of the bounce, helped him. Hopefully, that has been reversed (not b/c I dislike Nadal, just because I want Wimbledon to be Wimbledon, not the baseline being almost clay by the final).

Nadal played much better than Fed last year. Even Federer said that he was lucky to win.

Gorecki
06-13-2008, 02:48 AM
He is right and proof of this is the second set against Nishi at Queens

dh003i
06-13-2008, 04:48 AM
It's a credit to the All England club that they did somthing about it
and used a new Rye grass which created equal oppurtunities for all.

Typical disgusting attitude from a biased fan of the clay-court season. You guys wanted to be essentially clay-season all year long. That's horrible. Wimbledon should be Wimbledon, with grass that provides incentive to S&V. It should not be made easier for clay-court specialists. The FO hasn't made their surface faster, or switched to green clay, to make it easier for all-court, S&V, and HC players.

dh003i
06-13-2008, 04:50 AM
Nadal played much better than Fed last year. Even Federer said that he was lucky to win.

Whatever. Federer played better, that's why he won. Accept it. Quit your whining. The player who wins is the player who played better. He was mentally stronger, which is why he won their two tie-breaks. He pulled out huge serves whenever he was in trouble on serve. And he still could have played better (plus the grass being made even slower and higher-bouncing helped Nadal).

Federer is the better player on grass, by far. If he plays his best, even on that disgraceful clay-like grass, Nadal has no chance to beat him at Wimbledon.

dh003i
06-13-2008, 04:52 AM
Nadal is already better than Fed on grass as of 2007. The only thing that stopped Nadal in 2007 was the twisted knee.

That's a load of BS. Nadal played out of his mind that final, and it still wasn't enough to beat Federer. Federer is just the better player on grass, it doesn't matter what Nadal does. The only chance he has to win is if Federer doesn't play his A-game on grass. That almost happened last year, but Federer was mentally stronger than Nadal (won both tie-breaks), and had clutch serving.

dh003i
06-13-2008, 04:54 AM
Nadal played much better than Fed last year. Even Federer said that he was lucky to win.

No, he didn't. Who plays better is the player who won. Period. End of discussion. Get over it and quit your whining. He had a chance to win, sure. He didn't, because Federer was just incredibly mentally strong and clutch.

0d1n
06-13-2008, 05:00 AM
Nadal is already better than Fed on grass as of 2007. The only thing that stopped Nadal in 2007 was the twisted knee.

Nadal played much better than Fed last year. Even Federer said that he was lucky to win.


You people need to stop taking pharmaceuticals, they are bad for your mental health.
a) There was no "knee problem" he was running around like a freakin' cheetah.
b) If he would have played much better he would have won the match.

dh003i
06-13-2008, 05:04 AM
You people need to stop taking pharmaceuticals, they are bad for your mental health.
a) There was no "knee problem" he was running around like a freakin' cheetah.
b) If he would have played much better he would have won the match.

They're just poor losers and poor sports.

fednad
06-13-2008, 07:41 AM
Nadal is already better than Fed on grass as of 2007. The only thing that stopped Nadal in 2007 was the twisted knee.

And Federer was better than Sampras in 2001 itself.
So now Nadal is better than Sampras.
Voila,,,,NAdal is not only greater than the current five times defending champion, he is actually bigger and greater than the greatest champion that Wimbledon has seen till date.

cueboyzn
06-13-2008, 10:14 AM
That's a load of BS. Nadal played out of his mind that final, and it still wasn't enough to beat Federer. Federer is just the better player on grass, it doesn't matter what Nadal does. The only chance he has to win is if Federer doesn't play his A-game on grass. That almost happened last year, but Federer was mentally stronger than Nadal (won both tie-breaks), and had clutch serving.

Federer did not play near his best in last years final and he still won against Nadal who was on fire by lifting his game when it mattered the most. He overcame a lot of things like the line calls etc which unsettled him and Nadal who was hanging on like a pit bull. Plus the roof being off last year let wind into the stadium which Roger hates and this definitely played a part in Roger's overall performance last year being below the standard of his superb performance in 2006. Bottom line Roger is just the best on grass and has another level to go to when threatened. The same goes for the DecoTurf at the US Open which IMO is faster than the grass at Wimbledon.

jmsx521
06-13-2008, 10:41 AM
He plays his best tennis on grass? He must be smoking something!

Sorry Rafa... nothing bad against you, but I couldn't resist.

crazylevity
06-13-2008, 10:43 AM
When is the next drug test? I fear for Nadal. He may test positive for hallucinogens.

fastdunn
06-13-2008, 10:44 AM
Nadal played well giving the conditions but whose to say that those conditions will be the same again?I am not saying he cant win wimbledon but i dont know if he can beat Fed on grass just like i dont think Roger can beat Nadal on clay.

I am not so sure. Last year's final was pretty close. Grass is quicker but share some common characteristics with clay: uncertain bounce, uncertain footing and easy on joints.

Now that grass is a bit slower and bouncier, it rewards great runner like Nadal who hits with large margin. You know Federer footwork is great and hits with pretty darn good spins himself.

I don't think their games are as much different as what people think.
I think their levels are pretty close on these two organic surfaces.

Babb
06-13-2008, 10:49 AM
i believe Nadal does play his best tennist at grass, but federer plays even better. And Nadal just owns Fed in clay because Fed can't play for crap on clay...
Wow, that's the most unintelligent remark I've heard today. I guess getting to the finals at Roland Garros means nothing in terms of Fed's clay court prowess.

wangs78
06-13-2008, 10:51 AM
Not to Compare Federer and Nadal yet again but...

I think Nadal and Federer are equally tough on Clay / Grass, respectively.

I think Nadal has a much better chance of beating Federer on Grass than Federer has at beating Nadal on Clay.

But, I think there is a greater chance that Nadal will get knocked out at Wimbledon before facing Federer versus the chance of Federer getting knocked out @ Rolland Garros before facing Nadal.

Interesting points? =D

I concur. Good points. The point is that Fed just doesn't play his best against Nadal, primarily bc Nadal doesn't LET Fed play his best. But on grass, Fed can still win when not at his best.

raiden031
06-13-2008, 10:52 AM
Not to Compare Federer and Nadal yet again but...

I think Nadal and Federer are equally tough on Clay / Grass, respectively.

I think Nadal has a much better chance of beating Federer on Grass than Federer has at beating Nadal on Clay.

But, I think there is a greater chance that Nadal will get knocked out at Wimbledon before facing Federer versus the chance of Federer getting knocked out @ Rolland Garros before facing Nadal.

Interesting points? =D

I think this pretty much amounts to the fact that Nadal is kryptonite for Federer regardless of how they do against others.

crazylevity
06-13-2008, 10:58 AM
I am not so sure. Last year's final was pretty close. Grass is quicker but share some common characteristics with clay: uncertain bounce, uncertain footing and easy on joints.

Now that grass is a bit slower and bouncier, it rewards great runner like Nadal who hits with large margin. You know Federer footwork is great and hits with pretty darn good spins himself.

I don't think their games are as much different as what people think.
I think their levels are pretty close on these two organic surfaces.

Their levels are similar in that they are both head and shoulders above the rest of the field...maybe Djokovic is nearer Nadal on grass than on clay, but that's besides the point. Head to head, the one thing that separates them between grass and clay is that on grass, Federer's weapons work better (e.g. serve, footwork, forehand) whereas on clay, Nadal's weapons work better (High forehand, topspin, footwork).

The accents of the surface are fairly minute, but at that level, it makes all the difference.

TheTruth
06-13-2008, 11:11 AM
Yes that's it. Do you remember that clip of Nadal playing with Serena Williams on top of a hotel in Dubai on what appeared to be water?

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a195/showbiznes/Rafael-Nadal.png

Nadal said that day "I play my best tennis on water".

Too funny. What a great line!

Heyford Price
06-13-2008, 02:31 PM
Nadal is a polite guy and he often says his favourite tournament is the one hes playing or about to play. I remember him say that Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome, R.Garros and Wimbledon were "his favourite tournament" (let alone Davis Cup and Olympics).
He just likes tennis and enjoys playing all these tournaments with great tradition.

You mean false?:twisted:

edmondsm
06-13-2008, 02:39 PM
so what? he may still LIKE the tournament more..and sometimes he will run into someone who's game matches up well against him...

personally i know that i'm better on clay (green clay, haven't found a red clay court yet) than i am on grass, but i love grass alot more.

Nadal said that he plays his best tennis on grass......which is what I was responding to. Try reading a little harder next time. Nadal almost lost to Soderling last year at Wimbledon. Would that happen at Roland Garros? Absolutely not, the match would be over in less then an hour. Would Kei Nishikori be able to take a set off Nadal on clay? Shoot, the best players in the world can't even do that. Basically, I don't have any clue as to why Nadal would think that grass is where he plays his best tennis.

fastdunn
06-13-2008, 06:14 PM
Their levels are similar in that they are both head and shoulders above the rest of the field...maybe Djokovic is nearer Nadal on grass than on clay, but that's besides the point. Head to head, the one thing that separates them between grass and clay is that on grass, Federer's weapons work better (e.g. serve, footwork, forehand) whereas on clay, Nadal's weapons work better (High forehand, topspin, footwork).

The accents of the surface are fairly minute, but at that level, it makes all the difference.

I agree.

I think the serve was the key factor. Nadal can neutralize Fed's forehand, now seems to have mastered movement on grass, but his serve return on grass court still questionable.

Then again, almost Sampras-like serve of Federer has ups and downs. In last year's final, his serve came alive at the right time, 5th set.

Tarsier
06-14-2008, 01:11 PM
Nadal said that he plays his best tennis on grass......which is what I was responding to. Try reading a little harder next time. Nadal almost lost to Soderling last year at Wimbledon. Would that happen at Roland Garros? Absolutely not, the match would be over in less then an hour. Would Kei Nishikori be able to take a set off Nadal on clay? Shoot, the best players in the world can't even do that. Basically, I don't have any clue as to why Nadal would think that grass is where he plays his best tennis.

I think you just get it wrong, guys. What Rafa meant is that he's playing his best grass tennis at the moment, better than he did last year on grass for example, and not that grass is the place where he excels most.
As for Fed, he himself said today that he considers Rafa to be an all-round player, not just a clay-courter: "I don't know what has to happen before you guys (the media) understand Nadal is not only the claycourt specialist, but a superb all-rounder, he has been in a Wimbledon final twice.

"I only know that (Andy) Roddick and (Ivo) Karlovic are there, so there are good guys he has to beat."

So he's beaten those "good guys" now and even if he loses to Djokovic tomorrow it won't mean he sucks on grass.

cueboyzn
06-14-2008, 01:46 PM
I think you just get it wrong, guys. What Rafa meant is that he's playing his best grass tennis at the moment, better than he did last year on grass for example, and not that grass is the place where he excels most.
As for Fed, he himself said today that he considers Rafa to be an all-round player, not just a clay-courter: "I don't know what has to happen before you guys (the media) understand Nadal is not only the claycourt specialist, but a superb all-rounder, he has been in a Wimbledon final twice.

"I only know that (Andy) Roddick and (Ivo) Karlovic are there, so there are good guys he has to beat."

So he's beaten those "good guys" now and even if he loses to Djokovic tomorrow it won't mean he sucks on grass.


Exactly. The same as Federer losing only to Nadal at the French the last 4 years running doesnt mean Roger sucks on clay.

Micky
06-14-2008, 02:28 PM
Nike are developing some special glasses for Nadal that makes green look brown.

Hola Rhino,

This ^^^^^ is a classic quote jejejejeje. Well done.

Nadal_Freak
06-14-2008, 03:03 PM
Exactly. The same as Federer losing only to Nadal at the French the last 4 years running doesnt mean Roger sucks on clay.
Unfortunately, there will be some making threads and posts about Nadal getting owned. Those are the trends every time Nadal loses.

zagor
06-14-2008, 03:08 PM
Unfortunately, there will be some making threads and posts about Nadal getting owned. Those are the trends every time Nadal loses.

It's the same trend when Fed loses as well.You won't get any such posts or threads from me though,Nadal and Novak can settle who is the second on grass at Wimbledon,not Queens.

Tomaz Bellucci
06-14-2008, 03:09 PM
It's the same trend when Fed loses as well.You won't get any such posts or threads from me though,Nadal and Novak can settle who is the second on grass at Wimbledon,not Queens.

fantastic comment, agree:)

MariaS
06-15-2008, 05:55 PM
Nadal is better than Djork on grass...just a tad anyway. :neutral:
The thing Nadal was able to do in his match with Djork was bring his game up just a notch! Just enough to win. :)

fgzhu88
06-15-2008, 06:34 PM
I'm sure Rafa was just quoted out of context. There's no way a sensible lad like him would make such a ridiculous statement!

superman1
06-15-2008, 06:58 PM
You know, it's possible that he did mean this. And maybe he meant it in that, playing on grass for him is easier than playing on clay. Clay is a hell of a lot more work. Yeah, he dominates on the stuff, but he works his arse off. His shots and serve penetrate more on grass. It's a nice soft, clean surface, and grass is probably his favorite surface to run on since he grew up playing futbol. So it could very well be his favorite surface.

GOD_BLESS_RAFA
06-16-2008, 06:01 AM
Nadal gave Federer everything he could handle in last year's Wimby finals.
No Nadal has not improved his serves and returns
this year he should improve them and use them as weapons in his grass game too
I have not seen how Nadal played against Karlovic with his 35aces but he is on the good way...

alonsin
06-16-2008, 07:24 AM
[QUOTE=Tarsier;2426735]I think you just get it wrong, guys. What Rafa meant is that he's playing his best grass tennis at the moment, better than he did last year on grass for example, and not that grass is the place where he excels most.
QUOTE]

I agree. We have Nadal interviewed every day in spanish newspapers and I've never heard him saying that. After all Nadal only started speaking english two years ago, and it's an easy mistake, just change the verb tense and a preposition and you change the meaning of the sentence

carlos djackal
06-16-2008, 07:47 AM
Nadal wants to win wimbledon because it is The tournament where Spaniards fail to impress......so maybe for him that makes it his favorite tournament.....

Djokovicfan4life
06-16-2008, 07:49 AM
He's absolutely right! He should definitely skip Roland Garros next year.

aceX
05-14-2010, 11:57 PM
Nadal almost lost to Soderling last year at Wimbledon. Would that happen at Roland Garros? Absolutely not, the match would be over in less then an hour.

ahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

jamesblakefan#1
05-15-2010, 12:13 AM
:lol:




(reads again just to make sure)





:lol: :lol:

Aw crap I didn't realize this was an old thread. The point still remains though - Nadal really thinks/thought he plays his best tennis on grass? Maybe he WAS on drugs back then...:lol:

RCizzle65
05-15-2010, 12:19 AM
Aw crap I didn't realize this was an old thread. The point still remains though - Nadal really thinks/thought he plays his best tennis on grass? Maybe he WAS on drugs back then...:lol:

Well he does actually play aggressive on the stuff and steps up on the baseline, maybe he feels he can be aggressive on the stuff which os why he believes it's his best surface?

dmt
05-15-2010, 12:23 AM
Alot of things are lost in translation. I think that Nadal knows his best surface is clay but he wanted wimbledon more then anything else because other spanish players haven't done well over there over the years. So maybe he was over excited or something about the possibility of winning wimbledon, and being the first spanish man in decades of doing so.

Or maybe he was trying to say that this is the best he's ever played ON Grass.

jamesblakefan#1
05-15-2010, 12:24 AM
Well he does actually play aggressive on the stuff and steps up on the baseline, maybe he feels he can be aggressive on the stuff which os why he believes it's his best surface?

Nadal likes to talk out of both sides of his mouth. He says he loves clay b/c it allows more spin on his shots and better movement for him, yet grass is his favorite surface? I don't get it. Maybe his favorite surface reads as "anything not hard court, no?"

namelessone
05-15-2010, 12:39 AM
Nadal likes to talk out of both sides of his mouth. He says he loves clay b/c it allows more spin on his shots and better movement for him, yet grass is his favorite surface? I don't get it. Maybe his favorite surface reads as "anything not hard court, no?"

Nadal at 16 saying that grass is favourite surface,though he likes to play on clay too. He also says that he would like to win wimbledon one day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhIF2Uo-_v4

I think Rafa likes grass because it allows him to do a couple of things that he likes that clay and HC tend to negate:

1)he has great movement on this surface,just like on clay and is one of the few on tour with proper grass movement(probably learned from football).
2)he can be more aggressive here,the grass takes topspin well but he can also defend like on clay.
3)while he is vulnerable here to big servers like on HC those big guys don't move nearly as well on grass as they do on clay and HC(as a general rule,there are exceptions of course).
4)last but not least,it is a surface that is friendly to knees,provided you haven't battered them before.

I actually agree with Rafa here,his Queens and WB 08' play rival many of his great plays on clay.

aceX
05-15-2010, 12:39 AM
My interpretation of his comment is that when he steps on a grass court he brings his A-game.

I don't interpret the comment as him thinking his best surface is grass.

The only reason I posted on this old thread because I noticed that comment about Soderling at RG and thought it was funny that it was Soderling who did what many thought was impossible.

jamesblakefan#1
05-15-2010, 12:57 AM
Yeah Nadal says clay suits his game the best, then says grass is his favorite surface.

Nadal calls Wimbledon his favorite tournament in 08, then calls MC his favorite tourney this year.

Like I said, Nadal has a history of talking out of both sides of his mouth sometimes.

Rhino
05-15-2010, 01:24 AM
The only reason I posted on this old thread because I noticed that comment about Soderling at RG and thought it was funny that it was Soderling who did what many thought was impossible.

Yeah that was a funny comment but how many people could ever have guessed what Soderling would eventually pull off at RG...?