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LanceStern
05-18-2009, 12:19 AM
And then immediately had to play Federer in the finals? But still won?

that would be a much more pressure filled event, in a five setter, or a bigger stage, on a faster surface...

So how can people say Nadal's match today wasn't really a loss because of his 4 hour match with Djokovic tiring him out? Wouldn't that have been the same at AO with an even longer match against Verdasco and then an even longer match with a quicker, harder hitting Federer (who couldn't find his first serve)?

iamgoat
05-18-2009, 12:20 AM
Great point.

Just *******s trying to find excuses for Nadal.

Fee
05-18-2009, 12:22 AM
No, he had 2 days to recover for the final (or maybe it was just one day). Either way, he didn't have to play the next day.

Some people are going to say that Fed only won because Nadal was tired, just as some are going to say that Nadal only won the AO because Fed handed it to him by returning serves on break points like a little girl. They are just opinions, not facts, no need to lose sleep over it. :)

Rhino
05-18-2009, 12:23 AM
He has a day off in between in Melbourne. The AO semi final was played on a Friday, and the final was on Sunday.

delphi17
05-18-2009, 12:23 AM
another FAIL post..
he had an extra day to rest..
thats not what you call "immediately"

Fee
05-18-2009, 12:24 AM
He has a day off in between in Melbourne. The AO semi final was played on a Friday, and the final was on Sunday.

Thank you. I knew someone would have a better memory. So Federer played the Thursday semi and got the extra day of rest then.

bolo
05-18-2009, 12:24 AM
And then immediately had to play Federer in the finals? But still won?

that would be a much more pressure filled event, in a five setter, or a bigger stage, on a faster surface...

So how can people say Nadal's match today wasn't really a loss because of his 4 hour match with Djokovic tiring him out? Wouldn't that have been the same at AO with an even longer match against Verdasco and then an even longer match with a quicker, harder hitting Federer (who couldn't find his first serve)?

Just because he won that match doesn't mean he wasn't tired. All tired means is that your chances of winning go down, they don't necessarily go down to zero. To say that just because he won that match means he wasn't tired is just poor analysis. All the pro commentators (wilander, cash, mary joe, gilbert) I heard talk before the match said that nadal would be feeling the effects of the verdasco match in the final.

delphi17
05-18-2009, 12:25 AM
dont expect lancestern, or iamgoat to reply though...
people tend not to reply when they realize they have a FAIL thread on their hands

msc886
05-18-2009, 12:29 AM
Yeah but considering both Nadal and Djokovic take a lot of time in between points, it wouldn't be that long.

BreakPoint
05-18-2009, 12:37 AM
And don't forget that Nadal had to play one less match than Federer due to the walkover of Kohlschreiber, and also that Federer had to play the late night semi against Del Potro the night before while Nadal was resting in bed in his hotel room watching it on TV.

iamgoat
05-18-2009, 12:43 AM
And don't forget that Nadal had to play one less match than Federer due to the walkover of Kohlschreiber, and also that Federer had to play the late night semi against Del Potro the night before while Nadal was resting in bed in his hotel room watching it on TV.

OOOOWWWNNNNEEEEDDDDD!!!

Rhino
05-18-2009, 12:44 AM
And anyway, 2 and a half hours of standing on the service line and bouncing a ball plus 1 and a half hours of play... it's not that tiring.

LanceStern
05-18-2009, 01:58 PM
Different responses from both sides.