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Sid_Vicious
04-24-2011, 06:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy6PR0-Ma3E&feature=player_detailpage#t=228s

2008 Miami. Mind boggling. :shock:

RyanRF
04-24-2011, 07:32 PM
Yea. Sometimes I forget that despite his recent performance, James Blake was once #4 in the world.

He was never much for finesse, but he definitely had power and speed.

piece
04-24-2011, 07:35 PM
Sometimes I forget how fast Blake is/was

MichaelNadal
04-24-2011, 08:02 PM
I miss 2008 Nadal :) Lol epic fistpump. Twas the perfect combination between fast Rafa and aggressive Rafa.

jamesblakefan#1
04-24-2011, 08:03 PM
Another great rally between these two, Blake actually wins this one. ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z1eQIf3Hx8

cypher
04-24-2011, 08:22 PM
Best thing about Blake is his nice guy attitude IMO. Game-wise he's kind of a mug, but he overarchieved so good for him.

powerangle
04-24-2011, 08:25 PM
Vintage Blake was a great thing to behold. :)

nadalbestclass
04-24-2011, 08:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy6PR0-Ma3E&feature=player_detailpage#t=228s

2008 Miami. Mind boggling. :shock:

Perfect example for the BH thread. He seemed sooo much more comfy using it. It's all about the confidence for Rafa. IMO right that his biggest issue. He was a lot more Relaxed in Barcelona, I think and that def showed in his game. In this video he's just OOZING confidence. A lot of the pressure was on Fed then, so he was just having a great time! Can we have that Rafa back?:evil:

Sid_Vicious
04-24-2011, 09:04 PM
Perfect example for the BH thread. He seemed sooo much more comfy using it. It's all about the confidence for Rafa. IMO right that his biggest issue. He was a lot more Relaxed in Barcelona, I think and that def showed in his game. In this video he's just OOZING confidence. A lot of the pressure was on Fed then, so he was just having a great time! Can we have that Rafa back?:evil:
There is nothing seriously wrong with Nadal's backhand. I think many Nadal fans are stuck in highlight reels. It is not like Nadal is hitting his backhand 10 ft out or is dropping it in the service boxes.

Also,Nadal's backhand has never been phenomenal.A similar case, I watched Federer play his whole career and I have to laugh when some Federer fans claim that he had a GOAT backhand in his prime by showing a few highlight reels. Federer's drive backhand was never outstanding.

nadalbestclass
04-24-2011, 09:19 PM
There is nothing seriously wrong with Nadal's backhand. I think many Nadal fans are stuck in highlight reels. It is not like Nadal is hitting his backhand 10 ft out or is dropping it in the service boxes.

Also,Nadal's backhand has never been phenomenal.A similar case, I watched Federer play his whole career and I have to laugh when some Federer fans claim that he had a GOAT backhand in his prime by showing a few highlight reels. Federer's drive backhand was never outstanding.

Oh! You misunderstood, I think. I didn't say he has a better/worse backhand now. I just mean he is using it less. In MC I watched him go through a whole match BARELY using the backhand. Then again, this is HC, MC is clay, so not very fair to compare. :)

Sid_Vicious
04-24-2011, 09:21 PM
Oh! You misunderstood, I think. I didn't say he has a better/worse backhand now. I just mean he is using it less. In MC I watched him go through a whole match BARELY using the backhand. Then again, this is HC, MC is clay, so not very fair to compare. :)
Rafa is so good on clay that he probably does need to use his backhand yet. Come RG time, Nadal will be slamming 130 mph aces and hitting 100 mph backhand winners by simply changing his grip.:)

MichaelNadal
04-24-2011, 09:24 PM
Rafa is so good on clay that he probably does need to use his backhand yet. Come RG time, Nadal will be slamming 130 mph aces and hitting 100 mph backhand winners by simply changing his grip.:)

http://michaeljacksonanimatedgifs.com/images/others/mjgifs50.gif

Sid_Vicious
04-24-2011, 09:28 PM
http://michaeljacksonanimatedgifs.com/images/others/mjgifs50.gif
I love these fascinating MJ gifs.

MichaelNadal
04-24-2011, 09:30 PM
Lol it's been forever since I've done one, so I was like why not? Haha :) Especially since I agreed with your post, and like I said in the backhand thread, he hits at least 1 each match that is AO-2009 worthy. It's just mental. I highly doubt come the US Open he won't be going after his bh.

35ft6
04-24-2011, 09:49 PM
It's amazing how Blake refuses to back away from the baseline when hitting his backhands, just muscling and blocking the balls back. Once you start retreating against Nadal, you're in quick sand.

I never thought Blake could be top 10 let alone top 5. It's really amazing. I know he's a pro and his strokes are pro quality, but his backhand and serve were suspect I thought. His success took me by surprise. Kind of bummed I might never get to see him play live when he's got his A game going, bet that's a lot of fun.

ledwix
04-24-2011, 10:16 PM
That's the fastest run-around-the-backhand I've ever seen in that point by Nadal.

SirGounder
04-24-2011, 10:40 PM
Yea. Sometimes I forget that despite his recent performance, James Blake was once #4 in the world.

He was never much for finesse, but he definitely had power and speed.

Yarp he was pretty fun to watch at his peak.

Sometimes I forget that Nadal wore sleeveless shirts and pirate pants. Only he can make it look goofy but cool at the same time.

MichaelNadal
04-25-2011, 09:55 AM
Yarp he was pretty fun to watch at his peak.

Sometimes I forget that Nadal wore sleeveless shirts and pirate pants. Only he can make it look goofy but cool at the same time.

I miss that look, it suited him MUCH better.

roundiesee
04-25-2011, 06:52 PM
I was actualy there courtside for that match! :)
Those were the days when James was a "Nadal" slayer, and he won that match pretty handily I must say; Nadal never had a chance; fantastic match from Blake and one thet all Blake fans should savour!

MichaelNadal
04-25-2011, 06:58 PM
I was actualy there courtside for that match! :)
Those were the days when James was a "Nadal" slayer, and he won that match pretty handily I must say; Nadal never had a chance; fantastic match from Blake and one thet all Blake fans should savour!

Uh, sorry but Rafa won that.

cypher
04-25-2011, 07:05 PM
Uh, sorry but Rafa won that.

Maybe she meant their Shanghai match?

roundiesee
04-25-2011, 07:39 PM
Uh, sorry but Rafa won that.

Sorry, may have been another match at the Masters Cup I saw, it was in Shanghai, perhaps got the dates mixed up! :(

jamesblakefan#1
04-25-2011, 07:39 PM
Sorry, may have been another match at the Masters Cup I saw, it was in Shanghai, perhaps got the dates mixed up! :(

Blake did win the Shanghai match I posted. Nadal won the Miami one in the OP.

MichaelNadal
04-25-2011, 07:40 PM
Oh ok I missed your post JBF.

jamesblakefan#1
04-25-2011, 07:43 PM
Another great point from that Shanghai match. Nadal unbelievable defense as always. And the vintage Rafa fist pump. :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Micq3RhUFxY#t=00m35s

sabala
04-25-2011, 08:07 PM
Always like to watch these Blake/Fed points as well...!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcT9CphRG_I

Clay lover
04-25-2011, 08:09 PM
Another great point from that Shanghai match. Nadal unbelievable defense as always. And the vintage Rafa fist pump. :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Micq3RhUFxY#t=00m35s

Man he ran so much more back then. Reminds me how different Nadal is today...Also reminds me how different Blake is today:cry:

Sid_Vicious
04-25-2011, 08:16 PM
Another awesome point between Nadal and Blake. Nadal is such a legend. :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwkX8z9BLSI&feature=player_detailpage#t=590s

MichaelNadal
04-25-2011, 08:18 PM
Another awesome point between Nadal and Blake. Nadal is such a legend. :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwkX8z9BLSI&feature=player_detailpage#t=590s

I can't believe he went for that lol, he'd NEVER do that today.

jamesblakefan#1
04-25-2011, 08:20 PM
Another awesome point between Nadal and Blake. Nadal is such a legend. :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwkX8z9BLSI&feature=player_detailpage#t=590s

Point @10:25 was also great. And the one after it too. :p

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwkX8z9BLSI&feature=player_detailpage#t=10m25s

Sometimes I forget how fast Blake used to be.

Sid_Vicious
04-25-2011, 08:24 PM
Point @10:25 was also great. And the one after it too. :p

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwkX8z9BLSI&feature=player_detailpage#t=10m25s

Sometimes I forget how fast Blake used to be.
Yep, also Blake has some serious upper body strength to go along with his speed. He literally muscled his backhands through the court without even moving back an inch.

MichaelNadal
04-25-2011, 09:40 PM
Point @10:25 was also great. And the one after it too. :p

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwkX8z9BLSI&feature=player_detailpage#t=10m25s

Sometimes I forget how fast Blake used to be.

Holy crappppp what a point (the one AFTER the one at 10:25) Jesus Blake was fast as hell. It's amazing he didn't achieve more in his career.

nadalbestclass
04-25-2011, 10:08 PM
Another awesome point between Nadal and Blake. Nadal is such a legend. :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwkX8z9BLSI&feature=player_detailpage#t=590s

Awesome! I enjoy Rafa's current game a lot more, but wow Blake!

namelessone
04-25-2011, 10:15 PM
Damn, how time has passed. :)

RCizzle65
04-25-2011, 11:09 PM
Damn, this topic just reminded me how different everyone plays now :/, Nadal not as aggressive, and how Federer and Blake used to fly around the court

cocolate
04-26-2011, 12:13 AM
Damn, this topic just reminded me how different everyone plays now :/, Nadal not as aggressive, and how Federer and Blake used to fly around the court


10char lol

FanOfLu
04-26-2011, 02:08 AM
This trumps everything posted so far http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX30JIMNITk

stanton warrior
04-26-2011, 02:22 AM
10char lol

What's funny about his statement?

Nadal did use to play less agressive.

Andres
04-26-2011, 02:31 AM
Damn, this topic just reminded me how different everyone plays now :/, Nadal not as aggressive

What's funny about his statement? Nadal did use to play less agressive.
Yeah, but RCIzzle said 'plays now, Nadal not as aggressive', meaning he used to be more aggressive before.

stanton warrior
04-26-2011, 03:27 AM
Yeah, but RCIzzle said 'plays now, Nadal not as aggressive', meaning he used to be more aggressive before.

I know, but it was pretty obvious that he meant that Nadal didn't attack as much and that Federer and Blake moved quicker.

Ray Mercer
04-26-2011, 06:49 PM
That Shanghai court looks damn fast. No wonder Federer and Blake pounded Nadal there. On courts like that Nadal is anything but the man.

namelessone
04-26-2011, 10:37 PM
That Shanghai court looks damn fast. No wonder Federer and Blake pounded Nadal there. On courts like that Nadal is anything but the man.

Actually they are not that fast but Nadal was a far more primitive HC'er back then.

Nextman916
04-27-2011, 06:42 AM
That Shanghai court looks damn fast. No wonder Federer and Blake pounded Nadal there. On indoor courts Nadal is anything but the man.

fixed*

10 char

zapvor
04-27-2011, 03:26 PM
blake is done now, and nadal has more chapters to write. crazy

Ray Mercer
04-27-2011, 04:20 PM
fixed*

10 char

His spin doesn't work as well and he can't run down winners. One of the few remaining courts which favors the aggressive player.