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TEAMRAFA
07-23-2005, 07:44 PM
Yes? No? Maybe so? Can Rafa prove a lot of people wrong and capture a title on the hard courts in the next couple months?

Rodzilla
07-23-2005, 07:47 PM
Do we have to revisit Roddick's demolishing of Nadal last year at Flushing Meadows? These are still some of the quickest hard courts around last time I checked, these are not Rebound Ace or TMS Miami hard courts... I don't think spending this time on the red stuff helps either.

tennis4losers
07-23-2005, 07:47 PM
I dont think he will. EVER. he is an excelent player but looking @ him playing on har courts is going to be a waste of air time on nbc

jrtennisjunkiejr
07-23-2005, 07:48 PM
can you say....Nasdaq....can you also say 2 points away from beating federer in straight sets on a a hard court?? of course he can win on hardcourts...he can domiante

donnyz89
07-23-2005, 07:52 PM
fo shizzle ma nizzle dawg!

spinbalz
07-23-2005, 08:18 PM
He can win on slow hardcourts if he has a good draw (Like not more than one of the following players to play : Federer, Safin, Roddick, Hewitt, or players like Ljubicic or Ancic, or Henman). He may also win minor events on regular/fast hardcourts, if the field against him is weak.

If it finally happens, I don't think that it will be in 2005, so i voted no, but my opinion is that he may have some chances for the next years. Afterall, if Canas won Toronto, and Moya Cincy, why Nadal wouldn't have a chance on day during his career. But forget about him on hardcourts for this year only fast hardcourts untill the US Open (included), and then indoor tournaments.

keenanj_08
07-23-2005, 08:26 PM
can you say....Nasdaq....can you also say 2 points away from beating federer in straight sets on a a hard court??
I've got to agree with that.

uNIVERSE mAN
07-24-2005, 11:44 AM
Claycourt specialist.

RiosTheGenius
07-24-2005, 11:48 AM
oh , c'mon. another thread about this??????..... this site gets worse everyday.

swedechris
07-24-2005, 12:51 PM
teh way nadal plays this year s fantastic.. for a fact..even on hard courts ..

he was already playing very well in the oz open alreadyn in january on the stuff ..almost beat homtown fav hewitt.. and then fed in miami.. he is now more confident than then and should normally do very very well.. he is so so very quick that he can cope with flat shots and serves and will be a monster to hit winners by even on hard corrts .. so beware all hardcourt specialists .. :)

Matt H.
07-24-2005, 12:54 PM
can you say....Nasdaq....can you also say 2 points away from beating federer in straight sets on a a hard court?? of course he can win on hardcourts...he can domiante


once again...the spring hard courts are SLLLLOOOOOWWWWW. Coria made it to the final last year of the Nasdaq, and Ferrer to the semi's this year.

The US Open Series hard courts are a step below grass in terms of pace. Take that with the fact that Nadal is over in Europe electing to play on clay instead of competeing for the big prize money in the US kinda tells you Nadal's own answer to the question.


my prediction: Nadal has a .500 record or worse for hard court matches played this summer.

rhubarb
07-24-2005, 12:57 PM
Take that with the fact that Nadal is over in Europe electing to play on clay instead of competeing for the big prize money in the US kinda tells you Nadal's own answer to the question.


More points in Stuttgart than any of the optional US summer tourneys, and he got what he needed - the number two ranking. Now he's pulled out of Umag and is heading for the hardcourts: he's not stupid.

swedechris
07-24-2005, 01:01 PM
nope he is not stupid.. .. he will do fine.. sure spring circuit is slower but rafa is now faster than this spring and + the confidence and no2 ranking will carry the guy a lot even if the courts are quicker.. i solidly maintain my above prediction. :)

zAllianceBmx
07-24-2005, 01:32 PM
a lot of you do realize he is young right? for all i know he could end up like federer. fed didnt start blooming right away but at the rate nadal is going, hes gonna be up there for a while.

Max G.
07-24-2005, 02:31 PM
Not this year, I don't think he's playing that many more hardcourt tournaments this year - just the Masters Series and the USOpen, which I think he can't win.