Congrats to Fed.

Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by Morrissey, May 20, 2007.

  1. Morrissey

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    As a Nadal fan I tip the cap to Fed. He waited a long time to pull this off. Fed was too good, Nadal didn´t reply. So I congratulate him. He has a chance at the French. But revenge will be on Rafa´s mind and it´s best of 5. So I have that on my side. OK trolls (Vive, federerfanatic, Ace Of Hearts, Fedfan 2007, etc.), line up your abuse, let it rip.
     
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  2. shavenstringer

    shavenstringer Semi-Pro

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    Fed played well. Nadal looked a little tired from the end of the second set. He was hitting much shorter with gave Fed a chance to step in and hit his forehand. Feds backhand was much more consistent today.
     
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  3. vive le beau jeu !

    vive le beau jeu ! G.O.A.T.

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    yes i can ?... [​IMG]
    ok, at last i can enjoy it... this one tastes sweet ! :)

    bravo roger and thx for ending this damned streak... i love you !!!
    congratulations ! :D
     
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  4. TheMagicRacquet

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    Very respectable post. It's nice to a Nadal-fan not making excuses and accepting a defeat.
     
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  5. Nadal_Freak

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    Nadal looked happy to get out of there. I expect Nadal's intensity to pick up at the French Open. Right now, it looks like it was a mistake for Nadal to play here.
     
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  6. rafan

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    Yes it is good to know these two are still in the top 2 places but come on I can remember Fed losing to Andy Murray in HIS surface - didn't mean he was out for good - Nadal will be back- for all we know he may have an old inury playing up
     
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  7. danb

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    Nice post - I respect you didn't come out with excuses. I like both Fed and Rafa. This match was Fed's best play on clay in two years... I still think Rafa will win the French.
     
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  8. Musashi

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    vive le beau jeu est un hippopotame!
     
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  9. Ripper

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    Can we can all go back to writing "Fed is GOAT" threads?
     
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  10. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    Should Nadal switch to a larger frame???

    SHANKS
    Fed: 1 FH, 2BH= 3 total
    Nadal: 4 FH, 1 BH = 5 total

    WINNERS
    Fed: 15 FH, 2 BH= 17 total
    Nadal: 5 FH, 5BH= 10 total

    BAGELS
    Fed= zero
    Nadal= one
     
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  11. Morrissey

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    He needs to switch to Cortex.
     
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  12. ShooterMcMarco

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    lol @ drakulie copy and pasting
     
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  13. FedFan_2007

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    Reports of Federer's demise were GREATLY exaggerated! I was one of the few who truly kept the faith throughout!
     
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  14. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    Fed has the longest winning streak on clay.
     
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  15. Baghdatis72

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    Congratulations that's amazing. That's what true Federer fans should be like :lol:
     
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  16. dh003i

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    Well, you can only say Nadal made a mistake entering Hamburg in retrospect. Decisions are made ex-ante, not ex-post. What if he had won Hamburg, then went on to win the FO? That would be a complete sweep of the clay-court season, quite possibly the most amazing thing ever done on clay (only Borg's accomplishments would rival). Look at it from Nadal's perspective, with an eye to history.

    Risk-reward relationship.

    Although I think this match helps Federer vs. Nadal on clay in the future, I think it will probably benefit both going into the FO. Federer feels like he's more back in form (I still don't think he's in AO form), and Nadal has a huge weight lifted from him, of an 81-match win streak.
     
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  17. dh003i

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    Also, others have suggested that maybe Nadal is making a statement about the importance of the clay-court Masters by playing in all of them. Relating to the whole thing with trying to remove MC from Masters status. That would certainly be commendable.

    You have to give him credit for not pulling out of anything on just a little bit of fatigue, or whatever (last year, after the Rome final, when Nadal and Federer pulled out of Hamburg due to the 5+-hour match, that was very understandable).
     
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  18. Fries-N-Gravy

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    does it really matter that nadal lost? he won the others and got to this final, its still a big boost to his atp score. now its time for those fair weather fed fans to crawl back.
     
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  19. drakulie

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    ^^^Didn't Nadal lose some points losing today and Fed gain?
     
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  20. WhiteSox05CA

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    I was surprised that the two sets he won were 6-2, 6-0
     
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  21. BigServer1

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    No, because both guys sat this one out last year. They both gained points, but Fed gained more.
     
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  22. BigServer1

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    Props, Morrissey. You are one of the lone Nadal guys who is willing to cut through the BS and be respectful. As a Fed fan I'm delighted that he won, but I realize that this was not a 100% Nadal (although for the record, If Nadal had beaten Fed today it would have been "the most dominating performance ever..."). I hope we see another Rafa/Fed FO final, as it should be nothing short of greatness.
     
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  23. drakulie

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    Thanks Big! Couldn't remember if they played last year or not, and was too lazy to look it up. By the way, you never responded to my prestige thread. Would love to hear your thoughts:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=131402
     
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  24. Alex132

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    YESSS!!!!! Fed finally got him by the balls :)
     
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  25. zpeed7

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    Congrats to Fed, he was definetly the better player today and he deserved to win. He stepped in and took it to Nadal who looked pretty flatfooted at the end. More similar to last year's finals where he attacked a lot. The FO should get very interesting.
     
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  26. FedFan_2007

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    Good thing they scrapped the best-of-5 final. I don't think Nadal would survive a 4th set physically... ;) ;) ;)
     
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  27. wksoh

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    errr no coach is better again?
     
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  28. zpeed7

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    Apparently LOL... :mrgreen:
     
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  29. ChiefAce

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    The key strategical points in the match were probably.

    1) Fed serving those wide slice serves on the deuce side. He pulled a play out of the Murray book and used this serve extremely well today. Later on in the match it opened up his down the T serves as Rafa didn't know where he was going.

    2) Fed hit with more topspin on quite a few balls and got the ball out of Rafa's strike zone enough so that Rafa couldn't hit big aggressive shots.

    3) Fed hit the ball deeper and kept Rafa back so he couldn't attack as much off the ground.

    4) Fed hit behind Rafa quite a bit. This allowed him to keep him off balance on the big points and it set up easier shots to the open court for put aways.

    5) Fed used better angles on his topspin backhand to drive Rafa so far out of position that the point would almost surely be his (Davydenko playbook).

    6) On the serve return Fed sat on the T serve on the deuce side as Rafa is extremely predicatable with always serving to his opponents backhand side. Rafa didn't mix that up well enough and Fed was ready for them all.


    7) Federer hit many of his flatter and big forehands to the Nadal forehand which has been a proven formula for success in the past. It definitely worked and forced errors in the match today.


    8) The slower courts at Hamburg actually helped Federer. How you might ask? Well with the slower court absorbing more of the balls spin and speed the balls weren't going through the court as fast and Rafa didn't have the same zip on his forehand. If I was Fed I'd make sure Roland Garros had nice wet heavy clay courts. The faster courts at Rome and Monte Carlo also gave Rafa more free points on his serve and of course forehand.
     
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