Indian Wells:Baghdatis vs Nadal!

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  1. ACE of Hearts

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    4-0 Nadal, this is all but over,
     
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  2. monologuist

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    yikes...this is turning into a beatdown...Baghdatis has a long way to go mentally to take out the world's #2....he looks totally lost.
     
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  5. monologuist

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    can Nadal dish out the bagel in the 2nd set?!
     
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    5-0 Nadal, looks like a rematch between Nadal and Blake.
     
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  7. edberg505

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    OH well, c'est la vie. Guess I will be waiting for the Blake vs. Nadal match tomorrow.
     
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  8. monologuist

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    I think Blake will take Nadal down in the semis...which is too bad cuz I would have loved to see a Fed Nadal final rematch.
     
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    Baghdatis may just hold this service game...but probably will be unable to keep Nadal from closing it out.
     
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  10. LowProfile

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    Then again...maybe not. Nadal with match point.
     
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    This set could be Baghdatis worst ever. OK, the opponent is better than most people Baghdatis has faced so far, but he looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights or something. Totally unlike him.
     
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    Nadal vs Blake will be interesting, Nadal better not be far from the baseline like he was when Blake beat him, i was screaming this all day, he wont win if he does that again.
     
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  13. alienhamster

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    I know--this just reeks of Blake beats Nadal, which hands Federer the title. I love Blake, but I just don't see him beating Fed. Maybe if he plays like he did in the first set today . . .

    Sadly, this match (Nadal/Baggy) was kind of anti-climactic tonite.
     
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    That last point is taking forever. Bags should try to go down in flames, but he knows he's been outplayed and he doesn't know how to fight back.
     
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    Nadal beats Baghdatis, 7-5, 6-0
     
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    That was just plain mean by Nadal - working that hard to bagel Baggy in the 2nd set. :D
     
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  17. ACE of Hearts

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    Fed might need to be prepared should he beat Chaphan and Nadal beats Blake.
     
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  18. monologuist

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    ouch....I was hoping for a young rivalry, but it appears it is a long way off on Marcos's side...it's not that he doesn't have the game to challenge Nadal..he is just mentally not tough enough and his conditioning and strength is not enough to compete with an elite athlete like Rafael.
     
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    That's exactly why I can't hate this kid no matter how hard I try.
    I haven't watched tennis since Australian open and last game in the 2nd set was just what I needed to bring out the fire in me. lol
     
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    That was just embarrasing. They should draft Marcos to the army now. Take him out of his misery.
     
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  21. VamosRafa

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    As I keep saying, Nadal is the more underrated player on Tour.
     
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    lol ok
     
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  23. hopeless

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    i think nadal is not underrated on the tour at all

    but rather i think he is severely underrated on tw forums
     
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  24. ACE of Hearts

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    We will what strategy Rafa has for Blake, like i said, i think being far from the baseline wont help.Blake hits a flat forehand and those go by quickly.
     
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    Nadal...underrated? Wow that has to be one of the..oddest comments I've heard in awhile.
     
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    Too bad for Marcos. But since he lost, shouldn't he start thinking about retirement? ;)
     
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  27. superman1

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    Baghdatis definitely needs to work on that fitness so he can compete in these tiring matches. Or maybe it's more of a mental thing, he just gets tired of staring at the ball for 2 hours.
     
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  28. VamosRafa

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    Didn't you see the poll in which the majority of folks said Marcos would beat Nadal, and the posts saying that Rafa won't be able to handle Marcos's flat shots????

    I agree James will be tougher. But this court is slow, and Nadal said in his press conference that the US Open was his worst tournament of 2005. He said James played well, but he was not playing his best tennis. He said today, "If I play my best tennis, I believe I will have chances, no?"
     
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    Modest guy, and he had a funny post match comment to Drysdale and Pat Mac. Something like, "What do you think is the key to beating James Blake?" "Well, if I have key I win the match, no?"

    If he's playing at his best, and Blake is playing at his best...it's still going to be Nadal on top. He's not just forehands and speed, he also has great touch and can hit winners from nowhere. Blake's forehand will win him some points but it won't be enough.
     
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  30. pound cat

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    Well, Federer can't beat Nadal either, so Baghdatis is in good company. I guess Fed has to work on his conditioning and the mental aspect of his game.
     
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    Nadal and Blake are playing extremely well right now that their semifinal match is anybody's game IMHO. It will be a very interesting and exciting match to say the least. My heart says Blake but my mind says Nadal. I will be glued to my tv screen.
     
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    I agree with Nadal. I was at that match, at the US Open, and I have never seen Nadal play worse. If he plays near his normal level, he will obliterate Blake. BTW, Baghdatis is a much better player than Blake. Blake is playing the best tennis of his life, that's true but he is still very very overrated.
     
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    I think Blake is the only one who can beat Nadal rigth now, but i think Nadal will win in 3
     
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    By the way where is greekness??;)
     
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    Glad to see someone else say Blake is overrated. I think so too. Nadal should win that match if the court is slower. Blake is playing well though so it should be tough.
     
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  36. alienhamster

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    Are you people crazy? Blake has an excellent chance of beating Nadal tonight. And why would you assume if they're both playing their best, this is a gimme for Nadal? You can hurt Nadal if you attack early in a point--Blake does this well (both return and serve.) Plus, his quickness is just as good as Nadal's (though I will admit that Nadal is uncanny at his ability to be stretched wide and somehow hit winners).

    If Blake is on mentally--i.e., if he plays like he did against Andeev--I think this one will go to Blake.
     
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  37. monologuist

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    hmm.....I'm gonna have to disagreeon all three counts there...if Nadal plays anywhere near his "normal" level, and Blake plays the way he played all week, I don't see Nadal "obliterating" Blake by any stretch of the imagination. If he wins, it will be close, or if Blake is off his game. As far as Baghdatis being "much better than Blake"...another outlandish and well...un-savy comment...lol...I can't think of one thing that Baghdatis does better than Blake....even if you were to make an argument that he is better than him, it certainly wouldn't be "much better"....thirdly, Blake is underrated if anything, at least around these parts...I don't remember too many people giving him much of a chance at cracking the top 10, and most wrote him off a while ago as a mentally weak pretty boy with a forehand...he's worked on the flaws of his game and improved probably more than anyone I can think of in the last year...His improved backhand has opened up the rest of his game dramatically, especially on return of serve, his first has gotten much more consistent, his defense is night and day improved, he has improved his shot selection 100%, and his confidence and mental toughness is as high as anyone's right now.
     
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  38. Mr.Federer

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  39. edberg505

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    He played bad becuase he couldn't run down all of the forehands that Blake were blasting at him?
     
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