It's showtime! ... almost

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by jings, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. jings

    jings Professional

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    With Roddick yet to drop a game as I write, the prospect of a second round match with Mr Nadal looms large. Being a bit of a Luddite I'm not sure how to do one of these funky poll things, but it would appear an ideal stage for the young Spaniard to show us what he's made of. Can he do it? No idea, but it should be one heck of a match. Go the leftie I say, it would be fun to shake this thing up so early in the piece - and that is not Andy bashing in case anyone thinks it is.
     
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  2. big ted

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    i think andys gonna beat nadal considering his performance tonight and nadals match it took 5 sets. on nadals side tho is his strength goes to roddicks weakness - big crosscourt angle forehands to roddicks backhand if he can exploit that it should be exciting. i saw nadal play a couple of times on tv and to me the type of person he is he will be up for the match he definitely wont fold like roddick did against sampras 2 years ago :D
     
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  3. arosen

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    The key is going to be Nadal's returning. Would he be able to get his stick on those bombs and get them into play? Off the ground he can sure stay with Andy, esp. hitting to A's bh, just like you guys said. So, just as it always does, it will boil down to A-Rod's serves either coming back or not.
     
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  4. @wright

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    Susan must be experiencing multiple personality syndrome just thinking about this matchup!
     
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  5. VamosRafa

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    :lol: No, I'm not. My loyalties are with Nadal.

    But I don't think he can do it. He will be up for the match, definitely. But he needs to improve a few things before he can go toe to toe with Roddick on a surface other than clay. Guess we'll find out.
     
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  6. PJVA

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    I haven't followed Nadal's progess closely but I believe he was injured and off for a while. I don't think he's had much time to get back to form yet. This is the main reason that I don't think he will beat Roddick.

    I hope Nadal does some how manage to win the match. Perhaps being a lefty will give him an advantage. I don't know what kind of returner he is....hopefully a good one.
     
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  7. VamosRafa

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    PJVA, I spoke with a couple tennis pros/coaches with the Indianapolis Tennis Club. They are from Ecuador originally, and are obviously very tennis knowledgeable, and have a good inside track on the Spanish-speaking players.

    They watched Nadal/Heuberger, and have seen Nadal before. I know there's a lot of talk about a lot of teenagers here, but they think Almagro is the guy who, along with Nadal, will go the distance.

    They spoke with me frankly about Nadal's strengths and weaknesses, and I posted them on the Nadal board. If anyone is interested, you can view it at:

    http://www.vamosrafael.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=272&start=30


    I'm leaving NYC tomorrow. It's been great at the US Open. I hope to go back one day. (And it was very nice meeting Shaolin!)
     
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