Nadal ...crushed...demolished...

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  1. marpiw

    marpiw Semi-Pro

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    With suprise I saw the match between Nadal and Del Potro and I saw Rafa literally crushed and finally demolished by a very proficient Del Potro who played as if he were training,not in a Grand Slam semifinal...Whats happening to Rafa????...I think this is the '''question of the million dollars''...Does anyone have the answer?...
     
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  2. jwbarrientos

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    Delpo was 100%, Rafa played injured, tired, coming from a long period injured.

    Rafa will be back, hopefully slow starting after this injury, he should go playing future/challenge or whatever but slow starting.
     
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  3. namelessone

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    Easy answer. DelPo is a bad matchup even for a healthy Rafa on this surface,let alone for a guy who is coming in with an abs problem and no HC weapons(weak serve and no flat shots).
     
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  4. bruce38

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    Yup.


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  5. dozu

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    Delpo beat him 7-6 6-1 in their last meeting as well.

    The big guys are smelling blood - Delpo, Sod - they know they can hit thru him, even on clay.

    The next tier guys - Monfils etc, actually have the weapons to hit thru him, but were just playing with bad tactics. If Monfils played like Sod, i.e. go for winners on the first opportunity in every rally, the result could be very different. Monfils basically punched himself out after 2 sets.

    Blake used to hit thru Nadal all the time, remember? Shame is he is fading away and never seems to go deep enough to meet Nadal anymore.
     
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  6. latinking

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    Del Po is a BEAST!!!
    How can anyone not be impressed with this kid.
     
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  7. batz

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    Please accept my apologies in advance for the mini-rant, but the development whereby 'literally' has come to mean 'extremely' is getting right on my breests.

    If Rafa had been 'literally crushed' yesterday then something heavy would have fallen on him and he'd either be dead or have serious crush injuries.

    Thanks for reading, have a nice day.
     
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  8. beernutz

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    A person can be either physically crushed or emotionally crushed (as in "to overwhelm with confusion, chagrin, or humiliation, as by argumentation or a slighting action or remark; squelch.")
     
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  9. carlos djackal

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    Rafa played his heart out although he is not a 100% physically but JMDP was just too much for him yesterday........JMDP could dominate tennis for a long time if he can hold his game and be sharper in his mental game...
     
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  10. GasquetGOAT

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    or mentally crushed, or spiritually crushed, or faithfully crushed

    or all of the above which is exactly the case for Nadal.
     
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  11. wayne2467

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    Thomas Muster said during the FO that he dident think Nadal could compete on equal terms any more with the likes of DP and Sorderling.
     
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  12. rascaypica

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    True, I am nadal fan, but, there is not any "but" this time. Delpo is performing very well, and I see him very focused to play against Federer....

    Let see what happen.
     
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  13. wayne2467

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    I go for Federer- He looks very confident, even more so then normal.
     
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  14. jms007

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    Nadal just did not have an answer for those cross court rallies. As soon as DelPotro put some extra juice in his shots, you could just feel Nadal shanking his reply. To be fair, he did have his share of breakpoints, but he was leaving those points in the hands of DelPotro because he was standing so far back.
    Yeah, he's gonna have to tinker with his game some more, otherwise he'll be left in the dust along with anyone outside of top 5.
     
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  15. ArrowSmith

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    Rafa got crushed like an insect out there. Nothing but an empty husk left I'm afraid...
     
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  16. ElSuegro

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    Give him a few months off, so his abs and knees can heel, and I think he will be in the hunt again. At least I hope so. He's too big a talent to be wiped out so young.
     
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  17. ArrowSmith

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    Already 23 and his body is crumbling....
     
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  18. drakulie

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    Rafa is "seriously injured". :)
     
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  19. Fedace

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    Yes this fact was confirmed by Mary Carillo during the match. She said due to injury, Rafa wasn't moving like he normally can.
     
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  20. Rabbit

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    That's a load of crap. Nadal was moving better than 99% of the tour yesterday, he just got a beat down put on him.

    That said, Nadal probably wasn't serving at 100%, but Nadal made no excuses after the match. He took it like a man.

    Del Potro may have finally arrived, we'll see today. But the beating he put on Nadal yesterday was just amazing. He totally dominated Nadal, who basically had no answer. Del Potro's offense just overwhelmed Nadal's defense.

    If Del Potro plays as well against Federer, Federer will definitely earn the title if he can win. I was really awestruck by how well Del Potro played yesterday. His groundstrokes remind me of George Foreman's punches, slow handspeed, but heavier than hell.
     
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  21. talock

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    i hope one thing Nadal fans took from this match is the notion of the "bad matchup". Fed fans have been saying for so long that the reason Nadal has been good against Fed is (correctly) the bad matchup, not necessarily that Nadal is a better player overall.

    JMDP is CLEARLY a bad matchup for Nadal. Is JMDP a better player overall (at this point)? No. he doesn't have the career or stats yet to back this up. but over the last year he has Nadal's number. I just hope this let's some people realize someone can be a bad matchup and not be a better overall player. it all comes down to the conditions played (fast hard courts), the type of player, and how their games matchup.
     
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  22. SuperFly

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    Rafa has a 15mm tear in his abdominal. It's amazing he even won 6 games.
     
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  23. Bud

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    Source?? :shock:
     
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