Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by Mr.Federer, Mar 24, 2006.
to whoelse than his countryman Carlos Moya...2-6 6-1 6-1. Great win for Moya!
Great job Moya. I'll have to check out the stats for this match, either Nadal was out of form or Moya was totally in form...probably a combination.
But perhaps it's a sign of people figuring out how to beat Nadal's game.
From what i heard, it seemed like Moya flatten his forehand and also his backhand.
The way to beat Nadal is to be on fire and hit winners from all sides. That's why Nadal will never be as dominant as Federer, except on clay. If he meets someone in the zone, he can't change his game to adapt. All he can do is fight his hardest.
But somehow I don't think we'll be hearing "Nadal loses" in the next few months.
But, I'm not really that much surprised that he lost to Moya on a hard court. Because, I watched his match against Nadal at the 2005 rogers cup(ballboy) in the first round and he lost in three sets. It was close.
Q. Carlos, Rafa was in earlier and said that he didn't want this to be an excuse, he wasn't trying to make an excuse, but his ankle was not perfect and he was a little afraid to run for some balls. Did you get that sense from him out there?
CARLOS MOYA: Well, not really. When you are playing, you just try to focus on your serve. I just, as I said, tried to play my game. Obviously, you never see Rafa losing 6‑1, 5‑1 or 6‑1, 6‑1, so probably something happened to him.
But, no, as I said, I just tried to play my game. You know, I know he had a problem with the ankle last week. I don't know how bad it was. You know, knowing that we were going to play each other, if I was winning the first match, I wasn't asking him how his foot is or how his ankle is. You know, I just tried to play and, you know, I think I played a good match.
moya forehand was on,,, and it didnt seem like nadal was getting to everything like he usually seems like he does.... but moya o man his forehand was big...
I really love Moya, I love his game, sometimes he can be off but he is getting pretty old now. When he is on he is unbelievable. I think he is a very versatile player with a big serve as well as his forehand. Gets creative sometimes with those dropshots as well. Fun player to watch.
I had my money on Moya....woohoo! It's hard to play against your mentor and good friend. I bet Nadal can't wait for the clay court season to start.
he don't even need a Blake to kick his butt from arena. and who said that he will probably unbeatable this year but grass is arrogant. Man, federer has the flat way to be the champ for 2nd time.
simply put...Nadal wants to rest and wants to pull out peacefully...thats why easily lost to Moya...its a smart way to pull out a tournament without having to deal with stuffs like Andrei Agassi
All I get out of this Nadal's loss is his body is not holding up, and that worries me because the guy is one heck of a fighter, and he is the only guy left able to challenge Fed
i'm gonna agree and disagree.... I think his condition was a small factor, but like one of the earlier posts ppl after watching blake dispatch him 4 the 2nd time saw that hitting flat balls works well against nadal and with moyas piledriver forehand i think that he won this by good tactics and a top notch game.
Furthermore Nadal is not 1 to bow out gracefully, he likes to play as many matches as he can and i don't think he wanted to loose...
That would be the dumbest thing to do...if you're going to show up, make sure that you're healthy. Especially in this case, Nadal has had points to defend since he was the runner at last year's nasdaq100. The smarter thing to do is (if he really is injured and not 100%) to pull out just like Agassi. But anyways, props to Moya.
I hope Moya gets far in the Nasdaq
Me too Oscar he's a fun player to watch
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