Nadal's Nadir

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  1. stringertom

    stringertom G.O.A.T.

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    If his bullish breakthroughs at Wimby'08, AO'09 & USO'10 are the zeniths of his distinguished career, yesterday was certainly his nadir. Forget the '09RG ouster and the '11-'12 seven-in-a-row skein vs Djok...those were at the hands of cresting contenders. Losing to a grass neophyte 98 spots lower on the ladder in 2R says there is a hole in tactics and execution. Plain and simple...Rosol showed a gameplan that is sound for success if other players are willing and able to duplicate it...serve big and play first-strike tennis. Win or lose on your own courage, determination and skillset. Trade punches from the baseline and fo home. It's good to see a new face with a new idea as to how to defuse one of the Trivalry.
     
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  2. tank_job

    tank_job Banned

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    Errr... that's how everyone tries to play tennis.

    in other news, I've thought of a way to win boxing matches: knock da udda guy da fvck out.
     
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  3. TopFH

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    That's why we see so many 30+ rallies, right?
     
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  4. stringertom

    stringertom G.O.A.T.

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    Ever hear of Ali's Rope a Dope strategy? Kinda the reverse of your analogy until he tired out "da udda guy" and THEN punch his lights out.
     
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  5. Sentinel

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    Very eloquent post. i first read it as "extinguished career" and lolled.

    What shocked me is that this happened just after a resounding RG victory where no one could get a set off him until the balls got soaked ;)
     
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    Rafa was A) playing below average, which everyone does about 50% of the time, B) he was mentally out of it, which was more important since it led to C) poor on-court decision making, but ultimately Rosol was D) playing out of his mind, which everyone does <2% of the time, his just happened to be on Centre Court Wimbledon.
     
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