Rafa can take the USO!

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  1. ivan_the_terrible

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    Remember 2010 and the the big serve? He can use that to shorten points and keep his opponents off-balance. He wouldn't need to prolong points, this is surely the way Uncle Toni is planning his HC season.
     
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    i'm not sure if you're serious, but it wasn't just the serve in 2010, he wasn't karlovicing people. he had an aggressive baseliner's game/movement/positioning that complemented his bigger serve. unless he starts playing tournies soon, i dont think his ground game will be as suited to USO as it was in 2010.
     
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  3. WhiskeyEE

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    It's quite clear that Rafa's plan this year is to avoid the fast court season as much as possible. It's easier to explain a few bad losses as 'flukes' than 10 straight.
     
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    Yes, Rafa has no injury, he is secretly training, following Uncle Toni's cunning strategy to turn him into Sampras. He will show up at the USO and stun everyone by winning it with S&V.
     
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    You forgot to mention that he won't even lose a point. He will bagel everyone through to the final.
     
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  6. sureshs

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    Consider it done
     
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    I thought that was obvious. :)
     
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    :rolleyes::lol: Why didn't he use the big serve to shorten the points in 11 WB,US, 12AO, WB!

    Where was it then.....why would it appear out of nowwhere! It not like he has this option.

    You know he was serving well in the 12 FO, and the serve was there 11 Wimbledon final. The serve not going to be a reliable help.....he has to be aggresive and attack on his backhand side like he did 10 US Open.


    He went for Backhand Passes dtl....some of his shots on that side were screamers....90 percent of his ball were hitting close to the baseline. I have never seen play as good as he did then....I doubt it will reappear ever. Just as fabled as Delpo 09 US form.
     
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    Well it will be either Rafa or Donald Young, but very hard to pick between them.
     
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  11. sureshs

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    If Rafa defeats Federer, Fed's Olympic medal will have a big question mark next to it.
     
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  12. ivan_the_terrible

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    I don't disagree, but Rafa & Uncle Toni showed up in the commentary booth with a racquet to demonstrate to Jmac & Gilbert the grip change that led to bigger serve.

    I also know that Rafa recently stated that the bigger serve didn't fit well in his game since it left him off-balance for the return.

    However, like most greats, he has to adjust his game to compensate for his slower movement.
     
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    Rafa can take the USO?

    So can I. I'm just too busy here.
     
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    Even Jean Claude Van Damme agrees... a caption of his reaction after reading this thread :
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    Oh really, weren't you saying Federer Silver medal made him GOAT in you opinion. So if Rafa beats Federer now, it not validated?

    Clearly Roger has problems with Rafa outside Indoors and Grass(slight problems).
     
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  16. sunof tennis

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    From what I have seen, it wasn't just a grip change, it was a new service motion. Problem was ultimately Rafa didn't feel as comfortable with the new motion and big serving didn't fit his game plan. Thus, he went back to his old serve.
     
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  17. aprilfool

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    He will beat Fed. That is all that matters to him. He will be running around like a little bunny, rabid.
     
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  18. mellowyellow

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    So he plays grueling tennis because it is good for his body and longevity in general?
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=435985

    must have not analyzed that one enough huh?
     
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    Yeah i think the quote was something along the lines of the harder you serve the quicker it comes back. But agree he needs to be more agressive like the AO match he won vs feds after that long tabasco match the day before.

    No way he wins USO without any tuneups.
     
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  20. Paul Murphy

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    He's not even sure if he's playing it:

    Rafael Nadal tells the Spanish TV station Laverdad that he is questionable for the U.S. Open, which begins on August 27. Nadal has not played a tournament since Wimbledon due to tendonitis in his knees. "I don't know if I’ll be ready in time for the U.S. Open," he said. "I can't say yes or no. [The injury] is not the same as other years, and I have found it a little different."
     
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  21. Sabratha

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    No, he can't. Not this year.
     
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    Why haven't the mods removed this thread yet?
     
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  23. SLD76

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    Correct me if I am wrong but...wasnt it later in 2010 , after the USO, that rafa was complaining of shoulder ailments?

    I thought common wisdom was he hasnt served like that since b/c of the havoc serving that way wrecked on his shoulder.

    or some such.

    either way, to answer the OP

    No.
     
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  24. jokinla

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    2013!
    10 Vamos!!!!
     
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  25. tennisdad65

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    what a great plan it has turned out to be :)
     
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  26. dudeski

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    No question mark then?
     
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  27. ivan_the_terrible

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    Well it was all going according to plan, I'm sure you saw him practicing over the past few days, until he dislocated the shoulder attempting the huge wide serve. I think this dislocation is new as per Rafa (see other thread). Note also that Rafa never said it was the knees - he says he's 'not ready'.

    Everyone knows he's prone to injuries due to his very physical game:

    Broken foot, knees, stomach tear, knees, hamstring, knees,flu,cramping, burnt hands, wisdom teeth, blistered feet and hands, bananas, almost breaking knees getting up from chair, stepping on broken glass..oh wait

    Not to mention parents divorce, Seve Ballesteros death, Contador's beef.

    I'ts a wonder he won the FO this year, he's just an amazing guy.

    He'll be back!
     
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  28. TheF1Bob

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    Maybe if he creates himself on Top Spin then do the "Career Mode"... he's got a chance.

    Until he runs into me. :twisted:
     
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  29. underground

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    His career mode will include a stat of 70% retire due to injury.
     
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  30. 6-1 6-3 6-0

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    Disappointing that he isn't able to reach a 3rd consecutive final.
     
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  31. hcb0804

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    Well, I guess not....maybe he should switch to playing right handed
     
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