Rome 2013: [Q] E. Gulbis v [5] R. Nadal

Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by Relinquis, May 15, 2013.

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Who wins? Rafa or Ernests?

Poll closed May 16, 2013.
  1. Gulbis in 2

    15 vote(s)
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  2. Gulbis in 3

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  3. Rafa in 2

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    34.3%
  4. Rafa in 3

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    25.4%
  1. m2nk2

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    Yeah, and even Madrid was bad the first rounds. Clearly team Djoko who is behind the bad weather.

    And Federer made it rain at Wimby last year so he could play under roof (they had the roof on 9 out of 13 days).
     
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  2. veroniquem

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    I've never liked the weather excuse. I mean there are some extreme cases like hurricane or tornado, sure. But most tennis events get played outdoor. Of course the weather is gonna fluctuate. There is no way around that. It's part of the player's job to adapt to the conditions. Rafa is #1 in outdoor winning % in open era: before Borg, before Fed, before Connors and Djoko. So, nobody will ever convince me that he cannot win matches in damp conditions. That is perfectly absurd. He's won clay events that had rain delays. He can adjust very well if needed.
     
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  3. tennis_hack

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    Well, as a Rafa fan you should like it, because it excuses Nadal from ever losing to Djokovic on clay. When he loses to Djokovic on clay, it is only because the damp weather means the ball is not bouncing as high as it should, no?
     
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  4. veroniquem

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    No it's because of Djokovic's talent and the way the matchup works. Not out of the blue: Rafa can't play after rain.
     
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  5. m2nk2

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    Djokovic just entered the court, wonder when he played in front of this kind of crowd last time.
     
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  6. JohnnyMac Fan!

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    Lol! so true!:D
     
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  7. veroniquem

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    The only exception I would make is if it's raining (more than drizzling) during a match. That can actually be unsafe irrespective of bounce height.
     
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  8. pound cat

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    Nadal...6-4 6-7 6-3


    Every one of their matches has been close..
     
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  9. JohnnyMac Fan!

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    Yup, that seems to be the norm with Gulbis. It will be good if he can improve that pattern!
     
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  10. m2nk2

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    Can the ladies just wrap up their match so I can watch Nadal during my lunch break? Almost 2pm already. Argh
     
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  11. m2nk2

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    And Kirilenko was kind enough to do just this. Thanks.
     
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  12. marc45

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    she retired?
     
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  13. forzamilan90

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    Good morning kind people! Looking forward to a good match.
     
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  14. m2nk2

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    Yeah, I wanted to see Nadal - Gulbis during my lunch break so she had to retire.
     
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  15. kalyan4fedever

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    is this an upset ?
     
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  16. Hitman

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    The King is getting ready to play.
     
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  17. veroniquem

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    Long live the king! :)
     
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    I think one thing that Gulbis has an advantage in is his BH to Nadal's FH rallies. Gulbis BH is stronger than his FH and he gets his balls really deep as well
     
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  19. Hitman

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    I've been looking forward to this match. Their match in Rome 2010, and this year in IW were very entertaining. I hope we get some great stuff from them today.
     
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  20. kalyan4fedever

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    hahah excellent man gulb keep it up :D aha much relief from that mug fognini match,

    Edit : gulb breaks ...can he maintain the momentum
     
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    This is shaping up to be a classic and I cant stay and watch it, fiddlesticks
     
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  22. Hitman

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    Gulbis 2-0 already.

    I am expecting fireworks!
     
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    2-0 Gulby! I predict a bagel
     
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  24. Towser83

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    Gulbis always starts well vs Nadal. usually takes a set and i feel most times its the first set?
     
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  25. Hitman

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    How far back in Nadal standing? He can be the line judge while he is playing.
     
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  26. kalyan4fedever

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    Gulbs serve is 10x better than rafa- Fact!!
     
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  27. Hitman

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    Not a chance. I think the court conditions are just a little damp, he'll get used to it. ;)
     
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    Ernie's game is even better suited to taking out Nadal than Djokovic's, his backhand handles Nadal's forehand even better than Cvac's. Goooo Ernie!!!!
     
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  29. veroniquem

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    Don't be silly. Just a slow start from Rafa. Once the king gets going, Gulbis will be completely overwhelmed.
     
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  30. lvuong

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    Gulbis serves really well.
     
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  31. kalyan4fedever

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    =i am loving it at the moment ....a bagel for the king please ? ;)
     
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  32. lvuong

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    Gulbis should belong to TOP 10 the least.
     
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  33. Hitman

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    Why is Nadal going into the Gulbis backhand? That shot looks very comfortable for Gulbis, no down the line forehands or moving Gulbis out to his right yet.
     
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    Was watching the end of the Del Potro match...wow...what is happening here?
     
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  35. Hitman

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    The King needs a new strategy...He has got to keep the ball out of the Gulbis backhand strike zone.
     
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  36. Warmaster

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    Gulbis will be such a dangerous floater at RG (he'll be unseeded, unless he gets to the SF here)
     
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  37. Legend of Borg

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    Why does he flap his arms wildly when he hits the forehand?
     
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  38. Warmaster

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    Distracting his opponent, this kid is reinventing the game.
     
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  39. kalyan4fedever

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    How come he is not in top 10 yet ./??
     
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  40. Hitman

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    Nadal's shot landing on the baseline, Gulbis weak response.

    But 4 - 0 Gulbis.

    Edit : Nadal has now started changing his pattern of play, he is going a bit more into that forehand side.
     
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  41. underground

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    Haha more like Nadal getting overwhelmed. :twisted:
     
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  42. Legend of Borg

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    Ummm, he's crushing Nadal.

    Why?
     
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  43. veroniquem

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    Because he can't keep up that level for a whole match.
     
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    I knew this would be a match, and I picked Gulbis in 3, but this is not what I was expecting.
     
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  45. underground

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    If he does get past Nadal I doubt Ferrer will be much of a problem.
     
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    because he can't handle Ernie Elite's game.
     
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  47. TennisMaven

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    Good call! You could be right. :)
     
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  48. malbaker86

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    Well this just a helluva lot more interesting......
     
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    What I can't understand is why when those players such as Gulbis that can serve very strongly and out wide, do NOT serve and volley. Granted, I've not played at that level or close to it.... But seriously, he's so far back, even with his speed, can he make up that distance to recover a good volley be it deep or drop/short?
     
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    what the f*** happening?? can any one enlighten me?
     

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