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  1. VamosRafa

    I have to admit

    Rafa won the Madrid Masters in 2005 when it was played indoors. He defeated Ivan Ljubicic 3–6, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6(7–3). It was a huge win for him before an enthusiatic Spanish crowd.
  2. VamosRafa

    The #TeamRafa Celebration Thread

    Well done, Rafa! 13 and counting . . . .
  3. VamosRafa

    Do you consider Nadal a Tier 1 great?

    On clay, Rafa is the best ever. Hard to seriously debate that one. Where he ends up in the scheme of things is still up in the air. He has had success on other surfaces, and has a career slam. Not too shabby. Definitely the best Spanish player ever. Look forward to the next chapters in...
  4. VamosRafa

    Do you consider Nadal a Tier 1 great?

    I previously worked on a Rafter site and then co-started a Roddick fan site. This was back when official sites for players were not common and were not updated much. When I saw that Rafa as a 16 year old got to the third round of Monte Carlo, beating RG winner Al Costa in the process, I knew...
  5. VamosRafa

    Do you consider Nadal a Tier 1 great?

    Lol. Yes, I did. And I did a fan site for him that later merged into his official site. Many moons ago. I was lucky to see him play, and even win events, back in the day. But I curtailed my tennis travels in favor of destination marathons and half marathons. I am a better runner than tennis...
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    Do you consider Nadal a Tier 1 great?

    I have not posted in ages, not since 2010, I believe. I am so glad to see Rafa fulfilling the promise so many of us saw when he was a teenager. Back then many thought he would be a Michael Chang or Thomas Muster at best. I did not think he would have the career he has had to date, but I knew...
  7. VamosRafa

    Interesting Article "Why I Don’t Like to See Nadal At #1"

    This thread was somewhat interesting until it got hijacked about 10 pages ago. IMO, personal attacks are pointless, tedious to read and detract from the overall discussion. Guess I'll go back to the Nadal haircut thread for a more substantive discussion.
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    Interesting Article "Why I Don’t Like to See Nadal At #1"

    This is another example of how Nadal's game is vastly underrated, Rafa is already considered the best claycourt player of all time -- at age 22. He holds a number of records and if he stays healthy, he is sure to earn more. He's no ordinary player, and to complain that he doesn't win the...
  9. VamosRafa

    Why Does Nadal Have More Masters' Shields Than Federer?

    It wasn't much more than two years ago that folks here were predicting Rafa would have a Chang-like career or, at best, be on par with Muster. Now, many are saying he's the greatest player ever on clay and one of the best in history. He's been smashing records virtually since he came on tour...
  10. VamosRafa

    When will Nadal's game crack(age)?

    You are absolutely right. Five years ago, folks said he would be done before now. He has made a lot of adjustments to his game over those years. He gets more free points off his serve and he is able to finish points more quickly than in the past. He still relies a lot on his legs and his...
  11. VamosRafa

    Nadal is the best...right now

    Rafa is the best right now. But after Fed's dominance for so many years, I think no one is ready to count him out. I think Rafa is very well liked world-wide. I was at IW, and the crowd was pretty split over Rafa and Roddick. They definitely were for Rafa in the final, and I think there...
  12. VamosRafa

    Is there a reason to watch the French when u know whos gonna win?

    This is the way it was with Fed for a number years. Clay was the one time when you thought you might see a different winner. So, the tides are changing . . . .
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    Federer's Pick for Next No. 1 . . . .

    Okay, folks, I thought I'd bump this to the front of the line. ;-) I used to be more involved in tennis than I am now, but in reviewing some new threads, it got me nostalgic for the old. Please indulge me. I really swam against the tide here with Rafa for many years. It's nice to see...
  14. VamosRafa

    The former pros don't like to admit how good Nadal is

    I don't visit here enough these days to know if you are normally this uncouth. But to take an athlete such as Nadal and compare him to someone who cannot walk is just wrong. We can debate political correctness day and night, but there's nothing to debate with that comparison. Go ahead and...
  15. VamosRafa

    The former pros don't like to admit how good Nadal is

    And this is exactly what folks here have been predicting (or perhaps hoping) since Nadal started his career. And you don't think Nadal is making adjustments now that he is No. 1? You don't think Uncle Toni and others are "on" to this theory? If so, you aren't giving them enough...
  16. VamosRafa

    If you had to choose one, are you a Nadal or Federer fan?

    Hope you respect mine. I took a lot of heat in 2004 for supporting Rafa, and predicting Rafa would be a great player. It's nice to see I wasn't totally off base. ;-) And your support of Roger is laudable. He is a great player, and he's far from done. I think he will break more records...
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    **Official Indian Wells 2009 thread**

    I've been going to the event since 1999, and I just love it. I've seen Fee there a few times. :-) These days I have to work things around my day job. I'm planning to be there from Wed, March 18, through the final. I'm hoping to see a certain Spaniard do well there again. In any...
  18. VamosRafa

    If you had to choose one, are you a Nadal or Federer fan?

    I'm the original Nadal fan. And my admiration for him -- both on and off the court -- keeps growing. I always knew he'd be a very good player, but he keeps exceeding expectations.
  19. VamosRafa

    All this GOAT talk is premature....

    I heard the following quote a while back, "Nadal is no GOAT, he's just a kid." :-) And he is. It's too early to tell how he'll be viewed from an historical perspective. There's no doubt he'll be viewed as a great player, ala Agassi, McEnroe, etc. And he'll undoubtedly be viewed as the...
  20. VamosRafa

    Who wants us to wake you up when Rafa wins the US Open?

    I didn't ask who is the GOAT. I just asked if there is anyone who is still wondering about his abilities because he hasn't won the US Open -- at least not yet. It seems you are keeping an open mind on that, and some perspective as well. He is 22 after after all.
  21. VamosRafa

    Who can beat Nadal on Clay?

    I keep trying to answer this question, and although I want to label it as a stupid one, I can't quite do it. This is sport, and sometimes unusual things happen. But given past experience, if Rafa is healthy, it will be difficult for anyone to beat him on clay. Roger hasn't done it, and I...
  22. VamosRafa

    Who wants us to wake you up when Rafa wins the US Open?

    Fair enough. I figured that would be the response, and you know what, I also think Rafa can do better. :-)
  23. VamosRafa

    Who wants us to wake you up when Rafa wins the US Open?

    Doesn't seem like many folks want to go down this path. I'm glad to see it. :-) Rafa has worked hard to get to this point. And it does seem as though that hard work is being appreciated.
  24. VamosRafa

    Will Rafa achieve a Calendar Year Grand Slam?

    I didn't vote because although I don't think it's likely, I don't think there's "no chance in hell." I think Nadal has a good chance of a career slam. But of the contenders this year, he's the only one with a chance at all of a calendar slam this year. And he is the No. 1 player in the...
  25. VamosRafa

    Who wants us to wake you up when Rafa wins the US Open?

    Sorry, folks, but my longtime history as a Rafa fan compels me to start yet another thread. Please indulge me. When I first started following Rafa's career in 2003, I promoted his prospects on this board. I was shot down over and over again. First, it was because Rafa would, at best, be...
  26. VamosRafa

    Muller has the game to beat Nadal

    BP's argument defies logic. His argument, as a syllogism, is: Mahut, Kendrick, Karlovic and Muller are primarily S and V players. These players beat or nearly beat Nadal in years past. Hence, Nadal will now lose to any player who plays S and V tennis against him. Doesn't make much...
  27. VamosRafa

    USO QF - Novak Djokovic [3] vs Andy Roddick [8]

    If Andy can hold his own serve, he will remain in this match. Nole doesn't look as impressive at the moment.
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    USO QF - Novak Djokovic [3] vs Andy Roddick [8]

    Andy is on the comeback trail.
  29. VamosRafa

    USO QF - Novak Djokovic [3] vs Andy Roddick [8]

    Novak should give his trainer a huge bonus. He has made a miraculous recovery.
  30. VamosRafa

    Tennis - still best when played on a fast surface?

    I didn't like Wimbledon as much when it was basically one- and two-shot tennis. As guys got bigger and stronger and the racquet technology improved, that surface really favored the big servers. You would watch an ace-fest, and when a guy did manage to return a serve, it was knocked off with a...
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