[2]Rafael Nadal vs [3] Roger Federer 2012 Australian Open Semifinal

Federer or Nadal

  • Federer in 3

    Votes: 39 13.6%
  • Federer in 4

    Votes: 96 33.6%
  • Federer in 5

    Votes: 34 11.9%
  • Federer Retires( Bad Back)

    Votes: 2 0.7%
  • Nadal in 3

    Votes: 11 3.8%
  • Nadal in 4

    Votes: 77 26.9%
  • Nadal in 5

    Votes: 24 8.4%
  • Nadal Retires( Bad Knees)

    Votes: 3 1.0%

  • Total voters
    286
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Deleted member 120290

Guest
Rafa seems to be slowing down. 4th set still very much in doubt, esp. with Rog serving 1st.
 

ericsson

Hall of Fame
As a Federer fan I don't mind Nadal playing great tennis. I also don't mind Federer's level dipping, it's part of the game. What is unpleasant though, is the constant harping about the rivalry. Yes he has a losing record vs the 2nd most successful player of his career. But that is just fine. This isn't snooker, the match-up factor is hard to beat. Why can't people enjoy tennis and not be so infantile?
Amen to that!
 

mcenroefan

Hall of Fame
Credit to Nadal for playing his ususal, simple game plan.

Criticism to Fed and his coaches for not idemtifying a gameplan.

PMac and Darren are right on with all of their comments about going to the tape.

Scary thing for Nadal fans re Nole: Even with an awful gameplan and massive UEs, Fed is still in this match
Scary thing for Fed fans: Even after all of these matches, he still doesn't come with a good game plan so he either is too stubborn or doesn't have a good coach.
 

TTMR

Hall of Fame
Great forehand from Roger!

Rafa's backhand looks good at the moment.
It was atrocious at the beginning of the match. Thankfully it has solidified, but still looking worse than Federer's on the whole. However, Nadal doesn't get enough credit for his backhand passing shot. His backhand becomes phenomenal when his opponent is at the net.
 

Hood_Man

Legend
Hang on, did the Eurosport commentator say that whenever these guys go to 5, the winner of the 3rd set wins the match?

Wimbledon 2008??

Or did he say "usually?..."

Roger, don't break here...
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
As a Federer fan I don't mind Nadal playing great tennis. I also don't mind Federer's level dipping, it's part of the game. What is unpleasant though, is the constant harping about the rivalry. Yes he has a losing record vs the 2nd most successful player of his career. But that is just fine. This isn't snooker, the match-up factor is hard to beat. Why can't people enjoy tennis and not be so infantile?
Your post is commendable, I just personally wish Fed won a few more big ones aganst Nadal but that might be asking for too much.
 

rafan

Hall of Fame
I think 1st set he didn't play well but his level has been quite good since. Fed's level is all over the place as usual when he plays Nadal.
well we have got to face it. The old Nadal used to finish Berdych off in 3 sets and he's making heavy weather of this
 

ledwix

Hall of Fame
Fed is 30 and so this stuff is just icing on the cake in my mind, though still a disappointment. Sampras never competed well outside of US Open at that age.
 
Credit to Nadal for playing his ususal, simple game plan.

Criticism to Fed and his coaches for not idemtifying a gameplan.

PMac and Darren are right on with all of their comments about going to the tape.

Scary thing for Nadal fans re Nole: Even with an awful gameplan and massive UEs, Fed is still in this match
Scary thing for Fed fans: Even after all of these matches, he still doesn't come with a good game plan so he either is too stubborn or doesn't have a good coach.
Very good post.
 

Magnus

Legend
You were never a Federer fan if you could actually write that.
I was a Federer fan through all of his wins AND losses. I supported him through all of his tough moments, defnded him with my arguments time and time again. I don't even mind him losing to Nadal. What I can't stand is how spineless he is. I can no longer be a fan of that.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
Magic touch there Fed!

It was atrocious at the beginning of the match. Thankfully it has solidified, but still looking worse than Federer's on the whole. However, Nadal doesn't get enough credit for his backhand passing shot. His backhand becomes phenomenal when his opponent is at the net.
For a long period I actually felt that it's better to approach to Nadal's FH than BH, Nadal's rock solid on passing shots.
 

Kurte954

Rookie
Hang on, did the Eurosport commentator say that whenever these guys go to 5, the winner of the 3rd set wins the match?

Wimbledon 2008??

Or did he say "usually?..."

Roger, don't break here...
I saw a stat that when they SPLIT the first 2 sets in best of 5 the 3rd set winner is 7-0 in their h2h
 
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Deleted member 77403

Guest
Break him Federer!!!!! C'mon, I've hardly seen any of this match!
 
I was a Federer fan through all of his wins AND losses. I supported him through all of his tough moments, defnded him with my arguments time and time again. I don't even mind him losing to Nadal. What I can't stand is how spineless he is. I can no longer be a fan of that.
There is some truth to this even though I'm still a fan. It's not so much that he loses to Nadal but how he does it , how he just falls apart.
 
I still don't understand why Roger will play 2 incredible points, and then just dump routine groundies into the net.

Credit to him for hanging in the 4th.

Ouch, awful return at 30-30...At least get the ball in play.
 

Magnus

Legend
Can't agree with that sentiment at all, Fed still plays the most beautiful(for me) style of play on tour, he'll be my favourite until he retires, no question.
Best style, no doubt there. Biggest talent? check! But he's spinless when he faces his main competitor. Fed is a terrific tennis player but he's obviously not the bestt competitor. He gives up, as he did now.
 

Fr4Nc0

Rookie
Best style, no doubt there. Biggest talent? check! But he's spinless when he faces his main competitor. Fed is a terrific tennis player but he's obviously not the bestt competitor. He gives up, as he did now.
watch fed win and you turn into a blabbering fanboy
 
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