2018 French Open QF: RAFA (1) vs DieGOAT (11)

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FedererDropShot

Hall of Fame
13-3 Nadal-Schwartzman last 16 points. All according to Rafa's plans.

I don't think another delay will reverse the effect of the first delay.
 

chicagodude

Professional
As an impartial fan of tennis, it's always funny to see the haters of either Fed or Nadal come out in full force in these threads. In this thread obviously Nadal-haters, whenever Fed is doing poorly the Fed haters are out in full force.

Of course now the typical Nadal-haters are out, whining about the MTO, time wasting, now the rain, yadayadayada.
 

ADuck

Hall of Fame
More often than not when there is some random event such as rain delay/MTO/toilet break, the person with momentum loses it. While I do agree with your post, I feel like most pros aren't able to deal with these things actually.
Another rain delay whilst Nadal was serving for the set. Schwartzman saved by rain delay
 

merwy

Legend
Nadal’s got to be one of the most unlikeable players on tour. I don’t understand how anyone can like his style of play.
Add to that the fact that he needs every trick in the book and help outside of the tennis court to win his matches. The MTO’s, the time wasting, the intimidating looks and jumping up and down, gorilla-like screaming when hitting the ball, on court coaching, benefitting from rain delays. And this all has nothing to do with the unlikeable way that he actually plays tennis.
 

robert.s

Professional
Grass can't come soon enough. Bored by this already. We're playing, no we're not, yes we are, nope, back to the showers, wait, rain has stopped. Ha! think again, starts to rain harder. Better luck tomorrow. Maybe...
 

ditli04

Rookie
Never thought Schwartzman has a shot in this game, got some hopes just to see the weather destroy it once again. Nadal really has to have booked all the luck over the years. I mean, yeah props to him coming out after any rain delay so focused but anyway gets lucky every time you are in serious trouble to get a rain delay. We have seen this story a couple of times.
 

vanioMan

Legend
Add to that the fact that he needs every trick in the book and help outside of the tennis court to win his matches. The MTO’s, the time wasting, the intimidating looks and jumping up and down, gorilla-like screaming when hitting the ball, on court coaching, benefitting from rain delays. And this all has nothing to do with the unlikeable way that he actually plays tennis.
He does what he needs to win. Like all great athletes.

Djokovic was screaming at the ball boys and the crowd yesterday.
 

merwy

Legend
It’s funny really. They’ve been on the court for 10 minutes and in those 10 minutes Schwartzman has lost the match that he otherwise might’ve won.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
The rain break isn't totally to blame for this. To be quite honest, I'm shocked that such a thing as a rain delay can throw off a player's rhythm this much. Schwartzman is missing by miles now, or into the net when he wasn't earlier. That can't only be blamed on rain or Nadal being "saved" by it. It's time for us to look at Diego and stop moaning about Nadal.
 

AlexanderTheGreat08

Hall of Fame
Grass can't come soon enough. Bored by this already. We're playing, no we're not, yes we are, nope, back to the showers, wait, rain has stopped. Ha! think again, starts to rain harder. Better luck tomorrow. Maybe...
Well if you don’t want to be bored then why do you want the Grass to come?
 

weakera

Legend
Add to that the fact that he needs every trick in the book and help outside of the tennis court to win his matches. The MTO’s, the time wasting, the intimidating looks and jumping up and down, gorilla-like screaming when hitting the ball, on court coaching, benefitting from rain delays. And this all has nothing to do with the unlikeable way that he actually plays tennis.
Fed's MTO's vs. Stan and Rafa in AO18 were clearly legitimate though, right?

:p
 

ScottleeSV

Professional
I just got home from work in time for the resumption. I've no idea how this guy went up a set. He played like a third rate mug in those 4 games.
 

Boom-Boom

Hall of Fame
Add to that the fact that he needs every trick in the book and help outside of the tennis court to win his matches. The MTO’s, the time wasting, the intimidating looks and jumping up and down, gorilla-like screaming when hitting the ball, on court coaching, benefitting from rain delays. And this all has nothing to do with the unlikeable way that he actually plays tennis.
well said - pretty factual and lucid summary (not mentioning the "Therapeutic Use Exemptions" for steroids he has used in the past)
 

clout

Hall of Fame
"As a Federer and nadal fan the Wimbledon 2008 match is the greatest ever and nothin else in tennis matters"
Ok I'll acknowledge the fact that it was one of the greatest matches ever but why does that guy always use that phrase in all his posts? LOL
 

ACE of Hearts

Talk Tennis Guru
Hasn’t roger gotten help before when it comes to rain delays or does he usually lose those matches? I am trying to remember some matches
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Build a roof over Paris I want to watch tennis!
For the last damned time, they ARE building the roof!

They were stuck in the courts because the surrounding neighbourhoods were campaigning against grounds expansion but it looks like the courts have ruled in the tournament's favour.
 
The rain break isn't totally to blame for this. To be quite honest, I'm shocked that such a thing as a rain delay can throw off a player's rhythm this much. Schwartzman is missing by miles now, or into the net when he wasn't earlier. That can't only be blamed on rain or Nadal being "saved" by it. It's time for us to look at Diego and stop moaning about Nadal.
Momentum matters in every sport since always
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Hasn’t roger gotten help before when it comes to rain delays or does he usually lose those matches? I am trying to remember some matches
The only match I remember was when the rains came at Wimbly 2012 F, and the match became an indoor match.

We know what happens when mury plays indoors.
 
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