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Roger Federer spoke to the press after his quarter final Wimbledon win over Kei Nishikori. As expected, there were many questions about Rafael Nadal.

"Rafa really can hurt anybody on any surface.​
I mean, he’s that good. He’s not just a clay court specialist, we know."​

https://rafaelnadalfans.com/2019/07...el-nadal-is-not-just-a-clay-court-specialist/
He is showing people how false that he is just a clay specialists (never should be considered that anyways). Rafa deserves this one in my opinion. The determination and level he has right now is incredible. I truly think he wants this too much to be denied.

If he does beat Fed and djoker, my personal opinion is this is one of the biggest accomplishment/slam he has gotten to this point.

I am a Fed fan first, but if he gets this one, I will be very happy for him. :p
 
Does anyone else feel like Rafa has been much more impatient/annoyed with the post-match interviews than usual in this tournament? Obviously they mostly ask him stupid sh*t but even so, he seems less inclined to be thorough with every answer than he ordinarily does imo.
 
Rafans how do you feel now? I feel confident in Rafa getting through Roger but not Novak :(
If he plays vs Novak like he played in last year's SF (very aggressive, using slices, drop shots and in general coming to the net much more) in addition to his improved serve compared to last year, I believe he has a good chance! It was his serve that cost him the match, in every other aspect Rafa played a magnificent game there. However let's not get ahead of ourselves, his match on Friday is anything but easy, Roger will come to fight! I'm so hyped up for this match :cool:
 
I feel this way: he certainly can with this tournament but it won't be easy. I do feel very confident that he will win on Friday. I am really hoping for an all Spanish final but I know what a long shot that is but boy would I ever be thrilled! Even though I would want Rafa to win I could be very happy for Roberto if he were to win. I think I will be inconsolable if Roger wins on Friday ): So Rafa please play your best tennis and win on Friday and Sunday! :)
 
He is showing people how false that he is just a clay specialists (never should be considered that anyways). Rafa deserves this one in my opinion. The determination and level he has right now is incredible. I truly think he wants this too much to be denied.

If he does beat Fed and djoker, my personal opinion is this is one of the biggest accomplishment/slam he has gotten to this point.

I am a Fed fan first, but if he gets this one, I will be very happy for him. :p
Thank you so much for this comment @Lleytonstation. You are illustrating that there is something more important than a tennis rivalry: mutual respect. Very classy post from you. :)
 
The stats are saying Novak is playing significantly worse than both Roger and Rafa, so don’t let the 6-4 6-0 6-2 score blind you. It’s Djokovic who has to find an answer on Sunday.
We saw it many times-Djokovic doesn't play well but once he faces Nadal he starts GOATing. I have no doubt it will be the same thing if they meet in a final here. Nadal never has it easy against Djokovic because Djokovic always plays his best against him.
 
I just hope he won't let his nerves get the better of him, the end of the first set against Querrey had me tearing my hair out. Bit worried about his serve to be honest, when Querrey pressured him on his second it threw him.
 
Why are you all so confident about the semifinal? You know, this is Wimbledon, not RG. When they met in RG Nadal had the advantage. Now they will meet on a court which is much better for Federer.
 
Why are you all so confident about the semifinal? You know, this is Wimbledon, not RG. When they met in RG Nadal had the advantage. Now they will meet on a court which is much better for Federer.
Because we're not pessimistic end-of-the-world nihilists like you :-D Oh and on a totally unrelated note, we watch Rafa's matches and see how well he's playing!
 
Because we're not pessimistic end-of-the-world nihilists like you :-D Oh and on a totally unrelated note, we watch Rafa's matches and see how well he's playing!
Yeah, like Federer is not playing well. Federer will always be the favorite in this matchup on grass, you like it or not. It's not about being pessimistic, it's about being realistic.
 
Yeah, like Federer is not playing well. Federer will always be the favorite in this matchup on grass, you like it or not. It's not about being pessimistic, it's about being realistic.
I for once agree with you that fed is a slight favourite tomorrow as fed was favoured on grass vs nadal even when nadal tormented federer mentally. But I think that nadal has very good chance of winning. I noticed that nadal is gettting quite a huge amount of zip of his forehand that could exploit fed's backhand.
 
Why are you all so confident about the semifinal? You know, this is Wimbledon, not RG. When they met in RG Nadal had the advantage. Now they will meet on a court which is much better for Federer.
Federer is almost 38 years old at this point - Rafa is playing great and wants to win this so much. Their head to head matchups favor Rafa. So I do feel very confident. Of course I will be heartbroken if it doesn't happen but life will go on. I think the match will actually be similar to the French Open semi and Rafa will prevail! :)
 
It would certainly be nice... but you would not die in peace - that would put Rafa at 'only' 19 slams - one short of Fed....
Wouldn't you want to be around for # 20 and 21? ;)

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I sure would, but I think tears of joy would appear if he was to do it that way and I haven't been too emotional about a Rafa win since US 2013.
 
Finally. A tennis writer that has some good things to say about Rafa.

Roger Federer needs a quick kill in entrancing duel with Rafael Nadal


Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in an epic Wimbledon final in 2008 – the last time they played each other in the tournament. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/the Guardian

Kevin Mitchell at Wimbledon
Thu 11 Jul 2019 15.55 BST

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have not met at Wimbledon since 2008, when the Spaniard prevailed in a five-set final stretched over four hours and 48 minutes of almost unbearable magnificence. Eleven years on they meet again in Friday’s semi-final and, whatever Federer’s millions of adoring fans think, Nadal should win again.

They are not the players they were. But neither are those around them, young and old. The teenagers and other young pretenders left long ago; still lurking, are familiar foes, most threateningly Novak Djokovic, less so Roberto Bautista Agut, in the other semi-final. But this is the match that will entrance Centre Court, the 40th of their rivalry, and – who knows? – maybe their last. It is one to savour.

Sport is not just about statistics but there is no ignoring the bottom line: the result. And, again to the dismay of the Federer faithful, nearly all the numbers favour Nadal.

Their story has always been too simply and misleadingly told. It is true no one plays tennis like Federer, the almost divine presence of his sport, but Nadal is more than the muscle-proud Mallorcan with the fierce gaze and the killing forehand.

The perception that Nadal has built his game solely on rigid principles of raw aggression, full of high-revolution top spin and lacking Federer’s art and subtlety, was always misguided. He is a deep thinker who has soaked up much wisdom from his uncle, Toni, as well as the later additions to his coaching team, the former world No 1 Carlos Moya, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2004, and the former doubles specialist Francisco Roig.

As Federer said: “Nadal has improved so much over the years on this surface. He’s playing also very different than he used to. He’s serving way different. I remember back in the day how he used to serve and now how much bigger he’s serving, how much faster he finishes points.”

For 20 minutes on a practice court on Thursday morning one could almost hear the Nadal brains trust ticking over as the two-times champion metronomically hit one sliced backhand after another, skimming the net and directed to the corners, where he hopes to pin Federer and force his 37-year-old knees to dip repeatedly on the wearing turf.

It is this attention to detail that helped the master of clay beat Novak Djokovic on the supposedly unfriendly hard court of Flushing Meadows in 2010, when he beefed up his backhand defence to make him less vulnerable along the baseline, and put an extra few mph on his racket. The tinkering worked then and might do so on Friday.

Although Federer says Nadal is a quicker point-finisher than he once was, it is likely he wants the rallies – and the match – to go long. If they are short, if the drama is over in less than the full term of five sets – Federer will probably win. The quick kill is his refuge.

Federer has spent nine hours 23 minutes getting here, losing his first set of the tournament against Lloyd Harris and the opening set in his win over Kei Nishikori on Wednesday. But he has otherwise looked superb. Nadal has been on 10 hours and 44 minutes and dropped only one set, against Nick Kyrgios in the most combustible match of the draw.

History tells us that only three of their 14 encounters in majors have finished quickly: at the Australian Open in 2014 and at Roland Garros both in 2008 and last month. Nadal won all three.

Another uncomfortable statistic for Federer is that he has not beaten Nadal in any of their four grand slam semi-finals. Nevertheless Nadal goes in a slight favourite, trusting his body to hold up after a year of physical hell in 2018.

There are not many matches when he plays pain-free but he has moved with much of his old dash in his five wins so far. Federer, of course, will float and dart in his inimitable style. Whoever wins, their embrace at the end will be heartfelt and, if it is their final fight, they will reflect on one of the great rivalries in sport with pride.

As Nadal said after beating Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals: “The opportunities to play against each other every time are less but we’re still here. I know he’s playing well. He feels comfortable here. And me, too. I had a lot of defeats. I had a lot of victories. Relationship never changed. Always big respect. Good friendship, relationship. That’s all. Probably it will not change if I win, if I lose.”
 
Im really worried now, wasn't expecting Rafa to drop his level and Federer to be playing like this. I hope he can still take it in 4, but I can't stop thinking Federer won't lose three sets in a row now :(
 
Well, LOL at the predictions at this thread. You guys were confident, huh? I told you there is no chance and of course I was right. Nadal is not beating Federer or Djokovic outside of clay for years now. The match was NID.
 
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