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TheTruth

G.O.A.T.
I know, I was just joking too!

I'm doing good! Just a few exams coming up...

But more importantly cant wait for US Open! Hoping both Fed and Nadal do well there.
Hopefully I get to see everyone live at the Australian Open next year (never seen a pro tennis match before. And I REALLY want to see Roger before he, you know, dies from old age :p. And ofcourse Rafa too. So I'm doing everything I can to make that trip happen.)
Love 'em or hate 'em. Nobody brings it like they do! It's just a different brand of tennis when they're in a tournament and playing well. This USO is one of the most important ones in recent years and I fully expect both of them to rise to the challenge. The rest of the field better be ready. I'm expecting fireworks!

I would love to go to the Australian Open. It looks like the most fun of the four. I so enjoy the hilarious outfits and spirit of fun. I hope you make it. My dream is to go to one too, but I guess the closest would be the USO!
 
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meg0529

Guest
Yeah sounds like he was disappointed when people said he's not going to be number one again and now that he's reclaimed his ranking he wants super glue to keep him at the top and some such.
Haha well analyzed! You seem to be right! I hope he stays superglued to teh top as well =D
 

bezs

G.O.A.T.
That looks like a cap on her head but its not just someone next to her with a cap in the air that is in the shot and making it seem like its own her.
 

Semi-Pro

Hall of Fame
Nadal says U.S. Open failure has been fitness issue

By Simon Evans

MASON | Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:48pm EDT

MASON Ohio (Reuters) - The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam that world number one Rafa Nadal has yet to win and the Spaniard admits he has found it tough physically to raise himself at the end of the season.

The Open is held at the end of August, when Nadal, a clay court specialist, has often been feeling the strain of the season.

"There are a lot matches for me, a lot of tension in those three months, it's a very important part of season for me and I put everything in there. And after that, it's normal (to) go down," he said.

"In 2002 and 2007 I had problems with my knees...in 2008 I arrived perfect physically but destroyed mentally winning in Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Toronto, the Olympics. So it was crazy for me, a very hard season.

"And last year was another. I broke my abdominal in Montreal, so I played here in Cincinnati with a little bit broken abdominal and with every game, the tear, the abdominal got bigger.

"I finished the U.S. Open destroyed, so for me it was amazing result getting to the semifinal last year," he said.

Nadal is targeting success at this year's event at Flushing Meadows but says he has no clue as to whether his current good form will lead him to finally claim the U.S. Open.

"Every year is different. You can be playing very well here and you can arrive there and lose. You can be playing bad here and arrive there and start the tournament slow but get better and better every day and you can finish playing your best tennis and win.

"This year I started Roland Garros playing terribly and finally I played very well in the semifinals and final and win.

"You can do everything perfect but that is not why you are going to win or going to be playing well in that moment," he said.

This year though he expects to be in peak physical condition when he gets to New York, a fact he finds somewhat amusing.

"Physically I'm perfect. Give me two weeks to break everything," he said with a laugh.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67G5RD20100817?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a49:g43:r1:c0.660920:b36602060:z0
 

feetofclay

Semi-Pro
Nadal says U.S. Open failure has been fitness issue

By Simon Evans



As usual the journalist only quotes what he wishes to draw attention to. When asked at a press conference about fitness and the USO, this is what Nadal actually said,

"So you don’t think it’s a physical thing?"

RAFAEL NADAL:" Was a physical thing a few years; another years wasn’t a physical thing. 2005 I was perfect physically. That’s true. I was worse playing on this surface in 2005 than what I am today.
2006, I still was worse than what I am today on this surface, but I lost in quarterfinals because Youzhny played better than me. In 2005 I lost against Blake in third round because he played better than me, and that’s all.
In 2002 and 2007 I had problems on the knees, and I lost against David Ferrer in fourth round.
In 2008 I arrived perfect physically but destroyed mentally winning in Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Toronto, Olympics. So it was crazy for me. Very hard season.
And last year was another time. I broked my abdominal in Montreal, so I played here with a little bit broken abdominal. But every match was bigger and bigger — (through translation) the tear, the abdominal tear was bigger.
I finished the US Open destroyed, so for me it was amazing result being in semifinal last year."
 

ashitaka2010

Semi-Pro
Nadal says U.S. Open failure has been fitness issue

By Simon Evans



As usual the journalist only quotes what he wishes to draw attention to. When asked at a press conference about fitness and the USO, this is what Nadal actually said,

"So you don’t think it’s a physical thing?"

RAFAEL NADAL:" Was a physical thing a few years; another years wasn’t a physical thing. 2005 I was perfect physically. That’s true. I was worse playing on this surface in 2005 than what I am today.
2006, I still was worse than what I am today on this surface, but I lost in quarterfinals because Youzhny played better than me. In 2005 I lost against Blake in third round because he played better than me, and that’s all.
In 2002 and 2007 I had problems on the knees, and I lost against David Ferrer in fourth round.
In 2008 I arrived perfect physically but destroyed mentally winning in Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Toronto, Olympics. So it was crazy for me. Very hard season.
And last year was another time. I broked my abdominal in Montreal, so I played here with a little bit broken abdominal. But every match was bigger and bigger — (through translation) the tear, the abdominal tear was bigger.
I finished the US Open destroyed, so for me it was amazing result being in semifinal last year."
He also called him a "clay court specialist".:shock:
 
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meg0529

Guest
Nadal says U.S. Open failure has been fitness issue

By Simon Evans



As usual the journalist only quotes what he wishes to draw attention to. When asked at a press conference about fitness and the USO, this is what Nadal actually said,

"So you don’t think it’s a physical thing?"

RAFAEL NADAL:" Was a physical thing a few years; another years wasn’t a physical thing. 2005 I was perfect physically. That’s true. I was worse playing on this surface in 2005 than what I am today.
2006, I still was worse than what I am today on this surface, but I lost in quarterfinals because Youzhny played better than me. In 2005 I lost against Blake in third round because he played better than me, and that’s all.
In 2002 and 2007 I had problems on the knees, and I lost against David Ferrer in fourth round.
In 2008 I arrived perfect physically but destroyed mentally winning in Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Toronto, Olympics. So it was crazy for me. Very hard season.
And last year was another time. I broked my abdominal in Montreal, so I played here with a little bit broken abdominal. But every match was bigger and bigger — (through translation) the tear, the abdominal tear was bigger.
I finished the US Open destroyed, so for me it was amazing result being in semifinal last year."
Haha good find. Well, not surprised. Rafa the excuse making crybaby, is a lot funner, that Rafa saying it as it is.
 

feetofclay

Semi-Pro
"excuse making crybaby"??? Does that refer to the USO summary? I thought it was totally realistic and accurate actually.
This wasn't said by me. It was a reply by meg0529 to my post which was a reply to a post stating that Nadal was saying his losses were due to physical problems.
My original post was in reply to an article posted by semi pro. My original post is below.

Nadal says U.S. Open failure has been fitness issue

By Simon Evans



As usual the journalist only quotes what he wishes to draw attention to. When asked at a press conference about fitness and the USO, this is what Nadal actually said,

"So you don’t think it’s a physical thing?"

RAFAEL NADAL:" Was a physical thing a few years; another years wasn’t a physical thing. 2005 I was perfect physically. That’s true. I was worse playing on this surface in 2005 than what I am today.
2006, I still was worse than what I am today on this surface, but I lost in quarterfinals because Youzhny played better than me. In 2005 I lost against Blake in third round because he played better than me, and that’s all.
In 2002 and 2007 I had problems on the knees, and I lost against David Ferrer in fourth round.
In 2008 I arrived perfect physically but destroyed mentally winning in Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Toronto, Olympics. So it was crazy for me. Very hard season.
And last year was another time. I broked my abdominal in Montreal, so I played here with a little bit broken abdominal. But every match was bigger and bigger — (through translation) the tear, the abdominal tear was bigger.
I finished the US Open destroyed, so for me it was amazing result being in semifinal last year."
 

NADALbULLS

Banned
Nadal talks about his BACKHAND

http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=reu-mencincinnatinadal_pix

The U.S Open starts on August 30 and Nadal has already targeted his backhand as his problem area.

“I have one week to keep working, keep practicing hard and that’s what I am going to try—to keep improving my confidence with the backhand,” he said.

Nadal made 41 unforced errors against Baghdatis, including a surprising 22 on his stronger forehand, but he said that was probably due to him protecting his backhand.

“If my backhand improves all my game will improve,” he said. “My movement is going to improve a lot because I won’t have to cover the backhand with the forehand and so I will cover positions better on the court.

“I will also be able to make my first serve more calmly because if I miss the serve and he has a return then it will be no problem to play with the backhand.

“But, here, when he had a good return to the backhand, I always started the point in a very bad position… So I think the backhand changed all my game, because I had to make too many adjustments to save that shot.

“But I started to play the backhand with more confidence which is a positive for me,” he added.

Nadal was a beaten semi-finalist at the U.S Open in 2008 and 2009.
 

DMan

Professional
This wasn't said by me. It was a reply by meg0529 to my post which was a reply to a post stating that Nadal was saying his losses were due to physical problems.
My original post was in reply to an article posted by semi pro. My original post is below.

Nadal says U.S. Open failure has been fitness issue

By Simon Evans



As usual the journalist only quotes what he wishes to draw attention to. When asked at a press conference about fitness and the USO, this is what Nadal actually said,

"So you don’t think it’s a physical thing?"

RAFAEL NADAL:" Was a physical thing a few years; another years wasn’t a physical thing. 2005 I was perfect physically. That’s true. I was worse playing on this surface in 2005 than what I am today.
2006, I still was worse than what I am today on this surface, but I lost in quarterfinals because Youzhny played better than me. In 2005 I lost against Blake in third round because he played better than me, and that’s all.
In 2002 and 2007 I had problems on the knees, and I lost against David Ferrer in fourth round.
In 2008 I arrived perfect physically but destroyed mentally winning in Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Toronto, Olympics. So it was crazy for me. Very hard season.
And last year was another time. I broked my abdominal in Montreal, so I played here with a little bit broken abdominal. But every match was bigger and bigger — (through translation) the tear, the abdominal tear was bigger.
I finished the US Open destroyed, so for me it was amazing result being in semifinal last year."
Funny how when Nadal has "excuses" everyone just accepts them, especially when they are of a "physical" nature.

Yet Fed gets crucified if there's even a whiff of it. Or like when he revealed he had mono in early '08.
 
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TennisandMusic

Guest
DMan, Nadal is "crucified" on this board more than any other player by far. He gets torn apart every time there is a whiff of a physical problem. Actually, Federer's mono still gets mentioned with all seriousness to this day. :lol:
 

rafan

Hall of Fame
What causes a guy with a fantastic BH to lose confidence in it within the span of 6 weeks? :confused:

What am I missing?
I predicted a get out before the final before he had set foot on the court last Monday, Rafa looked as though he wanted out and I have seen this with Federer at times as well - he will be better at the us open
 

Blinkism

Legend
Nadal's night match outfit for the USO looks badass... hopefully once he stops dressing like a clown he can stop playing like one :lol:
 

NADALbULLS

Banned
Where can I buy the cap? That black cap in Nadal's US Open outfit is the best cap I ever seen. Is there an online shop for it? Its not at the US Open shop.
 
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meg0529

Guest
I knew it wasn't you. The quote got messed up in my post but I knew it was Meg. I'm hoping for an answer from her.
LOL. After the original article we were talking about how journos sensationalize things, and that it's funner to show rafa as an excuse making crybaby, by manipulating the original interview, than telling it as it is. Cuz the article only mentions the ones where rafa said I didn't perform well in so and so year because of injury or I was tired, but left out when he said in so and so year, I just didn't play well. this made him sound like someone that makes excuses. Which sells better than the truth.
 

Antonio Puente

Hall of Fame
Nadal's night match outfit for the USO looks badass... hopefully once he stops dressing like a clown he can stop playing like one :lol:
I particularly liked the simulated bra straps on the pink shirt.

Nike is determined to make him look like a clown. Hopefully, he swears off pink after this.
 

NADALbULLS

Banned
Does Nadal get a say in what he wears (given a few outfits to choose from?) or does Nike get full control?

If I was a pro I'd only sign a shoe contract and racquet contract. I'd wear my own stuff.
 
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meg0529

Guest
Does Nadal get a say in what he wears (given a few outfits to choose from?) or does Nike get full control?

If I was a pro I'd only sign a shoe contract and racquet contract. I'd wear my own stuff.
Rafa said many times that they work together, so i guess they work together. I mean I'm sure at least the top 10 players get some say in their outfits.
 

NADALbULLS

Banned
Rafa said many times that they work together, so i guess they work together. I mean I'm sure at least the top 10 players get some say in their outfits.
True, should. Agassi had the best ideas, I doubt Nike would have thought up all those outfits lol.

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
Graf too.......

:eek:
 

Raiden

Hall of Fame
Rafa said many times that they work together, so i guess they work together. I mean I'm sure at least the top 10 players get some say in their outfits.
I thought it was more a question of Nike initially failing to convince Rafa to drop the hardcore "rebel/pirate" look (sleeveless top & capri pants) and go for a more “grown-up” style so that Nike is able to advertise more "sellable" clothes (sellable to their broadest market, i.e. the bland middle/common/homogenized/pasteurized class/segment.
 
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meg0529

Guest
True, should. Agassi had the best ideas, I doubt Nike would have thought up all those outfits lol.

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
Graf too.......

:eek:
Ya, lol Agassi was just hilarious. But it was the 90s so it was allowed. BUt rafa should just stay away from Pink, clearly not his color. I mean what else explains, how he comes from calm & composed Rafa that just won both French and Winby and is physically fit to a Rafa who is clearly not playing to his potential on HCs and showing a lot of frustration on court.
 
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