Well, if you thought Nadal would still win after losing set 1 and being down in his service game at 15-30 (which is when I posted this), you must have a lot of belief
Good job by Nadal though, and Murray lost it in the middle of the match.
Wasnt that pleased with Nadal's play to be honest. He played quite well but can play alot better. He isnt dominating play with his groundstrokes the way he normally does on grass.
I hope he raises his level for the final. He will have to in order to win.
imagine if nadal numbed his entire body. he'd be unstoppable.
I may be the only one here who loves Rafa's spiny moonballs.
lol, post of the thread.
I like them too, like the one he hit when he was serving for the set. Beautiful arc. I also like it when guys with two handed backhands start wailing the ball cc, and the arc on nadal's cc fh progressively increases because he has less and less time. There was a good one of these in the delpo match.
This match really turned out the way I wanted it to. He loses a close set unlike last year, but the other sets he wins in an easier fashion because he is even more aggressive with his game. His serve picked up after the 1st set as well, up from ~57% to the normal 65%.
Murray first serve % and forehand were better than usual in the first set and Nadal's first serve was lower than usual. Those things reverse in the next 3 sets and you the get the predicted outcome, a Nadal win. Hamos.
I just re-watched the match on the flatscreen on NBC (due to their crappy delay). Those last 3 sets by Nadal were some awesome tennis. His BH ROS looked fantastic.
His level of play looked much better than when watching it online this morning.
I don't know why people are whining about Murray making UE's on his forehand, he's never that aggressive with his forehand so he's bound to make errors.
we count on him making ue off being aggressive on his fh in our predictions when he plays nadal. He can't let us down.
Oh, that's funny. You and your gifs. Priceless!
You're worrying too much. Nadal will stay out there all day if he has to. This is IT!
CMM, how do you feel about the final?
I don't know. Normally I would say that Rafa is going to win, but before the Rome final I said the same thing and Djokovic won in straight sets.
Even though he won against Murray I didn't like how he played. He focused on making very few errors and played a very safe match.
The Rafa that played against Del Potro was much more aggressive and great to watch, but in important matches he turns into a wall.
I am depressed. Hope Djokovic can beat him.
This was a good comment from Miles Maclagan Murray's former coach, about the match, from bbc sport website
Maclagan: "I think he needs to try and be more attacking more of the time because then it becomes a habit.
"If it is not your usual style you can't - whether it is Andy or anyone else - suddenly turn things on in the final or semi-finals of a Grand Slam.
"The way you play is almost a way of life, rather than tactics. Look at Rafa, people talk about his tactics but I'm not so sure he has any. He has just got his way of playing and thinks 'well, I'm the best in the world and if I play my way, I am going to win most of the time' - which he does.
"That's where it is difficult for Andy because he does have options - he can rally and he can serve-volley - but it takes time to put either properly into place.
"But in my opinion the first set was great and I think he needs to ingrain that kind of aggressive approach into his regular style."
A coupla years back I wrote that Murray hated his errors more than he loved his winners, and that he had to change that mindset. It came back to haunt him again today. He's been playing great. Miss a forehand? Never mind. Get the next one. You're on serve, game on. But no, he collapsed, consumed by the one thing he'd done wrong in the match up to that point.
His FH was great(along with his serve, BH and netplay)untill he missed that FH sitter in the 2nd set when he just started to meltdown. I still maintain that his problem is that he can't handle the pressure mentally, his game itself is fantastic.