What did Nadal prove today?

dudeski

Hall of Fame
Peak, healthy and rested Nadal losing in a 2nd round of a slam while coming of a career best 5 slam finals in the row proved something today about the difficulty of going deep in slams.
 

papertank

Hall of Fame
The guy hit 20 winners and 2 unforced errors in the set. It was an absolute freak occurance. The break was even a fluke, helped by 2 netcords.
 

wy2sl0

Hall of Fame
I learned that Federer is the best player of the last 10-15 years.

He has consistently not lost to scrubs in early rounds.
 

iriraz

Hall of Fame
That in first week of Wimbledon surprises can happen.It almost happened to him twice 2 years ago vs Petschner and Haase,Federer almost lost against Falla or Djokovic almost lost to Rochus.None of those managed to cause the upset but the situation existed for that to happen.
 

dudeski

Hall of Fame
I think he proved the following:

10 slam finals in the row is amazing.
23 slam semis in the row is amazing.
32+ slam quarters in the row is amazing.
Federer is amazing.
 

SLD76

G.O.A.T.
Nadal proved one important thing: sportmanship and class.
The way he left the court means a lot.
hmm sportsmanship...like not playing to the server's pace, bumping rosol in the changeover or was it when he complained to the Umpire over nothing?
 

DeShaun

Banned
That perhaps he gears his training too specifically towards beating just one particular player. First it was Federer to whose game Rafa, fo so many years, seemed to have all the answers while Roger's record versus the field was better than Rafa's. Then emerged 2011 Novak 2.0, besting Nadal at Nadal's own game. Back to the woodshed went Rafa, who would reappear in 2012 with most of the answers to Novak's puzzle.

Could it be that he trains intensively with just a single opponent's game in mind, perhaps to the neglect of other areas in his own game that could definitely come in for improvement? Take his serve, for instance--he has a strong hold record, but does not serve nearly as big as he could given his physical gifts. A bigger serve might have made up the difference for him today. But perhaps in training he was too busy looking into ways of accessing those hitting patterns by which Novak had been most bothered in their previous seven meetings, and so, there may not have been much time left over for Rafa to think about his own general improvement outside of improving his efficacy against Novak.
 
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pds999

Hall of Fame
Rosol was simply too good on the day. He would have beaten anyone playing like that. And yes Djokovic lovers, that includes Djokovic. No one hits the amount of winners he did at the speed he did that consistently. Never seen it before, with the possible exception of Del Potro vs Rafa in US Open 2009, and even then Rafa was well below par physically.
 

Hood_Man

Legend
I really don't think there was anything he could have done today. Rosol was painting the lines with 90-100mph groundstrokes, and more importantly, didn't panic.

Also, hardly anyone knew who Rosol was before today, chances are there probably wasn't much information to go on for Nadal to prepare to play against him.

I think today was just one of those freak occurrences where a low ranked player hits big on everything and almost everything landed in, and he just happened to meet Nadal very early on. I think anyone could have lost against him today.
 

pds999

Hall of Fame
That in first week of Wimbledon surprises can happen.It almost happened to him twice 2 years ago vs Petschner and Haase,Federer almost lost against Falla or Djokovic almost lost to Rochus.None of those managed to cause the upset but the situation existed for that to happen.
I agree, it can always happen. Rosol did play some absolutely insane tennis though. Rafa didn't play badly at all from the third set onwards.
 

The Bawss

Banned
hmm sportsmanship...like not playing to the server's pace, bumping rosol in the changeover or was it when he complained to the Umpire over nothing?
Totally this. Once the match is over you can be as classy as you like but while Nadal still has a chance he will try anything to cheat his way out of a losing situation.
 

pds999

Hall of Fame
I really don't think there was anything he could have done today. Rosol was painting the lines with 90-100mph groundstrokes, and more importantly, didn't panic.

Also, hardly anyone knew who Rosol was before today, chances are there probably wasn't much information to go on for Nadal to prepare to play against him.

I think today was just one of those freak occurrences where a low ranked player hits big on everything and almost everything landed in, and he just happened to meet Nadal very early on. I think anyone could have lost against him today.
Yep, agreed. Look at the stats and, first set and a half apart, Rafa's stats were very good. He lost 5 points all set on serve in the 3rd, but 4 happened to be in that one service game. 0 unforced errors in the 4th set. 20+ aces. But when a guy is tee'ing off on everything and 95% is going in, you just can't get into the match.
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
He proved that when he's up against big hitters he is prone to being quite unimaginative and tactically inept. He usually makes it through as they run out of steam at some point but playing the way he does there's the risk that sometimes they don't.
 

The Bawss

Banned
Rosol played unreal tennis. The last set was mind-blowing. I haven't seen anything like this from anyone since Soderling -Nadal 2009 and from a player ranked 100? Never.
 

tennisboi007

New User
The only thing Nadal proved today is he has trouble dealing with big hitters on grass.

Don't make more of it than what it really is ....
 

tank_job

Banned
I think he proved the following:

10 slam finals in the row is amazing.
23 slam semis in the row is amazing.
32+ slam quarters in the row is amazing.
Federer is amazing.
Nadal will unfortunately just start from 2012 USO with the consecutive records, and will be up to 23 slam semis in a row by 2019 or so.
 

FlashFlare11

Hall of Fame
Watching this match, all I could think about was last year's Federer/Tsonga quarterfinal match at Wimbledon. It played out in almost the exact same fashion, with the favorite coming out to a good start and then slowly giving up the momentum to the underdog. Meanwhile, that underdog was serving out of his mind and making incredible winners from everywhere on the court.

Ultimately, there was nothing Nadal could do. He was fortunate to have not gone out in straights. I believed he could pull it off all the way up until that final ace, though.

I'm still in disbelief that Nadal could lose so early at Wimbledon, but considering how well Rosol played, it shouldn't be too much of a shock.
 

ManFed

Rookie
Nadal proved he can´t win at indoor fast courts. Also that Sampras would eat him alive at Wimbledon 90's surface in straight sets.
 
I think it proved that there is a very small difference in talent between the #100 player in the world and the #1 player.

It proved that ALL the guys who consistently win the big titles are truly worthy of our awestruck admiration.
 

Netspirit

Hall of Fame
He proved that he has recently edged Borg as the greatest clay-court player who ever lived, and will surpass him even further.

Being the greatest in history at anything takes a lot out of a human. That's why he said "I am going to get some rest that I need - and deserve".
 

Nadalgaenger

G.O.A.T.
Nadal proved he can´t win at indoor fast courts. Also that Sampras would eat him alive at Wimbledon 90's surface in straight sets.
I had the same thought when I was watching it. I've been watching Pete a lot lately on Youtube (never saw him in the day regrettably, so have to watch youtube) and I think that on grass he would have kicked Nadal's arse.
 

GOAT BAAH!!!

Professional
Proved that he 's not really lying when he gives his usual "...very tricky, difficult player and I'm going to have to play my best tennis to have chances..." speech when facing lower ranked opponents.
 

Towser83

G.O.A.T.
We have just grown used to seeing the top players making the semis all the time, especially Federer. Back before Fed was number 1 upsets like this happened to the best of players, so it's not a big deal. Nadal has had many 5 set scares, I predicted he would again and could even lose though I didn't expect it this early at all.
 

PONG

Rookie
That was some insane tennis from Rosol. Reminds me of a peak Krajicek / Safin hitting winners off everything and anything. Fast conditions (roof closed) and the tennis is 100x more exciting than the monotonous pushing we have become accustomed to today. Im just relieved we dont have to sit through another tournament with the same 4 guys in the semis again.
 

Richie Rich

Legend
i learned nadal must have been injured. :lol:

what nadal could learn - true class and sportsmanship like the guy I saw hanging out in the players box this week - Edberg.
 
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Deleted member 3771

Guest
Nadal proved that wanted to give his buddy Murray the chance to win his first slam. Murray will take it now.

It also reminds us all that Sampras is the goat by winning the most prestigious tournament in the world 7 times in 8 years and being 7-0 in Wimbledon finals.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
It shows that if a big server gets hot on grass, no one is safe.
Exactly! And there are actually *********s on this board who claim that Nadal would have no trouble beating guys like Raonic, Isner or Karlovic at Wimbledon. I hope this result woke them up to reality.
 

GodNovak

Banned
Easy. He proved that Djokovic will have more than 16 GSs before he ever does. Djokovic is the undisputed king of tennis right now.
 

namelessone

Legend
Exactly! And there are actually *********s on this board who claim that Nadal would have no trouble beating guys like Raonic, Isner or Karlovic at Wimbledon. I hope this result woke them up to reality.
Nadal beat Karlovic in Queens and I'm pretty sure Queens is a bit faster than WB.
 

sbengte

G.O.A.T.
What did Nadal prove today ?

That Clarky is a misunderstood genius who gets it absolutely right once every year or so.
 

ViscaB

Hall of Fame
I think he needs to skip all non-tennis activities. I feel he has too many distractions. It was a good lesson for him. But it's good for Spain as he will be fresh for the Olympics.

I don't think it's surprising in a sense that he did so badly after his best RG in years. He had completely tuned his game to clay,
 

3fees

G.O.A.T.
Nadal proved that his championship clay court top spin hitting was not up too the task on todays grass courts,,His early exit at halle, and now early exit at wimbledon, prove this.

Cheers
3fees :)
 

ViscaB

Hall of Fame
We can really judge him after the Olympics. He will have all the time in the world to get his grass game going again.
 
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