What if Puerta won that fourth set in the FO-final ??

Munkeren

New User
I know it's now Wimbledon time, but does anyone else have the feeling that Puerta would have won the French Open had he won that fourth set. Not to take anything away from Nadal but he looked extremly tired at the end of the match and i thought that Puerta dominated the match at that point and drew Nadal all over the court.

Just interested if anyone had the same feeling as me ???
 

divito

Rookie
Well, the commentators did note Puerta was suffering an injury and commended him on his playing through it and not simply giving up. Perhaps if he wasn't injured it might have been a little closer, but you never know. As for dominating the match, I only watched the first set, so I couldn't really say.
 
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TwistServe

Guest
What if Puerta didn't win those 5 setters in the QF/SF?
 

RiosTheGenius

Hall of Fame
Nadal won in 4 and that's it. tennis is full of what if 's
-what if Federer made that match pt. between the legs at the aussie?
-what if Rafter didn't retire so young?
-what if Seles didn't get stubbed?
-what if Sampras had a twin bro?
-what if chang were a bit taller?
-what if my nose wasn't so big?
-what if blue socks won the french again?
-what if Twistserve posted good threads?
etc... the point is that things happen and that's it. Nadal won that third set and Puerta didn't , so we're discusing an inexistant 5th set because Nadal didn't let that happen so it isn't a possibility. amen.
 
RiosTheGenius said:
-what if Federer made that match pt. between the legs at the aussie?
haha, I don't know if there is any good quality between the legs shots, but Federer's was poorly executed and not very intelligent shotmaking from Federer.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
I do think that if Puerta had made that diving forehand volley on set point in the 4th set, he would have won the match. He had the momentum on his side, he had won the QF and SF by winning the 4th and 5th sets. It was an omen. It was fate that he'd so it again in the final in the biggest match of his life. I'm sure he was also inspired by his compatriate Gaudio's underdog win last year, too.

Man, if only that volley had not hit the tape. It was a winner since Nadal was nowhere near it. In my opinion, Puerta was a centimeter away from winning the title.
 

RiosTheGenius

Hall of Fame
thechosenone said:
haha, I don't know if there is any good quality between the legs shots, but Federer's was poorly executed and not very intelligent shotmaking from Federer.
classic example of missing the point!
 

davey25

Banned
I believe Nadal still would have won. Puerta showed great fight and heart, but Nadal is too tough mentaly in the end.
 

RiosTheGenius

Hall of Fame
Superior_Forehand said:
Peurta has more experience than Nadal.]

As a side question, what if nadal only had one eye?
right on, puerta just turned pro right, and Nadal's been around since Vilas was still a junior....... even before blue socks became the bomb.
 
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