Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by winstonplum, Mar 17, 2013.
That's all I've got. Great day to be a Nadal fan. Magic in the air.
I can't believe that comeback. I still can't believe it. With all the records he's already pulverized, Rafa will be a bigger favorite for the coming clay season than he's ever been. That's saying a lot! Best start of the season he's ever had. If that's what it does to him to skip AO, I hope he'll do it again...
You guys deserve it for the 7 month of sadness and doubts. Still sucks for Delpo worshippers.
Nadal,Federer, Murray and Djokovic fans have it easy.
Yeah it's sad Delpo never got a master. He's not worse than Berd or Tsonga. He'd definitely deserve one. I wanted Rafa's victory to come at the expense of Djoko to rekindle their hard court rivalry but it wasn't meant to be.
He's still got a while left in his career.
Delpo? Of course. He has plenty of time. He'll do it eventually.
Not sure I want him to do it again, but it was a smart move. Getting his mojo back on clay was the key. If he goes to Australia and gets destroyed, who knows how things would currently look.
Very well played indeed (in every sense).
well 4 finals and 3 wins from 4 events is in that way the best, but i would still say the AO/IW combo from 2009 was really the best start. AO is way above 2 250s and a 500.
Right. He also made the Rotterdam final in 2009. I didn't like what happened afterwards though...
That's the difference: in 2009, he broke his body getting all those wins, in 2012 he seems fresh. Much, much better.
Best start of the season Nadal ever had was 2009.
Australian Open, Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome.
No, it doesn't. I'm a fan of both; DelPo fought brilliantly -- and look what he had to do to get to the final.
I saw him and Rafa play here at MSG; DelPo had some lovely words for Rafa about having him back and how he wasn't sure anyone else on the tour could have come back so soon and so strong.
All that said? The top four had better watch their backs. The big man is expanding his repertoire, and with a little more stamina, he will be bringing the heat.
The thing is, Nadal has been physically ready to play since autumn of 2012. But he delayed his comeback by a few months to get some extra rest and to return on his best surface to get into the swing of things. Nadal very easily could've been back before the Australian Open this year but he didn't want to risk getting crushed in the first week.
Lol...you think us Murray fans have it easy? Really??
Not really a Nadal fan, however it is hard to argue with being one of the greatest ever. To come back and continue to own like he never left is the sign of greatness. Happy for him, and looking forward to some Djokovic destruction (him beating Novak) in the near future.
you're really inside nadal's head...it's amazing
I don't think the AO was the reason for his difficulty, he just seemed to have a tough time vs Djokovic at MC, Rome and Madrid.
Also see how the season pans out. He could have problems still, I think he should skip Barca tbh
We've discussed all of this before. Nadal kept changing his tune regarding his comeback. He kept pushing it and pushing it. He wasn't going to die if he had come back late last year. He came back at a time that suited him. Great for him. He was just as mentally exhausted as physically exhausted and needed to recharge his batteries. I'm sure many players would love to take 8 months off from the murderous grind of tennis and just sit back and go fishing, golfing and surfing.
I hope so too lol.
I doubt Nadal(or any all-time great) would forfeit 8 months of his prime to go fishing.
Del p is a mug for throwing the match away, saying that seemed like rafa followed and came up with a strategy and won
He became a pretty good Poker player during that time off I heard.
What a nice post kishnabe. Yeah, we are over the moon for Rafa's win but it does hurt for Delpo fans. On most of the forums I read, Rafa fans wouldn't have been heartbroken if he had lost to Delpo as he's the second favourite of an awful lot of them. He'll get lots more chances and if he can take out Djokovic again along the way, even better!
Yes it is!
It was wonderful to see.
Great win for Rafa and a big boost for tennis to have him back.
Del Potro played some great tennis and really stepped up this week. If he keeps playing like this he can really trouble the top 4 as he looks like he really believes he can beat them whereas a lot of the top 10 guys don't.
It was a great decision by Rafa to play that exo vs Delpo to get a feel for Delpo's game again after not playing him for so long. When Rafa found his groove, it was poetry in motion.
Pretty impressive from Rafa.
When the tournament started, I didn't think he'd win. But, as it progressed and I watched him play and the way things broke well for him, the reality hit that he may very well do it. Then, when Djoker got knocked off, you had to figure it was Rafa's trophy.
Nice win and congratulations to Rafa. Good to have him back. Now hopefully Federer can get recharged, and Djokovic and Murray can get re-focused and sharp again and we can see some classic Big 4 tennis from now to the end of summer.
I've learned to enjoy these guys because you don't know how long Roger will stick around and you never know if Rafa's body is going to hold up.
But, at the least, I think he served notice that the "Djokovic/Murray" era hasn't arrived just yet. I look forward to seeing a renewal of the Rafa/Nole rivalry. For me, that was always the best one after Roger and Rafa.
Congrats to Nadal. His ranking went up 4th, He will be playing N. Djokovic earlier in the quarters or semi finals where tournaments use ranks 1/4 in the top half and 2/3 in the bottom half if he does not move up and 2/3 dont lose or defend enough atp points they have previously.
There is no such thing as tournaments using 1/4 in top half and 2/3 in bottom half. Every tournament makes the draws RANDOMLY......fyi
Rafa's comeback was awesome - I almost had a panic attack when he let it slip to 1 set, 1 break down...so happy he's back =) (my racket bracket vindicated for IW!!)
Btw, I think Delpo deserves a Bronze Star for taking out Novak in those 3 long sets in the SF's...would have been MUCH harder for Rafa to take on Djokovic iin the Finals, imho
*Rafa's not playing Miami, which he got to Finals last year, so most likely he'll slip behind Ferrer again to 5th spot...but honestly, unless he's missing a limb - Rafa should be #1 Seed in EVERY clay tourney, not just RG
Dead cat bounce.
Rafa didn't get to the finals of Miami last year. He pulled out ahead of his semi-final match with Murray.
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