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French Open '07: Federer vs. Nadal

Postby JTWood » Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:09 am

Federer just had 10... 10!... break points in the first set, and he didn't convert a single one.

He had one triple-break game and two double-break games. Absolutely amazing.

Nadal leads one set to none, and he just rolled through the first game of the second set.
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Re: French Open '07: Federer vs. Nadal

Postby JTWood » Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:31 am

Federer finally broke him!

4-3 Federer, second set.
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Re: French Open '07: Federer vs. Nadal

Postby JTWood » Sun Jun 10, 2007 11:28 am

And as I continue my conversation with myself...

Federer held for the second set, and is now down 5-2 in the third.

Nadal hit one ball so hard it popped. 8-)
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Re: French Open '07: Federer vs. Nadal

Postby buffalobillsrul2002 » Sun Jun 10, 2007 12:03 pm

It's been a hell of match. But Federer's in big trouble now..... Nadal's playing awesome. Nadal up a break, 3-2 in the 4th...
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Re: French Open '07: Federer vs. Nadal

Postby LukeW9027 » Sun Jun 10, 2007 12:04 pm

Come on Federer! Take down that capri pants wearing sissy. :D
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Re: French Open '07: Federer vs. Nadal

Postby JTWood » Sun Jun 10, 2007 1:25 pm

buffalobillsrul2002 wrote:It's been a hell of match. But Federer's in big trouble now..... Nadal's playing awesome. Nadal up a break, 3-2 in the 4th...

Did you get to see all of the 4th? How did it go? I was at church.
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Re: French Open '07: Federer vs. Nadal

Postby shmolex » Sun Jun 10, 2007 1:59 pm

man, I got the start time for the game wrong, and I missed the first 3 hours.

I caught the last 3 games. Federer had a lot of chances on nadal's serve but couldn't put him away at the net. Nadal is a beast on clay.
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Re: French Open '07: Federer vs. Nadal

Postby BitterDodgerFan » Sun Jun 10, 2007 4:00 pm

wow you'd think after fed ended nadal's 81 clay win streak in hamburg, he was the favorite this time... but no nadal proved why he owns roland garros again. heh, won me a $20 bet.

it did seem like fed's problems vs nadal at french open is more mental. he was making too many errors and couldn't take advantage of chances like he usually does. probably all in his mind.
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Re: French Open '07: Federer vs. Nadal

Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Sun Jun 10, 2007 11:56 pm

BitterDodgerFan wrote:it did seem like fed's problems vs nadal at french open is more mental. he was making too many errors and couldn't take advantage of chances like he usually does. probably all in his mind.

That's what McEnroe kept talking about during the first three sets. How he was being "stubborn" and wouldn't change things up by bringing Nadal up to the net where he won something like 14/17 points, but just kept letting Nadal work him from anywhere and everywhere on the baseline.

And what exactly is the deal with the different surfaces? I've never really gotten into tennis before this Federer/Nadal rivalry, but I don't understand why Federer can be so good everywhere else yet at the same time Nadal hasn't parlayed his success in Paris to one of the others. Why hasn't there really been a lot of great "all surface" players? Are they really so incredibly different that only one guy can win the career slam in the Open Era? I guess it's the same reason there haven't been a lot of golfers win the career slam either. :?
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Re: French Open '07: Federer vs. Nadal

Postby BitterDodgerFan » Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:04 am

i think clay is more different than the other surfaces in it that it slows down the ball a lot. from what i hear, grass is super fast and clay is super slow and clay favors persistent baseliners who are physically fit. usually those players are endurance players who can tire out the opponent with long rallies, and run down everything that they normally couldn't on fast surfaces. consistent defensive play is a rewarded here against power and aggressiveness. now i have only played on hard court, thats all we have in US it seems, so i can't say from experience. but the results speak for themselves as great players like sampras, mcenroe, connors, edberg, and becker never won it. a lot of the past winners though have been 1 dimensional clay court specialists that doesn't win other surfaces like gustavo kuerton, who won the thing 3 times!
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