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Rafael Nadal

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Isn't having much luck vs players wearing Fila. Zeballos, now Berlocq.
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And I keep losing my internet connection ... grr
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Berlocq takes the set 6-3.
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Rafa has been reduced to ****. He should be back in form now. Laughable.
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Rafa has been reduced to sh*t. He should be back in form now. Laughable.
Give him a break Connor - after all he's been out for 8 months and this is only his second tournament.  Also he's playing better than he was against Souza.  
[ Last edit by Aileen February 16, 2013, 12:22 AM ] IP Logged
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Give him a break Connor - after all he's been out for 8 months and this is only his second tournament.  Also he's playing a lot better than he was against Souza.

I know Aileen, but surely last week should have warmed him up. Getting to the final and all.
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I would expect it to be a long process. Just look how long it took for Andy to regain his confidence after badly hurting his wrist a few years back.
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I would expect it to be a long process. Just look how long it took for Andy to regain his confidence after hurting his wrist a few years back.
Indeed.


I know Aileen, but surely last week should have warmed him up. Getting to the final and all.
Getting to the final of a 250 and then losing it will have done nothing for Nadal's confidence.  Also Delpo was out for a year and it took him another year to get back to anywhere near his best.
[ Last edit by Aileen February 15, 2013, 11:18 PM ] IP Logged
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6-4 Nadal.  Encouraging signs of the old brilliance there, and he's moving well round the court too.
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Nadal is broken.
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He could still come back though.
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And Nadal breaks.  3-3.



Holds serve to love.  4-3.



Breaks Berlocq again.  4-4.



[ Last edit by Aileen February 16, 2013, 12:30 AM ] IP Logged
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6-4.  Nadal should be quite pleased with that performance.  Berlocq pushed him all the way.



Argentina's Martin Alund up next after Bolelli vs Nalbandian match which starts at 6 pm GMT.
[ Last edit by Aileen February 16, 2013, 12:55 AM ] IP Logged
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Sounds like it was a good match, I'll try and see a replay if I can. Pleased that Rafa won - he needs match wins to get his confidence back.
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I didn't watch the Alund match but from an ATP report it seems that Nadal was again pushed, losing the second set on a TB before rallying to take the third 6-1.

Can he now go on to beat Nalbandian?   Nadal has won their last four matches but on his current form I fear that he'll struggle in this one.  Unfortunately if he loses a second consecutive final it won't do much for his confidence, so fingers crossed.
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