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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #600 on: June 06, 2010, 03:48 PM »
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Another fantastic FH winner from Nadal starting from outside the court, curling inward, and just dip in as it touches the ground. No chance for Soderling to reach it.

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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #601 on: June 06, 2010, 03:54 PM »
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I'll be interested to see how Soderling does at Wimbledon, grass is surely a more ideal surface for his game? Quicker speed through the court and a lower bounce.

Soderling's control of low bouncing shots is poor like most tall players, he likes the height the ball bounces at on Clay, the problem against Nadal is that his defence is too good so he has to play closer closer to the lines so he misses more. He also prefers a slower surface, at least now days, because he can still hit winners no matter how slow the surface while those playing against him can't return at the depth required to offput him without trying to ball bash against him.

His front court transition is also pretty poor which limits him further on Grass and can be exploited on hard.

Nadal of course is the exception where the opposite is true given that he gives high bouncing shots regardless of the surface and has little variety.
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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #602 on: June 06, 2010, 03:59 PM »
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Strange pirouette there by Nadal at the net before being passed by Soderling.

At Monte Carlo, Nadal only lost 14 games, a record since 1987.  Nadal has only lost 2 sets so far this season (Nicholas Almagro and Ernest Gulbis) - total domination on this surface.  He deserves the King of Clay title, even better than Borg.  Nadal just need two more years injury free to pass Borg 6 FO titles.

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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #603 on: June 06, 2010, 04:02 PM »
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Poor old Soderling has been doing some trudging ... and Nadal sees it.

What terrific play by Nadal today .......
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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #604 on: June 06, 2010, 04:08 PM »
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Imagine paying extortionate prices to watch this one-sided affair!

When was the last epic final at RG?
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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #605 on: June 06, 2010, 04:10 PM »
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Pre-Nadal perhaps? I always feel that Philip Chatrier always looks borderline crumbling down... It has a kind of make shift, breezeblock look to it... It's very odd, but I quite like it!
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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #606 on: June 06, 2010, 04:11 PM »
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Imagine paying extortionate prices to watch this one-sided affair!

When was the last epic final at RG?

Gaudio Coria in 2004, which was the only 5 set final until Wimbledon 2008.
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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #607 on: June 06, 2010, 04:11 PM »
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I think the French crowd were expecting Soderling to slaughter Nadal and are extremely disappointed that this is not happening ...
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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #608 on: June 06, 2010, 04:11 PM »
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Imagine paying extortionate prices to watch this one-sided affair!

When was the last epic final at RG?
Absolutely.  Just shows how Rafa is able to raise his game when it counts on most occasions.  As a neutralish fan, it's disappointing, but nevertheless impressive.
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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #609 on: June 06, 2010, 04:12 PM »
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I think the French crowd were expecting Soderling to slaughter Nadal and are extremely disappointed that this is not happening ...
Ah Daisy, I was wondering when you'd show up! Sooo Rafy for the win?..
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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #610 on: June 06, 2010, 04:14 PM »
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Ah Daisy, I was wondering when you'd show up! Sooo Rafy for the win?..

Hopefully ... Soderling looks too down in the mouth to pull it out now - also don't remember the last time Nadal lost when he was two sets up.

I've heard the odd comment from Petchey - guess he's not a Nadal fan   Think

Toni Nadal is really into it too .... not as passive as he usually is ...
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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #611 on: June 06, 2010, 04:16 PM »
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Hopefully ... Soderling looks too down in the mouth to pull it out now - also don't remember the last time Nadal lost when he was two sets up.


Would be inclined to believe that it has never happened.

Don't think it happens often to the top players, only happened to Murray once and he was a gangly teenager making his GS debut then.
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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #612 on: June 06, 2010, 04:17 PM »
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3rd set 1st serve percentage

Soderling : 76%
Nadal       : 95% ! Service par Excellence.  If only Andy can match this kind of service percentage.
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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #613 on: June 06, 2010, 04:17 PM »
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As an aside .... my pot roast is divinely fragrant .... Mmmmmmm
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Re: Roland Garros, 2010 - Other Players « Reply #614 on: June 06, 2010, 04:18 PM »
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3rd set 1st serve percentage

Soderling : 76%
Nadal       : 95% !

Soderling's 2nd serve % was pretty appalling ... glad to see it come up.
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