I said in my last post that Marcos Daniel is a joke player, but even I was surprised to see how bad he was when I watched him play. I have no doubt he is the worst player in the draw. But not only that, he withdraw with the score at 6-0, 5-0 to Nadal. It was so boring to watch that it was painful. I’m amazed at the draws Nadal gets in grand slams, but when he gets one tough guy in a smaller event he gets trampled 6-3, 6-2. He also got bageled by Lacko, the guy that Roger made look awfully average in his first round match. It just leaved a disgusting taste in the mouth to see a player get such cakewalk draws, no matter who it is. Literally anyone in the draw would have been delighted with Nadal’s draw. Isn’t it enough that he got virtual walk overs to win his last three slams? You would think that they would make it at least hard for him when he goes for winning 4 consecutive slams.
But there may after all be no cheating in the draws and it may all be just chance, however hard that is to to believe. We don’t have evidence to the contrary so we have to accept it. Nadal now plays another joke player called Sweeting, and then the winner of two more joke players in Lopez and Tomic. None of these players even have the ability to test Nadal. So he may find himself in the fourth round of a slams without having been tested at all. I’m sorry if I am ranting but this is just hard to swallow for me. In the fourth round he could face Cilic perhaps, the guy who hasn’t done anything in tennis for the last year and has one of the worst forehands on tour. And guess who is the highest seed he is likely to face in the quarter finals? None other than his Spanish buddy and whipping boy David Ferrer. I just can’t stand it.
I just hope David Nalbandian can somehow recover from his gruelling 5 set match against Hewitt in the first round and make it through to the quarter finals. At least Nalbandian has a good record against Nadal and has the ability to test him. I’m not asking for much. Simply for Nadal to be tested and not being handed another slam on a silver platter. David Ferrer doesn’t have the ability to test Nadal as far as I’m concerned. He is Spanish and he is basically a pusher. Nadal loves it. You have the situation where the top seed is getting his first test in the semi-finals of a slam. It could be Soderling or Murray. At least you would expect one of those two to give him a decent test. Hopefully it would be Murray who has a decent hard court record against Nadal, but his mental instability doesn’t make him an automatic semi-finalist at all.
The more I think about it the more it will come down to Roger to end this joke of a grand slam run Nadal has been on. Nadal’s draw could come back to haunt him anyway if he is to face R0ger in the final. The lack of competitive matches could leave him vulnerable. I’m not even gonna hope for anyone else to test Nadal. That would just be setting myself up for disappointment. I will pin all my hopes on Roger to avenge the 2009 final which would make it all the sweeter anyway. Lets face it. The last three slams have been a disappointment in terms of drama and tennis. It was dull. And lets face it, Nadull had a lot to do with that. His brand of anti-tennis is just a killer to the sport. I can’t stress enough how important it is for me and for tennis that Nadal does not win this slam. If he does then tennis may just head into the dark ages.
It sort of already is. But if Roger wins the Oz Open at least it would shed some much needed light on the game and stop Nadal from totally taking over. Can you imagine a 6-slam domination by Nadal’s moonballing? It is just too much to bare. I will personally lose interest in the game at least until Roger wins another slam. But there is a great opportunity for Roger here. If he wins the Oz Open it means Nadal’s chances of entering the record books is over and he may well get the number one ranking back later in the year as well. It is just so much better for us fans and for tennis as a whole to have someone charismatic and interesting at the top of the sport. Nadal is utterly dull both in his personality and game, while Roger is someone people can identify with and whose tennis can be marveled at and drooled over.
You see for Nadal it is all about the personal ego and satisfying his own selfish desires. He couldn’t care less about the game as a whole. As long as he wins everything and gets all the recognition he couldn’t care less about the state of the game. Roger on the other hand has always tried to entertain and have cared about the overall state of the game. He realizes the sport is bigger than one player, no matter how good they are. The fans and everything is important to him. If Nadal cared about the game he wouldn’t complain about stricter drug testing methods but would encourage it, knowing how bad it is for the game to keep the fans in the dark and always left to play a guessing game. I have endured Nadal for a long time because I know his rivalry with Roger have been interesting and good for the game, but I am getting very tired of him indeed.
His game is not good to watch. No one ever enjoyed moonballing unless you like women’s tennis. How much skill and genius does it take to moonball your opponents to death? It only takes fitness and the ability not to let up or get bored. It is as basic and fundamental as that and it entertains no one. Unless you are a Nadal fanboy who are utterly clueless about tennis and enjoy your big-budget brainless Hollywood action movies. There is nothing sophisticated or intelligent about it whatsoever. It is the death of tennis. It is that simple. Luckily my gut feeling has been telling me that Nadal is not going to win this slam. It s just a gut feeling but I trust it more than any current trend. I just think this is going to be one task to tough to complete for him. But most of all Roger is in Jesusfed mode again at one of his favorite slams.
He will be very hard to stop indeed. I believe he has learned from the past and is ready to adjust where he needs to when facing Nadal. I have said before that all he needs to do better from 2009 is to serve a higher first serve percentage and play more attacking tennis when it really counts. He did this at the Master Cup which was almost the perfect dress rehearsal for a possible final in Australian if you will. It was a different surface but it will serve as a sign post for Roger what to do in Australia. It is just a question of staying solid on his own service games and pressing Nadal on his own serve with attacking tennis. And if he can stop Nadal in Oz it just may trigger another slump from Nadal which would be fantastic for tennis indeed. Roger could go on to win at least one more slam this year and take back the number one spot, at which point tennis would well and truly be saved.
I don’t know how you all feel about this but I feel thing shave reached a point where something has to change. Something’s gotta give. Let me know what your thoughts are. All thoughts and comments welcome. And good luck to Roger against Simon today!