Rosol Destroys Nadal, Federer New World Number Two

What a glorious day. Nadal loses in the second round of Wimbledon after being taught a lesson in mental toughness. And amazingly I was able to watch the full last set, something that is a rare occurrence these days with my new job. I’m not gonna write a long post. I basically just wanted to share this moment with you and tomorrow I will try to watch Roger’s whole match and write a post about it. I was deeply impressed by Rosol today. Who is this guy?! Where does he come from?! It was the first time I ever saw him play. Unfortunately I couldn’t watch the whole match but what I heard from the commentators was that at the beginning of the match when Nadal was doing is usual jumping up and down by the net to intimidate his opponent, Rosol did the same thing.

Well hello?! I’ve been asking someone to do that for ages. And now some unknown journeyman comes along and shows the big boys how to do it. I mean really. How difficult can it be? You simply can’t allow Nadal to intimidate you if you want to beat him. You gotta lock into the mental warfare from the get go and show him that you are not scared. Rosol did that today and that is why he came out on top. It’s easier said than done but it’s not like you are going to jail if you do it, is it? Nadal was of course up to all his old tricks to try and disrupt Rosol, but Rosol wasn’t phased in the least. He really showed everyone how it should be done, and that includes Roger. Ok maybe Roger is not that type of person, but it is still the way to beat Nadal.

Of course it was not just mental. Rosol still played incredible tennis. But without the mental side he would never have won. Many players get into the position to beat Nadal but then they are too scared to finish him off. There are abundant examples of this. For instance in 2010 when both Haase and Petzschner took Nadal to five sets at Wimbledon. They just didn’t have the balls to finish him off. Rosol won the first set and then won the next two sets. Nadal then cam back to win the forth set 6-2. He looked to have taken control of the match. Then there was a break because of bad light while the roof had to be closed. When they came back I felt Nadal was the clear favorite to win, since we have seen this plot play out time after time.

But Rosol broke right away in the first game and importantly consolidated. It kept going according to serve until 5-4 where Rosol would serve for the match. I didn’t even think he would choke because of the way he was playing. I mean he was deep in the zone and totally calm. He then proceeded to hold serve at love. Amazing. He had beaten probably the favorite for the title under huge pressure. I mean Nadal was doing his usual cheating, making the server wait which is against the rules. He even complained about Rosol’s breathing(can you believe it?) and bumped into him on purpose on a changeover. I mean there are no limits to the depths this Spaniard will sink just to win.

It was disgusting behavior by a disgusting human being. After this match you feel like there is a God and that justice prevailed for once. It was a huge victory not only for Fedfans, but for the tennis community as a whole. For once a hero stood up and said up to here and no more. Rosol was incredible, blasting winners from every angle relentlessly. I gained massive respect for the guy today. I hope this boosts his career and he goes on to be a top ten player. He certainly has the potential. The big thing is that Nadal loses a huge amount of points now after making the final last year. He drops to #3 in the rankings after Wimbledon, making the GOAT #2 again.

Amazing. This is how unpredictable tennis is. You just never know what can happen. Roger is now big time in the hunt for number one. I haven’t even gotten to Roger yet. He has been looking amazing in his first two rounds, destroying both Ramos and Fognini. In stark contrast to the French Open I feel very positive about his chances at the All England Club. It’s like night turned into day. And unfortunately many Fedfans became very negative after Roger’s French Open performance. They were starting to write him off. It’s unfortunate that Roger has such fans. Fedfans are some of the worst fans in tennis. They are spoiled brats.

I will be hated once again for making such comments but I am just speaking the truth. Roger doesn’t deserve such fickle fans. If my comments doesn’t bother you then you know you are one of the good fans. If it does bother you then you may need to do some introspection. And if you leave a comment to this post saying that you are offended, then you know for sure that you are one of the bad fans. I tried to tell you guys over and over that the French Open didn’t matter much, but I guess some people just think they always know better. Now all of a sudden everything looks bright again and all those fans that were writing Roger off is back on the bandwagon.

Roger now has a very good chance of winning this title. In fact to me he is the favorite. I just have a good feeling about all of this. Roger has been looking all business from the beginning and I think he will beat Djokovic here for sure. No Nadal to worry about, just Djokovic who needs to be taught a lesson in grass court tennis. Of course the courts slow down in the second week but I still like Roger’s chances. I think he is destined to win #17 here folks. The stars seemed to have aligned with his draw and now Nadal’s loss. Only Djokovic is standing in his way now. I don’t see Murray as a threat.

Let me just say thank you here to all my readers who have stayed loyal and commented while I was away. Thanks Dave for saying you need your fix from my blog. These kind of comments mean a lot to me. You guys are awesome and I will do what I can to keep blogging. RF forever.

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42 Comments

  1. Great post. I love how all these idiot tennis writers (Jon Wertheim and Peter Bodo, specifically) still continue with the Nadal such a great, noble loser etc. Why doesn’t he get called on that b.s. like bumping the guy at the changeover. It’s such a high school dick move and utterly classless, like he is. Couldn’t not have been more delighted by today. Well, if Roger wins I’ll be more delighted, but it is such a GOOD feeling.

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  2. am so happy that the beast is out!Hail Rosol the brave giant from Czech rep.he reminds me of soderling.Roger is the new #2 and hopefully the new #1.Thanks for sharing us your time Ru-an.We do miss you and your blog.Perfect tennis blog is active but we want more blogs to celebrate the victories of rog and to share our disappointments when he’s losing.Good luck on your newfound job and say hi to uncle Sam for me.I bet you’re gonna watch the US open live this year ;-) God bless us all and may Roger win his 7th wimby and his 17th GS on july 8.

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  3. You are spot on with how Rosol took out Nadal. The guy played with real balls. So what does it take to beat the Spaniard on grass? We have just seen it. A huge serve, a winner off the first short ball, don’t get into rallies, and crush the second serve return. And be 6’5″. And fearless. It was amazing. Beautiful to see. And with Nadal gone one less likely obstacle in the road of Roger’s 17th slam. (Surely Rosol can’t make the final!)

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  4. Wonderful piece Ru-an – you are spot on. Nadal’s behaviour was just terrible. Even for him, it was absolutely disgusting to see. Chris McKendry of ESPN tweeted about how his behaviour was appalling, and it’s great to see that the media is finally starting to take notice of the poor gamesmanship that Rafa displays on court. There were even people saying that signing autographs after the match showed how good a sportsman he is – BS – signing a few autographs does not make up for how big of a dick Rafa was in that match. Bumping into Rosol on the changeover? Roger would NEVER do that, and I guess that is why I’m a Fed fan. The guy has class, Rafa does not. And it showed today.

    PS: I was always a believer Ru-an. I have never, ever doubted Roger and I never will.

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    gracie Reply:

    here in the us, the commentators went out of their way to talk about what a great guy nadal is, good to fans, great sportsman. Its like they were doing damage control and i did not buy it. So glad he is out, Fed #7!

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  5. Rosol was like a better version of Soderling. He was simply too awesome. I can still hear the booms of his serve that blasted past Nadal. And now Roger is no.2 which is good, no doubt. No 1 would simply majestic and this is where it must be done. 7, 17, 75, 287!!!

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    Alex Reply:

    you forgot …and on the 7th month !

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  6. Ru-an, glad you’ve got some time off to make this post. Hope you’re enjoying your time in the US, and that you get a chance to see Federer play live on the American hardcourts.

    Wow, at long last, a player who stood up to Nadal’s bullshit! Nadal’s early round struggles in Wimbledon ’10 were a harbinger of this loss.

    Now Nadal is 2 years older, a little bit slower, his margins for error are slightly smaller, and he faced an opponent who held his nerve a tiny bit better than either Haase or Petzschner. It was just enough to swing the result in Rosol’s favor.

    No doubt the closing of the roof favored Rosol: in lowering darkness, Nadal’s low-error, consistent defensive game gives him an edge over an aggressive, flat-hitting player like Rosol who would have to take pace off his shots in the darkness to avoid overhitting. With the lights on, Rosol was able to resume the same level that won him the second and third sets.

    Rosol’s play more closely resembled a classical grass court match: big serving, short points, aggressive first-strike tennis. Nadal only understands lengthy rallies where he drags every point out and retrieves ball after ball until his opponent is exhausted. Because his game is fundamentally reactive, if his opponent can maintain the initiative, take the ball early, and deny him the ability to extend rallies (as Rosol consistently did), he’s completely shut out. The only thing he can do is use dirty tricks to try to delay the inevitable.

    Nadal was at his unsportsmanlike worst: complaining that Rosol was breathing loudly and serving too quickly (?!?!), trying to slow things down to the pace he’s accustomed to. He tried to physically intimidate his opponent by bumping into him–an act that Federer would have been tarred and feathered ten times over for, if he ever stooped that low. None of it mattered, Rosol would not be denied.

    I agree fully with you that this is definitive proof that there is justice in this world. Karma finally came round and bit Nadal in his “fay-moose” ass. Nadal acts like a spoiled, whiny little baby who goes into screaming hysterics and throws his apple juice and Cheerios all over the room whenever he doesn’t get his way. If you keep up that behavior long enough, sooner or later an adult is going to come along and make you be quiet, and that’s what happened today.

    I have to make a clarifying remark about Federer’s clay performance. I don’t think Federer was indifferent about the clay season. Contrary to what people are suggesting about his tanking to avoid Nadal, I think something was off with his game and it was his grit and fighting spirit that got him as far as he did. He could easily have gone to a fifth set against Mahut or Goffin, or lost to Del Potro after going down two sets to none. It didn’t happen; he fought his way through despite not playing his best tennis.

    The fact was that he made it to the semis of RG playing his B game, and that was just never going to be enough against someone as consistent as Djokovic.

    Now he is playing much better, his movement is back and his serve and forehand are once again firing. That is a really good sign, and on grass he can use the slice and his net game much more readily than on clay.

    The loss doesn’t affect Federer’s chances at the title unless he reaches the final. There are many matches to go, and as today’s result shows, nothing is certain and no victory is guaranteed. So I just hope he can take care of Benneteau tomorrow.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good comment Steve. I just think knowing that Nadal is out gives him a mental boost. Also I think it did affect him at RG that Nadal would be in the final.

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    veronica Reply:

    Ha! Bet this made your day, eh Ru-an!! You were supposed to be in some remote place without internet connection, etc, etc??!!! But when Nadal loses, you will ALWAYS find a way to shout about it, eh?! Lol! Yes, couldn’t agree with you more that to win against Nadal you’ve got to stand up to him. What nerve, what brash confidence! I just loved Rosol’s attitude – so refreshing. Like Anoop pai commented, Rosol is a better version of Soderling and even looks and acts a bit like Soderling (showing his fist when he wins a point, staring down Nadal) But Rosol is much more comfortable with his height – he moves and plays so much less clumsily than all the other tall players. Nadal’s loss also put Fed’s last year’s loss to Tsonga into proper perspective. No one can say now that Fed choked or he didn’t try. Tsonga last year was like Rosol yesterday – there was just no answer. And Tsonga was a top 5 player, not ranked 100!!! And Steve, you are right. The way to win against Nadal is to get him out of the court as you commented in the last post. Soderling and Djoko did it and now Rosol. Only sad thing is I hope this will not be the future of tennis – mindless bashing. It is just as bad as mindless defence. Hope this Rosol won’t fizzle out in his next match like Gulbis did though!!

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  7. I can’t say I’m really happy after Nadal’s loss- there is more shock than happiness. I’m also a bit nervous for Federer, cause his path is considerably easier.

    So while Nadal’s loss is relieving for us Fedfans, we need to remember that the tournament’s not over yet and there may still be surprises left (maybe even Djokovic loses :-) ?)

    RF Forever!

    PS. Ru-an, glad to see that you could make some time for this post. Love your blog!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Believe me, if I could I would make more time for posts Manu. People like you deserve it.

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  8. Welcome back Ru-an! I knew you would find time and be inspired to make a post after Nadal lost to Rosol. Nadal can’t hide his true character anymore. Thanks for another insightful post. Good luck on your new job. :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks mate ;-)

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  9. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! I just happened upon it this evening. You are so right on!! I am always pulling for Roger every tournament and it’s nice to see a blog that supports him, too.
    The Nadal-Rosol match was really a sight to behold. It was great to see Rafa exited. For Rosol to have served out the match at love was just amazing. What steel nerves.
    Now, if we could just get Djokovich taken out…….
    I hope you can make more time for more posts. They are a great read.

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  10. Great post! Seriously. Just what I have read, from the tweets to these posts, and catching up on the highlights, hats off to Lukas Rosol. He played incredibly. Boy, and for those of us who already know how Rafael Nadal can get during matches, not surprised about him pulling something dirty. Now that bumping into Rosol on purpose was a new low. Rafa got outplayed, and the way he behaved, deserved to lose. Congrats to Lukas Rosol.

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  11. the moment I have heard the news about rafa…I was eager to see your reaction…u must be laughing all night…

    between…hope you are settled down in usa?

    I am not getting notification of new post.although I dnt need it….

    keep on blogging…

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  12. Hey, Ru-an! And Hey, Everyone!

    I can’t believe nobody is jumping on top of this.
    Not only is Roger now the official number 2 of the world, but should he win the title, he will officiallu be NUMBER 1 in the World. This is shocking news.

    He has 9435 points and Djokovic has 12280. If Roger goes through Djokovic and possibly Murray his official points will be 11,075.

    Djokovic by virtue of losing the potential semis with Roger will drop 2000 pts and only gain 720 pts which will bring him up to 11,000.tennis.

    So, Roger has EVERYTHING to play for. He leapfrogged Nadal and now his destiny is in his hands. He is playing amazing. I watched some of his first round and his was absolute beast. Confident, fearless, first-strike instintctive tennis that I haven’t seen in ages. It’s like he is destined to win this title if he plays like this.

    But the fact that winning this WImbledon will have many repercussions makes it so much better. After all that has happened, to have the chance to change everyhthing on a dime with a single defining win at his beloved Wimbledon, Roger has the chance to make history again.

    17th Grand Slam, 7th Wimbledon, Number 1 in The World – all possible and real now! This is amazing.

    Yes. Go Roger! :-)

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  13. Many thanks, Ruan, for your post. Iwas looking out for your comment and all the comments here on this blog to share and read the feelings. Because such feelings and thoughts have to be shared with one another!
    Well, well, who would have thougt this before the match started : Nadal crashing out in the second round of a slam !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I sure didn’t expect this, at least not in this Wimbledon edition !
    When Nadal managed to win the fourth set and the BBC-commentators (Boris Becker and some other guy) were assuming that Rosol would not be able to keep up his level in the fifth, and were predicting also at the same time that Nadal, their so called “real champ”, would retake the command of the match, I couldn’t bear the tension any longer and decided to go in my garden do the weeding a bit to calm down, only to come back later …after the closing of the roof (which was supposed to take about half an hour) to watch the rest of the match.
    And when I got back indeed, I couldn’t believe my eyes… Nadal was trailing by 4-2 in the fifth set, and 0-30 behind in the seventh game on his own serve, put behind by another powerful exquisite down the line shot of this lad of the Czech Republic! Rosol was at that moment virtually already at six points of the victory… But Nadal managed to hold his serve and came back to 4-3. Would Nadal level up and still win the thing, I was wondering… ?
    As it turned out later, it was only delaying the inevitable verdict..
    In fact, at that point in the match, Lukas Rosol only needed to hold twice his own service game to realize the most remarkable victory of his career to date.
    And boy, did Lukas serve his way to the victory…! No one could stop him, not Rafael Nadal, not Uncle Toni, not even this referee that forced him again and again to challenge all these wrong calls of him, and made him play and win his points twice instead of once.
    After Rosol’s victory became a fact, our humble BBC-commentator mentioned that Nadal had not lost this early anymore in a slam since 2005, and he resumed the juncture as “a star falling from the sky”.
    Neither victories nor losses fall from the sky though.
    Whatever Nadal may have been telling or spinning in his post match interview, this loss is gonna hurt real bad for him, I think, maybe not as bad one at Roland Garros, but nevertheless bad.
    He’s now a “wounded” player, and as is the case with wounded animals, these are the dangerous ones!

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  14. Nice post as usual Ruan and good to see you back. I know all of you had glorious night – me too.i will remember that 5th set all my life. Whatta man of steel was this guy Rosol.
    What is said is that Fed will continue living with his mental issues with Nadal till his last days of court and probably will say this days that he didn`t even watch this game because is too proud and stubborn to learn from others or as we say politely “he is not that type of a guy”. As usual someone else did Roger`s job but hold on to see if Fed will really win that Wimby if Rossol keeps playing like this till the final and Fed manage to get past his opponents.
    Why the hell is so difficult for Roger to make like Rosol and going to serve running straight from the chair to the baseline so Nadal could be forced to prepare faster.You don`t need balls for that – that`s what nice people like him are supposed to do. Complaining with a half-opened mouth like mouse once for 10 years speaks to bad for self esteem and courage to speak (we don`t ask him to play in this case).
    Are you guys happy Roger might get to number one like this – i would love to see him equal Sampras` record and get another grad slam but the way he makes it last 3 times – Wimby09, RG09 and maybe now is under the old scheme … he waits for nadal to lose and shows his full potential (like flower that was left without light for many months :-) . Its Nadal`s fault he didn`t pass till the final those 3 times but we know that there is a reason h2h on slams is 8:2 in Nadal`s favor.Isn`t it weird that Nadal is making all grand slam finals since AO 2010 (last title of FED) when Fed had barely reached 1 final at RG11 and now he can even be N1 after wining just 1 slam….whatta sport is tennis :-)

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    Dave Reply:

    Barely reached the final at RG2011? To me, that was one of the greatest matches of 2011 and Federer showed Djokovic the door when nobody else could, even Nadal. One aspect you left out was the brutal draws that Federer has toughed out in slams in the last two years as opposed to Nadal. Let’s not forget that the head to head is lop-sided because how many of those wins are on clay? I don’t think Federer thinks about waiting for Nadal to lose so he can go on to claim the title. I think he thinks that if Nadal loses, he’s just not good enough to win at the moment. In my view, Rosol got lucky and held his nerve and played probably the greatest match of his career. Whether or not Rosol will continue his hot streak remains to be seen. Every great champion, artist, sportsman, etc… has a nemesis as I have stated in previous posts. Despite Federer’s losses to Nadal over the years, I believe these losses have helped Federer to become an even greater champion by working harder to improve in every aspect of his game especially his mental toughness. If Roger reaches number one, it’s not because Nadal fell in the second round but because he won Wimbledon playing the best tennis he can. I’ll take that any day.

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    stoyan Reply:

    Hi Dave :-) Barely reaching the final of RG`12 means he only reached one final since AO 2012 not that he played badly and yet was able to reach that final :-) H2h is already old story – Nadal is consistently beating Fed since 2005 when he was a teenager and Fed all in his prime.Its been 5 years since last win over him in a slam and last 2 current losses in AO`12 and RG`11 when nadal was at his worst motivational and playing level says it all. Fed clearly avoids any meetings with Nadal on any grand slams if Nadal is healthy (my opinion).Nadal got better on any surface except the fast closed hard courts like those in London final masters` tournament. Had they play more last 2-3 years Fed h2h will be so bad no matter the surface(they cannot make the whole season to be played in indoor hard courts :-) that will be embarrassing for us to watch those matches and maybe thats the reason he seems to avoid them or not try hard with exception Madrid 09, IW this year. Fed keeps improving his game for the player outside top 2 (Nadal and Djoko) – and for Nadal he needs to fix his thinking, not game :-)
    FED is the greatest according to numbers but numbers are not all. Nadal is a lesser play as talent but giant compared to FED mentally :-( Really happy to see how he handles big hitters last year and smth like Berdych, Tsonga, Raonich, DelPotro….but still no big improvement vs his nemesis as results :-(

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  15. Thanks Ruan for the quick and as usual great write-up. I’m glad to see that Nadal finally is being seen in a different light when he endures a loss like this( from a ranked 100 player) and then displays horrible court-side behaviour. Another reason why Federer is the greatest in the game and that he is a great sportsman win or lose. Someone told me Nadal has never succesfully defended any title outside the clay season. If that’s true, how can people consider him to be the possible GOAT. I understand why you’re expressing your views on supporting Roger win or lose and not having such a short-term view on his performances at certain times of the year, such as the French Open. I think Federer played good at the French considering that he did make it to the semi’s and his form was still below-average. To me, Federer was more anxious to invest his energies into Wimbledon and second to that is the Olympics which I would assume Nadal would change to clay at this point. I am only taking one match at time and is truly enjoying the masterclass performances. We as fans are truly lucky to be able to watch and comment on Federer’s great game because one day he won’t be around any more. Until that time, let us bask in his tennis glow.

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  16. Agree with everything you say, except the part about Murray. Murray is great on grass, with a great serve and good volleys. It will be far from being easy to beat him in final.

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  17. Hey Ru-an, enjoy Wimbledon! I’m in Switzerland currently and have no time to comment frequently, but of course keep reading your blogs and the comments of your great reader community! Don’t work too much :-)

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  18. This really made my day! I really cannot stand nadal! He is a big time cheater and a bigger sore loser! I have never seen an IMMATURE professional athlete as him! When things do not go his way he acts like a kid and tried to cheat his way! Am not sure what his fans sees at him I cannot for the life of me adore someone who acts like that. I reckon the saying love is blind is true to them. Sigh…. I don’t want to jinx roger but can’t help to think that the time has come! Back to # 1 , 7 Wimbledon
    Titles and 17 grand slam titles. 1 + 7 = 17 .

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  19. Hi everyone!I do not write very often although I read all the comments on this site. As such I was waiting for some good moment to cheer so that I could write. The time has come and so I am writing.I am such an optimistic fan of Federer you can call me a fanatic I do not mind. After all, I guess fan is an abbreviation of fanatic supporter. Let it be.The consecutive Semi Final winning streak of Federer had not received due attention until the day the clay GOAT in Nadal could not continue reaching semifinal in his beloved Roland Garros and now Federer has been continuing his streak of QF at slams for the last eight years and it is so underrated. Nadal has not been able to continue the streak for even half that figure and he is flat out.And his beloved fans want to make him better than Federer. Without a single title at WTF which is played by the most elite of players,how can Nadal be compared to Federer who has been playing incredible tennis even at an age of more than 30.I am highly surprised that the false modesty of Nadal is not noticed by his fans.I think the media has seen some of it in his match with Rosol.Even if Nadal’s fans turn a blind eye to his attics while he is playing, history will definitely judge him rightly in the long run. May justice prevail.For the moment cheers all!

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  20. fantastic effort from LR. hope he can keep this up.

    thanks fot the post Ruan. eventhough i gotta say again – dont like this bashing and rating of Fedfans. just these generalizations are unnecessary -people are people.

    can fed pull this one? i think ND is still the favorite but Fed played with such conviction in first two rounds… makes me hopefull.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well at least I’m honest and fair feddybear. I was was biased I would just criticize Nadalfans and praise Fedfans. But I say it how it is and Fedfans do annoy the crap outta me sometimes.

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  21. First of all I really like to read your blog, is always nice to read about tennis from a different perspective that you usually do.
    I am mad also (altough i didn’t watch the match completely, but read about it in other blogs) of how Nadal behaved in the match. He wasn’t playing better than his opponent and he couldn’t accept it. He just couldn’t. Sure if he decides to get a towel after an ace that’s legal even if is not considered gamesmanship, but bumping the opponent after changing sides is just enough.
    That kind of behaviour only broughts me to the story of wimbledon 2007 final, where Federer started complaining about the hawkeye where the result of the points wasn’t helping him and told the umpire to turn off the hawkeye system.
    Am not saying this to excuse Rafa’s behaviour, he did even worst (I repeat i didn’t see the final but I believe what people are saying on their blogs must be true) and started playing like a bad loser, and that’s not acceptable in a professional.

    What I am trying to say is that him as other players have done in the past made a mistake, because he was crushed of the idea of losing early in a Grand Slam.
    However I repeat that wasn’t right, and for a start he should apologising on his behaviour, is acceptable if you don’t play good tennis, but it is not if you do play like a bad loser.

    That’s my opinion on the match and also I wanted to tell you that you have and amazing blog and I hope the best for you in the States, sincerely a Nadal and tennis fan.
    Pd:
    I don’t know why there is justice only after nadal lost and why this is a victory for the tennis community as a whole according to your opinion but I respect it.
    I know is a disgusting behaviour from a tennis professional to act like he did, but telling also the he is a disgusting human being sounds a little bit exagerated when there is a Kony out there.

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  22. Disagree with your opinion about negative fans Ruan. The people who criticize Federers plays the most are often the ones who empathize with him more. They can find out minute flaws in Federers game which others cannot see. I am not sure whether I am a true fan like many here in this blog, but after Nadals loss yesterday, I had the gut feeling that Federer will be shaken. Have no reason, but I felt Federer will struggle and next match will be tough. If you call this as negative then I welcome that. As of now he is down 1 set against Benneteau. Hope he pulls it through.

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  23. WONDERFUL! Great players! Great tennis! Great drama! Great fight! Great result! Great evening! What a match from Benneteau! And Federer has used his off-day match for this tournament without going out! :-)

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  24. It was a real torture for the Fedfans, particularly the 4th set tie-break. I hope everybody is doing well and there is no need to visit a cardiologist for the next week.

    GO ROGER GO! This is the sign of a true champion. Somehow it reminds me of his French open 2009 4th round match against Tommy Hass.

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  25. Yessss!! Roger did give all of us a scare. But for some reason, right after the second set, I felt very calm. And when Roger picked up the tempo I had a feeling the match would go into the decider. Hadn’t anticipated a physical breakdown on Benneteau’s part though. His condition made it easier for Roger to wrap up the match in the fifth.

    This win coupled with the one against Delpo at FO should reinforce Roger’s belief that even on an off day, he can pull out a win by hanging in there, even if it is just by his teeth! :-)

    Malisse is next and I hope Roger routines him… Good luck GOAT!!

    A special ‘Thank you’ to you Ruan for blogging despite all your work commitments. For some strange reason, I have stopped receiving email notifications about new posts though..

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  26. Ever since Roger survived that 5-setter against Del Potro at the French, he always manages to scrape through in these tough matches. Bennetau is a difficult opponent for Roger and he had to grind this one out. The 4th set was nightmarish with always serving second and that tie-break.

    I also agree that Murray might be a formidable opponent and it will be a tough semi/final sequence but Roger can do it. He needs to find that first strike instinctive fearless game though in order to do it. Wimbledon is very rewarding to inspired first-strike tennis players.

    Hopefully with the next couple of days off Roger can rekindle that dominant confident display.

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  27. That was one of my favorite matches to watch of all-time. Not necessarily because Nadal lost, but because of the fearlessness of Rosol. He played his game, went for his shots, and never choked at all — he actually played better in the 5th set.

    I was even dropping my jaw a few times, like when Rosol hit a 99 mph backhand winner, when Nadal was already on that side. I have no idea how this guy is ranked 100. Hopefully this epic win will give him more confidence and make him expect more from himself.

    It also reminded me of the few times when I’ve played a tennis match “in the zone”, and those are great memories. (If only that happened more often!) Watching tennis is so much more enjoyable since I started playing in a city league a few years ago.

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  28. I hate nadal, with his constantly pulling at his dick and his butt. Correct your bad habits or find clothes that work for your dick and your butt. Its rediculous. People are laugjing at him over his court side antics.

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