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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    Saying Nadal was not the first to do something is not dissing him. It is simply fact. He may be BETTER at it than anyone before him but he did not invent or create this style of play. That is incorrect and false.
    Oh please, who said Nadal "invented" or "created" it??? It's just who he is. It's the way he learned how to play under his Uncle Tony's tutelage. Nadal's a fighter and a mensch who gives a 110% and then some every time on the court. It's the being BETTER at it in a most amazing fashion that makes Nadal's matches exciting to watch and inspires fans and players alike. Most admirable of all is the way Nadal refused to be just simply a clay court specialist. He's never stopped trying to improve his skills on all surfaces. And that's another factor about Nadal that has been inspirational to many other players in the game today.

    Again, that's what I admire about Novak too -- he figured out a way to raise the level of his game and to keep getting better and better. Novak knew that's what it would take to beat Federer and Nadal, and become tennis' number one player.


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    Tit for tat, I say! I mean, Serena started the issue and then Maria replies. I'm liking the drama. This top 3 is quite entertaining.

    Besides, the Serena/Maria head to head is beyond all hope, so who cares what she says.

    And BigB, I could not agree more!
    Ah, big deal. Its not a secret Maria's a talented player who aspired to follow in the footsteps of the Williams sisters, but has tried to do it better with her own twist, and she's been successful in many ways in her own right. Kudos to Maria too for scraping and climbing back to the top of women's tennis after her debilitating injury.

    However, taking up with one of Serena's cast-off boyfriends is a bit much IMO. But yeah, who am I to judge. BTW, you forgot to close quote in your post.

    Lots of storylines at Wimbledon 2013 ...

    Let's hope the on-court play will take precedence over the gossip and b**ch-slapping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post
    Oh please, who said Nadal "invented" or "created" it??? It's just who he is. It's the way he learned how to play under his Uncle Tony's tutelage.
    Such an authoritative, forceful post on Rafa should probably spell his uncle's name correctly. It's Toni.

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    ^^

    Ah yes, the diminutive spelling for the Spanish Antonio. Thanks for that correction. La exactitud es importante.

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    Well Wimbledon has officially started and Roger starts off with a straight sets win in only 68 minutes He certainly has a tough road to final and the bookies over here have him at 7-1 to win an 8th title. But after watching his performance today he definitely has found his grass form and has a distinct chance at another Wimbledon title

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    Hope Roger can win this, it would be amazing.

    Terrible fall by Azarenka in the beginning of the second set. Hope she'saalright. The women's game is more interesting with her healthy.

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    Sorana Cirstea managed to hold it together in a second set tie breaker (who knew she was capable of that?), so she's through the the second round. Am hoping Halep holds it together and goes through tomorrow as well. Li Ya would be up next for her, but since Simona is coming off two tournament wins (clay and grass back-to-back), my fingers are crossed for a good game. Romanian girls ftw for week 2 appearances .

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    Rafa down two sets to Darcis. This is becoming interesting!

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    Wow - Nadal is currently 2 sets to love down against a guy I have never heard of - Steve Darcis from Belgium Could he be out in the first round - that would be the shock of the tournament if it happens

    EDT: It appears the knee is playing up as Nadal isn't running for the ball here at the start of the 3rd. And Darcis breaks at the start of the 3rd!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    Hope Roger can win this, it would be amazing.
    Me too.

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    Nadal is a creature of habit and it started to go downhill for him at Wimbledon when he stopped taking the train from Paris, heading over to Queens and playing a few matches. Obviously there were reasons for giving up Queens -- aging/bad knees, tax issues, and this season (I guess) fatigue -- but he hasn't been the same since.

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    Rafa's out!

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    wow

    i guess we can stop talking about rafa's seeding now
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    This is not surprising. Rafa did not look his best at the French but his sub par game (for him) is still enough to win there. The extreme fast courts of Wimbledon will always favor upsets and those who are playing out of their mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my little pony View Post
    wow

    i guess we can stop talking about rafa's seeding now
    Wow is right. And yes that puts to rest all the talk about the possible quarter final matchup with Federer.

    Regardless if Nadal is injured - and it did look as if his movement was hampered by the knee - Darcis played out of his mind and to keep his cool and serve it out like that was just awesome

    I hope Nadal's knee isn't too bad but I do wonder if he played his heart out to come back and win the French and that may have put paid to the rest of his year
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    I'm devestated....

    Rafa still incredibly professional in the loss. I don't know if I could have waved at the crowd and wait for the guy who just beat me and walk off with him.

    Don't care about the men's side now.

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    Well done to Darcis but gutted Rafa is out
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    I don't know why but I had a feeling Nadal wouldn't do well but I didn't expect this. Wimbledon is just too close to the French and perhaps it's become to much to ask of himself/his body and there's no shame in that. Congrats to Darcis seems like a nice guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    This is not surprising. Rafa did not look his best at the French but his sub par game (for him) is still enough to win there. The extreme fast courts of Wimbledon will always favor upsets and those who are playing out of their mind.
    Nadal was always going to be vulnerable to upsets during the first week of Wimbledon when the courts are still fresh. Novak played supremely terrible during the FO final and still managed to take it to the 5th set. Nadal's form in the FO wasn't the best, despite what fans thought but since he's pretty much the best ever on clay, it was enough. He was always going to struggle off the clay (I know he won IW but everyone else I think was playing subpar). Congratulations to Darcis for not choking!

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    Wasn't expecting Nadal to win but this is still surprising. Agreed he did not look his best at the French but grass exposes so many more of his weakness.

    The seeding committee was proven right after all.

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    Yeah, now we won't have to hear about the seeding anymore.

    Now if Ferrer can kindly find his way out of the draw, that would be great.

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