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Date: 30 Jan 2009 12:02:10
From: Petter Solbu
Subject: Nadal steps it up now
Good second set by Nadal. Very good serving. Verdasco is too often in
trouble in his own service games, doing too many mistakes or bad shots
from his backhand. He also needs a bit more net game to really challenge
Nadal. I think this second set was decisive. Nadal will now play better
and better.

PS.




 
Date: 30 Jan 2009 04:00:02
From: xamigax@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Nadal steps it up now
On 30 jan, 12:02, Petter Solbu <pettermann1...@hotmail.com > wrote:
> Good second set by Nadal. Very good serving. Verdasco is too often in
> trouble in his own service games, doing too many mistakes or bad shots
> from his backhand. He also needs a bit more net game to really challenge
> Nadal. I think this second set was decisive. Nadal will now play better
> and better.
>
> PS.

Things are getting crazy down-under...
Verdasco lost his serve, and now is having a breakback point on
Nadal's...
Both did *stupid* tactical errors, obvious sign of how high they are
on nerves.
Nando successfully pulled out an unmistakable volley, and Nadal got
busted on a passing shot for choosing the clearly so wrong side on his
approach (should have made the point on that one too).

Verdasco broke back, so it's 4/3 Nadal, Verdasco to serve.

Nadal can very hardly do better than in the second, 89% first serve...
And still got it very hard.
Verdasco is so more "making it all", winners & UE are allready to
incredible levels...
Nadal's stats are way below both side, the thing is that they're
almost "on tie"...

Sats, after less than 3 sets (4/4, third)
Verdasco: Winners=60 UE=45
Nadal: Winners=27 UE=14

So incredible!
Both players are near their absolute maximum.
Nadal is unlikely (IMO) to keep is 89% first serve from the second
set... wich he neede so much to win the set!
Verdasco is as well unlikely to change much his Winners/UE ratio,
since it's part of his "high risk" game!
So both will find it hard to improve on the gamestyle they are on...
Very very close match indeed.

Hope Verdasco to win the third, for I suspect he is more likely to go
down mentally if Nadal was leading.

Share & Enjoy,
Manolo


  
Date: 30 Jan 2009 04:22:29
From: xamigax@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Nadal steps it up now
On 30 jan, 13:00, "xami...@gmail.com" <xami...@gmail.com > wrote:
> On 30 jan, 12:02, Petter Solbu <pettermann1...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Good second set by Nadal. Very good serving. Verdasco is too often in
> > trouble in his own service games, doing too many mistakes or bad shots
> > from his backhand. He also needs a bit more net game to really challenge
> > Nadal. I think this second set was decisive. Nadal will now play better
> > and better.
>
> > PS.
>
> Things are getting crazy down-under...
> Verdasco lost his serve, and now is having a breakback point on
> Nadal's...
> Both did *stupid* tactical errors, obvious sign of how high they are
> on nerves.
> Nando successfully pulled out an unmistakable volley, and Nadal got
> busted on a passing shot for choosing the clearly so wrong side on his
> approach (should have made the point on that one too).
>
> Verdasco broke back, so it's 4/3 Nadal, Verdasco to serve.
>
> Nadal can very hardly do better than in the second, 89% first serve...
> And still got it very hard.
> Verdasco is so more "making it all", winners & UE are allready to
> incredible levels...
> Nadal's stats are way below both side, the thing is that they're
> almost "on tie"...
>
> Sats, after less than 3 sets (4/4, third)
> Verdasco: Winners=60 UE=45
> Nadal: Winners=27 UE=14
>
> So incredible!
> Both players are near their absolute maximum.
> Nadal is unlikely (IMO) to keep is 89% first serve from the second
> set... wich he neede so much to win the set!
> Verdasco is as well unlikely to change much his Winners/UE ratio,
> since it's part of his "high risk" game!
> So both will find it hard to improve on the gamestyle they are on...
> Very very close match indeed.
>
> Hope Verdasco to win the third, for I suspect he is more likely to go
> down mentally if Nadal was leading.
>
> Share & Enjoy,
> Manolo

Nadal won the set, 7/6

Let see if Verdasco still wants to fight for that match...
And as well if Nadal got somewhat of pressure off, now he is leading
on the scoreboard.

Clean opening game by Verdasco, 1/0 fourth.

Share & Enjoy,
Manolo


 
Date: 30 Jan 2009 03:36:40
From: xamigax@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Nadal steps it up now
On 30 jan, 12:02, Petter Solbu <pettermann1...@hotmail.com > wrote:
> Good second set by Nadal. Very good serving. Verdasco is too often in
> trouble in his own service games, doing too many mistakes or bad shots
> from his backhand. He also needs a bit more net game to really challenge
> Nadal. I think this second set was decisive. Nadal will now play better
> and better.
>
> PS.

Excellent reaction by Verdasco...
He kindda let the "Nadal on fire" momentum happen, got broke... And
broke back in the very next game.
He's now giving Nadal much trouble on his own serve, having now a BP
for a 3/2 lead in the third.

At least he is giving Rafa some ride for his money... Unlike at the
French!
Cannot call him a quitter on this match, if fact he felt more as "non-
enterer" player (just like Almagro, both won only 3 games at the
french 6/1 6/1 6/1 Almagro, and is was a bit different for 'Nando: 6/1
6/0 6/2).

Anyway, Nadal held his serve, so
Nadal 3/2 third set, Verdasco to serve.


Share & Enjoy,
Manolo