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Date: 30 Jan 2009 11:26:19
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Subject: Rafa is screwed if he returns like he did against Verdasco
Pity it didn't have to be a 5 hour match... He was winning his serves
emphatically (faced only 4 BPs, giving only 2 breaks the entire 5
sets). He gave too much court to the opponent on returns.

However, he was right on the baselines against Feddy in the Wimby
final. Hope he will make the adjustment.




 
Date: 30 Jan 2009 14:21:12
From: kaennorsing
Subject: Re: Rafa is screwed if he returns like he did against Verdasco
On 30 jan, 21:13, Patrick Kehoe <pke...@telus.net > wrote:
> On Jan 30, 11:26=A0am, tennis41...@yahoo.com wrote:
>
> > Pity it didn't have to be a 5 hour match... He was winning his serves
> > emphatically (faced only 4 BPs, giving only 2 breaks the entire 5
> > sets). He gave too much court to the opponent on returns.
>
> > However, he was right on the baselines against Feddy in the Wimby
> > final. Hope he will make the adjustment.
>
> ++ He''ll have to... I think he reads Feds serve better than ANYONE
> and that allows him to move up a bit... because against Verdasco, a
> guy he knows, he was back so far... Fed will take advantage of that if
> Rafa concedes too much real estate...
>
> P

In the Wimbledon final I thought Federer established his trademark
serve up the T on the deuce court far too late in the match. IIRC he
tried to pull Rafa wide for the first two sets to open up the forehand
side. IMO one of the reasons he got down 2 sets to love.

Here's hoping he doesn't make that mistake again on Sunday and pounces
his serves up the line early, then looks for the one out wide as the
match goes on.


 
Date: 31 Jan 2009 09:12:34
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Rafa is screwed if he returns like he did against Verdasco
tennis41ife@yahoo.com wrote:
> Pity it didn't have to be a 5 hour match... He was winning his serves
> emphatically (faced only 4 BPs, giving only 2 breaks the entire 5
> sets). He gave too much court to the opponent on returns.
>
> However, he was right on the baselines against Feddy in the Wimby
> final. Hope he will make the adjustment.

Q. Do you plan to play closer to the baseline against Federer? Tonight you had
to run really a lot.

RAFAEL NADAL: Was tough to be more inside, no? What do you think? Did you see
the speed of the ball or not (laughter)?

Q. I saw he was able to stay farther in front.

RAFAEL NADAL: I would love to be more inside, yeah. I gonna try to be more
inside for the final, but I am playing against Federer





 
Date: 30 Jan 2009 13:39:48
From: Pareee
Subject: Re: Rafa is screwed if he returns like he did against Verdasco
Rafa's a tired, hurt young man. Won't finish on Sunday.


 
Date: 30 Jan 2009 12:57:41
From: Luke Tang
Subject: Re: Rafa is screwed if he returns like he did against Verdasco
On Jan 30, 11:26=A0am, tennis41...@yahoo.com wrote:
> Pity it didn't have to be a 5 hour match... He was winning his serves
> emphatically (faced only 4 BPs, giving only 2 breaks the entire 5
> sets). He gave too much court to the opponent on returns.
>
> However, he was right on the baselines against Feddy in the Wimby
> final. Hope he will make the adjustment.

I believe so -- Rafa's first and second serve return were too poor to
put any pressure on the server.


 
Date: 30 Jan 2009 12:13:12
From: Patrick Kehoe
Subject: Re: Rafa is screwed if he returns like he did against Verdasco
On Jan 30, 11:26=A0am, tennis41...@yahoo.com wrote:
> Pity it didn't have to be a 5 hour match... He was winning his serves
> emphatically (faced only 4 BPs, giving only 2 breaks the entire 5
> sets). He gave too much court to the opponent on returns.
>
> However, he was right on the baselines against Feddy in the Wimby
> final. Hope he will make the adjustment.

++ He''ll have to... I think he reads Feds serve better than ANYONE
and that allows him to move up a bit... because against Verdasco, a
guy he knows, he was back so far... Fed will take advantage of that if
Rafa concedes too much real estate...

P