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Date: 31 Jan 2009 09:51:02
From: akamai
Subject: The most critical thing Fed needs to do
in my opinion, is to just hold serve. This will free him up mentally
to have a go at Nadal's service games. So, the first serve % and break
points saved are the most critical stats for him.




 
Date: 31 Jan 2009 21:20:52
From: Guru
Subject: Re: The most critical thing Fed needs to do
Trust me -- Fed KNOWS! There's nothing he can't do!
The Ogre goes so far down tomorow!!!

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There's NO messin' with Mother Nature, Mother in Law and Motherfuckin'
Ukranian mafia
"akamai" <akamai.nakuma@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:5d9f5b5a-bb6d-4a2a-93ab-99156d79782f@w1g2000prk.googlegroups.com...
> in my opinion, is to just hold serve. This will free him up mentally
> to have a go at Nadal's service games. So, the first serve % and break
> points saved are the most critical stats for him.




 
Date: 31 Jan 2009 11:56:56
From:
Subject: Re: The most critical thing Fed needs to do
On Jan 31, 2:25=A0pm, RahimAsif <RahimA...@hotmail.com > wrote:
> On Jan 31, 1:11=A0pm, jasoncatlin1...@gmail.com wrote:
>
> > On Jan 31, 1:11=A0pm, RahimAsif <RahimA...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > > On Jan 31, 11:51=A0am, akamai <akamai.nak...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > > > in my opinion, is to just hold serve. This will free him up mentall=
y
> > > > to have a go at Nadal's service games. So, the first serve % and br=
eak
> > > > points saved are the most critical stats for him.
>
> > > Doubt that it will save him. This isn't a particularly fast court, an=
d
> > > Fed makes has too many loose service games every match (where he gift=
s
> > > about 2 easy points with quick and easy UE) and that will cost him bi=
g
> > > time in this match. Nadal in straights, at most 4 sets...
>
> > What if he converts break point chances better than he did in the
> > Wimby final?
>
> Unless Fed plays exceptionally well, which hardly ever happens against
> Nadal (or maybe its time to say Nadal doesn't allow him to play well),
> I doubt Fed will get too many breakpoint chances. Remember Verdesco
> was playing out of his mind and he managed a whopping 4 BP in 5
> gruelling sets (3 of which were decided on tiebreaks)...

Well, I think the consensus is that Nadal's serve is more effective on
grass than it is on hard, and even
then how many break points did Fed squander in last year's Wimby
final?

Obviously, if Fed plays nervously and dumps a bunch of backhand
returns in the net for no reason that
will boost Rafa's chances considerably, but Fed still has the big edge
in the serve department and should
generate his fair share of chances to break. He's just got to do a
better job of capitalizing.

As far as the Verdasco match, even if there weren't a lot of break
point chances, there were other games that
were 0-30 and Fernando didn't capitalize. And I distinctly remember
one where Verdasco had 0-30 and Rafa hit four
straight service winners, so a really unusual way for him to get out
of a jam.

Logic tells us there are bound to be a couple of close sets out of the
first three. Rafa pretty much has to win two out of those 3 imo or
else it's going to be a major uphill climb to come back from two sets
to 1 down after playing a 5 hour + semifinal. I'd rate Fed's chances
higher if he's the one down 2 sets to 1 under the circumstances.


 
Date: 31 Jan 2009 11:25:04
From: RahimAsif
Subject: Re: The most critical thing Fed needs to do
On Jan 31, 1:11=A0pm, jasoncatlin1...@gmail.com wrote:
> On Jan 31, 1:11=A0pm, RahimAsif <RahimA...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > On Jan 31, 11:51=A0am, akamai <akamai.nak...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > > in my opinion, is to just hold serve. This will free him up mentally
> > > to have a go at Nadal's service games. So, the first serve % and brea=
k
> > > points saved are the most critical stats for him.
>
> > Doubt that it will save him. This isn't a particularly fast court, and
> > Fed makes has too many loose service games every match (where he gifts
> > about 2 easy points with quick and easy UE) and that will cost him big
> > time in this match. Nadal in straights, at most 4 sets...
>
> What if he converts break point chances better than he did in the
> Wimby final?

Unless Fed plays exceptionally well, which hardly ever happens against
Nadal (or maybe its time to say Nadal doesn't allow him to play well),
I doubt Fed will get too many breakpoint chances. Remember Verdesco
was playing out of his mind and he managed a whopping 4 BP in 5
gruelling sets (3 of which were decided on tiebreaks)...


 
Date: 31 Jan 2009 11:11:21
From:
Subject: Re: The most critical thing Fed needs to do
On Jan 31, 1:11=A0pm, RahimAsif <RahimA...@gmail.com > wrote:
> On Jan 31, 11:51=A0am, akamai <akamai.nak...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > in my opinion, is to just hold serve. This will free him up mentally
> > to have a go at Nadal's service games. So, the first serve % and break
> > points saved are the most critical stats for him.
>
> Doubt that it will save him. This isn't a particularly fast court, and
> Fed makes has too many loose service games every match (where he gifts
> about 2 easy points with quick and easy UE) and that will cost him big
> time in this match. Nadal in straights, at most 4 sets...

What if he converts break point chances better than he did in the
Wimby final?


 
Date: 31 Jan 2009 10:11:19
From: RahimAsif
Subject: Re: The most critical thing Fed needs to do
On Jan 31, 11:51=A0am, akamai <akamai.nak...@gmail.com > wrote:
> in my opinion, is to just hold serve. This will free him up mentally
> to have a go at Nadal's service games. So, the first serve % and break
> points saved are the most critical stats for him.

Doubt that it will save him. This isn't a particularly fast court, and
Fed makes has too many loose service games every match (where he gifts
about 2 easy points with quick and easy UE) and that will cost him big
time in this match. Nadal in straights, at most 4 sets...