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Come on R-Fed!
Murray's route to the final now looking a lot clearer...he's the highest seed there, aye.
But then I thought, hang on, how good is this dude who beat Nadal? Was it a good victory or was Nadal injured or something?
but it was more a case of Rafa not playing anything close to his normal standard. Dip in form perhaps? Federer beat him on clay at the Madrid Masters a couple of weeks ago after all.
put i'd be suprised if he's got three more of those games in him - he's a very temperamental player and is likely to throw a wobbler somewhere down the line. To be honest, I don't think he'll be able to beat Davydenko or Verdasco in the quarters.
Rafa was 100-1 ON according to coral. Fuck me.
I don't see that, personally. It's been pretty obvious for the past year or so that Nadal's body has started to suffer, and it was only a matter of time before he went out of a grand slam before reaching the last eight.
And to be honest, I think that it's more likely that he'd go out against someone like Soderling, rather than someone in the top ten.
It's the French! He's never lost in it before.
but by its nature (longer rallies, energy-sapping surface etc), and the nature of the many warm-up tournaments, it's the one slam in which I could see him having an off-day this year.
He'll never get over it
Then given verdasco is out as well!
This is Federer's to lose now I suppose. Although the one thing I do like about the French Open is that (until Nadal came along, at least) they always had (relatively) crazy obscure winners who do bugger all elsewhere. Stick a fiver on Del Potro, STAT.
2 sets down.
I hate watching federer lose :(
That is a big if though. It would be interesting to see how Murray would handle the pressure of top seed (though I don't think he'd be favourite by any means)
I except federer from this general rule. 'Great' in so many ways.
He's tall and two-handed on the backhand which helped him a lot. That said, Rafa was off his game a bit. Soderling was just relentless though and so calm and controlled. I kept expecting him to drop away but he didn't. Totally creaming the ball but not chasing lines and moving Nadal all around.
Big ask though as he hasn't been looking that great (by his standards all season)
I'd fucking love Fed to win it! The most graceful athlete I can think of, well him and super ally :)
He was good in Madrid and although he has dropped sets so far he has looked pretty consistent. He says that it is only just before Madrid that his back had got better so he could start training properly again.
Federer back in it, it looks like.
having said that, Haas replied with a sublime lob on his next service game.
Set 3 to Fed! :D
Great celebration too :)
If Fed gets through this match I could see Monfils giving him serious trouble.
Fed up 2 breaks now in the 4th. Should be Fed's but hopefully Haas doesn't have much left for the 5th.
did anyone hear Nadal's post-match press conference? He seemed pretty cool and took defeat with good grace and humour.
Both Nadal and Fed are great ambassadors (sp?) for the sport.
So much strength in depth. Top 4 are all excellent players and have plenty of personality.
Just makes the state of the women's game look completely ridiculous.