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I am a stout tennis fan and observer, in love with the game.
Anders, would you mind explaining to me what happened that has resulted in you being unable to write anymore?
I'm sorry you can't write anymore. I'd be willing to read some more if you wanted to keep writing.
It's not only deleted, the “syndicated writer” badge (i.e. you can't write) is gone as well.
I'd love to see the email.
Thanks for reaching out Anders. This was just my honest reaction to the Federer loss. Djokovic is far and away the world's #1 right now, and Roger's lost 10 of his last 14 matches against Rafa.
In my opinion, you have to be in the top tier in your sport to be elite, and right now, Nadal and Djokovic make up that top tier. This definitely seems to be an unpopular opinion, but it's the way I see it.
I appreciate your input. And I definitely take Federer over Sampras.
Thanks for the fan add Anders!
Anders, look at this. I wrote it out of sheer inspiration :)
“Shoot for the moon, because if you miss, you’ll land upon the stars.”
As I sit here reading Rafa Nadal’s Press Conference after his almost 6 hour match (in which he lost 7-5 4-6 2-6 7-6(5) 5-7 to the current World #1 and Defending Champion Novak Djokovic), this is what runs through my mind.
Regarding the match, Rafa won the first set with a gameplan in mind, but Novak came back with “the black shirt” to win the next 2 sets dominantly. At that point in time, Rafa looked like he lost his belief in everything. But in the 4th set, he discovered a bit of magic when down 3-4 on his own serve 0-40. He saved 3 break points, essentially match points, and went on to win in a crucial tiebreaker. The 5th set? Brilliant from Rafa. He ended up breaking but at 4-2, 30-15, Rafa missed a BHDTL on an open court by inches. Novak went on to win that game. Inevitably, the championship match. 6 hours of the most grueling tennis I have ever seen in my life. 6 hours. And Rafa was so close to putting away the 0-6 vs Nole carrying over from 2011. But Nole showed the fighting spirit and will necessary to come out in the end. And what a match.
Many people can only find the negatives in Rafa losing. Nole is now going for the Career Grand Slam and the Grand Slam at the French Open, Rafa’s “domain” and stranglehold slam. It’s going to be a hell of a Grand Slam tournament, that’s for sure. But people are saying that Rafa can never beat Novak again, because he can’t even beat a fatigued Novak. I think that’s so unfair to Rafa. Because they have forgotten that most picked Rafa not even to get past Rog in the semis, Rafa has made 4 GS Finals in a row, and 7 out of the past 9 Finals in the GS. But Rafa made bad history by losing 3 consecutive Finals in a row. To one man. Novak Djokovic.
People don’t understand the magnitude of what this means for Rafa as a player. What did he say after the USO? He feels he was on the way. Today, he pushed Novak to the utmost level of epic proportions. And it was a sight. I’m sure that Rafa was a little down, but to be part of such an amazing match, and to show he has what it takes to hurt Novak, it took real guts to play a more aggressive/uncomfortable style of game. And with that, Rafa gave me hope. Undeniably a little amount of hope, at that
I don’t think he deserves all the ragging. He’s never been in a situation like this before, and NO it has nothing to do with the “karma” from what he did to Roger. When did Roger ever lose 7 times in a row This is Rafa. A completely different person. He wants to work hard to push Novak. He’s always had to overcome expectations and players by switching up parts of his game.
Once more, what’s with all the bandwagon fans of Roger too, joining Novak? That’s just preposterous, especially when Novak could be beating Roger, by then end of the day, too.
With the trophy ceremony, Rafa was classy as always in acknowledging everyone there, and Novak as classy in his words about Rafa. Both looked like they were ready to keel over, by that time too. They even got to sit in chairs for a few minutes!!
I like this specific question Nole got asked in his presser, if he felt sorry for Rafa:
Q. Is there any part of you that feels a little bit sorry for Rafa? I mean, he keeps coming up against you in the final and he keeps losing.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, you know, I was in that position. I was in that position a couple years ago, you know, losing most of the semifinals and finals against him and Roger in Grand Slams so I know how it feels.
I really thought what I said sincerely on the court, is that unfortunately there had to only be one winner because we both gave it all. We both put 100% of our abilities on the court and played to the last moment.
Unfortunately there couldn't be two winners, but he definitely deserved to be a winner as well tonight. You know, I would be saying same thing if I'm sitting here as a loser.
Great answer by Nole. And I agree. It’s unfortunate there had to be a loser in this one. But I’m sure Rafa will be back. He’s always proved that he can come back, and he’ll make it much more exciting when he does. This is Rafa after all.
I’m not sure how I got to love Rafa, but to me, he remains my favorite closely ahead of Roger.
And I’m going to stick by Rafa no matter what. He’s on the right track, and if he says he feels better, I believe him
My reply on someone to yahooanswers asking if Rafa fans were proud:
I'm a dieheard Rafa fan, too.
And I am extremely proud of Rafa for not giving up. The first set, I can see that Nole was a little rusty, but after Nole took the 2 sets to 1 lead, I thought it was all over. Nothing was working for Rafa. But when Rafa forced that tiebreaker, and even came back after being down a break in the tb, I was just happy for him to reach the 5th set. I really thought he would have won at 4-2 in the 5th, but Nole showed a lot of heart and strength/will to come back. And I loved how they hugged each other at the end. Totally gratifying :)
I think his return position is still al little too far back, but the way he was getting angles and depth on both wings was awesome! If you noticed, he had A LOT of UFE, but most really were only couple inches away from the lines (out), and with practice, he can get the range.
I think the one thing that makes me so proud is that he even made the final in the first place. :)
He could come in on the net a little more too, but that's at his discretion. It all plays on his confidence.
Have you read his post match interview? It's very enlighting and hearty and positive. The fact that he can laugh about losing to Nole now, it shows that he doesn't feel the same as before. He enjoyed being part of this match, too :)
I think some things he could definitely do:
1) Stand closer to the baseline on the 2nd serve........1st is actually closer than the 2nd right now!
2) NET NET NET. His net game>Novak's. Novak doesn't feel as comfortable at the net.
3) BH angles. Don't float the BH down the middle of the court. Go for lines.
4) FH- No boring cross court, unless it's going to drop right in :) More down the line.
5) Serve- Placement is more important than speed. You can't go for wide when playing Nole. You have to go down the t or kick it into his body (since Nole is tall).
Most importantly, Rafa needs to have fun, and enjoy the fact that he's on court playing. By that- I mean emotion. He lacked a lot of emotion in the 2nd half last year, but this year alone at the AO, he's shown more emotion I think than practically the lot of last year!
Also. Don't be dissapointed :) Believe that he'll get there one day, and in the meantime, you'll stick by him forever.
I’m so happy for Rafa. And I truly will be there for him, until he retires from tennis. The best kind of champion there is.
A river splits open a rock, not because of its power but of its persistence.
The one and only.
Great job writing this year!!! Looking forward to more good stuff from you next year!
Have a great new year!!!
That's how it always is, isn't it?
I think the one good thing about the disruption though is the negative effect it has.
At a certain point and before long, the attention paid to it diminishes as does response.
On the writing front, when the tennis picks up in the new year, we might get some articles going out again.
You've been one of the very few consistent and competent posters on the site, so keep it up.
I don't know about the articles bit -myself and B/R don't particularly see face to face on a couple of things- but will continue to make comments for sure.
Sorry did not get a chance to met you at the 02, could not find my passport got to UK late on Wednesday, Then had all kind of problems with my phone. Got banned for fighting with "Guess who back" for the 3rd time. Then got to UK went to passport Office to get 1 week passport, made an appointment, on Dec 5th the Date my flight was leaving for NYC. So Got to office at 9:00 am, got passport by 2:00 pm, got to Paddington by 2:15 Heathrow by 2:30 and my plane was leaving at 4:50. Not bad.