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Rock Stars For a Week 11/25/2010 - 11:38 PM

Bb by Hannah Wilks, TennisWorld Contributing Writer

Numbers are a big part of any tennis fan's life, and there’s always a day at the year-end championship when the numbers take centre stage. Last year, Andy Murray was denied a place in the semifinals by an abstract mathematical calculation, a del Potro second-serve ace and a Hawkeye challenge; a matter of millimetres and the progress of the championships was altered. This year, Murray is ranked No. 5 and back at the O2 among the elite; del Potro, last year’s finalist, played six matches in 2010 and is currently ranked No. 262 due to the vagaries of injury. Sometimes numbers do tell the whole story.

It’s clear today that the organizers here at the ATP World Tour Finals have learned from the embarrassments of last year. Everywhere, the big screens flash group standings and qualification scenarios for the crowds; the media are handed briefing notes updating the latest outcomes and possibilities at regular intervals. Permutations and probabilities are bandied back and forth at the bar, on the stairs, in whispers inside the arena. It starts to feel like a drinking game (sponsored by Corona, of course)Soderling took it to a tiebreak: two fingers! Murray won more than four games in a set: down in one!

As it turns out, however, everybody might as well have left their calculators at home, as the Group B progressions were settled by the simplest of eventualities; Roger Federer defeated Robin Soderling 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a majestic defensive display, leaving himself in solitary state as the first player to qualify for the semifinals. The Swede is eliminated from contention and heading home for the holidays, with the second semifinal spot to be decided between Andy Murray and David Ferrer. The consensus is that Murray has to win a set, or win a minimum of seven games in losing. It sounds simple, but when is anything with the Scot ever as straightforward as it should be?

It turns out you can’t even depend on Murray to be undependable. He starts off in woeful fashion by losing serve, but before anyone can hunker down for a long night, he recovers and doesn’t look back, winning not just the first set but the second to book his semifinal spot. David Ferrer leaves London without winning a match, Murray gets to experience a semifinal Saturday at the O2, and everyone’s left with rather an anticlimactic feeling.

But the most interesting numbers of the day for me are the ones that come up in the Bryan brothers’ press conference, after the twins have sealed their qualification for the semifinals by beating Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes in straight sets, afterwards being presented with the ATP fans’ favorite award. Their numbers in 2010 tell their own story: two Grand Slams, in Melbourne and New York. Their 600th match win in Delray Beach. The sixth time they have finished the year ranked No. 1. Their 62nd championship win in L.A., surpassing the all-time career titles record. Those are GOAT numbers, even if they have to be marginally qualified with the insertion of' 'team.'

Having accomplished all of this, there’s a sad inevitability to the main thrust of the questionsthe health of the doubles game. Usually, it’s the aging of the viewer demographic that is the concern, not the participants. But the average age of the players in this year’s draw is 32, as opposed to 26 in the singles; the youngest player in the doubles draw is the 26-year-old Philipp Petzchner, a relative baby next to 39-year-old Dick Norman. The oldest player in the singles is Federer at 29 and the draw includes two 23-year-olds, Murray and Djokovic. A Bryan (I can’t tell them apart when they’re not holding their racquets) acknowledges the problem: These 20 guys are the same guys we’ve been playing against for the last 10 years. We’re all still at the top of the game. There aren’t a lot of guys breaking through. It’s being repopulated by singles players. It used to be the Top 50 guys used to have two or three singles players in it. Now it’s half and half.

Think about that for a minute. Then name, if you can, one successful doubles specialist who is under 25 and who promises much for the future. It’s easy to dismiss doubles, an attitude that I’ve been guilty of myself; it’s an opportunity to see more of your favourite singles players, perhaps, or a way to kill time while you’re waiting for some real action to begin. I’ve had the opportunity this week to watch the best playing the best, and yet until today, the most attention I’ve paid to the top seeds is to enjoy the slo-mo replay of Mike getting hit in the back of the head with Bob’s serve. Or possibly the other way around.

Doubles doesn’t just require discipline; it is a discipline. Jurgen Melzer, No. 11 in the world, teamed with a solid singles player in Petzchner, still found himself eliminated today by Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski. Nobody’s going to stop the latter team in the street, but they are masters of their sport and the specific skills it rewards. Power from the baseline can accomplish much, but it can still be rendered impotent by the cool head and practiced hands required to finish a point at the net. How different might today’s singles results have been had Robin Soderling had the split-second confidence to put away Federer’s high, floating ball?

It may all too often be treated as an encumbrance at worst, a consolation prize at bestnot a lot of kids growing up wanting to be the best in the world in doubles, as even said best players admitbut if doubles as an end in itself dies, to be replaced by singles players supplementing their incomes and match play, something will be lost. Not just the particular skills of serve and volley, familiarity and precision at net, but a sport that rewards eccentricity and uniqueness, the coming together of two players that separately would have been very ordinary to become something greater than the sum of their parts.

Any commenter or commentator is familiar with those who lament tennis’ increasing homogeneity; they should watch more doubles. Yesterday, a day that saw public complaints from one singles player about the time his opponent was taking in order to be physically able to continue the match, I witnessed Max Miyrni bending down to the ground to chat to his partner Mahesh Bhupathi while he received medical attention, folding his angular limbs to put their heads close together. Their opponents, meanwhile, the soon-to-split Nestor and Zimonjic, were as far apart as two players could be, Nestor slumping in a chair shrouded in towels while Zimonjic took energetic practice swings at the far end of the court. Talk about the range of human experience. And today, I’m listening to two people I’ve often derided talk with warmth and a total lack of self-pity about the senescence of the sport they have dedicated their life to, the sport that has made them extraordinary. 

That at least is one thing that the World Tour Finals has going for it, despite the occasional limpness of the round-robin format. I haven’t seen the arena less than two-thirds full for a doubles match this week; they’ve been cheered, slow-clapped, bemoaned, had their names chanted. There’s nothing like it, a Bryan says; when you have intros, smoke, lights, music, you have goosebumps … We feel like rock stars.

To be treated like stars one week out of fifty-two isn’t the best ratio, but for a team who have broken the greatest of records, it’s a lot better than none.


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Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:33 AM

just horsen Thanks for that.

Posted by tina (ajde, Novak: handsome and talented Balkans #1, world #3, Davis Cup hero, AO 2008 titleist, reigning USO finalist, cutest butt in tennis, rapper, the face of Belgrade t-shirts, Novak water and Restaurant - don't u wish your polyglot was hott like me) 11/26/2010 at 10:33 AM

Well, I don't get how by stopping play, the point went to Rafa. Carlos made the out call, Berdych successfully challenged. It would seem to me that without the over-rule, and Rafa stopping play, the point would go to Berdych. I don't see any scenario for a re-play.

But that set's over, anyway. I like them both. But it's not every day we see Rafa freak out like this.

Posted by yello fuzzy 11/26/2010 at 10:34 AM

Happy Magenta and Mustard everyone
I see Rafa is snarling his way to another solid win

Posted by Andrew 11/26/2010 at 10:34 AM

Master Ace - yup, you're right. Nadal hasn't won Group A yet. But he has qualified.

Posted by yello fuzzy 11/26/2010 at 10:36 AM

Rafa thinks pace is yummy

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:36 AM

The rule if you stop play and the ball is judged in, then the person who stopped play loses the point. That's what happened to Murray last nite. So it was Berdych's point.

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 11/26/2010 at 10:37 AM

Rafa's argument is that he hit the ball over the net as Carlos called Berdych's shot out, so even if Berdych challenged correctly the point should have been replayed.

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:37 AM

Come on Rafa, break him here.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/26/2010 at 10:38 AM

Wilson - you're so right. :) Anyway, it doesn't matter - still no excuse for losing one's temper quite like that.

Still - not the end of the world.

Berdych doing well in this game.

Posted by Andrew 11/26/2010 at 10:38 AM

tina: it's the sequence. Because Nadal stopped play before Bernades said that in his judgement the ball was out, the point ended when Nadal stopped play. Had Bernades overruled and then Nadal stopped play, the point would have been replayed.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:38 AM

Come on Rafa its deuce good for a early break in the 2nd set

No drama please

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:38 AM

Papo: Rafa stopped playing thinking the ball was out.

Posted by eclipse22 (rafagirl VAMOS RAFA WINNER OF ALL FOUR GRAND SLAMS) 11/26/2010 at 10:39 AM

temes
that is so true, i'm around a lot of people from santo domingo and i use think they were having a showdown when it would turn out they were just speaking about something really mundane...i now know better ,since i understand what they say now( a few yrs watching univision and telemundo will do wonders for ur comprehension levels)

vamos rafa break him already, its not his serve that is keeping thomas alive!

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 10:39 AM

30-40 for Rafael as Tomas BH long
Rafael 0/2 BP(Tomas 0/2)
40-40 Rafael FH return wide after Tomas served wide
A-40 Rafael nets FH return
Tomas holds as Rafael nets FH

Rafael to serve 7-6(3),1-all

Posted by mg 11/26/2010 at 10:39 AM

GB: I guess it makes me optimistic because the outburst wasn't a bluff. He didn't get upset because he was making stupid errors. Rather, he was in the heat of the battle and he backed up the anger with big shots. He seems like he's on a good trajectory this tournament. Of course, I'll be just as nervous when he plays tomorrow.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:39 AM

Tomas using good variety of serving soo far in this match

Rafa?? you again had chances to break

Posted by x-fan 11/26/2010 at 10:40 AM

Maybe it's a new hard court tactic for Rafa:

Find something to complain about + get really angry = victory ;-)

Seriously though, he hasn't been comfortable at all in this tournament.

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 11/26/2010 at 10:41 AM

Carlos should just have let Rafa's challege go forward, then there would have been no controversy.

Posted by NP 11/26/2010 at 10:41 AM

Papo, not sure what your point is. Normally when you make an incorrect challenge, as Nadal did, you lose the point. Now if you're trying to say that Rafa didn't get to make a challenge technically because the umpire himself overruled the original call, then you've got a point. I'm guessing the decision then is left to the umpire's discretion because that's how Carlos acted, but frankly I'm not sure what the exact rule is here.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:42 AM

Rafa theres that inside out f/hand which is your best shot

Come on your have that "face on" at the moment

Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 10:42 AM

Who did they say that hot guy next to Tio Toni is?

Posted by Ruth 11/26/2010 at 10:42 AM

jewell: I enjoy tantrums -- if they're RARE, as in the case of both Federer and Nadal. :-) And they're even more fun in the player's native language, even when I don't nderstand a word!

OTOH Regular and frequent tantrums, like those of my own dear Roddick, are not so much fun, though not yet bad enough for me to abandon him after a decade of fanship. :)

It's funny that we're seeing two matches today in which the contesting players have a bit of unpleasant history between them.

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:42 AM

Robbie and Jason have left the building. Too much talk about Iron Maiden and Shakira.

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 11/26/2010 at 10:44 AM

"Now if you're trying to say that Rafa didn't get to make a challenge technically because the umpire himself overruled the original call, then you've got a point."

Yes, that's my point, but I see the other side too. Rafa did stop play. Oh well.

Posted by NP 11/26/2010 at 10:44 AM

"Carlos should just have let Rafa's challege go forward, then there would have been no controversy."

Yes, this is what he should've done. You don't overrule the linesperson unless you're pretty damn sure.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:44 AM

x fan I think Rafa has been so wanting to play well here

I agree I felt in the 1st match to me he looked nervy and full of rust

Though I just see a Rafa who wants this tournament,After last years dismal performance as well.

Posted by jackson 11/26/2010 at 10:44 AM

x-fan at 10:23 AM - Thanks for your translation of what Rafa was saying. I'm still laughing about how agitated he was and the look on his face after. Man! I wouldn't have wanted to be on the other side of the net looking at him!! :D


Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 10:45 AM

mg: well, obviously, I hope you're right! He has just seemed unRafalike this whole week to me.

Posted by NP 11/26/2010 at 10:45 AM

Papo, gotcha. I really wonder what rules exactly apply in a case like this.

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 10:46 AM

I can't wait till nadal is 29 years old and losing a lot. It's going to be SWEET

Posted by lilscot 11/26/2010 at 10:46 AM

AM:

Well, after the first set I was able to remove my I.V. drip. Now I'm just relying on good ol' fashioned vodka!

And I LOVE Vamos! I yell it all the time. I'm even wearing my t-shirt that says, !Vamos Rafa! on it...

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:46 AM

Ruth: I'm with you. I like it when Rafa and Roger lose it sometimes as you said it so rare that they get angry on the court.

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 10:46 AM

24-12 Rafael 13-22 Tomas at 6-7(3),1-2(0-15)

Posted by Anonymous Canadian 11/26/2010 at 10:46 AM

MikeDC: "I'm sorry, but watching some of the doubles this week there is a top player (Mariusz Fyrstenberg? Marcin Matkowskiarwho?) looks like he just ate David Nalbandian and then had Marcos Baghdatis for dessert. I just can't get into watching it as anything more than background noise."

I think you are talking about Marcin Matkowski. Indeed, my girlfriend and I used to refer to him as "The Fat One" for most of the match yesterday until we ascertained the names of the Poles... Having said that, this guy has a huge serve and great passing shots (see my earlier report on the matches yesterday) and I enjoyed watching him play (not so much for my girlfriend who wanted the Melzer team to win).

Posted by lilscot 11/26/2010 at 10:47 AM

wilson:

No worries. You're maybe just a more serious person that I am and that's cool. :)

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:47 AM

Okay Rafa Tomas is down love 30 on serve

Come on

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:47 AM

Come Rafa, time to put Berdych out of his misery.

Posted by x-fan 11/26/2010 at 10:48 AM

Again, just to clarify, Rafa was very agitated yes but I heard every single word he said in Spanish and not once he was disrespectful towards the umpire. He just seemed to really believe he was in the right and was outraged.

AM,
I agree with you. I think he put too much pressure on himself after the poor showing last year.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:48 AM

Good tennis from Tomas Rafa making him play those shots though

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:49 AM

Pfft ROS Rafa?

Posted by lilscot 11/26/2010 at 10:49 AM

The commies are so right about how Rafa takes any aggression or anger he has at a bad call and just channels it into even better play.

Posted by NP 11/26/2010 at 10:49 AM

Berd is making Sod look like a schmuck at the net by comparison. Dude's movement still sucks, but at least he knows how to hit a proper volley.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:50 AM

lilscot Indeed after that drama Rafa has had his "face on"

OPay Rafa b/point and ad

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:50 AM

lilscot: You can't assume that. I'll have you know I'm as laid back as they come. I just see things on this occasion different to you. Is it okay to do that?

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/26/2010 at 10:51 AM

I'd rather they just got on with it. I don't think it makes Rafa the devil incarnate, though - or even Johnny Mac. :)

Have to go out, see you all later. :)

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:51 AM

Good variation of serve Tomas

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:51 AM

x-fan: I'm not opposed to Rafa using swear words if he wants.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:52 AM

2nd serve again Rafa?

okay deuce

Keep pushing Rafa

Posted by just horsen 11/26/2010 at 10:52 AM

AM: you're welcome.

Come on Rafa! BREAK HIM NOW!

game time already at 7min 15sec

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:54 AM

Thats the way Rafa keep it low

Deuce

Come keep it up

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:54 AM

Good ROS Rafa

Your ad use it

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 10:55 AM

40-40 Tomas FH long
40-A Tomas BH long
Rafael 0/3 BP(Tomas 0/2)
40-40 Rafael BH wide after Tomas came in behind serve and hit FH
A-40 Tomas service winner wide
40-40 Tomas BH long
A-40 Tomas FH winner
40-40 Tomas nets FH
40-A Tomas FH long
Rafael breaks as Tomas nets drop shot

Rafael to serve 7-6(3),3-1

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:55 AM

Berdych is out.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:55 AM

Hell Tomas what was that shot all about????????

Rafa breaks

Posted by just horsen 11/26/2010 at 10:55 AM

some really nice tennis today. Both guys seem to be hitting the ball well...and Rafa has even gone into "little rabbit bouncing back and forth" mode on a couple points.

braindead shot from Tomas. Rafa breaks!

Posted by NP 11/26/2010 at 10:55 AM

Berd the dumbass just makes the most boneheaded DS of the tourney and donates a BP. Dumbass!!!!!!!

Posted by lilscot 11/26/2010 at 10:55 AM

What a bad time to try a really crappy drop-shot. His arm had no strength at all in that shot. Vamos Rafa with the break. Cartwheels and sommersaults!

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 11/26/2010 at 10:55 AM

Well, Tomas has fought tooth and nail in this match, but now you get the sense Rafa is in control. Still only one break of serve though.

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 10:56 AM

All I have to do is just wait nadal out. He will get old eventually.

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 10:57 AM

What time is Rafa-Murray? Look, Pat Cash sucking up to a celebrity again.

Posted by just horsen 11/26/2010 at 10:58 AM

Rafa might actually consolidate the break w\o any of his usual "excitement"!

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 10:58 AM

NP I stil cant believe that attempt from Tomas there


Hell my un fav Aussie Pat Cash is here.

Posted by just horsen 11/26/2010 at 10:58 AM

wilson75: 3pm eastern time.

Posted by GB 11/26/2010 at 10:59 AM

Don't you go getting broken back here Rafa!

Posted by Holds 2 Love 11/26/2010 at 10:59 AM

that DS for the break was definitely in Gauloises's "oh lord, what were you thinking?" category

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 11:00 AM

just horsen: Thanks.

Posted by just horsen 11/26/2010 at 11:00 AM

...nevermind, I spoke to soon. Rafa now intent on making this game as exciting as possible.

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 11:00 AM

40-40 Rafael FH wide after coming forward behind FH but Tomas BH made him step back
A-40 Tomas FH wide after body serve by Rafael
Rafael consolidates with FH DTL too hot for Tomas

Papo,
Nadal is looking forward to a match with Murray tomorrow as he leads 7-6(3),4-1

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 11:00 AM

just horsen Dosent he always lol!

Posted by just horsen 11/26/2010 at 11:00 AM

you're welcome, wilson75.

Rafa some really nice FH's on that point.

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 11/26/2010 at 11:01 AM

MA, that particular match-up has barnburner writen all over it.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 11:02 AM

Good point construction Rafa another break might be nice

Posted by NP 11/26/2010 at 11:02 AM

AM, Berd is a dumbass.

Posted by The Mighty Nadal 11/26/2010 at 11:02 AM

Nadal is playing well, and he has a good shot against Murray. Good shot at winning against Federer. (If both get through the semi)

Posted by Heather 11/26/2010 at 11:03 AM

Morning everyone! Just got back from shopping and would really appreciate it if Rafa won this in straights!

Lleyton hired Tony Roche back? I thought Lleyton was perhaps headed to retirement?

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 11:03 AM

Papo: I hope it will be. So far the matches that we thought would be barn-burners turned out to be beatdowns.

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 11:04 AM

Berdych has left the building.

Posted by just horsen 11/26/2010 at 11:04 AM

AM: true, he does. i wish sometime though he'd realize that as much as he seems to enjoy it, he doesn't have to push himself, or his fans to the edge every single service game. I mean the guy's responsible for 75% of my chocolate intake this yr!

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 11:04 AM

Thats the way good low return Rafa and you get the error

Come on Break him

Posted by lilscot 11/26/2010 at 11:05 AM

I love that Pat Cash and the guitarist from Iron Maiden are in Rafa's box. Is it just me or does it look like Pat just smoked a joint??

Posted by Papo (Got Nadal?) 11/26/2010 at 11:05 AM

Wilson75, there's also the tantalizing possibility of the regular season ending with a Fedal final ; )

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 11:05 AM

just horsen only 75%???

Posted by just horsen 11/26/2010 at 11:05 AM

Rafa w\50 baseline winners to Berdych's 23.

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 11:06 AM

15-40 Tomas FH long on mid-court ball
Rafael 1/5 BP(Tomas 0/2)
30-40 Rafael BH DTL wide
Rafael breaks as Tomas DF

Rafael serving to face Andy M tomorrow 7-6(3),5-1

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 11:06 AM

Hmmm d/fault from Tomas

Rafa will serve for the match at 5-1

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 11:06 AM

VAMOS TOMAS BREAK HIM!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 11:06 AM

lilscot: They're not exactly in Rafa's box. They are sitting in the box next to the players box, where Maradona sits when he comes to watch.

Posted by NP 11/26/2010 at 11:06 AM

Berd DFs again, this time on a BP! Dumbass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by The Mighty Nadal 11/26/2010 at 11:07 AM

Yup, another break! Second set 5-1, Nadal leading!

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 11:07 AM

Papo: I'm hoping that the "dream" final will take place on Sunday.

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 11:07 AM

NP I could be a rich woman if I counted all the Dumbass comments you have made soo far in this tournmaent

Posted by thedevilkaiser 11/26/2010 at 11:08 AM

"How different might today’s singles results have been had Robin Soderling had the split-second confidence to put away Federer’s high, floating ball?"

That's just absurd. If Soderling had that split-second confidence at the net, what are the chances he would also have the baseline power game to be in the top 5 in the world to begin with?

Posted by Ausiemarg,Madame President,Rafa London Is Calling! 11/26/2010 at 11:08 AM

Rafa with a Roger like attempt though he misses the court Ahhh

Practice makes perfect Rafa lol!

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 11:09 AM

Rafa's feeling real good to try the tweener.

Posted by Master Ace 11/26/2010 at 11:09 AM

15-0 Tomas FH return long
15-15 Rafael FH wide
30-15 Rafael CC FH winner
30-30 Rafael shot b/w legs sails wide after Tomas gets to volley
40-30 Rafael BH passing shot winner after Tomas comes forward and hit OH
Rafael wins the match as Tomas BH return sails long

Rafael Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych 7-6(3),6-1

Posted by The Mighty Nadal 11/26/2010 at 11:10 AM

Np-Why waste your precious time on always cheering against Nadal. Does that make you happy.He wins over 80% of his matches anyway.

Posted by jenny 11/26/2010 at 11:10 AM

DISGUSTING

Posted by just horsen 11/26/2010 at 11:10 AM

Rafa officially knocking the socks off Berdych at this point! not that I mind though!

AM: yea, my favorite baseball and Hockey teams accounting for the other 25% percent. Somehow I have a knack for picking fav teams that lead thier leagues in winning 1point games.

Posted by Heather 11/26/2010 at 11:10 AM

Thank you, Rafa!

Posted by wilson75 11/26/2010 at 11:10 AM

Very good match. It was very similar to Roger's match against Soderling. Berdych still a headcase.

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