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  1. qtaro
    qtaro March 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm |

    Love your final thoughts. I was rooting for Delpo, but it’s so good to see Rafa back. The way he plays in adverse situations never ceases to amaze and inspire.

  2. Nadal News » Blog Archive » RafaLint: March 17th

    […] LiveAnalysis: Rafael Nadal vs Juan Martín del Potro in the Indian Wells Final – by Juan José (changeovertennis.com) […]

  3. Jewell
    Jewell March 18, 2013 at 2:24 am |


  4. Margie
    Margie March 18, 2013 at 7:32 am |

    Thanks again JJ for a wonderful write up and play by play analysis…………..just wonderful and so fair to both players. As you know I am a Rafafan ALL the way (like Amy) but Delpo was such a fighter and great sport that I really admired him as a person as well as a wonderful tennis player.
    Rafa was, well……………Rafa and that megawatt smile throughout all the ceremonies just mirrored all the joy (and relief) of his fans!! Vamos Rafa!!! What a gift you are to tennis and all of us who love tennis (and RAFA)!!
    And what a wonderful gift The Changeover site is to those of us who don’t get to see all the game action live………..if at all. Thanks again!

  5. Aube
    Aube March 18, 2013 at 8:57 am |

    RAFAEL AWESOME NADAL,aka Nadou baby:) enough said…I’m usually a Tom Sawyerette on Monday but today I’m all smiles…

    Felt a little bit sad for Del Po last night mixed up with my joy for Rafa but the truth of the matter is how INCREDIBLE it is from his return to now that he’s bagged 3 titles and one runner up trophy,not unbelievable, just kind of early-ish to be expected…so I’m rooting for Del Po in Miami,hopefully he won’t be too exhausted…

    Rafa is a warrior,and a tennis lover,he’s got hopefully plenty of other pleasant suprises for us fans

    Va mos Rafael adorable Nadou baby!

  6. marron
    marron March 18, 2013 at 9:06 am |

    Loved the whole piece, JJ, especially your final thoughts. You are a fantastic writer!
    I shouldn’t have been surprised to see how quickly Rafa went from tentative movement and shotmaking decision to full-on HC mode within the space of a month, I recall being amazed at his efforts at ’06 Wimbledon. You could see him figuring out how to play on grass with every single match – every time, he was tons better than the last match. The guy is a quick study, no?
    These last two matches were exactly what Rafa needed to get back into the swing, so to speak – two tough opponents, and a dogfight vs Juan DP. We all know Rafa loves to fight – it makes him happy… but also hones his tennis skills.
    And Del Potro? Fantastic, it’s just great to see him finally (fully) back from that long injury – I think this tourney will give him great confidence in the future. He will be a force to be reckoned with. Some of those FH’s I saw in the final? I call them ‘take your head off forehands’ – jeebus! Lethal, deadly, there is no way anybody’s going to get one of those back.

    What a great tourney, great result, I’m happy for both guys, especially the Rafa. Thanks so much for the analysis!

  7. L
    L March 18, 2013 at 10:22 am |

    Great analysis and summary of the match, one of the best I’ve read. Really enjoying the site and your match analyses! Love your humor and love for the sport. As a Rafa fan and having watched him play some epics and come through a lot of sticky situations in the past I was still in awe of how he was able to pull through this match. This guy is just amazing and something truly special. Speaking of the forehand to forehand battles, watching the top guys and especially the big 3 (Fed, Rafa and Novak) the more you realize the importance of the forehand and having variety on that side, and I’m wondering if even with the improvements Murray’s made to his if he can ever get it to a level where he’ll be able to dominate the way they can and if that will be important for him going forward to win more slams.

    Regarding the match, I was wondering why Delpo didn’t go after Rafa’s 2nd serve more the way he went after Novak’s, although many players have mentioned Rafa’s 2nd serve can be deceptively good.

  8. Tennisfan
    Tennisfan March 18, 2013 at 11:26 am |

    So excited to see what this season brings after that totally unexpected final.

    Butttttt i do think things will go back to normal next week in Miami with Djokovic or Murray probably winning the title. No fed or rafa this year, Miami will be a bit empty no doubt.

  9. Tennisfan
    Tennisfan March 18, 2013 at 11:29 am |

    Shocking stat on the breakpoint conversion btw for Nadal-4/18?

    Rafael Federer…

  10. SamG
    SamG March 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm |

    Great live analysis, insightful thoughts about both players, totally respectful and knowledgeable.
    Your site is a wonderful place to come for tennis information and analysis. Keep up the good work!

  11. Fairypin
    Fairypin March 21, 2013 at 3:28 pm |

    I’ve just found your website after 2-3 days enjoying, finding, reading articles about Rafa’s win at Indian wells 2013. Your analysis and everything youv’e done above (stats, thoughts etc.)are fantastic, brilliant exactly.

    Thank you very very much for this totally worth-reading analysis.

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