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  1. Nadal News » Blog Archive » RafaLint: May 18th

    […] Return of Serve Analysis: Rafael Nadal Dominates at the Right Time – by Juan José (changeovertennis.com) […]

  2. Amit
    Amit May 19, 2013 at 12:20 am |

    Juan Jose,

    I have a simpler assessment of this match. In spite of all that easy-power business, Tomas Berdych doesn’t play all that well against top-class returners.

    Explains his H2H and match patterns against Djokovic, Nadal, Ferrer and Murray. He was owned by Federer as well, up until the point where Fed’s returning skills diminished. Explains the trend from 2004-2009 and change therafter.

    It is somewhat unlikely that Nadal made a huge quality leap in 2 matches from Gulbis to Berdych. Tomas looked even more helpless up until 5-2, 2nd set against Djokovic.

  3. Tennisfan
    Tennisfan May 19, 2013 at 12:31 am |

    Disappointed in this match. Berdych zones in on against Novak but cannot replicate against Nadal. Don’t see him ever winning a slam-for that reason alone, he can never back up after he wins against one of the big guns.

    All Berdych had to do was turn up and lose. Didn’t see Nadal as being impressive as everyone thought as his opponent allowed him to play like that. Doubt Fed will allow him to play like that in the final. I’m guessing your picking Nadal JJ for the title?

    Should Nadal lose though, what’s the go on French Open favourites? That would mean the big three (sorry Murray, get it together on clay maybe?) would have split the three masters which usually gives us a clear indication of the French. Would be interesting for sure…

    Should Murray give the French a miss and Nadal moves back to fourth, I’ll be intrigued to see the FO draw, if they draw 2 and 3 together, it’ll be certain that they’ve rigged it.

  4. Ray Stonada
    Ray Stonada May 19, 2013 at 10:22 am |

    Wait, you’re not doing a live blog for the Rome final?!?!

    It feels like 2006 again today…

    (I have been loving the site, by the way, and reading from cover to cover.)

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