• Nadal aims for second Australian Open title

    1/14/12 3:49 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Nadal aims for second Australian Open title Rafael Nadal will be gunning for title No. 2 Down Under as the season's first Grand Slam is set to kick off on Monday. Nadal is in a section of the draw that also includes Tomas Berdych, Nicolas Almagro, and John Isner.

    Rafael Nadal may endure a few tricky spots in his path to the second weekend of the 2012 Australian Open, but the draw in no way dealt him a bad hand. The second-seeded Spaniard is in a relatively soft final quarter of the bracket which also features top 10 players Tomas Berdych and Nicolas Almagro along with John Isner.

    Nadal could open with a pair of American qualifiers; Alex Kuznetsov followed by Denis Kudla. After a third-round clash likely against either Ivan Ljubicic or Donald Young, the world No. 2 may run into Isner. Nadal and Isner faced each other in round one of last year's French Open, with Nadal surviving in five sets. Isner, of course, is ranked much higher now and he is far more dangerous on hard courts.

    The other half of this section is wide open, with seeded players either injured or simply not in dominant form. Berdych comes in with a slight shoulder issue and Kevin Anderson is dealing with a knee injury. Stanislas Wawrinka has struggled of late and Almagro simply is not a huge threat on this surface. The door could be open for dangerous unseeded floaters such as 2006 runner-up Marcos Baghdatis and fast-rising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

    A host of veterans, meanwhile, will be looking to make some noise near Isner and Nadal. David Nalbandian and Jarkko Nieminen are going head-to-had right off the bat, with the winner slated to meet Isner. Feliciano Lopez and Nikolay Davydenko are on course for a second-round encounter. Tommy Haas is first up against Kudla while Ljubicic begins his campaign against Slovakian qualifier Lukas Lacko.

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Vamos Rafa, let's get this show on the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rafaisthebest , 1/14/12 6:39 PM

'Rafa aims for 2nd Australian title'

That's what I like to hear.

Vamos Rafa

nadline , 1/14/12 7:00 PM

RAFA for Second AO, must be a joke.
His TT withces must have to do Black magic for this, no other way he can do this.

Roger lost to self demons in AO 2009, not to this clay court player.

sabs , 1/15/12 6:48 AM


sabs , 1/15/12 6:53 AM

sabs really? What demons, when he had all the advantages against a tired Rafa! Just accept it, he can't beat Rafa and he cried because of the loss. If anything Rafa has better chance of winning than Fed, now that Fed is in Rafa's half of the draw!

luckystar , 1/15/12 7:05 AM

That is so typical! Roger lost to self demons! No, he lost to a real-life demon named Rafa Nadal! This gets me riled up, because any sane person knows that Rafa has everything, and I mean everything, going against him in that final. He played a marathon five set slugfest with Verdasco and only had one day to recover. He had never won a hard court slam at that point in his career. This was Fed's to lose and lose it he did!

It was one of the great athletic achievements in the sport of tennis. Even Fed knew it, hence those years during the trophy ceremony. There were no excuses this time, none of that nonsense about it being too dark or the rain delays or whatever. Nope, this time Fed had to deal with the fact that he lost a slam that was his for the taking.

It's a shame that some Fed fans still can't deal with it. But that's their problem.

Finally, just who are these tt "witches"? I wasn't aware that there were any witches on this site.

Nativenewyorker , 1/15/12 8:51 AM

TT witches, what TT witches. If only it were that simple.

sabs, you sound desperate. Obviously you are already panicking at the prospects of Rafa and Roger meeting in the SF, but hold your horses, they have to win 5 matches before that.

nadline , 1/15/12 10:13 AM

Sabs - the name is different but the content of your post sounds all too familiar. I get the feeling you have been with us before :) If anyone had the powers you suggest, they would certainly be put to good use.

Just to remind myself how good Rafa was in that AO final against Roger, I shall watch some of it again later on today.

schatz , 1/15/12 11:12 AM

You must be kidding me, sabs. I still rate Nadal's win at the AO as the best tennis he's played against Federer given the circumstances, and the kind of shotmaking he pulled off. The highlight package features some unbelievable plays, you must take a look at it sometime.

Its a shame Nadal went off the boil after his loss to Soderling. That really should have been his year, but these things happen.

samprallica , 1/15/12 3:10 PM

I'm watching that final right now. Rafa was just unassailable. Roger was stretching himself to his limits but Rafa was too much for him. Considering the organizers had arranged for Roger to have 2 days rest as opposed to Rafa's 1 day, Rafa would have killed Roger if the situation had been reversed.

I can understand Roger crying like a baby because he lost because everything had been done to smooth his path to the title and he failed.

nadline , 1/15/12 3:30 PM


i know you will troll very hard for next 10 days ..carry on :)

mani4Tennis , 1/15/12 4:18 PM

^^^^^^like it's been done now with his early start and cakewalk draw................

rafaisthebest , 1/15/12 4:18 PM

^^^yupp.. behave like the entire universe against the rafa!!

mani4Tennis , 1/15/12 5:08 PM

Well thank you sabs... Haven't laugh so loud for a loooooong time:)))))))))
"Roger's demons...". ROFL..!
But don't worry men... Mani4 is with you....LOL!

zare , 1/15/12 6:16 PM

I just realized that I meant to say - hence the "tears" during the trophy ceremony, not "years"!

Oh well, my point was made. I don't think any reasonable person can fail to respect what Rafa did in winning that slam final.


Thanks for your comments. I appreciate the fairness and appreciation for his accomplishment.

Nativenewyorker , 1/16/12 6:52 AM

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