• Nadal, Ferrer remain on course for Rome showdown

    5/15/13 8:53 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Nadal, Ferrer remain on course for Rome showdown Rafael Nadal takes care of Fabio Fognini in easy straight sets on Wednesday in Rome. Nadal is joined in the third round by David Ferrer, a three-set winner over fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

    (5) Rafael Nadal d. Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-3

    Nadal improved to 37-2 lifetime at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia with a routine win over Fognini during second-round action on Wednesday night. The defending champion converted five of 11 break-point opportunities to set up a showdown against Ernests Gulbis.

    Fognini was hopeless for the most part, although the 25th-ranked Spaniard did well to hold serve at 2-5 in the second set after saving a match point with a drop-volley off the net cord. Nadal closed out the proceedings one game later, ending it with a forehand winner--also off the net cord. Neither the fifth-ranked Spaniard nor the underdog struck either an ace or double-fault in their first-ever encounter.

    (4) David Ferrer d. Fernando Verdasco 5-7, 7-5, 6-3

    Federer beat Verdasco for the ninth time in 16 matches after two hours and 26 minutes of play on Wednesday. Verdasco, who had gained some momentum with a pair of Madrid wins last week, got off to a fast start by breaking his countryman at 5-5 in the first set and holding to seal the deal one game later. Ferrer, however, returned the favor with a late break of his own in the second--this time at 6-5. Verdasco saved one set point on serve but missed a drop-volley on his opponent's next chance.

    That set the stage for a decisive third, which was decided by one break. Ferrer fought off three break points early in the set before earning a scalp of the Verdasco serve in the eighth game thanks to a double-fault on break point. That hiccup proved to be the world No. 53's undoing. He saved two match points with huge backhands in the following game, but a backhand sent long on Ferrer's third match point ended the all-Spanish encounter. Next up for Rome's fourth seed is Philipp Kohlschreiber, a straight-set winner over Albert Ramos.

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Rafans, please, please take time to read the following article. This article is written by Douglas Perry, a self-confessed Fedbot but please read ti nonetheless: sf/2013/05/why_rafael_nadal_is_the_man_to.html

Once you read this, you will understand why some Fedbots are melting down left right and centre.

Choice quote:

"His explanations of his game and where it needs to be are clipped, at least in English. But it's clear, from listening to him as well as watching him, that he's not just some mindless grinder. Ever since his comeback began in February, he's been recalibrating, figuring out new ways forward. He understands that Djokovic has the best two-handed backhand since Jimmy Connors, perhaps the best ever. He understands that he has to shift his approach, make some ever-so-subtle adjustments, to stay on top of the clay-court mountain.

Some fans and odds-makers believe Djokovic can win the calendar-year Grand Slam this season. Indeed he could. Others are convinced Federer has another Wimbledon title in him, which he might. A few even insist this will be the summer of Andy Murray. Hey, anything's possible. But it would be foolish to count Nadal out -- not just at Roland Garros but at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open as well. Because no matter what condition his knees are in, this much should be clear by now: Rafa knows tennis."


Enough said.

rafaisthebest , 5/15/13 11:43 PM

.....Ehhh, even those that think the Winners/UEs ratio is the be-all-and-end-all about tennis are invited to read what Douglas Perry, a fellow Fedfan, has to say.................

rafaisthebest , 5/16/13 12:01 AM

Djokovic for the title
In 3 this time,
Sorry, but it's still an improvement at least.

Twinge , 5/16/13 12:01 AM

Djokovic to beat him again in semis and then take the title!!


KMA , 5/16/13 12:10 AM

My dear fellows, if it's Rome you are talking about, I personally think your wish may be granted but fortress RG will not be breached. To paraphrase the GOAT, the success or otherwise of a clay season is determined by whether you win RG or not, not some middling Masters tournaments!

rafaisthebest , 5/16/13 12:15 AM

Djokovic doesn't like player who has variety in their game e.g -dimitrov but in recent years dull is his favorite player.


KMA , 5/16/13 12:36 AM

That was a quote that Rafa contradicted for the record RITB.
We'll see about Rome and the RG of course.
At least there is an interesting rivalry to consider now.

Twinge , 5/16/13 12:42 AM


Out of clay no rivalry anymore ..dull can push the matches with Nole like AO 2012 but he gonna lose them most of the time.

On Clay, It is getting closer & closer. since 2011, they are even on clay matches..RG is nadal's last hope after MC.

KMA , 5/16/13 12:52 AM

^^okay you may have a bit more or of an agenda KMA than I
But I do agree that RG, considering all of the injuries etc
Is going to be very significant indeed to Raffington.
If not his last stand as a dominant force.
If He loses there to Novak

Twinge , 5/16/13 1:01 AM

The person who call Nadal Dull must be called Idiot.... how come one of the best tennis players in tennis with such achievement like Nadal is dull... and the rest of the players should be called Duller then... thanks God Nadal has no fans like this Idiot KMA... very narrow minded....

tettylds , 5/16/13 2:23 AM

Let them wallw in their bitterness, tettylds, there's more to come with Rafa winning. Not difficult to spot an agenda, as Twinge points out.

rafaisthebest , 5/16/13 6:16 AM

The person who call Nadal Dull must be called idiot..
tettylds, 5/16/13
I couldn't agree more. When they see Rafa biting the RG trophy again in Philippe Chatrier, they will understand. Vamos Rafa..

arwen , 5/16/13 9:25 AM

KMA is not narrow minded, just bitter with jealousy and hatred, like crap18. They can't accept that federina-fedup/king crybaby remains Rafa's (and now, basically everyone's) whipping boy.

jean , 5/16/13 12:27 PM

Rafa is dull, my foot!!!!!!! The tour was dying without him, they couldn't wait for him to come back. As for arguing about who will win what, I prefer to just wait and see. NO ONE is guaranteed to beat anyone at any time, despite the rankings. Let's face it, even Federer has been known to beat Rafa on his off day. Whilst Federer is always tipped to beat Rafa in slams he's only managed it 2 out of 10 times; 5 times on clay, 1 on grass and 2 on h/c.

nadline , 5/16/13 12:41 PM

Of the 8 times Rafa has beaten Roger in slams - 5 have been on clay, 1 on grass and 2 on h/c.

nadline , 5/16/13 12:44 PM

It's funny how desperate the Fedups have become. They have given up on Fed now Nole is their new best friend. They even toyed with Delpo for a while. Always seeking new respite from Rafa.

nadline , 5/16/13 12:52 PM

Twinge 5/16/13 1:01 AM,

If he loses RG (maybe to Novak, who knows?), what?
He's already won it more times than anybody else ever. What else does he need to prove? Do we think that Nadal is going to win RG until the day he retires?

Shireling , 5/16/13 1:35 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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