Help

loading...

Article

  • Nadal closing in on Sao Paulo final

    2/16/13 4:03 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Nadal closing in on Sao Paulo final Top seed Rafael Nadal looks to reach his second final in as many weeks with a victory over lucky loser Martin Alund. The Spaniard is joined in semifinal action by former World No. 3 David Nalbandian, who faces Simone Bolelli.

    (1) Rafael Nadal vs. (LL) Martin Alund

    Former Brasil Open champion Rafael Nadal is through to his second semifinal of the season after rallying to defeat Argentina's Carlos Berlocq late Friday. The 26-year-old, competing in just his second tournament since summer 2012, recovered from a 2-1 third-set deficit to seal a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 quarterfinal victory. Nadal will attempt to reach his 73rd ATP World Tour final on Saturday.

    World No. 111 Martin Alund advanced to his first tour-level semi by virtue of his straight-sets ousting of veteran Filippo Volandri. The 27-year-old Argentine, who tallied eight aces during the match, is seeking his fourth main-draw victory Saturday afternoon.

    David Nalbandian vs. Simone Bolelli

    Former world No. 3 David Nalbandian made the final four after holding off two-time defending champion Nicolas Almagro, 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(3). The 31-year-old veteran withstood 28 aces through two hours and 18 minutes of play. Nalbandian looks to reach his first ATP World Tour final since 2012 Queen's Club.

    World No. 80 Simone Bolelli secured a semifinal berth with a 6-4, 6-4 dismissal of Spain's Albert Montanes. The 27-year-old Italian is bidding for his first Tour-level final since 2008, when he finished runner-up to former world No. 5 Fernando Gonzalez at the BMW Open.

    Find the latest tennis odds at Unibet.com

Tell a friend »

Comments



Vamos!

nadline , 2/16/13 11:26 PM


Vamos!

It won't be easy. Rafa said in his post-match interview that he "wasn't feeling too great in the knees" ... and also that D-Nal has all the shots -- which he does -- and that this fast indoor surface is suited to him -- which it is.

So we will have to see.

mara002 , 2/17/13 6:39 AM


I read those comments from Rafa. The knee was bothering him in his semifinal match. He said that physically he will be ready, but he doesn't know if the knee will be ready. He is downplaying expectations, saying that Nalby is the favorite because this fast surface favors his game.

Nalby has always been a tough opponent for Rafa. This is going to be challenging, given Rafa's present form. Rafa has done well to get to the finals of his first two tournaments. I would love to see Rafa win, but it's going to be a tough one.

Nativenewyorker , 2/17/13 7:01 AM


Well every final is not easy. Nalby is doing well to reach a final here after his own long break too. Rafa should know what Nalby is capable of, so if he really wants to win, he has to improve on the way he's playing here all week. From what I read, Rafa's ROS is poor by his own standard. I see he's standing so far behind the baseline, I guess that's because this is a quick indoor clay court, maybe as quick as that Madrid clay court at altitude, so he's giving himself more time to read his opponents' serves (I think everyone is serving big against Rafa). The problem with Rafa is that he hasn't regain his core strength and he couldn't press too hard with his left knee so his shots lack power, and so he may hit some weak returns, maybe that explains why his ROS suffers.

I feel Rafa has to anticipate Nalby's moves (I think they've played often enough for Rafa to know Nalby's game, unlike those few opponents whom Rafa met for the first time or only once or twice) and think of a game plan to counter Nalby. It'll be a tough encounter for Rafa even when it's on clay, as Rafa is still a WIP on his way to regaining his former good/high/great level.

luckystar , 2/17/13 7:05 AM


So Rafans please help me understand here.

I am making nit making no sense to me understanding his pressers and I am actually getting irritated reading them.

Going to 3 setters against unknowns and losing tiebreakers to unknowns is not good, it shows hes very tight and lacks confidence.

One day knee is fine, next day knee not at all good. What is happening? What did the doctors do for 7 months if all Rafa has to do after 7 months is say knee not okay. It wasnt anyway close to this bad even in 2009 though he didnt win a title for 9 months. Is this part of the recovery process that 1 day knee will be okay and next day not.

Secondly too many bad comments in blogosphere on his game esp his return games, backhand and movement, what is the real deal?

Thanks in advance for the replies Rafans.

sanju , 2/17/13 7:14 AM


2 back to back 3 setters and another long final last Sunday..not sure how fresh Rafa will be either..

sanju , 2/17/13 7:28 AM


RAFA: "The surface is here is much faster than any hardcourt. It?s much faster than US Open, much faster than AO."

Wow what kind of a clay court is this thats faster than USO too..coz of higher altitude?

sanju , 2/17/13 8:04 AM


Rafael Nadal Fans ?@rafaelnadalfc
RAFA: "I?m lacking speed in my reactions. I?m lacking energy when I need it. I?m lacking power in my legs to be able to hit the ball long.""I?m missing all these things that make me competitive and give me physical confidence, something I?ve had for my whole career and...""Nadal Fans ?@rafaelnadalfc
RAFA: "...that right now, given the circumstances, I don?t have. I?m playing with what I?ve got and I hope to get stronger every day."

I feel so downcast reading such statements from Rafa





sanju , 2/17/13 8:12 AM


Sanju, don't get so upset, after all he's back from seven months injury break, not two months like that of 2009. It'll take him a while to get back to his former level, starting on clay will at least speed up the process, unlike 2009 on hard courts where he started his come back. Its his fighting spirit that keeps him alive right up till now and I feel his game and stamina/fitness will only get better. He's gaining ranking points too and they may come in handy come FO/Wimbledon. After Wimbledon, he'll gain many many points as long as he's not injured.

We should be proud of Rafa, that he's so far ahead of the rest on clay, that even when he comes back from injury, he's good enough to make it to two singles finals, hopefully winning one of them! I certainly hope he wins the final here, and does well at Acapulco after one week rest. Ferrer and the rest are waiting for him there, after that, the top three guys await at IW. It'll be test after test for him until he gets back to his best!

luckystar , 2/17/13 8:58 AM


Obviously, we all want Rafa at 100% straight away but we are expecting too much too soon. He's said it will take time so let's give him time even though it is heart rending and frustrating. Let's hope he gets to his best soon.

Nalby hasn't won his other matches too easily so let's hope the the Rafa I the third set yesterday turns up. Rafa sends out a lot o mixed messages so it's hard to judge where his game is at. The way he played in the 3rd set yesterday was such contrast to how he's played all week.

Vamos Rafa

nadline , 2/17/13 10:29 AM


Obviously, we all want Rafa at 100% straight away but we are expecting too much too soon. He's said it will take time so let's give him time even though it is heart rending and frustrating. Let's hope he gets to his best soon.

Nalby hasn't won his other matches too easily so let's hope the the Rafa I the third set yesterday turns up. Rafa sends out a lot o mixed messages so it's hard to judge where his game is at. The way he played in the 3rd set yesterday was such contrast to how he's played all week.

Vamos Rafa

nadline , 2/17/13 10:30 AM



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

Unibet Mobile prematch,live betting

Unibet Mobile betting Unibet Mobile betting

Scan QR code to access Unibet mobile.
Bet on Sports wherever you are and whenever you like, with Unibet's quick and simple mobile client you can place bets, check results and see live odds.
 For more info about QR codes & scanners click here.

ATP Calendar

Date
Tournament

Recommend Tennistalk



Follow us

Follow Tennistalk on Facebook Follow Tennistalk on Twitter

Tell a friend

Your name:

Friend's name:

Friend's email:

Other tennis links