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Nadal facing a classic trap match tomorrow?

Posted by tennisplanet on September 8, 2010

Just Verdasco’s presence instead of Murray’s is good enough reason for birth of the classic syndrome. Add the five setter Verdasco just got done playing and you have a chronic case of classicvitis. Isn’t it similar to the semifinal encounter the two had at the ’09 AO?

Need more? Nadal has defeated Verdasco ten straight freaking times – last one in straight sets – with a bagel and a bread stick. More? Verdasco has managed just three sets in those ten encounters.

All that adds up to a massive trap match – with a potential juicy match against Federer in the finals waiting in the wings.

Translation: Nadal chances of losing to Verdasco may be greater than him losing in the finals – against anybody.

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23 Responses to “Nadal facing a classic trap match tomorrow?”

  1. sperry said

    Hmmm. Strange logic. Winning ten straight doesn’t, to me, spell certain doom for the overdog.

  2. overcaffeinated said

    Not that I buy your psychotic analysis at any level TP, however….

    I know it is a different year, different tournament, different opponent:

    Remember the last time Rafa gave a bagel and breadstick to an opponent (in a major) in a lead-in tournament to a major?

    I believe it was a dude called Robin Soderling in 2009, in a lead up to the French Open. Does anyone remember what happened when the French Open rocked around and these two met again?

    Tobasco is a different kettle of fish though. Way too hot and cold.

    • overcaffeinated said

      Oops, poor wording:

      “….an opponent (he was about to face in a major), in a lead-in tournament to a major…”

      Forgive me TP for not being as perfect as your humble self 😉

    • chieko said

      “Psychotic analysis” !!!! 😆 😆 😆 Ha ha TP sama has been drinking too much coffee or tea or power drinks!! 😆 Too much caffeine !!! 😆

  3. Jenny said

    It’s going to be interesting, I’m looking forward to it. Admittedly, Verdasco took Rafa to 5 sets at the AO, but that was the only match between the two on any surface during his career which was really competitive. Verdasco has to make his serve and groundies count, he doesn’t have delicate touch play at the net as Rafa and David do. It’s a surprising weakness given he plays so many successful doubles matches with Feli Lopez, although Feli’s superior net play/volleys would compensate for that. Okay, he came from two sets down against David Ferrer which must have boosted him, but I still favour Rafa to come through in this encounter, we have to wait and see.

    • jett09 said

      Jenny, it’s a shame that David Ferrer lost, from what I have read it seemed like it was a very exciting match.

      • Jenny said

        LOL Jett, exciting is an understatement, I was rooted to the spot, and as a loyal fan, screaming ‘David, you can do it’ at 5am here! My language would have got me an umpire’s warning that’s for sure! I’m surprised I didn’t wake the house and get the police knocking at my door for disturbing the peace! Absolutely nothing against Fer.

      • jett09 said

        Lol Jenny did you use the street language??? 😆

      • Jenny said

        Absolutely, Jett! But it was in the privacy of my own home, I was Boadicea in her special chariot that night! 😈 lol my husband and son understand me and turn a deaf ear to my rants, and our dog is almost deaf now, poor boy.

      • Jenny said

        PS: I got my husband and son up at 6am with a big English breakfast, the works! For me, strong sweet coffee, toast and tomatoes, then to bed.

      • jett09 said

        😆 Jenny! We do some crazy things for our beloved Idols. Lunch break today I knew Roger was playing so while one of the Doctors was having his lunch I snuck into his office and use his Computer. I clicked Livescore, darn it needed Adobe upgrade but didn’t dare do an upgrade, I was freaking out getting caught. Then I got excited when I remembered TP, and through the freaksters I got a glimpse of what the situation was at that point and I knew then that Roger was gonna win it. Before leaving the Doc’s office I deleted the history….sigh….

      • Jenny said

        LOL Jett! 😆 Fortunately I’m off on slam annual leave, we don’t have internet access at my work. We used to at one time, I had livescores running at the bottom of my computer on many occasions. Unfortunately some staff abused it, somebody was caught on a porn site and rightly sacked, the system then got a virus through dodgy e-mails and it crashed for a week, I even had to get a bus to a government office to gain access to important sensitive data.

      • jett09 said

        Oh golly Jenny! Porn site?? Lol this is the first time I’ve done this (oh 2nd time, but the first was just like a 10 sec glimpse of the score)and I don’t think I will ever do it again, I just felt sooo bad 😕 and guilty. I told Hubby and he said “very naughty”. Anyway, Jenny dear I’m off to bed. Hoping to watch some match in the morning before I go to work in the afternoon.

        Goodnight/morning to you 😉

      • Jenny said

        Pleasant dreams, Jett! We’ll see you later 🙂 If I had told my husband I had taken a sneaky look at livescores in the wrong place, he would have laughed his head off and said serve you right if you got caught! However, being rule abiding, I know how you feel!

      • chieko said

        Yes Jett09 san. I wanted Ferrer san to win. Tooooooooooooo bad!! 😦

  4. Kitty said

    The trap only works for players other than Nadal. We know how focussed he is when he plays anyone. There is no room for complacency in his game and this time his tunnel vision is focusing on the biggest prize.

  5. Sol said

    In what world is Verdasco expected to beat Nadal in a GS semi? Please. The outcome was always predictable, regardless of his 5-setter against Ferru

  6. Joy said

    “I was Boadicea in her special chariot that night.”

    LOL, Jenny. Seeing it in my mind’s eye now. (Aren’t we lucky our hubbies & kids are so patient with us at GS time? I feel a bit guilty that my daughter could recognize Rafa on tv as easily as she could Barney the dino, even back when she was just 3. She’s 5 now, and has named her pet guinea pig ‘Moonball,’ of all things!)

    • Jenny said

      Hi Joy, I do consider myself lucky, my husband is a golf fanantic, so it helps. Sometimes he enjoys watching the occasional tennis match, he understands the game, but it doesn’t interest him that much. Normally he would stay up to watch Ferru, but he had to be up for work, so could only watch some of that epic match with Verdasco. LOL My son is a young adult who thinks that all sport is a waste of time and has no interest whatsoever! LOL ‘Moonball’ – love it!

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