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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #140 on: June 28, 2012, 04:08:02 PM »
Well....Nadal lost to excellent Lucas (lowest ranked player ever to beat Rafa)
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2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #141 on: June 28, 2012, 04:24:56 PM »
But he played the kind of game that gives Nadal trouble on surfaces that are not clay.  Now watch this guy lose in the next round! Lol


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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #142 on: June 28, 2012, 04:25:29 PM »
wow. Lukas played like posses ed. what a crazy match ... I wasn't even paying that much attention to this match assuming Rafa would cruise, I was watching Raonic. then boom... where was this Lukas dude in a last couple of years? he wasn't even able to qualify before at W. I feel bad for Conchita, Herc, Shank and all other Rafa fans, but Rosol deserved this win.

this is probably the biggest upset in tennis history. I just can't think of another upset this big.

Draw opens up for Murray now ... I have a feeling we'll see Nole vs. Murray in the final ... just, wow ...

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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #143 on: June 28, 2012, 05:10:10 PM »
wow!!!
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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #144 on: June 28, 2012, 05:47:32 PM »
This is terrible  :(


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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #145 on: June 28, 2012, 05:49:26 PM »
Amazing result for tennis. Now Wimbledon can proceed as a normal tournament.  ://
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« Reply #146 on: June 28, 2012, 07:05:50 PM »
Amazing result for tennis. Now Wimbledon can proceed as a normal tournament.  ://
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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #147 on: June 28, 2012, 07:07:35 PM »
I didn't have chance to watch it as after finish Philipp Kohlschreiber's match I was very sleepy.

I guess Lucas has good backhand on grass.  :)~

But I am not surprise this result because Nadal had trouble to get his form on grass at early stage of tournament in recent years. Remeber in 2010, he had to get through two 5 set matches to get to final? However, I believe it may indicate that Nadal is physically decline gradually through out the year. So Nadal should take this chance to rest and back to business at Olympics.

Still, I need to go to watch this entire match.
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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #148 on: June 28, 2012, 07:33:59 PM »
and one more thing (Rafa fans please don't be defensive here), but Nadal tried to literally bully Lukas today. bumping into him, complaining about Rosol's 'heavy breathing', complaining about Rosol not giving him enough time between points (playing too fast) ... trying every single trick to distract his opponents,...a big turn of for me ...  :\

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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #149 on: June 28, 2012, 07:38:04 PM »
and one more thing (Rafa fans please don't be defensive here), but Nadal tried to literally bully Lukas today. bumping into him, complaining about Rosol's 'heavy breathing', complaining about Rosol not giving him enough time between points (playing too fast) ... trying every single trick to distract his opponents,...a big turn of for me ...  :\

not giving him enough time between points (playing too fast)


That is silly if he really said it after the match. Alex where do you know he made this complaining.

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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #150 on: June 28, 2012, 08:09:07 PM »
and one more thing (Rafa fans please don't be defensive here), but Nadal tried to literally bully Lukas today. bumping into him, complaining about Rosol's 'heavy breathing', complaining about Rosol not giving him enough time between points (playing too fast) ... trying every single trick to distract his opponents,...a big turn of for me ...  :\

not giving him enough time between points (playing too fast)


That is silly if he really said it after the match. Alex where do you know he made this complaining.
it was actually during the match, when he talked to the chair umpire ... I'm surprised you missed it if you watched the match. it's all over the internet ...

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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #151 on: June 28, 2012, 08:28:52 PM »
and one more thing (Rafa fans please don't be defensive here), but Nadal tried to literally bully Lukas today. bumping into him, complaining about Rosol's 'heavy breathing', complaining about Rosol not giving him enough time between points (playing too fast) ... trying every single trick to distract his opponents,...a big turn of for me ...  :\

not giving him enough time between points (playing too fast)


That is silly if he really said it after the match. Alex where do you know he made this complaining.
it was actually during the match, when he talked to the chair umpire ... I'm surprised you missed it if you watched the match. it's all over the internet ...

It even more surprised to me he said it during the match. What the hell with him?

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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #152 on: June 28, 2012, 08:37:56 PM »


http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_20958844/radwanska-stosur-li-win-wimbledon-gets-going
Nadal stunned at Wimbledon by 100th-ranked Rosol
Posted:   06/28/2012 12:14:14 AM MDT
June 29, 2012 12:13 AM GMTUpdated:   06/28/2012 06:13:15 PM MDTBy HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis WriterAssociated Press

WIMBLEDON, England—Rafael Nadal bumped into his unknown and unheralded opponent as they headed to a break between games. Perhaps it was incidental contact.
At the previous changeover, Nadal stood and barked at the chair umpire, complaining about being distracted by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol while serving. Later, Nadal shook his head and frowned when a Wimbledon official explained that, with light fading and the second-round match heading to a fifth set, they'd need a 45-minute break to close the retractable roof and turn on the lights at Centre Court.

Of all the things that rattled Nadal on Thursday evening, the most significant was Rosol's gutsy game—his 22 aces, violent groundstrokes and shot-punctuating staredowns.

Put it together and Rosol, making his debut at the All England Club, overpowered 11-time Grand Slam champion Nadal 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, one of the most astonishing results in tennis history.
"That's (what) happens when you play against a player who is able to hit the ball very hard, hit the ball without thinking and feeling the pressure," the second-seeded Nadal said. "At the end, when the opponent wants to play like he wanted to play in the fifth (set), you are in his hands, no? Everything was going right for him."

It's the first time since 2005 that Nadal lost in the second round at any major tournament. It also ends two streaks for the Spaniard: He reached the final at the previous five Grand Slams, and also reached the final the last five times he entered Wimbledon, winning the grass-court tournament in 2008 and 2010.

"He played a good match," Rosol said, "but I think I was better today."

Absolutely true.

Actually, seven-time French Open champion Nadal came oh-so-close to a straight-set exit. He barely avoided losing the opener, forced to erase three set points before taking it in the tiebreaker when Rosol plopped a gimme forehand into the net.

Rosol took the next two sets, pounding serves, returning well and swinging away from the baseline. It was an aggressive approach, as though Rosol wanted to out-muscle the ultimate on-court bully, right down to imitating the way Nadal sprints back to the baseline after changeovers.
Even Rosol considered it stunning he was able to stay close, much less win.

Asked afterward what his expectations had been, Rosol replied: "Just to play three good sets, you know. Just don't lose 6-0, 6-1, 6-1."

They're both 26 years old, yet Nadal entered the day with 583 career match wins, and Rosol 19. Nadal owns 50 titles, Rosol zero. In 178 prior Grand Slam matches, Nadal never had lost to a foe ranked 70th or worse. In five previous visits to Wimbledon, Rosol lost

 Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic reacts after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain during a second round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Thursday, June 28, 2012. ((AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus))every time in the first round of qualifying—not even the main event. Qualifying. This is only the Czech player's second career tour-level event on grass; the first was two weeks ago.
He thought Nadal was trying to throw him off in the third set with a bit of gamesmanship. First, after Rosol broke to go ahead 2-1, Nadal complained to the chair umpire about something his foe was doing to bother him. "So do you think that's fair?" Nadal asked. "Let me know."

At the following changeover, they crossed paths on the way to their seats, and Nadal offered a body-check.

"He wanted to take my concentration. ... I knew that he will try something," said Rosol, who has a tribal tattoo covering his entire left calf, and wore green

laces on one shoe, white laces on the other. "I was surprised that he can do it on the Centre Court, Wimbledon, you know. It's, like, something wrong."
Nothing fazed Rosol, especially down the stretch. Never showing a hint of nerves or inexperience, he was the one who seized control from the get-go when they resumed play after a taking a break while the roof was shifted into place.

Nadal didn't like the long delay one bit.

"Completely new stadium, with new roof, so the normal thing is cover the roof in 5-10 minutes," Nadal said.

When they came back out, Rosol immediately broke for a 1-0 lead, swatting a forehand passing shot that Nadal volleyed into the net. And then he held for 2-0, thanks to a trio of groundstroke winners and a service winner.

As it turned out, that was that.

Rosol still needed to keep holding serve, of course, which is easier said than done against Nadal, one of the top returners in the game. But Rosol did not fold. If anything, he got better. From 2-1, 40-30, Rosol won the last 13 points he served, seven with aces.

He kept coming up with huge, flat shots, hit hard as can be, aimed at the white chalk lines—and catching them. When Rosol smacked a forehand winner to hold at love for a 5-3 lead, moving within one game of by far the biggest victory of his career, he took an extra ball out of his pocket and slammed it to the ground.

Then, at 5-4, Rosol served it out this way: ace, forehand winner, ace, ace. He dropped to his knees—a pose generally reserved for winning a final, not a second-round match—and fell forward, staying face-down on the grass for a few seconds. When Rosol rose, he tossed his racket at the net; it rolled over the tape and onto Nadal's side. After a brief, awkward handshake, Nadal shuffled over and picked up the racket, handing it to Rosol.

The victor then basked in his standing ovation, placing a hand over his stomach while bowing to the four sides of the arena.

"He played more than unbelievable," Nadal said.

"You play against an inspired opponent and I am out. That's all. Is not a tragedy. Is only a tennis match," he added. "At the end, that's life. There is much more important things. Sure, I wanted to win, but I lost."

That one result rendered all of the others on Day 4 of Wimbledon relatively meaningless. For the record: Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams reached the third round, as did Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, who needed five sets and more than four hours to get past 173rd-ranked British wild card James Ward.

And there were a couple of other upsets, such as Xavier Malisse eliminating 13th-seeded Gilles Simon—he of the pot-stirring comments about men deserving more prize money than women at Grand Slam tournaments—and Benoit Paire beating No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov. Also: Mirjana Lucic defeated 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli, and unseeded American Varvara Lepchenko got past No. 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

But this day will always belong to Lukas Rosol.

"Maybe it's once in life you can play like this against Rafael Nadal on Centre Court and you can win against him," Rosol said. "You know, it's not easy."



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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #153 on: June 28, 2012, 09:09:15 PM »
"not giving him enough time between points (playing too fast)"

Lukas Rosol  19 sec between points

 Rafael Nadal 26 sec between points

and rules say  20 sec between points

quote from Chris Chase  Busted Racquet :

"Nadal likes to consider himself above the fray, but he plays more mind games than anyone. From making opponents wait in the tunnel to sprinting away from the net after the coin toss to sitting on his chair a little longer during changeovers to waiting on the changeovers in the first place -- he's a master. The master lost his nerve on Thursday."
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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #154 on: June 28, 2012, 09:14:25 PM »
there you go. Rafa was gracious in his after match interview but his behavior on the court was simply not acceptable. I was also the first one to criticize my favorite player when he does stupid things on the court. I remember Nole losing to Kevin Anderson (who was a nobody) back in 2007 (or was it 2008, sorry I forgot) and his tantrums, being upset with the crowd etc. Nadal should know better. 

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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #155 on: June 28, 2012, 09:14:51 PM »
and one more thing (Rafa fans please don't be defensive here), but Nadal tried to literally bully Lukas today. bumping into him, complaining about Rosol's 'heavy breathing', complaining about Rosol not giving him enough time between points (playing too fast) ... trying every single trick to distract his opponents,...a big turn of for me ...  :\
A big turnoff indeed considering how 'humble' most fans say he is.  He talks a good game, but............when he's on the short end of the stick in this type of match, it appears his true colors can't help but shine through.
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« Reply #156 on: June 28, 2012, 09:16:31 PM »
OMG, The King of Cheaters forced to play by the rules.
'bout effin time. :)>>>>
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Re: 2012 (MEN) WIMBLEDON OFFICIAL THREAD, June 26-July 8, 2012
« Reply #157 on: June 28, 2012, 09:17:29 PM »
WOW. Nadal's loss today is monumental. Rosol played lights-out, shoot-for-the-moon tennis and he won! I watched most of the match. I thought Rosol would eventually falter like most players when playing Nadal. But he never did! He was INCREDIBLE! Too bad I didn't get to see the last few games.  :(

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« Reply #158 on: June 28, 2012, 09:22:16 PM »
and Alk is right. I said this so many times. change the freaking rules or enforce them. Nadal's antics are just legendary. It's not just Nadal, btw, many players take so much time between points (Nole too, but he got better tho) ... I realize the game is so physical nowadays, but please ... what's the point of having any rules if nobody follows them and chair umpires do not enforce them.   :\

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« Reply #159 on: June 28, 2012, 09:31:47 PM »
and one more thing (Rafa fans please don't be defensive here), but Nadal tried to literally bully Lukas today. bumping into him, complaining about Rosol's 'heavy breathing', complaining about Rosol not giving him enough time between points (playing too fast) ... trying every single trick to distract his opponents,...a big turn of for me ...  :\
A big turnoff indeed considering how 'humble' most fans say he is.  He talks a good game, but............when he's on the short end of the stick in this type of match, it appears his true colors can't help but shine through.
you know what my biggest problem is. Rafa would never even try to do anything like this against Djokovic or Federer (well except his time wasting but whatever). what pissed off me the most was Rafa bumping and brushing his shoulder with Rosol. total bullying ... but of course Rosol is a nobody so Rafa felt he could do pretty much whatever he wanted to. I mean Nadal complaining that Rosol was 'playing too fast, and not to his pace and liking' is just so silly ... I couldn't believe it, you have this low ranked player who was trying so hard (following the rules), playing his heart out ... but no, Rafa comes with this BS.
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