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Ramon Verdes Nadal
Number of games in database: 2
Years covered: 2006 to 2007
Last FIDE rating: 2017 (2008 rapid, 2003 blitz)

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(born Dec-02-1960, 62 years old) Spain

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Timoshenko vs R Verdes Nadal 1-0122006VII Tarragona OpenB06 Robatsch
2. M Narciso Dublan vs R Verdes Nadal  1-0322007Balaguer op 12thD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Jul-03-09  Shams: <Jim Bartle> Of course, that assumes HawkEye is accurate...
Jul-03-09  Jim Bartle: True, of course.

Here's a question about players and line-calling. Which way are players more accurate: on balls hit by the opponent, or balls they hit themselves?

My guess is they're better on their own shots. These guys have hit hundreds of thousands of shots in their lives, and they know what feels like it's going in and what doesn't.

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  chancho: It looks like Roddick will be getting annihilated in three sets by the Fed this Sunday. If only Andy could play like Nadal for a day...
Jul-03-09  Jim Bartle: Annihilated is probably an exaggeration. It'll probably be more like the Haas match today, with the score looking pretty close but with little doubt the Fed will win.

BTW, I would kill to have a backhand like Haas. Great to watch.

Nov-23-09  valiant: ATP World Tour Finals ...

Nadal - Söderling

Jan-02-10  valiant: Abu Dhabi ...

Nadal is back in winning form!

Jan-02-10  Jim Bartle: Looked at my post from July 3. I sure nailed that one.
Jan-02-10  AnalyzeThis: <Here's a question about players and line-calling. Which way are players more accurate: on balls hit by the opponent, or balls they hit themselves? >

I have a very slight preference for balls hit by the opponent. You don't get to be a top tennis player without excellent vision, and there is no net to obstruct the view. You are right that with so many shots hit, the player also knows as soon as he hits the shot whether it's going to be in.

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  chancho: Rafa is doing a number on poor Soderling thus far.
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  TheAlchemist: Yeah, when Nadal is in this sort of form (like in the middle of the 2nd set), there's no one who can come even close on clay. It isn't such a one sided battle, but Nadal has simply been better so far, add to that a few too many unforced errors and bad decisions by Soderling and there you have it. I'm still not a fan of his play, but I can't help but almost be in awe at some of the shots Nadal manages to return, he chases after shots no one else would and not only that, but manages to actually get a good hit.
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  chancho: I'm just glad the injuries that were threatening his career are a thing of the past.
Jun-06-10  Wyatt Gwyon: They won't be. Nobody expected Nadal to have a really long career the way he plays. Too hard on the knees.
Jun-06-10  Jim Bartle: I saw a stat during the match, that of 60 break points Nadal had faced in five French finals, he had lost only eight. Unbelievable.
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  TheAlchemist: His mental strength is unbelievable, the way he is able to focus and play his best at crucial points, by far the best in this currently. I haven't seen many greats of the past, so I can't judge, but how would you rate him all time regarding mental toughness?
Jun-06-10  Jim Bartle: Mental toughness? Right at the top, up there with Borg. In terms of overall ability it's really hard to say with the improvements in rackets and strings.
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  chancho: So Nadal moves to the fourth round. Excellent!
Jul-04-10  you vs yourself: It's rare but right now in tennis, we have the greatest ever and possibly the best ever playing at the same time! Federer and Nadal are like Ali and Tyson(at his peak) competing in the same era.
Jul-04-10  Jim Bartle: Maybe so, but check out some matches with Sampras, Agassi, Lendl, Becker, Edberg etc. at their peaks. Pretty darn good. Especially Sampras.

Nadal played great today, as he usually does. But Berdych was just off his game, either missing his big shots (maybe due to fear of Nadal's speed) or playing right into Nadal's hands with extended baseline rallies.

Jul-04-10  you vs yourself: Rafa is only 24 and he already has 8 slams, same as Lendl, Agassi, Edberg(?). So, even just in terms of accomplishments, he's already a tennis legend. But based on the way he plays, I can't imagine anyone playing better. He gets every single ball back, goes from defense to offense in no time and the way he plays on big points is just unreal. If my life depended on it, I'd not pick any tennis player against Nadal.
Jul-04-10  Jim Bartle: Oh, Nadal is a tremendous player. I won't argue that. Also his behavior is always excellent, nothing close to objectionable.

Maybe the Ali and Tyson idea isn't so far off. Because there are still others like Louis, Dempsey, Marciano, etc.

Jul-05-10  BIDMONFA: R Verdes Nadal


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  chancho: Nadal now knows how Federer feels.
0-5 vs Djokovic this year.
US Open coming in Late August.
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  tamar: He's Back becomes His Back!
Jun-21-21  Whitehat1963: Do people still think Nadal is the best ever? Or is he just the king of clay? There?s little question that Djokovic is better on grass and hard courts.
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  perfidious: No reason to believe Nadal, despite his tremendous record on clay, is the GOAT; once one examines the record of any top player, there are points pro and con. An example is Bjorn Borg, a great player by any standard, who won the French four consecutive years and six times in all, Wimbledon five times running, yet lost four US open finals while not winning one and never got beyond the third round of the Australian.
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