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02:12 PM on 07/04/2010
...congrats to Nadal, with his fine self...
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JavaJuice
02:10 PM on 07/04/2010
1st Wimbledon, next the World Cup. Vamos!
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02:03 PM on 07/04/2010
I love Nadal's game. He is awesome, and getting better -- and bigger as my wife likes to point out.
01:55 PM on 07/04/2010
A thrilling (yawn) battle of the baseline bombers, complete w/McEnroe droning on endlessly while Ted played Rafa fan clubber. Coverage of this year's Wimbledon on TV was a disaster: constant replays of Williams matches, mind-numbing talking heads, and good matches ignored in favor of skunkings. If this doesn't kill pro tennis, I'll be surprised.
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captain ham
I don' need no stinkin' badges
03:52 PM on 07/04/2010
we'll miss your scintillating comments.

f#ck off
01:47 PM on 07/04/2010
Ole, Rafa! Bravo! Couldn't have been done by a nicer guy. I'm so glad for him. I look forward to him winning many, many more. May he have a very long and continually successful career. He's for the record books. What a tennis player, and what a man!
01:44 PM on 07/04/2010
This year's Wimbledon.

A real yawn fest.

A total bust.
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Twrexx
02:02 PM on 07/04/2010
Yeah, that 11-hour history-making match was a total snoozefest.

What tournament were you watching?
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02:41 PM on 07/04/2010
11 hour match, Serena winning her 4th, Venus getting knocked out by a nobody, Federer being rocked, and Nadal winning to get his 8th Grand Slam and reaching the #1 ranking again....just what are hell you talking about?
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captain ham
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03:54 PM on 07/04/2010
he's glum because his man lost in the quarters. forgive him. some people don't take losing well.
01:43 PM on 07/04/2010
Vamos Rafa.he is great and very humble. next US Open. he needs one.
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Midnightrain
Hume was the greatest!
01:39 PM on 07/04/2010
That is one hawtass man!
01:47 PM on 07/04/2010
Does Anna Chapman play tennis? Oooh la la.
01:47 PM on 07/04/2010
Absolutely.
01:33 PM on 07/04/2010
Rafa is unquestionably one of the greatest athletes of all time in any sport. Unbelievable. Vamos!~!
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02:18 PM on 07/04/2010
He is a good tennis player.
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TheMuckraker
01:30 PM on 07/04/2010
I dont qualify this as a "Rout"
It was closer than the score tells.
Nadal was the better man, sure..... NOT a rout.
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polishlogician
Truth happens to individuals not crowds
11:53 PM on 07/04/2010
but not really close...Berdych was always playing from behind...what did he have, like 3 break points in one game that he just lost....mind you that was only time I think he was ever going to break, gets 3 points and still can't do it...not a rout, but after that it didn't even seem close...
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01:27 PM on 07/04/2010
Nadal is clearly in his prime. The question is how long and who will rise to challenge him. I believe Federer can rise again, but only with coaching at this point.
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mssreader
eat, read, sleep, read and be happy
01:59 PM on 07/04/2010
pub, let's injoy them while we can and hope they enjoy playing the game as long as they can. These guys are both greats and gracious with great sportsmanship to play the game thus endearing them to the rest of us wanna bs. Federer is not done for just yet.
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07:42 PM on 07/04/2010
Fed is probably the most magnificent classical tennis player to ever play the game. Nadal is probably the most powerful and determined. They make for great tennis. I would love to have seen them both play in their primes, but that is not going to be the case.
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iRock
and that's all that needs to be said...
01:27 PM on 07/04/2010
Rafa is a surgeon with that racket. It's always amazing watching him play.
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mssreader
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08:26 PM on 07/04/2010
irock, I like your discription here! Very creative and right on.
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iRock
and that's all that needs to be said...
12:36 AM on 07/05/2010
Thanks.
savethecountry
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01:10 PM on 07/04/2010
The 1st game of the second set, when Rafa donated 3 errors and 2 double faults to Berdych, was probably the key juncture in the match. An early service break is never a guarantee of success in any set, but it would have boosted Berdych's confidence. But that's why Rafa's a great champion: he found a way to win the game anyway. After that it was a fairly routine affair.

Berdych has a bright future. This was his 1st slam final. He has a huge first serve, and I like the way he consistently directed it to Rafa's 2-hander in the deuce court, eliciting one-handed, sliced returns instead of the flat or topped returns that often put Rafa on the offensive off of his return (the same serve Arthur Ashe used with great effectiveness against Jimmy Connors 35 years ago in the Wimbledon final upset of all time). I also liked Berdych's sliced backhands to Rafa's forehand, an effective shot against Rafa on grass (Rafa's extreme western grip on his forehand makes hitting low shots more of a challenge for him). Given that Berdych is 6'5", I'd like to see him use the serve-and-volley more, particularly on faster surfaces. The Pete Samprases, Patrick Rafters and Stefan Edbergs, full-time serve-and-volleyers, may never return to men's tennis, but using the strategy at key times in matches is effective.
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01:03 PM on 07/04/2010
Nadal's greatest opponent right now is himself. The way he plays, he will always be prone to injury. His intensity is what makes him the player that he is, and it will also his greatest danger.
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GravitonX
10^300 bosons could care less.
01:00 PM on 07/04/2010
¡Viva Nadal!
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captain ham
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03:56 PM on 07/04/2010
how'd you get the exclamation point upside down like that? i've been trying that for years.

VAMOS!!!!
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mssreader
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08:30 PM on 07/04/2010
captain ham, let me know when you find out. That's amazing!
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white mende man
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06:13 AM on 07/05/2010
probably a Spanish keyboard and font.