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September 12, 2009

Nadal Moves On

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , — DBNewsWorld @ 12:19 PM

After having their matched delayed for a day and a half, Rafael Nadal moved passed the unreasonably error-prone Fernando Gonzalez to reach the semi-finals of the US Open, beating Gonzalez 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-0.

Gonzalez opened the tiebreaker by spraying three forehands out, then pounded Nadal’s serve into the net on set point. He lost two more points to start the third set before finally getting on the board. But after dropping the first game, the Chilean, back in the Open quarterfinals for the first time since 2002, chucked his racket toward his chair en route to the changeover.

It kept getting worse, and even a medical timeout to have tape cut off his ankles couldn’t stop this slide.

Final numbers: 59 unforced errors for Gonzalez to 13 for Nadal; Nadal won 31 of the 43 points played after the restart. The whole affair took 34 minutes to wrap up.”

That sounds pretty shitty, man, to be on center stage like that and totally blow it. Oh well, Nadal has set up a confrontation with Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina for a spot in the finals. It looks like the this tournament can still get interesting. I am personally sick of Roger Federer. It simply isn’t fun to watch a guy who always wins, how is it exciting if you already know the outcome? In any case, if Federer wins, I’ll begrudgingly accept that, because the fact of the matter is, he is the greatest tennis player in the history of the sport. I’m rooting for Nadal without doubt at this point, but I wouldn’t mind having Novak Djokovic add another Grand Slam trophy to his collection. Juan Martin Del Potro has an extremely bright future, so I’m not too worried about him.

Semi-Finals Prediction

Nadal over Del Potro in 5 Sets
Federer over Djokovic in 3 Sets

Finals Prediction

Nadal over Federer in 4 Sets

[Source Yahoo!]

Update 9/13/09: Nadal was DESTORYED by Del Potro in the semi-finals 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. No more tennis predicting for me.

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