Jan 23, 2007

Nadal, please buck up!

Nadal is the biggest reason why I watch tennis. He is the one who makes many of us believe that Roger Federer is beatable. I love to watch players like Hewitt, Roddick and Blake too but no other men players played like Nadal. He has charisma and you have to admire his never-say-die attitude.

However, after his lost to Federer at Wimbledon last year in the nail-biting final, Nadal hasn't really perform at his best.

Yesterday's match at the Australian Open against Andy Murray was a nerve-wreaking one. Nadal had to struggle for five sets before he can win the match to proceed to the quarterfinal. His games has been very shaky and I really hope (cross my fingers) he will improve his performance till the final.

There's nothing better than to have a final battle between Nadal and Federer in the first Grand Slam match at the beginning of the year. Although Roddick recorded a victory against Federer at the Kooyong Classic a couple of weeks ago, I don't think he will match Federer's perfection this time.

In the meantime, Nadal has to win over Fernando Gonzalez to move on to the semifinal. Gonzalez is also one of the few players I loved to watch and Nadal is not going to have an easy win.
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