Tennis Freaks

“1821: Nadal, I’ve noticed, has a problem with his shorts, in that they keep on getting stuck up his jacksie and he has to pull them out before every point. Not sure why he doesn’t just get a size up, he’s probably loaded.”

Soderling v Nadal as it happened (part 3)

 Wimbledon third round latest:

R S’LING (Swe) 28 v R NADAL (Spa) 2*

4-6 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 4-4

* denotes server

PLAY SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF RAIN.
FIFTH SET

Soderling 4-6 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 4-4 Nadal
A rumble of thunder above SW19 and a groan from the crowd – off we go again…Nadal has got the raving hump, and so would you. They’ll have to try again on Wednesday.

Soderling 4-6 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 4-4 Nadal
Nadal balloons a forehand long with most of the court to aim at and Soderling moves to 30-0 with an overhead. An ace takes Soderling to 40-0 and another big serve wins him the game. A bread and butter hold.

Soderling 4-6 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 3-4 Nadal
Soderling looked like he wanted to jack this match in during the first two sets, but he’s got the eye of the tiger today. Another couple of unforced errors from Nadal, going long with a sliced backhand before sticking an attempted drop shot into the net, hands Soderling two break points. Soderling blows the first, lamely plopping a forehand into the net, and Nadal finds a robust serve to take the game to deuce. Soderling goes long with a backhand before putting another forehand into the net – Nadal showing some mongrel to hold.

Soderling 4-6 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 3-3 Nadal
Soderling sticks forehand long before Nadal goes wide and long with a top-spin forehand – very un-Rafa. The Swede dredges up an ace, outlasts Nadal in a baseline rally and finds another ace to take the game. All square…

1821: Nadal, I’ve noticed, has a problem with his shorts, in that they keep on getting stuck up his jacksie and he has to pull them out before every point. Not sure why he doesn’t just get a size up, he’s probably loaded.

1815: Players are back on court and should be under way in a few minutes, although it’s looking a bit murky again over Court One…I was at Wimbledon yesterday and watched the first two and a half sets of this match. Other than that, it was a rubbish day out – six quid for a Pimms and it lobbed it down all day.

Soderling 4-6 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 2-3 Nadal
Nadal fires down an ace for 40-30 then plays the shot of the match, diving to his right to not only reach a Soderling passing shot but dropping it delicately over the net. But that’s all the action for now as lightning forces play to be suspended.

Soderling 4-6 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 2-2 Nadal
Soderling wins his service game to love to level the match. He’s looking fired up while Nadal is misfiring. Clearly, all the delays have not helped the Spaniard’s mood.

Soderling 4-6 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 1-2 Nadal
Play resumes at 30-30 on Nadal’s serve and Soderling wins the first two points to break back.

It’s 1640 BST on Tuesday – this match started on Saturday afternoon, which tells you all you need to know about the weather at Wimbledon this year…

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1 Comment»

  DJ wrote @

Re- Nadal’s problem with his shorts up his rear. I am no prude, but geez after every shot… I find it quite annoying and a bit vulgar. Something like a baseball player grabbing their crotch repeatedly. Not a class act. Why hasn’t someone told him?? Can he possibly not realize? Am I the only one this bothers?


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