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Thursday, August 10, 2017

*skriptis <skriptis@post.t-com.hr>: Aug 10 08:40PM +0200

>> Rafa has been "all business" since he arrived in Canada. Friends of mine who are covering the Rogers Cup in Montreal tell me he's been stone faced and focused all week so far, at practice, walking the grounds and with most of the media. The sense some are taking away from his keen business approach centers around the perception that Rafa sees the Rogers Cup as a likely showdown venue against Federer. Having spoken with a member of the Nadal camp, one of my former writers tells me Rafa has been preping to try and put an end to Federer's run of wins against him ASAP, meaning in Montreal, should they make the final. Also, Rafa feels that his draw stacks up as one of the most challenging he's faced at a Masters level event this season.
 
>> P
 
> Both guys do look to be on a collision course with their year so far and the way they looked in their opening matches. How long can this revival of a tennis classic fairytale last? I wouldn't mind if Rafa gets one back if Federer goes on and wins the US open. Now imagine if Fed beats Rafa in the final... Rafa will be #1 on Monday but everyone will see Federer as the real #1, having won every masters and slam match this year so far.
 
 
That's not how the points work.
 
E.g. you're talking about locker room number 1, and Federer is
already that.
 
Whether Nadal replaces Murray as computer number 1 (most
consistent player in the past 52 weeks) is another matter.

 
 
 
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Court_1 <olympia0000@yahoo.com>: Aug 10 11:48AM -0700

As much as I root for Federer when he plays Nadal and some long awaited revenge has been nice to watch, I don't want to see any lopsided rivalries between all time great players. Federer appears to have Nadal's number off clay but I doubt Federer will beat Nadal the next 10 times in a row(if Nadal can make it to Federer in the first place) because I think Nadal's too good to let that happen. Remember the AO 2017 final was down to the wire.
 
Watching close finals between the two is more preferable to watching beatdowns either way for me. I want to see the battle between them and the element of surprise to be in play. It's much more satisfying that way IMO.
stephenJ <sjaros3@cox.net>: Aug 10 02:03PM -0500

On 8/10/2017 11:40 AM, Patrick Kehoe wrote:
> Rafa has been "all business" since he arrived in Canada. Friends of mine who are covering the Rogers Cup in Montreal tell me he's been stone faced and focused all week so far, at practice, walking the grounds and with most of the media. The sense some are taking away from his keen business approach centers around the perception that Rafa sees the Rogers Cup as a likely showdown venue against Federer. Having spoken with a member of the Nadal camp, one of my former writers tells me Rafa has been preping to try and put an end to Federer's run of wins against him ASAP, meaning in Montreal, should they make the final. Also, Rafa feels that his draw stacks up as one of the most challenging he's faced at a Masters level event this season.
 
> P
 
This rings true. Rafa fumed over blown Wimbledon opportunity. He's in
full-blown GOAT mode and Fed is his target. He knows that while beating
Fed at a Super 9 lime Montreal won't advance formally advance him
towards that goal, it would be a big psychological boost for himself and
a blow to Fed, increasing Rafa's chances of winning an all-important USO
rematch.
 
Nadal has only one goal: To finish his career regarded as undisputed
GOAT. Beating Fed at slams is the only path forward on that.
 
 
 
 
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stephenJ <sjaros3@cox.net>: Aug 10 01:59PM -0500

On 8/10/2017 11:27 AM, Whisper wrote:
 
>> 1) Fewer slams, the big elephant.
 
> er, he has more than anyone in history bar Fed. Plus he has potential
> to win more as he is younger.
 
I agree about his potential, but as of now, that means nothing.
 
There is no argument for Rafa > Fed right now, he's 4 slams behind.
Everyone in the universe would rather have Fed's trophy case than Rafa's.
 
Rafa can do it, but he has work to do, has to win at least 5 more slams
to be undisputed goat.
 
 
 
 
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*skriptis <skriptis@post.t-com.hr>: Aug 10 08:33PM +0200

> Please shut up pretending you care in the least bit about refugees or the Middle East, when you supported Obama and Hillary's destruction of Libya and causing the biggest refugee disaster in 100 years, which they did for nothing except to try to get rid of Russia's last Middle East base and to make a name for themselves.
 
 
It's beyond criminal and stupid really because Russia doesn't and
didn't have anything in Libya. I mean, at least in Syria we're
talking about one pathetic Russian naval base, but what was the
point of destroying Libya and creating a huge steless territory
and terrorist incubator there?
 
The only logical conclusion is they wanted to flood Europe with
millions of Africans that are coming through ex-Libya now.

 
 
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RaspingDrive <raspingdrive@gmail.com>: Aug 09 10:45PM -0700

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 2:47:10 AM UTC-4, The Iceberg wrote:
 
> > Fed's decision making, on court and off, the past 12 months has been
> > impeccable.
 
> you can't give credit for him being too chicken to play Nadal!
 
Credit him for being ready to deprive Nadal of a possible W win in 2017! After all, folks like bob require Nadal to win one more W. So Fed has to skip the clay season and be battle ready for Nadal for the next two or three years he he he.
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