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Nadal Takes Care of Business, Murray is Out

Photo of Rafael Nadal via Forty Deuce.    

Photo of Rafael Nadal via Forty Deuce.

Fernando Gonzalez was his first real test in this tournament and Rafael Nadal passed that test with flying colors. Gonzalez, who didn’t show many signs of fatigue after his five set victory over Richard Gasquet, had some great moments against Nadal, as he even broke the Spaniard twice. Nadal, however, was always quick to break back and he easily took the victory over the Chilean 6-3,6-2,6-4. Nadal played a very clean match, as he had 33 winners and only 10 unforced errors en route to a victory in just under two hours. Nadal is now the only man left in the draw who hasn’t dropped a set. 

Nadal will next face Gilles Simon. 

Murray is out! The Scot, who had been dominant over his previous opponents, lost to Fernando Verdasco in 5 sets 2-6,6-1,1-6,6-3,6-4. In this match, however, Murray made many more errors than he had in his previous matches and Murray’s errors combined with Verdasco’s great play was enough to send the Scot packing. Verdasco’s serve was enormous and his big forehand definitely did some damage. Murray, who was touted by many as the pre-tournament favorite, is the first of the “Big Four” to be sent home, which goes to show that he is not in the same league as Nadal, Federer, or even Djokovic just yet. The top three players in the world have a way of stepping-up their game in the majors and Murray was not able to do that here. 

Verdasco has been red hot this season and will next face the winner of the James Blake-Jo Wilfriend Tsonga match, which will be played later this evening. Verdasco has now set himself up for a potential semifinal clash against his Davis Cup teammate Rafael Nadal.

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  1. Darwin
    January 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    This may conmtradict my last comment, but Nadal is looking the best. he has a +104 winners/unforced error ratio for the tournament and he has flown by all of his tests.

    • sportsaholic89
      January 27, 2009 at 2:32 am

      I must agree. I do believe that Federer and Djokovic will pick up their game, but Nadal is playing this best by far. His winners/unforced ratio is insane and he has been on court several hours less than the others. Plus, he is the only man left in the draw who hasn’t dropped a set. It was interesting though that right after you praised Federer that he almost lost. I guess that goes to show how unpredictable sports can be!

  2. Darwin
    January 27, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    yeahh, but did you see his INCREDIBLE performance last night! my god, he looked better than ’06, ’07 years. It is kinda weird how when Nadal picks up his agme and dominates, it sends a message to Federer and he does the same. We will see Nadal’s reaction now to Federer’s math. I must say, alothough Fed has dropped 2 sets, his match was the best i have EVER seen him play. Simon will test Nadal, but Tsonga is the only one in Nadal’s way to the final. And, great match by Roddick, Djokovic/Murray proved that it isn’t the “big 4” or a “big 3”, rather a “big 2”

    • sportsaholic89
      January 28, 2009 at 2:36 am

      He did look great. I guess we will have to see how Nadal plays tonight to see how they matchup. Maybe, they will both make the final and we will all get to see the head-to-head matchup.

  3. Darwin
    January 27, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    match***, not math

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