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Saturday, January 31, 2009

BREATHTAKING TENNIS - VERDASCO PLAYED SUPERB TENNIS - NADAL WON THE MATCH


6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4

Did you see the semi-final match at the Australian Open '09 between Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco?

Outstanding.



Photo credit: Ezra Shaw - Getty Images


Screen Cap by Mary of Rafael Nadal Forum


Rafa reacts after winning the second set of Semi-Final
AO '09




Photo credits: Quinn Rooney - Getty Images




Photo credits: Mark Kolbe - Getty Images






Above photo credits: Mark Dadswell - Getty Images


The longest Australian Open Men's Match in history ~
an exhausting 5 hours 14 minutes
and Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco,
both of Spain received multi standing ovations.


Statistics of the Match

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My Favorite Moment is Rafa's One Hand Reaction after winning this point
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baddude1977


and in case the above one gets deleted again:
My Favorite Moment is Rafa's One Hand Reaction after winning this point
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Flubber4598


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One Point during Semi-Final Match
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10:52 of the Semi-Final, including the ending through match point - German commentating


OZ: The Dual Goes Down Under - Read the article


By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer John Pye, Ap Sports Writer Fri Jan 30, 5:31 pm ET

MELBOURNE, Australia – After five arduous hours, Rafael Nadal couldn't hold back the tears when he pulled within a point of making the Australian Open final.

Yet he managed to compose himself and held off Fernando Verdasco in five sets. Verdasco double-faulted after saving two match points, and Nadal won 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (1), 6-4 in the longest match in the tournament's history. Nadal flopped on back — exhausted and elated — after a match few expected to go long.

The 5-hour, 14-minute semifinal between the Spanish left-handers started at dusk Friday and ended at 1:07 a.m. Saturday.

The top-ranked Nadal advanced to another final against Roger Federer, who is bidding to equal Pete Sampras' record 14 Grand Slam singles titles.

"Today was, yeah, one of these matches you going to remember long time, no?" Nadal said. "Well, the emotion was big."

Especially when the score got to love-40 in the last game.

"I start to cry. ... too much tension," he said.

Read the full article



Photo credit: Lucas Dawson ~ Getty Images







After the match
Above photo credits: Clive Brunskill - Getty Images




Rafael Nadal in the AO '09 Semi-Final
Above photo credits: Cameron Spencer - Getty Images


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Rafa and Fernando after the match
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Slideshow from photos of Semi-Final
between Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco
January 30, 2009 Australian Open
Photo credits - Getty Images photographers:
Cameron Spencer, Clive Brunskill,
Dita Alangkara, Ezra Shaw,
Lucas Dawson, Mark Dadswell,
Mark Kolbe, Quinn Rooney and unknown

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UPDATE:

Final: Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer
Sunday
February 1, 2009
Live 3:30 a.m. USA EST - ESpN2
That means Saturday night into Sunday here in the USA

Reair of Mens' Singles Final AO '09
Sunday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m.

Source:
sports.espn.go.com/espntv/espnGuide

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Live Streaming of Rod Laver Arena

These work on my MAC and on PC as well

Index for matches' live streaming links:
http://atdhe.net/index.html

www.channelsurfing.net
once there scroll down until you find Australian Open - Rod Laver Arena

Australian Open draws

Tennis Talk's Live Score
and
Link to Live AO '09 Radio Play by Play

Australian Open AO radio

Links to pictures of the match:

www.zimbio.com/pictures

www.activeboard.com/forums


The Forum that used to be at Rafael Nadal's website
can be found at: www.activeboard.com/forum

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