Category: All, News - Federer, News - Nadal, Results - Federer, Results - Nadal

Rome – Federer vs Stepanek, Nadal vs Soderling

Click here for Federer vs Stepanek live TV at Paris Masters Tennis 2010

Rome, April 2009: A great day’s tennis yesterday in which we saw Roger and Rafa take their first steps towards a hopeful final!

The big news of course was the ousting of Andy Murray by Juan Monaco – well, Andy’s had a great run this year and perhaps this is just a pause in his momentum towards the top three (or two). I expect the few extra days rest will do him a lot of good, and we’ll see some great tennis from him in the slightly faster courts of Madrid.logointernazionali1

Roger Federer had a tough match, and faced some solid resistance from Karlovic, but his game was steady, and he was able to win easily, 6-4, 6-4.

Rafael Nadal looked even stronger, seeing off Andreas Seppi quickly in an hour and twenty, and with just a minor bump early on with a loss of service before a typically concentrated performance where he left the Italian with no chances whatsoever to get into the game.

Continue reading “Rome – Federer vs Stepanek, Nadal vs Soderling”

Category: All, Live TV Over Internet, News - Federer, News - Nadal, Results - Federer

Rome – Karlovic vs Federer, Nadal vs Seppi – Live TV

What a great start to a great tournament.

After a humdinger first up match today (carried over from yesterday due to rain delays) between Andy Murray and clay court specialist Juan Monaco, we’ll be seeing Roger Federer challenged by big serving Croat, Ivo Karlovic. Karlovic beat Federer in Cincinatti last year, so has provedlogointernazionali1 he has it in him, though a slow clay court will be less in his favour, and indeed Federer has won all the other seven previous encounters between the two.

Then straight after that, Rafael Nadal will face the Italian Andreas Seppi. Amazingly, these two have only played three times previously on the tour, and surprise, surprise, Seppi won the most recent encounter – in Rotterdam last year – in three sets. Again, the surface and form will make all the difference, and Rafa should enjoy this plate of revenge served cold on clay.

Federer came on soon after 4pm local time and Nadal will follow straight after. Hopefully these are the first matches to a path to a Nadal vs Federer final at Rome!

Quite an afternoon of tennis, and here are the best links we can find at NadalVersusFederer.com. We’ll update these as the games start, as these days there is a lot of chopping, changing and cutting of streams:

Rome – Live TV Streams (Free)

UPDATE  - Federer won, 6-4, 6-4

Option 1: Roger Federer vs Ivo Karlovic

Option 2: (NEW) Roger Federer vs Ivo Karlovic

Open in Internet Explorer. You will get a page in Chinese – wait – could take up to a minute, and when asked, agree to installing Add on from “Nanjing Naga Software”.

Option 3: Try TVU, channel 68116 – software installation needed – see here for help

Started just before 6pm local time:

UPDATE  - Nadal won, 6-2, 6-3

Option 1: Rafael Nadal vs Andreas Seppi

Option 2 (NEW): Rafael Nadal vs Andreas Seppi (Spanish)

Option 3 (NEW): Rafael Nadal vs Andreas Seppi (English)

To get Option 3 to work, you need to open the above link in Internet Explorer. You will get a page in Chinese – don’t panic! Wait a little, maybe up to a minute, and you should be asked whether you want to install “Nanjing Naga Software”. Say yes, install, and you will hopefully get a nice broadcast in English. This only seems to work in Internet Explorer – I could not get it running in Firefox or Chrome

Option 4:  Try TVU, channel 68116 – software installation needed - see here for help

If none of these links are currently working, or for more information, try referring to this post on how to watch live tennis over the internet for assistance in running or hunting for more options. Good luck!

Category: All, News - Federer, News - Nadal, Rivalry

Road to Final – Nadal vs Federer (no, Djokovic!) in Rome

Not since the Australian Open have we had the pleasure of an encounter between the two current greats of world tennis, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. For a while there it was looking like Rome could be the stage of a gladiatorial rematch, but Nole had other ideas.

Here is the path to the final that was to be, but wasn’t…


Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer

Second Round

Nadal beat Seppi, 6-2, 6-3

Federer beat Karlovic, 6-4, 6-4

Third Round

Nadal beat Soderling, 6-1, 6-0

Federer beat Stepanek, 6-4, 6-1

Quarterfinals

Nadal beat Verdasco, 6-3, 6-3

Federer beat Zverev 6-3, 6-4

Semifinals

Nadal beat Gonzalez, 6-3, 6-3

Djokovic beat Federer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

Final

Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer Novak Djokovic

Category: All, News - Federer, News - Nadal, Results - Nadal, Rivalry

Barcelona – Fifth “Godó” for Nadal

Number 5

Number 5

Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer to win his fifth consecutive “Godó” trophy, winning in two sets 6-2, 7-5 final.

Congratulations to Rafa – Barcelona is the closest he has to a “home” on the ATP circuit, and to have won these five titles in succession must be a dream come true for him. In fact, in his after match commentary Nadal said:

“I never imagined anything like this. To win again here in Barcelona, in my home club and at such an important tournament is incredible.”

Nadal now moves straight on to Rome, where he will be trying for his fourth Masters Series title, having lost last year to Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second set.

Last year it was a seriously bad blister that really knocked him down, but this year he’ll be facing some real challenges on the court too. Djokovic will be aiming to win back the title he won last year, Federer is trying to get back on track, and Andy Murray is charging from fourth and capable of anything.

My pick? Joker-Rafa final, with Nadal to win in three sets.

Category: All, Live TV Over Internet, News - Nadal, Results - Nadal

Barcelona – Nadal vs Ferrer in Final – Live TV

Rafael Nadal will play in his fifth consecutive “Godo” final, facing fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in a repeat of last year’s final.

In the semis, Rafa overcame Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 in just under two hours.

The Mallorcan played an intelligent game, matching his opponents level and raising his rhythm whenever needed. In that way, he saved the only three break points that the Russian got as chances, and showed some better form, though perhaps not yet at his very brutal best.

The final against David Ferrer starts at 16:00 Spanish time. Use one of these links if you want to watch the game over the internet.

Links were updated and checked as the game started. The first two are in South American Spanish, good picture. No English streams seem to be available. Ya tocaba aprender castellano, no?

UPDATE - Game over, Nadal beat Ferrer 6-2, 7-5

Option 1: Godo tennis – Live TV – Rafael Nadal vs David Ferrer

Option 2: Godo tennis – Live TV – Rafael Nadal vs David Ferrer (smooth and reliable, low resolution

Option 3: Godo tennis – Live TV – Rafael Nadal vs David Ferrer ( not sure what language – great high resolution but starts and stops sometimes)

Refer to this post on how to watch live tennis over the internet should you need more information or assistance. Good luck!

Category: All, Live TV Over Internet, News - Nadal, Results - Nadal

Barcelona – Nadal beats Rochus and meets Davydenko in Semis – Live TV

Nikolay Davydenko

Rafael Nadal swept easily past Christophe Rochus of Belgium 6-2, 6-0 to win his 23rd straight match on clay.

In so doing he set up what looked like it would be a great quarter-final with David Nalbandian

Unfortunately that was not to be - David had to withdraw from the tournament with a hip injury.

Nadal’s semi-final opponent will be Nikolay Davydenko – a tough match, and one that I for sure will not be missing.

Here are the best links I could find for free live TV over the internet. Game started at 13:30 local time, Option 1 working well if you speak Spanish!:

Option 1: Godo tennis – Live TV – Rafael Nadal vs Nikolay Davydenko Update: Nadal won 6-3, 6-2

Option 2: Godo tennis – Live TV – Rafael Nadal vs Nikolay Davydenko (free registration at bet365 required, small but ok picture)

Refer to this post on how to watch live tennis over the internet should you need more information or assistance. Good luck!

Nadal said after the last match:

“It’s not nice to reach the semifinals like this but I have to think positively, to know that I’m in the semifinals, which is good news, and I’ll be trying to give my all.”

“I don’t think it’s a disadvantage for me not to play tomorrow. I will train a bit more intensively than usual and that’s it. It’s not pretty to reach the semi-finals like this, but I have to be positive, I’m in the semis of the Godó and that’s always a good thing.”

Category: All, Live TV Over Internet, News - Nadal, Results - Nadal

Barcelona – Nadal beats Gil, meets Rochus – Live TV

Link to official website

Rafa had few problems beating Frederico Gil of Portugal, winning quickly in just over an hour and a half, 6-2, 6-2.

Today he’ll come on sometime after 16:45 local time against Christophe Rochus of Belgium. Nadal has played Rochus just once before – at the Australian Open this year where he won very comfortably indeed in three sets, 6-0 6-2 6-2. It is hard to imagine Rafa having any troubles on clay.

It was impossible to find a good internet TV stream that worked yesterday, so I am posting the links below more in hope than expectation. If these don’t work, try the forums at MyP2P, perhaps Roja Directa, or see more information here. If my flight arrives in Oslo in time, will be watching and will update links as best I can!

Click on links below for live TV Streams over internet. UPDATE: Nadal won 6-2, 6-0

Option 1: Godo tennis – Live TV – Rafael Nadal vs Christophe Rochus (couple of options here, usually come on just before game)

Option 2: Godo tennis – Live TV – Rafael Nadal vs Christophe Rochus (free registration at bet365 required, small but ok picture)

Refer to this post on how to watch live tennis over the internet should you need more information or assistance. Good luck!

Category: All, Live TV Over Internet, News - Nadal

Godo – Barcelona Open – Nadal to meet Gil first up

Link to official website

Rafael Nadal returns to the courts Wednesday for his first match in one of his favourite tournaments – the 57th trophy for the Count of Godo, or the Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell as it officially known.

His first opponent is Frederico Gil of Portugal – a player he was able to beat with just a little resistance on the hard courts of Miami just a few weeks ago. This should be a straight forward match for Rafa, but I doubt he’ll be taking things lightly and we can expect another high-octane performance from our favourite Mallorcan.

The game is due to start sometime after 2:30pm local time. Internet TV links have been bad lately, but I have put my best guesses below and will try and check and update these as the game nears.

Click on links below for live TV Streams over internet.

Option 1: Godo tennis – Live TV – Rafael Nadal vs Frederico Gil (Update: Game over, Nadal won 6-2, 6-2)

Option 2: Godo tennis – Live TV – Rafael Nadal vs Frederico Gil

Refer to this post on how to watch live tennis over the internet should you need more information or assistance. Good luck!

Category: All, News - Nadal, Results - Nadal

Rafael Nadal – Rey of Clay and Dirt GOAT

Greatest Of All Time (on clay)

Greatest Of All Time (on clay)

Nadal beat Djokovic today in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 to take out the Monte Carlo Masters Series Tournament.

I feel like I’d better save some superlatives for the years ahead, but surely it is already time to start singing the praises from the rooftops.

On his favourite surface he is simply nigh-on unbeatable.

In my opinion Rafa has now moved ahead of even the great Bjorn Borg and I think it is time to pronounce him “Rey (King) of Clay”, and “Dirt GOAT” (Greatest Of All Time).

Let’s look at just some of his remarkable achievements:

RAFAEL NADAL AT TWENTY-TWO

- Today’s win marked his 14th Masters Series title, equalling at 22 what Federer achieved at 26

- He advanced to an all time 23-1 record in finals on clay

- Undefeated in 45 best-of-five-set matches on clay, yes that’s right. He has NEVER lost a five set match on clay!

- Five Montecarlo titles in a row, four Godo and four Roland Garros – the 3×5 is looking more likely by the minute…

- Since April 2005 he has lost just 2 matches on clay, against 120 matches won. ONE HUNDRED and TWENTY to TWO… think about those numbers!

- Current 27 match winning streak on clay

- Only player ever to hold Grand Slams on all three surfaces simultaneously (Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Australian Open)

Rafa is now heading to Godo where after just two days break (he says his serve is not good enough and he must fix it…oh, he’ll get even better?) he’ll be back on courts going for that fifth straight title again. His first match will be on Wednesday.

Category: All, Live TV Over Internet, News - Nadal

Monte Carlo – Final Nadal vs Djokovic

Another one to be bitten in the dust?

Another one to be bitten in the dust?

Rafa stole Andy’s deep fried Mars bar – no final for him today, and we’ll see this great tournament come to an end with a classic Nadal versus Djokovic encounter instead.

Nadal really seemed to hit his straps yesterday, and apart from a fine come back attempt from Murray in the second set, he was at the top of his game and looking truly the unbeatable, 26-wins-in-a-row at Montecarlo player we were expecting.

Play starts at 14:00 local time (CEST). Click on link below for live TV stream over internet.

Live TV – Montecarlo final – Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic (Updated – sorry, old link went dead)

Refer to this post on how to watch live tennis over the internet should you need more information or assistance.

Good luck and let’s go Rafa!