Jan 6 press roundup

Rafa roars (Photo by EFE)

Rafa roars (Photo by EFE)

A lot of people talking about how Rafa totally dominated in his match today.

Nadal opens 2009 with Doha masterpiece

Nadal came out on fire, breaking serve in the opening gave of the match, and he streaked to a 6-0 first set in just 18 minutes. The Spaniard fired 17 winners to a mere once unforced error throughout the opening frame of play.

Nadal, Federer, Murray aren’t challenged in first round at Qatar

The top-ranked Nadal needed only 46 minutes for the win, breaking Santoro three times in each set.

Nadal thrashes Santoro

The Spaniard needed only 120 seconds to break the French’s service during the first game and he took a quick 4-0 lead. Nadal gave up only four points before closing the set with a firm 6-0.

Nadal breezes through Qatar opener

The top seed’s speed and power was simply too much for 36-year-old Santoro, who finally got on the board in the ninth game.

Holder Murray, Federer, Nadal win in Qatar

“It was a quick start and that is good for me,” said Nadal who won eight title last season. “I didn’t expect it so easy because Santoro is a tough player. His style of play makes it difficult for the opponent to find his rhythm.”

Rafael Nadal: Serving It Up Real Hot – for the shallow person in us all.

And…here’s a look back to an unhappier match – Tennis History Tuesday – “Rafa Routed in Chennai!”

Says a classy Nadal, “Maybe I was a bit tired after the long semifinal, but I lost the final because Mikhail played very well.”