A few photos from today’s match against Soderling.
(Photos by Julian Finney/Getty Images, AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, and REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico)
In a match up that has some history, Rafa took on #27 Robin Soderling or Sweden in today’s round of 16 match. Soderling started out playing well but was still losing handily. In the second set, an intense fight over a line call that he lost just seemed to seal the deal on his mental state. Rafa was moving and playing well and Soderling had to settle for a nice evening snack of a breadstick and a bagel. Rafa is through to the quarters: 6-1 6-0.
Rafa’s #71 in Time Magazine’s “The World’s Most Influential People” Heroes & Icons division. The write up? By Serena Williams. Check it out.
I have never seen such tenacity, such ambition, such fight and such honor go into every shot as when I watch Rafael Nadal.
I want to be like him. The attitude he exudes
President of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand, Mr. Suwat Lipatapanlop applauded PTT’s decision and added that getting Nadal to compete was a great boost for the event. “Rafael Nadal’s participation in the tournament is a major accomplishment,” said Khun Suwat. “The world’s most exciting player will be making his first appearance at the event and we are all excited to see him play. He is the French, Wimbledon and Australian Open champion and his participation will bring huge international exposure to the tournament, highlighting Thailand’s global image and help draw
Tignor’s at it again.
Nadal has lost just two matches on the surface in the last two years. The year before that, he didn’t lose any. For the next six weeks, you must begin each tournament by picking Nadal to win and then asking who has the best chance, percentage-wise, to stop his march to the trophy ceremony. The rest of the field has three more opportunities this spring — maybe two, if, as