Rafa loses exhibition

Photo via the Roland Garros site

Photo via the Roland Garros site

Not a big deal people – let’s keep some perspective. :) From the official Roland Garros site:

For the first time ever, Rafael Nadal has been defeated here at Roland Garros! Before the rest of the men’s draw get too excited however, it should be pointed out that his loss came as part of the traditional “Benny Berthet” charity exhibition matches. Rafa went down 7-5 to Argentina’s Brian Dabul on Philippe Chatrier court in a single-set encounter, with the brief shower which made the court slippery towards the end perhaps seeing Nadal decide that discretion was the better part of valour. Various exhibition matches were played throughout the day on Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen and No1 courts, with the proceeds going to five charities which are partners of the event. Despite the overcast weather, there was a good turn-out with fans enjoying some spectacular tennis, including appearances from local favourites Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Fabrice Santoro amongst others.

3 Responses

  1. Josh says:

    Meh, it matters not. It was raining and from all the memories of Rafa and rain (ie. Soderling Match ’07) and even as much as last year at Roland Garros (in the second round against Nicolas Devilder he was broken because it started raining) he hates the wet stuff. Its like mixing oil and water, they won’t go. And from what I have been told it was raining for most of the match so Rafa wouldnt have been going for it, like in order to not risk injury and slipping and all that. So more the reason to be happy.

    Yeah, I am still pretty confident though from Yahoo! Sports headline “Nadal loses to World No. 109” I looked up and thought he had lost in the first round. After I stopped hyper-ventilating I realised what had happened….it was a nervous few seconds though.

  2. strobi says:

    Ok people, don’t lose your heads please! Have some memory. Is not like Rafa has never lost a set in Roland Garros, even last year he had a tough first round game against Belucci.
    Then, it was an exhibition and it was raining. Dabul had nothing to lose and Rafa does, he couldn´t risk an injury under those conditions. That’s the end of the story.

  3. Izzy says:

    Oh dear! I say because I would hate to be the Paris mens field right now. I have a very strong gut feeling that Rafa has sooooooo many cards up his sleeve it is not funny!Its all mental power play. Yes he loses a few here and there…his opposition get complacent and excited that they can beat him and what does Rafa do, he comes out and tears them to shreads. 6/0, 6/0, 6/1 (Im being generous here).