Australian Open final on DVD

AO DVD

A DVD of the Australian Open final is available for pre-order on Amazon.com. I wish they’d put the semi-final on DVD as well.

Thanks to RC for the heads up.

33 Responses

  1. Atch2 says:

    It’ll probably include the prize ceremony. After such a great match, the ceremony was an anti-climax for me.

  2. patzin says:

    This match was prob the first time I was truly aware of Rafa’s twin personas – on court the focused competitor; and off court, the kind, humble man.

  3. Suzanne says:

    My favorite post-match event was when Rafa met Fed at the net and said, “I’m sorry” and then followed it up with, “Are you okay?” That put him head and shoulders above the rest, as if he wasn’t there already…

  4. Atch2 says:

    It’a like the ‘Real Menace’ post where Rafa didn’t show a lot of emotions bec he has a good heart and of his deep respect for the opponent (Moya and Fed). He couldn’t be completely happy and celebrate like he usually does.

    But agree with Miri, the Rafa vs Verdasco would be an excellent match to watch again and again.

  5. mary says:

    Hey I might make a few inquiries on this end to see if the semi’s are avaliable and let you know. I do think the semi’s in AO was probably the best match I’ve ever seen.

    • aRafaelite says:

      The Nadal-Verdasco match is available from Tennis Nexus (http://www.geocities.com/masteroftennis779/nadal.html) – I’d been considering getting a copy, but – just like Rafa it turns out! – I also signed a contract on a home today (a slightly more modest one – understatement!) – so have been saving my cash. I don’t know what the quality is like, or even if it’s legal (?) but now you all know where to get it!

  6. faecoleman says:

    Oh thanx aRafaelite I shall make a note of that, It would have been a great selling point to have put the semi and the final on the same dvd! not only were both! matches awsome but it shows how remarkable an athelete Rafael Nadal is, his stamina, intensity and desire to win are unmatched!

  7. nic says:

    I think the official Australian Open website has a link or something to the upcoming release of both the Nando semi and the final. Think I’d like to get both actually. Wish I had my DVR then! It’s sooo waiting for Rafa’s return in Montreal so that it can finally be put to some good use!

  8. Rafafan says:

    If you go on tennis@tennisdvdworld.com you can get all the good DVD’s of Rafa at £6.50 each. I bought 3 so far – Australia Fedasco v Nadal and then the final with Fed and had to suffer the Sod v Nadal in Paris – still can’t believe he lost that match.

    All the quality is good so I went on and bought 6 more!

    All the Paris finals 2005-8, USO Open against Murray 2007 and 08 and the Madrid semi this year against Novak.

    This is in case we don’t see our Rafa get to Montreal – which from what i see from the pressy might seem quite likely. Can’t bear it no Rafa ao will fill my time watching all of these.

  9. Suzanne says:

    Hey I was just thinking about something…The Tennis Channel often airs “classic matches” a month or so before a tourney begins and as most people think of the Rafi/Nando SF at the AO as a classic, the chances are that they’ll show it then. The good thing is that they usually show them in their entirety, so nothing will be skipped or missed. Look for it starting at the end of this year…Good bet is that they’ll show it. I have the last couple of sets saved on my DVR and will try to get the whole thing saved if/when they show it.

  10. miri says:

    I got my DVD today and am watching it. It’s weird to me hearing Aussie commentators! Love the widescreen format, though.

    • mary says:

      That will bring back some happy memmories. Still would love to get hold of the Nando v Rafa semi’s. That was also awesome.

    • miri says:

      Oh, interesting. They have a lot more of the award ceremony on here than was shown on US TV. I had no idea Fed was crying while standing next to Rafa during all the boring sponsor speeches. Rafa looks most uncomfortable as Fed’s trying to fight back the tears unsuccessfully. They didn’t show any of this on US TV – they started with the guy introducing Fed to come up and get the runner-up award. No wonder he lost it so badly then – it had been building up during the whole long boring crap from the sponsors and other shit and he just couldn’t hold back any more and totally lost it.

      • CC says:

        Thinking about that ceremony, it was such a weird moment, that must have been so tough for Roger. And Rafa.
        I’ve rarely seen anyone look so uncomfortable as Rafa did during that whole ceremony. Only time he actually looked OK, was when he could finally go and put a comforting arm around Federer and give him a cuddle. He looked relieved then. Whereas doing that would probably make a lot of people even more uncomfortable…

      • mary says:

        So all these months you missed out on the most incredible moment in tennis history. Fed probably had his monogramed jacket in his bag, shucks. I thought he was pathetic! He spoilt Rafa’s first hardcourt victory. But so so so humble in victory was our Rafa. What a man!!!!

        • mary says:

          GS victory that is.

        • CC says:

          I don’t think anyone that shows emotion like that is pathetic. Roger obviously couldn’t help it and I bet he would much rather NOT have cried. Dontcha think?

          • Atch2 says:

            I don’t showing your emotion is pathetic but it would have been better if he kept it until after the prize ceremony. Rafa really couldn’t enjoy it. He was rejoicing after the last ball was hit. Ran towards his team incl Papa Nadal at the opposite side of the court, and then it was an anti-climax on the podium.
            I’m sure A-Rod was hurting when he lost the last Wimby final, but he didn’t spoil the occasion for Fed.

            • dutchgirl says:

              I don’t think that was intentional. I don’t know if you ever experienced a situation where you didn’t wanna show your emotions, but, because you were trying too hard not to, they couldn’t be stopped – I know I did occasionally. Very embarassing, for everybody involved.
              So, IMO it just shows Federer is human as well.

          • mary says:

            You gotta ask yourself why he was crying? He had won 13 grand slams, I think 14 masters, so what was the f****g crying for. Self pity & thats all. Like I said pathetic!!!!

      • aRafaelite says:

        It was a deeply uncomfortable experience for everyone watching, and dominated Aussie media coverage for days. There was a lot of discussion about ending the post-match torture and allowing players to retire to the locker room through the speeches until everyone’s ready for the trophy presentation.

        I don’t like Federer, but I understand the disappointment he must have felt at that moment, even if it irked me that what should have been Rafa’s moment in the limelight was completely overshadowed by Federer. I told my flatmate at the time (who doesn’t follow tennis but watched the end of the match with me) that Rafa would go up and put his arm around Federer, and it was clearly a relief to him when he could. That’s why I was so shocked by the reception he got from the public at Roland Garros this year – perhaps French TV only showed Federer crying and not Rafa comforting him?!

        Anyway, Rafa earned a lot of respect from the Aussie public for his reaction that day, and people I know who’d looked at him previously as some strange freak of nature, began to acknowledge what the rest of had recognised all along! If I was Rafa’s mum, I think I would have been more proud of him for his behaviour at that moment, than for all his victories combined. That was the moment I decided to “come out” and admit (proudly!) that he’s replaced Edberg as my favourite tennis player of all time! I like being a fan of Rafa Nadal!!!

    • dutchgirl says:

      I’ve been searching for a dvd with region code 2, but it seems it hasn’t been released (yet). Does anyone know if there will be a release for European market as well?

  11. mary says:

    Btw you should try listening to Italian, or better still German comentators. Quite funny at times!

  12. Delta says:

    I taped both & omitted commercials so, very exciting! Like watching again & again. Commentators; Chris Fowler, Brad Gilbert, PMac ; another fav, like his brother,& Dick Enberg, so it’s quite entertaining w/ their commentary as “pro-Nadal” saying Fed can’t get Rafa “out of his head.” No kidding, Rafael takes him out of his ” A-game,” let’s hope same holds true should they meet up in Finals @ US OPEN. Know JMac wants that as he said so on Foxnews the other night.

  13. chloe says:

    I don’t want to raise my hopes about Rafa at the USO because I get so disappointed if he gets knocked out, but I am quietly hoping, he doesn’t deserve to be No 3 in the world. There’s got to be some justice.

    Mary, try Tennis Videos International, look then up on the Internet, they stock videos going back decades for all regions.

  14. chloe says:

    Sorry it’s dutchgirl who was asking about DVDs.

  15. mary says:

    Looky what I just found. Not out yet but coming soon.
    http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2009-04-01/200904011238538251292.html
    I’v just reserved a copy. So hope it’s avaliable soon