Rafa lost in the quarter finals of the Rogers Cup to Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7(5-7) 1-6. There were times in the match when he looked like the Rafa we’ve come to know and love. Then he blew a lead in a tie-break and it was all down hill from there. I think he was having a bit of a problem with his back as I kept seeing him try to stretch it. A few stiff muscles wouldn’t be unusual in his first tightly fought match in quite a while. Oh well, it’s on to Cinci for team Nadal.
I’m just going to post my day’s report here – a very quick one since I’m dead tired. Maybe kefuoe will blog about her day as well.
It was actually a lovely day until the end there. I slept in (wooo!) and then headed over to the tournament in time for the Murray/Davydenko match. It was blistering hot and sunny in my stupidly purchased West-facing seats.
After that match, I met up with kefuoe and we chatted through a junior’s match on court BN where it was a bit more shady and the windy payed us a much welcomed visit. Both guys were playing like the walking wounded by the end of the match – hobbling around the court. After that, it was a doubles match with Nestor and Zimonjic. We then went for a lovely dinner with Johanne from VB, her friend and her brother and sister-in-law.
After that, it was time for Roddick/Djokovic. That was a good match and stress-free for me since I was okay with either guy winning it. I think the right guy won as Roddick was playing better.
We all know what came next. Rafa looked good at the start of the match. He did have some trouble with shots flying wide/long, but there was one rally that, I swear, he painted at least 3 different lines with pin-point accuracy. It was a thing of beauty. It felt like the air was taken out of his balloon in that tie-break. I can’t explain it, but it just kind of felt…inevitable. It’s the same feeling I had while watching last year’s semi at the US Open.
The bottom line, though, is that reaching the quarter finals of your first tournament back after a long lay-off and then being beat by a top 10 guy who’s on a roll is nothing to be ashamed of.