Taking Care of Business

Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Rafa wasted no time in concluding his quarterfinal match against Fernando Gonzalez, winning decisively in the third set. I wasn’t here for the match so I don’t know why he rolled over Gonzo so easily, but at the same time I am pleased that he did what he needed to do quickly and will be able to spend the rest of the day resting and taking care of that tummy. As of yet there is no time given for his semifinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro tomorrow.

39 Responses

  1. Zoe says:

    I only was able to watch after Rafa had won 3 games of the last set, but it really seemed like Gonzo had just given up! Gonzo seemed to do a lot of enforced errors, he made more in the third set than Rafa did in the entire match (if my following of the commentators is correct!) and I would like to know what was going on with him?? It seemed like he had a trainer out for his foot? But I didn’t see that… Poor Gonzo! But I am happy Rafa won so decisively so he can rest. Also he doesn’t have to go to a semi after completing a really grueling match… this set seemed pretty easy for him! So I am very happy! Vamos against Delpo!!

    • teejustice says:

      Gonzo came out flat and it seemed could not adjust to the conditions because his forehand sailed on him a bit. It was like that the entire time. Rafa just let him self-destruct. The trainer removed/adjusted Gonzo’s ankle tapings. It was pretty bad tennis, not competitive at all. It was great for it just to be over as soon as it was since there was nothing sharp coming from Gonzo and Rafa didn’t turn it up (didn’t have to). Now it’s raining again so glad that the semis are finally set for the men!

  2. Jean Palmer says:

    Great quarter final Rafa. Courage,Patience and Character.All the things we know you have in abundance.Network superb.

  3. miri says:

    I watched the match-lett on the plane. Gonzo was indeed flat and couldn’t find the range on his shots and then seemed to give up.

    • mary says:

      I felt sorry for Gonzo. He didn’t seem in this match at all. However, a win is a win. Rafa didn’t over tax himself so that is good for his abdomin. I thought it might be a bagel once Rafa was at 3-1 & my son said that Gonzo will get the next game, but that didn’t happen. It’s all about intimidation & Rafa doew that extremely well. Vamos Rafa. Enjoy your victory & I’ll see you in the next match

      • mary says:

        Deh I meant 3-0. I better get some sleep. ;) :)

      • dutchgirl says:

        I had the same thoughts at the same time. I had to go out and have dinner with two friends when Rafa was up 3-0 and Gonzalez was having his tape removed, but I was so confident he would win this match really easy. I had taped the rest of the match, but when I got home, the first thing I asked my husband was: “He did win, didn’t he?”.

  4. glors27 says:

    Felt bad for Gonzo, he really never had it today.
    But being selfish – Rafa got a good practice and has enough time to rest for tomorrows semi – Delpo is tough, but our boy is really determined to win this one!! he looked sooooo happy today when he won – that smile just floored me!
    Hope Nolle beats the pants off fed – Final should be Rafa-Nolle! But like he says – one game at a time – Does anyone know the time for tomorrows’ game??

    • xta says:

      right now they are showing fed at noon and rafa at 4:00 (eastern times)…but who knows if today’s rain delay will affect the men’s semis tomorrow…i hope not (unless rafa wants more time)…

    • teejustice says:

      You’re right. His smile is incredible and was particularly bright today! I love it!

    • xta says:

      cbs just announced that tomorrow’s schedule will be rafa at noon, and fed at 4:30 (after football)…all times eastern…

  5. loverafa4ever says:

    How much time did dey spend on the court? I don’t think physically this match has taxed Rafa. And I think the weather is going to warm up 2moro, sunny and bright. And monday is an awesome weather too. I am so xited and Happy! :D… I wish I cud have seen the match. Does anybody know if the repeat can be watched somewhere on internet? I gotto go check espn 360.

    • aRafaelite says:

      34 minutes, and 3 of that was a medical time out for Fena. It was short, sharp and to the point. Sad for Fena, but the best possible outcome for Rafa.

  6. AnaR says:

    ¡Semis, semis!..¡Congratulations to everyone!… ¡I’m totally happy!. And tomorrow more…tennis with Rafaaaaaaaa!. ¡Vamos Rafa!.

  7. AnaR says:

    We all know that Delpo is a very dangerous player but .. but if Rafa controls the game and makes it go from side to side of the track, with the height that has Delpo and who has reached the U.S. Open very tired .. Rafa has every chance of winning. Also if he has not again abdominal pains .. OMG what uncertainty!. Rafa can win, Rafa can win and go to the final!. He controls very well these situations. And Delpo has less experience in it. I hope that Delpo is a bit nervous because he never has been on semis of Open USA and also because he will player against Rafa.

  8. Clare says:

    I stayed up ’till 2am here in the hope that this match would be concluded, and hopefully concluded quickly, and I’m totally thrilled that that is exactly what happened.

    It must have been a tough few days with the weather but I think that this is yet another example of Rafa’s strength of character. I felt for Gonzo as he looked completely shot mentally but it is a testament to Rafa for him to stay “calm” and composed, and was able to get the jump on the game right from the start.

    Classy and tough win, now onto the next one!!!

  9. AineC says:

    What a great result after a frustating couple of days!!! Rafa was totally focussed and looked completely fit. Tough match against Del Potro coming up but he can do it!

  10. faeaki 7 says:

    Omg Rafa was soo happy after this match and releaved I expect, when he was up early in the 3rd set today, Gonzo called for the trainer to unstrap his feet and ankles, they looked like they were too tight, he had his ankle supports removed too.

    To sum up Gonzalez looked like he had back troubles hence the double faults, he hardly put a shot in the box, he was definately under the weather! It must of been tough for him to serve too being behind in the tie-break after 2days, but I wasn’t complaining, this was good for Rafa and just what he needed, its about time something went in his favour. Del Po is going to be really tough having beaten Rafa (an underpar Rafa may I add), the last two meetings, he will really believe in himself to get the win, lets hope Rafa will come out firing
    and surprise him, (abdominals permitting), apparently he had no practice yesterday, just lots of treatment for his muscle strain. Well he can have more now and lets hope there are no more hiccups with the weather + isn’t it right that with the win Rafa holds the 2 ranking for sure? unless of course Djoko would win the title then he would gain it.. Oh if Rafa could at least get to the finals then it would really be a fairy tale, just back from injury and he ends up in the US open finals, more than he could have expected and great for his confidence!!! Vamos!

  11. faeaki 7 says:

    Btw sorry for the essay I am so elated!

  12. Lou Lou says:

    The US Open is his this year… It just is! I just feel it… I know next match up is extremely tough for him. He’ll be pushed hard by Delpo but … the US Open is Rafael Nadal’s, I just feel it!

  13. rafafan1 says:

    Hi everyone, I just read in New York magazine that the Rafa cover of New York magazine (I’m sure you all have that) from last year is being nominated in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Covers of the Year contest. If you have an account with Amazon, you can go to amazon.com/bestcovers to vote. The Rafa cover is in the “sexiest cover” catergory. I just voted and looking at that cover again made me breathless…Go and vote.

    • aRafaelite says:

      I’m sorry but I hated that picture, and I don’t think he liked it either. No wonder men are running on court to kiss him, he looked like a gay porn star! Give me sweet, shy, ‘sporn’ Rafa over brooding, moody ‘gporn’ Rafa any day! Observer Magazine wins over New Yorker hands down.

      • miri says:

        I don’t find there to be anything gay or pornish about that photo at all.

        • mary says:

          Well I’ve never seen the pic & I have to say I have never seen a bad pic of our man. I’ve seen funny, dorky, cheeky, sexy, sexy ,sexy ,sexy. ” I need a rest right now I’m feeling faint”

          • mary says:

            oh maybe a sad pic or two like the 1/4 final pic with our man taped around the tummy. Hope this gives more support. If the pain can be controlled he has every chance to take this tourney.
            If he gets through the semi’s he will meet Fed head. Nole will choke as usual. You don’t have to believe me but the stats don’t lie. In the last 22 tourneys he has got to a semi or final & only won one.

  14. Atch2 says:

    Man the rest of the match went fast. Didn’t expect to be back in bed so soon. Good onya Rafa. Looked like Gonzo has a mummy wrap on his feet.

    Rafa looked colm and in control. Rafa kept to plan to avoid Gonzo’s forehd and so the backhd was getting a pounding. Gonzo said in his presser that “he was hitting many balls to my backhand really high”

    And some positive abt Rafa’s abs:
    Q. Do you feel he’s injured? He talk a lot about his stomach injury.
    FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: If he say that, he must have a pain. I don’t think it’s going to be a really huge injury, because, I mean, if you have a really huge injury you’re not able to play on the court.
    With the abdominals, normally you have trouble to serve, and he was putting many first serves in. That give me a little trouble. He was serving really far away from my backhand.

    Goodluck tomorrow.

  15. An says:

    I couldnt watch the match yesterday cause i had a bachelor party from one off my friends. Imagine this, we where in a bar and the TV was on, showing Rafa come to court and we where planning to leave because we had to go to dinner…

    You get the picture of all my friends dragging me out of that bar by my hair… Well youre not that far off! :)

    Had i known that he had already finished by the time we got oure starters served i would have enjoyed dinner a lot more!!
    Friends where forbidding me to check livescores trough the cell phone. (they are going to pay for this one day ;) )

    And Rafa, awesome, DelPo next, VAMOS!

  16. AnaR says:

    A very interesting interview yesterday after his match against González… he talks a bit of everything…


    If not possible to translate with Google, I can do it. And how about Serena yesterday?… What pity!

    • dutchgirl says:

      I was actually hoping Clijsters would win, but I’m sure she didn’t want it to end this way (neither did I).
      Being Dutch, Kim is sort of a fellow countrywoman (she speaks the same language after all, and my brother is living in Belgium). So I’m rooting for her.

    • teejustice says:

      Thanks AnaR, that was an interesting read, including the google translation. I understand Spanish so I could pick up the odd translation at times or just read it in Spanish. I liked Rafa’s comments about Gasquet and relationships among players, the Berdych and Soderling incidents, and about the man-hug/love from the crazy fan. Makes me think he’s not as naive about these things as we may think, he just has another perspective.

      The thing with Serena was tough. She should not have said what she said, but it was a pity that a bad call came at that time. Reminds me of the Capriati match that lead to replay system. I think she reacted that way because she was frustrated with her serve and already high strung trying to fight back. It was a 2 point swing on a bad call and bad response by her. I give Clijsters credit because she has been solid all tournament. I’ve always liked her, though overall I prefer Serena to Kim.

    • Atch2 says:

      U’ve been to see ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ for the 6th time? U r a die-hard fan. Andrew Lloyd Webber should adopt u.

  17. AnaR says:

    Well, not exactly the same language.. but almost.. and I hope the same than you, she can win.. I think Clijsters is great!.. really.. because she is back after two years and without any ranking and training on tournaments recently.. and she is on the final.. Great Kim!. And I have my brothers in law (my husband’s brother and his wife) who are also from Belgium, and also I have two nieces who are from Belgium and also play tennis .. they live in Liège. Every year I go with my family and I feel very close to Belgium.

  18. AnaR says:

    Pictures of yesterday.. takes from Rafael-nadal.net web..