16 Responses

  1. trish says:

    I love how excited and happy he was in the end! VAMOS CAMPEON!

  2. Fay says:

    Love the signing at the end, awsome Rafa and well done… hope you play better tommorow and cut down those u/f errors!

  3. Madi says:

    Oh how I miss not seeing that live! It was around 2am here and I was up trying to catch a stream :`( for some reason no visuals came through!

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  5. Dale C. A. says:

    oh i love to see that fabulous,excited smile again on Rafa’s face esp during the signing on the cam…Vamos, Rafa!!!!!

  6. Nana says:

    I love Mo for making the right decisions to call the shots wide (it happened 2-3 times). I don’t understand the crowd’s reaction though. They’re fair calls!

  7. Susanna728 says:

    All week I was happy Gulbis was doing so well, ’cause I’ve always thought he was amazingly talented (and cute). But in the semi I kept shouting at the screen -“I wanted you to do well, but not this well!.” Miri – I think your initial comment was right on. I suspect most important thing about this match for Rafa was that he stayed colm and mentally tough when he was in trouble, just like he used to do, but which he was having trouble doing the last few months. (Is that a sentence?) That’s gotta do as much or more for his confidence than the win itself. I’m a big fan of Ferru too, but this confident Rafa is definitely going to win tomorrow.

    • Karen says:

      After removing his headband and while walking to the net Rafa looked skywards for more than a moment. Think he may have been acknowledging somebody but didn’t think he was religious. Maybe I’m mistaken!

  8. Fay says:

    He is a man of many emotions Karen, so who knows, one thing is for sure is he survived an unexpected scare and must have been relieved as hell.. Ferru will be a big challenge tommorow, he has beaten the likes of Murray, and Verdasco, be it they were’nt at there best of course, but nevertheless, he will be beaming with confidence and fearless even of Rafa, they have always had big tussles and this one will be no different.

  9. cindy says:

    this what gulbis said about his match with nadal
    I expected more from Nadal “he said:” I’m playing well right now and I know that now I can compete with the best. When I play well, I’m a problem for anyone. I have a good service, I play loud pounding and I know it’s difficult to play against me. I hope to be fit for Roland Garros and Wimbledon

  10. Fay says:

    Well, he certainly doesn’t hold back does he? he is just 21 and booming with confidence, he realises he has immense talent and yes I think I would love to see him against a Davydenko or a Del Potro, that would be interesting contrast of styles especially DelPo who has a great serve and huge forehand too.. Lets hope Rafa can rise to the challenge that awaits him.

    • cindy says:

      but it was a bit frustrating to see rafa holding back and sticking to the denfensive game, he was pushing the ball short and slower than usual , nothing was really working for him : a lot of faults , backhand and forhand not really woking well . i think , had gulbis been more focused and less nervous in the last set he would have won .
      best of luck rafa for the finals