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Photos from tonight’s rollercoaster match against Berdych.
Photos by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images, REUTERS/Hans Deryk, Matthew Stockman/Getty Images, and REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity
Highlights set 1:
Rafa took on #7 Tomas Berdych in the last of the men’s quarterfinals at the Sony Ericsson Open this evening. The match started with Rafa in full steamroll mode and Berdych was nervous. Rafa took the first set in 40 minutes and it looked like we were in for a super quick evening. Then…the wheels got wobbly. Rafa started missing shots and called the trainer to work on his shoulder and neck. Second set to Berdych. While the serve let Rafa down in
Look at him, all dressed up again. Must have had another dinner reservation.
And Rafa/Dolgopolov make the Hot Shot of the day:
All the way at the end of this video, we gots us a few seconds of shirtless RafaPractice.
Rafa’s presser transcript is up.
Q. The weather today, did that cause you any disruptions, or just you know what you have to do in those sort of situations?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, you know, be calm and wait. That’s all. Nothing else. You can’t do a lot of things in days like today. Relax in the players’ lounge, be with the friends. That’s it. It’s nothing new. It’s something that happen a lot of times in the tennis.
Photos from today’s short romp in Miami.
Photos by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images, Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images, and REUTERS/Hans Deryk
After a night of rain that forced Dolgopolov to finish his 3rd round match earlier today, more rain helped give him a bit of a longer rest than expected before having to take on Rafa this evening. Still, that’s a heck of a handicap for #23 to face coming into a match against the #1 player in the world. Add to all that a Rafa who seemed determined to do the tournament a favor by trying to get the stadium court back on
Due to some rain delays, tomorrow’s oop might have changed since you last looked – be sure to check out the updated schedule.
And, to finish things off, Baby Rafa:
Miami is speedy! The presser is up:
Q. You think it’s more difficult for you to play against good friends or does it make you more comfortable on court?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think nothing change, because when you are on court, you’re on court. You compete, and is nothing new for us. This is ninth time against each other. We are very, very good friends. We had dinner yesterday together, so this is normal.
That’s the sport. That’s competition. One