Today’s recommended reading:
Nadal: ‘Family is important. I don’t like to be alone, I like to be with people’ – by Paul Newman/The Independent (Thanks, Atch2)
Wimbledon SFs Preview: Tale Of The Tape – Matt Fitzgerald/ATP
Andy Murray must get under Rafael Nadal’s skin in semi-final, insists John McEnroe – by Mark Hodgkinson/The Telegraph
Wimbledon 2011: Andy Murray column – by Andy Murray. Andy talks a lot about playing Rafa
Nadal gets in light workout ahead of Wimbledon semis
Photos from today’s practice.
Photos by Oli Scarff/Getty Images, GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images, AP Photo/Mark Baker, and REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Interview with Rafa: I was so close to pulling out – Rafael Nadal. (Thanks, CC and JK) Is a good fun, Rafa. A good fun.
On Friday last, I was lucky enough to have tickets to go to Wimbledon with my pal, Rafandready, and here’s our little story. It’s a bit of a long one, so I hope you’re sitting comfortably (hehe), and now I’ll begin …
I can barely believe it, but it has been 29 years since I last went to the All England Club to watch the matches at Wimbledon … (I was, of course, only a child then ), and I’d gone to watch John
Raquet Reaction – by Richard Pagliaro/Tennis.com
Unhallowed Ground – by Steve Tignor/Tennis.com
Nadal Sets Up Murray Semi-Final Again – by James Buddell/ATP
Nadal ready to fight pain for Wimbledon bid – by Kate Battersby/Wimbledon.com
With foot numbed, Nadal reaches Wimbledon semis – by Mattias Karen/AP
Despite injury, Nadal seems light on his feet – Bruce Jenkins/SF Chronicle
Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray compete off the tennis court – by Diane Pucin/LA Times
Ruthless Nadal sinks Fish, foot concerns lurk – Neil
Presser excerpt via the ATP site:
Intro video to today’s coverage:
Cute Rafa bit:
Highlights from the official site.
Rafa breaks Fish in the 4th set:
Posted by BBCWimbledon2011.
Match point and right after:
Post match interview:
Photos from today’s quarterfinal against Fish.
Photos by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, REUTERS/Eddie Keogh, BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images, and REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
We’ve done these before and all the rain delay captioning on twitter yesterday reminded me that it’s fun…and then this photo appeared in today’s match photos. So, have at it!
Q. It looked like your foot was fine. Can you talk about how that felt today.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, very happy to be in semifinals, first thing. My foot is not fine. But, you know, we are in quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Is an emergency, so I had to play. So we decided to sleep a little bit the zone of the foot to play the rest of the tournament,