RafaLint: November 22nd
(You guys don’t really want a lot of these, right? Not much one can say about today’s match.)
Raquet Reaction by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
The Deuce Court: Rafa’s Rambling Presser by The Fan Child
Rafa isn’t fuming mad, but I think it’s clear to anybody watching this presser that he’s fed up. There’s so little time to rest and recover, and he seems desperate right now.
I agree. I think he’s feeling it more mentally than physically, though. He’s been on top and under a lot of pressure for a long time. I mean, he’s had a year that 99% of the guys on the tour would kill for (hell, Fed would probably like to have had Rafa’s year), he’s ranked #2 in the world, and people are still talking about it like it’s a horrible year. That’s the kind of stupid, crazy expectations he’s got to live up to and answer to over and over again in the press. That’s got to add up. Right now, I think it’s adding up to one mentally and emotionally tired Rafa. I hope he can find away to deal with that – he has in the past. I also think it’s dangerous to read too much into this match. So, I’m just going to try to do my best to take a deep breath, relax, be with colm, and have illusion that Rafa will keep fighting.
- Team nominations announced for Davis Cup final
- Nadal to lead Spain vs. Argentina in Davis Cup
- Transcript of the presser after the first round robin match.
- Best moments from Nadal-Federer rivalry by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
Rafa does social media:
- Rafa posted a photo from his pre-match practice and said his tummy problem was okay.