RafaLint: April 30th
The person by the RAFApedia.com site sent along these videos from the final.
Today’s recommended reading: The Persistents – by Steve Tignor.
We tend to take Nadal’s wins on clay for granted, as if it’s automatic for him. And we can probably forgive ourselves for doing this when a guy makes it feel so automatic. On closer inspection, though, his win over Ferrer is a reminder that it isn’t, even for him. Rafa’s forehand can still go off, his serve is up and down from one week to the next, and he can get pushed around and even made uncomfortable on clay. “He didn’t let me play my best level in the first set,” Nadal said of Ferrer, who took a page from the Djokovic playbook by pushing Nadal into his backhand corner and taking his own backhand on the rise for crosscourt winners. Yet Nadal won again.
Ferrer did the normal thing; he hit the ball freely and well until the crucial moments. Then he didn’t hit it as freely or as well. Nadal went in the opposite direction. He hit his forehand poorly until the crucial moments. Then he made it work. That’s abnormal, but so is winning a tournament for the seventh time.
- Cuando ‘todo’ no basta – by Ginés Muñoz (elmundo.es). Here’s the mangle.
- On Facebook, Inés shared a wonderful archive from the 2003 Barcelona tournament – the last time Rafa lost there.
- I have no problem with Nadal – Federer – via ESPN
- Short clips from both Ferrer and Rafa’s post-Barcelona final pressers.
- raficionada has uploaded more Monte-Carlo videos to her YouTube channel.
Rafa does social media:
- On Monday, Rafa shared a really, uh, arty* photo of himself headed home.
* I’m trying to be kind.
- Pay a virtual visit to the Barcelona tournament.