Rafa and Djokovic will battle in yet another final tomorrow at 3pm Paris time – weather permitting. Right now, the forecast doesn’t look promising, but it does look better than the last time I checked. I hope the trend continues. Here’s plenty of stuff to keep you busy until match time. Me? I plan on sleeping.
A few photos from Rafa’s pre-final presser:
Photos by REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Today’s recommended reading:
Molded for Success on Clay Courts – by Greg Bishop (nytimes.com)
- The How and the Why – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
- Racquet Reaction: Nadal d. Ferrer – by Hannah Wilks (tennis.com)
- Scarlet Billows – by Jesse Pentecost (thenextpoint.com)
- Another dominant display puts Rafael Nadal on cusp of French Open history – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
- Nadal one win from glory – by Kate Battersby (rolandgarros.com)
- Nadal and Djokovic to Vie for Title and Much More – by Greg Bishop (nytimes.com)
- Nadal draining all the suspense – by Howard Bryant (espn.com)
- History Making – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
- Djokovic underdog v Nadal: McEnroe – AAP via Sydney Morning Herald
- Hot button: Djokovic or Nadal – by Greg Garber and Howard Bryant (espn.com)
- RG Finals preview digizine
- Statisfaction: Looking at Nadal and Djokovic’s Route to the Final – by Chris Oddo (tennisnow.com)
- For Djokovic and Nadal, It’s a Chess Match – by Geoff MacDonald (nytimes.com)
- Standing in Djokovic’s Way: An Immovable Object – by Christopher Clarey (nytimes.com)
- History beckons for Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic – by Kevin Mitchell (guardian.co.uk)
- Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic set for epic of margins – by Simon Briggs (telegraph.co.uk)
- http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/06/23/Roland-Garros-Final-Preview-Statistics-Djokovic-Nadal.aspx – via the ATP
- How reliable is Rafa on clay? Pretty damn reliable.
- Rafa’s at the end of this locker room footage. I wouldn’t sweat the knee ice – it’s probably standard operating procedure as a precaution.
- Nice interview snippets
- tve report on the semi.
- Semifinal highlights
- Rafa and Andy hanging out in the locker room. Bromance.
- Semifinal photos from the RG Facebook account
- Check out Nana/NatalieHOHO’s twitter stream for some Rafa photos!
- Practice and match photos in this flickr set from Cedric Fischer.
- Rafa’s hair defies gravity.
- Photos from cinewatt.
- Rafa and towel commune by Dana Anders.
Rafa does social media:
- Does Rafa looked thrilled at this dinner or what? Maybe he’s upset that Fed’s standing him up on Sunday.
- Rafa watched footie today? Shocking!
Tweets about Rafa:
— Ella Ling (@ellaling23) June 9, 2012
Nadal : “Les chiffres sont impressonnants mais ils ne tombent pas du ciel. C’est le résultat du travail quotidien” twitter.com/rolandgarros_F…
— rolandgarrosFR (@rolandgarros_FR) June 8, 2012
— Babolat Official (@babolat) June 9, 2012
- To Keep Up With Tennis’s Best, It’s All in the Wrist – by Greg Bishop (nytimes.com). Thanks, Atch2.