RafaLint: June 9th
Okay, at some point, I have to stop gathering and post this, right? I’ve been sitting on my here for 12 hours. This is not good. Imma gonna post and then go take a walk!
- Racquet Reaction: Nadal d. Ferrer – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
- Nadal sails into tennis history – by Kate Battersby (rolandgarros.com)
- Victorious Nadal with passion to make him all-time great – by Matthew Cronin (rolandgarros.com)
“Practicing sports at a very high level and fighting in very special situations like on Centre Court here at Roland Garros, this is extraordinary,” he said. “These are things I was watching on TV when I was a kid. I thought, ‘Oh, my God. I hope I can make it on such a court.’ My dream became reality. But it takes many years to achieve that. When I’m fed up – and this will happen eventually – I’ll accept it and be very happy to do something different. As long as I have this passion for sport, as long as I have fun playing tennis, I’ll do it.”
- Nadal carries momentum into next test at Wimbledon – by Douglas Robson (usatoday.com)
- Nadal Senses Chance For Year-End No. 1 – via atpworldtour
- Eighth French Open title takes Nadal’s career into new realm – by Jon Wertheim (si.com)
The perceived wisdom is that Nadal wins in Paris by outlasting opponents and playing superior defense. That’s not so and certainly wasn’t the case Sunday. Though operating almost exclusively from behind the baseline, Nadal dictated play, flung winner after winner (35 in all), including various forehands off his back foot, all applying enough spin to give his shots the flights paths of knuckleballs.
- Fifty parting thoughts from French Open – by Jon Wertheim (si.com)
You will never see another player dominate a surface the way Nadal does clay. A dozen Slams. Just turned 27. This will get interesting.
- Rafael Nadal’s feat off the charts – by Greg Garber (espn.com)
Nadal has another superlative to consider: He has now won a Grand Slam in nine consecutive calendar years. Bjorn Borg (1974-81), Pete Sampras (1993-2000) and Roger Federer (2003-10) all managed to do it for eight straight seasons.
- Nadal Captures His Eighth French Open Title – by Christopher Clarey (nytimes.com)
“It’s clear this year means something very special to me,” Nadal said. “Five months ago nobody in my team dreamed of a comeback like this, because we thought it would be impossible. But here we are today, and that’s really fantastic and incredible.”
- Rafael Nadal’s French Open dominance – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
- Nadal’s “Special” Moments, Silent Love – via atpworldtour.com
“Of course some guys like to see a crowd waiting for them at the airport. But in Mallorca, the best present they give me is to leave me alone, to give me peace, to let me get back to my real, normal life. Because when you leave a big event like this one, a big tournament like this one, you have no real life, like all players. I can’t be a guy of my age. So being left alone, this is priceless.”
I’ll be very sad every time I see photos of him getting bugged by fans when back home.
- The Warrior, Reborn – by Pete Bodo (tennis.com)
- How The Roland Garros Final Was Won – by James Buddell (atpworldtour.com)
- Rafael Nadal dominates David Ferrer for eighth French Open title – by Nick Zaccardi (si.com)
“Let’s hope that he stays healthy,” NBC’s John McEnroe said after the win. “Because we sure need him out there.”
- Nadal Marches Through Paris Again – by Tom Perrotta (wsj.com)
- Flare-wielding protestor briefly interrupts French Open final – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
- Nadal Makes Major History At Roland Garros; Defeats Ferrer In Final – by by Matt Fitzgerald (atpworldtour.com)
- Nadal vs. Ferrer: Roland Garros Final Tale Of The Tape – by Leo Levin (atpworldtour.com)
- Andy Murray: Rafael Nadal’s French Open dominance one of a kind – via thenational.ae
Murray said: “It’s kind of hard to put that in context. It’s something that you probably won’t see again.
“He’s still got a few years left in him as well and I wouldn’t put it past him to be in the final a few more times.”
- Nadal reaches more milestones with popular French Open triumph – by Steve Flink (tennischannel.com)
But I celebrated another landmark event in my career today at Roland Garros as Rafael Nadal dismissed his compatriot David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in a one-sided final that was seldom if ever in doubt. The match itself was not what mattered; it was what Nadal accomplished that made it all so extraordinary. Not only did he become the first man ever to win any Grand Slam championship eight times, but he also established himself as the first man ever to capture at least one major title for nine consecutive years. Nadal had shared that important record since last year with Federer (2003-2010), Pete Sampras (1993-2000), and Borg (1974-81). But now he stands alone in a category that most accurately defines consistency and long term excellence in the upper reaches of the sport at the places of lasting consequence.
- Live Analysis: French Open Men’s Final – by Ben Rothenburg (nytimes.com)
- Rafael Nadal beats David Ferrer for eighth French Open title – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
- LiveAnalysis: Rafael Nadal vs David Ferrer in the 2013 French Open Final – by Juan José (changeovertennis.com)
- Feat Of Clay – by mattzemek (allineedisapicketfence.wordpress.com)
- Nadal craves normality after extraordinary feat – by Julien Pretot (Reuters)
- iB3 report on the semi
- rtve.es report on the final.
- Rafa Nadal es ya una leyenda del deporte
- Interview for rtve.es
- Roland Garros 2013 Match points from atpworldtour.com
- Nadal, exultante tras hacer historia – interview in Spanish.
- NBC RG wrap-up – at 1:45 the ball kids pile on:
- Nadal Wins Eighth French Open Title – PMac talks about the match
- NatalieHoHo’s video of just after match point.
- Match photos from Zimbio. 199 of them!
- Sunday’s photos from the Roland Garros site
- Trophy photos from the Roland Garros Facebook. Match photos too.
- Photos: Rafael Nadal sheds a tear after emotional French Open victory – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
- NatalieHoHo’s pictures from the final
- Roland Garros gallery from atpworldtour.com
- 80 bajillion RG photos all dumped on one page (*ahem* I have issues) from Tennis View Magazine. Lovely photos if you have the patience and the browser memory for the page to load.
- Thigh porn
Rafa does social media:
- #UN8ELIEVABLE – I can see Rafa’s face in this on my phone, but not on the computer….
- I think the post-match time probably feels as blurry and out of focus as this picture.
Social media related to Rafa:
- Serena always roots for Rafa.
Our bracket standings:
LynHarris is the winner!
Last Updated: 10/06/2013 01:06:48
Should we try this again for Wimbledon?