RafaLint: October 1st
Rafa’s the last match on the main court tomorrow. Hoping I can figure out a stream at work…and good luck to everyone else in getting to see the match as well.
- Nadal Begins No. 1 Bid in Beijing – via atpworldtour.com
- Nadal goes on strong work, downs Giraldo in straight sets – by Zach Mink (chinaopen.com.cn)
- Rafael Nadal Starts His Push to No. 1 – by Abigail Hinto (tennispanorama.com)
- Rafael Nadal’s last conquest – by Kamakshi Tandon (espn.com)
- Five Things You Missed: Oct. 1 – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
The message: No matter what time it is, somewhere on this planet, David Ferrer is running around.
Speaking of audience participation, the Beijing fanatics were not blasé about seeing the world No. 2, and soon to be No. 1, Rafael Nadal. Rather than wait for his inevitable shirt change(s), they urged him to get on with them between virtually every game.
- I think the message behind this video is: Rafa leads to fireworks
- B&W photos from the players party
- Match photos via the tournament.
- It’s okay camera person, he just often struggles with his jacket
- Match photos from sohu.com (thanks, Inés)
Social media related to Rafa:
- Nalbandian announces retirement from tennis – aww, but not unexpected. (Oh, and way to be positive, Mr. Cronin. Sheesh.) I’m so sad he never got to get the Davis Cup he so dearly wanted.
- The Talented Mr. Nalbandian – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
- The best (and worst) moments of David Nalbandian’s career – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)