Wait…I never did lint after the Chardy match? I’m so sorry!
And I’m getting ready to head to NYC on Tuesday. Sadly, I’ll arrive after all the Hilfiger events, but I will get to see the exhibition at McEnroe’s Academy and Kid’s Day at the US Open – hope to have some pics from both to share with everyone.
To keep up with the Hilfiger events on Tuesday, follow their twitter account (here) and the special event hash tag (here) – you don’t have to be a twitter user, just open these links in a web browser and keep refreshing to see the latest tweets. Check out the Storify below to see some of the promo tweets.
- Dream line-up at Swiss Indoors Basel 2015 – Rafa confirmed for Basel and will play his first match on October 26..
- Nadal Downs Chardy In Late Night Action – via atpworldtour.com
- Dealing With the Atmosphere – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
Wind will make a tennis player feel sick, but a loss of aura can be fatal. The word “aura” sounds vague, but it’s real. When players begin to believe they can beat you more often, they’re going to beat you more often.
That, more than anything else, is what led to Rafael Nadal’s 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3) loss to his countryman Feliciano Lopez on Thursday night. Nadal didn’t play perfectly, but he did play at a level that, under past circumstances, would have been enough to earn him a win in this match. He won a tight first set, something that in the past has usually led to him winning a not-so-tight second one. And even though Rafa wasn’t broken in the final set, he still lost it.
- Nadal Falls To Lopez In Spanish Duel – via atpworldtour.com
“It means a lot when you beat such a good player like him,” Lopez said. “It’s not a normal match. It’s something different and the atmosphere there when you play against Rafa, it’s always something special … I think he’s playing better, getting better and better. He played good today. I mean I was playing really my best today. Doesn’t matter the way he played because I was playing so good today.”
- Rafael Nadal Accepts Another Early Loss, but Looks Ahead – by Ben Rothenberg (nytimes.com)
“I always understood that this could happen,” Nadal explained, adding: “I never considered myself a big, big star. I appreciate so much when all the good things are happening to me.”
He added, “I am having a tough year, yes.” But not a terrible year.
In an uncharacteristic bit of résumé recitation, he referred to the comfort of having achieved all that he had.
- Lopez ousts former W&S Open champ Nadal – by Shannon Russell (cincinnati.com)
- Lopez Edges Nadal in Cincinnati Duel – by Richard Pagliaro (tennisnow.com)
“And it’s tough. It’s tough to see him when you see someone that he’s, you know, suffering and struggling,” Lopez said. “It’s tough. But I think right now, he’s okay and he’s gonna reach the top again. I’m sure, because he’s playing better and better. As soon as he wins some matches in a row, he will be there for sure.”
- Why the Federer v Nadal reunion will be worth the wait – by Steve Tignor (wimbledon.com)
- Third round Cincy presser exerpt
- iB3 report on the Lopez match (with presser excerpt)
- Ball boy 1, Bug 0 – don’t get upset, Chardy, that bug clearly had it in for you. The ball kid was just protecting you. Rafa mainly looks relieved the bug was on the other end of the court.
- There’s some Rafa in this Cincy set on flickr.
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