I know a lot of people were upset that Rafa wasn’t named SI Sportsman of the Year* and/or didn’t win the ITF award yesterday. Some of those same people are happy as heck about the L’Equipe one today. I guess I’m odd. I see all awards as stupid popularity, political or flavor-of-the-moment contests that often have little to do with actual quality. (I mean, if Peter O’Toole can die without ever winning an Oscar for one of his performances, awards are pretty
Mubadala World Tennis Championship draw released – via thenational.ae. TOO SOON!!! It’s too soon have a draw.
Best photos from ATP World Tour Finals – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
Nadal-Djokovic rivalry lacks certain something; more mail – by Jon Wertheim (si.com)
Une saison renversante – via rolandgarros.com. While they have English versions for a lot of their articles, doesn’t appear to be one for this one. Here’s the mangle
Up for the Cup! – by Richard Branson (virgin.com)
Rafa’s planning an early kick-off to his 2014 season by playing in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship from December 26-28. (Wow, it gets scheduled earlier every year, no? It used to be New Year’s.) Rafa’s played the exhibition tournament five times and has won the title twice. Other confirmed top ten players are Djokovic and Murray.
There are some quotes from Rafa in this article on the tournament site:
“I’ve been working hard all season and to have won two grand slams this year
Today, Rafa made sure we knew about an upcoming exhibition he’ll play against David Nalbandian:
Want to buy tickets? Go here.
This isn’t the only exhibition he’ll be playing in Buenos Aires. You can also buy tickets for a match against Djokovic to take place on November 24th.
Before the two Buenos Aires matches, Rafa will play David Ferrer in Lima Peru (November 17th). Tickets for this match can be purchased
Novak and Rafa in a final. Remember when that was a new thing? Now, it kind of feels like old times. Especially a final at the US Open. They’d played two before with the head-to-head tied at one a piece – this was the tiebreaker. The buzz before hand was all “too close to pick” and “how long will it last?” Given how long that Australian Open final was in 2012 when both were playing as good as they were going into
In the second men’s semifinal at today’s US Open, Rafa took on #9 Richard Gasquet. While the match wasn’t as exciting as the semi between Djokovic and Wawrinka, it was more efficient and tidy. Rafa’s streak of 88 games without being broken came to an end, but he converted 100% of his break chances in a very straightforward and dominant performance. He’s through 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-2. He’ll play Djokovic on Monday. Perhaps they can bring this one in under 5 hours…
Guess what? Rafa’s back on the practice court! He announced it by showing off his very drool worthy legs.
And, I really like the sound of this:
Toni Nadal in Stuttgart: "Rafa will come back. He has no fear of this stop.He has nothing more to lose"— David J. Nadal (@davidjnadal) July 9, 2013
Not sure about the mangle on this one:
Toni Nadal: "Ahora Rafa está haciendo físico, pero sin entrenamiento de golpeo. El descanso es importante, ya que ha jugado lo suficiente"— David J. Nadal (@davidjnadal) July 9, 2013
Toni Nadal: “Rafa is doing now
Rafa’s plays in the third match on Lenglen tomorrow. Play starts at 11am Paris time. Vamos!
Alert But Not Alarmed – by Jesse Pentecost (thenextpoint.com)
Federer: Nadal From Boy To Man – via atpworldtour.com
How to beat Nadal on clay – by Kamakshi Tandon (espn.com)
Rafa hits the clay in Paris and doesn’t break a sweat – by Brad Willis (pokerstarsblog.com)
“Rafa Nadal es El Cordobés” – by Alejandro Delmás (as.com). Henri Leconte says nice things about Rafa. (mangle)
“Nadal es un ganador en
The Roland Garros draw was performed today. You can see the results here (html) or here (pdf). Rafa is in Djokovic’s half while Ferrer is in Federer’s. He will start his tournament by playing Daniel Brands – it will be their first ever meeting.
The transcript of Rafa’s post quarterfinal presser is up on ASAP Sports:
Q. That was some occasion, but perhaps not quite the match we were anticipating. How did you read it?
RAFAEL NADAL: I played great the first set. I played a fantastic first set, in my opinion. The second set was strange. The second set I think Roger didn’t fight as usual. Probably he had some problems and he didn’t feel enough comfortable to keep fighting.
But for myself I have to take
Most Recent ResultNadal vs. Djokovic : Defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5
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