Photos by REUTERS/Alfred Cheng Jin, GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images, Feng Li/Getty Images, PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images, and AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel
In the semi-final of the China Open, Rafa took on #15 Marin Cilic of Croatia. It was the first meeting between the two players – let’s hope this doesn’t set the tone for their tour relationship. Cilic was on fire; Rafa looked like he was half awake. Cilic flipped to the “How to beat Rafa on Hard Courts” section of the players’ manual and executed the game plan spelled out there to perfection. He rolls over Rafa: 6-1 6-3.
Photos by Feng Li/Getty Images, FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images, and GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images.
He so wants to be anywhere else but on this court going through this…
I swear, he leans over and tells Rafa to shut up so that they can get off the court. ;)
Both vids posted by meriko100.
Including a Safin racket smash and the banana nibble smile moment.
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Stop, drop and roll:
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Ahh, the hot match we were all hoping for when we first saw the draw actually happened: Rafa vs. Marat Safin. A former #1 and currently ranked 59, Safin’s had an up and down year – mainly down – but even if this match wasn’t going to be competitive, we knew it was going to be hot. Neither player was playing poorly, but Rafa was more consistent and played the big points better. He’s through 6-3 6-1 and will take on Cilic in the semis.
They need to learn the difference between Baggy and Blah. Seems like this is mainly about the DC…
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