Some bits and pieces floating around. Dang, I totally should have held off on the floppy post to include in this. It would have been most fitting.
“And is that Soderling, when you see it on TV, it seems much better,” explains Toni. “The ball seems to go even stronger. Impressive. And he was doubtful, of course,” he continues, “played against Soderling, who won last year in the second round, which
Rafa’s final blog entry for the Times Online site is up. I guess we’ll forgive him for being tardy, right?
I write (finally) this last blog of Roland Garros already in London. My most sincere apologies for not writing to you all since Friday but I think I have the perfect excuse. I just didn’t feel writing anything on Saturday, before the final. I was a bit nervous, a bit wanting to go to sleep and let Sunday begin
…the Tignor piece is up: The A List:
Nadal isn’t a champion who plays with ironclad confidence or the swagger of the naturally superior; he doesn’t awe us by making it look easy. He’s a more democratic champion, a guy who’s been down and gotten back up. He plays with doubts, which we all have; more important, though, is that he plays with hope—vehement hope—which is something we can all use. Nadal knows, especially after the last 12 months, that bad times will come, that nothing is accomplished easily or can be taken for granted. Like Schiavone’s, Rafa’s win is
My seats were very far from the court but I was lucky enough to be there so I decided to make the best of it. My binoculars helped me spot Rafa’s team (OK the Queen of Spain as well). Credits to my fiancé for taking most of the pictures since I was too busy cheering Rafa till I couldn’t feel feelings anymore. I guess most of you saw the match so I’ll just mention things I wouldn’t quite notice when watching Rafa’s matches on tv.
…looks like he created quite the stir:
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Yes, always more coverage…
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More trophy photoshoot footage – with bonus Marc!
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Committed. – I love this editorial on the Forty Deuce site.
But Rafa’s tact, of blocking out the positive to remain in a neutral to negative state of mind, takes iron-strength character to pull off. Without that character, he’s just a Spanish Debbie Downer. He’s no different than any other headcasey Negative Nelly
Inés sends in a video of the Spanish news coverage of the photoshoot:
From stuffing plushies into his trophy to posing with life-sized ones…
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