Rafa’s getting ready for Monte-Carlo:
The return of the real Rafa? – by Ravi Ubha (ESPN.com)
Nadal: “Las sensaciones son buenas” para Montecarlo – by EFE via as.com (mangle)
El Govern, l’Ajuntament de Manacor i l’esportista Rafael Nadal col·laboren per al finançament de l’Auditori de Manacor – about the donation for the auditorium; includes hi-res picture – you might want to avert your eyes instead of looking at the hair. (mangle)
Rafa Nadal dona 150.000 euros para equipar el Auditorio de Manacor – thanks, Beebs. And here’s the mangle. (Direct
A Davis Cup book, flashback videos, Miami photos from Nida, and…Capybaras? Time for some RafaLint.
The Madrid draw is up on the Madrid site. Wait? Before it’s on the ATP site? It’s useful for something? *ahem* (Oh, and you have to scroll past the qualifying draw to get to the main draw.)
Quick one today! (not very organized)
Before the match, Rafa made an interesting shorts fashion choice – Forty Deuce documented
A very tan Rafa with the staff of
The transcript from Rafa’s final presser in Miami is up:
Q.Tough day for you. What do you think the turning point was in the match today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, he’s playing with confidence, that’s for sure, no? Probably his best moment of his career. I think I didn’t play as well as I did during a lot of moments of this tournament today.
I was a little bit more tired than usual during the match, that’s true. But
Photos from today’s final.
Photos by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, Al Bello/Getty Images, REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity, Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images, and Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
For the first time in 16 years, the #1 and #2 players met up in the Miami final today. The last time this happened, the #1 (Sampras) lost. Would history repeat itself? Or would Rafa remind Nole how much finals mean to him? It sure seemed like that was the case at the start of the first set. Both players were hitting out and it was fun. Rafa broke in the 3rd game. Play got increasingly error prone and nervy after
Charly Moya tweeted this picture taken after he and Rafa practiced prior to the semifinal.
Semifinal match articles:
Audio of the post-semi presser (found via a link Nana posted to the quarterfinal audio file)
Previews of the final:
Inés pointed out this article about