Since they wouldn’t only allow pictures during the first question in MC pressers, I decided to try shooting some video. The lady wasn’t sure they were allowed, so at first, I hand-held my heavy camera/lens discretely to take the video (thus, very shaky). For the final, I used my monopod, so it’s a bit better. Still nowhere near the quality one could get with a tripod.
And, I’ve uploaded day one of my photos – here.
(This was going to be more organized and less of a time-shifting mish-mash, but I’m tired and lost momentum. This also means this post is missing so, so much.)
Today’s recommended reading:
Back to the Present – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
Rafa was all smiles on the trophy stand afterward. It seemed to me that losing provided a moment of relief, and it may even have confirmed something in Nadal’s worldview.
I too sensed a bit of relief in the loss. No more wondering when
Let’s just start with the facts: Rafa Nadal is, for the first time since 2005, not the champion of the Monte-Carlo Masters. He lost today to Novak Djokovic 6-2, 7-6(1). Now the emotions: I left the court very sad; I left Rafa’s presser reassured. As usual, his perspective helped restore mine. He’s happy to have made the finals after his time away. He was happy that he fought and played his best match of the tournament. As he said, he prefers
Rafa played Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first men’s Monte-Carlo semifinal today. It was a day that was supposed to be filled with rain. Instead, the constantly changing conditions – sunny and warm one minute; blustery cool and humid the next – just produced a threat of rain and a big challenge for the players. We know how much Rafa likes a challenge, right? The match looked like it was going to be a total blow out until, like the weather, Rafa cooled
In the Monte-Carlo quarterfinals, Rafa played error-filled tennis against an in form Dimitrov and still managed to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. I’m not sure how he managed to, but he did. (His back had some tape on it too – not sure what that’s about. Basically, I’m not sure of a lot of things right now…like how I managed to not get kicked out of the photographer area for yelling, “Over the net and inside the lines!”)
(To clear things up, I wasn’t
Rafa handily defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-4 in the third round of the 2013 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. And that’s about all I’m going to write because it’s 11:30pm, I’ve had free French wine, and I still need to work on my photos.
In just over an hour, Rafa got his Monte-Carlo title defense under way with a victory over Marinko Matosevic: 6-1, 6-2. This is a super short post because I need to go back out and take more photos! Besides, my main thoughts on the match go something like this: Rafa is ever the perfectionist, he will go on mental walk-about in easy matches, he hit one shot that amused him very, very much and brought out big
Ooops! I thought I posted lint yesterday, but I forgot to press publish. So, here’s that lint plus some more.
First up, the draw for the Davis Cup World Group play-offs was done today. Spain will play the Ukraine for the right to compete in the 2014 World Group. More information.
Behind the scenes with Rafa Nadal – by Rick Dacey (pokerstarsblog.com)
Toni Nadal on Being Tough on Rafa; Believes Jerzy Janowicz Can Be Future No. 1 – by Romana Cvitkovic
Reports on the first match in Barcelona, more Monte-Carlo reports, and Wimbledon is serious about its grass.
Rafa auditions for Where’s Waldo with Nishikori, more Monte-Carlo writes ups and wonderful photos from @adel1609.