Two wrap up articles on Monte-Carlo that I really like. The first, written by fellow RafaKAD Steve Tignor: New Again.
Nadal didn’t beat Federer or Djokovic or Murray or del Potro or Davydenko or Soderling or a bunch of other very good players. It doesn’t matter—do you really believe that he can’t beat those guys on clay? What matters is that he’s found his best form, and that, after the “accidents” in Indian Wells and Key Biscayne, he knows that it’s still
A parting shot from Monte-Carlo:
And the final highlight reel:
Posted by ATPWorldTour.
Thanks to Emma for sending in this interview with Rafa. Even if Google’s attempt at a translation makes my head hurt. I think we finally have an explanation for that scar on his back – that sounds painful!
Around the 4 minute mark, Rafa’s being interviewed by a lady for French TV. When she’s translating, he raises his shirt to wipe tears from his eyes. This causes quite an emotional conflict for me. ;)
Posted by NadalPower.
A very happy and smiley Rafa has posted two videos on his Facebook account:
Rafa’s post-final presser transcript is up.
Q. First title in nearly one year. How big a relief is it?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, yeah, is a title since almost a year. Well, important thing is I told you during all the week, no, important thing is play well. I was playing really well since the start of 2010 season. I didn’t win a tournament yet. I won this week, not before. But I was ready to
I don’t know about you guys, but I could use a cigarette…and I don’t even smoke.
Photos by Julian Finney/Getty Images, AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images, REUTERS/Regis Duvignau, and REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier
More photos here.