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.
Rafa’s pre-tournament presser (Barcelona):
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An Unmatched Achievement – by Jesse Pentecost (thenextpoint.com)
Who’s hot and who’s not – via The Tennis Space
Nadal: “Mi reto no es ahora el número uno, sino jugar bien en Barcelona” – via rtve.es. Includes presser and practice footage. (mangle)
Best of Three: Nadal pounds Djokovic at Monte Carlo Masters – by Jon Wertheim (si.com)
Heroes and Zeros: Rafa’s Revenge, Holes in the Clay, and Serbia’s Triumph – by Chris Oddo (tennisnow.com)
Nadal: “Djokovic no puede estar siempre impecable” – EFE via marca.com (mangle).
Behind the scenes after the victory, match articles and a flickr photoset.
Rafa’s post-final presser transcript is up:
Q. Do you think you played the perfect game on serve and return today?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think never nothing is perfect. That’s the true. I played a very, very good first set, in my opinion, very solid after he start very good in the first game. He had 15 30. The second game, the serve was very important. The three serves saved my game in the second game.
Rafa’s semifinal presser is up:
Q. Was the key today that you played better the big points, saving all the breakpoints?
RAFAEL NADAL: The difficult matches always decides, yes, a few balls. For sure I saved all the breakpoints. The most important one was the 3-All, 15-40. That was the most important on the match because I know after that I play with new balls. That is better for me because the bounces are higher and more favorable for me, and with
On court post-match interview in Spanish:
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In studio post-match interview in Spanish:
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Lots of photos from the trophy ceremony.
Photos by REUTERS/Eric Gaillard, VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo, and SEBASTIEN NOGIER/AFP/Getty Images
I can’t seem to find a lot of match photos. Hope these (mainly of Rafa celebrating post win) will do. Trophy photos to follow.
Photos by VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, REUTERS/Eric Gaillard, REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo, and SEBASTIEN NOGIER/AFP/Getty Images