More Rome write ups, articles looking towards Paris, and a “Rafa in Rome” travelog.
Lots of write-ups about the Rome final and Rafa in his back yard snuggling with the trophy.
Rafa’s post-final presser transcript is up. I will never, ever, ever complain about an ASAP Sports transcript again. Ever.
Q: Congratulations. Bravo and can you tell us if you were feeling a little bit off. It seemed you played short and behind and then suddenly things changed He was taking the initiative and you seemed to be a little worried?
NADAL: At the beginning of the match? I do not agree. Sorry – I started playing winners with my forehand
Photos from the trophy ceremony in Rome.
Photos by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/GettyImages, AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS, and REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Photos from today’s match against Djokovic.
Photos by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/GettyImages, Julian Finney/Getty Images, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages, REUTERS/Alessandro Bianch
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A Master’s final on a Monday – a rare thing indeed. Not that rare for Rafa and Nole to play a Monday final, though. Seems to be an annual affair lately. Both guys came out firing and Rafa had break points in the first game. He didn’t convert then, but did so in the 5th game to go up 3-2. Rafa followed that with an error-filled game and Nole broke back. They held serve until a tight 11th game. An
Just a few bits and pieces to tide you over until the delayed final.
Full match video of Rafa’s semifinal match against Ferrer in the 2012 Rome Masters.