Mayer Tops Nadal In Third Round; Finals Contender Berdych Falls via ATP
Florian Mayer upsets Rafael Nadal via espn.com
Raquet Reaction: Nadal vs. Mayer by Ed McGrogan. WARNING: Annoying auto-load of video.
Oh, google mangle, sometimes you speak the truth: “Nadal upset was baked out“.
Toni says a lot of the same things Rafa fans have been saying, but I bet some will be pissed off by his comments. ;) (Mangle)
I love the paragraph in this article
Photos from the match against Mayer.
Photos by MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images, GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images, and REUTERS/Aly Song
Posted by ATPWorldTour.
First set highlights:
Posted by PartidoaPartido.
Or watch it on TennisTV.
Also, if you depend on Rafa pressers to cheer you up after a loss, you might want to skip this one.
Update: The transcript is up here.
Q. Florian is a very unorthodox player. Did you find that part of his game tough tonight? He’s not like most players.
RAFAEL NADAL: He play very well. That’s true. He play really well. I didn’t. I felt that I was not playing bad from the baseline. But my return, when he was serving the first serve, was terrible tonight. I only won four points
In this third round match, Rafa took on Florian Mayer (#23) of Germany. Mayer plays an all court game – mixing up pace and rushing the net. Rafa appeared to be having trouble reading Mayer’s serve and that let him get into the net often and effectively. Mayer was on today – totally on – and Rafa was having problems finding a rhythm on his own game because of that. Full kudos to Mayer as he wins: 7-6(5), 6-3.
Nadal Settles A Score; Joins Murray In Third Round via the ATP
Racquet Reaction: Nadal vs. Garcia-Lopez by Pete Bodo (WARNING! Video on the page will autoload.)
Tournament balls need to be standardized, says Nadal by Peter Simpson (reuters.com)
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and the race to the top … in 2012 by Douglas Perry (The Oregonian)
The many faces of Rafa by Jonathan Scott (tennis.com)
The first question in Wertheim’s mailbag is about Rafa.
Nadal: We want more freedom
Footage from the event for Bacardi. Wait, so Rafa had his hands going the correct way and then changed them?
Video from SportfolioPR.
Set one highlights:
You can see more of PartidoaPartido’s match videos on his site.
Last game and post-match interview in Spanish:
Posted by vamosrafelnadal.
Photos from the match against Garcia-Lopez.
Photos by AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, REUTERS/Aly Song, MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images, AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, and GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images
The presser video is up on YouTube:
And the transcript is up on the tournament site:
Q. It was a good revenge from last year in Bangkok, I suppose?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, was tough lose last year in Bangkok. Less painful because I came after winning the US Open, but probably was the more unbelievable lose in my career against him last year because I never had as many chances as I had in that match, and I lost.
Was a little bit in my mind today in the breakpoints, that’s the true. And for the rest,