A look at Rafa’s beautiful hotel suite in Thailand and a howdy from his friends.
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I went to the Thunderdome practice courts and invited Olive (Oli on NN) over after I saw the security double. The practice courts are indoors and closed to the public so we had to wait outside. While we’re waiting for Rafa, we saw Marc! coming in with his doubles partner (David Mererro) and shouted ‘Marc!’ hoping he would wait for us as we were sitting on the other side of the practice court. Marc! turned his head to us, but
Rafa’s in Japan and was greeted by actress Maiko Ito – photo here. He’s looking pretty awake for 6:30am.
His first practice session was attended by 5,000 fans.
Very nice practice photos at Rafa’s site.
More practice photos at the tournament site
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Nice quality footage, but shorter:
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The second set tie-breaker (aka, the tie-break of doom):
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Photos from the semifinal loss.
Photos by REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom, REUTERS/Damir Sagolj, Victor Fraile/Getty Images,and AFP PHOTO/PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL
The day’s second semifinal at the Thailand Open, saw Rafa take on #53 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Rafa broke in the 6th game to go up 4-2 and then broke again in the 8th to take the first set. Sadly, aggressive Rafa went away after the first set. He was standing further back and wasn’t able to dictate play. After failing to convert 16 break point opportunities, Rafa played a sad tiebreaker and the second set belonged to Garcia-Lopez. Poor shot selection in the 4th game of the third set leads to Garcia-Lopez’s first break point of the match – and he
Ah-ha! They’ve uploaded these photos to Rafa’s site and thanks to the time stamps, we know the actual sequence…
Dude, just chill and enjoy, because that? Is one trippin’ flower.
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