For those looking for a mood-lifter (and who haven’t already seen these being tweeted all over the place today), skip right down to the photo section. ;)
Are you ready for Davis Cup?
(Awww, Daveed slipping up and calling Rafa #1)
Last WTF match articles:
Tsonga KO’s Nadal in London; Day 6 preview by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
Tsonga Tops Nadal To Join Federer In SFs via the ATP
Rafa Vows To Be Ready For 2012 via the ATP
Ángeles castrados by Óscar Fornet (elmundo.es). And here’s the mangle.
Bon Nadal y buena suerte – Rafa’s
Video of part of the presser via the ATP:
Full presser transcript:
Q. Can you give us your thoughts on that match and how well Jo played, how difficult it was against him tonight.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, first thing I have to talk about myself. I think I didn’t play well tonight. The first two sets I didn’t play bad, but I didn’t play well, and to win these kind of matches you have to play well. I played without nothing special tonight, no?
Jo knows where I hit every ball during the point. I didn’t had
Thursday’s highlights from the ATP:
The end of the first set:
Posted by luum94.
The end of the 2nd set:
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End of the match:
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Photos from today’s match against Tsonga:
Photos by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images, REUTERS/Dylan Martinez, Michael Regan/Getty Images for Barclays ATP Finals, Julian Finney/Getty Images, and DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images
Today’s round robin match was essentially the equivalent of a quarterfinal: winner moves on, loser doesn’t. Nice and simple, no scenarios or math to perform. With so much on the line, the match felt pretty lack-luster from both of the guys, but more so from Rafa. He showed signs of life in the second set, but went back to missing routine looking shots in the third. Basically, Tsonga was playing well; Rafa looked like a tired guy playing on his least favorite surface. Tsonga wins: 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3.
Rafa receives the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award:
That’s it – not a lot. I’ve had a weird day. For those who celebrate it, Happy Thanksgiving!
Photos from today’s Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award presentation. Dang, must be chilly in the O2.
Photos by LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images and Julian Finney/Getty Images
Photos from the match against Federer.
Photos by Julian Finney/Getty Images, GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Image, REUTERS/Toby Melville, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, and Michael Regan/Getty Images for Barclays ATP Finals
(I never published this last night? Ooops! Sorry.)
(You guys don’t really want a lot of these, right? Not much one can say about today’s match.)
Raquet Reaction by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
The Deuce Court: Rafa’s Rambling Presser by The Fan Child
Rafa isn’t fuming mad, but I think it’s clear to anybody watching this presser that he’s fed up. There’s so little time to rest and recover, and he seems desperate right now.
I agree. I think he’s feeling it more mentally than physically, though. He’s been on top and under