Today’s recommended reading:
Nadal vs. Djokovic: Here We Are Again, My Friend – by Brian Phillips (Grantland.com)
No, this isn’t recommended reading, it’s required reading. If you haven’t read it already – go off. Be gone with you. Read it. We’ll wait until you get back. *whistles*
The cruelest thing about this glutted golden age of men’s tennis is that it keeps producing astonishing matches, matches that actually expand your idea of what sport can be, and someone has to lose all of them.
Some new questions up in The Age (and some Reva pointed out I’d missed):
Question from Zara: I was just wondering what was your favourite kit that you’ve ever worn? I especially liked your US Open 2010 & 2011 kits as well as the polos you wore in 2009.
Rafa says: I don’t have a favorite one but I can tell you I keep one of each gear and special ones. I have yesterday’s shoes and will keep them.
Is there any
Today’s recommended reading:
Everything You Can Imagine – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
When Federer plays Nadal, Federer’s fans ask, “Why isn’t he more aggressive? Why doesn’t he do this, or that, or something else?” It looks like he should be winning. When Nadal plays Djokovic, Nadal’s fans ask the same exasperated questions. It’s not so easy. Djokovic hits with deceptive weight and accuracy, and he’s better than anyone at forcing Nadal to hit his backhand. He’s always going to have the advantage when he does that. When Nadal plays Federer, he can play his game, while his opponent must find a
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Here’s another view of the “oh god, please let it end soon” portion of the trophy ceremony. I love how the two guys to go stretch simultaneously – without looking at each other. They were both so punch drunk. Horrid they made them stand there so long.
Some photos from the trophy ceremony.
Photos by Quinn Rooney/Getty Image, GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images, WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images, Lucas Dawson/Getty Images, AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, and NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images
(Videos to follow later – I’ve been at the computer gathering photos way too long.)
A few of the thousands of photos posted.
Photos by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images, WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images, Mark Dadswell/Getty Images, REUTERS/Mark Blinch, REUTERS/Tim Wimborne, Quinn Rooney/Getty Images, GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, Cameron Spencer/Getty Images, Scott Barbour/Getty Images, REUTERS/Vivek Prakash, NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images, and AP Photo/Aaron Favila
Rafa’s post-match presser transcript is up:
Q. How are you feeling physically?
RAFAEL NADAL: Fine. No, I’m tired, sure. Physically was the toughest match I ever played, if not the tougher. I am tired.
Q. Has this sunk in, the results, the magnitude of the match?
RAFAEL NADAL: Can you repeat?
Q. Has the results sunk in yet? How do you feel mentally as well as physically?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes. No, no, no, nothing to do on that, no? Just accept.
I think we played a great tennis match. It was I think a very good show, my opinion. I
#1 vs #2 in a slam final. We are spoiled by how often that happens in men’s tennis these days – the chance to see the top 2 players in the world slug it out in a major final should be relished. Unfortunately for Rafa, this match up doesn’t work as well as him as the one against Federer. In fact, last year Rafa fans started to fully realize the pain that FedFans have felt for years.
A little pre-final RafaLint….
Interesting comments from Jim Courier:
“He’s a delicate player Rafa. When he’s confident, he’s the king of the world, but he vacillates,” Courier said. “He reminds me of some other players in the past like myself and Roddick that believed more in the work, than he does in his talent, and as good as he is. He should never question that.”
A practice photo from Babolat’s Facebook page.
Rafa had a nice dinner last night.
Warming up in the hallway.
Enjoy the match, everyone! Vamos responsibly. Unless things get really, really