Auction for Rafa’s Foundation:
You can bid on a chance to watch Rafa practice in Mallorca…and then get a 30 minute hitting session with him! Proceeds from the auction to be split by the Forever Dream Foundation and Rafael Nadal Foundation. Details here.
And it sounds like The Australian Open knows what moms (and non moms) like. Why you say? I received this email from Elaine:
Hi – Just wanted to share this email with you that I got into my Inbox today, a
Key Points Analysis: Rafael Nadal and Nicolás Almagro in the Barcelona Final – by Juan José (changeovertennis.com)
Report Card: French champs Sharapova, Nadal, Schiavone conquer clay again – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
Photo of the Day: Nadal with his Barcelona “crown” – by Jonathan Scott (tennis.com)
The Persistents, Parts 4 and 3 – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
Heroes and Zeros: Claypova, Rosol’s Ride, Rafa Roars Again – by Chris Oddo (tennisnow.com)
Toni Nadal: “Sería bueno ver a Novak Djokovic en el
Nadal Wins Eighth Barcelona Crown – via atpworldtour.com
Nadal beats Almagro to claim 8th Barcelona Open title – via usatoday.com (This is the same AP story that most sites seem to have based their stories on
ATP Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal claims his eighth crown in Catalunya – via SkySports
Nadal Clinches Record Eighth Barcelona Crown – via barcelonaopenbancsabadell.com
Photos from today’s victory and trophy bite.
Photos by David Ramos/Getty Images and AP Photo/Manu Fernandez
Here’s full match video of Rafa winning his 8th Barcelona title.
Posted by TennisOnlineHD.
…could keep Rafa from winning his 8th Barcelona title.
Rafa played fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the Barcelona final today. I missed the first three games, but based on twitter, Almagro came out firing winners and was soon up a double break. When I got home, they appeared to be sitting out a bit of rain. Did this slight delay give Almagro too much time to think about that 3-0 lead? Or was Rafa just waiting until I got home
Was all curled up in bed when I realized I hadn’t pressed publish on this. Oops.
Rafael Nadal downs Canadian Milos Raonic to advance at Barcelona Open – via montrealgazette.com
Rafa Nadal Equals Tennis Legend Bjorn Borg with 608 Career Wins – via barcelonaopenbancsabadell.com
Toni Nadal supports raising Rafa’s seeding at Roland Garros – by Matt Cronin (tennis.com) Source: Toni Nadal
Photos from Rafa’s win over Raonic.
Photos by AP Photo/Manu Fernandez and David Ramos/Getty Images Europe
In a rain delayed semifinal, Rafa played #13 Milos Raonic today in Barcelona. I missed the start of the match, but it seems like Rafa started a bit slow as Raonic broke him right away and went up 2-0. Raonic probably wishes he could have frozen the match in time at that point, because it was downhill for him on the scoreboard from then on out. By the time I was able to watch, Rafa was moving him around the court and passing him at will. Not that Raonic was playing poorly, it’s just that Rafa was being Rafa on clay. Rafa’s through to the final 6-4, where he will play Nicolas Almagro. With this win, Rafa ties Borg for number of career match wins – they both have 608.