Sadly, it looks like I’ll be missing Rafa’s match tomorrow because I’ll be doing a fundraising walk for Arthritis research and awareness. I’ll check scores while walking, but please say a few Vamoses for me.
ATP World Tour – Nadal, Raonic Pull Double Duty; Almagro To Face Kohlschreiber – via atpworldtour.com
Rafael Nadal advances to semis – AP via espn.com
Rafael Nadal wins two matches in a day to reach Barcelona semis – via bbc.co.uk
Nadal breezes through in
Photos from both matches Rafa played today.
Photos by David Ramos/Getty Images
Video of Rafa’s quarterfinal match against Ramos.
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To make up for yesterday’s non-stop rain, Rafa had to play two matches today in Barcelona. He started his day with a defeat of #33 Benoit Paire 7-6(2), 6-2. Rafa folloed that up with a drubbing of #64 Albert Ramos. Nice scores, but Rafa still needs to steady his backhand – it went from brilliant to “oh my” bad in a nano-second.
Full match video of Rafa’s defeat of Benoit Paire this morning on Barcelona.
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(This was going to be more organized and less of a time-shifting mish-mash, but I’m tired and lost momentum. This also means this post is missing so, so much.)
Today’s recommended reading:
Back to the Present – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
Rafa was all smiles on the trophy stand afterward. It seemed to me that losing provided a moment of relief, and it may even have confirmed something in Nadal’s worldview.
I too sensed a bit of relief in the loss. No more wondering when
Rafa started is Barcelona campaign with a solid 6-4, 6-2 2nd round win over Carlos Berlocq. I’m back to the boring real job and didn’t get to see the match – did anyone get to see it? Comments on the level of play?
And there’s some videos to prove it! First, an iB3 report. Here is Inés’s translation of Rafa’s words:
Happy to to play again in Brazil and also especially happy to be back to play two weeks earlier than it was planned, that was Acapulco and that the things are working well and try to keep working with the same intensity, in the same line, and hopefully that everything continues working well as it is doing in recent weeks.
Next, a video from sport.es:
Rafa’s second mountain, a tribute to his Masters 1000s record wins, and a snuggly, satisfied Rafa.
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