Let’s just start with the facts: Rafa Nadal is, for the first time since 2005, not the champion of the Monte-Carlo Masters. He lost today to Novak Djokovic 6-2, 7-6(1). Now the emotions: I left the court very sad; I left Rafa’s presser reassured. As usual, his perspective helped restore mine. He’s happy to have made the finals after his time away. He was happy that he fought and played his best match of the tournament. As he said, he prefers
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Highlights from day two:
Many different videos available via RafaPedia (which just caused my browser to crash 3 times, but that could be because I have about 60000 tabs open).
I have no idea if the following will be available outside the US. I hope so!
If those don’t work, maybe these will?
Photos from the 2012 Roland Garros trophy ceremony.
Photos from the continuation of the Roland Garros final between Rafa and Nole.
Another slam final and it’s Rafa and Nole. This is getting to be a habit. Rafa came out on fire, but that didn’t last too long. What followed was best described by sharlatee on twitter as “all kinds of wow and weird”. Each guy would play amazing points alternating with odd errors and nervous looking shots. One guy would step up and start playing well just as the other would turn into an error making machine. It was not pretty.
Lots of frustrated reports on a frustrating partial match, frustrated tennis players, and very frustrating weather – today’s lint.
Photos from today’s action in the “to be continued” Roland Garros final.
Photos by PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/GettyImages, REUTERS/Regis Duvignau, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/GettyImages, KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/GettyImages, REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes, THOMAS COEX/AFP/GettyImages, PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/GettyImages, Mike Hewitt/Getty Images, Matthew Stockman/Getty Images, and AP Photo/Michel Euler
Also, check out the album posted to the Roland Garros Facebook account.
Rafa and Djokovic’s Roland Garros final will continue tomorrow. Play for today is officially suspended due to the weather. They will be back tomorrow at 1pm local time. The even worse news is that the weather forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look good. At all.
Current score: 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 – Rafa down a break in the 4th.
Write ups of the semi match, predictions for the final (the word “historic” gets bandied about a lot), flickr photos, and some locker room footage – today’s lint.