Before tomorrow’s final, I just want to remind people, this is a pro-Rafa site; it’s not an anti any-other-player site. No matter the outcome tomorrow, no matter how either player conducts himself on the court, this is not the place for hate and passing judgements on the perceived character of others.
Vamos responsibly, my friends.
Wise Kid by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
For the Poet Laureate, the Joy of Tennis Is in the Effort by Geoff MacDonald (NY
Q. How does it feel to be going back to the final?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, for sure is emotional day for me, you know, winning against one of the best players of the world and being in another final of the US Open. So is very, very special, especially because it’s a final Grand Slam. That’s the first thing. Second thing, I had
Photos from today’s match against Murray.
Photos by Chris Trotman/Getty Images, EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images, Patrick McDermott/Getty Images, Nick Laham/Getty Image, Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for USTA, HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images, AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, and Al Bello/Getty Images
Match summary from the US Open site.
Highlights, sets 1 and 2 by PartidoaPartido:
More will eventually be posted here.
Post-match on-court interview in English:
(via CBS). If that doesn’t work for you or is region blocked, try this lower quality version.
Presser video from the US Open site (I’m guessing transcript won’t be up until tomorrow).
As fans were still in recovery mode after the tension-filled first men’s semi-final, Rafa took the court to play #4 Andy Murray to attempt to earn a place in the final. Both showed they were ready to run for everything right from the first few points and fans settled in for what could be a very long match. I don’t know if it’s because the first semi was so tense or because Andy’s energy seemed low, but the start
Q. For the second slam this year, the top four players in the world will play in the semifinals and into the finals. What does it say about that group of four, and how tough it is to break into that between the four of you guys?
RAFAEL NADAL: Seems like top four players are doing well. That’s the thing. Top four are very solid today. The previous years, too, my opinion. For last few years
Once again, Nadal looks like the man to beat at Flushing Meadows by Richard Deitsch (SI.com)
Raquet Reaction by Richard Pagliaro (tennis.com)
Nadal pummels Roddick in straight sets by Neil Edward Schlecht (usopen.org)
Nadal beats Roddick, sets up US Open SF vs Murray by Howard Fendrich (AP)
Nadal Defeats Roddick by John Martin (NY Times)
Nadal foils Roddick’s final four hopes by Greg Garber (espn.com)
The Toughest Truth by Pete Bodo (tennis.com). I actually liked
Photos from today’s quarterfinal match against Roddick.
Photos by REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson, Al Bello/Getty Images, STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images, Nick Laham/Getty Images, REUTERS/Mike Segar, EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images, Chris Trotman/Getty Images, Al Bello/Getty Images, TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images, REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz, and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for USTA
Match highlights from the US Open.
Cute little promo that aired during the first quarterfinal:
CBS is run by a bunch of fangirls (bless them). Plus, bonus waterbottle action:
Post-match on-court interview:
If this is region blocked for you, try this link.
In the last quarterfinal in the men’s half of the 2011 US Open, Rafa played Andy Roddick (#21). Well, didn’t so much play him, as destroyed him a bit or maybe a lot. The last time they met on a US hard court, Rafa went up a set and then lost the next two while slamming his fists into his thighs on a change-over while complaining about his knees. This time, Rafa won the first set and just kept going and