French Open 2013: Ten things we have learned so far in Paris – by Jonathan Overend (bbc.co.uk)
French Open Day 9 matches to watch – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
Longer excerpt from Rafa’s 3rd round presser. I am much more with colm after seeing this than I was after reading quotes in articles.
Rafa does social media:
Ayúdanos a prevenir la muerte súbita en
Sorry this is kind of short – I had a quick errand to run today that turned into a 4 hour odyssey. It sucked all the life out of my day.
A French transcript of Rafa’s post-match presser. (mangle)
Nadal warms to his task – by Kate Battersby (rolandgarros.com)
Nadal Beats Fognini; Nishikori Making Strides – via atpworldtour.com
Master of Chaos, Mastered – by Pete Bodo, so click at your own risk. (I haven’t had time to read it…or anything else for
Photos from today’s win over Fognini.
REUTERS/Stephane Mahe, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, Matthew Stockman/Getty Images, and REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Why Rafael Nadal is the man to beat — and not just at the French Open – by Douglas Perry (oregonlive.com) As someone who just watched the last set of the 2008 Wimbledon final, I can attest to the fact Rafa’s game is ever evolving. It’s so odd to me that people mention him tinkering all the time, but then always write about him as if he’s never progressed beyond the human backboard phase.
Nadal’s winning streak
A transcript of what appears to be a very short 2nd round presser is up on the tournament site.
Q: Just an assessment of your performance
R. Nadal: I think I played the right match to go through and I played well and the beginning Fabio had more mistakes but I prefer to talk about myself and aggressive when I had the chance.
Because if he had to talk about Fabio’s tennis today, there wouldn’t be a lot of
Photos from Rafa’s victory over Fognini.
Photos by REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini and Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
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Post match on court interview:
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Post match in studio interview:
Rafa started his Rome campaign by playing #25 Fabio Fognini in today’s night session. Though they seemed very willing, Fabio gave the local crowd little to cheer about. He quickly went down a break in each set. They got to make a little bit of noise when he broke Rafa to put the second set back on serve, but that didn’t last long. Rafa broke again and continued to dominate. Rafa’s through 6-1, 6-3.
The transcript from Rafa’s second round presser after his 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Paire is up on the ASAP Sports site.
Q. Congratulations for your victory, first of all. How did you feel? How are the feelings here? How are you recovering yourself?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I’m recovering. These days we do whatever we can, you know. That’s an important victory today. Each match in this kind of tournament is very demanding from the first round.
Today I played only — with the best players in
Photos from Rafa’s second round victory over Paire.
Photos by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images and AP Photo/Andres Kudacki