No April Fool’s joke from me…just a wee bit of lint. But the ATP did play a joke…and I have no idea how Andy and Tipsy kept a straight face during it.
Nadal visitará al doctor Mikel Sánchez en Vitoria – via diariodemallorca.es – thanks, genny_ss. From the mangle, it seems that Rafa’s been playing with sore knees for 9 months. (Oops. It’s been pointed out to me in the comments that the 9 months quote was related to the 2009 Wimbledon
Racquet Reaction: Nadal d. Nishikori – by Hannah Wilks (tennis.com)
Rafa Nadal: “Llegaré hasta donde la rodilla pueda” – EFE via as.com (mangle)
Nadal no jugará ante Austria en la Copa Davis – by Joan Solsona (marca.com). Here’s the mangle – which kind of leaves an important word out of the title, no?.
Nadal to miss Davis Cup quarter-final – via ESPN STAR
Away from tennis court, Rafael Nadal seeks
Racquet Reaction: Nadal d. Stepanek – by Hannah Wilks (tennis.com)
Nadal Dismisses Stepanek, Dropping Just Four Games – by Matt Fitzgerald (tournament site)
Rafael Nadal resigns as ATP players’ body vice-president after lack of movement on changes to ranking system – by Simon Briggs (The Telegraph)
Audio of an interview in Spanish after Rafa’s 2nd round match against Giraldo.
Rafael Nadal vs Radek Stepanek ATP Miami Masters 2012 Highlights
3rd round match point and shirt
Rafa’s 4th up on the main court in Miami tomorrow…and it will be on TV. Woot!
Nadal crushes Giraldo in Miami – via ESPN UK
Nadal despacha a Giraldo en poco más de una hora – via marca.com (mangle)
Nadal: “A mí me llenó igual ganar los Juegos que el Grand Slam” – via marca.com (mangle)
There are videos shot by someone with good seats to
Lopez/Nadal Reclaim Indian Wells Title – via the ATP
Rafael Nadal salvages desert weekend with doubles title at BNP Paribas Open – via mydesert.com (worth a click for the photos alone)
Shutterbug: Rafael Nadal & Marc Lopez – by Arienna Lee
Roger Federer facing tough draw at Sony Ericsson Open – news about Miami via the miamiherald.com
Nadal to use Miami doubles opportunity – via ESPN UK.
Last two points of Nadal and Lopez vs. Paes and Stepanek
Be sure to give
Stuff I gathered while watching the singles final and waiting for the doubles…which tennistv.com swears they will broadcast..
Coming Up Aces – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
Racquet Reaction: Federer d. Nadal – by Ed McGrogan (tennis.com)
Ellison Puts His Money Where His Forehand Is – by Ben Rothenberg. So, Rafa was staying at Ellison’s place.
Federer Beats Nadal To Reach Final – via the tourny site
Rafa Pleased With Progress – via the ATP
Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer rivalry is aging
Tomorrow will be a busy day for Rafa – he’ll play his singles semi against Federer and then the doubles final with Marc! against Querrey and Isner. Here’s the OOP.
Breaking down the men’s quarterfinals – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
Stadium 2: the best place on earth – by Arienna Lee (includes pictures and a description of the Team Cuteness quarterfinal match).
Raquet Reaction: Nadal d. Nalbandian – by Hannah Wilks (tennis.com)
Calling in the Closer – by Steve Tignor
I’ve missed so much lint being onsite! Here’s some, but I know there’s a lot I haven’t caught. I finally had to give up and mark all the articles pending in my RSS feader read. Will try and keep up now I’m home.
Tignor’s write up of the doubles match against Dolgopolov/Malisse: Live, Without a Rope. Man, I’m sad I had to return home yesterday morning. Another article by Tignor about doubles: Showing Off Their Doubles Sides.
The Bryan Brothers have been blogging for The Age (they seem to be rather buddy, buddy with players this year) and have done an article on what players are like in the locker room: Locker room a great place to meet the stars. Rafa’s one of the players mentioned:
Rafa’s personality has really blossomed over the years. He used to be pretty shy, but now it kind of feels like he’s a leader on the tour. He’s a bit more relaxed and voicing
The AO hasn’t killed me yet, but it’s coming close. So tired! The time difference is killing me and there’s so much tennis I want to watch… Thank goodness Rafa is up first tomorrow. I’ll just need to figure out how to leave work a half hour early…
Racquet Reaction: Nadal d. Haas – by Hannah Wilks (tennis.com)
Nadal, Federer roll into Round 3 at Australian Open – AP via USA Today (includes a Tennis Channel Court Report video)