In the first of the Italian Open’s semifinals, Rafa played #6 Tomas Berdych. At first, it looked like Rafa had an appointment to get to – he was on fire and took the first set in just 31 minutes. The second set was much more competative as Rafa’s level dropped and Berdych’s went up. Neither of these changed enough to cause the upset, though. Rafa scores his 13th win in a row over Berdych: 6-2, 6-4. Despite having the kind of game that can trouble him, Rafa clearly has Berdych’s number.
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The transcript from Rafa’s semifinal presser is up on ASAP Sports.
Congratulations for your victory. You’ve already played four matches here in Madrid. Given the conditions of the court and also with the altitude and the fact that you’ve been seven months without playing, the feelings are worse or better than you were expecting before coming here?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know, I didn’t know if I was going to be in the final, you know. Obviously
Nadal Outclasses Andujar In Madrid; Continues Quest For 55th Title – via atpworldtour.com (includes a highlights video)
Nadal crushes Andujar to reach Madrid final – Reuters via yahoo.com
Nadal to bid for his third crown – via madrid-open.com
Nadal brushes Andujar aside to reach Madrid Open final – via espn.co.uk
Rafa’s amazing return says more about him than it does men’s tennis – by Patrick Mouratoglou (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)
Rafael Nadal reaches 7th straight final at Madrid Open; Williams to face
Photos from Rafa’s win over Pablo Andujar.
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Post match on court interview in Spanish:
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For his semifinal match in Madrid, Rafa played wildcard and surprise semifinalist Pablo Andujar (#113). Their ranking showed in the first set as Rafa dominated and served up a bagel in just 25 minutes. The second set proved to be more competative, but still never really felt in doubt. Rafa’s into the final with a 6-0, 6-4 victory.
Was all curled up in bed when I realized I hadn’t pressed publish on this. Oops.
Rafael Nadal downs Canadian Milos Raonic to advance at Barcelona Open – via montrealgazette.com
Rafa Nadal Equals Tennis Legend Bjorn Borg with 608 Career Wins – via barcelonaopenbancsabadell.com
Toni Nadal supports raising Rafa’s seeding at Roland Garros – by Matt Cronin (tennis.com) Source: Toni Nadal
Photos from Rafa’s win over Raonic.
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In a rain delayed semifinal, Rafa played #13 Milos Raonic today in Barcelona. I missed the start of the match, but it seems like Rafa started a bit slow as Raonic broke him right away and went up 2-0. Raonic probably wishes he could have frozen the match in time at that point, because it was downhill for him on the scoreboard from then on out. By the time I was able to watch, Rafa was moving him around the court and passing him at will. Not that Raonic was playing poorly, it’s just that Rafa was being Rafa on clay. Rafa’s through to the final 6-4, where he will play Nicolas Almagro. With this win, Rafa ties Borg for number of career match wins – they both have 608.