In their rain delayed and controversial mens final, defending champion Rafael Nadal leads 6-4, 6-3,2-6, 1-2 against Novak Djokovic.
In the cool and heavy conditions Rafa ripped his forehand from the first point, quickly finding triple break point. On his fourth break point Nadal converted. Vicious forehand down the line winners gave Rafa two more break points in the third game and ultimately a 3-0 lead as Djokovic repeatedly miss-fired off both wings. Read more »
Thomaz Bellucci has had the most successful tournament of his career. Somehow he beat Andy Murray without me even noticing – which is more a comment on how I feel about Murray lately than Bellucci. After beating Murray, Bellucci then beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets and has, overnight, given Novak Djokovic a run for his money.
Ultimately it was Novak Djokovic who had the legs, fire power and experience to come out with the 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win. Read more »
Any tennis player enjoys the crowd support when playing at home. Rafael Nadal, gold child of Spain, is no different and receives huge support when in Spain. I remember traveling in a taxi in Madrid and having a 20 minute conversation with the driver about his love for Rafa. To say the world number one is popular is an understatement. To say he’s not under huge pressure now is also an understatement. Read more »
Rafael Nadal, Carlos Moya, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki have helped raise awareness for skin cancer in an exhibition in Madrid, “A Setback in the Sun”. The event was run by Felix Mantilla who has been diagnosed with skin cancer himself.
His diagnosis in 2005 came as a shock to him. “Maybe I took off the shirt once a year. I’m someone who hates the sun or to be at the beach. But what I learned from the skin doctor is that you can get sun exposure on your face and you may end up with skin cancer somewhere else on your body. And I have a fair skin complexion, so that doesn’t help. Read more »
Carlos Moya has been enjoying his retirement from tennis, relaxing in Mallorca with family and friends as well as attending various media events honouring his career. Recently the former Spanish world number one posted some family photos on Twitter. Read more »
The second and final exhibition match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was played in Spain yesterday and locals were thrilled to see Manacor’s favourite son defeat his rival 7-6, 4-6, 6-1. The two top players of this generation usually only meet each other in finals, and of their last three tour level matches, two have been played at Madrid.
When the Caja Magica became the home to the Madrid Masters when it switched to being a clay court tournament, Federer defeated Nadal in the 2009 final and Nadal returned the favour this year.
After the first exhibition which raised $2.5million for the Roger Federer Foundation’s African interests, the second raised money for the Rafa Nadal Foundation with the title “Joining Forces For the Benefit Of Children.” It has been estimated that both events have raised in excess of $5 million.
With Carlos Moya and the Spanish royal family in attendance the two players were accompanied on to the court by some very lucky children.
“To me, today is a very special day. I am lucky enough to be able to do what I love to do, which is to play tennis, but at the same time, through my Foundation, I get the opportunity to help hundreds of kids who are not as lucky.” – Rafael Nadal
“I just can say thank you very much to Roger to come here to Madrid and support my Foundation today. I did yesterday, and both of us are very happy that we can finally have this event and raise a lot of money for these kids. I know with what we’re going to raise yesterday and today, it’s not going to be decisive for that, but it will be a help and if everybody is convinced that everybody can help, it’s going to be important to improve a little bit this world.” – Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal has received more awards on his return to Spain. On Wednesday evening at the Palacio de Congresos Campo de las Naciones Rafa was awarded an ASES award for his athletic achievements this year by AS Magazine. The award was presented by good friend of the world number one Carlos Moya.
Spanish footballers Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Márquez also received top athlete awards on the night.
“I think the ovation I have received is too much. To me, this has been the most exciting season in my career so far and I believe it has also been the best.
Last year I had a lot of problems, but thanks to all of you, my friends, my family, the fans and the media… I have gone back to where I was. Thank you all for all of your support.
It is an honor to be with you here tonight. I want to congratulate everyone here, my fellow award recipients and specially all of the other Spanish athletes that have helped make these last few years unforgettable. As a sports fanatic, I have had a blast.” – Rafael Nadal