Here’s a little something for the Spanish fans out there. These videos are from the 2011 Davis Cup celebrations and as you can see the boys were perhaps…. a little dusty.
You’ve got Nadal busting a few moves that make me think he really wasn’t lying when he said he’s now not as shy as he used to be as he snuggles up to Marc Lopez and Felicano Lopez – at one point looking like he was practicing some clumsy pick pocketing on Feli.
But it’s all for fun so lets have a giggle as we see these boys let their hair down.
Spaniard, and clay court specialist, David Ferrer has beaten Juan Martin del Potro in a convincing display that leaves little doubt that David has been working on consistently improving his game and form.
Pocket rocket Ferrer was relentless as he ripped winners and chased everything down to book his quarterfinal spot against Andy Murray with the 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win. Read more »
It was never going to be easy for David Ferrer to beat Rafael Nadal with Rafa giving up just 13 sets over the last 8 years with a 50-1 win-loss record in Paris. Unfortunately for David, Rafa was not in a giving mood. Nadal was impressive as he claimed his spot in the Roland Garros finals for the seventh time with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win in one hour 47 minutes.
It was one of those matches you couldn’t not watch. One of those matches you couldn’t understand why the Parisian crowd weren’t salivating over it. It was also a match where you felt the odds were stacked against Ferrer. Read more »
Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, has booked himself a place in yet another final in Rome. The five time champion and last years runner up battled in his first set against fellow Spaniard David Ferrer before dominating to win 7-6, 6-0.
Ferrer went hard early on finding seven break points in Nadal’s opening service game. The first two games were longer than Federer’s first set against Seppi a day earlier. Read more »
As great as it is to sit back and watch Rafael Nadal display his clay court brilliance again you have to feel sorry for David Ferrer. While Rafa was busy claiming his seventh Barcelona title and becoming the only player to ever win two tournaments seven or more times, David was suffering his fourth defeat in Barcelona at the hands of his friend.
David pushed Rafa for almost three hours but ultimately Nadal secured the title 7-6, 7-5.
Ferrer, it seems, is destined to always be the bridesmaid and never gain a major title despite the fact that he undeniably deserves one for years of consistently grinding the best in the game to within an inch of cramps. Read more »
Juan Monaco has had a memorable 28th birthday beating troubled world number 8 Mardy Fish 6-1, 6-3 making his second Masters 1000 semi final.
Fish who has struggled with the state of his game (and head space) since the Hopman Cup didn’t stand a chance against the blistering Argentine underdog. Monaco served impressively, winning 71% of his first serve points, closing out the match in just 82 minutes. Read more »
There was never any doubt that one of tennis’ most psychologically strong men, Lleyton Hewitt, would give everything he had against Novak Djokovic and he did. After a rough first set Hewitt changed his tactics and gave Novak more of a fight.
Hewitt was handily battered by Djokovic in the first two sets and then put his body on the line to get the third. After feeling a chance to go up 4-3 Hewitt was left frustrated as the opportunity went wanting.
Lleyton struggled to scramble everything back as it became obvious he was even compensating as he walked to keep the pressure off his degenerated big toe. Then he started shaking out his hands as he struggled to block out his screaming body. Read more »
I think it’s safe to say that even though we’re only just into the first day of the second week that this has been the strangest Australian Open ever.
There have been a significant number of injuries on both the men’s and women’s side but at the time of writing there had been an incredible 8 retirements and 1 withdrawal on the men’s side alone.
Rafael Nadal injured his knee getting up from a chair but played on. Kim Clijsters re-sprained her troublesome ankle but played on. Li Na seemed to be the kiss of death for ankles knocking both Anabel Medina Garrigeus and Kim Clijsters to the ground in the early stages of their first set. Read more »