Anyone who thinks two finals in two weeks means that Rafa Nadal is close to his normal form is delusional or not watching carefully.
Nadal, ignoring the tennis, seems currently to be deprived of one of his greatest gifts – his ferocious focus and intensity. He simply seems like a flat version of himself.
Sure this one legged (to say he has two functioning legs is a stretch) version of the Spaniard is still winning and making finals but he’s got nothing on the King of Clay he used to be and it seems to be finding Rafa a long time to get in touch with that person. Read more
Rafael Nadal has now won more Roland Garros titles, more Grand Slam titles at one tournament, than any other player in history. Nadal claimed his seventh French Open title 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 and wept in elation and disbelief as he finally conquered an unhindered Novak Djokovic.
The final restarted with Nadal ahead but with Novak making a very strong comeback and a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 scoreline. Read more
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
So much is on the line today. Nadal is playing his fifth consecutive Grand Slam final and hunting for his seventh Roland Garros crown in an attempt to over take Bjorn Borg in the history books. Djokovic is looking to defeat the King of Clay on his home turf and in doing so complete a career Grand Slam and a Novak Slam – holding all four Slams at the same time (but not in one calender year).
Nadal has been in top form leading into the final, repeatedly bageling opponents, and consistently winning in straight sets. Physically Nadal should have the advantage after Novak was pushed to five sets twice but as we saw in Australia, Novak has a knack for recovering and rising to the occasion against Rafa. 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
The King of Clay and Golden Child of Spain, Rafael Nadal has clawed his way back after a dismal first set to beat Juan Martin del Potro 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 and hand Spain the Davis Cup final. Having missed the 2008 final due to injury, also against Argentina, Nadal was delighted to play such a pivotal role in claiming the huge Cup. Read more
David Nalbandian is one of the most motivated Davis Cup players in the history of tennis. He has played through painful injuries including a hernia to give Argentina hope such is his sense of national pride and so it was no surprise that the famous Argentine was pumped up for his doubles rubber with Eduardo Schwank against the Spaniards most famous pretty boys Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco.
With the Spaniards leading the final 2-0 it was a must win rubber for the Argentines who got the job done 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. Read more
On paper the first round match between defending champion Rafael Nadal and John Isner was the match most likely to be problematic for a top seed in the draw. Nadal’s concern over the danger posed by the huge serving John Isner, ranked 39 in the world, proved to be well founded as the American had Nadal under serious threat of a first round defeat on his ‘home’ turf.
Nadal had never played a five set match at Roland Garros prior to today. Nadal had never lost a set in his first round matches in Paris before today. John Isner has changed that but it was Nadal who eventually disarmed Isner 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 after four hours of play. Read more
This years men’s Roland Garros draw has the potential to produce a great tournament with some really interesting match ups if the seeds perform. The fluctuating recent form of the top male players doesn’t give me much hope of this happening but lets look at the draw anyway.
The really interesting first round matches are: Read more
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Victoria Azarenka has been in great form winning two singles titles, one doubles title, and including Madrid, she has made one final and a quarterfinal. Vika was the favourite coming into her match against 18th seed Petra Kvitova today but it was Kvitova who won her first clay title and moved inside the top ten with her 7-6, 6-4 win. Read more