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 »
Andreas Seppi put Novak Djokovic to the test today in heavy, windy conditions, racing to a two sets to love lead to almost crush his dream of holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time and completing a career Grand Slam. Ultimately Novak came out on top 4-6, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in four hours and minutes.
Seppi settled into the match early while Novak looked troubled by the heavy conditions and struggled to hold serve in the wind. The second set was more of the same as Djokovic struggled to find his rhythm and Seppi repeatedly struck beautiful backhands to push Nole around the court. Read more »
This time last year Virginie Razzano was just trying to breathe and get through the day after he fiance died after battling a brain tumour for many years. Today the world number 111 was at the brink of defeat and instead Razzano beat Serena Williams in their first round match 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 in a surprising upset.
It all seemed done and dusted when Virginie screamed and grabbed her calf towards the end of the second set. But the resilient crowd favourite shook it off. Read more »
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were not only fighting for the Rome title today but also over ranking positions and the Roland Garros draw. The Roman final had a distinct feel to it that the two players were already starting the battle over the French Open trophy. Today it was Nadal that came out on top 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and twenty minutes.
Nadal was desperate to win, not only to prove he can still beat Nole when the Serb is not emotionally traumatized by his grandfathers death, but also to try and return to number two in the rankings. The ranking change could mean the difference between facing Novak in the semis or the final of Roland Garros. Read more »
Robin Soderling’s battle with mono, which first started to rear its ugly head at Wimbledon last year, has taken another sad turn for the once promising Swede. Robin has now been forced to pull out of Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the Olympics and one would have to wonder if that means his 2012 season, and possibly his career, is over. Read more »
There were huge stakes today for the mens final in Monte Carlo. Rafael Nadal was looking for his 8th consecutive title in Monte Carlo. Novak Djokovic was looking to beat Rafa in an 8th consecutive final and claim his 7th Masters 1000 title since 2011. If Novak won you got the feeling that Nadal could kiss the French Open goodbye.
Nadal was not willing to have the French Open taken from him and refused to let Djokovic claim a title on the court that has become the House Of Nadal. Rafael claimed his 8th Monte Carlo crown with a 6-3, 6-1 win. Read more »