Monday, April 27, 2009

Can't Stop the Raf, Can't Stop the Raf...

Well apparently titles come in fives for this lad. Rafael Nadal dispatched world number 13, David Ferrer 6-2, 7-5, to follow his 5th straight Monte Carlo title with a 5th straight Barcelona one.

Rafa's only just STARTING to be satisfied with his clay game, after he and his coach Toni both admitted following his Monte Carlo triumph that he was far from his best clay form. But it seems the world number 1 feels like he's getting there (can you believe it?!?! There's still more in store!):

“This has been my best match of the year so far on clay... David played very well and was very aggressive. It was hard to take control of the match and I was lucky that the second set didn’t slip away from me.”

Yes, Rafa... you got "lucky"!! Am sure that's what Ferrer is thinking: "Rafa's on a 5-year lucky streak, it must end soon!"

Both Spaniards fly to Rome next where Rafa faces either Andreas Seppi or Sam Querrey in the second round, while Ferrer opens against Paul-Henri Mathieu.

To be honest I wouldn't mind Rafa losing early in Rome like last year. The kid needs a break if he plans on doing well in Madrid and Roland Garros. Then again who am I to say he needs a break?!?! Rafa's used to heavy-lifting...

Exactly how heavy is that thing?! Do you think any other tennis player could manage to lift that trophy or are they just keepin it this way since no one else is winning this tournament?


marooned84 said...

That's what I was talking about when I asked about more personal writing! It's always good to watch Nadal play, but it's also good to read you writing about it :)

Nereis said...

This year is going to be very dificult to stop him, at least on clay.

That thing is about 13 kilos. Other players weren't capable to lift, they just barely hold it xDDD

Reem said...

@marooned84: Thanks. I appreciate your kind words.

@Nereis: 13 kilos is insanely heavy!! What were they thinking?!?! Okay on second thought, am sure they were thinkin about Rafa's muscles when they were designing that trophy... :D