Monday, June 11, 2012

Roland Garros: Rafael Nadal: The King Lives On!

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeats World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5

CONGRATS TO THE KING OF CLAY!
2012 FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION

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7 FRENCH OPEN TITLES (A NEW RECORD)

52-1 CAREER MATCH RECORD

2005... 2006... 2007... 2008... 2010... 2011... 2012... CHAMPION!

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'NUFF SAID!

4 comments:

  1. I never fell in love with Nadal's game the way I fell in love with Borg's game. I blame it on American TV coverage, which is dull to no end and often time doen't even cover resumption of games after they are interrupted because of weather. I watched Borg's career on foreign TV. It's another matter all together.

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  2. I see where you're coming from Kathy. It was a different era back then, Borg was the only player of his kind back then, he's the pioneer of power tennis. Back then he was considered an artist. Nadal is also a power player but he's not as artistic as Borg. His goal is to out-duel his opponent even if he doesn't look pretty doing it and it works for him. American TV coverage of tennis has gone downhill over the past decade, mostly due to the fact that there are no great American players. And yes, I can imagine how great the coverage is on foreign TV. Professional tennis is taken much more seriously outside the U.S. Here, unless there's a dominant American (i.e. Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, John McEnroe) nobody really follows it with enthusiasm, so the TV coverage isn't as good.... it'll be this way for years to come because there is absolutely no American great player in the horizon. The next great American player probably hasn't been born yet. Thank you for the comment.

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  3. What effect do you think the multiple delays had on the outcome of the match?

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  4. I think it was definitely a dagger for Djokovic, Cleavie. He had the momentum on his side, winning the third set and leading 2-1, when the match was halted. The last place you want to give Rafa a chance to collect himself is at the final of Roland Garros. I think Djokovic probably would have won the fourth set but the 5th, who knows? I think in the end Rafa would've prevailed, after all, he had already beaten Novak in two previous finals on clay, so it's not like he was a heavy underdog. But that's sports. In defeat, Djokovic made no excuses to his credit.

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