Archive for May, 2009

 

In the Shadow of the French Open

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The French Open looms ever closer; now the Rome Masters is over and Rafael Nadal has taken that crown (let’s not mention those predictions I made a fortnight ago, shall we?) and everybody now moves on to the Madrid Masters, starting 10th May. Roger Federer banished some demons after defeating Rabek Stepanek in the third round, but was beaten by Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. And when, unfortunately, Djokovic could not retain his title in the finals, Andy Murray slipped into his World No. 3 position.

So the clay season is well underway and there’s one dominating figure who just refuses to be beaten; can anyone topple Rafael Nadal before the clay season is over? And even then, what about grass? He’s worked hard to prove his worth on that surface too, his ultimate triumph being his Wimbledon victory last year. 

Speaking of the French Open, David Nalbandian will most likely not be attending due to an injured hip. It’s been affecting the Argentine more and more as of late, and it looks as though he’ll be making a decision for surgery by the end of the week. It would take  more »

 

The Rafa Roadtrain Rolls On…

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Another week, another victory for the maestro from Madrid – Rafael Nadal. I use the word maestro very loosely there, for with Nadal it tends more towards massacre over music, brut strength over sweet strategy.

But it does the job more effectively than any player since, well, Roger Federer just a couple of years ago when he was at his unstoppable best.

Nadal seems to be on such a winning streak at the moment that it must feel to the opposition that his knees need to buckle (literally) for them to be in with a chance of stealing a victory from under his nose.

This week it was the Rome Masters, a tournament Nadal had won on three previous occasions. Novak Djokovic was the defending champion, and he managed to live up to that billing by progressing through to meet the Spaniard in the final.

And his strong showing in the first set gave hope that he could be the man to break the Nadal streak.

The Serbian stayed in touch throughout the first set and took Nadal to a tie-break, which he then lost 7-2. From there it was a case of attempting to rein in a runaway train. Nadal stamped his authority and walked away with the second set 6-2, to claim his third clay court title in three weeks.

Nadal Looks Unbeatable For The French Open

The French Open kicks off on the 25th of May, and the rest of the field on the men’s side of the draw must be looking to the gods for answers to the question of how to break the Nadal stranglehold on the event.

He is more »

 
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