Posts Tagged ‘rafael nadal’

Nadal Owns Oz

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Rafael Nadal made my guy cry. During the presentation of trophies following the four and a half hour match, Federer was obviously upset when asked about trying to tie Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam titles.

If you feel like you could use a good cry, here it is.

All that aside, congrats to Nadal. An amazing athlete and gracious winner.

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It’s Nadal v. Federer, Again

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I was really hoping for a different outcome. After an amazing 5+ hour semifinal match it will once again be Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the finals of a Grand Slam event. But that’s not the big story here.

I turned on the t.v. this morning for my daughter to watch Mickey Mouse so I could throw in a load of laundry (Yes, I know. The life of a stay-at-home-mom is very glamourous). The t.v. was tuned to ESPN and in the final set of the Verdasco/Nadal match. I was on the edge of my seat hoping the underdog, Verdasco could pull off a dramatic upset.

In the end of course he wasn’t able to overcome, losing the tiebreaker with a double fault. But for anyone watching, it was a chance to see what great sports is all about. Two fierce competitors battling back and fourth until finally, when it couldn’t possibly go on any longer on of them breaks. Good stuff!

On a side note, how could I have left Verdasco off my list of hot tennis players???? Well, I’m officially adding him. He may have lost against Nadal, but don’t feel too sorry for Fernando. I’m sure his girl, Ana Ivanovic will help him recover.b_0829_043_verdasco

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Semi-Finals Set

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I wish I could say that I had the time, the patience and the inclination to be a dedicated follower of tennis. Any given year I’ll watch the final rounds of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and if I happen to be home and the television happens to be tuned to the right channel I’ll watch the finals of the French and Australian Opens.

Now that the semifinals in this year’s Australian Open are set they have definitely shaped up to be view-worthy. I have my PVR set to catch the match between Federer and Roddick. The patriotic side of me is pulling for Andy-boy while the sports fan in me loves to see a master like Federer play to his potential like he did against Del Potro in the quarterfinal.

If the Roger Federer that played in the quarterfinals shows up in the semis, then Roddick doesn’t stand a chance. But if the leaner, meaner Roddick, who is playing well in this tournament under new coach, Larry Stefanki, meets the Roger Federer who struggled to get things going in the fourth round against Tomas Berdych then there may be hope.

The other men’s semifinal will see Fernando Verdasco of Spain face off against Rafael Nadal. As much as I’d like to see things go in a different direction, I still believe we’ll see Federer and Nadal in the men’s final.

On the ladies’ side, again, I want to see Serena Williams in the final against a Russian (both competitors in the other women’s semifinal match, Vera Zvonareva and Dinara Safina are Russian) but my gut tells me it will not be so.

Elena Dementieva has played well against Williams in the recent past and she is due to win a grand slam title. So, for no other reason other than timing I’ll stick with my earlier pick of an all-Russian women’s final and go one step further to say the winner will be Dementieva.

Elena Dementieva, my pick to slam down a victory and win her first grand slam at this year's Australian Open.

Elena Dementieva, my pick to slam down a victory and win her first grand slam at this year's Australian Open.

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Quarterfinals Set At Aussie Open

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Here is how the ladies’ quarter final round will shape up:56568691

  • Marion Bartoli (France) v. Vera Zvonareva (Russia)
  • Dinara Safina (Russia) v. Jelena Dokic (Australia)
  • Carla Suarex Navarro (Spain) v. Elena Dementieva (Russia)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) v. Serena Williams (U.S.)

For the gentlemen:

 

  • Rafael Nadal (Spain) v. Gilles Simon (France)
  • Fernando Verdasco (Spain) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)
  • Andy Roddick (U.S.) v. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
  • Juan Martin Del Potro v. Roger Federer (Switzerland)

 

My predictions- a Russian will win the women’s title and Federer will meet Nadal in the finals for the men.

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Aussie Open Update

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Now into the 5th day of the Australian Open there have been some matches to note.

  • Venus Williams, 6th seed and reasonable contender for any tournament in which she participates, was ousted yesterday in a huge upset by Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. 2nd- seeded sister Serena is cruising along just fine up to this point.
  • One of our tennis hotties, Tommy Haas, has a tough draw in the next round as he’ll face 1st seeded, Rafael Nadal.
  • Speaking of our hottie picks, two of them are set to face off. Roger Federer and Marat Safin’s match may be one worth watching, if not for the tennis then for the eye-candy!

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