Posted by gauloises1 on May 17, 2010
And in ‘definitely a thing’ news …
Much of this sort of thing has been happening.
Yep, while I was AWOL Rafa won Madrid for the first time since it became a clay-court event, becoming the first player to win all three clay Masters’ events in one year and the holder of the record for most Masters series titles, pipping previous record-holder Andre Agassi. And just to underline the point, he did it by beating Federer in the final.
It wasn’t the greatest match and I was surprised by how nervous both of them were, although it serves as a good reminder that this rivalry is as real for them as it is for the fans and the media (albeit often friendlier). Rafa made an astute comment after the match that because they know each other’s games so well, the focus becomes breaking down the other person’s game rather than producing glorious tennis themselves. It still makes for a fascinating battle, even if – to me anyway – there only really looked like being one winner.
Have a small picspam.
And a good time was had by all.