Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Here's Hopin' For The Open: Rafa in the Round of 16
Congrats to Rafa on his super-late-night 4th round win over Feliciano Lopez, taking the match 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. It didn't get started until after 11pm because all the other players on yesterday's schedule decided to take their sweet time either winning or losing, resulting in me falling asleep on my couch somewhere in the middle of the third set. Thank goodness, for DVR!
Rafa has now gone through 4 rounds of play not just without dropping a set, but without even dropping a service game. That's incredible! His serve has been such a weapon during this tournament and it used to be the weakest part of his game. Rafa is looking incredibly strong and increasingly motivated. You can tell he believes he can take the title this year. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but things look very good right now for Our Hero to make the final. He faces fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the Quarterfinals and Rafa has a 10-0 record against him. If he maintains his top form, he will be unstoppable! Vamos!