Fresh off his tough match with Del Po in the Round of 16, Rafa had an easier time yesterday dispatching American 10th-seed (and seemingly all around nice guy, sorry you had to lose for Rafa to win!) Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Our Hero did not show any sign of problems with his sorta-injured foot and was really dominating the match throughout. A huge relief!
Nadal, is one step closer to getting his 11th Grand Slam title, but he still has two steps to go. Next up is Britain's Andy Murray in Friday's semifinal, and here's the thing - no one will want Nadal to win. Murray has never made it to a Wimby Final and Britain hasn't had a Wimby winner in almost literally a million years. Now that Federer is out of the picture losing to Tsonga (in a crazy 5-set match), if Murray ousts Nadal then the tournament is assured to have a 1st time champion and a 50/50 shot at a Brit winning. It's a much more compelling news story than Rafa winning yet again, so all the commentators and press and fans will be willing Murray on to victory. But not me. I am a true Rafa fan! I don't want him to lose to Murray or anybody! Those Brits will just have to deal.
I'm also hoping Tsonga can get bast Djokovic in the other men's semifinal, so that Rafa can remain #1 in the rankings for a little while longer. Fed did him in at the French. I'm hoping Tsonga will do me a solid as well tomorrow and deny Novak again.
But more important than the ranking is the title. Rafa won't care if he gets bumped down to No. 2 in the rankings on Monday if he gets another Wimby trophy on Sunday. That's what we've got to aim for! Vamos!