Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wimby 2011: Rafa in the Round of 16

(Rafa roars into the quarterfinals!)

I almost forgot to post this! Rafa's currently playing his next match and I made no report on his battle with Juan Martin Del Potro in the Round of 16. Obviously, since he's still playing, he won. :) It was a high quality match with an injury scare for each player, which is par for the course with these two. Del Potro poses a real threat against any player. I was relieved that Our Hero got through with a 7-6 (8/6) 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 victory.

At the end of the first set, Nadal hurt his foot and had an injury time out right before the tie-break, which he then came back and won. Del Po didn't like it very much, and took the second set more handily. But then Del Po needed his own injury time out in the third when he slipped on the grass an fell badly. These guys play so hard, but jeez! Be careful out there!

Now that Rafa is through this challenge, and the MRI on his foot showed no severe injury, he faces American Mardy Fish in the Quarters. I love to root for the Americans! Why did Rafa have to face three in one tournament? Still I hope Nadal has a relatively easy time of it and sails through to the semis. Vamos!

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