(You'll get 'em next time, Rafa!)
Oof. That was a rough one. After a long rain delay, and following a truly electric semifinal where Isner beat Djokovic, Nadal and Federer faced off in what was a pretty one-sided affair with Nadal losing in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. All credit to Roger for handling the windy and rainy conditions better. Nadal just never got into the right rhythm The first 3 games of the first set went to Roger. Then Rafa answered with three straight games of his own. Then Fed answered AGAIN by taking the next three games and the set! It was as if Rafa couldn't really get it together until he was down 5-2 in the second set. At that point it was way too late. Well, no.I think I've seen Rafa pull out wins where the score was that dire, but not in these conditions and not against Fed when he was playing that well.
Oh well. What can you do? Our Hero must look ahead. He's still in great condition and competing well. It was just an off night in bad conditions against a terrific opponent. It happens! As for the Final, I would LOVE to see Isner win his first Masters 1000 event. American success is always nice to see and a cause to celebrate. But I've been liking Fed's success lately. So either way it's cool. And then whatever happens, Isner has to go back on court later this afternoon to play the rescheduled men's doubles final - against Rafa! Obviously, I'm cheering on Isner in the singles much more so than in the doubles. Vamos!