Monday, June 4, 2012

Magnificent Seven? 2012 French Open - Rafa Round of 16

(Demolition Man. Monaco doesn't know what hit him after he loses handily to Rafa in the 4th Round.)

Rafa: Any shot you can hit, I can hit better! I can hit any shot better than you.
Monaco: No you can't.
Rafa: Yes I can!
Monaco: No you can't!
Rafa: Yes I can!
Monaco: No you can't... yes you can! yes you can!

Damn. Rafa just annihilated Juan Monaco this afternoon in their Round of 16 match at the French Open. Our Hero took down his opponent in blistering fashion - 6-2, 6-0, 6-0. I mean...seriously? Monaco wasn't even playing badly! Rafa still handed him a double bagel. Monaco's game played into all of Rafa's strengths, so even though he was playing well, he couldn't get Nadal out of rhythm. Things just got better and better for him as the match progressed. Rafa's too strong and feeling too confident to be threatened by Monaco's game. It was brutal. Rafa was merciless as he fought his way into the quarterfinals.

Next up, Rafa faces Nicolas Almagro. A fellow Spaniard who - like Ferrer - has been playing very good clay court tennis this Spring. Will it matter? Is he playing anywhere near the level at which Nadal is currently playing? He's not. Rafa currently looks unstoppable. But every day in tennis is a new day. The outcome is never set in stone. Still, Rafa is the heavy favorite. Let's hope he gets through quickly. VAMOS!

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