Monday, June 17, 2013

Rafa at Roland Garros: Quest For Crazy Eights COMPLETED! RAFA IS THE CHAMPION!!!!


Ladies and G's, last week was so busy and I was so excited for my beautiful boy and Our Hero, Rafael Nadal that I forgot to post about his triumphant championship match at The French Open. But what else was there really left to say? Let's just have the stats speak for themselves. With his straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory over David Ferrer, Our Hero, Rafael Nadal improves to 59-1 lifetime at Roland Garros, with a record 8 trophies to his name. He now holds the records for most wins by a man at any of the 4 Grand Slam tournaments. With 12 major titles he's now tied for third with Rod Laver on the all-time Major winners list. He's only 2 behind Sampras. He has played nine tournaments this year, reached the final in all of them and won 7. This is an incredible season so far by anyone's standard.

As a reward for winning his 8th French Open title, Rafa's ranking... drops to fifth? That seems crazy. Djokovic, Federer and Murray lost points at the French Open for not making it as far as they did last year. Rafa maintained all his points, but Ferrer gained points so he momentarily moves ahead of Rafa again. That means Nadal will most likely be seeded 5th at Wimbledon which seems totally ridiculous. He could potentially meet Novak in the quarters which would be some cruel twist of fate for them. But we'll have to wait and see how it all shakes out.

I have to give a shout out as well to some Americans in Paris. Serena Williams ends an 11-year drought by winning the Women's Final and the Bryan Brothers win their second French Open, 10 years after their first Major on clay. Serena and the Bryans are now in the 30's and now have multiple titles at all four Major Tournaments along with Olympic gold medals. The American Men's singles field might be in poor shape, but we still have legendary athletes competing in the other tennis events. They need to get their due.

I'm really excited for Wimbledon. With Federer winning on grass in Halle, and Murray winning on grass at Queen's Club this week, really any of the Big Four could grab this next Major. And of course I want Serena and the Bryans to keep dominating. And wouldn't it be great if by the beginning of July Rafa was biting another trophy? I sure think so! VAMOS!

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