Thursday, June 6, 2013

Rafa at Roland Garros: Quest For Crazy Eights - Quarterfinals

(Rafa stays perfect against Stan. Novak up next!!)

In his strongest performance this year in Paris, Our Hero, Rafael Nadal took down 9th seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 yesterday in the quarterfinals. Nadal's record at Rolad Garros is now 57-1 and he improved to 10-0 against Wawrinka who has never won a set off of Rafa. If only they could've met in the final!

Now, in order to become the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam tournament, Nadal has to get through his stupidface rival Novak Djokovic. UGH! The only match up I didn't want this whole tournament. It's not because Rafa can't win - he definitely can. He hasn't lost to Novak in Paris yet. It's just that the possibility he could lose is higher against Novak than anybody else right now. It's going to be a very tense match. It's weird though, because for the first time in a long while it's not a title match they're playing. Obviously whoever comes through on their side of the draw is the favorite to win. But it's still a match that has to be played and won after these two face off. So the pressure of a semifinal is different and I wonder how that will affect both their attitudes and performances. Rafa seems to be peaking at just the right time and maybe MAYbe Novak peaked a little early. Hot and dry conditions forecast for tomorrow should favor Rafa. I'm going to be a nervous wreck until it's over. VAMOS RAFA!!!

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