The Gauntlet Has Been Laid.
April 26, 2011
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Rafa once again won in Barcelona, clinching his 979th title in a row there with a 6-2 6-4 victory over David Ferrer in the final.
Of course, everyone is all bored of Rafa constantly winning on clay, and while I don’t blame them, I’m also glad that, as expected, he is coming into his own again. By anyone’s standards, he has had a pretty decent start to the year prior to the claycourt season, but losing in the Masters final to Roger last year, and the two losses to Novak in the Indian Wells and Miami seemed to really knock his confidence, with the Miami final being one of the most gutless performances I’ve seen from him in a long time. But now he’s back, and it’s up to Novak to step to him and put himself in the position to contend for the Roland Garros title more fiercely than ever before. The two masters tournaments before the French Open shall be verrry interesting.