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The Gauntlet Has Been Laid.

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.

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2 Responses to The Gauntlet Has Been Laid.

  1. Sophie April 27, 2011 at 1:33 am

    All bored, as those silly sorority-type blogs where quirky & ugly players are adored because they’re “good people” and “like us”? Oh, OK. For a moment I got scared that ugly quirkiness is the only game in town and tennis is only an aside.

    So good to see players developing and adjusting their game, in response to the same from their opponents. Nadal is becoming an all-time great before our very eyes. Other are trying to respond. A far cry from yawn, that.

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