Posted on: May 7, 2008 3:56 pm

The King is Dead

Not really, but Rafael Nadal has just lost on a clay court.  The surest bet in Tennis would have been Nadal on clay but it didn't happen today.  Juan Carlos Ferrero bid arreverdeci roma  to Rafa 7-5, 6-1.  Ferrero is no slouch on this surface.  He has won the tournament in Rome before.  He has also been ranked number 1 before a certain swiss came along.  So much for Nadal's invincibility, win streak, chances at number one.  It happens.  Great players do lose.  The only event which would be a bigger shock than this would be Andy Roddick winning this clay court tournament.  No, there is one event which would be the biggest shock of all -  The U.S. beating Spain in the Davis Cup on this surface.
Category: Tennis
Tags: Clay, Ferrero, Nadal
Posted on: May 1, 2008 3:20 pm

One Loss in a Hundred and One Matches

And that one loss was to perhaps the greatest player of all time.  Not a bad run.  So do you think Nadal feels any pressure to keep that streak going ?  probably not.  That's why the streak seems to go on forever.  So what is the secret of playing on clay?  Just keep getting the ball back.  I suspect its a comfort thing.  It takes great ground strokes and just liking to keep running around without missing.  Can someone learn to play clay?  Roger wants to so he can have a chance at winning the French.  Andy, James, Mike, and Bob would love to know the secret to make the Davis Cup tie with Spain interesting.  In the meantime Rafa keeps on rolling.
Category: Tennis
Tags: Clay, Nadal
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