Archive for May 11th, 2009
Isn’t it a little too soon for the 22-year-old Nadal to be writing (or even shopping around) a memoir? Discuss.
Rafael Nadal has been Señorito Cranky Pants this week, ripping the organizers of the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Masters new ones for everything from the tour calendar (Rome should happen after Madrid, instead of vice versa), the courts turning blue (he wants the clay to stay orange), and dreaming of becoming the fifth Slam (Madrid is better off staying with the rest of the clay pack, which also includes Monte Carlo and Rome).
Bracketology: It looks like Rafa gets to coast through his half of the draw, with Ferrero, Monaco, Verdasco, or Ferrer (sucks for those guys) facing him in quarters and then possibly Nole in the semis.
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One less salute: Fourth seed Tomas Berdych topped Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) in the final of the BMW Open in Munich. Tomas took home a Z4 Roadster along with two business class tickets from South African Airways and €71,700.
Blake falls down the Montanes: Spaniard Albert Montanes won the Portuguese bullfight against American James Blake 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-0. Didn’t help that James was wearing red Fila during the week-long event in Estoril. On the women’s side, Yanina Wickmayer took the title by beating Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-2.
Safina makes it real: In Rome, Dinara Safina proved to the world that her No. 1 ranking is legit by defeating former No. 1 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
He kinda had to: Over in Belgrade, Novak Djokovic‘s inaugural Serbian Open (formerly the ABN AMRO) turned out to be quite a success. Over 70,000 spectators saw him beat lucky loser Lukasz Kubot; the Polish player took out seeds Igor Andreev and Ivo Karlovic en route to the final.