Yesssssssss!!!!! Rome falls to the Serb

18 May

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And what a welcome and needed morale booster for Serbia these days.

The Guardian: always has great play-by-play coverage of tennis, complete with slightly malicious Brit humour:

“Second set: Djokovic 4-6, 5-3 Nadal* (*denotes server) “In a stadium built for a dictator, Mussolini, it is Novak who’s doing the dictating.” Yes, someone said that. A thumping forehand is followed by a drop, and Nadal is in all sorts, a booming crosscourt forehand clawing back a point.

“Third set: *Djokovic 4-6, 6-3, 3-1 Nadal (*denotes server) This is brilliantly, beautifully, brutally dismissive from Djokovic – he goes to 30-0 with a backhand swiped crosscourt. But there follows the kind of forehand return that gives small children nightmares, whip-clubbed down the lane with intense prejudice. Still, though, Djokovic closes out the game with ease.

Third set: *Djokovic 4-6, 6-3, 5-3 Nadal (*denotes server) There’s a slightly forlorn look about Nadal now, two groundstrokes absolutely smelted past him.

“Brilliant tennis from Djokovic today, particularly in that final set. Nadal didn’t feel sufficiently confident to match his aggression, and was nowhere near in terms of execution – the winners count stands at 46-15. Whether or not this means anything remains to be seen – Nadal will be better for having played the game, and Djokovic won’t be able to use the higher bounce in Paris, where the courts play lower. Can Roland Garros start now, please?”

That’s right.  Start now.  Get obsessed.  Roland Garros.  Roland Garros.  Roland Garros.  Roland Garros.

And two good pieces from ATPworldtour.com: Read: How The Rome Final Was Won | Rafa, Novak: The Rivalry

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