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Rafa’s Career Golden Slam

Congratulations Rafa. Finally you have completed a Career Golden Slam. Vamos! I wasn’t able to watch your match because I was at work but I did check the Livescores. Happy to see you lift that trophy after doggedly fought for it in the last 3 years. Vamos!


Rafael Nadal’s Career Golden Slam

I am so happy for Rafa. He is absolutely on fire in this tournament. Everyone was looking forward for a Rafa-Federer Final. It would have been the first time they’ll meet in Flushing Meadows. But Novak Djokovic crushed all hopes of those fans. Not me though. All I care was for Rafa to be in the Finals. But credit to Novak, he really did well in this tournament especially during the electric semifinal match between him and Federer.

I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to watch this game. It was originally scheduled on a Sunday but was delayed because of rain. I wasn’t all too happy with that. I would surely miss it because of work which I did. Hmmp. I only got to see the first set this morning but suprise another rain delay kept me from fully enjoying this match. Anyway, I went to work. Good thing is that I can access the US Open website or I would surely go insane. Haha.

When he was at match point, I literally stopped working. I wasn’t able to concentrate. It was a bit of a rally and I had to look over my shoulder a couple of times (managers might be looking) until it said 6-4 and Rafa was pronounced the winner. It would have been nice to see Rafa celebrate his win live.  I’m sure he would immediately lay on the floor as he has always done. I also wanted to jump for joy but no jumping and shouting allowed in the office so I just whispered Vamos and a fist pump to celebrate the moment.

The pictures from the match were awesome. Besides, I know there will be someone who’ll upload a copy somewhere. I only have to wait for it like this Trophy ceremony celebration in Youtube. I’ll settle for this for now. 🙂

There were also quite a few number of articles such as By the numbers: Nadal’s Career Slam, The Modest King, among others.

And of course, the ceremony wouldn’t be without Rafa’s trophy-biting tradition.

Australian Open + French Open + Wimbledon + US Open + Beijing’s Olympic Gold = Career Golden Slam.

Vamos Rafael Nadal.

Double Fault Pova

One word: Frustration.

It was really a painful match to see. She was plagued with 36 unforced errors and 9 double faults. Some of it on crucial moments of the match like on the 2nd set 3-3. Just as I was about to say that her service game had improved, she ruined it with a double fault which eventually gave Caro a 4-3 lead. That was one expensive free point. Oh well…

There are a few positives that I would take from this match. As usual, as much as she can manage it, she doesn’t want the opponent to win the match on her serve. So fiercely Pova. She really fought for it and won the game to make Caro serve it out for her win. Another was that Maria was willing to change things up a bit. She had a good net game. A statistic of 16/18 which is not what you usually see from a Sharapova game. She used whatever she got to get the points instead of just stubbornly slug it out from the baseline. She knew it will only tire her out. But the UE’s and DFs cost her the match really. 😦

That was the end of Maria’s run for the US Open 2010. I wouldn’t want to say that this was a very terrible year for her. You can say that she didn’t even reach QF on Grand Slam events but was able to win and also a finalist on other tournaments. Kinda counts as a terrible year. But I’m just happy she’s back playing coming back from that shoulder injury. She now had finished a full year so I guess they will work on her fitness and serve. Hopefully the shoulder will hold for more years to come.

Till next year. Vamos!

Congratulations! Rafael Nadal, 2008 Wimbledon Champion

I’m just so elated today. Rafa has won his first Wimbledon crown after such a fantastic display of the best tennis final you’ll ever see. It was really pure madness. It was such a crazy, time-to-bite-the nails kinda match. My heart really took a damn good beating during the 5-set thriller. I thought it would end at 3rd set with Rafa’s momentum up and two sets already in the bag. But stupid rain delay. When play resumed, Federer claimed the 3rd and 4th set. He had to fight for it though. Each set went into a tiebreak and Roger has a very good record with these situations. I was feeling kinda down during the 4th set where he wasted championship points. But I was hoping it will not keep him from playing well. So on to the deciding set full of hope that everything will go right. I believe Rafa has the mental strength to bring himself back up and be interested in the play. And he did. Albeit keeping me at the edge of my seat. Fed was really firing aces, I guess that’s what really made him last that long. Quite unbelievable actually. Damn those serves. But I was amazed at Rafa’s spirit and determination to keep coming back from a set down. Finally, he was able to broke Fed’s serve (no more of those) and had the chance to serve for the championship. That was his moment, his chance and he took it. 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7 Vamos!!! I’m so happy.

Nadal had matched the Bjorn Borg fantastic feat of winning the Grand Slams of Roland Garros and Wimbledon back-to-back and had also prevented Federer surpassing the five titles in a row he collected between 1976 and 1980.

Congratulations Rafa! Well done!

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I am so happy she did it on Finals day. She had so many injuries last year and wasn’t playing at her best. But she was on fire in this tournament. She beat Lindsay Davenport, Justin Henin and Jelena Jankovic in a convincing, emphatic fashion of superb tennis from her. Eventhough she didn’t play quite the way against Ana Ivanovic like the other three but she still did beautifully with her groundstrokes that stormed like rockets and forced 30+ unforced errors from Anna.

Road to Champion:

1R: W vs Jelena Kostanic Tosic 6-4 6-3
2R: W vs Lindsay Davenport 6-1 6-3
3R: W vs Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-0
4R: W vs (11) Elena Dementieva 6-2 6-0
QF: W vs (1) Justine Henin 6-4 6-0
SF: W vs (3) Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-1
F: W vs (4) Ana Ivanovic 7-5 6-3

Sound Bites:
Q. You seemed really driven to win this title. You’ve done that. What now? Obviously you want to win other titles. Justine has been the dominant force the last six months. Would you like to achieve that sort of domination?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely. But I don’t think that I’ll — I don’t think that I’m quite physically and experienced enough to do that. I know I’ve already won three Grand Slams. I know I keep saying this, but I don’t think I’m at the peak of my career yet. I don’t think my body has 100% developed into its own. I’ve got many more things to learn, you know, in my tennis, and many things to build and improve.
That takes time. It’s not an overnight process. It’s something that I look forward to. No matter how many tough times or bad days I’m going to have, as long as I walk up in the morning and can’t wait to get that tennis racquet out of my bag, I’ll always be looking forward to improving.

“Champions take chances, and pressure is a privilege,” Billy Jean King had written in a text message that Sharapova saw when she woke up.

Congratulations Maria. You just officially inducted yourself in the “The-French-Open-title-is-now-the-only-grand-slam-championship-that-has-continued-to-
elude-me” club!