If you watched Rafa Nadal losing the Madrid final to Andy Murray, you had to question his future success. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Rafa and wish him well; but the WAY he lost was very disconcerting.
Granted, Murray played well (and has not lost a match since his wedding); but not only did Rafa lose in two easy sets, he lost about two thirds of the baseline rallies (something that never used to happen – especially on red clay) PLUS he was framing shots and missing by a lot.
Head or Body?
If you have read his autobiography, you know that he really does not come to the court with a lot of self confidence. So I do not know whether he has the “yips” (like senior golfers get) or there is something wrong with his technique.
Will we ever see him back in the top 4? He has now slipped to #7 (and will face a tough draw at the French).
“Whatever will happen, will be,” Nadal said. “It’s something that we have to realize, all of us, that what’s happening during these last years, it’s very complicated to be 10 or 11 years without leaving the top four.”
My Nadal Connection
I was born 6-3-43 … and Rafa was born 6-3 … 43 years later. So while I will turn72 in a couple of weeks, he will turn 29.
By the way, a little known fact:
“Nada” may refer to:
• nothing in Spanish
• But, hope in Serbian
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