If Rome brings amazing Italian food, scrumptious gelato and wonders-of-the world like the Colosseum, then the city is bound to bring us incredible tennis. Or at least that’s what we hope for. 🙂
But first lets recap the weekend. Firstly major props to Pablo Andujar again for his first semifinals appearance. I hope he can build on this for the rest of the season. In fact he moved up 59 ranking spots. (I took a look at Fernando Verdasco and he’s fallen even more now- to #53, yikes!)
Rafael Nadal was able to capture his 23rd masters title in Madrid on Sunday. He beat Stan Wawrinka easily 6-2, 6-4. It wasn’t much a match…more so it didn’t seem like a final! I think the Swiss may have also run out of steam; and was unable to give Rafa more of a challenge. Remember that Stan won in Portugal last weekend and he played well against some top players this week. Regardless it was going to be tough for Stan, he had trailed a 0-8 H2H going into this match and had never even taken a set off [Rafa] for that matter!
“I’m very happy… I think I played the best match of the whole week today in the final. Being able to play here in Madrid and being able to win in front of all my people, is something really special.”
Rafael is now ties with Thomas Muster with 40 clay court titles. He has yet to beat Guillermo Vilas who has 46. Somehow I think that’s a very doable achievement for the Mallorcan! I think he has a sure shot for this week. He is going to try to defend his Rome title from last year. It might be more of a challenge this week because both Roger and Nole had embarrassing early exits in Madrid and they’re going to be hungry for success in Rome.
I will keep you guys posted on what is happening in Rome. Bye from me for now. All the best! 🙂