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Photo Op: Rafa Gets Recognized

Rafael Nadal got recognized for becoming the newest ATP world number 1 on August 18 earlier this year. The ceremony took place before the ATP Masters Series Madrid set to start next week. On a side note, Rafa looked yummy:

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Bleak

The promotional advertisements for the Madrid Masters Series are so bleak. Transformers are for 5 year-olds, not your average tennis fan. Plus, they couldn’t even get a designer to make it look realistic. Novak’s head looks like it was pasted on in Kid Pix. Irregardless, I will still be watching the Madrid Masters Series and so should you.

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Guess The Butt!

Can you guess which famous tennis baller was caught with his pants down? Read the rest of this entry »

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Told You.

I told you it would be comical when Rafa Nadal played Andy Roddick in reverse singles and it was. Rafa destroyed Roddick, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4. With a muscle strain. In his ass. Nadal revealed in the post match press conference that he almost didn’t play because an MRI on Saturday revealed a minor strain in his “famous arse”. Spain has now clinched the tie, no matter the outcome of the Ferrer-Querrey match. Roddick fell to 0-5 in must win Davis Cup matches.

Oh, hey Feliciano.

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Good Effort, Samosaurus

Samosaurus took a set off of Rafa Nadal. On clay. Impressive, Samosaurus. This guy has some clay court prowess, which is rare for an American these days. Sam took the first set in a tiebreak over Nadal, in the first rubber of the USA – Spain Davis Cup tie. From there on Rafa was too good, and won the next three sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

It’s going to be funny when Rafa plays Andy Roddick in the reverse singles. Just comical.

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Grand Slams 2008: A Look Back

What a year it was for grand slam tennis. With the last major of the year drawing to a close in New York, I think this is the perfect time to look back at the year that was. Let’s begin after the cut, shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

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Quick Hits: U.S. Open Day 6

  • Qualifier Anna Lena Groenefeld reached the fourth round with a win over Alize Cornet.
  • Amelie Mauresmo beat Ivanovic’s conquerer, Julie Coin, 6-4, 6-4.
  • Dinara Safina was quite annoying in her three set victory over Timea Bacsinsky.
  • Serena and Venus looked very impressive in their one sided victories.
  • Rafa Nadal took down Victor Troicki in straights, including a third set bagel.
  • Kei Nishikori took out fourth seed, David Ferrer, 7-5 in the 5th.
  • Andy Murray came back from two sets down to beat Jurgen Melzer, 6-3 in the 5th.
  • Juan Martin del Potro kept his winning streak alive with a five set win over Gilles Simon.
  • Gael Monfils smashed David Nalbandian, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Dancing ensued (see above).

Matches to watch on Day 7:

[21] Caroline Wozniacki v. [2] Jelena Jankovic – I’m telling you, there’s something about Caroline.

[30] Marin Cilic v. [3] Novak Djokovic – There’s going to be some intense rallies in this match.

[28] Radek Stepanek v. [2] Roger Federer – Fed’s first real test should be interesting.

[5] Elena Dementieva v. Na Li – Both players are on hot streaks coming into this match.

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Fashion Files: Where’d Your Sleeves Go, Rafa?

Rafa Nadal wore this sleeveless shirt, the same one he used in Toronto and Cincinnati, in his first round match at the U.S. Open today. However, everyone thought he was going to be wearing this:

I’m glad Rafa isn’t wearing the sleeves because he kind of seemed like the Incredible Hulk and that the shirt was going to rip right off of him.

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U.S. Open 2008: Men’s Draw Predictions and Previews

Quarter One:

New world number one and gold medalist, Rafael Nadal, is seeded first in a major for the first time in his career. Rafa traditionally has had sub par results at Flushing Meadows, But Nadal 2008 is clearly different then ones of years past. Rafa’s main challenges should come from James Blake and David Nalbandian, but their form is always in question. Tomas Berdych could also do some damage with his big hitting game. Rafa could also face a fourth round test from Ivo Karlovic, which is never fun on such a fast surface. However, I just don’t see him losing this early.

Semifinalist: Rafael Nadal

Quarter Two

David Ferrer is the highest seed in this quarter at four, but his game is not well suited on the fast courts of New York. Sixth seed, Andy Murray should be the favorite for this section if he keeps his head together. Andy’s recent play shows signs of a breakthrough at a major. Don’t count out Stanislas Wawrinka or Mikhail Youzhny who have been playing consistently all year. The surface is perfect for Feliciano Lopez’s big game, who took a set off of Roger Federer here last year. Juan Martin del Potro comes in off of four straight titles and could make some noise if he continues his red hot play.

Semifinalist: Andy Murray

Quarter Three:

Last year’s finalist, Novak Djokovic, starts his U.S. Open campaign in the third quarter. Andy Roddick is the next highest seed, but I honestly see him losing in the second round to Ernest Gulbis due to his recent horrendous play. Marat Safin is also in this quarter, but who knows what we’ll see from Marat. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is scheduled to make his return to the tour after knee surgery,  but his form will be very questionable at best. This quarter should be Djokovic’s for the taking, if he doesn’t crash out like at Wimbledon.

Semifinalist: Novak Djokovic

Quarter Four:

Roger Federer is entering a major not seeded number one for the first time in almost five years. Fed is the four time defending champion, but he just hasn’t been himself all year. Lucky for him, he has a relatively easy quarter. Nikolay Davydenko is in this section, but has never been one to show up at majors. Richard Gasquet is in this section, but he is very streaky. Other than that, Roger doesn’t have much resistance for a semifinal berth.

Semifinalist: Roger Federer

Semifinals: Nadal def. Murray, Djokovic def. Federer

Final: Nadal def. Djokovic

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HOT HOT HOT.

Rafa Nadal looks TOO sexy on the cover of New York Magazine.

I’d bang him like a screen door in a hurricane.

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