Another spring weekend, another trophy for Rafael Nadal on clay – this time in Rome. Amazing effort, amazing player, amazing record. But we should give his opponent, Novak Djokovic, some love – that first set was up for grabs! And, strangely, I found myself rooting for Nole. (Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about those Federer haters who used to complain about how boring it was to see him win week after week. I’m no hater, but I’d love a little competition for the king of clay.)
Anyway, all due respect to Rafa. Here are the final highlights from Rome, for anyone who missed the match:
Rafael Nadal post-match interview:
And a silly tournament summary:
Hats off to Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor for beating the Bryan brothers in the doubles final, and claiming their third straight title of the season. Also of note: with Novak’s loss, Andy Murray will take over the No. 3 spot as of May 11.
Next week is an “off” week for the guys – with three piddly 250 level tournaments for those who choose to play. Novak Djokovic heads the field at the Serbia Open, Gilles Simon heads Estoril, Portugal, and Marin Cilic is tops in Munich after Fernando Gonzalez pulled out.