Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer in a frustratingly rain-delayed final in Rome on Sunday: 7-5, 6-2. He now is tied with Andre Agassi for the most Masters-level titles ever. Andre won his seventeenth title in Cincinnati when he was 34 – Rafa’s only 23. Nadal’s on his way to setting a seemingly unbeatable record, no?
Some highlights from the Nadal match:
And a post-match interview from Rafa – he’s happy to be over the “hard time” of the past year:
Speaking of title records. . .with their title in Rome, the Bryan Brothers are now just one behind the all-time doubles team record of 61 titles set by the “Woodies”. They also proved that doubles specialists can rout the singles stars, taking out their Davis Cup teammates Sam Querrey and John Isner, 6-3, 6-3, in the final, which didn’t last an hour.
On the ladies’ side, unseeded Justine Henin won the first title of her comeback, 6-4 2-6 6-1, over Sam Stosur in Stuttgart on Sunday. (How’s that for unintentional alliteration?) It’s the 42nd title of her career, placing her just one title short of Venus Williams for the most on tour for an active player.
I’m putting in Henin’s Roger Federer quote, just because:
“When I saw Roger Federer winning the French Open... it brought back the fire that wasn’t there anymore before. It has been a lot of work but I’m ready for it. It’s great to be back and share these emotions with all of you guys. I had a fantastic week. Everything was perfect.”
And an interesting line from the WTA: “She (Henin) was fierce on hardcourts, but everyone knew once it got to the European clay court season she’d be deadly.”
Hmm, is the Tour picking Henin as the favorite at Roland Garros? Wonder what Serena thinks about that? Here’s ReRe looking ready to play in Rome, where she launches her own mini-comeback this week:
The glam team of Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko took out Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik for the doubles title in Stuttgart.