Sunday, July 27, 2008

Rogers Cup Final - Open Thread



Rafael Nadal, our second finalist.

His Heaviness vs. His Famous Ass

If no one chokes, this one could go fast.

Who will come out on top?

I sense some flip-flopping and a closer match than the score will suggest.

18 comments:

sgh07 said...

Hi everyone,

All I can say is ...
Vamos Rafa!

Craig Hickman said...

Hi sgh07.

Enjoy the match.

Craig Hickman said...

Guess no one is watching this final. LOL.

sgh07 said...

Hi Craig,

Thanks

Well the match has not been really entretaining but I am happy Rafa took the first set

Craig Hickman said...

Here I am thinking this match is live. But it's on tape delay.

LOL.

I don't know the outcome, so I'll just keep acting like it's live.

oddman said...

Hi Craig, sorry I didn't comment, but yes, I figured you must have thought it was live. I did see it, not going to comment.

oddman said...

..'guess no one is watching this final.' - For once I was around and able to watch, usually I'm working or busy. Nice to be able to see it happen live for a change, and not know the outcome. Promised myself I would try and do that more often with Rafa's matches, esp. after Wimbledon. I missed a good 'un there, sigh.

sgh07 said...

yes, I knew that match wasn´t live too, but I didn´t want to see the result. I thought Kiefer would be more agressive today

sgh07 said...

well at least the last game has a little bit of emotion

sgh07 said...

great Rafa wins!!

Craig Hickman said...

Rafa is on fire.

tristann said...

Geez. The boy who couldn't play on hardcourts bags his fourth(?) masters shield on HC. Yay! I'm at work so couldn't watch the match, but I'm so glad that Rafa is starting off the US hardcourt season so well.

Heard rumors that he may pull out of Cincy. Anyone know anything?

Jorge said...

There have been rumors that Rafa would skip Cincy to rest for the Olympics. Apparently it's very important to him to represent his country and win a medal and at the same time Cincy would be a great time to rest as he has no points to defend and Roger can't win any points since he is the defending champion. After Toronto, I believe the gap has been narrowed to 300 points so if Roger crashes out in the early rounds again he may hand over the number one spot, even in Rafa doesn't play!

Pamela said...

While I'm a huge Rafa fan, that was a lackluster final but I'm extremely proud of him. I still wish he'd go for a flatter shot at times but he is improving. Congrats to him. Vamos!

I hope he pulls out of Cincy as well. His body takes such a pounding on hard courts, it's better for him to have the proper rest so that he'll have a better season. He can forgo the five points from last year and let Roger beat Djokovic into submission if they make it to each other.

Hmm .. if there are surprise finalists there too, I'm hoping it's Marat.

oddman said...

Vamos, Rafa, he is on fire right now! What a winning streak he's been on - simply amazing!

I too have heard the Cincy rumors - it would make sense, but let's see. It would be a good place to gain some ground too, dependng on how Rafa's feeling. I thought he looked a bit fatigued today.

Vamos, Rafa! Quiet those who say you're no hardcourt player.

oddman said...

pamela, I thought his forehand was really off these last two matches, but he found a way to win despite that. Nobody fights harder!

Pamela said...

I agree Oddman, about his forehand being slightly off. His inside out forehand is lethal, he should utilize it more on this surface.

He's definitely shut a few people up. 12 Master Series and 30 titles at 22? My boy is phenomenal!

Mad Professah said...

Rafa is currently the best player in the world--

I think he will pull out of Cincy--there's no upside for him.

I do hope Raja can win the Gold Medal in Beijing...