Tag Archives: Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s ‘Gael’ Force Win at Monte Carlo

As you splendid readers know, for the past two years the hardrooting staff has suffered along with Rafael Nadal as the great Spaniard (and 14-time Grand Slam winner) has struggled with his game both physically and psychically. But hope springs eternal … Continue reading

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Nadal’s Last Stand: Fail Better

The hardrooting staff has long been a fan of Rafael Nadal, the Half-Volley Hamlet of the men’s professional tennis tour. Rafa has been one of the most likable, ferocious, and – openly, sometimes painfully – introspective tennis players the game has ever seen. … Continue reading

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These Are the Saddest of Possible Words: Rafa to Rahfa! to Feh

With apologies to Franklin Pierce Adams In the swift decline and fall of Rafael Nadal, this was the worst. Last year he was Number One in the world. Last night he was just numb. In his third-round U.S. Open match with … Continue reading

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WSJ’s Wimbledon Double-Fault

Question: When the Wall Street Journal gets it wrong, how does the paper set it right? Answer: Stealthily, in this case. From Tom Perrotta’s piece in the Weekend Wall Street Journal print edition: [Rafael] Nadal, the top seed at Wimbledon, lost his … Continue reading

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Quote o’ the Day (French Open Edition)

From our Late to the Victory Party desk The hardwatching staff yields to no man in our admiration of Rafael Nadal, who we believe is the classiest athlete in the world of sports (winning a photo finish with Derek Jeter). Exhibit … Continue reading

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Hey! Rafa CAN Beat This Guy!

First, let’s not bury the lede. Nadal Denies Djokovic, and Defies Belief, Once Again PARIS — After all the consecutive victories and the confidently clenched fists, after the new hires and the new attitude, the 2014 French Open was just … Continue reading

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Hey, Rafa CAN Beat This Guy (2013 U.S. Open Edition)

That was sweet. Rafael Nadal, who two years ago had Novak Djokovic so far inside his head Djokovic should have been paying condo fees, now officially owns him. Exhibit A:   That’s 13 Grand Slams. And counting . . . … Continue reading

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That’s Just So Stupid! (Novak Djerkovic U.S. Open Edition)

In the run-up to the 2013 U.S. Open, the New Yorker ran a major takeout by Lauren Collins on world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic. Nut graf: Djokovic and his family were slow to internalize the codes of tennis, a … Continue reading

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Hey! Rafa CAN Beat This Guy!

The Rogers Cup semifinal in Montreal last night between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was yet another standout battle between the two premier players on the men’s tennis circuit. And this time Nadal prevailed. Despite blowing the second set. The … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal Goes All Wimbledamus

From our Nostradamus desk Monday’s Wall Street Journal featured this in its Sports section: Wimbledon Could Get Even Weirder After last week’s upsets, injuries and shoe-sole theatrics, will the ball keep bouncing funny? If you love Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic … Continue reading

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