Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Rafael Nadal was more an escape artist than a top baller today at the Paris Masters today.
The Majorcan Matador had to save five match points down 5-6 in the second set and overcame a 3-5 deficit in the decider to oust compatriot Nicolas Almagro 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-5. The single-handed slinger clearly had a case of the nagging nerves and needed multiple rub downs for cramps during the 3 hour 15 minute bout. The second seed will face another Spaniard, Tommy Robredo, in the third round.
I imagine Rafa's form will get much better in the next round especially against someone who has no real weapons and who'll give him a nice, steady ball to hit. Oh, the 5-0 H2H in the 23-year old's favor doesn't hurt either.
UPDATE: Here's the new ad for the Balearic Islands that I previewed back in August. It's DEF not better than the first one Rafa shot. No chance.