Rafael Nadal got through a tough first set then found a better rhythm in the last two taking down homeboy Peter Luczak 7-6 (0), 6-1, 6-4 in the Oz Open first round. The defending champ will take on either Lukas Lacko or Leonardo Mayer for a spot in the third.
While I really like the striped Nike Spring Rush and Crush Crew ($60) Rafa's been wearing lately - the pink and orange combo in particular, I'm absolutely confused as to why the sports brand would want to pair it with the Spring Rush and Crush Short ($60) featuring a loud diagonal pattern. There's way too much going on. The Nike gear from his winning run here last year was my fave outfit of the entire season. Yes, there were contrasting patterns with the stripes in the shirt mixing with the windowpane of the shorts but at least the windowpane design was subtle and complimentary. In this outfit, it's all competing with each other - and losing.
It seems the designers have been trying hard to make his outfits too eclectic and stand out recently ("jumping the shark" comes to mind) by over-mixing patterns and colors. His game really does speak for itself.
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