Yea for Rafa! Robby played well for a good bit of the match but his wheels came off in the end and he got really frustrated. Nadal did a good job of not getting rattled by Robby's well-thought angles that initially thew him off and got stronger in my mind as the match went on.
Maybe it was because I have a rather nasty hangover from our friend's birthday bash but I thought that the crowd and energy were not as fun today as they were during the Radek/Rafa match yesterday. I thought that yesterday's match was a bit more fun. Regardless, I am continually impressed with how respectful the Madrid fans are in regards to the opponents of Spanish players. Very classy.
Last week 'injured' and now a final in a biggie?
Why injured in quotes? The MRIs show that he did indeed have acute tendonitis and I doubt that Nadal and Uncle Toni would vastly shorten their practice time on a surface where Nadal needs all of the practice time he can get just to put on a show. However, tendonitis is something than can flare up and then go back down so I think that his knee problems are no where near the Marat variety. Nonetheless, he may be feeling better right now but he should indeed at least pull out of Basel.