Rafa improving his performance again. Looking good today! Perhaps still a few too many UEs but definitely on the way up.
I don't think he needs to worry too much about his shoulder - or anything else. Playing here is the perfect way to make up for any missed time on the practice courts to get ready for the AO.
His opponent was obviously not in his league (as expected), but played suicidal at a lot of 'big points'. Nice try from Gremelmayer, good tournament for him.
He played very well. The trend is getting better every day. Well done Rafi
Interviewer: Who is your favorite professional women's tennis player?
Rafa: My favorite .. right now is Federer, no? Because he is a perfect tennis player.
Interviewer: Is... Roger Federer?
Interviewer: Uh huh, what about in the women's side?
Rafa: Well I'm not, um, watching a lot of women... women tennis.
Damn, Gremelmayr, don't think I've seen the guy play since he took a set off Djokovic at Roland Garros.
I am the Nelson Mandela of MTF
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic pander to plutocrats and charge huge appearance fees. The "trickle down effect" means that tournaments like the Heineken Open now have to pay appearance money for racketeers that many of us have never heard of. It's close to extortion.
At the end of Federer's first round match at the Australian Open a fawning interviewer asked about his kids and if he had bought coach Stefan Edberg a birthday present - no, by the way, the privilege of knocking up with 'King Roger' was enough of a present apparently.