Haven't seen you posted for a while.Don't post too much these days but I couldn't possibly miss the match thread where Rafa finally catches up with Roger's slam total. To do it three easy sets against his toughest rival and in his worst possible RG conditions is just ridiculous. Two UE in the first set & three in the second while playing his most aggressive brand of tennis explains the scoreline in those sets. Djokovic did not play poorly during rallies and indeed tended to take most points where Nadal left the slightest opening. Problem was those opening were few and far between.
I'll admit that I didn't fancy Nadal's chances going into this; I became even more pessimistic when I saw the roof was closed from the outset. Nadal's tactics against Schwartzman were effective for neutralizing a shorter player with a more aggressive game but they would have left him much more vulnerable to Djokovic's BH especially. But thankfully I could could count on two hands the number of times Rafa hit loopy DTL BH's; instead he ended several points with an absolutely devastating CC BH. Don't think I've seen that shot be so reliable for him in a high pressure match for a few years at least. Nadal's footwork was also exceptional and that allowed him to hit a few vintage crosscourt IOFH to even more devastating effect than his CC BH. Djokovic OTOH looked more and more flat on his feet as the first two sets progressed. You know things are bad for him when he starts doing his Matrix impression.
I do think it was ridiculous to have cameras occasionally cutting to clear skies and sunlight eventually leaking onto the court. I'm glad they have the roof now and would welcome more indoor clay events but I really do hope that RG remains an outdoor event first and foremost in the future.
Congrats to all the active Rafa supporters and it's nice to see some other old timers coming out of the woodwork too.