Nice worship.VAMOS RAFA!!! This match looked WAY different than 99.99% of exhibitions; it was extremely intense and neither wanted to win. Great to see Rafa find a way even when not serving his best. Love the competitiveness from both guys. Rafa was the only one that could flummox and stop the Stef train at the end of 2019.
side-note that only I may enjoy: Stef now has more racket smashes (1) in exhibitions than Rafa has in his entire career #sportsmanshipaward
side-note to the side-note: Stef needs to get this shoelace thing under control. If it truly is a problem and not gamesmanship, he needs some different shoes bc these Adidas ones aren’t cutting it for him.
Yes usually it is much later, but the calendar is weird this year. Christmas is on a Wednesday, which allows players home for Xmas, and then time to go to AUS for ATP Cup. Guys want to get there earlier this year as ATP Cup is supposed to be a thing. Abu Dhabi I think made the right call to get a great crowd and tournament level and atmosphere, and they made it happenI just don't understand why Mubadala was pulled that early in December, not gonna work out as a form-conserving tourney.
Yes. Nalbandian style. Broke the chair and part of it hit the ball boy.I didn’t watch all of it but did Tsitsipas really smash his racquet? In an exhibition? Lmao ?
My thoughts exactly. I had a good opinion of Tsitsipas until I actually saw him play and his antics on court. That smash was just unprofessional and could've hurt someone in the audience. The guy behaves very arrogantly and self-entitled. A lot to learn from Rafa.Stef, his game is great but still don't like his personality. Still with the shoes, smashing racquet in a freaking exho, and then the overhead smash right at Rafa, what was that all about? 1-1 in the 3rd he did it, what a clown. Whole court was open. He missed it too in anger. So very happy Nadal was able to win this but this just lets us further know AO will be very close and tight and anyone can win.
Neither did Rafa. But for him that's not much of a problem. Nadal knows how to win such matches. While Tsitsipas, as much as I approve his hunger, seems to me his eagerness gets in the way sometimes.I enjoyed the match a lot. I guess Stef didn't get the memo that this is a demo.