Break Points: Nico Almagro Upsets Rafa Nadal

Notable Results:

  • Barcelona QF: [6] Nicolas Almagro d. [1] Rafael Nadal 2-6 7-6 6-4
  • Barcelona QF: [4] Kei Nishikori d. [12] Marin Cilic 6-1 6-3
  • Stuttgart R2: Svetlana Kuznestova d. [2] Simona Halep 7-6 7-6
  • Stuttgart QF: [9] Ana Ivanovic d. Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 2-6 6-4
  • Stuttgart QF: [6] Maria Sharapova d. [1] Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-3
  • Bucharest QF: Lukas Rosol d. [4] Gilles Simon 7-6 6-2
  • Marrakech QF: [5] Garbine Muguruza d. Shahar Peer 6-3 6-1

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Everyone is panicked after Rafa lost to Nico. Everyone, it seems, except for Rafa:

Steve Tignor wrote about Rafa’s surprising loss. It certainly hasn’t been Rafa’s best season so far, and Tignor thinks it is starting to resemble Federer’s 2010.

What I immediately thought today was how much Nadal’s 2014 is beginning to resemble Roger Federer’s 2010. That year Federer, who was 28 and had finished the previous season at No. 1, lost for the first (and for the most part only) times in his career to Marcos Baghdatis, Ernests Gulbis, Albert Montanes, Robin Soderling, and Gael Monfils; he also lost twice to Tomas Berdych, who hadn’t beaten him in six years. So far in 2014, Nadal, who will be 28 in June and was No. 1 last season, has lost for the first time to Stan Wawrinka, Alexandr Dolgopolov, and Nicolas Almagro, and for the first time in 10 years on clay to David Ferrer. In 2010, Federer was very close to winning in four of those defeats; in 2014, Rafa was close to winning against Dolgo and Almagro.

Novak Djokovic is going to be a father!

Serena Williams is included in this year’s list of the “100 Most Influential People” from Time. Dwyane Wade wrote a great blurb about her:

Serena is a friend, but I also look up to her as a fellow athlete. I respect her relentless work ethic, focus, drive and discipline. I understand what it’s like to sustain injuries and the fight it takes to come back from them. I admire her ability to fight and how she has defied the odds with sheer determination and heart.

On the court, Serena is a warrior. An aggressive and competitive nature combined with passion, drive and skill makes her a formidable and fierce opponent. Off the court, she is a sweetheart, a bright light with an infectious spirit. She is extremely humble and cherishes her family and life.

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One Response

  1. bibs
    bibs April 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm |

    Now all of a sudden he’s not such a dead cert to win RG
    He’ll be lucky to win one of the next two claycourt Masters tournaments.

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