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  1. Jewell
    Jewell June 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm |

    Yay! Looked forward to this all day. 🙂

    Re 2011, I thought the Ljubicic match was the utter worst. Didn’t think Rafa played that badly vs Isner, but the next two were *dire*.

    I felt relief more last year though.

    Agree with you on 2006 and 2010.

    2005 is special to me because it was the first time I saw Rafa play. That semi-final was magic (with apologies to Fed fans). I still miss the early Rafa years – we’ve got familiar with him now and forgotten just how punk his game felt back then.

    1. AmyLu
      AmyLu June 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm |

      I have done my best to repress many of those 2011 matches from memory; I still think I shudder the most when I think about the Andujar one. I agree that Ljubicic one wasn’t pretty either, either.

      I miss that Rafa too. So thankful for DVDs of old matches and YouTube! 🙂

  2. SamG
    SamG June 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm |


    I’m so glad I never saw that Isner match live. I might not have survived. I was very close to heart failure several times this year too. 🙂

    The interview is just adorable.

    1. AmyLu
      AmyLu June 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm |

      I think the Isner match took several years of my life. Thankfully I only caught the end of Rafa’s first two round matches this year. Made it much easier on my heart! 🙂 Glad you liked the piece!

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  4. marcela
    marcela June 12, 2013 at 10:54 am |

    I really enjoyed this!! I loved the video of young Rafa. In some ways he’s changed so much, in others he hasn’t. I think my favorite is also 2008. Utter domination and even recall Rafa’s celebration was so muted. He just raised his arms in the air and walked to the net. We all know what happened next.

    -side note. AmyLu, I remember reading about you and Juan Jose a few years ago on Tennis.com. Happy to see your love for tennis and for Rafa continues (and for each other!) and that you have your own blog.

    1. AmyLu
      AmyLu June 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm |

      Thanks so much, marcela! 🙂 And, I am very lucky that Amy, Lindsay, and Juan Jose grant me the opportunity to post their blog. I had quite a bit fun writing this post!

  5. Julio
    Julio June 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm |

    A wonderful piece. I agree with most of the picks, but I would actually put Rafa’s performance in the last two matches of this year’s FO ahead of his 2008 performance. True, he didn’t bulldoze his way through matches like he did in 2008, but the quality of tennis he produced in this year’s final and, especially, semi-final was out of this world. It’s not that Rafa was playing worse than he did in 2008, imo; it’s that his main rival, i.e. Novak, played better than his main rival in 2008, i.e. Federer, did which is why the score of his match against the former was not as lopsided as it was against the latter.

    1. AmyLu
      AmyLu June 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm |

      Great thoughts, Julio. I had a really tough time ranking the top ones — and I wouldn’t quibble with anyone who put those two ahead. 🙂

  6. toot
    toot June 13, 2013 at 12:54 am |

    That match against Mathieu was crazy! The shot Rafa made in the point that got him to deuce (at 3:10) in the last game of the first set was nuts. Had me woo-hoo’ing even though it was seven years ago. 🙂 I’ve been a Rafa fan since 2005 and have loved all his FO wins but I think this year’s was the most satisfying. It was fun looking back at his past matches. Thanks for the videos.

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