2017 French Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Stan Wawrinka v Rafael Nadal
by Staff | June 11th, 2017, 7:24 am
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Rafael Nadal will try to make history once again by becoming the first man to ever win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam. The 9-time French Open champion has yet to drop a set in six matches as he seeks a 3rd title at Roland Garros without surrendering a set.

Stan Wawrinka is going for his second French Open title, fourth at a Slam. The Swiss has won his last 10 matches on clay and has never lost in a Grand Slam final (3-0).

“He’s a very dangerous player because he can hit the ball very hard,” Nadal said. “I need to play aggressive, I need to play long, I need to try to not let him play from easy positions. If not, I’m going to be in big trouble. Then anything can happen, and I hope to be ready for that.”

Wawrinka is just 3-15 against Nadal and just 1-6 against him on clay.

“To play Rafa on clay in French Open in a final is probably the biggest challenge you can have in tennis,” said Wawrinka. “He’s the best player ever on clay. He’s going for his 10th Roland-Garros – it’s something really impressive, something tough.

“It’s for sure going to be really difficult. But at the end of the day, it’s the final – the pressure is on both players. No one goes on the court thinking he has no pressure. We both want to win the title, and we’re both going to give it our all on the court.

“He’s for sure going to be the favorite with what he’s done in the past. But also this season already he’s playing so well, so I will have to play my best tennis. But I did in the past, so we will see what’s going to happen on Sunday.”

Head-to-head: Nadal leads 15-3
A 19th Tour-level meeting between the 2 players, and their 4th at a Grand Slam. Wawrinka won the only previous Grand Slam final the pair have contested, at the 2014 Australian Open. Since the beginning of 2014, the head-to-head is tied at 3-3.

Nadal has a 2-1 win-loss record against Wawrinka in Tour-level finals, with both of his 2 wins coming on clay.

This is the 8th time the pair have met on clay. Nadal has a 6-1 win-loss record against Wawrinka on clay, with his only defeat coming at 2015 Rome-1000.

Wawrinka and Nadal are the first pair of players aged 30 or over to contest a Roland Garros final since 1969, when 30-year-old Rod Laver defeated 34-year-old Ken Rosewall. Wawrinka is the 2nd player in the Open Era to reach multiple Roland Garros finals after turning 30 – after Rosewall in 1968-69. Nadal is the 8th different player in the Open Era to reach a Roland Garros final after turning 30.

WAWRINKA is bidding to win his 4th Grand Slam title and his 2nd at Roland Garros.

Wawrinka is bidding to become the 2nd man in the Open Era to win their first 4 Grand Slam finals after Roger Federer, who won his first 7 Grand Slam finals. As well as Federer and Wawrinka, 4 other men in the Open Era – Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg and Gustavo Kuerten – won their first 3 Grand Slam finals, but all (except Kuerten, who didn’t reach another final) finished runner-up in their 4th.

Aged 32 years 75 days, Wawrinka is bidding to become the 3rd oldest man in the Open Era to win Roland Garros after 34-year-old Andres Gimeno in 1972 and 33-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1968. He is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win multiple Roland Garros titles after turning 30.

Wawrinka, who won 2015 Roland Garros aged 30 years 71 days and the 2016 US Open aged 31 years 167 days, is looking to become the 3rd man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slams titles after turning 30. Rod Laver and Rosewall are the only men to have won 3 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30.

NADAL is bidding to become the first player, man or woman, in the Open Era – and only the 2nd player in history – to win 10 titles at any Grand Slam event. Margaret Court is the only player in history to have won 10 or more titles at one Grand Slam event, winning the Australian title on 11 occasions in 1960-66, 1969-71, and 1973.

Nadal is bidding to further extend the record he set at 2013 Roland Garros for the most men’s Grand Slam titles at any one event.

Nadal is looking to win his 15th Grand Slam title and take sole ownership of 2nd place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam titles won ahead of Pete Sampras.

If he wins today, at 31 years 8 days Nadal will be the oldest player – man or woman – in history to win 15 Grand Slam titles.

SUNDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:30 AM Start
Women’s Doubles Final
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)/Lucie Safarova (CZE) [1] vs. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)/Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

Not Before: 3:00 PM
Men’s Singles – Final
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [3] vs.R afael Nadal (ESP) [4]

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189 Comments for 2017 French Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Stan Wawrinka v Rafael Nadal

Daniel Says:

Game on, Wawa started a little bit more nervous, Nadal hit 3 second serves and Wawa netted 2 FH returns. With his serve game he relaxed more. 1-1


fred stone Says:

Third game, Nadal has broken the time rule six times already.
Bullcrap umpiring as usual.


Daniel Says:

Wawa had 1 BP, but Nadal raised and unleashed 3 straight first serves unreturnable including an ace.


Van orten Says:

Incredible nadal wasting better than ever time between points and as the icing on the cake the umpire overrules good calls having nadal get his head out of trouble as usual… hope Stan doesn’t give a d@mn about this and plays the big bummer in the nadal camp who already seem to have t shirts with 10 on their torsos


Daniel Says:

Both missing a lot, 4 games and 15 Unforced Errors so far.


Daniel Says:

Wawa saving another BP. has to hold, all players lost serve early on to Nadal in all his matches, he was always playing in front.


Daniel Says:

Wawa saving 4 Bps, sending a message.


Van orten Says:

Nadal seems tight by the way!


Van orten Says:

Love nadals grin on his face


Van orten Says:

Nadal will rule the planet again .. every French guy in stadium is for him . Adored and loved . So hope he wins today . It Is what everybody wants

But I have a feeling there will come a moment in the match where Stan won’t make easy errors but huge shotmaking


Anto Says:

@Van orten and if that moment comes this will turn into a classic. But if it doesn’t it will be over soon.


Daniel Says:

Wawrinka is missing too much, 16 UE in 8 games. If he keeps like that is easy straight sets for Nadal.

He has to find his range and cut the errors.


Van orten Says:

When I look at nadals face he must think … boy the whole two weeks the guys on the other side .. Boone is playing his best .. hope wawa keeps playing like shi€@ today so I can win


Van orten Says:

First set goes to the delaying one .


Anto Says:

@Van do you truly believe Nadal can’t defeat the best stan?


skeezer Says:

The audacity. Rafa gets a time warning then takes another 20 sec to serve. Tells you who the real ump is on the court: Rafael Nadal.


Anto Says:

I mean in RG?


Daniel Says:

Errwrinka didn’t come to play today.


skeezer Says:

This match is over. Rafa in 3 as predicted.


Daniel Says:

Nadal entering in beast mode now. 15th in a few minutes.


Van orten Says:

Of course he can beat the best nadal .
Nadal is just a former shadow of himself . The problem he was so hyped up the last 5 months people started believing he is invincible again .. what a mistake that was .. but already looking forward to Wimby and us open … the trick won’t work there


skeezer Says:

Haven’t seen Rafa play this dominating in a long time. It’s like he was born on the Dirt, hardly any errors, serving well, hitting hard and great locations on the court. Stan is helping him though…his movement is lacking….Let the beatdown continue…


C!P! Says:

Van orten, just watch the tennis match ,and stop being a hater !


Van orten Says:

When he wins he will be very humble


Van orten Says:

But I am a hater . Can’t help myself . How can u enjoy a match like this??? Nadal at his absolute annoying best . I just follow his lead . Maybe it’s better to listen to some Brian Wilson songs now .


Anto Says:

The trick wont work there ? it how it didn’t worked in 2008 and 2010 in wimbly and 2010 and 2013 in us open?

It may be true that Nadal is not at his very best. But that doesn’t mean he cant win Grand slams. He have improved his serve and his backhand a little bit so that may be can make up for his loss of speed and strength by a bit.


JuanF Says:

Nadal’s on fire


Nits Says:

Enjoying the hatred


Van orten Says:

Just waiting for wawa not making 3 ue in a row when having 15:30


JuanF Says:

Wawa was frazzled a bit before but can certainly regroup


jatin Says:

Rafa in BEAST mode.. what was that shot …. Jaw Dropped


Daniel Says:

Wow Nadal, what an on the run shot. This is a “I am not going to lose today shot”.:-)


Anto Says:

Wat an amazing FDTL by Nadal


Wog Boy Says:

Rafa is the favorite for WB and USO.

The only way Rafa can lose this match is if he goes back to old Rafa, 10 meters behind base line. He is playing aggressive tennis, his BH is working great (very underrated), moving Stan around, doesn’t give him any rhythm, so far perfect match..for Rafa and his fans, he won first set 6:2 with first serve below 50%, 10 winners to Stan’s 4.


Van orten Says:

Well if he loses now ….


Anto Says:

Rafa Rafa Rafa!!!


Anto Says:

Rafa playing perfect now.


JuanF Says:

Not sure if Moya is completely responsible for this version of Nadal. Much more authoritive.


jatin Says:

If stan does not go in his STANIMAL mode then this will be over pretty quickly. Rafa is playing at his absolute best, jaw dropping tennis.


Van orten Says:

I would call nadal the biggest favorite there ever was for this years wimby . Why playing there ? Nadal will beat everybody easily


JuanF Says:

Van Orten: why so quick to rule out Fed?


Anto Says:

@Wog Even with Rafa playing this good. I wont make his a favourite for wimbly. Us open may be.


Van orten Says:

He is sooooo aggressive ( most of all with his look on the face ) his serve his backhand his forehand his footwork wow Moyà thank u for creating a better younger version of Rafa . But tennis will be boring from now on … no one stands a chance against this Rafa. No one


skeezer Says:

“Rafa is the favorite for WB and USO.”
ROTFL.


Navdeep Says:

Vamos all the way. This is incredible


Anto Says:

Wawarinka not giving up so easily. He is still hanging there.


Wog Boy Says:

Anto,
If Rafa survives first week, nobody and I mean nobody can beat him at Wimbledon.


JuanF Says:

Have to look the part too, right lol


Van orten Says:

The fact that nadal is playing today as always and wawa being far far away from stanimal mode is just being ignored today all along from some


Amit Says:

Rafa indeed is the favourite for Wimbledon and USO,along with Federer… Djokovic comes next… I am glad Fed and Rafa are winning again… 🙌🙌🙌


Wog Boy Says:

80% Rafa played juiced Roger five sets on super fast low bouncing (custom made) AO court with his WTA serve at the time.


JuanF Says:

It is what it is. Maybe Nadal’s play do not lend to help Stan change mode


Wog Boy Says:

^^ this Rafa will eat him alive in the second week when grass is half dead.


Daniel Says:

Nadal not allowing Wawa to breathe. All credit to him, he knows Wawrinka is not playing a good match and he is not giving him an inch to even think of making it competitive.

Formality now, 30-40 minutes more (if that much) and Nadal will be finally in the Big win again. Biting his 15th Major and La Decima. Most deserving because he is crushing the field on clay right now and looking as good as ever as he was 2008-2010 on clay.


JuanF Says:

*does not lend


Anto Says:

@JuanF for some people that is not a possible explanation


Van orten Says:

i hope nadal plays Federer at wimby . Much needed beat down for nadal awaiting


Wog Boy Says:

Stan might get desert at the end, bagel or breadstick.


Amit Says:

Only two buys are the best on grass: federer and nadal… So only they can be favoured to win it… I won’t be surprised to see Rafa repeat the FO-WIM double or win anything.. He,when focussed, is like Federer.. These two can win anything, unless its peak Djokovic at AO..


Willow Says:

Im just thinking of the here and the now, and i dont see this as been a foregone conclusion, Stan could make a comeback in this mmatch, as for W he hasnt won that since 2010, and lost to a number of players in the first week since 2012,USO is very a very open open so i think we are getting ahead of ourselves here ….


Wog Boy Says:

Amit,
Forget Nole.


Daniel Says:

Less people, Nadal doesn’t win a HC title in 3 and half years. This is clay! As soon as Wimbledon arrives reality check will come. Clay allows him to play this well, other surfaces don’t , he doesn’t have the time and anybody with a great serve can challenge him.
Also he may be tired and skip a few tournaments. He is not a teen anymore,

Yeah, he is good position to be #1 the year but he will have to win outside clay. Just 5000 pts on clay won’t cut it


Amit Says:

Let the match be played between federer and Rafa at Wimbledon first wogboy!! We will see what they do…who is to say what will be their conditioning. And don’t keep sounding like federer is a garbage to be thrown out by Rafa or djokovic… Federer is way better than you think he is..


Josh Says:

Rafa should skip Wimbledon and focus on US Open.


Wog Boy Says:

Amit,
I said forget Djokovic.


Van orten Says:

Yeah daniel this is clay . And the hyping of nadal led to his dominance this year … then roger announced he wouldn’t play Paris and taraaaaaa the clay monster nadal was back


Amit Says:

Wogboy: personal message for you.. I think that moron pepe imaaz has done a works of bad to djokovic. When I saw their peace n love costume,I felt like punching that idiot!!! 👊👊👊 They have really damaged nole… However I have a gut feeling that djokovic will add at least 2 more slams…


Amit Says:

Wogboy: pepe imaz has really cast a stupid peace and love spell on djokovic.. Its disgusting more than sad… But the silvsr lining is Djokovic too will djokovic IMO still has 2 more slams,may be not more.. But he will win slam again…


Daniel Says:

Nadal hasn’t reached a QF in Wimby since 2011.He didn’t even put himself in contention to play a top 10 there anymore.
This year most AO and Miami to Fed but Acapulco to Querrey.

This is just clay hype. Yeah, he is playing incredible today not allowing Stan any room to breathe. But as soon as this match ends, he will enjoy his comeback, 15th major and than his first part of the season starts. USO he may have a better shot than WImby as there is the more Open Slam.


Van orten Says:

No one bringing the fact that wawa could be tired . He played five sets vs murray.. he is tired ah wait that excuse is only valid for nadal …


Amit Says:

Seeing the fraud pepe imaz and nole’s bro with the disgusting dumb peace and love costume was the single most annoying sight to me as a tennis fan ever… :/ felt like dishing out curses at that fakie imaz… :/


Navdeep Says:

2 sets to love n a break up in the 3rd. Get this over quickly Rafa and complete your quest for La Decima


Daniel Says:

Nadal the great volleyer ;-)


Nits Says:

Nadal’s dominance on clay is mind bobbling. If he is playing great on clay that’s his class and strength. He doesn’t hold other player racquet to stop them from dominating on clay. Savour the moment which is happening now in Paris not in new York or Wimbledon.


Willow Says:

Daniel you said what i said, but just put it better than i did lol ….


Anto Says:

Nadal playing freaking amazing.


Van orten Says:

But no one is because it is boring to watch. Not even nadal fans seem to celebrate this . They know he has to deliver on hc.


Willow Says:

Nits yes agree,lets just appreciate the here and the now ….


Van orten Says:

Hahaha now Stan Even Pumps up the crowd cause nadal is so serious about his decima


Wog Boy Says:

Stan, that was Nole’s OH, you are not allowed to copy him.


RZ Says:

Anyone else finding Rafa’s grunting more loud and obnoxious than usual?


Anto Says:

Nadal utterly dominating.


Nits Says:

@Van orten I am Nadal fan and enjoying. This year Nadal had RU at grand slam and masters hard court tournament and a quarter final. I think this is second best record after Federer for 2017 on hard courts. I think he has delivered this year


Anto Says:

@nits me too a nadal fan and enjoying this match. :)


Willow Says:

Me too ….


Willow Says:

And Xisca is ;-)


Amit Says:

None can count Rafa out ever as a Wimbledon favourite… And the fact that Rafa is plying this well on clay,suggests he is well placed for Wimbledon.. Seems people are forgetting that the only times Rafa won Wimbledon were also the years of his best RG performances!!! Rafa has never played super great at Wimbledon when he has relatively hard earned wins at RG!!! Rather,when the hell ever Rafa has won RG in the most dominating fashion, he also has won Wimbledon!!! Case in hand: 2008 and 2010!!! May be this year will be the third time he wins wimby too!!!


Youyong Says:

Am a Nadal fan too! :)


Wog Boy Says:

So breadstick it is,

Congrats to Rafa and most of his fans, best player this year by quite a margin.


RZ Says:

La Decimation. Amazing


Anto Says:

La Decima Achieved


Anto Says:

Nadal played his best match in the final.


Van orten Says:

Yeah Amit yeah he is the favorite! Sure ! First round Steve darcis maybe or this year maybe a qualifyer


Giles Says:

HE DID IT!!
Vamos Champ!!
What a feat!


Amit Says:

Whenever Rafa bulldozes his way to RG,he also bites Wimbledon,like in 2008 & 2010!!! The fact that nadal plays too well at RG,indicates his good form!!! And its happening this year!! May be Nadal will win Wimbledon this year,coz this dominant victory shows he is in great form,and this kind of triumph will only inspire him at Wimbledon!!! Vamos Rafa!!!


Van orten Says:

great 2 weeks Stan


Navdeep Says:

It happened! It happened ! yes yes yes. Amazing.10 FREAKING titles. WOW. Congrats fellow Rafans! he did it


Giles Says:

Take that Daniel!! 😡😡😡😡😡😡


Anto Says:

I as a Rafa fan will never be sad anymore, even if nadal goes onto lose his every match from here on. I am more than satisfied.


squirrel Says:

Owhhhh Nadal looked so emotional! He really was unbelievable!

Congrats Rafa!!

And congrats to all Rafa’s fans: Willow, Okiegal etc etc, enjoy!!!!! :))


RZ Says:

Absolutely amazing what Rafa has achieved, and the fashion in which he has done it. 👏👏👏

Congrats and high fives (tens?) to Rafa’s fans here, especially Willow and AndyMira.


jatin Says:

Many many congratulations to Fellow Rafa fans. What a dominating performance by rafa. I don’t think I have seen him play this well on clay since a long long time.
Rafa… You are just an amazing champion. Feeling very happy for him. A LEGEND he is.
As for stan, amazing tournament for you too mate. Keep it going.

What year is this ?? 2007 ?
Aus Open – Fed
French Open- Rafa
Wimbledon -Possibly Fed (Would love to see Fed vs Rafa showdown again on grass )

Enjoy this victory Rafa Fans, especially to you willow, okiegal.
It must be super special for you guys.


RZ Says:

^Okie too


BBB Says:

Congrats to Rafa fans! He’s a true gentleman.


Daniel Says:

Thiem won more games than Wawa😱

Major congrats to Nadal after 3 years finally getting La Decima. Phenomenon on clay.

This year is the re inventation of Fedal. Won’t be surprised if they finish year #1 an #2.

Hope they play at USO at least once


jatin Says:

Anto
I know how you must be feeling. Enjoy the moment :)


Van orten Says:

really looking forward to wimby and the rest of the season . Some raincheck awaiting there. I suppose nadal fans are already looking forward to rg 2018,19,20 etc.


Okiegal Says:

WOWZER!!


Anto Says:

@Jatin I sure will. :) Especially after all that he is been through in almost last three years. I am just soooooo happy


Amit Says:

Van orten: none stopped nadal from winning Wimbledon whenever Rafa won commandingly at RG!! Nadal has lost to nobody’s at Wimbledon only when he has crawled his way to RG win. But Rafa didn’t lose a single set in 2008/2010 at RG,and those were the years he lost to none at Wimbledon either!!! This year too he hasnt lost a set at RG!!! So watch out for Nadal at Wimbledon!!! And anyway,none can ever stop a great Nadal at Wimbledon except a great Federer.. I stick to it…


Van orten Says:

What has nadal been through exactly ?


Okiegal Says:

@RZ…….Thanks, he played amazing tennis this week.

@BB…….A big THANKS to you too!


Willow Says:

Yippee really happy, congrats Rafa, clay GOAT you betcha bottom dollar, thanks for keeping the trophy clean before returning it Novak ….

Many thanks for the congrats RZ, Jatin, Squirrel, ive loved chatting with you guys this week ….

Chris Ford 1 didnt think Rafa would make a comeback, but hoped he did, many thanks ….


skeezer Says:

Congrats to Rata and his fans 2nd best player this year by quite a margin.


Okiegal Says:

Rafa very subdued……..What a feat!!


Anto Says:

I am just wondering how will some people feel (not what they say because they say shit always), If somehow Nadal wins the Wimbledon (Even with this form I don’t think Nadal win will, Its ok for me) and that too beating Fed. Man that would be something.


Van orten Says:

I hope he smiles


JuanF Says:

Comeback after comeback; incredible


Okiegal Says:

I do love the Spanish anthem!


Amit Says:

Congrats Rafael Nadal!!! Legend!!! 🙌🙌🙌 CONGRATS and HUGS to My Dearest AndyMira,and okiegal,willow and other Rafa fans!!! Genuine Cheers and Congrats From This Forever Federer Fan…😍😍😍


Willow Says:

Sorry about Stan and to Emily if shes reading, he had a great fortnight and you should be proud of him ….


Anto Says:

Man stan is very much sad. He obviously believed he could win this match. Anyway congrats to Stan for an amazing week.


James Says:

I told ya, Stan did not go hungry.


Giles Says:

T. E. N. T. E. N. T. E. N. T. E. N. T. E. N. T. E. N. T. E. N. T. E. N. T. E. N. T. E. N. T. E. N. T. E. N. T. E. N
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Willow Says:

They are just showing all his FO wins right back from 2005, happy days, and many fashion changes ….


James Says:

What a difference a year makes. Last year after the French, it was all djokovic djokovic djokovic. Now he is so far out, players older than him are winning slams, its 2007 again, not 2017. So much for Stan’s backhand.


Markus Says:

Congratulations to Nadal on his 3rd 10th with special mention to Okiegal and Willow (and Andy Mira, too, right?) This win should make all the insults and negative comments by naysayers turn sweet.


Willow Says:

^How about a thread on it Sean Randall and staff, all his GS match points, he made history today by surpassing Samprass, and winning GS number 15, stands alone now with that number, you did it for Novak last year ^ ….


BBB Says:

Nice backhanded compliment skeezer.


Anto Says:

Now Rafa has 7285 points. Is there is chance he can be No1 again. It would be an icing in the cake this year for Nadal.


fred stone Says:

… and a special thanks to Pascal Maria for letting me play my game without a stopwatch, no?


Van orten Says:

We all respect nadal Jesus. But certainly not everyone likes his style .


Willow Says:

Thankyou Markus ;-) ….


James Says:

18 – 15 – 12. Djokovic suddenly looks further behind.

Sampras could have never imagined when he retired in 2002 that his record will be broken in 7 years, and he will be No. 3 in slams in a mere 15 years.

Nadal has a good chance at finishing No. 1 this year, unless Federer can win his next 16 matches.


Amit Says:

This, you know,was the first time I cheered for Rafa ever,with all my heart!!!😛😛😛 Never cheered for him before.. 😂😂😍 The man deserves it,I can say, after watching the way he played AO final,lost it,but still smiled with courage grace and sweetnss! To be remembered with reverence!!! Rafa Nadal!!!😍😍😍


Giles Says:

Mr Stone. Pascal was a naughty boy in that he gave Rafa a warning. How dare he!! Lol


Okiegal Says:

@Willow
@Mira…….WOOT WOOT!! What a warrior and champion!!


Okiegal Says:

@Markus, thanks sweetheart……I love a personal congrats…….I get all puffed up!!! This number 10 is out!!


Karthick Says:

Vam10000000ssssss Rafa!!!


Anto Says:

Now rafa keeps his 100% final win rate in RG. And stan no longer holds his 100% GS final record.


Okiegal Says:

^^^^^of this world…should be…


Armend Says:

Absolutely Amazing, Congrats to all Rafa fans here, including myself :) now the pressure’s off for 11, he has reached double digits, so no surprises expected there :)


fred stone Says:

Well Giles, most people dislike gamesmanship.


AndyMira Says:

@Amit,Markus,RZ,Jatin,WB,Skeezer…Thank u thank u thank u!!U guys r awesome!!


FedExpress Says:

So clay court season finished. Nadal will have to wait another one year to win some silverware.

Still think Federers achievement to win the AO this year is way more impressive than nadals la decima. Call me biased but it is as it is.


Giles Says:

Mr Stone. Who cares! I’m too happy to bicker! Lol


Emily Says:

Huge congratulations to Rafa and all his fans. It is amazing what he has accomplished and he deserves this title and all the joy that comes with it.
I’m a little sad for Stan, but I didn’t think he would make the final two weeks ago. He had a great tournament and played his best match of the year on Friday.


AndyMira Says:

Thank u Emily!…Sorry Stan lost okay?I wish him all the best for the rest of the season..


James Says:

The only player who has really stared down Nadal on clay and beaten him repeatedly on this surface, even Fed him meals on clay, is Djokovic. Not to undermine his victory, but Nadal only face two top 10 players on the way to the title here, and both with one-handed backhands. He really got a soft draw in this weak era.


BBB Says:

I’m shocked, SHOCKED that someone with the name FedExpress thinks that Federe’s victory in January has anything to do with Nadal winning his 10th French Open.

Why must Fed fans diminish the incredible achievements of others?


Van orten Says:

Because it is not an incredible achievement what happened today just business as usual … just saying


Emily Says:

Thanks AndyMira, this was a good tournament for Stan and he keeps his #3 ranking, good luck to Rafa for the rest of the season


BBB Says:

If it’s just business as usual, then why has it never been done before?


AndyMira Says:

Thanks once again Emily!…I hope Stan also will have a goooood Wimbledon next k?


Willow Says:

James you cant blame Rafa because the top 10 players lost, one was Raonic that lost to PCB ….


Anto Says:

@BBB its better to just ignore those kinda posts my anyone. Cause some people can be blind to certain things.


Willow Says:

I Doubt that Van Orton is being serious to be honest :-) ….


Anto Says:

@Willow, Come to think of it. I think it makes sense if thats the case.


Alexandra Says:

The way Rafa’s achievements are put down is incredible. And not in a good way. And Rafa’s season has been hyped up?? Face the reality.


Okiegal Says:

@Wog Boy
@squirrel
@amit
@jatin
@Skeezer

A big THANKS to u guys for the congratulations,,.Rafa had an awesome week and so did Stan. I believe Stan’s long SF match took his legs out…..that’s tough on an old guy……


RZ Says:

@Emily – I read that Stan has brought on Paul Annacond for Wimbledon prep. Good move. Stan is clearly trying for yhe career slam.


Okiegal Says:

I know there are some Stan fans on here.,,,,my condolences. He had a great two weeks too!
He seems to always show up and play his best tennis at slams….


Emily Says:

@RZ, yeah, I saw that announced this morning. He needs some confidence on grass and Paul Annacone knows grass. Career slam here we come ;)


AndyMira Says:

RZ!…U win a Bracket right?


Margot Says:

Rafa was in god mode. So glad Andy wasn’t there!
Big congrats and hugs to Willow, dear AM, Okgiegal, all Rafa fans even Giles…;)


Margot Says:

PS Commies to Emily. Nobody could’ve done anything against Rafa. Played flawless tennis.


AndyMira Says:

M!…Thank u mucho!!…<3!<3!<3!


Margot Says:

You must be on cloud 9 darling A.M. Enjoy! xxxxxxxx


Nits Says:

@Fedexpress don’t be a bitter looser. AO final Federer won with a high intensity 5 set both were on comeback mode one guy won one lost. It has got nothing to do out of the world consistency at one single grand slam.


Nits Says:

People want to undermine Nadal’s la decimal by saying he didn’t played Djokovic. I f that’s the logic who will you rate Federer, Djokovic and Wawrnika French open triumph. None of the meat Nadal end route to victory.


Nits Says:

Sorry beat nadal


AndyMira Says:

M!…oh well!….well…oh well…well,u know….well…ermm….oh…well…..well….ermm,i think i’m speechless here M…u have to excuse brain freeze respond…But thank u for the wishes M!!!..Love u!!Woohoo!!


RZ Says:

@AM – yes (woot woot)! I am the current holder of two racquet bracket victories. I’m going for the career slam! LOL


Kathy Says:

Congratulations to Rafa. As a Rafa fan I totally enjoyed that. Fabulous.


Amit Says:

Guys it was majestic to see the way Rafa played… May be Fed or Djokovic could have taken a set out of him,no damn else coulda saved their butts today!!!
AndyMira: super happy for you buddy!!!

Btw anyone who thinks Rafa can win NCYGS now??? May be he has a chance…


RZ Says:

Here are the final standings of the ATP Racket Bracket:
1. RZ (woohoo!)
2. Blurop/Ryan
3. Lakie

Also props to Armend and Willow who both had shots at winning the whole thing.

Thanks to everyone who took part. This was our biggest turnout so far. We’ll do it again in a few weeks for Wimbledon.


rognadfan Says:

What a win by Rafa. This was absolutely the best ball striking I have seen him in last 3 years. He saved the best for the final.
Punishing Stan on BH to FH rallies, let along on the FH-BH one, that’s no one really thought he could do.

Big Congratualtions to the bull. He demolished the animal.

That said, only chance to take time away from nadal on clay is by returning from baseline to deep court. Stan, it seems, never watch Fed’s latest matches. I know they were not clay but serving is the only time when nadal is at the base line. And when you return from that deep, next ball from nadal is at your head hight on the BH.
But, returning is stan’s weakness anyway, so had not chance.

Boy, was I wrong not to get on ‘rafa in easy 3 set wagon’.

Once again, big congratulations. Wimbledon certainly became a lot more interesting.


J.S. Says:

Unbelievable Final – My Man DID IT!!! Not sure anyone would have beat Rafa today! Kudos to Stan for giving Rafa credit for outplaying him – the guy was on FIRE! Best I’ve ever seen Rafa play, it was Lights out tennis.
No one had a chance even Stan (sort of felt bad for him)

Congrats to all the Rafa fans :)
And, Congrats to RZ on bracket victory.

Amazing ceremony too….Nice for Toni to be part of it, so deserving!

Nice reading all the kind comments from everyone on here!


RZ Says:

Thanks J.S.!


AndyMira Says:

RZ!…YAYYYYYYYYY!!WOOOOHOOOO!!!Here’s your reward girl!!

http://theninthcafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/5-Chocolate-Mousse-Cake-2-404×494.jpg

And congrats also to Ryan,Lakie for 2nd and 3rd place…and to M,jalep,willow and other’s..it’s good to ‘fight’ with u guys..although i must say..RZ,u kick my @ss pretty bad sis!..i still can’t sit properly u naw!..ouch!!…isk!isk!


Armend Says:

@RZ congrats on winning the Bracket, you deserved the win, enjoy, and yes please feel free to brag :)

I’m actually more than satisfied with the result. Anyway, Wimbledon is coming, see you there!


Willow Says:

Yeah i will join in in offering congrats to RZ on winning the bracket challenge ….


Willow Says:

Today just gets better and better, Rafa winning La Decima for the 10 th time, and a new series of Poldark, and the delicious Mr Aidan Turner ;-) ….


AndyMira Says:

RZ!…I have a reward for u but Sean put me under moderation atm…so u just wait to ‘demolish it’ okay?

Btw…RZ,why u didn’t join jalep wildguess on Tennis Draw Challenge?It must be fun to ‘fight’ with u on a regular basis sis!Come on,join us RZ!…M,me,Amit are already there…Come on RZ!


AndyMira Says:

Ooppss!!..I didn’t know Sean already released my 1st comment before i wrote this!Hehe..,.

Amit!…Thank u buddy!I miss u on Bracket and TDL challenge these past month…btw,you’re already make a pick for Stuttgart?Your fav will play there Amit!!Quick!make a pick now!!


RZ Says:

Thanks AM, Armend, and Willow.
AM – now that’s my kind of reward! I’ll try to get to the otber challenges. Life just gets in the way sometimes.


AndyMira Says:

RZ!!…I knew you’re going to liked it!!Hehehe…

I’ll wait for u to join on jalep wildguess family RZ!!…It’s must be awesome to have u there!!..You’re welcome anytime RZ!!Woohooo!!

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