And Rafa is doing his reverse psychology bit trying to make himself the underdog: 'Playing Andy is always a pleasure. Playing against an exciting player like him pushes you to the limit on everything. The negative thing is that I have to recover well. I have to improve my knee if I want to have any chance of winning. If not, it's going to be almost impossible'.
Hmm - much as I like Rafa methinks he's either trying to lull Andy into a false sense of security[which of course he won't] or he's getting his excuses in first. The . he didn't turn up for practice is surely significant as from what I understand it's completely out of character.
Over the past year I have come to dislike Nadal. I'm fed up with his mind games and dubious medical time-outs, not to mention his constant time-wasting on court which the umpires seem to be very reluctant to do anything about. So now he has a knee problem (which, given his past history, he probably has) and before the AO it was his shoulder which was troubling him, but he was going to play anyway. And let's not forget the dodgy foot, the pain for which he says he has to have anaesthetising injections before matches. If his body really is so wrecked then he should retire from the sport for his own good, otherwise he should just shut up.
Fortunately Andy isn't going to be taken in by this latest example of psychological strategy, and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if Nadal came out and played brilliantly. I just hope Andy has fully recovered from Wednesday and comes out all guns blazing. He says that Nadal brings out the best in him - hopefully tonight it's his very best.
Ruthie.. 1st set was 'The Terminator' against 'the terrier.'
2nd set was a different story. Wee Daveed was going at it like he usually does.. very long rallies and just not giving up.... rattled Nole's cage for sure and the crowd were on their feet. It was really close and went to tie-break. Too bad because I would have loved to have seen a third. Daveed never gives up!
That 2nd set was pure magic. Felt sorry the wee fella lost the tiebreak because I think Djokovic would have really struggled had it gone to a third. The aura of invincibility has shown signs of waning of late.