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Saturday, September 12, 2009

RAFA HAPPY TO BE IN SEMI-FINAL AT US OPEN - DEL POTRO TOUGH OPPONENT

UPDATE - U.S. OPEN SEMI-FINAL

6 foot, 6 inch,
number 6 ranked tennis player in the world, Del Potro, was able to show his wonderful talent today, September 13, 2009 and defeated Rafa

6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

Rafa is a fighter and continued with his never-quit attitude. Del Potro has been showing his talents all year and today, brought his A game. In my opinion, Rafa played in much pain today and simply came to give it the best he could. But his serve toss was much lower due to the attention to the abdominal muscle and in my opinion Rafa tried to play through the pain, but Del Potro was too much to handle today. Del Potro's serve is a killer. And his great shot selection is going to give the other finalist a run for their life. Good luck to Del Potro in the final. He will be up there with Roger (1), Rafa (2 ~ Rafa regains his number 2 position on Tuesday, September 15), Murray (3) and Djokovic (4) ~ very soon in the rankings. Argentine Del Potro is currently ranked behind (5) Andy Roddick at number 6. Rankings

I like Juan Martin Del Potro - he is modest and has nothing to dislike as far as his attitude and the way he presents himself.

For Rafa - my favorite tennis player - recuperation for the abdominal muscle area would be the first thought in his mind for sure. All the best to Rafa.

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Rafael Nadal defeated Fernando Gonzalez in the Quarter-final that started Thursday, and finished today, Saturday. There were two rain delays Thursday night, then finally at midnight the game had to be called because of rain. Then all day Friday, Rafa and Fernando waited and waited. Theirs was the last match to be canceled late Friday night due to rain again. Today, they played the match starting at noon.


When they started the score was 7-6, 6-6 and Rafa led in the tie break 3-2.

Rafa won the second set tie break at 7-2.
The Quarter-final score was 7-6, 7-6, 6-0

17 pictures of Rafa at Zimbio

Rafa moves through to the Semi-final to be played Sunday...

Rafa's on-cout interview after Quarter-final win

S
unday, September 13, 2009

Semi-final of Rafa
Arthur Ashe Stadium
12:00 p.m Noon EST USA
ESPN2 network televising the match

BONUS:
Click my post title to go to the U.S. Open website
to watch Rafa's match online for free

Rafael Nadal(ESP)[3] vs. the sleeveless Juan Martin Del Potro(ARG)[6]

Semi-final
Not before 4:30 p.m. Roger Federer(SUI)[1] vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[4]
CBS Network (unless the networks again change the schedule. It has been difficult to keep up with their changes of scheduling.)


Women's Final
Caroline Wozniacki(DEN)[9] vs. Kim Clijsters(BEL)
9:00 p.m.
on ESPN2 network

Click my post title to go to the U.S. Open website

to watch Rafa's match online for free

Men's Final Monday at 4:00 p.m.


All photos of Rafa during or after Quarter-final, September 12, 2009
Photo credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images


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Photo credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images


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Rafa after Quarter-final, September 12, 2009
Photo credit: AP


Photo credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images


Nostalgia of Rafa's sleeveless

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