[Photo caption - Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts as he defeats Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their men's final match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, June 11, 2012. Nadal passes Bjorn Borg as the all-time record-holder for French Open titles. AP Photo: Christophe Ena].
According to The Times of India: Spaniard Rafael Nadal was in 7th Heaven at the French Open 2012. “PARIS: Rafael Nadal is so unflinching, so nearly unbeatable, while sliding and grinding and pounding his way past opponent after opponent at the French Open. Away from the red clay, Nadal is human, of course. Humble, even.”
Stop. Let’s see what The UK wrote. The Telegraph reported, “French Open 2012: Rafael Nadal wins record seventh title as Novak Djokovic double-faults on match point. In the end, the scriptwriters ran out of ink. From a pure tennis standpoint, the fourth and final set of the French Open final was a wonderful set-piece. But there was to be no surprise twist in the tail.”
Stop. Let’s see what New Zealand’s TVNZ Sports wrote: Nadal overcomes Djokovic to win French Open. - Watch Video to hear sports in the NZ accent.
USA’s CBS News sports writers wrote: “(AP) PARIS – Rain or shine, clay or mud, Sunday or Monday, Rafael Nadal rules Roland Garros. The man they call “Rafa” won his record seventh French Open title Monday, returning a day after getting rained out to put the finishing touches on a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic. He denied Djokovic in his own run at history — the quest for the “Novak Slam.” The match ended on Djokovic’s double-fault, a fittingly awkward conclusion to a final that had plenty of stops and starts.”
Although Spaniard tennis players excel on clay’s surface conditions, what a remarkable achievement for Mr Rafia Nadal of Espana in his epic tennis battle, withstanding the perceived strength of the Serbian for the win in sports history books. Chur bra!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.6.12~
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“Rafael Nadal ripped open old wounds to shatter Roger Federer once more and reach his 15th grand slam final at the Australian Open on Thursday night.
Nadal rallied from a set and a service break down to bludgeon his way to a 6-7 (7-5) 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 triumph in a compelling 27th installment of world sport’s greatest individual rivalry.”–SkyNews.
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
10. Adam Frankel
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.1.12~
[Photo caption - Novak Djokovic poses with his winning US Open cup atop of the Empire State Building in The Big Apple. Photo via the AP & Yahoo Sports].
The US stock market may be suffering due to European pigg nations impacts on the challenged US economy, however tennis provides some light relief today.
Reports the Wall Street Journal - Don’t be ridiculous. Of course Novak Djokovic noticed Beyonce and Jay-Z sitting courtside.
“I saw them!” Djokovic said, his tired face brightening. “They were just across the net.”
It was Tuesday morning at the Empire State Building, and the 2011 U.S. Open men’s singles winner was navigating a jammed schedule of post-championship obligations. The night before, in front of Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Carter and more than 23,000 others, Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in a thrilling four sets, capturing his third Grand Slam of the year and hammering an exclamation point on a historic season. An exhausted Djokovic had returned to the Mondrian Hotel in SoHo for a small party, finally crawling into bed around 2:30 a.m.
“I’m not feeling like the freshest guy now, but it’s all for a good cause,” Djokovic said. In his tight navy blazer, crisp blue shirt and skinny jeans, he could have passed for a fashion editor at Conde Nast.”
The New York Times went with – “After His Open Victory, Djokovic Is ‘the Happiest Guy’”
Here in New Zealand, a TV Network focused on Novak Djokovic conquers the Empire State Building.
What I used to do living in Los Angeles, was watch highlight videos of US Open’s epic battles in the finals and think gosh, our physical potential often isn’t maxed to full physical capacity, like the lads of tennis show us is achievable. Here’s that view, then of Nadal and Djokovic’s last game:
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.9.11~
Be a reservoir via Hollywood of life for kids. To put it bluntly, 2 million kids die each year because clean drinking water is what 1/6th of the world still need.
Let’s flow. Thanks people.
[This photograph: Ethiopia]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.26.10~
The thing I love about tennis, is that the fast line of the sport is so individualistic. It’s like one person, picks up a tennis racquet made of cat gut, or synthetic nylon, puts themselves into a squared area with a net, and bashes the crap out of tennis ball, as a solo individual athlete sportsperson, tactician and entertainer.
The whole gig to tennis phenomenon then, is that we get an up close look at an individual’s fighting spirit. A gladiator with a tennis racket, competing against another gladiator down t’other end of court. Therefore the effectiveness of tennis as a sporting phenomenon, comes from the sports supporters and avid fans of the game. None are more passionate perhaps than players themselves, or sports commentators and tennis reporters.
So when Rafael Nadal stepped out on court today in the U.S Open final, the L.A Times wrote this: “Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic of Serbia, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, and becomes the third-youngest man in the Open era to win at least one of each major. Their photo credit was: Rafael Nadal of Spain performs his customary check of the trophy mettle during the awards presentation following his victory over Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open men’s final on Monday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. The photo was taken by Kevin Lamarque for Reuters.
CBS Sport opted to use the “SLAM” word for punchy effect, going with: Nadal completes career Grand Slam with US Open title.
The times again, had glorified Nadal‘s ability to conquer weather (a favorite metaphor under an Obama Presidency) in his earlier match rounds by writing: Rafael Nadal rises above the wind, defeats Fernando Verdasco.
Tennis Fan House wrote: Rafael Nadal Wins U.S. Open, Completes Career Grand Slam — Tennis opting to focus on Nadal’s completion at top competitive level, across a series of matches.
This was Nadal’s first US Tennis Open Trophy, which The Huffingtonpost, was mystified over, writing “Everyone, even Rafael Nadal himself, tried to explain why he kept leaving the US Open without a trophy.” Well not today, he clinched it. Congrats to both Nadal and Novak Djokovic for being champion at the U.S Open this year.
And let’s hope Spain’s economy can be inspired by Nadal, and learn from what he knows on court.
For a timely book, written by a tennis player about something more important than tennis wins alone, go here to read more.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.13.10~
Rafael Nadal and Novak Dojkovic are battling it out in the US Open Men’s final as I write. Entertainment and Hollywood Celebrities. Here’s ten posts you’re hearting right now. Image via Reuters.
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This from the New York Times: For the longest time, Spain’s Rafael Nadal clung to his Wimbledon cup keepsake. He carried it, cradled it, even signed autographs with it tucked away in his right arm as if he was an author, with a completed masterpiece novel.
With an aggressive assault on Tomas Berdych, Nadal succeeded in a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 match. His win vaulted Nadal into rare company. Rafael’s 8th major championship title tied him with athletes the likes of Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl. In jubilation Nadal, somersaulted across Wimbledon’s green in celebration.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.4.2010~
Gotta love tennis. It’s a beaut sport with great supporters worldwide.
ATP World Tour news is reporting that “Roger Federer and Serena Williams led a handful of ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour stars in a 90-minute Hit for Haiti charity fundraiser in Melbourne Sunday.
The exhibition raised more than A$200,000 (US$184,700). Proceeds raised from the event, along with significant donations made from the ATP World Tour, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, ITF, Grand Slam Committee and Tennis Australia will exceed half a million dollars. (more…)