Thursday, June 28, 2012

Party Foul: Rafael Nadal

Violation: Down goes Rafa! Rafael Nadal losing to Lukas Rosol in the second round at the All England Club. The match went for five sets including an epic tie-breaker in the first. 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Explanation: Unlike my colleague, Jonathan Mok, I WILL call out Nadal because A) I think he is deserving of the highest of expectations in the tennis world and B) I'm a hater. Although Rafa is undoubtedly my favorite tennis player since Andre Agassi (and his wig), losing in the second round after coming off a historic title at Roland Garros is just downright embarrassing. There's no other way to put it. Rosol had more energy, he was going for the win instead of playing not to lose, and he had more belief throughout the entire match. In fact, Nadal had to resort to things that were pretty petty to be honest. Bumping into the Czech during the change over was pretty strange and pumping himself up after a routine shot was under him.

Punishment: I will admit, Rosol played out of his mind. Every opportunity he got, he went for the winner. And he kept it up for the entire duration of the five-set-match. I really haven't figured out why more players don't have this mindset when they go up against the world's top players.

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