Raphael Nadal vs. Alexander Zverev! I knew it would be close. As Rafa himself put it in his post match interview…”[Zverev] is the future of this sport. I’m the present.” You got that right! It was a classic “legend versus up n’ comer.” I mean really, Zverev is all of 19 years old, and he did great. He even fought through leg cramps in that fifth set when a lot of players would’ve wimped out. He’s gonna be great, just not today. Not today, Sascha. Not today.
5 sets, 4 hours and 6 minutes. Yes, I spent over four hours of my life watching this match, but hey, I have 9 lives, so why not spend them how I like!
Takeaways from that match:
- Never underestimate Rafa’s slice backhand.
- Adding Carlos Moya to his coaching staff has done wonders for his confidence (and added a little somethin’ somethin’ to look at while we watch the match.
- Never underestimate Rafa, period!! He’s seeded 9th y’all, not 99th. He’s got just as good of chance to win this thing as any of the top 10.
For all of us old school fans out there…VAMOS RAFA!!