Rafa and the Spanish Armada

Rafael Nadal vs. Richard Gasquet, at the opening match later today

The US Open Championships has come and gone but you didn’t see me posting excitedly about Tmy boy Rafael Nadal the way I used to in the past. That’s not because I ran out of confidence in him – no, never! Despite  Rafael Nadal’s string of heartbreaking losses to Novak Djokovic in the Grand Slams this year,  Rafael Nadal is still my champion.  I spent sleepless nights or woke up very early in the morning just to watch Rafa play, especially in the finals. The USO finals last Monday was a sensational one. I was glued to my seat that I forgot about the Paper Culture holiday cards I was checking out online. My husband thinks I’m crazy – doing two things at the same time. I tend to walk away from the TV or turn my attention to online stuff when things get too much for me. I had to. To ease the tension and nervousness while watching the match! LOL.

Seriously though, after the USO  finals, Rafa flew to Cordoba, Spain for the Davis Cup semi-finals tie matches of Spain against France. Today he plays the opener  against Richard Gasquet at Plaza de Toros de los Califas, in Cordoba, Spain..  Head-to-head, Rafa has a 9-0 lead against Gasquet. However, Gasquet is not to be taken lightly. He has a wonderful run this year, most notably on clay when he beat 16-slam title holder Roger Federer in Rome. Gasquet is ranked #15 in the world and holds six ATP singles titles.

Mucha suerte, Rafa! Vamos, Spanish Team!

Spain Davis Cup Team_aka_The Spanish Armada; from left: Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco, David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal, and Albert Costa (captain)

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