Rampaging Rafael Nadal shot down Angry Berd(ych)

Yes, he did… in last night’s quarterfinals at the Australian Open.

Rampaging Rafa... Vamooooos!

It was a very intense, drama-filled match between Spain’s Rafael Nadal and the Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych. It was a dogfight. Four gruelling sets and riddled with controversial umpire calls that robbed Rafa of critical points. The tension was too much for me,  even early on in the match, that I had to walk away from the television several times. Hindi ko kinaya. I could not bear the tension.

It was the sharper Berdych who ok the first set, but not without having to fight for it point by point up to the tiebreak. His booming serves and flat strokes served him really well. I was really nervous at that point so I went out of the room to calm myself down, lol. I came back during the second set’s tiebreak and everything was falling into place for Rafa. He found a way. Rafa’s heavy topspins, looping forehands and incredible {down the line, crosscourt} passing shots severely punished Berdych all throughout the second and fourth sets.

I cannot fully describe what transpired in last night’s quarterfinals match. Luckily, Steve Tignor did the job of doing that, so here it is:

They say the best players know how to peak for their most important matches. It’s hard to find any better evidence of that than Rafael Nadal’s 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-3 quarterfinal win over Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open last night. Nadal began the evening looking like the second best player on the court, and ended it with some of the most audacious tennis of his Hall of Fame career. It was like he knew he was going to be facing Roger Federer in the next round or something. Between the start and the finish, we got the best and most eventful match of the Aussie Open thus far.

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