My boy Rafael Nadal is the third man on the Philippe Chatrier court tonight in a match that is billed as the game of the day at Roland Garros tournament!
Hu-what? You didn’t think I knew what’s going on, did you? Yeah, it’s true. I did say I won’t be reading any tennis sites and articles about Rafa, and I also said I’m tempted to miss his matches at the Roland Garros after watching him lose 4 successive times to Novak Djokovic (Indian Wells, Miami, Barcelona, and Rome) – and it was truly disappointing and heartbreaking to see him overpowered in his most favourite clay court – but hell no, I won’t miss it. Not a chance! Non, non, monsieur, madame.
And so, I hurriedly finished my reading on cissus quadrangularis online and here I am… waiting for the match to commence.
If you were to ask me, I think Ana Ivanovic brought the jinx to Rafa as she picked out John Isner’s name from the lot during the drawing ceremony. Okay, I’m only kidding about Ana and the jinx but with Isner and Rafa meeting in tonight’s first round match raised alarm bells for some tennis afficionados. Isner, standing at 6’9”, is best known for his marathon three-day victory over the Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in last year’s Wimbledon Tournament. The Isner-Mahut match is the longest match in tennis history, measured by both time and number of games, lasting 11 hours five minutes of play over three days and firing a total of 113 aces, with a final score of 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68 for a total of 183 games . Details about this historic match can be found here.
Not that Isner is posing a threat to Rafa but a Rafa-Isner match has to be one of the trickiest first round matches of Rafa, in my not-so-expert opinion. Knowing that Rafa lost a bit of his tennis mojo (and perhaps his confidence) in clay recently but, in my humble opinion, Rafa will push through to the second round. Isner, undoubtedly has some tennis mojo going on in him but it’s not enough to challenge the King of Clay. Gosh, I feel like an overprotective mum here.
Whatever happens tonight, estoy con Rafa. Estoy enviando pensamientos positivos a lo largo de su camino, chico!
I’ve got to go now and tune in to my favourite live streaming channel. Maria Sharapova’s match has just ended and Rafa and Isner’s match will begin any minute now.