anyone who was watching last night’s phenomenal almagro-nadal match in paris as part of the bnp paribas masters series would understand why tennis is such a thrill to watch even if you have never held a raquette.

the match went to rafael nadal 6-3, 6-7, 5-7 after an incredible roller-coaster ride that lasted 3 hours and 14 minutes and had the rest of us glued to the screens.

it had all the drama and heartbreak one could ask for, and then some -at times, i could not take it any longer and was watching it between my fingers, so tense did it all get. (i recall doing that with horror movies some years back before i decided to stop watching horror-fests and started watching sports instead.)

the incredible intensity of the second set that lasted nearly 1.5 hours, the palpable tension of the 6 deuce matches, and finally the anti-climax of the last set when a cramp in almagro’s left leg made him throw the game with some drama-queen shenanigans and nadal once again proved why he is a champion and the world’s number one number two, and a man among boys.


~ by safrang on November 12, 2009.

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