Rafael Nadal has looked a bit lost all week, and his first serve has been a HOT mess, but Rafa being Rafa, with his "never give up" mantra, still managed to get to the finals of the BNP Paribas Open against Novak Djokovic, someone he has OWNED in their head-to-head (16-7), and when you broke it down further into times they've met in finals, Rafa was 5-0. But today Rafa met new, confident Nole who was on a 17-0 winning streak and had already taken out Roger Federer 3 times this year...... and Rafa. Went. Down. With that said, I don't just mean that he lost the match (which he did to the tune of 4-6, 6-3, 6-2), but for the first time since I've watched Rafa play, it looked like he just gave up. He kept giving his camp the stink-eye out of frustration, and you know who wasn't there when Rafa looked at his box? That's right, Uncle Toni. I would bet all my savings that next week in Miami when Uncle T arrives, that serve will come around quick, because Uncle T don't play that.
But of course, congrats to Nole who is now 18-0 in 2011. He's on FIYAH.
Caroline Wozniacki defeated Marion Bartoli 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 to win the women's title. This is her second title this year and her 3rd straight final. If there is one thing you can say about Caro, (outside of her being a human backboard and a slamless number 1) is that the girl is consistent. She'll be keeping that number 1 ranking for a while and Bartoli will rise to number 10 in the world when the rankings come out next week. I can't blame Uncle Toni for that.
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