A great piece from ATP World Tour Uncovered about Juan Martin del Potro's journey from number 4 in the world to 485 and his difficult road back to the top.
During his quarter-final match with David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal suffered an apparent injury and then took a private medical time out, so it was a bit unclear what had happened. Today on his website the injury was explained:
The medical report confirmed today that Rafa Nadal suffers "adductor longus rupture of the right leg" as it appears in the report prepared by Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro. These is the diagnosis revealed by the magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound.
Nadal is being treated with NSAIDs, physiotherapy anti-inflammatory, Tecar and specific stretches. Doctors estimate a recovery period of about ten days from today, 1 February.
(For the record, I think it was his left leg)
So the next question you are probably asking is, "What the heck is an adductor longus? Let me break out a little of my medical knowledge to help you.
First the word adduction means to bring back to midline. When you spread your legs apart it is aBduction, and then when you bring them back together it is ADduction.
You have several muscles in your inner thigh that help your leg adduct, one of course is the adductor longus which Rafa tore:
So there you go. You've have been up close and personal with Rafa's leg and got a little lesson to boot! I hope he is back to 100% soon.
In this video, Novak Djokovic strikes a pose with his Australian Open Trophy. He also talks about his celebration after winning the AO, and his hopes for the year. Enjoy!
Kim Clijsters looks beautiful posing with her Australian Open trophy. Above is the video of her photo shoot. Enjoy!
I was so stoked for this final. Everyone had been hyping it up as a potential 5 set blood bath, a collision between the two players that had been consistently knocking on Rafa and Roger's door for several years, and therefore a preview of the future. So I strapped on my seatbelt at 3:30 am, turned on the TV, and waited to be blown away by Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic. And I waited, and I waited, and I waited (you get the picture.)
Novak definitely lived up to the hype and came out of the gates with his foot on the accelerator and never took it off, (as PMac would put it) but Murray just never seemed to find his game. He looked tense, tired, and uncomfortable, and he never varied his tactics even when they weren't working. Not to say that he played terribly, but he just seemed like he didn't want it, he couldn't find another gear.
In saying that, I don't want to take anything away from Nole. I think he would have beaten anyone yesterday. His court coverage and defense to immediate offense was perfection. He was simply brilliant, and I'm so excited to see what the rest of the year holds for him because if he continues to play at this level, I don't think he will be number 3 in the world for long. I just wish that they both would have brought their A-game so that it would have been a more interesting match to watch. But the hug at then end, and then Nole's strip-tease ALMOST made up for it:
The metamorphosis of Novak Djokovic from the kid you'd roll your eyes at when he retired from matches due to mysterious injuries to the confident man who dominated the AO, and then gave a very eloquent speech at the trophy presentation, makes me feel like a proud parent. (See video below.)
Photo: Ben Solomon
Kim Clijsters won the Australian Open Women's Final yesterday defeating Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The Aussie Open is the 4th Major title of her career and the 3rd since returned to tennis in 2009.
I had high expectations for this match, and the first set didn't disappoint with long rallies and powerful forehands. But, midway through the second set and into the third, no one could hold their service game, and it went a little something like this:
Break, break, break, break, break, break, break, break, hold, hold........Kim Clijsters wins the Australian Open! (Probably not quite like that, but close enough)
It was not exactly the match I was hoping for, especially after watching Francesa Schiavone's epic battle, but it did go the distance, which by default, makes it one of the best in years. The most memorable part came last, when both players showed their personality during the trophy presentations.
Kim fulfilled her promise to a dentist that fixed her chipped tooth:
Before I came here I chipped my tooth at the airport and the dentist fixed me up so quickly and so good, he said 'Promise me if you get to the final then you'll thank me,' so I said 'sure.'
(Notice how she forgot to mention his name....I wonder if he is pissed?)
Poked a little fun at her uncle:
My uncle came to watch me in Doha in the ugliest green trousers I have ever seen. I won that tournament. I'm superstitious so I told him if he's going to come and watch me he has to wear them and he was like 'Oh God!' But he wore them here so thanks.
And then said that the locals could finally call her "Aussie Kim" because she won the title. (She got the name from her romance with Lleyton Hewitt and it stuck with her even after they broke up and married other people. Can we say..... awkward?)
And Li Na was just Li Na. Completely funny and charming:
She continued her comedy routine in her post-match press conference:
Q. Are you disappointed afterwards or are you taking positives out of it?
NA LI: I mean, of course, take positives. I think I play great tennis. I mean, she play better than me. After the match, back to the locker room, I make joke, tennis should only play one set (laughter).
Q. Can you talk about the third set.
NA LI: Third set? I lose the third set (laughter).
Q. What went through your mind when they presented you with the trophy?
NA LI: Little bit big. Yeah, because before I saw the TV, I was thinking maybe like this big (indicating small). But today they give me, it was like this big (indicating large). If I take the trophy, maybe they couldn't see my face.
Q. Can you clarify what you said about your husband at the end of the game?
NA LI: Because I was making a lot of joke for him. I say doesn't matter you are fat or skinny, handsome or ugly, I always follow him, always love him.
Q. Kim's coach once promised to shave his hair if she won a Grand Slam. Was there any promise by your coach or husband if you had won this one?
NA LI: Everything is his. So like prize money, always his. He can do whatever he want.
Yeah, I will take credit card, but is nothing. He was totally control, so... (Laughter).
Q. Have you always been somebody that is a stand up comedian, as we would say, funny?
NA LI: This is the real one. I'm not fake.
Q. It's very refreshing. We don't get that very often.
NA LI: Oh, yeah? Maybe because right now they don't have a lot of good China tennis player. If they grew up, they same like me.
To two of my favorite women on the tour. Congrats.
Petkorazzi is back!! In her lastest video, Andrea Petkovic takes us through her journey at the Australian Open in Petkorazzistyle, running into John "the chest" Isner and "beautiful" Novak Djokovic along the way. I was really hoping that she would make the boys do her Petko Dance, but their cameos are still funny. Enjoy!