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Nadal crashes out of Roland Garros at hands of Soderling

calm Rafa post-defeat

Some days, just sometimes, the unexpected can happen. Even on clay, even when it is Rafa, even when it is Roland Garros.

Today was one of those days as Robin Soderling played the game of his life, Nadal played well below his best, and Rafa’s remarkable 31 match winning streak at the French Open came to an end, as he lost to the Swede  6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2).

I have to say, right now I am disappointed, but reading the release from Rafa’s website below helped lift my spirits.

Quietly, I am calculating how an extra weeks rest will do now harm at all to his chances for Queens and Wimbledon, allowing him to arrive fresher than ever before, and hopefully with the mantle of expectations on his shoulders having lightened just a little.

Here’s what Rafa had to say on his website, post defeat.

I especially loved his gracious good wishes to Roger here – it is clear these two share not only a great rivalry but a genuine interest in each other’s success and wellbeing:

RAFA NADAL: “I HAVE TO ACCEPT WITH THE SAME CALM WHEN I WIN THAN WHEN I LOSE”

May 31, 2009

“It wasn’t a great day” for Rafa and his fans around the world…Sadly, things didn’t quite work out for our champ today, and as he said it himself a few days ago, “you can’t always win [everything].”

Robin Soderling was a man on a mission today, as he defeated Rafa in 4 sets, 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 y 7-6, after more than 3 hours of play.

“I have to accept with the same calm when I win than when I lose. After four years, I lose here, and the season continues,” a gracious Rafa told a news conference.

“Sure, he did well. He did very well but I didn’t play my best tennis. I didn’t play my tennis, and for that reason I lost. That’s it,” he said.

“I was not calm enough to face the important points, so I had to fight. But sometimes fighting is not enough. You have to play a good level of tennis.”

“Sometimes people think I win because I’m physically fit, but, no. When I win, it’s because I play well, and that wasn’t the case today.”

Aside from the match itself, one of his biggest disappointments for Rafa was to see the lack of support from the Roland Garros crowd, who sadly, have never been too kind to the champion, “It’s a pity to see that in a tournament as especial as [Roland Garros] is to me, the crowd has never had a nice gesture towards me.”

Moving on to the start of the grass season and his preparation for it, Rafa joked that the only preparation he will be worrying about any time soon, will be, “[the time he will spend] at the pool of his house.”

Before leaving to Mallorca, where he will be spending his birthday in the company of friends and family for the first time in many years, Rafa told the press that he would like to see Roger Federer win the title because, “It would be great [to see him win it], so that he can complete the Grand Slam. If anybody deserves it, it’s him,” concluded Rafa.

Vamos Rafa!

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Roland Garros – Nadal vs Soderling

TV links at end of this post.

Day Eight (Sunday, May 3st, 2009) at the French Open and Rafael Nadal will play Robin Soderling for the fourth time in his career. With the wins all in favour of Nadal in the past, the Mallorcan will look to build upon this year’s clay court crushing of Soderling in Rome where the poor Swede managed to claim only one game.

The match starts as third on today’s Roland Garros schedule of play – started about 2:30 pm local time.

Roger Federer looked rather wobbly yesterday against Mathieu, but in the end found some balance to come through in four sets: 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. He’ll rest Sunday and face Tommy Haas on Monday.

Here are the best links for free TV coverage over internet – we’ll check and update these when the match starts.

If none of these are working, try the listings at Myp2p, RojaDirecta, Atdhe, Fromsport , Channelsurfing or Football366. Also refer to this post for more information on watching TV over the internet, or feel free to leave a comment to report good or bad links (no registration required).

Roland Garros- Live TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal vs Robin Soderling - UPDATE – game over, Soderling won 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2)

Option 1French Open Live TV - English (recommended)

Option 2French Open Live TV - Spanish

Option 3: French Open Live TV - English –  use Internet Explorer and install Veetle software when prompted

Option 4: French Open Live TV – English, use Internet Explorer, agree to install “Nanjing Naga Software” when asked.

Option 5: French Open Live TVTV Ants software needed, high resolution, English

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Roland Garros – Federer vs Mathieu

TV links at end of this post.

Day Seven (Saturday, May 30th, 2009) at the French Open and Roger Federer will play local hope, Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Rafael Nadal steam-rolled Aussie Lleyton Hewitt yesterday, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 and will have a rest day to prepare for his next match against Robin Soderling on Sunday.

Roger Federer goes into Satrurday’s match with the confidence of a 3-0 winning history, though they last played back in 2006 – happier times for the Swiss – and 2009 on clay could be a closer match. My pick is for Roger to take it out, but not without dropping at least one set.

Here are the best links for free TV coverage over internet -we’ll check and update these when the match starts, at around 5 or 6pm local time. See full Roland Garros schedule of play here to check on progress.

If none of these are working, try the listings at Myp2p, RojaDirecta, Atdhe, Fromsport , Channelsurfing or Football366. Also refer to this post for more information on watching TV over the internet, or feel free to leave a comment to report good or bad links (no registration required).

Roland Garros- Live TV Streams (Free)

Roger Federer vs Paul-Henri Mathieu - UPDATE – game over – Federer won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Option 1: French Open Live TV - English

Option 2French Open Live TV - English

Option 3French Open Live TV - Spanish

Option 4: French Open Live TVTV Ants software needed, high resolution, French

Option 5: French Open Live TVSopcast software needed - Channel 66861 (Romanian) or 71301 (both currently showing Djokovic vs Kohlschreber- may switch later)

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Roland Garros – Nadal vs Hewitt

Free TV over internet links at end of this post.

Day Six (Friday, May 29th, 2009) at the French Open and Rafael Nadal will play Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt. It is the third match of the day, so start time will depend upon length of previous ones – probably should be after 2pm local time (midday GMT).

Having overcome a tougher-than-expected Teimuraz Gabashvili yesterday, 7-6 (8), 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2, Roger Federer earnt himself a rest day today, and a chance to prepare for his next match on Saturday against Paul-Henri Mathieu.

See below our selection of links for free TV coverage over internet, which will be tested and updated as the match starts.

If none of these are working, try checking Myp2p, RojaDirecta, Atdhe, Fromsport and Channelsurfing. You can find more info on  watching free live tennis over internet here, or leave a comment for me or others if you have a good or bad experience with any streams, or can suggest a better one.

For the best range of viewing options, take the time now to install Sopcast and TV Ants software – these are reliable, safe from Spyware and will allow you to have more and better channels than with just web based (“no software”) links.

Roland Garros- Live TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal vs Lleyton Hewitt - Starting at about 3:30pm local time (1:30pm GMT)

Option 1French Open Live TV – English, recommended (works on Internet Explorer, not Google Chrome – others not tested)

Option 2: French Open Live TVSopcast software needed – Channel 76311 (Dutch) or 66861 (Romanian)

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Roland Garros – Federer vs Acasuso

TV links at end of this post.

Day Five (Thursday, May 28th, 2009) at the French Open and Roger Federer will play Argentinian José Acasuso.

Rafael Nadal has a rest day, having beaten Gabashvili yesterday in a quick 3 set match, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Here are the best links for free TV coverage over internet, which will be tested and updated ast the match starts, at around midday local time (10am GMT).

If none of these are working, I suggest you check the listings at Myp2p, RojaDirecta, Atdhe, Fromsport and Channelsurfing, read this post for more information on watching TV on your PC, or leave a comment for me or others if you have a good or bad experience with any of the links (or can suggest a better one).

In particular, I suggest that if you want to have the best range of options for links, that you install the Sopcast and TV Ants software – these are reliable and I have used them for over a couple of years with no undue effects on my computer!

Roland Garros- Live TV Streams (Free)

Roger Federer vs José Acasuso - UPDATE – Game over, Federer won 7-6 (8), 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2

Option 1: French Open Live TV - English, recommended

Option 2: French Open Live TV - Spanish

Option 3: French Open Live TVTV Ants software needed, English, recommended

Option 4: French Open Live TVTV Ants software needed, French

Option 5: French Open Live TVSopcast software needed – Channel 71301 (French)

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Roland Garros – Nadal vs Gabashvili – Live TV

TV links at end of this post.

Day Four (Wednesday, May 27th, 2009) at the French Open and Rafael Nadal will play Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia. Roger Federer has another day off, and will play on Thursday against Argentinian Jose Acasuso.

Rafa plays Gabashvili for just the second time in his career, having dispatched him quickly in two sets on the hard courts of Miami a few months ago. That augurs badly for the Russian, as Rafa on clay is another beast altogether, and it is hard to see how he will be able to play himself into the match

I’ve listed below the most likely links for free TV coverage over internet, which I’ll update as best I can as the games start.

If none of these are working, I suggest you check the listings at Myp2p, RojaDirecta, Atdhe, Fromsport and Channelsurfing.

Read this post for more information on watching TV on your PC, or leave a comment for me or others if you have a good or bad experience with any of the links (or can suggest a better one).

In particular, I suggest that if you want to have the best range of options for links, that you install the Sopcast and TV Ants software – these are reliable and I have used them for over a couple of years with no undue effects on my computer!

Roland Garros- Live TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal vs Teimuraz Gabashvili - UPDATE – Game over, Nadal won 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Option 1: French Open Live TV - Spanish, recommended

Option 2: French Open Live TV - Spanish, recommended

Option 3: French Open Live TVTV Ants software needed, English, recommended

Option 4: French Open Live TVTV Ants software needed, French

Option 5: French Open Live TVSopcast software needed – Channels 71301 (French)

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Roland Garros – Nadal vs Daniel, Federer vs Martin – Live TV

Last year's champions

TV links at end of this post.

Day two (Monday, May 25th, 2009) at the French Open brings the first matches for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Rafa will start first, as the second game on the main court, probably starting soon after midday local time. He’ll play the Brazilian Marcos Daniel for the first time, in what should just a warm up canter for the Mallorcan – not that Nadal will see it that way. He’ll be out to crush and intimidate, to leave little doubt in the minds of viewers that this is still his surface, and even more, his tournament.

Roger comes on immediately after Rafa, and will play the Spanish veteran “Beto” Martin. Again, should be little more than a training session, but never doubt the possibilities of Spaniards on clay with a head of steam and a point to prove.

I’ve listed below the most likely links for free TV coverage over internet, which I’ll update as best I can as the games start.

If none of these are working, I suggest you check the listings at Myp2p, RojaDirecta, Atdhe, Fromsport and Channelsurfing.

Read this post for more information on watching TV on your PC, or leave a comment for me or others if you have a good or bad experience with any of the links (or can suggest a better one).

In particular, I suggest that if you want to have the best range of options for links, that you install the Sopcast and TV Ants software – these are reliable and I have used them for over a couple of years with no undue effects on my computer!

Roland Garros- Live TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal vs Marcos Daniel - UPDATE – Game over, Nadal won 7-5, 6-4, 6-3

Option 1French Open Live TV – English, recommended

Option 2: French Open Live TV – Spanish

Option 3: French Open Live TVTV Ants software needed, French

Option 4: French Open Live TVSopcast software needed

Roger Federer vs Alberto Martin - UPDATE – Game over, Federer won 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Option 1French Open Live TV – English, recommended

Option 2: French Open Live TV – Spanish

Option 3: French Open Live TVTV Ants software needed, French

Option 4: French Open Live TVSopcast software needed

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Rafa and Roger – Tough Road to Roland Garros Title

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will both kick off their French Open campaigns on Monday morning – Rafa against Marcos Daniel, and Roger against Alberto Martin.

Both players face numerous obstacles on the way to a potential final at the French Open.

Rafa, the top seed, has Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco in his half of the draw. If all goes to ranking, then after playing Daniel, he would meet Lleyton Hewitt, then David Ferrer before Verdasco or Nikolay Davydenko in the semifinals.

If Roger Federer is to win the only grand slam title missing from his trophy chest, he’ll have to overcome Alberto Martin, Andy Roddick, and – most dauntingly- Novak Djokovic on the way to the final.

My picks for semis (and the best matches of the tourney) will be Nadal vs Verdasco and Federer vs Djokovic, as a delightful appetizer to the final day’s rerun of Nadal vs Federer :) .

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Fed is Back! Roger beats Rafa to win in Madrid

In a clinical and tough performance today, Roger Federer broke Rafael Nadal’s run of supremacy, winning 6-4, 6-4 to claim the Madrid Masters Series tournament.

What this means:

- Roger Federer is not washed out, out-psyched, past-it and destined to Daddy-hood and Swiss cheese

- Rafael Nadal is beatable on clay. His 33 match winning streak broken, his mantle of invincibility has slipped just a little, and suddenly it seems he may have to do more than just turn up to claim his fifth consecutive Roland Garros

- Roger and Rafa are back even on Masters Series titles – 15 a piece, and the race is on between the two to top Agassi’s all time record 17 titles

- Despite the Scot and the Serb nipping at the heels of the Swiss, it is not yet time to call an end to the Nadal/Federer tennis oligopoly. Roger is still the deputy/chief-in-waiting.

What this does not mean:

- Rafael Nadal’s reign is not over – He remains unchallenged as the undisputed number one of world tennis and king of clay.

- Roger is not favourite for Roland Garros – there is a long way from the fast dry surface at altidude of three-set tennis at Madrid to the five setter clay court classics of Paris. Rafa will sleep well tonight, dreaming of even bounces and grinding rivals into the dust.

- Roger has not recovered the psychological edge he was missing over Rafa. No way. Nadal recovered from the longest ever three set Masters Series match less than 24 hours before this final, and put up a stern challenge. One had the feeling that with every passing point of the second set today, he was playing himself back into the match. But two sets were not enough to get the fists pumping and the fiery red blood running on time today.

That said…

Although I’m more a Nadal fan than a Federer one, I don’t feel at all bad about the outcome of today’s final.

It is if a cosmic balance in the tennis universe has tipped back closer to it’s delicate equilibrium, and that things are somehow back as they should be.

It was too soon to write off the Nadal vs Federer experience, and may this be just the beginning of a mature and fitting later chapter to this classic tennis saga.

Vamos Rafa, come on Federer, and thanks for giving us so much to enjoy – bring on Roland Garros!

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Madrid Final 2009 – Nadal vs Federer – Live TV

TV links at end of this post.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will play the final of the Madrid Masters Series today.

The head-to-head results between the two show a 9-1 career advantage for Nadal over Federer on clay, with the one result in Fed’s favour being in Hamburg 2007.

My pick for today is for a humdinger match, with Federer taking advantage of Nadal’s fatigue, but with the Mallorcan just two strong mentally and physically for the former number one. Rafa in three.

Following are the best live TV links – will be updated leading in to start time so return and refresh, or leave a comment if you have a problem or suggestion.

Madrid 2009 – Live TV Streams (Free)

Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer – UPDATE: Game over, Federer won 6-4, 6-4

Option 1: http://zulu.mk/kanal5-plus  - Macedonian(?) – Copy and paste this address into your browser (it does not work as a link) -

Option 2: Madrid Live TV – Nadal vs Federer – Spanish

Option 3Madrid Live TV – Nadal vs Federer – English – Betfair – free registration required, but excellent picture and sound. Small viewing screen only. This is the one I’ll be using.

Option 4: Madrid Live TV – Nadalvs Federer – Good link, English – little tricky to start, so do as follows. Open in Internet Explorer. You will get a page in Chinese – wait – could take up to a minute, and when asked, agree to installing Add on from “Nanjing Naga Software”

If none of these links are currently working, or for more information, try referring to this post on how to watch live tennis over the internet, or leave a Comment.