Rafa and Marc win doubles title
Spanish wildcard doubles team, Rafa Nadal and Marc Lopez have won the Indian Wells Masters Series doubles title this evening, after beating the No.1 seeds, Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic,7-6(8), 6-3.
“For Marc and me, it was an amazing week and a dream to win the title here,” Rafa said at the press conference. “After losing an important singles [match], the victory in doubles makes me happy. Always is nice to win the tournament, no?”
Earlier on Saturday, Rafa “accidently” lost in the singles semifinals against Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (1). “That’s my feeling, because I was playing (well) enough to win the tournament”. “It was an important accident, and I have to learn to try to play more aggressive next time, try to convert the opportunities”.
“But for the rest, nothing to say, no? I was feeling I was playing better than probably ever on this court.”, he continued. “This tournament I was playing very good, having very good victories, beating a very difficult opponent like (John) Isner, and later against a very good (Tomas) Berdych.
“So I happy about how I did here. I am playing at my best level. I know that. But just not today.”
Rafa will now go to Miami to play at the Miami Masters Series Tournament, which will mark the end of the hart-court season and the beginning of the clay season.
Congratulations Marc and Rafa!
ძველი რაფა მინდააა ;((
INDIAN WELLS: Rafa loses in semis
Over the past week and a half, fans were treated to an incredibly quick, accurate, explosive, Rafa Nadal. He showed us his classic aggressive mentality. He was hitting the ball harder, keeping points shorter and cruising through the field in both the singles and doubles draw. However, as Rafa always likes to point out, you never know what can happen. Every opponent, every match is always difficult.
Today, the match started well for Rafa. He blasted his way through a 6-3 lead in the first set, and even had a couple of break points in the second. From then on however, things didn’t work out. Ljubicic dug in, and came back out of nowhere to impose a 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (1) win.
Well done to him for a great effort, congratulations for making it to the final, and Happy Birthday!
Making it to semifinals is still a great result for Rafa. He has been close to invincible in his last five appearances in the desert, winning the title twice and reaching the semifinals the other 3 times, the only loss in his past 21 matches coming to eventual champion Djokovic in the 2008 semi-final. Understandably though, the champ looked a bit upset when he left the court knowing he had done everything he could to play his best, but sadly, not being able to defend his tittle.