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...he is the god of clay. And something I never expected....6-1, 6-3, 6-0...game, set, match...a baguette and a bagel...against FEDERER....in a Slam final. O_O... It almost too unreal. In fairness, it was a mismatch from the go  - Roger clearly not playing to the best of his ability and Rafa playing out-of-his-mind, freaking amazing.  IMO Rafa faced his most difficult challenger in the first round of RG (with a slight nod to the half set of brilliant play by Djerk...*sigh* I can't believe I just typed that...). And yes all the records have been rewritten yet again. I almost wish it wasn't over. Of course I stressed for the first two sets and was only able to watch it when he went up a break in the third. I naturally cried...the tears starting when Rafa went up 4-0 in the final set. But I was relatively calm when Match Point rolled around. Rafa himself seemed subdued with his victory - not that he wasn't grateful. With due respect to his opponent, Rafa just didn't see the need for excessive celebration. Rafa, of all people, can empathize with Roger as he too was in the same situation last year at Wimbledon (having lost the one tourney he wants so desperately to win) Rafa's humble and gracious speech said it all. He is such a deserving young man. I wish him the best of luck in Wimbledon (and for the rest of his carrera). And I fully expect Roger to have plenty more chances to remind us all how great a champion he is.

I bid 'adieu' to the lovely French clay and ready myself now for the greens of England. Vamos!! First tournament starts tomorrow YIKES!! ...although I must admit Roland Garros is not OFFICIALLY over until I see the pics of Rafa touring Paris with the trophy :-D
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I stressed for the first two sets and was only able to watch it when he went up a break in the third

Funniest thing is you hiding out in the computer/library room taking solace in the Rafa cheering threads.

I naturally cried...the tears starting when Rafa went up 4-0 in the final set.

In the 10 minute walk to get breakfast at Times Square he was up 5-0 and I missed most of the set but I was thrilled when I saw him win the last point while waiting for the food.

Rafa is the cutest thing on the planet I have to say!
He is amazing! I was going nuts because while I watched he would lose a game but if I went away to get food, etc., then I'd come back to see he'd won the next few games! So I'd watch some more, he'd lose another game, and I was practically crawling up the walls. When I went to use my exercycle while I was watching, then he'd win. So that was my lucky charm to make sure he won the match!!! LOL. It's so ridiculous, but at least I feel in shape today.
*LOL* Your poor exercycle - you must have given it quite a workout yesterday!!! I get so nervous watching Rafa play I always feel like if I make any wrong move I'll jinx him in some way. I find the only way I can remain stress free during an important Rafa match is to just monitor the score online via a Rafa cheering board thread - that way everyone is in the same boat with me, kind of like group therapy I guess. Once he is up by a sufficient amount (in this case, two sets and a break), I actually get up the nerve to watch the remainder of the match. He never loses if I do that!Of course I tape every major match so I can rewatch it in its entirety once I am a little more relaxed.
A Rafa cheering board thread! That is hilarious! I had no idea there were so many anxious women watching his matches, each of them thinking she could be bringing him bad luck! I wonder what it is about him? It seems to be true, though.
Cheering boards are extremely therapeutic. I also check out the Federer board on his official site. I like going there to see how the enemy lives...haha, just kidding. It is funny to read what the Rafa fans say about FedEx and what the FedEx fans say about Rafa. It turns out the fans are ultimately quite similar. They show a good deal of respect for both athletes as well as a reasonable to broad knowledge of tennis history. Of course, it doesn't hurt when they take the time to acknowledge how nice Roger's hair is or how cute Rafa looks during a shirt-change *LOL*. And it may surprise you but it is not just women on these boards!
The boards sound fascinating. I must check them out next match.

And it may surprise you but it is not just women on these boards!

Oh, I am not at all surprised that Rafa would have his male groupies as well! LOL. *wink*