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THE LOW DOWN: Rafa loses in Rome - which baller will step up now?

OMG - The tennis world is in a tizzy after Rafael Nadal lost today on the terr(ier) bateau and offered up a rare clay-court chew toy for any number of ballers still left in the draw.

The Mallorcan matador lost only his second match in 105 matches to compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero in Rome today, suffering a shocking 7-5, 6-1 defeat. But I guess it wasn't so shocking since he was suffering from a blister on his right foot:
Today when I woke up, I said it was impossible to play. I spoke to the doctor today and yesterday, and they put special protection on it and cream, but it was still tough.
In any case, Rafa's loss blows the draw wide open for Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and even David Ferrer to make a run to the title and gain confidence for Roland Garros.

Hey doggie, who wants it more?


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Comment by tennis baller on May 10, 2008 at 2:51pm
i actually want a-rod to win too just to make things really interesting - what could be more unexpected?
Comment by Elaine on May 9, 2008 at 10:05pm
Yeah, I was just TRYING to be daring;)
Well now we know, Djokovic vs. Stepanek and Wawrinka vs Roddick in the semis
Both Stephanek and Djokovic are playing beautifully, but I say Djokovic.
Don't know between the other two... gotta wish for Roddick,though.
Comment by tennis baller on May 9, 2008 at 11:58am
very daring choices elaine - i like! you may get your wish the way things are going over there. surprises abound!!
Comment by Elaine on May 9, 2008 at 10:46am
"which baller will step up now?"
I would like to see Robredo, Almagro, Wawrinka and now Stepanek, in the semis.:) It'd be nice to see Wawrinka vs. Almagro in the finals.
Comment by Elaine on May 8, 2008 at 5:44pm
Sorry tb, he lost;) dangit, I knew not to pick him for my pickems'!! yet, again, I didn't listen to myself. As of today out of 164, I'm ranked 5th!!
Comment by tennis baller on May 8, 2008 at 9:05am
no love for Davydenko?
Comment by Elaine on May 8, 2008 at 9:01am
Roger is now the favorite to win; I would like to think Nole or even Almagro have a good chance.

Yes, I signed up under Tennisopolis, but since I was the only one (I think), I had Britishtennis as my 2nd choice, so that's what I'm under. I was very excited, as I was up 60, but now since Rafa losing..;(
Comment by tennis baller on May 8, 2008 at 6:29am
in most cases on clay rafa is the smart choice...he's still the one to beat but his loss makes it more interesting for sure
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on May 7, 2008 at 11:47pm
Yep, you a liar! JK. :-) I didn't promote this pick 'em on the site. I've been waiting to promote the majors and so I got my sights on the French. Did you sign up under the Tennisopolis team Elaine?
Comment by Elaine on May 7, 2008 at 11:11pm
Call me a liar but I swear, even though in the Rome Pickems I picked Rafa to win.. something was telling me not to..

Which, by the way, why hasn't anyone from Tennisopolis been entering in the Pickems' contests?

We all are going to lose, now, as majority obviously picked Rafa to win.

Congrats to Ferrero.

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