Really, any chance to post my favourite picture of Kolya. Any chance whatsoever.
Sooooo... Kolya took out Nole in an epic, awesome match today. Over three hours, each player only broken once, a mere 3 points total separating them in the end. Amazing, just the kind of match-- regardless of the outcome-- that tennis could do with more of. Especially at a tournament where there have been so many retirements.
I know I'm basically just babysitting a blog full of Novak fans, but I can't pretend that I don't like Kolya better. IMO, he is consistently one of the most underrated players on the ATP. And with the injury-filled year he's had, I can't help but be insanely pleased for him. This is precisely the kind of match he needs to be winning in order to climb back up the rankings. With this win, he jumps to #7 in the rankings, putting him right in contention for one of the final spots to WTF in London.
As for the other semi, eh, whatever. Feli has extremely questionable facial hair and retired against Rafa. Whatever.
That scruffy half-beard looks good on no one. No one, Feli. Not even you. Anyway, so, Rafa's through to the final and, as James LaRosa pointed out today, he hasn't had to play a match point since the third round. Unbelievable.
Singles - Semi-finals  R Nadal (ESP) d F Lopez (ESP) 61 30 ret. (right ankle)  N Davydenko (RUS) d  N Djokovic (SRB) 46 64 76(1)