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Rafael Nadal wins US Open with straight-set win over Kevin Anderson

"It's just unbelievable what happened this year," said Nadal. "After a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, sometimes playing not good - since the beginning of the season it has been very, very emotional."

Nadal and Roger Federer have shared this year's Grand Slam titles: remarkable given that, last October, when Federer visited Nadal's academy in Mallorca, they were only fit enough to play soft tennis with the juniors.

They split the grand slams between them. Just like the old days all over again.

2017. What a year for tennis.


Jul. 18th, 2017 11:38 pm
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Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic to win record eighth men's singles title

"Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament. [It] will always be my favourite tournament," said Federer, who will turn 36 next month and is the oldest male champion at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968. "My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. Because of them, I think I became a better player, too."

2017. And the year's not over yet.


Jun. 13th, 2017 11:44 pm
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La Decima: Rafa immortalised at Roland-Garros

Rafael Nadal has won a magical 10th title at Roland-Garros with a stunning display against Stan Wawrinka, achieving 'La Decima' and reaffirming his status as the greatest clay-courter of all time.

"It's a feeling that's impossible to describe," Nadal said. "For me the nerves and the adrenaline I feel when I play on this court is impossible to compare to another court. It is the most important event in my career, to win again here is impossible to describe."

2017. Bringing all the tennis feelings.
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6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Roger Federer wins Australian Open in epic final against Rafael Nadal

That was next level tennis. Both of them with nothing left to prove, just playing their hearts out.

The crowd was wild. They love Rafa. But they adore Roger.

And Roger's speech:

"I'm out of words and Rafa said so many great things. I'd like to congratulate Rafa on an amazing comeback.

"I don't think either one of us believed we'd be in the finals in Australia when we saw each other at your academy four, five months ago. And here we stand. I am happy for you. I would have been happy to lose to you. The comeback was perfect.

"Tennis is a tough sport. There are no draws. If there were I would have been happy to accept one tonight and share it with Rafa."

When you compare 2009 to 2017, it feels like the completion of an arc.
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My heart is just too full right now.

It was eight years ago that I got back into the tennis, after that legendary Australian Open final. That was during the golden age of Fedal rivalry, and I thought those glory days were behind us.

Never say never.
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Notes on All the Colours of Rain (The Goblin Emperor)

Notes )

Notes on Changing Ends (Tennis RPF)

Notes )

Notes on Bold Strokes (Hamilton)

Notes )
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The story I wrote for [ profile] kitrinlu was:

Title: All the Colours of Rain
Fandom: The Goblin Emperor
Rating: PG
Summary: Csevet protects his Emperor.

The treat I wrote for [personal profile] daken was:

Title: Changing Ends
Fandom: Tennis RPF
Rating: G
Summary: When is the worst time to accidentally swap bodies with your rival? During a grand slam. Roger still wants to win the French Open, but right now he is so perplexed.

The treat I wrote for [ profile] radialarch was:

Title: Bold Strokes
Fandom: Hamilton
Rating: PG
Summary: Hamilton needs the votes. He needs to convince more folks. (With apologies to Lin-Manuel Miranda.)

Meta now available.

Thank you thank you thank you to [personal profile] reishiin, for not only writing me a gorgeous Fallen London story, a dereliction, but actually creating an entire interactive fiction game, light beneath water, which is just. Wow. More than anything I could have dreamed, and if you want to play through a beautifully written mythic story about the Masters of the Bazaar, I highly recommend it! (Now with added endnotes.) This has been an incredible Yuletide for me.

I still haven't gotten to everything I planned to read, so I'm looking forward to lots more stories to enjoy! A summary of this year's Yuletide is at [ profile] yuletide_admin.
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French Open: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal

"Novak had me under control most of the time. He was better than me. That's it, simple," said the sixth seed after suffering only his second loss in 72 matches in Roland Garros.

"I'm going to fight. I lost in 2009 (to Robin Soderling) and that was not the end. I lost in 2015 and this is not the end."
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If the Wall Street Journal had an AO3 account, I would be kudosing the heck out of this:

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Discuss Losing Early in Wimbledon


Aug. 7th, 2012 09:46 pm
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Olympic gold: Murray's magical Wimbledon moment

At last after all his efforts.
meteordust: (the game of kings)
Federer wins seventh Wimbledon

He's still got it.


Jun. 29th, 2012 11:43 pm
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Nadal suffers shock Wimbledon defeat

My incentive to watch week two has plummeted.
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This was the finale I was tempted to skip watching, I felt so unenthused at the prospect. Novak has been on fire for the past year, and I had no desire to watch him steamroller Rafa again.

But I should have known better. Rafa is never going to let himself be steamrollered. The more you push him, the more he rises to the occasion. (Which may be why Roger says, "I always think he plays a bit better against me than against other players.")

And turns out that Novak is capable of that too.

Jim Courier, commentating, said, "Can you believe that the guy with 16 majors has to change his game against the guy with 10 majors, who has to change his game against the guy with 4 majors?"

At 4-4 in the fifth set, after a 32 shot rally, the crowd on its feet screaming--

The match teetering back and forth on a knife edge--

This is tennis.

Djokovic def Nadal: 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5.

Total match time: 5 hours 53 minutes.

(And now. I must sleep.)


Jan. 26th, 2012 11:57 pm
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Rafa v Roger: 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4.

I wish they could have both been in the final.
meteordust: (the game of kings)
It doesn't have quite the same ring to it. But yay anyway!


Jan. 24th, 2012 07:43 pm
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Djokovic v Hewitt: 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Who else would you expect to come back from two sets down against the No 1, to take a set off him, which no one else so far in the tournament has done? It may be ten years since his glory days, but that fighting spirit hasn't faded.
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I wasn't going to post about this, because I really wanted tickets, but I missed out, and I'm going to regret it for the next ten years or so. Because how often does it happen, a Davis Cup tie in *Sydney*, and it's Australia, which means Hewitt, and it's Switzerland, which means Federer, and it's *Davis Cup*, about which I have such fond nostalgic memories, and to see these veterans of the competition match up against each other is a dream, the last of the old guard from when I started watching the tennis.

It probably won't happen again in my lifetime. Not before they both retire.

So yeah, I wasn't going to post, but I've been watching it on TV all weekend - at least they showed it on free to air - and now I am full of emotions! The singles levelled the score at one all, and the reverse singles were predicted to be the same, so the doubles was going to be crucial. It has been so long since I watched doubles, I had almost forgotten how much fun they are: the fast points, the creative play, the teamwork and the strategy. The coded hand signals! The slightly alarming tendency of the ball to come straight at people! And for Hewitt and Guccione to come from behind to beat Federer and Wawrinka - the Beijing gold medallists - it was like they were on fire.

No one really expected Tomic to win against Federer today, but taking it to four sets is a respectable effort, although my dad suspected that Federer went easy on the kid and gave him a couple of games.

Playing against Wawrinka, the favourite was Hewitt, which is kind of weird when you compare their respective rankings of No 19 and No 199. But when Hewitt saved four set points in the tie breaker of the third set, and then took the set, he showed that in Davis Cup, he's still got it, and when the pressure's on, he can pull it out. Wawrinka looked pretty wrecked after that, knowing the weight of all his country's hopes rode on his shoulders, and damn if he didn't pull it out himself after that and take the fourth set. Beautiful tennis all round.

At the end of today, it was two rubbers each, two sets each, and it hit 3-5 in the fifth before the failing light forced them to postpone the conclusion till tomorrow.

It doesn't get more knife edge than this.
meteordust: (the game of kings)
Grand Sam: Stosur's seismic upset over Serena

First Australian woman to win a grand slam in 31 years, woo! \^_^/

Djokovic beats Nadal to win US Open

I'm trying not to be the kind of person who hates on the guy who beats your guy. (But damn it's hard.)


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