Rafael Nadal turned 19 in June 2005, and he was already among the world’s leading players and a Major contender. The young Spaniard claimed nine ATP titles ahead of the US Open, including his first Major crown in Paris and three Masters 1000 titles that helped him become world no.
- Rafa claimed the title in Montreal before an early exit a week later in Cincinnati in a tight clash against Tomas Berdych, hoping for a better run at the US Open, where he didn’t play well in the previous years. Leaving his great results behind him for those two weeks, Nadal was eager to play at his best in New York and achieve the first notable result at the season’s last Major.
Rafa took down Bobby Reynolds 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 49 minutes in the opening round, serving well and earning four breaks to control the pace, although he wasn’t pleased with his game overall. In the second match, the Spaniard faced another American, world no.
352 Scoville Jenkins, and beat him 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in just under two and a half hours. Playing well on both the first and second serve, Rafa got broken once and secured four breaks that carried him over the finish line and into the third round.
Aware that he has to increase his level if he wanted to chase a deep run, Nadal tried to raise his game against the first dangerous opponent, James Blake.
Rafael Nadal lost in the third round at the US Open 2005.
The American proved to be a serious contender, beating Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to move into the last 16.
Despite a solid effort in the second set and the beginning of the third, Rafa couldn’t match the rival’s pace after converting only two out of ten break chances. The home player stole the rival’s serve six times and started all over in set number three to leave world no.
2 behind and show him the exit door. “I’m happy about my season, but I can’t speak about it now because I’m a bit disappointed. I just lost in the third round of a Major, and it’s not easy to think about the previous tournaments. I don’t feel good now, but I will be happy at the end of the year,” Rafael Nadal said.
Question looms over Vanessa Bryant lawsuit against Los Angeles County: What does she want?
The widow of Kobe Bryant wants retribution for what happened last year after her husband and daughter died in a helicopter crash.
But what kind of retribution? And how much?
Vanessa Bryant is suing Los Angeles County, accusing county sheriff’s and fire department employees of improperly sharing photos of dead bodies from the site of the crash that killed nine, including the NBA legend.
As the case heads to trial in February, perhaps the biggest question hovering above it is what her goal is for it.
Andy Murray’s wedding ring and shoes returned following Indian Wells disappearance
Andy Murray’s wedding ring and tennis shoes have been recovered after they seemingly disappeared in the California desert.
The three-time major winner is preparing for action at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and left his tennis shoes outside underneath his car to dry out overnight – but they were nowhere to be seen when he returned in the morning.
And it was only when his physio asked about his wedding band that he realised he had left the ring tied to his shoes.
In an Instagram video posted late on Thursday, which was shared on Twitter by the ATP Tour Murray said: “I just want to send a quick message to say a huge thanks for all the messages and also to everyone for sharing the story about the shoes and the wedding ring.
“(I) had to make a few calls today and chat to the security at the hotel and everything.
“Little update for everyone,” he said as he raised the shoes into view.
“Would you believe it, they still absolutely stink but the shoes are back, the wedding ring is back and I’m back in the good books. Let’s go.”
The shoes are back. 👟
The ring is back. 💍
Let’s go, @andy_murray!!! 💪#BNPPO21 pic.twitter.com/hA5VKX98mm
— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 7, 2021
In an earlier post, Murray light-heartedly appealed for the return of the ring – to help him smooth things over with his frustrated wife.
He explained leaving his shoes to dry out under his car as “I have no balcony in my room and I didn’t want to leave them in my room as it would stink the room out”.
Murray married his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears in 2015 at Dunblane Cathedral. The couple now have four children.
The Scot is due to play France’s Adrian Mannarino in the first round at Indian Wells on Friday.
NASCAR Star Has Brutally Honest Admission On Michael Jordan
Legendary Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan has a very commanding presence, both on and off the basketball court.
In recent years, Jordan has gotten involved in other sports, namely NASCAR. The NBA Hall of Famer is part owner of 23XI Racing, which is co-owned by Denny Hamlin.
The NASCAR team features Bubba Wallace and is adding Kurt Busch for the 2022 season.
Busch, a veteran NASCAR driver, had a brutally honest admission on his meeting with Jordan.
“I mean he is the GOAT. The situation, the way it all came together, it was this impressive meeting out in Sonoma earlier this summer. Right away, I got along with him. Just with the way he was chill but also presented this aura about him. ‘We will win. We are here to win. This is what this is about,’” Busch remembered in an interview with SiriusXM. “And it was like, ‘Yes sir.’ He’s like, ‘Don’t call me sir.’ I said, ‘Alright, let’s win.’”
Busch is excited to get going for 23XI Racing.
“It was just easy right away to piece together what the contract is,” he recalled. “Monster Energy was incredibly excited about it. Toyota, they were the ones behind the scenes, kind of pushing for a veteran to jump in the program and move the needle with 23XI. I’ve raced a long time for a lot of different legendary owners and Hall of Famers in NASCAR. MJ definitely has a different presence about him.”
The 2022 season should be a fun one.