“No Way!” says Nole

Novak Djokovic the worlds number one

put an end to Nadal’s eight-year run.Monte Carlo

Annually at Monte Carlo, Rafa had destroyed the best,

so this year Nole arose to the test.

He slipped and slid and pummeled the ball

hell bent this day on denying Nadal.

He contorted his body and time after time

laser ed backhand winners straight down the line.

That was a big part of an overall plan

devised by the ever present Djokovic klan.

The first set, 2-6, brought Nadal some alarm

as Nole’s plan had worked like a charm.

But Rafas’ no quitter, this we all know,

one set lost for him ain’t stopping the show.

So he dug deep in the second and pushed twice as hard

waiting for Nole to drop his guard.

Like fighters, they traded blow after blow,

which man would win became harder to know.

When it reached six all, fans erupted with glee

at the thought that the match might extend to three.

But in the tiebreak, Nole ended the dance

by quickly destroying Rafa’s last chance.

For Nole the win was particularly sweet,

cause “the king of clay” was the man that he beat.

But a loss for Nadal seems to heighten motivation,

a testament to “the soldier’s” unfailing dedication.

Towards Roland Garros, there are more stops along the way,

maybe more battles for these two on finals day.

So, for now on clay, Nole is tops,

but we’ll see what plays out at the next few stops.

For Rafael Nadal, be he ever so humble,

you can bet will now be more ready to rumble.Rafa - Brazil


2 thoughts on ““No Way!” says Nole

  1. Loved your poem. You are the great poet of Tennis. NADAL managed to break Djokovic’s serve three times. Can you imagine what a champion NADAL would be if he had an equal serve quality as Federer and Djokovic ? What’s to be done ? There were two times I remember where NADAL had a great serve. US open 2010 and against Agassi in 2007 where he produced 13 Aces. At the press conference later Agassi said he could not read Nadal’s serve. I repeat : what’s to be done ?

    • YJS
      Thanks for your comment. Despite reaching the finals in all five tournaments he’s entered and winning three since returning to the tour, I still think Nadal is a bit short of reaching his highest level. But, I do believe the Monte Carlo loss will tighten him up and certainly motivate him to aspire for more. He is the ultimate competitor.
      Regarding his serve, it’s considerably better than it was in the early years, and even now it seems to fluctuate somewhat between being good and being very good. When he gets in a high percentage of first serves, especially the out wide lefty swing, he gets a good number of free points or at least a good setup to immediately seize control of the rally. You can bet he is still working on it.

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