Novak Beats Nadal To Reach Paris Final, Hair Looks Worse Than Usual
Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 2 and 3 to reach the Paris Masters Final last night. It was absolutely perfect play from Novak. For someone who played pretty damn average against Soderling, he brought his best against Nadal. Which, in my opinion, he always does. Noone makes Djokovic play better than Nadal. I don’t know whether he just gets very determined to beat him, whether he has a game plan noone else executes well except perhaps delPo, or if he just loves the high topspin balls, but whatever it is, Djokovic has Nadal’s number. On hard courts, anyway. Nadal played perfectly fine, not bad and not brilliant. He just was never really in the match.
Djokovic faces Monfils in the final, who needed three sets to overcome uglyStepanek. There is going to be a huge amount of support behind Monfils, but if Djokovic plays anywhere near the level he did last night, it is hard to imagine him not taking home his first Masters series of 2009. Of course, Monfils is not Nadal, so who knows what game Nole wil bring.
Thank god I don’t have to look at Nadal’s outfit anymore. Worst outfit of 2009, anyone? Also, Novak should cut his hair. It looks even more lego-man than usual.