We're going to slide in a little bit of tennis today, because with all the NBA and NHL excitement, if I added Arena Football to the mix, you might not be able to take the excitement. We have to pace ourselves a little bit.
Rafael Nadal, last year's French Open winner and possibly the only thing standing between Roger Federer and a grand slam, beat Federer today in the finals of the Monte Carlo Masters, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (5). Nadal is as unstoppable on clay as Lawrence Taylor was on coke. LT never wore capri pants, though.
Nadal's actually beaten Federer four of the last fives times they've played, and it's his 42nd straight win on clay. If Federer wants to win a grand slam, of course, he's got to win the French Open, which is also played on a clay surface. He lost to Nadal in the semifinals of the French last year, and apparently, beating Nadal on clay is the one thing he can't do. Put them on a hard surface, and Federer beats that ass. On clay, it's a different story.
Federer did say he answered some questions for himself about what he has to do to beat Nadal on Clay, so he's got that going for him. The next 8 or 9 tournaments are on clay, so he'll have to chance to test his theory.
Nadal powers to win over Federer [BBC Sport]