Rafael Nadal won his fourth Rome title yesterday with a straight-sets win over Novak Djokovic. That venue, like many other clay-court venues on the tour, has become Rafa's personal playground. To set the record for most title wins by a male at this prestigious event is really something.
All in all, I thought it was a good tournament to watch: Djoko looked really good out there, Juan Monaco had a nice run, there was an American sighting or two. All in all, not a bad one to watch.
On the WTA, Svetlana Kuznetsova FINALLY won a title by beating new world number one Dinara Safina pretty comfortably in Germany. Last I checked, Kuznetsova had lost like nine of her last 10 finals played, which is a remarkable statistic for someone of her ability. Glad to see her back in the winner's circle!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.