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Nadal: Grunting His Way to Greatness

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I’m really into Nadal’s grey and pink outfit this year.

The talk at the start of the U.S. Open was all about the possible Rafa and Roger showdown in the quarter finals. Sadly this never came to pass as Fed’s disappointing year ended by him being thrown to the curb by some guy named Tommy Robredo.

It’s probably for the best though, as it would have been too painful to watch Federer endure another Rafa beat-down. I am starting to believe that by 2017, many will acknowledge Rafa, and not Roger, as tennis’s G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time).

Tonight, Rafa squares off against Djokovic once again, continuing the biggest and longest head-to-head rivalry in the modern age of tennis. Rafa is arguably the hottest player in tennis and holds a 21-15 lead in match-ups with Djoko. It’s not a huge advantage, but Rafa still has the upper hand.

With Rafa being healthy and in his full-on beast mode, I like his chances of lifting his second U.S. trophy tonight. Now, let’s look at the tennis landscape as the dust settles after the year’s final major: Rafa is your player of the year with two majors, the No. 1 ranking and his health.

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Rafa celebrates his U.S. Open win in 2010.

But more importantly he now has 13 MAJORS! (13!) Why is no one talking about this? If he can pull this last major out, the great Fed and his 17 majors will finally be in Rafa’s reach. Four majors is a lot (just ask that whiny bitch Eldrick Woods) but I think we can bank on Rafa winning two more French Opens in the next few years. This puts his total to 15 majors and counting, and still leaves him 3 to 4 more years of playing majors at a high level.

By the way, I believe this fear is what keeps Roger going. Everyone talks about him walking away, but I think he feels that one more, just one more major, could put things a little more out of reach. But if Rafa wins tonight and with his dominance on clay, his march towards Federer (and all-time greatness) should become the game’s biggest plotline.

Be afraid Roger, be very afraid.

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Going Green: The Masters

The second weekend of April, also known as Masters weekend, is sacred. MG is starting to get used to it (key word here being “starting”). I have yet to set foot on Augusta, but my brother has been twice and swears it’s the ultimate experience for every golf nerd.

Eldrick pretending to be happy for Phil.

The hype leading up to this year’s Masters is making us giddy: Eldrick is back, Rory is looking for his first green jacket and Phil the Thrill wants his fourth. World No. 1 Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are both still chasing their first major and defending champion Charl Schwartzel, smooth Justin Rose and Aussies Jason Day and Adam Scott could make some noise. But after all the fun, we see Rory slipping into his first green jacket. Let’s just hope he goes with a better look than this.

Jack looks sharp after his legendary Masters victory in 1986.

I’m still holding out for the real thing but until then, this version by the Canadian boys of DSquared2 will do nicely.

On a serious note from MG: As sacred as the Masters is, and even though I could care less what a douche like Tiger Woods does, since I first heard Augusta was a whites-only club until 1990 (yes, 1990), I’ve always thought Tiger should boycott the tournament. And if those wealthy Augusta men don’t give Virginia Rometty, IBM’s CEO a green jacket this weekend, the tournament is officially banned in our house. Read all the details here about the men-only club that’s in a bit of a pickle over its sexist membership rule. Will the possible loss of sponsorship be the tipping point? I feel sick just writing that.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Golf and Djoko’s Domination

The unofficial start to the golf season happened this weekend. The European Tour had its first big event in Abu Dhabi, while the PGA season started at Torrey Pines.

All the marquee names were in Abu Dhabi, where Robert Rock (fantastic name, but even better hair) held off both Rory McIlroy and Eldrick Woods. (Every day that Eldrick doesn’t win is a great day at Game of Style.) Rock’s steady rise in the world golf rankings has earned him a sponsorship with J. Lindeberg. Effortless might be the right word in describing Rock’s style. Rock always looks good, and never tries too hard.  His Sunday outfit said it all: No loud colours, just classic (check), fitted shirt and pants (we are looking squarely at you Eldrick) and great shoes (they look to be the Footjoy Icons). Well played Robert.

 

Over in tennis land, the Aussie Open lived up the the incredible hype, delivering the four best in the semis and another Novak and Rafa final. If this wasn’t enough, we were treated to an epic  five-hour five setter with Murray and Rafa, and then an almost SIX hour finale. Simply ridiculous. With Novak’s fifth major, we can start talking about the Novak Slam, and maybe even whisper about a Grand Slam? Yeah, I said it.

That being said, what was with the Hulkamania celebration? It’s these kind of things that rub us the wrong way when it comes to Djoko.

-CH

Photos: Robert Rock by Scott Halleran, Getty Images Europr; Novak Djokovic by Cameron Spencer, Getty Images AsiaPac; Hilk Hogan, MTV.com

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