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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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The Year of Yellow

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The colour took over the Aussie Open in tennis as Novak and Andy’s yellow accents battled it out in the final. Not to be outdone, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, David Ferrer, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic couldn’t help themselves either.

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In golf, Adidas launched the Adizero but sadly, forgot who they were dealing with (too many badly-dressed golfers). The result: more than a few horror looks, but at least Sergio Garcia got it right.

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And soon to make its debut, the Golden State shirt jersey from Adidas has received mixed reviews (I like it).

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I’m suddenly feeling the need for yellow high-tops.

 

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Game Changer

How fast times change. Just two days ago we were venting about Novak Djokovic’s clothing sponsor Sergio Tacchini. Well then! Only hours after our post went up on Tuesday we discovered Djokovic had ended his relationship with Tacchini two years into his 10-year sponsorship deal with the sponsor stating that Djoko had outgrown the Italian brand. Translation: we can’t afford this guy.

His new clothing sponsor is none other than UNIQLO and Djokovic will be sporting the popular Japanese brand’s logo on the clay at Roland Garros. A subsidiary of Fast Retailing Company, UNIQLO also sponsors Japan’s top-ranked player Kei Nishikori, currently ranked 18th in the world.

I’ve been a huge fan of UNIQLO since MG introduced me to the brand a few years back and a trip NYC is never complete without a visit to the SoHo location.

It will be interesting to see how UNIQLO tackles its tennis line with the world’s top-rated player on board. With promises of collaboration on future product lines and co-developing UNIQLO functional wear, it is a huge opportunity for Novak to expand his personal brand across the globe. Our first peek is only days away.

In the meantime, here are a few of Kei Nishikori’s looks:

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The King of Clay

After an off year, Rafa looks to be back in control heading into Roland Garros this week. Nadal out-sneered World No. 1 Novak Djokovic to take back his Italian Open title and gain even more momentum heading into the French Open. After being dominated by Djokovic in 2011, Rafa has taken down Djoko in their last two matches. Nadal has to be the favourite to walk away from Paris with a record-breaking seventh French Open title (besting legend Bjorn Borg’s six titles).

Editor’s Note #1: GoS ‘s own MG met Borg when she was just a young girl at an airport in Europe. Not yet the sports fan she is today, she had no idea who he was but her parents sure did and they convinced her to go ask him for an autograph. “He won’t refuse a little girl,” they told her. All she remembers is a pretty brunette on his arm and him being nice enough to indulge her pretend sports interest. Sadly, the autograph is nowhere to be found these days.

Now, back to style. Normally, I am more in favour of Roger Federer’s Nike outfits than Rafa’s, but I have to say I am into this peach look above. It looks great against the clay court and reminds me of one of my favourite sports looks ever.

I can’t say the same for Djoko and his latest look from Sergio Tacchini. This company should be killing it right now with the exposure they’ve been getting from Djokovic’s rise, but it’s just the same every tournament (yawn). For a sneak peek at Rafa’s French Open outfit go here  and for Novak’s, here.

Editor’s Note #2: I want to give a shout out to GoS faves Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They closed out the Lakers with highlight reel shots like this and continue to make us proud with their awesome post-game attire.

-CH

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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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