2010 MTR Wrap-Up: Clay Season

Posted by Brodie under: Roland Garros

18 Dec 2010

We came in with questions, we left with answers. Rafa’s clay season came to an unfortunate end in 2009 at the hands of Sod, and there were a lot of questions going into the 2010 clay season, if you remember. He pulled out of AO with the knee, and fell to Ljubs in IW and Dick in Miami. Would Rafa be healthy and ready to take on the challenge?

Take a peak peek (yay English). Absurd. No seriously, look again. 51 sets won, 2 sets lost. None at Roland Garros. He lost only 14 games at Monte Carlo and became the first player to win any tournament six times straight. King of Clay indeed.

Things were weird for the ladies. With an injured Dinara and a struggling Kuz, there were a lot of points handed out to a lot of random people. Specifically? MJMS in Rome and Rezai in Madrid.

But the real treat was Franny. She had some of the pictures of the year from that second set tiebreak and looked like a giddy, smiling kid on crack during the trophy ceremony. It was also a bit of a coming out party for Slammin’ Sammy, who took out Justine, Serena and JJ all in succession before just falling a tad short. It was a bit like the wild west, but it was bloody fun.

The Good: OK, good is an understatement (srsly, the final against Sod took 2:18? Yikes). But do you remember anything from the men’s clay season other than Rafa? Or anything else worth remembering? Ernie maybe? Everything was comin’ up Rafa, and he was an absolute tank.

The Bad: Remember this? Lulz.

The Ugly: It was all coming together so well. Franny, Sam, and JJ in her way. No Serena, no Russians in the way between Elena and her elusive slam. After a hard fought first set, she dropped it in a tiebreak to Franny. It soon became clear she was too injured to continue playing and retired from the match in a heap of tears. It was the last straw on a great career, and I think we can all agree: it fucking sucked.

The Hilarious: What does it take to win a point against Rafa on clay? Sometimes, apparently everything.

Srsly. Fergasm used everything in the books, forehand, backhand, slice, drop shot, lob, smash… and it still only barely did it. Fer went on to win Barcelona a couple weeks later over Sod, so it all turned out ok anyway.

The Changeover Podcast:

Episode #56 – Indian Wells Wrap