While we’re waiting for the King of Clay to work his magic at Roland Garros, here are some photos of the man in action on hard courts in Cincinnati 2011. Feel free to click the pics for larger versions.
On the doubles court with partner Marc Lopez, Rafael Nadal watched the trajectory of another one of those balls he forced his opponent to erratically smack into the atmosphere:
Here we prove that seats behind the baseline give you a perfect view of every player’s best side:
And finally, Rafa lining up the forehand against Fernando Verdasco, in what was actually a pretty competitive Thursday match during the Western and Southern Open. Note the heavily bandaged fingers from Rafa’s hot plate incident.
PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal, Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati. c2011 Valerie David at TennisInsideOut.com.