Babolat Pure Aero

Several months ago, Rafael Nadal was spotted using a blacked out prototype frame that had the tennis world abuzz. Those who follow Babolat racquet design know that Babolat traditionally follows a 3.5-3 year product cycle – so was this the new Aeropro Drive? Now we can officially introduce the new Babolat Pure Aero, endorsed by Rafael Nadal in an exciting new matte black and fluorescent yellow cosmetic. An emphasis on spin friendly design remains a carryover from the design of the Aeropro Drive family of racquets. An updated Aeromodular beam design produces 11% less drag than the previous Aeropro Drive. The edges of the frame have a more finely honed edge that provides aerodynamic benefit without fundamentally changing what you have always liked about the 23/26/23mm beam design of the previous Aeropro Drive. Data compiled from the past 18 months of Babolat PLAY sessions enhanced the development of Babolat FSI (Frame String Interaction) string technology first used in the 2015 Pure Drive. FSI Spin evolves this technology with not only a more open string pattern spacing near the edge/denser in middle of frame, but also permits more movement of the main strings, due to horizonally slotted grommet openings at 6:00 and 12:00.
The old saying, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is one that Babolat typically sticks very close to. The Pure Aero offers a solid, evolved update to the Aeropro Drive without trying to re-invent the wheel. Players seeking outstanding spin potential with the added pop of the wider beam you have come to know and love will find the Babolat Pure Aero an incredible update to the Babolat racquet family.

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The King of Clay Dethroned

If Novak Djokovic ever wants to accomplish the career Grand Slam, step one of defeating the “King of Clay” at Roland Garros had to happen. Today the 8 time major champion, did what only one man (Roger Soderling) has ever done, beat Rafael Nadal on the red clay at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal entered Wednesday’s match against World #1 Novak Djokovic with 9 titles and a 70-1 record at Roland Garros. After 2 hours and 26 minutes, Djokovic on Rafa’s 29th Birthday, maintained his 27th straight match winning streak and dethroned the King of Clay 7-5, 6-3, 6-1.

Djokovic, who has won 40 of his 42 matches this season, clearly has his sights set on obtaining his first career title at Roland Garros. Novak knows that this was a huge win, but it only means his spot is secure in the semifinals of the French Open.

When asked about playing a familiar opponent Andy Murray in the semifinals Djokovic responded, “This is not the shadow of a doubt that he has made ​​great strides on clay. I looked a bit in Madrid and Rome too. I think he moves better than ever. It serves very well, he always has a very good ball control. It has a tennis background play absolutely outstanding, one of the best in this exercise. It is steeped in talent. Now I must advance. I just won a quarter-final but that was not the goal in itself. I’m here to win the title.”

Rafa whom was disappointment in his performance today, has hope for his future at Roland Garros, “I lost in 2009 and it’s not the end. I lost in 2015 and it’s not the end. I hope to be back here next year.” Djokovic ended Rafa’s 39 consecutive match winning streak at Roland Garros, and advanced to the semifinals where he will face Andy Murray who defeated David Ferrer 7-6 (4), 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.

After the big win, Novak added, “Right now I’m aware that this is a big win which I will enjoy tonight but tomorrow is a new day and I will move on.”

ATP Sony Open 3rd Round Results

Men’s ATP 3rd Round Results (March 24th, 2014)
Stanislas Wawrinka defeats E. Roger-Vasselin 7-5, 6-4
John Isner defeats Nicolas Almargo 7-5, 6-3
Rafael Nadal defeats D. Istomin 6-1, 6-0
Tomas Berdych defeats J. Sousa 6-2, 6-4
Fabio Fognini defeats R. Bautista Agut 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Milos Ranoic defeats G. Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2
Alexandr Dolgopolov defeats D. Lajovic 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5)
B. Becker defeats A. Bedene 6-3, 7-5

 

Sony Ericsson Open - Day 6

Rafael Nadal lunges for a ball versus Denis Istomin in the 3rd round of the Sony Open in Miami, Florida.

Photo Credit: Sony Open Tennis