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SBD/June 6, 2011/Media
Nadal-Federer Final Marks Best French Open Overnight Since Agassi's Win In '99
Published June 6, 2011
IN THE BOOTH: In Denver, Dusty Saunders writes NBC's three-person crew of Ted Robinson, Mary Carillo and John McEnroe kept Nadal-Federer "in focus." McEnroe "again displayed his ability to keep hype out of his delivery" (DENVER POST, 6/6). However, in St. Petersburg, Tom Jones writes Robinson's presence during yesterday's final "made the NBC three-person booth too crowded." McEnroe and Carillo are "so good that they don't need setting up," and if "one sport out there doesn't need a true play-by-play announcer, it's tennis" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 6/6).
BATTLE OF BABOLAT BALLS: In the first set of the Nadal-Federer match, McEnroe noted that “we’ve seen more ... unforced errors" from Nadal “then we’ve ever seen." Part of that "is probably due to this lighter ball” from Babolat “that flies and the players -- even Nadal -- have to accept that it’s going to happen.” Carillo said, “They’re lighter and they fly through the air more. ... Nadal prefers those old balls as much (as anybody), but he doesn’t want to say anything because it’s the same company that made these balls that pays him millions of dollars” (“French Open,” NBC, 6/5). Nadal has an endorsement deal to play with Babolat racquets (THE DAILY).