01.28.09 9 years ago 6 Comments

I wasn’t planning on writing an update on the scorching Australian Open today, then I saw Rafael Nadal’s Rambo face, and, well, I had to share.

Nadal (rawr!) continued his domination of the men’s bracket — he has yet to lose a set, by beating Frenchman Gilles “Jill” Simon 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the semifinals, where he’ll face fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams is the lone American remaining in the field; the other three semifinalists — Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, and  Vera Zvonareva — are all Russian.

Serena advanced by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova in a match that began with the arena’s roof open before temperatures reached 107° (in excess of 130 on the court) and officials decided to close the roof.  Oh yes, you read that correctly.  “Hey, it’s 120 degrees on the court. Should we turn the air-conditioning on?”  “Nah, let’s wait until gets f-ckin’ hotter.”

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