Rafa raising his level at crunch time

Updated: June 6, 2012, 4:55 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Although it is perfectly fine to wish, only the truly greedy would expect Rafael Nadal and Nicolas Almagro and Andy Murray and David Ferrer to repeat Tuesday's intense and powerful Roland Garros quarterfinals. The wish, naturally, was not granted.

The Wednesday mood at Court Philippe Chatrier resembled a light Sunday morning hangover, the chatter still about the day earlier, when Novak Djokovic broke the hearts of 10,000 Parisians and particularly that of one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, ...

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