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Rafa will be taking the long trip to South Africa this weekend to see his Spain in the Football World Cup Final.
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Yes  :))


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How great it is to see Rafael Nadal so happy... Enjoy this Rafa, especially for what you've done and what your team has done.



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Oh that's sweet :).

In the first pic I initially thought he had a giant case of acne :rofl_2:

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Q&A with Rafael Nadal
The eight-time Grand Slam champion talks history, Federer, existence of God

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Just 24 years old, Rafael Nadal has bagged titles at the French Open (five), Wimbledon (two) and the Australian Open (one).
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Shortly after he won his second Wimbledon title in June, Rafael Nadal met with a small group of reporters from international publications, including Sports Illustrated. Some outtakes from that Q&A session:

How much does history motivate you? Do you know, for instance, whose record you tied today?

The history is there for sure, being part of these players -- Connors, Agassi, Lendl -- it's amazing. Just an honor to be close to these players. But I am 24 years old and it's very difficult to talk about the history now, where I am. In my opinion the Grand Slams are not the only thing to value ... I don't have a lot of the information, but what Lendl did at the Masters was amazing. We have to see. We have to value different things, no? We have to see when I finish my career where I am. Right now I am very happy -- I never thought I can be here with 18 Masters 1000 and eight Grand Slams.

Does it mean anything to you that at the same age, you're ahead of where Roger Federer was with Grand Slams?

No, I think every career is different. For me, it's amazing winning here on grass, winning on hard court in Australia. I hope to do well at the U.S. Open for sure -- I've reached semifinals the last two years. For Roger, I think ... maybe it's easier than for me because I am especially [good] on clay and we have only one [clay-court Slam]. I can play very well on grass, too. But hard court players, they have more chances than the clay-court specialists. They have three. We have one. For sure I can play well on grass ... but the chances are less.

Do you still think of yourself as a clay-court specialist, even now that you've won two Wimbledon titles?

I don't feel like a clay-court specialist. Not now and not even when I didn't win [on other surfaces]. In 2005, I won in Montreal, very difficult. I won in Madrid [when it was an indoor event] on a very fast surface, too. I didn't play my best tennis at hardcourt or grass Grand Slams at that moment, but I was able to do it. I think I am a complete player. I can play well on all the surfaces. For me, the clay might be easiest but I am not a specialist on clay. I have five finals at Roland Garros. I have four here.

There are people who say Roger is over the hill, that he won't come to the top again. What's your opinion?

My opinion is that everyone said the same two years ago and after that he won in Australia, he won in Roland Garros, he won Wimbledon, he won the U.S. Open, so we will see what happens. Roger is good enough, he has enough experience. For sure it's difficult what he did the last seven, eight years, impossible to repeat for another player ... Roger is going to be there, I'm sure of it.

You talk about your difficulties, what is not easy for you. Is it more difficult to face problems on court or in your private life? Which, in your opinion, was the biggest problem you ever faced?

You're talking about the divorce of my parents?

No. Everything.

I think the tennis is only a game. You can lose. You can win. After that? In life, there are much more important things than tennis. I know that for sure ... I didn't have a lot of problems in my private life and I feel very lucky for that. But you always have things. For sure, the tennis right is an important pat of my life -- it's my work -- and I have a few health problems for the last few years, especially last year. But I feel lucky. Even then I felt, "You've won six Grand Slams, you've won a lot of titles. You're 23 years old. Be calm and be happy. What you have already is a lot."

Q: Do you believe in God? We see football players crossing themselves. You don't do that. Do you do praying?

A: It's hard to say, "I don't believe in God." I would love to know if God exists. But it's a very difficult thing for me to believe. I don't know. It's private and I don't want to speak about it, but I say, "If God exists, you don't need [to cross yourself] or pray." If God exists, he's intelligent enough to [do] the important things, the right things.

Can you describe glory?

The glory is being happy. The glory is not winning here or winning there. The glory is enjoying practicing, enjoy every day, enjoying to work hard, trying to be a better player than before.


Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jon_wertheim/07/16/nadal.interview/index.html#ixzz0tsuKjkms

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Thanks for posting this wonderful interview Dallas. The guy is simply amazing.


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Classic Rafa  :), tnx for posting.


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Q&A with Rafael Nadal
The eight-time Grand Slam champion talks history, Federer, existence of God



I think the tennis is only a game. You can lose. You can win. After that? In life, there are much more important things than tennis. I know that for sure ... I didn't have a lot of problems in my private life and I feel very lucky for that. But you always have things. For sure, the tennis right is an important pat of my life -- it's my work -- and I have a few health problems for the last few years, especially last year. But I feel lucky. Even then I felt, "You've won six Grand Slams, you've won a lot of titles. You're 23 years old. Be calm and be happy. What you have already is a lot."



Can you describe glory?

The glory is being happy. The glory is not winning here or winning there. The glory is enjoying practicing, enjoy every day, enjoying to work hard, trying to be a better player than before.

These 2 answers exemplify some of the character traits I admire in Rafa.  He's quite mature for 23 years old.
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July 20.2010, Mallorca

After a deserved holiday, Rafa Nadal will begin training on Thursday for the last part of the season in America. The year so far couldn’t have been better for the world No.1. He ended the clay-court season with an impeccable record and 4 titles, and if that wasn’t already a great feat, he completed (a very short) but perfect grass season with a second Wimbledon title.

Rafa will be looking at improving his game and probably chance his strategy to suit the famously fast American hard-courts. His aim is to continue to improve his performance and hopefully win the one Grand Slam Title missing in his trophy cabinet. Before travelling to New York though, he has two Masters Series events to play.

The first stop will be at the Rogers Cup tournament in Toronto, (where he won the title twice, in 2008 and in 2005) followed by Cincinnati. Two crucial events that will help him face the Grand Slam of the season.
Whatever happens from now on though, Rafa has secured a place in the 2010 Masters event in London which features the best eight players of the world.

ˇVamos Rafa!


http://www.rafaelnadal.com/content/rafa-returns-thursday


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I don't think I can handle the pink.
He managed to squeak by a poor serving Stan today.
There were a few bright spots though-  the body serve was devastating.
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Rafa Nadal during a match with Andy Murray:



Relaxed Rafa after the match at a press conference. Great to see him smiling.



The killer forehand approaching. Everybody duck.  :)~




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Hopefully Rafa can find his range on the hardcourts prior to the Open.
He seems to be doing fine physically and mentally.
I'm not sure why he's making a few more UFE's than normal.
Seems like he's being a bit more aggressive.  Perhaps he still needs to adjust to that type of strategy.
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Hopefully Rafa can find his range on the hardcourts prior to the Open.
He seems to be doing fine physically and mentally.
I'm not sure why he's making a few more UFE's than normal.
Seems like he's being a bit more aggressive.  Perhaps he still needs to adjust to that type of strategy.

I think the makes the points shorter so he doesnt have to play all those never-ending points, which might be mortal to his knees...


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Nadal saves match point to win the match.I rather enjoyed that.  :)


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Nadal saves match point to win the match.I rather enjoyed that.  :)




Against a near-30 player cramping up I'm not that impressed. I'll be more impressed when Rafa gets his first victory over a top 8 on hardcourt for the first time since spring 09.
Then we will fight in the shade.

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Hey cranky pants... Not really interested in what you have to say so go spread your negativity somewhere else. As far as I can tell, Rafa managed to defeat Benneteau... The last time they played, Federer didn't.

Something to think about.  :zipped:



Vamos Rafa for coming back after a match point down. My hero.  :gleam:




PS - no one gives a flying f**k what you are or aren't impressed with.  :rofl_2:

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this guy just cant loose

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Hey cranky pants... Not really interested in what you have to say so go spread your negativity somewhere else. As far as I can tell, Rafa managed to defeat Benneteau... The last time they played, Federer didn't.

Something to think about.  :zipped:



Vamos Rafa for coming back after a match point down. My hero.  :gleam:




PS - no one gives a flying f**k what you are or aren't impressed with.  :rofl_2:


Funny that Benneteau wasn't cramping in the INDOOR Paris match last year.  :\
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That would hardly qualify as funny, your sense of humor must be as distorted as your appreciation for this game. Non-existent. (I thought you might need me to add this line in order for you to comprehend what I said)

Oh yeah, also prepare a huge pile of excuses if Baghdatis doesn't make it today, or if Davydenko by any chance does.



Hands down, simply the greatest of all-time... Rafael Nadal.