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Nadal Believes Grand Slam In 2011 "Is Impossible"
Shanghai, China
by James Buddell


Rafael Nadal has won nine Grand Slam championships.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal believes his chances are slim of winning all four Grand Slam championships in one calendar year.

“I hope to have the chances to win four [major] titles next year,” said Nadal at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Tuesday. “[But] for me, that is impossible. I will try to keep playing well… but the Grand Slam is not the case. That's for sure impossible, I think.”

Nadal won his fifth Roland Garros title (d. Soderling) in May, lifted his second Wimbledon trophy (d. Berdych) in July and became the seventh man in tennis history to complete a career Grand Slam by clinching his first US Open crown (d. Djokovic). He became the 2010 ATP World Tour Champion on 16 September.

When asked what the Spaniard attributes his stellar season to, the 24 year old said, “I was able to be almost all the time at my hundred per cent.

“Last year and the beginning of this was difficult and hard for me. So maybe for that reason I was able to push hard in all the tournaments, play with [one] hundred per cent of motivation and try [one] hundred per cent in every moment.
 
“If you are winning, you want to keep winning because you never know when this going to stop.  So you have to do your best. When you are healthy, you have to enjoy the moments when you can because, for sure, the difficult moments are going to come back.”

Last week he picked up his 43rd tour-level title and seventh trophy of the year at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo. But if his ATP World Tour rivals think he’ll let up towards the end of the year, they’d be wrong.

“Three tournaments (Shanghai, Paris and London Finals) remain for me,” he said. “Last effort, [a] last try to be as good as I can in the last three tournaments of the year.”

Nadal will end his year by competing at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London from 21-28 November. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have also qualified for the season finale.

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MS Shanghai, Nadal Untroubled In Opener

ATP World Tour Champion Rafael Nadal was impressive in his opening match at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, dismissing Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday to reach the third round of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament.

The Spaniard, who finished runner-up to Nikolay Davydenko in the final last year, improved to a 7-0 record against Wawrinka as he broke serve once in each set to secure victory in one hour and 35 minutes.

"It is a very good result," said Nadal. "Wawrinka is a very good player and is very difficult to have a victory today in straight sets. I am happy for that. For sure, it wasn't easy, but it wasn't one of these very, very difficult days."

The 24-year-old Nadal is bidding for back-to-back titles in Asia after winning his ATP World Tour-best seventh trophy of the season last week in Tokyo (d. Monfils). The Mallorcan won a record-breaking 18th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Madrid in May and will look to add to his tally this week at the eighth Masters 1000 event of the season.

Nadal next will face No. 13 seed Jurgen Melzer of Austria, who withstood 10 aces from the racquet of Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver for a 6-3, 7-6(2) win in 79 minutes.

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Nadal vs Wawrinka preview and interview
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUNX1SDHwqM[/youtube]

Nadal vs Wawrinka highlights
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-fmDBNtgf0[/youtube]

Nadal vs Wawrinka, Last Game
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqd77phP5_8[/youtube]
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Nadal, Murray Locked In Playstation Dispute


Rafael Nadal claims he and Juan Monaco won 2-1.

The competitive nature of tennis players means a loss can often be hard to swallow, but in the case of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, it means point blank refusal to admit defeat is the case after a heated game of Pro Evolution Soccer on Tuesday evening.

Nadal teamed with Argentine Juan Monaco, while Murray paired with his friend, Dani Vallverdu and all day Wednesday the argument has raged via Twitter and post-match press conferences – just exactly who was the winner?

Juan Monaco was the first to announce the result on Twitter, claiming that he and Nadal had won 2-1 in a best-of-three contest. It quickly became apparent, though, that there was a certain dispute about the rules in a penalty shoot out.

“@picomonaco is trying to claim that penalties doesn't count, que es eso?” tweeted Murray to his followers following the match. Retorted Monaco: “@andy_murray The rules are the rules, had agreed that there was no tie and no penalties !! you cannot be seriuos mannnnnnn”

With the world’s media eager to hear a straight story Wednesday, Murray was able to share his version first, having finished his match at the Shanghai Rolex Masters before Nadal played.

“Basically we agreed to play best of three. They won the first match. The second match went into extra time, and they decided if it went to penalties, it didn't count because they didn't know how to take penalties. So the match finished as a draw,” explained the Scot. “They said, ‘Okay, we're not playing. Didn't want to play penalties. We drew the game.’  I think we won that one because they didn't want to take the penalties. Then we won the third game. Then they wanted to play a fourth one, which they won. So I think it was 2-2. They think it was 2-1 for them.  But we were the better team, so that was the most important thing (smiling)."

Nadal’s version? “I am not going to answer because everybody who was there knows who won yesterday night. So if he's happy coming here and lying to everybody, it's okay (smiling). But we won, that's true. Monaco and me, we won 2-1. That's true.”
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MS Shanghai, 3rd round, Melzer Scores Biggest Career Win Over Nadal; Steps Up Finals Bid

Austrian Jurgen Melzer recorded the biggest win of his career on Thursday when he defeated World No. 1 Rafael Nadal 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

"I think the key was to put a lot of pressure on him," admitted Melzer, who improved to 10-43 lifetime against Top 10 opponents. "You cannot let him play his game. You'll always be second. That play with his forehand, he's just too good.

"So I tried to take the ball early. I was serving really well, especially on big moments. I executed my game plan, which was putting a lot of pressure, especially on his forehand."

Melzer snapped a three-match losing streak against the Spaniard after hitting 14 aces and converting three of 12 break point opportunities. He won 12 of 20 return points in the first set before Nadal regained his composure.

"To be honest, I learned from the last matches," Melzer added. "The first one at the Olympics was a blowout. Then I think I played a very good match [at Roland Garros] against him. Although I lost in three sets, I was very close in winning one. Clay is his best surface. I'm very happy."

Melzer clinched a crucial break in the sixth game of the third set, before top seed Nadal hit his only ace at 2-5 in the third set on Melzer’s second of four match points.
 
The No. 13 seed improved to a 46-23 match record on the season and will next meet Juan Monaco of Argentina, who dropped 12 points on serve to cruise past Mischa Zverev 6-0, 6-2 in 66 minutes.

Nadal, who has captured seven tour-level titles this year – including Grand Slam championship trophies at Roland Garros (d. Soderling), Wimbledon (d. Berdych) and the US Open (d. Djokovic) – dropped to a 67-9 season mark.

"I felt slow on court," said Nadal. "I had more mistakes than usual. I played shorter than usual. [I was] a little bit more tired than usual, just physically and mentally. just [want to] congratulate him. It's true, he played very aggressive, but [it] wasn't very difficult [to] play that aggressive against me today."

The 24 year old is next scheduled to compete at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris before contesting his final tournament of the year at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

"I am very, very happy about what happened to me during all the year," said Nadal. "Two tournaments [remain] for me. [I will] enjoy these ones and try to play better than today."

Melzer is bidding to become the first player since Emilio Sanchez (w/Casal) in 1990 to contest the singles and doubles competitions at the elite season finale.

"To be honest, I could live with that, having busy days in London," he said. "But it's a long way there. I'm in the quarter-finals. I have a good chance to reach the semis. I'm almost 900 points off the eighth player. This is a very long way. If it somehow happens, I'll be there, I'll be happy, and I'll be hopefully performing well."
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Nadal vs Melzer, highlights
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDmhEizlX_M&translated=1[/youtube]

Rafa, interview
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DIY6qhzrjc[/youtube]
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Well done to Rafa for recognizing that a potential Grand Slam in 2011 is not even on the radar.

Focus on playing good tennis, winning points, games, sets, and matches.

Any individual Slam titles that result from that are well earned. ://
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Nadal vs Melzer, highlights
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDmhEizlX_M&translated=1[/youtube]

Rafa, interview
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DIY6qhzrjc[/youtube]
I love Melzer's style but sometimes his attitude disappoints.

The rally at 1:15 is fun, sounds like the crowd really enjoyed it!
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Well done to Rafa for recognizing that a potential Grand Slam in 2011 is not even on the radar.

Focus on playing good tennis, winning points, games, sets, and matches.

Any individual Slam titles that result from that are well earned. ://

Definitely, but it doesnt sound that crazy for me, I actually believed he could go for it last year, after winning the AO, the FO was like a given (although it wasnt) and then he might defend wimby and go for it at the USO..

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Well done to Rafa for recognizing that a potential Grand Slam in 2011 is not even on the radar.

Focus on playing good tennis, winning points, games, sets, and matches.

Any individual Slam titles that result from that are well earned. ://

completely agree, MT!

With Rafa really it's one match and then the next one, he respects so much his opponents. Then he plays all the points with a great intensity thinking a mistake can turn the match against him but...he is mentally very strong,  probably the last great player who had such a level of intensity and fighting attitude, great competitor was Connors.
As a fan, I take all his matches as finals and probably Rafa thinks the same. He is also very humble and likes to keep expectations low with the media but inside he is fighter and a very vicious one.

Vamos Rafa! 
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Well done to Rafa for recognizing that a potential Grand Slam in 2011 is not even on the radar.

Focus on playing good tennis, winning points, games, sets, and matches.

Any individual Slam titles that result from that are well earned. ://

Definitely, but it doesnt sound that crazy for me, I actually believed he could go for it last year, after winning the AO, the FO was like a given (although it wasnt) and then he might defend wimby and go for it at the USO..
I don't think it's crazy either.
I believe in order for Rafa to win the Grand Slam he must focus on the process and not the projected results.
Only then will he be doing the work necessary to make it happen.
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Well done to Rafa for recognizing that a potential Grand Slam in 2011 is not even on the radar.

Focus on playing good tennis, winning points, games, sets, and matches.

Any individual Slam titles that result from that are well earned. ://

completely agree, MT!

With Rafa really it's one match and then the next one, he respects so much his opponents. Then he plays all the points with a great intensity thinking a mistake can turn the match against him but...he is mentally very strong,  probably the last great player who had such a level of intensity and fighting attitude, great competitor was Connors.
As a fan, I take all his matches as finals and probably Rafa thinks the same. He is also very humble and likes to keep expectations low with the media but inside he is fighter and a very vicious one.

Vamos Rafa! 
A nice comparison to Connors Senora!
His intensity and tenacity combine to make him a formidable competitor.
He knows well that winning tennis is all about focusing on one point and not having any expectations.
The only way to have any sort of control over how you do, is to control what you do. 
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Nadal finally was able to be with the baby, Carla, of his friend Carlos Moya.  :cool:



a picture of dad, Carlos Moya, mom, actress Carolina Cerezuela and the baby, Carla! Congrats! Carla is very beautiful!  :))



Moya has said Nadal will be the tennis coach of Carla!  :))

Going back to Rafa, when he came back to Spain, he said that he is mentally very tired right now, long season.
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I love Moya!!!

It's pretty cool that he and Rafa are close friends. :gleam:

Always nice for a young man to be involved in the family life of those slightly older.
A great way to learn.
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Well done to Rafa for recognizing that a potential Grand Slam in 2011 is not even on the radar.

Focus on playing good tennis, winning points, games, sets, and matches.

Any individual Slam titles that result from that are well earned. ://

Rafa wouldn't have gone this far if he didn't do exactly what you pointed. Going day by day, match by match, point by point.

Winning the Grand Slam is crazy... but if he wins in Australia he will have completed a non-calendar-year Grand Slam. How about that for a clay-court specialist?

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I love Moya!!!

It's pretty cool that he and Rafa are close friends. :gleam:

Always nice for a young man to be involved in the family life of those slightly older.
A great way to learn.

they are not only close friends, they have a very significant relation, they have known each other for more than decade and they are from the same island, Mallorca. in 2000 Davis Cup final Nadal was the flagbearer of Spain in Barcelona. Rafa had just won for Spain the Davis Cup under 17 age, (9 years later we have won this event again) in that final, big anecdote, the players were told to keep an eye on their rackets because there was a young kid who was very good... their relation is very similar to Santana-Orantes, the master Moya and the protege Nadal, that's why Moya is joking about Rafa becoming the coach of his baby. Moya teached a lot of things to Nadal before and after the famous Nadal vs Cash match, about how to improve in his teenage years and also how to deal with media and fans. Carlos Costa, another great spanish player in the 90's is playing a similar role, he is the manager of Rafa. The best moment of Rafa and Carlos came at the 2004 Davis Cup final when they won the final in Seville. The last great match between Rafa and Carlos was the semifinal in Chennai in 2008. Sadly since them, Carlos has been troubled with foot injury, he tried to come back this year in USA, before the clay season started, but he was not feeling well at all. In a recent forum organised by Emilio Sanchez Vicario, Moya said he wanted to retire playing some matches. As one of the 5 best spanish players of all time, he is for sure going to get wild cards for 500 Barcelona and MS Madrid and I hope if he asks for a wc to RG, the french federation will give him a last invitation and ovation on Chatrier Court as a former champ of the event. Carlos is the 2nd active player with most atp wins. Finally, to see how much they are friends, Carlos has said Rafa will be the uncle of his new baby Carla. yes, Uncle Rafa! :)  
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Nadal finally was able to be with the baby, Carla, of his friend Carlos Moya.  :cool:




Moya has said Nadal will be the tennis coach of Carla!  :))



That is so cute :gleam:

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RAFA NADAL OPENS A SCHOOL IN INDIA  :))


October 17.2010, Anantapur, India


The Rafa Nadal Foundation together with the Vicente Ferrer Foundation have celebrated the inauguration of their first school in India, located in the district of Anantapur, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, where the Vicente Ferrer Foundation has been working for the past 40 years implementing a development program. Rafa Nadal, accompanied by his mother, Ana Maria and representatives of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation cut the first of what hopefully will be many ribbons.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx4TUPwSrNg[/youtube]

The aim of this new school is to offer educational, psycho-social, health and nutritional support to more than a hundred children who belong to the poorest communities in the country, such as the ‘dalits’ or untouchables, tribal groups and the so-called disadvantaged castes. Through the implementation of tools such as education and sports (particularly tennis) they plan to integrate all the boys and girls from different castes, ages and places. During the opening ceremony on October 17th, Rafa Nadal played tennis with the students of his new school and looked very happy to have had the chance to do spend some time with them, “I’m really happy to be here visiting the school and meeting the children who will study here. I hope they will like it and I hope this project will help them to get an education and to have all they need. I wish to see those who will study here have a new life when I come back in a few years time”.

Moncho Ferrer, the program director at the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, stressed the importance of this type of education center for the development of children: “The Education and Sports School that we have funded under the Rafa Nadal Foundation aims to help children’s development. Our philosophy is for the Foundation to use sport as a means for learning. This project has three tennis coaches with whom our children can come and practice, learn and play tennis. Along with that we will teach English, maths and IT. From these three subjects we were particularly fond of information technology as it represents the world we live in nowadays and rural children don’t have access to it.

The education program at the Vicente Ferrer Foundation is made up of different subjects and themes that contribute to the cultural and artistic development of children and young people, including art, drama, music, dance and sports. As mentioned above, The Vicente Ferrer Foundation targets the most discriminated and excluded communities in India. We think through the practice of sports we will contribute to their lives by extending their knowledge in values, which is an aspect of life that affects people on a daily basis.

Vamos Rafa! :))
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ATP world tour uncovered!!!
Rafa Nadal 2010 season! :gleam:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa3CJbl4-bM&translated=1[/youtube]

Vamos Rafa!!!!
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Rafa was enjoying himself today in Castellon, close to Valencia! :)



Rafa took part in a golf exhibition tournament organised by his friend, golfer Sergio Garcia to raise funds for the Sergio Garcia Foundation.
 


Rafa was very friendly with all the fans who wanted to take a picture with him.



He was also very friendly signing a lot of autographs.



He also said he and Sergio usually exchanged some words of courage in their respectives goods and bad moments, like Sergio was really trying to help him during the difficult 2009.



They team up for the exho, another famous team was the one involving Olazabal-Cruyff for example.



tennis players and close friends of Rafa, Marc Lopez and Tomeu Salva were the other 2 members of the team of Rafa and Sergio



Nice to see Rafa enjoying himself and having some fun!




Vamos Rafa!!!!
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