Tag Archives: Rafael Nadal

When they were young

An article on what men of the ATP looked like as a kid. Here are two. See the rest – HERE

Rafa kid

Rafael Nadal

Ferrer kid

Juan Carlos Ferrero

Rafa Tweets

Rafa FireRafa’s success at Indian Wells has resulted in a lot of Twitter activity.  Here are a few tweets:

4ª final consecutiva para @RafaelNadal tras su retorno! Sin palabras. 4th final in a row for Rafa since his return! Speechless. 


Nadal still on court signing every last autograph request. 

Rafa Signing


See the whole article at “Forehand Times” – HERE

Maria Francisca Perello

Number 8 on “The Tennis Space” blog list of the Top 10 most influential women on the ATP Tour.  Maria is Rafa’s girlfriend.

“Travelling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for  him or for me. He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around  waiting on his needs all day wears me out. It would asphyxiate me. And then he  would have to be worrying about me … No. If I followed him everywhere, I think  there’s a risk we might stop getting along,” Perello wrote in Nadal’s autobiography. “The celebrity world is not a world I want to be part of, and I don’t think Rafa would have chosen to be with a woman who looked for that in life.”

Read More – HERE


Rafa – Woops

Rafael Nadal: Surprising Signs That He’s Ready to Play, and Win, Once More

From Bleacher Reports:

     By  Clay Suttles  (Correspondent) on February 3, 2013

Here are some excerpts:

Rafael Nadal‘s return to professional men’s singles tennis on Wednesday feels a lot like a one-man army invasion bearing down on a barricaded fortress. That is to say, if inside that fortress are Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, masters of this breached province.

As the top three ranked men in the world prepare to assess the damage around their stronghold, the question they’re all thinking is obvious: Is the world No. 5 Nadal armed with heavy artillery or dual glow-in-the-dark water pistols?

If it were me, I wouldn’t take my chances, and I’d warmly accept Rafa back into the “fortress of the four.”

Nadal will be playing both singles and doubles when he takes to the court at the VTR Open in Chile this week, another move that suggests that he might not be feeling too many thwarting aches in his injury-prone joints as he warms up for the venue.

Here he’ll be matching up in the singles against players without the mechanisms to defeat him.

Nadal’s results in the doubles—partnering with World No. 12 Juan Monaco for his first match back to the tour on Tuesday—shouldn’t matter, as it won’t tell us too much about the state of his game.

But Rafa will command and overpower the singles field beginning on Wednesday. Nadal has long been one of the best in the business during his career at constant adaptation and improvement of his game in order to stay one step ahead of the field (think of that sole crown in New York at the 2010 U.S. Open, where he pumped up his service speed by 5-10 mph to add yet another weapon to his arsenal), but he won’t need too much of that early on.

Read the Full article – HERE

Practice like a Pro

Steve G Tennis did a great article back in October about how pro’s practice vs. how everyone else practices.  He feature a video of Rafael Nadal practicing.  You can see the video below.  To see the article click the link at the end.  Here is the opening paragraph from the article:

The difference between the top players in the world and everyone else is mainly strokes, footwork, strategy and the mental game. But what most people don’t realize is that these differences start in the way you practice and play tennis.

Watch any pro tennis player ranked in the top 100 and examine the way they practice.Chances are, if you have the opportunity to watch their practice – you’ll be stunned at the level of intensity and commitment they possess on every single shot they hit.

Rafael Nadal is the perfect example of this.


Bleacher Report’s Most Riveting Points from the ATP’s Big 4

Bleacher Report shows some great tennis from Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.  Here is a sampling of the slideshow with all the video’s.

The point at 5:45 was one of the best points all year.

This was a cat-and-mouse exchange that lasted way longer than any live spectators anticipated.

To see all the video’s – CLICK HERE

ATP’s Year in Review

From the ATP web site.

2012 By The Numbers… Novak’s 5 M.P. Saved Tops List

Match Points Saved
Five players won matches from the brink of defeat in 2012, most notably Novak Djokovic’s heroics to save five match points against Andy Murray in the Shanghai Rolex Masters final.

First-Time ATP Winners
Only one player won his first ATP World Tour title in 2012, compared with 10 in 2011. As players competing for their first ATP World Tour title went 1-15 in finals this season, 23-year-old Martin Klizan was the only breakthrough, triumphing at the St. Petersburg Open with a straight-sets win over Fabio Fognini. He became the first Slovakian to win a tour title since Dominik Hrbaty triumphed at Marseille in February 2004.

Winning Streaks
It was a mark of how competitive the ATP World Tour was in 2012 that the longest winning streak any player was able to put together was Roger Federer’s run of 16 matches in February-March. In 2011, Novak Djokovic had opened with a staggering 41-0 mark, while a year earlier Nadal had compiled a 24-match winning run.

Winning Titles Without Losing A Set
Rafael Nadal reminded the tennis world of his clay-court supremacy in 2012, winning three titles at Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Rome without the loss of a set. Novak Djokovic was also able to win an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title with a clean slate over six matches, retaining his title in Miami.

See the whole article – HERE

Tennis Reporters Top 50 Men

Matt Cronin’s tennisreporters.net came up with it’s year end Top 50 Men.  The top 5 were Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and David Ferrer.  The article has two paragraphs on each player.

Here are few excerpts:

Novak Djokovic: Yes, in 2012, he only won one major, the Aussie Open, but he also reached the Roland Garros final, the Wimbledon semis, the US Open final and when a lot of chips were on the line heading into the fall over who the Player of the Year was, he grabbed Shanghai and the ATP World Finals to seal POY honors.

David Ferrer: Has there ever been a more beloved world No. 5 than the gritty and gusty Ferrer? Perhaps not. Everyone loves his hustle, the way he always fight to the last ball, how much he has improved his serve and has been willing to go on the attack more. But while he clearly had a better year than anyone ranked below him, he didn’t even end the year ranked higher than Nadal, who stopped playing in late June.

As Ferrer has said, it’s more than possible that every member of the Big 4 is simply better than he is. In 2012, he went 0-3 against Djokovic and Nadal, ran his record to 0-14 vs. Federer with two losses, and split matches with Murray. He needs to go after the ball more against those players, but it is altogether possible that outside of Murray, that even if he does, he will be pushed back. But here’s hoping he reaches his first Slam final in 2013 in great shape because it would be a lot of fun to see the 30 year old sprinting wall to wall to in an attempt to win his first major. That would cap off one of the most dedicated careers of any 21st century competitor.

Read the whole article – HERE

More Charity from Rafa

This from “The Slice” blog

Rafael Nadal was in Rotterdam today to attend the opening of the 100th playground for the foundation of Richard Krajicek. Rafa joined Krajicek on court for a little fun with kids too!

Rafa also stars in “Diez personas 10″ for 2013, which features ten celebrities and photographs that represent them. The money raised by them will benefit organizations of their choice, in Nadal’s case, Fundación Rafa Nadal.

Rafael Nadal: ‘Champions Drink Responsibly’ Press Conference!

Rafael Nadal is all smiles as he attends a press conference forChampions Drink Responsibly by Bacardi on Monday (November 26) in Sitges, Spain.

The 26-year-old tennis star was joined by Managing Director of Bacardi, Jose Manuel Barcelo, as he answered questions as the new Champion of their responsible drinking campaign.

Fans – Tennis

Talk about bugging Out






So who has the most “Fans” on FacebookRoger Federer (11,838,140) but while Roger has slightly more “Fans” on Facebook that Nadal – 11,341,889 – Nadal also has 3,347,544 “Followers” on Twitter for a total of 14,689,433.  Sharapova has 8,600,852 Facebook “Fans”.  Djokovic has 3,807,966 combined fans and followers while Serena has 4,542,723.  Anna Kournikova still has 1,846,049 Facebook Fans, Venus has 2,061,737 Fans and Followers and Andy Murray has 2,180,095 Fans and Followers.  No other tennis player has more the 1 million. For a complete list of the top 96 tennis players on social media go to:



How did the Big 4 Get their points?

Drop Shot Dispatch Blog did an interesting breakdown of how the Big 4Men got their points.  Below is a graph of Novak Djokovic’s points.  To see Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal’s graphs and read the rest of the article  – CLICK HERE


The Right Wing

Another good article from Steve Tignor at Tennis.com.

Here are a few excerpts.

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This morning I could have sworn that I saw a quote from Roger Federer where he referred to early-round losers at the Grand Slams as “the left side of the draw.” I can’t find the line now in the interview he did with Swiss journalist Rene Stauffer, and he probably never said it, but I like the euphemism nonetheless.

If you’ve ever seen a practice session by one of the pros, you know that they pull off shots that they never even try during matches. On the one hand, it’s depressing to see how supernaturally skilled they are; on the other, you also realize that they get tight in matches just like we do. For instance, Andy Murray can often be seen ripping forehands without hesitation when he’s working out, and then playing them much more safely later the same day when he’s out there for real. I was curious to see today whether Murray would try, if he got ahead, to bridge that gap and work on being more aggressive during live points.

All of which, in its way, shows why Nadal is better in the big matches than Murray is: He can up his game in the later rounds. In the Monte Carlo final against Djokovic, Rafa went after all of his shots—serve, forehand, backhand, return—with more conviction and aggression than he did today.

Read the entire article – HERE

This Weeks top tennis tweets

Rafa’s got a brand new bag

Rafael Nadal debuted a new tennis bag (on account of forgetting his regular one). It has wheels … and its own Twitter account.

Nadal’s trolley bag kills me. Looks like he’s navigating ohare, heading to Cedar Rapids for the big trade show.

Need a new alarm song. Mine is currently Hold On by Wilson Phillips. Who’d have thought you could get sick of Wilson Phillips?

Alla Kudryavtseva takes a shot at Beyonce and Jay-Z‘s name for their baby.

On the subject of famous people… Blue Ivy is a good name for a child?Is it even a pretty plant?Despite the fact that’s its a parasite?

Mats Merkel, a regular hitting partner for Wozniacki, reminisces about Caro’s tall tale about being attacked by a kangaroo last year.

There is finally footage of the epic attack of a kangaroo against @CaroWozniacki@adidastennis lockerz.com/s/173429072

From Sports Illustrated “Beyond the Baseline” blog – CLICK HERE FOR AL OF THE TWEETS

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