A special welcome to the new folks on this thread, to Marvin, Rafa (born_on_clay), Topspin, Ariel, JolánGagó and Veronique.
I hope we all can have a nice chat here
I thought all the threads in the Rafa section were supposed to be for
his fans. Now suddenly it's one thread? Buy hey, what do I know.
I thought so too before I was thrown out of the other thread by some nasty people. But whatever. I just made this thread instead
I'm one of those folks who think that the world is a better place with Rafa in it. He's great for the sport, he's a superstar who remains true to who he is and where he comes from, he treats people with respect, and he is wholly dedicated to his craft. The guy's an inspiration. I don't read what the haters on MTF have to say about him. I could care less. But I'm always looking to share my appreciation of him with like-minded folks.
Same here. I think Rafa is really good for the sport. His spirit, his humbleness, his respect for other players. He's just an amazing guy who brings so much to the sport. Tennis wouldn't be the same without him. And I don't want to bash Federer. But I just like Rafa's personality better- Sometimes I think Fed comes across as a bit too arrogant. But that's just my opinion. I like Rafa because he is so humble, and he always say positive stuff about the guy he's playing against. He's always nice to his opponents and gives them credit, whether he himself wins or lose.
barring any injury i think they will finally succeed on USO fingers crossed
I hope so too. I think that's what all his fans are hoping for, him to finally win USO and get a career grand slam. I really hope he can do it this year, and I guess his chances are even higher, with people like Del Porto out. I'm not sure if Davydenko is injured or not, but he's not as good as he used to be. Djokovic and Federer have also been in a slump, but they usually are quite good on hard court, so you never know. Berdych is really good too. And Soderling is also one to look out for. But I think it's possible for Rafa to beat them. He's in a great shape, and he has the possibility to win if his knees hold up. He was smart this year to skip some tournaments, and by doing that, protect his knees. It's funny that most people say that Rafa can't play hard courts, when he has won many MS tourneys and even a slam title on hard court! Sure, it is his weakest surface, but I believe he can do it if he plays his best tennis.
thanks for opening it, sokk, and everyone else for contributing.
Glad you like it! I was thrown out of the other thread, they were quite nasty to me. So I started this instead, for Rafa's REAL fans. Those people in the other thread were mostly trolling anyway.
Hi! My name is Veronique. I started following Rafa when he was 14 yrs old along with Gasquet. We had a thread called Up & Comers on a different message board and some one kept us posted on his progress through challengers and futures. Then he beat Moya, beat Federer, won his 1st ever ATP Tour level tourney in Sopot 2004. The mental toughness he displayed in winning the 5hr Roma 2005 marathon final over Coria completely won me over.
It's amazing how much success he's had since then. 8 GS and counting.....
I really hope he can go the distance at the USO 2010. I'm planning on attending this year.
Wow, you have even been a fan longer than me! That is truly amazing. I completely agree with what you said too, his mental strength is just out of this world. Just see his H2H against Federer when he was the world #1. He usually wins tiebreaks and 5 setters too.
Please keep us updated and take some pics if you're going to USO. I hope you get to go. It sounds fun, and who knows, maybe it'll be Rafa's 9th slam title. It would be amazing. I always dream of seeing him at a tourney, but unfortunately I haven't gotten the chance to it yet. I hope I can some day though. Would be awesome to meet him after being a fan for so long