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Rafa will be back for Davis Cup.


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Rafa will build a tennis center in Manacor

Nadal puts the firm to build a tennis center in Manacor

Nadal said that this training center for young players is an idea that he had for years and hopes that it will begin to construction "very soon"

The tennis player Rafael Nadal today has signed a cooperation protocol with the regional institutions Islands that is the first step in building an international tennis reference that bears his name in his hometown of Manacor.

Nadal has said that this training center for young players is an idea that he has in his head for years and he hopes they will begin the construction "very soon ", for which it will in collaboration with the City of Manacor, the council of Mallorca and the Balearic Government to expedite the necessary paperwork.

"Today is an important day for me because presenting this international center is a source of great personal satisfaction to me, " Nadal said in a press conference at the headquarters Fundación Antoni Maria Alcover in Manacor, where he highlighted the fact that will be built in his hometown makes it even more relevant.

Nadal aims to attract his academy to "players from all over the world " and provide the center of "all the facilities needed for an athlete to grow and train." It will have between 15 and 20 tennis courts, facilities for other sports and a residence of 70 to 100 rooms.

The center will be funded entirely by the player and he said he did not know exactly the cost that will entail but has admitted that "a significant investment."

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Rafa Nadal will be back in action this week to play the Davis Cup’s first-round tie against Belgium on Friday. The world No.1 was seen practicing yesterday morning at Charleroi’s tennis premises with friend Marc Lopez and later that afternoon, he had a hit with Feliciano López and Fernando Verdasco Today, David Ferrer is expected to join the team.

“After attending the Laureus Awards, I have been at home the whole time. I’ve been training, working with my sponsors but most importantly, I’ve been enjoying time with my family and friends in Mallorca,” said Rafa on his facebook page.
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Found this pretty nice interview with Rafa and a very nice sketch too...
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From the Los Angeles Times.

Tennis' world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is driven, but not ego-driven

The 24-year-old Spaniard is clearly the best player on the planet, but even more remarkable than his relentless game is the fact that success hasn't gone to his head. He's actually . . . nice. To everybody.

By Bill Dwyre
March 14, 2011, 9:50 p.m.

Rafael Nadal made his way into the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday with an impressive victory over a qualifier. He looked sharp, healthy and ready as always to make runs at the major titles.

However, you don't always see the best of Nadal on the tennis court. Sometimes, that happens in the cafeteria line.

The organizers of this long-running event did an interesting thing when they built their 16,100-seat stadium, called it the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and opened it for play in 2000. They set aside a dining area not just for the players, but also the media. Yes, the greats would dine with the great unwashed. Arguments and fistfights were predicted. None have occurred.

And so it came to pass on Saturday afternoon that a reporter found himself in the checkout line directly in front of the No. 1 men's tennis player in the world.

The lines were long and both reporter and Nadal had been waiting for several minutes to get to one of the cash registers. As the checkout woman rang up the reporter's food, she reached for a little sign that read "Line Closed" and put it down right in front of Nadal. It was her break time. She didn't care if the queen of England was waiting.

It was one of those "don't you know who I am?" moments. Many of the athletic stars of our time would have made that clear. To many of them, rules are for other people.

Not Nadal.

He broke into a big grin, tapped the reporter on the back and congratulated him on being the lucky one. Then he started to look for which of the remaining long lines he would try next. The reporter, perhaps subconsciously trying to bag an exclusive interview sometime down the line, told the checkout lady, "No, no. He's important. Let one more go through."

And so she did, after rolling her eyes like somebody knowing she was dealing daily with a roomful of huge egos. Nadal, who never stopped smiling, patted the reporter on the back and said something in his delightful Spanglish that meant thanks.

It was no big deal. Yet it was.

In sports, there are superstars who are jerks and there are those who become even bigger superstars because they understand they can't afford to be jerks. And then are those who don't even have to work at it, who were raised correctly and remain that way despite the adulation and trophy collecting.

Nadal is such an athlete.

He refuses to accept that his excellence at hitting a fuzzy yellow ball gives him a pass on decency and good manners.

He ended the first set in his 6-3, 6-1 victory Monday over Ryan Sweeting with an ace down the middle and made sure to gesture to the linesman at the other end that he was sorry he hit him with the ball. In his interview session afterward, when the moderator cut off a questioner so that the interview could change to questions in Spanish, it was Nadal, not the moderator, who gestured and apologized to the reporter who had been cut off.

He won't be 25 until June 3, and he has already won nine major titles, including the remarkable achievement of winning at least one of each. And yet, if you ask him about aiming at Roger Federer's record of 16 Grand Slams, or even hint that he is in the same tennis stratosphere as Federer, he will quickly tell you that "Roger is better. Sixteen Slams is too much."

By its very nature, pro tennis is a self-centered, ego-driven pursuit. If you don't think you are good, you won't be. If things go wrong, find a reason other than your own failings.

That's how it went earlier in the day, when fourth-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden was upset by Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. Afterward, Soderling said that an injury he had was too problematic and he should have been smart enough to not even try to play.

That's fair, probably accurate. But in the same situation, Nadal would have limped into the interview room, praised the other player, assured everybody that his limp had nothing to do with the result, and then had a cast put on out of the sight of everybody.

Monday was a day when No. 1 woman's player Caroline Wozniacki sailed on easily, as did Maria Sharapova. It was also a day when the run of young U.S. player Donald Young came to an abrupt halt at the hands of veteran Tommy Robredo, and Juan Martin Del Potro showed more of the pre-injury form that took him to the 2009 U.S. Open title.

It was also a day when Federer and his gold-medal doubles partner, Stanislas Wawrinka, packed an outside court as day drifted into night.

But Nadal, with his sharp-angled ground strokes and unmatched power from every spot on the court, was the main attraction. The on-court announcer, knowing great tennis when he sees it, said so and praised Nadal afterward. Nadal responded, "I am trying to play my best all the time, but sometimes it is good and sometimes it is not so good."

Then he ducked his head shyly, like somebody embarrassed to keep talking about himself.
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Rafa has teamed up with Bacardi

I'm a walking contradiction. I take each match as they come & I want it to be a good one. One-sided matches bore me.
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Japan Charity Soccer Match.

Check out Video of Rafael Nadal playing soccer for Japan.
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Congratulations, Rafa! A well-deserved award!
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Nadal one, Borg two

Who exactly has been the greatest player on clay courts? It's really a two-horse race. Rafael Nadal has the numbers, especially the string of victories in the 1000 Masters tournaments, accumulated in a time far more competitive than any other. Bjorn Borg has the enigma of royalty, a mellow haze of the past that hovers protectively around him, immunising him to cruel calls of objective judgment. Both have equally dominant records against their peers, writes Kunal Diwan.

April is certainly not the cruelest month for Rafael Nadal. His run of wins in the harbinger of the European clay swing now tallies 67 over a period of six years, the last loss in the 30-day span being a distant let down to Igor Andreev in Valencia in 2005. The Majorcan's continuing and stupendous success on clay has stirred up the usual debate on the identity, if such an elusive thing exists, of the all-time greatest player on the red dirt in the Open era.

Asked last year after a fifth French Open title if he considered himself to be undisputed champion of the surface, Nadal smiled lopsidedly and said, “I am not so arrogant. Maybe that's for you to decide when I end my career.”

A year hence, and at 24 still a long way off retirement, Nadal's involuntary claim on that honour has only strengthened. In 2010, he lassoed in the three Masters titles played on clay — Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome — before rounding up the season with a fifth Roland Garros crown. In what would appear deadly déjà-vu to his rivals, Nadal's 2011 clay assault has begun with triumphs in Barcelona and Monte Carlo — his sixth and seventh titles respectively at the venues — from where he'll seek to extend his current winning streak on the surface beyond an already impressive 34 matches.

Nadal's returns on the red dirt are already legendary and include a record 81- match winning streak (achieved between 2005-07); a 186-6 win-loss ratio since 2005; and a career Reliability Index (see table) of 0.930 on the red dirt, which is streets ahead of peers and predecessors alike. The Spaniard is 31-2 in career clay court finals and brandishes 9-2 and 9-0 records against the other leading lights of his age — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. His last loss on clay was to Robin Soderling in the 2009 French Open pre-quarters, with many believing the outcome to be a result of the mental turmoil Nadal was suffering from at the time over his parents' separation.

Can Mr. Biceps now safely be considered the ultimate dirt-baller, the sultan of the slide, an earth engraver etching his masterpieces in a 5-metre semicircle behind the baseline? The numbers are unquestionable, but arriving at a consensus on this one is not as easy as one would like to believe, especially when comparisons are to be made across eras.

Advances in racquet and string technology, changes to the ATP calendar and a complete overhaul of competitive ethos make the act of evaluating players from different generations a worthless one, and although indicators exist that lean opinion this way or that, a definitive answer remains out of reach of current human assimilatory powers.

Before the eras of Federer and Nadal connived to disturb the statistical stasis that many believed Pete Sampras' exit would plunge men's tennis in, the subject of surface-related supremacy was a no brainer. Rod Laver being accorded the status of the untouchable, unquantifiable high priest (in the same vein as the incomparable Sir Donald Bradman) who straddled the two eras of tennis, Sampras was indubitably the man to beat on grass and Bjorn Borg the chief custodian of the red earth.

That the Swedish Iceman has five Wimbledon crowns to go with six French Opens bears little on this discussion, which deals solely with the dominance of a player on clay courts. Still, Borg, whose blistering double-handed backhand and inextinguishable mental furnaces came to form the template of modern playmaking, signified in the 1970s and 80s what Nadal has come to represent now: a hard as nails competitor whose innate qualities interfered constructively with the nature of the clay court.

The prerequisites of success on clay differ markedly from what constitutes winning on faster courts. The higher, slower bounce reduces the frequency of what would be a winner on another surface, enforcing the deployment of top-spin, for which players (Nadal, for example, generates prodigious overspin with his high-arc forehand) rely on a full Western grip. Fewer winners mean longer rallies, accentuating the importance of physical and mental conditioning.

Movement on a clay court is also a different ball game, with exponents resorting to slipping and sliding on the loose surface as a means of approaching the ball. The crescent of footmarks that arches behind either baseline is where dirt-ballers feel most comfortable, foraying ahead only to salvage the drop shot — another weapon of surprise in the clay-courter's arsenal.

Borg ended his career at 27 with a 49-2 mark in Paris. His game was tweaked to perfection for the slower surface: consistently heavy top-spin on groundstrokes, a high level of fitness, the mentality of a mule and the pulse-rate of a zombie. He won four successive French Opens (1978-81) and boasted winning records against almost all his peers on clay, teaching the younger ones an ethic of work, a plane of existence that Ivan Lendl perfected to usher in the age of the professional. Borg beat Lendl all four times they met on clay, including in the 1981 French Open final.

Lendl, the man-machine who hissed menacingly at clueless opponents charging the net before passing them, was himself a three-time winner in Paris, his first title resulting from an improbable escape act after he was two sets and a break down to John McEnroe at the peak of his artistic, blasphemous powers. Lendl's game too was based on dominating from the back of the court and an Eastern European doggedness that stood him well during painfully prolonged encounters.

His inside-out forehand from the ad court and unbelievable physical conditioning brought him 29 titles on clay and a lot more elsewhere, his trust in racquet technology granting him pin-point power beyond what Borg and his generation, with their docile wooden weapons, could only have dreamed of just a decade back.

The lantern-jawed Guillermo Vilas, a defensive baseliner who could spring forward with little notice, was a contemporary of Borg, and holds the record for the number of titles (46) and the second best winning streak (53) on clay. The Argentine's spoils include the French Open and U.S. Open (then played on clay) in 1977, and three more finals in Paris, where he lost twice to Borg, against whom he had a dismal 2-11 record on clay. Vilas' success, the result of his stubborn ability to hit one more ball than his opponent, sparked a cult in Argentina of naming baby boys after him (Canas and Coria the obvious examples).

Vilas' last Roland Garros final (in 1982) ended in a loss to a young Mats Wilander, Borg's ostensible successor from Sweden, and almost as comfortable on clay as the original Iceman. Wilander and Lendl owned the French in the 1980s, with at least either of them featuring in the final seven years in succession (1982-88). The tabloids painted Wilander an ‘animal who liked only to eat, drink and sleep'. In truth, the Swede was as determined a dirt-baller as anybody, winning three Coup de Musketeers from five appearances in the final, as also titles at Flinders Park and Flushing Meadows.

The French domination of Lendl-Wilander dwindled in the late 80s giving way to the ascension of double title winners Jim Courier (likely the best American male player on clay, ahead of Andre Agassi) and the Spaniard Sergei Bruguera. Austrian Thomas Muster staged a miraculous recovery from a potentially fatal road accident in 1989 and returned to dominate the red earth, groaning and grunting his way to win 40 consecutive matches on clay in 1995, including the French Open, adopting a double-flanked attack. A couple of years later, eternal crowd favourite Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten — he of the peculiar serve — came out of nowhere to win the first of his three Paris titles in 1997. Kuerten's tailored playmaking rocketed him briefly to the top of the rankings.

So who exactly has been the greatest player on courts that trace their origin in crushed flowerpots and crimsoned kiln bricks? It's really a two-horse race. Nadal has the numbers, especially the string of victories in the 1000 Masters tournaments, accumulated in a time far more competitive than any other. He also has at his disposal a few years at the top of his game which will be utilised to further harass opponents on the red sludge. Borg has the enigma of royalty, a mellow haze of the past that hovers protectively around him, immunising him to cruel calls of objective judgment. Both have equally dominant records against their peers, perhaps the only yardstick that can be fearlessly deployed for a common assessment.

Last word to the frosty Swede, who is better placed to make a call than anybody else would ever be: “I trained a lot to be fitter than my rivals,” Borg said recently, “but the game has changed a lot since then and now more guys are capable of winning.” It is on that note, and that alone, that Nadal edges out his illustrious senior, 1.01 to 1.00.

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