Just a quick update.
Rafa came to Rome on Saturday and practised in the afternoon, as reported on the official site:
06/05/2006 19:22 - NADAL PRACTICE SESSION DRAWS HUGE CROWD
Rafael Nadal made his first appearance on centre court on Saturday.
Even though he was only training with fellow Spaniards, his mere presence drew a big crowd and the stadium was soon filled, forcing organisers close the gates, leaving fans outside.
Rafael won the Rome masters event last year and has been undefeated on clay ever since, picking up a string of titles, the latest in Barcelona last week.
His winning streak of 47 matches is already the second longest on record. If he goes all the way this year, he will equal the record set by Argentina's Guillermo Vilas.
But there will be several obstacles on the way, starting out with Carlos Moya in the first round.
On Sunday he took part in a doubles exhibition
; he played with Gaston Gaudio against Roger Federer and Ivan Ljubicic. The match, played on the Olympic stadium, was umpired by football star Francesco Totti. No news as to who won.
More pics in the Pictures Thread.
In addition to playing singles, Rafa is also playing doubles with David Ferrer
. Their first match is against the Poles, Fyrstenberg/Matkowski.
The doubles draw: http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/T...06/416/MDD.pdf
Rafa's doubles match is scheduled for Moday not before 6 pm. His singles match against Carlos is most probably going to be played on Tuesday.
Monday OOP: http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/T...006/416/OP.pdf
Rafa will also umpire
the Champion's Tie-Break between Nicola Pietrangeli/Juan Carlos Ferrero and Tony Roche/Carlos Moya, which is to be played on Monday at 12.45.