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*** Vamos Rafa in Toronto ***

I think we may now open a thread for the Toronto tournament because Rafa says he's fit to play in Canada.

Here's an article translated by nou.amic of vr.com:
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RECOVERY

NADAL WILL REAPPEAR IN TWO WEEKS

He tested himself out yesterday in an exhibition


By Raquel G. Santos

Rafael Nadal reappeared yesterday afternoon in an exhibition for charity at Cullera Tennis Club (Valencia). The Mallorcan did not feel any discomfort and will be back in two weeks in Toronto.

"I felt really good hitting with David Ferrer," Nadal told AS. "I expect to return to the courts in the Toronto Masters Series. That together with the Cincinnati tournament will be my next objective."

Ferrer and Nadal played five tiebreaks (to seven points). Although the result was of the least importance, the exhibition ended with victory for the local player (Ferrer) who delighted the spectators with his serves.

But they did not only play tiebreaks. Before the match began, both players demonstrated how good their aim is with some cones and soft drinks cans as makeshift targets. The aim was to knock over as many as possible. The exhibition also showed what both players are capable of doing: Ferrer who usually uses two hands on his backhand tried using only one, while Rafa Nadal, a leftie, showed what he can do with his right hand.

Javier Piles, David Ferrer's trainer, and members of the public also had their moment in the sun yesterday : Piles was presented with a testimonial plaque, while 15 of the almost 3000 tennis fans that came along to the Valencian tennis court were able to hit with one or other of the stars.
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Re: *** Vamos Rafa in Toronto ***

Thanks Ania!
OK, I'm back too and ready for some action.
VAMOS RAFAEL!
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I wanna go for rafa, love the kid, but if he meets Andre I cant go against my much beloved veteran I hope im not kicked off the rafa fan wagon for this lol...
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Re: *** Vamos Rafa in Toronto ***

You mean like this? Nah, as far as I can tell everyone in this forum is way too friendly to do this.

I hope Rafa won't draw Andre again...it's tough enough that he had to be the last person to beat him at Wimbledon, I don't want him to have to play Andre in the US as well.

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:P You got it thats the last thing he needs its not his fault he has to win but people will want someone to blame for "takin out" their man haha funny nothin bad about last years USO, no negatives, but so many excuses at this years wimbledon ANYWAYS ill move on... When is this tournament starting?? And who are the real tough guys he may face?
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Re: *** Vamos Rafa in Toronto ***

The tournament starts on August 7. Since it's a Masters Series event all the top guys should play it unless they're injured (I guess Mario Ancic is practically out because he hurt his knee).

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Yeaaaah!!! VAMOS RAFA!!

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I hope he won't face Marat Safin,it would tear my heart in two my two tennis love (marat=8years and rafa=5years) !!!!!!

It's less risky for Blake because he is seeded , James would have time to be eliminated

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I'm so happy that Rafa is going to Toronto.

Hopefully I can get some good pixs for you all.
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I hope he won't face Marat Safin,it would tear my heart in two my two tennis love (marat=8years and rafa=5years) !!!!!!

It's less risky for Blake because he is seeded , James would have time to be eliminated
Safin is also extremley dangerous to play, rafa would be hitting alot of forehands to his backhand, BIGGGGG PROBLEMS!!!!.... And also Safin gets energetic and motivated when he has a chance to prove himself agaisnt top players, he can lose to a guy ranked 512 one week and take out a top 5 player the next, he just loves playing the big guns. Serve and backhand would be a big key, ive always feared him having to play Marat on any surface, good luck heres to a good draw
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August 7-13
I'm going on holiday august 10
then I'll have to wait untill august 21

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Rafa in Toronto?

I sure hope he comes!
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Safin is also extremley dangerous to play, rafa would be hitting alot of forehands to his backhand, BIGGGGG PROBLEMS!!!!.... And also Safin gets energetic and motivated when he has a chance to prove himself agaisnt top players, he can lose to a guy ranked 512 one week and take out a top 5 player the next, he just loves playing the big guns. Serve and backhand would be a big key, ive always feared him having to play Marat on any surface, good luck heres to a good draw

It's the same for me, Safin is the guy i fear the most for Rafa (not on clay) but everywhere else, he has the game to make him loose, Rafa has a lot of difficulties against guy with risky games , i mean that hit the ball to make a point in one shot
As you said Marat is always better against big guns, because he knows what he worthes even if he lost a lot of rank !!!

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