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The Vamos Tour is optomistic :yeah:

Rafa leaves Spain for Chennai today, and im not sure if Chennai has the :retard: RR format or not Im not sure.

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Re: Rafa's January 2007 Vamos Tour (Current Stop: Chennai)

Actually, he left for Chennai yesterday. With Moya, I think.
They already arrived.
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Re: Rafa's January 2007 Vamos Tour (Current Stop: Chennai)

Any pics??

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Any pics??
Yes, actually. Here are a few taken at the Palma airport, courtesy of vb.com.




There are three Mallorcans in the Chennai draw, Rafa, Charly and Tomeu Salva, who also plays doubles with Rafa.

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Re: Rafa's January 2007 Vamos Tour (Current Stop: Chennai)

Hindu.com
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http://www.hindu.com/2006/12/30/stor...3004832000.htm
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Nadal arrives for Chennai Open

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WELCOME RAFAEL: The World's second best tennis player, Spain's Rafael Nadal, obliges a fan with an autograph after his arrival for the Chennai Open beginning on New Year's Day. — Photo: K. Pichumani

Chennai: What Andy Roddick couldn't do with demonic serving, what Lleyton Hewitt failed to do with wheels for legs, and what Marat Safin couldn't manage with talent in abundance, Rafael Nadal did with a top-spinning forehand almost at chin-music height and a pair of legs running on fifth gear. We're not just talking about beating Roger Federer more number of times than losing to him at the World No.1's prime. We're talking about a repeated and successful assault on a perceived `weakness' of an opponent who leaves most clueless and with their minds clouded with too much awe to even contemplate methods of winning.

Fearless

Tennis needs such fearlessness, and his methods haven't gone unnoticed in Chennai, where the World No. 2 is possibly one of the most eagerly awaited top-seeds in the history of the event. Forget the booming ticket sales for a minute and watch little kids holding rackets bigger than themselves, talk about watching Nadal. His impact has been profound.

And he can thank that Federer-troubling forehand for that. A close look, albeit a less threatening one was on view on Friday evening when the top-seed practiced with fellow-Mallorcan Bartolome Salva Vidal (the duo was given a wildcard for the doubles draw). After some ping-pong tennis fun, he got more serious, with a light warm-up after being given the traditional welcome earlier in the day.

Moya's presence

While the two were hitting on Centre Court, another Spaniard — though one might not call him that in Chennai, a city he loves as much as the city loves him — practiced his once-deadly forehand in the outside court. Two-time champion Carlos Moya arrived on Friday, hitting the courts in the evening.

Earlier, touch-man, Fabrice Santoro treated those watching to a full-fledged display of tennis that once prompted Marat Safin to remark, ``being told I would play Santoro was being told I was to die." The `magician', with quick hands hit some easy-on-the-eye-tough-on-the-opponent's-patience shots, that one has come to expect of him. Just watching the two (Nadal and Santoro) practice, one after the other, gave a slight glimpse of the variety that could be in store, provided they last the distance.

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But the tournament right now, as the kids would vouch for, is mostly about Nadal. He showed us in 2006, what confidence could do. Some might have grudgingly admired his remarkable comeback from injury in early 2006.
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Actually, he left for Chennai yesterday. With Moya, I think.
They already arrived.


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And no, Jonathan, it's not RR.
and thanks for the pics Ania


Btw, does anyone like the thread title? "Vamos Tour?" we could use it all year, but if you dont like it, we dont have to

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Re: Rafa's January 2007 Vamos Tour (Current Stop: Chennai)

Thanks. Any of Rafa and Carlos hitting?

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Btw, does anyone like the thread title? "Vamos Tour?" we could use it all year, but if you dont like it, we dont have to
I like it, it sounds a bit like those giant pop tours Let's just hope Rafa will continue being normal and won't turn into a "star" ... although recently he has taken to posing topless for magazines.

So if I understand you correctly, you want to use one thread for all tournaments in a month? I don't mind, but I do like separate threads for GS events.

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Thanks. Any of Rafa and Carlos hitting?
According to the article Patxy posted Rafa practised with Tomeu and Charly was on a different court. Just one picture of Raf:



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Why thank you!! Only a matter of days until we see the green capris!!

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Re: Rafa's January 2007 Vamos Tour (Current Stop: Chennai)

The draw is out. Phew, both Charly and Tomeu are in the bottom half.

http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/T...07/891/MDS.pdf

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Great draw for Rafa. Clear parth to the final!

VAMOS!

Hopefully Rafa V Carlos final!

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So if I understand you correctly, you want to use one thread for all tournaments in a month? I don't mind, but I do like separate threads for GS events.
not exactly. I only used it for january because he is playing all month.

The plan like before is to have one thread for tourney, but for small events close to each other, i think a special title should be used.

For example, IW and Miami could be: "The Vamos Tour comes to America" or something cheesy like that.

or for the clay: "Monte Carlo welcomes the Vamos Tour" Rome: "The Vamos Tour takes in the scenery in Rome" RG: "Roland Garros tries to boo and jeer the Vamos Tour away, but to no avail"

or something like that. and it should change according to how hes doing, and his level of play (or lack thereof), no?

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not exactly. I only used it for january because he is playing all month.

The plan like before is to have one thread for tourney, but for small events close to each other, i think a special title should be used.
Oh, ok.

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For example, IW and Miami could be: "The Vamos Tour comes to America" or something cheesy like that.

or for the clay: "Monte Carlo welcomes the Vamos Tour" Rome: "The Vamos Tour takes in the scenery in Rome" RG: "Roland Garros tries to boo and jeer the Vamos Tour away, but to no avail"
Very creative!

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or something like that. and it should change according to how hes doing, and his level of play (or lack thereof), no?
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not exactly. I only used it for january because he is playing all month.

The plan like before is to have one thread for tourney, but for small events close to each other, i think a special title should be used.

For example, IW and Miami could be: "The Vamos Tour comes to America" or something cheesy like that.

or for the clay: "Monte Carlo welcomes the Vamos Tour" Rome: "The Vamos Tour takes in the scenery in Rome" RG: "Roland Garros tries to boo and jeer the Vamos Tour away, but to no avail"

or something like that. and it should change according to how hes doing, and his level of play (or lack thereof), no?
Great idea Jonathan!
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And Good luck to Rafa tomorrow. 2nd match on Centre after Lord Carlos.

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Happy New Year, Maria!

4:45 PM is 12.15 PM CET, isn't it? I'll be leaving for work.

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Chennai, January 1, 2007

There was nothing fluorescent about Rafael Nadal on Monday. For a change, he wore white, and the brand of tennis he churned out partnering Bartolome Salva-Vidal at the Chennai Open was anything but flashy, as the Spanish duo shocked defending champions Michal Mertinak and Petr Pala 6-1, 6-3 in the first round.

It was unusual for a blue riband event like this that none of the top guns played singles on the opening day. However, it was a day when Nadal treated his fans to the nuances of doubles.

After every point, Nadal went to his 20-year-old partner to discuss strategy. For all those, who have got used to seeing the Spaniard unleashing forehands from the baseline, this was a day when the world’s second best player played with finesse more than power.

Nadal’s touch at the net was a revelation and he executed more volleys than what he would opt for even at the Wimbledon in singles.

It was not the most auspicious start for Mertinak and Pala as the former was broken in the very first game. For all those who have been critical of Nadal getting the doubles wild card, this was the evening when they were silenced once and for all.

In half an hour’s time, Salva-Vidal was also in top gear, as he hit a forehand winner to clinch the first set. There was no change in Mertinak’s poor form in the second set too, as he netted a volley to give the Spaniards a 2-1 lead. From then on, there was no looking back for Nadal, whose court craft and movement caught the eye.

At the post-match conference, Nadal was in a jovial mood. “Now that we have beaten the champions, I hope we can win the title as well,” he said. On playing both the singles and doubles, Nadal said: “I love to play doubles. It is tough to play singles and doubles the whole year but I know doubles improves my game. Maybe, I can play doubles with Roger (Federer) some day. That would be nice!”

For wild card Prakash Amritraj, out of competitive tennis for almost five months, it was a tough job to push the 6 feet 10 inches tall giant Ivo Karlovic. For sheer effort, Prakash scored a lot of points, as he took the giant to a tie-break in the first set. Yet, the final score-line of 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 in Karlovic’s favour made sad news for Indian fans.

Such was the trajectory and boom of Karlovic’s serve that it was impossible for Prakash to even hope of forcing a break. The Indian Davis Cupper, now opting for a single-grip backhand after the left wrist injury, did well in his own service games. But when it came to raising the bar, Prakash flopped, making four unforced errors in the tie-break. It included a double-fault as well.

From there, Karlovic walked away with the match as he had little trouble controlling the pattern of play in the second set.

Results (all 1st round): Singles: Nicolas Mahut bt Alejandro Falla 7-5, 6-4; Stefano Galvani bt Yen-Hsun Lu 6-2, 6-3; Julian Benneteau bt Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-4; Kevin Kim bt Simon Greul 1-6, 6-2, 6-3; Ivo Karlovic bt Prakash Amritraj 7-6 (7/3), 6-3; Xavier Malisse bt Danai Udomchoke 6-2, 6-2. Doubles: Tomas Behrend/Robin Vik bt Ashutosh Singh/Vishaal Uppal 6-4, 6-4; Rafael Nadal/Bartolome Salva-Vidal bt Michal Mertinak/Petr Pala 6-1, 6-3.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/1...9,00070002.htm

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