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Rafa in Dubai

He is defending his title and of course mister Roger Federer will be back for a rematch

its starts on Monday and hopefully with a good draw!
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He surely didn't get lucky with the draw....Rafa plays against Baghdatis in the first round, with a possible match against either Youzhny or Berdych in the Quarters. I hope Rafa is fully healthy and fit to play cause it's gonna be tough. I wish him the best of luck though, I really can't wait to see him with a trophy again.

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Talk about the luck of the draw. Rafa sure did not get any with this one in Dubai. Three players who have beaten him all in his quarter. Andreeve, Berdych, Youzhny not to mention his first match being with Baghdatis. Darn Rafa I sure hope you get some luck when play starts.

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Here's the full draw for everyone to see:

R Federer (1) v Pless
QF v Braccialli
QF v QF
Vliegen v Djokovic (7)

Davydenko (3) v QF
Lee v O Rochus
Serra v Bjorkman
Stepanek(wc) v Haas(5)

Ferrer (8) v Soderling
Bahrouzyan (wc) v Hrbaty
Kohlschreiber v Simon
Santoro v Robredo (4)

Berdych (6) v Al Ghareeb (wc)
Youzhny v Nieminen
Andreev v Gicquel
Baghdatis v Nadal (2)
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thinking about him beating Federer again, i just hope he gets to the semis w/ that draw.
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He surely has a harsh draw!

But look on it at the positive side: anyone will acknowledge this draw ain't easy. Let's hope for him to make the final, that would be the best confidence-boost he could possibly get.

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Does anybody know if it will be shown on american televsion. please i only have a couple more days to order it if they are...help
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Stage Set for Dubai Duty Free Men's Open

But many eyes will be on top seeds Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Nadal last year claimed a stunning three-set victory over the world number one and defending champion in a pulsating final, and went on to defeat Federer again in Monte Carlo, Rome and in the Roland Garros final.

Federer then halted Nadal’s run by holding off his challenge in the Wimbledon final and then beating him again in the semi-finals of the Masters Cup in Shanghai. Now the stage is set for their enthralling rivalry to continue at a tournament Federer describes as one of the best in the world.

Nadal went away delighted not only with his victory, but the reception he received wherever he went.

“The public was unbelievable with me,” said the Spanish teenager. “Every day the court was full when I played and they supported me a lot and I want to say thank you very much to everybody.

“I already had good memories of Dubai from the last time I was here, and I love it. It’s one of my favourite tournaments. It’s a special place, a city built in the desert. In a few years, if not already, it will be one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world.”

Although Federer and Nadal are fierce rivals, they are also friends and hold great respect for each other.

“I think he’s a very good person,” said Nadal. “He’s a normal person and that’s not easy when you are a very big star. I think he’s the best sportsman in the world, the best in history.”

While Federer and Nadal headline the 15th staging of the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open, they are certain to face stiff competition from talented opponents such as world number three Nikolay Davydenko, recent Zagreb champion Marcos Baghdatis, Adelaide winner Novak Djokovic, German number one Tommy Haas and amiable Spaniard Tommy Robredo.

“Once again we are delighted to be able to welcome so many of the world’s best players to Dubai,” said Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of tournament organisers Dubai Duty Free. “Federer and Nadal have captured the imagination of the whole world with their fierce rivalry, but their success is by no means guaranteed with exciting young players such as Baghdatis and Djokovic to compete against.”

The Dubai Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and takes place under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.


& Rafa enjoying his time :



Nadal Enjoys a Splashing Good Time Prior to Dubai Tennis Championships
Dubai, UAE, February 25th, 2007: Defending champion Rafael Nadal took time out from his preparation for the Dubai Tennis Championships to satisfy his adventurous spirit at Wild Wadi, Dubai’s premier water park.

Displaying plenty of youthful enthusiasm, the 20-year-old Nadal eagerly made his way through the family-filled, Arabian-themed oasis located in the shadows of the Burj Al Arab. He enjoyed a couple of thrilling spins on an uphill water roller coaster, and relaxed on a raft as he drifted along the never-ending loop around the park.

Nadal also braved the view from the top of the Jumeirah Sceirah – the tallest and fastest free-fall speed slide outside of North America at 33 metres high – but elected to bypass the long plunge down the chute on the eve of the championships.

“It’s very nice,” said Nadal. “The weather is perfect and this is a very fun place for the kids – and for me, too.”

He added: “Dubai is improved every year. Every year I see something different so it’s a very nice place to be.”

The Spaniard, who returns for his third appearance at the $1.5 million Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open, also expressed his fondness of the tournament: “The tournament is one of the nicest tournaments in the system for sure. Especially being in this hotel and the club has very good facilities. The organization is very good and I have good memories of last year when I won. It’s very nice.”

Following his morning of relaxation at Wild Wadi, Nadal returned to the tennis court to resume his preparation for a tough opening round match against another of the ATP’s brightest young stars, Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.

The talented 32-player field also includes such opponents as three-time champion Roger Federer, world number three Nikolay Davydenko, Adelaide winner Novak Djokovic, German number one Tommy Haas and the amiable Spaniard Tommy Robredo.

“It’s going to be a very good tournament,” Nadal said. “It’s very tough because the best players in the world play here.”


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Sondra - unfortunately I don't think there is any TV for the US - I know TTC doesn't have it. We'll have to hope for live streaming....but I'm not holding my breath there either.
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hi everyone ,

i love rafa and hope wins dubai !!!
he is really unfit nowdays so hope and pray he fit for winning roland garros and other events .
he is my favorite idol and i love him very much

vamos rafa !!

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Thanks a lot for posting those articles, Nevermind.

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Sondra - unfortunately I don't think there is any TV for the US - I know TTC doesn't have it. We'll have to hope for live streaming....but I'm not holding my breath there either.
Yeah, Nico what's up with your country i mean my goodness.. talk to you American providers, this is just getting outrageous now
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Yeah, Nico what's up with your country i mean my goodness.. talk to you American providers, this is just getting outrageous now
No one watches it here. No ratings, no TV. What's odd is that tennis is always popular to play and the tournaments get great attendence. So the people that play go to see the tournaments in person. But they refuse to turn it on when it's on TV. I just don't get it.
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No one watches it here. No ratings, no TV. What's odd is that tennis is always popular to play and the tournaments get great attendence. So the people that play go to see the tournaments in person. But they refuse to turn it on when it's on TV. I just don't get it.
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And to my knowledge there won't be any live streaming for the U.S. ahhh this isn't good for my nerves.
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