Re: Is there really a "rivalry" between Nole & Rafa?
Have you been watching tennis at all? haven't you witnessed the battle for #2 this summer?
There has been a very strong rivalry on the competition level, but I doubt they have any personal feelings mixed with it as they don't know each other, and no one has ever witnessed any problem between them during a match, like the ones Djokovic (and his camp) has had with Federer, or the ones Nadal had with Soderling, i.e.
Nadal career prediction: 6 RG, 2 Wimbledon, 1 Australian Open, 1 US Open
, 2 Master Cup, 20 Master Series
, 65 titles.
(Predicted before RG 2008 when he had 3xRG)
The inhabitants of the Balearic Islands are said to have been the inventors of slings, and to have managed them with surprising dexterity, owing to the manner of bringing up their children. The children were not allowed to have their food by their mothers till they had first struck it with their sling.
~Vegetius, De Re Militari, late 4th century
Nadal: the last Balearic Slinger, the ultimate product of natural selection. Feel the weight of the centuries in the Topspin from Hell!