Can anyone explain me the signification of Nole ? I heard that it meant "no joke" but why did they give him this surname "no joke" ?
Besides, I don't have any problems about people calling Fed Rogie but I have a problem with so many journalists and even tennis players calling Nadal Rafa whereas it's far less often the case that they call Federer Roger or Djokovic Novak or Murray Andy.
It creates an artificial proximity with Nadal (please not that I understand they say that in an article also talking of Toni). It sounds as if all of these people really feel near to Nadal while they don't feel near to other players.
I wonder how Nadal has so well managed to impose his "Rafa" brand to the journalists. Is it only that the sound "Rafa" sounds easy ? Or is it that Nadal is just a person from whom people feel nearer, does he look more "human" ? (which sounds very strange to me as he looks like a freak to me, somebody from another planet whom I can't understand at all, I could imagine Djokovic or Federer or Murray as the guy next door but Nadal no)