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Getting On Top, Pushing Hard, And Liking It at the USO Thread

Johnny Groove
08-21-2007, 07:07 AM
Sorry guys, no unique name. :awww:

Castafiore
08-21-2007, 12:42 PM
^ :awww:


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According to Rafa's official site (rafaelnadal.com), Toni Nadal will fly to NYC on Thursday.
Rafa will be featured in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, the Charlie Rose Show (he was already in Time Magazine) and he will take part in the US Open Arthur Ashe Kids' Day this Saturday.


On vamosbrigade, I found the following:
Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal and the world's top professional tennis players will join celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and NY's finest chefs to showcase their culinary skills at the W New York on August 23rd! Enjoy our website and be sure to call 877-272-7100 or email us for more information about this year's Taste.

http://www.tasteoftennis.com/

He's going to be busy!

mallorn
08-21-2007, 03:28 PM
Thanks Castafiore. :wavey:

The draw is tomorrow (Wednesday) but I don't know what time. :scratch: Let's hope for the best and prepare for the worst, right? ;)

Sorry guys, no unique name. :awww:

Hmmm. How about The "Let's Bite the Big Apple (No More Fruit Choking Incidents)" USO Thread ? :shrug: It's a bit obvious but I'm not feeling very creative. :awww:

M.C.
08-21-2007, 04:51 PM
I hope all these 'obligations' don't affect him too badly... He always seems different in NYC.

BTW, hello, everybody! :wavey:

irena_
08-21-2007, 07:45 PM
I just hope that Djokovic is in Federer's part of the draw,and Roddick too!

yana
08-21-2007, 08:08 PM
Don't worry about Roddick, he even lost to Ferrer. But I do hope that Fed will meet Djoko in semis. The final will be more interesting without him. ;)

Xristos
08-22-2007, 05:55 AM
I wonder if Rafa and Roger will play on a mini court like they did last year.

steffis
08-22-2007, 09:42 AM
I hope all these 'obligations' don't affect him too badly... He always seems different in NYC.



In what way does Rafa always seem to be different in NYC? These are my first US-Open as a Nadal-fan. I always supported Agassi.

M.C.
08-22-2007, 05:15 PM
In what way does Rafa always seem to be different in NYC? These are my first US-Open as a Nadal-fan. I always supported Agassi.

I don't know, his body language, I guess..

mallorn
08-22-2007, 06:39 PM
Here's Rafa's half of the draw:

ROBREDO, Tommy ESP [8]
QUALIFIER, (Q)
FISH, Mardy USA
QUALIFIER, (Q)
QUALIFIER, (Q)
BERRER, Michael GER
GULBIS, Ernests LAT
STARACE, Potito ITA [30]
MOYA, Carlos ESP [17]
QUALIFIER, (Q)
GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP
KUNITSYN, Igor RUS
ZABALETA, Mariano ARG
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER
DEVILDER, Nicolas FRA
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS [11]
HEWITT, Lleyton AUS [16]
DELIC, Amer USA
SEPPI, Andreas ITA
CALLERI, Agustin ARG
QUALIFIER, (Q)
LAPENTTI, Nicolas ECU
ROGER-VASSELIN, Edouard FRA
MONACO, Juan ARG [23]
MELZER, Jurgen AUT [31]
HARTFIELD, Diego ARG
DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG
MAHUT, Nicolas FRA
BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG
STEPANEK, Radek CZE
ANCIC, Mario CRO
DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [3]
GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI [7]
GABASHVILI, Teimuraz RUS
GINEPRI, Robby USA
ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI
KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS
QUALIFIER, (Q)
SAFIN, Marat RUS [25]
CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG [20]
MCCLUNE, Michael USA (W)
UDOMCHOKE, Danai THA
ODESNIK, Wayne USA (W)
QUALIFIER, (Q)
MONFILS, Gael FRA
VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL
LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO [12]
FERRER, David ESP [15]
MAYER, Florian GER
SERRA, Florent FRA
ESCHAUER, Werner AUT
MALISSE, Xavier BEL
PLESS, Kristian DEN
NAVARRO PASTOR, Ivan ESP
NALBANDIAN, David ARG [24]
TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS [27]
HENMAN, Tim GBR
TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA
HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP
TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB
SWEETING, Ryan USA (W)
JONES, Alun AUS (W)
NADAL, Rafael ESP [2]


It's not so bad. Rafa could meet some tricky opponents, but for once he hasn't drawn lots of the "usual suspects". If his form picks up, he's got a chance to do ok ... if it doesn't, well - he won't go far no matter what draw he has. Nole on the other hand has a much tougher draw from the word go. :eek: By the time he gets to the SF, he could be tired.

l_mac
08-22-2007, 07:04 PM
It's not so bad. Rafa could meet some tricky opponents, but for once he hasn't drawn lots of the "usual suspects". If his form picks up, he's got a chance to do ok ... if it doesn't, well - he won't go far no matter what draw he has. Nole on the other hand has a much tougher draw from the word go. :eek: By the time he gets to the SF, he could be tired.


I agree the draw could be worse, although I believe that Tursunov is the most dangerous of the seeded players he could have faced in 3rd round. I am crying about Nole's draw! What a shame :D

guga2120
08-22-2007, 07:34 PM
Nadal's draw is not that bad, if he was 100% he can make it to the SF. It sucks for Novak his draw is brutal, and of course Roger gets the easiest draw possible, as usual.

Foxy
08-22-2007, 07:47 PM
The draw is in my opinion the easiest in this year's slams for him but It's not fair Nole again in Rafa's draw. But so be it. I am sure Rafa will spank him brutally.
And again and again Roger's luck is unbelievable. 5 Quialifiers one after another in the draw?! It's good he will only face two of them. And it is good Roger will not play all his matches against Blake! :):D

MariaV
08-23-2007, 07:31 AM
OK will I jinx him saying the draw is not too bad? :tape: :ignore: :tape: :ignore: :tape: :ignore:
I hope his arm and knee and all other body parts are fine! :D VAMOS! :banana: :yippee:

Tess Gray
08-23-2007, 01:14 PM
I hope all these 'obligations' don't affect him too badly... He always seems different in NYC.

BTW, hello, everybody! :wavey:

hiya :wavey:

I think the 'obligations' actually help him to relax a bit,I think it's better than being obsessed with playing tennis/ training etc..

Vamos rafa!:D

nevermind
08-24-2007, 08:08 AM
Good morning all of you
Hope you are ok ? :)
I was wondering...on Rafa's HP they talk about
the Charlie Rose Show , Rafa will be in it.
Someone knows this show ?
Is it possible to watch it livestream somewhere you think ?
VAMOS RAFA & good luck at US Open
:wavey:

yana
08-24-2007, 06:13 PM
nou.amic from vamosbrigade.com said:

RAFA is going to be BLOGGING for elmundo.es (and his own website) again during the US OPEN, as he did the last two years for RG ! Each day he will also answer the 5 best questions fans ask.
(You can start sending questions already...)

Nadal hace doblete en elmundo.es
http://www.elmundo.es/elmundodeporte/2007/08/24/tenis/1187959591.html

mallorn
08-24-2007, 09:09 PM
^ That's very cool. He's getting the hang of it and the last one was really fun to read. I wonder, does he think blogging is a good omen for him or something? :lol:

A couple of stories about Rafa.

From the ESPN blog:
Rafa's biggest challenge

by: James Martin, TENNIS.com
posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 | Feedback | Print Entry
filed under: Tennis

With the U.S. Open just days away, most fans will be hoping for the first-ever showdown between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the championship match. It hasn't happened yet, not even close. Fed's held up his end of the bargain, winning the last three Opens. Nadal? Let's just say New York hasn't been kind to him. His best showing was the quarterfinals last year, when he lost to an inspired Mikhail Youzhny.

Nadal is one of those rare European and South American baseline grinders who speaks passionately about winning on all of the game's big stages, including the grass at Wimbledon and the Deco Turf II at Flushing Meadows. His passport may say Mallorca, Spain, but it might as well read Belleville, Illinois, the hometown of Jimmy Connors. Rafa, like Jimbo, is all about winning tennis matches. You can be sure he's not going to be distracted by a photo shoot or moaning about the long schedule.

It's that kind of single-mindedness that should allow Nadal to succeed in Zoo York, a place that many of Rafa's ilk have long loathed. Just ask Bjorn Borg, Thomas Muster or Gustavo Kuerten. The inebriated night crowds, the Post, the traffic (and, the horror, the taxis horns blaring at all hours) -- New York is enough to scare any Monte Carlo-loving, cardigan-wearing tennis player back to the country club.

But it's not just embracing the atmosphere that's critical to winning. I suspect that Federer is skittish about the town; in Cincy last week, he said New York was crazy, and he's right.

To win the year's last major, you also need to play an aggressive brand of attacking tennis, even more so, perhaps, than at Wimbledon. Therein lies Nadal's toughest challenge. Although he's had success on hard courts, such as winning in Indian Wells earlier this year, Flushing Meadows, by many accounts, plays the fastest of the Grand Slam surfaces. The Open is the perfect platform for go-for-broke players who can't handle the erratic bounces and unsure footing of clay. Can I have a "Hell, Yeah!" James Blake, Andy Roddick and Sam Querrey?

Nadal has tried to be more aggressive. He's playing closer to the baseline when he can, and taking first serves on the rise. Fundamentally, though, Nadal likes to lay back and then pounce. On hard courts, big hitters can exploit his relatively defensive court positioning.

So while Federer will likely cruise to another final, Nadal will have to gut it out. He's up to the task. And if Nadal needs another motivating factor, it's the No. 1 ranking. Rafa has made it clear that he wants to finish the season on top. He even played (and won) a rather meaningless clay-court event after Wimbledon to add to his points total.

So while Federer likely will cruise to another final, Nadal will have to gut it out. He's up to the task. While he won't be able to catch Federer in the rankings to finish the season No. 1 -- one of Rafa's long-stated goals -- you know motivation won't be a factor. The spirit of Jimmy Connors will live on, and it might be just enough to give fans the showdown they want.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=2986090&name=tennis

And about Rafa's culinary adventure. The text is rather bland but the pics are yummy (bigger versions in the Pics thread)
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal Holds Court With Pikayo Chef Wilo Benet

http://media.marketwire.com/attachments/200708/TN-360909_WILOBENETANDRAFAELNADAL2.jpg

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 24, 2007) - Grand Slam tennis champion Rafael Nadal paid a special visit to the Rums of Puerto Rico "Rum Court" at Dacor® Taste of Tennis August 23 at the W Hotel in New York. Nadal posed for photographers with Chef Wilo Benet of San Juan's Pikayo restaurant and Karen Garnik, chief marketing officer for Rum of Puerto Rico, and he signed autographs for fans.

"It was an incredible honor to have a top ranked tennis champion like Nadal come to our rum court. For Rums of Puerto Rico it really was a 'grand slam' opportunity," said Ms. Garnik.

http://media.marketwire.com/attachments/200708/TN-360912_WILOBENETANDRAFAELNADAL.jpg

Rums of Puerto Rico was the exclusive spirits sponsor for Dacor® Taste of Tennis, which served as the official kickoff party for the 8th annual U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Top tennis players including Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas and Daniela Hantuchova were teamed with top chefs from New York and elsewhere to serve tantalizing dishes to more the than 500 attendees. In addition to Chef Benet, featured chefs at the event included (among others): Marcus Samuelsson, Aquavit; John Schenk, Strip House and Ivy Stark, Amalia, all from New York City, and Matt Zubrod, Dish Aspen, from Aspen, CO. Chef Samuelsson conducted a cooking demonstration for the crowd with a little help from "sous chef" Andy Roddick.

Benet served three dishes paired with rum cocktails: Candied Papaya with Aged Barrilito 3 Star Rum and Farmer's Cheese; Rice "Pegaitos" (light and crispy morsels of fried rice) topped with Creole Style Corned Beef Brisket made with Bacardi® Peach rum and a Ripe Plantain Emulsion; and Puerto Rican "Bistec Encebollado" Rolls (thin slices of beef tenderloin stuffed with caramelized onions and rolled then sliced, served with a slice of fried potato).

"It was an experience unlike no other to have Rafael Nadal helping me top off one of my dishes with a rum emulsion," said Wilo Benet.

http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release.do?id=763963

l_mac
08-24-2007, 10:52 PM
"It was an experience unlike no other to have Rafael Nadal helping me top off one of my dishes with a rum emulsion," said Wilo Benet.


:haha: I bet it was!

Blogging again? He spoils us :)

The_Nadal_effect
08-25-2007, 09:19 AM
Why is this room so empty?

US OPEN is just two days away. :sad:

mallorn
08-25-2007, 11:18 AM
Why is this room so empty?

US OPEN is just two days away. :sad:
Why is this only your first post in this thread? :p ;)

A couple of articles.
Federer wary of Nadal threat at U.S. Open

By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Roger Federer goes into next week's U.S. Open as the overwhelming favourite as he bids to become the first man in the modern era to win the title for a fourth consecutive time.

But though he is high on confidence after winning his 50th career title in Cincinnati last weekend, the world number one has one name nagging away at him.

Rafael Nadal.

Victory in New York would not only make Federer the first man since American Bill Tillden in the 1920s to win four titles in succession, it would also see him win three of the four grand-slam events for the third time in four years.

A 12th grand-slam crown is also on the line for Federer, just two short of the record held by Pete Sampras.

Nadal ended any hope of a Federer grand slam by beating him in the French Open final and pushed him to five sets in the final at Wimbledon. The Swiss had no doubts about who will be his main rival over the next two weeks.

"Even though now people talk about (Novak) Djokovic, for me Nadal is better, a lot better to be honest," Federer told Reuters in an interview.

"If I don't win the U.S. Open I expect him to win it."

Djokovic beat both Nadal and Federer to win the Montreal Masters the week before Cincinnati but Federer said the Spaniard was a cut above the rest.

IMPRESSIVE STUFF

Federer said Nadal was being underestimated, especially by the media.

"There's no such thing as a specialist on clay now. Maybe it's your best surface but then you can always play well on the hard courts, and even grass today," he said.

"That's why I am not surprised at all at how good he is -- what has surprised me that at his young age, he's been able to do it for so long.

"That's impressive stuff and something that I wasn't able to do. That's why I have high respect for him.

"It's almost impossible for him to be as dominant on hard courts as he is on clay because hard courts is just a different ball game, but it (his main rival) is Nadal."

After equalling Bjorn Borg's record of five consecutive Wimbledon titles in July, Federer took a brief rest and then set to work in the heat of Dubai to prepare for the summer.

[The rest is about Roger's preparation for the hardcourt season]

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-6874696,00.html

While it's nice that Roger seems to finally genuinely appreciate Rafa (took him long enough), I think this next article puts Rafa's chances in better perspective. It's very balanced and a good read. :yeah:

BY THE NUMBERS

By ALLEN ST. JOHN

For Rafael Nadal, A Hard Time On Hard Courts

The Young Clay-Court Master Faces a Hurdle at the U.S. Open

August 24, 2007

As the U.S. Open begins, all eyes will be on Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal. His below-the-knee tennis pants, sleeveless shirts, and shoulder-length hair make a bold fashion statement—but the muscular 21-year-old also has the game to back it up.

Earlier this year he completed a French Open three-peat by beating Roger Federer in the final, and stoked the game's best rivalry with a nail-biting five-set loss to Mr. Federer at Wimbledon.

But before you pencil in a rematch between the top-seeded Mr. Federer and the second-seeded Mr. Nadal in the U.S. Open men's final two weeks from Sunday, it might be a good idea to take a closer look at the Spaniard's record on hard courts.

Since the beginning of 2005, Mr. Nadal's hard-court record is 75-23, a .765 winning percentage, and he's won five of the 28 tournaments he's entered. That sounds good—until you compare it with his record on other surfaces. He's an astonishing 107-3 on clay over the past three seasons (including Davis Cup play), a .973 winning percentage. Over that span he won 17 of 20 tournaments he entered. But of course, Mr. Nadal isn't just a clay-court specialist, he's a clay-court master, having broken Guillermo Vilas's venerable clay-court winning streak record last year.

But what's more surprising is Mr. Nadal's grass-court record. Despite the fact that he had played only a handful of grass-court matches in his career before last year, his record in 2006 and 2007 is 16-4, an .800 winning percentage. Just as impressively, he's made the Wimbledon finals twice in a row, while he's never made it past the quarterfinals in either the U.S. or Australian Open, both of which are played on hard courts.

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/4903/pickk5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

The conventional wisdom is that clay and grass are diametrically opposite surfaces. Clay requires patience, consistency and endurance. Grass is all about playing quick-strike tennis. And for some players that has been exactly the case. For big-serving Pete Sampras and John McEnroe, the French Open remained an elusive prize. And some top clay courters—like Albert Costa, who got married right after winning the French—didn't even bother playing Wimbledon.

But in one crucial way grass and clay are very much alike: They reward athleticism above all. The sometimes slippery footing and the frequent bad bounces on each of these surfaces reward players who are light on their feet and able to make split-second adjustments. Players like Bjorn Borg, who completed the French-Wimbledon double three times in a row. And Mr. Nadal.

And while not much is made of it, the French-U.S. Open double has proved to be almost as difficult as winning the French and Wimbledon in the same season. Since the U.S. Open changed from clay courts to hard courts in 1978, only three men have been able to win both tournaments in the same year: Ivan Lendl in 1986 and 1987, Mats Wilander in 1988, and Andre Agassi in 1999.

Most fans assume that hard courts fit between grass and clay on the speed spectrum, but in many ways the fast hard courts at the U.S. Open are the best surface for big hitters. The sureness of the footing and the consistency of the bounce allow players who go for winners from the baseline to tee off on the ball.

The surface negates Mr. Nadal's athleticism, and makes him vulnerable to attack from big hitters like Novak Djokovic, Fernando Gonzalez, Thomas Berdych, Mikhail Youzhny, and Andy Roddick—all of whom who have beaten the Spaniard on hard courts.

Furthermore, Mr. Nadal has suffered from foot injuries, which forced him to miss the 2006 Australian Open, and the pounding of a series of best-of-five set matches can take a physical toll over the two weeks of a Grand Slam event.

The good news for Mr. Nadal's fans is that he is a quick learner. And he has shown flashes of brilliance on hard courts, winning at Indian Wells this year. He's also fared well against Mr. Federer, the acknowledged hard-court master, beating him in Dubai in 2006 and having jumped out to a two-set lead before losing a best-of-five set match in Miami in 2005. But make no mistake about it—winning a hard-court slam will likely prove to be the biggest challenge of Mr. Nadal's career, and if he can break through at Flushing Meadows, this year or in seasons to come, it will be no small victory.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118788896562106626.html

Tess Gray
08-25-2007, 04:59 PM
thanks mallorn! They're really good articles:D

I like what Roger says about Rafa, he seems genuinely impressed.

The_Nadal_effect
08-25-2007, 05:29 PM
Why is Mr Allen St John calling them Mr Nadal and Mr Federer?

He's referring Borg as Borg. Same with the others.

mallorn
08-26-2007, 01:52 PM
Why is Mr Allen St John calling them Mr Nadal and Mr Federer?

He's referring Borg as Borg. Same with the others.
It's odd, isn't it? :scratch: No idea, it would make more sense the other way round. :lol:

Here's Rafa's presser from Saturday:
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. A lot of people didn't think you could win Wimbledon, and you almost did. Do you feel you could make the same kind of surprise statement here in New York?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I play a very good tournament there in Wimbledon, no? Well, I improve this year. I play better. I think I play my better season of my careera. Very happy about my season.
Anyway, if I during the year, last part of the year, for example, US Open, I play bad and I lose early, I gonna be happy about the season, no?
But for sure I am here practicing hard. Have good preparation for this tournament. Play Montréal. Cincinnati I have problem. I come here on Sunday, Sunday night, and I have one week practicing here before the tournament. So I hope and I think that can help a little bit.

Q. Since Cincinnati, how have you been physically?
RAFAEL NADAL: I feel fine. Wasn't a big problem. Strange, an accident. I feel totally dizzy when I start the match. But after two days, I am fine. I am so much better. Right now I practice four hours yesterday, no problem.

Q. You come from a small village in Mallorca. Are you used to being in big cities or do you prefer the small town where everybody knows you?
RAFAEL NADAL: I prefer the same like always. I prefer be at home with the family, with the friends, my closer friends. I know my friends from the school. So I am very, very happy living in Mallorca. Is a very nice place, very quiet place. When I come there, I feel very good. I can do everything.

Q. What about spending a couple weeks in New York City?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, for some weeks, it's very good.

Q. What do you like to do in New York?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, normally I practice a lot, so is difficult do so much things. I go to walk, too, walk for the city. Yeah, every year normally when I am in the tournaments, I am not doing too much because when I finish the practice, I go to the room, I feel a little bit tired. Watching films. Sometimes playing a little bit with the PlayStation.
But here is a little bit different. Is nice, closer to 5th Avenue. I walk a little bit there. My hotel is in front of Central Park. So that is good.

Q. Do you know anything about your first round opponent?
RAFAEL NADAL: Not much. :p

Q. Do you know what he hooks like?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, sorry. :o

Q. Will you be doing any studies on him?
RAFAEL NADAL: You never know, no? :scratch: I saw him this year maybe he won in Surbiton, challenger. He played the final in Segovia, too. Tough tournaments. Gonna be a tough match. The draw always depends if you are playing good or not, so...

Q. You practice more or less at a Grand Slam than you normally would?
RAFAEL NADAL: The same. Not much difference, no. I like to practice two hours and a half, three hours every day before the matches, especially four days before the competition. One day before, two days before, two hours maximum.

Q. You like the French Open for obvious reasons. Do you like the US Open?
RAFAEL NADAL: I like every tournament. I enjoy every tournament. The Grand Slams, every one is nice. Well, this Grand Slam improve with the new locker room. That's a very good improve. And the players, we are very happy for that. Sure, I like the US Open.

Q. What did you learn from Wimbledon after losing to Federer where you could have capitalized on a break?
RAFAEL NADAL: Winning Stuttgart the next week. That's it. :cool:

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

Here are two previews of his first round match:

Nadal at a loss against Aussie star (http://au.news.yahoo.com/070826/2/149yq.html) :spit:

Jones facing his biggest battle (http://canberra.yourguide.com.au/detail.asp?class=sport&subclass=tennis&story_id=1043028&category=tennis)


And that's it from me for a while. I've got a very eventful week coming up and won't be able to post until next Monday. Happy cheering. :)

Good luck Rafa! :bounce:

Tess Gray
08-26-2007, 02:06 PM
why? What are you doing this week?:eek:
you make me very curious.. :p have fun with whatever you're going to do!

The_Nadal_effect
08-26-2007, 05:39 PM
Q. You like the French Open for obvious reasons. Do you like the US Open?
RAFAEL NADAL: I like every tournament. I enjoy every tournament. The Grand Slams, every one is nice. Well, this Grand Slam improve with the new locker room. That's a very good improve. And the players, we are very happy for that. Sure, I like the US Open.



Yeah, I'll bet they are! :lol:

MariaV
08-27-2007, 08:07 AM
And that's it from me for a while. I've got a very eventful week coming up and won't be able to post until next Monday. Happy cheering. :)

Good luck Rafa! :bounce:

Thanks Ania! :) And take care dear! :hug: Hope everything will be fine with you. :hug:

Sorry I haven't been around much, I've got lots of work too but I can do the USO post-match pressers, no problem. :) :wavey:

He didn't quite get the last question at that pre-USO presser but he gave a :cool: answer indeed. :lol:

nevermind
08-27-2007, 08:33 AM
Thanks for the articles ..
Yana I checked the elmundo site, thanks for that !
( Already asked a Q in my best Spanish ):D
but I wonder , do you know if it will be in English also ?
Last time the ATP site made an English Blog from Rafa
but I don't see it now ?
:wavey:

Castafiore
08-27-2007, 06:15 PM
Rafa's also going to blog for The Times again (I assume that it's going to be the same blog but in Spanish for elmundo and in English for The Times).

You can send questions to both!

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2007/08/starting-tuesda.html

nevermind
08-27-2007, 08:29 PM
Yes , i just found the Times Online link :)
I guess it will be the same , thanks !

Starting Tuesday
Yes, he's back. He had such a great time blogging for Times Online during Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal will be writing exclusively for us every day during the US Open. Rafa loved answering your questions and reading your messages of support as he reached the final at the All-England Club in that epic five-set match against Roger Federer, and is ready for more as he aims for his best-ever run at Flushing Meadows. Just email sport@timesonline.co.uk and we'll do the rest.
Posted by Times Online on August 27, 2007
:wavey:

nevermind
08-27-2007, 08:30 PM
;) Vamos Rafa

l_mac
08-27-2007, 10:44 PM
No Rafa on tomorrow's OOP. :sad:

Pelotas
08-27-2007, 11:31 PM
Hi guys, new here. Love me some Rafa! I know a lot of people think he has no chance on the fast USO hardcourts, but I think that's short sighted. I have faith!

Vamos!

Xristos
08-28-2007, 06:37 AM
Ok this is strange. Why isnt Rafa in tuesday oop?

Castafiore
08-28-2007, 07:34 AM
^ looks like he's playing on wednesday then.

An interesting graphic from The New York Times on the changes Rafa makes on various surfaces:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2007/08/25/sports/tennis/20070827_NADAL_GRAPHIC.html#

(Credit for finding the link: lpauly from vamosbrigade)


By the way, Rafa's first blog entry + his first series of answers to questions is up on the site of The Times:
http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/

MariaV
08-28-2007, 08:54 AM
I don't like him playing on Wednesday, he'd need an extra day off between the matches. He's getting screwed by the schedule again like at Wimbledon. :( :mad:

Castafiore
08-28-2007, 09:29 AM
I don't like him playing on Wednesday, he'd need an extra day off between the matches. He's getting screwed by the schedule again like at Wimbledon. :( :mad:
^ I was hoping to be able to see him play today instead of Wednesday as well but as long as the weather keeps up (hoping that Rafa's in good physical shape), he should be fine.

One of the contributors to the US Open blog of the New York Times writes the following:
Where’s Nadal?

By Kathleen McElroy
The New York Times, US Open blog


The day session matches were winding down around 10 p.m. on Monday, making the first-round tickets the biggest bargain in terms of time.
The tennis was pretty good, too. Federer and Henin advanced fairly easily, but the session included John Isner continuing his breakthrough summer with a victory over No. 26 Jarkko Nieminen and ended with the American wild card Ahsha Rolle upsetting No. 17 Tatiana Golovin on Armstrong long after Venus Williams had routed Kira Nagy. “This is the biggest court I’ve ever played on in my life!” she exclaimed. Rolle, whom Thomas Lin spoke to and wrote about earlier on this blog, was so excited at the end of the match, she pounded the pavement with her fists.
The night ended with Serena Williams ripping the bow off her dress then closing out Angelique Kerber in two tough sets.

There was Juan Carlos Ferrero being upset by Feliciano Lopez in a highly anticipated match on Court 8, and four seeded singles players on Court 13, including No. 13 Richard Gasquet and No. 14 Elena Dementieva.
By contrast, Tuesday’s day session doesn’t have the same buzz factor on the outer courts. A compelling match can be found between two seniors at Central Park, so drama won’t be the issue. But part of the fun of actually attending the Open is seeing a Tommy Haas on Court 13 or watching Guillermo Canas until deep into the night on Court 11.
Tuesday doesn’t quite have the feel of those deadly Wednesday and Thursday sessions during the second week, when the only star-quality quarterfinals are reserved for night. But Court 13, for instance, only has one seeded player, No. 30 Agnieszka Radwanska. Court 6 already is featuring doubles.

The problem? A few quality players are missing from Tuesday’s schedule, most prominently No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who is being “saved” for Wednesday’s exended first round. If Wimbledon can be criticized for not playing on the middle Sunday, the Open should get the razz for diluting the opening round with three days of play. Now we have to hear how Nadal may face “x” number of matches over “z” days, including back-to-back semis and finals. Wait, maybe this year it’s payback for Nadal’s supposedly softer draw.
Or maybe the three days of the opening round create a built-in rain day for the Open, or a shopping excursion for the less-committed spectators. For those who prefer to hang on the outer courts, stick to Court 11, which opens with Ivo Karlovic against Arnaud Clement, and gets less comical but just as competitive for the rest of the day.

So Rafa, wherever you are on Tuesday, just remember: You did it at Wimbledon in spite of the rain, you can do it at the Open in spite of contrivances.
http://usopen.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/08/27/wheres-nadal/

I'm a bit worried about some of the comments I've read about how the ball reacts, though.
JC Ferrero: "The balls here don't help me because I like to hit with a lot of spin but when you hit the ball it's like they are dead."
So, here's hoping that Rafa manages to bring his best fast court game to the US Open 2007!

*****
Jonathan, no idea if you read this at all but why the dull thread name? We're not used to this from you.

*****

OFF topic but what's up with MTF these days?
GM has been left to the trolls, the mindless threads about nothing at all and the rest of MTF is a bunch of cliques? It used to be that way before a bit but the clique thing is really getting stronger.

MariaV
08-28-2007, 09:40 AM
Castafiore, GM is no fun any more. :shrug: Even GWH said he was going to TRY to be nicer. :lol: I don't have much time to go there anyway.
I guess that's one of the reasons for so-called cliques - true fans stay more at the player forums. :shrug:

I am worried about Rafa's knee. :(

****
He needs to flatten his strokes then. In general I'm not too optimistic right now. :o Maybe I'll feel better tomorrow. :lol:
I only watched some Baghdatis :rolleyes: and Fed vs Jenkins last night.

Castafiore
08-28-2007, 11:09 AM
I guess that's one of the reasons for so-called cliques - true fans stay more at the player forums. :shrug:
Sure, but I'm not that big a fan of the clique thing either (not just in the player forums but also in non-tennis for example) because both troll/tard wars inside GM and the clique forming outside GM are both a form of "us against them" and it's restrictive either way.


Er.... back on topic:
I'm not that optimistic about Rafa's chances in the USO either. :awww:
Mainly because I keep having these bad flashbacks from previous editions but I'm trying to be positive.
I loved how he played in the Indian Wells (more attacking than usual, going forward, taking the ball as early as possible,...) but the conditions are not the same, are they? Ah well, we'll see what happens.


I would love to catch a bit of the matches of Hewitt, Malisse and Nalbandian today but I'm going out this evening so I'm not sure that I'm going to succeed.

Tess Gray
08-28-2007, 11:35 AM
Hi guys, new here. Love me some Rafa! I know a lot of people think he has no chance on the fast USO hardcourts, but I think that's short sighted. I have faith!

Vamos!

there we are! This is the kind of spirit we need in here!:D
welcome:wavey:

The_Nadal_effect
08-28-2007, 05:57 PM
*****
Jonathan, no idea if you read this at all but why the dull thread name? We're not used to this from you.
*****


I second that, Jonathan. Please add SOME SPUNK to the title:toothy:

OFF topic but what's up with MTF these days?
GM has been left to the trolls, the mindless threads about nothing at all and the rest of MTF is a bunch of cliques? It used to be that way before a bit but the clique thing is really getting stronger.

...Surprisingly, the trolls do not turn up on the 'serious discussion' treads. :p

l_mac
08-28-2007, 06:04 PM
I hate the US Open's 3 day 1st round.

Pelotas
08-28-2007, 06:51 PM
It blows that Rafa hasn't gotten to play yet. I don't think he'll have a problem with his first round opponent, but if he's got any lingering physical issues being behind the pack could come back to haunt him later in the tournament. Especially with a grinder like Nalbandian as a potential 4R opponent. The fact that he hasn't been assigned to the OOP makes me glad he took off early from Cincy.

With the draw as favorable as it is I guess I shouldn't complain.

Vamos!

Johnny Groove
08-28-2007, 09:33 PM
*****
Jonathan, no idea if you read this at all but why the dull thread name? We're not used to this from you.

*****

I second that, Jonathan. Please add SOME SPUNK to the title:toothy:

Ok :devil:

l_mac
08-28-2007, 11:03 PM
Rafa is third on Ashe tomorrow after 2 WTA matches.

guga2120
08-29-2007, 12:21 AM
What a joke, he doesn't play his first round until Wed, but I guess after Wimbledon he is used to playing so many 5 set matches so close to each other.

NevaNadal
08-29-2007, 04:54 AM
Hi Guys. Longtime lurker and thought it would be safer posting here then in the General thread.

According to John McEnroe Rafa's other knee is bothering him too. He now has both knees taped not to mention the shoulder and wrist problems.

The Brothers Mac make it sound like he should be in a hospital somewhere and not playing in a tennis tournament.

Vamos Rafa. I'll still :inlove: you win or lose.

MariaV
08-29-2007, 06:14 AM
Welcome NevaNadal! Hope you like it here. :wavey:

I told you guys I was worried about the knee, and now both knees. :(
Rafa plays 3rd on Ashe.

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Aravane Rezai (FRA) v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[5]
Not Before 1:00 PM
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Venus Williams (USA)[12] v. Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU)
followed by
3. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Alun Jones (AUS) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

I hope he's mad & mean and crushes that Jones as quickly as possible.

P. S. Good title Jonathan! :hatoff:

Castafiore
08-29-2007, 07:55 AM
That's more like it, Jonathan! Thanks.

I don't understand this schedule. Why are some players already playing the second round when others have still to play their first round?
That simply doesn't make sense to me. I thought that they always waited for the first round to finish unless there are other circumstances (weather) messing up the schedule or is this the usual thing to do and have I simply forgotten that?

nevermind
08-29-2007, 08:08 AM
23 mens 1st round matches have been scheduled the 1st day.
24 were played yesterday , 17 are left for today .
It's not only Rafa's match left to be played today.
Robredo ,Moya ,Youzhny ,Gonzo ,Safin are some of the players who are also due to play today,
Most importantly , he must play well ,no matter when I think ?
:)
I don't know where you post these blogs ?
Here's Rafa's blog from today :
http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/
VAMOS Rafa !

Castafiore
08-29-2007, 08:20 AM
Robredo ,Moya ,Youzhny ,Gonzo ,Safin are some of the players who are also due to play today
I'm aware of the schedule, thanks, but it still doesn't answer the question, though:

Is it something that I simply did not notice in the previous editions? It's probably been like that before (and whined about as well ;) ) but why start round 2 when round 1 isn't finished yet?
Looks like a messed up schedule even though I don't mind it too much because if the weather keeps up, all players should be getting sufficient rest.

Most importantly , he must play well ,no matter when
Obviously


Anyway, his current blog entry for The Times is a bit :sad: to read:
Puerta's death paralysed me

Hi everybody,

The day started today with terrible news. I read this morning that Puerta, the Sevilla football player died. That was a very hard moment, when Benito told me this morning. I didn't want to know it was true, I could not believe it. It was terrible. Yesterday when we were coming back from the tournament to the hotel we were talking about him being in critical state (I don't know if you say it like this in English). I remember we were saying that he would be OK, that he was in a delicate situation but that in the end he would make it. My uncle Toni was saying that he was not well and we did not want to believe him. Unfortunately he was right. He was really bad. We probably wanted him to be better than what he was and unfortunately that has not been the case. When I heard it this morning I was shocked, really shocked and could not move for a few seconds. I didn't really meet him and never saw him personally. I did see him play and liked the way he performed. IT is terrible, really terrible. Poor guy. I imagine that the whole country is in shock.

So I really think that anything that I write/say today about what I have done it is simply stupid, not important, empty. I don't really feel explaining anything. Tomorrow I start my participation here in NY at the last Grand Slam event of the year. There is a lot at stake for the 2 or 3 guys that are up there. Both Roger and Djokovic have started well. I hope it is the same for me.

Believe me, it is not the right day for me to write. I am sorry. I hope that with the answers to your questions there is enough for you.

Thanks

Rafa

MariaV
08-29-2007, 08:34 AM
That's more like it, Jonathan! Thanks.

I don't understand this schedule. Why are some players already playing the second round when others have still to play their first round?
That simply doesn't make sense to me. I thought that they always waited for the first round to finish unless there are other circumstances (weather) messing up the schedule or is this the usual thing to do and have I simply forgotten that?

At the USO scheduling never makes sense. :rolleyes:
Think of that Super Saturday - Fed will play his oh-so-stressful semis under 2 hrs :yawn: on Friday and his opponent in Sunday's final will play the best-of-5 semis on Saturday and the final right on the next day. Haaa-haaa - and you think there could be a competitive final. :rolleyes:

anon57
08-29-2007, 11:04 AM
^ looks like he's playing on wednesday then.

An interesting graphic from The New York Times on the changes Rafa makes on various surfaces:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2007/08/25/sports/tennis/20070827_NADAL_GRAPHIC.html#

(Credit for finding the link: lpauly from vamosbrigade)


Thanks for posting that link. At Wimbledon the BBC showed something similar, it's really interesting to see the adjustments he makes to his game when changing from gravel to grass.

Tess Gray
08-29-2007, 03:09 PM
Heey NevaNadal! Welcome :) :wavey:

I thought Rafa's blog today was really sad, I guess he was sad about this guy's death. I mean it's awfull, but it seemed that he really felt horrible about it :shrug:

I hope his knees will be fine

The_Nadal_effect
08-29-2007, 05:26 PM
Thanks for the title change, Jonathan!

I hope Rafa gets better tomorrow. Good to see he has his heart in the right place even at that level. I hope his knee gets better.

Xristos
08-29-2007, 06:32 PM
Cant wait to see Rafas new outfit!

l_mac
08-29-2007, 06:44 PM
Gah - Rafa was pictured on US TV practising this morning with heavy strapping above and below his left knee, with the usual strapping on his right knee. I hope he hasn't been over practising :(

l_mac
08-29-2007, 08:25 PM
Oh Good Lord - if you don't have coverage of this shitfest, thank your lucky stars. Rafa is playing horribly. His usual hardcourt crap - 4-5 metres behind the baseline, totally mis-timing all his shots, unable to return Jones's serve etc etc etc

Wake up, Rafa.

hra87
08-29-2007, 09:52 PM
I don't have coverage...watching the live scores. Doesn't make me feel particulary good. Out of curiosity, does it look like his knees are bothering him, or is he just playing really poorly.

l_mac
08-29-2007, 10:02 PM
Hard to tell - I can't imagine he's fully fit because he is playing absolutely hideously. But if he's not fit, what's the point of playing? He is going to get hammered playing like this against anyone in the Top 50, and if it is tendonitis he has the only cure is rest.

I have no clue how he got to be 2 sets to 1 up. Other than that Jones is a total clown, deserving of his 230whatever ranking.

hra87
08-29-2007, 10:21 PM
Back to form? Or is it just the fact that it's Jones?

Johnny Groove
08-29-2007, 10:37 PM
At least he won :rolleyes:

l_mac
08-29-2007, 10:55 PM
Painful.

Rafa, you injured muppet!

tangerine_dream
08-29-2007, 11:05 PM
Lots of questions about Nadal during today's chat :wavey:

Live Chat from the U.S. Open, Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Wyatt (Bloomington, IN): Assuming John Isner and Roger Federer both make it through to the third round, if Isner can't win the match against Roger can he hold serve enough to force some tiebreaks and possibly a fourth or fifth set to wear Federer down for future rounds (i.e. his upcoming collision with Andy Roddick)?

BONNIE D. FORD: Wyatt, we're asking a lot of Isner here. I think he'll hold serve a few times if the grand occasion doesn't get to him, but Federer is smart and crafty enough to keep the rallies short.

Janine-Manhasset, NY: Bonnie, Of all the players, male and female, who do you think is the most versatile?

BONNIE D. FORD: When Justine Henin is on, I'd pick her on the women's side. Andy Murray is a good candidate on the men's side.

Joe (Alhambra, CA): hi, bonnie! nadal is playing his first match at the open now, and he is struggling mightly in the match. actually, he's just lost the second set to a relatively unknown opponent, base on his performance in this first-round match, do you think that he can still be threat in this year open? if so, how far can he go in this tourney?

BONNIE D. FORD: I'm watching that match too. This may turn out to be A Tale of Two Seasons again for Nadal, as it was last year -- the pre-Wimbledon and post-Wimbledon. A lot of talk circulating about whether he simply gets too beat up on clay to stay at a super-high level for close to 11 months. Then again, many a superstar has labored through the first couple rounds of a Slam.

Amit (Chicago, IL): Why are both of Nadal's knees taped heavily? How badly is he injured?

BONNIE D. FORD: Nadal's right knee has been tender since the Wimbledon final. I'm not a physio, but I would guess they tape both to keep the athlete from overcompensating and straining the other one. He's also got one thigh taped.

John, Virginia: Who (men and women) could use the US Open, not necessarily, as their first Grand Slam win, but make it to the quarters or semis and get their name A LOT more known?

BONNIE D. FORD: Good question, John. Although Andy Murray is well known in tennis circles, I don't think the general U.S. public is really onto him yet.

BONNIE D. FORD: He has an excellent shot at the quarters if he's healthy. On the women's side, Sania Mirza could sneak through to the quarters if she can get past Chakvetadze.

Dylan Sprouse: (Los Angeles, CA): Who could challenge Federer and Nadal in this tournament if anyone?

BONNIE D. FORD: Apparently, Alun Jones... but seriously, Djokovic is the guy I think could (and has) beat them on a given day.

Ashrit (New York, NY): What do you think Leyton Hewitt's Legacy will be? Players like Hewitt, Safin, and Roddick each have won a couple of 1 or 2 grand slams, but Federer has robbed them of establishing their names in the record books. Will they just be forgotten names?

BONNIE D. FORD: Lleyton has been playing well recently. His personal life and coaching situation have both settled down. He said yesterday in response to a direct question that he has faith he'll win another Slam. But you are right in the sense that some of that is in Roger's hands. If things stay status I don't think they'll be forgotten... just the subject of a lot of what-if questions.

Flemming (Copenhagen, Denmark): Tim Henman was always, always, always completely overrated........thank God there will be no more *COME ON, TIM*.

BONNIE D. FORD: Gotta disagree somewhat -- he was the No. 4 player in the world. I think he was an overachiever. His career was complicated by the nationalistic fervor surrounding him, but I think he made the most of his talent.

Jeff (Huntsville, Alabama): Do you think Nadal's non-clay court skills are overrated? It seems that he gets in Federer's head which is why he performs so much better against Federer than anyone else, but he always seems to have much more trouble getting to the final game than Federer

BONNIE D. FORD: Jeff, early this season everyone was talking about Nadal's improvement on other surfaces. He's clearly banged up and in pain today and I wouldn't judge anything long-term on his performance here.

BONNIE D. FORD: Folks, gotta scram. Thanks for your interest and please join Greg tomorrow at 4 pm. We'll be back as a team on Friday.

guga2120
08-30-2007, 12:24 AM
Its hard to watch him move like that, he was so clearly in pain. If he withdraws I would not be suprised at all. It sucks though, b/c if he was healthy he would have made it to the SF, even a 100% not sure he would beat Novak though. I thought the draw was good, and a decent chance to get a shot at Roger, and we know he can beat him.

the_natural
08-30-2007, 03:20 AM
Why is this only your first post in this thread? :p ;)

A couple of articles.


While it's nice that Roger seems to finally genuinely appreciate Rafa (took him long enough), I think this next article puts Rafa's chances in better perspective. It's very balanced and a good read. :yeah:


Sorry I dont buy that Bull$hit I dont believe he genuinely respects rafa, cos he only genuinely respects guys that he knows he can beat. If rafa had won 1 or both of the last 2 wimbledons u wouldnt have heard this same kiss a%% bs, if federer hadnt won hamburg against a rafa who was playing at 25% then he wouldnt have been so "gracious" in defeat. there is a pattern there in his interviews against players he struggles against vs players he cant beat all the time or at least believes hes figuired out. He loves to ham it up to the media, which is easy to do when everything goes ur way.

the_natural
08-30-2007, 03:34 AM
Funny that title reads like the latest chapter from federers auto-biography. Cos we know thats what he does in order to be 2 days ahead of Rafa in the schedule only having to play 2 qualifiers whereas rafa has to play against guys who can play tennis.

And Im sure federer did the same thing at wimbledon "Go on baby, we dont need to use that extra sunday, let the rest of the guys play catch up with me *suck suck*".

Seriously though which one of the fed tards messed with the title? Are the administrators from other forums allowed to do that?


I dont think rafa will defend his quaterfinals points, or that is the best he will be able to do, he has a 1% chance of winning the uso this year, cos even if his draw opened up and he struck the ball well and made the semis its Djokovic or hewitt, 5 set match on Super Saturday (f!@# those american organisers are morons, its all about the tennis never about the players, they screwed over Agassi and Sampras several times with that bull%hit try hard concept of Super saturday), BTW federer has to play the semis on saturday too, he plays first and then his opponent plays a 4 or 5 setters second as per usual (u know sortta like Agassi and Roddick) and then he gets 12 hours extra rest and they get 2 hours sleep. Rafa has no chance of beating him in the final.

But Yeh if u look at the ATP website "Federer has challenging draw" cos he has JCF in his half *rolleyes* all his tricky opponents are in the second quarter of his draw and have to beat each other to make the quarters against him, such garbabe

NevaNadal
08-30-2007, 04:31 AM
OMFG Rafa's match today was painful to watch and of course more painful for him to play I'm sure.

I'm extremely happy that he managed to pull it off, but at what cost? I really wish he had "just said no" to playing the US Open this year.

BTW, Not trying to jinx Rafa or anything but I had the craziest dream the other night that he kept getting beat in a match by different players. Some I recognized (Hewitt) others I didn't. But the number 2 kept coming up. Later on I took that to mean he's out of the Open in the second round. And if he retires, than I guess he would be.

I don't know how many more tournaments he plans to play this year but the man needs to seriously rest for awhile. While I would hate for him to lose his #2 ranking, his health should be the main concern for everyone now.

Xristos
08-30-2007, 04:53 AM
Rafa, sad...

I hope you get better soon.

Castafiore
08-30-2007, 07:58 AM
Nadal's right knee has been tender since the Wimbledon final. I'm not a physio, but I would guess they tape both to keep the athlete from overcompensating and straining the other one
Makes sense. Thanks for posting that, Tangy.


Damn, that was one hard match to watch in many ways. :o
His movement was so bad. He improved at the end of set 3 but he was still trying to win without moving a lot. :sad:


Post-match interview:
R. NADAL/A. Jones

7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. How is your knee? What's the problem with it?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, my knee was fine three days ago. Three days ago I was practicing and, well, the last minute of the practice I feel, I don't know in English, but I feel something.

Q. A pull?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. Well, I have pain. The next day I didn't practice. Yesterday I practice, well, 35 minutes with Oscar, he's a coach. Well, maybe if I am in another tournament, I never go to the court today. But is the US Open, so is very important tournament for me. I have big illusion for play good this tournament.
Well, I hope the knee improve. I have one day, a little bit more than one day, right now. I hope the knee improve.

Q. Do you know what is the problem?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, sure. I have a tendon.
THE INTERPRETER: He's got an inflammation on his tendon on his knee. Because of that inflammation, they cannot really know what's going on.
RAFAEL NADAL: I work a lot the last two days, because two days ago I thought I can't go on court. I work a lot with my physio. I want to say thanks to my physio, to Dr. Parra, with the trainer of the ATP. I work a lot.
I improve. So today I go on court. You saw the match. I didn't run too much, no? I can't move too much. But I spoke with the coach before going on court. Just try to move less as possible and try to win. With one more day, two more days, because maybe I play Friday night, hopefully can improve.

Q. Was Alun Jones a tougher opponent than expected?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, the truth is I am focused on me, no? I was focused on me. Just be focussed about my knee, about how is the match going. And, well, he play -- sure, is nice match for him. He play with no pression. Play very aggressive all the time. Well, he has his chances to play good.

Q. How close were you to not playing today? Did you think in your mind you were not going to play?
RAFAEL NADAL: Two days ago, yes. Two days ago, yes. Today or yesterday night not. I try. My thought, I don't know, if after three, four games, one set I have to go out. But I try.

Q. Is it your left knee or your right knee?
RAFAEL NADAL: Left.

Q. But both knees were taped today.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, because I have the problem in the right knee the final of Wimbledon, and later in Stuttgart. But I play Montréal, Cincinnati, I practice very hard these weeks, and I don't have any problem. But that's only for precaution.

Q. So the left knee is a new problem?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is not a new problem, no?

Q. A new injury?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. But is not an important injury. I have an MRI yesterday, before yesterday, and is not a big problem. But, sure, is difficult to play like this, especially here, no? I have similar problem than the right knee. But I stop one week after Stuttgart, doing the treatment. After that is working so much better. I don't have no problems after that, no?
So if you can't stop, is more difficult.

Q. Were you practicing here when you felt the pain? Where were you practicing when you felt the pain?
RAFAEL NADAL: Three days ago, I was practicing with Murray on center court.

Q. Did the doctor say there's any chance that the knee could get all better during this tournament or are you going to be having pain the whole tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I hope feel better. Well, I speak with my doctor in Spain, with the doctors of here, and I am doing all the things for improve. Two days ago I was so much worse than right now. Today I don't move too much, but I play, so that's a good news. We hope I can improve. If not, I'm going to try my best, but...

Q. Did you not move so much today because you chose not to take the risk on your knee or did it just hurt so much that you couldn't run?
RAFAEL NADAL: I chose don't take the risk for the knee. But, anyway, is difficult move well when you know you have a problem there, no?

Q. Does this surface here make your knee hurt more than it might on grass or clay do you think?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, the hard surface always is tougher, and the tennis is going to have more and more hard surfaces tournament. And in my opinion is a little bit mistake because for the players and for have a longer career is better play in other surfaces. But the tennis is going like this.
For sure is less aggressive, grass or clay.

Q. Are you worried that the knees will be a long-term problem?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I say it before, no? Is not important injury, no? Is nothing totally new. A lot of players have problem with the tendon there. That's my normal problem, and I play.
I have the same problem four years ago than right now. My knee is not going worst in the last four years, and I play at the best level, so that's a very good news, no?
But yesterday I -- three days ago I have that problem. That's it. I don't know.

Q. How disappointed are you that you are not a hundred percent or at your best going into the final major with a chance to perhaps seek revenge against Roger?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, is not the moment for speak -- to speak about Roger, no? Well, sure is enough. Can't play at hundred percent in very important tournament like this. Is big motivation for me play here. But the tournament is not finished, so I am there.

Q. Will you have to play more offensively now because you'll be limited a little bit in running?
RAFAEL NADAL: I will try my best (smiling). I don't know if play aggressive, but defensive. I don't know.

Q. If the knee takes you out of the tournament, you're not able to finish, who would you like to see win it?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, favorite for me is Roger.

Q. Roger?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes.

Q. Going forward in your matches, do you feel you're going to put everything out there or do you feel you need to physically play in a conservative manner, not move so much?
RAFAEL NADAL: I feel I need play -- I don't know if I have to play aggressive or not aggressive. I have to play in the same way than what I am doing always. I have a problem in the knee. So if I have to go out, I have to go out. But I am playing more aggressive this year than last years, and I have to continuing playing like this, no, because this year I am playing well.

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http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2007-08-29/200708291188441345203.html


I'm happy to see Henman win when so many expected that he would go out against Tursunov.

Castafiore
08-30-2007, 08:06 AM
From The New York Times:

Fighting Through Knee Pain, Nadal Grinds Out a First-Round Victory

Robert Caplin for The New York Times

Rafael Nadal dropped the first six points of his match, but went on to win 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.


By LIZ ROBBINS
Published: August 30, 2007

On the eve of the United States Open, Rafael Nadal was preparing to take the next flight home to Spain. His left knee was so painful after practicing Sunday, it was “impossible,” according to his uncle and coach, Toni Nadal, for him to play.

Two days of rest and treatment later, Nadal, the world’s No. 2-ranked player, found himself battling on Arthur Ashe Stadium Court against the unseeded and little known Alun Jones, a 27-year-old from Australia making his Open debut.

Jones once dug holes for his father’s dam construction project while temporarily retired from tennis three years ago, having earned more recognition in the sport for his bit part in the movie “Wimbledon.” Until yesterday.

Jones had broken Nadal for a 4-3 lead in the third set, moving two games away from a two-sets-to-one lead. But Nadal called for the trainer, had the tape on his left knee replaced, and quietly gritted out a first-round victory, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, that cast a shadow on his remaining Open path.

“Maybe if I am in another tournament, I never go to the court today,” Nadal said.

Nadal, 21, has tendinitis and inflammation in his left knee, compounding the tendinitis in his right knee that he dealt with during his epic five-set loss to Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

But at least that was on a more forgiving grass surface. On the pounding hardcourts, a surface he is still trying to conquer when healthy, the injury adds yet another obstacle. “Sure, is difficult to play like this, especially here, no?” he said.

Nadal said he had a magnetic resonance imaging exam Tuesday that did not show the injury to be a big problem. And even though he said he first felt the tendinitis four years ago, at age 17, he again insisted it was “not an important injury.”

But it was important enough for Jones, a wild card ranked No. 123, who has only played eight tour-level matches in his life, to win a set yesterday on the showcase court. “I would prefer if he was on one leg,” Jones said, joking. “I would have had a better chance to beat him.”

But this opponent was different than the familiar, fearless Nadal. He moved cautiously, if he moved at all, approaching the net just eight times, barely bending for low balls, even on his favored forehand side. He called for the trainer twice during the match, once grimacing during a quick massage.

“I don’t think he was at 100 percent,” Jones said. “Only heard the grunt a few times.”

Asked if Nadal were even 50 percent of his true self, Toni Nadal shook his head and laughed in an interview after the match. “No, lower,” he said. “I don’t know, 20, 30, 50 percent against Alun Jones, yes, but Rafael cannot play against a better player like this.”

Nadal will play No. 56-ranked Janko Tisparevic in the second round, which he hopes will be a night match tomorrow to give him more recovery time.

Rafael and Toni Nadal dismissed initial thoughts of withdrawing from the tournament.

“Because it was a very important tournament, we say we wait here,” Toni said. Nadal met with Pier Francesco Parra, a doctor for the Italian tennis federation, who used a laser technique on his left knee, according to Toni. “The rest is the best for him.”

Nadal first felt pain Sunday after practicing with Andy Murray at Ashe Stadium. He did not practice Monday, and on Tuesday he had a light workout.

Two weeks earlier, Nadal had pulled out of a tournament in Cincinnati because of dizziness and a cramp in his left arm. The previous week, he had lost to No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals in Montreal.

Nadal won the Stuttgart clay tournament in Germany the week immediately after Wimbledon, and that was when his left knee started hurting, Toni said, because he had been favoring it.

Nadal, who won six tournaments this year, may be the ATP’s dream as a foil for Federer, but he criticized the Tour for scheduling more hardcourt tournaments that he believes are detrimental to players’ knees.

“In my opinion, is a little bit mistake,” he said, adding that players can have longer careers on different surfaces.

He dismissed that his condition might have an impact on the anticipated rematch with Federer, the world’s top player, whom he has met in the finals in two consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. “Not the moment to speak about Roger,” he said. “But the tournament is not finished, so I am there.”

Nadal’s section of the draw had its share of first-round intrigue. No. 7 Fernando González, the Australian Open finalist, lost to Teimuraz Gabashvili, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 5-7, 6-4. But Marat Safin, the 2000 United States Open champion, who is seeded 25th, had an easier time, defeating Frank Dancevic, 7-5, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7).

Seven years after beating Pete Sampras for the title, Safin’s only other Grand Slam title came in the Australian Open in 2005, battling injuries and his emotions. Was that Open match against Sampras the best of his career?

“Yeah, but who cares?” Safin said. “It’s so far in the past. It’s already history. It’s a long time ago. It’s time to move on.”

Safin is safely realistic about his chances here. “We prepare for the worst,” he said, “and hope for the best.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/30/sports/tennis/30open.html?_r=1&ref=tennis&oref=slogin


Can anybody explain to me why some MTF posters who seem to be rational people most of the time seem to think that Nadal is never really injured (but faking it for example, making excuses,...) and he's never really tired either because "Nadal does not get tired".

MariaV
08-30-2007, 08:14 AM
Thanks Castafiore for doing my job. I was totally drained after Marat's and then Rafa's match. Too much drama for me despite the wins.
And those injuries! :mad: :sad:

Castafiore
08-30-2007, 08:49 AM
I was totally drained after Marat's and then Rafa's match. Too much drama for me despite the wins.
And those injuries! :mad: :sad:
:hug:

I've read that Tipsy's having a bit of trouble with tendonitis as well. If that's true, it could be could be another :o :bolt: match.

Reading some of the interviews by players after these matches, I often have to admire their patience. I know that it's part of their job and everything but still...
The stupid questions they often get. I mean, asking Safin the question about the Pete Sampras match? WTF?
Seven years after beating Pete Sampras for the title, Safin’s only other Grand Slam title came in the Australian Open in 2005, battling injuries and his emotions. Was that Open match against Sampras the best of his career?
:rolleyes:

MariaV
08-30-2007, 08:56 AM
:hug: back, that wasn't a nice watching experience last night. :o

Marat has chronic tendonitis in his right knee, Tipsy having the same problem...
Rafa should really try to be more aggressive vs Tipsy. Jones took the ball early and gave his best so all respect to him but Rafa was just ... still so far behind the baseline, too defensive and clearly not comfortable on court.

Castafiore
08-30-2007, 09:06 AM
that wasn't a nice watching experience last night. :o

Not exactly, no. :lol:

I did have fun watching Henman's match after so many expected Tim to lose against Tursunov.


Watching Nadal's match, I couldn't decide what to think of it really: Emotionally, I kept going from being :mad: because of the shitty match to :sad: out of frustration of seeing how badly he was moving to :rolls: because it was so bad at times that it became hilarious and back again to :mad:

MariaV
08-30-2007, 09:11 AM
Oh, and about that 2000 USO final - that's one of the few matches I've watched like 3 times in full. :o It kind of still makes me :eek:, there are 2 matches that have made me completely drop the jaw (not knowing what had hit me) - USO finals in 2000 and 2004.
Other matches have had other emotions mixed in.

Castafiore
08-30-2007, 09:25 AM
Rafa's Q&A from his blog for The Times is up

Questions for Rafa

Rafa, I watched a video of your first interview when you were 12 years old and I would like to know what do you think about the way to become a tennis champion. On this video, I can see the same expressions and of course your uncle Toni. Did you fell that you will reach a high level in tennis at this moment? I admire and trust you,Vamos Rafa !! - Camille, France
RN: Merci Camille. Well, I am here to try to do that, to be where I am. I didn'[t know if I was going to make it but I knew I had to try, give my best effort always and with a bit of luck make it. So far so good.

Have you seen the impressions Djokovic does of you & other players, and if so, what do you think of them? Would you be tempted to do an impression of him in return? Seriously, good luck in the US Open. You are the most exciting player to watch & I hope you win it!! - Malcolm
RN: Yes, I have seen the parody. I don't think it is an impression. HE is very good at it and also on court. I would prefer to beat him here on hard than to return a parody.

Hi Rafa, Good luck at the US Open. You have a HUUUGE fan base cheering for you in NY!
We love yah! What musical did you see this week in NY? Again, we're all praying and rooting for you. Time to grab the trophy from Roger! You deserve it! Vamos !!!! - Doris, New York
RN: I went to see the Phantom of the Opera for the 20th time or so... :-). Thanks Doris it looks like it is going to be very difficult.

Rafa, after Ferrero lost to Feliciano in the 1st round he said that the balls do not take spin that well and are better when hit flat. How have you found the balls at Flushing Meadow? Do you find that they suit your game or do you have to make any adjustments? - Peter, UK
RN: I have to try to get my knee better first and then try to find my best game. I don't think the balls are a problem for me. But yeah, JC did tell me., He could be right.


Hola Rafa!!! I have realised this year for most your matches you've been scheduled in the evening/night and in my view this is worst for your game. Other players complain when they are scheduled at those hours. Why don't you do the same? It seems to me that as you are young sometimes people think you'll not reply. Thanks for blogging. Good luck in the US Open - Besos. Mª Reyes Carretero, Alicante - Spain
RN: Actually you are right. But in the case of Friday I hope I play at night so that I have more time to get better. But yeah, you are right. In Australia this year it was painful. I could not recover well since I was getting to the hotel at 2/3 am and it was tough with the match being played to go to sleep.

I want to know at what do you think during a match to remain concentrated? How do you keep your concentration when you lose an important point? - Estelle, France
RN: This is a very important point. Concentration in our sport is probably one of the most important things. I try to think on how the match is going and on what I can do to win the next point. In a way I try to forget everything that happened before. Not easy sometimes

What would you say is the personality trait that best defines you? PS, I know the best place in the New York for "croquetas" and "parrillada de pescado" in case you need them. - Carol, NYC, USA
RN: Thanks for the advice. I try to go to places near the hotel since that way I am earlier in my room. I don't know what is my trait, probably a bit shy ...???...

I would like to know if you have planned something in particular for this tournament and other upcoming hardcourt tournaments - for example, flattening your serve and/or hitting deeper forehands to counter a lack of topspin on this surface. I am sure these things will already be on your mind and Uncle Toni must have helped you work on these two aspects. - Prafull Arjeria, India
RN: At this point just to try to stay fit an win this first matches hoping I can better and then improve my game.

Do you notice the fans cheering for you or hear what they say or are you so concentrated on the point that you often don't hear them? - Meghan, Atlanta, USA
RN: Yes, of course I do and I love it. It is very encouraging and many times they help me win difficult moments and matches. Concentration has nothing to do with that for me.

If you have a choice, who would be your ideal doubles partner and your ideal mixed doubles partner? - Jackie Fernandez, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
RN: I suppose you always want to play with the best so I guess Roger would be the best one :-)

Is your room really, really tidy? Or is your meticulousness reserved only for your tennis rituals? - Emma
RN: No, my room is very untidy. Many times they ask me to film my room and that's one of the reasons I never open the room to cameras :-)

Who is the best cook in your family? - Lauree, USA
RN: My mother BY FAR !!!

I'm interested if you could share with us how you decided to change your serve. Where is the extra power coming from? Are you throwing the ball up differently, hitting it flatter, or somehow getting more height? - Hans, Zurich
RN: I have changed a few things like the position and the supports of my legs to improve strength and speed.

What is the best advice you were ever given and who gave it to you? - Niamh Kearney, Ireland
RN: I have been given many good advices, specially by my family and the people around me. I think I am no one to give advices. Maybe in the future, but not yet.

You have a lot of young cousins, do any of them play tennis? And could you see yourself coaching one of them someday? After Uncle Toni, we could have Cousin Rafa! - Sharon, Texas, USA
RN: You are funny Sharon. Thanks for your comment. For the moment I keep it the way it is with my uncle coaching me and me simply playing :-)


When you're not playing tennis and you're not in Mallorca, what is your favorite place in the world to visit? - Cilla Reid
RN: When I am not playing tennis I just want to be at home, in Mallorca. I already travel a lot. Maybe when I am done with my tennis career.
http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/

And the regular blog entry:
Using lasers to repair my knee

Hi everyone,

Well, it is correct, I am a bit injured on (or in) my knee. I couldn't say much about it before today's match since I did not want it to look like I was excusing myself before the match, but the truth is that I have been struggling the past 2/3 days. I hurt myself a bit the other day on my other knee while practicing with Andy (Murray). I felt exactly the same as I did in the final of Wimbledon this year. The same thing with the same pain that I felt during the week of Stuttgart a couple of weeks later. A "punch" in the tendon of my knee. It really makes me angry since this is the last Grand Slam event of the year where I am really hungry to play well. There I go and I get half injured. I mean half since it is not really an injury but the truth is that I could not even hold my knee three days ago. Two days ago I could not practice and yesterday I could only do it very lightly.

But anyway I have now one day and a half and I am getting and feeling better fast. I am here, for the first time, looking a an Italian doctor called Pier Francesco Parra that use to work with Alberto Tomba and other top sportsman.

He has this laser machine that rehabs tendons and muscles very fast. IT is a laser machine that has 5 different lasers. He's explained it to me 2 times but it is hard to explain it to you in English. I already understand him half of what he says since he speaks in Italian to me... :-) He is here with the Italian Federation but also helps some others. We go to his room 3 times a day and it is funny to see other players waiting to get treated.

Thank God his hotel is nearby ! I am also being treated by ATP's physio Michael Novotny who is a very good professional and is always near us.

Hopefully on Friday night I will feel better and will try to get better and better as the tournament goes by. For that I do need to win matches...

I will let you know how things go tomorrow.

Thanks

Rafa

Tess Gray
08-30-2007, 09:32 AM
Can anybody explain to me why some MTF posters who seem to be rational people most of the time seem to think that Nadal is never really injured (but faking it for example, making excuses,...) and he's never really tired either because "Nadal does not get tired".

I know right? It's kinda ridiculus :o
Most just do not like Rafa, wotever:rolleyes:

MariaV
08-30-2007, 09:39 AM
Btw, this Italian thing - Marat spent like a month in Bologna in 2005 at some top knee specialist (sorry I don't remember the name) but he still went back to Moscow to have surgery and said Italy didn't really help. :o :shrug:

Castafiore
08-30-2007, 09:56 AM
^ :awww:

Well, let's hope that this particular Italian guy knows what he's doing then.

Foxy
08-30-2007, 10:33 AM
MariaV, as you say, Marat's problem has been back in 2005. Now it's 2007. The medical science should be more sophisticated and effective.

MariaV
08-30-2007, 10:52 AM
^ :awww:

Well, let's hope that this particular Italian guy knows what he's doing then.

That's my hope too. :lol: Italians tend to kinda 'talk too much' sometimes though if you get what I mean. ;)

cc2monac
08-30-2007, 11:00 AM
poor rafa! I hope he'll soon be better and also be able to play a better tennis anyway congrats for your first win rafa!

dorkino
08-30-2007, 01:26 PM
It hurt watching him in that form and performance yesterday. :(
But he had to balance things up.Defending some points which is now even more questionable with that torturing form and mentality, is not worth to tear himself out and have looong time to regret for afterwards.
For GOD's sake, think it over and take the right decision kid
:( :sad:

Poor Rafael,hope he gets back well soon.

tangerine_dream
08-30-2007, 05:19 PM
I agree Castafiore that that match was very tough to watch and it depressed me to see Rafa struggle in pain like that. :awww: I deleted the match afterwards. Not worth watching again or keeping.

Welcome, NevaNadal :wavey:

cmurray
08-31-2007, 01:46 AM
Can anybody explain to me why some MTF posters who seem to be rational people most of the time seem to think that Nadal is never really injured (but faking it for example, making excuses,...) and he's never really tired either because "Nadal does not get tired".

Why? Because Rafa has the utter NERVE, the AUDACITY to beat The Almighty. And because of that he is worthy of utter contempt and to have the worst thought of him even though he's a good guy.

Castafiore
08-31-2007, 07:32 AM
^ *sigh*

OOP - Friday, 31 August

Arthur Ashe - after 7:00 p.m.
Venus Williams v Alona Bondarenko
Janko Tipsarevic vs Rafael Nadal

The expert pick - Matt Cronin: (from the tournament site):
2-RAFAEL NADAL V. JANKO TIPSAREVIC

Let the battle of the knee injuries begin. Nadal was in a bad way in his first-round victory over Alun Jones, as he hurt his left knee in practice against Andy Murray and didn't trust his wounded body part when sprinting side to side. He survived, but only because of his big match experience and his foe's meltdown.

Tipsarevic, the heavily tattooed Serbian, also has a bad wheel, which has taken him out of a lot of summer play. But he has terrific groundstrokes and is a colorful character, being the only man on tour with a tattoo that quotes Russian writer Dostoyevsky. He'll have his own section of literature PhDs from Columbia and NYU pulling for an upset.

Nadal won't be 100 percent and may not even be 70 percent, but he's dying to prove that he can win a non-clay court Slam and is hoping that if he can last a couple of more matches, his knee will recover and he can show his best stuff. His greatest desire here is to show US Open fans his “A” game, which is why he's so stressed out by the knee injury. While Tipsarevic has the strokes to stay with him, Nadal will put on his warrior's mask and gut out a four-set victory.

Castafiore
08-31-2007, 07:53 AM
The Times - Rafael Nadal blog:
http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/

Friday, 31 August:
I missed out on Disney World

Hello everyone,

One more day and one less to play... I will do so tomorrow night late, very late in Europe. I am playing 2nd after 7pm so that means I might start playing at 9pm or so. Normally, under normal circumstances on a normal tournament, this is not that good since I will finish very late. As a matter of fact I have just seen the end of the match between Blake and Santoro and it is almost 12.30 am !!!. That means that with the time post match in the locker room icing, taking off the tapes from ankle and knees and after Press Conference we get to the hotel around 1 or 2 am. This is tough. But in my case tomorrow I think this benefits me since it gives me more time since yesterday's match to recover better my knee. I need time and this is a matter of time. Time is in my favour and my knee gets better. I have been treated again by the Italian doctor Parra and his laser machine and by the ATP physio Michael Novotny. I feel better today and tomorrow I will try to go out there and try my best. I will try to force more and run more than the other day. The rival is more complicated and it is not going to be easy. Tipsarevic played great at this year's Wimbledon.

But one more support I have is that my parents and my sister are here to support me. They arrived from Disney World in Florida last night and will come tomorrow to the site. I would have loved to be with them in Disney World but... They are here with a group of friends, I think they are 16 or something so I will have more support..

On the other hand I had not mentioned anything yet but the play station matches are back, football I mean. We restarted them. I had not played since Wimbledon. Maymo and me against Albert Molina, an agent that works for IMG, and Benito my PR Manager. Close matches so far. Sometimes we win, and sometimes they win. But the big match me and Benito against Moya and Nalbandian will be played shortly. If we all win tomorrow we will play that one. Will let you now how it goes. The loser might have to do something funny...

Thanks and till tomorrow.

Rafa

Questions for Rafa

I just saw something on ESPN called "The Tomatina" (Tomato Fight) and wondered if you've ever participated in that? I recently read that you don't like tomatoes but maybe this is fun? I love tomatoes! - Bridget, Los Angeles
RN: No, I never participated on that. It is from another region in Spain. Closer to where Ferrero and Ferrer are from.

What do you think has been your best ever match, in terms of how well you played? - Sophia North
RN: I have had many good matches specially this year. I would not be able to point out one.

Do you like comics? Did you use to read them? If so, which is/was your favorite superhero? - Mª Reyes Carretero, Alicante
RN: No, I don't have super heroes but I do watch comics on TV.

You often say you like to go to movies, or watch some in your hotel rooms; what are your favorite movies? - Indigo
RN: I love Gladiator and I watch a lot of DVDs when I am travelling. I carry a lot of them. I also watch them more than once. In Montreal I watched a lot of them. Here in NYC I have not had that much time since I have been very busy, the site is far and some other reasons.

What is it about the hard court surface that makes it so much more challenging for you? - Tammy Linville, Charlotte, NC
RN: I like to play on hard. Believe me. I like all surfaces. The thing is that other players play much better here and also there are some courts where my spin doesn't hurt as much since the ball doesn't bounce too much.

Can you speak any languages apart from Spanish and English? If not what language would like to learn and why? - Subonita, England
RN: Yes, I also speak Mallorcan which is my mother tongue.

I was just wondering are you still eating gambas every night for dinner? - Christy, UK
RN: Hahahahahaha. No, that was only during Wimbledon. Last night I had a very nice pasta with seafood at a restaurant near the hotel. It was really nice. I also had some pizza with... Gambas :-)

Nelson Mandela had a statue of himself unveiled in Parliament Square, next to Churchill and Abraham Lincoln. My question is which historical, political or military figure is your favourite and why? - David Tarbuck
RN: None. Don't ask me why. Better not to get into politics.

Maná is one of your favorite bands, what's your favorite song by them and why? - Yasna, Belgrade
RN: Mine too. I love Mana. I think they are the best. But they have so many songs I like that I could not tell you just one. The US Open asked me for my favourite songs to play them during my matches and I asked for Mana.

I recently won the under-9's Middlesex Tennis Championship wearing my lucky socks. Do you wear lucky things when you compete ? - Kyle Ed Hardy
RN: No, I don't. Do you? Good luck anyway

Which youngster would you say has got the best game out of Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Maros Baghdatis and Richard Gasquet and why? - Steffan Hatton
RN: All of them are very good. Maybe Andy has been unlucky with injuries. But all 4 are really (together with Djokovic) the ones that will be up there.

Tess Gray
08-31-2007, 10:02 AM
I don't like him playing this late.... maybe it's better for his knee but it's not very nice to me :mad:

I'm actually thinking on setting my alarmclock at like 4am to watch these two play. :o They're like my two favorites on the tour and it should be a good match

*sigh* life is so unfair:sad:

MariaV
08-31-2007, 10:14 AM
I don't like him playing this late.... maybe it's better for his knee but it's not very nice to me :mad:

I'm actually thinking on setting my alarmclock at like 4am to watch these two play. :o They're like my two favorites on the tour and it should be a good match

*sigh* life is so unfair:sad:

Life sure is unfair. :sad:

I guess I'll try to get some sleep before the match, good that with Saturday coming I don't have to go to work or anywhere. Uhh, with the retirement-w/o discussions going on - maybe Tipsy could retire to make it easier for us. :o Not that I wish injuries to anyone.

Tess Gray
08-31-2007, 10:33 AM
Life sure is unfair. :sad:

I guess I'll try to get some sleep before the match, good that with Saturday coming I don't have to go to work or anywhere. Uhh, with the retirement-w/o discussions going on - maybe Tipsy could retire to make it easier for us. :o Not that I wish injuries to anyone.

yep, same for me... thank god it's saturday :lol:
one has to sacrifice something to see their two favorite players watch I guess... guess for me it's my sleep. I like to sleep!!:(

*sigh*

:sad:

l_mac
09-01-2007, 04:10 AM
Better from Rafa tonight. Much better.

NevaNadal
09-01-2007, 04:46 AM
Wow, good match.

Congrats Rafa. Only 5(?) more games until the final!! :lol:

the_natural
09-01-2007, 06:39 AM
Im worriEd that Tsonga will cause major probs, this is the match that will determine the uso for him. Tsonga is cocky (good for him u need that), hes won 20 outta 23 matches on all levels (challenger and atp) and hes almost beaten roddick at the aussie just barely lost and took out hewitt at wimbledon.

Hes the kind of player rafa hates, big serve, will come into net at times, just swings freely like a young marat, and hits clean and hard and deep not usually with much topspin, he just goes for it on big points and hes on a high just playing with nothing to lose, 4 sets if rafa plays really really well like Indian wells, 5 sets if hes playing like montreal. Hes outta there if he doesnt play near that level, Sorry its a cold hard truth, Tsonga has no weaknesses right now, hes got nothing to lose.


DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH THE NADAL CLAN??? TELL THEM THAT ACUPUNCTURE IS A GOD SEND FOR INFLAMMATION, OR IF ANYONE IS AT THE USO PRACTICE COURTS SHOUT OUT "TRY ACUPUNTURE RAFA" IM DESPERATE FOR SOMEONE TO LET HIM KNOW THIS, ITS AMAZING. But he has to do it on a day when hes not playing cois at first the muscles get tense but the next day theres almost no pain.

MariaV
09-01-2007, 08:25 AM
The natural, you can write to Rafa on his The Times blog. ;)
I didn't see the match, slept like a dead person but I thought it was all for the best, I wasn't sure I could take another bad display like vs Jones. Good to hear he was much better this time. :D
No interview up yet so the match report will have to do.

In Battle of the Injured, Nadal Survives :lol:
By Brian Cleary
Friday, August 31, 2007


It wasn't pretty, but it will work for Rafael Nadal.

Exactly what Nadal needed to happen for him to continue his quest to win did—or at the very least continue playing here at the Open. Walking out on Arthur Ashe Stadium with tons of issues surrounding the tendonitis in his left knee, the biggest question tonight was simply whether or not he would default. But Nadal ran into an opponent physically worse off than himself.

Janko Tipsarevic, a 23-year-old Serb who reached the Round of 16 at Wimbledon this year, also has been battling tendonitis in his knees, which may explain—at least partially—why a still not 100-percent Nadal was able to jump out ahead in this match, winning the first set 6-2 off two breaks of serve. But it was an unexpected rib injury that ultimately did in Tipsarevic. He defaulted in the third set, giving Nadal the victory 6-2, 6-3, 3-2 ret.

"I feel better today, a lot more comfortable," Nadal said after the match, looking surprisingly optimistic. "Surely I’m not 100 percent just yet. But so much better than the other day." :D :D

Nadal had almost defaulted from the Open before his first-round match, and then went out and looked inhibited in his movement in his first round encounter against unknown wild-card Alun Jones, needing four sets to prevail. Tonight he looked like he wasn't quite as hobbled, but still a long way from the player who has taken on Roger Federer in the final of the last two Grand Slams, winning at Roland Garros.

"Coming back from the injury, it’s difficult to run 100 percent because you always have on your mind the knee," he said.

Nadal’s success tonight will shine deserved light on his already well-documented toughness, for he played with heart despite his pain. But it shines an equal amount of attention, in many ways, on the famous Italian doctor, Peir Francesco Parra, who is here treating players from the Italian Tennis Federation and is also treating Nadal in a hotel in New York City.

Parra, who is called "The Magician," by a number of world-class athletes, has a special machine with five different lasers that purportedly speed up the healing of strained muscles and tendons. Nadal has been going to Parra’s hotel for treatment three times a day.

"Thank god his hotel is near mine," Nadal said in a tennis blog for the Times of London.

It’s worth noting that Nadal only spent one-hour and 38-minutes out on court tonight, which went a long way in keeping the wear-and-tear on his knees to a minimum. He next takes on big-hitting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, the No. 74-ranked player in the world.

"It’s very, very difficult," Nadal said about his injury and dealing with the fact that he’s always struggled a bit here at the Open. "But I am improving, I feel better, and that’s always positive." :D :D



http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2007-08-31/200709011188630071828.html

Castafiore
09-01-2007, 10:46 AM
Hi Maria :wavey:
Hi the rest of you watching ;)

I set my alarm clock to watch the match but I ended up staring at the scoreboard since there was only athletics on the sports channels on tv and no livestreaming to be found. :(

Anyway, from Rafa's blog for The Times:
Goodbye Tim - I liked you

Hi everyone,

I suppose that the news today in Britain is the last match that Tim Henman played today at the US Open. This is his last match at a "normal" tennis event and for me it is a strange feeling when some one retires. I didn't have a big personal relationship with Tim since my English is not good enough to talk with him about many things. I did know him and I liked him as a person and a lot of people tells me he is really a nice guy. Carlos Costa and Benito are the ones from my team that know him better and they both agree on how nice he is. I did know him more as a tennis player and there I have to say he is (was soon) very good. He had great results and created great hopes for a country. That's big. He also did well at all four Grand Slams and that's very difficult. He might not have won Wimbledon but he was close, that's not easy (I know it) and in any case remarkable.

Regarding myself, sorry to come back to me, but in the end this is my blog :-), I felt much much better today. My knee was not giving me too many problems and I could run and play almost normal. I would say I played well, specially in the first set and I felt well and comfortable. I got up this morning and has decided yesterday with my uncle to stay in the hotel, just go and get in the morning my laser treatment for the knee and wait till the time to go to the site. I watched the whole match Djokovic v Stepanek on TV in my room, had lunch and waited for 4 pm the time I had the car to pick me up to bring me to the tournament site. There was a lot of traffic today due to the labour day week end as they call it here and it took me way more than usual to get to the courts. I had schedule my warm up from 5.30 till 6.15 pm but in the end I started much later and finished around 6.45 pm. After that I just went to the locker room as usual. I did go up to the ATP office (the locker room is in the main floor) and had a dish of pasta there with some of the Tour Managers there. They are nice people and very helpful always. I like them.

Tomorrow I will have an "easy" day with a practice scheduled at around 1 pm. Got some media work to do and then back to the hotel to continue my treatment and rest for Sunday's match.

Thanks for your support.

Rafa.

And the Q&A:
Other than Roger Federer, which player gives you the most trouble on each of the four surfaces - clay, grass, hard, carpet?" - Florian Ederer
RN: Hi Florian. Well there are a lot of good players out there. I have never managed to beat Blake so there you have one. I also have had problems defeating Djokovic and BErdych on hard courts.

I read that you have seen The Phantom of the Opera many times. Do you have a favorite scene or song from it? - Jennifer, New Orleans, Louisiana
RN: I love the part when the Phantom sort of kidnapped the girl.

As you like Formula One, I would like to know which team and driver do you support? - Magni, UAE
RN: I love Formula One and I think that McLaren and Ferrari are the best at the moment. The driver is obvious.

It's common for players to give the ball boys/girls their towel during play for drying off between points. Would you be upset if this practice were banned and only permitted between games? - Hersh Tegala, Luxembourg
RN: I would definitely not be upset. IT is only some help they give us and we all appreciate very much the work of these kids.

When you are playing a match do you give the same effort for each individual point depending on your position in the game/set? How does your mindset change on break points, set points or match points? - Yulia Dmyterko
RN: IT is all part of the game. Each point is important but we all know that there are more important points than others. I try to be very, very focussed on those very important moments.

You have been the world No 2 for a while now. Are you surprised that you have held that poisiton for so long or are disappointed you are not yet No 1? - Chloë
RN: I am a bit surprised for the results I have been getting and therefore allowing me to be at #2. But I am not disappointed with that since I am trying my best and I know Roger is the best player.

We all know how much you love the sea, but do you know how to surf? I think it would be really cool to see you sailing the waves. - Yanna, China
RN: No, I don't know how to surf. Too difficult. Not enough waves in Mallorca... :-)

Would you consider cutting your hair short like Andy Roddick or even shaven-headed like James Blake? - Pinthip, Bangkok
RN: Not my style ! Not for the moment !

Do you have any pets at home? I just bought a yellow labrador and named him Rafa after you because you are my favorite player in all of sports. - Maria, USA
RN: Hi Maria, thanks a lot for naming a dog like me :-). We don't have any pets at home.

When you have a day off between your matches do you watch any other tennis matches or do you have a total break from tennis? - Christina, North Carolina, USA
RN: Yes, I did watch in fact today the Djokovic v Stepanek match. IT was almost 5 hours...

My sister promised my 7-year-old son that if you won the US Open she would jump into the swimming pool with all her clothes on. He thinks that would be the funniest thing ever, so now you have another young fan cheering you on. Are you feeling any extra pressure to win now? - Mary, Los Angeles
RN: Thanks a lot. You'll have to post some pictures of that so that we all have fun.

How do you feel about being a sex symbol to hundreds of women around the world? - Ayesha
RN: I don't consider my self a sex symbol. I am just a tennis player. But thanks for the comment ! :-)
http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/


PS: Just saw a short video of uncle Toni singing along to YMCA during the match :lol:

zadle69
09-01-2007, 02:59 PM
but everyone is forgetting something. he played against a player who was not 100% healthy. when you start to play healthy players, it will make it tough especially on your knees. So to everyone don't raised the bangwagon yet. Healthy players who will pound away make it harder on your injuries. Always remember. He was lucky while the other opponent was injured with ribs and his knee also. So it was a matter who had the less of injury and it showed. So everyone needs to remember this is hard fast pounding courts and less forgiving. I see the road from now on very hard and difficult because the players are fasters and play hard. Difficulty will set in. So for everyone if he does not make it, then there is always next year (providing injury free). That is the problem have to learn to be injury free through out the whole year or career goes fast.

l_mac
09-01-2007, 04:20 PM
:lol: @ the title.

No-one's forgetting he was playing an injured opponent, zadle. But a Tipsarevic playing at 50% is still tougher than Jones who was AWFUL. Rafa looked better on the court. His movement and positioning were a hundred times better than Wednesday. That has to be hopeful.

zadle69
09-01-2007, 05:01 PM
always remember playing the best of 5 sets with 2 knees that are wacked on a hard surface not soft surface like clay against much healthier players that can cause you more pain. :) That is what he is up against. You need knees to carry you through and opponents who are fast and quick and powerful. It will make the injury worse. Not better. Retirement from US open may be the option going along.

zadle69
09-01-2007, 05:04 PM
why risk your career for a tournament that you can come back and play at your best injury free next year and have a good chance of winning. Thinking about the long term is important also. Remember injuries age the body fast. So even if you are in your early 20's age wise injuries advance your age body wise.

The_Nadal_effect
09-01-2007, 05:27 PM
Do you have any pets at home? I just bought a yellow labrador and named him Rafa after you because you are my favorite player in all of sports. - Maria, USA
RN: Hi Maria, thanks a lot for naming a dog like me :-). We don't have any pets at home.



:rolls: "C'mere boy! (whistles)" :dog:

I would only name a lion cub after him! :toothy:

BTW Jon: Better not jinx him. You're changing the title for the third time in three matches.

Johnny Groove
09-01-2007, 05:42 PM
:rolls: "C'mere boy! (whistles)" :dog:

I would only name a lion cub after him! :toothy:

BTW Jon: Better not jinx him. You're changing the title for the third time in three matches.

I might change it every match.

I'm not sure

tangerine_dream
09-01-2007, 08:47 PM
"Kicking Names and Taking Ass" :lol:

I was sorta depressed turning on the TV to watch this match. I really didn't think Rafa would get through it and I was half-expecting him to play a few games and then retire. I felt so much better when he won the first two sets relatively easily and was moving about as well as he could. Certainly better than in the first round. :banana: Kind of ironic that Rafa got all the attention for his bad knees but Tipsarevic had the same problem and ended up retiring. :lol: I don't mean to laugh at the poor forgotten Serb but Rafa needed this stroke of luck and whoever that Italian laser guy is he is the new Miracle Worker. ;)

I am worried about Tsonga next though. :unsure: Good luck, Rafa. Take care of those knees! The USO needs you healthy.

From SI.com:
2. Rafael Nadal is banged up. Roger Federer generally plays one event per year -- the Dubai cash grab -- that is neither a Slam nor a mandatory Masters Series event. Nadal has already played six of these optional events. Between this and his naturally physical, grinding game, he tends to hit a sell-by date around mid-July. This year is proving no exception. He lost in the Montreal semis, retired in Cincinnati and is playing with two bum knees here. Watching the fastest player in tennis limp around the court (and then hearing about his late-night "laser treatments"), it's hard to imagine Nadal lasting much longer. A shame because New York would love this kid if they ever got to see him at full strength. :awww:

Tess Gray
09-01-2007, 09:18 PM
Hi Maria :wavey:
Hi the rest of you watching ;)

I set my alarm clock to watch the match but I ended up staring at the scoreboard since there was only athletics on the sports channels on tv and no livestreaming to be found. :(



PS: Just saw a short video of uncle Toni singing along to YMCA during the match :lol:

I was gonna say: Oh my god, I ALSO only saw athletics. But then I saw you're from Belgium so we have the same Eurosport :lol:

Well, I hope his knees get a little rest. So, Vamos Rafa :D

EDIT: Where did you find that clip of Toni? I can't seem to find it :shrug:

l_mac
09-01-2007, 10:00 PM
EDIT: Where did you find that clip of Toni? I can't seem to find it :shrug:


Mamasue at vamosbrigade posted this link to Toni singing

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2voqf_rusd5mto_people

Tess Gray
09-01-2007, 10:10 PM
Mamasue at vamosbrigade posted this link to Toni singing

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2voqf_rusd5mto_people

Okay now remember I'm blonde: I still can't see it. When is it in this clip:angel:

EDIT: No wait! YOU seem to be the blonde one here :p, you gave me the wrong clip. It's a good thing I'm nozy and therefor I wanted to know what the other clips were about...

haha, But thanks for the effort of looking it up anyway. Appreciate it :)

http://www.dailymotion.com/fookyootoob/video/x2voqf_rusd5mto_people

l_mac
09-01-2007, 10:15 PM
Okay now remember I'm blonde: I still can't see it. When is it in this clip:angel:


I posted the wrong link at first, then I had to edit. Maybe you clicked before the change?

He doesn't get up and do the dance or anything, just in case you're more excited than you should be :lol:

Castafiore
09-02-2007, 12:54 PM
New blog entry for The Times is up:

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/

Practice makes perfect

Hi everyone,

A waiting day today. Practice, treatment on my knee and waiting and getting ready for tomorrow (today's match). As every day I started with breakfast in front of the hotel where we have discovered a place with nice croissants. We went straight to see the "laser dottore" as I call him now. It is the sixth day of the treatment and feeling much better now. That laser treatment, the physiotherapy and other things that are doing for me, together with time are really working well and I have to be very thankful to all the people helping me.

We had the car booked at 11.30 to take us to from the hotel to the tournament site. We thought there would not be much traffic but instead we found some. I believe that this week, everybody that lives in NYC they leave for holidays but the city fills up with tourists and visitors. What am I? I am not a tourist nor a visitor, well there are also some tennis players in town :-) It took us almost 25 minutes to get to the tournament. I like to get to my practice on-time, well ahead, since I have to tape both ankles and get ready for the practice. I take it very seriously. As much as a match. I tape both ankles every time I play or practice like most of the players, and that takes some time. On another hand there is also the other player that wants to practice so that's another reason to be on-time.

Roger (Federer) was also in the locker room since he was up next to play. We talked a little bit with him, Ives Allegro, Stan Wawrinka and some others. We also watched while taping and getting ready a bit of the Sharapova match as well as the Davydenko against Almagro.

One of the things I talked about today (not with Roger but after) was that at every match there is always a player calling the trainer. I mean, at every single match or almost, the trainer comes to treat a player. This happens more on these hard courts since they are worst for the body. Not as soft to play on as clay or grass. Those are more natural surfaces for the body and the joints suffer less. My uncle Toni has a very strong opinion about this and believes that there should be less tournaments on hard since they are unhealthier. I agree.

After practice I did an interview with Eurosport on court. One of the commentators (the German guy) played a few points with me. Benito, my press manager, had told me that the commentator was a pretty good player and that I would not get bored too much. Obviously he was wrong :-). But it is true that I did not get bored. We played 3 or 4 points and then did a nice and different interview. After that I came back to the locker room, ate something at the player's restaurant upstairs and got back to the locker room to get some treatment with Michael Novotny who's is being great. I had the chance to see parts of the Lopez v Young match. I am happy he won. Some pressure there for him.

At around 6 we came back to Manhattan to see the "dottore" . Tomorrow I play second after 11 am, a decent time also for TV in Europe. The knee is much better and I prefer to play at that time. Much better.

Thanks for everything.

Rafa.

No new Q&A series yet

Here's a link to the Eurosport site where you can find the interview he talked about in his blog:
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/us-open/


I'm a bit nervous about today's match: Tsonga is a confident guy, big hitter,...a talented guy. Rafa's knees better be good today because I'm guessing that he's going to need them to be in good shape.

MariaV
09-02-2007, 08:32 PM
Hi, just a quick stop here. Rafa won 7-6 (3) 6-2 6-1. From what I managed to see and from the reports he was moving very well, no problems, Tsonga had not enough experience after losing the TB.
I was watching 2 Davids at the same time and the MEGA MEGA MEGA MEGA choke by David Nalbandian, it would have been nice to see a Nadal-Nalbandian match but alas, Nalby managed to give the W away to Ferrer so Nadal-Ferrer 4th round, let's hope it will be easy for Rafa but I won't say a word more, I don't want to jinx anything. :tape: :tape: :tape:
:wavey:

Thanks Castafiore for posting the blog entry. :)

Tess Gray
09-02-2007, 08:40 PM
wow guys, that was a nice win! 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-1
I saw him play and it didn't look like his knees were bothering him so that''s good.

David Ferrer up next, his playstation-buddy haha:lol:

Vamos rafa!

EDIT: Damn l_Mac, I was really hoping for the dance.. ooh wel, better luck next time :shrug:

MariaV
09-02-2007, 08:48 PM
Btw, GREAT Eurosport interview! :D :D I like this German guy, his name is Matthias Stach or smth, no?

Johnny Groove
09-02-2007, 08:57 PM
This is the best Ive seen him on hard courts since IW today :worship:

MariaV
09-02-2007, 09:02 PM
Thanks Jonathan, and great new thread title. :D VAMOS RAFA!! :banana: :yippee: :bigclap: :bounce:

Foxy
09-02-2007, 09:12 PM
This is the best Ive seen him on hard courts since IW today :worship:

That's what I think too. And I didn't see any bad side of his game today. Just too good.
But he should be very, very careful from now on.

Castafiore
09-02-2007, 09:22 PM
The Eurosport commentator said that Tsonga is a typical player of the French tennis school: beautiful to watch, great show but not the right sort of mentality to go with it (in this match anyway). He said that Nadal gave Tsonga tennis lesson today (talking about fighting, playing big points,...)

Enjoyable match for a Nadal fan, though! :yeah:

I was watching 2 Davids at the same time and the MEGA MEGA MEGA MEGA choke by David Nalbandian,
Unbelievable, wasn't it? I mean...this was painful to watch, although I do like Ferrer a lot so that made it a bit less painful.
I love to watch Nalbandian but lately, I'm watching his matches with an "what is he going to do to fuck it up this time" attitude. :o

cc2monac
09-02-2007, 09:38 PM
great to see rafa playing a great tennis! keep on rafito!

l_mac
09-02-2007, 11:25 PM
Hmm. I just saw Rafa's presser on the USO site and guess what? Every question was about the knee! They threw in one about Ferrer at athe end - Rafa pretended like he doesn't remember every point of every match he's ever played in his life and said he couldn't remember what his record against Ferrer was, and then proceeded to talk about every time they'd played each other (where and in what round) :lol: He said he had pain in his knees yesterday and had to stop practising, and that his knees were sore at the start of today's match but got better. He also said he still intends to play Bangkok (I still think he should withdraw) and that he was very happy with his play today.

The_Nadal_effect
09-03-2007, 05:56 AM
Thank you for the title change, Jon. Now you'd better do this for all his matches. The jinx works (on his opponents, that is) :yeah:

Castafiore
09-03-2007, 07:51 AM
^^ Might as well post the transcript.

Presser:
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2007-09-02/200709021188788144609.html
(follow the link to watch the video)

R. NADAL/J. W. Tsonga

7-6, 6-2, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You didn't seem to be thinking about your knee when you were playing today. Was it a concern?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I start with some doubts in the beginning. Yesterday I have pain. When I go to practice I stop practice for the knee. Yesterday I didn't take any anti inflammatories yesterday because I can't every day. But today morning I put some anti inflammatories. Yesterday I work hard. I think it's typical after the match. It was the first match when I really push hard. I play hard and, well, the next day it's tough. But today when I go to practice I feel better, not 100%, but better. When I go on court I start with a little bit pain, but after go out, no? The knee was a little bit more warm. Easier.

Q. Most people say that when they start, they get into the match and they forget about the pain. Particularly when you've won a tight first set, was it completely out of your mind at that point?
RAFAEL NADAL: Sure. When I am in the tiebreak I don't think about the pain for the moment, I just think about the match.

Q. And it didn't hurt you at all during the rest of the match?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, when I arrive sometimes a little bit with force to any ball, some ball, depends of the ball, I feel a little bit. But I'm very happy today about my knee.

Q. How is it limiting you? Is it limiting you on the court?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it's not easy, yeah. A little bit, yeah. A little bit, sure, no? Especially when I have to run. I have to run for to go to my forehand a little bit. Yeah.

Q. Does the injury make it hard to know how well you're playing? Are you thinking more about the injury? Is it difficult to tell your level of play?
RAFAEL NADAL: I play good today. Today and second round I play so much better. I'm happy about my game from today and two days ago. I am playing well. Sure, it's not easy play like this, and this -- well, it's more difficult play good if you have some problem, like me, no? So I'm very happy about that, because when I go on court I'm playing at a very good level and if I don't feel the pain. I can play so much better because I don't think about the knee, no? So for example, yesterday I go practice and I don't put one ball inside the court because my mind is there. It's on the knee not on the ball, no? But today I feel better. It's very important thing. Just think about the ball, don't think about the pain because if not it's impossible.

Q. Are you confident you can go up every round?
RAFAEL NADAL: I have a very tough match right now against Ferrer. I know going to be a very tough match. He's playing very well. I hope be good for after tomorrow. Try my best for win.

Q. How important was it for you to get through this in straight sets, especially with the way you cruised through sets two and three today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Always, not for me right now, but always important for me win in straight sets, no? So, yeah, sure, for my knees it's better because I can be a little bit more relaxed for the next match. So that's good.

Q. Do you know which has helped your knee improve more, the rest or the laser treatment?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I am doing the laser, yes, but I do a lot of things.

Q. Oh, lots of things.
RAFAEL NADAL: I know if the laser or -- I think everything help me. But I'm doing -- well, I speak every day about that, no? So I don't want continue speaking about what I am doing. But I am doing a lot of things to try to improve my knee, and not only the laser. The laser maybe, okay, can help me, but help me a lot of things.

Q. Will you have to take off much time after this tournament, do you think?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't hope. I hope be -- I have two weeks off anyway after this tournament. I don't play a tournament. I don't play tournaments and I going to be in Bangkok after two weeks, so I have -- for example, I think one week for being rest and having a little reparation and after start to practice for Bangkok.

Q. What's your record like against Ferrer?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know.

Q. Do you have memories?
RAFAEL NADAL: What's that?

Q. 4-1.
RAFAEL NADAL: 4-1.

Q. What memories do you have of playing in the past?
RAFAEL NADAL: I played with him the semifinals this year in Barcelona. I play him important matches in semifinals of Rome and semifinals of Miami. Quarterfinals of Roland Garros. I lost to him in Stuttgart quarterfinals in, I don't know, 2004 maybe. Always a tough match because he's very, very fast player. He's playing always with very good rhythm. Very tough player. Very difficult.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

Okay, my next question trying to figure out MTF:
How is it that one player gets hailed and applauded for speaking the truth and answering questions (he gets asked a question, he answers...at least he doesn't give any blank answers like others...)
while the next player gets criticised for speaking the truth and answering questions (because he should dodge those questions, give blank answers,...)

MariaV
09-03-2007, 08:33 AM
Thanks Castafiore. :D Oh, and about you trying to figure out MTF - well, better don't. :lol: My motto is not to take what people say on MTF too seriously. ;)

Here the match report form the OS.

Nadal Nearly Flawless; Will Face Friend Ferrer Next
By Erin Bruehl
Sunday, September 2, 2007

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did not make the first set easy for world No. 2 Rafael Nadal. The Frenchman, ranked No. 74 in the world and playing for the first time in the men's draw, matched Nadal seemingly shot for shot as the set stayed on serve and moved to a tiebreak.

But Nadal prevailed in the tiebreak and took the match over from there, winning 10 of the next 11 games to win in straight sets, 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-1, and advance to the fourth round.

The Spaniard played nearly flawlessly, committing just 14 unforced errors, winning 81 percent of his first serves and never losing his serve. Left knee tendonitis has bothered Nadal in this tournament, but it was not so much a non-factor for the No. 2 seed in this match as he moved around the court extremely well and never called for a trainer.

"Well, when I arrive sometimes a little bit with force to any ball, some ball, depends of the ball, I feel a little bit. But I'm very happy today about my knee," Nadal said.

Tsonga, the 2003 US Open junior boys champion, displayed a powerful forehand and had 19 winners in the first set to 12 for Nadal but had 12 unforced errors in the set to just four for the Spaniard. The first set moved to the tiebreak where Nadal took a 4-2 lead and several errors from Tsonga helped him out. He won the tiebreak and the set when the Frenchman sent a serve return wide.

The second set stayed on serve until the sixth game when Tsonga’s errors cost him the game and gave Nadal the first break of the match. With a serve and volley technique, the Frenchman missed three straight shots as Nadal went up 4-2.

The No. 2 seed never looked back as Tsonga’s errors (37 unforced errors for the match to 30 winners)continued to hurt him. Nadal made few mistakes and hit 29 winners.

" I play good today. Today and second round I play so much better. I'm happy about my game from today and two days ago," Nadal said. "I am playing well. Sure, it's not easy play like this, and this -- well, it's more difficult to play good if you have some problem, like me. So I'm very happy about that, because when I go on court I'm playing at a very good level and if I don't feel the pain. I can play so much better because I don't think about the knee."

In the second set, Nadal earned the break again in the eighth game to win the set and was a perfect two for two in converting break points for the set.

The third set was much of the same as Nadal was just not missing shots. Tsonga held his serve in the sixth game for the first time in the set to applause from the crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium, who appreciated how hard he played against the world No. 2.

Tsonga also displayed a strong serve that reached as fast as 136 mph and also had seven aces. He won 65 percent of his first serves and only 50 percent of his second serves.

In the fourth round, Nadal will play his friend David Ferrer of Spain, the No. 15 seed, who advanced with a five-set victory over David Nalbandian.

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2007-09-02/200709021188777834234.html

Castafiore
09-03-2007, 09:55 AM
about you trying to figure out MTF - well, better don't. :lol: My motto is not to take what people say on MTF too seriously. ;)
It's futile trying to figure it out, isn't it? Still, some of the things makes me wonder about how the brains of some of the posters work.


Anyway, Rafa's new Q&A series is up (his blog for The Times):
http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/

Monday, September 03, 2007

Questions for Rafa

I have ordered the same outfit you're wearing at the US Open, and I love it. I was just wondering how much input you had in choosing your outfit, or do you have to make do with whatever Nike choose? Felix Good
RN: I do have some input. As a matter of fact we had a meeting last week to look at next year's collection. It is not entirely my decision but I do have an input, a strong one.

Do you like reading? What's the last book you read? And do you like the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling? Axèle, France
RN: I like reading but I enjoy much more the movies. I only see the first Harry Potter.

How many times can you bounce a ball on a racket without dropping it? My brother can do 157 - he's 10 years old. Benedict Watson (aged 6)
RN: I dont know. Never tried to break any records like this. I enjoy more playing with my feet.

When you're playing an injured player, how does it affect you psychologically? Do you find yourself going a bit easier on him (you seem like such a nice guy ) or do you play more against the injury? Doris, New York
RN: I try not to think about it. Sometimes you can find players that run much more when they are injured. I just try to continue with my game plan.

I was just wondering what grip size you used (L1, L2, L3, etc)? Kyle
RN: I use an L2

What is your opinion about on the switch from hard court to clay court at the Madrid Masters in 2009? Zeinab Sairafi
RN: I think it is good for the Madrid event and for Spanish tennis in general. To have a combined event is Spain will be great for the sport. I think it is well deserved with all the respects to other tournaments.

Does your famous service routine help your concentration or is it just habit? Carlota, Brazil
RN: I think it is just a habit that helps my concentration, let's put it this way.

Do you ever get frustrated when you’re speaking English because you can’t find the right words to express yourself? Jemma, Northern Ireland
RN: Not much. I always find the right help. No worries as they say. Maybe more before, at the beginning of my career. But not anymore.

Apparently Ronaldinho used to sleep with a football when he was a boy. Did you used to take a tennis ball and racket everywhere with you? Dominic Watson (aged 10), Cardiff
RN: Not, that's not me.

Do you like Spanish cinema and if yes, what is your favorite Spanish movie? Lisa, Amsterdam
RN: Yes, I like Spanish cinema but cannot point out one. My uncle says "Bienvenido Mr. Marshall". I liked it a lot but not sure it is my favorite.

Earlier this year you've played doubles with Lleyton Hewitt and were scheduled to play with Richard Gasquet, do you have any plans to play with either of these players again? Claire, Ireland
RN: Yeah, maybe.

What do you think Roger Federer has to do to be able to beat you at Roland Garros? Do you think it would help to hire a hitting partner that has a similar style (left-handed, heavy top-spin), say maybe Thomas Muster? Florian Ederer
RN: I am not going to tell you (or him) how to beat me. Maybe if he tells me how to beat him in Wimbledon... :)

I would like to know why you play with your left hand if you are right-handed? Nancy, New Jersey
RN: I am left-handed for tennis but not for everything. I am also left-footed for a lot of things lie playing football.
Florian Ederer...F. Ederer...cunning name, that.

Edit to add his latest blog entry for The Times:
Playing through the pain

Hi everyone,

I am writing today a very very short blog since I have an appointment for dinner with my parents and some friends of them and I don't have much time before (or after). Sorry. We have the appointment at 9pm and we are going to a Japanese restaurant close to the hotel. We are going to a Tepanyaki style and I really love it. The only problem is that you smell bad when ypu leave :) But the food is great and very healthy.

But today I played again and I have to say I was a bit scared since I had some pain my knee, not much, just bothering me. Yesterday I did not practice very hard since I didn't want to force much. In the end I felt good on court and I think I played well. I hope I can continue like this.

I as also happy today seeing Moya win his match. What a thriller !!! I saw most of it in my room with Carlos Costa, my father, and some others. Really good !!! I could not see the end since I left for dinner (I am finalizing this blog after dinner). I am very happy as I say for Carlos. He is playing great and I am very happy for that.

Tomorrow I have a pretty quite day. We are leaving at 11 to the courts since I am hitting at 1 pm. I will have lunch there after practice and then get back to the hotel pretty quickly. This way I will treat my knee well.

Sorry that it is so short this blog today. More tomorrow.

Thanks,

Rafa

steffis
09-03-2007, 03:12 PM
Here's a link to the Eurosport site where you can find the interview he talked about in his blog:
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/us-open/

I can`t watch the interview. Can someone please post it at Youtube? PLEASE!!!!

cmurray
09-03-2007, 05:16 PM
You know what's funny? Fedtards who troll over here and actually send me "reputation" telling me how dumb I am. They're obsessed, I'm telling you.

Oh. And JMPower? :kiss: :wavey: Happy Reading!

Castafiore
09-03-2007, 05:56 PM
You know what's funny? Fedtards who troll over here and actually send me "reputation" telling me how dumb I am.
:spit:


Steffis,

Are you registered at vamosbrigade (to access the forum?) Because that's usually the place to look when searching videos about Nadal.
I'll link the video but IMO, it's worth registering (look in the news thread, there's usually a video/audio thread for each tournament and you can usually also find the most important videos in the breaking news thread).

Here's the youtube link with that interview, found on vamosbrigade:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=YJ_GLAtnKrU
(there are more videos to be found on vb.com ;) )

Tess Gray
09-03-2007, 06:59 PM
:spit:


Are you registered at vamosbrigade (to access the forum?) Because that's usually the place to look when searching videos about Nadal.

I have tried to register there but it doesn't work. It says: You'll get an email for confirmation and I never got one. So that's really annoying. And when I try to register again it says that I'm already registered :(
I wrote an email to vb.com, but they never responded...:o

MariaV
09-03-2007, 07:06 PM
You know what's funny? Fedtards who troll over here and actually send me "reputation" telling me how dumb I am. They're obsessed, I'm telling you.

Oh. And JMPower? :kiss: :wavey: Happy Reading!

:o :o :o JMPower hasn't badrepped me in ages, HUH, and I thought he genuinely liked me and I was even flirting with him. :mad: :fiery: JMPower, where are my badreps? :( :mad: :fiery: :bigwave:
:secret: He and Rogiman are obsessed with Rafa and Rafa fans. ;)

I have tried to register there but it doesn't work. It says: You'll get an email for confirmation and I never got one. So that's really annoying. And when I try to register again it says that I'm already registered :(
I wrote an email to vb.com, but they never responded...:o

Hmmm, that's strange then. I had no problems with the registering. :shrug:
And as JMPower will cofirm am too dumb to help.
Hope they'll finally respond to your e-mail. :hug:

l_mac
09-04-2007, 12:08 AM
Rafa got the night match tomorrow, after Serena vs Justine, so it will be a late one for those of us in Europe.

Metis
09-04-2007, 12:41 AM
You know what's funny? Fedtards who troll over here and actually send me "reputation" telling me how dumb I am. They're obsessed, I'm telling you.


:spit:

Don't mind them Cherryl. The poor sods are beside themselves because Rafa is getting all the attention in this tournament with his injury and all. Even worse he is still winning and, against expectations, moving in the tournament. They are dissecting every little thing he says and does and bring out the original: "he is going to burn out soon" to console themselves :zzz:. The funniest thing is when they berate Roger for praising Rafa every time he speaks about him. I love it! :devil:



Anyway, let's get to the subject of this thread. I was at the USOpen yesterday (:banana:) and saw the 2nd and 3rd sets of Rafa's match. I missed the 1st one (which was probably more interesting in terms of competitiveness) because I was at the Nalby-Ferrer match. I was waiting (and hoping) for Nalby to close it in 4 sets but it wasn't to be :smash: (he was playing such great tennis in the 2nd, 3rd and most of the 4th set! :sad: ), so I left at the end of the 4th set and headed to Arthur Ashe. Of course, as it has been said before, Rafa was taking control of the match at the time I got there so there isn't really much more to say except that he seemed to be in good form, moving well and hitting the ball with confidence. :yeah: I thought Tsonga was hitting too many errors especially in the 3rd set and he seemed too overwhelmed and inexperienced for the occasion. As was I, that being my first time at a tournament :lol: and loving every moment of being a part of the audience :awww:.


I just hope that his knees will hold out for the rest of the tournament and that he will give us some great matches... :wavey:

cmurray
09-04-2007, 01:17 AM
:o :o :o JMPower hasn't badrepped me in ages, HUH, and I thought he genuinely liked me and I was even flirting with him. :mad: :fiery: JMPower, where are my badreps? :( :mad: :fiery: :bigwave:

He GOOD repped me to tell me I was dumb, so no need to be jealous. :haha::haha::haha:

cmurray
09-04-2007, 01:23 AM
:spit:

Don't mind them Cherryl. The poor sods are beside themselves because Rafa is getting all the attention in this tournament with his injury and all. Even worse he is still winning and, against expectations, moving in the tournament. They are dissecting every little thing he says and does and bring out the original: "he is going to burn out soon" to console themselves :zzz:. The funniest thing is when they berate Roger for praising Rafa every time he speaks about him. I love it! :devil:



Anyway, let's get to the subject of this thread. I was at the USOpen yesterday (:banana:) and saw the 2nd and 3rd sets of Rafa's match. I missed the 1st one (which was probably more interesting in terms of competitiveness) because I was at the Nalby-Ferrer match. I was waiting (and hoping) for Nalby to close it in 4 sets but it wasn't to be :smash: (he was playing such great tennis in the 2nd, 3rd and most of the 4th set! :sad: ), so I left at the end of the 4th set and headed to Arthur Ashe. Of course, as it has been said before, Rafa was taking control of the match at the time I got there so there isn't really much more to say except that he seemed to be in good form, moving well and hitting the ball with confidence. :yeah: I thought Tsonga was hitting too many errors especially in the 3rd set and he seemed too overwhelmed and inexperienced for the occasion. As was I, that being my first time at a tournament :lol: and loving every moment of being a part of the audience :awww:.


I just hope that his knees will hold out for the rest of the tournament and that he will give us some great matches... :wavey:

oooohhh. Metis, you got to go the Open. I'm so jealous. :) I tried to get tickets at sort of the last minute and there were none to be had. :ras: There's just something cool about having your choice of so many matches. One year, I got to see Guga up close and personal on Armstrong - its one of my fondest tennis memories (of course the match before that was the Hewitt-Blake match where Hewitt accused a linesman of being racist. So it was a sure thing I'd remember that day :lol:) I'm glad you had a good time. :hug:

And yes, I'm still a little nervous about the knees. I'm hoping he at least gets a crack at Federer.

NevaNadal
09-04-2007, 04:36 AM
Well I guess this is the right place to post this.

Rafa will be interviewed on "The Charlie Rose Show" tonight. If your in America check your listings for time and channel but Charlie Rose is usually on the PBS station.

Xristos
09-04-2007, 06:14 AM
Vamooooooooooos!

FedFan_2007
09-04-2007, 06:18 AM
Fed just ripped Rafa's doubles playing buddy a new one.

RogiRafaFan86
09-04-2007, 06:38 AM
Fed just ripped Rafa's doubles playing buddy a new one.

No, he really didn't.

MariaV
09-04-2007, 08:04 AM
He GOOD repped me to tell me I was dumb, so no need to be jealous. :haha::haha::haha:

:hysteric: :speakles:
Is he going soft on you, us, or what was that then? :eek: :eek:
Oh, he may be busy enough with work so he doesn't have time to troll in Rafa's forum.

Hehe, I slept only for 2 hours last night so I don't know how awake I can be for Rafa (even with the help of Coke). And even if I won't be able to stay awake I hope the night match vs Ferru will go smooth & easy. :D They're on after JuJu vs Serena, might be a long battle and a long wait for the chicos. :o
Getting old is really bad btw, when I was in my 20ies I could go without sleep for like 3 days and now I'm a zombie after just 1 night. :rolleyes:

Castafiore
09-04-2007, 09:00 AM
No idea if it's a good idea or a bad idea to actually post Rafa's blog since there's a group of people that seem to be picking it apart for other reasons than out of genuine interest what he has to say but I've found out that some people can't actually access the site so for those:

Rafa's new blog entry and his most recent Q&A session is up:
Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Ready to play my friend

Hi everybody,

One more day here in NYC and already a lot of them away from home. Good to have with me my family since it is 4 weeks already on the road. Today I have a very difficult match against a very good friend of mine (David Ferrer). We call him Ferru and he is a great guy, believe me. Probably one of the nicest guys on Tour. I know it is going to be a very difficult match. We have played several times and it was always difficult. He is playing great and to give one example he beat Roddick in Cincy in a very difficult match. Someone mentioned in the comments of the blog in Spanish that I did not mention anything about his match against Nalbandian and he is right. I should have since it was a great match where he won after having one mach point against. It is also true that Moya's match match was really spectacular and I had the chance to watch it in my room. At the same time he was playing against another friend (David Nalbandian). We four are the ones playing playstation often against each other. Funny.

Anyway, the Italian doctor is back home so no more laser for my knee. This means I am just having a normal treatment with Novotny the ATP trainer. I am feeling good, much better and I hope to be well tomorrow. We are already in the second week of a Grand Slam and that's important. I hope I can continue to be here but if not, it is not the end of the World. I will try my best as always.

Today I had an easy day. Went to the site at around 10.30 and practiced for an hour. Had then an appointment with a media person for a long interview. Everyday I have something and it can get to be kind of boring. But this is the way it is and I am a professional.

It's like this blog. I made the commitment to do it and although it is difficult to do it every day, I have to do it and I am happy for it (specially when I finish :) ).

Tomorrow morning I am not going to the site early. Since I play at night I will stay in the city, at my hotel until 4.30pm. will then go to the site and get ready with warming up, etc. I prefer to stay at the hotel and rest. Some player like to go in the morning, get their hit then and come back to the hotel to rest. I do it differently. I prefer to stay and once I go I just stay there waiting to start. Both ways I suppose work, but I prefer it like this. I might just go out for breakfast but that's it.

OK, more tomorrow. We'll see.

Thanks.

Rafa


Questions for Rafa

When you have a press conference after the match (which I watch at the US Open site) you look a bit angry. Are you bored by the questions or are you just thinking of how to express yourself? Lotte, The Netherlands
RN: No, I am not angry. I don't know. I'll pay attention tomorrow.

How do you customize your racket? How is it different to the normal retail aeropro drive with cortex? Kyle S
RN: It is not very different. I have some special weight I chose, but you can also do that. It depends how you like it.

Where are the five day rain delays when you really need them? Maybe Doctor Parra should write “Vamos” on the knees with the laser to make them heal even faster. Robin K, Maryland, USA
RN: Hahahahahhaah you are funny. A couple of rain delays would have been god or bad since then I would have played 3/4 days in a row...

I would like to know what you consider your greatest achievement so far? Ellen, United States
RN: I think that winning the Davis Cup, 3 Roland Garros and some other events is a good achievement already. Looking for more.

I know you're a big Real fan but which English side to you follow or enjoy watching? Zulfiqar Ali
RN: I love to watch Manchester United. I like Cristiano Ronaldo a lot and the whole squad.

What do you do with all your old tennis shoes? I hope you don't throw them away. Feli
RN: No, I don't throw them away. Normally my PR Manager takes them and gives them to people for charity.

I’ve seen you practising in Stuttgart and you were doing funny things with your feet to pick up the balls from the floor. I tried but I couldn’t do it. Can you tell me how you do that? Sylvie
RN: Lot of practice. No secrets.

I was wondering how much core stability exercises does the modern tennis player do roughly? Joe Trevail
RN: Not too much. I focus more on physical training and tennis.

Did you like school and was it difficult for you to cope with the lessons as well as playing tennis? Iva Tutunjieva
RN: I was not a very good student. Not bad but definitely not a good one. I preferred to play tennis and football.

I have realised that when you win the draw at the begining of the match you always decide to receive the serve. Can you tell me why? Mª Reyes Carretero, Alicante, Spain
RN: Yes, I prefer to receive and try to break in the first game.

Remember you promised on your Wimbledon blog that you're going to reveal 'one day' who the 'big L' is among your compañeros on the PlayStation? Are you ready to divulge who the 'big L' is now? Yanna, China
RN: I didn't say I will say it !!!! :)

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/


Metis,

I saw that you were going to the US Open when I was lurking in that Perv thread and I was itching to ask you about it there but there are a couple of posters there (one or two) who annoy the hell out of me so...I stay out of that thread. :angel:

Anyway, good to see that you had such a great time.
I must have seen about the same thing of the US Open on that day but on tv. Granted, not exactly the same thing but I could not see Rafa's first set because Eurosport showed the Nalby match (which was entertaining as well) and they switched over to Nadal's match during the TB and stuck with the Nadal match because (to quote them): "it's Nadal after all"

steffis
09-04-2007, 09:59 AM
:spit:


Steffis,

Are you registered at vamosbrigade (to access the forum?) Because that's usually the place to look when searching videos about Nadal.
I'll link the video but IMO, it's worth registering (look in the news thread, there's usually a video/audio thread for each tournament and you can usually also find the most important videos in the breaking news thread).

Here's the youtube link with that interview, found on vamosbrigade:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=YJ_GLAtnKrU
(there are more videos to be found on vb.com ;) )

Yes, I`m registered at vamosbrigade. Thanks for the information about the videos :) :)

steffis
09-04-2007, 10:06 AM
I am a bit concerned because Rafa writes in his blog that the `Laser Doctor` has left the city! VAMOS RAFA!!!!!!!

cmurray
09-04-2007, 01:46 PM
No, he really didn't.

Yep. Feli wasn't winning that match, but he gave Federer something to think about.

the_natural
09-04-2007, 02:13 PM
Ok Well take my previous post and switch Tsonga with Ferrer, THIS IS A POTENTIAL TOURNAMENT CHANGER. Cos the road runner might not be able to beat him after that Five setter (im going to say taht he has a very good chance to beat Rafa because hes confident, just cos being negative always makes a positive result :S ), A healthy rafa would win this match in 3 maybe 4 sets but Ferrer is one of the very best retrievers in the game, so rafas gonna do alotta running UNLESS David has tired legs from that match and rafa can play like Andre and just stand in one spot and dictate.

Also Guys Pray that Moya and Chela get through, Moya in straights, Chela in 4 (or at the very least force a 5th set man), Cos Moyini at least has some confidence from Montreal and hes also one of the few true greats (there top 3 are the only other greats) the game has left, he believes he can trouble and push most anyone and I believe at the very least he will make Djoko work for a semi final berth (Although I doubt he can beat Djoko).

Chela HAS TO WIN or wear Warwrinka down to a nothing because Wawrinka is gonna pose major problems for rafa, its gonna be something along the lines of PHM coming out with free swinging. For a healthy rafa this draw is a cakewalk till the semis, but for rafa in his current state (AND WITHOUT THAT LASER GUY NOW!!!! ARGHHHH), even if he does manage to win em hes gonna have alotta court to cover in these matches and it does not ttt loook good (remember not to say that Rafa will win, its bad luck to think that way for some reason, OPTIMISM IS MURDER).

btw Where do u go to send questions to his blog?

Castafiore
09-04-2007, 03:46 PM
btw Where do u go to send questions to his blog?
Just follow the link and you'll find the info there:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/

cmurray
09-04-2007, 04:28 PM
I agree, The Natural. Stan is a definite threat. He's playing GREAT.

Tess Gray
09-04-2007, 08:09 PM
Looks like it's going to be another loooong tennis night for me.
First JuJu vs Serena and after that David vd Rafa.
Both should be good matches!:D

Metis
09-04-2007, 11:26 PM
oooohhh. Metis, you got to go the Open. I'm so jealous. :) I tried to get tickets at sort of the last minute and there were none to be had. :ras: There's just something cool about having your choice of so many matches. One year, I got to see Guga up close and personal on Armstrong - its one of my fondest tennis memories (of course the match before that was the Hewitt-Blake match where Hewitt accused a linesman of being racist. So it was a sure thing I'd remember that day :lol:) I'm glad you had a good time. :hug:

And yes, I'm still a little nervous about the knees. I'm hoping he at least gets a crack at Federer.

Cherryl :hug: I actually got my tickets relatively late too (last Wednesday from ticketmaster). There were very few left at that point though.




Metis,

I saw that you were going to the US Open when I was lurking in that Perv thread and I was itching to ask you about it there but there are a couple of posters there (one or two) who annoy the hell out of me so...I stay out of that thread. :angel:

Anyway, good to see that you had such a great time.
I must have seen about the same thing of the US Open on that day but on tv. Granted, not exactly the same thing but I could not see Rafa's first set because Eurosport showed the Nalby match (which was entertaining as well) and they switched over to Nadal's match during the TB and stuck with the Nadal match because (to quote them): "it's Nadal after all"


Hi Castafiore! Here's what I wrote about my USOpen visit over at the Pervland :D

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5966755&postcount=17542


Let me know if you have any questions :).

the_natural
09-05-2007, 05:50 AM
F!@#ing bull$hit man what the hell is rafa doing in this match?? Hes playing like he did in bloody 05 06 standing so friggin far back allowing that ferrer to dictate, FERRER man for f!@#s sake stop being so tentative just cos hes one of ur best friends. And what the hell is he on to be able to come out and play high intensity high level tennis and cover the court like its the first round only 2 days after a long 5 setter!?

Rafas out of the tournament and its all cos of sloppy crappy play and an opponent playing on fire. Why the hell do guys like Ferrer come out and play like this against rafa but then bend over and kiss the ground that federer walks on even when hes playing on clay (Well lopez didnt but hes 1 in 100). Far out Rafa up 2-0 in the second set and then u go down 5-2 (only got that break cos ferrer got tight).

To anyone who said he was playing like miami, i beg to differ, he was only aggressive against tsonga cos tsonga was playing crap, Rafa still falls back on his shots and is muscling the ball rather than stepping into it, and his returns are clay court returns, hes falling backwards for damn second serve returns. G#DAMN IT MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Johnny Groove
09-05-2007, 06:16 AM
Last time I checked, it was best of 5, people.

There is still time.

NevaNadal
09-05-2007, 07:58 AM
Rafa, Rafa, Rafa.....WTF happened? David was awesome and I think sadly at this point and time Rafa doesn't give a shit and just wants to go back home.

Once again US hard court season was not kind to him but he played through the pain and continued to do so even after having problems tonight so I'm beyond proud of him.

BTW, Hope Rafa takes some time to rest it looks like he needs it.

Castafiore
09-05-2007, 08:35 AM
:awww:



Rafa's matches against Ferrer have never been easy and David is not exactly a clay court clown on hardcourts either.
:hatoff: Ferrer.
He's a great guy and he deserves a bit of positive attention.

Now, I just hope that Rafa & co take the right decision for his next schedule.
I'm beginning to wonder if I'm ever going to see a Rafa playing in the US Open feeling at ease like a fish in the water. :sad:
Rafa and the US Open, it's not been a good combination so far.


Thanks for the direct link, Metis. Saves me from having to wade through the endless pages of Pervland.
Isn't it great that Moya is having such a great year?

If my wishes come through, Haas reaches the semi-final and we get a Spanish semi-final on the other side. Maybe I'm pessimistic at the moment but I don't see it happening. It's possible, I guess, but ...well, if I was the betting sort of person, I would not be putting any money on it.

FedFan_2007
09-05-2007, 08:47 AM
Rafa, Rafa, Rafa.....WTF happened? David was awesome and I think sadly at this point and time Rafa doesn't give a shit and just wants to go back home.

Once again US hard court season was not kind to him but he played through the pain and continued to do so even after having problems tonight so I'm beyond proud of him.

BTW, Hope Rafa takes some time to rest it looks like he needs it.

I'm not sure why everyone over in the General thread is celebrating so much but if they are happy about this I can only imagine what would happen if Rafa would be seriously injured or die.

Nah, we just like a good piggy roasting... :devil: I want a healthy Rafa for more such roastings.

MariaV
09-05-2007, 08:49 AM
Why did Ferrer have to fight so hard vs Rafa? :rolleyes: :( :mad:
I am even more mad at Nalbandian now for not taking Ferrer out. :o
QF Chela vs Ferrer :help: :help: and one of them in the SF :help: :help:
That's all I'm gonna say because otherwise I might start sounding like GlennMirnyi... :help: :o

The_Nadal_effect
09-05-2007, 08:52 AM
I was just going to quote you NevaNadal on what you said of people being happy about him being injured before you edited that section, but its typical human pettiness you'll see around these corridors. It would benefit to not pay attention to it.

Xristos
09-05-2007, 10:03 AM
Why hardly no Vamoosing?

MariaV
09-05-2007, 10:16 AM
X, there was nothing to Vamos about. :sad: :(
You getting ready for your tournaments?

Castafiore
09-05-2007, 10:27 AM
^ :lol: Still not over the Nalby match, Maria?

Off topic but it's got to be said:

HENIN :worship:

:nerner: to all her haters. :angel:

alisia
09-05-2007, 11:26 AM
I just wanted to say what a brillant match that was between Rafa & David last night. Of course I'm glad David won but at the same time I'm a Rafa fan :D He did look injured & I don't think the heavy fall near the end helped any but please don't take anything away from how well David played :D I just hope Rafa is healthy soon to take out Federer & dethrone the arrogant sob :devil:

cc2monac
09-05-2007, 12:04 PM
poor rafa...hope he'll rest well in mallorca because he physicaly and mentaly needs it I think
anyway we're all proud of you and you're still the best rafito!

MariaV
09-05-2007, 01:17 PM
Doesn't this sound funny... :rolls:
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
In bed, but Rafa will write later :aplot:

Understandably, after Rafa lost to David Ferrer in the early hours of this morning, he needed to retire to his bed. When he wakes up, he will write the final piece of his US Open blog and answer your questions.

Castafiore
09-05-2007, 01:18 PM
The (short :o ) transcript of Rafa's press conference is up:

Rafael Nadal

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. You know David very well. Did you expect he can play on such a level like he played today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Sure, no, he's a very good player. He's having unbelievable season. So maybe he gonna be in the Masters of Shanghai. He's one of the best players of the world right now. He has a very good level.

Q. How much were you hurting? We saw the trainer came out. Looked like your finger, and still your knees. What was going on with you physically during the match?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I speak a lot about, well, my physically all the week. So I don't want to -- I prefer don't speak about my body right now because always if I speak something about my body, later someone thinks about is an excuse. So I don't want to put any excuse.
He play very good and he beat me. Maybe another day we can speak about the injuries.

Q. What about the physical condition of David? Seems he could reach everything.
RAFAEL NADAL: Is nothing new. He's a very tough player, very fast. For me, it's not a surprise.

Q. How frustrated and disappointed are you to go out this early in a slam?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, sure, this is disappointing for me. But that's the tennis, that's the sport. I am having a very good season. I arrive here playing well. Disappointing for me I can't play the last days a hundred percent the tournament for the problem of the knees. And maybe that affect a little bit my physical performance.
So that's it, no? I am with calm. I know I do the hundred percent that I can. So, well, right now, the season continuing, and continuing doing my hundred percent for try to play the season as well as I can.

End of FastScripts
http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=45341

Ferrer's presser for those interested:
http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=45335


And just for laughs, Serena's presser:
http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=45343

steffis
09-05-2007, 04:57 PM
Was the press conference that short or is this just a summary of it? Does someone know?
By the way, I`m very interested in what Rafa will write in his blog later that day.

Tess Gray
09-05-2007, 06:59 PM
(Off Topic: Justine played great :D Serena's presser is hilarious :lol:)

Oh well... Too bad Rafa lost, but David played amazing so you gotta give it up to him :worship:

I'm also curious to see what he writes. I guess something like: He tried but David played some of his most amazing tennis :o . (:rolleyes: )

Off to Mallorca to get some rest. Vamos Rafa:)

Xristos
09-05-2007, 07:37 PM
X, there was nothing to Vamos about. :sad: :(
You getting ready for your tournaments?

Im ready!!

Metis
09-05-2007, 08:59 PM
As I said in GM:

David! :hatoff: :worship:

Incredible stuff! He was a possessed man out there and there wasn't much Rafa could do in the end. He returned every shot and pounded his forehand mercilessly. Very impressive. I hope Ferrer will keep being focused and move even further in the tournament :yeah:.

Rafa seems to always run into someone playing out of his mind at the US Open :lol:. The fact that this time it was Ferrer makes the loss much more bearable for me since he is one of my favorites too :). Hopefully there is no serious damage to the knees and he can rest now.


Hopefully Rafa can come back stronger and wiser for the rest of the season. Maybe now that the No1 ranking is getting out of his reach he can focus on gradually improving his results while intelligently managing the injuries in his knees.



Thanks for the direct link, Metis. Saves me from having to wade through the endless pages of Pervland.
Isn't it great that Moya is having such a great year?

If my wishes come through, Haas reaches the semi-final and we get a Spanish semi-final on the other side. Maybe I'm pessimistic at the moment but I don't see it happening. It's possible, I guess, but ...well, if I was the betting sort of person, I would not be putting any money on it.

I am very happy Moya is doing great this year! If he manages to win against Nole (not very likely IMO but who knows? No one expected David to beat Rafa either, no?) it will be an incredible result for him at his age. As for Haas, it's not looking very good at the moment (a set and a break down) :tape:. Anyway I think Davydenko will present a greater challenge for Roger in the SF, although in any case Roger will probably not break a sweat :cool: .



Off topic but it's got to be said:

HENIN :worship:

:nerner: to all her haters. :angel:

I was happy about that too :dance: . At least my WTA favorite (well, 2nd favorite after Amelie) did well yesterday. :)
And Serena's press conference is priceless :haha:.

balkisammy
09-06-2007, 01:27 AM
Not surprising this result as throughout the tournament Rafa has had to contend with some niggling injuries.Still thought Rafa would win but Ferrer to his credit wore down Rafa with some penetrating shots of his own.Rafa gutsy as ever refused to throw in the towel and continued to show his fighting spirit to the end though you could see his body was hurting.In the end this was what got David over the line.Love how the guys from spain are tight knit on and off the court.Think Ferrer now has a chance of beating Chela and if Carlos can defeat Novak us fans will definitely be cheering for one of our Guys in the final.And once in the final anything cn happen.Linda

MariaV
09-06-2007, 08:31 AM
Still no new blog entry. :o :sad: I hope he'll still write something.

steffis
09-06-2007, 10:45 AM
Roger Federer said in his press conference after the Roddick-match that he had watched Rafa`s match the other night until 2am in the morning and that he gives credit to Rafa`s fighting spirit. Roger also said that he really felt sorry for Rafa and that it was hard for him to see Rafa struggeling this hard!
I wonder if Roger only said that because he is glad that Rafa is out or because the public wants to her him saying that. But maybe Roger felt really sorry for Rafa just because he likes our hero! VAMOS RAFA!!!!!!!! Rest your body and come back strongly!!!!!!!

steffis
09-06-2007, 10:51 AM
Rafa, Please Write Your Blog Entry Now!!!

MariaV
09-06-2007, 12:06 PM
Awww Roger is now best mates with Rafa. :)
But to watch it till 2 am, tsk-tsk-tsk Roger. :o

Castafiore
09-06-2007, 07:53 PM
Thanks for that (Roger story), Steffis


Last US Open blog entry is up...
It's a good one too!

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/

September 06, 2007

Back home in Mallorca - sorry for delay

Hi everyone,

Well, this is my last blog from the US Open. Actually I am writing it from the airplane while I travel back home. There are a lot of things I would like to talk and write about and I have time on the plane. I suppose I will keep some for me. Well, actually there are pretty good movies and I am going to watch some too.

But firstly I would like to apologize for not writing this last post after the match. I hope you all understand and forgive me (especially James at The Times). I got to the hotel the night I lost at around 3 am. You know, finish the mach, go to the locker room, shower, talk with my uncle and my team, press conference, etc. The fact is that I got back very late. I had something to eat (scallops and salmon - as many other times) and thought about the match. In my room also with my uncle Toni, my father, Carlos Costa, Rafa Maymo my physio and Benito Perez-Barbadillo my PR manager. We talked a bit about the match, the tournament, the upcoming weeks...

I wasn't too happy I have to admit. It is painful to lose at a Grand Slam. 2/3 hours and I am fine but right after the match is painful.

I said to the media, and it is true, that all the credit of the victory goes to David Ferrer. He played great. I have no excuses and I don't like to give excuses. The truth is that he is having a great season and playing great. He just beat me and that's it. I hope now he can win some more matches and make it to Shanghai for the Masters. That would be great.

About the match, people ask me about my knee, about my cramps, about everything. That had nothing to do with defeat, with that particular defeat. My knee didn't hurt. I was fine. In my team they say that maybe I should have not played the Open. To be there with the knee problem is tough. The head thinks about it all the time and maybe this affects my game. I think they are right and we are looking at things, but I could not have missed the US Open. A big one, the last Grand Slam of the season, I wanted to play, wanted to try and I did it.

So as I say, I am writing this on the plane. I am sure it will get to you late, since I have to go home and send it. Sorry again.

I woke up feeling better. I actually went to sleep at 6am since we talked in the room a lot. I woke up as I say late and just went with my family for a walk. I went to buy a peluche (don't know the English word) to a store up there on Fifth Avenue, on to, next to the Apple Store. We had a good time and it was great to be with them. That took a lot of things out of my mind. I go there every year and always bring one back home.

Today (yesterday when you read the blog) I left the hotel at 6pm and it was funny. The US Open provides transportation to us to the airport. I take also the opportunity to thank them for everything this week, they are nice. So the story is that we had asked for a car to transport 4 people and a lot of luggage. We have been 5 weeks out so imagine the luggage. When we got out, the car was quite small (for US standards) and we had to carry some of our bags on top of us. It was funny. Unfortunately no picture. But I tell you it was painful. We would have gotten a taxi but unfortunately there weren't too many since there is a strike going on with taxis in NY.

Anyway, here I am flying back to Spain, finally home in Mallorca and trying to get ready for the indoor season. Big tournaments coming up with the Masters in Shanghai as my last event.

Thanks all for reading the blog and I hope we can do it again some time. Happy to answer tomorrow some more of your questions. Hope that pays back the 2 days without blog.

Rafa.



Questions for Rafa:

When you have three tennis balls in your hand and are looking at them to choose one to discard, what are you looking for? Sandra Hammel
RN: Hi, I'm looking for the newest one. This allows us to serve better

Feliciano Lopez was so impressive during his match against Roger Federer - following up his big serve with excellent net play and a good solid game plan through much of that match. Did you give him any guidance? Eli, California
RN: No, he doesn't need my guidance. He is a very good friend of mine but he has his coach and his team for that.

I've noticed that you always let the other player call the coin toss at the start of the match. Are you just being polite or is there another reason why you do this? Lucy, England
RN: Yes, I always want them to serve. I feel I am ready to start the match and I try to break in the first game. It is not working that much lately. :)

I know you are constantly travelling and I was wondering if the jetlag ever affects you? Has an airline has ever lost one of your bags? Sofia, Miami
RN: Yes, sure. The jet lag affects all of us. That's why we try to get earlier to places. And for the second question, unfortunately the answer is yes. The last time? This year some weeks ago in Montreal. I got from Spain without the bags. I had to practice with clothes I borrowed from Moya. We travel with our racquets on the plane in case these things happen.

Since Novak Djokovic beat Roger in the final of Montreal, some of the media now seem to regard him as Roger's main challenger at this tournament. However, Roger has said that he believes the media are underestimating you. Does this motivate you to prove them wrong? Frances
RN: Everything motivates me. This time they were right. Novak is still competing and I am writing this from the plane. Next time. :)

I think that David Ferrer is one of the most underrated players on the circuit. I enjoy watching him play as much as I enjoy watching you. I know you want to win, but is it difficult to play a tennis match against one of your friends? Anne, Boston, Massachusetts
RN: Yes, you are completely right.

What car do you drive? Carina
RN: KIA Sorrento

How is it that you and Roger Federer keep your relationship good even though you are rivals? Don't you ever feel frustration or resentment towards him at times? Stella Morgan, Sarasota
RN: No, I think that the competition has to stay on court. Off court we are normal people. It should be (and is) this way.

I looked at the US Open's junior boys' singles draw and found no Spaniards. Who do you think is the next Spanish tennis prodigy who will follow your footsteps? Raven, Manila, Philippines
RN: Good question. There are a few out there. We will find out :-)

I was wondering, since you said you've seen Phantom, have you seen any other musicals, and do you particularly enjoy that genre? (I recommend Wicked if you have time). Katie, North Carolina, US
RN: Yes, I have seen many others and enjoy them, but the Phantom is just the best.

I've just seen your interview for Eurosport in which you said that you owned many football shirts and I'd just like to ask if one is a Liverpool shirt? Eryn, Liverpool
RN: No, I don't have a Liverpool shirt. I collect the ones I get from players and at the moment I have not had the chance to meet any.

l_mac
09-06-2007, 08:12 PM
Aw, I love Rafa! Good on him for finishing his blog. I hope his early exit at the USO doesn't put him off writing a blog in the future.

Roger loves Rafa too, steffis. I'm sure he was being sincere :)

hra87
09-06-2007, 09:57 PM
That was one of his best blog entries thus far. Worth the wait, and he was very nice as usual (his comments about ferrer and djokovic in particular). I noted that this time he didn't just say that he wouldn't talk about the knee, he said that he didn't have any pain, which is a significant difference and a very nice gesture (true or not, we can't really tell).

Tess Gray
09-07-2007, 09:43 PM
Awww Roger is now best mates with Rafa. :)
But to watch it till 2 am, tsk-tsk-tsk Roger. :o

:lol:

That was one of his best blog entries thus far. Worth the wait, and he was very nice as usual (his comments about ferrer and djokovic in particular). I noted that this time he didn't just say that he wouldn't talk about the knee, he said that he didn't have any pain, which is a significant difference and a very nice gesture (true or not, we can't really tell).


He's a real gentleman :cool:

Sunset of Age
09-12-2007, 11:09 PM
Aw, I love Rafa! Good on him for finishing his blog. I hope his early exit at the USO doesn't put him off writing a blog in the future.

Word! I think it's great he even did so despite his untimely loss at the USO. Shows his great character. :worship:

Roger loves Rafa too, steffis. I'm sure he was being sincere :)

Most definitely, and vice versa. It's exactly like they both express themselves about this subject: the 'rivalry' is there, and should be there, but ON COURT only. :yeah:
It's pretty obvious they both appreciate each other as a person a lot. I mean, do you ever think Connors invited McEnroe for a trip on a private jet from one tournament to the next? Don't think so... ;)