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07-08-2004, 11:15 AM
sowwy, i'm kinda slow, just realised now that Rafi IS playing in Bastad!

HE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 against Jiri Vanek in the first round


here's an article!


Consulting with Carlos Costa

He's Back! Rafael Plays Ventura Tomorrow

7/7/04 -- Rafael is playing the Swedish Open in Bastad, on clay. He defeated lucky loser Jiri Vanek from the Czech Republic in the first round, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. He will play Santiago Ventura in the second round. They are 1-0, with Rafa defeating him in 2002 on clay. But Ventura has an ATP singles title on clay. This is Rafa's first ATP tournament since withdrawing from Estoril with an ankle fracture in April. Rafa reached the quarters in Bastad last year.

This isn't a bad opening draw for Rafa, but he said on Mallorcan radio that he is at about 70% fitness level, and has been told to take it easy in the beginning. So he's not concerned about losing at first; he wants to gradually regain his form.

Over the weekend, Rafael participated in the Torneo Illes Balears, an exhibition on the beach in Santa Ponca, Mallorca. Rafael defeated France's Fabrice Santoro, 4-7 7-2 7-3, in the quarters, but lost to his mentor (and Olympics doubles partner), Carlos Moya, in the semis, 5-7, 5-7. Each "match" was played in a best-of-three tiebreak format.

07-08-2004, 05:28 PM
:bounce: Great job, Rafael!

li'l red
07-09-2004, 02:39 AM
hi everyone, it's my first time to post here in rafael's thread... :wavey:

eniweis, rafi won in the second rnd!!!
great comeback so far :worship:

nxt opponent will be gaston gaudio... tough...but its okay..
you've done a good job so far.... so well.. here's for good luck!!! :smooch:

Vamos rafi!!!

07-09-2004, 06:00 AM
Rafa defeated Santiago Ventura!!! Vamos Rafa!!
Hey lil' red welcome :wavey:

07-09-2004, 08:53 AM
he won 6-1, 6-2!!!

hey li'l red!

07-09-2004, 05:19 PM
Rafa lost to Gaudio 2-6 3-6 :sobbing:

07-11-2004, 04:44 AM
oh well at least he actually won a match!!

07-11-2004, 08:13 AM
:sad: :bigcry: