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D'oh!a - OMG!!!111!! RAFA IS CHAMPION IN DOHA! :worship: :woohoo: :worship:

l_mac
12-30-2008, 01:34 AM
Vamos in 2009, our sweetheart :worship: :inlove:

l_mac
12-30-2008, 01:35 AM
Rafa leaves Manacor on Dec 31st.

He plays the winner of Roddick/Davydenko on Jan 2nd. RogoGOAT plays the winner of Muzz/Blake.

The final is Jan 3rd.

Then he goes to Doha.

wildegirl05
12-30-2008, 01:38 AM
what will he be wearing? :awww:

acionescu
12-30-2008, 01:11 PM
Hopefully not sleeves( Hema :ras: ) :rocker2:

tennizen
12-30-2008, 01:24 PM
Hopefully not sleeves( Hema :ras: ) :rocker2:

:lol: Andreea I have suffered through the sleeveless phase for ages now. It's your time to suffer now:rolls:

GuiroNl
12-31-2008, 11:24 AM
This exho has such a strange format, strange that they couldn't attract two other players.

Does anyone know if Rafa takes this thing seriously as an indication of his form?

Xristos
12-31-2008, 05:09 PM
Rafa will win, no doubt about it.

MariaV
01-01-2009, 12:40 PM
Nikolay Davydenko looked fresh and well-rested against Andy Roddick today. He won 6-4 6-4 and will play vs Rafa tomorrow. :scared: :unsure:
And I'm not so sure about the outcome. Nikolay is a very uncomfortable opponent for Rafa and seems to be ready for the new season. Anyway, we'll se tomorrow. Vamos Rafa! :banana: :yippee: :dance: :bounce: :bigclap:

Metis
01-01-2009, 01:58 PM
what will he be wearing? :awww:
Hopefully not sleeves( Hema :ras: ) :rocker2:
:lol: Andreea I have suffered through the sleeveless phase for ages now. It's your time to suffer now:rolls:

Shallow fangirls :rolleyes:



Nikolay Davydenko looked fresh and well-rested against Andy Roddick today. He won 6-4 6-4 and will play vs Rafa tomorrow. :scared: :unsure:
And I'm not so sure about the outcome. Nikolay is a very uncomfortable opponent for Rafa and seems to be ready for the new season. Anyway, we'll se tomorrow. Vamos Rafa! :banana: :yippee: :dance: :bounce: :bigclap:


Davydenko :scared: :unsure: Why???? :bigcry:

l_mac
01-01-2009, 02:51 PM
This exho has such a strange format, strange that they couldn't attract two other players.

Does anyone know if Rafa takes this thing seriously as an indication of his form?

He only left Spain yesterday, so I'm guessing he's not taking it that seriously.

Thanks for the result, Maria :hug:

Muzz will play Federer in the other semi.

MariaV
01-01-2009, 05:59 PM
Davydenko :scared: :unsure: Why???? :bigcry:

I guess the :scared: :unsure: Why???? :bigcry: is compulsory for the hard courts, no? Even if it's not a official tournament yet I kinda strated practicing early. ;)

Xristos
01-02-2009, 01:53 AM
Rafa wants to win EVERY match he plays in. He will take his matches seriously.

l_mac
01-02-2009, 02:01 AM
Rafa wants to win EVERY match he plays in. He will take his matches seriously.

I know, X. I was just being foolish.

Vamos Rafa :rocker2:

He looks lovely in the pics from the presser, though young. Very, very young.

rafa_maniac
01-02-2009, 04:10 AM
Does this count towards this year's MIT? IS there one this year?

veyonce
01-02-2009, 07:48 AM
Roger & Murray will play first followed by Rafa & Davy.

acionescu
01-02-2009, 11:36 AM
He looks lovely in the pics from the presser, though young. Very, very young.

Yet, you were upset that I said he's good for my 18 y.o. niece. I could be his mother, ffs. :rolleyes: Even if I was 10 years younger I'd feel like that....:p


I love my niece very much, I want the best for her....:angel:

l_mac
01-02-2009, 03:40 PM
Vamos Rafa! :rocker2: :woohoo:

Destroyed Denko.

6-2 6-3.

Hate the new outfit.

Hair poor.

Ass fine.

MariaV
01-02-2009, 03:42 PM
Rafa looked cute as always, no? :dance: :yippee: :dance: :yippee: :dance: :yippee:
:hearts: :inlove:
He beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-2 6-3 after some shaky start. :cool:
And the white/navy combo with yellow looked just great IMO. Even the sleeves didn't bother me, and hopefully don't bother Rafa. :D
I hope Linda won't leave because of the sleeves. :awww:

veyonce
01-02-2009, 05:23 PM
Asiaone
Tennis: Nadal and Federer prosper amid the pain

They may earn as much as a seven-figure dollar sum during their first fortnights work of 2009.

Fri, Jan 02, 2009
AFP

DOHA - While businesses collapse and banks wobble, while thousands lose their jobs and many thousands more are consigned to poverty, the multi-millionaire stars of tennis are enjoying an even more prosperous start than usual to the new year.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer may earn as much as a seven-figure dollar sum during their first fortnights work of 2009 - more than most people get in a lifetime, even in the developed world.

The super-popular world number one from Spain and his record-breaking rival from Switzerland are making a sensationally lucrative detour in the Gulf, first at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, the so-called Capitala World Championship from January 1-3, to be followed next week by a third level tournament, the ExxonMobil Qatar Open in Doha from January 5-10.

They finish this hugely profitable warm-up for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year only eight days before the Australian Open starts, by which time their behind-the-scenes payments may well have reached new levels.

When Federer last competed in Doha, in 2006, his appearance money was said to be 500,000 dollars. He did not return in 2007, because the tournament apparently declined to cover an extra percentage demanded by a new agent.

But Federer and Nadal are probably receiving amounts similar to that this time, as well as a comparably large appearance fee in Abu Dhabi, which also has a winner-takes-all 250,000-dollar prize. Add the 270,000 dollars total for the first and second prizes in Qatar and the personal tally of both should reach seven digits in 10 days.

These tremendous sums are no more than predictable improvements for a sport with multi-national sponsors. The outgoing executive chairman of the ATP Tour, Etienne de Villiers, claimed there had been one billion dollars of new investment during the past three years, with record breaking levels of prize money.

Nadal won more than anyone last year with 6,773,776 dollars in prize money. Whatever he wins during the next three will be supplemented by six million euros from Majorcan tourist authority to endorse his home island as a holiday destination.

Nevertheless, Nadal still has some way to go to equal the income of Federer, who is ranked fifth in Forbes Magazine's list of best paid celebs who are aged less than 30.

Federer is reported as earning at least 35 million dollars in 2007, the year he captured three of the four Grand Slams. It comprises 10 million dollars in prize money, and 25 million dollars in endorsements from Nike, Gillette, Mercedes-Benz, Wilson, and the Swiss companies Emmi and Jura.

It is true that both stars are respected for charity work. Nadal last year started his foundation to seek "social assistance for those groups in most need and cooperation in the development of the most poor countries", while Federer takes a keen interest in his four-year-old foundation which supports Imbewu, an aid agency for disadvantaged children in South Africa.

"For me what I do is never about the money," Federer often sometimes stressed about his motivation in tennis. "I usually don't think about it at all."

Nevertheless, life is all too urgently about the money for many people. While it makes sense for Nadal and Federer to capitalise on their opportunities during all-too-brief sporting careers, their fabulous affluence highlights the still-widening disparities which cripple the planet during its worst economic crisis.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Sports/Story/A1Story20090102-112004.html

tennizen
01-02-2009, 05:35 PM
Just saw the score. Nice start to the year even if its an exho. Outfit=:worship:

Xristos
01-02-2009, 06:03 PM
Outfit looked great even though he was ment to wear that at the Masters.

Hair looked horrible.

Foxy
01-02-2009, 06:19 PM
Could someone please find me a video with the point today when Rafa got lobbed and retrieved the ball behind the back. Awesome point.

Cloudygirl
01-02-2009, 08:53 PM
Sod the scoreline I have a burning question. Does Rafa's ass look good in his new shorts?

casshey
01-03-2009, 02:27 AM
It looked bigger than usual.:p

l_mac
01-03-2009, 02:29 AM
It looked good.

tennizen
01-03-2009, 04:37 PM
Doha draw is out

http://qatarten.msoutlookonline.net/Qatar%20Open%202009%20Forms/Maindraw%20Singles.pdf. No big problems. Murray in Fed's half

l_mac
01-03-2009, 04:39 PM
What you talking about, Hema.

Santoro :scared: :unsure:

tennizen
01-03-2009, 04:41 PM
What you talking about, Hema.

Santoro :scared: :unsure:

I am in an optimistic mood these days:lol: But I am sure I will edit that post as the first round match approaches:scared:

Cloudygirl
01-03-2009, 04:53 PM
nope not happy with the new shorts though not hating the sleeves too much.

MariaV
01-03-2009, 09:58 PM
What you talking about, Hema.

Santoro :scared: :unsure:

Isn't :scared: :unsure: kinda compulsory for a hard court tournament? :o :D

Rafa also signed up for doubles with Marc Lopez (got a WC), 1st round vs Oscar 'the King' Hernandez - 'Fat' Albert Montanes.

Not gonna comment on the :cuckoo: exho final. At least his 'body is perfect' again. :D :lol: And he could hold up 2 hrs 45 min.

The_Nadal_effect
01-04-2009, 04:48 PM
Santoro!:scared::bolt:

Aenea
01-04-2009, 08:19 PM
Hasn't Santoro retired? Whatever.
I don't expect much of this Doha tourney. After spending the last 2 months flying back and forth to various places collecting various awards and advertising whoever pays him Rafa must be still rusty playing tennis and winning a couple of matches prior to AO will be good enough. Still participating in that stupid exho in Abu Dhabi is just :rolleyes:

Anyway good luck in Doha :wavey:

tennizen
01-04-2009, 09:04 PM
Final- MIT Prediction

acionescu
01-04-2009, 09:04 PM
I'm honored to make the 1st prediction for 2009 MIT.

My take is F. Is no shame in losing to Murray/RogiGOAT

Vamos :rocker2:

EDIT: 2nd prediction :sad:

acionescu
01-04-2009, 09:04 PM
Hema :ras: :boxing:

tennizen
01-04-2009, 09:13 PM
Hema :ras: :boxing:

:lol: Andreea:hug: Sorry for that. I can delete my post and make my prediction again just so you can be first:hug:

l_mac
01-04-2009, 09:15 PM
Jesus.

tennizen
01-04-2009, 09:22 PM
Jesus.

I thought you prayed to Baby Jesus:(

l_mac
01-04-2009, 09:24 PM
MIT prediction - Hmm.

WIN.

tennizen
01-04-2009, 09:28 PM
MIT prediction - Hmm.

WIN.

l_mac: I believe you are succumbing to peer pressure:rolls:

l_mac
01-04-2009, 09:29 PM
I may change my pick later.

Anyway. Chances of Rafa winning an early year h/c tournament? Zero.

My record will remain intact.

cmurray
01-04-2009, 09:35 PM
prediction - SF

Foxy
01-04-2009, 09:55 PM
I think it is fair not to change predictions while already set. So if someone is not sure he could wait for the last possible moment.

Mine prediction is F.

l_mac
01-04-2009, 10:05 PM
I think it is fair not to change predictions while already set. So if someone is not sure he could wait for the last possible moment.

Mine prediction is F.

No, the rule is you can change your pick until Rafa plays his first match :wavey:

I think I'll change to QF.

savesthedizzle
01-04-2009, 10:10 PM
I have heard so much of this last year. This year I will participate. I want to be a better Rafa fan. It is one of my resolutions for 2009 :)

I predict SF :)

scoobs
01-04-2009, 10:11 PM
I predict RU.

-Evita-
01-04-2009, 10:18 PM
My prediction is that Rafa will win the tournament :)

Getta
01-04-2009, 10:18 PM
runner-up.

rafa_maniac
01-04-2009, 10:30 PM
runner up.

l_mac
01-04-2009, 10:31 PM
WHAT.

I change my prediction back to WIN.

All these RUs make me feel a lot of sadness for Rafi :awww:

Minn
01-04-2009, 10:35 PM
I have heard so much of this last year. This year I will participate. I want to be a better Rafa fan. It is one of my resolutions for 2009 :)

I predict SF :) Excellent new year's resolution, Jessica. :D We're here to help you out.

I'm going to go with semi-finals for now.

Metis
01-04-2009, 11:33 PM
I was hoping people had forgotten about all this :lol:

Here we go again.... It seems that this year we'll have a full season of MIT :D (last year we started at IW). Tomorrow we will present the award to the first ever MIT winners in the official trophy ceremony! :bigclap:

I will create a special thread for that and will post the 2009 results after every tournament as well as the general rules :D



How far will Rafa go in Doha? (250 points up for grabs!)

1st -
2nd -
QF -
SF - Bachelor Dandy, cmurray, Minn, Troickitard, wildegirl05
F - acionescu, Foxy, Getta, Metis, Princesspts, rafa_maniac, scoobs, shawshank, tennizen, Xristos
W - Corey Feldman, Evita, Invisible, l_mac, Lopaka, MariaV, nashty, Snoo Foo, wilmar

shawshank
01-04-2009, 11:47 PM
My prediction is final! Can't wait season to begin! Vamos Rafito!

savesthedizzle
01-05-2009, 12:35 AM
Excellent new year's resolution, Jessica. :D We're here to help you out.

I'm going to go with semi-finals for now.

Thank you :D You guys are so supportive :D

savesthedizzle
01-05-2009, 12:35 AM
I was hoping people had forgotten about all this :lol:

Here we go again.... It seems that this year we'll have a full season of MIT :D (last year we started at IW). Tomorrow we will present the award to the first ever MIT winners in the official trophy ceremony! :bigclap:

I will create a special thread for that and will post the 2009 results after every tournament as well as the general rules :D

I predicted SF ;) No way he gets past Troicki :rolls:

wildegirl05
01-05-2009, 12:37 AM
MIT is back :rocker2:

i pick SF :)

Bibberz
01-05-2009, 12:40 AM
SF

Rafa is NOT getting RU. :( He needs to protect his final %.

l_mac
01-05-2009, 01:18 AM
SF

Rafa is NOT getting RU. :( He needs to protect his final %.

BD :worship:

The number of RU picks is annoying me. :(

cmurray
01-05-2009, 01:23 AM
BD :worship:

The number of RU picks is annoying me. :(

me too. :(

Princesspts
01-05-2009, 01:49 AM
My MIT prediction-Final

Corey Feldman
01-05-2009, 01:51 AM
my MIT

title

wilmar
01-05-2009, 03:48 AM
I was too late to participate last year, and I want to start right from Rafa's first tourny this year :-D
I predict a win, Rafa's first of many for 2009!

Snoo Foo
01-05-2009, 04:04 AM
champion. si4.

Xristos
01-05-2009, 04:25 AM
Put me down for F.

Lopaka
01-05-2009, 05:03 AM
thought Santoro retired. Put me down for a Rafa win.

Metis
01-05-2009, 10:44 AM
I predicted SF ;) No way he gets past Troicki :rolls:

:armed: :lol:

I corrected the mistake. I attribute it to the lateness of the hour. :shrug: :p

nashty
01-05-2009, 10:55 AM
Wow. Glad this one's back. WIN, please. When is he playing anyway?

Invisible
01-05-2009, 11:31 AM
I never played before, but with the new season I'll start now :)

My prediction is.....FINAL

MariaV
01-05-2009, 12:08 PM
Hmmm, Rafa's playing doubles tonight so no singles yet.
Ehhh, what to predict, what to predict... :scratch:
I predict.... WIN :D :lol:

Xristos
01-05-2009, 12:58 PM
Whos he playing doubles with beautiful Maria?

Foxy
01-05-2009, 02:28 PM
What type is the surface this year at Doha? At the PDF draw section it is listed as Plexicusion. So it means the same as AO. Right?

scoobs
01-05-2009, 03:59 PM
What type is the surface this year at Doha? At the PDF draw section it is listed as Plexicusion. So it means the same as AO. Right?
Yeah they have adopted Plexicushion this year to bring them into line with the Aussies. Last years was still on Rebound Ace, I remember

Aenea
01-05-2009, 05:01 PM
Marc Lopez/Rafael Nadal def Oscar Hernandez/Albert Montanes 63 63 :D



OOP Tuesday, 6 Jan

Matches Start At: 4:00 PM

Albert MONTANES (ESP) vs Andy MURRAY (GBR)

followed by

Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Fabrice SANTORO (FR)

Good luck, Rafa :kiss:

Jachalator
01-05-2009, 07:41 PM
I predict a final appearance for Rafito.

Ria
01-05-2009, 08:57 PM
As I was too late to play last year, I would like to participate this season :D

I predict Rafa to win :)

Metis
01-06-2009, 02:18 PM
Update! Very little time remaining until Rafa's 1st round match against Santoro so make sure you post your predictions before that! :D




How far will Rafa go in Doha? (250 points up for grabs!)

1st -
2nd -
QF -
SF - Bachelor Dandy, cmurray, Minn, Troickitard, wildegirl05
F - acionescu, Foxy, Getta, Invisible, Jachalator, Metis, Princesspts, rafa_maniac, scoobs, shawshank, tennizen, Xristos
W - Corey Feldman, Evita, l_mac, Lopaka, MariaV, nashty, Ria, Snoo Foo, wilmar

tennizen
01-06-2009, 02:26 PM
We are an optimistic bunch this year. I think Rafa is going to bring us all to the ground very soon:dance:

Aenea
01-06-2009, 08:39 PM
Watching Rafa yesterday playing doubles I already knew he meant business, his face was so serious and he was so much into the match.

OOP Wednesday, 7 Jan

Matches Start At: 4:00 PM

Philipp PETZSCHNER (GER) vs Andy MURRAY (GBR)

followed by

Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Karol BECK (SVK)

Later on he and Marc Lopez will play doubles vs Christopher KAS/Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER.

Vamos, Rafi :D Go into the AO'09 with a HC title :bigclap:

star
01-07-2009, 01:16 AM
:bigclap:

I'm probably too late for the MIT. But if I am not -- Final.

Invisible
01-07-2009, 12:29 PM
I never played before, but with the new season I'll start now :)

My prediction is.....FINAL

This was my prediction ^ and you have it as

1st -
2nd -
QF -
SF - Bachelor Dandy, cmurray, Minn, Troickitard, wildegirl05
F - acionescu, Foxy, Getta, Jachalator, Metis, Princesspts, rafa_maniac, scoobs, shawshank, tennizen, Xristos
W - Corey Feldman, Evita, Invisible, l_mac, Lopaka, MariaV, nashty, Ria, Snoo Foo, wilmar

:confused:

Metis
01-07-2009, 02:44 PM
:bigclap:

I'm probably too late for the MIT. But if I am not -- Final.

You are :p



This was my prediction ^ and you have it as

1st -
2nd -
QF -
SF - Bachelor Dandy, cmurray, Minn, Troickitard, wildegirl05
F - acionescu, Foxy, Getta, Jachalator, Metis, Princesspts, rafa_maniac, scoobs, shawshank, tennizen, Xristos
W - Corey Feldman, Evita, Invisible, l_mac, Lopaka, MariaV, nashty, Ria, Snoo Foo, wilmar

:confused:

:speakles: Sorry, it's corrected now.

Argggh... I'm making too many mistakes lately. :confused: :mad:
Everyone: check the table to make sure your name is in the correct round!

Foxy
01-07-2009, 08:43 PM
Rafa just won his doubles match. I don't know if this is good news or bad news. What is he trying to prove? He can win both singles and doubles titles? :)

Aenea
01-07-2009, 09:05 PM
Rafa for both singles and doubles titles in Doha :bigclap:

OOP Thursday, 8 Jan

Center Court

Matches start at 4PM

Andy Roddick vs Victor Hanescu

followed by

Rafael Nadal vs Gael Monfils

Later on doubles SF Nadal/Lopez vs Santoro/Youzhny

Go, Rafa :music:

GuiroNl
01-08-2009, 07:52 AM
Err can I get a buy for the first two rounds of this tournament and predict a win? You know with luxury cruise you put me on and all ... :angel:

Invisible
01-08-2009, 09:50 AM
:speakles: Sorry, it's corrected now.

Argggh... I'm making too many mistakes lately. :confused: :mad:
Everyone: check the table to make sure your name is in the correct round!

No big deal :hug:

Of course I really hope he wins, but I'm not quite confident that he will. After he does win ;) then I will wish that I hadn't corrected you :p

nashty
01-08-2009, 04:12 PM
Seriously. What the heck.

Aenea
01-08-2009, 04:17 PM
Rafa you could lose to anybody else but not Monfils :o Hate that ugly Frenchman :mad:

No HC title on the start of the season :sad: Oh well on to AO now :shrug: :unsure: :scared:

Xristos
01-08-2009, 04:40 PM
Was Nadal annoying with Monfils?

Metis
01-08-2009, 04:58 PM
Disappointing result for the first tournament of the season. :help:




How far will Rafa go in Doha? (250 points up for grabs!)

1st -
2nd -
QF -
SF - Bachelor Dandy, cmurray, Minn, Troickitard, wildegirl05
F - acionescu, Foxy, Getta, Invisible, Jachalator, Metis, Princesspts, rafa_maniac, scoobs, shawshank, tennizen, Xristos
W - Corey Feldman, Evita, l_mac, Lopaka, MariaV, nashty, Ria, Snoo Foo, wilmar



MASSIVE FAIL people! That will teach you to not be overly confident, but conduct yourselves with humble. :lol:


http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/fail-owned-postcard-fail.jpg

GuiroNl
01-08-2009, 05:15 PM
Err can I get a buy for the first two rounds of this tournament and predict a win? You know with luxury cruise you put me on and all ... :angel:

Good prediction :haha: :silly:

dorkino
01-08-2009, 05:56 PM
Disappointing result for the first tournament of the season. :help



:o:wazzup::crying2::baby: Disappointing as it is but in a way it was not surprising. Any news what did Rafael say about it??




MASSIVE FAIL people! That will teach you to not be overly confident, but conduct yourselves with humble. :lol:

Wiseness speaks aloud :hatoff:

dorkino
01-08-2009, 06:16 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=AuZfDxULqKwznhILX5KRX404v7YF?slug=ap-doha&prov=ap&type=lgns
Top-ranked Nadal loses in Qatar Open quarterfinals
DOHA, Qatar (AP)—Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was eliminated from the Qatar Open on Thursday, losing to Gael Monfils of France 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

Nadal, who cruised through his first two matches of the season-opening event, was broken twice in the first set and once in the second. He finished with only 10 winners, while Monfils had 35.

“Today wasn’t my day,” Nadal said. “Monfils served really well. If he wants to improve his ranking, he will have to play like he did today. I knew it won’t be easy at the start of the season, but I am happy with my game.”

The 14th-ranked Frenchman had eight aces to none for Nadal. Monfils, who reached the 2006 Qatar Open final, is playing as a wild card.

“I had an almost perfect start to the match and I played well on most points,” Monfils said. “I didn’t allow him to settle down.”

He will next face Andy Roddick in the semifinals. The eighth-ranked American defeated unseeded Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-3, 6-2.

“I feel good right now,” Roddick said. “I am keeping it pretty tight on the court. The drop shots helped a lot. I guess it helps to have those things worked on during the offseason.”

Roddick’s serve also worked, finishing with 13 aces.

Roger Federer and fourth-ranked Andy Murray were to play later Thursday.

Last week, Nadal lost to Murray in the final at an exhibition tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

“Maybe I need more time on court,” Nadal said. “I played two matches in Abu Dhabi and three here, which is good, but I need more matches.”

The tournament is a tuneup for the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 19. Last year, Nadal reached the semifinals in his best showing at the season’s first major tournament.

“I will practice here and I fly out to Australia on Sunday,” said the 22-year-old Nadal, who has already won five major titles. “I will not go with any bad feeling with this loss. I am playing well. I just need more matches.”

Aenea
01-08-2009, 06:19 PM
Any news what did Rafael say about it??


From Eurosport site


"...It did though raise questions as to whether or not Nadal - who was also beaten by Andy Murray in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Sunday - might have had his off-season preparation affected by the troublesome knee injuries which caused him to miss the last two events of 2008.

But he insisted that he had no worries over his form.

"There's no damage to my confidence," said Nadal.

"I knew before the match that the beginning of the season was not going to be easy because, although I have had more rest than other players, I have also had more time outside of competition than others.

"So it is a little bit more difficult to come back fast to my rhythm. I have had two matches here and five altogether, so I leave here with positive feelings when I go to Australia."


I haven't read the post match presser.

l_mac
01-08-2009, 07:11 PM
Shut the fuck up, Rafa, you total loserbitch.

cmurray
01-08-2009, 07:16 PM
I don't see what the trauma is. He always plays like this in the beginning of the season. :shrug: You would think we'd all be used to it by now.

Aenea
01-08-2009, 07:55 PM
I don't see what the trauma is. He always plays like this in the beginning of the season. :shrug: You would think we'd all be used to it by now.

Isn't it about time for a change? You can't blame us for wanting to see a stronger start from Rafa every new season. Though I remember well I said I wasn't expecting much from this Doha tourney I was hoping to be wrong :sad:

Foxy
01-08-2009, 08:05 PM
At least he is at the doubles final. AO is what that matters, anyway.

dorkino
01-08-2009, 08:12 PM
Shut the fuck up, Rafa, you total loserbitch.

Linda, is it the outfit that turns you away from Rafa ? :bigcry: :(

Aenea
01-08-2009, 08:47 PM
At least he is at the doubles final. AO is what that matters, anyway.

Right.

The doubles final is tomorrow (Friday) after the singles SFs which start at 4PM (1PM GMT).

Go Rafa/Marc http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-gen013.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

MariaV
01-08-2009, 10:36 PM
M. Lopez (ESP) / R. Nadal (ESP) d F. Santoro (FRA) / M. Youzhny (RUS) 16 76(2) 11-9
if someone hasn't got the result.
The final will be tough though, vs Nestor / Zimonjic so... ALMOST no chance to win. But at least he'll get some more match practice he seems to want so much. :o :angel: :o :shrug:

-Evita-
01-08-2009, 11:46 PM
We are an optimistic bunch this year. I think Rafa is going to bring us all to the ground very soon:dance:

:worship:

tennisace21
01-09-2009, 01:04 AM
Can't we just skip to clay season yett>?

That's when it was fun to be a Rafan.

tennisace21
01-09-2009, 01:05 AM
Can't we just skip to clay season yett>?

That's when it was fun to be a Rafan.

wilmar
01-09-2009, 08:00 AM
M. Lopez (ESP) / R. Nadal (ESP) d F. Santoro (FRA) / M. Youzhny (RUS) 16 76(2) 11-9
if someone hasn't got the result.
The final will be tough though, vs Nestor / Zimonjic so... ALMOST no chance to win. But at least he'll get some more match practice he seems to want so much. :o :angel: :o :shrug:

Yes, more match practice for him, especially his venture into the net and his volleys.

Anyone noticed Nadal seems to look more tired (than what we are used to) in his past five matches? I hope it's just the "rust".

Foxy
01-09-2009, 07:33 PM
YYYYYYYYYESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!! RAFA f**king WON it!!!! The best doubles player in history ! :) :D :banana:

Aenea
01-09-2009, 07:34 PM
Rafa and Marc won Doha beating Nestor/Zimonjic 46 64 10-8

:worship: :bigclap:

Great job boys :inlove: Congrats to both of you :clap2:

Vale_86
01-09-2009, 07:38 PM
:bounce: Yesss!!! Rafa and Marc won the doubles!:bigclap::yippee: Great job guys:worship:

MariaV
01-09-2009, 08:20 PM
Unbelievable, no?!? :lol: :worship: :bowdown: :yeah: :hatoff:
Rafa the doubles specialist! :worship: :bowdown: :yeah: :hatoff:

Metis
01-09-2009, 08:48 PM
:bigclap: :lol:



http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/d5/fullj.7aa5202ada8efd9ed3dbc437329a66d7/7aa5202ada8efd9ed3dbc437329a66d7-getty-84089885jf113_exxon_mobil_q.jpg



http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/59/fullj.de7d86c08fb1399f9c8fefbe9d03c470/de7d86c08fb1399f9c8fefbe9d03c470-getty-tennis-qtr-atp-doubles-lopez-nadal.jpg

Foxy
01-09-2009, 08:57 PM
Highlights, please! :)

dorkino
01-09-2009, 09:02 PM
Yessss. Surprise , surprise :lol: :bigclap: It was an interesting match btw. :D

Cloudygirl
01-09-2009, 09:24 PM
what the hell is with the weird trophies

tennizen
01-09-2009, 09:26 PM
Rafa biting the GOAT trophy:aplot:

wilmar
01-10-2009, 02:00 AM
:worship::bounce::bigclap::clap2::yippee::dance:
YAY! Just woke up and saw the news...RAFA won!!!

This is surely good news for Rafa and us fans :D making up for the disappointing loss the previous day. And surely this must have given Rafa MORE confidence, easing the "pression" a little.

So now we can say Rafa won Doha, a-la Beijing ;)

Mimi
01-10-2009, 02:43 AM
:woohoo::bigclap::yippee::lol: finally won a title, even its in double, still better than nothing :bigwave::dance:

les-ilator
01-10-2009, 08:48 PM
That smile is priceless. I'm feeling a lot better about things :bounce: