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Rafito finds Rome as brick, leaves it as marble(7-6,6-2)! Vamos Rome 2009 Campeón!

wildegirl05
04-25-2009, 06:00 PM
http://api.ning.com/files/64CLWHsiVTYKrAfj1wQgnRlx7jbOdRahlO8L0551IEjx-HJkVhJ-6S4W4JE-QYFb22NZtRQaaErf0RFnZ-OJelUFmAd9Gt5Q/rome.jpg

Tournament Profile Page: http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/1/en/tournaments/profile/416.asp

Vamos Rafa :rocker2: Make your MIT picks :D

wildegirl05
04-25-2009, 06:02 PM
Draw :scared: :unsure:

[1] NADAL, Rafael ESP vs BYE
SEPPI, Andreas ITA vs QUERREY, Sam USA
SODERLING, Robin SWE vs GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP
QUALIFIER vs [14] BLAKE, James USA

[9] TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA vs GASQUET, Richard FRA
ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP vs GULBIS, Ernests LAT
FISH, Mardy USA vs ANDREEV, Igor RUS
BYE vs [6] VERDASCO, Fernando ESP

[4] MURRAY, Andy GBR vs BYE
KIEFER, Nicolas GER vs i]QUALIFIER[/i]
CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG vs ROCHUS, Christophe BEL
[WC] CIPOLLA, Flavio ITA vs [15] CILIC, Marin CR

[12] GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI vs CHARDY, Jeremy FRA
TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB vs ACASUSO, Jose ARG
BENNETEAU, Julien FRA vs MELZER, Jurgen AUT
BYE vs [7] DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS

[5] DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG vs BYE
HANESCU, Victor ROU vs TROICKI, Viktor SRB
QUALIFIER vs QUALIFIER
KUNITSYN, Igor RUS vs [10] WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI

[13] ROBREDO, Tommy ESP vs SAFIN, Marat RUS
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER vs BOLELLI, Simone ITA
[WC] STARACE, Potito ITA vs MONTANES, Albert ESP
BYE vs [3] DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB

[8] SIMON, Gilles FRA vs BYE
[WC] FOGNINI, Fabio ITA vs [WC] VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
QUALIFIER vs BERDYCH, Tomas CZE vs
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA vs [11] FERRER, David ESP

[16] STEPANEK, Radek CZE vs SERRA, Florent FRA
QUALIFIER vs LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP
QUALIFIER vs KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO
BYE vs [2] FEDERER, Roger SUI

Betty
04-25-2009, 06:02 PM
final:p

well done wilde:hug:

Minn
04-25-2009, 06:03 PM
What are great picture and a good idea for the title! I'll be the first to choose win. Again.

acionescu
04-25-2009, 06:04 PM
Wilde :hug:

What alphabet did you use for the title? :unsure:

MIT: SF, Davydenko will be merciless :(

wildegirl05
04-25-2009, 06:06 PM
final:p

well done wilde:hug:

What are great picture and a good idea for the title! I'll be the first to choose win. Again.

thanks :hug: :hug:

this is a nice thing the tournament has organized:

SUNDAY EXHIBITION IN HONOUR OF FEDERICO LUZZI
The Internazionale BNL d’Italia will get underway with an exhibition tournament to raise funds for “Fede Lux”, the charity which was set up to raise funds for leukaemia research in memory of Federico Luzzi, the Italian player who tragically died of the disease in October last year at the age of 28.

While the two finalists of the current Barcelona tournament will obviously be otherwise engaged on Sunday, all of the other 44 players taking part in the men’s Masters 1000 tournament were more than happy to make themselves available for the four one-set matches which will be held at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm on Sunday 26 April on Centre and No1 Courts.

World number 2 and two-time Internazionale BNL d’Italia finalist Roger Federer was one of the first to sign up for the event and will play the final exhibition match at 4 pm. His two closest challengers in the rankings, Serb Novak Djokovic and Scot Andy Murray, will also be involved, along with five of the six Italians in the main draw, namely Simone Bolelli, Andreas Seppi, Potito Starace, Fabio Fognini, Flavio Cipolla and Filippo Volandri.

Hostesses will be on hand at the entrances to the two courts to take donations for the Fede Lux foundation, while there will also be a stand throughout the tournament selling articles from all of the main suppliers with profits going to the foundation. Luzzi’s family will also be present throughout the exhibition day.

i remember rafito posted such a nice condolence message on his website in october :awww:

wildegirl05
04-25-2009, 06:07 PM
Wilde :hug:

What alphabet did you use for the title? :unsure:

MIT: SF, Davydenko will be merciless :(

andreea :smooch:

is it wrong? :lol: i just copied and pasted it from a website :unsure:

Metis
04-25-2009, 06:16 PM
Time for Rafa to reclaim the Rome title :rocker2:


Well start WG. :D I don't want to nitpick but you could add 2009 in the title :p



How far will Rafa go in Rome? (1000 points can be yours!)

1st - Bye
2nd - Arend, the natural
3rd -
QF - wildegirl05
SF - acionescu, tennizen, wacked82
F - Betty, Metis, Troickitard
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, born on clay, cmurray, DERO, DhammaTiger, Ex Lion Tamer, Getta, JolanGago, Laba, Minn, nashty, rafa maniac, SnooFoo, wilmar, Xristos

wildegirl05
04-25-2009, 06:20 PM
Time for Rafa to reclaim the Rome title :rocker2:


Well start WG. :D I don't want to nitpick but you could add 2009 in the title :p

done :D


my mit pick: qf :scared: :unsure:

JolánGagó
04-25-2009, 06:41 PM
my pick is WINNER.

DERO
04-25-2009, 07:32 PM
win

cmurray
04-25-2009, 08:33 PM
I'm going out on a limb to say win. :unsure:

rafa_maniac
04-26-2009, 02:56 AM
Three titles in three weeks is a tough ask, but Rafa is special, no? I say win :D That trophy belongs between your teeth Rafa, not Nole's grubby hands :( :rocker2:

Bibberz
04-26-2009, 05:43 AM
[1] NADAL, Rafael ESP vs BYE
SEPPI, Andreas ITA vs QUERREY, Sam USA


:scared:

Thanos
04-26-2009, 05:47 AM
semi final

Jōris
04-26-2009, 05:53 AM
second round

Getta
04-26-2009, 11:17 AM
Winner.

tennizen
04-26-2009, 12:49 PM
Sf

Snoo Foo
04-26-2009, 12:50 PM
win

:zzz:

nashty
04-26-2009, 04:40 PM
Nice picture.
Winner please.
And when is he playing his first match?

wildegirl05
04-26-2009, 04:47 PM
Nice picture.
Winner please.
And when is he playing his first match?

i read somewhere not till wed but i cannot remember where i read it, sorry.

cmurray
04-26-2009, 07:00 PM
:scared:

:rolls:

Now you know how I feel when Muzza and Raf play each other. :D

born_on_clay
04-26-2009, 08:25 PM
win

l_mac
04-26-2009, 10:45 PM
:mad:

Why has wg started this thread? She does not have Rafa's best interests at heart.

wildegirl05
04-26-2009, 10:51 PM
:mad:

Why has wg started this thread? She does not have Rafa's best interests at heart.

:rolleyes:

yes, your great standards that have included all the muzals and nole/querrey fans has been lowered because of me.

l_mac
04-26-2009, 10:54 PM
:rolleyes:

yes, your great standards that have included all the muzals and nole/querrey fans has been lowered because of me.

There's only one Muzzal (Adam) and he wanted a hc slam for Rafa. I can tell you he will be nowhere near the W thread :ras: And for all his faults, BD never wants anyone to win more than he wants Rafa to win :shrug:

I don't believe that you want Rafa to win this more than you want Fed or Nando to win this. Therefore I am very unhappy.

wildegirl05
04-26-2009, 10:57 PM
There's only one Muzzal (Adam) and he wanted a hc slam for Rafa. I can tell you he will be nowhere near the W thread :ras: And for all his faults, BD never wants anyone to win more than he wants Rafa to win :shrug:

I don't believe that you want Rafa to win this more than you want Fed or Nando to win this. Therefore I am very unhappy.

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

really? i remember his opening post for the AO thread had to be corrected after many people complained it was pro muzza than rafa. and didn't he recently state he wanted muzza to win more than rafa? do you have selective amnesia? :awww:

i can't help what you believe but i'm ok with the fact that you're unhappy :D

Laba
04-26-2009, 11:28 PM
Win. :cool:

savesthedizzle
04-26-2009, 11:31 PM
Final :)

the_natural
04-26-2009, 11:59 PM
2nd rd if querrey gets through I dont think he can beat him with minimal turn around from barcelona and the way the courts are so fast and sam has nothing to lose... Im sticking with 2nd rd but ill just throw it out there, if he makes it past that murray can beat him in the semis

DhammaTiger
04-27-2009, 12:04 AM
winner :woohoo: Rafa the unstoppable.

wilmar
04-27-2009, 03:25 AM
winner for me

U go RAFA!

-Evita-
04-27-2009, 09:20 AM
I also pick winner :)

MariaV
04-27-2009, 12:12 PM
WINNER for me too. Vamos Rafa! :banana: :yippee: :bounce: :bigclap:

TMJordan
04-27-2009, 06:07 PM
round 1

cmurray
04-27-2009, 07:52 PM
round 1

vamos BYE! :rocker2:

tangerine_dream
04-27-2009, 09:25 PM
Rafa's not injured nor tired and he's playing like crap, but I think it's because he's bored.

Put me down for the WIN, Metis.

wildegirl05
04-27-2009, 09:30 PM
pictures from daylife (heads up from vb), rafito at his presser. looking sorta pissed :unsure:

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/03LddjZfciahj/610x.jpg

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/03zA9euczM1UY/610x.jpg

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/07DM0mJ88x10x/610x.jpg

as a fedal i heartily approve of the wearing the personalized cap to the presser :yeah:

wildegirl05
04-27-2009, 09:33 PM
http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/2/public/news/nadal_3333.jpg

27/04/2009 18:32
ONE GAME AT A TIME FOR MODEST NADAL
Despite being world No1, clay genius and red-hot favourite for the title here in Rome, Rafael Nadal refused to look beyond his first opponent in the tournament, either Sam Querrey or Andreas Seppi.

When asked about the problem of having another surging Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco, in his quarter of the draw, Nadal refused to be drawn into any predictions. �I don't know if we are going to be in the quarter-finals. Seppi - I'm looking there. I don't know if Verdasco looks to the quarterfinals but, me, I look at the first round.�

�The most dangerous competitor every day is the opponent,� he continued. �That's the thing, and I know how tough it is to win every match. When I go on court, I have a lot of respect for every player. Before the match I always think I can lose and I can win. I have to accept both things, so I go on court and try my best every day and respect the opponent. Federer or Djokovic or Murray, sure, they are the No2, 3, and 4, but every player can play really good on every surface. The clay court players can play very well on the rest of the surfaces and the hard court players can play very well on clay because the surface is different, but not like before. The hard is not really, really fast and the clay is not really slow.�

When asked how �only� three Rome titles compares with Monte Carlo and Barcelona, the two most recent tournaments in the calendar which he has now won five times, Nadal again showed his characteristic press-room modesty. �I'm very happy to have three titles here. Not disappointed to not have the title last year. The normal thing is not always to win, the normal thing is to lose. It is unusual to win five Monte Carlos in a row and five Barcelonas in a row. For me, that's more than a dream, that's totally unbelievable - I never expect something like this. It�s more usual to lose in the first round in Rome than win three Romes in a row.�

Despite having opened up a clear lead at the top of the rankings, the Majorcan is by no means resting on his laurels,. �Sure, when I came to be No. 1 last year it was important � it gave me satisfaction because I worked very hard all my life to be there,� said Nadal. �But in the end, I have the same goals right now as when I was No2. I�ve said that to myself a hundred times this year. My goal is to continue improving my tennis and continue having good results, and try to improve. Always.� He may be modest, but the steely determination is there and few would bet against him losing on clay between now and mid-June�

source: http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/PopNews.asp?LNG=EN&IDNews=463

originally posted by s.katalin at vb :hug:

wildegirl05
04-27-2009, 09:35 PM
audio from rome presser:

http://multimedia.quotidianonet.ilsole24ore.com/?tipo=media&media=6249

link originally posted by mamasue at vb.

rafito :inlove:

wildegirl05
04-27-2009, 09:38 PM
rafito's presser :worship:

Nadal

Q. How do you feel physically at the moment with the weeks you've had?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, well, no problem. Perfect.

Q. Not tired?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I didn't have very long matches on the final of Monte Carlo. But, yeah, Barcelona I had, yeah, first two rounds 6 2, 6 2, 6 2, 6 0; later I have 6 2, 6 3. It's tougher, and the final was tough, no, but not very tough. Not really long match, so that's a good thing for to try play well the three weeks in a row.

Q. Comparing the current situation of pro men's tennis to some years ago, there are less clay court specialists than maybe three or five years ago. Who do you think at the moment is the most dangerous competitor for you on clay?
RAFAEL NADAL: The more dangerous competitor is every day the opponent. You know, that's the thing, and I know now tough is win every match.
When I go on court, I have a lot of respect for every player, no? So when I go on court, before the match I always think I can lose and I can win. I have to accept both things, so I go on court and try my best every day and respect the opponent.
If you are thinking I gonna say, I don't know, Federer or Djokovic or Murray, everybody is very good, sure. They are the No. 2, 3, and 4, but every player can play really good on every surface.
I think right now, because every year for last years we have less tournaments on clay. The best players of the world well, we gonna change the thing, no? Because in that moment, most of the tournaments of the world are hard, indoor, or...
Yeah, everybody plays good in every surface, no? The clay court players can play very well in the rest of the surfaces, and the hard court players can play very well on clay because the surface is different, but not like before. It's not really, really fast the hard, and the and the clay is not really slow.

Q. Does Rome offer anything different in conditions to, say, Monaco or Barcelona? Is it a little different to play here?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know, no? Well, I didn't practice.

Q. From your past experience.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I don't know.

Q. Same?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I always love this tournament, no? I like it a lot. I won three years, so I had very nice memories of that tournament, well, especially on the last center court. Now there is not.
But, yeah, sure, for us it's much better if the sunshine come, no?

Q. Now you have won for the fifth time Monte Carlo, and after Barcelona. How much are you disappointed to have not won here on last year? Not so special?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no. I'm very happy to have three titles here. Not disappointed to don't have the title last year, no? The normal thing always is don't win, so the normal thing is lose.
The unusual is win five Monte Carlos in a row and five Barcelonas in a row. For me, that's more than a dream. That's totally unbelievable for me, and I never expect something like this.
The normal thing is well, yeah, is more usual lose in first round in Rome than win three Romes in a row.

Q. To be No 1, the best in tennis, does it give you more feeling of comfortable or more pressure?
RAFAEL NADAL: Not one and not the other, no? Doesn't change a lot, no, be No. 1. It's only a number. Not a big difference between No. 1 and the rest, or be No. 2 for the last few years for me.
So, yes, sure, when I came to No. 1 last year it was important you know, I don't know important victory, but it's important satisfaction for me, because I worked very hard all my life to be there.
But in the end, I have the same goals right now than when I was No. 2. I say that hundred times this year. But my goal is continuing improve my tennis and continuing having a good results, and try to improve always.

Q. Sorry this is not a clay court question, but did you see the image of the roof on the centre court at Wimbledon? And what do you think of that as a change for tennis?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I saw the picture. Looks nice, no? Hopefully we don't have to use, but yeah, looks nice. It's a good option.

Q. How do you feel about having to meet Verdasco too soon in the match? You have to encounter him too early because he's in your part of the draw.
RAFAEL NADAL: The normal thing is I don't know if we going to be in quarterfinals, no? You can see there, I don't know, Seppi. I'm looking there. I don't know if Verdasco looks to the quarterfinals. But, me, I look the first round, no?

source: http://ubitennis.quotidianonet.ilsole24ore.com/english/2009/04/27/169385-press_conference.shtml

originally posted by moondancer at vb.

edit: total "no?" count = 11 :inlove: :rolls:

wildegirl05
04-27-2009, 09:52 PM
and no tournament thread is complete without the necessary tignor article (for hema :hug:)

Rafa Review, Rome Preview
Posted 04/27/2009 @ 2 :05 PM
by Steve Tignor

It’s a spring Sunday ritual. Take a walk, lie in the park, examine New York City as it turns green all around you, and then go back home and watch Rafael Nadal pummel some poor glum soul into the red European dust. After yesterday’s version of this scenario played out as anticipated, I began to wonder whether it was finally time to add a third item to the brief list of life’s absolutes: Can we now say, “Death, taxes, and Nadal on clay”?

Last week I stated that there isn’t much new to say about how Nadal wins, on clay or any other surface. At 22, he’s already reached the stage where he’s hoisting trophies for the fifth straight time, as he did on Sunday with the supersized cup that he can barely lift over his head each year in Barcelona. So, seemingly with nothing left to observe about the guy, I put down the notebook for Nadal’s final yesterday against David Ferrer and sat back to watch as a spectator.

But that’s the thing about Nadal. Within his seemingly regimented—“one-dimensional”—game, he rarely fails to come up with something unexpected, something you haven’t quite seen even after watching him hundreds of times. Against Ferrer it was Nadal’s down-the-line forehand that looked new to me. He routinely cut off the angle on his opponent’s crosscourt backhand near the service line and, without stopping to set up in any conventional sense, drilled his forehand into the corner for an easy winner. I associate this “running through the ball” style of transition attack with Roger Federer, not with Nadal, but the Spaniard had the confidence yesterday to throw all grind-it-out caution to the wind.

That said, there’s one other notable aspect about Nadal that continues to stick out this clay season: Even while he’s doing something unprecedented, and even while he can appear for long periods to be utterly invincible, he remains human on the court. That is, he remains subject to anxieties, dry spells, inexplicable shanks, and even the occasional tactical blunder. After winning the first set over Ferrer pretty much at will, Nadal’s level dropped in the second, and more than a few shots flew wildly off his frame. John McEnroe once said of Federer at his peak that he screwed up just enough to let you know he was human, before rising to the occasion and becoming infallible again. This combination made Federer even more impressive than if he’d been perfect all the way through. If anything, I’ve always felt this was even truer of Nadal: He lets you know that winning is work, and that one missed shot here or there—Ferrer nearly reached set point on Nadal’s serve in the second—is all it would take for him to end up on the losing side of any given day. As with Federer once upon a time, this only makes the fact that Nadal doesn’t lose those key points that much more impressive.

I went to bed Sunday night having just listened to Tennis Channel commentators Jason Goodall and Robbie Koenig call the Barcelona final. This morning I woke up, turned on the TV, and heard them announcing first-round matches at the Masters event in Rome—the tour is in full swing. As Nadal himself said after the final in Indian Wells, while contemplating a late flight that same night to Miami, “The good thing of tennis is when lose you have another chance next week. The bad thing is when you win, next Tuesday you are [playing] another time.”

It’s not that bad, Rafa: This week you shouldn’t have to play until Wednesday. But as I write this, the first round in rainy Rome is going on (speaking of spring rituals, James Blake is about to lose to a no name). The other members of the Big 4, Federer, Murray, and Djokovic, will all come to the Foro Italico with more rest than Nadal. Can any of them take him off my short list of life’s sure things?

First Quarter

The question for Nadal, and for this tournament, is how he feels in regard to his French Open preparation. Does he need some rest, or can he keep going at full speed all the way through Sunday? This question is tied up with whether he plans to enter Madrid in two weeks—apparently he’s wary of playing at altitude there so soon before Paris. Last year Nadal was in a similar situation when he came to Rome, and he lost early to Juan Carlos Ferrero. While he cited blisters afterward, he didn’t seem too broken up about getting a few days off before playing in Hamburg the next week and making the final push to Paris.

This year Nadal didn’t have to work overly hard in Barcelona. He won his semi and final in straight sets and didn’t have to play a quarterfinal at all after David Nalbandian pulled out. So I would expect Nadal, despite some trepidation, to go after the title in Rome the way he usually does, and to be fresh enough physically to do it.

But even with a couple days off, his first round could be tricky. Nadal will play the winner of Andreas Seppi, who has beaten him on hard courts, and Sam Querrey, who has challenged him on clay. The other half of his section is relatively stacked—Verdasco, Tsonga, Gasquet, Almagro, Gulbis, and Andreev are all there, but Nadal will only have to face one of them, in the quarters.

First-round matches to watch: Almagro-Gulbis, Tsonga-Gasquet. Semifinalist: Nadal

Second Quarter

After reaching his first clay-court semifinal in Monte Carlo, Andy Murray continues his learn-the-dirt campaign of 2009. Think of it as a tennis version of Hillary Clinton’s crafty “listening tour” of New York state in 2000. Murray is taking the pressure off himself by saying that this spring he's essentially conducting research for the future.

He’ll have to be a quick study, because his first opponent might be Argentine dirtballer Juan Monaco. The two played a three-setter on hard courts on Miami last month before Murray prevailed. If they play again in Rome, we’ll get an idea of how the Scot matches up against a guy who makes his living on this stuff.

If he succeeds there, Murray might have to play either Nikolay Davydenko or Fernando Gonzalez in the quarters. He beat Kolya, a more natural clay-courter who seems revived after coming back from an injury, in a tough two-setter in Monte Carlo. If they play again, it should be equally tight. Semifinalist: Davydenko

Third Quarter

Which Novak Djokovic will we see in Roma? He’s the defending champion, and he’s coming off a Monte Carlo run that brought out his best tennis of the year so far—more than at any time in 2009, he fought well when he had to and didn't let his emotions get the best of him.

But if we’ve learned anything about the Serb over the last year, it’s that he’s more prone to unpredictability and mental inconsistency than we once thought. Still, I like his draw. Of the guys in his immediate vicinity, only Safin and Robredo seem at all capable of beating him, and those two play each other in the first round. On the other side we might get a showdown between Del Potro and Wawrinka, a match I’d give to Stan based on current form. Semifinalist: Djokovic

Fourth Quarter

Do you have a clue as to how Roger Federer might play in Rome? If so, you’re a step ahead of me. No matter what he says, his personal life must be a bit of a distraction at the moment, and so far it’s one that hasn’t relaxed him on the court.

Federer’s draw won’t help take the edge off, either. Last year he lost to Radek Stepanek in Rome, and he might find himself across from the Agitator again this time—they’re slotted to play in the third round. That is, if Federer gets past his potential opening match against Ivo Karlovic, never a fun thing to do, no matter what the surface.

On the other side, Simon, Ferrer, Berdych, and the improving Italian Fognini will fight it out to make the quarters. I got burned picking Ferrer to reach the final in Monte Carlo, but I liked the way he dictated much of the play in the second set against Nadal in Barcelona. Semifinalist: Ferrer

Semifinals: Nadal d. Davydenko; Djokovic d. Ferrer

Final: Nadal d. Djokovic



source: http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2009/04/rafa-review-rome-preview.html

Seville
04-27-2009, 10:01 PM
r

edit: total "no?" count = 11 :inlove: :rolls:

He does exactly the same when he speaks Spanish. It's a kind of 'you know' for him.

wildegirl05
04-27-2009, 10:06 PM
He does exactly the same when he speaks Spanish. It's a kind of 'you know' for him.

it's totally adorable :inlove:

Bibberz
04-27-2009, 10:24 PM
Q. How do you feel about having to meet Verdasco too soon in the match? You have to encounter him too early because he's in your part of the draw.
RAFAEL NADAL: The normal thing is I don't know if we going to be in quarterfinals, no? You can see there, I don't know, Seppi. I'm looking there. I don't know if Verdasco looks to the quarterfinals. But, me, I look the first round, no?

:(

Fudge Seppi. Rafa, you need to be preparing for Sammy--he's 1-0 against Seppi on clay.

Bibberz
04-27-2009, 10:27 PM
2nd rd if querrey gets through I dont think he can beat him with minimal turn around from barcelona and the way the courts are so fast and sam has nothing to lose... Im sticking with 2nd rd but ill just throw it out there, if he makes it past that murray can beat him in the semis

Rafa would crush Sam. Sam's just coming back from a hamstring injury and Rafa is...Rafa. :p

l_mac
04-27-2009, 10:40 PM
Rafa would crush Sam. Sam's just coming back from a hamstring injury and Rafa is...Rafa. :p

But without that injury ... Rafa would be in deep shit.

TMJordan
04-27-2009, 10:49 PM
Did I say round 1? I ment win, put me down for a win. axaxaxaxaxaxax

Seville
04-28-2009, 01:50 AM
In Italian

Video: Tennis: Justine Henin analizza Rafa Nadal

http://it.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/23042009/45/tennis-justine-henin-analizza-rafa-nadal.html

Diorelli
04-28-2009, 07:26 AM
I'm going to go for a WIN although I won't be too upset if he gets an early exit as long as it means that he'll have more rest and be more ready for RG.

RG >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Rome for me anytime.

Aurora
04-28-2009, 08:42 AM
win :)

I'm leaving tonight for Rome until Saturday... I'm praying for no rain!

Minn
04-28-2009, 10:48 AM
Have a wonderful time, Aurora!

-Evita-
04-28-2009, 10:55 AM
Weather forecast for Rome from the BBC website:

Tuesday: Heavy Rain Shower
Wednesday: Heavy Rain Shower
Thursday: Heavy Rain Shower
Friday: Heavy Rain Shower
Saturday: Sunny

:unsure:

Laba
04-28-2009, 11:05 AM
Horrible forecast. :(

shawshank
04-28-2009, 12:00 PM
I really didn't expected that I will have to predict Rafa for another title, but I do it.
WIN for me ;)

Foxy
04-28-2009, 02:18 PM
WINNER, baby!

Ria
04-28-2009, 08:53 PM
MIT: Winner :rocker2:

wildegirl05
04-28-2009, 10:07 PM
rafa went to some kids village thing at rome :inlove:

http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/2/public/news/nadal%20kv_0082.jpg
http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/2/public/news/nadal%20kv_0014.jpg
http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/2/public/news/nadal%20yv_0154.jpg

to any fedalers who might be interested, rogi went to the young village :)

l_mac
04-28-2009, 10:12 PM
to any fedalers who might be interested, rogi went to the young village :)

No-one cares about Rogi in the Rafa forum, unless he loses. :wavey:

wildegirl05
04-28-2009, 10:18 PM
No-one cares about Rogi in the Rafa forum, unless he loses. :wavey:

as some wise soul said "keep your friends close but your enemies closer". constant vigilance, rafatard :wavey:

l_mac
04-28-2009, 10:48 PM
as some wise soul said "keep your friends close but your enemies closer". constant vigilance, rafatard :wavey:

This is Rafa's tournament thread, wg. No-one cares how Rogi spends his days off.

Rafa 3rd on Pietrangeli tomorrow.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/416/op.pdf

Can't believe they are still starting at 1pm :retard:

wildegirl05
04-28-2009, 10:50 PM
This is Rafa's tournament thread, wg. No-one cares how Rogi spends his days off.

Rafa 3rd on Pietrangeli tomorrow.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/416/op.pdf

Can't believe they are still starting at 1pm :retard:

well i cared enough to post it, linda :) if you don't care, you can ignore the sentence :shrug: it's not your thread :D

i hope the weather holds up and rafi gets to play :unsure: :unsure:

l_mac
04-28-2009, 10:53 PM
well i cared enough to post it, linda :) if you don't care, you can ignore the sentence :shrug: it's not your thread :D

It's the tournament thread, wg. Not the chat thread. This is the Rafa forum, not some Fedal live journal group.

i hope the weather holds up and rafi gets to play :unsure: :unsure:

I don't think it's meant to rain as much tomorrow. :unsure:

wildegirl05
04-28-2009, 10:57 PM
It's the tournament thread, wg. Not the chat thread. This is the Rafa forum, not some Fedal live journal group.


so what? like i said, it's my thread and i posted one line. no need to get your panties in a bunch :shrug: you're not the mod here anyways :D so it's not just about what you care about :) i can post whatever i like :)


I don't think it's meant to rain as much tomorrow. :unsure:

hmm, not too many matches carried over from today, right? so maybe we'll get to see him play :rocker2:

seppi :scared: :unsure:

Aenea
04-29-2009, 06:49 AM
I'll go with Champion this time around just to stay on the safe side but I don't feel very confident the way this tournament unfolds so far. With all those rain delays, breaks and postponed matches one cannot get rhythm in his game. Terrible. Still I hope Rafa does well and reclaims Rome :bigclap: especially if he intends to skip Madrid.

Vamos baby :rocker2:

Foxy
04-29-2009, 06:51 AM
No-one cares about Rogi in the Rafa forum, unless he loses. :wavey:

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Jōris
04-29-2009, 07:13 AM
But without that injury ... Rafa would be in deep shit.

Agreed.

Invisible
04-29-2009, 07:26 AM
I almost forgot to make my pick....I'll go with WIN again :yeah:

Elena.
04-29-2009, 09:22 AM
prediction : final

sphiie
04-29-2009, 10:06 AM
rain rain rain T__T

Metis
04-29-2009, 10:37 AM
Update:



How far will Rafa go in Rome? (1000 points can be yours!)

1st - Bye
2nd - Arend, the natural
3rd -
QF - wildegirl05
SF - acionescu, tennizen, wacked82
F - Betty, Metis, Lena71, Troickitard
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, Aenea, Aurora, born on clay, cmurray, DERO, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Evita, Ex Lion Tamer, Foxy, Getta, Invisible, JolanGago, Laba, MariaV, Minn, nashty, rafa maniac, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream, TMJordan, wilmar, Xristos

Elena.
04-29-2009, 11:00 AM
^ Metis I picked Final .

Metis
04-29-2009, 12:43 PM
Oops sorry... corrected now. I just got carried away with everyone picking Win. :lol:


l_mac has not made a prediction yet. :sad:

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 12:46 PM
l_mac has not made a prediction yet. :sad:

nid, she hates my thread and is boycotting it :sad: clearly she even prefers bd over me :awww:

tennizen
04-29-2009, 12:50 PM
nid, she hates my thread and is boycotting it :sad: clearly she even prefers bd over me :awww:

I like your thread, WG:hug: Don't let l_mac's double standards and prejudices bother you:D. As a senior Rafatard and Rafa forum member I approve:D

And thanks for posting Fed's pic as well. These two are great and humble champions:hatoff:

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 12:54 PM
I like your thread, WG:hug: Don't let l_mac's double standards and prejudices bother you:D. As a senior Rafatard and Rafa forum member I approve:D

And thanks for posting Fed's pic as well. These two are great and humble champions:hatoff:

thanks hema :hug: :hug: your words will slowly but surely help me regain my will to live :D

i haven't posted any fed pics yet :D i don't want to make linda homicidal :scared: :unsure:

Metis
04-29-2009, 01:00 PM
nid, she hates my thread and is boycotting it :sad: clearly she even prefers bd over me :awww:

I like your thread WG :hug: and of course that's more important than Linda liking it. :D


Besides, Linda not posting her prediction in one or more tournaments means she will not be able to win the MIT FAIL trophy at the end of the season if someone else has participated and failed in more tournaments than she has. :dance:

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 01:08 PM
I like your thread WG :hug: and of course that's more important than Linda liking it. :D


Besides, Linda not posting her prediction in one or more tournaments means she will not be able to win the MIT FAIL trophy at the end of the season if someone else has participated and failed in more tournaments than she has. :dance:

thanks sis :inlove: :hearts: unlike the rest of mtf, i will not sit around waiting for her approval :dance:

oooh! negative consequences. i like this :D crack the whip, metis :rocker2:

tennizen
04-29-2009, 01:22 PM
thanks hema :hug: :hug: your words will slowly but surely help me regain my will to live :D

i haven't posted any fed pics yet :D i don't want to make linda homicidal :scared: :unsure:

Glad to have saved your life, WG:D.

I thought Fed was hiding somewhere in the crowd in that pic you posted:lol:

Manila ESQ
04-29-2009, 04:42 PM
Has the match started already? What's the score?

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 04:45 PM
the score is 6-2, 1*-1, 40-15, on rafa's serve :hug:

edit: scoreboard:http://www.protennislive.com/frameset.asp?year=2009&wkno=17&lang=en&tabno=1&eventid=M009&ref=www.atpworldtour.com

both atdhe.net and channelsurfing.net have streams.

Manila ESQ
04-29-2009, 04:47 PM
the score is 6-2, 1*-1, 40-15, rafa on rafa's serve :hug:

Thanks! Good thing Murray was upset by Monaco. That may be crucial in the year-end points.

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 05:09 PM
Thanks! Good thing Murray was upset by Monaco. That may be crucial in the year-end points.

yes :) though for now it makes the race for #3 more interesting as well.

MariaV
04-29-2009, 05:19 PM
Phew. 6-2 6-3 if I play a terrible match. :D

But the evil Söderling next. :( Destroy him Rafa! :mad: :fiery:

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 05:20 PM
match stats:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e32/wildegirl_05/rafa-seppi.jpg

soderling awaits :scared: :unsure:

rafa forum update:
loyal rafatards were very worried that the seed exodus started by muzza might continue with the possibility of a repeat of seppigate bringing everyone's :scared: :unsure: to the foreground. haters congregated to try and distract the loyal rafatards and nearly got robin in their trap.

however, a timely reminder by yours truly that we need to be with humble like uncle toni tells us meant that the power of the :scared: :unsure: prevailed :worship: and rafa lives to face another round :cool:

i mean, :scared: :unsure:

MariaV
04-29-2009, 05:22 PM
however, a timely reminder by yours truly that we need to be with humble like uncle toni tells us meant that the power of the :scared: :unsure: prevailed :worship: and rafa lives to face another round :cool:

i mean, :scared: :unsure:

Sure WG, :scared: :unsure: cannot be repeated often enough, and being with humble always!

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 05:27 PM
Sure WG, :scared: :unsure: cannot be repeated often enough, and being with humble always!

wise words maria :bowdown:

a couple of early pictures for those who watched the scoreboard without visual aids :hug:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/4c/fullj.bead67c84607621296f2e8a99792d4a2/bead67c84607621296f2e8a99792d4a2-getty-85998203jf024_atp_masters_s.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/5c/fullj.e5343bf61f9fda48439ab57d26485bdc/e5343bf61f9fda48439ab57d26485bdc-getty-85998203jf023_atp_masters_s.jpg

Aenea
04-29-2009, 05:34 PM
Good job, Rafi :D At least you made it deeper than last year :)

Rafa started playing much better than in MC :D I feel relieved now.
Kick Marques de Sod's arse now, Rafa. Awful Toad :(

sphiie
04-29-2009, 05:46 PM
Congrats Rafa ! He played well and serve well.
Better than MC for suuure !
Next opponent : His best friend Soderling !! haha

Rafael should win in 2 sets :) Vamos mi campeon

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 06:08 PM
lots of :worship: pictures up at daylife but i'm too lazy to repost them all here :o

but rafito looking fierce and showing off his bicipidi must have a place of honor :drool:

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/02mE62W35lcS7/610x.jpg

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 06:12 PM
rafi gave a small interview before rome (also includes some coverage of the rain and a bit of the barca trophy ceremony)

rbBg70rpCBs

mostly i just :hearts: rafito speaking spanish :dance:

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 06:20 PM
this appears to be a general overview of the tournament with shots of various players coming and going from the crowded locker room during the rain delays. however, there is a shot of rafi bending down, and therefore it makes the thread.faymoose ass :worship:

htYbZ-Dsdyg

tangerine_dream
04-29-2009, 07:32 PM
Wildegirl, could you please post a link to the part where Rafa knocked over the bottles? :kiss:

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 07:38 PM
tangy, i'll keep an eye out for it :hug:

edit: Zc3JPBu6wrA

is this the one you meant? if so, i have to say i impress myself :cool:

MariaV
04-29-2009, 07:46 PM
Exactly this point, WG! :yeah: You and Rafa impress everyone! :hatoff: :D
Hope Tangy saw the water bottles part now. ;)

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 07:56 PM
Exactly this point, WG! :yeah: You and Rafa impress everyone! :hatoff: :D
Hope Tangy saw the water bottles part now. ;)

all credit to vb, maria :hatoff: i've never seen anything like them :worship: world governments should get notes from them on how to be on top of things :worship:

tangerine_dream
04-29-2009, 08:16 PM
tangy, i'll keep an eye out for it :hug:

edit: Zc3JPBu6wrA

is this the one you meant? if so, i have to say i impress myself :cool:
That's exactly what I was looking for. Thank you thank you. http://img2.menstennisforums.com/790/woman.gif

wildegirl05
04-29-2009, 08:25 PM
you're welcome tangy :hug:

oop for tomorrow:

STADIO PIETRANGELI

Starting At: 1:00 PM
Fernando GONZALEZ (CHI) vs Jurgen MELZER (AUT)

followed by
Tommy ROBREDO (ESP) vs Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB)

followed by
Radek STEPANEK (CZE) vs Roger FEDERER (SUI)

Starting at 8:30 PM
Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Robin SODERLING (SWE)

http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/416/op.pdf

Minn
04-29-2009, 08:37 PM
8:30 pm Rome time. Good. I might actually be able to see some of this match. I also thank you for the clip of the water bottle takedown.

Metis
04-30-2009, 11:08 AM
Nadal-Seppi 6-2 6-3 :rocker2:


How far will Rafa go in Rome? (1000 points can be yours!)

1st - Bye
2nd - Arend, the natural
3rd -
QF - wildegirl05
SF - acionescu, tennizen, wacked82
F - Betty, Metis, Lena71, Troickitard
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, Aenea, Aurora, born on clay, cmurray, DERO, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Evita, Ex Lion Tamer, Foxy, Getta, Invisible, JolanGago, Laba, MariaV, Minn, nashty, rafa maniac, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream, TMJordan, wilmar, Xristos




Arend, the natural: What were you thinking? This FAIL is worse than Federer's backhand in the following clip: :D


nBAjWOhykNI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBAjWOhykNI&feature=channel

credit to rafa_maniac for finding the video :worship:

Metis
04-30-2009, 11:20 AM
WG you're doing such a great job :worship:


match stats:soderling awaits :scared: :unsure:

rafa forum update:
loyal rafatards were very worried that the seed exodus started by muzza might continue with the possibility of a repeat of seppigate bringing everyone's :scared: :unsure: to the foreground. haters congregated to try and distract the loyal rafatards and nearly got robin in their trap.

however, a timely reminder by yours truly that we need to be with humble like uncle toni tells us meant that the power of the :scared: :unsure: prevailed :worship: and rafa lives to face another round :cool:

i mean, :scared: :unsure:

:rolls:




edit: Zc3JPBu6wrA

That was such a great point. :worship: It was so funny to see Rafa cutting his celebrations short when he realized the water bottles had fallen. :rolls:

wildegirl05
04-30-2009, 11:30 AM
metis, did that bh fail really happen? omg :haha: :haha: :haha:

rogi :o

thanks metis :hug:

Jōris
04-30-2009, 11:35 AM
Arend, the natural: What were you thinking?

Querrey messed up.

Metis
04-30-2009, 12:00 PM
metis, did that bh fail really happen? omg :haha: :haha: :haha:

rogi :o

thanks metis :hug:

It seems real :lol:



Querrey messed up.

:haha:

wildegirl05
04-30-2009, 12:01 PM
this quote, possibly from rafito's seppi presser (which is still not posted anywhere :mad:) reminded me of mikey's signature calling rafa mr. adorable :inlove:

To be honest, I’ve never asked autographs (smiles)…
I was certainly privileged to have an uncle in the football world (he played for Barcelona), who was friends with other professional players. But I’ve never demanded anything. Maybe it’s because I’m too shy…Anyway, I know that if it had been the case, if I had wanted to ask autographs, I would have appreciated the sports person to take the time to sign. It’s for that reason that I do my best to take out time for the kids and for people who come to see me and who wait for me at the gates. It’s always fantastic to see to what extend people support us. I come from a little town, and believe me, I’m not used to that, I don’t think that it’s “normal”! (smiles). Sometimes, sadly, we can’t give many autographs but it’s not that we don’t want to. We follow the rules: the security team asseses if the movement of the crowd is getting dangerous (I don’t always know why because it’s usually kids…) and they ask us to move on. But what is certain; no matter if it rains or not, no matter if there’s a huge crowd or whatever, if I can stay to give autographs, I will systematically give them as much as possible.


source: posted by moondancer on vb from a quote in french that she translated. original source: http://www.welovetennis.fr/rafael-nadal/11511-rafael-nadal-je-n-ai-jamais-demande-d-autographes

:awww: what a nice guy! :)

Jōris
04-30-2009, 01:24 PM
:haha:

Querrey took a set in Davis Cup on ultra slow clay. With more experience him topping Nadal on a faster surface is far from inconceivable.

wildegirl05
04-30-2009, 08:22 PM
match stats:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e32/wildegirl_05/toaderling.jpg

:drool:

rafa forum update: suffice to say even extreme rafatard andreea was beginning to feel sorry for the toad and his mental breakdowns :lol:

Johnny Groove
04-30-2009, 08:23 PM
New clay win streak hits 27 :yeah:

wildegirl05
04-30-2009, 08:28 PM
rafito meant business today :yeah: toad could only pray for death :D

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/9b/fullj.b691f28c756e941272b7e7a21c9d82a0/b691f28c756e941272b7e7a21c9d82a0-getty-85998206jf058_atp_masters_s.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/7e/fullj.b3734b80b275e24b3b9c40c99aaf567e/b3734b80b275e24b3b9c40c99aaf567e-getty-85998206jf059_atp_masters_s.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/20/fullj.a4a0301900af72d6bfc4d50db0f95890/a4a0301900af72d6bfc4d50db0f95890-getty-85998206jf052_atp_masters_s.jpg

acionescu
04-30-2009, 08:39 PM
I was feeling sorry for Magnus Norman who is Toad's coach :ras: Pity is not transitive :shrug:

tangerine_dream
04-30-2009, 09:51 PM
Rafa's Bakery today's special: Toad-in-the-hole (6-1,6-0)!

http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-sex018.gif

wildegirl05
04-30-2009, 10:27 PM
I was feeling sorry for Magnus Norman who is Toad's coach :ras: Pity is not transitive :shrug:

:D

http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-sex018.gif

:rolls:


rafa sums up his feelings (dedicated to scoobsy :hug:)

NADAL: "ONE OF MY BEST MATCHES ON CLAY THIS YEAR"
No1 seed Rafael Nadal described himself as "very very happy" after dropping only one game on the way to defeating Robin Soderling 6-0,6-1 in the third round on Thursday.

"I think the match was really tough," said Nadal, who once again underlined his seeming invincibility on clay. "Not the result, but the match. At the beginning I was winning 4-1, but at the same time I could be losing 4-1. I think I played really well - one of my best matches on clay this year. I'm playing at the very good level today, so I'm very happy. Very happy about my level today, and very happy about this victory."

Friday will see Nadal face Fernando Verdasco in a re-match of this year's Australian Open semi-final, which the Majorcan won in five sets on the way to his first Grand Slam title on hard courts. "I think could be a really tough match," said Nadal of his quarter-final. "Sure going to be a really tough match. I was close to losing in Australia - it was really emotional match. I'm going to try to play my game tomorrow, try to play aggressive and play like today. He has a very good forehand, good serve, and here the ball has good topspin and that can help him. But if I am playing my best, I hope I'll have my chances for victory. I'm going try to play aggressive, and we will see."

source: babi from vb, originally from: http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/PopNews.asp?LNG=EN&IDNews=477

bring on the clash of the numpties :rocker2:

wildegirl05
04-30-2009, 10:32 PM
OOP:

STADIO PIETRANGELI

Starting At: 1:00 PM

Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG) vs Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB)

followed by
Mischa ZVEREV (GER) vs Roger FEDERER (SUI)

followed by
Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)

Starting at 8:30 PM

Juan MONACO (ARG) vs Fernando GONZALEZ (CHI)

source: http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/ProgrammaRisultati.asp?LNG=EN&Date=20090501

wildegirl05
04-30-2009, 10:35 PM
important vids :worship:

gtCa_k1Hu1w

shirt change :drool: matchpoint :banana:

UMr04du5__0

match highlights, for those cold days in winter when nothing seems to go your way :hug:

Princesspts
05-01-2009, 01:49 AM
important vids :worship:

gtCa_k1Hu1w

shirt change :drool: matchpoint :banana:

UMr04du5__0

match highlights, for those cold days in winter when nothing seems to go your way :hug:

:drool: I love the tounge action at 1:34 in the first video. yummy.

Ria
05-01-2009, 07:38 AM
Federer-Seppi 6-2 6-3 :rocker2:




Arend, the natural: What were you thinking? This FAIL is worse than Federer's backhand in the following clip: :D


nBAjWOhykNI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBAjWOhykNI&feature=channel

credit to rafa_maniac for finding the video :worship:

Am I seeing correctly? What a typo!!! :tape: :lol:

Great fail video, Metis :worship:

Metis
05-01-2009, 09:44 AM
Querrey took a set in Davis Cup on ultra slow clay. With more experience him topping Nadal on a faster surface is far from inconceivable.

Oh come on. :lol: In any case you could have changed your prediction before Rafa's first match. :shrug:



Am I seeing correctly? What a typo!!! :tape: :lol:

:speakles: I have no idea how that happened :rolls:

I was probably laughing thinking about that Federer backhand fail video at that moment. :lol:

Manila ESQ
05-01-2009, 03:29 PM
Has the Nadal-Verdasco match started already? What's the score? Thanks!

wildegirl05
05-01-2009, 03:33 PM
the match has started and the scoreboard is here: http://www.protennislive.com/frameset.asp?year=2009&wkno=17&lang=en&tabno=1&eventid=M009&ref=www.internazionalibnlditalia.it

after trading initial breaks of serve, they're on serve 2-3 30-30 on rafa's serve :)

Manila ESQ
05-01-2009, 03:37 PM
the match has started and the scoreboard is here: http://www.protennislive.com/frameset.asp?year=2009&wkno=17&lang=en&tabno=1&eventid=M009&ref=www.internazionalibnlditalia.it

after trading initial breaks of serve, they're on serve 2-3 30-30 on rafa's serve :)

thanks! my office computer does not allow installation of adobe flash so i can't access the scoreboards. anyway, i'll check this forum from time to time for updates.

good luck rafito!

wildegirl05
05-01-2009, 03:46 PM
thanks! my office computer does not allow installation of adobe flash so i can't access the scoreboards. anyway, i'll check this forum from time to time for updates.

good luck rafito!

ahh, that sucks :hug:

try this one, it's an html page :)

http://www.tennis.com/livescores/index.html (it crashes my firefox, best to try it on IE)

Metis
05-01-2009, 04:57 PM
Nadal-Verdasco 6-3 6-3 :dance:



How far will Rafa go in Rome? (1000 points can be yours!)

1st - Bye
2nd - Arend, the natural
3rd -
QF - wildegirl05
SF - acionescu, tennizen, wacked82
F - Betty, Metis, Lena71, Troickitard
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, Aenea, Aurora, born on clay, cmurray, DERO, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Evita, Ex Lion Tamer, Foxy, Getta, Invisible, JolanGago, Laba, MariaV, Minn, nashty, rafa maniac, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream, TMJordan, wilmar, Xristos




wildegirl05: this is for you... because I know how much you love snakes :D


http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/snakefacefail.jpg

wildegirl05
05-01-2009, 05:07 PM
poor nando :hug: hope it's nothing serious numpty :awww: :hug:

match stats :rocker2:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e32/wildegirl_05/nadal-verdasco.jpg



next up, gonzo or pico :scared::unsure:


rafa forum update: yours truly was in grave danger of getting kicked out of the nadal forum because nando strayed from the script that had been prepared for him :( both robin and i/me came very close to becoming persona non grata before rafa got his underwear off his ass and agreed to play within the lines of the tennis court :hug:

the :scared: :unsure: was temporarily shelved for the :inlove: :drool: for this eye-candy of a match. important side discussions about roger's hair, voldemort and dumbledore's gayness were kept going to keep folks distracted from the lack of winners :hug: claire confessed her deep love of rafito by jinxing nando.

next up is pico-the-muzza-killah or gonzo-the-mr.dulko. stay tuned :cool:

wildegirl05
05-01-2009, 05:08 PM
Nadal-Verdasco 6-3 6-3 :dance:





wildegirl05: this is for you... because I know how much you love snakes :D


http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/snakefacefail.jpg


just what i like to see, my very own fail :woohoo:

thanks metis :dance:

wildegirl05
05-01-2009, 05:14 PM
some early pictures :inlove:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090501/capt.6c0785a79ad74c6ab4672eb3b9b05201.italy_tennis _rome_masters_alt127.jpg

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/01m8bCI9yb8s7/610x.jpg

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00nx9tKdZpbaS/610x.jpg

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/07t8bFI08034w/610x.jpg

wildegirl05
05-01-2009, 05:22 PM
rafa's transcript from the soderling match:

Rafael Nadal

ROME, ITALY

R. NADAL/R. Soderling
6-1, 6-0

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did you feel any cold out there, or when you run you don't even notice?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, for the player it's not cold. Maybe for the crowd, yes, but for us it was good conditions.

Q. The beginning of the match, the first two or three games, it looked like it was going to be a really slugfest from the back of the court, and then suddenly you just ran away with it. What happened in between the first two games and the rest of the match?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think the match was really tough. Not the result, but, yes, the match. Yeah, the beginning I was winning 4-1, but at the same time I can be losing 4-1, no?
Yeah, I think I played really well. One of my best matches on clay sure this year. I don't know of my career, but I'm playing at the very good level today, so I'm very happy. Very happy about my level today. Very happy about this victory.

Q. It was a great match with Verdasco at the Australian Open. Do you think that here can be somehow repeated even if it's best-of-three and different surface, or the clay helps you much more than it helps Verdasco?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think can be really tough match. Sure going to be a really tough match.
Yeah, I was close to lose in Australia. It was really emotional match. But, well, I gonna try to play my game tomorrow. Going to try to play aggressive and try to play like today. That's what I gonna try.
He have a very good forehand, good serve, and here the ball have a good topspin, and that can help him. But if I am playing my best, I hope have my chances to have the victory, no? So I going try to play aggressive and we will see.

Q. Is it slightly ominous that the top three seeds had very convincing victories today, more so than anybody else? Does it look like you three should be in the semifinals at the business end?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think we are in quarterfinals right now. We will see after tomorrow night if we are in semifinals or not.

source: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=56059

Foxy
05-01-2009, 05:41 PM
Good win for Rafa, although it is pity Nando finished the match that way.
I've got a question for you, guys. How exactly is Verdasco pronounced in Spanish? 'V'erdasco or 'B'erdasco? Thanks.

star
05-01-2009, 05:47 PM
:bigclap: Nadal!

Can't believe I missed playing MIT this tournament. :o

wildegirl05
05-01-2009, 07:57 PM
some initial lines from rafa's presser (to be available online anything BUT asap :rolleyes: such a useless site asap sports :smash:)
NADAL: “I HAVE TO TRY TO PLAY MORE AGGRESSIVE”


After battling past fellow Spanish lefty Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-3 in the quarter-final, Rafael Nadal sounded a warning which will chill his future opponents to the bone - the undisputed king of clay intends to be more aggressive from hereon in…

“Difficult conditions! Last night the court was slow, the ball was heavy. Today was completely different. The ball was flying so much,” said Nadal, who played twice within the space of 20 hours. “I liked the conditions today. Last night (defeating Robin Soderling 6-1, 6-1) I played really well, and today I didn't play my best. I had some mistakes, especially in the second set. At the beginning, I had a lot of mistakes. The first set was okay, I did well. But the second, I had a little bit of luck as he made important mistakes in some important points. I made some mistakes, but that's tennis.”

“I did well when I had break points against,” continued Nadal, who saved a total of five. “The big difference is I played more aggressive in those moments. So that's what I have to try to do during all match tomorrow: play more aggressive. Today I played two or three metres behind the baseline, so I have to play more inside if I want to play a little bit better. That's the only thing, the most important thing for me right now. In the end, it's an attitude. It's okay to return four metres behind, because (Verdasco) had a very good kick and his topspin was very high. But after the return, I have to go inside and I have to play a long return, and the next ball I have to play inside, from the baseline, or one metre behind, not another time three metres. That was the mistake today. Normally I return from three metres and after I go inside, and today I didn't. I have to. If it's lefty or a righty, it doesn't matter.”

source: http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/PopNews.asp?LNG=EN&IDNews=481

wildegirl05
05-01-2009, 08:00 PM
OOP:

Stadio Pietrangeli:

starting at 1:30 p.m.
Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Roger Federer (SUI)

not before 4 p.m.
Rafael Nadal vs Juan Monaco (ARG)(sorry picotards :hug:) or Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)

source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/416/op.pdf

NaDALiTa
05-01-2009, 09:09 PM
OOps i've forgot to play at MIT :lol: btw I've would have put win just like 90% of the players!
Rafa is playing so well at the moment that it can't be other way!Can't wait to see him play Gonzo!

Seville
05-01-2009, 09:35 PM
I've got a question for you, guys. How exactly is Verdasco pronounced in Spanish? 'V'erdasco or 'B'erdasco? Thanks.

Letters /b/ and /v/ are pronounced in modern Spanish as just one sound -[b]

sphiie
05-02-2009, 12:50 PM
Letters /b/ and /v/ are pronounced in modern Spanish as just one sound -[b]

:confused:
sometimes I hear Rafael say "Vamooos" and not "Bamooos"
?

Metis
05-02-2009, 04:39 PM
Nadal-Gonzalez 6-3 6-3 :bigclap:



How far will Rafa go in Rome? (1000 points can be yours!)

1st - Bye
2nd - Arend, the natural
3rd -
QF - wildegirl05
SF - acionescu, tennizen, wacked82
F - Betty, Metis, Lena71, Troickitard
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, Aenea, Aurora, born on clay, cmurray, DERO, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Evita, Ex Lion Tamer, Foxy, Getta, Invisible, JolanGago, Laba, MariaV, Minn, nashty, rafa maniac, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream, TMJordan, wilmar, Xristos





acionescu, tennizen, wacked82: your grade is F(ail) :kiss:

star
05-02-2009, 04:42 PM
:yippee: Nadal!!

Tomorrow's final will be great. (I hope!)

I think Nadal is adding to his point lead, no?

tennizen
05-02-2009, 04:43 PM
Metis where is our fail pic:eek:

star
05-02-2009, 04:45 PM
:confused:
sometimes I hear Rafael say "Vamooos" and not "Bamooos"
?

The way I learned it (maybe wrong) is that it's a combination of the english b and v. Those two sounds are very close in english anyway. So a bit softer b than in English and sometimes that sounds like a v to English speakers. Dunno if this helps.

wildegirl05
05-02-2009, 04:49 PM
rafa beats gonzo :rocker2:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e32/wildegirl_05/rafa-gonzo.jpg

blue-footed booby is next :scared: :unsure:

rafa forum update: apparently there are nadal fans who are separate from rafa fangirls :speakles: yours truly is too shocked by this revelation to provide a commentary on the rafa forum during the match :eek:

acionescu
05-02-2009, 04:52 PM
I can't see my fail :tears:

wildegirl05
05-02-2009, 04:54 PM
a picture from yahoo!sports. daylife hasn't updated any new ones yet :(

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090502/capt.3f2854eeac5d4de1a056823cff723594.italy_tennis _rome_masters_alt125.jpg

Metis
05-02-2009, 05:34 PM
Metis where is our fail pic:eek:

I can't see my fail :tears:

:lol: I've added it as an attachment now. :hug:

Getta
05-02-2009, 05:45 PM
a picture from yahoo!sports. daylife hasn't updated any new ones yet :(

Well, daylife updated ;)

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0cUc2d1g6400y/610x.jpg

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/05BYge1gBt2I0/610x.jpg

acionescu
05-02-2009, 06:57 PM
:lol: I've added it as an attachment now. :hug:


That's the funniest thing I saw in a while :haha: :haha:

sphiie
05-02-2009, 07:05 PM
[QUOTE=Getta;8517977]Well, daylife updated ;)

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0cUc2d1g6400y/610x.jpg

This picture is *sublime* :hug::hug:
Love this smile :kiss:

NaDALiTa
05-02-2009, 07:05 PM
...the stars were bright Fernando :singer: I love the new title :inlove:


Now take back the title from Nole!

sphiie
05-02-2009, 07:09 PM
Yes I want Rafael to get his 36th title of his career :)
I think his level is clearly better than it was at MC but who knows...
Rafael, show to Novak who is the KING !!

Seville
05-02-2009, 08:26 PM
:confused:
sometimes I hear Rafael say "Vamooos" and not "Bamooos"
?

Typical of Valencian and Mallorcan accents in European Spanish. It is an influence of the other language of these bilingual regions that has /b/ and /v/.

Minn
05-02-2009, 08:28 PM
rafa beats gonzo :rocker2:

blue-footed booby is next :scared: :unsure:

rafa forum update: apparently there are nadal fans who are separate from rafa fangirls :speakles: yours truly is too shocked by this revelation to provide a commentary on the rafa forum during the match :eek:
He won! :dance:

(Again, I saw not even one minute of it. :sad:)

wildegirl05
05-02-2009, 08:32 PM
Well, daylife updated ;)

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0cUc2d1g6400y/610x.jpg

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/05BYge1gBt2I0/610x.jpg

lovely pictures :inlove: they came through in style :yeah:

...the stars were bright Fernando :singer: I love the new title :inlove:


Now take back the title from Nole!

glad you like it :lol:

seconded :rocker2:

He won! :dance:

(Again, I saw not even one minute of it. :sad:)

he did! big match tomorrow though :scared: :unsure:

wildegirl05
05-02-2009, 08:42 PM
rafito's presser after the nando match:

R. NADAL/F. Verdasco
6-3, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Last night's match was a very physical match. Coming back again to play today, how tough is that to play another match so soon after last night?
RAFAEL NADAL: Difficult conditions, no? Last match last night the court was slow; the ball was heavy. Today was completely different conditions. The ball is flying so much.
Yeah, I like the conditions of today. But after the change of last night, it's a big change, no? Last night I played really well, and today I didn't play my best. I had some mistakes, especially in the second set. The beginning, I had a lot of mistakes.
The first set was okay. I did well. But the second, I had a little bit lucky he had important mistakes in some important points.

Q. The second set your errors came from concentration or a bit tired, or what do you think was the reason?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, No. I had some mistakes. That's the tennis.

Q. You do play some remarkable tennis when you're breakpoints down. You seem to reserve some of your best play for when you're in the biggest trouble.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I didn't preserve nothing, no? Yeah, I did well when I had breakpoints against.

Q. Does it concentrate the mind, do you think?
RAFAEL NADAL: Maybe. Maybe. I think that the big difference is I played more aggressive in that moments. So that's what I have to try to do during all the match for tomorrow: play more aggressive.
Today I played two or three meters behind the baseline, so I have to play more inside if I want to play a little bit better, no? That's the thing. The only thing and the most important thing for me right now.

Q. It depends you play Fernando?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, he has a big topspin and big shots, but in the end, it's an attitude. It's okay return four meters behind, because he had very good kick and topspin was very high.
But after return, I have to go inside and I have to play a long return, and the next ball I have to play inside, from the baseline, or one meter behind, not another time three meters. That was the mistake of today.
Normally I return three meter, but after I go inside, and today I didn't.

Q. It's more difficult to play against a left-hander?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. No, that's not excuse, no? Only excuse is I had to do anyway. If it's lefty, righty, doesn't matter.

source: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=56076

wildegirl05
05-02-2009, 08:49 PM
match highlights against nando:

2MtUb7YoMtI

audio clip from rafito's presser:

http://multimedia.quotidianonet.ilsole24ore.com/?tipo=media&media=6307

on court interview after gonzo match:

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highlights of match against gonzo (for melanie :hug:):

aApvQ4MA1gs

audio clip from rafito's presser after gonzo match:

http://multimedia.quotidianonet.ilsole24ore.com/ubitennis.shtml?media=631


links originally compiled by moondancer on vb :hatoff:

l_mac
05-02-2009, 08:56 PM
links originally compiled by moondancer on vb :hatoff:
Moondancer is an angel :hearts:

wildegirl05
05-02-2009, 09:01 PM
Moondancer is an angel :hearts:

+1



i have drunk the vb!kool-aid. i could not be more impressed with them. they've made my life super easy this week :worship:

Minn
05-02-2009, 09:54 PM
match highlights against nando:

audio clip from rafito's presser:

on court interview after gonzo match:

highlights of match against gonzo (for melanie :hug:):

audio clip from rafito's presser after gonzo match:

links originally compiled by moondancer on vb :hatoff: Many thanks. :hug:

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 05:09 AM
you're welcome melanie :hug:

OOP:

STADIO PIETRANGELI

Starting at 4:00 p.m.

Rafael Nadal v. Novak Djokovic

source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/416/op.pdf

acionescu
05-03-2009, 07:55 AM
Moondancer is an angel :hearts:

Yes, she is :inlove: :lol:

sphiie
05-03-2009, 10:30 AM
Typical of Valencian and Mallorcan accents in European Spanish. It is an influence of the other language of these bilingual regions that has /b/ and /v/.

Okk, thanks for the explanation !
By the way, it has been a long time since I saw Rafael say "VAMOOOS" :o
It misses me :o

star
05-03-2009, 02:22 PM
[

It misses me :o

:hug: :hug:

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 04:39 PM
to sum up:

http://vamosbrigade.com/phpBB3/images/smilies/icon_run.gif
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http://vamosbrigade.com/phpBB3/images/smilies/icon_run.gif
http://vamosbrigade.com/phpBB3/images/smilies/icon_run.gif

rafa_maniac
05-03-2009, 04:51 PM
:lol: My thoughts exactly.

Metis
05-03-2009, 04:51 PM
Nadal-Djokovic 7-6 6-2 :banana:

another title for Rafa :worship:



How far will Rafa go in Rome? (1000 points can be yours!)

1st - Bye
2nd - Arend, the natural
3rd -
QF - wildegirl05
SF - acionescu, tennizen, wacked82
F - Betty, Metis, Lena71, Troickitard
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, Aenea, Aurora, born on clay, cmurray, DERO, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Evita, Ex Lion Tamer, Foxy, Getta, Invisible, JolanGago, Laba, MariaV, Minn, nashty, rafa maniac, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream, TMJordan, wilmar, Xristos




Betty, Metis, Lena71, Troickitard: siding with Metis in MIT is something like this:


http://inquisitr.com/extra/wp-content/2008/12/snake-fail.jpg





:bibcry:, adee-gee, Aenea, Aurora, born on clay, cmurray, DERO, DhammaTiger, Diorelli, Evita, Ex Lion Tamer, Foxy, Getta, Invisible, JolanGago, Laba, MariaV, Minn, nashty, rafa maniac, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, tangerine dream, TMJordan, wilmar, Xristos:


http://www.sk8stuff.com/images/winners.jpg


1000 points for you :aparty:

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 05:00 PM
yours truly's computer is acting like a rafa dropshot in the first set. therefore have some eyecandy while match stats and pics/vids etc. are found/uploaded :hug:

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/09bB4Rb15c1yA/610x.jpg

Minn
05-03-2009, 05:11 PM
He won! :dance: :woohoo:

A thousand MIT points for me (and many others). :banana:

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 06:44 PM
picspamming to follow :dance:

at presser:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/20/fullj.4a70ed3d0281ea3dd885589d02e82863/4a70ed3d0281ea3dd885589d02e82863-getty-85998223rp015_atp_masters_s.jpg

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 06:45 PM
trophy bite of awesome :dance:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/58/fullj.2c7b41b16b0ef4cbb80f0e402088706b/2c7b41b16b0ef4cbb80f0e402088706b-getty-tennis-atp-nadal-djokovic.jpg

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 06:46 PM
shiny tropy :inlove:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/13/fullj.6317a043fd0289dfa120b6d493f00188/6317a043fd0289dfa120b6d493f00188-getty-tennis-atp-nadal-djokovic.jpg

fingers taped :awww:

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 06:46 PM
rafito was not the plate holder :banana:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/98/fullj.5e873e0f745b5d7df09ff92c336585c5/5e873e0f745b5d7df09ff92c336585c5-getty-tennis-atp-nadal-djokovic.jpg

edit: :haha: :haha: :haha:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/df/fullj.c55358dc4a6fae2626254c3f5491c5ac/c55358dc4a6fae2626254c3f5491c5ac-getty-tennis-atp-nadal-djokovic.jpg

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 06:48 PM
rafi angel is nice to everyone :awww: :inlove: :hearts: here he is probably telling nole what mikey has in his signature: "enjoy your #4 ranking. congrats." :devil:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/ef/fullj.c8c94f85d453266f9a581b1d32748423/c8c94f85d453266f9a581b1d32748423-getty-tennis-atp-nadal-djankovic.jpg

acionescu
05-03-2009, 06:49 PM
He looks tired :awww: happy but tired :hug:

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 06:50 PM
the winning pose :dance:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/5f/fullj.42060b1cc99e47723d7962921d4491cc/42060b1cc99e47723d7962921d4491cc-getty-85998223jf020_atp_masters_s.jpg

other pics :dance:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/28/fullj.8afcd7163a8420031db8d81759c2ec5d/8afcd7163a8420031db8d81759c2ec5d-getty-85998223jf021_atp_masters_s.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090503/capt.0fcb33be974c4a76a129a6fcf1e836f8.italy_tennis _rome_masters_gb114.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090503/capt.11c46de9c25c44e68089fd6efc5225f2.italy_tennis _rome_masters_alt111.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090503/capt.edf3eeba4c0143a2913c8bd4bd873c10.italy_tennis _rome_masters_gb113.jpg

scoobs
05-03-2009, 06:52 PM
rafi angel is nice to everyone :awww: :inlove: :hearts: here he is probably telling nole what mikey has in his signature: "enjoy your #4 ranking. congrats." :devil:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/ef/fullj.c8c94f85d453266f9a581b1d32748423/c8c94f85d453266f9a581b1d32748423-getty-tennis-atp-nadal-djankovic.jpg
He's probably saying

"Sorry for say it 2 weeks early but NOW enjoy your #4 rank :devil: "

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 06:55 PM
rafito posing like a lolcat :unsure: probably for metis :hug:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/e9/fullj.dc2644ad800c0b5d2188dfd39bd988f0/dc2644ad800c0b5d2188dfd39bd988f0-getty-tennis-atp-nadal-djokovic.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/0b/fullj.8c7757a6b4f2a978afaf2f999446eeac/8c7757a6b4f2a978afaf2f999446eeac-getty-tennis-atp-nadal-djokovic.jpg

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 06:57 PM
and my most favorite ones of all :inlove:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/66/fullj.678b73b2ece00524ab99890270ba9020/678b73b2ece00524ab99890270ba9020-getty-tennis-atp-nadal-djokovic.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/67/fullj.63ef1d02c050c5e639fbb62907bae43e/63ef1d02c050c5e639fbb62907bae43e-getty-tennis-atp-nadal-djokovic.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/89/fullj.761e8c4dfe0ca90acf8fa4f0ee90d5f2/761e8c4dfe0ca90acf8fa4f0ee90d5f2-getty-tennis-atp-nadal-djokovic.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/ec/fullj.0be8b735e01366784a9ec91a184ef914/0be8b735e01366784a9ec91a184ef914-getty-tennis-atp-ita-nadal-djokovic.jpg

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 06:57 PM
my relief when i found out i had not jinxed my rafi horribly :worship:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090503/capt.1fdc678c3c924812b0088fae2ebc2c4e.italy_tennis _rome_masters_alt107.jpg

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 07:05 PM
video links, stolen directly from moondancer's compilation for vb :worship:

last game and entire trophy ceremony: http://www.viddler.com/explore/rafaddict/videos/6/

rafito's training session and unca toni interview before final: (for the toni fangirls :hug:)

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on court interview before trophy ceremony:

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last few points of the match:

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rafi-angel receiving the rome trophy :bigclap: http://www.rtve.es/mediateca/videos/20090503/nadal-recibe-trofeo-roma/496472.shtml

nole doing his thing: http://www.rtve.es/mediateca/videos/20090503/djokovic-quiere-ser-como-nadal/496471.shtml

NaDALiTa
05-03-2009, 07:08 PM
thanks for all the pictures!!! :worship:

That was a great victory,I'm eager to watch him in a best of 5 sets matchs!!!! :bounce: Rafa mola!

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 07:08 PM
rafito's mommy gave an interview about the rafa nadal fundacion :) mamasue posted this originally on vb.

Ana Maria Parera: “I will try that the foundation follows the principles of Rafa Nadal”

The nobody best one than the one mother to start up a illusory project.

EMILIO PÉREZ DE ROZAS

--So that position becomes of the type of interview: what gesture more beautiful his, becoming the president of the Foundation Rafa Nadal, created by its son.
--Rafa has had much luck to be where it is, because, after all, it has been an enormous fortune. Yes, worked, very worked, but he considers a privileged person to have secured the profits that have obtained and the situation that lives. For that reason he decided to create a foundation to try to help people. And the who best one than its mother, somebody that knows its affection by the children and their desires, to put this in march.

--That preside over you it you are all a guarantee of which the things will become in the purest style Rafa Nadal; that is to say, under the personality that reflects number one of the world.
--We want that the foundation follows the principles, the values, of Rafa. He, by his race, its commitments, their dedication to tennis, cannot give long time now to him. What we tried in the foundation is to follow its principles. For example, our aid will concentrate, essentially, in the children, the childhood, the minors of 14 years, because Rafa has towards them the great sensitivity and much facility of treatment: it enchants to him to contact with them and to please to them. Another fundamental point of our future projects will be the union enters sport and education, integral education.

--Logically, Rafa will be the image of its foundation, but you what you try are to both separate worlds, the one of the competition and the one of his project of aid to the childhood.
--A thing is the sport race of Rafa and other, very different, although parallel, the projects that can start up, sponsor or supervise their foundation. Evidently, it is fundamental the aid and the support of Rafa for everything what we start up. We want that our foundation develops to the same capacities of seriousness and dedication of Rafa. And, since it has been demonstrated throughout its life, also we want to have the feet in the ground and to go little by little.

--What conclusions have drawn after more from a year from preparations?
--The fundamental thing for us is that, which we do, we want to do it well. We want to be transparent in our activities and that those that supports to us economically know where and how its money is reversed. We want to supervise what we start up. That yes, we are modest: we finish beginning, we want to grow but we are not in a hurry and, by all means, we know that there are to take ours first accompanied steps. There has been foundations and NGO that have remained in the way to take great projects that, later, have not fructified. Nothing else far from our intention that to defraud to that they trust us. We do not want to create false expectations. *notworthy*

--For that reason its first project, a school of tennis in India, counts on the collaboration of the Foundation Vicente Ferrer.
--The truth is that we are enchanted with the idea and we have already put the first stone of that illusory project. Déjeme that says to him, before nothing, that we are very contentments of which Mr. Ferrer has left the hospital of Vellore and has begun to recover in house. For us he was definitive to know his Moncho son and the people in charge of his institution, because its collaboration is vital to make reality our idea. In September, we will begin to construct the tennis school and hopefully! in the future we pruned to turn it, even, in residence.

--The idea, to conquer the children, to attract them towards the school, concentrates more in educating them, forming them, preparing them to leave ahead in the life, that in discovering new talents for tennis, truth?
--Exactly. We want that the school is an instrument of integral education, as much at familiar level as personal, particular. We know of many needs that has the children in many corners of the planet, not only in India, not only in locality of Anantapur, that is where we will install our school, but we tried to put our sand granite and, mainly, to attract the children to the school through sport and thus to facilitate its education, because all we know that it is much more easy to arrive at them through game, of the diversion.

--How have received the people of Anantapur the rewarding idea?
--Vicente Ferrer is doing there a work spectacular. In spite of the precarious conditions in which people live, schooling is elevated there. The children are enchanted with any idea that supposes to them to play and to form. We want to give an opportunity them at the life, not in tennis. The sport is one of the best schools of life. And the objective is to form like people, who think to them about them like children, not like manpower. With the image of Rafa fá- is much more cil to demonstrate that the sport, accepts more of sport, also serves to transmit values like the education, solidarity, the responsibility and the comradeship.

source: http://www.elperiodico.com/default.asp?idpublicacio_PK=46&idioma=CAS&idnoticia_PK=608838&idseccio_PK=1006

rafito supporting a tennis school project in india :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

i think this is reason enough for hema to start her thread here rather than in nt :shrug: clearly rafito has a close tie with my country :sport:

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 07:15 PM
early press quotes:

03/05/2009 19:40
DJOKOVIC: “IN THE DECIDING MOMENTS, HE’S JUST BETTER THAN ME”

2008 champion Novak Djokovic was gracious in defeat, acknowledging that when it comes to the crunch, Rafael Nadal can always find that little bit extra.

“Obviously it's his patience in certain points,” said the Serb after the match. “When I needed to stay a little bit more patient and just play the right shots, I made some unforced errors – in the tie-break on the second and third point. It’s happened a couple of times already on this surface that I'm close, and in the deciding moments he just overcomes the pressure better than me. That's why he's the best in the world at the moment.”

“Maybe in Monte Carlo (when Nadal again defeated Djokovic on clay in the final), it was closer. Still, the ball was bouncing really high here today, really high, probably because I was playing against the player who produces a lot of spin from both sides. It made my shots difficult, especially from the backhand side. He plays forehand with a lot of spin and tries to put the point out of position so he can open up the court for the next shot,” said Djokovic of the world No1. “He does it really successfully, but I didn't move in that shot as well as I needed to, and then a couple of unforced errors in the first and second set resulted in a loss. As the match started I thought, I'm going to really work hard to get my service games, because he made me work already the first game. He didn't make a lot of service errors. He had a quite high percentage of the first serves in, and that wasn't case in Monte Carlo, so I could have put more pressure on him. He was serving quite well and moving always great, like always. You always have to play something extra against Nadal to win, especially on this surface where he feels most comfortable.”

“I've been playing really well in the last three Masters Series events and I'm really happy with the shape I'm in at this moment,” concluded the defeated former champion who remained in an upbeat mood. “I will try to stay physically fit because that's what I'm going to need in the upcoming two months until Wimbledon is over. Confidence is really important in this sport, in any sport, and right now I have confidence.”

source: http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/PopNews.asp?LNG=EN&IDNews=492

Nadal beats Djokovic for Rome title

ROME -- Rafael Nadal won his record fourth Rome Masters title on Sunday, beating defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (2), 6-2.

It's the third clay-court title in three weeks for the top-ranked Spaniard, following victories at the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open.

"For sure it's one of the biggest wins of my career," Nadal said. "It's always incredible to win in Rome."

He extended his winning streak on clay to 30 matches, stretching back to an opening-round loss to Juan Carlos Ferrero in Rome last year.

By failing to defend his title, Djokovic will lose the No. 3 ranking to Andy Murray on May 11, when last year's points drop out. The 21-year-old Serb has been No. 3 since August 2007.

"I had my chances," said Djokovic, who rallied to beat Roger Federer in the semifinals. "He overcomes the pressure better than me, that's why he's the best in the world. But overall, I'm pretty happy with the week."

Nadal broke an Open Era tie with Thomas Muster, who won Rome titles in 1990, 1995 and 1996. Jaroslav Drobny and Martin Mulligan also each won three titles before the Open Era.

Chris Evert holds the women's record at the Foro Italico with five titles.

Rome is a key warmup for the French Open, which begins in three weeks with Nadal the four-time defending champion.
Nadal broke serve in the opening game of the match, but Djokovic had his chances in the first set before losing control for good in the tiebreaker, sending a weak backhand drop-shot attempt into the net on Nadal's third set point.

"That was one of the toughest moments of the match," Nadal said. "The first point of the tiebreak was for him and I had two chances to serve for the first set and lost both times. But I played the tiebreak well and that was the most important thing."

Djokovic then double-faulted to hand Nadal a 4-2 lead in the second set.

The Serb said fast conditions made it tough for him to handle Nadal's heavy topspin.

"The ball was bouncing really, really high here today and that made my shots really difficult, especially from the backhand side," he said.

The match was a far cry from the Monte Carlo final two weeks ago, when Djokovic became the only player to take a set from Nadal on clay this year.

Djokovic led 23-19 in winners on Sunday, but committed 40 unforced errors to Nadal's 22, mostly with his backhand.

Nadal improved his Rome record to 22-1 and is a tour-best 38-3 this year, winning five of the eight tournaments he's entered.

It was his 15th Masters Series title, one more than Federer and two shy of Andre Agassi's record of 17.

source: posted by s.katalin at vb, original source http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=4131451

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 07:17 PM
He's probably saying

"Sorry for say it 2 weeks early but NOW enjoy your #4 rank :devil: "

:rolls: trufax :sport:

wildegirl05
05-03-2009, 07:26 PM
and with this concludes my maiden thread starting adventure :worship: me and rafi thank you for coming along for the grand tour of rome and bid you ciao till the next one. see you all in queens :wavey:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e32/wildegirl_05/011c7f27ad71e8bbcd75b06796653a8e-1.jpg

scoobs
05-03-2009, 07:28 PM
You did a stand out job, WG :worship:

Castafiore
05-03-2009, 07:34 PM
You really did a great job, WG. :yeah:

NaDALiTa
05-03-2009, 08:13 PM
I second the two posts above! :yeah:

Seville
05-03-2009, 09:10 PM
The presser.

Q. Congratulations, Rafa. What this victory means for you?
RAFAEL NADAL: Thank you very much. Sure, one of the most important of my career, no? Win in Rome is a big title. I have right now 15 Masters Series in my career, so that's a lot, and I'm very happy for that.
Sure win here in Rome is always unbelievable. It's a very good tournament, and very happy for the victory.

Q. How did you feel during the match? You started very well and then it became more difficult.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I started well, no? I have 40 15 for him the first game. Later I won the game. It was important the first break. But later was really tough to return. The ball is having big bounce. And, well, when he put the first serve in it was really tough. I didn't have chances to have the second break only in the 5 3. 5 3 I had another one set point, important set point. I hit one backhand to put the winner, and I didn't play good backhand there, no?
But later I think I have a little bit unlucky with the 5 4. I played two good points and I had two mistakes with the forehand down the line. But, yeah, it was well played, because I played aggressive, no? In the 6 5, something I played, yeah, a little bit worse in the 6 5, no? But I had my chance. I have I think 30 Love, so, yeah, tough moments. That was the toughest moments of the match. First point in the tiebreak was for him, but important thing for me was I was anyway having two times the serve to win the set. I lost both times, but I was 100% mentally for the tiebreak, so that's important. Really important.

Q. You mentioned that you've now won 15 Masters Series titles. Are you interested in breaking records for the most Masters titles?
RAFAEL NADAL: I would love have more than yeah, I would love have more than 17, no? Right now I have 15. I'm very happy for that. I'm gonna try my best in the next tournaments. Important thing for me right now I have 15. It's a lot. Sure, I would love to have more than 17, no?

Q. You get asked this after every tournament, but how are you feeling physically after three successive weeks and three successive tournaments and three successive wins?
RAFAEL NADAL: Really well, no? Yeah, I have one long match against Novak in Monte Carlo, but after that I never lost another set. So, yeah, I didn't play very long matches during this tournament. It was 7 6 today, but the other matches I think I have always 6 3 the maximum. So that's very good to play three weeks in a row. In Monte Carlo and Barcelona the same. I play 6 2, 6 2; 6 2, 6 0; 6 3, 6 2, and, well, the final 6 2, 7 5. But not very long set, so it's only today. So that's really important to play three weeks in a row.

Q. About the sets that you never lose. If you never lose a set, you lose only one set in three tournaments. In Roland Garros how can you expect to possibly lose three sets?
RAFAEL NADAL: Every tournament is completely different, no, so it doesn't come nothing before. So right now I'm focus on Madrid, you know. Yeah, Roland Garros is after two or three weeks, so, yeah, first Madrid. Later in Roland Garros we will see. Important thing is play well. If I am playing well, I gonna have a lot of chances to have good results in both tournaments. But you never know what can happen, no? Tennis is always like this.

Q. How much it have been important for you for Djokovic to know that you are the best on the clay, and then of course you are the best in the world. Do you think this is really important in this match? Of course now when it's possible that you meet the opponent that have a sort of be afraid because are the first?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think every match is different than you have to win on court. You never win off court. You never win the matches before the match. You win the matches playing, so that's what I feel, no?

Q. Did you think the impersonation of Djokovic of you was good? Did you like it?
RAFAEL NADAL: For me, doesn't matter, no? Yeah, well, if people ask, the normal thing is do, no? For me, doesn't matter. I think it was funny.

Q. Are you more surprised about yourself because you're able to do this, or are you surprised about your opponent because they don't beat you? They are not very, very strong? Are you surprised about something in this long streak you have?
RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't listen. Tell me. (In Spanish.) Ah, yes, I think when you start the clay season always is the same, no? Last few years you think it's impossible to repeat the same like last years. That's what I feel before I start. But right now I didn't. I didn't. Not already. Because remain win in Roland Garros to repeat the same. But anyway the result of Roland Garros or my clay season was really good, no? Because in the end, if I go to Roland Garros and I lose, I think it's not fair to say I didn't play very good clay season.
Anyway the result on Madrid and Roland Garros, the clay season is unbelievable. I'm very happy for everything. Sure it's a big surprise for me to win three titles in a row in three weeks. But, yeah, I never did in the past, so it's a good thing for me to know I can do. But, sure, I prefer have week off between Barcelona and Rome, no?

Q. Could you give us a feeling about Roger Federer's week here? Do you think he could be enough well prepared for Roland Garros?
RAFAEL NADAL: Madrid remains. I think you forget Madrid, no? He had good matches and he almost win yesterday. He has set and 2 0 and breakpoint for double break in the second, 3 1 in the third. So he has lost the chances to win and to win against a very good player like Novak. So, yeah, he's at the level. Tennis level is there. That's not will be a problem, sure.

Q. You played Djokovic in Monte Carlo and here. Where was more difficult, and was there any difference between the two matches? Were you more in danger in your head there?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I was more in danger in Monte Carlo, because I had breakpoint in the first game of the set and I lose the set. But my feeling was I was playing a little bit better here than Monte Carlo. The court is more dangerous here than in Monte Carlo to play against him. You understand me?

Q. It's more difficult here?
RAFAEL NADAL: I feel.

Q. Why?
RAFAEL NADAL: Sometimes it's really hard to control the ball, no? The ball is flying a lot. Monte Carlo the ball stays a little bit more. If I'm playing well, I have more chances to have control of the point more times when I am returning, no? But, yeah, it's stupid to say this court is not good for me when I won four times. This court is perfect for me. I like a lot of the crazy bounce, but you have to be playing really well. If you are playing so so, it's more danger.

Q. Are you happy to have to play in Madrid now? Because it's another important tournament for you. Is it not too much in a row before the French Open?
RAFAEL NADAL: That's the calendar, no? I have to play. Sure playing in Spain is always special motivation. The only thing is playing in altitude. The last tournament of Roland Garros is completely different conditions than Madrid and Paris. Believe me, because I played there and I know. Gonna be a really difficult tournament, no? But yeah, maybe I would love don't have the tournament in altitude before Roland Garros. I prefer have, for example, another tournament with similar conditions than Madrid before Monte Carlo, not before Roland Garros. But that's the calendar, and I gonna try my best there to have a good result.

Q. How will you spend the next two or three days? Will you not pick up a racquet?
RAFAEL NADAL: (Imitating golf swing.)
Q. Golf?
RAFAEL NADAL: A little bit.

Q. You're going to Mallorca?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. Well, not Mallorca. London with rain, no? (Laughter.)

sphiie
05-03-2009, 09:42 PM
rafi angel is nice to everyone :awww: :inlove: :hearts: here he is probably telling nole what mikey has in his signature: "enjoy your #4 ranking. congrats." :devil:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/ef/fullj.c8c94f85d453266f9a581b1d32748423/c8c94f85d453266f9a581b1d32748423-getty-tennis-atp-nadal-djankovic.jpg

beautiful picture :hug::hug::inlove:

DhammaTiger
05-03-2009, 11:06 PM
WG thanks so much for the effort that you put into this thread :hug:

wildegirl05
05-04-2009, 04:15 AM
You did a stand out job, WG :worship:

You really did a great job, WG. :yeah:

I second the two posts above! :yeah:

WG thanks so much for the effort that you put into this thread :hug:


:awww: you guys :inlove: i'm glad you liked it :hug: i had a lot of fun :)

thank you also to getta, groovedude and dhammatiger for the lovely reps :kiss: :smooch: :hearts:

The presser.

ooh, awesome! that's the fastest they've had a presser up all week :lol: :yeah:

Mimi
05-04-2009, 05:11 AM
:woohoo::yippee::music::rocker2::crazy::woohoo::lo l:

MariaV
05-04-2009, 07:07 AM
:awww: you guys :inlove: i'm glad you liked it :hug: i had a lot of fun :)

thank you also to getta, groovedude and dhammatiger for the lovely reps :kiss: :smooch: :hearts:



ooh, awesome! that's the fastest they've had a presser up all week :lol: :yeah:

I'm so sorry I cannot rep you right now WG but I join everyone else, great job! :yeah: :hatoff: