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RG 2009: The Borg Curse Strikes Again-Unexpected loss in 4th Rd to Soderling!!!

Metis
05-18-2009, 01:54 PM
Yes, it's that time of the year again!!! :dance:


Will Rafa win his 5th consecutive RG title, breaking Borg's record (stay at home Bjorn :armed: ), or will the resurgent GOAT (:mad:) spoil the party again? :lol: We'll know in 3 weeks (or maybe earlier than that :sad:).

In any case, big MIT points are awarded for this tournament, so make your predictions with care. :D



How far will Rafa go in Roland Garros? (a chance to win 2000 points! :hearts:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd -
4th - tennizen
QF - acionescu, l_mac, Metis
SF -
F - wacked82
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, Aenea, Aurora, Betty, born on clay, DERO, Ex Lion Tamer, finishingmove, Foxy, Getta, Invisible, JolanGago, Laba, LinkMage, MariaV, Minn, NaDALiTa, Naina, nashty, Nitte, rafa maniac, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, star, tangerine dream, wilmar





Vamos Rafito, your favorite court awaits you! :bigclap:


http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM39912.5876320949&blobType=landscape


Official website:

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/index.html


The singles draw is scheduled for Friday, May 22, 11:30 a.m.

Minn
05-18-2009, 02:09 PM
Win, win, win! :bounce:


:scared: :unsure:


Oh, no! You've all got me doing the :scared: thing now! :bigcry:

Getta
05-18-2009, 02:13 PM
Champion.

tennizen
05-18-2009, 02:15 PM
I say 4th round

acionescu
05-18-2009, 04:42 PM
I'm waiting for the draw :unsure:

Betty
05-18-2009, 05:13 PM
win!!!!!!!:scared:



why have i not a ranking here metis i already did some prediction:sad::p

Aenea
05-18-2009, 05:21 PM
I won't wait for the draw :p If there is a tournament I'd pick a WIN at the beginning of the season it is this one.

Let's have Paris one more time, Rafa :bigclap: although those Frenchies are soooo ungrateful :o

Foxy
05-18-2009, 06:43 PM
Love Paris.
WIN!!! It will be sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet as honey!!!

MariaV
05-18-2009, 07:29 PM
Will Rafa win his 5th consecutive RG title, breaking Borg's record (stay at home Bjorn :armed: ), or will the resurgent GOAT (:mad:) spoil the party again? :lol: We'll know in 3 weeks (or maybe earlier than that :sad:).



What's this talk here? :help: :help: :o :o :tape: :scared: :unsure:
The resurgent GOAT.... my ass! :mad: :fiery: :bolt:

At least I will predict WIN again, I just wouldn't survive another outcome. :o :o

wilmar
05-19-2009, 01:49 AM
Resurgent? More like deluded!
Julie Andrew will find this lost goat and sheperd him back to the Swiss Alps..."Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo!"

WIN for me please...no need to see the draw for me as well...but it would be nice if nole and verdasco are BOTH on Fed's half...

Laba
05-19-2009, 08:30 AM
WIN.

Time to make it five in a row, Rafa. :worship:

Vaccine
05-19-2009, 10:38 AM
WINNER of course, I can't see any other outcome. And how brilliant that would be! :bigclap:

Foxy
05-19-2009, 10:52 AM
rog is the favourite, no? :haha:

finishingmove
05-19-2009, 03:03 PM
win, no?

born_on_clay
05-20-2009, 06:29 AM
Win, of course :)

Metis
05-20-2009, 08:37 AM
What's this talk here? :help: :help: :o :o :tape: :scared: :unsure:
The resurgent GOAT.... my ass! :mad: :fiery: :bolt:
Resurgent? More like deluded!
Julie Andrew will find this lost goat and sheperd him back to the Swiss Alps..."Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo!"

:lol: I was joking people. :ras:



win!!!!!!!:scared:



why have i not a ranking here metis i already did some prediction:sad::p


You did? When? :confused: I don't remember seeing any predictions from you, at least not in 2009.

Metis
05-20-2009, 08:40 AM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2009-05-19/200905191242746332359.html


Draw live on rolandgarros.com
On Friday 22 May at 11.30 am at the Club des Loges, the draw for the men's and women's singles tournaments will be carried out, with reigning champions Rafael Nadal and Ana Ivanovic drawing the seeds by hand. The remaining 96 players in each tournament will then be drawn electronically. Follow the draw live on rolandgarros.com as the players' names appear one by one in the two sets of brackets!

Metis
05-20-2009, 08:58 AM
Since I don't have a VB account, I hope those who do will let us know if there are any interesting news about Rafa in Paris. :p

Laba
05-20-2009, 09:04 AM
Will the draw ceremony be streamed live by any chance?

Naina
05-20-2009, 09:16 AM
Win please :D

MariaV
05-20-2009, 09:19 AM
Rafa better make himself a decent draw. :lol:

wilmar
05-20-2009, 09:35 AM
Since I don't have a VB account, I hope those who do will let us know if there are any interesting news about Rafa in Paris. :p

dunno is it's posted here...but rafa will play in an exhibition match thursday in Paris against clement...

wilmar
05-20-2009, 09:38 AM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2009-05-19/200905191242746332359.html

i was hoping safina and not ana will be doing the draw...she didn't give rafa a good draw last year :mad::mad: she better'd pick nole and verdasco for rogelia federina's half :angel:

nashty
05-20-2009, 12:22 PM
WIN for Rafa. :)

Foxy
05-20-2009, 01:20 PM
i was hoping safina and not ana will be doing the draw...she didn't give rafa a good draw last year :mad::mad: she better'd pick nole and verdasco for rogelia federina's half :angel:

Oh, but then rogelio won't reach the final meaning no tears at the ceremony...:bigcry:

MariaV
05-20-2009, 01:35 PM
Oh, but then rogelio won't reach the final meaning no tears at the ceremony...:bigcry:

On the other hand, do we really need tears at the ceremony? How about a 'normal' ceremony for a change, without tears, impersonations and frightening fireworks? :o :D

We can have Rogelio's tears after the Wimbledon final.

willoughby
05-20-2009, 03:11 PM
The Asian robot SHINCHAN is the one that handles this post and obliged your all to say WE GO RAFA, GOD NADAL!!!?

willoughby
05-20-2009, 03:13 PM
Alone I had put my prediction
on the tournament of Nadal
Why did you delete my post?

Foxy
05-20-2009, 06:49 PM
On the other hand, do we really need tears at the ceremony? How about a 'normal' ceremony for a change, without tears, impersonations and frightening fireworks? :o :D

We can have Rogelio's tears after the Wimbledon final.

Tears Slam, remember? :wavey:

DERO
05-20-2009, 09:29 PM
win win win win win

wilmar
05-21-2009, 02:37 AM
Oh, but then rogelio won't reach the final meaning no tears at the ceremony...:bigcry:

i'm won't be surprised if those tear ducts will become even more active that simply a second round or QF 'SHOCK" loss will induce it ;)

so we may still get the Tears Slam after all...:angel:

Aurora
05-22-2009, 06:27 AM
WIN
slightly :scared: for draw

Thanos
05-22-2009, 07:02 AM
final

Aurora
05-22-2009, 08:02 AM
:wavey: hey Aussie! who's going to be the winner then according to you?

MariaV
05-22-2009, 08:06 AM
i'm won't be surprised if those tear ducts will become even more active that simply a second round or QF 'SHOCK" loss will induce it ;)

so we may still get the Tears Slam after all...:angel:

Another press conference with "sweaty" eyes. :tears: :awww:

Metis
05-22-2009, 08:20 AM
Will the draw ceremony be streamed live by any chance?

I don't think so. Here is the info:


http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2009-05-21/200905211242922065296.html

The names of the men's and women's players will appear in the singles draw, one after the other, once the official who is on hand to monitor the draw has validated them. The official brackets will then appear on-screen in real time.

The draw is one of the key moments in the tournament as it determines who will play whom in the first round and then right through to the later stages. Find out what the glamour ties will be in the opening round, and see who the 32 men's and women's singles seeds will have to face throughout the tournament.

Don't miss out on the excitement!

Metis
05-22-2009, 09:17 AM
Tennis Channel preview video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV7P5uBAmic

wV7P5uBAmic

They have subtitles for Rafa's English :rolls:



Also check out the videos on the RG website: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/index.html

There are two: 'Preview show' (contains: what the top 4 players have to say, the match point moments from Rafa's RG titles as well as Wimbledon 2008 and AO 2009 :devil: ) and 'From Guga to Rafa' (shows all RG champions between 1997-2008)

"When I play against him (Federer) the motivation is 100%, no?" :p

Metis
05-22-2009, 09:31 AM
...and here are some bonus videos. :D Rafa's daily routine with his physical trainer:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS_Tb_zFj2A

iS_Tb_zFj2A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix7FbPTgvG8

Ix7FbPTgvG8


Nice closeups of Rafa's muscles for those of you who might be interested... ;)

:rolls:

Metis
05-22-2009, 10:53 AM
The draw: :)


[1] NADAL, Rafael ESP v [Q]
KUNITSYN, Igor RUS v GABASHVILI, Teimuraz RUS
GREMELMAYR, Denis GER v GOLUBEV, Andrey KAZ
HEWITT, Lleyton AUS v [26] KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO

[23] SODERLING, Robin SWE v KIM, Kevin USA
ISTOMIN, Denis UZB v [Q]
[Q] v KIEFER, Nicolas GER
GIL, Frederico POR v [14] FERRER, David ESP

[10] DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS v KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
JUNQUEIRA, Diego ARG v CAPDEVILLE, Paul CHI
MASSU, Nicolas CHI v KOELLERER, Daniel AUT
DEVILDER, Nicolas FRA v [17] WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI

[31] ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP v CALLERI, Agustin ARG
GULBIS, Ernests LAT v QUERREY, Sam USA
[Q] v PETZSCHNER, Philipp GER
SERRA, Florent FRA v [8] VERDASCO, Fernando ESP

[3] MURRAY, Andy GBR v CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG
ZVEREV, Mischa GER v STARACE, Potito ITA
TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB v MONTANES, Albert ESP
[Q] v [28] LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP

[18] STEPANEK, Radek CZE v [WC] GAUDIO, Gaston ARG
LU, Yen-Hsun TPE v [Q]
SELA, Dudi ISR v [Q]
HERNYCH, Jan CZE v [13] CILIC, Marin CRO

[12] GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI v [Q]
[Q] v VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL
GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP v [WC] OUANNA, Josselin FRA
[WC] SIDORENKO, Alexandre FRA v [20] SAFIN, Marat RUS

[30] HANESCU, Victor ROU v DARCIS, Steve BEL
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS v MULLER, Gilles LUX
[Q] v KENDRICK, Robert USA
ODESNIK, Wayne USA v [7] SIMON, Gilles FRA

[5] DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG v LLODRA, Michael FRA
TROICKI, Viktor SRB v [Q]
BELLUCCI, Thomaz BRA v VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
[Q] v [25] ANDREEV, Igor RUS

[21] TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS v CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA
SANTORO, Fabrice FRA v ROCHUS, Christophe BEL
BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP v MONACO, Juan ARG
BENNETEAU, Julien FRA v [9] TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA

[16] ROBREDO, Tommy ESP v [WC] MANNARINO, Adrian FRA
KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS v GIMENO-TRAVER, Daniel ESP
GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP v SEPPI, Andreas ITA
GONZALEZ, Maximo ARG v [22] FISH, Mardy USA

[29] KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER v [WC] TOMIC, Bernard AUS
FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP v LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO
DABUL, Brian ARG v [Q]
LAPENTTI, Nicolas ECU v [4] DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB

[6] RODDICK, Andy USA v [WC] JOUAN, Romain FRA
HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP v MINAR, Ivo CZE
NAVARRO, Ivan ESP v BECK, Andreas GER
GICQUEL, Marc FRA v [27] SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER

[24] MELZER, Jurgen AUT v ROITMAN, Sergio ARG
[WC] RUFIN, Guillaume FRA v SCHWANK, Eduardo ARG
[Q] v [Q]
REYNOLDS, Bobby USA v [11] MONFILS, Gael FRA

[15] BLAKE, James USA v [Q]
PAVEL, Andrei ROU v HAAS, Tommy GER
PHAU, Bjorn GER v CHARDY, Jeremy FRA
BOLELLI, Simone ITA v [19] BERDYCH, Tomas CZE

[32] MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA v [WC] RECOUDERC, Laurent FRA
GINEPRI, Robby USA v ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP
ACASUSO, Jose ARG v [Q]
MARTIN, Alberto ESP v [2] FEDERER, Roger SUI

Thanos
05-22-2009, 10:59 AM
:wavey: hey Aussie! who's going to be the winner then according to you?

novak. by the way been long time flem flem :)

Aenea
05-22-2009, 12:41 PM
final

novak. by the way been long time flem flem :)

What arguments do you have to back that choice? H2H is 14-4 and neither of Novak's wins was on clay but all came on HC. What makes you think his first win over Rafa on clay will come in a GS final? We know that it is very tough for anyone to beat Nadal in a GS final.

Invisible
05-22-2009, 02:33 PM
I'm going with WIN :D

kaylee
05-22-2009, 03:02 PM
Hahah I love the fact that Rafa says very little in those vids.

JolánGagó
05-22-2009, 03:28 PM
My MIT pick is WINNER.

LinkMage
05-22-2009, 03:49 PM
WIN as always.

Langers
05-22-2009, 03:56 PM
Nole on Fed's half! :yeah:

Otherwise, pretty sucky. Fed's got mugs galore on his way to another SF.

Rafa has an okay draw, Ferrer is tough for 4th round but this IS Rafa, he destroys everyone. Verdasco should be tough in QF but again, he'll advance. I just love the fact there is no Djokovic in the Semi's! He can wear out/beat Federer :devil:

Metis
05-22-2009, 06:44 PM
Rafa in the house
He was a long time coming, but Rafael Nadal is finally here in Paris, and on Friday he certainly had a packed programme. After helping to conduct the draw with Ana Ivanovic, the four-time French Open champion had two practice sessions on Philippe Chatrier then Suzanne Lenglen later in the day – most likely the only two courts where he will be in action during the tournament…


"I can control the ball better in Paris than in Madrid. Here, I feel the ball better on my racquet. The balls do play heavier, but for me they’re easier to play with." Rafael Nadal.


http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2009-05-22/200905221243011674656.html

Metis
05-22-2009, 06:47 PM
The qualifiers have been placed in the draw. Rafa's 1st round opponent is Marcos Daniel.

NaDALiTa
05-22-2009, 07:26 PM
My MIT prediction is: WIIIIN!

Thanos
05-22-2009, 09:41 PM
What arguments do you have to back that choice? H2H is 14-4 and neither of Novak's wins was on clay but all came on HC. What makes you think his first win over Rafa on clay will come in a GS final? We know that it is very tough for anyone to beat Nadal in a GS final.

novak will have nothing to lose and all the pressure will be on rafa. the longer rafa streak goes on at roland garros the bigger burden it will become and the higher the probability that he will lose.

rafa probably clean sweep the field once again, so you have nothing to worry about :).

luvrafa
05-23-2009, 07:14 AM
Hopefully it'll be a win for Rafa yet again. He will need the momentum going into Wimbledon.

Foxy
05-23-2009, 01:42 PM
Apparantly Rafa will start on Monday since most of the players of his half are playing tomorrow. It will be a huge advantage (quite underestimated nowadays). That means he will play the first semifinal and rog/Djoko or whoever are playing second.

It is absolutely sure Rafa will play at Wimby first again. Hope he won't blow that advantage because very rarely he is scheduled to play first semifinal. It is a great opportunity to try and win Wimby too.

Fingers crossed, guys. The most important part of the season begins. One match at a time. Let's enjoy it.

Aenea
05-23-2009, 05:10 PM
Rafael Nadal who has never been beaten at Roland Garros courts expirienced his first defeat :sobbing: He was beaten 7-5 by the world #109 Brian Dabul.:bigcry:

http://www.eurosport.yahoo.com/23052009/58/french-open-nadal-loses-world-number-109.html

novak will have nothing to lose and all the pressure will be on rafa. the longer rafa streak goes on at roland garros the bigger burden it will become and the higher the probability that he will lose.

rafa probably clean sweep the field once again, so you have nothing to worry about :).

Nothing to worry about? :scratch: Why do you think I'm worried? I just asked for arguments but that's not a sign for worry, I almost always ask for arguments when I see a serious opinion. I would have been really worried had Rafa won Madrid. He was due a loss on clay and Madrid was a wise choice. Now that he lost a match on clay (and even a set at RG soil :p ) I'm a bit relieved. And Novak has much to lose. He desperately wants his #3 spot and he'll do anything to claim it back. Had he won that Madrid SF he would have gotten back to #3. I believe he's very mad with Rafa. I'm just happy he's in Rogi's half of the draw.

rafa_maniac
05-23-2009, 08:20 PM
WIN baby! :rocker2:

Snoo Foo
05-24-2009, 09:48 AM
Win

MariaV
05-24-2009, 03:13 PM
Apparantly Rafa will start on Monday since most of the players of his half are playing tomorrow. It will be a huge advantage (quite underestimated nowadays). That means he will play the first semifinal and rog/Djoko or whoever are playing second.

It is absolutely sure Rafa will play at Wimby first again. Hope he won't blow that advantage because very rarely he is scheduled to play first semifinal. It is a great opportunity to try and win Wimby too.

Fingers crossed, guys. The most important part of the season begins. One match at a time. Let's enjoy it.

Yeah, at least something good has to come from him finally being # 1. :D
I'm still totally :scared: :unsure:, OK OK a stupid exho set but still, our competitive Rafa losing. :tape: ;)

Metis
05-24-2009, 03:20 PM
OOP for Monday May 25th:

CHATRIER 11:00 Start

Dinara Safina (RUS) [1] v. Anne Keothavong (GBR)
Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1] v. Marcos Daniel (BRA)

tangerine_dream
05-24-2009, 07:29 PM
Win for me, Metis. :wavey:

Metis
05-24-2009, 07:33 PM
Update!!!


How far will Rafa go in Roland Garros? (a chance to win 2000 points! :hearts:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd -
4th - tennizen
QF - acionescu, l_mac, Metis
SF -
F - wacked82
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, Aenea, Aurora, Betty, born on clay, DERO, Ex Lion Tamer, finishingmove, Foxy, Getta, Invisible, JolanGago, Laba, LinkMage, MariaV, Minn, NaDALiTa, Naina, nashty, Nitte, rafa maniac, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, star, tangerine dream, wilmar

Ria
05-24-2009, 08:50 PM
My prediction is: Winner :D

shawshank
05-24-2009, 09:04 PM
No way! Rafa has to win it!
Put me down for a win ;)

wildegirl05
05-24-2009, 11:47 PM
very terrified of making a pick so i'm gonna pass on mit this tournament. omg rafito please win :awww:

star
05-25-2009, 01:10 AM
Win for me.

I don't think he will win, but then again I can't imagine anyone beating him. So, I'm going to say win.

acionescu
05-25-2009, 08:23 AM
Maybe nando will finally man up and beat Rafito :bigcry:

QF for me :unsure:


:D

l_mac
05-25-2009, 10:34 AM
QF for me also.

Nando :mad: :bigcry:

Metis
05-25-2009, 10:35 AM
just on time Linda :D

MariaV
05-25-2009, 11:15 AM
WTH you girls!!!!! Do you need to make me even more nervous? :mad: :fiery: :help: :rolleyes: :bolt:

MariaV
05-25-2009, 01:10 PM
Heeehee, people too ashamed to write in the result? :o An epic win 7-5 6-4 6-3 :worship: :bowdown: :help: :o

Aenea
05-25-2009, 01:39 PM
Heeehee, people too ashamed to write in the result? :o An epic win 7-5 6-4 6-3 :worship: :bowdown: :help: :o

Ashamed? Why ashamed? Last year Rafa got another Brazilian Q, Bellucci, in rnd 1 and that turned out to be Rafa's toughest match, 75 63 61 :shrug: I don't think today's match was any different. Too many UEs, though :( Hopefully Rafa will adjust his game as the tournament progresses. I'm not worried ... yet :) :scared:

Vamos Rafi :inlove:

Metis
05-25-2009, 01:45 PM
The highlight of the day was the pink shirt:



http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090525/capt.rog11905251218.france_tennis_french_open_rog1 19.jpg


:inlove:

rafa_maniac
05-25-2009, 02:30 PM
I happen to like the pink :p

Minn
05-25-2009, 02:56 PM
Heeehee, people too ashamed to write in the result? :o An epic win 7-5 6-4 6-3 :worship: :bowdown: :help: :o:eek: I only saw about 15 minutes of the match. Glad he won, even if it wasn't pretty.

The highlight of the day was the pink shirt:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090525/capt.rog11905251218.france_tennis_french_open_rog1 19.jpg

:inlove: Actually, Metis, I kind of agree. The pink and yellow do look like the highlighters in my desk drawer. :lol: ;)

(I don't hate the pink. It's the combination of so many different colours I don't like.)

Metis
05-25-2009, 06:26 PM
Interview after the 1st round match (short video on the website):

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2009-05-25/200905251243265052718.html



R. NADAL/M. Daniel
7‑5, 6‑4, 6‑3

An interview with:
RAFAELNADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. This question is not about the game. It's about your dress. You are inpink today. Why you are in pink today?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. Yeah, same like always, why I was white and yellow two weeks ago. Because it's better than dress the same colorevery week, no?

Q. The start of the game was a bit difficult today. Any reason?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, always tough, you know, beginninghere. Roland Garros always isdifficult. Yeah. I say, no, I expect a tough match, and it'snormal, now. And when I start, normallyI didn't start to play my best here the last four years. But the important thing is be with positivementality and try to win, no? And Iwin. I won in three sets. That's important.
I played in somemoments in the third a little bit better, so just try to keep improving to playbetter in this match.

Q. Is there a chance that in the third round you could come up againstLleyton Hewitt. You've played each othereight times before, and you've won four each. What do you make of him as a player?

RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. Lleyton Hewitt. You could facehim in the third round.

RAFAEL NADAL: I understood. Only the last.

Q. (Through translation.)

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I'm sureLleyton is a great champion in this sport. He has very good career. Soalways is a pleasure to play against him, but right now we are in second round,yeah? Not yet. I have to wait.

Q. Do you feel that the heat change, the condition if compared to last yearmaybe or two years ago where it was pretty cool here, the condition of play?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, much better, no? I prefer to play with these conditions thanraining or cold, no?
So it's much better forus, I think.

Q. Do you feel more confident or less confident than last year when youstarted Roland Garros?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I don't know. Important feelingis ‑‑

Q. There is no difference?

RAFAEL NADAL: Every year is different, no? But I never compare, two years, so ‑‑ Idon't know.

THE MODERATOR: Spanish questions.

Q. Yesterdayyou were telling us you're a bit nervous, anxious. Was it the way you felt today when you walkedon the court?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, not really. Maybe at the beginning to start with. The court is big, and at the beginning, Ididn't quite get the best feelings, but I won in three sets. That's very positive. I should have won more easily, but at 5‑4,when I had to serve, then I had to serve again ‑‑ sometimes I missed someopportunities to win the set earlier, but it was a difficult match.
I had practiced wellbefore, but I know that I can improve, and I hope I'm going to continueimproving for my next match.

Q. My question is not about your game but about Fabrice Santoro. He's playing his 20th tournament here. What do you think about him, about his careeron the tour?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, he is a legend on the tour. He plays with his very own personalstyle. Two hands. He was a very charismatic player on the tour,and he's a model for all of us. 20years, long career. That'sfantastic. We all wish we can play for20 years.
So he had a beautifulcareer, and he really deserves a tribute.

Q. What can you tell us about the way Marcos Daniel plays after your game?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I don't know. His backhand is better than his forehand, butI think I made it a bit easy for him. That's my opinion.

Q. How fit are you as compared to the previous years?

RAFAEL NADAL: Oh, comparing again. Well, physically, I feel ‑‑ well, Idon't want to compare with last year, because I can't remember. That was a year ago, you know.
But I feel good, andlast year, I played a match ‑‑ well, I didn't play well, really, andlittle by little I felt better. Thisyear ‑‑ well, it's not a very good start. I'm not going to say it's positive. I would have preferred to start with a very positive start, but I hopethis tournament is going to be long enough for me to give me time to adapt andto improve and get good feelings all along the tournament.

Q. About the fact you didn't play that well, are there any compartments inthe game where you felt you were not at your best?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, my leg game was not that good. I didn't play well with my legs. But, you know, in sports it's ‑‑ in atenth of a second you have to catch the ball and everything can change in agame. You need to be present there, ontime. If you play well, you have thefeeling you'll be on top of the next ball, but today I was a bit short in myshots. I was not very precise. It wasn't neat and clear during this match,so this is what I need to improve.
I need to playmore ‑‑ I need my shots to be longer, and I do need to improve on that.

Q. You played at the hottest hour of the day. Now, for the upcoming matches, what would youprefer? Would you prefer to play at adifferent hour because of the heat? Isit affecting you?

RAFAELNADAL: No, I have no problem withthat. I can play at any hour, and thisis perfectly bearable temperature.

Metis
05-25-2009, 06:27 PM
Actually, Metis, I kind of agree. The pink and yellow do look like the highlighters in my desk drawer. :lol: ;)

:rolls:

Jewels
05-25-2009, 06:44 PM
Thanks for posting the interview Metis. Rafa seems to be really getting fed up of doing them - he''s bored with the same questions.

acionescu
05-25-2009, 08:46 PM
The highlight of the day was the pink shirt:



http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090525/capt.rog11905251218.france_tennis_french_open_rog1 19.jpg


:inlove:

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

luvrafa
05-25-2009, 10:36 PM
Those polo shirts have got to go. I don't know what's up with Nike. Why do they want him in polo shirts? The collarless and sleeveless shirts look so much better on him, and they fit his personality much better. Is Nike trying to make him look like Federer?

l_mac
05-26-2009, 12:44 AM
:rolleyes:

Bad form explained.

l_mac
05-26-2009, 12:46 AM
Rafa's Blog:

Day 1


Questions for Rafa: does Roger Federer have a chance at Roland Garros?


Which do you think is the best way to decide the outcome of five set matches at grand slams - by being two games ahead of your opponent in the fifth set, as is the case at Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open or by winning a fifth set tie-break, as is the case at the US Open?
Niamh Kearney, Ireland

RN: I think the way it is now with a tie-break in the fifth is good. Imagine how many more games and hours I could have played with Verdasco in Melbourne...

When you have kids in the future, would you like them to play tennis and be a tennis star like yourself? If so would you be their coach?
Feng Lu

RN: I would like them to do whatever they want to do, meaning if they decide to become tennis players I will support them. But the most important thing is that it should be their decision. Not sure I will be their coach though...

Did you lose some weight this year (you look a bit slimmer!), and if so, what is the reason for it?
Wendy Pan, China

RN: No, I didn't. But some people has said that to me lately. I am the same weight, believe me. Maybe the sleeveless shirt?

What book are you currently reading?
Anna, Russia

RN: Good question. I wanted to buy one tomorrow! Didn't bring one here.

Do you have any grass courts in Spain? I see beautiful golf courses and well-kept football pitches and it makes me wonder if you have grass courts?
Kathleen

RN: Yes, but not too many. In the end the grass court season is very short and we practice there only those 2 weeks after Roland Garros (or before Wimbledon).

Do you sleep well before an important match?
Gabi, Germany

RN: Yes, normally I do. But I have to admit that before the Wimbledon final last year I had more difficulty than usual going to sleep.

There seems to be an increasingly amount of attention paid to fashion in tennis these days. What's your favorite Nike outfit that you've worn so far in your career?
Julia, London

RN: Actually I like very much the one I will be wearing tomorrow in Roland Garros.

What sort of things in life make you lose your temper?
Elizabeth, London

RN: Bad education of people. Not sure I get to lose my temper but close.

Do you think Roger Federer has a chance to win the French Open this year, since he just won recently at Madrid? Does this pressure you in any way?
Samantha Portillo

RN: Sure he does. I don't think Madrid has anything to do with it since the conditions are completely different due to the altitude and the way the courts were done. But sure he has chances to win.

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/05/questions-for-rafa-does-roger-federer-have-a-chance-at-roland-garros.html

Greetings from Paris - it's good to be back talking to my fans


Hello everyone,

Back in Paris. Back to play Roland Garros and I was kindly asked to write again this blog. Thank you again for the opportunity you bring me and let me say I have to admit that I was very reluctant to write it again. It is not easy to find words or things to talk about during these - hopefully - two weeks. Because that is the thing, I will be writing this while I stay in Paris playing. That's why I hope it is two weeks. If on Tuesday night there is no more blog that would mean I have lost my first match, my first round here at Roland Garros.

So I hope what I say is not taken too serious or to not serious. I am someone who doesn't go too deep to talk about things openly. I can be very open with my team, with my family these weeks, but kind of reserved with the rest of the World. So what I write about is basically about my day, about how's been, what I've done, who did I practice with, what did I eat, what did I do to "kill" those hours that I spend waiting to play my next match or waiting for my next practice... Those things that are part of my work, of my routine, that clearly are not interesting enough to be written by the media in their normal reports. They have to write about a tournament that has 128 man and 128 women that are competing here this week.

So that's why I write this blog, so that my fans, those who want to know everything about what I do, they can be informed.

So, here I am and tomorrow my first round match. I got here already Wednesday night and I am ready to start the tournament. We'll see how it goes.

Thanks or muchas gracias.

Rafa

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/05/greetings-from-paris-its-good-to-be-back-talking-to-my-fans.html

l_mac
05-26-2009, 12:48 AM
Day 2

Q&A

Questions for Rafa: I like being in the pink, what do you think?


Questions from Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent, The Times

What prompted you to decide to play in pink today?

RN: I knew these colours since the moment some months ago Nike showed us the proposed clothing. I like pink, and I specially like this outfit very much. The whole combination I find it really nice. We wear a lot of pink in Spain and I think it is a nice colour. If you look at my website it is also pink for this tournament.

How would you cope with losing a match 6-0, 6-0, as a British girl did on Centre Court, the match before yours, today?
RN: It is tough to lose 6-0, 6-0, and probably to play center court is tougher for some players. The important thing is to always learn.


Questions from readers


What was the toughest part of today's match for you? William, Sydney
RN: It is always different the first round. I always had some kind of troubles. The most difficult part is to try to find the rhythm, my game.

Who do you think are your biggest rivals for this year's title? Sam, Yorkshire
RN: I am really only thinking on my next round on Wednesday. I don't look ahead. So my next rival is my biggest. If you mean the ones that have been playing good and those who should arrive to the finals clearly those are Federer, Djokovic and Murray. But along the way there are many other good players

What would it mean to win a record five titles in a row? Pauline, England

RN: It would mean a lot but simply because it is winning another title doesn't really matter if it is 5 or 6 or 4. But in any case I am only thinking on my next match on Wednesday, that's all.

Why do you bite your trophies after you win a tournament? Jake, New York, age 9

RN: It is something I started doing with my first tournament and I kept doing it.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given and who was it from? Julie Westbrook-Finch, England

RN: To stay always the same, it was my father who told me that.

What made you finally decide to get your hair cut short? Good Luck. Michelle McCarthy, New Fairfield, CT

RN: I don't know. I just did it. I suppose I am not 18 anymore... ( :lol: )

It's great to see you blogging again. Are you on Facebook? Jase Ng, Singapore
RN: No, I am not.

How do you decide which fingers to tape for practices and matches? Christie

RN: I tape the ones that need protection to avoid and cover blisters.

What is your favourite kind of chocolate? Katrin, Germany

RN: With milk.

Do you wash and iron your own clothes? Brandy, Memphis

RN: No, not really. I would lie if I say I do. At tournaments we have a laundry service and they do it.

Do you think you'll ever try playing with a one-handed backhand? Anjali, Mumbai, India

RN: No, never. I always played two handed and that's how I know to play.


http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/05/questions-for-rafa-i-like-being-in-the-pink-what-do-you-think.html


Blog

Slow start is nothing to be worried about, I will get better

TODAY'S MATCH. Probably with the answers to your questions on this section I have said it all. Not too many questions about my match today and probably it is better like this. I didn't play great, didn't feel that comfortable on the court as I should have but in the end what counts is that I managed to win. I have to say that also last year I had a bad start. Clearly it is not only because of my but also because the way my opponent, Marcos [Daniel] today, played. As I say, I have had slow starts also in previous years and I am fine with it. Sure I need to improve and get better.


MY EARLY ARRIVALS. Some people ask why did I arrive so early to Roland Garros. Well, I arrived already on Wednesday night so that I could get a good practice on Thursday where I played an exhibition match here in Paris. I like to come early to tournaments. There are not that many tournaments where I arrive late, OK... I arrived on Monday to Queen's in the last 3 years... but I have a good excuse there... When I come to back to back tournaments and I managed to get to the finals I obviously arrive a bit late but if not I arrive early to get used to the conditions where I will be playing. Specially at Grand Slams I like to arrive very early.

Getta
05-26-2009, 12:49 AM
:rolleyes:

Bad form explained.

This is where I see graduate coming.

Foxy
05-26-2009, 06:53 AM
Thanks for the blog posts.

I don't think Rafa played that well. But I've seen him play much worse on clay. For those who are worried, here is a little consolation. Last year against Bellucci Rafa played 11 minutes more and played 6 points total more. So this year is slightly better time-on-court-wise for the first round.

We should give credit to the opponent. He played quite decent and had nothing to lose.

l_mac
05-26-2009, 05:12 PM
Rafa is 4th on Lenglen tomorrow.

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/schedule9.html

Metis
05-26-2009, 05:58 PM
I see the main match in Chatrier is Ouanna-Safin :lol:

Metis
05-26-2009, 06:01 PM
:rolleyes:

Bad form explained.

:( This should be discussed at length in the girlfriend thread.



Rafa's Blog:

Day 1

Day 2

Q&A

Blog

Thanks Linda :worship:





Do you sleep well before an important match?
Gabi, Germany

RN: Yes, normally I do. But I have to admit that before the Wimbledon final last year I had more difficulty than usual going to sleep.


:awww:


There seems to be an increasingly amount of attention paid to fashion in tennis these days. What's your favorite Nike outfit that you've worn so far in your career?
Julia, London

RN: Actually I like very much the one I will be wearing tomorrow in Roland Garros.

:rocker2:

GuiroNl
05-26-2009, 06:37 PM
Hello all.

I have heard that one of the doctors present at RG has said on Radio RG that Nadal has some sort of injury that he sustained in yesterday's match. I haven't been able to find anything to confirm this.

Can somebody here confirm or refute?

cmurray
05-26-2009, 07:07 PM
Hello all.

I have heard that one of the doctors present at RG has said on Radio RG that Nadal has some sort of injury that he sustained in yesterday's match. I haven't been able to find anything to confirm this.

Can somebody here confirm or refute?

:speakles:

But he said he was feeling fine! :bigcry:

GuiroNl
05-26-2009, 07:11 PM
:speakles:

But he said he was feeling fine! :bigcry:

Err...

So is it true? Or are you just worried :).

It is supposed to have been said today by this doctor, but again, I myself haven't been able to find anything to confirm this.

Aenea
05-26-2009, 07:54 PM
Pfff I go to GM I read Novotny has said Rafa's career was almost over, I come here I read some doctor has said Rafa was injured :rolleyes: Unless I hear it from Nadals camp or I see Rafa retiring from a match I won't believe any of "I heard, I read..."

Good luck tomorrow, Rafa. Vamos :rocker2: Hopefully Simon won't take 5 hours to finish his match :unsure:

l_mac
05-26-2009, 08:10 PM
Hello all.

I have heard that one of the doctors present at RG has said on Radio RG that Nadal has some sort of injury that he sustained in yesterday's match. I haven't been able to find anything to confirm this.

Can somebody here confirm or refute?

Toni and his doctor said that he did something to his left knee in practise before the match. Nothing to worry about too much they said. We'll see.

GuiroNl
05-26-2009, 08:56 PM
Toni and his doctor said that he did something to his left knee in practise before the match. Nothing to worry about too much they said. We'll see.

Thanks

Johnny Groove
05-26-2009, 08:56 PM
He should wear the knee straps again.

Laba
05-27-2009, 12:03 AM
Here's to hoping for a quick one against Gaba and yes, he should start strapping both knees again.

MariaV
05-27-2009, 07:13 AM
LInda hasn't posted these yet? :D

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
TODAY:
Not much today, just the usual day off after a match. It is true that after the first round match, the tension is not the same as it was last year on the day off before the final. IT is a day that I thought about the match yesterday. Analyze what I did right (not too many things) and what I did wrong. Try to correct things. I went to practice with that mentality, thinking on the things I have to improve. It is important to have a close look at things. Tennis is not maths and you just can't see things and automatically change them, you need to work on them at the practice.

MY TEAM: Now that the tournament has just started, I wanted to talk about the people here with me. I have most of my team here with me this week. Each one of them has its role and they also support me when is needed. My coach and uncle Toni, my physio Rafel Maymo are the ones that came with me on Wednesday night last week. Carlos Costa, my manager, came on Thursday morning and left. He is back in Paris now and I am sure he would have loved to be in Rome tomorrow watching his team FC Barcelona. Benito, "filete Barbadillo", my PR guy came for the weekend and left Sunday night. He is coming back tomorrow. The doctor, Angel Cotorro, is also here and is a great help in case things go wrong with any injury that might happen. Roy Sakaguchi from Nike is also here, he is part of the team as well as Tuts who will be coming later in the tournament if I am still here.

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/05/on-the-practice-court-looking-to-put-things-right-.html

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
We know you support Real Madrid and Manchester United, but your uncle famously played for Barcelona. So who will you be supporting in the Champions League final?
Jackie, London

RN: Hi Jackie, tricky question? The answer is easy, I am Spanish so I would like to see the Spanish team win. I like ManU a lot and I always play with them at Play Station but Barcelona is Spain so I will cheer for them. If they would be playing another team not Spanish, I would support them. It will be an interesting match.

Where do you plan to watch the match?
Kate, Wigan

RN: Well I have been scheduled last match tomorrow so it could be I watch it on-site after my match. If not I plan to watch it at my hotel with my team and other players staying there as well.

Who's better at football, you or Andy Murray?
Robert, Wapping

RN: I don't know. Good question. We both like football a lot and I see him paying foot-tennis too. He's pretty good.

Who do you want Real Madrid to buy this summer?
Pepe, Valencia

RN: I don't know. I have my favorite players but this has to be done professionally and with an idea of team according to budgets. Too difficult to answer like this.

What do you think of the Harry Potter movies? Have you watched any of them?
Nicole Chia, Singapore

RN: I have seen a couple, not all of them. I liked them.

Do you think that gamesmanship is a necessary part of sporting success.
Emma

RN: Absolutely. this is very important. In the end sport is a game, tennis is a game. When it's over, it's over and the competition stays on-court.

Do you that Roger Federer becoming a father will have an impact on his tennis (negative or positive)?
Julia

RN: I don't know, you wuld have to ask him and ask those who have been tennis players and had babies. I would think so in a positive way.

What are some of your favourite websites that you like to visit?
Zainab Sairafi

RN: I always look at the press, sport press to see what's going on. I also look at other websites of things that I like.

Are you happy with changes made this year by the ATP? Is there a way to make the schedule less demanding for players?
Gwen

RN: Not many changes to be honest. The calendar last year was a bit crazy, but specially for being an Olympic year. I would have liked Monte Carlo to stay as a Mandatory Event but in the end almost every top player was there anyway.

You have said that you really like your new pink outfit. Does it disappoint you that you can only wear white at Wimbledon?
Ashvini, London

RN: No, it doesn't. I like this outfit but I also know that Wimbledon has it's rules so I respect that.


http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/05/questions-for-rafa-who-will-you-be-supporting-in-the-champions-league-final.html

Aenea
05-27-2009, 01:15 PM
From Rafa official site

After a day’s rest and a ‘full-on training session’, Rafa will return to his beloved French Open clay courts today in the last match of the day. The World No.1 will face Russia’s Teimuraz Gabashvili in the second round of the tournament, in front of hundreds of fans who will be waiting for him at the Suzanne Lenglen stadium.

Yesterday afternoon, Rafa trained for a couple of hours under a dull Paris sky, and prepared himself for his second meeting against the Russian. The pair met for the first time at the beginning of the season at the Miami Masters Series event, which Rafa won in straight sets: 6-2, 6-2.

Against Gabashvili, Rafa expects to play better than he did in the first round (so do we :p) because he felt “he was standing around more than usual, and that extra hundredth-of-a-second [wasted] could change things [drastically],” said Rafa, “I’ve played short, without a real game plan and without consistency. I have to [make sure] I play more inside the court and that my shots hurt more.”( :bigclap:)

“I trust and hope [my presence at] the tournament is long, so that I can adapt, get better and have a better feeling,” concluded Rafael.

Now, let’s not forget that today is also a very exciting day for soccer fans, who like Rafa, will be following closely tonight’s Champion’s League final between Manchester United and Barcelona.

Rafa of course, is very excited about it and as he shared with his fans yesterday on his blog, he hopes he can watch it “on-site after my match,” depending what time he finishes ( make it quick, pls ). Otherwise he will watch it “at my hotel with my team and other players staying there as well”.

And for those who are wondering, Rafa will be supporting Barcelona. “I like ManU a lot and I always play with them at Play Station but Barcelona is Spain so I will cheer for them.”


http://www.rafaelnadal.com/nadal/en/home

No mention of any injury or pain but "full-on training session" :D Go, Rafi :inlove:

Metis
05-27-2009, 05:44 PM
Nadal-Gabashvili 6-1 6-4 6-2

Better today, no? :D

Metis
05-27-2009, 06:40 PM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2009-05-27/200905271243448352649.html

RAFAEL NADAL/T.Gabashvili
6‑1, 6‑4,6‑2

Aninterview with:
RAFAELNADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.

Q. Fitness‑wise, do you feel you were sharper in this match than in thefirst round?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Yes. Ifeel well, no? I felt well in the first match, too. I think I played a little bit better today than the first day, so that's positive thing.
Yeah, I won in three sets, so that's a good thing, too, no? Very happy to be in the third round now, no?

Q. Also, in the first round, I think you broke Borg's record for the numberof straight victories. Now I think youhave 30 straight victories at the French Open. What does this record mean to you?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I don't care to try to haveresult, without thinking about this record, no? Happy for this record, but important thing is have good result, play mybest tennis and try to be there the second Sunday, no?
Anyway, today ‑‑ sure, isimportant and very nice to have 30 victories in a row at Roland Garros. Very happy for that, but just focus on thismatch, no?

Q. Were you surprised to play on the Susan Lenglen and not on the PhilippeChatrier?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I always play second round on SusanLenglen.

Q. Were you worried, because of the rain, the match was going to stop. You would start playing again at 8:45.

RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. Were you worried that the rain would stop the match and that you wouldthen go back on court at 8:45?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no. I was worried ‑‑ not for that. I was worried, because always is good to have one day off during thetournament like this, because you can practice. You can prepare the next match better than if you go on court next daywith 5‑2, 4‑2, no?
So I was a little bit scared on that. Sure, this is positive if I can watch thefinal now, too?

Q. Lleyton Hewitt is two sets up in his second‑round match, so you'relikely to face him in the third round. What do you make of that?

RAFAEL NADAL: Always, it's a very tough match to playagainst Lleyton. I have to play well tohave chances to win, so that's what I want try. I play my best tennis. I going tohave chances.

Q. Compared to the best level you can play, how many percent would you sayit is right now?

RAFAEL NADAL: That's impossible to say. I don't know, but sure, I can play better,yeah. I hope.

Q. I think you chatted with readers from the Spanish newspaper in El Mundo,and in that newspaper you said that you thought Djokovic right now was a biggerthreat than Federer. Could you commenton that?

RAFAEL NADAL: I never say that. No, I never say that. I always say if you ask me who had the betterclay season this year, was I think, my opinion, was Novak. Then the rest, no, after me. He played final in Monte‑Carlo, final in Rome, and semifinals in Madrid with very tough match against me, youknow.
So when he won in Belgrade, he played really good tennis. That's what's my feeling. But anyway, both are really good players,and ‑‑ but they are on other side of draw. I think about my draw.

THE MODERATOR: Spanish questions, please.

Q. Well, thank you for coming to meet us that soon after your match. So was everything organized as you wanted itto be today?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, well, I asked to play earlier than that,but, you know, you can't decide. We haveto comply with what's organized, so I had to play the fourth match. I accepted it. I'm here to play at Roland Garros and off towatch the soccer game tonight.

Q. Did you think that you would finish the game that quickly?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I thought about it, because I wanted tofinish before the rain. I didn't thinkabout it because I wanted to watch soccer tonight. You know, I'm a professional. All I want is to win my matches. I don't have football in mind all the time,don't you think I have?

Q. I guess you're much happier with what you did today than you were foryour first match?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I did play better today. I had better feelings, and I was very happy Iplayed in three sets, and very happy I'm making in the third round.
So I try and improve every day,because next round is going to be difficult. I should be playing Lleyton Hewitt, and he is a big opponent.

Metis
05-27-2009, 06:47 PM
...and here are some photos because you can't get enough of that pink shirt :hearts:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090527/capt.rog18405271626.france_tennis_french_open_rog1 84.jpg






"I can't believe Linda and Andreea don't like my new shirt"


http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090527/capt.xrog18505271724.france_tennis_french_open_xro g185.jpg

MariaV
05-27-2009, 07:02 PM
Maria likes your new shirt Rafa baby, and Maria will like it even more with the RG trophy next Sunday. :D :D :D :kiss: :angel:

l_mac
05-27-2009, 07:06 PM
So Rafa asked to play early and they didn't help him out?

:fiery:

In unrelated news, I see Federer is playing 2nd tomorrow.

Metis
05-27-2009, 07:13 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/1/en/news/newsarticle_3796.asp



Nadal Posts Record 30th Match Win

Four-time defending champion Rafael Nadal posted a record 30th straight match win at Roland Garros, defeating Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in his second round match Wednesday in Paris. With the victory, the 22-year-old Spaniard eclipsed Chris Evert’s previous record of 29 consecutive match wins at the clay-court Grand Slam, set between 1974 and 1981.

Nadal, the reigning ATP World Tour Champion, saved all four break points on serve – including three in the opening game – while capitalising on five of his 13 opportunities to dispatch the World No. 72 in two hours and 17 minutes.

The Spaniard could set another record this fortnight at Roland Garros, where he is attempting to become the first player to win five successive titles. He and Bjorn Borg (1978-81) are the only players to have captured the title four straight years. Nadal is undefeated at Roland Garros since making his debut appearance in 2005, and has dropped just seven sets total through his 30 matches. Last year, he clinched the title without the loss of a set.

MariaV
05-27-2009, 07:15 PM
Linda, the French hate Rafa with a passion, so what else is new? :shrug: NID. :cool:

Aenea
05-27-2009, 07:33 PM
Linda, the French hate Rafa with a passion, so what else is new? :shrug: NID. :cool:

I know that they support Rogi with the same passion they hate Rafa but if in the finals are Rafa and Nole who are they going to support? What are the sentiments of the Frenchies about Novak? I don't remember from the last 2 years how they felt about him.

Foxy
05-27-2009, 08:27 PM
I've been away from Rafa's forum and MTF for day or so busy at work. I read the crap about knee issue. Hope everything is fine now.
I didn't get to see today's match but from the highlights and the stats it looks like a very comfortable win. Far better than the first round match. The match duration was in the limits I like. Every best-of-5 match below 2:30h is healthy enough for him. Hope he keeps that trend until semis.

Good luck against Lleyton, mate. I happen to like lleyton as well. :)

Laba
05-28-2009, 07:15 AM
I'm really sick of the French crowd... they're way too annoying and especially their attitude towards Safin. :(

Anyway, for Rafa... it's two down, five to go. Hewitt will try hard but I see a comfortable straight sets win for Nadal but hmm, Ferrer needing five sets to put Kiefer away seemed dodgy so maybe Pics isn't in good form. Anyway, biggest threat before the final is still Nando and that match will hopefully be a good one, unlike those I saw in the 1000's earlier.

MariaV
05-28-2009, 05:44 PM
Yesterday's blog entry.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Congratulations to 'perfect' Barca, but tennis will always come first

Hi everyone,

TENNIS AND FOOTBALL
I am writing this blog after the Champions League final. All of us staying here have watched it here at the hotel lobby and the first thing I want to do is congratulate all the Barcelona team. What a fantastic team. The closest thing to perfection!!!. And I say this first since it looks like this is the only thing people were really caring today was about the football match. Sure I wanted to watch it, you know I love football and I watch a lot but it was kind of funny to have questions in the press conference about me wanting to change the match today to play earlier.

I am a professional tennis player and first thing is first for me. The main thing today was to win my match and then, if I had time, watch the football match on TV. In the end I did both. I managed to win and went back to the hotel to watch the match.

DAY OFF
To be honest with you, the only thing I did really care about was to finish the match today. At some point in the third set, it started to rain. I was saying, please, please, let's hope we can finish the match since in these kind of tournaments it is important to have that day off to practice and improve those things that didn't work well. If the match would have not been finished then you have to go back tomorrow,
warm up for those games and who knows. If you win, you really have that kind of day that doesn't allow you to do much.

TOMORROW
As I say day off with no match but early practice at 11 am to continue to try to improve things. After that I have a promotional action with the Balearic Islands who apart from being my homeland I also support
them and will meet with them at 4 pm together with International media.

Thanks
Rafa


http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/05/congractulations-to-perfect-barca-but-tennis-still-comes-first-.html

And the Q & A


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Because you have never lost a match at Roland Garros do you feel more and more pressure the longer you remain undefeated? Steve, Yorkshire
RN: No, not really. I feel the same. I only look at what comes ahead of me, not behind.

Is your left arm bigger and stronger than your right? Claire, Berkshire
RN: Now that I look at it it is bigger...

How does it feel to beat Bjorn Borg's record of 28 unbeaten matches in Paris? Caverley, Chichester
RN: I actually don't pay too much attention to that. I suppose those numbers are for the day when I retire. Now I only look at this tournament.

Do you plan to go to South Africa next year to watch Spain try and win the World Cup? Javidan, New York
RN: I would love to but I don't think I'll have time.

You have won so many titles in your career, what makes you keep wanting to win more? Lorraine, UK
RN: I love the competition and I love tennis. That gives me the motivation and also the fact that I see I can win.

According to Nikolay Davydenko the courts in Paris are much faster this year. Do you agree? Leana
RN: I don't really feel much difference but the conditions today where a bit heavier due to the weather.

What is the bravest thing you've ever done? Trisha Slade, London
RN: I don't really know. I suppose what I do in tennis?

Do you use the same locker as you have done in previous years? Zainab
RN: Yes I do, or at last nearby... Let's put it this way, same area...

If you were stuck on a desert island name one thing you'd want to have with you. It can't be a person. Louise
RN: I prefer not be stuck on that... :-)



http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/05/questions-for-rafa-how-does-it-feel-to-break-borgs-record-at-roland-garros.html

Metis
05-28-2009, 06:04 PM
Rafa is playing 3rd in Chatrier tomorrow:


http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/schedule11.html

Aenea
05-28-2009, 06:11 PM
Good Luck vs Hewitt, Rafi http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-love009.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

Vamos http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-gen013.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

born_on_clay
05-28-2009, 07:56 PM
Vamos Rafito :)
I love you

MariaV
05-29-2009, 06:59 AM
Our Rafa working hard as always, another blog entry. :D :worship:

Friday, May 29, 2009
Anxious for revenge on Lleyton for a golf thrashing

Hello everyone,

Had a nice day today. I like the fact to play the match the day before and today simply wake up thinking I have to go to the tournament site to practice and work on some specific things. I say this since yesterday with the rain there we could have not finished the match. I said it yesterday and I repeat it today. It is very inconvenient at a tournament like this to have to play everyday. Like this, with no play today, things are easier since I just got to the courts in the morning, practiced at 11am, ate, and attended a promotional activity with the Balearic Islands people and government.

You all know, the ones who follow me, that I am always referring to the Balearic Island as my favourite place for holidays. I really like the place, and I am lucky to have been born there since I have it right there. Sure that there are a lot of places out there in the world that are really nice and interesting, but I am honest, very honest when I say that my favorite place are the Balearic Islands. I find it a place where you can find almost everything. Nice weather, nice locations like beaches, cities, culture, food, nice people... in the end this is it. So believe me I am honest when I say this. And I went to their gig today since I am also collaborating with them in the promotion of the islands. Tourism is very important there, the main industry, so it just makes sense.

Well, tomorrow more competition for me and a great match for the fans. I play Lleyton Hewitt who by the way I like a lot as a person. I have had the chance to know him these years I have been playing and he has always been very nice to me, and I am very thankful. Maybe the only exception is when we played golf last year in Miami and he literally killed me... Since them we haven't played again and I am really looking forward to that. But seriously now, tomorrow it will be a great match, I am sure, and I am really excited about this one.

Thanks all.
Rafa

The Lleyton part dedicated to HIlde. ;) :D

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/05/anxious-for-revenge-on-lleyton-for-a-golf-thrashing.html

And the Q & A from today.

Friday, May 29, 2009
Questions from The Times

If Real Madrid had been playing in last night's Champions League final would you have found it more difficult to keep your mind on tennis?
Neil

RN: No, it would have been the same. As I said yesterday I am a tennis professional and first thing is first. The most important thing for me is this tournament I am playing and if I have time for other things then I do them. Still I think everything is compatible.

What is your first memory of watching or even playing sport as a child?
Tim

RN: I always, since I was a little kid that I don't even remember I have been playing. Sport is fun, and I played to do sports, for fun.

How hard was it to miss last season's Davis Cup final through injury? Did you find it painful to watch?
Ben

RN: It is tough, for sure. I would have loved to be there and at the Masters in Shanghai. It was very unfortunate for me although the team did great and won. I am happy to have contributed at the ties I played, specially in Madrid.

Questions from readers

Did you feel sorry for Manchester United after their defeat by Barcelona last night, because I know you also like them?
Beccy, Wales

RN: I do like them, but Barcelona is a Spanish team so I wanted them to win. I am happy for them.

Lleyton Hewitt fights as hard as anyone on court and never gives up, are you preparing yourself for a battle?
David, Scotland

RN: sure, I am always preparing my self. This is exactly what I say to every media who asks me about a potential final. Lleyton is a great player with a great history on this sport and it won't be easy that's for sure.

How are your knees at the moment?
Kate, Liverpool

RN: Very good, thanks. I am feeling good.

If you could change one rule in tennis what would it be?
Isle, Hong Kong

RN: I think I am going to keep this one to my self and discuss it at the next player council meeting. It is not just one...

Do you find it hard to balance your tennis life with you personal life?
Divya Babu

RN: No, right now I know that tennis is most part of my life and I accept it. I also have my personal life and I only ask for respect.

Other than the Spanish players, who are you closest to on the tour?
Eleinee Lopez, Melbourne

RN: Argentinian Juan "Pico" Monaco is one of my best friends.

I’ve noticed this year you are carrying an extra bag onto court for your matches. Why?
Juanita

RN: No, I always carried my Babolat racquet bag and the Nike bag with some extra clothes and shoes.

What was your worst subject at school?
Ashvini, London

RN: Let me tell you that once I got an F at Physical Education...

Many great players become coaches once they retire, although I hope you are a long way from retirement, have you considered what you might do? Would you like to become a coach perhaps?
Sam, Cornwall

RN: No, not yet and I am not sure I could do it right...

If you had to describe yourself in one word what would you say?
Nafeea, Trinidad and Tobago

RN: Normal

Any chance of you turning into a professional golfer once you're done with tennis?
Esperia, London

RN: I probably would like to but I think it will be too difficult. I just play for fun.


http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/05/questions-for-rafa-how-i-once-failed-pe-and-my-hopes-of-following-in-tigers-footsteps.html

star
05-29-2009, 01:25 PM
An F in physical education :rolls:

Normal. :hearts: Poor guy is so delusional. :) :)

Thanks for posting those, Maria! :hatoff:

kaylee
05-29-2009, 02:30 PM
morning all - yes you can read Rafa's blog eacg day the link is on his website - btw he is playing now and Hewitt just broke back - vamos Rafa!

Metis
05-29-2009, 03:30 PM
Nadal-Hewitt 6-1 6-3 6-1 :sport:

MariaV
05-29-2009, 03:36 PM
Rafa won 6-1 6-3 6-1.
Hehe, was it really necessary to check that last serve, even if it was an ace, the Frenchies will hate him even more now. :awww: And he would've won anyway.

acionescu
05-29-2009, 03:45 PM
Metis, I don't like your new title :( Where is your humility? :smash: Taken from your Fedtard day, no doubt...:mad:

born_on_clay
05-29-2009, 04:12 PM
Vamos Rafa
Great match :)
Good luck in next round

Foxy
05-29-2009, 07:09 PM
Scary good! Awesome play. Below 2h. Keep it up, mate. Vamos.

fedtards are pissing their pants as we speak.

Metis
05-29-2009, 07:19 PM
Metis, I don't like your new title :( Where is your humility? :smash: Taken from your Fedtard day, no doubt...:mad:


Rafa has enough humble for the whole town. No need for more. :shrug:

Metis
05-29-2009, 07:31 PM
Today's interview:


http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2009-05-29/200905291243624087099.html



R. NADAL/L.Hewitt
6‑1, 6‑3,6‑1

Aninterview with:
RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions inEnglish first, please.

Q. That was a really great match today from your side. Are you close to maybe your best? What are your thoughts about that? How did you feel on the court?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I feel, yeah, I feel much better todaythan the other days. I improved a littlebit every day. I play better the secondday than the first. Today is importantimprove, no? Always a win againstLleyton is a very good news. Youmust be playing well.
So I won 6‑1, 6‑3, 6‑1, so isamazing result for me. Very happy for bein fourth round right now.

Q. I know you're not happy with some of the rules from the world antidopingagency. Could you tell me again why youthink that these rules are so problematic?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, always the same, no? Always when I say something, later youwrite. I am the first one who wants thesport totally clean, no, the tennis totally clean.
But I think, I don't know ifit's ‑‑ well, I don't know, no. Iknow that's not correct. Have to reserveone hour every day for the antidoping, no? I think it's not nice they are at your room at 8:00 in the morning. They call you and say, We are here, and youhave two more hours for sleep, no?
I think that's not nice. And the second thing is we have to work inanother matter. That's what I feel,no? Because I against this new rule,no? (Through translation.) It would bebetter, but never mind.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish, please.

Q. What were you saying in English? Could you repeat this in Spanish?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, yes. You know, people write all sorts of things, and, you know, things werewritten in the papers here in France. I wouldn't say stupid things, but I wouldlike this sport to be as clean as possible.
There's no doubt about what Isaid. You see, of course there are thosewho cheat, should be punished. This isall. When you practice this type ofsport, what is important is that, you know, they have to find me and know whereI play.
These guys have to know where Iplay. I was on Monday in Madrid. I was with my friends. Then I have a bath. My mother called me. She told me the guys were in my house in Madrid. It was my only free evening. I have to take this antidoping control. It was the same several days ago. Ferrer and Fernando were tested as well, at6:00 a.m. because they had to play from 6:00 to 7:00, or they had just played,or rather they had played a five‑set match. It's crazy.
I don't know if, from the legalpoint of view, this is correct. That is,to know where you are every single moment of your life, and to account forthis. This is what I think.
I don't think this is a right thingto do. It's wrong. It's a high price to pay to practice yoursport, to play tennis. I want tennis to beas clean as possible, of course. This iscrystal clear. But there's room formaneuvering. You see, there's a certaintype of leeway.

Q. In Australia, during a press conference you've talked about this, and Irealize that nothing has changed. Itseems that nothing will change.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I have the impression that all theplayers say the same about this. I don'tknow if there's one player who says something different, but I don't thinkso. The vast majority are against thisrule.

Q. How could players be against this?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, that's not what I meant. And I don't want to keep on talking aboutthis during the whole press conference. You know, we're all players. That's all it is.
I know that drugs is not an easymatter to deal with, but we've paid the price for this. And, in fact, the ITF should takemeasures. I don't have the impressionthat it's good to put so much pressure on us. They harass us, I think.
The ITF should do something aboutit, otherwise we could perhaps come up with another solution, another remedy,another solution for us to play tennis in a more tranquil way.
You know, if I lose tomorrow, I'llgo back to Mallorca, and who will know where Iam if I have no access to Internet, if I don't send e‑mails to my family?
Now, if they knock at my door in Mallorca, they're going to give me a warning. It's happened to Carlos before. They sent him a warning, and this is mostunfair.

Q. I promise it's going to be the very last question on drugs orantidoping. This year it seems thatthere are more tests. In addition to theinternational federation, there are more tests. What do you think about this?

RAFAEL NADAL: More analyses?

Q. Yes. More than what is done bythe ITF. It seems that the French agencyhas decided to carry out more tests. What has happened to Gasquet, for instance.

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I don't know anything about this. I think that this is not yet clear. Okay, Gasquet has been tested. Isupport him. I'm certain that he's nottaking anything. He's not takingcocaine. I know him. He's a good friend of mine, and I discussedthis with him last week.
No, no, impossible. He's most certainly not taking cocaine. You know what the world is like today. You know, when you go to a party, anythingcan happen these days. If you kiss agirl who's taken cocaine, anything can happen, and that's the truth. That's reality, and this can destroy yourlife or your career, rather, and this is most unfair.
You know, I wanted totell him again that I support him fully. He's got my total support. I toldhim on the phone, and sometimes I think these measures go too far and they'remost unfair.

Q. Now, let's talk about the match. I suppose you're happy. Your gameis developing nicely, and we've seen that since the first round. You've changed. You've evolved. What about your feelings? Is it like last year's?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, last year I didn't play that well duringthe third round. But what is importantis what has happened so far.
Each day I play better,and I think, you know, this is what it's all about. I have to improve daily. I'm happy, really. My backhand is good. To start with, I played good shots. My drive is better.
You know, when it was 3to 2, I was up 3‑2, and then Love‑30, that was good. I managed to fight back. But at the end ofthe day, the result was good, which is excellent news.

Metis
05-30-2009, 03:23 PM
The Nadal-Soderling match is 3rd on Chatrier tomorrow.


OOP for Sunday:

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/schedule13.html

MariaV
05-30-2009, 04:26 PM
It was the same several days ago. Ferrer and Fernando were tested as well, at6:00 a.m. because they had to play from 6:00 to 7:00, or they had just played,or rather they had played a five‑set match. It's crazy.

:scratch: So how was it with Ferrer and Verdasco? :confused: Can they come to to test you at 6 am? I understand every player has to report the place where he is for one hour every day, and let's say Rafa does it for 8 am every day as then he for sure is in his hotel or home. But can the antidoping people call and come at any other hour then too? Like at 6 am or pm? :scratch:

MariaV
05-30-2009, 04:33 PM
Today's blog entry from our diligent Rafa. :D

Saturday, May 30, 2009

I am starting to get back to my best at Roland Garros

Hi everyone,

Short one today since I got pretty late to the hotel to do this blog tonight. I was supposed to come back from the site pretty fast after the match and all the media conference and interviews but stayed there doing some work with my physio Rafa Maymo. In the end I got back around 8.30 pm and by the time we went out for dinner it was 10 pm. The time simply goes very fast (in all senses) so here I am at almost 1 am writing this blog.

We went to one of my favourite restaurants here in Paris and had one of the best Tuna steaks I have ever eaten. Really good. We were 10 people tonight so what it looked like a late dinner with only a few turned into a typically Spanish late dinner with 10 people around a table. It was good that it was that late otherwise I am sure we would have not found place to eat almost anywhere.

I normally don't eat that late, maximum to go out is 9.30 pm which is late for most of you, right? By the way, I remember an interview I did earlier in Rome this year and when a journalist asked me about the things that get me upset and I said jokingly that my uncle Toni wants me to go earlier for dinner so I can come back to the hotel earlier to get more rest. Today Toni was with us and he didn't complain much for going so late :-). In the end there are not that many things that get me upset... and that was reported every where....

Regarding my match, I really felt great today on court. As I said in the past days, the slow start that I had was nothing new. I always had these kind of starts here and now with the first 3 matches played I am feeling more comfortable playing.

Thanks.

Rafa


http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/05/i-am-starting-to-get-back-to-my-best-at-roland-garros.html

MariaV
05-30-2009, 04:40 PM
And the Q & A part. :D

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Questions from The Times

Were you surprised at how comfortably you beat Lleyton Hewitt today?
RN: I think I played a very solid match and played very comfortable. I am really finding my best tennis.

Do you feel you are beginning to get back to your best after today's win?
RN: I have been practicing really well since I got here but when it got to the matches I have been not that consistent playing well. I think today, specially in the third set, I really found my best tennis back. I hope it stays and continues.

Robin Soderling, the No 23 seed, is next up, what do you know about him?
RN: He is a dangerous player and in Rome we played a very good match,. The result was not as easy as it looks. :lol:

Who of your rivals has impressed you most this week so far?
RN: I think that it is too early to pay attention to this. The tournament is long and there are still days to go that could change many things.

Questions from the fans

What was your most disappointing moment on the tennis court? Javidan Karkaria
RN: When you lose something that you feel you could have won.

Since you are on the road all the time, how many suitcases of clothes do you have to lug around? Amy, Houston, Texas
RN: I travel with a lot of stuff to be honest with you. Sometimes too much and I have to pay many times overweight... It is not only clothes but also other things such as computer, DVDs, play station, etc.

What is the one piece of advice you would give to youngsters who want to take up tennis as a professional? Shani, Cheshire
RN: To have fun, and to have fun. This is the most important thing. Then to practice hard and believe on what they are doing.

You like playing tennis on clay, but do you also like making things with clay (i.e., pottery?). Have you ever used a potter's wheel? Paul, London
RN: No, not really. Never tried.

Is there any difference in the way you approach a five-set match from the way you approach a three-set match? Do you eat differently, or pace yourself differently? Patricia, New York
RN: Absolutely. There is a big difference since both physically and mentally the match is very different.

What is your favourite sandwich filling? Julie Westbrook-Finch
RN: Tuna, but I am not a big sandwich eater.

You looked pretty shocked when a cat ran across the court in Doha this year. Do you have any pets? Judith Bell
RN: No, I don't.

Have you ever been on a scary airplane ride? Amanda, United States
RN: Yeah, sure , sometimes. Lot of bounces but I have been told that there is no real danger on that. It is very safe to travel by plane.


http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/05/ask-rafa-dealing-with-scary-plane-journeys-and-tuna-sandwiches.html

Metis
05-30-2009, 04:44 PM
Thanks Maria :D

The question about pottery :spit: :rolls:

Aenea
05-30-2009, 06:50 PM
:wavey: hey Aussie! who's going to be the winner then according to you?

novak. by the way been long time flem flem :)

Some dreams just don't come true :awww: Don't be sad http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-hug005.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) , next year ... perhaps.

Rafi baby good luck tomorrow http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-love017.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) Don't give Soda any chances.

Vamos http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-happy110.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

MariaV
05-30-2009, 08:49 PM
God I don't know if I can watch baby Rafa against that evil Söderling. :scared: :unsure: Matbe I'll switch to the Lenglen court for that time instead. :tape: :bolt:
And of course Nole just had to go out and make Roger's draw ridiculously easy, now just give the smug Roger the RG trophy and the Wimbledon trophy and the US Open trophy and the next 20 GS trophies. :(

tangerine_dream
05-30-2009, 09:27 PM
John McEnroe said that Andre Agassi will present the winner's trophy on Sunday. :banana:

Getta
05-30-2009, 10:29 PM
Today's blog entry from our diligent Rafa. :D

The Greeks, like the Spaniards, eat late; 9.00 pm could be considered early for dinner. Guess that most of you would find it quite difficult to adjust to the eating habits of Mediterraneans. :angel:

Thanks, Maria :)

cmurray
05-30-2009, 11:02 PM
John McEnroe said that Andre Agassi will present the winner's trophy on Sunday. :banana:

:inlove: Andre :worship::worship::worship:

star
05-30-2009, 11:53 PM
The Greeks, like the Spaniards, eat late; 9.00 pm could be considered early for dinner. Guess that most of you would find it quite difficult to adjust to the eating habits of Mediterraneans. :angel:

Thanks, Maria :)

I think so. I have friends who eat late. It seems that they never get dinner on the table until 9 or after. So, I just drink a lot of wine when I go over there. :lol:

Thanks Maria for everything!! :hatoff:

l_mac
05-31-2009, 12:59 AM
:hearts:

BiV6RGYdaUk

wilmar
05-31-2009, 01:33 AM
And of course Nole just had to go out and make Roger's draw ridiculously easy, now just give the smug Roger the RG trophy and the Wimbledon trophy and the US Open trophy and the next 20 GS trophies. :(

plus a box or two of kleenex tissue ;)

wildegirl05
05-31-2009, 01:38 AM
that interview pains me. the h*** issues were front and center :(

cmurray
05-31-2009, 02:01 AM
that interview pains me. the h*** issues were front and center :(

I know. :sad:

Metis
05-31-2009, 09:44 AM
John McEnroe said that Andre Agassi will present the winner's trophy on Sunday. :banana:

Hopefully, he won't present it to another surprise winner. :( :lol:



:hearts:

BiV6RGYdaUk


Rafito :inlove:

Nothing wrong with the μαλλι' :shrug:

MariaV
05-31-2009, 10:44 AM
Yes Metis, I don't know what h*** issues they're talking about. :shrug:

MariaV
05-31-2009, 10:46 AM
And here your daily blog entry. :D

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Catch the cheats but let us have our privacy too

Hi Everyone,

I am writing this blog today with a lot of will to talk about my press conference yesterday. It was all questions about the Anti-doping controls in tennis. But I am not going to talk much about this yet since I think it would be quite a long post. I am going to leave it for tomorrow in the case I win and that I will have more time to write about it.

In any case, some people tell me that I should not be talking about these things. I know it might not be politically correct and that it doesn't benefit me in any way. Why? Because some people might think I don't want to have controls or whatever. Wrong. That is COMPLETELY wrong. I am in favour of a clean sport and to have controls to catch the cheaters in case there are any (I believe tennis is a very clean sport). But I do ask for a bit of respect with our privacy and the right that we have under the law to have that bit of privacy. As I say maybe I will explain all this tomorrow and I will say, once again, what I think, because I am convinced about it.

So, today I simply had a normal easy practice day. Nothing really special. Well yes, I did have some time in the afternoon to have a little walk in Paris and even went shopping for something I needed. I don't say what it was so that you have some more questions to ask for tomorrow :-)

Many thanks

Rafa


Sneeky Rafa. ;) And no Q & A this time. :awww:

Castafiore
05-31-2009, 10:52 AM
Yes Metis, I don't know what h*** issues they're talking about. :shrug:
Me neither. :shrug:

Google translates μαλλι as wool. :shrug:

Metis
05-31-2009, 11:08 AM
Me neither. :shrug:

Google translates μαλλι as wool. :shrug:

It also means hair. :p The plural 'μαλλια' can be used too.

Aenea
05-31-2009, 11:26 AM
So, today I simply had a normal easy practice day. Nothing really special.

I hope so is the match today but I fear the ugly Toad will put up a fight and give Rafa a hard time :scared: They all try their best against him :( Be ready, baby :scared:

Venga Rafi :rocker2:

thanks for all articles and info you post here guys :wavey:

Castafiore
05-31-2009, 12:20 PM
It also means hair. :p The plural 'μαλλια' can be used too.
I figured as much ;) but I'm just going to assume that they were talking about wool.

Not talking about the hair is not talking about the hair. *** or not. :(

acionescu
05-31-2009, 04:03 PM
Rafa has enough humble for the whole town. No need for more. :shrug:


:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

*post made after the unmentionable beat Rafa :sobbing:

icedevil0289
05-31-2009, 04:04 PM
rafa fans, I am truly am sorry for the loss. To nadal and his fans :hug: :hug: :hug:

Ria
05-31-2009, 04:08 PM
Of all people Rafa had to lose to Robin fucking Soderling :o Unreal :mad:

safinafan
05-31-2009, 04:10 PM
:bigcry: I'm so sorry that Rafa are having to go through this, this is the worst day for him!!!
We love you, Rafa,this is just part of the game!!!
Good luck in wimby :hug:

Aurora
05-31-2009, 04:19 PM
Of all people Rafa had to lose to Robin fucking Soderling :o Unreal :mad:my exact thoughts, starting from set 1. In the fourth set I was still gasping because I just couldn't grasp that mere fact. losing, somewhere understandable, but to the fucking Toad? first time I really need the barf smiley on MTF

Metis
05-31-2009, 04:24 PM
Nadal-Soderling 2-6 7-6 4-6 6-7 :tape:

UN-fucking-REAL :speakles: :eek: :speakles: :eek:



How far will Rafa go in Roland Garros? (a chance to win 2000 points! :hearts:)

1st -
2nd -
3rd -
4th - tennizen
QF - acionescu, l_mac, Metis
SF -
F - wacked82
W - :bibcry:, adee-gee, Aenea, Aurora, Betty, born on clay, DERO, Ex Lion Tamer, finishingmove, Foxy, Getta, Invisible, JolanGago, Laba, LinkMage, MariaV, Minn, NaDALiTa, Naina, nashty, Nitte, rafa maniac, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, star, tangerine dream, wilmar



acionescu, l_mac, Metis, wacked82, :bibcry:, adee-gee, Aenea, Aurora, Betty, born on clay, DERO, Ex Lion Tamer, finishingmove, Foxy, Getta, Invisible, JolanGago, Laba, LinkMage, MariaV, Minn, NaDALiTa, Naina, nashty, Nitte, rafa maniac, Ria, shawshank, SnooFoo, star, tangerine dream, wilmar:

impressive FAIL ladies and gentlemen :hatoff:


http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/fail-owned-lost-bus-fail.jpg?w=500&h=362




tennizen: I bet you didn't expect to win, did you? Congrats! Enjoy your 2000 points :mad:

:lol:


http://failblog.wordpress.com/files/2009/01/fail-owned-floor-sparta-fai.jpg

star
05-31-2009, 04:26 PM
:worship: Tennizen

dorkino
05-31-2009, 04:27 PM
Hema :o.

acionescu
05-31-2009, 04:52 PM
Hema :speakles: :o :(

Minn
05-31-2009, 04:58 PM
Hema :eek:

I'm so glad I saw almost nothing of this match. It's bad enough reading the chat thread about it. Rafa - :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

Xristos
05-31-2009, 05:28 PM
Its all the pink polos fault.

cmurray
05-31-2009, 05:37 PM
Hema :eek:

I'm so glad I saw almost nothing of this match. It's bad enough reading the chat thread about it. Rafa - :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

Yep, me too. It's better when you don't witness the destruction, I guess. :sobbing:

Aenea
05-31-2009, 06:21 PM
Wow, Rafa lost :sad: I'm not shocked he lost but I'm shocked he lost to Sod. I just saw the headline on yahoo and Rafa's pic really made me sad. Poor Rafi :sad: he must be feeling totally spent. Well we all knew this would happen one day but to Toad of all people :mad: I've always hated that guy even before Wimbledon'07.

On to the grass. Looking on the bright side now he'll have more time to rest, recharge and be ready for defending Wimbledon. After all he has 4 RG :shrug: but only 1 Wimbledon. So he better focus on it now.

Put this defeat behind you, Rafi. Queens and Wimbledon are waiting.

Congrats, tennizen :wavey:

JolánGagó
05-31-2009, 06:50 PM
Epic fail.

pressers out?

Metis
05-31-2009, 06:52 PM
not yet

JolánGagó
05-31-2009, 06:54 PM
thanx.

Eden
05-31-2009, 07:02 PM
Here's the presser:

R. SODERLING/R. Nadal

6‑2, 6‑7, 6‑4, 7‑6

An interview with:

RAFAELNADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.

Q. It was a great four‑year winning period. All things had to end, and it happened today, your series of wins. Did you expect such power tennis fromSoderling before the game? Were yousurprised during the match of the way he hit his ball consistently so hard,especially on the forehand, but also in general?

RAFAEL NADAL: No. No, no. He didn't surprise me,because I know how he play, how dangerous he can be. Yesterday I didn't play my best tennis. No, I didn't attack in no one moment. I play very short, and I make him very easyto play at this level.

So when one player bad,must lose. That's what happenedtoday. I have to accept with the samecalm when I win than when I lose. Afterfour years I lose here, and the season continue.

Q. Were you surprised that he was able to sustain the level of play that hedid throughout the match? Did you expecthim, at some stage, to perhaps have a little dip, which he never really did?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know, when, for ‑‑ I playedvery short, you know. I play veryshort. I didn't play great. I didn't play with calm at no one time duringall the match.

That makes him easy toplay at this level during all the match, no? So was my fault, and more than ‑‑ well, sure, he did well. He did very well, but I didn't ‑‑ yeah,I think I didn't play my best tennis. And I didn't play not my best tennis, no? I didn't play my tennis, and for that reasonI lose. That's it.

I congratulate him and keep working hard forthe next tournament.

Q. AndyMurray said to us earlier that the wind was a lot trickier. The wind was a lot more difficult thanperhaps it seemed. Is that the reasonperhaps that you were playing a little too short today in the conditions?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no, no. The wind is there for both players, so no,no? I not going to put any excuse rightnow. I think I played short because Iplayed short. I didn't have my day.

Q. Do you think you maybe played too many tournaments lately? How are you going to prepare for Wimbledon?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, when you lose, always everybody startsto analyze if I play too much. If I'mtired. The true, I won four years in arow playing the same. That's the true. This year I play the same and I lost. What happen? I lost. That's it.

That whathappened. I lost another opportunity towin a big tournament here. Always is abig loss for me. But in the end is onemore match, yeah.

Q. What about the preparation for Wimbledon? Are you going to play Queen's?

RAFAEL NADAL: Right now, my preparation is for the swimmingpool of my house. (laughter.) Yeah, give me three more days to think aboutpreparation for Wimbledon.

Q. You looked tired. Do you feelexhausted? Do you feel tired physicallyand mentally?

RAFAEL NADAL: No.

Q. You look a bit tired.

RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, I feel okay.

Q. You're handling this with humor, but how much really did this hurt, yourfirst loss at Roland Garros, honestly?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, is not my best day today, no? I am not very happy. That's true, no? You know, is tough always losing in a GrandSlam, especially in one Grand Slam where you have the better chance to win thanthe rest than the others.

But I did. I did very well on Wimbledon and in Australia,and semifinals last year in US Open. Ihave to be confident on myself to keepgoing, keep working.

If I lost today, it ‑‑ well, the preparationmentally, I don't know, it wasn't perfect, no?

So I have to work harder to be readyfor the next big events.

Q. Youhad to know this day would come. Are yousurprised it came so quickly?

RAFAEL NADAL: What? (Through translation.)

I don't know. If you think it's soon after four years? (laughter.) Why do you think, no? A lot of playerswon four years here in a row? Is onlyanother one, no?

Q. Youwere so enormously strong last year in Paris. If you compare yourself, your level today andthe last years, are you mentally not that strong as in the last years, orphysically? What's the difference?

RAFAEL NADAL: You know, guys, I lost. That's what I can say. I lost. I didn't play my best tennis today. I have to analyze why I lost today, but I think that the things are moresimple than if I am less strong than before, if I am less prepared mentallythan before.

I think today I didn'tplay my tennis, and I wasn't ready to come back over a good player likeSoderling. We have to analyze that andbe ready for the next confrontations in big, important tournaments, no?

No, I think I was ready for everything. If I wasn't ready here, I don't know when Igonna be ready after winning a lot of tournaments and being my best at start ofthe season, no?

Q. Nowthat you've been knocked out, would you say Andy Murray or Roger Federer is thefavorite to win the title?

RAFAEL NADAL: We will see. I don't know. Davydenko orVerdasco is there. Del Potro I think isthere. We will see. Federer is the favorite, in my opinion.

Q. What is it like playing against Soderling, and do you think he willreach top 10 in the future?

RAFAEL NADAL: How old are him?

Q. 24?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, he can do it. Why not?

THE MODERATOR: Spanish questions, please.

Q. Asfrom the second set, some of us thought that you would be able to win thematch. What made you lose your calm?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I never was calm; that's thetruth. Instead of losing my calm, thematch started off very badly for me. Imean, the second set, I should have won it 6‑4. Then there was wind, and that wasn't good.

Then not being calmenough to face the important points, so I had to fight. But sometimes it's not enough fighting. You have to play a good level of tennis.

And sometimes people think I win because I'mphysically fit, but, no. When I win,it's because I play well, and that wasn't the case today. I must say that at key moments I couldn'ttake the opportunity because I was losing my calm, and I didn't play well.

Q. Youalready answered this question in English, but can you do that in Spanish? Now that Djokovic is out and now that you'reout, who would be your favorite for the final?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, all those in quarterfinal have anopportunity, but Federer is my favorite.

Q. This defeat makes your victories even greater?

RAFAEL NADAL: No. No, defeats never make you grow, but you also realize how difficult whatI achieved up until today was, and this is something you need sometimes. You need a defeat to give value to yourvictories.

I'm 22. Well, 23 in a couple of days. But unfortunately, it's the first time I'mnot going to celebrate my birthday in Roland Garros. I hope I'll be able to celebrate more hereand be back next year and try and win.

Q. Two questions: Apparently younever felt comfortable during that match. How did you accept to walk in this room immediately after the match?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you don't think about this, youknow. I'm not saying this because ofyour question, but with ‑‑ I've stopped playing in altitude two weeks ago,so this is what ‑‑ I need to face the fact I didn't play well thisweek. When I practiced this morning Ifelt good, no? I felt very good, but itwasn't the case during the match.

Well, that's the end ofthe road, and I have to accept it. Ihave to accept my defeat as I accepted my victories: with calm. So I have to stay calm and stay cool‑headed to try and analyze what Idid wrong.

I need to learn, and you learn more when youlose than when you win. I need to workon those points on which I wasn't good, and from there try and do better for mynext tournament.

So as I said, this is not a tragedy,losing here in Paris. It had to happen one day, and this is anexcellent season for me.

Of course it's a bit sad, but I haveto overcome this as quickly as possible.

Q. Wasit the wonderful game level of Soderling on this surface, or because you wereon a bad day or any other phenomenon, like you played in Barcelonathen in Madrid? Maybe you played too many tournaments.

RAFAEL NADAL: Stop it. Stop it. Had I played my bestlevel against Soderling, maybe the results would have been different. But he played a very good level of tennis andI didn't play well, so the results are what they are.

I didn't play at mybest level. I have days like this, andthis was one of those days. I hadsomeone playing very well in front of me.

I'm not going to modify the way I prepare,because I've always prepared in the same way for the last four years. So that wouldn't make sense.

Q. 6‑0,6‑1 when you played Soderling in Rome. That was the last result. So is it because he was very aggressivetoday? Was it having an influence?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, not at all.

Q. Were you surprised by the level of his game?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, not at all. I've seen him playing quite a few times, andthat was not a surprise. It was my gamelevel that was a surprise to me today.

Q. A minute ago you were saying that, well, this day had to happen oneday. So were you prepared, or are yousurprised by this defeat?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, all of us athletes, we know that whenwe walk on the court we can either win or lose. I know it for a fact anything can happen, and I have to accept them bothin the same way.

You cannot collapseeither because you've won a match or because you've lost it. This is sport, and you can have victories ordefeats. No one remembers defeats on thelong run. People remember victories.

So I have to move forward. Well, I have little time left to prepare for Wimbledon, but I have to move forward and try and preparethe best I can.

Q. Whenthe crowd on the central court was supporting you in such a wonderful way, whatdid you feel?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I didn't feel anything, because I'mused to hearing the names of players being shouted, whether the crowd supportsme or supports my opponent.

But it's a shame. I mean, this tournament is so important, sucha beautiful tournament for me. Well,that's the way it is. Maybe at one stagethey supported Soderling more than me, and that was a bit sad.

But I wish when I'm back they can support mea bit more in key moments.

Q. Isthis the worst defeat in your career?

RAFAEL NADAL: Oh, please. I never lost a final. I neverlost here so far. It's my first ‑‑it's the first match I lose. It's theround of 16. So once again, peopleremember about victories and not defeats. So it's not the worst in my career. Not even close to that.

Q. You said that now that you're out, your favorite player is Federer. Now, tell us, who would you like to seewinning the tournament, if you could pick one?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, no. Always one of my compatriots, a Spanish guy.

Q. If there were no one from Spain, would you like Federer towin?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, that would be great. He's tried to win it for many years, and hewas very unfortunate losing three finals and one semifinal. If one guy deserves it, that's him.

Q. Rafa, could you please describe the moment when you met at the changingroom and what you said?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, what we say in the locker room staysthere, and we said nothing. I mean, youwalk in there, you sit on your bench, and you've lost and that's it.

Source: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2009-05-31/200905311243796048503.html

Eden
05-31-2009, 07:15 PM
Before I forget it: I know as a Roger fan how it is like when your favourite player is losing an incredible winning streak. I didn't expect it to happen that Rafa would lose a best of 5 match on clay this year, but he had such a great season so far and I'm sure he will be ready for Wimbledon. Beside this he will remain the main contender for Roland Garros in the upcoming years.

MyPrecious
05-31-2009, 07:21 PM
I've said it once, and I'll say it again, wearing the color yellow = FAIL.

Please, for the love of God, NO MORE YELLOW :mad:

LBrock44
05-31-2009, 07:24 PM
I'm a Fed fan, but I have to say that this young man has so much class. I really think he's one of the best things to happen to the game. Yeah, he's my second favorite player, but if every athlete had the class and wisdom this young man does, sport would be so much better.

You're appreciated Rafa, for all you do for the game. Now, go enjoy that swimming pool and don't get too ready for Wimbledon. I still want Roger to win.

Oh, and I'm sorry it was Soderling you had to lose to. He's such an ass.

tennis2tennis
05-31-2009, 08:50 PM
Q. If there were no one from Spain, would you like Federer towin?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, that would be great. He's tried to win it for many years, and hewas very unfortunate losing three finals and one semifinal. If one guy deserves it, that's him.

Source: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2009-05-31/200905311243796048503.html


bless...:hug:

MariaV
05-31-2009, 09:21 PM
Before I forget it: I know as a Roger fan how it is like when your favourite player is losing an incredible winning streak. I didn't expect it to happen that Rafa would lose a best of 5 match on clay this year, but he had such a great season so far and I'm sure he will be ready for Wimbledon. Beside this he will remain the main contender for Roland Garros in the upcoming years.

Thanks Doris but I'm absolutely sure Rafa won't defend his Queens title and is going to lose in the 2nd round at Wimbledon. :D :D

At least one good thing - we don't have to see this hideous pink shirt any more. :D

Eden
05-31-2009, 09:48 PM
Thanks Doris but I'm absolutely sure Rafa won't defend his Queens title and is going to lose in the 2nd round at Wimbledon. :D :D

He has enough time now to prepare for the 2 grass tournaments. He has proven in the past years that he can play on grass ;) I guess the main question will be how today's loss is going to have an impact to him mentally, but also to other players. They have seen that nobody is unbeatable.


At least one good thing - we don't have to see this hideous pink shirt any more. :D

You never know what NIKE has planned for the other tournaments :p

Laba
06-01-2009, 02:04 AM
:(

Mimi
06-01-2009, 03:18 AM
:bigcry::bigcry::bigcry::bigcry::bigcry:

tangerine_dream
06-01-2009, 03:47 AM
I watched all the local news and Sportscenter, surprise, Rafa's loss was the top sports story. Even Yahoo's front page had to rub it in. :rolleyes:

Mimi
06-01-2009, 04:02 AM
bad bad bad, how could you lose to your "good friend" Rafa, you are so useless :mad::mad:

FedFan_2007
06-01-2009, 04:29 AM
NO shame in losing to a guy with that much talent. Time to load up for the grass!

Turquoise
06-01-2009, 07:04 AM
This unexpected defeat came prematurely, but Nadal had to face it eventually, anyway. I was stunned yesterday, it’s still hard to digest today :sad: but I know that he will move on and will only get stronger.

Nadal has the ultimate heart of a champion. I offer my tribute to this amazing ambassador for the sport, for all that he’s achieved to earn the status of best player in the world, and for what he will undoubtedly continue to achieve. All the best Nadal :hug:

MariaV
06-01-2009, 08:29 AM
I guess we won't get another blog entry. :sad: :tears:

June 1, 2009

Rafael Nadal: 'I didn't play well all week'
World No1 struggles to explain his defeat at the French Open but will now shift his focus to preparing for Wimbledon

Neil Harman

Never had there been less free air in the press conference room at Roland Garros. Rafael Nadal looked around and raised an eyebrow, which drew a ferocious clatter of clicking from the cameras.

The Wimbledon champion, the Australian Open champion, the (former) French Open champion, the world No 1 had been toppled from his golden pedestal and everyone wanted to know how it had happened.

Debate was heated before he walked in. Was this the biggest upset in men’s tennis in the open era? The sages deliberated and could come up with no result that came close. Richard Krajicek knocked Pete Sampras out of the 1996 Wimbledon in the quarter-finals, which made the earth tremble, but the Dutchman was a force on grass.
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Until he won a couple of matches at the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf on clay the week before last, Robin Söderling, the No 23 seed, was a talent on indoor hard courts, nothing more, nothing less.

Nadal had always won at least two of the pre-French Open clay tournaments, so he mocked the suggestion that he could have played too much this year. “Yeah, when you lose, always everybody starts to analyse if I’m tired,” he said. “The truth is, I won four years in a row [in Paris] playing the same.

“This year I played the same and I lost. That’s it. That’s what happened. I lost another opportunity to win a big tournament here."

The next question caused him to screw his face more tightly — what about the preparation for Wimbledon? Are you playing at Queen’s Club (the AEGON Championships, where he is the defending champion)? “Right now, my preparation is the swimming pool of my house,” he said. “Is not my best day today, no?

“Defeats never make you grow, but you also realise how difficult what I achieved up until today was, and this is something you need sometimes. You need a defeat to give the value to your victories.

“I need to face the fact I didn’t play well this week. I have to accept my defeat as I accepted my victories — with calm. No one remembers defeats in the long run. People remember victories. I have little time left to prepare for Wimbledon, but I have to move forward and try and prepare the best I can.”

Söderling, who had never progressed beyond the third round of a grand-slam championship, could not wipe a schoolboyish smile from his face. “I had to believe I had a chance, otherwise there’s no meaning going on the court,” he said.

“I tried to keep telling myself that at least I have a small chance. I played a great match. If he thinks he played bad, that’s his choice.”

The Swede added: “I would never say something like that. My strategy was to play aggressive. You can’t really try to beat him in running him down, because for sure I had to take some chances.”


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6401624.ece

:rolleyes: Actually he DID change his preparation, he had NOT been to high altitude in Madrid before the other French Open tournaments so he definitely needs to dump Madrid or at least tank there 1st round and get the hell out of Madrid. :D

Mimi
06-01-2009, 08:57 AM
Yup, you are right, maria, he should either skip Barcelona or Madrid, bang bang bang to uncle Toni:armed::armed::armed:

MariaV
06-01-2009, 09:01 AM
Rafa seems to be as stubborn as Roger sometimes. :(
Well, aren't we all stubborn sometimes. :o

Mimi
06-01-2009, 09:12 AM
this stubborness costs him a grand slam :mad:

FairWeatherFan
06-01-2009, 09:57 AM
this stubborness costs him a grand slam

Let's be fair, Toad playing out of his skin is what cost Nadal this grand slam.

Condolences to Nadal fans. Wonder if RG has sped up the courts even more this year. With Roddick, Soderling and Tsonga doing well, it's perhaps likely.

Mimi
06-01-2009, 10:29 AM
thank you very much if your condolences are sincere coz you seem to dislike rafa a lot ;)

i was not discrediting Soldering (though i did not watch the match), he desrved to win, what I meant was that should Rafa played fewer tourneys, he should be more fresh, and "could" have won

no excuse to blame this losing if the courts are speeding up, sorry i hate this theory, just like you said Rafa won wimby coz the courts are slower, lets put it this way, a true champion will always win, no matter how are the conditions/surface of the courts, Rafa won wimby fairly, and when Roger wins on Sunday, its also because he playes the best, not that the courts are speeding up :wavey:

Let's be fair, Toad playing out of his skin is what cost Nadal this grand slam.

Condolences to Nadal fans. Wonder if RG has sped up the courts even more this year. With Roddick, Soderling and Tsonga doing well, it's perhaps likely.

Foxy
06-01-2009, 10:37 AM
Let's be fair, Toad playing out of his skin is what cost Nadal this grand slam.

Condolences to Nadal fans. Wonder if RG has sped up the courts even more this year. With Roddick, Soderling and Tsonga doing well, it's perhaps likely.

It doesn't make much sense to me not in RG, not against this player (6:1, 6:0 ring a bell) and certainly not this year and not after Hewitt's match. It was obviously a part of a scenario. Whose scenario and what is the purpose of it is not clear at this point. I don't want to say anymore. You can PM me if you want me to share with you my thoughts in detail. :wavey:

Life goes on. :)

Aenea
06-01-2009, 11:25 AM
Here's the presser:

RAFAEL NADAL: I have to analyze why I lost today,



No need to go very far. Just look at your own post after your first match at RG

I've played short, without a real game plan :rolleyes: and without consistency :rolleyes:

When one goes to the court especially in GS without a game plan, let alone plan B in case something goes wrong, a loss is coming sooner or later. What do you have your coach for if you don't do your homework before a match? And this is not the first time you say you entered a match without a strategy or a game plan. Hanging around with Xisca wouldn't help your tennis cause either. Get your things together, Rafa. The most difficult tournament starts in 2 weeks.

Foxy
06-01-2009, 11:57 AM
Aanea, look at my previous post. It may answer some of your questions.

born_on_clay
06-01-2009, 12:19 PM
If Rafa just decided to skip Madrit.....
I'm so sorry...
But Rafa, keep goig on
You're a gret champion !

dumdidum
06-01-2009, 01:10 PM
Vamos Rafa, never stop believing

Aenea
06-01-2009, 01:42 PM
Let's be fair, Toad playing out of his skin is what cost Nadal this grand slam.

Condolences to Nadal fans. Wonder if RG has sped up the courts even more this year. With Roddick, Soderling and Tsonga doing well, it's perhaps likely.

:rolleyes: Just get out of here you moron :mad: Condolences my ass. Remember this?

Tennis lives. Soderling, I just cannot :worship: you enough for this.


Aanea, look at my previous post. It may answer some of your questions.

I read it. I don't believe any of your theories, Foxy though you didn't specify what was the "scenario" this time. Sorry. You always come up with some crazy excuses that border Hollywood thrillers. Rafa lost and that's it. Get over it and let it go.

Foxy
06-01-2009, 01:57 PM
:rolleyes: Just get out of here you moron :mad: Condolences my ass. Remember this?






I read it. I don't believe any of your theories, Foxy though you didn't specify what was the "scenario" this time. Sorry. You always come up with some crazy excuses that border Hollywood thrillers. Rafa lost and that's it. Get over it and let it go.

I am over it. But you need to open your eyes and not live in the straightforward matrix.
I said I don't want to talk about it as it is not CLEAR at this moment and probably we will never know. I am done talking. Those who want will understand.

We are moving on.
Cheerz.

Aenea
06-01-2009, 02:08 PM
I am over it. But you need to open your eyes and not live in the straightforward matrix.
I said I don't want to talk about it as it is not CLEAR at this moment and probably we will never know. I am done talking. Those who want will understand.

We are moving on.
Cheerz.

Open my eyes and see what? That Nadal has been made to lose by some powerful Organization or by some powerful betting sites? Were they blackmailing him? Come on. You need to get out of the film you are living into. Rafa had unexpected losses before. Were they all "scenarios"? If it is not clear how did you get that info? You must be having some well informed friends. Don't want to be harsh on you we all are disappointed but just deal with your fav's loss and come to the real world where sh!t happens.

kaylee
06-01-2009, 02:31 PM
oh dear come on guys Rafa lost a tennis match not a war. He was bound to lose some time and yesterday was not his day. Even Roger is struggling a bit (although he won again today but it did take him 5 sets). As a tennis player you have off days - Soderling was playing lights out tennis and deserved to win end of story. It is done, over finito let us move on to some good tennis and try and support those that are still playing (even if they are not your favourite players).

MariaV
06-01-2009, 06:19 PM
Nope Kaylee, it's like someone died indeed. :awww: ;)

And regarding Hollywood thrillers - I just went to watch State of Play. :lol: :p

star
06-01-2009, 07:06 PM
thank you very much if your condolences are sincere coz you seem to dislike rafa a lot ;)

i was not discrediting Soldering (though i did not watch the match), he desrved to win, what I meant was that should Rafa played fewer tourneys, he should be more fresh, and "could" have won

no excuse to blame this losing if the courts are speeding up, sorry i hate this theory, just like you said Rafa won wimby coz the courts are slower, lets put it this way, a true champion will always win, no matter how are the conditions/surface of the courts, Rafa won wimby fairly, and when Roger wins on Sunday, its also because he playes the best, not that the courts are speeding up :wavey:

I can't rep you anymore, but :hug: :hug: Would if I could. :kiss:

kaylee
06-01-2009, 07:16 PM
I don't think that Rafa playing fewer tournaments is the answer and no it isn't like someone died that would be far worse. I am just trying to put it into perspective. Roger fans have been having a hard time lately too because since last year after US Open he has won only Madrid. So (as Rafa would say) stay calm in losing as in victory!

l_mac
06-01-2009, 10:28 PM
These are dark times.

Pretty sure this will fuck Rafa up and I wil be surprised if he wins another slam again. Also his chances of cliging on to the #1 are slim. When he loses points at Wimbledon then his -800 for OG he can kiss the ranking goodbye.

Blog entry :awww:

Monday, June 01, 2009
I lost but it's not a tragedy


Hello everyone and I suppose you understand the reason for not sending the blog post yesterday... Not because I didn't feel like doing it, I am not like that. I simply I didn't have time for it. After the match was over, and after spending some time with my team in the locker room, I had to do all the work at the tournament and went back to the hotel to pack my bags quickly.

My flight was leaving at 10 pm and with the andi-doping control, the press Conference, the TV and radio inteviews and the travel back to the hotel it got really late. We managed to leave the hotel just in time to get on the plane at arrive past midnight in Mallorca. We send a message to the people here and advised them I would do it today.

The first thing I want to say is that it was only a tennis match yesteday. No big drama. It happens, and I knew it would happen one day. It had to be yesterday and well, now I just have to look at that match and see what I did wrong.

It is not a tragedy since as I say it had to happen one day. It is something I have to live with and that's it. I played really bad, very short, not agressive enough (or not at all) with out any calm and on top of that he played well... I simply did not play my tennis. Clearly it was not the best day of my life and I am not happy, but there is nothing I can do. It is hard to lose at a Grand Slam tournament, I know, but I must have confidence to keep working and fighting again.

One thing is also clear now to the public and that I have always said it: Every match is important, every round is difficult and anything can happen.

Yesterday was the proof. When I am asked about the final, about the semifinals and who is on my side of the draw... you see? I am not liying when I say that every match and every round is important. Tennis is a very difficult sport since you can go home on any bad day, and I had that bad day yesterday. I felt good at the warm up, believe me, but never felt good during the match.

So what I am going to do now is rest in Mallorca, at home, with my family and friends and analyze with Toni what happened yesterday. I will travel to London on Saturday or Sunday to defend my title at the Queen's Club and prepare for Wimbledon the following week. Everything normal.

Thanks to all for your support. I know I have a lot of fans there in the UK and around the world and I am truly thankful for that. I know the messages that I have received are sincere and honest.

Rafa

Monday, June 01, 2009
Questions for Rafa: dealing with defeat and the curse of the pink shirt


Question from The Times

Rafa, whatever you tried today did not seem to work and even your famous fighting qualities failed to turn the match around. How were you feeling during the match, and what do you feel were the reasons for your shock defeat?

RN: Thanks, I think I did fight but as I always said, fighting is not enough. I didn't play well and Soderling played well. That was the key and the difference.

How do you react to a defeat like this - do you try to dissect exactly what went wrong, or do you try and forget about it as quickly as possible?

RN: No drama, it's only a tennis match. I always said when I won that it was only tennis match and that one day I would lose. It happened yesterday and here I am today. No problem. I will have to analyse what happened at the match and try to improve as I always say. I am only 22 (23 on Wednesday) and still young.


Robin Soderling's tactics when you met at Wimbledon last year upset you a little. Is there still any animosity between you or has that all been forgotten?

RN: I don't pay too much attention to those things.

Rafa: we know you love the pink shirt, but that you are also very superstitious. Do you think you will ever wear it again?

RN: I am not superstitious and I change the colour of the shirts every few tournaments. That has nothing to do with the defeat. Following those lines I should have lost the first match?

Questions from the fans

How do you feel when you receive a warning or a penalty point against you for taking time between points? Luisa Mandato

RN: I know that sometimes I can play slow. If I get that warning I will try to play a bit fasters, meaning in between points.

Did you ever consider playing doubles with Roger Federer? Tjasa

RN: Yes I did and asked him as well but he had other commitments with other colleagues to play when I asked. Hopefully one day, I am sure it will be fun.

Ok, the pink shirt is growing on me. So I have to ask...what's next? We know Wimbledon will be all white, but what do you have up your sleeve for the summer? Sharon Roberts

RN: It wouldn't be a surprise if I tell you, right?

Since you started playing tennis what is the longest period of time that you have done no physical training and played no tennis at all, and did you put on any weight during that time? Adeisha, Jamaica.

RN: No, not really.

Since you probably will not be playing a match on your birthday but the day before (hopefully), have you any plans to do anything special to celebrate or will you stick to your normal routine? Louise

RN: Well, now that I am back in Mallorca and will not celebrate my birthday in Paris as in the past years, I wil definitely spend time with my family and celebrate with them and my friends at night.

How in the world did the man who was just named the “most fit” manage to fail PE? Cheryl Travelstead

RN: It's a long story... but it was not because I was not fit... One day I'll tell you the story... :-)
http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/06/i-lost-but-its-not-a-tragedy.html[/quote]

FairWeatherFan
06-01-2009, 11:10 PM
Just get out of here you moron Condolences my ass. Remember this?

There is no need to be rude just because your favourite lost. Even though I dislike Nadal, I can stell feel bad for his fans here.

Getta
06-01-2009, 11:17 PM
There is no need to be rude just because your favourite lost. Even though I dislike Nadal, I can stell feel bad for his fans here.

We need to get out of here right now!

Mimi
06-02-2009, 01:40 AM
its ok for Fairweatherfan to stay, he is not saying bad things :wavey:

Getta
06-02-2009, 01:42 AM
Of course, it all depends on the filter type you choose.

Mimi
06-02-2009, 02:00 AM
:hug::smooch: take it easy, the more generosity we showed, the sweeter the next victory would be, my old Chinese wisdom :p

Of course, it all depends on the filter type you choose.

Getta
06-02-2009, 02:40 AM
Blog entry :awww:

Thank you, Linda :smooch:

Getta
06-02-2009, 02:40 AM
:hug::smooch: take it easy, the more generosity we showed, the sweeter the next victory would be, my old Chinese wisdom :p

Latin proverb: “If you lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.”

Mimi
06-02-2009, 02:55 AM
its ok, every one thinks differently, just that i think theres no need to take it too seriously :wavey:

tennis2tennis
06-02-2009, 05:11 AM
As a Federer fan I don't usually post in the Nadal forum but I know how you guys feel, (we've had more practice lately) any ways think postive Rafa is ONLY 22 YEARS OLD ...OK 22 For the love of God (and he's already got 7 read that's SEVEN majors) and had it ever occured to you this defeat might be a blessing in disguise....think US OPEN
finally did I say he's ONLY 22 YEARS OLD!!!!

Mimi
06-02-2009, 06:18 AM
thanks for your kind words, but sorry, he has only 6 majors ;) and he will be 23 tomorrow, not that young any more :wavey:

not being sacrastic, but even Roger is 5 years older, he has better body than rafa, i don't think he can still play that well when he is at Roger's age :sad::mad:


As a Federer fan I don't usually post in the Nadal forum but I know how you guys feel, (we've had more practice lately) any ways think postive Rafa is ONLY 22 YEARS OLD ...OK 22 For the love of God (and he's already got 7 read that's SEVEN majors) and had it ever occured to you this defeat might be a blessing in disguise....think US OPEN
finally did I say he's ONLY 22 YEARS OLD!!!!

FedFan_2007
06-02-2009, 06:36 AM
mimi - if Rafa changes his playing style and how he swings the racquet a bit he can avoid injuries have a long career. However, if he continues in the same style I'm afraid he has at most 2-3 more years.

Mimi
06-02-2009, 06:49 AM
mimi - if Rafa changes his playing style and how he swings the racquet a bit he can avoid injuries have a long career. However, if he continues in the same style I'm afraid he has at most 2-3 more years.

may be he is a bit too old to change his playing style? :confused::wavey:

FedFan_2007
06-02-2009, 06:54 AM
* adopt a more fluid swing on the forehand
* play on the baseline
* serve bigger, more cheap points
* go more for broke winners to shorten the rallies
* don't chase down every ball

Mimi
06-02-2009, 07:03 AM
good advce, please write it in a big banner, and show it to Rafa while he is playing :p

FedFan_2007
06-02-2009, 07:07 AM
Alas those Mallorcans are a stubborn lot. I think it will take him losing all his slam titles to fully get the message.

Mimi
06-02-2009, 07:19 AM
:o:mad:

Metis
06-02-2009, 08:42 AM
Let's be fair, Toad playing out of his skin is what cost Nadal this grand slam.

Condolences to Nadal fans. Wonder if RG has sped up the courts even more this year. With Roddick, Soderling and Tsonga doing well, it's perhaps likely.

There is no need to be rude just because your favourite lost. Even though I dislike Nadal, I can stell feel bad for his fans here.

NO shame in losing to a guy with that much talent. Time to load up for the grass!

mimi - if Rafa changes his playing style and how he swings the racquet a bit he can avoid injuries have a long career. However, if he continues in the same style I'm afraid he has at most 2-3 more years.

* adopt a more fluid swing on the forehand
* play on the baseline
* serve bigger, more cheap points
* go more for broke winners to shorten the rallies
* don't chase down every ball

Alas those Mallorcans are a stubborn lot. I think it will take him losing all his slam titles to fully get the message.

Ae you lost? :confused: This is not GM. Go back there to troll. :wavey:



As a Federer fan I don't usually post in the Nadal forum but I know how you guys feel, (we've had more practice lately) any ways think postive Rafa is ONLY 22 YEARS OLD ...OK 22 For the love of God (and he's already got 7 read that's SEVEN majors) and had it ever occured to you this defeat might be a blessing in disguise....think US OPEN
finally did I say he's ONLY 22 YEARS OLD!!!!


http://images.icanhascheezburger.com/completestore/2008/7/28/thankyouca128617302391750772.jpg




good advce, please write it in a big banner, and show it to Rafa while he is playing :p

Let me give you some advice too. Don't feed the trolls! :rolleyes:

Aenea
06-02-2009, 08:44 AM
There is no need to be rude just because your favourite lost. Even though I dislike Nadal, I can stell feel bad for his fans here.

No need? Really? You feel for the fans? Really? What hypocrisy Jesus Christ! And not only hypocritical but impudent as well. You didn't come over to offer condolences but to gloat. I’m not like that because Nadal lost. Have you ever wondered why I didn't respond the same way to other posters who came over to offer support though I know they are no Nadal's fans?

We need to get out of here right now!
What business do you have in this? Anyone told you anything of getting out of here? I don't remember ever quoting you or mentioning your nickname. Why do you get involved? I don't even know who's fanbase you belonge to or maybe you are just a fan of tennis.

MariaV
06-02-2009, 09:01 AM
WTH is this Fedtard invasion here? :help: :scared: :unsure:

Mimi
06-02-2009, 09:18 AM
I thought Fedfan2007 is now a Rafa fans too, no? :confused:

Mimi
06-02-2009, 09:26 AM
What business do you have in this? Anyone told you anything of getting out of here? I don't remember ever quoting you or mentioning your nickname. Why do you get involved? I don't even know who's fanbase you belonge to or maybe you are just a fan of tennis.

am I getting aging? isn't Getta (used to have a Greece flag) a rafa fans, it seems that i saw her posting in rafa chat threads sometimes, now i read more clearly, i mistook that she told me not to talk with Fairweatherfan, is it the reverse? mimi is so foolish :confused::scratch:

tennis2tennis
06-02-2009, 10:14 AM
jeesh Metis why are sooooooooo touchy?
We had a few Nadal fans saying nice things in the Roger forum when he lost wimby so i thought i'd repay the favour ...when people are upset about their favourite losing you can cheer them up by highlighting the postives (even if its obvious)...

ps ....of the posts of federer fans who posted here so far...majority have been nice so why segregate federer fans from interacting with nadal fans if its not taking the piss or showing off?

Mimi
06-02-2009, 10:24 AM
jeesh Metis why are sooooooooo touchy?
We had a few Nadal fans saying nice things in the Roger forum when he lost wimby so i thought i'd repay the favour ...when people are upset about their favourite losing you can cheer them up by highlighting the postives (even if its obvious)...

ps ....of the posts of federer fans who posted here so far...majority have been nice so why segregate federer fans from interacting with nadal fans if its not taking the piss or showing off?

tennis2tennis, I really appreciate your kind words (not sarcastic):hug:, just that you don't know the history between Fairweatherfan and us, he used to say not nice things about nadal, i.e. immediatley petitioned for quicker grass for wimby after rafa won in 08 coz he believed that he should not have won if the grass was faster ;), thats why some of the rafa fans doubted his sincerity, but as long as he is not sayinig bad things, I am ok with this, whether he is sincere or not :wavey:

FairWeatherFan
06-02-2009, 10:26 AM
No need? Really? You feel for the fans? Really? What hypocrisy Jesus Christ! And not only hypocritical but impudent as well. You didn't come over to offer condolences but to gloat. I’m not like that because Nadal lost. Have you ever wondered why I didn't respond the same way to other posters who came over to offer support though I know they are no Nadal's fans?

If you say so, my friend. You can read whatever intentions you like into what I post. However, as far as I can see, there is no rule that I cannot post in this forum, and unless a moderator unreasonably chooses to delete my posts, I will continue to do so if I wish. :wavey:

Metis
06-02-2009, 10:29 AM
jeesh Metis why are sooooooooo touchy?
We had a few Nadal fans saying nice things in the Roger forum when he lost wimby so i thought i'd repay the favour ...when people are upset about their favourite losing you can cheer them up by highlighting the postives (even if its obvious)...

ps ....of the posts of federer fans who posted here so far...majority have been nice so why segregate federer fans from interacting with nadal fans if its not taking the piss or showing off?


Why are you so touchy about FedFan_2007 and FairWeatherFan?

Segregating the fans? :spit: You should check again the names of the people I quoted. ;) Yes, most people have been nice and maybe sincere and that's why I didn't include them.

Who were the Rafa fans that posted in your Wimbledon thread? If they were like the ones I quoted then I wouldn't blame you for wanting to throw them out. The player forums are not for trolling by haters.

As for your post, I just thought the lolcat was appropriate. I've been dying to use it. :)

acionescu
06-02-2009, 10:34 AM
trolls and alike are kindly asked to fuck off, if that's not a lot to ask. Thanks :hatoff:

MariaV
06-02-2009, 10:38 AM
I thought Fedfan2007 is now a Rafa fans too, no? :confused:

Mimi, he/she has jumped off the Rafa bandwagon already if he/she ever was really on it.

tennis2tennis
06-02-2009, 10:39 AM
Who were the Rafa fans that posted in your Wimbledon thread? If they were like the ones I quoted then I wouldn't blame you for wanting to throw them out. The player forums are not for trolling by haters.


no you got me wrong..the people who posted in the Roger forum were ACTUALLY NICE that's why i felt inclined to be nice.......as for any Federer fan who posts irritating shit simply...
http://lh5.ggpht.com/carlos57775/SCobc6EL_hI/AAAAAAAABys/RG0y66Z3ZDY/s288/Don%27t%20feed%20the%20troll.jpg

that's one I like using

Metis
06-02-2009, 10:42 AM
thanks for your advice :wavey:

Mimi
06-02-2009, 10:42 AM
I think tennis2tennis is really showing a nice gesture, please don't pick on him/her, peace :hug:

Aenea
06-02-2009, 10:48 AM
If you say so, my friend. You can read whatever intentions you like into what I post. However, as far as I can see, there is no rule that I cannot post in this forum, and unless a moderator unreasonably chooses to delete my posts, I will continue to do so if I wish. :wavey:


Some people's impudence knows no boundaries and since no mod cares to kick out trolls out of Rafa's forum I better put them on ignore and be done with it. :wavey:

trolls and alike are kindly asked to fuck off, if that's not a lot to ask. Thanks :hatoff:

Finally someone stands up for Rafafans in the Rafa forum. Thank you, Andrea :hug: Being tolerant is good but even tolerance must have some limits because trolls are not to be tolerated.

l_mac
06-02-2009, 02:54 PM
What business do you have in this? Anyone told you anything of getting out of here? I don't remember ever quoting you or mentioning your nickname. Why do you get involved? I don't even know who's fanbase you belonge to or maybe you are just a fan of tennis.

:retard:

Getta is a Rafa fan.

btw, it is possible to be banned from specific forums.

MariaV
06-02-2009, 04:30 PM
btw, it is possible to be banned from specific forums.

Yes of course it is.

Aenea
06-02-2009, 05:34 PM
:retard:

Getta is a Rafa fan.
btw, it is possible to be banned from specific forums.

She is? How could I have known that? I remember reading few posts by her and they were only sarcastic 1 line or wisdom of the ages - posts by which in no way I could recognize her as a Rafafan. And if she is why is she siding with FWF? She quoted him and wrote "We have to …". I never spoke to her and I never told her anything she just dragged herself into that. BTW if she wanted to clarify the situation she could have done it herself.
And the fact I don't know that poster is a Rafafan doesn't make me a retard. But what else could I expect from you? On this age everything is lost.
Anyway I'm done with this here. Now it's time for MY and Cat lady to come over and offer condolences for Rafa defeat. That would be so appropriate. Yeah.

MariaV
06-02-2009, 06:37 PM
I know we're all tense after Rafa's loss but could you please calm down girls? Peace, as Mimi said. :angel:

Getta
06-02-2009, 07:27 PM
And if she is why is she siding with FWF? She quoted him and wrote "We have to …".

I love you, Aenea :hug:

I know we're all tense after Rafa's loss but could you please calm down girls? Peace, as Mimi said. :angel:

Don't worry, Maria. :smooch:

Actually getting involved in this case is not my style, but then you already knew that didn't you? :angel:

l_mac
06-02-2009, 08:59 PM
She is? How could I have known that? I remember reading few posts by her and they were only sarcastic 1 line or wisdom of the ages - posts by which in no way I could recognize her as a Rafafan. And if she is why is she siding with FWF? She quoted him and wrote "We have to …". I never spoke to her and I never told her anything she just dragged herself into that. BTW if she wanted to clarify the situation she could have done it herself.
And the fact I don't know that poster is a Rafafan doesn't make me a retard. But what else could I expect from you? On this age everything is lost.
Anyway I'm done with this here. Now it's time for MY and Cat lady to come over and offer condolences for Rafa defeat. That would be so appropriate. Yeah.

OMG what a drama queen.

Mimi
06-03-2009, 01:32 AM
I know we're all tense after Rafa's loss but could you please calm down girls? Peace, as Mimi said. :angel:

no offence, yes, we are all angry and sad, but life goes on, we commented a few times about how roger being a sore loser after losing, so we better be aware, not to do the same thing as him, you know, if we do not control and behave better, how could we have the rights to critise him :wavey:

p.s. I know its easier to say than to do, I am a sore loser too sometimes ;)

MariaV
06-03-2009, 07:19 AM
no offence, yes, we are all angry and sad, but life goes on, we commented a few times about how roger being a sore loser after losing, so we better be aware, not to do the same thing as him, you know, if we do not control and behave better, how could we have the rights to critise him :wavey:

p.s. I know its easier to say than to do, I am a sore loser too sometimes ;)

Oh Mimi, believe me, I get overemotional too sometimes. :o

Mimi
06-03-2009, 07:26 AM
:hug: Maria, don't worry, for sure you are not overemotional as some of the fed fans, see how scared they are, when Roger is just facing Monfils the choking clown :lol:, they are thinking as if Fed is playing God :help::rolls:

MariaV
06-04-2009, 06:35 PM
Hey guys, Linda was the one who said Rafa hadn't been playing or feeling really well since the start of the RG or actually even earlier, during the whole clay court season. Well guess what, Big Al confirmed it in his short interview for the official RG site. :sad: Let's hope Rafa can bounce back and be at 100% again at Queens after spending some time home with his family and friends. :)


Nadal’s only human: Albert Costa
Thursday, June 4, 2009
By Antonio Aparicio, translated by Jenny Aitken

2002 French Open champion Albert Costa spoke to us exclusively about Rafael Nadal’s shock defeat, evoked memories of his sweet victory on the famous red clay and tipped Roger Federer for the title.

How did you feel after Nadal’s defeat? Did you see it coming? I think it was an enormous surprise. Rafa really wanted to win the tournament, but you can’t win every match. The match unbalanced him for several reasons. First and foremost there was Soderling’s incredible performance. But from the moment he arrived in Paris Rafa had not been feeling right. A combination of the two led to him being knocked out so early on.

You say that he had not been feeling right. What do you mean exactly?
I think he wasn’t feeling 100%. In practice he wasn’t managing to fine-tune his shots, he wasn’t feeling the ball. Normally he has no such problems, even if he has a few hiccups in the first rounds. This time it wasn’t the case. But Rafa’s only human, and needs to feel good on the court in order to win.

How do you feel when you come back to Roland Garros? What memories do you have of your great victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero here seven years ago?
As soon as I go out on court or into the changing rooms, the memories come flooding back. Now I have come to realise how difficult it is to win such a tournament. At the time it was my goal, something I dreamt about, and so I was ready to give it my all. I wasn’t aware of the importance of winning a tournament like Roland Garros.

Who is your favourite to lift the trophy? Maybe Federer, who lost out to Nadal on the previous three occasions?
Roger’s the favourite, simply because of his experience and his results. It’s never easy to pull a victory off, but he really wants it and is capable. He’ll have to control his nerves though…

Finally, what do you think of the Spanish version of Rolandgarros.com, which has been produced for the last six years now? I think it’s great because a lot of people in the Spanish-speaking world take an interest in Roland Garros, not only in Spain but also in Latin America. I think it’s a really good idea and I'm sure there are a lot of users.

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2009-06-04/200906041244120013937.html

kaylee
06-04-2009, 07:51 PM
Hopefully next year he will skip Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rotterdam and be better prepared and yes I know he played the same last season and still won but he has the added pressure fo being #1 he didn't have that last year. However lets move on and look forward to grass!

guga2120
06-04-2009, 10:31 PM
I hope sitting in his pool helped him, b/c he needed a vacation. He has not been himself since, Rome. He needs to step up and play more aggressive on the grass, if he does, he will never lose to a clown like Soderling.

16681
06-07-2009, 08:43 AM
Well if he is having so much problems with his knees at such a young age that is going to really be a problem for Rafa to try to continue playing tennis at the level he wants to play tennis :sad: And we now know he is out of Queens. It wouldn't surprise me to hear he won't be at Wimbledon either. And even if he is there he probably won't be 100% so he will have the same situation that he apparently had at the F.O. :sad: I thought something was wrong with Rafa, but he didn't say anything about it that I know of himself. I just thought he seemed slower on court and not focused during his matches at all times. I have bad knees myself and I know it is bad for me, but I can't even image what it is like for Rafa playing Pro Tennis with bad knees. No wonder he wasn't focused on the matches--when your knees hurt that is what you are focused on believe me.

Foxy
06-07-2009, 09:39 AM
Well if he is having so much problems with his knees at such a young age that is going to really be a problem for Rafa to try to continue playing tennis at the level he wants to play tennis :sad: And we now know he is out of Queens. It wouldn't surprise me to hear he won't be at Wimbledon either. And even if he is there he probably won't be 100% so he will have the same situation that he apparently had at the F.O. :sad: I thought something was wrong with Rafa, but he didn't say anything about it that I know of himself. I just thought he seemed slower on court and not focused during his matches at all times. I have bad knees myself and I know it is bad for me, but I can't even image what it is like for Rafa playing Pro Tennis with bad knees. No wonder he wasn't focused on the matches--when your knees hurt that is what you are focused on believe me.

Yeap. I wonder if that was the "personal problems" he mentioned after Miami. His level dropped at Miami. That was the turning point. But nevertheless he managed to sweep across the clay season until Madrid. The first real indication was the match against Djokovic in Madrid. And I guess the situation gradually got worse and worse fast since then.

I never bought the crap at RG that Soderling was "playing out of his skin" and Rafa had a bad day. A fully fit and healthy Rafa would have beaten anybody playing at 120% comfortably in straights. Surely something was wrong whatever it was. I am relieved a bit to know what it was now.

uefa_007
06-07-2009, 02:53 PM
The Court has been again changed today .. It has been slowed down a lot today .. FFS , just give the trophy to roger , let him cry like a baby "God it is killing me " and let the ass kissing brigade press start their work and goat talks begin ...

Bottom line "Unless u beat the clay court player of all time in F.O" u aint Goat !!!

star
06-07-2009, 07:09 PM
The Court has been again changed today .. It has been slowed down a lot today .. FFS , just give the trophy to roger , let him cry like a baby "God it is killing me " and let the ass kissing brigade press start their work and goat talks begin ...

Bottom line "Unless u beat the clay court player of all time in F.O" u aint Goat !!!

Oh, let him be GOAT. No problem. I don't care. There's always a new GOAT, and Rogi Rogi seems to need that validation. :)

Foxy
06-07-2009, 07:42 PM
The Court has been again changed today .. It has been slowed down a lot today .. FFS , just give the trophy to roger , let him cry like a baby "God it is killing me " and let the ass kissing brigade press start their work and goat talks begin ...

Bottom line "Unless u beat the clay court player of all time in F.O" u aint Goat !!!

Yeap. I couldn't believe it. How far all this went?!

Anyway, the bottom line is Rafa made him the GOAT. Congrats. :wavey:

Getta
06-07-2009, 08:23 PM
Yeap. I couldn't believe it. How far all this went?!

Anyway, the bottom line is Rafa made him the GOAT. Congrats. :wavey:

Far from being a Roger's fan, can I say this without being rude?

"Stop doing that!"

uefa_007
06-07-2009, 08:40 PM
Oh, let him be GOAT. No problem. I don't care. There's always a new GOAT, and Rogi Rogi seems to need that validation. :)
Yeah mate , u made the perfect comment ...
The finals is just about over and federer says

"Now the question is: Am I the greatest of all time?" Federer said. "We don't know, but I definitely have many things going for me because I've finally won all four Grand Slams, and I'm particularly happy reaching Pete's 14."

"I've had a tough draw," Federer said. "Of course, it's not Nadal on the other side of the net, but I beat him a couple of weeks ago on clay [in Madrid], so I really feel like I really deserve it." :mad::mad::mad::eek::o

Woah ! His comments and logic are ridiculous ! If what he says is true then rafa need not have played F.O for the past 2 years considering how well he has beaten the legend in monaco rome etc.

Getta
06-07-2009, 08:58 PM
:rolls:

It was all my fault, really.

I give up.

uefa_007
06-07-2009, 09:07 PM
:rolls:

It was all my fault, really.

I give up.

Your fault , how so ?? (I am new to this place :) )

Foxy
06-08-2009, 05:08 AM
Far from being a Roger's fan, can I say this without being rude?

"Stop doing that!"

A friendly advise. Start looking beyond your nose!

MariaV
06-08-2009, 07:39 AM
Yeah mate , u made the perfect comment ...
The finals is just about over and federer says

"Now the question is: Am I the greatest of all time?" Federer said. "We don't know, but I definitely have many things going for me because I've finally won all four Grand Slams, and I'm particularly happy reaching Pete's 14."

"I've had a tough draw," Federer said. "Of course, it's not Nadal on the other side of the net, but I beat him a couple of weeks ago on clay [in Madrid], so I really feel like I really deserve it." :mad::mad::mad::eek::o

Woah ! His comments and logic are ridiculous ! If what he says is true then rafa need not have played F.O for the past 2 years considering how well he has beaten the legend in monaco rome etc.

I really cannot be arsed to search and I'm not a Fedtard so I don't remember when it was this spring when Fed was once again mad after another loss and he said he DESERVED to win or should have won the Wimbledon final last year and the AO final this year. So I have a queston, if Rafa did NOT DESERVE to win the Wimbledon and AO titles then why does Roger think that HE DESERVED to win the French Open? :scratch: To use his logic - Rafa beat Söderling a couple of weeks ago in Rome 6-1 6-0, so did Rafa deserve to beat Söderling at the French Open too? :haha:

kaylee
06-08-2009, 02:28 PM
I should start ignoring Roger's ecotistical comments. Just remember he won the title because Rafa wasn't there. Rafa deserved his Wimbledon and Aussie titles because he beat the supposedly best player.

Mimi
06-09-2009, 01:57 AM
don't miind what roger said, no offence, sometimes i do think he does not speak very smartly ;), he is the same, the arrogant and full of himself roger, no denial that he is great player, but don't understand how they address him a true gentleman, when actually his mouths are not that gentle at all , may be they just see his behavour on court, not in interviews ;)

hcfoo
06-09-2009, 02:08 AM
Honestly I'm sick of Roger and his fans. I better not go to the General Message thread so much to read those sick comments about Rafa.

Hopefully Rafa is able to deal his parents' divorce and come back stronger for Wimbledon and the US Open. With Uncle Toni by his side, I think he'll be alright.

uefa_007
06-09-2009, 07:43 AM
Honestly I'm sick of Roger and his fans. I better not go to the General Message thread so much to read those sick comments about Rafa.

Hopefully Rafa is able to deal his parents' divorce and come back stronger for Wimbledon and the US Open. With Uncle Toni by his side, I think he'll be alright.

I am hearing about this divorce a lot lately , is it really true or something cooked up by the press ??:confused:

Mimi
06-09-2009, 07:56 AM
I am hearing about this divorce a lot lately , is it really true or something cooked up by the press ??:confused:
i think its true, coz its obvious that we have not seen their parents attended his matches together since wimby last year :confused::wavey:

wackykid
06-09-2009, 08:09 AM
my first post in rafa forum...

So I have a queston, if Rafa did NOT DESERVE to win the Wimbledon and AO titles then why does Roger think that HE DESERVED to win the French Open? :scratch: To use his logic - Rafa beat Söderling a couple of weeks ago in Rome 6-1 6-0, so did Rafa deserve to beat Söderling at the French Open too? :haha:

i don't see why rafa did not deserved to win the wimbledon and AO titles... i think he fully deserved it... nobody say that he did not deserved to win them... definitely federer didn't say that... so don't misquote him and interprete what he said with your logic...

anyway my own opinion is that... considering that federer has reached the finals and lost 3 times in a row... he deserved to win it because he consistently made it into the finals... just like rafa has been on no.2 for a long time... it's only deserving that he became no.1 for being the more consistent one...


regards,
wacky

uefa_007
06-09-2009, 10:38 AM
my first post in rafa forum...



i don't see why rafa did not deserved to win the wimbledon and AO titles... i think he fully deserved it... nobody say that he did not deserved to win them... definitely federer didn't say that... so don't misquote him and interprete what he said with your logic...

anyway my own opinion is that... considering that federer has reached the finals and lost 3 times in a row... he deserved to win it because he consistently made it into the finals... just like rafa has been on no.2 for a long time... it's only deserving that he became no.1 for being the more consistent one...


regards,
wacky


Well mate your logic is correct however Federer is applying the logic for a preparatory tournament !

Imagine Rafa saying "If i defeat Federer in halle I deserve to win Wimbledon even he doesn't qualify to the finals" ...:)


We all know how damn difficult it is between them in finals so u cant have comparison standards at all !!

Many Rafa fans would say "Thank God , He did not Beat Rafa and win the F.O"
however the way i see it if he did beat Rafa in the F.O Finals it would have been the greatest achievement , HANDS DOWN !!

Federer feels some how that the press is not spraying the laurels like what it would have been if he had beaten Rafa , hence he is overcompensating with all these child like comments !