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Season's Grand Finale or WTF meaning WTF is Rafa doing there

MariaV
11-18-2009, 09:39 AM
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Here's our thread then. :scared: :unsure: :help:

Official site http://www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com/
The draw ceremony will be held soon so stay tuned. :D

MariaV
11-18-2009, 09:42 AM
OK one more just for fun and our dear Scoobs and Adam who will attend this awesome event at the O2 Arena. :rocker:
http://www.voiceinamillion.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/wpsc/product_images/02.jpg

Saumon
11-18-2009, 09:55 AM
Group A: Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro, Fernando Verdasco

Group B: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko, Robin Soderling

http://twitter.com/ATPWorldTour

this is no bueno for Rafa :tape:

MariaV
11-18-2009, 10:00 AM
If that's true :spit: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Foxy
11-18-2009, 10:04 AM
What a piss poor cake easy draw for the sewer rat. Murray injured, Del Potro injured, Verdasco is just Verdasco... :zzz:

MariaV
11-18-2009, 10:13 AM
We can only hope that Nole will be tired and that evil Söderprick isn't too fit either after the injury. What was it, wrist or elbow?
Edit: right elbow.

And my MIT prediction is soooooooooo easy - RR exit. :D

Foxy
11-18-2009, 10:23 AM
We can only hope that Nole will be tired and that evil Söderprick isn't too fit either after the injury. What was it, wrist or elbow?

Anything can happen. The past years taught us never to underestimate Rafa. I won't be surprised if he gets out of the group and win. He still has positive H2H over each one of them. In fact against each one of the tournament. :)

I believe his first match is against the ugly toad.

Metis
11-18-2009, 10:39 AM
Last tournament of the season and we will know the MIT winner(s) very soon. :bounce:

MariaV, one of the contenders for the title and in the best position to win it, has already made her move! :eek:



How far will Rafa go in WTF? (1500 points :hearts:)

RR - acionescu, JolanGago, MariaV, tennizen
SF - Minn
F - Metis
W - born_on_clay, Foxy, star, wilmar

Metis
11-18-2009, 10:41 AM
Group A: Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro, Fernando Verdasco

Group B: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko, Robin Soderling

http://twitter.com/ATPWorldTour

this is no bueno for Rafa :tape:


Rafito :hug:

Nevertheless, I predict he will get out of his group and do better than last time. :rocker2:

Foxy
11-18-2009, 11:26 AM
My prediction undef. CHAMP!
Can't see anybody troubling him. :)

The good thing in being in the stronger group is you will get to play a weaker player in semis. Which is more important.

JolánGagó
11-18-2009, 11:29 AM
My prediction: RR, a single set won.

l_mac
11-18-2009, 01:36 PM
My prediction: RR, a single set won.

Generous - where will he get the set :confused:

JolánGagó
11-18-2009, 01:57 PM
Djoko will suffer a temporary left earlob conggestion in the first set of their RR match.

tennizen
11-18-2009, 03:09 PM
RR exit.

acionescu
11-18-2009, 04:51 PM
How is get the hell out of there, Rafito considered as a prediction? :unsure:

If is not: 6 sets lost, one in TB, Vamos :rocker:

Metis
11-18-2009, 05:05 PM
:rolleyes:

acionescu
11-18-2009, 05:10 PM
:cool:

star
11-18-2009, 05:16 PM
win

acionescu
11-18-2009, 05:34 PM
win

Are you talking about Nole? :D

Foxy
11-18-2009, 05:42 PM
Are you talking about Nole? :D

No-who?

star
11-18-2009, 05:56 PM
Are you talking about Nole? :D

:lol:

I told you I was always picking win. :p

born_on_clay
11-18-2009, 06:20 PM
win for me
Vamos !!!

Metis
11-18-2009, 06:27 PM
that's the spirit :rocker2:

wilmar
11-19-2009, 12:42 AM
Win for me too...as always!

"cause you gotta have faith..faiTH..FAITH!"

Minn
11-19-2009, 01:59 AM
Decisions, decisions...I'm going out on a limb to be the first (I think) to say SF. Maria, this decides things between us. :armed: ;)

Foxy
11-19-2009, 08:43 AM
Any news about Rafa? Is he there practicing on site? Does he like the courts? Pics? :)

MariaV
11-19-2009, 09:07 AM
Don't be so impatient. ;)

Rafa leaving Mallorca yesterday.
YOckyq4q9kM

And here the interview at the airport from the sports news. Credit to Meriko from vb.com
Q6W7zpfX4j0

ANDDDDD Rafa will blog from London again! :D

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/rafas-back-in-london-send-him-your-questions.html

Metis
11-19-2009, 11:03 AM
Rafa plays his first match on Monday:


Order of Play, Monday 23 November, 2009

Centre Court, start 12:30 p.m.
[2] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [7] M Mirnyi (BLR) / A Ram (ISR)

Not before 2:15 p.m.
[2] R Nadal (ESP) vs [8] R Soderling (SWE)

At 7:00 p.m.
[4] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) vs [6] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT)

Not before 8:45 p.m.
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] N Davydenko (RUS)

Metis
11-19-2009, 11:06 AM
Decisions, decisions...I'm going out on a limb to be the first (I think) to say SF. Maria, this decides things between us. :armed: ;)

Or you're both wrong and you either share the MIT title or lose it to Snoo (if she makes a different WTF pick and wins). :lol:

Foxy
11-19-2009, 11:53 AM
Don't be so impatient. ;)

Rafa leaving Mallorca yesterday.
YOckyq4q9kM

And here the interview at the airport from the sports news. Credit to Meriko from vb.com
Q6W7zpfX4j0

ANDDDDD Rafa will blog from London again! :D

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/rafas-back-in-london-send-him-your-questions.html

Thanks for the news, Maria! :)


Rafa plays his first match on Monday:


Order of Play, Monday 23 November, 2009

Centre Court, start 12:30 p.m.
[2] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [7] M Mirnyi (BLR) / A Ram (ISR)

Not before 2:15 p.m.
[2] R Nadal (ESP) vs [8] R Soderling (SWE)

At 7:00 p.m.
[4] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) vs [6] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT)

Not before 8:45 p.m.
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] N Davydenko (RUS)

Not good news this Monday start. I would have preferred Sunday start for many reasons. :(

Minn
11-19-2009, 12:19 PM
Or you're both wrong and you either share the MIT title or lose it to Snoo (if she makes a different WTF pick and wins). :lol: :lol: I think Snoo's waiting and lurking in the background until right before the match starts on Monday to make her prediction. :mad:

Not good news this Monday start. I would have preferred Sunday start for many reasons. :( Me too. Mainly because I won't be able to watch.

MariaV
11-19-2009, 12:27 PM
Or you're both wrong and you either share the MIT title or lose it to Snoo (if she makes a different WTF pick and wins). :lol:

Snoo's gonna win it NID. :shrug:


Not good news this Monday start. I would have preferred Sunday start for many reasons. :(

I don't know how good it is to start vs the evil Söderprick. Let's just hope and pray that the evil one is not in top shape for whatever reason and Rafa has had time to gain his form. :)

Foxy
11-19-2009, 12:57 PM
Snoo's gonna win it NID. :shrug:



I don't know how good it is to start vs the evil Söderprick. Let's just hope and pray that the evil one is not in top shape for whatever reason and Rafa has had time to gain his form. :)

I think it is the best possible opponent for the first match. It is the easiest one from all 3. Toad won't have much rhythm. Rafa could gain so much momentum if he wins this match. Also it is good to play Djok or Davy third in case one of them already qualified. Or just for fitness issues. They won't be so fresh. They will kill each other in their first match. I won't be that surprised if Rafa wins all 3 but let's take it a match at a time like always. :p

MariaV
11-19-2009, 01:02 PM
Let's hope that Rafa has found some form. At least in the public statements he seemed quite OK after the loss to Nole and happy he improved during the Paris Masters.

The DC final will be even more of a nailbiter. :help: :help: :bolt: Should the chicos lose it ... :bolt:

Betty
11-19-2009, 01:03 PM
semi

RafitoGoat
11-19-2009, 03:44 PM
The Federer group will be more interesting, because Parera needs Federer to lose the round-robin stage so Parera can get his number one ranking back :yeah:

Foxy
11-19-2009, 05:15 PM
To lift your spirit up. 'NJOY! :worship:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqwcbOAsNiQ&feature=related

You will get before each match such a spirit lifter by me. ;)

acionescu
11-19-2009, 05:17 PM
silver lining: the ass is looking better than ever in those pants :inlove: :drool:

acionescu
11-19-2009, 05:29 PM
I hate that match now :( I consider bad karma that he insisted in humiliating Soderling that evening :unsure:

Foxy
11-19-2009, 05:34 PM
I hate that match now :( I consider bad karma that he insisted in humiliating Soderling that evening :unsure:

Maybe he will humiliate him again to close the vicious circle. :yeah:

MariaV
11-19-2009, 05:57 PM
I hate that match now :( I consider bad karma that he insisted in humiliating Soderling that evening :unsure:

You don't really expect a Spanish macho not to revenge that horrible horrible insult from Wimbledon.

Maybe he will humiliate him again to close the vicious circle. :yeah:

What Foxy said. :yeah: Vamos! :rocker:

acionescu
11-19-2009, 07:31 PM
You don't really expect a Spanish macho not to revenge that horrible horrible insult from Wimbledon.



I didn't and I was extremely, extremely happy back then. But I'm also a Balcanic Orthodox Latin woman with Greek roots therefore highly superstitious. .... The fact that he loses his favorite tournement to his most hated rival( he, who hates almost no one ... ) is very intriguing :unsure: Mal de ojo :spit: :spit: :spit:

MariaV
11-20-2009, 09:11 AM
I didn't and I was extremely, extremely happy back then. But I'm also a Balcanic Orthodox Latin woman with Greek roots therefore highly superstitious. .... The fact that he loses his favorite tournement to his most hated rival( he, who hates almost no one ... ) is very intriguing :unsure: Mal de ojo :spit: :spit: :spit:

So maybe now is time to revenge that Paris pain & suffering? :devil: What do your senses say about that? It will hardly be a humiliation though, but a well-fought victory would be nice too. :D

Foxy
11-20-2009, 11:36 AM
So maybe now is time to revenge that Paris pain & suffering? :devil: What do your senses say about that? It will hardly be a humiliation though, but a well-fought victory would be nice too. :D

Toad should play with more "pression" unlike their last match. He is yet to prove his win at RG was no fluke. While Rafa should have less "pression" because of latest poor results and play by his standards.

MariaV
11-20-2009, 01:06 PM
Yeah, it's been good to see Rafa "with calm" about his form and game lately, at least in public. :D

Bibberz
11-20-2009, 04:10 PM
rr

Vaccine
11-20-2009, 04:19 PM
Win please :) even if he doesn't, hope is all that's left :lol:

shawshank
11-20-2009, 05:45 PM
semis for me!

Metis
11-20-2009, 08:10 PM
Update!



How far will Rafa go in WTF? (1500 points :hearts:)

RR - acionescu, Bibberz, JolanGago, MariaV, tennizen
SF - Betty, elessar, Minn, shawshank
F - Metis, Snoo Foo
W - born_on_clay, Foxy, nashty, Nitte, star, wilmar

elessar
11-20-2009, 08:59 PM
Semis please :rocker2: (and no more :()

Snoo Foo
11-22-2009, 05:25 AM
:rocker2: FINAL :rocker2:

nashty
11-22-2009, 07:53 AM
WIN please.

born_on_clay
11-22-2009, 10:01 PM
Rafa watching Murray - del Potro:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH1JvaEO-7M

l_mac
11-23-2009, 01:03 AM
RR.

I feel my first ever MIT points coming.

savesthedizzle
11-23-2009, 05:38 AM
I pick SF :D

MariaV
11-23-2009, 08:11 AM
YAY!!!!!!!! We have the first blog entry! :rocker: :woohoo:

Monday, November 23, 2009

Rafa's Blog: I just love being back in London!

Hi everyone,

Isn't it strange to be blogging from London at this time of the year?
I hope that you all will enjoy the tennis here in London as much as we are doing it right now. I am really happy to be back here in London. I have always said that Wimbledon is probably my favorite tournament and always enjoyed very much my time in London. Either at Queen's or at Wimbledon the people always treated me great and I feel this really as a special place. It is funny since from the first time I came, I was treated here in a special way.

I love being back here in London and with the possibility to play. I remember earlier this year those tough days when I was here and had to take the decision to not play Wimbledon. Those days are over, still I couldn't play Wimbledon and that hurt, but at least I have the chance to play here again in a new tournament, a new venue which by the way it is fantastic, with a great atmosphere.

I love being back in London!!!

Rafa

:D :kiss: :smooch:

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/my_diary/index.html

MariaV
11-23-2009, 08:13 AM
I'm going behind any couch for today's match vs the evil Söderling though. :bolt:

MariaV
11-23-2009, 09:46 AM
Oh, and now the first Q & A is up too. :D :D

Monday, November 23, 2009
Questions for Rafa: football should follow tennis and have video technology

For as long as I can remember, the end-of-season championships have been played on an indoor quick court. Do you agree that this is unfair on the clay court specialists who fight their way to the top 8?
Danny LeGuen

RN: I could agree with you but it is no time for these kind of questions from my point of view. There are other issues. But as I say I could agree.

Are you going to have an opportunity to work on your serve between the Davis Cup final and the Australian Open?
Pete Isaacs

RN: One thing is for sure, I won't have time for holidays... right after the Davis Cup I am resuming practice. :help:

What do you think of the English fans? Do you think they are some of the most respectful in tennis?
Kim, London

RN: I think they are great and with me they have always been very appreciative and always gave me a lot of support. They are definitely up there, way up there.

How are you coping with the cold and wet of London in winter?
Julie Tingle

RN: It is freezing!!! Today it was very windy and when we got out of the boat that takes us to and from the arena it was really, really cold!

Do you watch any comedy and if so what do you enjoy the most?
Mary

RN: I don't watch that much comedy. Some Spanish ones are really good and funny!

Have you ever been in a situation when a call by an umpire or a linesman turned out to be incorrect but in your favour?
Anjali

RN: Yes, like everyone else. We all make mistakes and the umpires too! :-)

Rafa, do you think that video technology should be introduced in football matches as is the case in tennis for close line calls.
Niamh

RN: It is a very long discussion... I would definitely have them.

What specific aspects of your game do you change when you switch from a clay court to a hard court? Or do you play the same way on both?
Alex

RN: You have to change many aspects and it also depends on the surface, the balls, bounces, etc. The most important thing is to try to hit/play flatter the ball.

When are you going to start Twittering?
Sammy

RN: Not really. I do Facebook and I enjoy it really. I read a lot what fans write. :scared: :unsure: :bolt:

You have been to London a few times, do you get to see much in the city and if so are there any special places you would like to visit if you had the time?
Kate, Toronto

RN: This year, at this time more than ever. :D

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/questions-for-rafa-football-should-follow-tennis-and-have-video-technology.html

Invisible
11-23-2009, 09:50 AM
I'm going with RR exit :o but I'm hoping for better :)

Ria
11-23-2009, 01:41 PM
I predict semifinals!

Metis
11-23-2009, 02:07 PM
final update...



How far will Rafa go in WTF? (1500 points :hearts:)

RR - acionescu, Bibberz, Invisible, JolanGago, l_mac, MariaV, tennizen
SF - Betty, elessar, Minn, Ria, shawshank, Troickitard
F - Metis, Snoo Foo
W - born_on_clay, Foxy, nashty, Nitte, star, wilmar

star
11-23-2009, 03:22 PM
RRs are lookin' good. ;)

tennizen
11-23-2009, 03:32 PM
:rocker2: I think you have to be something greater than an idiot to predict anything more than that.

Edit: No offense, of course:hug:

MariaV
11-23-2009, 04:14 PM
Hema! :lol:

Rafa lost 4-6 4-6. NID! :D :D
Bye bye Rafa! :bigwave:
At least I've won the MIT! :rocker: :dance:

born_on_clay
11-23-2009, 04:16 PM
Shit
What a awful performance from Rafa
He's done for this season
Come back home pal, rest and be fully ready for OZ Open
:o:o:o:o:o:o

Oh, and stats from today:

MariaV
11-23-2009, 04:28 PM
He has a DC final to play and it's going to be a disaster, the whole next season is going to be a disaster too. :o :help: :rolleyes: :retard:

Minn
11-23-2009, 04:41 PM
Just saw the result now. :bigcry:

Mimi
11-24-2009, 02:39 AM
:bigcry::bigcry::bigcry: i really hate Soldering now

Turquoise
11-24-2009, 04:46 AM
Just like to wish Nadal good luck and hope he can make it past RR. Davydenko match is a must-win. Djokovic may tactically conserve energy in third RR match, so all is not lost yet.

Foxy
11-24-2009, 07:44 AM
Just like to wish Nadal good luck and hope he can make it past RR. Davydenko match is a must-win. Djokovic may tactically conserve energy in third RR match, so all is not lost yet.

Either ugly toad should win all his matches or lose both his matches. Rafa must win both matches. This is the safest way with no sets or games % won needed. Just wins. But this is very less probable scenario. Otherwise if it comes down to winning sets or games % he has almost zero chance.

MariaV
11-24-2009, 08:00 AM
:bigcry::bigcry::bigcry: i really hate Soldering now

I don't know if I hate him (it's such a strong word) but I dislike him too Mimi, I dislike him a lot. :hug: :hug:

Here the blog entry after the loss. :awww: :sad: :tears: :hug:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Rafa's Blog: It hurts to lose ... I am sorry to my fans in London


Hi everyone,
I suppose that the question today to me that isn't shown here is why did I lose? Well, it is simple. I didn't play the way I had to play, the way I know how to play and that it is taking me to have it back.

I felt without that confidence in the right moments, I felt a bit lack on that concentration in those points and that was it.

I came back to the locker room and there was Toni and the rest of the team waiting for me. Those are sad moments, believe me. We are down, not much talking in the locker room, serious faces... Then Toni starts analyzing points and the game and well... it is not the end of the World!. He is right. But it hurts to lose! :sad: :tears:

And I am also sad for all those fans who want me to win...

One more thing!

Forgot to say that at least I got a prize today!!!. Raul Zurutuza, the Tournament Director of the Acapulco event gave me the trophy I'd lost back in 2005 when going to the airport!. Here's the picture!.

Thanks to that lovely tournament for this. I got this trophy twice having only won it once! :-)

Rafa


http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/rafas-blog-it-hurts-to-lose-i-am-sorry-to-my-fans-in-london-.html#more'

And here the Q & A.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ask Rafa: could I beat Serena Williams? What do you think ...?

I loved the story of when you were a little boy and your Uncle pretended he'd made you invisible and all your family pretended they couldn't see you! If you could have a coat that made you invisible where would you go and what would you do? Juliette Westbrook-Finch
RN: Yes, it is now a funny story. He used to play these kind of games with me. The thing is that he had the complicity of a few others from the family.

Was there any doubt in your mind about playing Soderling again after the miserable Roland Garros match? I hope not! Jen
RN: No, no doubt because of Soderling. Just another match. I lost again but that has nothing to do with it. :angel:

Will you alter your style at all so you don't get so many injuries in the future or will you look at this as an unlucky year and hope for better luck next year? Peter
RN: I don't think my style can change much to be honest. Let's hope I stay healthy.

What kind of training are you planning for the short "off season" this year - do you think anything in particular will help as you go into the New Year with the chance to defend your Australian Open title? Sam
RN: There is no off season this year. Straight into practice and training but clearly working on Physical condition as well. :rolleyes:Consider next season lost as well

Do you think you could beat Serena Williams in a five-setter match? Pavi
RN: I know it is not polite for me to answer with another question... but my answer is... what do you think?

What’s your recommendation for coming back from injury? Are there specific exercises effective for your recovery? Kerri
RN: It depends on the type of injury.

Who makes you laugh more - Roger Federer or Andy Murray? Julie, Chicago
RN: Good question! They both can be funny... if only I could speak better English to understand it...

Who is your favourite player from the current Real Madrid team? JoAnn Chu
RN: CR :o

Are the fans from India are going to see you in Chennai again? Shilpa
RN: No, I am not. Playing Abu Dhabi this year. :(



http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/ask-rafa-could-i-beat-serena-williams-what-do-you-think-.html#more

MariaV
11-24-2009, 08:06 AM
The article.

From The Times November 24, 2009

Rafael Nadal out of sorts as he succumbs to Robin Söderling
Simon Barnes

The roof didn’t cave in on Rafa. That was the problem. The roof of the O2 arena stayed solidly in place, all ready for Eddie Izzard next week, and so Rafael Nadal, a man who needs much sunlight and fresh air, was forced to cave in himself.

In the arena’s cavernous depths and beneath its flashing artificial lights, he was but a shadow.

Nadal, the world No 2, went down in straight sets to Robin Söderling, of Sweden, losing 6-4, 6-4. Söderling is the lowest-ranked of the eight players here, but don’t make too much of that: he’s No 9 in the world. This is the end-of-year head-butting festival for the elite members of the elite, and Söderling came to London to raise hell.

Andy Roddick, gone in the fetlock, is the only member of the top eight to miss out on the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and his deputy was eager to make the most of his chance. And Söderling, from the land of the six-month Nordic darkness, opens up like a Swedish hothouse flower under artificial lights.

This is one hell of an event. There are no players ranked No 98 to warm up against; you jump into the ring to face the bulls, bears and lions from the word go. And since this is not a grand-slam tournament, you don’t have five sets to come back in should you slip up. You’d better start fast and you’d better start well.

Every match you play is like a grand-slam quarter-final, at the very easiest. Every player can beat you. Every player fancies his chances. And every player, at the end of a long, hard road of a season, is eager to finish with a blast, either to put the seal on a winning season or to set right its wrongs. Après ça, la plage. So there’s no reason to hold back or go easy.

It’s not all over for Nadal. He may even finish the year as No 1, a pressing ambition. This event begins with a round-robin: all play all in two groups of four. As well as Söderling, Nadal also has Novak Djokovic, who’s been seeing the ball like a small planet, and Nikolay Davydenko, who beat him in the final in Shanghai last month, for company in group B.

The Spaniard never looked happy yesterday. This is a rum venue — it feels more like going to the pictures than a tennis tournament. You sit in the dark, they play loud music and flash messages across a screen. You gaze at the brightly lit court, but the darkness makes you an outsider, an observer rather than a participant.

That explains the subdued response of a large and no doubt quietly appreciative audience. At any moment, you expect to hear the Pearl & Dean theme, to watch the advert for the local curry house with flock wallpaper and to catch the eye of the nice lady with the choc-ices.

It wasn’t an atmosphere in which Nadal was likely to thrive and he rather shrivelled, winning just two points in the first three games, throwing in some un-Rafa-like errors. His routine moments of blazing magic came and went far too swiftly.

He is a man uniquely equipped to surf a wave of emotion and put together a run of points that shatter the confidence and belief of his opponents. Alas for Rafa, these moments yesterday came as single spies rather than battalions.

“In the important moments I didn’t have the necessary calm,” he said ruefully. Not that I’d ever felt that calm was a big part of his game. Still, few people in sport give a sunnier losing press conference than Rafa.

He’s a great man and everybody likes him, but it was Söderling’s day. The Swede is 25, a couple of years older than Nadal, and has been in the game a good while without tearing up too many trees.

But this year, for once without injury and with a new coach, Magnus Norman, he has found rhythm and self-belief and is now a real force in the game.

He looked at home among the elite yesterday. Who would have predicted that in January?

He reached the final of the French Open in June, beating Nadal on the way. He has risen from No 25 in the rankings to single figures.

Mind you, he has still done a fair old job of rising without trace. He is as quiet and as self-contained an individual as exists on the rutting-lawns of tennis’s top men. Andy Murray said the other day that he’d never even spoken to him. It’s not that nobody likes him, it’s more that nobody has met him. That’s his way.

Söderling is one half a player of genuine greatness. That’s the forehand half. He runs round his backhand on every occasion he can, winds the racket up till his shoulder blades touch and then makes a great wipe at the ball.

If you seek subtlety, wait for him to play the same shot again and blast away the point for you. He’s an awkward, inelegant-looking player. Someone once described Roger Federer’s forehand as a liquid whip. Söderling’s forehand is a liquid shovel.

He has had one hell of a good year, the sort that every nearly-but-not-quite athlete dreams of. He has found himself and not only won respect from the very best, he has also joined them in London. A great year — and what’s more, it’s still going on.


Maybe I should've left off the part about the evil Söderling. :o
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6929032.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=1871939

MariaV
11-24-2009, 08:38 AM
Ugh as if that wasn't enough Rafa is a night match on Wednesday. :( :mad: :fiery: But meh whatever, enough spamming for now. :o

Wednesday, 25 November

12.30 pm GMT (7.30 am ET)
Kubot/March vs Mirnyi/Ram
Djokovic vs. Soderling

Night Session 7 pm GMT (2 pm ET)
Bryan/Bryan vs. Dlouhy/Paes
Nadal vs. Davydenko

MariaV
11-24-2009, 02:55 PM
Here the presser transcript. :o

November 23, 2009

Rafael Nadal

LONDON, ENGLAND

R. SODERLING/R. Nadal
6-4, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Straight sets today, but a close match. Do you think the loss was more to how you played or how he played?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I think I didn't play really bad. I played okay. But in the important moments, I didn't have this necessary calm, no? So I had few mistakes. I play shorter in the important moments. That reason he beat me, no?
He is a big player in this surface, so is difficult. If you are not completely calm and playing very well in that moment, it's really difficult to win, and today I didn't play in this way in that moments.

Q. What do you feel you're lacking at the moment? It's more confidence or technical problems?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think, you know, I said 100 times, but is the true, no? The second half of the year was difficult for me, and probably I lost little bit this necessary out of confidence and this necessary calm in that moments.
But I am working really hard to come back at my best level. I think I'm not far away from my best level. But I need little bit more confidence and more calm in that moments, no?
So I don't know, this year is going to be extremely hard to finish really well. But I gonna work very hard to start next year very good. I believe in myself, that I can come back playing really well next year.

Q. What do you think of Soderling's chances on this surface during this tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: Everyone has his chances here, no? The best eight players of the world, so anything can happen. Everybody has chances.

Q. You're speaking as if you were not thinking anymore of No. 1. Is it true?
RAFAEL NADAL: If you think. I think the chances I have are not here, not to be No. 1. If you want to still talk about me be No. 1, I can, but I think is not the right moment (smiling). My level right now I think is not to be No. 1, no?
My level is to be still fighting and practicing hard to be ready as soon as possible to compete another time with equal conditions with everybody, no? Going on the court, with the full confidence in myself against everybody, that's what I'm working, no?
I think I am working really well, practicing to improve different things on my game, like every year I did. Is normal, the sport is like this. Sometimes you have some best moments; sometimes you have little bit worse moments. This probably is one of these moments for me right now. Just accept and work to improve the situation.

Q. How did the court feel today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, it's okay. The court is okay, no? Not big bounce. But the court is not really fast. It's normal. It's okay.

Q. You said you lacked a bit of calm. Physically are you a hundred percent back after the injury problems?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I'm very well. I am very well. Thank you. :angel: :rolleyes:

Q. By the sounds of it, you'd be quite happy to see the end of this year, 2009, and get started for 2010. Is that the way you're feeling?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no. Probably I not happy to finish this year, no? I am not tired. I had a long time outside of competition. So, no, for me the season, this year, the first year, the season, I am not feeling tired and I don't want to finish the season. But the season finish this week. For us, the Davis Cup final next week. That's what is.
I know to be ready next year, I gonna have one month, and these two matches - maybe more (smiling). I have this one week of year, one week of Davis Cup, and after, one month of practice in Mallorca. That's what I have to recover my hundred percent level to start next year with good level and chances to win in every place that I play, no?

Q. What went wrong today for you?
RAFAEL NADAL: I said. It was the first answer question. You didn't hear?

Q. No.
RAFAEL NADAL: Okay, I repeat. :angel:
I think I didn't play really bad. But in the important moments, I didn't have this calm, this necessary calm, to win these matches against the best players of the world, no? And this confidence, that moment, that's what was wrong today.

Q. Besides those reasons, do you think Soderling is now a player that doesn't fit so well to your game, because you lost the last two matches against him?
RAFAEL NADAL: Maybe. You never know, no? I think this is not my feeling, but you never know. Can be. I think if I am playing well, I gonna have good chances to beat him in the future.

Q. I know it wasn't a particularly happy experience, the match today. What do you think of the conditions in the stadium, the support of the British crowd?
RAFAEL NADAL: Very well, no? I think the atmosphere was unbelievable. Is doing a good work, the tournament is. All the time the full court, so that's very nice for the tennis, that's very nice for the players, very nice for everything, no? The conditions are good. Only the weather conditions can improve. Doesn't affect on the game (smiling).
But the tournament is really nice, and I happy to live this experience here in London. And, sure, the crowd was really nice with me all the time.

Q. Did you think about the match you played at Roland Garros at all today? Did that make you want to beat him any more?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I said 100 times, I don't believe on revenges, nothing of this. Every match is a different match. I went on court, try my best what I did all my life. I didn't thought, no one second, on the Roland Garros match. Is completely different conditions. The moment is completely different, too. So doesn't affect nothing, the Roland Garros match.


http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=60522

star
11-24-2009, 04:49 PM
:hatoff: Thanks Maria. Great work. :)

MariaV
11-25-2009, 09:08 AM
Today's blog entry. :awww: :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I'm still alive and looking to get back on track against Davydenko


Hello everyone,

Many thanks for all your support messages. They are really important to me. Many of you might be wondering how do you feel after a defeat and not going back home.

Normally when you lose a match in a tennis tournament, you leave home or if you are in the middle of a tour far away from home, stay to rest one day and move to the next one.

Here it is different. I lost yesterday but you can say I am still alive. I have been practicing today hard and I am really looking forward to that match tomorrow. Davydenko is a very difficult player, who isn't here, right? But he beat me the last time we played only a few weeks ago in Shanghai.

On a personal level, I took some time this evening and went to see the Champions League football match between Barca and Inter at a Sports Bar here in London with my team. Food? so, so...

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/defeated-but-still-alive-and-lookng-to-get-back-on-track-against-davydenko-.html

No new Q & A up yet.

Mimi
11-25-2009, 09:25 AM
seems our rafa is in low spirit, when he was winning, he always play down his chance of winning/get back to track, but now when he is really down, he changes his tone and sounded so "promising", i am really worried about him :sad:

Betty
11-25-2009, 09:43 AM
:awww:
we are with u always rafaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
podemosssssssssssssssss

star
11-25-2009, 01:21 PM
seems our rafa is in low spirit, when he was winning, he always play down his chance of winning/get back to track, but now when he is really down, he changes his tone and sounded so "promising", i am really worried about him :sad:

Good observation!

l_mac
11-25-2009, 02:42 PM
A poster at vb emailed Neil Harmon to thank him for his articles on Rafa etc and he emailed her back to say thanks, and said that Rafa was one of the nicest person he had encountered in 35 years of sports journalism, a great champion, humble person and a pleasure to work with. :awww:

He also said he doesn't expect Rafa to be long with us at WTF because his mind is already on Davis Cup.

star
11-25-2009, 03:02 PM
A poster at vb emailed Neil Harmon to thank him for his articles on Rafa etc and he emailed her back to say thanks, and said that Rafa was one of the nicest person he had encountered in 35 years of sports journalism, a great champion, humble person and a pleasure to work with. :awww:

He also said he doesn't expect Rafa to be long with us at WTF because his mind is already on Davis Cup.

:inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:


I think sometimes champions are forgiven for loutish/petulant behaviors because people think it's just a by product of the fierce desire to win.

I wonder if Harmon met Edberg. Is he saying that Rafa is even nicer than Edberg? :speakles: High praise.

Bibberz
11-25-2009, 03:13 PM
A poster at vb emailed Neil Harmon to thank him for his articles on Rafa etc and he emailed her back to say thanks, and said that Rafa was one of the nicest person he had encountered in 35 years of sports journalism, a great champion, humble person and a pleasure to work with. :awww:

Neil Harman. :worship: How nice of him to respond. :D

He also said he doesn't expect Rafa to be long with us at WTF because his mind is already on Davis Cup.We'll put him down for "RR" in the MIT then.

Loved Rafa's latest blog entry, by the way:

On a personal level, I took some time this evening and went to see the Champions League football match between Barca and Inter at a Sports Bar here in London with my team. Food? so, so...

http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/defeated-but-still-alive-and-lookng-to-get-back-on-track-against-davydenko-.html:lol:

star
11-25-2009, 03:40 PM
Neil Harman. :worship: How nice of him to respond. :D

We'll put him down for "RR" in the MIT then.

Loved Rafa's latest blog entry, by the way:
:lol:

I guess the fish wasn't to his taste. :p

shawshank
11-25-2009, 04:25 PM
It's not a big shock for me that Rafa didn't enjoy the worst cuisine in the world :)

JolánGagó
11-25-2009, 04:50 PM
Are the fans from India are going to see you in Chennai again? Shilpa
RN: No, I am not. Playing Abu Dhabi this year.

:rolls:

mimi, you're so right with that point...

Minn
11-25-2009, 10:48 PM
:bigcry: Not only can Rafa not progress to the Semi-Finals, I can't win the coveted MIT trophy. Congrats on that, Maria. :(

Next year, Rafa and I will both come back stronger.

MariaV
11-25-2009, 11:12 PM
Thanks, Melanie! :hug: :hug:
You'll come back strong next year and become YE # 1 again! :yeah:

Metis
11-25-2009, 11:17 PM
Maria :hatoff:

You all will have to wait until a more convenient time for the trophy ceremony. :D

MariaV
11-26-2009, 08:08 AM
:bigcry: :crying2:

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sorry if I've let you down, but I gave it my best shot

Hi everyone,

Well, it looks like the chances for being here on Saturday are very, very little, practically impossible if I am not wrong. I lost today again and it is actually a weird sensation to lose twice in a week. I felt I played better today, more aggressive, with more determination, but still not enough to beat a top player like Davydenko.

Tomorrow I will continue with the normal routine anyway. I will practice around 2pm at the tournament site. The important thing is to continue, to practice to continue improving and getting ready for the match on Friday. After that, I will be focusing and preparing the Davis Cup final.

I am not happy as you can all imagine but I am not down either. I felt better today, had some chances, played a good second part of the match and was close to bringing the match to a 3rd set. I am far from where I can be and that's encouraging. I suppose that what I need is to go back to El Cambio de Tercio for a good dinner with my team and regain all good habits, playing well included :-)

I also would like to say that I am sorry for all my fans here. I really feel great playing in the UK. Probably here, and apart from my home country, is where I feel I have more fans. I know a lot of you came from different places around the World also. Many, many thanks is the least I can say.

Many thanks.
Rafa


http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/sorry-if-ive-let-you-down-but-i-gave-it-my-best-shot.html

MariaV
11-26-2009, 08:11 AM
From The Times
November 26, 2009

Rafael Nadal crashes out of ATP World Tour Finals as workload takes its toll

Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent

For the sponsors, the public and the promoters, the prospect of Robin Söderling and Nikolay Davydenko reaching the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 arena this weekend may be unappetising; for the sport, it is a salutary reminder of how running your stars into the ground has one conclusion.

In their roles as vice-presidents of the ATP player council, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have rallied against the length of the season and maintained that the levels of commitment in terms of tournaments required of a leading player will inevitably lead to burnout. Djokovic was a shadow of himself yesterday, so much so that the tears almost flowed. Nadal, on the verge of leading Spain into a Davis Cup final against the Czech Republic next weekend, is half the player he should be.

If the public here felt a trifle underwhelmed, they ought to know why. The cameras pointed a lot at Toni Nadal, the uncle and coach of Rafael, during his 6-1, 7-6 defeat by Davydenko, his second loss in group B in southeast London, which means the Spaniard’s contribution here is at an end. Toni did not seem to wear the countenance of perma-concentration that he would if this were Roland Garros, or Wimbledon. Or were we reading it wrong?

“I don’t know how far I am from my best,” the world No 2 said. “I didn’t arrive at this tournament with full confidence and you need it to win.”

Would lifting the Davis Cup mean more than playing second fiddle to Roger Federer at these championships? The Swiss has already been presented with the ATP No 1 trophy, at the mid-point of the party when it ought to stand alone as a tournament of note. “Has he won it?” one visitor to the O2 asked last night, and of course he has, but not the one she meant. Tennis, once again, has been caught between two stools.

Nadal against Djokovic tomorrow may be one of the least eagerly awaited matches between the world No 2 and No 3 of all time. Djokovic could reach the last four with a win but what sort of contestant would he be there?

The last time a Swede reached the year-end men’s championships, in 2000, Magnus Norman left the event as shyly as he had come in. The former French Open runner-up is now the coach who has transformed Söderling, his countryman, from the professional with a forehand, a serve and little else to someone with both of those and a lot more besides.

Söderling reached the semi-finals yesterday when he defeated Djokovic 7-6, 6-1, a setback that reduced the Serb to such a state of self-pity, it was all he could do to stem the tears. Apparently, he had welled up after his victory over Davydenko in the opening match on Monday evening, so spent of energy was he.


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6932732.ece

Castafiore
11-26-2009, 08:14 AM
Better get your eyes tested, Maria. Here they are:

Questions for Rafa: my main goal in 2010 is to win Wimbledon again

Rafa,do you cook dinner by youself? And how do you think of your cooking?
Xiao Hu, from China
RN: No, that I only do during Wimbledon and a very few times at home. I am limited but the few things I do are really good.

There is snow on the hills where I live. Do you like snow and have you ever skied?
Miles
RN: No I have not.

Dear Rafa!
I know, that it not the most important in your game, the main thing - that your victories. It is simply interesting to know: Will You return to the short sleeves and long shorts next year?
Thank You, Best of luck!!
With love, your fan Paolina
RN: No, that's part of the past and maybe the long term future, but not any time soon.

I know you already help a lot of people with your Foundation, and I wondered if you would ever like to be a Politician in the future to try and make the world a better place? Or someone like our Princess Diana used to be, she was nicknamed the "Queen of Hearts" as she helped a lot of people and brought good causes to the attention of the public.
You would make a wonderful "king of Hearts" as you are so compassionate and people would listen to you. (I would vote for you if I could!)
Besos y abrazos
Juliette Westbrook-Finch (England)
RN: No, I won't be a politician. I would definitely try to make the world better in my own particular way of helping but not via politics. Youa re very kind to compare me with Princess Diana, but I don't think I am anywhere close.

Hola from Puerto Rico!! So, I was wondering: every time I've seen you on tv or your pictures, I have never seen you wearing any sunglasses. Do you ever wear sunglasses or do you just don't like using them? Also, if you don't wear them, don't you get nasty headaches from having the sun in your eyes all the time (because you're outdoors a lot of the time)?? Thank you and Vamos!!!
Yaritza from Puerto Rico
RN: I do wear them but not very often, you are right.

So much press is written about you and your game- do you ever read any of it, or would that be too frustrating? I'm specifically talking about the sports pages, such as The Times, Marca and Espn?
Gill Leone, London
RN: I do read a lot of what's in the internet. I simply have my own opinion and it is interesting to read what other people think. I only ask for respect and those you mention normally have respect with me and what I do.

Rafa, if you had to choose one Slam you wanted to win most in 2010, would you want to defend the Australian Open, reclaim your thrown from Roland Garros, win back Wimbledon or complete a career slam at the US Opens?
Anthea Yeung xxx
RN: Any of the four, but give me Wimbledon again... would be amazing!

Hi I come from Greece and tennis here is not a very popular sport yet, of course the last years more and more people become interested in it, but I think that is considered yet a sport just for few, for an "elite".That is very disappointing...Did you ever consider tennis that way, as a sport for people of a certain social status?
Liana
RN: No, I never did. I don't think it is this way in Spain where I grew up.

Over the years you've lessened your on-court rituals. Do you think you can play without them in the coming years?
Manahil, Pakistan.
RN: I hope so... :-)


http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/questions-for-rafa-my-main-goal-in-2010-is-to-win-wimbledon-again.html


RN: No, that's part of the past and maybe the long term future, but not any time soon.
Oh joy. :mad::sad:

MariaV
11-26-2009, 08:24 AM
Sorry, here the Q & A sections from yesterday and today. :o
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Questions for Rafa: What would I like for Christmas? World peace :worship: :bowdown:

Do you think that the ATP will ever have a realistic schedule for players and a decent off season?
Stephanie Thomas

RN: I hope so. We are working with them closely. We'll see.

What’s most important in your career now, ranking or longevity?
Hanne K, Norway

RN: The most important thing right now is to play good. Then clearly to win titles is the most important thing. The ranking comes with that.

Why do you use the slice so much during a match? I saw this especially in your last few matches and personally I don't think it's a good idea.
Alexandra

RN: It depends on the surface you play. Here in indoor you try to do that to break the rythm of the other player. However let me tell you I would love to simply hit big points... Simply not possible.

What do you think of the crowd being in the dark at the O2 and all the focus on the court?
Lisa, London

RN: Funny, you are right. I think the court and the stadium looks really great.

Will you be watching El Clasico on Sunday?
Nick Clarke

RN: ABSOLUTELY!!! :-)

Do you do any meditation or visualisation to help you focus and prepare for matches?
Juliette

RN: Nope.

If you only could wish for one thing for Christmas what would it be?
Anna

RN: No wars! :worship:

Why didn't you challenge that call when you thought you had hit an ace against Soderling?
Alice

RN: The umpire told me he'd seen it clearly out... If he was so sure I didn't challenge. My team told me afterwards they'd received sms from friends watching TV and telling me it was in... Too bad.

I noticed you were hitting the ball a lot more flat on hardcourts early in the season (very successfully) but now I see you are using a lot of topspin again. Why this change in tactic
Javidan

RN: Simply trying to play better. I would love to hit it like I was at the beginning of this year!


The Nobel Peace Prize is coming in the future! :D :worship: :bowdown:
http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/questions-for-rafa-what-would-i-like-for-christmas-world-peace.html

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Questions for Rafa: my main goal in 2010 is to win Wimbledon again

Rafa,do you cook dinner by youself? And how do you think of your cooking?
Xiao Hu, from China

RN: No, that I only do during Wimbledon and a very few times at home. I am limited but the few things I do are really good.

There is snow on the hills where I live. Do you like snow and have you ever skied?
Miles

RN: No I have not.

Dear Rafa!
I know, that it not the most important in your game, the main thing - that your victories. It is simply interesting to know: Will You return to the short sleeves and long shorts next year?
Thank You, Best of luck!!
With love, your fan Paolina

RN: No, that's part of the past and maybe the long term future, but not any time soon. :bigcry: :sad:

I know you already help a lot of people with your Foundation, and I wondered if you would ever like to be a Politician in the future to try and make the world a better place? Or someone like our Princess Diana used to be, she was nicknamed the "Queen of Hearts" as she helped a lot of people and brought good causes to the attention of the public.
You would make a wonderful "king of Hearts" as you are so compassionate and people would listen to you. (I would vote for you if I could!)
Besos y abrazos
Juliette Westbrook-Finch (England)

RN: No, I won't be a politician. I would definitely try to make the world better in my own particular way of helping but not via politics. Youa re very kind to compare me with Princess Diana, but I don't think I am anywhere close. :worship:

Hola from Puerto Rico!! So, I was wondering: every time I've seen you on tv or your pictures, I have never seen you wearing any sunglasses. Do you ever wear sunglasses or do you just don't like using them? Also, if you don't wear them, don't you get nasty headaches from having the sun in your eyes all the time (because you're outdoors a lot of the time)?? Thank you and Vamos!!!
Yaritza from Puerto Rico

RN: I do wear them but not very often, you are right.

So much press is written about you and your game- do you ever read any of it, or would that be too frustrating? I'm specifically talking about the sports pages, such as The Times, Marca and Espn?
Gill Leone, London

RN: I do read a lot of what's in the internet. I simply have my own opinion and it is interesting to read what other people think. I only ask for respect and those you mention normally have respect with me and what I do.

Rafa, if you had to choose one Slam you wanted to win most in 2010, would you want to defend the Australian Open, reclaim your thrown from Roland Garros, win back Wimbledon or complete a career slam at the US Opens?
Anthea Yeung xxx

RN: Any of the four, but give me Wimbledon again... would be amazing!

Hi I come from Greece and tennis here is not a very popular sport yet, of course the last years more and more people become interested in it, but I think that is considered yet a sport just for few, for an "elite".That is very disappointing...Did you ever consider tennis that way, as a sport for people of a certain social status?
Liana

RN: No, I never did. I don't think it is this way in Spain where I grew up.

Over the years you've lessened your on-court rituals. Do you think you can play without them in the coming years?
Manahil, Pakistan.

RN: I hope so... :-)


http://timesonline.typepad.com/rafael_nadal/2009/11/questions-for-rafa-my-main-goal-in-2010-is-to-win-wimbledon-again.html

MariaV
11-26-2009, 08:52 AM
Here the video itw after the match. :p
http://www.tennistv.com/tennistv/rafael-nadal-london-20091125_2252222_1886310


Oh and Hilde, my eyesight has got worse lately indeed. :o :sad:
But that wasn't my fault the last entries didn't open under the Q & A direct link. :rolleyes:

MariaV
11-26-2009, 09:56 AM
Rafa's match first on Friday:

Friday, 27 November

Day Session: 12.30 pm GMT (7.30 am ET)
Dlouhy/Paes vs. Mirnyi/Ram
Nadal vs. Djokovic

Night Session: 7 pm GMT (2 pm ET)
Bryan/Bryan vs. Kubot/Marach
Davydenko vs. Soderling

And then back to Barcelona for the DC final. :bigwave:

Mimi
11-26-2009, 11:03 AM
at least won a match, rafa :mad::mad:

MurrayFan1
11-26-2009, 12:21 PM
I was there, he really didn't play well. He hit a lot of balls way too short, not agressive enough against a player like Davydenko. Take nothing away from Davydenko, he is beginning to look a real class act.

MariaV
11-26-2009, 12:25 PM
Thanks for your report MurrayFan! :hatoff:

It's great that the British fans are behind Rafa. I so hope Rafa can win Wimbledon next year again and make them happy. :D
Roger winning at SW19 is soooooooooooooo boring. :zzz: :zzz:

Mimi
11-27-2009, 03:25 AM
i have a question regarding his knee injury, everyone said its very serious, but if so, why he didn't tap his knees like last year in wimby etc :confused:

MariaV
11-27-2009, 08:41 AM
i have a question regarding his knee injury, everyone said its very serious, but if so, why he didn't tap his knees like last year in wimby etc :confused:

Well this spring since Monte Carlo when he didn't use the tapes any more he said that then the pain was in the upper part of the knee not in the lower part any more and the tapes were not helping so he decided not to use them. Here's the wikipedia link if you're interested.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tendinitis

Many athletes, not only tennis players have it. If it's a chronical condition it's called tendinosis I understood. It can flare up again occasionally but I'm not a medical doctor so... The pain when there's inflammation is really excrutiating they say.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tendinosis

MariaV
11-27-2009, 10:36 AM
Here the presser.

November 25, 2009

Rafael Nadal

LONDON, ENGLAND

N. DAVYDENKO/R. Nadal
6-1, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Rafa, a few days ago you were fighting to become No. 1 in the world. Now you're No. 2 and you're out of the Masters. How does it feel? How difficult is it to accept this difficult situation?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I didn't came here to be No. 1, no? I said before the tournament that's not my goal because I think I not playing well enough to be No. 1 right now.
So the first thing is you have to know how you are playing right now and which chances you have in the moment, no? And my chances before coming here was not be No. 1, so the first thing is not difficult accept.
And be out of the Masters, yeah, well, that's sport and everything can happen. I didn't arrive to this tournament with this full confidence that you need to win these matches. And in the moments that I had to play well, I didn't play well, no? I had mistakes.
I fight a lot. Both matches I fighted. I tried my best all the time, but it wasn't enough to win these matches. That's it, no? I still working.
You know, today I think mentally I was better. I played a terrible game at 5-All in the second set. But the rest, I tried to do different things during all the match, trying to play more aggressive with the forehand. That's important thing that I am improved a little bit today. So just trying every day. Every day trying a little bit more.

Q. You mentioned the problem for you is confidence at the moment. In your experience, how do you regain your confidence?
RAFAEL NADAL: That's not a very big problem, no? I think without playing very good tennis in all the matches, I had my chances against the best players of the world. So I am not worried about that, no?
I think the season is done, and I am playing difficult surfaces for me. When the season going to start next year, probably I going to play a little bit more favorable surfaces for my game.
And practicing, practicing well, practicing with positive fact that I'm practicing and working a lot, that's the way for me, the only way to improve the situation. That's what I did all my life: work.

Q. Novak earlier today said he didn't enjoy playing today at all. Did you enjoy any part of tonight?
RAFAEL NADAL: You know, the beginning of the match was hard for me, no? But later I fight, no? I came back for two times in the second set fighting. I played a terrible game on the 5-All. But in the 6-5, I played a very good game. So that's positive, because you are there. You had a very difficult moment in the 5-All, but after that, you can forget about that game and play another game full, no? So that's important, no? That's the important thing.
That says I am ready to compete, no? That's the positive things, the best things, as I say before. But that's sport, and anything can happen on the sport. You have some better moments, bad moments. Right now when you have bad moments, you have to work to improve.

Q. You'll go from here to the Davis Cup. I think you start training almost immediately for next year. How do you think you're going to feel by next summer? You won't have had a break for many months, will you? You will start training for 2010 immediately after the Davis Cup.
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I understand.

Q. And you won't have had any sort of break, will you? How do you feel about that? How will you feel next summer?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I had enough breaks this year. Too much, in my opinion (smiling).
I am ready. I am ready to practice hard. I have motivation to play another time my best tennis. And, you know, right now my motivation is another time I feel I am playing my best. When you have this goal and you have this motivation, doesn't matter if you are tired or not. So I am ready to start practicing and to start playing in 2010, no?
I gonna have few break after Rotterdam. So that's it, no? Later, after Wimbledon, I hope. :o :rolleyes:

Q. How far away do you think you are from your best, in your own opinion?
RAFAEL NADAL: 10 meters (laughter). :haha: :haha:
No, I don't know.

Q. Do things feel very different at the moment? Obviously, the serve is 110, 111, not 120. Things just seem off.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no, the serve is no problem. No, the problem for my game for sure will not be the serve right now. But, yes, no, I feel a little bit more tired on court than before probably because I didn't have this continuation in this second half or part of the year. When I play a few tough points, I feel more tired to play the next ones. That's very important in this sport, no?
I don't know how far I am from my best. I think the tennis and the sport change like this (snapping fingers). The important thing is, when this change can happen, be ready to do it.

Q. Davis Cup final is coming. You and Fernando are playing here at a high level. The Czech players are practicing. In your opinion, who feels better in this approach?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know, no? I don't know. Everybody gonna have his chances that day. They are good players to play on clay, too. So they gonna have more time to practice than us. But we gonna play at home with the crowd in our favorite surface. So we will see.
On Saturday I gonna be ready to practice hard another time on clay. I gonna try my best to be as good as possible on Friday.

Q. When you get back on the practice court, is there anything in particular that you're looking to practice on ahead of next season?
RAFAEL NADAL: You know, I have to play another time with this intensity, with this full rhythm with my forehand, one time, another time, another time, playing without mistakes, playing this intensity that the other ones can't attack you, so you can have the control of the point, but without a lot of risk.
That's the goal right now, no? Have this rhythm, this intensity with the forehand and backhand. And, sure, can play 10, 12, 20 shots with the confidence, without think if you gonna have mistake or not, no? So that's the goal right now.
Sure, still improving the serve. But that's my game. That's what I said before. The serve is the thing I have to still improving always, no? But that's not gonna be a big change on my serve. But I have to still working hard on my serve, my first serve, my second serve, to serve a little bit faster with a little bit more high percentage. So that's the things, no?

Q. You lost all the sets that you played against the top eight players since Madrid this year.
THE MODERATOR: He beat Tsonga.

Q. Do you think you're giving players confidence that the next time they can play against you, they won't fight the fight they were used to have?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, anyway, if I lost my sets against the top eight players, that's the thing, I lost. What's happen? Nothing. So just still working hard to change the situation.
I think I don't have to show to no one I can win the sets against the top eight players of the world. I think that's not the problem right now, no? When I will be ready to win one set to the one top 10, I gonna be ready to win important tournaments. So that's not the thing.

Q. How would you describe your last six months?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, lot of difficult situations. Good situations, too. When I came back, I was playing okay, in Cincinnati playing well. But I had the break. I broke the abdominal. Yeah, is difficult to play well with these problems, no?
After Roland Garros and before Roland Garros I had the problems in the knee, so I had two months outside. When you come back, you need time to have the confidence on your movements, on your game another time. After that, I had the abdominal break. So another time one more month. So after that I came back, I played a good Asian tour. I played good tournaments in all the places, but not perfect.

End of FastScripts


http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=60556

Metis
11-27-2009, 05:58 PM
All 3 RR matches are over now and so is Rafa's participation in the WTF :tape:



How far will Rafa go in WTF? (1500 points :hearts:)

RR - acionescu, Bibberz, Invisible, JolanGago, l_mac, MariaV, tennizen
SF - Betty, elessar, Minn, Ria, shawshank, Troickitard
F - Metis, Snoo Foo
W - born_on_clay, Foxy, nashty, Nitte, star, wilmar




Betty, elessar, Minn, Ria, shawshank, Troickitard, Metis, Snoo Foo, born_on_clay, Foxy, nashty, Nitte, star, wilmar: They say that without risk there is no reward; clearly 'they' were wrong this time :shrug:


http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/8/31/128962269423155338.jpg

Oh Nooooooooooes....

http://www.bvsd.org/schools/nmshs/teachers/Grigaitis/Images1/falling_20cat.gif

FAIL





acionescu, Bibberz, Invisible, JolanGago, l_mac, MariaV, tennizen: Their common sense and wisdom has landed them the WIN! Congrats :hatoff:


http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/best%20costume%20winners%20superhero%20challenge.j pg





1500 points are yours. Use them wisely! :D

http://www.readytogamble.com/gambling1.jpg

elessar
11-27-2009, 06:10 PM
I'd like to congratulate Linda for her first MIT points :bigclap:
I'm sure she couldn't be happier :yeah:

Metis
11-27-2009, 06:12 PM
The end of this tournament signals the conclusion of the 2009 MIT competition as well (:sad:). Based on this week's results MariaV is the only winner :eek:


But more about that in the MIT thread this weekend :D :p

Metis
11-27-2009, 06:16 PM
Yes, Linda scores her first MIT points ever :worship: :lol: and therefore fails to be crowned the FAIL champion of 2009.


http://dimasprast.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/you_fail_at_failing-dimasprast1.jpg

tennizen
11-27-2009, 06:54 PM
All 3 RR matches are over now and so is Rafa's participation in the WTF :tape:





Betty, elessar, Minn, Ria, shawshank, Troickitard, Metis, Snoo Foo, born_on_clay, Foxy, nashty, Nitte, star, wilmar: They say that without risk there is no reward; clearly 'they' were wrong this time :shrug:


http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/8/31/128962269423155338.jpg

Oh Nooooooooooes....

http://www.bvsd.org/schools/nmshs/teachers/Grigaitis/Images1/falling_20cat.gif

FAIL





acionescu, Bibberz, Invisible, JolanGago, l_mac, MariaV, tennizen: Their common sense and wisdom has landed them the WIN! Congrats :hatoff:


http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/best%20costume%20winners%20superhero%20challenge.j pg





1500 points are yours. Use them wisely! :D

http://www.readytogamble.com/gambling1.jpg

I think the fail pic is less insulting than the win pic:mad:

MariaV
11-28-2009, 10:16 AM
Rafa hasn'r blogged any more. :sad:

From The Times November 28, 2009

Rafael Nadal leaves World Tour Finals with food for thought

Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent

He said thank you to the ballgirl who caught the last sweaty towel he will brandish on the ATP Tour this year, which is a rarity in itself.

Then Rafael Nadal smacked a double-handed backhand beyond the lines and headed out of a city that he has preferred this year for its Spanish cuisine more than anything to do with the tennis.

Who would have thought at the outset of these Barclays ATP World Tour Finals that Nadal would be bidding farewell before the round-robin process was completed, with not a set to his name in three matches and stuck on 399 career victories? Perhaps it should not have been such a surprise, for he has been breathing smoke rather than fire for a few weeks now.

Nadal’s competitiveness has been invigorated since his return from the tendinitis in his knees that forced the man who would have been defending Wimbledon champion to miss the grass-court season and the abdominal muscle tear that reduced his effectiveness on the United States’ hard courts.

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Unfortunately for the world No 2, he has come back less of a player, in that the depth and spite of his shot is not what it was, his serve is a liability among the top-ten players and he does not carry the beast-like persona that was worth a set or two before most matches started.

“Finished, the batteries,” he said. “Need a recharge. You have to buy another two and then I will be ready for next year. I need to recover the confidence on the shot-making and then, I am sure, it will be fine. I am not disappointed here because I did not arrive with the feeling I would win.”

Whether he has bulked down or not, the impression — he uses the word himself — is that Nadal is a bit smaller than before and that, by comparison, everyone is that bit bigger against him.

Though he threw his towel at ballgirls, he never threw in the metaphorical one in the match itself. Novak Djokovic, his opponent, who looked like a dead man walking on Wednesday, had more zip in his legs yesterday, securing a 7-6, 6-3 victory It was not enough, though, to clinch the Serb a place in the last four because Nikolay Davydenko responded just as we have become used to him responding. In this, his fifth consecutive appearance in the end-of-year finals, Davydenko outlasted Robin Söderling, the previously unbeaten first reserve, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 and will meet Roger Federer in the semi-finals today. As the Swiss leads their head-to-head meetings by a staggering 12-0, the Russian will probably be playing for the consolation of $250,000 (about £150,000) in prize money.

Nadal has one last appointment this year, the Davis Cup final against the Czech Republic in Barcelona, where a Spanish victory rests so much on his shoulders. When, midway through the second set yesterday, he required manipulation to the small of his back, Spain must have been wincing with him, as he buried his head deep into one of his green sweatbands.

Then he started to roll his left foot and puff out his cheeks. It was getting to be a tough grind.


http://http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6935593.ece

MariaV
11-28-2009, 10:27 AM
http://estaticos02.marca.com/imagenes/2009/11/27/tenis/masters_1000/1259348182_0.jpg

:bigwave: I hope Rafa will be well for the DC final. :sobbing:

born_on_clay
11-28-2009, 06:02 PM
Presser after match against Nole:

Q. How would you describe your performance today compared to your first two matches.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it wasn't bad. Wasn't enough, but wasn't really bad.
Yeah, you know, it was a match that I didn't play for a lot, just to try to finish with not bad feelings. And I think I did for moments. I did some different things than I did the other days. I play some good forehands. I was serving a little bit better today. Outside serve on the deuce was really good, and some good serves to the body on advantage, too. I happy about how I served today, no?
For the rest, the same as the other days. Decisive moments, this necessary calm, for example, the forehand in 6-5 of the tiebreak, was an easy ball. And when you are playing good, that wouldn't be a problem, that ball. But, you know, I had the mistake, I lose the set, and with that set the match.

Q. How disappointing is it to come to London and not win a match?
RAFAEL NADAL: Not very disappointing, no. It's disappointing if you arrive here with the feeling that you have a big chance to win. But I didn't arrive here with that feeling. I know before the tournament that going to be really tough, difficult. But I tried. Every day I tried my best. Nobody can say.
I tried in every practice, in every match my best, and tried to improve every day. And I think I improved a little bit. But, you know, that's tennis. I'm playing against the best players of the world. It wasn't enough on this surface, no?
Just still working.

Q. You requested the trainer during the second set. What was the problem with your back?
RAFAEL NADAL: I felt a little bit with one serve in one-game-all in the second. I felt then, no? I felt the back, the low back. With one serve, when I finished the serve, after, I put the forehand to the net, no? But with that serve I felt a little bit and was difficult still serving and a little bit more with the backhand, no? When I had to do the rotation, it wasn't easy.

Q. In what way do you feel a part of Soderling's success this year? First Paris that started off his climb to the top and now here in London.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, probably he's more mentally focused than before. He always had the big shots, big serve and big shots. Nobody understand before why Soderling wasn't in higher ranking than what he did in the last few years, no? So for me, that's normal.

Q. Is this a tournament you want to forget or will you use it for the Davis Cup, as Fernando also lost three matches?
RAFAEL NADAL: No want to forget one tournament. I only want to forget the tournaments that I didn't play for the injuries. For the rest, every tournament is important.
Anyway, if you lose, you have to learn with the victories and the loses [sic]. Better with the victories than to lose.
No, this tournament give me different feelings and give me probably the opportunity to see what I have to do to play better and to start the next year better. I not gonna say I not gonna start very well next year. I see the way what I have to do if I want to be more competitive in these kind of surfaces with that players for the next year, no? The goal is try to play hard and arrive generally in perfect conditions.

Q. What do you plan to work on in order to get the confidence back for next season after the Davis Cup?
RAFAEL NADAL: Just work. Sure still working a little bit more with the serve. I have little bit more control of all the shots, no? Have the feeling that when you are playing a point you're not going to have a mistake. That's the first thing, you know. That's, I think, gonna be very difficult. Because when I practice and when I am without problems, after you can win, you can lose. But the feeling you gonna have mistakes, that's a good things that I have. In this surface, that's one more difficult thing for me to play that way, especially against these players. But I think that not gonna be a big problem.
But the other thing is play more aggressive. For example, I have to be more aggressive on the first shot. You know, after the serve, when I touch the first forehand, I have to attack more than what I did in this last months, no? Sure, when you are with less confidence, is more difficult to do it. But the confidence gonna come back. And when the confidence come back, I have to be ready. I have to be trained enough to do it when the confidence come back, no?
That's it. After the serve, play more aggressive with the forehand and recover my forehand winner and my intensity and my rhythm on the forehand. For the rest, when I am playing well with the forehand, the backhand gonna improve a lot.

Q. How do you feel before the Davis Cup finals? Are you confident enough after this tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: I hope. I hope, yeah. No, I am confident. I know gonna be a difficult final. The change on clay, gonna be a big change. Gonna be always difficult in the beginning.
But, you know, that's a big motivation for me, finish the year winning. And I have the opportunity there, no, to play well, to play good tennis on clay, and to win, to win something important for my country and for the friends. Win together, that's what we gonna try, no? I know gonna be difficult. But we are confident. If we are playing well, we're gonna have a good chance.

Q. Until a few months ago, everyone was always talking about you as a very powerful player, a player capable of always playing close to the baseline.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no. You think? I heard a lot of times I am a defensive player, anyway, when I was winning (smiling).

Q. Attacking from the baseline was your game. Very deep, in general, very powerful. Now sometimes they are saying you don't seem that powerful anymore.
RAFAEL NADAL: Finish battery (smiling). I need to charge a lot.

Q. You need to recharge?
RAFAEL NADAL: (Nodding head.)

Q. What is your feeling about it, apart from the batteries? Do you think you have lost a little strength somewhere?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. The battery sometimes finish and you have to buy another ones. That's what I gonna do for next year, no? Charge and practice hard. Only practicing you can come back to your best level. That's what I did all my life. I gonna still do it, no?
That's the thing, no, practice hard to recover your physical performance a hundred percent. When you feel better physical, you can play more aggressive because you are not feeling tired after the points. That's important. And, sure, recover the confidence on the shots, no? Later everything is easier.

Q. Back to the Davis Cup final. Who is the best player, Stepanek or Berdych?
RAFAEL NADAL: Every one. Every match will be difficult. Both players play well on clay. That's not the final that if you play -- anyway, sometimes you play at home, but you play against some players that they are not specialists on clay. But they have very good results on clay, too.
We are very focused and we know how tough gonna be the final. We know the Czech Republic wants to win the Davis Cup, too, no? But we hope be in enough well to win that final. We gonna have one week to play together there and to practice together, to work like a team. And I think gonna be a good week before start. I think every one of our team are emotional to play this final and we have a lot of motivation for that final, no?

Q. How much more do you feel you need to go up in your game to be totally satisfied with the way you're playing?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I don't know. I think the sport is not mathematics. Is more difficult to say that, that answer, no? Sometimes that's change with one victory.
Just the thing is practice enough well to be ready to win next year.

Metis
11-28-2009, 06:13 PM
I think the fail pic is less insulting than the win pic:mad:

:lol: I had also thought of using this one:


http://www.ourdogs.co.uk/newsletters/images/BIS-charelroi.jpg


but the one of the costume competition winners seemed funnier :D