Rafa victoria que expande la gloria, del Madrid - 2011 Tourney Thread [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Rafa victoria que expande la gloria, del Madrid - 2011 Tourney Thread

wildegirl05
04-30-2011, 12:22 AM
http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/gallery_images/photos/000/501/746/GYI0061673444_crop_450x500.jpg?1284583558


¡¡Hala Rafa!!

Thread disclaimer: This is the Rafa Nadal @ Mutua Madrid Open'11 cheering thread. Any and all references to Rafa's favorite football club are deliberate :D Your complaints and whining are invalid.

update posts will come over the weekend. you can leave your MIT picks here :wavey:

Getta
04-30-2011, 12:35 AM
win.

born_on_clay
04-30-2011, 10:22 AM
mit: win :rocker:

Remember to put Foxy for win as well ;)

l_mac
04-30-2011, 11:52 AM
GL in the draw Rafa :bigcry:

wildegirl05
04-30-2011, 12:02 PM
some vids uploaded by vb user nadalcuriosities :hatoff:

practice with juan monaco
nriDK5K9qU0

the exho with moya
A-0J3PeylbU

Betty
04-30-2011, 12:11 PM
mit win

acionescu
04-30-2011, 01:39 PM
ESV and Alex :awww:

!VamosRafa!
04-30-2011, 02:40 PM
I'm almost sure DJokovic will win Madrid beating Rafa in the final again:sad:

star
04-30-2011, 03:58 PM
I'm almost sure DJokovic will win Madrid beating Rafa in the final again:sad:

The appropriate way to express this is:

MIT Final or MIT - F

:p

born_on_clay
04-30-2011, 04:11 PM
Ferrer will be first test on clay for Nole

The draw is out:
http://www.madridopen.info/cuadros/atps.pdf

Minn
04-30-2011, 06:31 PM
Win. :unsure:

vn01
04-30-2011, 07:10 PM
Not the best draw, but Rafa is the King of the clay, so he should win this. :rocker:

MIT: WIN

wildegirl05
04-30-2011, 08:46 PM
thanks for the link to the draw, born_on_clay. here's the full draw:

[1]Nadal v Bye
Qualifier v Baghdatis
Cilic v Starace
Del Potro v [13]Youzhny
[12]Roddick v Qualifier
Querrey v Llodra
Gasquet v Qualifier
[8]Melzer v Bye

[3]Federer v Bye
Raonic v Lopez
Qualifier v Malisse
Lu v [15]Verdasco
[10]Almagro v Tsonga
Nishikori v Qualifier
Dolgopolov v Giraldo
[5]Soderling v Bye

[7]Berdych v Bye
Granollers v Davydenko
Monaco v Golubev
Karlovic v [9]Monfils
[16]Troicki v Mayer
Bellucci v Andujar
Ljubicic v Simon
[4]Murray v Bye

[6]Ferrer v Bye
Chela v Qualifier
Stakhovsky v Montanes
Isner v [11]Fish
[14]Wawrinka v Garcia-Lopez
Qualifier v Ferrero
Anderson v Gulbis
[2]Djokovic v Bye

JolánGagó
05-01-2011, 05:17 AM
MIT pick: F

Übershitty thread even for rafaforum standards.

Is this a football forum?

is it allowed to open a thread here cheering for another player? why then is it allowed to cheer for clubs of other sports? why on Earth do we have to endure the sickening offtopic obsessions of certain individuals?

mistery, enigma, riddle... anything possible in the realm of MTF :shrug:

JolánGagó
05-01-2011, 05:25 AM
so let's go with the flow...

Vaaaaaaaaamos mañoooooooooooooooo!!!!


http://frangopos.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/799604o_real_zaragoza_fondos-75982.jpg


http://www.realzaragoza.com/sites/desarrollo.realzaragoza.com/files/images/noti_rm-rz_30_abr_11.jpg

JolánGagó
05-01-2011, 05:35 AM
OMG Rafa's gonna be überupset after this :bigcry:

GUZl0jxhZfE

JolánGagó
05-01-2011, 05:48 AM
I don't think Rafa's winning this tourney, he might be affected by the current sorry state of his favourite football team :(

http://www.blaugranas.com/media/galeria/25/4/9/8/0/o_f_c_barcelona_fondos-2120894.jpg

JolánGagó
05-01-2011, 05:52 AM
Vamos Rafa!!!! :rocker2:

http://i55.tinypic.com/2vunc03.jpg

JolánGagó
05-01-2011, 06:01 AM
Go Rafa you champ!!!!!!!! :rocker2:

http://i54.tinypic.com/9hjuya.jpg

JolánGagó
05-01-2011, 06:05 AM
High five Rafa, Vamos!!!

http://www.puntoencuentrocomplutense.es/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/pique-manita.jpg

JolánGagó
05-01-2011, 06:08 AM
One match at a time Rafa, take that championship!!!

Vamos!!!!

http://www.resultados-futbol.com/manita-mou-rf_334540.jpg

wildegirl05
05-01-2011, 12:16 PM
apparently rafito won some kind of award in madrid, i presume associated with his charity work on the exho match :shrug: looks :inlove:

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/07JD9zdfFY4to/610x.jpg

Spanish tennis players Rafael Nadal (2R), Carlos Moya (2L) and Bibi Ruano (L) and the President of the Spanish Tennis Federation Jose Luis Escañuela pose during the Jose Antonio Samaranch award ceremony in Madrid, on April 28, 2011. Rafael Nadal recieved the the Jose Antonio Samaranch award.


also, Madrid player party pics are here: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=10980076#post10980076

!VamosRafa!
05-01-2011, 01:37 PM
Meh....I'd be happy with a final:shrug:

Naina
05-01-2011, 01:37 PM
MIT prediction: Win Win Win

acionescu
05-01-2011, 06:14 PM
Should I do the MIT again? :( Where is metis? :rolleyes:

The OP should do it :ras:

JG, you're EVIL. EVIL I tell you.

wildegirl05
05-01-2011, 06:24 PM
more pics from the players party, courtesy of vb user patxy :hatoff:

MADRID, (SPAIN) 30/04/2011.- Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal poses at his arrival to a reception honouring the participans in Madrid Master 1000 tennis Tournament held at Cibeles Palace (:inlove: such fond recent memories), in Madrid, central Spain, on 30 April 2011. EFE/Emilio Naranjo via Terra

http://i52.tinypic.com/o9on4n.jpg

http://i52.tinypic.com/219xuzm.jpg

http://i51.tinypic.com/2exrjh3.jpg

acionescu
05-01-2011, 06:28 PM
The **** :o :tape:

wildegirl05
05-01-2011, 06:31 PM
The **** :o :tape:

so hard to please :( fine, what about this one from day 2 presser?

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/09JDcQmdix2NE/610x.jpg

acionescu
05-01-2011, 06:36 PM
Good angle :shrug:

Jewels
05-01-2011, 07:35 PM
I see the gorgeous Marat was at the gala.:worship:

Almagro too busy celebrating being top ten to practise - loses in straights to Tsonga,.:rolleyes:

MariaV
05-01-2011, 07:40 PM
Uhhhhhh, Fedgina in Rafa's half. :o :tape: :o

Uhhhhhhh, I can't say anything else but WIN. Although he should take it easier in Madrid, Rome & RG are much more important. Anyway, VAMOS! :rocker:

star
05-01-2011, 07:59 PM
so hard to please :( fine, what about this one from day 2 presser?

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/09JDcQmdix2NE/610x.jpg

I love this one. More like it, please.

Rafa's eyebrows are :worship: Most people can only do the one eyebrow raise on one side, but Rafa works both sides beautifully.

tennizen
05-01-2011, 08:00 PM
Mit: Win

Metis
05-01-2011, 10:34 PM
Should I do the MIT again? :( Where is metis? :rolleyes:

The OP should do it :ras:

Hey! :mad: What is this? An attempt for a hostile takeover? :armed:




How far will Rafa go in Madrid? (1000 points :D)

1st - Bye
2nd -
3rd -
QF -
SF -
F - JolanGago, !VamosRafa!
W - born_on_clay, Foxy, Getta, MariaV, Metis, Minn, Naina, tennizen, vn01

Björki
05-02-2011, 09:46 AM
Mit: Win :rocker2:

Sonja1989
05-02-2011, 11:50 AM
Win :D ;)

Jewels
05-02-2011, 06:31 PM
I see they brought out the big guns of the dirt for today's viewing - Karlovic, Isner and now Roddick.

In the immortal words of The Pet Shop Boys - "What Have I Done To Deserve This?".

wildegirl05
05-03-2011, 12:41 AM
I love this one. More like it, please.

Rafa's eyebrows are :worship: Most people can only do the one eyebrow raise on one side, but Rafa works both sides beautifully.

ok, you got it :D

go here: http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/1193040523962/GaleriaVideos/Videos.htm and pick the video called "Rafa Nadal shares his views on the clasico". you can see the eyebrow in all its glory.

an article on rafa's draw from the atp site:


Nadal Faces Tough Draw In Madrid
Madrid, Spain
by Matt Fitzgerald


Rafael Nadal knows his fellow ATP World Tour players are gunning for him this week at the Mutua Madrid Open. Riding a 34-match win streak on clay and a winner of six straight events on the surface, the World No. 1 and his peers enter one of the toughest stretches of the season, highlighted by back-to-back ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome. And then of course, one week later, Roland Garros begins.

Madrid presents players with the challenge of adjusting to altitude, which opens the possibility of upsets. “The first rounds are more difficult than the Grand Slams because you have to play the best from the beginning,” Nadal said in his press conference Sunday.

“I think it’s difficult for sure but especially here to Rome or Rome to here because the conditions change. The biggest difference is that you have the altitude here and in Rome you don’t have this problem.”

Nadal has lost just two matches on clay in his past 117 contests, and one of those came in Madrid two years ago at the hands of Roger Federer, giving his competitors this week a small window of hope. The Spaniard could meet Federer in the semi-finals for the second time this season, but he’s not looking ahead to the potential matchup. “Let’s focus on the first round. That’s the most important for me now… we will see later about the draw,” Nadal said.

There are some dangerous unseeded players in the Spaniard’s section of the draw, including Juan Martin del Potro, winner of last week’s event in Estoril, and Marcos Baghdatis, who Nadal would play in his opening match should the Cypriot get past qualifier Alejandro Falla. “I have a difficult draw. I have to play my best at a tournament like this one where the best players in the world are. You cannot ask for an easy draw,” said the defending champion.

He shouldn’t be concerned though, as he holds a 48-13 record against the crop of players in his quarter of the draw, and is a perfect 18-0 on clay. Seeds in Nadal’s section include No. 8 Jurgen Melzer, No. 12 Andy Roddick, and No. 13 Mikhail Youzhny. In addition, he has the added benefit of playing on home soil, something the Spaniard thrives on. “It’s always a good feeling to play in front of your people. I have all my supporters and everyone is here with me,” the Majorcan said. “It’s a real pleasure for me to compete here in front of the Spanish audience.

As far as added stress goes, Nadal doesn’t feel any different playing at home compared to other events. “The objectives are all the same in all the tournaments and the pressure doesn't change.”

The top seed isn’t the only player under the microscope this week. Novak Djokovic, ranked right behind Nadal at No. 2, is still undefeated in 2011, sporting a 27-0 record. “My congratulations to him for what he’s doing which is spectacular… we all know the potential he has,” praised Nadal.

The Spaniard has never lost to the Serb in nine meetings on clay, but Djokovic pushed him to the brink of defeat in Madrid two years ago, falling to Nadal in a four hour semi-final marathon, 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(9). The World No. 1 has taken notice of the improvements Djokovic has made in a short period of time. “He’s moving better than before and from my point of view he's playing a bit more aggressive. I don’t know if this is good or bad but it’s going well for him now.”

source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/05/18/Madrid-Nadal-Faces-Tough-Draw.aspx

wildegirl05
05-03-2011, 12:47 AM
some vids rounded up, thanks to vb :hatoff:

hV2NAiXR3-Y

http://www.tennistv.com/page/Video/0,,11444~1759623,00.html?WT.mc_id=Ban280411Mad468N daffvb

http://www.tennistv.com/page/Video/0,,11444~1759589,00.html?WT.mc_id=Ban280411Mad468N daffvb

L4WvysOT5Yo

OdvTEJ_yAb4

MariaV
05-03-2011, 08:48 AM
Baghdatis it is but not today yet. I hope Rafa'll take Madrid easy, he probably won't be in the best of moods after el clasico tonight. :o

Sonja1989
05-03-2011, 09:05 AM
Thank you all wildegirl05 :hatoff: :hug:

OMG, JolánGagó's football pictures. :haha:

acionescu
05-03-2011, 09:49 AM
OMG, how cute is rafa's smile? :inlove: :hearts:

MariaV
05-03-2011, 11:35 AM
OMG, how cute is rafa's smile? :inlove: :hearts:

He didn't get that Dentist Association (whatever that was called) prize for nothing. ;)
Btw Rafa has got soooooooooooooooooooooooo many prizes in recent years that I bet even he has lost the count of all of them. :lol: :D

scoobs
05-03-2011, 01:52 PM
Win please.

He is full of win.

JolánGagó
05-03-2011, 03:07 PM
OMG, JolánGagó's football pictures. :haha:

like them? :hearts: wait after tonite match.

Jewels
05-03-2011, 04:55 PM
OMG, how cute is rafa's smile? :inlove: :hearts:

Are we allowed to say things like that on MTF?:eek: If we can, I so agree. Gorgeous.:)

acionescu
05-03-2011, 05:56 PM
We are safe, this is rafa's forum :D

Getta
05-03-2011, 07:13 PM
Baggy :scared: :unsure:

rafa_maniac
05-04-2011, 03:27 AM
R3

Mimi
05-04-2011, 05:37 AM
I love this one. More like it, please.

Rafa's eyebrows are :worship: Most people can only do the one eyebrow raise on one side, but Rafa works both sides beautifully.

yeah, I can only do a raise on one side too :lol:

klyne
05-04-2011, 09:32 AM
OMG, how cute is rafa's smile? :inlove: :hearts:

agree..that tiny folds when he smiles add it up;)
anyway, can somebody tell me what the thread title means??:)

TennisOnWood
05-04-2011, 10:05 AM
I think it will be very hard to win this Indoor red Hard tournament.. I hate this tournament even more from this year

Metis
05-04-2011, 12:10 PM
Update!



How far will Rafa go in Madrid? (1000 points :D)

1st - Bye
2nd -
3rd - rafa_maniac
QF -
SF -
F - JolanGago, !VamosRafa!
W - Bjorki, born_on_clay, Foxy, Getta, MariaV, Metis, Minn, Naina, scoobs, Sonja1989, tennizen, vn01

wildegirl05
05-04-2011, 12:52 PM
anyway, can somebody tell me what the thread title means??:)

it is an expression of hope that rafa's victory brings glory to the city of madrid.

klyne
05-04-2011, 02:57 PM
thanks wildeG:D
cool the thread title is awesome!!

JolánGagó
05-04-2011, 03:03 PM
thanks wildeG:D
cool the thread title is awesome!!

you're being BS-ed, title meaning is more related to delusional, clueless and ultimately frustrated off-topic fangirlism of obscure post-colonial origins ;)

wildegirl05
05-04-2011, 03:12 PM
thanks wildeG:D
cool the thread title is awesome!!

glad you liked it! are you going to play MIT? you should pick how far you think rafito will go in the tournament like others have done :D

star
05-04-2011, 03:34 PM
you're being BS-ed, title meaning is more related to delusional, clueless and ultimately frustrated off-topic fangirlism of obscure post-colonial origins ;)

:lol: This made me laugh.

MariaV
05-04-2011, 04:53 PM
6-1 6-3 over Baghdatis.
Del Potro next! :unsure: :scared:

vn01
05-04-2011, 09:11 PM
Vamos Rafa! will be tough against delpo

born_on_clay
05-04-2011, 10:11 PM
Rafa's 2011 clay season

Monte Carlo 2011
R2: d. Nieminen 62 62 / 1h09m
R3: d. Gasquet 62 64 / 1h33m
QF: d. Ljubicic 61 63 / 1h19m
SF: d. Murray 64 26 61 / 2h58m
F: d. Ferrer 64 75 / 2h16m
SUM: 5-0 10-1 63-34 / 9h15m

Barcelona 2011
R2: d. Gimeno-Traver 61 61 / 1h06m
R3: d. Giraldo 63 61 / 1h23m
QF: d. Monfils 62 62 / 1h15m
SF: d. Dodig 63 62 / 1h27m
F: d. Ferrer 62 64 / 1h49m
SUM: 5-0 10-0 60-21 / 7h00m


Madrid 2011
R2: d. Baghdatis 61 63 / 1h22m
SUM: 1-0 2-0 12-4 / 1h22m

---------------------------------
CLAY 2011: 11-0 22-1 135-59 / 17h37m

wildegirl05
05-05-2011, 02:04 PM
vid roundup all thanks to meriko and others at vb :hatoff:

interview before his debut match at madrid this year
cXRfXmSzREM

match highlights vs. baggy
1CfkzNhMi_4

hotshots :unsure:
wO3d409NxI

post-match interview
MNayr-e122o

tennis tv official interview: http://www.tennistv.com/page/Video/0,,11444~1760310,00.html?WT.mc_id=Ban280411Mad468N daffvb

JolánGagó
05-05-2011, 02:11 PM
OMG Rafa won't be amused by this :(

c9hTmkCWy44

Bamos Rafa!!! :rocker2:

wildegirl05
05-05-2011, 02:13 PM
illustrious crowd was on hand to cheer on rafito in his match against baggy. all madridistas, all the time :inlove:

http://i52.tinypic.com/27xgx09.jpg

http://i55.tinypic.com/2lwoef7.jpg

little jon :awww: though we can only see his head.

wildegirl05
05-05-2011, 02:17 PM
a couple of articles about his upcoming match with del potro:

RAFA NADAL SETS UP DEL POTRO MEETING

World number one Rafael Nadal was one of a host of seeds to progress into the third round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday, with a mouth-watering showdown against Juan Martin Del Potro awaiting the Spaniard on Thursday.

All the leading men's seeds claimed victories, albeit with varying degrees of difficulty, with Nadal seeing off Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-1 6-3 while in-form second seed Novak Djokovic made it 28 wins out of 28 this year after defeating South African Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-4.

Fifth seed Robin Soderling also won fairly comfortably with a 6-3 6-3 triumph over Colombian Santiago Giraldo, but Roger Federer and Andy Murray needed to dig deeper for their victories.

Murray, the fourth seed, eventually claimed his sixth win in seven meetings with Gilles Simon after beating the Frenchman 6-4 3-6 6-0, while Federer had a titanic battle with local boy Feliciano Lopez before squeezing through 7-6 (15/13) 6-7 (1/7) 7-6 (7/5) in a match that lasted three minutes short of three hours.

Federer, who saved a match point against Lopez, said: "I thought he (Lopez) played well, you could see he's been playing a lot of matches and he's confident and I'm really relieved to have come through because it wasn't easy at all."

Federer will now face Xavier Malisse while Djokovic takes on Guillermo Garcia-Lopez as the Serbian seeks his sixth successive title of 2011. Murray meets Thomaz Bellucci next, and Soderling's opponent will be Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

There is a little doubt which is the most intriguing third-round match though, with clay court king Nadal taking on 2009 US Open champion Del Potro in a match that seems more suited to the latter stages of the competition.

Del Potro, the former world number four who dropped to to 484th place after playing just three tournaments in 2010 having undergone wrist surgery, climbed back up to 32nd with two victories already this year, the latest in Estoril at the weekend.

The Argentinian, who thumped Marin Cilic 6-3 6-0 on Wednesday, said of Thursday's game: "Obviously it will be one of the most difficult matches here on clay that there can be.

"I've never been capable of beating him on clay and let's see if it's tomorrow, but let me repeat that it's against the number one in the world and he's the best without a doubt on this type of surface."

Nadal, who took his winning streak on clay to 35 successive matches with his win over Baghdatis, said: "You know that normally you wouldn't play against him (Del Potro) so early. Normally you would play against him in the quarters or semis, at least.

"This is one of the errors of the ATP rankings: when you get injured you fall down the rankings quite a lot, which is quite unfair for a player like Del Potro who has more than shown that his ranking isn't what it is now.

"So I think it's bad news for him, it's bad news for me, bad news for the tournament to have the match now and not in the quarter-finals or semi-finals because one of us is going to be out."

Also going through was seventh seed Tomas Berdych, who defeated Marcel Granollers 6-4 6-0, while the only seeded casualty was number eight Jurgen Melzer, who lost 7-6 (10/8) 6-3 to Spaniard

Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

Whilst the majority of the seeds in the men's event had a good day, it was a different story in the women's with top seven players Vera Zvonareva, Jelena Jankovic and Maria Sharapova all tumbling out.

Second seed Zvonareva, who could have climbed up to second in the world rankings by reaching the final with current number two Kim Clijsters sidelined with injury, lost her third-round match to 16th seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-1 6-4.

Serbian Jankovic, the seventh seed, also bid farewell after losing her second-round match 6-4 4-6 7-5 to Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, while number eight Sharapova was knocked out late on after losing 7-5 6-4 to Dominika Cibulkova in the third round.

Sixth seed Na Li of China had a much easier time of it, though, as she defeated Iveta Benesova 6-1 6-4 in the second round.

source: http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/11/05/04/TENNIS_Madrid_Nightlead.html&BID=553



Nadal Sets Up Del Potro Clash
Madrid, Spain
by ATP Staff 04.05.2011


World No. 1 Rafael Nadal won his 11th straight match on clay courts this year, defeating Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-3 in 83 minutes on Wednesday for a place in the Mutua Madrid Open fourth round. It was his 30th match win of the season. "I think I played quite a good match, I made very few errors. I attacked a few times quite well with my drive. To sum up I’m quite happy with the match. I can’t say much more," Nadal assessed in his post match press conference.

Nadal, who last loss on red dirt came at the hands of Robin Soderling in the last 16 at 2009 Roland Garros, is now 187-6 overall on the surface since 2005.

Nadal will next meet former World No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro. Nadal has a 5-3 record against the Argentine, with their last meeting coming in March at the BNP Paribas Open, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells. "I have a match that normally you wouldn’t like to play in the second [match], you would normally like to play it a bit later but this is the draw."

"He has a lot of control of the ball. If I manage to get him moving and to make him feel uncomfortable then I can hurt him. It’s quite difficult to manage this because he’s very tall and from the very back he can hit very good shots but it’s true that I am in good form recently," added the defending champion.

Del Potro won 80 per cent of service points to cruise past Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-0 in just 64 minutes. The Tandil native ranked No. 485 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings on 31 January this year and has climbed 453 places in three months to No. 32 on the back of winning two ATP World Tour titles and a 26-6 season record.

The Argentine has been anticpating the encounter with Nadal since the draw was released. "I think it's the match we have all been waiting for in this tournament, since Estoril, they all kept saying that in the third round I was going to play Nadal and there were a few days left but I do know that I would like to have Rafa as far away as possible from me, and various other players as well," del Potro told reporters after his win.

"At this level in the game, they are all very good players, all dangerous, so hopefully I will feel good tomorrow. I hope I can go out and win the match without many speculations and hopefully in some moment of my career, I will beat him on clay. I've never been capable of beating him on clay and let's see if it's tomorrow, but let me repeat that its against the No. 1 in the world and he's the best without a doubt on this type of surface."

source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/05/18/Madrid-Wednesday-Nadal-Del-Potro-Set.aspx

JolánGagó
05-05-2011, 02:21 PM
:rolls:

wildegirl05
05-05-2011, 02:28 PM
rafi-angel won some kind of award in madrid on tuesday. the vb news roundup crew missed it? i feel like my world is out of balance :(

anyways, here goes:

Nadal Receives National Accolade
Madrid, Spain
by ATP Staff 03.05.2011

http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/8B1BE74F4C2946BA81DC595F9476A4A4.ashx

:inlove: :inlove: -- for the two studly men there

The national accolades continue to pour in for Rafael Nadal in Spain. On Tuesday in Madrid, the Spaniard was named as an honorary ambassador of the Marca Espana.

Upon bestowing the title upon Nadal, the Prince of Asturias Don Felipe described the Mallorcan and his fellow recipients as a source of inspiration for everyone and praised them for attracting investments and talent that will facilitate the growth of the economy and employment in Spain.

Other recipients of the accolade were: Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, Antonio Garrigues, orchestral conductor Inma Shara, the Instituto Cervantes, the Vicente Ferrer Foundation and the Spanish national football team, which won the FIFA World Cup last year.

World No. 1 Nadal is in action as defending champion at the Mutua Madrid Open this week and opens his campaign on Wednesday against Marcos Baghdatis.

source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/05/Features/Madrid-Nadal-National-Honour.aspx

MariaV
05-05-2011, 02:34 PM
Yes we need a mod here, should we kick this Barcelonian troll Gagó out of here? :o
Nothing to laugh at, Gagó! :(

JolánGagó
05-05-2011, 05:12 PM
:lol: :lol:

auqUJY4mzAs

Bamos Rafa!!! :rocker2:

star
05-05-2011, 06:21 PM
:lol: :lol:

auqUJY4mzAs

Bamos Rafa!!! :rocker2:

:lol:

The weirdest version of Desolation Row I've ever heard.

JolánGagó
05-06-2011, 12:28 AM
:drool:

Sonja1989
05-06-2011, 10:53 AM
Dream opponent here and it isn't all, Llodra played very long match yesterday. :lol: I can't imagine Rafa lose more games than 5. :D
He needs easy match because his only chance for winning two Masters in this two weeks... Vamos!!!

born_on_clay
05-06-2011, 08:52 PM
Rafa's 2011 clay season

Monte Carlo 2011
R2: d. Nieminen 62 62 / 1h09m
R3: d. Gasquet 62 64 / 1h33m
QF: d. Ljubicic 61 63 / 1h19m
SF: d. Murray 64 26 61 / 2h58m
F: d. Ferrer 64 75 / 2h16m
SUM: 5-0 10-1 63-34 / 9h15m

Barcelona 2011
R2: d. Gimeno-Traver 61 61 / 1h06m
R3: d. Giraldo 63 61 / 1h23m
QF: d. Monfils 62 62 / 1h15m
SF: d. Dodig 63 62 / 1h27m
F: d. Ferrer 62 64 / 1h49m
SUM: 5-0 10-0 60-21 / 7h00m


Madrid 2011
R2: d. Baghdatis 61 63 / 1h22m
R3: walkover
QF: d. Llodra 62 62 / 1h15m
SUM: 2-0 4-0 24-8 / 2h37m

---------------------------------
CLAY 2011: 12-0 24-1 149-63 / 18h52m

born_on_clay
05-07-2011, 05:59 PM
AFTER SF against Federina:

Rafa's 2011 clay season

Monte Carlo 2011
R2: d. Nieminen 62 62 / 1h09m
R3: d. Gasquet 62 64 / 1h33m
QF: d. Ljubicic 61 63 / 1h19m
SF: d. Murray 64 26 61 / 2h58m
F: d. Ferrer 64 75 / 2h16m
SUM: 5-0 10-1 63-34 / 9h15m

Barcelona 2011
R2: d. Gimeno-Traver 61 61 / 1h06m
R3: d. Giraldo 63 61 / 1h23m
QF: d. Monfils 62 62 / 1h15m
SF: d. Dodig 63 62 / 1h27m
F: d. Ferrer 62 64 / 1h49m
SUM: 5-0 10-0 60-21 / 7h00m


Madrid 2011
R2: d. Baghdatis 61 63 / 1h22m
R3: walkover
QF: d. Llodra 62 62 / 1h15m
SF: d. Federer 57 61 63 / 2h36m
SUM: 3-0 6-1 41-19 / 5h13m

---------------------------------
CLAY 2011: 13-0 26-2 166-74 / 21h28m

vn01
05-07-2011, 06:57 PM
Rafa should have won 6-4 6-1 against federina :o he played an unnecessary set against the swiss clown. anyway, the most important was the win. tomorrow another clash versus nole and time to stop the serbian's winning streak :)

Ben.
05-07-2011, 08:08 PM
None of this passive nonsense tomorrow please. Ferrer and Belluci have given it a good go, hopefully Rafa can finish the job.

MariaV
05-07-2011, 08:35 PM
Oh goodness, he is sooooooooooooooo gonna lose to Nole again with such game. Shame shame shame on clay! :o

star
05-08-2011, 03:20 AM
Hola chickadees. :) :)

Here is a link to a interview with Rafa after the semifinal today.

http://confessionsofarafafan.blogspot.com/

I have to warn you. He is adorable. :inlove:

I so want to quote the last two lines of the interview, but I won't spoil it for you all :hug:

And :hatoff: to Clare whose blog this is.

Metis
05-08-2011, 09:57 AM
Another big final today, but before that let's not forget rafa_maniac's FAIL!!! :D



How far will Rafa go in Madrid? (1000 points :D)

1st - Bye
2nd -
3rd - rafa_maniac
QF -
SF -
F - JolanGago, !VamosRafa!
W - Bjorki, born_on_clay, Foxy, Getta, MariaV, Metis, Minn, Naina, scoobs, Sonja1989, tennizen, vn01




rafa_maniac: really, what were you thinking? :lol:



http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/9/14/d35f2c33-a859-4b6a-967e-bf20443c936a.jpg (http://cheezburger.com/View/3966198784)

Metis
05-08-2011, 10:07 AM
Hola chickadees. :) :)

Here is a link to a interview with Rafa after the semifinal today.

http://confessionsofarafafan.blogspot.com/

I have to warn you. He is adorable. :inlove:

I so want to quote the last two lines of the interview, but I won't spoil it for you all :hug:

And :hatoff: to Clare whose blog this is.

:lol: star :devil:

Björki
05-08-2011, 06:00 PM
I can't post tomorrow.

Rome: WIN :rocker2:

!VamosRafa!
05-08-2011, 07:03 PM
7-5 Djokovic,this match is sooo fucking over and I want to hang myself:hysteric:

!VamosRafa!
05-08-2011, 07:22 PM
I am crushed:sad:
I think I need a break from tennis...

Metis
05-08-2011, 08:05 PM
Nadal-Djokovic 5-7 4-6



How far will Rafa go in Madrid? (1000 points :D)

1st - Bye
2nd -
3rd - rafa_maniac
QF -
SF -
F - JolanGago, !VamosRafa!
W - Bjorki, born_on_clay, Foxy, Getta, MariaV, Metis, Minn, Naina, scoobs, Sonja1989, tennizen, vn01





Bjorki, born_on_clay, Foxy, Getta, MariaV, Metis, Minn, Naina, scoobs, Sonja1989, tennizen, vn01: Royal FAIL!!! :tape:



http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2011/4/29/771e4ba1-b261-41f7-9f1a-152e4364e8c9.jpg (http://cheezburger.com/View/4707009792)






JolanGago, !VamosRafa!: Congrats :ras: :(


http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/6/21/03b00ff3-0eab-4a10-aafd-53baea64737c.jpg (http://cheezburger.com/View/3663440384)

!VamosRafa!
05-08-2011, 08:17 PM
Nadal-Djokovic 5-7 4-6







Bjorki, born_on_clay, Foxy, Getta, MariaV, Metis, Minn, Naina, scoobs, Sonja1989, tennizen, vn01: Royal FAIL!!! :tape:



http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2011/4/29/771e4ba1-b261-41f7-9f1a-152e4364e8c9.jpg (http://cheezburger.com/View/4707009792)






JolanGago, !VamosRafa!: Congrats :ras: :(


http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/6/21/03b00ff3-0eab-4a10-aafd-53baea64737c.jpg (http://cheezburger.com/View/3663440384)


I wanna KILL myself...He can't even win a fucking set vs Djokovic on fucking CLAY.....Keep dreaming that Rafa will do any better in Rome and Roland Garros...He was lucky Djokovic didn't play in Monte Carlo and Barcelona or he would have remained titleless in 2011:o

cobalt60
05-08-2011, 08:48 PM
:hug:

evilmindbulgaria
05-08-2011, 10:57 PM
Cheer up everyone, Djokovic can't play like that forever. Rafa will be back with a vengeance, have a little faith!

born_on_clay
05-09-2011, 08:11 AM
Rafa is there all the time
Djokovic has a time of his life now
Good Rafa is just behind him ;)

born_on_clay
05-09-2011, 08:27 AM
Rafa's 2011 clay season

Monte Carlo 2011
R2: d. Nieminen 62 62 / 1h09m
R3: d. Gasquet 62 64 / 1h33m
QF: d. Ljubicic 61 63 / 1h19m
SF: d. Murray 64 26 61 / 2h58m
F: d. Ferrer 64 75 / 2h16m
SUM: 5-0 10-1 63-34 / 9h15m

Barcelona 2011
R2: d. Gimeno-Traver 61 61 / 1h06m
R3: d. Giraldo 63 61 / 1h23m
QF: d. Monfils 62 62 / 1h15m
SF: d. Dodig 63 62 / 1h27m
F: d. Ferrer 62 64 / 1h49m
SUM: 5-0 10-0 60-21 / 7h00m


Madrid 2011
R2: d. Baghdatis 61 63 / 1h22m
R3: walkover
QF: d. Llodra 62 62 / 1h15m
SF: d. Federer 57 61 63 / 2h36m
F: l. to Djokovic 57 46 / 2h17m
SUM: 3-1 6-3 50-32 / 7h30m

---------------------------------
CLAY 2011: 13-1 26-4 175-87 / 23h45m

Foxy
05-09-2011, 10:16 AM
I am back. I will post some pictures later. Had a lot of fun. Bad ending though...

MariaV
05-09-2011, 11:47 AM
I am back. I will post some pictures later. Had a lot of fun. Bad ending though...

Welcome back Foxy! :hug: :hug:
Did you witness the final live too? :awww: :sad: Your impressions if you can. :awww:
One thing I must say - 'my baby Rafa' looks so 'old' already. :bigcry: :crying2:

star
05-09-2011, 10:00 PM
Nadal (8.5.2011)



Q. I suppose that you are sad for losing a final especially on clay considering that it was the 37th one without losing – matches that are not finals?
A. In front of me I had a really good player. He’s playing at a really high level. We’ve got to accept that. When someone is better than you there is nothing you can do other than congratulate him and that’s it and look forward to your next tournament and try to keep up, see what you’re missing, what you’re doing right and face forward with the correct attitude nd with mental strength. You have to be cold, mentally speaking, and you have to look for solutions. Try to be better, try to practice and next time I’ll try to do better.


Q. Rafa you were saying the last day that to play very good is the exception; Today was one of those matches where things were not working the way you wanted?
A. No, things were not working out. I tried to go out there and do my best. It wasn’t my best day on clay – that’s a fact. I don’t think I played bad, I think I play average and playing average against Djokovic is not enough. That’s what happened today. You’ve got to play more aggressively but to do that you have to feel the forehand a bit more. His backhand did me some harm and I had to go a bit in the centre – there was nothing I could do about that. I will have to take that into account the next time. The match started bad and then I had to fight but he was better and I have to accept that. I’m sorry for the crowd, the people who have been supporting me here a lot and I’m really emotional playing on this court. Always playing in front of the Spanish crowd, especially the Madrid crowd is something unforgettable and I can only do it once a year.


Q. Do you have any opinion of Djokovic’s celebration out there? Do you think anything is going to change for Rome or Roland Garros especially due to the altitude?
A. I don’t know if anything is going to change. You’ve got to make things change, they don’t change by themselves. I’ve been having a really good season and if I hadn’t had someone like Djokovic on front of me, who has won all these matches, I would’ve been having a better season. But there is one who is having a better season than me and I have to accept that and give him my congratulations. an you change it? I’ve won two tournaments, I’ve made it to five finals, winning three, losing two and my season is quite positive. What am I going to change? It depends on me and on him, it’s not just the two of is – there are many factors. You don’t just play the final against Djokovic; you are fighting for it from the first round. About his celebration, well, each one can celebrate in the way and he can take his moment the way he wants. Good for him.


Q. Is it a psychological problem to lose three times against the same player and after seeing how Djokovic is playing are you frightened of losing no.1?
A. I don’t think I can lose no.1. If I lose no.1 it’s not the end of the world. If I lose it I will be no.2 and I’ll be very happy. I’m just happy to go out on court and have the feeling that I’m competitive and I still have this feeling but at the moment I haven´t been able to beat him but I’ll try to work and I try to beat him. The good things will come and you´ve got to be patient. I’ve won a lot of things in my career. I’m 25 years old and I’ve played more than I ever dreamed when I started. I thank the people who have been with me whether it was my family when I started or other people and I just have to be thankful for everything that I’ve got. I’ll be back. In your life there are highs and moments, I am not on a low, I’m on a high but my opponent is at the highest point in his life. I’m not going to make a drama when the other one is better than me.


Q.Rafa is this loss in Madrid tougher than the one in Indian Wells or Miami?
A. No, Miami’s loss was much tougher without doubts. I was much closer then to the victory and well then I finished destroyed physically, today it was different. No one likes to loss but I think that comparing loses- you know some are tougher than others, this one has a plus which is that we have played in clay, which is always something special. But to lose is normal you know, it’s not normal to get on the court win Roland Garros, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona… Those things are fake, they are movies and you only get to see these movies on TV. If no one has manage that in the history of tennis well it was pretty complicated that I managed it during two consecutive years. I am very happy I said that from the first moment. I am glad of everything that has happened to me till today. When I was playing my first match in Monte Carlo if anyone had come to me and told me to sign this 3 or 4 weeks ago, I would definitely do so. I am in a privileged position of the year, it’s true that the Race distances a little bit. But it´s also true that I have shorten 1500 points thanks to Barcelona and Monte Carlo, I get 400 more and also the distance from 3,4 and 5 are bigger now. My first objective of the year is to classify myself to London’s Master. Which is little by little closer, I don’t like to say that it’s done until it is not done mathematically talking. It’s pretty close; something really horrible must happen if I
don’t manage to make it. I have to keep on working to continue meeting my goals and my goal right now is to end up us high as possible in the ranking, I’ve got to try and play my best in Rome, Roland Garros, Queens, Wimbledon…


Q. Rafa I would like to ask you about his mornings training. Did you finish with good feelings this morning?
A. Are you worried about my training? Well they were quite good actually; I started the match quite well. I started the point 40-0, I did a really good game, he did the break because I was unlucky, and he played really good though. Afterwards he has been playing really well; maybe I committed a couple of errors. He has played fantastically till the 4-0, he has been aggressive, didn’t commit any errors. And even when I was not playing that bad I didn’t have any options.


Q. Rafa what do you think were the important factors that decided today’s match?
A. I don’t think I played my best tennis. He played well had fantastic moments. It was very difficult to stop him when he played his backhand. It was very very aggressive and he opened the court very well. I think I played a little bit short at times. I have to play more aggressive with the forehand, when I touch the ball with the forehand it has to be better. That’s what I have to do in the next tournaments and not just against Djokovic. I think I practiced very well here before the tournament. I didn’t play my best in the semis and the final – the conditions here are always a bit more difficult but that’s not an excuse.


Q. Were you surprised by how he played, particularly those backhands?
A. He is plating fantastic. He is playing aggressive, without mistakes. His movements are incredible. I just have to congratulate him for all he’s doing wining all the matches this year. It’s something very difficult to repeat.


Q. You had a great match here with Novak two years ago….
A. I don’t think I had a great match two years ago here. I think I had a terrible match – very emotional for sure but I think I played probably worse than today.


Q: How much has he improved in those two years and what has he improved?
A. He’s playing very well; he’s playing with a lot of confidence. He’s focussed all the time. When you are winning every match you must be going something very good. He was always very good and when he plays with that confidence it’s very difficult to beat him. I don’t think he improves something unbelievable, he was always very good. He has a lot of talent to enter the court and control the position and he’s able to do it very do it easily which is an advantage.

Foxy
05-10-2011, 09:48 AM
Here are listed the pictures from 05.05.2011 Thursday training session before the scheduled match with Del Potro.

http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/4660/dscf4246.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/846/dscf4246.jpg/)

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/7779/dscf4247q.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/218/dscf4247q.jpg/)

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/142/dscf4249k.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/839/dscf4249k.jpg/)

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/6209/dscf4250w.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/20/dscf4250w.jpg/)

http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/1888/dscf4252l.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/838/dscf4252l.jpg/)

http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/2377/dscf4253v.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/696/dscf4253v.jpg/)

Foxy
05-10-2011, 09:54 AM
More...

http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/8430/dscf4255r.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/190/dscf4255r.jpg/)

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/6595/dscf4256o.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/534/dscf4256o.jpg/)

http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/9905/dscf4258.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/718/dscf4258.jpg/)

http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/3554/dscf4259x.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/685/dscf4259x.jpg/)

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/5261/dscf4260z.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/20/dscf4260z.jpg/)

http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/3452/dscf4261e.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/28/dscf4261e.jpg/)

http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/3199/dscf4262a.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/39/dscf4262a.jpg/)

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/4039/dscf4263z.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/215/dscf4263z.jpg/)

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/1681/dscf4264k.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/40/dscf4264k.jpg/)

Foxy
05-10-2011, 10:08 AM
Here is a short video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAK9y5bgUIQ

Very scarce summary of my trip. I started my trip from Barcelona. Had great time there. Tried the Teleferics at Montjuik Hill and over the port. Went to Camp Nou and many more sightseeing places. Then moved to Valencia. Had awesome experience at the city of arts and science especially in the Oceanographics. Finally moved to Madrid where first went to Toledo - the old capital of Spain for a day.

And on the next day - Thursday went for both day and night sessions to Caja Magica. Pity Del Potro retired but I had really great time in this high tech complex. Watched Nadal's and Djokovic's practice sessions (not together of course), watched Wozniacki's and Azarenka's matched. Catched some Kirilenko practice. Saw Moya.

From the men's side I watched Federer - Malisse, Murray - Bellucci (where I was sitting behind a very annoying Brazilian who was screaming "Vamo Thomaz" on each and every point 5 times in a row like crazy), Ferrer - Stakhovsky, and catched a few minutes of Llodara - Gimeno Traver.

The rest of my trip I spent sightseeing and came back home yesterday morning. I will upload my trip pictures in my facebook.

Foxy.

MariaV
05-10-2011, 10:12 AM
Great quality photos Foxy! :hatoff:
And thanks for the short report, too bad you couldn't see any Rafa's match but you saw some good tennis and the training sessions at least. :) But've been annoying this Brazilian dude but Bellucci has improved already under Passos, I'm glad Larry is working with him. :)

Mimi
05-13-2011, 07:58 AM
thank you Foxy for the photos and report, happy that you have such great time :hug: