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¡¡Vina del Mar!! Rafa Falls to a deserving Zeballos

01-30-2013, 04:56 PM
Our nerves jangle with anticipation and excitement as our beloved Rafa returns to competition in the lovely Vina del Mar VTR Open. :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader:


Here is the Calendar of Events

Feb. 1

09:00 hrs. Llegada de Nadal a Chile.
13:00 hrs. Rafael Nadal visita al Presidente de la República en La Moneda. También asisten Nicolás Massú, Fernando González, Jaime y Álvaro Fillol y el Presidente de la Federación de Tenis de Chile .
21:00 hrs Sorteo cuadro de clasificaciones.

Feb. 2

11:00 hrs. Clínica de tenis de niños y jugadores. [I hope Rafa will be here too]
12:00 a 19:00 hrs. Clasificaciones.
12:00 hrs. Sorteo cuadro principal en carpa VIP.
13:30 hrs. Después del sorteo, Rafael Nadal ofrecerá una conferencia de prensa en carpa VIP.

Feb. 3

12:00 a 19:00 hrs. Clasificaciones.
11:00 a 13:00 hrs. Nicolás Massú, Fernando González y otros tenistas recorren la ciudad en un camión VTR. Recorrido finaliza en el Sector 2 de Reñaca, donde estará habilitada una cancha para realizar una exhibición de tenis.
21:00 hrs. Comida oficial de bienvenida a tenistas por parte de Jorge Yarur, Presidente del Museo de la Moda.

Feb. 4

11:00 hrs. Última ronda de las clasificaciones.
12:00 hrs. Cicletada con jugadores, acompañados del intendente Raúl Célis.
14:00 hrs. Partidos en court central y canchas 1 y 2.
19.30 hrs. Evento Meat and Great Nadal y Cachantún en el Hotel Miramar. :D :D :D

Feb. 5

13:30 a 14:00 hrs. Sesión de autógrafos con clientes VTR en Salón del Club Naval (sorteo de 5 invitaciones dobles a través de redes sociales, sólo para clientes).
14:00 hrs Partidos Court Central – Canchas 1 y 2
18:00 hrs. Partido de dobles de Rafael Nadal y Juan Mónaco. :banana: :banana: :banana:
20:00 hrs. Partido Nicolás Massú.

Feb. 6

14:00 hrs Partidos Court Central – Canchas 1 y 2.
18:00 hrs. Partido de sigles de Rafael Nadal. :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader:
20:00 hrs. Presentación Candidatas Miss VTR Open a prensa y sesión de fotos.

01-30-2013, 05:26 PM
Yay, Star started the cheering thread! :woohoo: :woohoo:

Why is the 'Evento' Meat and Great, is this like the Spanish equivalent to Meet and Greet in English? :o Although I should probably refrain from my language questions. :o :tape:

01-30-2013, 05:35 PM
Yay, Star started the cheering thread! :woohoo: :woohoo:

Why is the 'Evento' Meat and Great, is this like the Spanish equivalent to Meet and Greet in English? :o Although I should probably refrain from my language questions. :o :tape:


It was funny. But I like the "Great Nadal" part. :D

01-31-2013, 06:32 AM
Oh man.... I hope this goes well :scared:

01-31-2013, 08:45 AM
waiting anxiously for Rafa :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader:

please forgive my never changing negative attitude but my expectation is low, if he could just manage to win one match, it would be ok for me :o

01-31-2013, 11:51 AM
Rafa should be leaving Spain in couple of hours, so he will probably post a picture from the airport. Then we can be sure that he really intends to play in Chile :)

01-31-2013, 12:58 PM
Exact acceptance list and seeds! I really think that playing Giraldo or Leonardo Mayer as a first match after 7 months of break can be a tough start...

1. Nadal [WC](5)
2. Monaco (12)
3. Chardy (25)
4. Andujar (45)
5. Ramos (51)
6. Lorenzi (61)
7. Gimeno-Traver (66)
8. Berlocq (70)

Rest of the field:
9. Zeballos (71)
10. Giraldo (75)
11. Mayer L. (76)
12. Kuznetsov (77)
13. Rufin (86)
14. Volandri (90)
15. Sousa J. (91)
16. Ramirez Hidalgo (92)
17. Pella (94)
18. Montanes (95)
19. Robredo (104)
20. Dutra Silva (111)
21. Alund (114)
22. Massu [WC](577)
23. Riba [PR] (636)
24. Garin [WC](923)
25. Q
26. Q
27. Q
28. Q

02-01-2013, 12:23 AM
Well, guys we've not been this close to Rafa playing for quite a long time. I'm optimistic. I would love to see him playing but I don't
Think there are live streams, If someone finds one please post it here. ,

At this point I'm even excited about Mallorca airport pics. Maybe he flies private this time tho,

02-01-2013, 07:52 AM
Rafa at the airport + footage from a children's clinic (still in Barcelona, though)
(via twitter)

02-01-2013, 08:24 AM

02-01-2013, 09:02 AM
I just hope his knees are well enough to play.

02-01-2013, 02:05 PM
He should be in chile now. Was supposed to get there a 9 am

02-01-2013, 02:51 PM
Rafa landed in Santiago de Chile :)

02-01-2013, 04:27 PM
Thank you so much for that link! :hatoff:

If you don't mind, I'll make it so people can play it in this thread.

It's great to see that his eyebrows are in excellent working condition. :banana:


02-01-2013, 10:35 PM
Balding.. poor rafa

02-02-2013, 12:31 AM
having too much stress I guess, but its easy, he can always have hairs transplant :)

02-02-2013, 03:27 PM
Balding is one of the problems of being male. Most men have to put up with some form of it.

Luckily for them, women don't seem to mind that much.

02-03-2013, 05:01 PM
Apparently the doubles match with Monaco will be televised.


We should have a live stream.

02-03-2013, 05:05 PM

The Draw

02-04-2013, 12:35 AM
:cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader:

Naudio Spanlatine
02-04-2013, 02:29 AM
VAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! :rocker2:


02-05-2013, 08:49 AM
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

CENTRAL Start 2:00 pm
[Q] Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v [WC] Christian Garin (CHI)
Pere Riba (ESP) v Tommy Robredo (ESP)

Not Before 6:00 PM
Juan Monaco (ARG)/Rafael Nadal (ESP) v [2] Frantisek Cermak (CZE)/Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)

Not Before 8:00 PM
[WC] Nicolas Massu (CHI) v Albert Montanes (ESP)

Vamos Rafa! King is back :rocker:

02-05-2013, 03:01 PM
For those in the U.S., I have heard that tennis channel is going to carry Rafa's match tomorrow.

Rafael Nadal returns to the ATP World Tour at the VTR Open on Wednesday live on Tennis Channel at 4pm ET with encores Wednesday night at 8pm ET and Thursday at 10pm ET.

02-05-2013, 03:31 PM
Home Pro Game News
Nadal's presence felt in small Vina del Mar tournament

VINA DEL MAR, Chile -- They were giving the tickets away a year ago -- and still had a difficult time attracting fans.

It's a different story this year at the VTR Open, a small ATP clay-court tournament in this resort city on Chile's Pacific coast. This is where Rafael Nadal has decided to make his comeback after sitting out for more than seven months with an injured left knee.

Nadal had never been to Chile, much less played an event here. Now he's being treated like a native son with local newspapers digging up his connections to distant family members in the country. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera was one of the first to greet him when he arrived.

Call it the Nadal Effect.

"This country wants success and wants to be seen as successful," said tournament press officer Rafael Walker. "For a long time the country was like a little island, isolated from the world by the sea and mountains. So when you get a big star here -- like Nadal -- he's treated like a rock star."

The tournament is sold out starting Tuesday when Nadal opens in doubles with partner Juan Monaco. He gets a bye into the second round of singles and starts Wednesday against little-known Argentine Guido Pella or a qualifier.

"All the sponsors used to hand out tickets to clients, and they weren't used. They will be used this time," Walker said. "The local television stations that used to send out their second-level talent are sending out their top people. You can see them already here posing for photos with Nadal and asking for photographs. You know, acting like kids."

Tourism officials are hoping Nadal's appearance boosts local business, which took a hit last month with overcast skies discouraging beachgoers during the South American summer. Visitors from neighboring Argentina have also stayed away, hurt by a devaluation of the local currency that has made travel expensive.

The seven-time French Open champion practiced for almost two hours Sunday on the main stadium court, facing fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar with Nadal's uncle Toni -- also his coach -- right behind him fetching balls.

The only hint that Nadal may be less than 100 percent was a white bandage wrapped around his left knee. Otherwise, there was plenty of pop in his high-bouncing forehands. And he showed off the same muscular physique when he changed orange shirts midway through practice.

The 26-year-old Nadal should win this event, and if he doesn't, speculation will immediately begin about his future. He's trying to play down his chances, telling reporters Saturday he was hoping for an "acceptable level" as he starts the first of three clay-court events in Latin America. They're warm-ups for a run at his 12th Grand Slam title, and an eighth at the French Open.

"This should be like the first week of Roland Garros for him," said Marcelo Caro, a tennis coach who drove 100 miles from the Chilean capital Santiago to watch Nadal practice Sunday. "In theory, he shouldn't lose a set because the competition is not at his level -- if he doesn't get injured."

Another injury would be a crushing blow for the Spaniard, who is ending his longest stretch away from the game.

Several hundred people watched Nadal practice, with Toni Nadal chatting with fans at courtside. At one point Nadal posed for photos with a baby on his lap, and he autographed tennis balls, copies of his book and T-shirts as he navigated the 150 feet from the court to the shelter of the locker room.

"Nadal is like an industry," Caro said. "He generates a lot of money."

Nadal is reported to have received hefty appearance money to play in Chile, though tournament officials have not confirmed it. The venue is not ideal for a comeback. The tournament site -- Club Las Salinas -- is located within view of the ocean and is traditionally windy and often chilly.

Nadal fills a need in Chile. Its longtime top player, Fernando Gonzalez, retired last year, leaving the country without a star. Paul Capdeville is the country's highest ranked player at No. 153, and he failed to qualify for the tournament. That leaves only two Chileans in the field -- No. 577 Nicolas Massu and Christian Garin, ranked 923rd.

"For the tournament, Nadal being here is unbelievable," said German player Dustin Brown. "And it's great for the players, as long as you don't have to play Nadal."

Jaquelina Frez and her daughter, Dalal Chahuan, drove 30 miles from the nearby town of La Calera to watch practice. They will skip the tournament, partly because of high ticket prices.

"I know the prices have gone up from other years," Frez said.

Her 17-year-old daughter is an accomplished amateur player, and she raced to the court exit after practice to snap a photo.

"He's a celebrity, and you want to see him if you like tennis, or don't like tennis," Dalal said. "He brings attention to the area and excitement to the fans."

Not to mention a boost to some local bank accounts.


02-05-2013, 04:36 PM
For French fans an info which I've read nowhere : his singles matches will be shown on French TV on Beinsport :

http://enpleinelucarne.net/2013/02/rafael-nadal-fera-son-retour-734 (http://enpleinelucarne.net/2013/02/rafael-nadal-fera-son-retour-734)

02-05-2013, 05:11 PM
For French fans an info which I've read nowhere : his matches will be shown on French TV on Beinsport :

http://enpleinelucarne.net/2013/02/rafael-nadal-fera-son-retour-734 (http://enpleinelucarne.net/2013/02/rafael-nadal-fera-son-retour-734)

Thanks for sharing that information.

I'd love to understand the commentary on that broadcast. :lol: :lol:

Julián Santiago
02-05-2013, 05:14 PM
Where are all the live streamings from the stream hunter?

02-05-2013, 05:32 PM
Where are all the live streamings from the stream hunter?

:shrug: I don't know. It's listed as starting in about 2 1/2 hours.

Julián Santiago
02-05-2013, 06:04 PM
I`m sure I saw a lot of streams yesterday :sad:

02-05-2013, 06:07 PM
Rafael Nadal y sus expectativas en el VTR Open



Julián Santiago
02-05-2013, 06:11 PM
MAybe they changed the schedule and he`ll play tomorrow :confused:

02-05-2013, 06:25 PM
No, I think it is still today. The match starts "not before 6 pm" It's only 4:24 in Chile now.

02-05-2013, 06:50 PM
Thanks for mentioning the Tennis Channel schedule addition. When I looked at their schedule around the weekend, they only had live coverage for the semis and the final.

02-05-2013, 07:48 PM
MAybe they changed the schedule and he`ll play tomorrow :confused:

Match is now up on streamhunter, I can't understand much but Rafa has been mentioned about thirty times in five minutes.http://www.imageurlhost.com/images/v4395zc2nh3i5cmuw6g4.png

02-05-2013, 08:18 PM
The stream stoped working... :(

Julián Santiago
02-05-2013, 08:21 PM
Oh come on Streams. We want to see the great Nadal back :)

Julián Santiago
02-05-2013, 08:34 PM
This works well:


02-05-2013, 08:42 PM
Rafa's sharp as a knife at the net.

02-05-2013, 08:44 PM
Foot fault for the break :speakles:

Can't really cheer for that.

02-06-2013, 01:35 AM
:cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader:

02-06-2013, 01:41 AM
its strange, i already amended my signature and saw it worked before, but now it changed back to its old version? :confused:

Naudio Spanlatine
02-06-2013, 04:14 AM
It did the same thing to me when i logged out, i was like what the hell. :lol:

02-06-2013, 07:43 AM
nicely done but still Rafa's seemed so rusty :scared:

He definetely needs time...

02-06-2013, 01:53 PM
The setup before he hit that forehand on match point... mmmm beauty!!!!

02-06-2013, 09:47 PM
A bit of everything which is to be expected after so long away from the game, forehand down the line as glorious as ever.

Did Delbonis receive a time violation warning? If so, oh the irony.

02-06-2013, 09:55 PM
Important thing is the win is under his belt. My expectations are tempered, but it's good to see him back on the court and working to gain match toughness.


02-06-2013, 10:29 PM
Important thing is the win is under his belt. My expectations are tempered, but it's good to see him back on the court and working to gain match toughness.


So, menstennisforums.com notified me that somebody tried to log into my account with a wrong password more than 5 times. I haven't attempted to log in for several months now.

02-06-2013, 10:41 PM
It was great to see him back :hearts: But I'm still worried about those knees :scared: He didn't even try a lot of the times to track down balls and the few times he tried he mostly didn't get to the ball in time as far as drop shots went and he didn't try at times for balls hit out wide. But he seemed to move better back and forth at the baseline then he did trying to run up to the net. Of course, some of his shots were off; but I'm sure that is just being rusty after being out so long!

02-06-2013, 10:47 PM
its strange, i already amended my signature and saw it worked before, but now it changed back to its old version? :confused:

The Forum has been acting very strange lately :scared: Post have been disappearing, PMs, have been disappearing, and edited posts, sigs, etc. haven't keep their edited version!

02-07-2013, 12:01 AM
So, menstennisforums.com notified me that somebody tried to log into my account with a wrong password more than 5 times. I haven't attempted to log in for several months now.


This is a sign you should log in more often. :D

Anyway, how are you? And the boys and the hubby? Is the oldest son a senior this year?

02-07-2013, 06:39 AM
Veronique in da house, so Rafa should be good! :bounce: :bigclap: :wavey: Yay, at least he's back, Montanes or DGT next!! :woohoo: :woohoo: Doubles vs Rufin & Volandri tonight. :D
Btw MTF's been acting strangely indeed, a PM I sent went to an e-mail account of that person. :scared: :unsure:

02-07-2013, 05:13 PM
Nadal Returns with a Win and a Request: Stop Talking About My Knee

He's back, with a request.
Rafael Nadal wants to stop talking about the aching left knee that kept him away from the ATP Tour for over seven months until his doubles victory Tuesday with Juan Monaco at a little-known clay court tournament in Chile.
Nadal, whose inflamed knee has lingered despite ongoing therapy, had not played since June 28 when he was upset in the second round of Wimbledon by qualifier Lukas Rosol.
Nadal and Monaco won easily in just over an hour at the VTR Open, defeating the Czech pair of Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-3, 6-2. Nadal's practice sessions in Chile have lasted longer, and the first question centered on his knee — a sore subject with the Spaniard.
The former No. 1-ranked Nadal addressed the question for several minutes, and then said he wanted to drop the subject and concentrate on tennis as he begins a buildup to what could be his eighth French Open title.
"The knee — I said it when I got here. I would prefer not to keep talking about the topic," Nadal said. "At the end of the day the doctors have said it's OK. There is no risk of making it worse. My knee keeps hurting. But the fact I am playing here is a thing of joy.
"I am not 100 percent, I need some weeks," he added. "If it hurts, it hurts and we'll put up with it. I am here to play tennis, with or without pain. ... I'm happy to have played an official game, although it was doubles."
Nadal opens his singles campaign Wednesday against Argentine Federico Delbonis, hoping to catch up to the other three of tennis' Big Four — Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
The Spaniard has been almost unbeatable on clay, winning 93 percent of his singles matches — the highest percentage in the Open era.
Nadal has avoided surgery, and he suggested he hoped to continue on the same path.
"If one day it is worse, and one can't compete at 100 percent, then it can't be done," he said.
Nadal showed quick reactions with a difficult backhand volley at the net to win the sixth game of the first set Tuesday. Nadal and Monaco broke in the next game, and Nadal held serve in the next to make it 5-3 en route to a first-set victory.
Nadal hit several powerful forehands at sharp angles to win points, and seemed at ease moving around the court. And he drew the usual whistles from female fans as he stripped off his shirt after the win.
"I need for the knee be stronger, to be more comfortable playing all out," Nadal said. "There are days when the knee is not comfortable. ... Today I am in the second round of doubles and tomorrow I start in singles. I'm not going to speak more about the knee. What's coming up is tennis, and that's why I am here to try to play as well as I can.
"The more hours I am on the court, the better," he added. "Today was important, but in another aspect it wasn't so important. The most important was just to be here. There is no doubt that perhaps the result here is not the overriding thing. I'll do all I can to win and play as well as I can."


02-08-2013, 04:56 AM
as busy as hell, worked till 9 pm every night, no time to post :banghead:

but still, vamosssssssss rafa, shut all those haters off by winning please :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Naudio Spanlatine
02-08-2013, 05:20 AM
Mimi take some rest sheesh. :ras:

02-08-2013, 09:32 AM
CENTRAL Start 2:30 pm
[8] Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Guillaume Rufin (FRA)

Not Before 6:00 PM
[WC/1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) v [7] Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
[3] Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v [6] Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)

Not Before 10:00 PM
Carlos Berlocq (ARG)/Leonardo Mayer (ARG) v Juan Monaco (ARG)/Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Two matches in one day... I really don't like it. I think from now on Rafa should focus only on singles in VdM. He already got some match practice, so singles is enough. Also I hope that he will think twice before playing also doubles in Sao Paulo.

Anyway, Vamos Rafito!

02-08-2013, 11:26 AM
Ah, doubles is not that bad, just hope he won't make anything silly like making the knee worse with some bad move, he should let Pico do the main job. ;)

Nadal/Monaco Reach Vina del Mar SFs

by ATP Staff

Rafael Nadal and good friend Juan Monaco once again shined on the doubles court at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar Thursday, defeating Guillaume Rufin and Filippo Volandri 6-2, 7-6(4) to reach the semi-finals.

Monaco and Nadal won 86 per cent of their first serve points and did not lose serve to advance in 75 minutes.


02-08-2013, 06:17 PM
as busy as hell, worked till 9 pm every night, no time to post :banghead:

but still, vamosssssssss rafa, shut all those haters off by winning please :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:


I love you Mimi! :kiss: Never change!

02-08-2013, 09:43 PM
Good stuff.
I don't think I've ever seen Rafa lose the point following a time violation warning - today no different.
The t'shirt's growing on me but like the Cincy'10 shirt, I have a feeling it's a tee for Rafa only!

02-09-2013, 02:39 AM
thank you so much Star and Dee :kiss:

allez Rafa! :dance: :dance: :dance:

Naudio Spanlatine
02-09-2013, 02:48 AM
We as Nadal fans have been through alot over the years, but we are still strong no matter what. We need to still have faith in our favorite player. Let do this yall! :D

02-09-2013, 03:06 PM
Nadal Beats Gimeno-Traver For SF Berth; Chardy Up Next by ATP Staff
Vina del Mar, Chile

"Today I had more confidence than the other days," said Nadal. "That is positive. It gives me confidence, and reasons to believe that I'm on the right way. I'm happy to win in singles against a tough opponent like Dani and to reach the semi-finals after seven months.

"In this tournament I had a good feeling. The crowd gave me their support all the time. It helps a lot when you come with a bad feeling." :awww: :D

Nadal broke Gimeno-Traver three times and wiped away four break points against his serve in the final game of the match to wrap up the quarter-final victory in 84 minutes.


Monaco/Nadal To Play For Vina Del Mar Title

Juan Monaco and Rafael Nadal advanced to the VTR Open final on Friday, defeating Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-4 in Vina del Mar. Monaco and Nadal broke the Argentine pair once in each set to seal the win in 76 minutes.

For the title, the Argentine/Spanish duo play Paolo Lorenzi and Potito Starace. The Italians rallied for a 5-7, 6-3, 11-9 victory over Andrey Kuznetsov and Andre Sa.

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

People, we cannot expect Rafa to be at his best in the first tournament back after such a long injury break. I just hope for a good clay court season and the RG title. Last year final vs Djokovic I honestly sensed something wasn't quite right but he's won RG on one leg before so fingers crossed. :cheerleader: :cheerleader:

02-10-2013, 03:00 AM
go go go rafa :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :woohoo: :dance:

02-10-2013, 07:35 AM
Nadal Seeks Vina Del Mar Double; Zeballos Beats Berlocq
Vina del Mar, Chile
by ATP Staff

Top seed Rafael Nadal will look to cap off an incredible comeback tournament when he plays for the singles and doubles trophies on Sunday at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar. Nadal is making his season debut this week after being sidelined for seven months with a left knee injury.

"I'm really happy with what I've been doing this week," said Nadal. "I have a good feeling on the court. So I cannot ask for anything more. I will try to play better and better every day."

Nadal breezed into the singles final Saturday evening, dismissing third-seeded Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-2. He will begin his quest to double up on the hardware when he faces Horacio Zeballos for the singles crown at 10pm CET/4pm ET, and then will take court with Juan Monaco in the doubles final against Italians Paolo Lorenzi and Potito Starace.

"I played well today, better than the days before, which is important," Nadal said. "I won't compare myself to seven months ago, it's just the first week of competition. It's a great feeling to be in a final match after so much time without playing.

"Tomorrow, it will be a tough match against Horacio, who is playing great tennis. I hope to keep enjoying myself like I've been doing during this tournament and that my physical condition remains good." :D :D


02-10-2013, 11:52 AM
Two titles and no sets dropped would be a very nice week indeed.

02-10-2013, 05:19 PM
Vamos Rafaaa!

Naudio Spanlatine
02-10-2013, 05:53 PM
Rafa is back baby. :drool:

Can someone please give me a live video i tried to go to the original page i usually go to but something is wrong with that site. :o

02-10-2013, 11:09 PM
I for one am not joining in on the completely predictable (GM) obituary. Nadal winning would have been a fairytale and USO'10 was Rafa's. Beating Rafa on clay to win a first ATP title must feel out of this world!
Hope Rafa breaking and being broken straight back has made it's annual appearance never to return.

02-10-2013, 11:21 PM
I'm disappointed of course. It was a winnable match, and it's obvious Rafa needs to improve a few things in his game.

Zeballos was a deserving winner and it was impossible for me not to be happy for him when he won.

I was so proud of Rafa because he was excused from participating in the trophy presentation ceremony because he still had to play doubles, but Rafa chose to remain. It was the right thing to do. I would have been disappointed in him had he not done so.

Naudio Spanlatine
02-11-2013, 12:24 AM
Well like i said in about three threads now. I am happy to see Zeballos for the first time play some tennis. I havent been able to til today. But since the first set i knew Zeballos was gonna be a tough player for Nadal. He was serving very very well. Not only that he was mixing his shot making and really confusing Nadal alot. His backhand was amazing. and his forehand is really decently good too. So well deserve win for Zeballos he earn me a new fan of him. Rafa, welcome back again and good luck in the next tournament. Same goes to Zeballos. :D

02-11-2013, 03:09 AM
disappointed to hear him losing coz i was expecting a win :mad: this year of Snake starts in a bad way for me. First, got 3 sms from my boss scolding me for ordering the wrong flowers at reception, now rafa losing :fiery:

well well well, we just have to take things slowly, and hope he gonna improves soon :hug:

still Rafa, we love you and are proud of you :hug: :kiss:

02-11-2013, 04:50 AM
disappointed to hear him losing coz i was expecting a win :mad: this year of Snake starts in a bad way for me. First, got 3 sms from my boss scolding me for ordering the wrong flowers at reception, now rafa losing :fiery:

well well well, we just have to take things slowly, and hope he gonna improves soon :hug:

still Rafa, we love you and are proud of you :hug: :kiss:

Mimi :hug: That's ok. Keep you head up!

Rafa is slowly finding his form. Just like at Wimbledon, he lost to a guy on fire who played the match of his life. Let's hope Rafa remains healthy, I am pretty convinced this loss will make him even hungrier and motivate him towards new titles!

02-11-2013, 07:22 AM
Very dissapointing, and kind of surprising as well... I was really sad and nervous watching it. I saw only the last set and I have to admit Zeballos played insane tennis. Still, I was hoping for a hattrick on his comeback...
Anyway, it was a huge think to see my idol back on court. I really appreciate it a lot.
I also hope that he can still win in Brazil and Mexico...

02-11-2013, 07:29 AM
Does anyone know when is Rafa playing his first match in Brazil? I can see he is playing doubles on Tuesday and singles?

02-11-2013, 07:32 AM
Nadal Reflects On Comeback Week

Vina del Mar, Chile
by ATP Staff

Assessing the pros and cons of his closely watched return to the ATP World Tour in Vina del Mar this past week, former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal said that ‘the balance is positive’. Playing his first tournament after a seven-month layoff due to a left knee injury, Nadal reached the singles and doubles finals at the VTR Open, but lost both title matches. After nine matches in six days, Nadal said that he now had a much better insight to where his game and body were.

“A week ago we didn't know how the body would respond,” he said. “[Now] at least I know we can compete at a certain level. I think that was a positive week… I will try to keep improving my physical sensations day by day, which is the most important thing because I don't feel that my tennis level is bad. I need more time on court.

"The knee is still bothering me, but you have to face adversity with the best possible face and look forward to keep working and enjoy what I like the most, to play tennis."

Nadal, who suffered just his fifth loss in 41 career clay-court finals when he fell to Zeballos 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 6-4, said that he was very pleased to make his return in Chile. Zeballos became just the third player (Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer) to beat Nadal in a clay-court final.

"The tennis is important, but for me the best thing was to have the feelings I've had this week, with a full stadium and one of the best crowds I've ever had in my life. It's a place I won't forget because of the love people gave me.

"I was two points away from winning the title, but I said from first day that the result was not the most important thing, although I would've liked to win. My opponent won, he deserved it and I congratulate him. Still, to win four matches in a row is good news for me."

As Voo pointed out it was 3 wins in a row in singles but yeah, at least he's back on match court. :D :hug:


02-11-2013, 09:23 AM
Add me to the list of disappointed people :awww: As soon as he was broken back in the third it seemed sure he would lose. Or maybe I was just being pessimistic :lol:

Zeballos played very well but Rafa gave him a helping hand with some passive play and short balls.

If he can win one of the remaining tournaments then this becomes meaningless, however, if he leaves empty handed then.... :scared:

02-12-2013, 02:59 AM
better to keep a positive thinking, not really bad for a final after 7 months of lay off

our rafa has nothing more to prove, he has 11 slams already and almost won everything except the world tour final. So we better try our best to enjoy just seeing him play :tennis: :tennis:

02-12-2013, 06:16 PM
it's hard to admit but Horacio was supreme and totaly outplayed Rafa

09-12-2013, 12:54 PM
Doesn't this feel like a lifetime ago? Look at where we are now! :D

09-13-2013, 03:38 AM
Doesn't this feel like a lifetime ago? Look at where we are now! :D