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09-10-2005, 04:14 PM
Nadal misses training on China Open debut

2005-09-10 02:45:04 XinhuaEnglish

BEIJING, Sept. 10(Xinhuanet)-- Top seed Rafael Nadal skipped his first training course on Saturday after the 19-year-old tennis upstart from Spain arrived here early in the morning for his China Open debut.

No detail was released by the organizing committee as they announced the cancellation half an hour from the scheduled starting time.

It was said that the world number two failed to find his baggage after arriving at the Beijing Capital airport at local time 8 o'clock Saturday morning, but it was not confirmed by official sources.

Nadal, who has won nine titles this season, will not kick off his China Open compaign untill Monday in the men's singles main draw, where he firstly faces the 157th-ranked Wang Yeu-Tzuoo from Chinese Taipei before meeting fifth seed Dominik Hrbaty from Slovakia in the quarter-finals.


Nadal to launch China Open debut against Asian player

2005-09-10 05:52:20 XinhuaEnglish

BEIJING, Sept. 10(Xinhuanet)-- World number two Rafael Nadal will test his status against Chinese Taipei's Wang Yeu-Tzuoo when the China Open ATP tournament main draw starts on hardcourt at the Beijing Tennis Center on Monday.

Former world number one Carlos Moya, however, was handed a nightmare draw, as the eighth-seeded Spaniard takes top Asian netman Paradorn Srichaphan, ranked 42 currently in the world, in the very first round matchups.

Sweden's Thomas Johansson, named the fourth seed here, will also be given difficult time in the same quarter, as Germany's Rainer Schuettler and Jarkko Nieminen from Finland both eye covetously on a qualification to the last eight.

The top seed Nadal, who suffered an early exit at the ongoing U.S. Open after shockly beaten by American James Blake in the third round, opens up proceedings on the Central Court.

Argentina's The Magician Guillermo Coria, seeded second here and ranked eighth in the world, will take a lucky loser from the qualification round and poses at the down quarter of the main draw as one of the biggest threats to favorite Nadal, who has been known as the new"King of Clay" after being crowned at this year's French Open.

Third seed David Nalbandian, new generation to Argentine tennis whose giant-killing run had brought down local favorite Lleyton Hewitt at the quarter-finals of last January's Australian Open, has to pass Dane Kristian Pless' challenge before booking a possible quarter-final showdown with sixth seed Juan Carlos Ferrero from Spain.

Ferrero will meet in the first round Lee Hyung-Taik, the top tennis player of South Korea, while the seventh seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia takes a quarlifier in his opener.

China's Wang Jr. Yu and Sun Peng, entering the men's singles main draw after being handed wildcards, will respectively post their challenges on fifth seed Hrbaty and a lucky loser from the qualification round.

The annually tourney, which initiated a year ago, has been slated from September 10 to 25 with a totally 500,000 US dollars prize money for the ATP tournament.

09-10-2005, 04:31 PM
My translation:-
The pics are copyright by tennis.com.cn

From: http://www.tennis.com.cn 
2005-9-10 18:34:44

Nadal Lost His Piratas But Found His Racquet



Rafael Nadal, the tournament's top seed, began training at the Beijing Tennis Centre with his fellow Spaniard, Carlos Moya this afternoon.

It is known to all that Carlos Moya is Nadal's idol. Nadal had luggage problems and lost his racquets and clothings!! Only his racquets were found. Due to that, Nadal and Moya were late for an hour for their training. In today's practice, their presence attracted a lot of fans and journalists that even the tournament's director turned up to 'supervise' the court.

The twosome completed their training after ah hour plus. Moya had participated in last year's Beijing Open while this is Nadal's Beijing Open's debut and it looks like this French Open winner is adjusting quite well and is in great form. All can't wait for his opening match against the 157th-ranked Wang Yeu-Tzuoo from Chinese Taipei.

09-10-2005, 04:40 PM
Rafa & Moya During Their Practice Session on 10.9.2005:-













09-10-2005, 05:51 PM
I musst say I'm happy the short pants is back again! :)

09-10-2005, 06:12 PM
My translation:-

From sports.sohu.com

Nadal Moya Marathon Match On Centre Court

Barely 9 hours after stepping on Beijing, Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal began their first training session. Due to the long flight and possible jet-lag, it was presumed that Moya and Nadal will be just doing easy warm-ups, however, both of them surprisingly had a long practice session which lasted till late evening and the lights had to be turned on and Nadal and Moya became the first 2 players in this tournament to have night training session.

Although it was just a normal training session, a lot of tennis fans had gathered early to catch them in action even though the training session was postponed from 3.30pm to 5.05pm. Before that, Ferrero, a good friend of Moya and last year's practice partner, was at court number 8 with Mikhail Youzhny. Nadal appeared in a striking orange shirt while Moya chose a black-white ensemble. Both of them had innovative warming-up ideas, Nadal brought a chest developer which was tied to the umpire's chair while Moya
did his warm up carefully which showed how important warming up is to him.

After adjusting to the court and a few casual rallies, both began their practice sessions and they did go easy on each other. Nadal hit every ball as if he was in a match, however during their breaks, both good friends shared the same resting station. Both their coaches are also very familiar with each other whom kept joking around which sent Nadal into fits of laughter. After half an hour, Nadal had the upper hand, however Moya's in a good form. This is Moya's 2nd Beijing Open and the 29 year old Spaniard does not intend to make this a short trip again. As the sun began to set, Moya and Nadal began warming up after a long break. They each took their turns practising their serves before starting another match. Moya was more aggressive this time and the training session ended with his victory.

It was 6.30pm when Moya and Nadal finished their first China Open training session and it was as if they were sending a message to all that a Spaniard's name will be engraved on the China Open 2005 trophy.

09-10-2005, 06:13 PM
I musst say I'm happy the short pants is back again! :)

I'm happy the orange shirt's back!!!!

09-10-2005, 06:25 PM
I dont like the headband :o
and blue wristbands with orange shirt :rolleyes:

09-10-2005, 07:51 PM
it's just practise, though if he shows up like that in the match :rolleyes:

09-10-2005, 08:52 PM
for me, i prefer his outfit he wore at the mercedes cup :D http://tinypic.com/dmb3v6.jpgand i also like it if heīs not shave :) too sexy

09-10-2005, 08:56 PM
Too bad that the defending champion wont be there... :awww:

09-11-2005, 04:02 AM
Yep!!!!!!! I miss the short pants so much!!!! if the sleeveless shirts can be changed,it would be perfect... :devil:
My god.. He's so near me,but I can't watch him playing :sad: :sad: mmmm I just want to die :sad: :sad:

09-11-2005, 04:10 AM
Yup... Too bad Safin won't be there...

09-11-2005, 04:26 AM
Yup... Too bad Safin won't be there...
It made so many fans cry really..

09-11-2005, 04:52 AM
This pic's cute!!


09-11-2005, 05:18 AM
I'm happy the orange shirt's back!!!!
ME TOO! And even though I love his white pirates, it's nice to be able to see his legs again ;) Poor Rafa for losing his luggage! :hug:

09-11-2005, 05:19 AM
This pic's cute!!

awww :hearts: I have a pic of the bryan brothers drinking water at the same time too ;)

09-11-2005, 05:19 AM
OMG!!!! Sooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuute :inlove: Thank you so much!!!!

09-11-2005, 05:30 AM
Oh also, thank you veyonce for taking time to translate the articles :D :D

09-11-2005, 12:12 PM
I hate rafa's new headband, it looks like something that serena would wear. And that is most definitely NOT a compliment!!!

09-11-2005, 01:34 PM
gogo_guga, go to your happy place...... anything's better than the Miami 2004 headbands. Oh good lord, those were ugly.

I like the plain ones better though.

09-11-2005, 02:35 PM
Rafa during his training session on 11.9.2005. Hmm... He's wearing his not-so-favourite shirt again??















09-11-2005, 03:08 PM
Journalist: Ri Yue

Nadal: China's A Great Place My English's Not That Bad

Saw Nadal 2 years ago during the Hamburg Master Series, at that time his world ranking was outside 100 and was a lanky boy with a chubby face and a determined look in his black eyes. Today he is ranked world No. 2 behind Roger Federer, armed with a beast-like left arm. This helped him gain a lot of supporters and also require him to learn how to handle the media and fans hot on his heels. This to a quiet, shy boy must be the toughest problem on hand.

After his training session today, he was surrounded by fans armed with cameras and asking for his autographs. The security personnel stepped in to escort Moya and him away. Just before he was escorted away by the tournament's staff, I managed to have a short interview in Spanish and English .

Journalist ("J"): "Rafa, How are you?" (In Spanish).

Rafa ("R"): "Fine, thank you."
The magic of spanish works wonder and just a simple sentence, his face lit up with a smile.

J: "How do you find China?" (In English)

R: "China's a great place, everything's very good here."
His English seems quite fluent, not as bad as what the rumours said, at least better than my Spanish.

J: "Will you be visiting the Great Wall of China?"

R: "Maybe, haha.."
Do you really know what's the Great Wall of China?

J: "Ok, see you tomorrow."

R: "Eh, see you tomorrow."
Seems that he's more fluent in Spanish

09-11-2005, 03:41 PM
Looks like Rafa's training twice a day..









09-11-2005, 04:56 PM

Sexy Teenage Nadal Shows Off His Skills


Tight clothes, bronzed skin, perky butt, who comes to your mind when you hear this description? Jennifer Lopez or Charlize Therzon, nope. At 5pm, the top seed of the tournament makes his appearance on court.

This time, Nadal donned a skin-tight red shirt with a baseball cap, the only thing missing is his famous piratas (he left his luggage at Frankfurt while flight transfer). During his training, Nadal's in good form, his topspin often left fans in awe. Besides his signature topspin, Nadal at his uncle's guidance, also focused on his backhand and serves. During his practice, Nadal and his uncle would often be in discussion on the methods before hitting a ball.

As more and more fans gathered outside the court, Nadal had to end his practice session early. Nadal politely greeted the fans' appreciation and gave a thumb up to a fan whom was holding Spain's national flag.

09-11-2005, 09:24 PM
J: "Will you be visiting the Great Wall of China?"

R: "Maybe, haha.."
Do you really know what's the Great Wall of China?

J: "Ok, see you tomorrow."

R: "Eh, see you tomorrow."
Seems that he's more fluent in Spanish
Question: Do you really know what's the Great Wall of China
Answer: OK, see you tomorrow

09-11-2005, 10:01 PM
I hate rafa's new headband, it looks like something that serena would wear. And that is most definitely NOT a compliment!!!

OMC his ass is just perfect :drool:

09-12-2005, 12:09 AM
I hate rafa's new headband, it looks like something that serena would wear. And that is most definitely NOT a compliment!!!

He doesn't have his clothes. Notice he wore a baseball cap in the subsequent pictures.

09-12-2005, 01:31 AM
well he often wears caps for practices.. and it's not uncommon for him to practice twice a day... i saw him practice twice a day, everyday, in Montreal! he's a hard-working boy :D

09-12-2005, 01:42 AM
12.9.2005 03:23

Nadal Overslept Only Had Bread For Breakfast

19 year old spaniard Rafa often displays child-like habits which his fans just love. After all the players left Shangri-La Hotel for the tennis court at 1pm, a visibly just woken up Nadal wearing a baseball cap, lugging his big Babolat bag had just stepped in the hotel lobby with Uncle Toni. Nadal had missed the hotel's daily breakfast and of course he wouldn't want to train on an empty stomach. After some communication between Uncle Toni and the staff, he rushed to grab a bread from the restaurant. Rafa then stuffed the bread beside his cd collection into his unzipped Babolat bag.

09-12-2005, 01:51 AM
He doesn't have his clothes. Notice he wore a baseball cap in the subsequent pictures.

Then does the Serena-headband belong to Carlos????? I mean, I assume that he borrowed some clothes from Carlos so that they could practice.
Anyways, I just hope Nike doesn't make him wear the Serena-headband during matches!! They already made him wear the "painted-on" spandex shirt :mad:

09-12-2005, 02:17 AM
Hardworking Rafa.. There goes the skin-tight shirt again :(

09-12-2005, 02:30 AM
China Open Training Day Nadal Vs Srichaphan


Yesterday was men's training day, when all thought that it would be an uneventful day, a pleasant surprise awaits all at 5pm. The top seed, Rafael Nadal and Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan were training together on the centre court. The uneventful training session soon turned into an interesting training session.

As Rafael Nadal and Paradorn Srichaphan's training session were the last training session on centre court, it became the main event of the day. Like the other players, the 2 of them arrived early while Moya's practising on the centre court. Srichaphan went to the back of the court, fiddled with his racquet while waiting for Moya to complete his training session. He began to warm up and used the tennis ball as a soccer ball and played with the staff. At the same time, Nadal made his way to the court and the crowd applaused, 'ditching' Moya aside. As Nadal has just finished his previous training session and rushed to the centre court, the first thing he did was to change his shirt, female fans gasped at the sight of his well-toned body.

Even though it was a training session, both gave the impression that it was a match and not a training session. The crowd applaused throughout the 'match', even Moya stayed on to watch the 'match'.  

After the 'duel', both took a break and the photographers began snapping shots at them, you can hear the clicking sound from the cameras amid the silence.  

Soon Thomas Johansson lugging his big bag and his companion made their way to the centre court, just as everyone thought that they too are intrigued by the 'match', Johansson gestured that he actually just wanted to cut across the court to make his way back. Nadal and Srichaphan had to put down their racquets and together with the crowd watched on as Johansson and companion cut across the court. A fan said in jest that maybe Johansson should hold a sign "Just passing by, play on".

09-12-2005, 03:45 AM


09-12-2005, 10:18 AM
Thank you for the great articles + pictures, Veyonce. :)

From reuters:
Federer untouchable for now, says Nadal

Mon Sep 12, 2005
By Alastair Himmer

BEIJING, Sept 12 (Reuters) - World number two Rafael Nadal said on Monday he was still a long way off catching Swiss master Roger Federer at the top of the world rankings.

French Open champion Nadal paid tribute to Federer's successful defence of his U.S. Open title at the weekend but the Spanish teenager believes he has time on his side.

"Roger Federer is the best player in the world. He wins everything," Nadal told reporters in Beijing at this week's China Open.

"He's lost only three matches this year. It's amazing. I can't be number one this year but I'm still very young. I'm 19 years old and I have many years to be number one."

Nadal has won nine ATP tour titles this year -- just one fewer than Federer -- but is looking to bounce back quickly from his shock third-round exit at the U.S. Open.

"I'm still happy with my season," said Nadal, who plays Taiwan's Wang Yeu-Tzuoo in his Beijing opener on Tuesday. "I've won a lot of tournaments and that gives me confidence. I'm improving every year. It's a normal evolution."

Nadal has already qualified for the year-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai but he pledged to try and prove he was more than a clay court bully for the rest of the season.

"I know I can play well on hard courts," he said. "I won in Montreal and I've won a lot of matches. It's just my mentality. I need to be more aggressive, especially on grass and indoors.

"What's most important to me now is to improve and improve."

Argentina's Guillermo Coria and David Nalbandian, as well as fellow Spaniard and mentor Carlos Moya, are among those who stand in Nadal's way at the $1.1 million China Open.

The women's tournament begins on Monday with five of the world's top 10 players involved.

09-12-2005, 10:24 AM
Source: www.chinaview.cn

Nadal, winner of "evolution"
BEIJING, Sept. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- He can't be ingored, overlooked or difficult to locate.

He is the most promising youngster to the world male tennis. He is the new sweetheart to clay tournament and has been named the next "King of Clay". He is among the few netmans who keep a better win-loss record over world number one Roger Federer. He has even made his signature three-quarter length capri pants a hot commodity.

He is Rafael Nadal, a childlike boy off the court who has been fondly called Rafa by his fans all over the world.

The 19-year-old Spaniard has shocked the world with his success this year, rising from No. 51 to No. 2 in six months and stunning the unbeatable Federer to claim his first ever Grand Slam title at French Open last June when he became the second player after Mats Wilander to win in his first try.

He has become the third teenager in history (since 1973) to reach No. 2 in the ATP Entry Ranking, joining Boris Becker (18 years, 9 months and 17 days) and Bjorn Borg (18 years 10 months and 2 days).

"Well, it's the evolution."

That's the answer from the Spanish upstart to questions that how he improved so much this year.

"I am improving all the time, and that keeps boosting my confidence," he added while telling a press conference Monday at the China Open that he could win on the hard surface as well as on the clay if only he played well.

Seeded top at the ongoing China Open ATP tournament, Nadal is the undisputed favorite breaking away from all the hotshots here including Argentine sensation David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria.

Yet he's not been drawn away from the earth by his reputation as growing giant.

"I was playing very well this season, but saying of taking six or eight titles, well, I never think of that," commented the muscular teenager on his sizzling nine-title run in 2005 ATP season.

Foreseeing a possible encounter with Federer in the Shanghai Masters Cup later this year, Nadal, becoming the youngest player for the tournament since Andrei Medvedev to clinch a berth at the circuit finale, showed big ambition for it though saying that it will be difficult to challenge the world number one.

"Federer is the No. 1 in tennis, and if I meet him in the Masters Cup, I'll play a world No. 1. It will be difficult, but I' m very young and have nothing to be afraid of," said Nadal, who has been regarded the new force in the men's game and a growing threat to Federer.

For the tournament getting underway in Beijing, Nadal felt confident but played low-key: "I practised yesterday, and felt good. But every match is difficult, I'll just play my best in processing. If I performed badly, I could be beaten by anybody," added Nadal who will play China Taipei's Wang Yeu-Tzuoo in the first round.

With his heavily top-spun, consistent groundstrokes and a die-for-it attitude, together with wonderful fitness and court coverage, the highly expected Spaniard holds a quality to be the champion at any tournament, while victory at the Montreal Masters in August had proved his hard court prowess.

For tennis-mania fans in Beijing, a lasting impression is awaited from the Mallorcan in China Open

09-12-2005, 04:48 PM



09-12-2005, 05:07 PM
Rafa's Press Conference at the Beijing Tennis Center:













09-12-2005, 05:12 PM
Rafa won't be playing tomorrow as his opponent has yet to reach Beijing!!!


09-12-2005, 05:58 PM

One of my favourites!! *drool*







Ummm... This is a weird pic... :lol:


09-12-2005, 06:59 PM
Ahh Rafa!!! :hearts: :inlove: Good luck in Bejing! :bounce: :bigclap:
Thanks Veyonce for all the pics and articles. :worship:
:wavey: Sorry, I hope I'm allowed to drop by here. I've been a Rafa fan since last year already, I just haven't posted here.

09-12-2005, 09:42 PM
He likes to show off his biceps in press conferences :aplot: :lol: :angel:

09-13-2005, 01:49 AM
My pics of Rafa.







09-13-2005, 04:55 AM
All from sports.sina.com.cn

Surprised To See Nadal While Waiting For Moya Anxiously At Airport

This past 2 days most fans have been at the training sessions instead of the qualifying matches as Nadal, Moya, Ferrero etc and local players have arrived in Beijing and have started their basic training sessions while Nadal has also brought "his spectacular performance" to China Open.

Nadal had given China Open officials a scare. On 10.9.2005 8am, the tournament's staff were at Beijing's airport waiting anxiously for "Latin Lover" Moya. Due to Moya's previous experience with China's fanatic fans, he wore a cap and pulled it down to cover most of his face to avoid recognition.

"Nadal!" This alerted and surprised the tournament's staff whom were busy attending to Moya. The staff took another look and saw following behind Moya was a teenager clad in a red short sleeve t-shirt and jeans with dark blue casual track shoes. Who could it be besides Nadal? According to the information Nadal had given to the tournament staff, he was supposed to arrive in Beijing on 11.9.2005. When asked about his early arrival, Nadal explained, "I happened to be free, so I came with Moya."


China's Open Top Seed Silent About Winning Title Nadal's Staging A Comeback At Beijing

Tournament's top seed, Rafael Nadal is undisputely the hot favourite to win the title but at his first press conference held on 12.9.2005, the Spaniard sensation's mum about his confidence in winning the title.

Quite a number of Chinese journalists have been asking the 19 year old teen sensation what was his objective in participating China Open. Nadal evaded the question twice by smiling and that 'he will try his best'.

When asked about his first match, Nadal said, "This will be a tough match." In actual fact, his first match's opponent's a virtually unknown Taiwanese player, Wang Yeu-Tzuoo, compared to the World No. 2, Wang Yeu-Tzuoo's ranked 160. However, Nadal further added, "It's never an easy match for every first round match."

He even complimented Wang Yeu-Tzuoo, "He's a tough opponent. He won the title at Istanbul this year." Looks like Nadal's serious about his first round match and even did research on his opponent.

This is Nadal's first time to Beijing. He had a very good feeling while training on 11.9.2005 but he just wouldn't mention the word "champion". When asked about his biggest opponent, Nadal's humble, "I do not have a particular opponent in mind. It's tough to win anyone if my performance's not good."

Although Nadal's performance are not aggressive but his recent shock 3rd exit at US Open tarnished his "King Of Clay Court" fairy-tale and this no doubt will be his main motivation to stage a comeback in Beijing.

Nadal Aiming For World No. 1 Hoping To Play Well In China Open

The 2nd China Open has started, as top seed, French Open Champion's Rafael Nadal does not have his match scheduled on the opening day, he held his first press conference at the arrangement of the tournament's committee. Although this is his 1st time facing the intimidating Chinese media, this only 19 years old Spaniard faced the media calmly like a seasoned pro.

Firstly, Nadal thanked the tournament committee for their warm welcome and the fans for encouraging him with lots of encouragments and welcoming him with open arms. Nadal's also looking forward to the opportunity to visit Beijing's places of interest arranged by the committee as he had long heard that Beijing's a city steeped in culture and he's looking forward to visit world famous landscape like the Imperial Palace.

With regard to his 1st round's opponent, Wang Yeu-Tzuoo from Taiwan, Nadal expressed that he heard his opponent had some good performances in his previous matches and the first round match in every tournament is very tough. He will always prepare beforehand and try his best to do well. However, Nadal's tight-lipped whether he will win the title, "I'm not sure if I can win the title but right now, the feeling's not bad, my performance at yesterday's training are very good even though the opponents are tough to handle but I'll try my best to play well in every match and of course to claim victory."

Just as Nadal switched his focus from the US Open to China Open, World No. 1 Roger Federer has consecutively retained his US Open Men's Singles title and Nadal's 1 of the 3 players whom ever defeated the Swiss player this year. Thus the media are very interested if the 2 will face each other again in November's Shanghai Masters Cup, will Nadal end Federer's winning streak? Nadal replied in a not conceding defeat tone, "I've won 9 titles this year but I still want to win more victories and to be World No. 1, however I will not be too focused in this aspect when I face him again. I'm only 19 years old, there's more to improve and right now my main objective is to perform well in every match."


Srichaphan Infected By Female Fans Asia No. 1 Talked To Nadal

The tournament's top seed, Rafael Nadal is known to be a teenage hearthrob, everywhere he goes, there will be hordes of teenage fans waiting to get his autographs, yesterday's training session was no exception. Even though Srichaphan and Nadal's training court are just separated by a tennis net. Thailand's teenager also is a well-known player and he walked on to the court at the crowd's watchful eyes. It was a different story when Nadal appeared, female fans chased after this new tennis sensation. When the training session started, the fans watching Nadal practising were more than the fans watching Srichaphan. The interesting part was during the resting session, Srichaphan passed through 2 courts' slip door walked up and spoke to Nadal, who's taking a break at the same time. Maybe Srichaphan is also feeling the power of Nadal.


Nadal Meets Chinese Media: I Have Not Thought Of Facing Federer

From Shangri-La Hotel to center court, the time from 5pm to 3pm to 3.30pm. Finally the French Open Champion, Rafael Nadal, gets to meet the Chinese press and answered their questions.

"I Idolise Carlos Moya"

Q: Welcome to China, have you felt China's fans' warmth? Moya, Ferrero were already here last year, what's your feelings about China? Also, your 1st round opponent's stronger, are you prepared?

Rafa: This tournament's grouping are pretty even, the fans are very passionate, I'm very grateful to them. I'm very happy I'm able to participate in this tournament and at the same time to have the opportunity to visit China's well-known Imperial Palace. My 1st match is a tough match but so is every player here, I'll do my best to have a good match."

Q: You have a very good friendship with Moya, he's like your mentor, you've previously mentioned that you do not wish to defeat him but if you will meet up with each other in this tournament, what do you think will be the outcome?

Rafa: Moya's not my mentor but my friend. I have idolised him since young and we always practiced together. If we meet in the tournament, it will be a very tough competition. We are best friends but we will try our best to win the match.

I Have Not Thought Of Facing Federer

Q: You have won 9 titles this year and you will meet Federer in Shanghai Masters Cup, what's your chances of winning?

Rafa: I have indeed won a lot of matches this year but I hope to win more. I hope I can be World No. 1 but I have not thought of facing Federer in future matches. I'm still young, there are lots of chances for me to improve. However, it's very tough to have good performances on court.

Q: You have very good results on clay courts, what methods are you implementing to obtain similar results on other surfaces?

Rafa: I can play very well on hard court, I have won a lot of matches this year. I just need to maintain in good condition, make fewer errors in order to do well.

Q: You are so young and you have already attained this glory. What's your views on these 2 connections?

Rafa: I don't know, it's hard for me to explain.

I feel I'm In A Good Condition

Q: Are you confident of winning China Open? Who do you think is your biggest opponent in this tournament??

Rafa: I'm not sure of the outcome but I have a very good feeling. I felt I'm in a good form from yesterday's training session. Every opponent's tough to beat, I'll try my very best to play a good match because you may lose the whole match if you do not perform well in a game.

Q: You performed very well last year, this year's performance are even better. Do you think you have improved in your techniques?

Rafa: At the coach's guidance, I have improved my techniques in all aspects this year. Now I just need to commit fewer errors and constantly improve myself.

Q: Last evening's training session with Moya, you guys had a good laugh, what's that about?

Rafa: Nothing special, just a small joke during the training session.

09-13-2005, 06:44 AM
Nice pics, luna!! Thanks.

09-13-2005, 06:58 AM
The 3 of them looked so funny... lol..

Spanish tennis players, from left, Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Rafael Nadal wear replicas of the robes once worn by China's emperors, during a photo opportunity at the Workers Cultural Palace in Beijing Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005. The palace was once a temple that made up part of the Forbidden City, and was where the emperors stored their ancestors' tablets. The three are in Beijing to compete in the China Open tennis tournament, which started Saturday.
















09-13-2005, 07:11 AM
Ahh Rafa!!! :hearts: :inlove: Good luck in Bejing! :bounce: :bigclap:
Thanks Veyonce for all the pics and articles. :worship:
:wavey: Sorry, I hope I'm allowed to drop by here. I've been a Rafa fan since last year already, I just haven't posted here.

Hi MariaV,

Welcome!! All are allowed to drop by here. ;)

It's a pity Safin has to pull out due to his injury..

09-13-2005, 08:42 AM
:haha: Chicos!!!! Seems they had fun! hahahaha :lol:

:rolleyes: the sneakers really compliment the outfits :haha: :lol:

09-13-2005, 09:35 AM
From qianlong.com
Nadal Went Shopping In Leisure Time

Nadal's itinerary was changed from National Museum Palace to Workers Cultural Palace and it was supposed to be a private visit and he doesn't wish to be disturbed. On the night before, Nadal went shopping in the company of his friends and coach. When some journalists attempted to take photos, Nadal angrily shouted, "No."

Nadal really draws a line between work and personal time, he doesn't like to be distubed during his personal time. When it comes to work, he's very co-operative and obliging. Before entering the press conference yesterday, he specifically took out his handphone and switched off the volume before taking his seat.

Nadal apparently likes to speak English and answered the questions in English however his English tinges with a heavy Spanish accent. The service of the English translator was needed in order for the journalists to fully understand his replies. The Chinese media too were especially enthusiastic and asked questions in English. Nadal was trying hard to grasp the Chinese's English and had to frequently rely on the English translator beside him to answer the questions.

09-13-2005, 02:07 PM
Hmmm.. Wonder if they'll be celebrating mid-autumn festival this sunday and try eating mooncakes!!! Maybe they should carry lanterns too... Hee... It's so cute to see them doing the chinese greetings, Gong Xi Fa Cai, wherein we wished each other prosperity which takes place during Chinese New Year (ie. like New Year's day).








Is Rafa eating his racquet???!!






09-13-2005, 04:09 PM
Ferrero is looking at Rafa with the racket in his mouth and probably thinking "dude, you're really insane"

09-13-2005, 04:49 PM
Ferrero is looking at Rafa with the racket in his mouth and probably thinking "dude, you're really insane"

thanks for the pics. they're adorable :p ... nice sneakers, guys.

09-13-2005, 06:15 PM
Here's a video link on their trip: mms://nv.sina.com.cn/sports/2005/09/13423126.wmv


Newscaster: China Open 2005 has been proclaimed as Spain's China Open 2005. This is due to the number of Spain's top players participating in this tournament which include Moya & Ferrero whom came last year and World No. 2 player, Rafael Nadal whom's also the tournament's top seed. The 3 Spaniards visited Beijing's Forbidden City today and even put on emperor's robes to feel what it is like to be a king.

Narrator: Even though both Moya and Ferrero have played last night, it did not affect their mood today. It was also a rare opportunity for the top seed, Nadal, to relax before his match. The 3 of them also got a pleasant surprise before entering the Forbidden City. Even though Moya and Ferrero came last year but like Nadal, it was the 1st time they get to wear an emperor's robe. The 3 of them were very excited with this arrangement.

Rafa, Ferrero & Moya's Interview..

Narrator: The 3 of them even did a short fashion parade modelling the robes, however it seems that they had difficulties walking once they donned the robes. The most hilarious part is that even with the royal robes on. they did not forget their real identity. It is quite hilarious to see a foreigner in an emperor's robe holding a tennis racquet. Even though they are away from the competition, it is still inevitable to avoid the topic of the on-going China Open. Among the 3 Spaniards, top seed Rafael Nadal's match is the last, however he's cautious of his opponent.

Rafa's interview..

Even though the sight of them to us is comical in our eyes, it is also a rare opportunity for the 3 of them to relax during the competition. Today Nadal and his 2 older brothers got to experience an emperor's glory, maybe the glory will rub off on them in this year's China Open.

09-13-2005, 07:09 PM
Levely pics :inlove: Thx everyone for all pix and news here. Gosh I feel so bad 'cause I haven't been for so long :sad: But anyway :bounce: Vamos Rafa :bounce: He's playing 2morrow, right??

09-13-2005, 08:25 PM
the way carlos and juan are holding their rackets on the 2nd pics, it looks like they are very hot :lol:

09-14-2005, 01:43 AM
From ATP Tennis:

Spaniards Explore Beijing

China Open top seed Rafael Nadal of Spain and compatriots Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya all got a taste of Chinese culture on Tuesday as they were given a tour of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

The three players, all Roland Garros champions, donned traditional empirical Chinese costumes and posed in front of hordes of photographers in the main square. The players then took a private tour of the royal temple before stopping by Tiananmen Square on the way back to their hotel.

All three players will be in action on Wednesday.

Ferrero: "It's great to be able to see these places when we're at tournaments so we try and take time to see interesting parts of the city. It's also a great opportunity to promote the tournament."

Moya: "It's a great experience, I love to know new places. Last year I wasn't able to so this year I wanted to visit the forbidden city and I'm also looking forward to going to the great wall. I really like these places so I'm looking forward to it."

Nadal: "It's not every day that we can come here so it's a great opportunity to see some of the sites. The costumes are great, very unique."



09-14-2005, 08:13 AM
Here's the link to view a video clip of Rafa's training session on 13.9.2005.


file clip: mms://

09-14-2005, 08:29 AM
Vamos To Rafa for going to the next round.

He looked so good in yellow!!!













09-14-2005, 08:38 AM
:bounce: yaaaaaaay Rafa!!!! Lil Limůn!!! :lol: love it!!!!

09-14-2005, 08:45 AM
:bounce: Vamos Rafa!! :bounce:

09-14-2005, 08:52 AM
iVamos Rafa! :banana:

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09-14-2005, 09:32 AM
All from 13.9.2005 articles.


Spanish Armada Trio Toured Forbidden City Clad In Chinese Empirical Costumes

Yesterday noontime, the Spanish Armada; Rafael Nadal, Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero, clad in Chinese empirical costumes appeared in Beijing's Forbidden City main square - During Shanghai Masters Cup 2002, Moya and Ferrero had already donned Chinese traditional costumes but the attractiveness of the Chinese empirical costumes is stronger.

Rafael Nadal's The Main Attraction

The slight drizzle yesterday noon caused a slight delay in the photoshoot schedule but the tournament's committee claimed that the Spanish Armada trio were very enthuasiatic about the event, as the trio did not have any matches yesterday, the risk of touring in the rain is still worth it.
Therefore at 11.40am, Nadal, Moya and Ferrero appeared together in front of the Forbidden City.

While the staff are helping them to put on the Chinese empirical costumes, Ferrero immediately shouted for his coach to snap photos. However, there was no plans for them to have painted faces or headgear on them as previously rumored.

The Spanish Armada trio were clearly thrilled after they were finally clad in the Chinese empirical costumes, Nadal kept conversing to his older compatriots in Spanish. The trio's dressing were considered passable in the grand Forbidden City, however a gust of strong wind exposed their true identity; track shoes underneath the costumes.

Thereafter, the trio striked different pose at the photographers' instructions.

"It's very interesting even though I'm not sure who wore this type of costume. This place is so grand, can't imagine what's is like previously," Nadal said. The youngest among the 3 of them, he would often rest his chin on the stone statue deep in thoughts, moments later he would be like a kid asking lots of questions. While Nadal was being interviewd by the press, Moya and Ferrero surrounded Nadal like fans, laughing at his not-so-fluent english.

Ferrero "Snatched" Johannson

After the photo shoot, the trio together with their coaches toured the Forbidden City with a translator telling them the history of the Forbidden City.

However, Ferrero apparently likes to take pictures; he took a photo with his coach in front of the clock. Nadal too was deep in conversation with his arm around his uncle, Moya was the only one whom was listening to the translator.

After 10 minutes, the committee explained as there were other events in the Forbidden City, the tour have to be stopped. However, the trio seems to be so engrossed that they only left in a Mercedes Benz after numerous reminders by the committee but the car stopped after a while as the driver's not sure where to go.

"We want to go Tiananmen Square." Ferrero in the front-seat said.

After hearing Ferrero, the 2 security personnel were visibly nervous, "Tiananmen Square's very crowded, how?" Another staff immediately took off the identification ids from the trio's necks and mentioned that nobody would notice and asked the security personnel not to follow them too closely.

We soon saw their car at the National Museum as they could not visit Tiananmen Square due to ongoing renovations.

Around 4 plus in the afternoon, Nadal and Moya appeared at the court for their training session while Ferrero was signing autographs at the other side of the stage - Johannson too was holding his autograph session at the same time but fans in his queue went to queue for Ferrero's queue after seeing Ferrero.

Nadal's Like Justice Bao Experienced Being In A Chinese Empirical Costume

Yesterday's noontime, at the China Open's committee arrangement, Nadal, Ferrero and Moya visited Forbidden City.

For this is Nadal's first trip to Beijing, he was visibly curious about everything, he kept asking questions and was excited like a kid. Moya and Ferrero whom were here last year, happily became tour guides to the younger Nadal.

What happened next excited the trio. The staff opened a big box and pulled out colourful costumes. Due to this, the Spanish Armada trio were clearly intrigued, Ferrero and Moya were okay but the younger Nadal was clearly confused - How to wear the robe? With the staff's assistance, he managed to put on the costume. In a short while the Spanish Armada trio had a new look - Nadal clad in a black costume, Moya in a green court's official costume, Ferrero in a red costume. Nadal was very excited when he first put on the costume, the black costume he wore is what the Chinese myth's character, Justice Bao, would don in a peking opera. Nadal whom's already had a tanned face and wore the headgear would really look like Young Justice Bao.

(Note: Justice Bao's a judge whom always fight for justice and he had a very tanned face, unusual for an asian.)

The trio displayed all types of pose at the photographers' requests in the main square. The trio even each held a tennis racquet which drew laughters from the fans whom were watching.

Acutally, the China Open arranged this trip to promote and generate awareness for the tournament.



Spanish Armada Full Of Tricks

Among the players in this year's China Open, Rafael Nadal, Ferrero and Moya are undisputely a very eye-catching Spanish Armada. Close to noontime yesteday, the tournament specially arranged a special tour for them. The location is one of Beijing's most significant symbolic place - Forbidden City. The trio were clearly very interested in the traditional buildings/places, they were very excited throughout the half-hour tour.

Accordingly, they were supposed to visit the Imperial Palace however there was a change in plan. After reaching the Forbidden City, they donned 'imperial robes' the committee borrowed. As this was their first time wearing the 'imperial robes', thus they were somehow a bit confused. The trio were also delighted when the committee explained the meaning of the 'imperial robes'.

Nadal the youngest among them, took a look at himself after he wore the 'imperial robe', then glanced at Ferrero, Moya and could not stop laughing. Ferrero and Moya looks a bit restrained in the 'imperial robes' and sizing up each other. They didn't know how to face the media clad in 'imperial robes'. The warm-hearted staff even taught them different type of poses. Nadal even happily chewed the racquet in his mouth. A gust of strong wind revealed their track shoes which drew laughter from everyone.

The 3 spaniards calmed down during the photography session. Throughout the session, the dashing Ferrero always stood in the middle. The trio toured the Forbidden City for another 20 minutes before they left.



Nadal Training Topless Causes Shrieks From Fans

It was a pity when Marat Safin, Feliciano Lopez and others had to pull out from China Open however Nadal's participation kept the fans to a high level, not because this young Spaniard had successful wins in Davis Cup and French Open but it is because he's too adorable and at the same time he emits sex appeal.

Nadal's first match is scheduled on the third day, with no matches on hand, of course he did not miss this golden opportunity to tour the city. On the 11th, he did some night shopping and visited the Forbidden City with his compatriots, Moya and Ferrero, all donned in Chinese empirical costumes full of enthusiasm and took photos as mementos.

Of course, Nadal did not forget what he's here for, his main priority is the competition. The Spanish teen sensation has his training schedule fully booked. From 11th to 13th, Nadal will always be on court for his training sessions, more than once a day.

Yesterday in the afternoon 4 plus, Nadal has his training session and a crowd of fans soon formed. Even though he's without his trademark piratas, his dark blue skin-tight shirt drew cheers from the crowd. His well-built body can be seen and with a baseball cap, he looked quite adorable.

Moya and his coach soon made their way to the same court when Nadal's training is about to end. However, Moya does not seem to be in a hurry to start his training, he sat on the bench and watched Nadal train. Moya was smiling throughout, perhaps it's because he find it amusing to see Nadal so focused on his training or it's out of admiration for this young chap.


In the afternoon's training session, Nadal and Moya appeared on court together. Both Spaniards began their training after a simple warm-up routine. As usual, Nadal treated the training session as a mock match, whenever he hit a good ball, he would clenched his fists and shout "Vamos!" If he lost the ball, he would be muttering to himself, blaming himsef for not hitting the ball well. A lot of the shots were on the line and the strength and quality of serves amaze all. Nadal kept hitting his returns on the line or near the base line, he dived to hit a return when Moya played a lob.

The training session has been very exciting but what drive fans, especially female fans crazy is about to happen. Nadal actually took off his shirt in front of the crowd and his well-toned body was for all to see which caused the fans' delight. With the rays of sunset reflecting on him, Nadal was very attractive, with his wavy hair bouncing when he's running, it makes one has lustful thoughts. With his well-built body and grunts, it is as if Hercules has re-appeared on earth.

The 19 year old chap exhibited a healthy and unique sex appeal but he's still a boy and you can't help and smile at some of his behaviour and mannerism. Besides the usual fist punch and jumping around, after his training session ended, Nadal actually ran over to Moya and did some free-style dancing on the spot, although some of his dance steps were messy, but it is his own style. The 2 Spaniards did not leave the court and actually sat down on a bench for a chat. The visibly tired Moya still maintained his gentleman mannerisms, sat upright while Nadal on the other hand, had both of his legs propped up on the bench, he would be smiling at Moya and at times caress his legs or twiddle with his hands.

On the training field, we have seen the many sides of Nadal and tomorrow, Nadal will have his first match at 1pm on center court.

09-14-2005, 09:47 AM
Post Match Press Conference















09-14-2005, 10:16 AM
The training session has been very exciting but what drive fans, especially female fans crazy is about to happen. Nadal actually took off his shirt in front of the crowd and his well-toned body was for all to see which caused the fans' delight. With the rays of sunset reflecting on him, Nadal was very attractive, with his wavy hair bouncing when he's running, it makes one has lustful thoughts. With his well-built body and grunts, it is as if Hercules has re-appeared on earth.

The fans were not the only one enjoying the view...the journalist is quite poetic here. "rays of sunset reflecting on him...wavy hair bouncing...lustful thoughts"

Thanks again, Veyonce. I'm enjoying your posts here very much. :yeah:

09-14-2005, 01:33 PM
Rafa's Training Pics Before His Match Around 11am..






09-14-2005, 07:29 PM
these articles are hilarious, thank you for posting them!

09-14-2005, 07:58 PM
YELLOW!!! :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

that's funny how he wears the tight shirts in press conferences now :lol:

09-15-2005, 12:26 AM
YELLOW!!! :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
you stole my line :sad: ;) i really like it :D

Good luck against Gimelstob Rafa :bounce:

09-15-2005, 01:19 AM
lovely pictures :hearts:

09-15-2005, 02:33 AM
From yesterday's match...















09-15-2005, 06:25 AM
thanks for the articles and pics! He looks cute in yellow :lol:

09-15-2005, 06:25 AM
My pics of Rafa.
Thanks Lola! :D

09-15-2005, 06:52 PM

I love that pic. Looks so cute ^^

Thanks for the pics and the articles Veyonce :worship:
In that last article, from sports.sohu.com, i can so easily imagine the journalist drooling during the training session :lol: She (i guess it's a she ^^) should be more professional, no matter how hot rafa is :p

Oh and Rafa looks way better in yellow than i thought he would :eek:

09-15-2005, 11:07 PM
Oh and Rafa looks way better in yellow than i thought he would :eek:

:hearts: Rafa looks goooooood in yellow i think :hearts:

09-16-2005, 02:55 AM
and orange :hearts: He just looks great in bright sunny colors! :lol:

09-16-2005, 07:54 AM
:bounce: Rafa wooooooooooooooooooooon 5-7 6-4 6-4 :woohoo:

09-16-2005, 07:58 AM
Bravo Rafa! :banana:

09-16-2005, 08:04 AM
:bigclap: That was nerve-racking!

09-16-2005, 08:06 AM
And we've got another one coming in a few hours! :eek: Poor nails! :D

09-16-2005, 08:46 AM
Yes.. Another match in just about 5 hours.... Hope Rafa can recover..

From today's match against Justin Gimelstob








09-16-2005, 08:51 AM
Thanks veyonce. Where do you find all those pics?

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09-16-2005, 12:51 PM
Nice pics :cool: Thank you, veyonce! :hug:

iVamos Rafa! :bounce:

09-16-2005, 03:38 PM
Rafa just beat Wessels.. and will face JC Ferrero in tomorrow's semis!

09-16-2005, 03:43 PM
Well done, Rafa!! :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

09-16-2005, 04:27 PM
Well done Rafa and good luck against JCF, who's playing very well at the moment

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09-16-2005, 09:23 PM
Thanks for the pics update :D
I like that blue and white top on him... Hmm actually i like all of his outfits except for the tight ones ^^

Poor Rafa... Must have been so tired after that press conf' but he still takes the time to sign autographs... He's such a nice guy :hearts:

09-17-2005, 01:03 PM
:bounce: FINAL TIIIIIIIIIIIME! :bounce:

little man beat JC 6-4 6-4 :clap2: well done!

:hug: sorry JC :awww:

09-17-2005, 01:18 PM
Rafa!!! :banana: iVamos! :bounce:

Juanqui :awww: :hug:

09-17-2005, 02:55 PM
Rafa :bounce: :bigclap:

09-17-2005, 03:07 PM
Yay for Rafa! :banana: Now to the title! ;)

09-17-2005, 04:47 PM
Today's match:












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Rafa signing his autograph before his interview in sohu.com chatroom







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09-17-2005, 04:53 PM
Rafa At Post Match Conference

We all know Rafa have a tendency to fiddle with things during his press conference.. This time he was playing with his handphone...













09-17-2005, 04:56 PM
Rafa Special Guest At Sohu Chatroom Interview:

Rafa busy messaging friends








09-17-2005, 04:58 PM
Translation of Rafa's sohu.com chatroom interview on 17.9.2005 after semi-final:

Nadal Special Guest At Sohu: Your Support Is My Motivation

Host: Hi Nadal, welcome to Sohu Sports studio. Letís talk about your performance tonight. You were in a very good form!

Rafa: Tonightís match was not easy at all, very tough. Ferrero played very well but I was trying my best to play well too. Iím very happy that I won the match. This was the best match I have played this week. This matchís victory is very important to me!

Host: Your opponent, Ferrero has not been playing well since 2003 when he had an injury but this season, his results were not bad. Today, he has proven that he is also a tough player, a very difficult match. Whatís your opinion of him?

Rafa: Ferrero played well today, as you have seen today. His movement, his returns are not bad, but maybe he missed some of the chances and I did not, I feel that maybe he also made some mistakes during the match, this is the main reason why I won, but heís a very competitive player.

Host: Your performance for this season has been astonishing, 9 ATP titles, you mentioned during your previous interview this week that you still need to improve on your techniques in order to challenge Roger Federer in the near future. What do you think you need to improve?

Rafa: Iím a young player, Iím still learning in all aspects, eg. my serve, to be able to play near the net, forehand etc. I may have more topspin during my matches. I also need to improve my movement etc. One has to be diligent in order to attain higher goals.

Host: Letís talk about tomorrowís match. You have defeated Coria twice this year, does this help to build up your confidence in defeating him the 3rd time?

Rafa: Thereís a lot of outstanding players this time, every competition is not easy, Coriaís performance has left a deep impression. He has defeated Youzhny and Johansson, all this are great achievements.

Should say his conditions is also quite good, very difficult to cope with. I need to play better than him to win the match. Since Iím in the finals, my goal is to win the championship!

Host: Sohu.com is one of Chinaís most influential gateway websites, a lot of users are your faithful fans. Can you say a few words to them.

Rafa: Hello Sohu.com users, Iím Rafael Nadal. Thank you Chinese fans for all your support, thank you!! Your support is what pushes me to improve, hope you will continue to support me and Iíll play well to repay everyone! I like Beijing, I love you, thanks!

09-17-2005, 04:59 PM
Nadal Confident Of Retaining No. 2 Till Year End: Hope to make it 4 wins in a row

The 2nd China Open with a tight match schedule due to the rain-delay yesterday managed to squeeze in a 2nd quarter-final match, the last match of the day is top seed, Rafael Nadal vs Dutchman Peter Wessels which is also the last quarter-final match. Nadal managed to win the tie break in the 1st set and took the 2nd set at 6-2 which secured his place in the semi-finals.

Nadal will be facing Juan Carlos Ferrero and both have met 3 times on clay courts, with 3 wins and without dropping a set, Nadal remained humble, ďOf course I have an advantage on clay court thus Iím very confident on clay court. However, Ferreroís a very outstanding player, one canít be too careless when facing him, we will only know the final outcome after tomorrowís match, I think it will be a very tough match.Ē

Nadal took more than two and a half hours to defeat American Justin Gimelstob in his rain-delayed 2nd round match earlier in the day, his physical condition became everyoneís top concern. ďYes, Iíve played almost 4 hours of competition, Iím very tired, exhausted but Iíve been in this situation before, I think, after a good night rest, Iíll be able to face Ferrero in a good form, however, if Iím not in a good form, I may lose.Ē With regard to his earlier 2nd round match which was tougher than expected, ďYes, my afternoonís performance was not good, missed a lot of opportunities, but I recovered in tonightís match, I hope I can continue this performance, Iím very confident now.Ē

Moya whomís out of China Open and Nadal are very close friends off-court, however, only 1 of them is staying in the competition, ďItís a pity, Moya wonít be staying to see my match although I hope that both of us mallorcans can fight for the title, but itís a pity he was eliminated. Even though I wish he can stay to see my next match, but it wonít affect me in anyway if he canít because we always travel around the world for tournaments, so it is very common to us when we win or lose.Ē

Currently ranked World No. 2, thereís a high possibility that Nadal will be participating in Shanghai Masters Cup held in November, ďIím very confident of staying World No. 2 even though my performances after the French Open were not very good, Iím still confident, although it is not easy to win every match but Iíll work hard.Ē

Excerpts from sports.tom.com article
Nadal: 2 Matches In A Day Not A Problem Moya Wonít Be Staying

After entering the press conference room, the 1st thing Nadal did was to gulp down lots of water instead of sitting down. 2 matches in a day which almost add up to 4 hours of play, even though heís a very fit player, it is obvious that he is also tired.

His semi-final match tomorrow were the pressí top concern as he will be facing his compatriot, Juan Carlos Ferrero, whom eliminated David Nalbandian, seeded No. 3. Nadal has won all meetings previously, but all on clay court. Nadalís feeling quite confident about his hard court performance, it will depend on tomorrowís match; even though heís exhausted, but he should be able to recover after a nightís rest, tomorrow he should be ok, of course thereís a possibility he will lose if he fails to recover as Ferrero is a very excellent player.

09-17-2005, 05:01 PM
Nadal Loves To Use Public Shower Room
Journalist: Sun Hai Guang

The committee have given a few big-shot players their personal changing room as VIP treatment. The staff mentioned that Nadal has yet to use his personal changing room, after every training session or match, he would make his way to the normal rest room and would chat up whoever he bump into. Ferreroís totally different, he uses his personal toiletries and does not use the toiletries provided by Shangri-La Hotel.

09-17-2005, 06:50 PM

Thanks, Veyonce

09-17-2005, 07:32 PM
Muchas gracias Veyonce :)

09-18-2005, 12:09 AM
every day, I see him most black
I hope nadal win the tournament
I hate coria.

09-18-2005, 01:39 AM
i LOVE rafa in black.. definitely my favorite color on him, because it really makes his skin look dark.. it's just.. gorgeous!! *drools*

09-18-2005, 02:00 AM
Rafa, time to get Coria now... he will want revenge...

09-18-2005, 02:21 AM
ya losing two times in a final to someone will definitely push someone to want to take revenge *lol*

09-18-2005, 08:42 AM
:clap2: Vamos my little man!! :bounce: Get the title! I'll be watching! :D

09-18-2005, 08:43 AM
Nadal Loves To Use Public Shower Room
Journalist: Sun Hai Guang

The committee have given a few big-shot players their personal changing room as VIP treatment. The staff mentioned that Nadal has yet to use his personal changing room, after every training session or match, he would make his way to the normal rest room and would chat up whoever he bump into. Ferreroís totally different, he uses his personal toiletries and does not use the toiletries provided by Shangri-La Hotel.:lol:

09-18-2005, 09:46 AM
Thanks for the pics veyonce!:yeah:

09-18-2005, 09:46 AM
Good Morning! :wavey:

Vamos Rafa! :bounce:

09-18-2005, 11:04 AM
here we go!! Oh dear, he looks hyped up! hahahaha! bouncing all over the court! Wearing the white shirt he wore against Wessels!

:bounce: I'm happy I got ES2 for a few months! Some tennis at last!


:hug: morning Cris :wavey:

09-18-2005, 11:05 AM
Vamos Rafa. :bounce:
win the title.

09-18-2005, 11:45 AM
hmm he's not looking his usual powerful self.... VAMOOOOOOOOS!! The commentators say he looks slower than usual....

:bounce: hop!

09-18-2005, 12:11 PM
Hello Sjoukje and Peggy! :hug:

C'mon Rafa! Vamos! :bounce:

09-18-2005, 12:15 PM
Well he's got a break in the second!! HOPHOPHOP! :banana:

09-18-2005, 12:33 PM

09-18-2005, 12:37 PM
Rafa!!! :bounce:

09-18-2005, 01:01 PM
:banana: go little maaaaaan :banana:

09-18-2005, 01:10 PM
he won :D 5-7 6-1 6-2 :banana: :woohoo:

10 titles! that's really something.

09-18-2005, 01:10 PM
yay!! he won!!!!

09-18-2005, 01:12 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:
Congrats Rafaaaaaaa :woohoo: :woohoo: :bigclap:

09-18-2005, 01:13 PM
:woohoo: yeeeeeaaaaaaah baby! :worship: :bounce:

09-18-2005, 01:20 PM
Bravo Rafael!!! :worship: :banana: :woohoo:

09-18-2005, 01:23 PM
:worship: :bounce: :bigclap: :bowdown: :smooch: :yeah:

RAFA !!!!!!!!!!

:woohoo: :yippee: :crazy: :rocker2: :inlove: :aparty:

09-18-2005, 01:25 PM
Wow great! Congrats Rafa :yippee: :hatoff:

09-18-2005, 01:30 PM
RAFA IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!! :bigclap: :bounce: :yippee: :bigclap: :bounce: :yippee: :worship: :worship: :worship:
BIEN HECHO RAFA!!!! :bigclap: :bounce: :yippee: :yeah:

09-18-2005, 01:46 PM
Congrats to Rafa for beating Wilander's record of most titles won during a season by a teenager, (and in only nine months). He has nine months left to win the five more titles needed to beat Borg's record of most titles ever won by a teenager. So he is well on the way to being the most successful teenage player ever.

09-18-2005, 01:47 PM
Congrats to Rafa for beating Wilander's record of most titles won during a season by a teenager, (and in only nine months). He has nine months left to win the five more titles needed to beat Borg's record of most titles ever won by a teenager. So he is well on the way to being the most successful teenage player ever.
:eek: thanks for the info! wow. Rafa is my hero :banana:

that was my bop moment.

09-18-2005, 02:11 PM

:lol::haha::hug: Chicooooooooooooooooooooooooo !!! :lol:

09-18-2005, 02:18 PM
yes rafaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
you are the best!!!!!!!!!!
I like see coria lose

09-18-2005, 02:19 PM
http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/ap/20050918/capt.xhg10909181357.china_open_xhg109.jpg?x=278&y=345&sig=o7rItFjOl7gvgPOtlUnScA--Chico no bite in pandabear!!! :lol:

09-18-2005, 03:04 PM
Cute, Rafa!!

09-18-2005, 03:06 PM

09-18-2005, 03:17 PM
Thanks for the pictures everyone! They're all wonderful! :yeah:

09-18-2005, 03:33 PM
http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/ap/20050918/capt.xhg10909181357.china_open_xhg109.jpg?x=278&y=345&sig=o7rItFjOl7gvgPOtlUnScA--Chico no bite in pandabear!!! :lol:

ADORABLE!! that's one lucky pandabear! :D :eek: :D :eek:

09-18-2005, 03:38 PM
All this biting, I think it might be wise to get him some dog chew toys. :lol:

I can't wait to see the final match on TTC at 1 pm today.

I hope this means he has a good shot of winning the gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Enhorabuena! 10 titles now this season - same as Fed. ;)

09-18-2005, 03:46 PM
FELiCiTATS RAFA!!! his 10th title!!! *claps*

i wish stupid Australian TV had shown some of it :(

09-18-2005, 04:28 PM
11 titles on 4 continents so far in his young career. Next year he should win Auckland or Sydney and then Casablanca to complete "the world" since there will never be a tournament on Antartica.

09-18-2005, 04:41 PM
http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/ap/20050918/capt.xhg10909181357.china_open_xhg109.jpg?x=278&y=345&sig=o7rItFjOl7gvgPOtlUnScA--Chico no bite in pandabear!!! :lol:
OMG how cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!!!!!!!!! :hearts: :inlove:

09-18-2005, 05:18 PM

09-18-2005, 05:34 PM
Well done Rafa :woohoo: :bigclap:

Sweet Girl
09-18-2005, 07:48 PM
Congratulations Rafa!!!!!!!!!!

*RogiFan88 your avatar is the best avatar ever........... :lol: :lol: :lol:

09-18-2005, 08:47 PM
China Open
Beijing, China

September 18, 2005
Nadal Conquers Coria to Win 10th Title of Season

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http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/180X250/nadal_beijing_trophy.jpg Top seed Rafael Nadal defeated No. 2 seed Guillermo Coria 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 on Sunday at the China Open in Beijing to capture his 72nd match win and his 10th title of the year.

Coria started the brighter of the two, breaking Nadal at 5-5 to take the first set 7-5. Nadalís supreme physical strength eventually told however, as the Spaniard wore down the Argentineís resistance for a hard earned three-set win.

Nadal equals World No. 1 Roger Federerís mark of 10 titles in 2005. Nadal and Federer are the first duo since 1981 to win 10 titles in a season. That year No. 1 John McEnroe and No. 2 Ivan Lendl won 10 titles each.

With 10 titles, Nadal surpasses Mats Wilander for most titles won as a teenager in a season. Wilander won nine titles as a teenager in the 1983 season. Nadal is also the first left-hander to win at least 10 titles in a season since Thomas Muster won 12 in 1995.

The 19-year-old Spaniard, who improved to 72-10 on the year, surpassed Federerís 71 wins and has now won a title on four different continents in 2005 (Asia, Europe, North America, South America).

Nadal is now 10-1 in finals this season, his only loss coming to Federer in Miami.

Following Nadalís win, No.1 seeds are 24-0 in finals this year, and No.1 seeds are 6-0 against No.2 seeds in finals in 2005.

With the win in Beijing, the World No. 2 captured his second career hard court title, following his win in Montreal in August (d. Andre Agassi in final).

Nadal and Coria were facing each other for the third time in an ATP final this year. Before Beijing, Nadal defeated Coria in the final of two ATP Masters Series tournaments on clay (Monte Carlo and Rome).

Coria was bidding for his 10th career title and second of 2005. His lone title this year came in Sopot (d. Carlos Moya in final). All of his previous career titles have come on clay, except for Basel in 2003, which was played on indoor carpet.

The Argentine lies in sixth place in the INDESIT ATP 2005 Race and will close the gap on fifth placed Andre Agassi when Mondayís standings are released.


Nadal: ďI managed to find a good level in the match. In the first set I wasnít playing badly but at 5-5 I made a few errors, which gave him the set. In the second and third set I played a lot more aggressively and tried to dictate play with my forehand especially. I think that was the key of the match."

"It was important for me to come here and win after the last two tournaments which didnít go very well. Iím very happy to have won my 10th title this year.Ē

Coria: ďHeís having a big year and is very confident, and heís also got luck on his side at the moment. I leave the tournament happy with my form though. Iím not disappointed as today I lost against a very good player.

ďI got a lot of good matches this week and now have a lot of confidence going into the Davis Cup against Slovakia next week. I will fly to Bratislava tomorrow and will join up with the rest of our team. Itís a very important week for me and the rest of the team as the Davis Cup is a big goal for us.Ē

09-18-2005, 08:48 PM
federer still untouchable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

09-18-2005, 09:07 PM
Wow, if Rafa really said that in English I am very impressed.

But I'd just like to point out Coria won Umag, not Sopot (Gael Monfils did).

09-18-2005, 09:44 PM
congrats rafa!!! :woohoo: :woohoo:
lol at the panda bear :lol:

09-18-2005, 09:54 PM
well done Rafa! you rock my socks! :p :banana:

btw they changed the trophy... it looked better last year :rolleyes:


09-18-2005, 10:05 PM
:woohoo: :banana: :yippee: :yeah:

09-18-2005, 10:13 PM
well done Rafa! you rock my socks! :p :banana:

btw they changed the trophy... it looked better last year :rolleyes:

But I looooove the pandabear!!!!!!!! :hearts: :inlove: And IMO the new trophy looks nice too. :)

09-18-2005, 11:32 PM
I'm really happy that Rafa could win a title in Beijing coz I was born in there :devil:

09-19-2005, 01:46 AM
:bounce: VAMOS RAFA!!!! :bounce:

i love the pic of rafa nibbling the teddy bear :hearts:

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09-19-2005, 06:40 AM
Rafa: Yes!! I won!!

Hey, he has a panda soft toy, so the frog soft toy has company after all.. :lol:

Rafa can't wait to taste his 10th trophy again... Such a coincidence that the trophy's the same colours as his shirt!!! :lol:

Shy Rafa...

Rafa, Mayor of Beijing and Coria










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Rafa playing with his new toy... :lol:


09-19-2005, 06:43 AM
Post Match Press Conference




Rafa's favourite press conference pose..



Think it's time for my sleep...



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09-19-2005, 07:06 AM
Into Finals Relaxed Nadal Messaging Family and Friends


Nadal was sending short messages when he stepped into the press conference, nobody knows whether he was informing his family back home about the good news or to inform his best friend, Moya, whom was eliminated yesterday that he has advanced into the final. He was very relaxed and adorable as usual, he even greeted the press.

It was probably that the press have used up their questions in the previous press conferences and also perhaps this competition lacked of news to be headline news. At the start, the press were not too enthusiastic in firing their questions. The press official and translator were anticipating and looking at the fully packed press conference. Then Nadal actually mischievously made a face, which caused the reporters to roar in laughter and the atmosphere then livens up.

One of the reporters mentioned that todayís match seems to be an easy win for Nadal. Nadal replied actually he did not had an easy win, he also fought hard for it. His goal has always been to be Ďthe bestí and he is happy that he can achieve victory today.   

With regard to his opponent, Coria, whom he will face tomorrow, Nadal admits that he is an outstanding player, always in consistent form, Nadalís feeling good now, he will work hard tonight to keep himself in tip top form to play the match tomorrow. He was not too concerned about the fact that he had defeated Coria twice on clay court this year as everything will depend on tomorrowís match actual situation and he does not wish to dwell on it before the match.

No matter whatís the outcome, the China Openís spectators are lucky. Nadal, the little king, vs Coria, the magician, this will be an exciting match.

Nadal Touched By Female Fan Waiting In The Hotel Lobby

The night when Nadal played 2 matches in a day, his reward was not only victory, he was also touched by one of his loyal fan. A female fan from Tianjin, in order to meet her idol and to get her idolís gift, spent the whole night in Shangri-La Hotel lobby.

When Nadal returned at 1am, this girl from Tianjin went up to Nadal, hoping to get his trademark headband.

Nadal said, ďBut I donít have it with me right now, my headbandís upstairs.Ē

ďCan you give it to me tomorrow?Ē, the gal asked.

ďMaybe!Ē Nadal gave her an unsure answer.  

However, the fan was still thrilled by the answer. Because of the word, ďMaybeĒ, she decided to spend the night in the lobby to wait for her idol to fulfill his promise. The hotel staff specially lent her a coat so that she will not catch a cold while spending the night in the lobby.
Yesterday at 3.40pm, Nadal stepped out from the lift with his bag on his shoulder and saw the girl. He stopped, put down his bag and took out a brand new black NIKE headband and gave it to the girl whom was very happy. At this moment, other fans gathered and requested to take photos with him, Spain's ďBig KidĒ Ė acceded to their requests and left in a car to prepare his match.  


Nadalís Uncle Had False Alarm Wallet Found

Yesterday afternoon, Uncle Toni and Nadalís assistant coach returned from their shopping trip with about 10 shopping bags, looks like a fruitful shopping trip.

On their way up to their rooms, they suddenly returned to the lobby Ė they left their wallets in the rented car on their way back to the hotel!

Toni was very upset, he went to the reception 3 times within half an hour. After contacting the car rental company, the tournamentís volunteer and hotel staff kept calling but they were unable to get through the driverís telephone line.

Toni was at his witsí end as he had to accompany Nadal to his match, they even delayed their departure by 10 minutes. Just as Nadal and entourage left the hotel 10 minutes later, a car rental companyís driver appeared at the hotel and gave a white envelope to the committee.
According to the driver, Toni and his assistant coach returned to the hotel from Xiu Shui, when they alighted, another 2 passengers boarded the car. It was when the 2 passengers discovered the envelope and began whispering which got on his nerves and he took away the white envelope from them.  


Careless Nadal Left Wallet In Rented Car Honest Driver Returned It

Yesterday noon, Nadalís uncle cum coach Miguel with a few big bags of new clothes anxiously requested for help from the hotel staff. It turned out he and Nadalís assistant coach have just returned from Xiu Shui.

When he went back to his room and discovered that the big envelope which contain passport, credit cards and lots of cash was missing. At this time, the reception staff received a call from the car rental driver Ė the money and items are safe.

10 minutes later, the car rental driver returned the envelope. The driver revealed that he did not noticed the envelope at the backseat when he left the hotel. It was discovered by another 2 passengers.

When he saw the envelopeís contents, he immediately contacted the hotel and returned the envelope when he has sent his passengers.


This Championís Still A 19 Years Old Kid Asked Uncle For Help During Match

19 years old, Rafael Nadal's already a ATP Master Champion, World No. 2, but his every movement will unwittingly reveal his childish side.

Scene 1: Yesterday during the 10th game of the 1st set, Coriaís returns were more powerful, seeing that heís in trouble, Nadal decided to give up and crouched, preparing to surrender. During the 6th game of the 2nd set, Nadal moved towards the net and to prevent himself from being injured by the ball, gave up to hit his return.

Scene 2: After receiving the trophy, Nadal kept staring at the trophy.  

Scene 3: During the post match press conference when the journalist was fielding questions, Nadal was unable to distinguish whom was asking the question and had to elongate his head, after taking a fast look around the numerous people relentlessly, he was still confused and had to ask: "Where is that the person whom asked the question just now?"

Scene 4: Nadalís throat is bigger

Those whom have observed him drinking water will come to 1 final conclusion. He just has to take the water bottle and with just 2 mouthful, a bottle of water is already inside his stomach.

Scene 5: Kids tend to rely on adults and Nadal is no exception. During the match, his uncle cum coach will always be the seated at the stands which is nearest to him when heís serving, when he feel that the strategy is somewhat beyond his expectation, he will look at the stand for support.   

Nadal: Won Because I Understand My Opponent I Will Come To Beijing Again Next Year

18 September 2005 7pm Beijing time, 2005 China Open Menís Single Finals was played at Beijing Tennis Centre. Argentineís Coria, seeded No. 2, will face top seed Spainís Rafael Nadal, in the end, Nadal defeated Coria by 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 and crowned as the China Open Menís Single Champion.

During the 1st set, Nadal went in the game quite slow, with regard to this Nadal said, ďActually I feel that I played quite in the 1st set, I was more aggressive in the 2nd set, this aggressiveness was maintained to the 3rd set till I won the match.Ē

By winning the China Open, Nadal has won his 10th ATP title this season and his 2nd hard court title, when asked by the press if he can consider himself as a hard court expert, Nadal said,ďI think I can play quite well on hard court, if I play well, I can win any match but if Iím not in a good form, I can lose on clay court too."  

Nadal has maintained his winning streak against Argentine players, when asked if thereís any secrets, Nadal said, ďI donít know. Because the way we play are similar, we are also better at clay court and we mainly rely on topspin, so I understand them very well. It is always very good to compete against them, they are all very outstanding players.Ē  
As World No. 2 and the top seed at this yearís China Open, Nadal has been a vital factor in promoting China Open. Nadal admits, ďYes, Iím considered to be very important to China Open, so are the other players. Iím very happy with my stay here, whether itís lodging or food, itís all been great. I will be back next year.Ē

09-19-2005, 07:39 PM
But I looooove the pandabear!!!!!!!! :hearts: :inlove: And IMO the new trophy looks nice too. :)
and you dont like the safin bear? :aplot:

btw what does the thing on his wristband represent? :confused:

09-19-2005, 07:59 PM
Late congratulations for Rafa! :hug: :smooch:

09-20-2005, 09:20 AM
Awkward Silence At Nadalís Press Conference Nadal Not Familiar With Female Players


Excerpt From Article

When asked about the China Openís Womenís tournament starting next week, with Sharapova, the William sisters and other influential players arriving in Beijing, Nadal was a bit embarrassed when asked for his impression on the female players, ďI donít know, Iím not familiar with them, I can only wish them all the best.Ē


Nadal Went Shopping Alone in Xiu Shui Jie Before Finals Lost And Found His Wallet


When Nadal heard Ferrero bought a lot of DVDs from China, yesterday after playing daily matches for the past few days, Nadal ignorant of his upcoming match against Coria at night, went to Beijingís famous Xiu Shui Jie for a quick stroll and when he came back, he left his wallet behind in the rented car but it was found in the end. 

Yesterday afternoon at Shangri-Laís lobby, Nadalís uncle cum coach, Toni Nadal, was talking to the reception staff, it seems that when Nadal returned from Xiu Shui Jie, he has accidentally lost his wallet and asked Toni to seek help from the hotel staff as thereís no other alternative.

The top seed has lost his wallet, thatís not a small matter, however when the hotel staff was informed, they were not anxious and asked Toni to wait for a moment. Not long, the staff brought out a grey leather wallet, itís Nadalís wallet. Apparently, when Nadal came back in the rented car, the driver returned the wallet to the hotel after he saw the hotelís address in the wallet. Nadal and his uncle were very impressed with Chinaís driversí honesty that Toni even gave a thumbs up.  



Excerpt From Article

Shangri-La Hotelís Head Chef, Shen Hongyu is the playersí Ďimperial chefí. Yesterday, this Singaporean chef whom has been living in Beijing for the past 11 years revealed the playersí favourite food.

Spaniards Love Eating Seafood

Nadal, Ferrero and Moya all from Spain love eating seafood but their table manners are entirely different: Ferrero, whomís more of an introvert likes to eat alone in a corner; while Nadal and Moya whom are close friends, would always be seen together and sometimes inviting others to join them. Besides fried seafood noodle, Moya's favourites include barbequed meat, Italian pasta, and the imported South African lobster while Nadal's favourites are California hand-rolls and Europe scallops.


Nadalís Appearance Fees US$200,000 Top Players In China Open Purely Because Of Money?


Nadal left Beijing yesterday with a well-satisfied expression. Even though he has only won US$69,200 from the Menís Singles Final title, however his main income is his appearance fees from ATP. Accordingly, Nadal earned US$200,000. China Open is only ATPís third grade competition but Nadalís appearance fees are more than the one he had from US Open!

According to the stipulated rules, ATP forbids players from taking appearance fees while WTAís silent on this issue. However, in many small tournaments, paying ATPís top players appearance fees to join the tournament is an unwritten rule because if it doesnít operates like this, the small tournaments wonít attract top players. As it is just a 2 year old competition, China Openís being touted to be the Ďfifth ATP Grand Slamí, how did this competition without much history manage to attract a number of top players from the recent US Open? Of course, the main attraction must be monetary. The ATP officials also turned a blind eye to this.

It is reported that the appearance fees forked out by China Open last year are estimated to be about US$1.2 million, Sharapova and Serenaís appearance fees are estimated to be US$300,000 while Safin and Ferreroís appearance fees are estimated to be US$250,000. This yearís sponsorship fees are much lower but there are not much differences in the appearance fees otherwise the top players wonít be here. As Nadal was eliminated from the US Open in the early stage and thereís no appearance fees for Grand Slam event thus Nadalís US Open earnings are not as much as his earnings at China Open.


Nadal Left Beijing For Davis Cup Coria & Wife Will Be Back Next Year


Excerpt From Article

Yesterday at 7.50am, Nadal was about to leave Beijing, maybe itís because he has won the championship, he was unexpectedly initiative and shook hands with the fans whom have came to send him off and agreed to deliver the fansí blessings to Moya. It is reported that Nadal will be flying directly to Italy to participate in the Davis Cup competition.

09-20-2005, 09:23 AM
Against Justin Gimelstob






Against Juan Carlos Ferrero









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Against Coria








09-20-2005, 10:08 AM
why nadal needs to play davis' cup, wasn't spain already eliminated :confused:

09-20-2005, 02:08 PM
why nadal needs to play davis' cup, wasn't spain already eliminated :confused:
we need to win this round to stay in the world group :D or else we fall down to Europe group or whatever it's called, and we don't get to compete in real Davis Cup. if we lose to Italy, Italy's going to be in the world group next year instead of Spain.....

09-21-2005, 07:04 AM
thanks adelaide :D

i am confused, who lost the wallets, his uncle or nadal :confused: or both :confused:
we need to win this round to stay in the world group :D or else we fall down to Europe group or whatever it's called, and we don't get to compete in real Davis Cup. if we lose to Italy, Italy's going to be in the world group next year instead of Spain.....

09-21-2005, 11:30 AM
I have yet to congratulate Rafa on winning.. So :yippee: Vamos! :D That panda stuff toy is so cute :lol:

09-22-2005, 07:36 PM
thanks adelaide :D

i am confused, who lost the wallets, his uncle or nadal :confused: or both :confused:
Erm, Mimi, I think his uncle did. :) :wavey:

09-23-2005, 03:19 PM
thanks adelaide :D

i am confused, who lost the wallets, his uncle or nadal :confused: or both :confused:

Both.... Nadal lost it before his finals.. He went shopping alone... Toni lost his on 16.9.2005 or 17.9.2005...

09-23-2005, 05:36 PM
Oh thanks Veyonce, really Rafa too. :awww: Quite adventures in Bejing. :lol: But good to see everything ended well and the drivers in Bejing being so honest. :)

09-24-2005, 02:19 AM
thanks Maria V and veyonce :D

oh god, they were lucky to have left the wallets on the car and not street, otherwise for sure they cannot return home soon, but eating beijing duck for a few days :p :devil: