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***Vamos Rafa in Barcelona!!!***

mallorn
04-22-2006, 08:21 PM
I know everyone's mind is on the Monte Carlo final, but the draw for Rafa's next tournament, Open Seat Godó, is already out!

(1)Rafael,NADAL vs BYE
LOPEZ, Feliciano vs Q
Q vs DJOKOVIC, Novak
(16)SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn vs Q

(9)BERDYCH, Tomas vs MONTANES, Albert
PORTAS, Albert vs HERNANDEZ, Oscar
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp vs SLUITER, Raemon
(7)NIEMINEN, Jarkko vs BYE

(3)CORIA, Guillermo vs BYE
ZIB, Tomas vs (WC) vs BLANCO, Galo
PAVEL, Andrei vs ALMAGRO, Nicolas
(13)MONFILS, Gael vs Q

(10)FERRERO, Juan-Carlos vs VLIEGEN, Kristof
MARTIN, Alberto vs (WC)SALVA-VIDAL, Bartolome
(WC)COSTA, Albert vs SPADEA, Vincent
(8)HRBATY, Dominik vs BYE

(6)ROBREDO, Tommy vs BYE
STARACE, Potito vs DLOUHY, Lukas
CALLERI, Agustin vs GIMELSTOB, Justin
(12)VERDASCO, Fernandovs vs VIK, Robin

(14)TURSUNOV, Dmitry vs (WC)CUADRADO, Carlos
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri vs MARIN, Juan Antonio
VOLANDRI, Filippo vs Q
(4)STEPANEK, Radek vs BYE

(5)FERRER, David vs BYE
(WC)GRANOLLERS-PUJOL, Marcel vs MURRAY, Andy
WAWRINKA, Stanislas vs LAPENTTI, Nicolas
(11)ANDREEV, Igor vs GABASHVILI, Teimuraz

(15)MOYA, Carlos vs Q
Q vs VICENTE, Fernando
KARLOVIC, Ivo vs MIRNYI, Max
(2)DAVYDENKO, Nikolay vs BYE

From the official site (http://www.openseatbarcelona.com/en/home/)
Past Champions Return for Second Shot at Barcelona Glory


The past four Spanish winners of the Open SEAT Godo - Rafael Nadal, Tommy Robredo, Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero - all return for a second chance at glory in Barcelona, while 1997 champion Albert Costa bids adieu to professional tennis this week before the home crowd.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal heads up the main draw and will face the winner of the Barcelona opener between Spaniard Feliciano Lopez and a qualifier. He could come up against seventh-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen or ninth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals with a potential semifinal clash with countrymen Ferrero, his 2005 final opponent, or Costa waiting in the wings.

Ferrero will be attempting to reach his fourth event final, but faces a challenging quarter of the draw that, in addition to Costa, includes Argentine Guillermo Coria, recent Valencia champion Nicolas Almagro and ATP Newcomer of the Year Gael Monfils. His first round match will be against Belgian Kristof Vliegen, who has put together an impressive start to the season and boasts a career-best mark of 14-7 just four months into 2006.

Costa, who will be making his 14th consecutive appearance at the tournament, will face American Vincent Spadea. Spadea won their last encounter in the first round of last year's Roland Garros.

The bottom half of the draw is led by Russian Nikolay Davydenko, who bowed out in the openers of his first two clay court events of 2006 in Valencia and Monte-Carlo. Davydenko will meet one of two giants in his second round match - the 6'5" (1.96m) Max Mirnyi or the 6'10" (2.08m) Ivo Karlovic. A victory could pit him against 2003 champion Moya, who will face a qualifier in first-round action.

Also in the same quarter of the draw, fifth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer will take on the winner of the match between young Scot Andy Murray and Spanish wild card Marcel Granollers-Pujol.

Meanwhile, 2004 champion Robredo is seeded to play Czech Radek Stepanek, the No. 4 seed, in the quarterfinals. The Barcelona native brings an event record of 12-6 into his opener against either Potito Starace or Lukas Dlouhy. Stepanek reached the semifinals in his Barcelona debut last year.

One of my favourite pics of 2005. ;)

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/7397/godo200504241617zw.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

MariaV
04-22-2006, 08:29 PM
vs Feli :sad: :sad:

16681
04-23-2006, 09:36 PM
mallorn thanks for posting the draw, the article, and that beautiful picture ;) I would love to see a 2006 version of that picture :cool:

Jennay
04-23-2006, 09:57 PM
Buena suerte Rafa :banana:

NaDALiTa
04-23-2006, 10:23 PM
I'm sure Rafa is able to win this tournament again !!!!! It will be though a lot of specialists are there!!

Vamos Rafa let's see some nice tennis, a lot of vamos, lifts and fists pumping :)

adelaide
04-24-2006, 01:31 AM
the massive trophy!

:banana:

veyonce
04-24-2006, 02:08 AM
Nadal out to extend winning streak
Date: 24/04/06
By Simon Cambers

Champion Rafael Nadal will have to battle fatigue and a strong field as he aims to extend his claycourt winning streak at the Barcelona Open which starts on Monday.

Having beaten world number one Roger Federer for the fourth time in five meetings to capture his second successive Monte Carlo Masters title on Sunday, Nadal will be the overwhelming favourite at the Real Club de Barcelona.

The 19-year-old Spaniard has now won 42 consecutive matches on clay. He is third in the all-time list behind Argentine Guillermo Vilas and Bjorn Borg of Sweden.

After scrapping for almost four hours on Sunday, however, he will need to recover quickly.

The top seed has a bye into round two where he could face fellow Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez.

Guillermo Coria, the third seed, or former French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero could await him in the semi-finals.

On the form of previous years, Coria would be confident of at least reaching the semi-finals but the Argentine is struggling with his serve.

He produced an ATP Tour record 23 double faults in one match last week in Monte Carlo but was unfazed by the problem.

"Whatever the number of double faults, be it 15 or 20, it doesn't matter," he said in Monte Carlo.

"Since I had surgery on my shoulder, I cannot hope to serve as well as I did before but I'm still working on that shot and what I need is confidence.

"I'm hoping I will be able to serve as good as I played in my first match in Miami where I didn't make any double faults."

Coria will meet either Tomas Zib of the Czech Republic or Galo Blanco, a Spanish wildcard entrant, in the second round.

Ferrero continues his quest to regain the form that made him the world's best player on clay in 2003.

As a former Barcelona winner, he should feel at home this week but the 26th ranked Ferrero faces a tough first-round match against Belgium's Kristof Vliegen who has reached two semi-finals this year.

In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Nikolay Davydenko and a trio of Spaniards - David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, 1998 Roland Garros champion Carlos Moya - will all be looking for a big week.

Another former French Open champion, Albert Costa, will make his final ATP Tour appearance before retiring. The Spanish wildcard will face American Vincent Spadea in the opening round.

Copyright © 2006 REUTERS

GonzoFan
04-24-2006, 02:22 AM
Good Luck Rafa !!!!

VAMOS !!!!

RogiFan88
04-24-2006, 03:28 AM
I have already pencilled in Nadal in the winner box of my draw! ;)

NaDALiTa
04-24-2006, 06:17 PM
poor Feli Lopez ... :haha: :haha:

mallorn
04-24-2006, 06:48 PM
I have already pencilled in Nadal in the winner box of my draw! ;)
Don't you jinx him! http://bestsmileys.com/nono/6.gif ;)

Feli won his match against Klec 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 so he is in fact Rafa's first opponent.

And Carlos lost against Korolev, 5-7, 4-6. :eek:

NaDALiTa
04-24-2006, 06:53 PM
pobrecito Charly Moya .. :bigcry:

RogiFan88
04-24-2006, 09:42 PM
Don't you jinx him! http://bestsmileys.com/nono/6.gif ;)

Feli won his match against Klec 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 so he is in fact Rafa's first opponent.

And Carlos lost against Korolev, 5-7, 4-6. :eek:

That's why I only PENCILLED him in... ;)

Ti-Anne
04-25-2006, 11:42 AM
mallorn thanks for posting the draw, the article, and that beautiful picture ;) I would love to see a 2006 version of that picture :cool:

Me too :p ;)

:bounce: VAMOS RAFA !!! :bounce:

mallorn
04-25-2006, 05:41 PM
Ok guys, it's showtime.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Pista Central start 10:30 AM

(7)Bhupathi/Friedl vs Djokovic/Tursunov
Not before 11:45 AM
(10)J Ferrero (ESP) vs A Martin (ESP)
Not before 2:30 PM
(WC)A Costa (ESP) vs (8)D Hrbaty (SVK)
Not before 5:00 PM
(1)R Nadal (ESP) vs F Lopez (ESP)
A Calleri (ARG) vs (12)F Verdasco (ESP)

http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/musik/k015.gif

VAMOS RAFA!

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Courtesy of nou.amic of vr.com :worship:


'Nadalmania' hits Barcelona once again

The star's presence eclipses Ferrero's victory and Moya's defeat

By SERGIO HEREDIA - 25/04/2006

Barcelona.- After winning in Monte Carlo on Sunday afternoon, exactly as he did last year, when he travelled with his father and his uncle/trainer, Nadal got into a car and drove the 688 kilometers, all night on the highway, to reach Barcelona in six and a half hours early in the morning, go to bed for a short while, turn up at the Village at the Real Club de Tennis, fulfil his contractual obligations (this time to pose with the shirt that has been specially designed for him by Nike for the Open SEAT Conde de Godó tournament), have some more sleep and then appear on Court 18 later in the afternoon to hit for an hour with Tomeu Salva, another Mallorcan, another leftie. Everyone is after the 'wonder boy' : another bout of 'Nadalmania' has started once again in Barcelona and heady days lie ahead of him on the centre court in Pedralbes, where tomorrow he plays his first match against Feliciano Lopez. "I don't know why the advertisers come after me. Perhaps you had better ask them," he said yesterday, amid a sea of journalists, cameras, tape recorders and fans...

Attention and obligations were divided yesterday at the club. While some turned there attention to Nadal, others concentrated on the action on centre court where almost all the predictions were fulfilled (Almagro, Costa and Ferrero won but Moya lost), and yet others surrounded court one where some players of whom much is expected in the future were playing: Monfils and Murray, for example, defeated Galvani and Granollers respectively.

Compared with these two latter players, with Monfils, with Gasquet or with Murray, players of his own generation, Nadal is an extraordinary prodigy, according to foreign journalists, especially the French who have been analysing the matter for some time.

The way the respective players carry themselves both on and off the court is proof of this. While Murray and Monfils lower their voice, answer in monosyllables with no colloquial resources , Nadal is fluent and articulate, appears on television shows, gives press conference after press conference, gives satisfaction whenever he is asked, to whoever asks for another comment, another autograph, another smile...

"To start off with, my big opponent will be Feliciano," he said yesterday: a straight answer without any embelishment or double meanings, typical of someone with his feet firmly on the ground. Nadal has won 42 matches without loss on clay - he has not lost since April last year when Andreev beat him in Valencia - four short of Borg and eleven fewer than Vilas, he has defeated Federer in their two encounters in 2006, and he still maintains the same posture, calmly analyzing everything, never claiming special skill, never taking a match for won before it is played. "I suppose I've still got to improve a great deal, he insists. If at 19 I can't keep on improving, then that's a poor state of affairs....".

Nadal's future lies gloriously ahead of him, unlike Albert Costa's that will come to an end this week. "I don't know exactly when I'll be going," said the 30-year-old Costa after defeating Spadea (US). "But I do know that when I lose a match here, I will retire from competition. I would like to lose to my friend Alex (Corretja) or to Nadal, against someone that is meaningful for me. I don't suppose that will be easy." Costa took almost three hours to beat Spadea 7-6 4-6 6-1 in a not particularly noteworthy match. "You can't imagine how little fun I get these days out of throwing myself around a tennis court for two and a half hours," insisted Costa, who is excited about the future. "After this, I will only ever return to tennis as a veteran. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps."

http://www.lavanguardia.es/web/20060425/51255153172.html

16681
04-25-2006, 09:21 PM
Me too :p ;)

:bounce: VAMOS RAFA !!! :bounce:
I love your Avatar, but actually I do think Rafa is getting even better looking :hearts: Vamos Rafa for tomorrow ;)

16681
04-25-2006, 09:26 PM
Before I forget it a big Thank You to both mallorn and veyonce for all the wonderful articles they post about Rafa ;) It adds a lot to Rafa's forum :cool:

mallorn
04-26-2006, 11:06 AM
It's my pleasure, Mae. :)

From the match preview on the official site:

NADAL BEGINS TITLE DEFENSE IN BARCELONA


Top seed Rafael Nadal, No. 8 Dominik Hrbaty, No. 10 Juan Carlos Ferrero and No. 12 Fernando Verdasco play on Pista Central Wednesday, as second-round action concludes at the Barcelona Open.

Nadal, the defending champion, takes on countryman and fellow lefty Feliciano Lopez, who beat qualifier Ivo Klec in the first round. Nadal had a bye. Lopez won the only prior ATP match between the two, on carpet in Basel three years ago.

World No. 2 Nadal, 19, jumped off to a great start in the clay court season, winning the title in Monte-Carlo last week (d. Federer). He also took home the trophy from Dubai in March (d. Federer again). This is Nadal’s third time playing here. In addition to winning the title last year (d. Ferrero), the Spanish sensation lost in the second round three years ago (to Corretja).

Nadal has won 42 straight matches on clay, putting him third on the Open Era list behind Guillermo Vilas (53) and Bjorn Borg (46). If Nadal wins this tournament, he will surpass Borg. The Spaniard’s last loss on clay came last April to Igor Andreev in the quarterfinals of Valencia.

Lopez, 24, is struggling this year, with a record of 7-10. His best result has been a third round finish at the Australian Open in January (l. to Ljubicic). He has a career record here of 5-6, with his best showing a third round finish in 2004 (l. to Calleri).
http://www.openseatbarcelona.com/en/news/stories/06_wednesday_preview.asp

mallorn
04-26-2006, 04:21 PM
Rafa defeated Feli 6-4, 6-2 in 1h14 to advance to the third round. :woohoo:

It was his 43rd consecutive win on clay. :worship:

cc2monac
04-26-2006, 04:22 PM
rafa won!!! 6/4 6/2!!!! congrats lil boy! soon he'll be better than borg and vilas...;)

16681
04-26-2006, 04:28 PM
Rafa defeated Feli 6-4, 6-2 in 1h14 to advance to the third round. :woohoo:

It was his 43rd consecutive win on clay. :worship:
Congrats to Rafa on his win :dance: And the consecutive wins keep adding up ;) Keep it going Rafa :hearts: Vamos Rafe for the next Match. And thanks mallorn for the article :angel:

veyonce
04-26-2006, 05:31 PM
Nadal begins Barcelona title defense in style
Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:42 PM ET

By Simon Cambers

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal started his defense of the Barcelona Open in style on Wednesday with a confident 6-4, 6-2 win over fellow-Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

The French Open champion extended his winning streak on clay to 43 matches, three behind second-placed Bjorn Borg in the Open Era list, to set up a third-round match with Spanish qualifier Ivan Navarro-Pastor.

Nadal said he had been wary of a let-down after his victory over world number one Roger Federer in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters Series event on Sunday.

"I know from experience that the first two rounds are very difficult," Nadal told reporters.

"I know that if I can win the first two rounds then it gets a bit easier after that."

Top seed Nadal broke serve in the second game of the match but immediately dropped his own as Lopez stayed in touch early on thanks to some big serving.

Two double faults helped Nadal break to win the opening set and he broke again in the sixth and eighth games of the second to clinch victory.

Second seed Nikolay Davydenko's title hopes were blown away in a 6-7 7-5 6-4 defeat to Croat Ivo Karlovic.

Karlovic hammered 19 aces, including eight in the final set, to set up a third-round clash with Russian Evgeny Korolev, who beat Spaniard Fernando Vicente 6-3 6-0.

Davydenko, a semi-finalist at the French Open last year, could not cope with the Karlovic serve, failing to convert any of his six break points.

Former French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero outslugged fellow Spaniard Alberto Martin 6-4 7-6 to reach the last 16.

The 10th seed, runner-up to Nadal last year, was a break down at 4-3 in the first set but took three games in succession to move ahead.

Ferrero, the world number 28, led 3-0 in the second but Martin forced a tiebreak, only for his compatriot to romp through 7-1.

Ferrero will next meet another former French Open champion from Spain, Albert Costa, who postponed his intended retirement for another day at least with a shock 6-3 7-5 victory over eighth seed Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia.

Sixth seed Tommy Robredo, champion in Barcelona two years ago, cruised past Italian Potito Starace 6-4 6-0 while ninth seed Tomas Berdych lost 7-6 6-3 to unseeded Spaniard Albert Portas.

Finn Jarkko Nieminen and Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu both made the last 16.

Updated on Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 2:14 pm EDT

© Reuters 2006.
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Nadal extends streak at Barcelona
Sports Ticker
4/26/2006 11:54:28 AM

BARCELONA, Spain (Ticker) - Like numerous others before him, Feliciano Lopez was unsuccessful in his efforts to beat Rafael Nadal on clay.

The defending champion, Nadal extended his claycourt winning streak to 43 matches with a 6-4, 6-2 second-round victory against Spanish compatriot Lopez on Wednesday at the $1.05 million Open Seat Godo tennis tournament.

The top seed here and the recipient of a first-round bye, Nadal was coming off a four-set triumph over Roger Federer - the world's top-ranked player - in the Monte Carlo final on Sunday.

Nadal next will play another countryman, Ivan Navarro Pastor, who bested Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, in a matchup of Spanish qualifiers.

On a day featuring several early upsets, the highest seed to fall was No. 2 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, who fell to 6-10 Croatian Ivo Karlovic, 6-7 (7-9), 7-5, 6-4. Karlovic next will face another Russian, qualifier Evgeny Korolev, who cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win against Spaniard Fernando Vicente.

The first seed to lose on Wednesday was No. 9 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who dropped a 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 decision to Albert Portas. The 32-year-old Spaniard advances to a matchup with seventh-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen, who rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Fourth seed Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic was taking on Italian Filippo Volandri, with the victor to face Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, who beat Spanish wild card Carlos Cuadrado, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

Also, No. 6 Tommy Robredo of Spain bested Italian Potito Starace, 6-4, 6-0, and awaits either 12th-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco or Argentine Agustin Calleri.

The 10th seed, Juan Carlos Ferrero recorded a 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) victory over Alberto Martin in a matchup of Spaniards. He next will face countryman and wild card Albert Costa, who upset eighth-seeded Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty, 6-3, 7-5.

MariaV
04-26-2006, 07:30 PM
Rafa's match at the same time tomorrow. :D Taking nothing for granted, VAMOS Rafa! :bounce: :bigclap:

Pista Central
Not before 4:45 PM
(1)R Nadal (ESP) vs (Q)I Navarro Pastor (ESP)

GonzoFan
04-27-2006, 03:19 AM
Good Luck, Rafa !!!

VAMOS for the 44th consecutive win on clay !!! :D

:banana:

mallorn
04-27-2006, 10:56 AM
From Rafa's interview after the match (thanks, mamasue!)

Rafael Nadal def. Feliciano López 64 62

Rafael Nadal: It was a tricky match, I had to work hard to win. It was a good match, but without any big moments. But matches always have their complicated moments, and today was no exception, especially in the first set. I’m aware of how important it is to win the early matches, but it’s difficult – you have to be very centered. I’m very happy with the support of the crowd, the court was full and it’s always great to have to support of the public. Besides, it’s also a good sign for tennis, for the tournament, and for me.”

http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/3073/nadal0sz.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://www.rctb1899.es/godo/cast/e-index.htm

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From Yahoo!:

Nadal says purple patch on clay can't last forever
Wed Apr 26, 3:43 PM ET

BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) - Rafael Nadal drew closer to Bjorn Borg's record of 46 consecutive claycourt victories with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Feliciano Lopez at the Barcelona Open.

Fresh from beating Roger Federer for the Monte Carlo title on Sunday Nadal claimed his 43rd straight success on the surface to extend a run stretching back to April, 2005.

If the defending champion gets as far as lifting the trophy on Sunday he will move one beyond the legendary Swede's mark. Argentine Guillermo Vilas holds the all-time men's mark of 53.

But the modest teenager says his record-setting pace cannot extend indefinitely.

"I can lose on clay, it will happen," he said. "If Federer can lose on hardcourt, I can lose on clay.

"There is a lot of tennis to be played until Paris. It just can't go on like this for me," said the defending French Open champion after improving his 2006 mark to 18-3.

He added: "Of course, it's nice to be one win closer to the record.

"But it's not something that I'm thinking about. The most important thing today was to win."

The 19-year-old Spaniard spent 74 minutes building his second round victory over Lopez, now 7-11 this season.

Nadal lost a break in the first set before recovering and breaking his compatriottwice in another comeback from 0-1 down.

"I didn't play a great match, but once I pass the first two rounds, things get easier. I'm used to the court and the conditions," said Nadal.

He faces an unheralded countryman Thursday in Ivan Navarro Pastor, who defeated equally unknown qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6 (7/5), 7-5.

Former French Open champion Albert Costa extended his long goodbye to tennis with a 6-3, 7-5 win over eighth seed Dominik Hrbaty.

The 30-year-old, the 2002 Roland Garros champion, has one foot out the door of the game, with his retirement set for the moment he loses this week to make his exit at the Real Club de Tenis.

Costa, a father of twins, showed he's still got something to offer the enthusiastic home crowd with his victory over the Slovak in less than 90 minutes.

He was joined in the third round by Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Ferrero, the tenth seed, has been rediscovering the form which once took him to the world number one ranking, beating fellow Spaniard Alberto Martin 6-4, 7-6 (7/1).

It was his fifth victory in eight matches over Martin, and his tenth win of 2006 against eight defeats.

Meanwhile a run of 19 aces from Croatian Ivo Karlovic spelled an early end for second seed Nikolay Davydenko as the Russian dropped to 0-3 on clay this season after a 6-7 (7/9), 7-5, 6-4 loss.

Spain's sixth-seed Tommy Robredo beat Italian Potito Starace 6-4, 6-0 while Alberto Portas dismissed Czech ninth seed Tomas Berdych 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060426/ts_afp/tennisatpesp_060426184544

silver7
04-27-2006, 12:53 PM
Vamos Rafa! Let´s go for the 44th consecutive win!!!

RogiFan88
04-27-2006, 03:07 PM
Vamos, Rafa, rack up another clay win!!

He's gaining fast on Vilas... won't be long now!! ;)

mallorn
04-27-2006, 04:50 PM
The match against Navarro Pastor seemed like a routine win for Rafa, 6-4, 6-2 in just under an hour and a half. :D :yeah:

44 wins and counting... :worship:

RogiFan88
04-27-2006, 05:00 PM
Rafa keeps going and going and going... ;)

mallorn
04-27-2006, 05:04 PM
Rafa keeps going and going and going... ;)
Like a Duracell bunny...or Roger. ;)

GonzoFan
04-27-2006, 05:08 PM
Well done, Rafa !!! :bigclap:

Castafiore
04-27-2006, 06:16 PM
Handcuffed spectator interrupts Nadal's progress
Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:06 PM BST


BARCELONA, April 27 (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal's smooth progress into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open was briefly interrupted on Thursday when a female intruder handcuffed herself to the net post.

The top seed was leading Spanish qualifier Ivan Navaro-Pastor 6-4 4-0 when the interloper entered the court. After a brief wait she was cut loose and taken away by security guards.

French Open champion Nadal went on to complete a routine 6-4 6-2 victory to reach the last eight.

Nadal will play another Spaniard Alberto Portas or Finland's Jarkko Nieminen on Friday for a place in the semi-finals.
Handcuffed spectator interrupts Nadal's progress - Reuters (http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=2006-04-27T170707Z_01_L27755113_RTRIDST_0_SPORT-TENNIS-BARCELONA-NADAL.XML)


This was probably a rather innocent incident (a bit :cuckoo:, though)...but I had flashbacks to the Seles stabbing when I read this.

mallorn
04-27-2006, 06:32 PM
Whoa, what a strange incident! :eek:

http://img276.imageshack.us/img276/9682/1kopia7mz.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Carmelo Esteban / Reuters
A girl wearing a T-shirt campaigning for Catalan independence is held by security guards after handcuffing herself to the net.

Nadal progresses despite handcuffs incident

(recasts after Nadal win)

By Simon Cambers

BARCELONA, April 27 (Reuters) - Top seed Rafael Nadal shrugged off an interruption from a female spectator, who handcuffed herself to the net post, to reach the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open on Thursday.

While third seed Guillermo Coria double-faulted his way out of the tournament and 2002 French Open champion Albert Costa bowed out of professional tennis, Nadal extended his winning streak on clay to 44 matches with a 6-4 6-2 win over Spanish qualifier Ivan Navarro Pastor.

Nadal was more bothered by the intruder than his opponent.

The young girl, wearing a white mask and a T-shirt campaigning for Catalan independence, ran on to the court and handcuffed herself to the net post when Nadal was leading 6-4 4-0.

After a brief delay, the girl was led away and Nadal eased to victory and a quarter-final against either another Spaniard Alberto Portas, or Finn Jarkko Nieminen.

"It was bad for me because I was leading 4-0 and 0-30 and then I lost that game," Nadal said.

"But I don't like this - I don't think it is very good for the whole tournament."
(...)
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=reu-barcelona&prov=reuters&type=lgns

RogiFan88
04-27-2006, 07:32 PM
Rafa reminds me a little of Arantxa, she was the Energizer Bunny -- I bet she'd love to play mixed dbles w Rafa -- can you imagine them w all their energy and enthusiasm! WOW!

16681
04-27-2006, 07:36 PM
Wow I think that girl must have been a nut case :crazy: What bothers me is how did she have time to get onto the court and handcuff herself to the post before anyone got to her :eek: (On a lighter note if I was going to handcuff myself during one of Rafa's Matches I would handcuff myself to Rafa :devil: ) Congrats to Rafa :hearts:

MariaV
04-27-2006, 07:44 PM
This was probably a rather innocent incident (a bit :cuckoo:, though)...but I had flashbacks to the Seles stabbing when I read this.

You know not just today but I always remember that Seles tragedy too when somebody still manages to get to the court.
Most of the people at the tennis tournaments are obviously mentally healthy but what if some mentally sick people happened to get there. So it's no wonder that players don't feel very comfortable when there's a huge crowd of pushing fans around and need bodyguards.

MariaV
04-27-2006, 07:50 PM
Wow I think that girl must have been a nut case :crazy: What bothers me is how did she have time to get onto the court and handcuff herself to the post before anyone got to her :eek:

That bothered me too when I saw it. What were the security guys thinking or doing?
Good that she wasn't nuts ... enough to harm anyone.

(On a lighter note if I was going to handcuff myself during one of Rafa's Matches I would handcuff myself to Rafa :devil: )

I really hope that will never happen.
Nothing against you personally Mae. ;)

MariaV
04-27-2006, 07:54 PM
LOL, I'm all alone posting tonight.
The OOP for tomorrow is finally out. Rafa plays the same time as today. VAMOS!!!! :bigclap: :bounce: :yippee:

Pista Central start Not before 4:45 PM
(1)R Nadal (ESP) vs (7)J Nieminen (FIN)

mallorn
04-27-2006, 08:29 PM
Lol Maria. Blame Desperate Housewives. ;)

You know not just today but I always remember that Seles tragedy too when somebody still manages to get to the court.
Exactly. You'd think they'd have good security at tournaments but still nutcases manage to get on court from time to time.
Most of the people at the tennis tournaments are obviously mentally healthy but what if some mentally sick people happened to get there. So it's no wonder that players don't feel very comfortable when there's a huge crowd of pushing fans around and need bodyguards.
Lol, tennis fans are mentally healthy? Just look at MTF. ;) :p
Seriously though, seeing pictures of players signing autographs, surrounded by fans, always makes me feel uncomfortable. If someone really sick wanted to hurt them, not even a bodyguard would help much. :scared:

Thanks for the schedule.

Rafa played Jarkko once, last year in Stuttgart. He won 6-2, 7-5.

VAMOS RAFA! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

RogiFan88
04-27-2006, 08:57 PM
I think this person is a very fanatical Catalan independentist whose political beliefs border on the extreme -- she only wants to make a statement and draw attention at a big event -- that's exactly what she did today. What better place and time to do it than at the tennis match of the top Spanish tennis player?

Rafa vs. Jarkko -- interesting battle of the lefties! ;)

sonia
04-27-2006, 10:02 PM
I think this person is a very fanatical Catalan independentist whose political beliefs border on the extreme -- she only wants to make a statement and draw attention at a big event -- that's exactly what she did today. What better place and time to do it than at the tennis match of the top Spanish tennis player?

Rafa vs. Jarkko -- interesting battle of the lefties! ;)

Catalan independentist?? :confused: I didn't heard that here! Sorry but I can't explain in english! :o if somebody wants translate that please.... Rogifan, aquí en las noticias han dicho que lo que queria esta chica era que le dieran explicaciones por los despidos que la empresa Seat (patrocinadora del torneo) ha hecho ultimamente. Pero nada de que sea independiente, además no llevaba ninguna bandara ni nada independentista... No se de donde habran sacado eso ;)

btw, VAMOS RAFA!!! Good luck tomorrow!! I want see you on Sunday's final!!! :yeah:

GonzoFan
04-27-2006, 10:57 PM
Good Luck tomorrow, Rafa !!!!

VAMOS !!!

RogiFan88
04-28-2006, 12:28 AM
Catalan independentist?? :confused: I didn't heard that here! Sorry but I can't explain in english! :o if somebody wants translate that please.... Rogifan, aquí en las noticias han dicho que lo que queria esta chica era que le dieran explicaciones por los despidos que la empresa Seat (patrocinadora del torneo) ha hecho ultimamente. Pero nada de que sea independiente, además no llevaba ninguna bandara ni nada independentista... No se de donde habran sacado eso ;)

btw, VAMOS RAFA!!! Good luck tomorrow!! I want see you on Sunday's final!!! :yeah:

Interesante, Sonia, lo que dices... creo que lo lei en algun periodico... quien sabe?!! :p Entonces la chica no era separatista catalan?? :p

MariaV
04-28-2006, 09:32 AM
Lol, tennis fans are mentally healthy? Just look at MTF. ;) :p

Hehe. ;) :lol:


Seriously though, seeing pictures of players signing autographs, surrounded by fans, always makes me feel uncomfortable. If someone really sick wanted to hurt them, not even a bodyguard would help much. :scared:

I mean if the crowd around is not THAT big and not pushing it's kinda OK. But with Rafa lately when people keep pushing each other and get hysterical it's just ... scary indeed. :( :(
And how Rafa has remained as 'normal' in the middle of this craze as he is - :worship: :bowdown: :worship:

Ti-Anne
04-28-2006, 04:08 PM
Rafa lost 1st set vs Nieminen :sad:
Am I all alone here ? Lil' man needs support !

freesbee
04-28-2006, 04:12 PM
aaaaaaaah :scared: what's going on??? 4-6 *0-3??

vamos Rafa!!! :boxing: :bounce:

Ti-Anne
04-28-2006, 04:15 PM
aaaaaaaah :scared: what's going on??? 4-6 *0-3??

vamos Rafa!!! :boxing: :bounce:

I was just about to post the same... :sad:
Vamos Rafaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!!! :bounce:

freesbee
04-28-2006, 04:17 PM
he just blew 3 bps! :eek: :smash:

*1-4 :o

vamos Rafa!!!!!

Carlita
04-28-2006, 04:20 PM
:eek: oh my fucking Nando! Rafael! I had to go home hun...:sad:

:boxing: FIGHT! Just because I put money on Jarkko, doesnt mean he has to win!!! :eek:

VAMOOOOOOOOOShttp://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/thumbs/clapping.gifhttp://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/thumbs/clapping.gifhttp://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/thumbs/clapping.gifhttp://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/thumbs/clapping.gifhttp://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/thumbs/clapping.gifhttp://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/thumbs/clapping.gifhttp://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/thumbs/clapping.gif

Ti-Anne
04-28-2006, 04:21 PM
I hope he's well and it's just a bad day at work :sad:
Now I'm REALLY worried :awww:

freesbee
04-28-2006, 04:23 PM
damn priority access :(

come on Rafael!!! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v378/freyamaenhout/smileys/Danseuse02.gifhttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v378/freyamaenhout/smileys/Danseuse02.gifhttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v378/freyamaenhout/smileys/Danseuse02.gif

freesbee
04-28-2006, 04:25 PM
he broke back! *phew*

vamos!! :bounce:

Carlita
04-28-2006, 04:25 PM
damn priority access :( birthday pressie??? (very early one :lol: )

come on Rafael!!! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v378/freyamaenhout/smileys/Danseuse02.gifhttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v378/freyamaenhout/smileys/Danseuse02.gifhttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v378/freyamaenhout/smileys/Danseuse02.gifCOME ON :baby:

Ti-Anne
04-28-2006, 04:26 PM
Yay ! :bounce: Baby broke back !

VAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS !!!!

freesbee
04-28-2006, 04:31 PM
birthday pressie??? (very early one :lol: )

I'll think about it :lol: ;)

4-4* :bounce:

Carlita
04-28-2006, 04:33 PM
oooh look at :baby: fighting!! I guess he knows his "mum" is watching :lol:

VAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS

freesbee
04-28-2006, 04:34 PM
HE BROKE!!! YAY!!!! Take the 2nd set Rafa :baby: :bounce:

Ti-Anne
04-28-2006, 04:34 PM
5-4 !!!! Woohoohooo !!!
Now go get that set hun !!

Ti-Anne
04-28-2006, 04:36 PM
oooh look at :baby: fighting!! I guess he knows his "mum" is watching :lol:

VAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS

Naaaaah...he knows I am watching :devil: :p

freesbee
04-28-2006, 04:39 PM
6-4! :woohoo:

Carlita
04-28-2006, 04:58 PM
Naaaaah...he knows I am watching :devil: :p but, when you watched he lost a set and got a break behind no? When I got home....things changed :p :angel:

freesbee
04-28-2006, 05:02 PM
3-1! yay! my cat Kazimir has joined me in the cheering :lol: vamos :rocker2:

Carlita
04-28-2006, 05:03 PM
3-1! yay! my cat Kazimir has joined me in the cheering :lol: vamos :rocker2:aawwwwww how's lil Kazimir doing then??

mallorn
04-28-2006, 05:19 PM
:eek: oh my fucking Nando! Rafael! I had to go home hun...:sad:

:boxing: FIGHT! Just because I put money on Jarkko, doesnt mean he has to win!!! :eek:
You put your money on Jarkko?!?! :eek: :eek: :eek:

freesbee
04-28-2006, 05:19 PM
aawwwwww how's lil Kazimir doing then??

we think she's pregnant! so we have to keep an eye on her that she doesn't give birth in one of our closets :lol:

2 more points rafa!!!! :bounce:

freesbee
04-28-2006, 05:21 PM
MP!

Carlita
04-28-2006, 05:22 PM
You put your money on Jarkko?!?! :eek: :eek: :eek::lol: well yeah! pays big bucks should he win! Doesn't pay to put money on Rafa (or Roger)...unless you put at least 10.000...and I don't want that...

But I gladly lose my money :angel:

Carlita
04-28-2006, 05:23 PM
we think she's pregnant! so we have to keep an eye on her that she doesn't give birth in one of our closets :lol:

You're joking!!! :eek:

Carlita
04-28-2006, 05:23 PM
:woohoo: yaaaaay Rafael! :woohoo:

mallorn
04-28-2006, 05:24 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

What a great fight from Rafa! He looked down and out. :worship: :worship: :worship:

freesbee
04-28-2006, 05:25 PM
You're joking!!! :eek:

unfortunately not :lol: :p

:woohoo: great comeback Rafa little man :yeah:

GonzoFan
04-28-2006, 05:27 PM
Well done, Rafa !!! :woohoo:

Good comeback :yeah:

VAMOS!!! :banana:

MariaV
04-28-2006, 05:27 PM
Oh, never underestimate our Rafa! 4-6 6-4 6-3! YAY! :woohoo: :woohoo: It was a difficult start and some patchy play today but our lil' man got it done. :D :D
2 h 13 min.
I guess he still wants to win Barcelona. VAMOS RAFAEL! :banana: :yippee: :bounce:

16681
04-28-2006, 05:51 PM
There might have been some trouble lefty against lefty. But Rafa got the win :worship: Next time Rafa a little less excitement please :)

mallorn
04-28-2006, 05:55 PM
:lol: well yeah! pays big bucks should he win! Doesn't pay to put money on Rafa (or Roger)...unless you put at least 10.000...and I don't want that...

But I gladly lose my money :angel:
Yeah, I know it makes sense to bet on the underdog, but still...I couldn't bet against Rafa. :lol: ;)

mallorn
04-28-2006, 06:10 PM
First reports are in, from Reuters:

Nadal battles back to extend clay winning streak

Fri Apr 28, 2006 6:40 PM BST

By Simon Cambers

BARCELONA, April 28 (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal dug deep into his reserves to extend his winning streak on clay to 45 matches on Friday with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over Finn Jarkko Nieminen in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open.

The defending champion and top seed battled back from 6-4 4-1 down to set up a semi-final against either 10th seed Juan Carlos Ferrero or unseeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.

The victory moves Nadal to within one of second-placed Bjorn Borg in the open-era list of most consecutive wins on the surface, a list headed by Argentine Guillermo Vilas with 53.

Sixth seed Tommy Robredo of Spain will play unseeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the second semi-final.

Robredo, who earlier finished off his rain-delayed third-round match with Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3 2-6 6-2, followed it up by beating Czech fourth seed Radek Stepanek 6-3 6-2.

Wawrinka beat unseeded Ivo Karlovic 4-6 6-3 6-4, becoming the first man to break the Croatian's serve this week.
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=2006-04-28T174138Z_01_L28758236_RTRIDST_0_SPORT-TENNIS-BARCELONA.XML

From MSNBC:

Nadal pushed, but wins 45th straight on clay
Spaniard rallies after losing first set to Nieminen at Seat Godo Open

http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/8577/557nu.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

BARCELONA, Spain - Jarkko Nieminen pushed Rafael Nadal to the brink of defeat at the Open Seat Godo tennis tournament. Then the Spaniard displayed his claycourt mastery.

The top seed and defending champion here, Nadal rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 triumph over the seventh-seeded Finn to reach the semifinals of the $1.05 million event.

After losing the first set, Nadal fell behind 4-1 before the 19-year-old lefthander won the final five games of the second and the first two of the third. He maintained his early break in the decisive set to extend his winning streak on the dirt to 45 matches.

A 24-year-old southpaw, Nieminen had lost his only prior career meeting with Nadal - a straight-sets defeat at Stuttgart last year.

Nadal next will play another Spaniard, either No. 10 Juan Carlos Ferrero or the red-hot Nicolas Almagro.
(...)
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12533326/

-----------------------------------------------

And one more article about Rafa's reaction to what happened in yesterday's match, from TennisReporters.net:
Rafa ruffled by politics

By Matthew Cronin, TennisReporters.net

My buddy Simon Cambers must be having a blast reporting for Reuters from Barcelona. On Thursday, when Rafael Nadal had a ludicrous reaction to a female spectator, who handcuffed herself to the net post and stopped play in campaigning for Catalan independence.

So Rafa is up 6-4, 4-0 over Ivan Navarro Pastor and he gets in a huff. "It was bad for me because I was leading 4-0 and 0-30 and then I lost that game," said Nadal, who ended up winning 6-4, 6-2. "But I don't like this - I don't think it is very good for the whole tournament."

Come now Rafa, the Catalan protests for independence are nearing 300 years old and are very important in Barcelona, much more so than the brief loss of your focus. Sometimes you just have to deal with the conditions, tennis or otherwise.

Guillermo Coria spent a lot of time working with Jose Higueras in the California desert and it hasn't paid off yet and as he was stung 6-2, 6-0 by red hot Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. "I have had problems on my serve ever since my operation (in the summer of 2004) and I know it is not back to where it was," Coria said.

Almagro will face Ferrero. Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6 upset David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-1. The Swiss will face Ivo Karlovic.
http://www.tennisreporters.net/nadal_schnyder_042806.html


OMG!!! :eek: My 1,000th post! How did that happen?! :eek: :p

RogiFan88
04-28-2006, 06:33 PM
Mallorn, you're just a loyal, faithful Rafa poster!

Rafa, even tho he lost that first set, I'm not at all surprised that he came back to win. Well done, Rafa! And props to Jarkko for winning a set! Also well done to TommyR for making the SF! And also to Stan for making the SF of this fantastic tournament!! [I adore Barcelona! ;)]

Now if only Juanqui could win today but I have my doubts, unfortunately. Nico is on a roll himself. ;)

Oh well, 3 Armada guys and a Swiss cheese, not bad, eh?

MariaV
04-28-2006, 07:09 PM
OK, if someone don't go to GM and didn't read my little report.

Rafa wasn't playing well at the beginning. I was kinda shocked, and Jarkko started really well. Rafa looked tired maybe, lots of errors. But then he came back to level the 1st set 4-4 and then lost his serve again and the set. And Jarkko was hot, he took 3-0 lead in the 2nd set too but Rafa is the man who never gives up, you should know that by now. :D Some of his insane bh cc's.
You know when he had like 3 BPs and couldn't take Jarkko's serve and Jarkko took 4-1 lead I thought Rafa was not going to make it. But then he managed to take next 2 jarkko's serves and the 2nd set. :D
And in the 3rd set Rafa broke at the very beginning and played all his service games pretty well (Jarkko had some BPs to break right back I think but couldn't convert, I checked it were 4 BPs for Jarkko in the 3rd set but he couldn't take any) and Rafa broke Jarkko for the 2nd time to finish the match from the 2nd MP.
Phew, this man never gives up. :D :worship: :bowdown:

Sorry I'm not too good at reports. :o
See you all tomorrow for the semis! :wavey:

GonzoFan
04-28-2006, 08:30 PM
Thanks for the report, MariaV :hug:

What a fighter he is! :worship:

I hope I'll have the semifinal match tomorrow on tv :unsure:

Good Luck tomorrow, Rafa!!!

VAMOS !!!

mallorn
04-28-2006, 08:51 PM
Order of play for tomorrow:

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Pista Central starts 11:30 AM
(1)Knowles/Nestor vs Dlouhy/Vizner

Not before 1:45 AM
(6)T Robredo (ESP) vs S Wawrinka (SUI)

Not before 4:45 PM
(1)R Nadal (ESP) vs N Almagro (ESP)

It looks like it could be a difficult match. Let's hope Rafa will be focused and play well. VAMOS Rafa! :bounce:



Moondancer :hug: of vr.com translated an article which shows you just how hectic Rafa's schedule has been. :eek:

L’Equipe, 27/04/2006

Nadal, 48-hour promo

Before swiftly brushing aside Feliciano Lopez yesterday, the Spaniard agreed to a 2-day marketing marathon. Parfum, car, shirt.

Yesterday was a day for tennis and Rafael Nadal, the title holder, wasn’t showing any mercy for his “super amigo” Feliciano Nadal brushing him aside with 6-4, 6-2 in one hour, fourteen minutes. Victim n° 43 of the Mallorcan on clay, the streak is still running, the lefty with the impeccable hair was not a heavy weight. As logic wants it, the young king of clay has thereby fulfilled his first obligation. Well, not quite.

From the moment he stepped foot on the soil of Barcelona, señor Nadal juggles the most varied requests in a tight schedule. It’s tough, being a hero. After having driven through the night, with dad and uncle behind the wheel, a matter of getting to Barcelona as quick as possible, the world number one just has time to close his eyes for a little while and to greet his colleagues in the locker room, which didn't take long. What do you want? The PR schedule is waiting for him. Like a consientious, sandwiched man, the youngster put on a shirt that carries a picture of himself with his left biceps extremely flexed and the essential “Vamos Rafa!” underneath it. This slogan accompanies almost every marketing operation of the “Fenomeno”. The Nike factory who manufactured his custom-made shoes added this finishing touch: “Vamos” on the heel of the left shoe and “Rafa” on the right one. Tuesday afternoon, perched at a marketing booth, Nadal has been posing for quite a while to present his new springtime/summertime collection; a white sleeveless shirt with a green stripe on the right shoulder and dark piratas.

All in good spirits

Next up…direction city centre of Barcelona for the filming of the new commercial of Kia, one of his generous sponsors. His acting job takes three hours for just that.
The next morning, on Wednesday, is cosmetics time. The Roland Garros champion goes on a different road, this time to present a new perfume of Puig, baptized 'Sport Man Pro' for which he lends his image…psjiit, psjiit and he’s already gone to an autograph session. In Spain, Nadalmania is boiling hot. A Spanish journalist from the Efe agency explains that Spain doesn’t have any big football superstars at the moment so the two sports kings are Fernando Alonso and Rafael Nadal. They are everywhere in the newspapers, everybody wants them. But since Nadal only comes twice a year to a Spanish tournament (Barcelona and Madrid in the autumn), it naturally comes together all at once in Barcelona. Even then, Rafa refuses an enormous amount of requests and his entourage, led by his uncle Toni and his manager Carlos Costa, does not hesitate to reduce his media schedule if they think it’s getting too much. Not a sign of irritation, not even a sigh, The entire circus slides off him. “Why do the publicity people want me so much? Frankly, I have no idea. You should ask them. I try to do it all in good spirits. It’s part of my job.” That job, the real one, continues today against his compatriot Ivan Navarro, n° 164 in the world, who has it all to be the 44th victim.

Frédéric Bernes

The Daviator
04-29-2006, 12:58 AM
Hey everyone :D I've not been in this forum before but I'm new to these boards and I'm a fan of Rafa's, good win for him today :bounce:

RogiFan88
04-29-2006, 03:36 AM
Rafa's SF vs. Nico will be muy importante! Trying to tie Borg's record!

16681
04-29-2006, 03:37 AM
Hey everyone :D I've not been in this forum before but I'm new to these boards and I'm a fan of Rafa's, good win for him today :bounce:
Welcome to Rafa's Forum. There are great people here so I'm sure you will enjoy being here ;) And Vamos Rafa for tomorrow :angel:

Björki
04-29-2006, 08:12 AM
vamos Rafa kick his ass :bounce:

Ti-Anne
04-29-2006, 08:26 AM
From the moment he stepped foot on the soil of Barcelona, señor Nadal juggles the most varied requests in a tight schedule. It’s tough, being a hero. After having driven through the night, with dad and uncle behind the wheel, a matter of getting to Barcelona as quick as possible, the world number one just has time to close his eyes for a little while and to greet his colleagues in the locker room, which didn't take long. What do you want? The PR schedule is waiting for him.

Is it Moondancer's mistranslation or just a wishful thinking ? :angel: ;)

mallorn
04-29-2006, 09:27 AM
Is it Moondancer's mistranslation or just a wishful thinking ? :angel: ;)
:lol: A Freudian slip maybe? ;)

Ti-Anne
04-29-2006, 03:00 PM
Rafa's starting his SF vs Almagro now.

:bounce: VAMOS CARINO !!!!!!!! :bounce:

eddie_hyden
04-29-2006, 03:14 PM
Rafa's starting his SF vs Almagro now.

:bounce: VAMOS CARINO !!!!!!!! :bounce:

any streaming website?? i'm tired of only looking at the live scores...

anyway vamos rafa!!!

silver7
04-29-2006, 03:31 PM
Vamos!!At the moment Nico leads 4-3! Vamos Rafa!

Ti-Anne
04-29-2006, 03:43 PM
oh no ! BP for Almagro !
Fight, Rafa, fight !

eddie_hyden
04-29-2006, 04:03 PM
ok at least he got the 1st set. 7-6 (2).

i'm having a fit right here.

mallorn
04-29-2006, 04:07 PM
I've been http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/scared/scared0016.gif throughout the first set. :o

Please Rafa make it easier in the second!

eddie_hyden
04-29-2006, 04:37 PM
please tell me this is the best of 3 match..hehe.. rafa leading 7-6 5-2. come on give us one more game!

i was worried looking at the statistic on the first half of the 1st set just now, but rafa is such a fighter.

vamos!!

mallorn
04-29-2006, 04:49 PM
:woohoo: :dance: :bounce: :yippee:

Rafa did it again! After a tough first set, which he won on a TB (7-2) he managed to break Nico once to take the second 6-3.

It was his 46th consecutive win on clay.

Bring on Tommy! :cool:

silver7
04-29-2006, 04:55 PM
Yes!! He won!!:bounce: 46th consecutive win!It´s just unbeliebable :worship:!
Vamos Rafa!

The Daviator
04-29-2006, 05:08 PM
Welcome to Rafa's Forum. There are great people here so I'm sure you will enjoy being here ;) And Vamos Rafa for tomorrow :angel:

Thanks Mae :D

The tough one is behind him now, Tommy should be a routine win...

16681
04-29-2006, 05:23 PM
Thanks Mae :D

The tough one is behind him now, Tommy should be a routine win...
I hope so ;) I love to say Congrats Rafa :hearts: And then Vamos Rafa for his next match :worship:

GonzoFan
04-29-2006, 05:36 PM
Well done, Rafa!!! :bigclap: :woohoo: :bigclap:

46th consecutive win on clay! :worship:

Congrats, Rafa!!! :D

Good luck tomorrow in the final!!! :banana:

mallorn
04-29-2006, 05:43 PM
Hi, Daviator! Welcome! :)

From Reuters:
Nadal reaches final to extend streak to 46

Sat Apr 29, 2006 1:04pm ET
Simon Cambers

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal extended his winning streak on clay to 46 after he edged out fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-6 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final of the Barcelona Open.

The top seed and defending champion, who will meet compatriot Tommy Robredo in the showpiece match, is now joint second with Bjorn Borg in the Open-era list for consecutive wins on the surface. Argentine Guillermo Vilas owns the record with 53.

Robredo beat unseeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 6-4 in the first semi-final.

Despite being one win away from eclipsing Borg's streak, Nadal said the Swede was in another league.

"Yes, we have the same number of wins on clay but he also won five Wimbledons," Nadal said. "I don't know if I will be able to do that.

"Borg made tennis history, I am just making my way. For now the most important thing is to win this tournament. After that we can talk about Vilas and 53 (the record)."

The 19-year-old Nadal, whose unbeaten run on clay stretches back to April 2005, was pushed hard in the first set by the hard-hitting Almagro, who had upset Juan Carlos Ferrero and Guillermo Coria to reach the last four.

After saving a set point on his own serve at 5-4 down, Nadal bagged the first-set tiebreak 7-2 and then stepped up a gear.

He broke for 4-2 in the second set and held on to reach his third final of the year.

Sixth seed Robredo overcame a late wobble to reach the final for the second time in three years.

The Spaniard, champion in 2004, wrapped up victory over the world number 67 in 87 minutes.

After edging the first set, Robredo broke twice to lead 5-2 in the second but wasted four match points as Wawrinka hit back.

Robredo made no mistake second time round, serving out to love.

"I think it is easy to prepare for playing someone like Nadal," Robredo said.

"I know how to play (Roger) Federer, Nadal, all the players, but you have to be able to get to the court and do it, and they have to let you do it.

"I am playing very well every day, at the same level. I know that I won't play worse tomorrow but I have to try to play even better.

"I will just play my game. If I play my game and I win then I will be very proud. If I play my game and it is not enough then I will still be proud but will work for the future."
http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=sportsNews&storyid=2006-04-29T170438Z_01_L29447218_RTRUKOC_0_US-TENNIS-BARCELONA.xml

From Eurosport:
Nadal through to final

Rafael Nadal qualified for the final of the Barcelona Open following a tricky win against Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro. This was Nadal's 46th straight win on clay, making him joint second in the open era with Bjorn Borg. The young Spaniard is only 7 matches away from Villa's record of 53.

It was always common knowledge that Rafael Nadal was a promising young talent and the new rising star of world tennis. Now, the Spaniard has the stats to back him up, as his win over Nicolas Almagro on Saturday afternoon, was his 46th consecutive success on clay, making him an equal of tennis legend Bjorn Borg.

The game didn't start off that well for the Mallorcan however, as Almagro was hitting the ball very hard and Nadal was looking a bit stressed. Whether this was due to him realising how close he was to making history or the boiling sun, last year's Roland-Garros champion nevertheless remained focused and took his challenger to a tie-break, in which he suddenly woke up and won 7-2.

The second set was a different story, as Almagro was loosing concentration and commiting far too many fouls, while Nadal was looking stronger every minute and trying difficult shots which tended to be successful most of the time.

In the end, Nadal was the strongest player on the court and the result was justified. The Spanish youngster will meet fellow countryman Tommy Robredo in the final on Sunday.
http://www.eurosport.com/tennis/atp-barcelona/2006/sport_sto876327.shtml

From TennisMagazine:
All-Spanish Final Set for Open Seat Godo

BARCELONA, Spain

Former champion Tommy Robredo beat Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to set up an all-Spanish final at the Open Seat Godo.

Robredo, seeded sixth after winning in 2004, will meet defending champion Rafael Nadal or Nicolas Almagro on Sunday.

"If it's Nadal, it could be a long match as he runs a lot," Robredo said. "Against Almagro, it could be a shorter match because he hits the ball so hard."

Robredo, who reached the semifinals at the Monte Carlo Masters last week, said he had recovered from an abdominal injury to reach this final.

"In Monte Carlo, I noticed a strain in the abdominal region. I began playing doubles here in Barcelona but had to give up because I couldn't serve without pain, but the rest helped to clear it up," Robredo said.

Later, top-seeded Nadal aimed to move into the final with a 46th straight win on clay. Guillermo Villas holds the Open era record on clay with 53 consecutive wins in 1977, while 11-time Grand Slam champion Bjorn Borg is second with 46 straight wins in 1979.

"Borg's total motivates me. It thrills me to think it's there," Nadal said. "Borg was a great player, and I can only hope to try and make it."

Almagro has won nine straight matches, including his debut title in Valencia two weeks ago. He's beaten three seeded players in Barcelona and hasn't dropped a set. But Almagro lost his only match with Nadal two years ago in Palermo.

"I'll be playing one of the best claycourt players in the world," Almagro said.

Wawrinka relied on speed and carefully angled shots against Robredo, but made too many unforced errors, allowing his opponent to close the match in straight sets.
http://www.tennis.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=news&mod=News&mid=9A02E3B96F2A415ABC72CB5F516B4C10&tier=3&nid=2A9214A3D9C04AECB12AC52A14F2149F

maty
04-29-2006, 05:46 PM
Rafa and Tommy in final,can tommorow be the best day of my life-sure can ;)

let the best man win :wavey:

Ti-Anne
04-29-2006, 07:06 PM
:hug: RAFA !! :hug:

Congrats sweetheart :inlove: I saw the match, he didn't play too good at first, started to play better in the tie-break, and ended very good. Hope he'll go on like this tomorrow ! I'm not sure Tommy'll be a routine, I saw him play in MC, he seemed very strong. Let's wait and see, and best of luck to lil' man ! :kiss:

Björki
04-29-2006, 07:10 PM
vamos Rafa. now win the final :bounce:

I saw Rafa vs Tommy in Madrid.
Tommy didnt play bad but Rafa was just to good.
I'm very confident :D

mallorn
04-29-2006, 08:10 PM
The interviews are up.

Rafael Nadal def. Nicolás Almagro 76(2) 63

Nicolás Almagro: “I gave everything I had but wasn’t able to win a set. I knew that I would have to play the whole time at 100%, and in the end my errors cost me the first set. I started nervously, but soon calmed down. In the end I had a back problem that was limiting me. But the main problem was maintaining my level of play. I was acting rash and making errors that other days I didn’t. But I’m very happy with my tennis and how things have worked out. Now I want to work on the mental aspects.”

“Rafa is the best player in the world on clay. I don’t see his win streak coming to an end soon, I don’t see who can beat him. I would say he is the favourite for the final, but of course Tommy is there because he has played well all week. For the good of Spanish tennis, I hope that Rafa continues to do so well, but also that some day soon I have the chance to avenge the defeat.”

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/5306/almagro31hm.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Rafael Nadal: “I knew the importance of winning the first, after that I was more confident. I am happy to be in the final, it’s important for me – not just for the points, but also for it being the Godó. With regards to equaling Borg’s record, I don’t pay any attention to those things, I think only about the match in question. For me right now, what is important is this tournament, not the record. Tomorrow will be a difficult match – if the final of a Godó is not difficult, I don’t know what is. It will be complicated; I’ll have to be very serious and focused. I will try not to let Tommy take the initiative, to play deep, and to attack when I’m able. He’s very fit physically and is one of the best in the world on clay. I will try to play aggressive and to be 100%. Everyone has doubts before playing, even Federer, because every match is different.”

http://img55.imageshack.us/img55/6962/nadal29sx.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://www.rctb1899.es/godo/cast/e-index.htm

Lopaka
04-29-2006, 11:34 PM
I'm just very happy Rafa made it through the last two difficult matches and seems in good spirits and ready for the final. Thank you mallorn for posting the interview statements and pictures. :worship:

Fortunately TTC will be televising the Barcelona final.

I'll be cheering for you Rafa! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Nadal_fan
04-30-2006, 01:25 AM
I'm so confident Rafa will win this match! I have the feeling it will be another hard match for our boy but he will make it, just like he's been doing the whole week!

VAMOOOS RAFA! :bounce:

NancyIsabelle
04-30-2006, 03:06 AM
I've been http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/scared/scared0016.gif throughout the first set. :o

Please Rafa make it easier in the second!

Hello Mallorn ! Your emoticon made me laugh so much ! I could not even stare in front of the score board of the official site ... I had my driver's course. When I came back, it's a friend who had e-mailed me that Rafa had won. I had to go in the middle of the first set. What a tough mental he has. And the VR.com board was not working ... it's not working now either !

So Vamos Rafa for tomorrow ! VAMOS CAMPEON !
I always wanted to tell you Mallorn that I love your avatar. It's a really nice and sweet picture of Rafa ... and it's in black and white, and I love b/w picture.

Bye :wavey:

Nancy

veyonce
04-30-2006, 04:46 AM
Nadal to face Robredo in Barcelona final
By HAROLD HECKLE, Associated Press Writer
April 29, 2006

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Defending champion Rafael Nadal won his 46th straight match on clay, defeating fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (2), 6-3 Saturday to reach the final at the Open Seat Godo.

Tommy Robredo, the 2004 champion, beat Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 6-4 to set up an all-Spanish final.

"It could be a long match as he runs a lot," Robredo said of his final against the top-seeded Nadal.

The No. 2-ranked Nadal matched 11-time Grand Slam champion Bjorn Borg with 46 straight victories on clay. Guillermo Villas holds the Open era record with 53.

"You can't compare me to Borg, he was the greatest tennis player of all time," Nadal said. "I can't see myself winning five Wimbledons."

But Almagro doesn't see an end to Nadal's winning streak.

"I think Rafa will make his own mark on the game," he said. "Whoever beats him on clay will have earned great merit."

Robredo, who reached the semifinals at the Monte Carlo Masters last week, said he had recovered from an abdominal injury.

"I began playing doubles here in Barcelona, but had to give up because I couldn't serve without pain," he said. "But the rest helped to clear it up."

Nadal countered the hard-hitting Almagro with high-rising, heavy topspin shots. Almagro showed impressive power with seven aces and hit some fierce forehand shots to keep Nadal running, but his backhand was less precise.

"I enjoyed myself a lot, the match brought back memories of when we used to play tennis together in kids tournaments," Almagro said.

Almagro had won nine straight matches, including his first title at Valencia two weeks ago. He had beaten three seeded players in Barcelona and hadn't dropped a set until meeting Nadal. Almagro lost his only previous match with Nadal two years ago at Palermo.

Wawrinka relied on speed and carefully angled shots against Robredo, but made too many unforced errors, allowing his opponent to close the match in straight sets.

Updated on Saturday, Apr 29, 2006 3:02 pm EDT

mallorn
04-30-2006, 10:06 AM
Lopaka, you're so lucky to get to watch the final! Do you think you could tell us how Rafa played afterwards? :)


Thanks, Nancy! I like my avvy too. Do you know, I made it from this picture which was taken exactly a year ago in Barcelona:

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5968/20192078m8wp.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

VAMOS Rafa! Good luck in the final! :bounce:

http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/musik/k015.gif http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/musik/k015.gif

RogiFan88
04-30-2006, 02:03 PM
Vamos, Rafa!

Wish I could see this match...

RogiFan88
04-30-2006, 04:07 PM
Felicitaciones, Rafa, on defending your Barcelona title to win your 3rd title of 2006 AND beat Bjorn Borg's 46 consecutive wins on clay streak to move into the #2 position! :)

[See, I didn't jinx him when I pencilled in his name as champion when the draw came out...I could've inked him in! ;) ]

mallorn
04-30-2006, 04:16 PM
As expected, Rafa won the final against Tommy. What was perhaps not so expected was the scoreline of 6-4, 6-4, 6-0. :worship: :worship: :worship:


Congrats Rafa! You've surpassed Borg's record! :D :D :D :hug:

NaDALiTa
04-30-2006, 04:16 PM
felicidades Rafa ......you rock da boat :lol: .......and tennis too !!!!!!

:woohoo:

mallorn
04-30-2006, 04:17 PM
Felicitaciones, Rafa, on defending your Barcelona title to win your 3rd title of 2006 AND beat Bjorn Borg's 46 consecutive wins on clay streak to move into the #2 position! :)

[See, I didn't jinx him when I pencilled in his name as champion when the draw came out...I could've inked him in! ;) ]
:smooch:

Givenchy
04-30-2006, 04:21 PM
Congrats Rafa on winning the title! :woohoo:

Well done! :D

silver7
04-30-2006, 04:31 PM
Yes!Iam very happy for him!Congrats for the title!:bowdown:
Vamos Rafa!!!!

veyonce
04-30-2006, 04:31 PM
Nadal wins Barcelona title to pass Borg's clay streak
Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:17 PM BST
By Simon Cambers

BARCELONA, April 30 (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal outmuscled Tommy Robredo 6-4 6-4 6-0 to win the Barcelona Open on Sunday for his 47th consecutive claycourt win.

He now moves ahead of Bjorn Borg into second place in the Open Era list of consecutive wins on the surface.

After two even sets, Nadal cruised through the third to wrap up victory in two hours, 19 minutes for his third title of the year and 15th in total.

Nadal is now just six wins behind the record holder, Argentine Guillermo Vilas, who set his mark in 1977.

The 19-year-old Spaniard's last loss on the surface was to Russian Igor Andreev in April 2005.

NaDALiTa
04-30-2006, 04:32 PM
Well done lilttle man ...next step......VILASLAND !!!!

Björki
04-30-2006, 04:46 PM
well done Rafa :bigclap:

mallorn
04-30-2006, 05:18 PM
From BBC Sport:

Champion Nadal passes Borg mark

Rafael Nadal beat Tommy Robredo 6-4 6-4 6-0 in the final of the Barcelona Open on Sunday to claim his 47th clay-court win in a row.

The victory put Nadal ahead of Swedish legend Bjorn Borg into second place in the all-time list for consecutive wins.

The Spaniard took two hours, 19 minutes to outmuscle compatriot Robredo for his third title of the year.

He is now just six wins behind the record holder, Argentine Guillermo Vilas, who set his mark in 1977.

Nadal's last loss on clay was to Russian Igor Andreev in April 2005.

"I've achieved my main objective here, and I've overtaken Borg's number of wins and I guess I could try to go for Vilas' total in Rome," Nadal said. "But I have my sights set on Roland Garros.

"You can't compare me to Borg, he was the greatest tennis player of all time. I can't see myself winning five Wimbledons."

However, 11-time Grand Slam champion Borg believes Nadal could start this year.

"I congratulate Nadal," Borg said in a statement released by the ATP. "He's fun to watch and I hope he wins Wimbledon."

Sunday's victory was Nadal's third straight-sets win over Robredo in a row after the third round in Madrid and the semifinals in Bastad in 2005.

Robredo said: "I want to congratulate Rafa on his win. I did all I could but it wasn't enough so I'll just have to carry on training for next year."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4960758.stm

And an updated picture with the trophy. ;)

http://img275.imageshack.us/img275/2254/gettu16if.jpg

Björki
04-30-2006, 05:20 PM
damn this trophy is big!! :D

freesbee
04-30-2006, 05:20 PM
:lol: it's hard to bite this one :p

congrats Rafa!! :bigclap: :worship:

16681
04-30-2006, 05:34 PM
Congrats to Rafa :yippee: Yet another straight clay court victory :woohoo:

Nadal_fan
04-30-2006, 05:59 PM
I'm so damn proud of Rafa! Great victory! Keep biting more trophies Rafa! :D

veyonce
04-30-2006, 07:28 PM
Record-chasing Nadal eases to Barcelona triumph
Time is GMT + 8 hours
Posted: 1-May-2006 02:03 hrs

Rafael Nadal eased to a 47th straight win on clay to move into second place on the all-time winning streak list with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Tommy Robredo in the final of the Barcelona Open.

Nadal's victory, his third in three meetings against his sixth-seeded compatriot, takes the reigning French Open champion to within six wins of equalling Guillermo Vilas at the top of the all-time clay court win list.

The Argentine set the mark of 53 in 1977.

Nadal's win followed last weekend's trophy in Monte Carlo over Roger Federer with his victory on Sunday taking 2hr 18min.

The 19-year-old world number two has now won three titles this season and has so far defended two clay titles from 2005, when he lifted eight on the surface.

The Spaniard had levelled Bjorn Borg's 46 consecutive clay victories by beating compatriot Nicolas Almagro in their semi-final at the Real Club de Tenis on Saturday.

"I only saw a few points played by Borg on television," admitted Nadal, born a decade after the Swede hit his prime. "I was too young."

Nadal now owns back-to-back trophies at the home tournament and will take a week off before playing in the Rome Masters starting May 8.

He was last beaten on clay in April, 2005, losing to Igor Andreev in the Valencia quarter-finals.

"This was not an easy match for me," said Nadal, who suffered with a foot injury before starting this season in February.

"The last time I played in Spain was in Madrid." (which he won last October)

"It's a dream to keep on winning."

Nadal spent 52 minutes in the workmanlike opening set on Sunday, which Robredo began with authority from a love game.

But his teenage compatriot quickly took command with a break in the third game, enough to see him through the set after Robredo saved a set point.

The second set was close with the lone break occurring when Nadal nudged ahead for 5-4.

But the top seed had to struggle to serve it out, with Robredo saving two set points and achieving a break point before Nadal put it away to love.

Nadal wasted no time in starting the third set with a pair break in front of nearly 7,000 fans.

The teenager, now 22-3 this season, didn't disappoint as he lifted the 15th trophy of his career. — AFP

sonia
04-30-2006, 09:21 PM
Congrats Rafa!!! :worship: I'm so happy for you :woohoo: and so sad for Tommy :awww: and I'm veryvery angry with your bodyguards :o :(
to rest boy!! :hug:

NaDALiTa
04-30-2006, 09:49 PM
I hope Rafa stopped stocking his Cups in his room..... :lol: his bedroom seems quite small to contain so much trofees!!!!!

GonzoFan
04-30-2006, 10:25 PM
Congrats Rafa for another great win and another title !!!!! :woohoo: :bigclap: :woohoo:

I hope Fox Sports shows the match at night ...

lilfairyprincess
04-30-2006, 11:44 PM
congratulations rafa!!! :bounce:

now for rome........

NancyIsabelle
05-01-2006, 01:42 AM
Lopaka, you're so lucky to get to watch the final! Do you think you could tell us how Rafa played afterwards? :)


Thanks, Nancy! I like my avvy too. Do you know, I made it from this picture which was taken exactly a year ago in Barcelona:

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5968/20192078m8wp.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

VAMOS Rafa! Good luck in the final! :bounce:

http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/musik/k015.gif http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/musik/k015.gif


So that's where I saw it ! This picture was telling me something, but I did not know what exactly. You did a great job and it's original.

Vamos por Rafael ! What a great game and what an incredible player. I am speachless !

See you "in" Roma :wavey:

Nancy

Ti-Anne
05-01-2006, 07:31 AM
:worship: :inlove: :hug: Bravo my little man ! :hug: :inlove: :worship:

:secret: Don't you think his bedroom must be too small now to hold all his trophies ? :confused:

veyonce
05-01-2006, 09:15 AM
Barcelona 2006 Final Post Match Interviews
Rafael Nadal def. Tommy Robredo
6/4 6/4 6/0

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“This is a tournament that I’m always excited to win. This victory, and the one in Monte Carlo, gives me an unforgettable start to the clay court season. It was a serious match, I was able to raise my game when I had to. At first I wasn’t forcing myself too much physically, in case it was a long match, but I think that I was in control throughout. I played well at the right times, was focused, and in third set I was looser, happier and more aggressive.”

“I had to push and to finish as soon as possible, not just to win, but to finish the tournament with a good taste in my mouth. I felt better and better. Today has been the day that I felt best on the court, although yesterday I served better – today was neither good nor bad. In the end I was a little lucky. By the end of the match he was affected.”

“I’m grateful for Borg’s congratulations for surpassing his record. I will fight to reach Vilas’s record of 53 matches, although it is not realistic to expect to win in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome, like I did last year. 29 years ago, tennis was very different, today it is more competitive than before – that is not to deny merit to anyone, there are 53 matches without loss, I have 47.”

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Tommy Robredo def. Rafael Nadal
6/4 6/4 6/0

Tommy Robredo: “When you lose you’re never satisfied, but you have to think day-by-day, and at the level I am playing I will end up winning a lot more matches. There’s always something else you can do, I had opportunities in the second set that I should have taken. Many points were lost by small margins. But I look on the week positively, and after the month I’ve had, I’m happy. I wish every week were like this one. My next objective is Rome. I’m not going to Estoril because I don’t want to force myself, I have some abdominal pain which has been aggravated by forcing my serve today.”

“I don’t think that Rafa is superhuman; he’s a great player, but someone will beat him. This week he has been on the point of losing, and today the first two sets could have gone my way. To say he will not lose any match is putting too much pressure on him.”