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Björki
05-01-2006, 08:55 AM
lets take another title :bounce:

Vamos Rafa

NaDALiTa
05-01-2006, 10:51 AM
Let's reach Vilas' record

VAMOS
R :woohoo:
A :woohoo:
F :woohoo:
A :woohoo:

silver7
05-01-2006, 01:08 PM
Vamos rafa!Next week could be a greagt week for you!!VAMOS

mallorn
05-01-2006, 01:33 PM
Gosh the schedule is hectic. Rafa is going to take two days off and then go back to training.

Hopefully he'll be in great form and defend his title! :bounce:


Here's the official site link: http://www.internazionaliditalia.it/default.asp

The list of players: http://www.internazionaliditalia.it/players.asp

And Rafa's picture with the trophy from last year. ;)

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/2789/21546192m0nf.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

The channel that broadcasts the tournament is back for me. :yippee:

Ti-Anne
05-01-2006, 04:32 PM
The channel that broadcasts the tournament is back for me. :yippee:

:bigclap: Yay, me too ! I hope we'll see great Rafa's matches, and that he'll win the trophy once more ! :D

VAMOS ! :bounce:

GonzoFan
05-01-2006, 05:00 PM
VAMOS RAFA EN ROMA !!!!!

Good Luck!!!!

:banana:

NaDALiTa
05-01-2006, 05:10 PM
vamos Rafael !!! i hope he'll improve little by little till Roland Garros!!!

Ti-Anne
05-01-2006, 07:09 PM
vamos Rafael !!! i hope he'll improve little by little till Roland Garros!!!

:confused: I wonder what's left to improve with Rafa on clay :lol:

NaDALiTa
05-01-2006, 10:07 PM
:confused: I wonder what's left to improve with Rafa on clay :lol:


he can do better be sure about it....he isn't at his best yet !!! Let's see it in Paris :angel:
Rafa gonna rock da eiffel tower :haha:

but now let's rock the Coliseum :lol:

Ti-Anne
05-02-2006, 05:53 AM
he can do better be sure about it....he isn't at his best yet !!! Let's see it in Paris :angel:
Rafa gonna rock da eiffel tower :haha:

but now let's rock the Coliseum :lol:

:rocker: Oh yeah ! Roger will regret he's come to Rome this year ! :haha:

mallorn
05-03-2006, 07:25 PM
Thanks to one and only nou.amic :hug: of vr.com we've got some Rome-related news:

Wednesday 3rd May 2006 El Mundo-El Día de Baleares wrote:

Rest, work and other engagements

RAFAEL NADAL WILL ALTERNATE TRAINING SESSIONS WITH PROMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL ENGAGEMENTS DURING HIS STAY IN MALLORCA - HE LEAVES FOR ROME ON SATURDAY TO TAKE PART IN THE MASTERS

There is no rest for a superstar. Or rather, there is, slotted between practice sessions, publicity engagements and numerous other scheduled events. Rafael Nadal is in Mallorca this week before facing the challenge of retaining his title in the Masters Series Roma. On returning from Barcelona, where he won the Trofeo Conde de Godó for the second year running, he took a brief rest before getting back to training.

After two weeks away, involved in the maelstorm of top competition in Monaco and Barcelona, Rafael Nadal will this week be alternating practice sessions with several engagements of a different kind until next Saturday. Tomorrow, Thursday 4th May, he will be in Llucmajor to take part in a sports workshop, with play and recreational activities designed to promote integration, under the programme 'Aprenem Junts' ('Let's Learn Together'). The Manacor player is one of the patrons of this project organised by the Iberostar Foundation.

After spending the morning in Llucmajor, the world Nº2 has a promotional engagement in Palma, in the Paseo del Borne de Ciutat, where a new Hugo Boss shop is being opened. The Mallorcan player will be only one of the famous faces at the inauguration of the shop as some Real Mallorca football players and the golfer Severiano Ballesteros will be there. Nadal will also be able to have a chat with the Spanish Davis Cup captain Emilio Sanchez Vicario, who is counting on Rafael to help Spain retain their place in the world group when they play Italy, 22nd-24th September, and thus be able to fight next season to win the Salad Bowl once again. Last year they had the same opponents but the tie was played in Italy and Nadal made a superhuman effort to help the national team maintain their place in the world group.

That effort aggravated the Mallorcan's physical problems. Luckily, Nadal has now fully recovered. In fact, the training planned for this week has not programmed anything special for his foot or knees, because he returned from Barcelona without any serious discomfort. Nadal leaves for Rome next Saturday and next week he will try to defend his title there and in doing so equal Vilas' clay court record.

http://www.elmundo-eldia.com/2006/05/03/deporte/1146607207.html
http://vamosrafael.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=3744&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

So it looks like Rafa's in good form and ready for Rome. ;)

Ti-Anne
05-04-2006, 04:11 PM
So it looks like Rafa's in good form and ready for Rome. ;)

:bounce: YAY!!!! :bounce:

NaDALiTa
05-06-2006, 12:04 PM
here is the draw from Rome




(1)Roger Federer (SUI) vs Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)
Potito Starace (ITA) vs Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Sebastian Grosjean (FRA)
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs (14)Radek Stepanek (CZE)

(11)David Ferrer (ESP) vs Jose Acasuso (ARG)
Nicolas Massu (CHI) vs Q
Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Boris Pashanski (SCG) vs (6)Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)

(4)David Nalbandian (ARG) vs Q
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) vs Paul Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Davide Sanguinetti (ITA) vs Q
Daniele Bracciali (ITA) vs (13)Nikolas Kiefer (GER)

(9)Guillermo Coria (ARG) vs Q
Marat Safin (RUS) vs Q
Mario Ancic (CRO) vs Luis Horna (PER)
Florent Serra (FRA) vs (7)James Blake (USA)

(5)Andy Roddick (USA) vs Victor Hanescu (ROM)
Olivier Rochus (BEL) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
Jiri Novak (CZE) Vs Q
Greg Rusedski (GBR) vs (12)Tommy Robredo (ESP)

(16)Robby Ginepri (USA) vs Max Mirnyi (BLR)
Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Tommy Haas (GER)
Fabrice Santoro (FRA) vs Q
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) vs (3)Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)

(8)Gaston Gaudio (ARG) vs Xavier Malisse (BEL)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Paradorn Srichapan (THA)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs (10)Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)

(15)Thomas Johansson (SWE) vs Q
Alessio Di Mauro (ITA) vs Tim Henman (GBR)
Andy Murray (GBR) vs Filippo Volandri (ITA)
Carlos Moya (ESP) vs (2)Rafael Nadal (ESP)





i don't know why i want to cry :bigcry: :bigcry: :sad:

mallorn
05-06-2006, 12:42 PM
Yeah...I could think of one or two players I'd prefer Rafa to draw in the first round. :rolleyes: :( :( :(

Andre forever
05-06-2006, 03:10 PM
we..go rafaelllllllll

mallorn
05-06-2006, 03:34 PM
From the official site:
TOP SEEDS PUT TO THE TEST

There will be first class tennis from the first round this year in Rome, with the top seeds tested as soon as the first ball is hit.

World number one Roger Federer takes on clay court specialist Juan ignacio Chela, while at the other end of the draw reigning champion Rafael Nadal, seeded two, takes on former Rome champion Carlos Moya: one of this year's most dangerous floaters. Neither match is expected to be a walkover. (...)
http://www.internazionaliditalia.it/default.asp

From Independent Online:
Nadal to face Moya in Rome Masters opener

May 06 2006 at 01:54PM

Rome - Defending champion Rafael Nadal was drawn on Saturday against 2004 winner and mentor Carlos Moya for the first round of the Rome Masters.

Nadal can match Guillermo Vilas's record 53-match winning streak on clay if he wins the tournament, which begins on Monday.

In head-to-head match-ups, Nadal and Moya have a 2-2 record. The two Mallorca natives are good friends and frequent practice partners.

Moya beat Nadal in their last meeting in March in the second round of the Masters Series event in Key Biscane, Florida.

Top-ranked Roger Federer opens against Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela in the other half of the draw.

As of Saturday, each of the Top 10 players in the rankings were entered.

Nadal beat Guillermo Coria in a thrilling five-set final in 2005. - Sapa-AP
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=30&art_id=qw1146913920461S163

estrela
05-06-2006, 04:44 PM
:rocker2: Vamos Rafa! :rocker2:

but too bad his first opponent is Moya

Andre forever
05-06-2006, 05:07 PM
he'll beat him . DOn't worry..

Go RAFAAAAAAAAAAA

sonia
05-06-2006, 08:37 PM
VAMOS RAFA!!!! :bigclap:

mallorn
05-06-2006, 09:09 PM
Hmmmm :scratch:

Moya says he's the last chance to stop Nadal

May 6, 2006, 20:03 GMT

Estoril, Portugal - Carlos Moya says he's the only man who can stop teenaged Spanish compatriot Rafael Nadal from tying the all-time clay-court win streak of Guillermo Vilas.

Moya, who serves as mentor and friend to Roland Garros champion, was drawn Saturday to face the teenaged second seed in the first round of the Roma Masters which begins Monday.

Just over a month ago, Moya schooled the 19-year-old in a match in Miami on hardcourt.

And he says he can do it again.

'It will be a tough match against Rafa, but I think I can beat him,' said the former world number 1 and 1998 French Open champion. 'If I don't then I think he will go all the way to tie the win record.'

Nadal's title victory last weekend in Barcelona lifted him to 47 consecutive wins on clay.

Winning a second Rome title a week from Sunday would nudge his record to 53, the same as Vilas, who achieved the feat nearly three decades ago.

'I'm expecting to play better on Tuesday than I did today,' said Moya, beaten in a wind-whipped Estoril semifinal 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 by Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

'Rafa's on a great streak, but it's got to end sometime. I think that could happen against me.'
http://sport.monstersandcritics.com/tennis/article_1161736.php/Moya_says_hes_the_last_chance_to_stop_Nadal

NaDALiTa
05-07-2006, 12:54 AM
oh gosh no!!!!!!!!!!!!

O rage, O despair make all that Moya said wrooooooooooooooooooooooong !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'm sick and tired that everybody say they can win Rafa ......

adelaide
05-07-2006, 03:44 AM
Oh, let him be. :angel: it sucks enough that they have to play against each other so early on :p and Nadalita, don't worry. They are all talk and no action...... ;)

16681
05-07-2006, 04:40 AM
It will be great having Rafa back on court again :hearts: And I agree it is too bad he had to start out with Moya because they really are friends :sad: But I do hope Rafa will continue to win :dance: Vamos Rafa :inlove:

kamouy
05-07-2006, 01:00 PM
VAMOS RAFA !!! :)

NaDALiTa
05-07-2006, 02:07 PM
Oh, let him be. :angel: it sucks enough that they have to play against each other so early on :p and Nadalita, don't worry. They are all talk and no action...... ;)


hope so :angel:

Jennay
05-07-2006, 03:38 PM
good luck :bounce: :banana:

mallorn
05-07-2006, 07:03 PM
Just a quick update.

Rafa came to Rome on Saturday and practised in the afternoon, as reported on the official site:
06/05/2006 19:22 - NADAL PRACTICE SESSION DRAWS HUGE CROWD

Rafael Nadal made his first appearance on centre court on Saturday.

Even though he was only training with fellow Spaniards, his mere presence drew a big crowd and the stadium was soon filled, forcing organisers close the gates, leaving fans outside.

Rafael won the Rome masters event last year and has been undefeated on clay ever since, picking up a string of titles, the latest in Barcelona last week.

His winning streak of 47 matches is already the second longest on record. If he goes all the way this year, he will equal the record set by Argentina's Guillermo Vilas.

But there will be several obstacles on the way, starting out with Carlos Moya in the first round.
On Sunday he took part in a doubles exhibition; he played with Gaston Gaudio against Roger Federer and Ivan Ljubicic. The match, played on the Olympic stadium, was umpired by football star Francesco Totti. No news as to who won. :p

http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/1515/0040cl.th.jpg (http://img511.imageshack.us/my.php?image=0040cl.jpg)

More pics in the Pictures Thread.

In addition to playing singles, Rafa is also playing doubles with David Ferrer. Their first match is against the Poles, Fyrstenberg/Matkowski.
The doubles draw: http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2006/416/MDD.pdf

Rafa's doubles match is scheduled for Moday not before 6 pm. His singles match against Carlos is most probably going to be played on Tuesday.

Monday OOP: http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2006/416/OP.pdf

Rafa will also umpire :cool: the Champion's Tie-Break between Nicola Pietrangeli/Juan Carlos Ferrero and Tony Roche/Carlos Moya, which is to be played on Monday at 12.45.

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

MariaV
05-07-2006, 07:09 PM
Thanks for the updates Mallorn. Vamos Rafa! Even if he has to play against Carlos. :sad: :tears:

Andre forever
05-07-2006, 07:34 PM
thanks for the info ..GO rafaellllll

Ti-Anne
05-08-2006, 07:35 AM
WHO did this crappy draw ??? :armed:
I love Rafa and want him to win of course, but why, of all potential opponents, should he take on Carlos again ???? :bigcry:

Carlita
05-08-2006, 07:51 AM
This draw sucks :awww: I'm going for Charly though... :o my lil man will be around much longer than my big guy ;)

And I don't know what he's up to.....but it's not good and if your name is Rafael Nadal you will not like it one bit :lol: :devil:

Castafiore
05-08-2006, 08:55 AM
This draw sucks :awww:
It does indeed. :sad:

I'm going for Charly though... :o my lil man will be around much longer than my big guy ;)
Ha, but it's not every day that a player is able to defend such an impressive clay-court streak so...*sorry, Moya*...Rafa: mentor or not, keep your eyes on the big price, the friendship will last but this clay-court streak won't so enjoy it and defend it. As we say in Flanders: erop en erover, manneke ;)

VAMOS RAFA!

freesbee
05-08-2006, 09:43 AM
As we say in Flanders: erop en erover, manneke ;)

:lol: couldn't say it any better! vamos! :yeah:

Carlita
05-08-2006, 09:52 AM
Ha, but it's not every day that a player is able to defend such an impressive clay-court streak so...*sorry, Moya*... :lol: this is exactly what is motivating Carlitos :devil: . I'm sure he'll be happy for Rafael to get the record, but it's giving him a boost to be the one to stop Rafi....... :angel:

mallorn
05-08-2006, 11:56 AM
From The Guardian:

Nadal proves the star attraction

Steve Bierley in Rome
Monday May 8, 2006
The Guardian


Most players get a little scared when they face Roger Federer, the world No1, and are liable as a result to try to play above their limits. The obvious exception is the Spanish teenager, Rafael Nadal, who has won four of his five matches against the Swiss, including the finals in Doha and Monte Carlo this year, and is seeded to meet him again in the final of the Italian Open, which begins here tomorrow.

And whereas Nadal has nothing but good memories about the Foro Italico, having won the title on his debut here last year in a marathon five-set final against Guillermo Coria of Argentina, Federer has rarely been at his best beneath the Roman pines. In five attempts he has only once got beyond the third round. That was three years ago when he was beaten in the final by the Spanish journeyman Felix Mantilla.

It was the highlight of Mantilla's career and, at the time, had people banging their heads with their fists and wondering if Federer would ever be anything more than a hugely gifted player who lacked the killer edge. A few weeks later he won the Wimbledon title and has barely looked back since, claiming a further six grand slam titles.

But whether he achieves total greatness will depend on whether he can win the French Open title, and Nadal, the holder, stands firmly in his way this year, just as he did last. The gates had to be closed here on Saturday and that was simply because so many Italian fans wanted to see the Spaniard practise. By winning in Monte Carlo, and then Barcelona, Nadal stretched his unbeaten clay-court run to 47 matches and could equal Guillermo Vilas's longest-ever record should he retain his title next Sunday.

As in Monte Carlo, Andy Murray has the chance to meet Nadal in the second round, provided he can win his first match. In Monaco he failed, cramping up against Jean-René Lisnard of France. This time his opening opponent is even tougher, Italy's No1 Filippo Volandri being a gifted clay-court player, with a searing backhand, and one who will have huge vocal support.

Tim Henman, who scraped into the main draw, opens up against an Italian wild card Alessio Di Mauro and theoretically could meet Murray in the third round. As for Greg Rusedski, he plays Spain's Tommy Robredo and looks unlikely to survive any further.
http://sport.guardian.co.uk/tennis/story/0,,1769666,00.html

veyonce
05-08-2006, 05:06 PM
Order of Play For 9 May 2006
CENTRE COURT
1.00 pm Tim HENMAN (GBR) c. (wc)Alessio DI MAURO (ITA)
followed by Carlos MOYA (ESP) c. (2)Rafael NADAL (ESP)

NaDALiTa
05-08-2006, 06:02 PM
this confrontation remembers me a Nike advert for spanish tennis : "no hay amigos dentro de la pista" (there are no friend on the court)

it's so true !!!!!

vamos rafa

NaDALiTa
05-08-2006, 06:14 PM
it seems like Rafa and david Ferrer withdrew from double......they have been replaced by Acasuso/Chela

mallorn
05-08-2006, 06:22 PM
Yes, Rafa and David withdrew, but no idea why. David said that physically he felt fine in his singles match. :confused:

From The Guardian:
Nadal proves the star attraction

Steve Bierley in Rome
Monday May 8, 2006
The Guardian

Most players get a little scared when they face Roger Federer, the world No1, and are liable as a result to try to play above their limits. The obvious exception is the Spanish teenager, Rafael Nadal, who has won four of his five matches against the Swiss, including the finals in Doha and Monte Carlo this year, and is seeded to meet him again in the final of the Italian Open, which begins here tomorrow.

And whereas Nadal has nothing but good memories about the Foro Italico, having won the title on his debut here last year in a marathon five-set final against Guillermo Coria of Argentina, Federer has rarely been at his best beneath the Roman pines. In five attempts he has only once got beyond the third round. That was three years ago when he was beaten in the final by the Spanish journeyman Felix Mantilla.
It was the highlight of Mantilla's career and, at the time, had people banging their heads with their fists and wondering if Federer would ever be anything more than a hugely gifted player who lacked the killer edge. A few weeks later he won the Wimbledon title and has barely looked back since, claiming a further six grand slam titles.

But whether he achieves total greatness will depend on whether he can win the French Open title, and Nadal, the holder, stands firmly in his way this year, just as he did last. The gates had to be closed here on Saturday and that was simply because so many Italian fans wanted to see the Spaniard practise. By winning in Monte Carlo, and then Barcelona, Nadal stretched his unbeaten clay-court run to 47 matches and could equal Guillermo Vilas's longest-ever record should he retain his title next Sunday.

As in Monte Carlo, Andy Murray has the chance to meet Nadal in the second round, provided he can win his first match. In Monaco he failed, cramping up against Jean-René Lisnard of France. This time his opening opponent is even tougher, Italy's No1 Filippo Volandri being a gifted clay-court player, with a searing backhand, and one who will have huge vocal support.

Tim Henman, who scraped into the main draw, opens up against an Italian wild card Alessio Di Mauro and theoretically could meet Murray in the third round. As for Greg Rusedski, he plays Spain's Tommy Robredo and looks unlikely to survive any further.
http://sport.guardian.co.uk/tennis/story/0,,1769666,00.html

From the official site:
TOP MATCHES SELL OUT AS ROME BATHES IN NADAL-MANIA

Day one of the main event and this year's final, as well as the two semi-finals, have already sold out.

Quarter finals and round of 16 matches are also close to selling out, the ticket office reports, as Rome bathes in Nadal-mania.

Spanish tennis genius Rafael Nadal, holder of the Rome Masters title, has lifted the profile of the game over the last year.

To judge by the public's reaction, Nadal has now become a mainstream superstar, transcending the boundaries of tennis to implant himself in the minds of those who might not normally follow the tour.

A mere practice session involving Nadal on Saturday packed centre court, forcing organisers to close the gates and leave anxious fans outside.

In terms of media interest he has possibly eclipsed world number one Roger Federer.

But despite the near hysterical scenes, the 19-year-old is unmoved. Italian journalists are amazed he can keep his head. "He is so down to earth it's funny" wrote one local commentator. :D

Nadal statistics abound. If he wins this year, he'll equal Guillermo Villas' record winning streak on clay. If he wins this year, he will be the first player in the last decade to retain his title in Rome. If he wins this year, Spanish players will have one four Rome finals in a row.

But will he win? "I play one match at a time," Nadal replies, and his modesty is not misplaced.

In his first round match on Tuesday he takes on fellow Spaniard Carlos Moya, a former Rome champion against whom he has lost as many times as he has won.

For those in the know, Nadal's first round match has been billed as a mini-final.

MariaV
05-08-2006, 06:27 PM
But as David lost he probably didn't wanna play dubs. :shrug: And Rafa needs to concentrate of yet another great final beating of Jesus Fed the God. :D :devil:

mallorn
05-08-2006, 06:31 PM
Another brilliant translation by nou.amic :worship: :worship: of vr.com. Can you imagine Rafa "dead beat"? Well, he was, on Saturday.
THE ROLAND GARROS CHAMPION'S NEW CHALLENGE

A champion's agenda

· Nadal prepares for his return to competition this week in Rome, where he will defend his title and try to extend his 47 match winning streak.

· When he arrived in Italy, the player had to face a day packed full of events.

By Jaume Pujol-Galcerán - Photos by Jordi Cotrina - Special Rome Correspondents

"Have you seen him? It's Nadal!" Marc informs his companions who all mill around him firing questions. "Are you sure?" they ask him. "Of course! I saw him on the tele on Sunday," he replies. "So strong and handsome!" exclaims Silvia, who last year did a photo-composition project in school with pictures of the tennis player. They are a group of twenty high school students (4ºESO) of between 15 and 16 years old from Colegio Meritxell in Mataró (near Barcelona) on their way this morning to Rome on their end of school year trip... in the same plane as Rafael Nadal.

There is an age difference of less than three years between them, but, looking at them, it seems much more. "Let's go and ask him for an autograph and have our photos taken with him," says Rocio, who looks like the boldest of them all, while Rafa, sitting in the El Prat (Barcelona airport) concourse with his Uncle Toni and Juanan Martorell, his physical therapist, eats a big sandwich and tries to pass unseen with his long hair under a peaked cap pulled down over his eyes.


Lack of sleep
It is 9.20 am and he has barely had an hour's sleep. The night before Nadal went along to be presented with an award (Siurell de Plata) by the Mallorcan newspaper Ultima Hora and did not get back home to Manacor until three in the morning, with just enough time to pack his bags and wait for his uncle to collect him at 5.30 am to go to San Sant Joan (Mallorca airport) to catch a flight to Barcelona.

It takes the happy and excited group of students barely a minute to decide to go up to him to ask for his autograph and to take photographs of him with their cameras and cellular phones. They all stand in line to take it in turn. "I'm going to send this to my brother right away. He's a Nadal fan and plays tennis at the Cabrils club. His trainer played with Safin when he was young. He'll be over the moon!" says David, proud of the photo he's taken. "It must be a pain to have to put up with this," says Sergi, while one of their teachers can be heard telling them off, but not too forcibly: "Let him have his breakfast: don't bother him any more. Congratulate him on his success, won't you?" Nadal smiles timidly, he takes it all philosophically and has no objection to being photographed with each of them, individually, in groups, or to signing autographs. He is used to it, accepts it as part of the job, and puts up with it patiently and humbly because he knows it is a consequence of his success at tennis. But, what he is really passionate about is playing tennis... and winning. He dislikes losing, even at a game of marbles, and tomorrow (Tuesday) he will again be happy, competing on a tennis court.That he indeed works hard for, he is crazy about it and sacrifices himself for it.

After winning the Open SEAT last week, he took a few days' rest in Manacor so that he could be with his friends and family."Nobody asks me for autographs there, there I'm the Rafa Nadal they've always known," he says before boarding the plane to sit in the first row of the tourist class seats on flight IB4626 and ask the flight attendant for a pillow so that he can try to get a little sleep on the journey. From the moment he landed at Fiumiccino international airport, he would be extremely busy with a long day, and an agenda packed full of events until his first match on Tuesday against his friend Carlos Moya - the very last opponent he wanted to come up against in the first rounds of the Italian Masters. "That's been happening to us a lot recently," he said remembering that just a few weeks ago they also met in the first round (sic) in Key Biscayne and "Moyini", as the Spanish players call Moya, beat him in three sets.

At Rome airport, he is met by Benito Perez-Barbadillo, the ATP communications director. On the way to the hotel, he tells him about the activities planned for the day: two interviews and a photographic session with The Sunday Telegraph, with a view to the Queen's tournament that he is to play this year for the first time as preparation for Wimbledon. His Uncle Toni has already contacted Fernando Verdasco to arrange his first practice session on court at 5pm.


Following Formula-1
Before that he wants to have a bit more rest at the hotel and have lunch, though , when he gets to his room, he decides to watch the F-1 practice sessions at Nurburgring. He is delighted with Fernando Alonso's pole position. "He's the very best! Tomorrow, with Schumacher, it'll be a real festival," he said, keen to watch the race, although he will not be able to because, at that same time, the tournament organizers and the ATP have staged an event at the Olympic stadium, before the Roma-Treviso match, in which Roger Fderer, Ivan Ljubicic, Gaston Gaudio and he will play a short doubles match on the pitch. The aim is to promote the Internazionali d'Italia 2006 and encourage fans to buy tickets for the tournament that, for the first time in its history, will feature the top ten tennis players in the world.


Broken strings
When Nadal later comes out on to the centre court at the Foro Italico, there is only about one spectator dozing in the stands. But, the news that he is there spreads like wildfire and, in a few minutes, more than a hundred fans have turned up to watch him practise. The noise of Verdasco's and Nadal's hard powerful shots echo loudly round the walls of the venerable Roman stadium - the court is part of sports installations Benito Mussolini had constructed in 1930.

Nadal is having trouble finding his touch: the tension of his raquet cordage does not seem to be right and, in a quarter of an hour, he has twice broken strings. Third time lucky! He has now found a raquet with the right tension and there are no further breakages. Nadal hits each ball as if he were playing the last point in the final of the tournament. Verdasco jokingly reproaches him: "Rafa, this is a hit up. Send one or two balls in my direction and not always at the lines. If you prefer, I'll bring out the bucket, and fire the balls at you." They all laugh. That is what the Mallorcan is like. He does not know how to play any other way - always flat out, restless, active. He really feels most at home on a tennis court - and that is obvious to see: the practice session goes on for more than two hours and, as well as Verdasco, he also spars with Feliciano Lopez who has joined them later on.


A thoroughbred
Nadal is the last to leave the court, but the day's work is still not over. The Mallorcan has still got a long session of exercises, stretching and massage with Juanan in the Foro Italico gymnasium. "He's a thoroughbred," says his physical preparer who has been working with him since last November and who, prior to that, spent four years at Real Club Mallorca with his uncle Miquel Angel Nadal and one year with Carlos Moya. The physical preparation session goes on until 9 pm and Nadal decides to have supper at the club, before returning to the hotel. He arrives there just as his friend Verdasco is going out to supper. "I wouldn't like to be in his shoes.... Well, yes. Maybe for a couple of weeks just to see what it's like," says the player from Madrid. Nadal still has to give a long interview and photographic session in one of the hotel suites, arranged by contract with the Queen's tournament organizers. It is after 11 pm when the champion's day's work comes to an end and, for the first time, he confesses: "I'm dead beat."


Record in sight
He has 48 hours to recover before meeting Moya on Tuesday - with the continuation of his 47 match winning streak on clay at stake. In Rome, he could equal the Argentine Guillermo Vilas' historic record of 53 matches without loss. But, to do so, he must regain the title he won last year against another Argentine, Guillermo Coria. Nadal refuses to let this objective put any pressure on him: "First I have to beat Moya, and it won't be easy. After that, I have to take it match by match, I don't want to think of any type of record. My only aim is to keep playing well and feel the good sensations that I have now when I step out on to a court."
http://vamosrafael.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=3744&start=200

mallorn
05-08-2006, 06:33 PM
But as David lost he probably didn't wanna play dubs. :shrug: And Rafa needs to concentrate of yet another great final beating of Jesus Fed the God. :D :devil:
Yeah, I hope that was the reason.

GonzoFan
05-08-2006, 07:55 PM
Good Luck Rafa tomorrow !!!!

VAMOS !!!!

:banana:

Björki
05-08-2006, 08:23 PM
vamos Rafa :bounce:

Andre forever
05-08-2006, 09:39 PM
woooooooooooohooo

NaDALiTa
05-08-2006, 10:13 PM
vamos Rafa !!!! (as usual i'll be in history lesson during his match :bigcry: ) life is unfair

mallorn
05-09-2006, 11:14 AM
This interview with Rafa was translated by nou.amic (who else? :D :worship: ) of vr.com.

Rafa :D :yeah:
CHASING HIS THIRD CONSECUTIVE TOURNAMENT TITLE

Nadal: "Federer won't settle for just making it to the final"

An interview by Joan Solsona

The Balearic player comes to the Foro Italico with the aim of winning his third consecutive tournament on clay. Rafa, who has his first match tomorrow (Tuesday) against Carlos Moya, warns that Roger Federer is going to make trouble for him in the claycourt tour that reaches its climax at Roland Garros. While at TMS Roma they are hoping for another final between the two best players on the ATP tour.


One week in Manacor was enough for Rafael Nadal to prepare himself well for his assault on the TMS Roma that begins today in the Foro Italico? Are you all set for your third tournament on clay?
.- I needed a rest after the Godó, but now I want to play good tennis in Rome. My previous wins have set my mind at rest.

Carlos Moya has turned up once again opposite you in the draw, just as in your first match in Miami.
.- I've always said that the first two matches are the most important in any tournament. After that, it's easy to play well. Last year's final in Rome was the most exciting on record.

Was it the toughest match in your life?
.- I can still see it. It was a final that lasted more than five hours and I was more tired than usual at the end of it. All title wins leave a good taste in your mouth but I remember this one in a special way.

You have just won your last two tournaments on clay, Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Are you the most complete clay court player?
.- I was last year, but I still have to demonstrate it this year.

Were you expecting to have won three titles at this stage of the year after being out for four months with the injury to your foot?
.- No. It is a pleasant surprise. I've really had an unbelievable beginning to the season with semifinals in Marseille and Indian Wells as well as title wins in Dubai, Monte Carlo and the Godó, which has meant that I'm now Nº2 in the Champions Race.

After your clear domination on clay, Roger Federer has hastened to say that it will be difficult to beat Nadal, especially at Roland Garros.
.- A number one like him is out to win all tournaments and nobody should think the contrary. Federer won't settle for just making it to the final. What happens is that everyone does what he can, or knows how to, to take the pressure off.

Did you notice any improvement by the Swiss player on clay in your last match in Monte Carlo?
.- No, I didn't see any difference in his game. He has always been competitive on clay and, in my view, he's still the best player on the tour. He's the favourite in Rome and also in Paris.

Defending your Rome title successfully would mean that you would equal two records: Gullermo Vilas' 53-match clay court streak and the 16 tournaments won before he was 20 by Bjorn Borg.
.- I just try to enjoy each match without looking at the figures much. I found out about Vilas' and Borg's records from the press. I can't compare myself to the Swede. He was one of the best in history, with 11 Grand Slams, including 5 Wimbledons, and I'm just making my way as a player.

Which players are the alternatives to Nadal and Federer in the TMS Roma?
.- Gaston Gaudio, David Nalbandian, Guillermo Coria, if he gets over the problems he is having with his serve, and also others like Juan Carlos Ferrero and David Ferrer have shown that they should be taken into account for the Foro Italico title.

Roland Garros is three weeks away and everybody is pointing you out as the favourite to win the second Grand Slam of the year. Do you feel the pressure?
.- I've already won it once and the pressure is on the people that have never won it.

By the way, you have said more than once that last year you had to ask the advice of Albert Costa, a former champion, on how to cope with first week nerves?
.- Yes, it was a strange feeling. I was getting more irritated than I should about the simplest of errors during practice sessions. I wasn't able to accept these errors and I went to speak to Albert to look for an explanation.

Are you aware that if you win in Rome, you will have practically qualified for the Shanghai Masters Cup, after playing only seven tournaments?
.- That's one of the main goals for this season. Mathematically I won't be in the Masters, but I'll be almost there.

In the improvements to your game, is the volley being given special importance?
.- Yes, after every practice session, I do some exercises specific to volleying.

Do you not get tired of having your photograph taken with and signing autographs for your fans?
.- If I were little, I would also like them to act like that with me. I'm grateful to everyone in the world that takes an interest in Rafa Nadal and I try to act as if it were natural.

What things can you not do because you are famous?
.- I used to love going to watch matches at the tournaments and now I can't because those who are playing are disturbed by the commotion that my presence causes in the stands. Just recently, in Barcelona, I wanted to watch a friend (Tomeu Salvà) but I had to leave. You lose the freedom to do certain things.
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mallorn
05-09-2006, 11:19 AM
I'm starting to get nervous.

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VAMOS RAFA!

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Andre forever
05-09-2006, 12:47 PM
don't forget to watch NO STRINGS at tennis channel... rafa will be on thursday... the 11th

veyonce
05-09-2006, 03:49 PM
Nadal outlasts Moya at Rome tennis, extends winning streak

May 9, 2006
ROME (TICKER) -- Carlos Moya gave Rafael Nadal everything he had, but he was not good enough to snap his good friend's amazing claycourt winning streak.

The second seed, Nadal extended his winning streak on the dirt to 48 matches with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 triumph over Moya in a first-round matchup of Spaniards at the ATP Masters Series Rome on Tuesday.

Were Nadal to successfully defend his title at this $2.65 million claycourt event, the 19-year-old lefthander would match the record claycourt winning streak set by Guillermo Vilas in 1973.

Nadal had lost his lone meeting against Moya this year, in the second round at Miami, and had been just 2-2 lifetime against his fellow Mallorcan. But after dropping the second set, he broke Moya in the second game of the third and maintained the advantage thereafter, though he had to save a pair of break points in the seventh game.

Nadal will face either rising Brit Andy Murray or Italian Filippo Volandri in the second round.

Other seeded winners included No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia and No. 14 Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.

Eighth seed Gaston Gaudio and No. 9 Guillermo Coria, both of Argentina, were upset. The 2004 French Open champion, Gaudio blew an early advantage in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 setback to Belgian Xavier Malisse. Coria, who fell to Gaudio in the Roland Garros final two years ago, lost his third straight match and slipped to 8-8 on the year with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat to Spanish qualifier Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

Fourth-seeded Argentine David Nalbandian, who won the event in Estoril, Portugal on Sunday, was meeting Spanish qualifier Fernando Vicente.

Later Tuesday, fifth-seeded American Andy Roddick will face Romanian Victor Hanescu.

Updated on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 11:34 am EDT

mallorn
05-09-2006, 03:57 PM
:woohoo:

Well, Rafa had a tricky 1st round match against Carlos, as I had feared.

After playing very solid and strong tennis in the first set and spanking Carlos 6-1 Rafa missed a great opportunity to break in the second game of the second set. With Carlos 40 love up on serve, Rafa got it back to deuce and then played an insane dropshot which landed on his side of the net. :o :rolleyes: Rafa was more passive while Carlos played more and more aggressively (great forehand winners) and broke Rafa twice, to win the second set 6-2. Rafa then stepped it up again, played more aggressively and won the big points. He hit a few unbelievable shots today, and took the match on his first matchpoint on Carlos's serve, hitting a fantastic BH CC pass. :cool:

:bounce: VAMOS RAFA!!! :bounce:

GonzoFan
05-09-2006, 03:57 PM
Well done, Rafa !!!! :banana: great win! :worship:

VAMOS !!!! :banana:

GonzoFan
05-09-2006, 03:58 PM
:woohoo:

Well, Rafa had a tricky 1st round match against Carlos, as I had feared.

After playing very solid and strong tennis in the first set and spanking Carlos 6-1 Rafa missed a great opportunity to break in the second game of the second set. With Carlos 40 love up on serve, Rafa got it back to deuce and then played an insane dropshot which landed on his side on the net. :o :rolleyes: Rafa was more passive while Carlos played more and more aggressively (great forehand winners) and broke Rafa twice, to win the second set 6-2. Rafa then stepped it up again, played more aggressively and won the big points. He hit a few unbelievable shots today, and took the match on his first matchpoint on Carlos's serve, hitting a fantastic BH CC pass. :cool:

:bounce: VAMOS RAFA!!! :bounce:

Yeah, he did :worship: some incredible passing shots! :hearts:

16681
05-09-2006, 04:18 PM
Congrats to Rafa for his win :hearts: Just keep winning :cool:

Andre forever
05-09-2006, 04:28 PM
:woohoo:

Well, Rafa had a tricky 1st round match against Carlos, as I had feared.

After playing very solid and strong tennis in the first set and spanking Carlos 6-1 Rafa missed a great opportunity to break in the second game of the second set. With Carlos 40 love up on serve, Rafa got it back to deuce and then played an insane dropshot which landed on his side of the net. :o :rolleyes: Rafa was more passive while Carlos played more and more aggressively (great forehand winners) and broke Rafa twice, to win the second set 6-2. Rafa then stepped it up again, played more aggressively and won the big points. He hit a few unbelievable shots today, and took the match on his first matchpoint on Carlos's serve, hitting a fantastic BH CC pass. :cool:

:bounce: VAMOS RAFA!!! :bounce:yes indeed

mallorn
05-09-2006, 04:38 PM
First comments from Rafa:
FRIENDSHIP PUT TO ONE SIDE AS NADAL BEATS PRACTICE PARTNER MOYA

Posted on 9 maja 2006 (EST)

Second seed Rafael Nadal began the defence of his Rome Masters title with a hard-fought 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 first round win over fellow Spaniard and practice partner Carlos Moya.

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ROME (AFP) - Victory for Nadal, the reigning French champion, took his record over Moya to 3-2 and kept him on course to break the all-time record for consecutive claycourt victories, currently held by Guillermo Vilas.

World number two Nadal now has 48 straight wins on his preferred surface, five less than Argentine Vilas whose record was set in 1977.
If he retains the title here, Nadal will equal Vilas' record.

Last beaten on clay in April, 2005 when he lost to Igor Andreev in the Valencia quarter-finals, Nadal next faces either British number one Andy Murray or Italian Filippo Volandri.

Nadal admitted Moya, the 2004 Rome champion, was a very awkward opponent.

"The first set was easier than I thought, but the second set was much more difficult as he knows how to play me," said the 19-year-old.

"When you practice with somebody every day it's inevitable that he's going to have an idea what to expect.

"Carlos is one of the best clay players in the world. He came here unseeded and I am number two, so this was the worst first round match I could possibly have."

Sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko of Russia crushed Serbian Boris Pashanki 6-1, 6-4, but Argentina fared badly with eighth seed Gaston Gaudio and ninth seed Guillermo Coria both crashing out.

Gaudio lost to Belgium's Xavier Malisse, while Coria, who was beaten here by Nadal in last year's final, was sent packing by Spanish qualifier Ruben Ramirez.

Great Britain's Tim Henman left the home crowd disappointed by defeating Italian Alessio Di Mauro, while two Czechs advanced with 14th seed Radek Stepanek overcoming Feliciano Lopez and Tomas Berdych beating Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan.
http://news.sawf.org/Sports/11920.aspx

MariaV
05-09-2006, 04:55 PM
OK, should I post this here too? From the tournament site.
09/05/2006 17:31
NADAL TAKES DOWN MOYA IN THREE SETS

Rafael Nadal progressed to the second round of the 2006 Rome masters on Tuesday at the expense of his friend and mentor Carlos Moya 6-1 2-6 6-2. He stretches his unbeaten record on clay to 48 matches.
In a see-saw first round, Nadal elected to receive and immediately broke Moya's serve. Moya looked as if he would rather be anywhere else than on the court where he lifted the masters trophy two years ago. He attempted to hit to Nadal's backhand from the outset but let himself down with unforced errors and double faults at key junctures, putting up only token resistance and leaving the numerous spectators with little to cheer about as the 19-year-old closed out the set, punishing Moya's frequent short balls with heavy topspin winners.
But at 1-1 in the second, Nadal missed an easy volley, after which Moya suddenly found his trademark forehand. Within a handful of points the match had turned completely and Moya was hitting his younger compatriot off the court.
Nadal hit three incredible passing shots over the course of the match, two backhands and a forehand, the first coming late in the second set. At 2-5 he had two break points, at which point both men were on form and the match seemed on course to be a cracker.
But it was not to be. Moya served out the set and then prompty collapsed in the third, with Nadal again capitalising on a double fault. Moya had two chances to break back at 2-4 but failed to convert, after which the match was beyond his reach.
Nadal struggled at little with his backhand throughout the encounter, hitting into the net.

MariaV
05-09-2006, 04:58 PM
Volandri or Murray should be do'able, no? :D
I'm gonna watch Volandri vs Murray later btw. :)

Givenchy
05-09-2006, 05:39 PM
Well done Rafa! It was a tough match, so I'm glad you came away with the win! :D

Good luck in your next match. :)

RogiFan88
05-09-2006, 06:24 PM
Volandri or Murray should be do'able, no? :D
I'm gonna watch Volandri vs Murray later btw. :)


Definitely -- Rafa's had his tough match for the tournament. ;)

silver7
05-09-2006, 06:48 PM
Great win Rafa!:bigclap: Good luck for the next match Rafa

MariaV
05-09-2006, 06:54 PM
Rafa will play the night match tomorrow. VAMOS!!!!!!! :bounce: :bigclap:

Björki
05-09-2006, 07:32 PM
well done Rafa :bigclap:

NaDALiTa
05-09-2006, 07:57 PM
vamOOOOOOs Super Rafaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Andre forever
05-09-2006, 10:11 PM
Rafa will play the night match tomorrow. VAMOS!!!!!!! :bounce: :bigclap:


i can not wait! :D

GonzoFan
05-09-2006, 10:49 PM
Good Luck tomorrow Rafa !!!!

VAMOS !!!

:banana:

I hope I'll have it on TV ...

Andre forever
05-09-2006, 11:01 PM
hope he win tomorrow... fingers crossed

veyonce
05-10-2006, 03:24 AM
The Mercury
Nadal banishes his ghost
By rome

Defending champion Rafael Nadal beat 2004 winner and fellow Spaniard Carlos Moya 6-1 2-6 6-2 in the first round of the Rome Masters yesterday.

The win was Nadal's 48th consecutive win on clay and means the 19-year-old can match Guillermo Vilas's 53-match winning streak on the surface if he retains his title.

"The first set was easier than I expected. But it got tougher. He knows me so well," Nadal said. "When I lost the second set I saw the phantom of Miami."

Moya beat Nadal 2-6 6-1 6-1 in the first round of the Masters Series event in Key Biscayne, Florida, in March.

Fans started to groan after Nadal won the first set in only 32 minutes. But Moya began to find the corners in the second set and forced Nadal into making uncharacteristic errors.

The pair traded longer rallies in the final set and Nadal capitalised when Moya missed routine ground strokes, such as the forehand error that handed Nadal a break and a 2-0 lead in the third.

Nadal saved two break points at 4-2 in the third. Moya returned a second serve wide on the first, and Nadal then hit a big serve down the middle, which Moya could barely touch, to get to deuce and eventually hold for a 5-2 lead.

Nadal closed out the match with a break of serve in the next game, hitting one of his trademark backhand crosscourt winners from way off the court on match point.

Nadal and Moya are close friends and practice partners. Moya, who is 10 years Nadal's senior, has been a role model for Nadal as the younger Spaniard has risen to No 2 in the rankings.

"We're friends on and off the court," Nadal said. "On the court, we both want to win. But once the match is over, we try to forget the matches."

Guillermo Coria, who lost to Nadal in a five-set final here last year, extended his poor form with a 6-3 6-2 loss to 93rd-ranked Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain.

Besides Moya - the 1998 French Open winner - two other former Roland Garros champions were also eliminated.

Gaston Gaudio, who took the 2004 title in Paris, was beaten 4-6 6-3 6-3 by Xavier Malisse, and Juan Carlos Ferrero, who won the clay court major in 2003, bowed out 6-1 6-3 to Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Fourth-seeded David Nalbandian, sixth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, 14th-seeded Radek Stepanek, Tim Henman and Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis each advanced.

Coming off a tournament victory in Estoril, Nalbandian beat Fernando Vicente 6-2 3-6 6-3. Davydenko, who lost to Nalbandian in the Estoril final, defeated Boris Pashanski 6-1 6-4. Stepanek improved to 6-0 in his career against Feliciano Lopez with a 6-4 6-4 win.

Henman eliminated Italian wildcard Alessio Di Mauro 7-5 7-6 (7-2) and Baghdatis advanced with a 7-5 6-4 win over Olivier Rochus.

Henman's ranking has dropped to a 10-year low of 70th place. The serve-and-volley specialist had to fend off three break and set points at 4-5 in the first set against Di Mauro. He saved his best tennis for the tiebreak, jumping out to a 4-0 lead before closing out the match. - Sapa-AP

Published on the web by Mercury on May 10, 2006.
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Reuters
Nadal on course for record in Rome
By James Eve

Rome - Rafael Nadal began his Rome Masters defence on Tuesday by coming through a tricky first-round match against former world number one Carlos Moya 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.

The second seed from Spain led a trio of top players into the second round.

Fourth seed David Nalbandian of Argentina beat Spanish qualifier Fernando Vicente 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, fifth seed Andy Roddick brushed aside Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-1, 6-0 and Russian sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 win over Boris Pashanski of Serbia and Montenegro.

Most of the attention, however, was focused on 19-year-old Nadal, who will equal Guillermo Vilas's 1977 record of 53 consecutive wins on clay if he retains his title this week.

Having taken advantage of an error-strewn start by his compatriot, the French Open champion was forced to dig in when Moya found the range on his groundstrokes to level at one set all.

Moya cracked early in the decider, putting one forehand into the tramlines, then blasting another over the baseline to drop serve in his first service game and gift Nadal the lead he needed to serve out and win.

"I think that was one of the toughest first-round draws I could have got," said Nadal, who next faces home favourite Filippo Volandri, who knocked out Britain's Andy Murray 6-4, 6-4.

"He beat me in the Miami Masters (earlier this year) and he made things difficult for me today.

Asked whether he would face a tougher test before the final, Nadal replied: "We are only at the second round. I can't think any further forward than that."

Nadal's refusal to look too far ahead is wise.

In recent years, Rome has proved a graveyard for its reigning champion, who has progressed beyond the second round just once since 1997.

The man Nadal beat in last year's final, Guillermo Coria, made an speedy exit.

The ninth seed's erratic early-season form showed no sign of lifting as he lost 6-3, 6-2 to Spanish qualifier Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

He was followed out of the tournament by another Argentine claycourt specialist, 2004 French Open champion Gaston Gaudio. He went down 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 against Belgium's Xavier Malisse.

Roddick has rarely produced his best on clay, but was delighted to set up a second round clash with unseeded Marcos Baghdatis, the Cypriot who beat him on the way to the final of this year's Australian Open.

"I'm really excited. It will be a lot different from the match-up in Australia," Roddick said after beating Hanescu.

"Back then he was coming out of nowhere and we'd never played each other before.

"I honestly haven't seen Marcos play on clay, but the thing he does well on hardcourts is move, and it will be interesting to see how that translates on to clay."

NaDALiTa
05-10-2006, 11:14 AM
thanx veyonce


i've read on the official foro italico website that Rafa will play Andy Murray.......impossible he lost yesterday in straights against Volandri....something strange :lol:

MariaV
05-10-2006, 11:28 AM
:lol: Things happen, Nadalita. :D

mallorn
05-10-2006, 01:25 PM
Rafa's match probably won't be broadcast here. It'll be the SB for me again. :bigcry:

Rafa's post match interview:
2006 INTERNAZIONALI D'ITALIA
ROME, ITALY


May 9, 2006

R. NADAL/C. Moya
6-1, 2-6, 6-2


RAFAEL NADAL



THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. (Through translation.) Do you think it was a tough first match before the final?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) No, we just in second round. I cannot think about a final for the moment. It was a very tough match, as I expected. He beat me in Miami.

First set was easier than I thought, but then things got more difficult for me because he knows me very well and he knows how to play me.

So I'm very satisfied that I could win in the end. I'm very pleased with this result. It was very important for me, but I have a very tough round next round, so I'm focusing on each match.

Q. What does he do that you don't like so much when you play against him? Is it the forehand?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I don't know, no. Maybe because when you practice every day with one people, you know exactly. And he is one of the best players in the world on clay, no, when he is playing well. You remember, no, two years ago he won here.

So when he play well, is one of the best players in the world on clay - well, in all surfaces, no, but in clay, too. And especially that he knows me very well.

You know, play against one player before, he play five Masters, so is a very good player [sic]. I am not seeded -- no, I, yes. He is not seeded, and I am No. 2. For the first round, is one of the worst first rounds, no, I think.

Q. (Through translation.) You are very close friends. Will you talk about this match? Do you talk about matches?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Yes, of course we do. We are just friends afterwards. It depends on the player.

Everybody wants to win, that's normal. On the court, we want to win, but outside, we are friends and we forget the matches as soon as they are by. It depends. I forget them very quickly. We are just friends. No problem.

We don't have any problems, because he is a great person and we know each other very well and we get along very well.

Q. Did you play against him in Mallorca before coming on the tour?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, yeah, I play with him when I was 14 years old, no. Or 13, I don't know.

Q. (Through translation.) Talking about your next opponent, which is the one you fear most?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Well, the one who is going to win because obviously he is the one who is playing better. Everybody is playing fine. Volandri should be favorite, but you never know in tennis.

So we'll see.

Q. (Through translation.) What sort of news is it for you to see then Gaudio, Coria and Ferrero lost today? Is it good news or bad news?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) I think about myself first. Of course if they are friends of mine, I like them to win. But, I mean, I think about myself. That's the most important.

Q. How do you feel physically now? Are you tired because of all the matches you played recently?

RAFAEL NADAL: Tired, no. No. Normal, no?

Q. (Question translated after exchange.)

RAFAEL NADAL: (Answer given in Italian.)

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: At the beginning, he said when he loses, he tends to forget very quickly. He is happier when he wins than more sad when he loses.

THE TRANSLATOR: But the beginning? That was not the beginning.

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: That was the beginning.

THE TRANSLATOR: No, I thought you said something else before? Doesn't matter.

He said he was tougher with Moya in Miami because that match was a special match, and he was a little bit nervous and he was quite sad afterwards.

RAFAEL NADAL: (Speaking in Italian and in Spanish.)

THE TRANSLATOR: Okay, correction.

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: Well, he said basically that he was nervous not because of the match against Moya, because he wanted to defend a lot of points. He wanted to play Miami to have good feelings.

In the end, in Monte-Carlo that was fine.

Q. (Through translation). You did a fabulous passing shot. It's not really human. How do you explain that?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Well, that happens. I mean, I'm surprised, as you, that it's in the courts. Well, that's it. It just happened.

I think that the last backhand was very well, too. I was surprised as well.

Q. (Through translation.) So you always moving and you always doing something on court. Are you the same off the court?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Yes, I was worse than that in the past, but my team forced me to slow down. They don't let me do so many things now.

RAFAEL NADAL: (Continuing his answer in Italian and in Spanish.)

THE TRANSLATOR: Does anyone want to translate that?

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: We're not able to (laughing).

THE TRANSLATOR: Can you say it in English? I can say something. I can say a little of what he said. I can summarize, if that's enough for you. I'll do what I can, my best.

RAFAEL NADAL: When I lost the second set, I saw the "phantom" of Miami (laughter). He ask me that (pointing to a journalist).

And I answer, yes, I saw that, no (laughter)?

But I have a little bit good luck in the first game in the third set in the 15-30 (speaking in Spanish)...

In 15-30, I play with the second serve and he play with the forehand. Touch bad the ball, and go out. That point is very important, no.

And after, in the 4-2, I have 15-40, and he miss take the forehand in the return, so after I have an ace in the 30-40. So important ace, no, my first ace in the game and in important moment, no?

Q. Very good. Thank you.

RAFAEL NADAL: You're welcome (smiling).

Q. Are there some things in your game from today that you need to improve to win this tournament and maybe go all the way in Paris next month?

RAFAEL NADAL: Maybe in the first set I was playing very, very good, yeah? I think. I don't know. Outside of the court, what do you look? You look.

Q. In the game you played today.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, yeah, but I say in the first set maybe I am -- I was playing very well. After, I little bit shorter, I go little bit...

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: Back.

RAFAEL NADAL: A little bit back too far, too far. And Moya have the chance for go inside the court all the time, no. But is not easy because he is playing very aggressive with all shots, especially with his forehand. So is not easy.

But I need to improve little bit with my serve. Maybe I am playing good - maybe. I don't know.

Q. (Through translation.) Volandri came to Miami to practice - Mallorca to practice - but you couldn't do that because you was injured. How come?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Well, in fact I didn't know he was coming. I met him, it was one day. It was with Carlos. So I knew that he was there and they were practicing together. But, in fact, I was just focusing on myself and my injury. I didn't know it.

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: He went to Carlos Moya's fitness center. Moya has a fitness center called Pro Fitness. He went there, and that's when he saw Volandri. He didn't know.

Q. What do you think about Roger Federer practicing against left-handed players?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know, no. I don't know. I can say nothing, no.


End of FastScripts...

dionisienne
05-10-2006, 03:31 PM
thanks a lot, mallorn :worship:

Andre forever
05-10-2006, 03:47 PM
thanks

16681
05-10-2006, 05:09 PM
Rafa is a great talent yet he is very humble also. That is a great combination and one you don't find very often :) Vamos Rafa and lets get another win :dance:

Andre forever
05-10-2006, 05:26 PM
RAFA is playing tonight right? what time?

silver7
05-10-2006, 06:21 PM
RAFA is playing tonight right? what time?
:wavey:9.00pm he will play! Still 40 minutes :)

GonzoFan
05-10-2006, 06:31 PM
Good Luck to Rafa against Volandri !!!!

VAMOS !!!!!!

I'll have the match on tv :banana:

mallorn
05-10-2006, 07:16 PM
Well, they're warming up.

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

VAMOS RAFA!

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

16681
05-10-2006, 07:33 PM
Can anyone get the score here? In the scoring thread they are interested in the Tojo Match :ras:

silver7
05-10-2006, 07:40 PM
4-1!Very good Rafa!!!Vamos

16681
05-10-2006, 07:42 PM
Oh thank you a score at last :)

silver7
05-10-2006, 07:48 PM
No problem!:) Very god!He won the first set 6-1!Vamos

16681
05-10-2006, 07:50 PM
Thanks that is great :) Vamos Rafa :) In the scoring thread they are interested in ToJo - Henman? Why I don't know?

16681
05-10-2006, 07:52 PM
I guess everyone just expects Rafa to win all his Matches. Which is a nice expectation, but when you have no TV coverage and can't get the scoreboard to work it makes it hard getting any scoring information.

silver7
05-10-2006, 07:53 PM
Volandro leads. But just 1-0.:) Henman plays at the moment against Johansson Henman won the first set 7-6.

silver7
05-10-2006, 07:53 PM
Oh!I mean Volandri

16681
05-10-2006, 07:54 PM
Volandro leads. But just 1-0.:) Henman plays at the moment against Johansson Henman won the first set 7-6.
The Johansson - Henman match is what they are all going crazy over in the scoring thread :rolleyes:

mallorn
05-10-2006, 07:54 PM
Hi Mae! Rafa is 6-1, 1 all.

Here's the link to the SB: http://lss.atptennis.com/2006/0416/frameset.asp?eventid=2006&bgcolour=999999&lang=en

VAMOS! :bounce:

16681
05-10-2006, 07:56 PM
Hi Mae! Rafa is 6-1, 1 all.

Here's the link to the SB: http://lss.atptennis.com/2006/0416/frameset.asp?eventid=2006&bgcolour=999999&lang=en

VAMOS! :bounce:
Thanks mallorn :) I know where the SB is, but for some reason with the equipment I have it won't work for me? I can see the scoring area, but it just stays blank :sad:

silver7
05-10-2006, 07:57 PM
Hmm I mean this match is not that important like Nadals. He can break a record. But maybe there just fans of Henman and Johanson:)

silver7
05-10-2006, 07:58 PM
Mae we tell you the livescores!:wavey:

silver7
05-10-2006, 07:58 PM
2-1 Volandri

16681
05-10-2006, 07:58 PM
Must be because I can't see the interest in a ToJo - Henman match myself :rolleyes:

mallorn
05-10-2006, 07:59 PM
OK Mae, I'll try to keep you updated. ;)

Rafa *1-2.

16681
05-10-2006, 08:00 PM
Mae we tell you the livescores!:wavey:
Oh thank you so much mallorn and silver7 :) People may be jealous of Rafa also so they won't give his scores :mad:

silver7
05-10-2006, 08:01 PM
Must be because I can't see the interest in a ToJo - Henman match myself :rolleyes:
Oh yes!I understand you :)

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:02 PM
Rafa facing 3 BPs. :mad:

16681
05-10-2006, 08:03 PM
Oh No!!!!!!!! Come on Rafa!!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:03 PM
One saved.

16681
05-10-2006, 08:04 PM
Please Rafa!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:04 PM
Two saved.

16681
05-10-2006, 08:04 PM
Yes Rafa Yes!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:05 PM
Three saved.

Rafa hold! :rolleyes:

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:05 PM
Ad Rafa.

16681
05-10-2006, 08:05 PM
Yes Rafa HOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

silver7
05-10-2006, 08:06 PM
Mae no problem!!:) Adv Nadal

silver7
05-10-2006, 08:06 PM
Deuce

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:06 PM
Deuce.

16681
05-10-2006, 08:07 PM
OH Come on Rafa!!!

silver7
05-10-2006, 08:07 PM
Adv Nadal

silver7
05-10-2006, 08:07 PM
Game!2-2

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:07 PM
2-2. Phew.

16681
05-10-2006, 08:08 PM
I'm sorry, but you can tell I get very excited when Rafa is playing :) Even if I can't see him :sad:

16681
05-10-2006, 08:09 PM
Vamos Rafa :) You can do it!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:09 PM
3 BPs for Rafa.

silver7
05-10-2006, 08:10 PM
Yes!3-2 Nadal

16681
05-10-2006, 08:10 PM
Yes Rafa Go!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:10 PM
Rafa breaks. :woohoo:

silver7
05-10-2006, 08:11 PM
I'm sorry, but you can tell I get very excited when Rafa is playing :) Even if I can't see him :sad:
Ah thats a god sign that you are a great fan! :)

16681
05-10-2006, 08:11 PM
Alright!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:12 PM
I'm sorry, but you can tell I get very excited when Rafa is playing :) Even if I can't see him :sad:
:lol: Just like me. :hug:

16681
05-10-2006, 08:13 PM
mallorn :hug: :lol:

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:14 PM
*30 all

16681
05-10-2006, 08:15 PM
Come on Rafa!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:15 PM
40-30

silver7
05-10-2006, 08:15 PM
:woohoo: 4-2!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:16 PM
Rafa holds for 4-2. :D

16681
05-10-2006, 08:16 PM
Alright!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Rafa :)

silver7
05-10-2006, 08:19 PM
:yippee: 5-2!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:19 PM
5-2 !

VAMOS!

16681
05-10-2006, 08:20 PM
:yippee: :dance: :banana:

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:23 PM
15-30

Come on Rafa! Finish it!

16681
05-10-2006, 08:23 PM
Yes end it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:24 PM
BP :rolleyes:

16681
05-10-2006, 08:25 PM
OH NO!!!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:25 PM
Deuce, phew.

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:26 PM
MP!

16681
05-10-2006, 08:26 PM
Yes Rafa GOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:27 PM
Deuce again.

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:27 PM
2nd MP.

16681
05-10-2006, 08:27 PM
Come on Rafa!!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:28 PM
GSM Rafa!
:woohoo:

silver7
05-10-2006, 08:28 PM
:worship:Yes!He won 6-1, 6-2:yippee::woohoo:

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:29 PM
6-1, 6-2, 1h 10min.

Thank you Rafa for a straight sets win. Much appreciated. :hatoff: :p

16681
05-10-2006, 08:30 PM
:woohoo: :dance: :banana: :yippee: And thanks so much mallorn :hug: and silver7 :hug: for the scoring :) I love Rafa :inlove: I want to get my Avatar changed, but I have to find someone that can do it!

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:33 PM
:woohoo: :dance: :banana: :yippee: And thanks so much mallorn :hug: and silver7 :hug: for the scoring :) I love Rafa :inlove: I want to get my Avatar changed, but I have to find someone that can do it!
My pleasure. :hug:

What kind of help do you need with the avatar? I could give it a try.

16681
05-10-2006, 08:34 PM
Because of this poor equipment I have I can't do an Avatar on my own.
But others can do it for me if they know how?

silver7
05-10-2006, 08:36 PM
My pleasure too:kiss:
I hope i can help you tomorrow again!

GonzoFan
05-10-2006, 08:36 PM
Rafa!!! :dance: well done! a nice and easy win :D I'm so glad it wasn't a match like the first round ...

VAMOS RAFA !!!! :banana:

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:36 PM
Because of this poor equipment I have I can't do an Avatar on my own.
But others can do it for me if they know how?
Do you need to photoshop a picture, or resize and upload it?

Andre forever
05-10-2006, 08:37 PM
Rafa!!! :dance: well done! a nice and easy win :D I'm so glad it wasn't a match like the first round ...

VAMOS RAFA !!!! :banana:


yeheyyy :worship: cutieeeeeee

16681
05-10-2006, 08:39 PM
Do you need to photoshop a picture, or resize and upload it?
:lol: mallorn I don't know what I need to do. I will tell you all I know about it. I make up a temporary password so the other person can get into my control panel. I do the password by PM, of course. They get into my control panel and do the Avatar. How I don't know, but it can be done I know that much.

Andre forever
05-10-2006, 08:41 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: 6-1, 6-2, 1h 10min.

Thank you Rafa for a straight sets win. Much appreciated. :hatoff: :p

Andre forever
05-10-2006, 08:43 PM
i was a lil late... but then again i had a chance to watch the last set.. weeeeeeee

btw..mallorn thanks for the updates.. i'll just backread lol

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:43 PM
:lol: mallorn I don't know what I need to do. I will tell you all I know about it. I make up a temporary password so the other person can get into my control panel. I do the password by PM, of course. They get into my control panel and do the Avatar. How I don't know, but it can be done I know that much.
:lol: I see. OK then, if you find the right picture and want my help, you know where to find me! ;)

Rafa's match against Tim Henman is scheduled for 9 pm.

16681
05-10-2006, 08:47 PM
:lol: I see. OK then, if you find the right picture and want my help, you know where to find me! ;)

Rafa's match against Tim Henman is scheduled for 9 pm.
Oh you can pick the picture of Rafa. You can not find a bad picture of Rafa. Maybe one of those cute ones where he acts like he is biting the trophy. I will PM you. Thanks :)

Andre forever
05-10-2006, 08:49 PM
Rafa's match against Tim Henman is scheduled for 9 pm.[/COLOR]


mallorn WHEN? tonight again? or tomorrow? what time :lol: :bounce:

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:51 PM
mallorn WHEN? tonight again? or tomorrow? what time :lol: :bounce:
Tomorrow 9 pm! :lol: :bounce:

mallorn
05-10-2006, 08:54 PM
Oh you can pick the picture of Rafa. You can not find a bad picture of Rafa. Maybe one of those cute ones where he acts like he is biting the trophy. I will PM you. Thanks :)
No problem. I'll find a few and PM them to you to choose from. :)

Andre forever
05-10-2006, 08:54 PM
Tomorrow 9 pm! :lol: :bounce:


weeeeeeeeeeee :haha: :lol:

thanksssssssss :lol: this time i won't be late

but? what time that here? CANADA TIME :lol:

mallorn
05-10-2006, 09:01 PM
weeeeeeeeeeee :haha: :lol:

thanksssssssss :lol: this time i won't be late

but? what time that here? CANADA TIME :lol:
Where in Canada? :shrug:

I use this site to convert time zones: http://www.timeanddate.com/

The Personal World Clock is a nice feature.

Andre forever
05-10-2006, 09:11 PM
ontario pls.... maybe thats why i was late cuz i was thinking eastern time lol... then at around 430 the game is almost over.. so iwas a lil late to watch RAFA's game


im here in ontario what time is 9 pm here ... ontario?

Andre forever
05-10-2006, 09:14 PM
oh never mind.. i got it now..thanks for the link mallorn.. appreciated.. its 3 pm here weeeeeeeee

9 pm there italy :wavey:

MariaV
05-10-2006, 09:24 PM
6-1, 6-2, 1h 10min.

Thank you Rafa for a straight sets win. Much appreciated. :hatoff: :p
Ditto. :D :hatoff: :worship:
Sorry Marat killed me so I couldn't even watch the 1st set properly.
Thank GOD I can at least rely on Rafa. :D :angel:

mallorn
05-10-2006, 09:34 PM
Ditto. :D :hatoff: :worship:
Sorry Marat killed me so I couldn't even watch the 1st set properly.
Thank GOD I can at least rely on Rafa. :D :angel:
Maria, I saw the rumours about Marat, so sorry you have to go through this! :hug: I'm keeping my fingers crossed it's just an exceptionally bad joke or misunderstanding! :rolleyes:

16681
05-10-2006, 09:42 PM
No problem. I'll find a few and PM them to you to choose from. :)
Thanks mallorn :) My control panel is ready for you and I have sent you a PM.

mallorn
05-10-2006, 10:10 PM
Mae, I PMed you back. :wavey:

From the ATP site:
INTERNAZIONALI D'ITALIA
ROME
May 10, 2006

Nadal Scores 49th Win; Safin Crashes Out

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© Getty Images

World No.2 Rafael Nadal breezed past Italy’s top player Filippo Volandri 6-1, 6-2 at the Internazionali D’Italia to extend his clay-court winning streak to 49 matches. The Spanish teenager is now four wins shy of equaling Guillermo Vilas' consecutive clay court winning record (53). The last time Nadal lost a match on clay was in Valencia 2004, when he fell to eventual champion Igor Andreev.

The lefty Spaniard will be looking for his 50 th consecutive clay court victory Thursday when he takes on Tim Henman. Henman notched his 470 th career win over the No.15 seed Thomas Johansson 7-6(8 ), 6-1. The Briton, a finalist in Rome in 2003 (l. Mantilla), lost to Nadal in Doha earlier this season, in their lone career meeting.

Qualifier Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo saved three match points and rallied from a 6-0, 4-1 (two break) deficit against Marat Safin to win 0-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(3) in three hours and one minute. Safin served for the match at 5-4, 40-15 in the second set and had another match point before the Spaniard came back. This is the first time the Spaniard has advanced to the third round of an ATP Masters Series event.

Ramirez-Hidalgo will play Mario Ancic in the third round. Ancic saved three match points in his 3-6, 7-6(10), 6-0 victory over Frenchman Florent Serra. Serra led 7-6, 9-8 and 10-9 in the tie-break before Ancic won the last three points.

Czech Tomas Berdych and Chilean Fernando Gonzalez also guaranteed themselves a spot in the third round. Berdych rolled past Xavier Malisse 6-2, 6-1 in 64 minutes, while Gonzalez needed three hours to overcome Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Nadal: "I started very well and I was moving him around so he was a little bit nervous. He was making some unforced errors which gave me confidence because I knew that even if I was to make a mistake, then I would still be able to break him.

"This year I haven't lost here in Rome my serve tonight. But in Barcelona I did lose it many times. I think I am the 7th in the ATP ranking of the players who lose their serve less often, so it's quite amazing for me, for my standard. It's a good record."
http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2006/rome_wednesday2.asp

NaDALiTa
05-10-2006, 10:30 PM
I can't believe that Rafa will play again the night session......i should be happy but i'm not :sad: the french TV will re live the match between Monfils and santoro instead of Rafa ....... :( :(


Tonight it's a nice and easy victory, a little training session for Rafa (oh i'm talking like a fedtard..i'm k) , Rafa played quite great in the first(please rafa give me some forehand lessons :lol: ) ,but in the second he started as always to defend too much, it costed him a few points, but nothing very important...I don't know why he "chokes"(if we can call that this way) at the beginning of the second set?? :eek:

Tomorrow it's a litlle bit different against Tim Henman, a piece of advice for Rafa keep Tim on his baseline using hUUUUge lifts......and the victory is for U!!!!!!!!!

venga venga Rafa!!!!!!!! :woohoo:

16681
05-10-2006, 11:06 PM
Thanks for the article mallorn and I have sent you a PM back.

MariaV
05-11-2006, 07:44 AM
Hey lovely people. I don't know if you've seen the itw transcript after his 1st match vs Moya. So here it is. Sorry I'm not going to make it as beautiful as Veyonce and sorry if it's been posted. :o

2006 INTERNAZIONALI D'ITALIA
ROME, ITALY
May 9, 2006

R. NADAL/C. Moya
6-1, 2-6, 6-2

RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. (Through translation.) Do you think it was a tough first match before the final?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) No, we just in second round. I cannot think about a final for the moment. It was a very tough match, as I expected. He beat me in Miami.

First set was easier than I thought, but then things got more difficult for me because he knows me very well and he knows how to play me.

So I'm very satisfied that I could win in the end. I'm very pleased with this result. It was very important for me, but I have a very tough round next round, so I'm focusing on each match.

Q. What does he do that you don't like so much when you play against him? Is it the forehand?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I don't know, no. Maybe because when you practice every day with one people, you know exactly. And he is one of the best players in the world on clay, no, when he is playing well. You remember, no, two years ago he won here.

So when he play well, is one of the best players in the world on clay - well, in all surfaces, no, but in clay, too. And especially that he knows me very well.

You know, play against one player before, he play five Masters, so is a very good player [sic]. I am not seeded -- no, I, yes. He is not seeded, and I am No. 2. For the first round, is one of the worst first rounds, no, I think.

Q. (Through translation.) You are very close friends. Will you talk about this match? Do you talk about matches?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Yes, of course we do. We are just friends afterwards. It depends on the player.

Everybody wants to win, that's normal. On the court, we want to win, but outside, we are friends and we forget the matches as soon as they are by. It depends. I forget them very quickly. We are just friends. No problem.

We don't have any problems, because he is a great person and we know each other very well and we get along very well.

Q. Did you play against him in Mallorca before coming on the tour?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, yeah, I play with him when I was 14 years old, no. Or 13, I don't know.

Q. (Through translation.) Talking about your next opponent, which is the one you fear most?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Well, the one who is going to win because obviously he is the one who is playing better. Everybody is playing fine. Volandri should be favorite, but you never know in tennis.

So we'll see.

Q. (Through translation.) What sort of news is it for you to see then Gaudio, Coria and Ferrero lost today? Is it good news or bad news?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) I think about myself first. Of course if they are friends of mine, I like them to win. But, I mean, I think about myself. That's the most important.

Q. How do you feel physically now? Are you tired because of all the matches you played recently?

RAFAEL NADAL: Tired, no. No. Normal, no?

Q. (Question translated after exchange.)

RAFAEL NADAL: (Answer given in Italian.)

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: At the beginning, he said when he loses, he tends to forget very quickly. He is happier when he wins than more sad when he loses.

THE TRANSLATOR: But the beginning? That was not the beginning.

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: That was the beginning.

THE TRANSLATOR: No, I thought you said something else before? Doesn't matter.

He said he was tougher with Moya in Miami because that match was a special match, and he was a little bit nervous and he was quite sad afterwards.

RAFAEL NADAL: (Speaking in Italian and in Spanish.)

THE TRANSLATOR: Okay, correction.

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: Well, he said basically that he was nervous not because of the match against Moya, because he wanted to defend a lot of points. He wanted to play Miami to have good feelings.

In the end, in Monte-Carlo that was fine.

Q. (Through translation). You did a fabulous passing shot. It's not really human. How do you explain that?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Well, that happens. I mean, I'm surprised, as you, that it's in the courts. Well, that's it. It just happened.

I think that the last backhand was very well, too. I was surprised as well.

Q. (Through translation.) So you always moving and you always doing something on court. Are you the same off the court?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Yes, I was worse than that in the past, but my team forced me to slow down. They don't let me do so many things now.

RAFAEL NADAL: (Continuing his answer in Italian and in Spanish.)

THE TRANSLATOR: Does anyone want to translate that?

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: We're not able to (laughing).

THE TRANSLATOR: Can you say it in English? I can say something. I can say a little of what he said. I can summarize, if that's enough for you. I'll do what I can, my best.

RAFAEL NADAL: When I lost the second set, I saw the "phantom" of Miami (laughter). He ask me that (pointing to a journalist).

And I answer, yes, I saw that, no (laughter)?

But I have a little bit good luck in the first game in the third set in the 15-30 (speaking in Spanish)...

In 15-30, I play with the second serve and he play with the forehand. Touch bad the ball, and go out. That point is very important, no.

And after, in the 4-2, I have 15-40, and he miss take the forehand in the return, so after I have an ace in the 30-40. So important ace, no, my first ace in the game and in important moment, no?

Q. Very good. Thank you.

RAFAEL NADAL: You're welcome (smiling).

Q. Are there some things in your game from today that you need to improve to win this tournament and maybe go all the way in Paris next month?

RAFAEL NADAL: Maybe in the first set I was playing very, very good, yeah? I think. I don't know. Outside of the court, what do you look? You look.

Q. In the game you played today.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, yeah, but I say in the first set maybe I am -- I was playing very well. After, I little bit shorter, I go little bit...

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: Back.

RAFAEL NADAL: A little bit back too far, too far. And Moya have the chance for go inside the court all the time, no. But is not easy because he is playing very aggressive with all shots, especially with his forehand. So is not easy.

But I need to improve little bit with my serve. Maybe I am playing good - maybe. I don't know.

Q. (Through translation.) Volandri came to Miami to practice - Mallorca to practice - but you couldn't do that because you was injured. How come?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Well, in fact I didn't know he was coming. I met him, it was one day. It was with Carlos. So I knew that he was there and they were practicing together. But, in fact, I was just focusing on myself and my injury. I didn't know it.

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: He went to Carlos Moya's fitness center. Moya has a fitness center called Pro Fitness. He went there, and that's when he saw Volandri. He didn't know.

Q. What do you think about Roger Federer practicing against left-handed players?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know, no. I don't know. I can say nothing, no.

End of FastScripts...

mallorn
05-11-2006, 09:09 AM
From The Guardian:


Italian open

Nadal is Henman's next clay-court mountain

Steve Bierley in Rome
Thursday May 11, 2006
The Guardian

Over the years Tim Henman, who began by tripping over molehills, has gradually learned to scale the higher peaks of the clay-court season, culminating in his startling French Open semi-final two years ago. This evening he is in the Himalayas.

Waiting for him on the main court of the Foro Italico at just after 8pm BST will be Spain's Rafael Nadal, the reigning French Open champion, who is poised to notch up an incredible 50 consecutive victories on the surface of crushed brick. If Henman can prevent the half-century the Tiber may stop flowing and the Colosseum fall, but where else but in this city should hope spring eternal in Henman's heart?

"I'll try as many different variations as I can, and enjoy it," he said after defeating Sweden's Thomas Johansson 7-6, 6-1 under floodlights last night. "Nadal epitomises the modern game. You would not have found any of his shots in the technique manuals of five or 10 years ago." Nadal reached the third round with a 6-1, 6-2 demolition of Italy's No1 Filippo Volandri, who the previous evening had beaten Andy Murray in straight sets.

Murray watched Henman's victory on the near deserted marble seating of the Pietrangeli stadium where Henman, who has yet to progress beyond the last 16 here, has laboured in the past in cold, heavy conditions. This was another battle of resolve, further indicating how much he loves the challenge of finding the winning angles and passes on the surface. He and Nadal have met only once before, the teenage Spaniard winning 7-6, 6-1 on the hard courts of Dubai this year.

(…)
http://sport.guardian.co.uk/tennis/story/0,,1772126,00.html?gusrc=rss

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 12:05 PM
mallorn

pls update us on RAFA's game tonight..bec here in ontario is 6 hrs late... :wavey:

tell us what's going on with RAFA pls..

GO RAFA .goodluck tonight

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

MariaV
05-11-2006, 04:44 PM
Hello again lovely people! :wavey: Here the itw transcript from yesterday that's finally up. :D

2006 INTERNAZIONALI D'ITALIA
ROME, ITALY

May 10, 2006

R. NADAL/F. Volandri
6-1, 6-2

RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Roger was saying earlier that it was difficult to play an Italian here in Rome.

RAFAEL NADAL: Roger say? Against Italian player?

Q. Yes.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, but the public stay very good today, no, very respect to us. So when I play the final last year, the public supported me a lot. When I go to the Davis Cup in Napoli against Italy, the public stay very good with me, no, all the time. Sure, the public support Volandri or the Italian player, but very good, no. Understand perfect. They respect to us, no.

I want to say thank you very much because when I play against the other players, the public stay a lot with me and support me a lot. So very happy for that, no.

Q. Could you just talk about playing Henman next.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, against Henman, no, is a difficult match. He play very aggressive. He don't has easy game, no (speaking in Spanish).

THE MODERATOR: He will try to break his rhythm.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah. I need to stay with my very focus. Sure, I gonna have a difficult match, and try play good for the victory, no.

Q. (Through translation.) So you lost once against Volandri. Did you expect an easier -- sorry, a more difficult match tonight?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) In fact, I played three times against him and, yes, I did expect a tougher match because he's a great player. But it was obviously a difficult match for him. I started very well and I was moving him around so he was a little bit nervous. He was making some unforced errors which gave me confidence because I knew that even if I was to make a mistake, then I would still be able to break him. So that helped me a lot.

Q. (Through translation.) When you were down 2-1, 0-40 for Volandri, did you think that the match could change?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) Well, we were still in the match so the match wasn't over at all. In the following shots I had a little bit of luck, but then I played very well and he made some mistakes. I served very well.

And then the match was somehow over because afterwards he lost 0-40, so the match was over at that moment more or less.

Q. (Through translation.) Do you feel more comfortable with your serve?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) I don't know. This year I haven't lost here in Rome my serve tonight. But in Barcelona I did lose it many times.

I think I am the 7th in the ATP ranking of the players who lose their serve less often, so it's quite amazing for me, for my standard. It's a good record.

Q. (Through translation.) Federer this morning met the Pope. Do you think that it will give him some advantage to beat you?

RAFAEL NADAL: (Through translation.) I don't think he needs it. I think he can do it on his own - well, I hope not anyhow. We will meet, if we meet in the finals, it is a long way ahead and there is time.

Q. (Question asked and not translated.)

RAFAEL NADAL: (Speaking Spanish.)

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: What he said, basically, especially two years ago he was playing more under pressure. He's not a player who normally is under pressure. He's not always a guy who is always attacking. He has a middle way of playing. He hits very well the ball, and that probably gives the feeling to the player he's under pressure all the time. He doesn't have a big winner like Moya, Federer. Blake this year, he felt under pressure all the time.

RAFAEL NADAL: In Indian Wells.

BENITO PEREZ-BARBADILLO: In Indian Wells.


End of FastScripts...

mallorn
05-11-2006, 06:42 PM
Thank you, Maria! :)

mallorn

pls update us on RAFA's game tonight..bec here in ontario is 6 hrs late... :wavey:

tell us what's going on with RAFA pls..

GO RAFA .goodluck tonight

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Lol, that's a big font!

At the moment I'm watching the Santoro-Monfils match, which has just started. Hopefully they'll switch to Rafa's match and I'll be watching it, otherwise I'll have to follow the SB again. If there's anyone here that doesn't have the SB and wants me to tell the score, I'll try to do my best.

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

VAMOS RAFA!

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

NaDALiTa
05-11-2006, 07:33 PM
Thank you, Maria! :)


Lol, that's a big font!

At the moment I'm watching the Santoro-Monfils match, which has just started. Hopefully they'll switch to Rafa's match and I'll be watching it, otherwise I'll have to follow the SB again. If there's anyone here that doesn't have the SB and wants me to tell the score, I'll try to do my best.

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

VAMOS RAFA!

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




We have to watch Santoro-Monfils too and they won't switch..... :sad: :sad: the night session is much more interesting.......... :confused: :confused:

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 07:34 PM
im watching it right now mallorn.. its kinda scary bec hen is serving hard...

woooooo scaryyyyyyyy to watch :lol:

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 07:37 PM
rafa holds weeeeee

3-1

beat him RAFAAAAAAAAA

RogiFan88
05-11-2006, 07:38 PM
Here's an article fr a Swiss paper, in French, after Rafa d Charly [sorry, no time to translate but it says more or less what we already have read in other articles]:

«J'ai peur... Enfin, un peu»

INTERNATIONAUX D'ITALIE Rafael Nadal bat Carlos Moya en trois sets et aligne son 48e succès de rang sur terre battue

ROGER JAUNIN
09 mai 2006

Rafael Nadal apprend vite. Le gosse est doué, et il n'en faudrait pas beaucoup pour qu'à son talent de joueur il ajoute très vite celui d'amuseur public numéro un. Hier, sous un ciel gris chagrin, le jeune joueur espagnol est entré sur le court à la manière d'un... taureau dans l'arène. Deux bonnes heures plus tard, il en est ressorti gambadant comme une vachette dans le pré, rouge celui-ci du Foro Italico, Carlos Moya sur les talons et accessoirement nanti de son 48e succès de rang sur terre battue.

Le meilleur, pourtant, était encore à venir. Pressé de s'exprimer à propos de sa forme du moment, de la série en cours et de ses ambitions, Rafael Nadal s'est livré à un authentique show, dans un ébouriffant mastic d'anglais, d'espagnol et de majorquin, sa langue maternelle. Morceaux choisis.

Rafael, vous restiez sur une défaite face à Carlos Moya (n.d.l.r: à Miami, en avril dernier). Vous éprouviez quelques craintes à l'idée de l'affronter à nouveau?
J'étais vraiment nerveux. Il n'y a pas si longtemps de cela, je l'appelais encore Monsieur Moya... Et vous pensez bien que cela ne s'oublie pas facilement. Cela dit, à Miami, j'avais commis une erreur... Je me souviens d'un revers (silence) enfin je crois que c'était un revers (...) Mais c'était peut-être un coup droit (...) Non, je crois que c'était un revers (...) Est-ce que quelqu'un peu me dire? En résumé j'avais raté (...) Mais dans le fond ça n'a aucune importance... On passe à autre chose?

Donc vous étiez nerveux! Vous allez nous dire que vous aviez peur de perdre, c'est cela?
J'avais... un peu peur. Pas beaucoup, un peu! Précisez bien «un peu», parce que sinon les gens vont croire que j'ai peur en entrant sur le court.

Un peu comme Federer, vous êtes capable de sortir des coups «impossibles» sur les points importants. Vous vous rendez compte de cela?
Je m'en rends compte... après. Quand le coup est parti et que je vois la balle bonne. Des fois, j'ai le sentiment de ne pas jouer au tennis, mais à la PlayStation.

C'est quoi cela: du talent? De l'inconscience?
Et pourquoi pas des deux! L'inconscience pour le faire et le talent pour pouvoir le faire... Ça, c'est un truc qui me va bien, je prends!

Franchement, qu'est-ce qui, d'ici Roland-Garros, pourrait bien vous arriver de mal?
Rien, je l'espère! Je peux perdre, mais le pire serait que je me blesse. Pour le reste, je m'occupe de tout!

En sets

Rome (It). Tournoi ATP Masters Series (2,082 millions d'euros/terre battue). 1er tour: Nadal (Esp/1) bat Moya (Esp) 6-1 2-6 6-2. Nalbandian (Arg/4) bat Vicente (Esp) 6-2 3-6 6-3. Roddick (EU/5) bat Hanescu (Rou) 6-1 6-0. Davydenko (Rus/6) bat Pashanski (SeM) 6-1 6-4. Malisse (Be) bat Gaudio (Arg/8) 4-6 6-3 6-3. Ramirez-Hidalgo (Esp) bat Coria (Arg/9) 6-3 6-2.

Stepanek (Tch/14) bat Lopez (Esp) 6-4 6-4. Johansson (Su/15) bat Fognini (It) 7-6 (7/3) 6-3. Mathieu (Fr) bat Ferrero (Esp) 6-1 6-3. Baghdatis (Chy) bat Rochus (Be) 7-5 6-4. Nieminen (Fi) bat Grosjean (Fr) 6-2 6-1. Henman (GB) bat Di Mauro (It) 7-5 7-6 (7/2). Berdych (Tch) bat Srichaphan (Thaï) 6-1 6-3. Safin (Rus) bat Gabashvili (Rus) 7-5 3-6 6-1.

© Le Matin Online
http://www.lematin.ch/nwmatinhome/nwmatinheadsport/sport_divers/_j_ai_peur..._enfin,.html

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 07:38 PM
rafa's serving ...

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 07:40 PM
that was a quick one woohoo

4-1

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 07:46 PM
darn he serve BIG..

c-mon RAFA..u can do it..

4-2 at the mo :lol:

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 07:48 PM
ack he missed the drop shot waaaaaaaaa

but RAFA"s backhand is real SHARP

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 07:50 PM
YESSSSS


5-2


good job RAFA...

mallorn
05-11-2006, 07:51 PM
Hi guys, I'm doing point by point on vr.com, some people there who can't see the match.

If you want, you can come over to http://vamosrafael.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?p=401174#401174

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 07:55 PM
deuce

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 07:57 PM
YES! his leading woooho

6-2

16681
05-11-2006, 08:28 PM
Was the 1st Set score 6-2? Sorry I'm late or Rafa is just quick :)

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 08:33 PM
1st set and 2nd set

RAFA won again wooohoo

6-2 6-2

RAFA finished him real QUICK :lol:

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 08:35 PM
Hi guys, I'm doing point by point on vr.com, some people there who can't see the match.

If you want, you can come over to http://vamosrafael.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?p=401174#401174


hi mallorn..i registered there ... my handle is IWABYOURAFA :lol:

btw.. why can't i put an avatar there? the image is not big but what i see is just plain X

16681
05-11-2006, 08:37 PM
:lol: Rafa is just too quick for me :) I had some business to take care of and had to leave the house and when I got back Rafa's Match was over :sad: Not that I'm complaining at all about a quick win for Rafa he can win that way all he wants. I just hope I don't have any business that has to be done anywhere close to the time he is suppose to play. Congrats Rafa :hearts: And a big Vamos for the next Round :dance:

NaDALiTa
05-11-2006, 08:38 PM
so any commentary on the match, i only saw the stats and its quite nice .... 78% of service, 4/4 break ball conversion ...what can we ask for more?? WIN ROMA !!!!

16681
05-11-2006, 08:40 PM
That is all we can ask for--win Rome :) Rafa is just wonderful :inlove:

mallorn
05-11-2006, 08:41 PM
:woohoo:

Rafa had another easy match, winning 6-2, 6-2 against Tim in 1h 11min. :worship:

Some stats:

Winners: Tim 16, Rafa 15

UEs Tim 25, Rafa 11

BPs won: Tim 0/0, Rafa 4/4 :eek:

Total points won: Tim 35, Rafa 57.

VAMOS RAFA! :bounce:

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 08:44 PM
what time is RAFA's game tomorrow and with whom?

mallorn
05-11-2006, 08:53 PM
hi mallorn..i registered there ... my handle is IWABYOURAFA :lol:

btw.. why can't i put an avatar there? the image is not big but what i see is just plain X
:lol:

Sometimes it takes several minutes for the avatar to upload. Check after a while, it should be in place. If not, then try uploading it again.

The OOP for tomorrow isn't out yet.

mallorn
05-11-2006, 09:04 PM
so any commentary on the match, i only saw the stats and its quite nice .... 78% of service, 4/4 break ball conversion ...what can we ask for more?? WIN ROMA !!!!
Rafa played great, was very solid throughout the match, and was never threatened at all. Both his BH and FH were working beautifully and his netplay was incredible. :D :worship:

Keep it up, Rafa! :yeah:

MariaV
05-11-2006, 09:07 PM
Hi Mallorn! :wavey:
Yep, very nice match indeed. BP conversion 4/4. :D 1st serve % 78%, and it was funny, 78% of points won on both 1st and 2nd serve. :D
1 ace, and Rafa's volleys were simply a thing of beauty once again. :D ;)
Tim did everything he could but Rafa was simply too good. :D
Hopefully another GREAT CLASSIC Rafa-Rogi final in the coming. :D

Rafa will play 3rd tomorrow btw. vs Gonzalez. I will be at the hairdresser's but hope there won't be any surprises. Wish you all a wonderful day tomorrow and good night now. :bigwave:

NaDALiTa
05-11-2006, 09:10 PM
Rafa played great, was very solid throughout the match, and was never threatened at all. Both his BH and FH were working beautifully and his netplay was incredible. :D :worship:

Keep it up, Rafa! :yeah:



Thanx mallorn....it's very frustrating to follow the scoreboard when you are used to images :lol: so you confirmed my thoughts :yeah: :)
I saw him play great yesterday against Volandri, i wasn't really worried about 2nite's match, but i wanted to know !!

Tomorrow it will be very very different against Feña , he hits very strong, and Rafa will have to be at his best :) .....but i'm trustful in him :p

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 09:11 PM
:lol:

Sometimes it takes several minutes for the avatar to upload. Check after a while, it should be in place. If not, then try uploading it again.

The OOP for tomorrow isn't out yet.


ok thanks also :D


i wonder how to change my HANDLE here ...since im now a RAFA FOREVER :lol:

mallorn
05-11-2006, 09:17 PM
Hi Maria! :hug:
Thanks for the info about Rafa's match tomorrow. I have now found the schedule on the official site:

CENTRE COURT
1.00 pm (4) David NALBANDIAN (ARG) vs Mario ANCIC (CRO)
followed by (1) Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs (q) Nicolas ALMAGRO (ESP)
followed by (10) Fernando GONZALEZ (CHI) vs (2) Rafael NADAL (ESP)
9.00 pm (5) Andy RODDICK (USA) vs Gael MONFILS (FRA)
followed by Simon ASPELIN (SWE)/Todd PERRY (AUS) vs Mark KNOWLES (BAH)/Daniel NESTOR (CAN)

Hmmm, I should go to the hairdresser's too... :rolleyes: ;)

Oh, maybe next week. :p

NaDALiTa
05-11-2006, 09:19 PM
OH my gosh frenchies will be happy Monfils at the night session, they won't have to replace the real night session as they did tonight :(

mallorn
05-11-2006, 09:21 PM
From Sporting Life:
NADAL SHOWS HIS CLASS

Tim Henman was knocked out of the Rome Masters after receiving a clay-court masterclass from world number two Rafael Nadal in their third-round clash.

Henman, looking to climb the rankings after recently slumping to 70th in the world, had no answer to Nadal's power at the Foro Italico.

Nadal, 19, never looked troubled during the 6-2 6-2 win and displayed the kind of form which could see him successfully defend his Rome title.

Henman started well enough, the British number three producing an ace with his opening serve of the match and going on to hold.

However, at 2-1 down in the opening set he appeared to be distracted by movement in the crowd and served up a double fault.

It meant a break point for the left-handed Spaniard which he converted following an inaccurate forehand from Henman.

Nadal was unleashing forehands from all angles to make it 4-1 in the opener, then displayed equal power with his backhand in the following game, although Henman held and stayed in touch at 4-2.

In the eighth game Nadal earned his first set point of the match, which he converted to take the opener 6-2.

Henman then showed glimpses of the form which took him past Alessio Di Mauro and Thomas Johansson in the first two rounds, but Nadal seized the initiative again just after his opponent appeared distracted, this time by a ringing mobile phone.

Henman was serving at 30-30 in the fourth game of the second set but Nadal produced a sensational running forehand when it looked as though he had lost the point. He converted the break point to give him sight of victory.

A broken string in the sixth game of the second set did not stop Nadal closing out victory comfortably, breaking Henman again in the final game of the match.
http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/06/05/11/TENNIS_Henman.html

16681
05-11-2006, 10:37 PM
Oh dear 1 o'clock Rome time plus Rafa's Match follows other Matches.
I'm sure I will never hit the time right. Knowing Rafa he might have already won his Match before I even get up to get on here :)

Andre forever
05-11-2006, 10:54 PM
do it again tomorrow RAFA... im so looking forward to watch you win again

MariaV
05-12-2006, 05:09 AM
Nice piece of news on the tournament's official site.
On centre court under floodlights, number two seed Rafael Nadal thrashed Britain's Tim Henman 6-2 6-2. Henman was passed at the net and looked uncomfortable trading big groundstrokes with the Spaniard. The Englishman, ranked 70, also looked a step or two slower than his opponent, though this is perhaps to be expected given the 12-year age gap between the two.
Nadal, on ferocious form, will play number 10 seed Fernando Gonzalez in the next round.

Ferocious form, I like it. :D :banana:

Björki
05-12-2006, 05:17 AM
well done Rafa :bounce:

mallorn
05-12-2006, 08:39 AM
Three nice articles from the British press.
From The Independent:
12 May 2006 10:22

Nadal neutralises Henman after Roddick overpowers Rusedski

By Paul Newman in Rome
Published: 12 May 2006

There is no shame in losing to Rafael Nadal, especially on his favourite surface, and at least Tim Henman joined some good company here last night. The Spanish teenager's 6-2, 6-2 victory in the third round of the Rome Masters was his 50th in succession on clay. It would take a brave man to bet against him equalling Guillermo Vilas's 29-year-old record of 53 consecutive wins by retaining his title here on Sunday.

Henman, whose fellow countryman Greg Rusedski was beaten 7-6, 6-2 by Andy Roddick earlier in the day, had clearly decided there would be no point in playing Nadal at his own game and attacked from the first point, which he won with a splendid forehand.

Nadal, however, is a remarkable retriever of apparently lost causes and constantly forced his opponent into going for one shot too many. Henman actually hit more winners 16 to Nadal's 15 but the Spaniard's weight of shot, lightning reactions and speed around the court also induced a series of errors.

Henman, who had lost to Nadal in Dubai earlier this year in their only previous meeting, was broken in the fourth game as he tried to force the pace and lost his serve again when he hit a forehand out on the Spaniard's first set point at 5-2. The second set followed a similar pattern and Nadal secured victory after an hour and 11 minutes, after successfully chasing down a drop shot.

(…)

Roger Federer, the No 1 seed, needed less than an hour to beat Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-4. After the match he was asked if he had questioned the Pope, whom he had met the previous day, about how to beat Nadal on clay. " No," Federer replied optimistically. "I don't need his help for that. "
http://sport.independent.co.uk/tennis/article364059.ece

mallorn
05-12-2006, 08:40 AM
From The Times:
The Times May 12, 2006

Henman's best is not enough as Nadal maintains perfect stride

From Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent in Rome

HAS Tim Henman ever hit so many clean shots in one tennis match in his life and ended up so humbled? It is the full measure of Rafael Nadal’s phenomenon that Henman should play an excellent game of clay-court tennis at the Foro Italico last night and complete it as the Spaniard’s 50th consecutive sacrifice on the surface.

What a half-century. Nadal, in the mood of his 6-2, 6-2 victory, looks unstoppable and, apparently, Guillermo Vilas, the great Argentinian whose 53-win mark is threatened, has asked if anyone can find some matches that are not on the official record to see if his lead can be extended. Vilas probably thought he would never be seriously challenged but Nadal, who turns 20 next month, is bursting with brilliant shots and static electricity.

Henman had wanted to try to put Nadal into places on court where he might be uncomfortable and, as a basic idea, it had every merit. The problem that he and his 49 previous bloody-nosed challengers have discovered is that they haven’t invented such a place or, if they have, no one has told the Spaniard where it is. For such a physical player, Nadal has incredible wheels and can fashion winners where no such shots look possible.

Henman was left, time and again, nodding his head in appreciation of the defending Italian Open champion’s daring play. At one stage, in the first set, Henman even exchanged a couple of words and knowing glances with Nadal’s uncle and coach Tony, as if suggesting that he had played one particular rally perfectly and that wasn’t enough. The final point summed it up, an excellent serve, a deep forehand, a fabulous backhand drop shot, Nadal got to them all and managed to complete the rally with a reaction cross-court volley.

Nadal had said that stepping up his serve was imperative if he was to improve as a player and his 78 per cent success rate on the first delivery last night indicated he is heading in the right direction. Greg Rusedski described him as Superman on clay. He is right.

Andy Roddick knows it too and does nice lines in self deprecation which is just as well given the number of times that he has had to field questions about why he isn’t as good as Nadal or Roger Federer. He would happily admit it is the equivalent of suggesting that pasta from a packet is a patch on the stuff they serve in the trattorias of Trastevere — very decent indeed but not the real deal.

There is an innocence about Roddick’s performances on red clay that is absolutely endearing. The teenager-laden crowd love him for it. He says he is having fun and you nod, but in reality, slow courts are akin to a chamber of tortures for the American who reached the semi-finals of the Italian Open in 2002 as a novice and has spent the ensuing four years on European clay, getting a constant kicking in the shins.

His delight at landing a place in the quarter-finals was there for all to see, as he defeated Rusedski 7-6, 6-2, in the meeting of the players many would have had pencilled in for practice-court time for next week’s Masters in Hamburg by the middle of this week. That Roddick remains in the Eternal City for another day at least, is testament to a bloody-minded determination not to let layers of crushed brick get the better of him.

When he landed a peach of a backhand cross-court pass to break in the sixth game of the second set, his joy was unconfined. He is slowly putting the pieces of the jigsaw together and though beating Rusedski on clay does not equate to the best ever, its effect could be enormous. For Rusedski, too, four days in Rome have been invigorating. He even managed to fashion two winners with top-spun backhand passes — “it’s taken me 15 years to get that shot,” he said.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,4-2177374,00.html

mallorn
05-12-2006, 08:41 AM
From The Guardian:
Nadal covers Henman in red dust

Steve Bierley in Rome
Friday May 12, 2006
The Guardian

For all Tim Henman's belief that he might be able to present Rafael Nadal, the French Open champion, with a few problems at the Foro Italico last night, the reality was that the young Spaniard crushed him into the red clay for his 50th consecutive victory on the surface.
Nadal won 6-2, 6-2, with Henman conceding that the score was a "fair reflection" of the one-sided nature of the contest.

The conditions did Henman no favours. It was cool and the clay was heavy. So too were Nadal's shots, while his improvisation and alacrity saw him outmanoeuvre the Briton in almost every area of the court, including at the net.

Henman had to go for broke on virtually every shot and as a consequence his mistakes were many. Henman will now play no further competitive tennis until the French Open at the end of the month.
"I'd love to play him again at Roland Garros where the conditions might be a bit quicker. I'd like to try and put him into more difficult situations," said Henman, although it is difficult to imagine the outcome being much different.
http://sport.guardian.co.uk/tennis/story/0,,1773295,00.html?gusrc=rss

Andre forever
05-12-2006, 12:06 PM
thanks

mallorn
05-12-2006, 02:33 PM
Rafa's interview after the match:
2006 INTERNAZIONALI D'ITALIA
ROME, ITALY


May 11, 2006

R. NADAL/T. Henman
6-2, 6-2


RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. (Through translation.) The question was if Tim proposes to teach English to you, would you give him some games more?

THE TRANSLATOR: He said no. The result is the result, but I would be happy to invite him over to Mallorca.

Q. Can you talk about the match. It seemed like a very good performance from you.

RAFAEL NADAL: Si. Si, si. Maybe I think I play a serious match, no. Maybe I play good, but nothing especial, no. I play very serious. I feel comfortable with my serve.

And Tim, in the first games in the first set, it was difficult, no. He play very down, very low, with the slice. It was not easy, no.

But after, I can do the break in the third game in every set, and that's the determinant, the determinant. That's the determinant.

Q. Rafa, does 50 have any special significance? Are you starting to think about Vilas?

RAFAEL NADAL: I have 50 now, no?

Q. You have 50 now. Is there any special significance for 50?

RAFAEL NADAL: I am happy, no. Fifty is a lot, no, lot of victories.

But I am happy for stay in the quarterfinal here, no, not especially for the 50, for the 50 victories, no. So is important for me to stay in the quarterfinal here. Is a good tournament.

And tomorrow I will have very difficult match. Now I have the most difficult matches. Maybe -- no, sorry. I don't have -- I was... (speaking Spanish).

(Through translation.) Yes, it's a lot of victories, but I'm not especially happy about that, but about the fact that I am in the quarterfinals, which is in this important tournament. It's important.

I've had some difficult matches, especially the one with Moya, and then the two last ones were very serious matches, and the one who is waiting for me tomorrow is a very tough match as well.


End of FastScripts...

And Tim's interview:
2006 INTERNAZIONALI D'ITALIA
ROME, ITALY


May 11, 2006

R. NADAL/T. Henman
6-2, 6-2


TIM HENMAN

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. He's a bit ordinary on clay, isn't he?

TIM HENMAN: Yeah, in those types of conditions he's just hitting the ball so heavy. His margin for error is still big, but I just -- I also know that, you know, my style of game can and will give him problems, but I think realistically not playing in those type of conditions.

Q. Chilly in the evening?

TIM HENMAN: When it's so heavy like that, I'm having to force a lot of my shots, and my margin for error is not the same and, therefore, I'm going to make mistakes.

You know, it can't be any slower than that but, still, when I'm hitting the spots on my serve, you know, I feel like I'm going to be able to either serve and volley or dictate with a second shot. But, you know, the second serve basically starting the point because it's so heavy. You know, you're getting into baseline rallies, and right now he's the best at them.

Q. And some of his improvisation, the sort of flick shots?

TIM HENMAN: Yeah, yeah. I think that's an area where he's improved, I think, especially off his backhand. I think he was always a little bit restricted on his follow-through, and now he gets a lot more rotation and, therefore, he's getting a lot of power from a very short space.

Yeah, he hits some great passing shots when you think you've got him on the defensive.

Q. What's the worst thing about playing him, the best thing that he does?

TIM HENMAN: I think it's his forehand. You know, it's not necessarily that he just hits an outrageous winner, but, you know, it's two or three wrong-footing shots and then, you know, he opens up such a big gap that, you know, he can hit his third or fourth shot into the opening. You know, on these types of surfaces where you haven't got a sure footing, it's difficult to play against.

I think it just goes to show when he's playing the other traditional out-and-out clay courters, it's so difficult for them to compete because they're basically playing him at his own game. I think he's better than them.

Q. He's talked about the desire to learn about grass court tennis, not that it's much different now anyway. But he's obviously playing Queen's for the first time this year.

TIM HENMAN: Yeah.

Q. How do you see his chances? What do you think will be realistic expectations?

TIM HENMAN: I don't know. It's going to be interesting to see how he adapts his game because there are variables. Obviously, he'll still move well, but I don't think he'll move as well on a grass court as he does on a clay court.

But, you know, any time that you hit the ball that heavy, you can be effective on any surface. I think the big factor is he believes he can play well. A lot of these other guys, they don't give themselves the chance and, therefore, I think that's their loss. But I'm not going to say too much about it because I think some of them could play quite well. If they don't want to turn up, then it's good for us (smiling).

Yeah, just is. I think likewise, when I was starting off on clay, I knew that it was going to be important for my game and it was just a challenge, and it's benefitted massively. I think it will help areas of his game and it will make him a better player.

Q. You started off very focused, very determined, concentration. Then, unfortunately, one of our colleagues with a camera seemed to blow that.

TIM HENMAN: I thought he was going to run on the court, which was a bit unfortunate.

Q. How unsettling was that?

TIM HENMAN: Well, I was just about to hit a second serve. I honestly thought he was going to run on the court. He suddenly was in between the two cameras.

I still don't think I should miss many serves but...

Q. Norm got a bit of a verbal volley.

TIM HENMAN: It's poor from Norm's part. I served the 15-All point at 1-2 on my serve in the second set. Rafa hits a return winner, but I wasn't sure if the serve was in. I said to Norm, "How was it?"

He had a look, didn't say much. Then I was back at the baseline, I said, "How was it?"

He said, "It's good."

If he says it's good, he obviously sounded pretty sure about it.

Lo and behold, I get around the other side of the net, and it's an inch out. It's his job, if he's not sure, to get down and check it. So the difference between, you know, potentially winning a point and being down 15-30 is not ideal.

Q. There are times where you walk off the court with 6-2, 6-2 and think, "Okay, I deserved that." Today, was that not quite a reflection?

TIM HENMAN: I just think, you know, I played some good stuff, but it probably is a reflection really in those types of conditions. It's putting me in a situation where I'm just having to, you know, force so many of my shots.

And, you know, with sort of the technique that I have and the way, you know, hitting the ball so much flatter, it's tough enough to play like that on any surface, you know - on the other surfaces rather. But, you know, when it's that heavy and that cold and the balls are sort of softish, then, you know, it probably is a fair reflection because, you know, I probably made the unforced errors to put myself in trouble.

Q. You hit more winners.

TIM HENMAN: Yeah, I mean, that's the way, if I'm going to have any success in that situation, that's the way it's going to have to be. The games that I won and the opportunities that I had, I missed a backhand volley to go 5-3, and you can't, you just can't miss those types of shots against someone like him because every opportunity can be crucial.

Q. You've only played him once on clay, you've played him twice overall. I mean, is he the best player you've ever faced on clay? Can you even make that assessment on one match?

TIM HENMAN: Yeah, I mean, I just think he is, yeah. I mean, his record speaks for itself.

I would like to play him at the French, you know, if it's a little bit quicker, just to feel like I could attack his serve a bit more and get a bit more out of my serve. I'm not saying the result would be, you know, any different. I would just like to put him in some difficult situations because that's important. It's easy for any of us to, you know, play when you're in the lead, but, you know, if you stay with him, 1-All, 2-All, 3-All, 4-All, then opportunities can arise. You know, he's just not giving people that chance at the moment.

Q. Still not playing anything this week or the week after?

TIM HENMAN: No, no.

End of FastScripts...

16681
05-12-2006, 03:35 PM
Thanks mallorn for posting the interviews from both players :) I'm excited waiting for Rafa's Match :bounce:

silver7
05-12-2006, 04:03 PM
Iam sad:sad: Yesterday I can´t be here and I had no chance to follow Rafa´s results

16681
05-12-2006, 05:08 PM
Rafa is up next. Vamos Rafa :bounce: I hope someone will score in here unless there are some good people in the tournament scoring thread. Sometimes those scoring threads aren't very nice :rolleyes:

16681
05-12-2006, 05:16 PM
Rafa is already playing according to information at the tournament scoring site, but I'm having trouble getting a score :sad:

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:17 PM
Mae, I thought you were watching it on TV? :confused:

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:20 PM
Oh, we posted at the same time again. :lol:

Rafa is 6-4, 5-1 up, Gonzo to serve to stay in the match.

16681
05-12-2006, 05:23 PM
:lol: Rafa is just too quick for me! By the time I got the score at the Tournament site Rafa was already up 6-4 and 4-1. And now I come here and it is 6-4 and 5-1 :) Rafa is sooooooooo good :dance:

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:24 PM
:lol:

Rafa is 6-4, 5-2 now, he'll be serving for the match after changeover.

16681
05-12-2006, 05:28 PM
Gooooooooo Rafa!!!!!!! I don't look for this to last much longer, by the way thanks mallorn for you help with the score. And no in the U.S. unless maybe you get The Tennis Channel there is no coverage that I know of for the Tournament and I can't get The Tennis Channel :mad: :sad:

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:28 PM
30 all.

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:29 PM
BP :rolleyes:

16681
05-12-2006, 05:30 PM
Come on Rafa--finish the Match!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:30 PM
Deuce now.

16681
05-12-2006, 05:30 PM
Oh No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:31 PM
Damn, Rafa got broken. :mad:

16681
05-12-2006, 05:32 PM
Break back Rafa please!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:33 PM
*15-30

16681
05-12-2006, 05:33 PM
Come on Rafa you can do it!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:34 PM
MP

16681
05-12-2006, 05:35 PM
Alright!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:35 PM
Back to deuce.

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:35 PM
MP # 2

16681
05-12-2006, 05:36 PM
No :fiery:

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:36 PM
Deuce # 2.

16681
05-12-2006, 05:36 PM
Yes!!!!!!!! My equipment can't keep up!!!!!!

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:37 PM
MP # 3.

16681
05-12-2006, 05:37 PM
Come on Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:38 PM
GSM RAFA! :dance: :yippee: :dance:

Björki
05-12-2006, 05:38 PM
Rafa :yeah:

16681
05-12-2006, 05:39 PM
Alright!!!!!!!!!! :yeah: :dance: :yippee: :banana: :woohoo: And thank you mallorn for the scoring :)

mallorn
05-12-2006, 05:40 PM
My broadcast stopped at 2-1 in the second set (hockey :fiery: ) but Rafa wasn't at his best today, making too many errors. I hope he'll play better tomorrow. *fingerscrossed*

16681
05-12-2006, 05:45 PM
I hope so also. But we can't expect Rafa to be perfect all the time. I mean I know he is Rafa, but he still is only human :) And even with not playing at his best it was another straight set victory :yippee:

Andre forever
05-12-2006, 06:15 PM
what time is the next game tomorrow? :lol:

t'was scary to watch the first set bec gonzales was palying good... but hey... RAFA still the MAN :lol:

MariaV
05-12-2006, 06:19 PM
From the tournament site. :D
12/05/2006 19:20

NADAL, ON FIRE, INTO LAST FOUR
Rafael Nadal continued to rampage through the bottom half of the draw at the Rome tennis masters on Friday, taking down the tournament's number ten seed Fernando Gonzalez 6-4 6-3.
The Spanish world number two is so much better than almost everyone else on clay that his matches are if anything too one-sided for the impartial spectator. With the exception of his first round against Carlos Moya, another clay court specialist, Nadal has lost no more than seven games in every match on his way to the semi-final.
Friday was a typical performance. Gonzalez threw everything he had into the match but was simply overpowered and outrun by his 19-year-old opponent, who considers every point lost a personal affront. The Chilean, who has risen into the top ten of the ATP rankings for the first time, was on the back foot from the ouset. He rallied briefly to 4-4 in the first set but was never happy handling Nadal's top spin forehand, which makes up with sheer power for anything it lacks in elegance. Gonzalez struggled with his own forehand throughout the match and made little impression with the occasional 'moon ball' designed no doubt to break Nadal's rhythm. The Spaniard's first serve consistency was above 80% - he hit just nine second serves over the two sets.
Nadal, a true phenomenon, has won 51 clay court matches in a row and now moves to within two matches of equalling the all-time record on clay held by Guillermo Vilas of Argentina.
He will play either Andy Roddick or Gael Monfils in the semi-final.

And good luck for the semis tomorrow! :hug:

silver7
05-12-2006, 06:30 PM
Very nice win!:yippee::banana:

GonzoFan
05-12-2006, 06:38 PM
Well ... I'm still sad for Fernando :sad: but Congrats to Rafa :yeah: and now let's hope he will keep winning!!!

Good Luck in the semis!

VAMOS RAFA!!!

:banana:

mallorn
05-12-2006, 06:46 PM
GonzoFan :hug: :hug: It sucks when two players you like play against each other. :(

OOP for tomorrow:

CENTRE COURT
2.30 pm (1)Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs (4)David NALBANDIAN (ARG)
followed by Gael MONFILS (FRA) or (5)Andy RODDICK (USA) vs (2)Rafael NADAL (ESP)
followed by (3)Mark KNOWLES/Daniel NESTOR (BAH/CAN) or (7)Simon ASPELIN/Todd PERRY (SWE/AUS) vs (2)Jonas BJORKMAN/Max MIRNYI (SWE/BLR)
9.00 pm Merrill Lynch - Tour of Champions: Carl Uwe STEEB (GER) vs Henri LECONTE (FRA)

mallorn
05-12-2006, 07:06 PM
From Reuters:
Federer scrapes through in Rome, Nadal cruises

Fri May 12, 2006 2:26pm ET

By James Eve

ROME (Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer survived a ferocious claycourt battle with Spanish qualifier Nicolas Almagro at the Rome Masters on Friday, winning 6-3 6-7 7-5 to set up a semi-final with fourth seed David Nalbandian.

Holder Rafael Nadal extended his winning streak on clay to 51 matches by cruising past Chile's Fernando Gonzalez 6-4 6-3 in the other half of the draw.

It was a nervy afternoon for Federer, who is at his most vulnerable on clay and has yet to win this title in five previous visits.

Federer looked comfortable when he broke in the second set after winning the first. But a double fault on his first match point opened the way for 20-year-old Almagro to come storming back to level.

The Swiss player looked tense in the deciding set before Almagro wavered when serving to take the match into a deciding tiebreak.

"I'm prepared for a three-hour match...I have to be," Federer told reporters of his semi-final with Nalbandian, one of the few players with a winning record over the world number one.

"I play many matches that don't go on that long but I have to be prepared for the unexpected.

"I had a chance to win in the second set, I double-faulted, then he almost came back and beat me, so I got lucky today. It was a great match."

Federer can expect another battle with Nalbandian, who has won six of their 10 previous meetings.

The Argentine has dropped only one set in his last nine matches on clay, a run that includes winning last week's title in Estoril, and was rarely stretched during a 6-3 6-3 triumph over Croatian Mario Ancic.

Most of the buzz in the Italian capital this week has centered on the prospect of another showdown between Federer and world number two Nadal.

Nalbandian, however, said the two men were beatable.

"They aren't out of reach, even if they are playing really well at the moment," said the world number three.

"It's right to respect them but I believe our respect is becoming another weapon for them."

The way Nadal is playing suggests he needs little help from anyone.

Once the 19-year-old Spaniard found his rhythm against Gonzalez there was only going to be one winner.

"I was expecting a difficult match so I was very concentrated," said Nadal.

If he wins his next two matches, Nadal will equal the record of 53 consecutive victories on clay set by Argentine Guillermo Vilas in 1977.

Nadal next meets fifth seed Andy Roddick or Frenchman Gael Monfils.
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=sportsNews&storyID=2006-05-12T182640Z_01_L1230095_RTRUKOC_0_US-TENNIS-ROME.xml&pageNumber=2&imageid=&cap=&sz=13&WTModLoc=NewsArt-C1-ArticlePage2

From the ATP site:
INTERNAZIONALI D'ITALIA
ROME
May 12, 2006

Nadal Storms Into Rome Semis

World No.2 Rafael Nadal kept his clay-court winning streak alive as he defeated Fernando Gonzalez 6-4, 6-3 in one hour, 43 minutes in Rome on Friday. Nadal, who scored his 51 st consecutive clay court win, holds a perfect 10-0 record in Rome.

The defending champion is now two wins shy from equaling Guillermo Villa’s clay court winning streak (53). He will next face the winner between Andy Roddick and Gael Monfils.

Nadal and Roddick faced each other two times. The American won their first meeting in the 2004 US Open second round. Nadal avenged the loss a few months later in the second rubber of the tie between Spain and United States. The Spaniards would eventually win the Davis Cup crown.

Against Monfils, also a teenager, Nadal holds a 1-0 lead. Their lone meeting came in Monte-Carlo last year, in which the Spaniard won in straight sets.
http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2006/rome_friday2.asp

GonzoFan
05-12-2006, 07:42 PM
GonzoFan :hug: :hug: It sucks when two players you like play against each other. :(

Thanks for the :hug:s

And yeah, it sucks :sobbing: but I'm happy for Rafa and I know he can win Rome again and reach Vilas record and hopefully more. :)