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***Vamos Rafa in Stockholm***

Johnny Groove
09-06-2006, 11:48 PM
Seeing as Rafa is not playing in Beijing, we will have to wait until Stockholm to see him again :sad: Hopefully by that time, Tio Toni will have whipped his ass into shape, and he'll win Stockholm, beating defending champ and Rafakilla: James Blake. (Although James is a sweetie :hug: )

Castafiore
09-08-2006, 09:33 AM
Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the China Open.

"Rafa will be unable to defend his title at the China Open in Beijing next week. Rafa was due to play the tournament, which begins on Monday, but unfortunately he suffered an injury during the US Open which will prevent him from competing. In his fourth round match against Jiri Novak in New York, Rafa twisted his right ankle a little and despite being able to play his quarter final, Rafa has decided it is best to rest the injury and see if he will be fit to play for Spain in the Davis Cup."
From RN.com

PoderShileno
09-08-2006, 03:11 PM
rafa out :sad:

Johnny Groove
09-08-2006, 08:46 PM
Hes not playing Beijing? :sad: :sad:

Guess I'll change the thread title ;)

PoderShileno
09-09-2006, 12:57 AM
:yeah:

Xristos
09-09-2006, 07:41 AM
When does Stockholm start?

Björki
09-09-2006, 08:12 AM
When does Stockholm start?
week 41

Xristos
09-09-2006, 04:38 PM
Sorry??? I dont get it? When it start?

Kalliopeia
09-09-2006, 04:56 PM
Sorry??? I dont get it? When it start?

October 9th.

Rafa = Fed Killa
09-14-2006, 05:08 AM
Vamos Rafa!

Babou
09-15-2006, 06:16 PM
I'm already looking forward to watching him on a court again... It's gonna be long till October 9th.... :awww:

Deea
09-16-2006, 09:01 AM
Vamos Rafa in Stockholm!!!! :rocker2:

Björki
09-16-2006, 10:19 AM
I will be there :banana: :D

NeverSayDie
09-16-2006, 10:54 AM
Vamos Rafa!!! who else is playing there?

Babou
09-16-2006, 11:41 AM
I will be there :banana: :D

Lucky you ! :mad: :lol:

mallorn
10-03-2006, 08:25 PM
I will be there :banana: :D
Oh, very lucky you! :) Have a great time and report any Rafa sightings, pretty please! :D

Johnny Groove
10-05-2006, 12:09 AM
Ania is back :kiss:

mallorn
10-05-2006, 07:54 PM
Hola Blaze! :smooch:

Yeah, I'm much back-er :p today, I managed to finally deal with most of the backlog. :D

Too bad ES doesn't broadcast Stockholm :( but still I can't wait for Saturday and the draw. :yippee: Hopefully a stream will be available.

Johnny Groove
10-05-2006, 08:05 PM
:awww: I wont get any coverage either, USA coverage is :ras: I think its Law 10 or 11ish. :p

Hope he gets a good draw (dont care what the fedtards say) and can beat James in the final :dance:

Björki
10-07-2006, 02:46 PM
(1) Nadal vs Sluiter
Sanguinetti vs (WC) Johansson, J.
Dancevic vs Garcia-Lopez
Massu vs (7) Vliegen

(4) Ferrer vs Seppi
Lopez vs Monaco
Q vs Gicquel
Q vs (5) Nieminen

(8) Söderling vs Rochus, C.
Q vs Björkman
(WC) Vinciguerra vs Q
Phau vs (3) Berdych

(6) Rochus, O. vs Spadea
Srichaphan vs Fish
Greul vs (WC) Eleskovic
Johansson, Th. vs (2) Blake

Johnny Groove
10-08-2006, 01:10 AM
Pim Pim 2nd round :sobbing:

I wanted Joachim to go farther :awww:

NeverSayDie
10-08-2006, 03:43 PM
Vamos Rafa!!! :banana:

liisa
10-08-2006, 05:13 PM
Björki, are you gonna take some photos?

Jogg
10-08-2006, 05:42 PM
Vamos Rafa :bounce: seems ages since he last played

fairly good draw :)

Hope you have a lovely time Bjorki

NaDALiTa
10-09-2006, 11:40 AM
omg i'm so happy Rafa is back-to-court , i was missing his lift so muuuuuuch !!!
i wish him all the best for this tournament. He has quite an easy draw till the final, (except PimPim :scared: ) .I wish him to meet either Berdych or Blake in the final, so that he can show them that he is able to beat them!!!!!!

VaMoS RaFa, DaLes!!!!!

MariaV
10-09-2006, 03:33 PM
From the Stockholm tourney site:

Nadal & Ronaldinho meet and greet

Rafael Nadal met up with Ronaldinho last night. Players from both If Stockholm Open and the Brazilian national soccer team are staying at the Grand Hotel. Nadal and Ronaldinho are both warming up for their matches on Tuesday.

Castafiore
10-09-2006, 03:56 PM
An interview with Rafa on Swedish tv:
http://svt.se/svt/road/Classic/shared/mediacenter/index.jsp?d=22046&a=676439

(Found on vamosbrigade.com, posted by midnightone)

MariaV
10-09-2006, 04:07 PM
Cool! Thanks Castafiore! Rafa is so sweet. :hearts: :inlove:

MariaV
10-09-2006, 06:12 PM
OK, I'm posting alone again it seems. :sad:
Rafa is playing tomorrow evening. I'll be following the SB. :(

NOT BEFORE 6:30 PM local time
Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Raemon SLUITER (NED)

Good luck Rafael! VAMOS!!!!!! :banana: :bounce: :bigclap:

Jogg
10-09-2006, 07:10 PM
An interview with Rafa on Swedish tv:
http://svt.se/svt/road/Classic/shared/mediacenter/index.jsp?d=22046&a=676439

(Found on vamosbrigade.com, posted by midnightone)

:hearts: :inlove: :drool:

Thanks Castafiore

Good luck Rafa :bounce: I'll be following the SB too.

mallorn
10-09-2006, 07:26 PM
I'm here too. :p You've got a new Rafa avvy, Maria. :yeah: That picture was taken in Marseille at the beginning of the year but it feels like ages ago. :sad: Oh damn, I think winter blues is just round the corner...:sad:

Very nice video, Castafiore. "I am in the down." :lol:

Nou.amic of VB.com translated another little report about Rafa and Ronaldhino. From EFE:
Rafa, Feli and Ronaldhino bumped into each other in the lobby of the hotel in Stockholm where they are all staying. The chatted about football and tennis for twenty minutes.

"Ronaldinho is a phenomenon and it is incredible to watch him play. I was delighted to talk to him and chat about my other passion, football. I also found out that he loves tennis, " commented Nadal.


Seems that no one (apart from Björki) is going to have coverage. :shrug: Oh well, VAMOS RAFA all the same!

Johnny Groove
10-09-2006, 08:45 PM
Bjorki gets coverage :ras:

MariaV
10-10-2006, 07:00 AM
Blaze, I think Björki is going to the tourney. :p
I hope she'll report. :D
Ania, hopefully we'll be online at the same time tonight... when Rafa is playing. ;)

silver7
10-10-2006, 07:57 AM
Vamoos Rafa!
Take this title :rocker:

mallorn
10-10-2006, 09:47 AM
Ania, hopefully we'll be online at the same time tonight... when Rafa is playing. ;)
Yes we will. :D

NaDALiTa
10-10-2006, 12:37 PM
you aren't the only one here Maria :lol: :lol: i'm there :hello:

i'm so happy that rafa go back to court!! :aparty: i'm sure we gonna have some great surprises !!!!!! :aplot:

mallorn
10-10-2006, 05:34 PM
A funny conversation took place at the Grand Hotel...translated by Nou.amic :worship: of VB.com.

Two Madrid fans ask Ronnie to have mercy on them in the Madrid-Barça match

MD arrange for Madrid fans Rafa Nadal and Feliciano Lopez to meet Ronaldinho in Stockholm

By Cristina Cubero / STOCKHOLM

It all began at breakfast time. Feliciano Lopez asked for a second capuccino with his new trainer Albert Costa while Rafa Nadal dealt with the umpteenth request for an autograph. Feliciano asked if Dunga had included Ronaldo in the Brazil team, if Robinho was there, well, for news of the Madrid players.

"I would love to meet Ronaldinho," he then confessed, betraying his team's colours. Rafa commented that he had once been with Ronnie, "at the Mundo Deportivo centenary party but there were lots of people and cameras". Then he said, "I've got his autograph, but I don't know if it is false or not, I friend got it for me... "

At eleven in the morning, Mundo Deportivo offered to arrange for Ronaldinho to meet the tennis players. There they were in the same city (Stockholm) in the same hotel (Grand Hotel), only separated by one floor (the Brazilians on the second and the tennis players on the third). Brazil were training at five o'clock, Rafa had a TV interview at eight, so we arranged to meet at half past eight.

Feliciano arrived first accompanied by his parents, who are both keen football fans, and Rafa appeared right on time. Ronaldinho? A telephone call, and he was there. We looked for a discrete place: the ATP office in the hotel lobby. There began the conversation that we have reproduced below and which shows just how normal these three sports stars are.

Ronaldinho to Nadal: “You look much smaller on the tele... "

Nadal to Ronaldinho: “You too, you don't look so well built/muscular on the pitch... "

Ronaldinho to Nadal: “It's because of my nickname. As they all call me Ronaldinho it seems as if I should be smaller.." (laughter)

Feliciano to Ronaldinho: “Are you tired of so much travel?”

Ronaldinho: “The journey from Kuwait was a killer, because we travelled in the early hours of the morning and the flight took more than four hours. I'm feeling a bit better now... "

Feliciano: “Do you like tennis?”

Ronaldinho: “Yes, I follow you a lot on television. You're never at home, are you? I always see you in this place and the other. I really don't play very well. I've got a problem with my backhand..."

Feliciano: “There, another one!!” (more laughter)

Ronaldinho: “And do you like football?

Nadal: “A lot. I follow closely what's happening in the matches, the news. My Uncle Miquel Angel played for Barça for years."

Feliciano: “He also played in the World Cup in Korea." (which Ronaldhino played in too)

Ronaldinho: “But you're Madrid fans, I've seen you Rafa many times in the president's box at Bernabeu." (more laughter)

Rafa: “Well, I can't go to the Nou Camp, the last time they said: '¡fuera, madridista!' (Get out of here, Madrid fan!) (laughter). I've always been a Madrid supporter.. Hey, do you know what's the matter with Robinho? I think he's the best Madrid has."

Ronaldinho: “I don't know, he plays very well with us (Brazil)."

Feliciano: “Last year when Barça won 0-3, I also stood up to applaud your two goals in the Santiago Bernabéu”

Nadal: “See and behave yourself this year, that 0-3 was a disaster."

Ronaldinho: “With Capello, it will be more difficult to score goals against Madrid..."

Feliciano: “What's the atmosphere like at Barça?”

Ronaldinho: “Fantastic. That's why we win. That's the key.


Simon, one of the ATP press people took some photos for the lads while they were talking. Ronnie had already eaten, Rafa and Feliciano had chosen a specialist fish restaurant to do so.

An hour later, they were still chatting. They will meet again. Perhaps in the Bernabeu. Both tennis players are sure they will be in the Masters Madrid final "and then, off to cheer for Madrid" but they hope "things turn out well for" Ronnie. With yet more laughter, they took their leave of one another.

Original Spanish:
http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/20061010/NOTICIA235795244.html

Jogg
10-10-2006, 06:32 PM
Rafa won :bounce:

mallorn
10-10-2006, 06:33 PM
Rafa took his time in the first set but finally won in two, 6-4, 6-2 in just over 1h30. His first serve % was a stunning 49.

Yay.

Jogg
10-10-2006, 06:48 PM
some of the stats from the match weren't great but I'm sure he'll play his way into the tourny :)

mallorn
10-10-2006, 06:52 PM
some of the stats from the match weren't great but I'm sure he'll play his way into the tourny :)
He'd better, lol. He has every right to be rusty and this is a warm up tournament, so I'm not reading too much into this, but I hope he'll serve better soon.

MariaV
10-10-2006, 06:55 PM
Yeah, he was bound to be rusty after such a long layoff so hopefully it'll get better tomorrow. :D

Johnny Groove
10-10-2006, 07:49 PM
yaaay easy win. the stats arent the best, but they'll get better. Im still sad about Pim Pim tho. :sad: hes such a sweetie :hug:

MariaV
10-10-2006, 07:52 PM
Rafa vs PimPim :eek: :scared: :unsure: - the last match tomorrow. Not Before 8:30 PM local time. :bolt: *hiding behind the sofa at that time*

MariaV
10-10-2006, 08:10 PM
From the OS

10/10/2006
Sluiter no threat to Nadal - will clash against Joachim Johansson in next round

The cheers nearly lifted the roof as world no. 2 Rafael Nadal made his first entrance in the Royal Tennishall. Ninety minutes later he had dismissed Raemon Sluiter of Netherlands in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. :D :D

As usual, Nadal took the court with tremendous energy, jumping up and down like a boxer waiting for the bell. :bounce: Sluiter tried his best to not let the Spaniard get inside his head and treated Nadal and the audience to several fantastic rallies in both sets. :worship: :bowdown:

Though he struggled with his first serve Nadal always managed to pick up his game as soon has he found himself in trouble. :yeah:

- I feel good indoors. It’s always good for your confidence to win matches, said Nadal whose next opponent will be hard hitting Joachim Johansson.

Johansson outpowered Davide Sanguinetti in the last match of the evening, defeating the Italian veteran in two sets, 6-4, 6-4.


http://www.stockholmopen.se/t1.asp?p=345889&x=1&a=445398

OK, I'm beat so I'm off for the night. See you all tomorrow. :wavey:

mallorn
10-10-2006, 08:25 PM
From Reuters, with some more quotes:
Nadal wins comfortably in Stockholm
Tue Oct 10, 2006 3:54 PM EDT161

By Oliver Grassman

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - World number two Rafael Nadal got off to a flying start at the Stockholm Open on Tuesday by beating Dutchman Ramon Sluter 6-4 6-2 in the first round.

The top-seeded Spaniard, playing in the tournament for the first time, needed 91 minutes to beat Sluiter. He next faces the winner of the tie between Swede Joachim Johansson and Italy's Davide Sanguinetti.

"I feel good indoors," said the 20-year-old, making his first tournament appearance since his quarter-final loss to Russian Mikhail Youhzny last month.

"I don't feel that rusty, I've been training really hard at home in Mallorca to prepare myself for the end of this season," added Nadal, who helped Spain beat Italy in the Davis Cup group playoffs two weeks ago.

Looking pumped up, Nadal broke Sluiter in the opening game of the match and never looked back.

Despite forcing the Spaniard into several tough rallies, Sluiter could not match the heavy topspin strokes of Nadal, who held his serve to clinch the first set.

He broke Sluiter twice in the second set and served it out on his first match point.

"It was a really nice atmosphere. It feels good to win some matches for the confidence," added Nadal.
http://ca.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=sportsNews&storyID=2006-10-10T195119Z_01_L10378436_RTRIDST_0_SPORTS-TENNIS-STOCKHOLM-COL.XML&archived=False

16681
10-10-2006, 08:27 PM
Congrats to Rafa on his win today :) I hope he is back on track :D

MariaV
10-11-2006, 11:06 AM
LIVE news from Nathii, I hope she doesn't mind me posting it here. :o

Adam Chadaj caught me :rocker2: next he's going probably to Kolding. and the official party was y-day, not today :( so now i know why ferrer was so wasted at the breakfast haha... but Adam said Ferrer was not at the party for long, contrary to Nadal :help:

Johnny Groove
10-11-2006, 08:03 PM
LIVE news from Nathii, I hope she doesn't mind me posting it here. :o

Rafa is such a party animal :p Hopefully Xisca doesnt get wind of this :devil:

mallorn
10-11-2006, 08:24 PM
Rafa is such a party animal :p Hopefully Xisca doesnt get wind of this :devil:
Yeah the party animal's in trouble now, 4-6, 6-5 and still having problems with his first serve.

mallorn
10-11-2006, 08:44 PM
And the party animal went down in two sets, 4-6, 6-7 (4). If someone saw it any comments will be appreciated.

Jogg
10-11-2006, 08:49 PM
Yeah it would be good to know what happened from somebody who saw it

Rafa :sad: hope that first serve picks up in madrid

mallorn
10-11-2006, 09:11 PM
From the official site:
Johansson outpowers Nadal

Joachim "Pim-Pim" Johansson beat Rafael Nadal 6-4, 7-6 in a crowd-pleasing thriller. Johansson, who has worked hard to come back from injury, played at the top of his game to win his "biggest victory so far" in his career.


The last centre court match on Wednesday evening was the second-round match between World no. 2 Rafael Nadal and Joachim "Pim-Pim" Johansson.

Nadal is mostly known for dominating on clay, but he won the title in Dubai where he beat Roger Federer in a three-set final and was thus looking to win his second hard court title of the year here in Stockholm. Johansson, on the other hand, is battling hard to come back from injury and his win against Italian Davide Sanguinetti in the first round was an important step in the right direction.

Nadal showed what a pro he is and came out pumped for the match and took the first game easily, but Johansson showed determination as well, hitting four aces to level the score at 1-1. It was obvious from the start that Pim-Pim was not ready to engage in long rallies against the young Spaniard. Instead, he aimed to go for the early winners. Success came quickly when he broke Nadal to take a 2-1 lead of the first set after a fantastic game where Johansson hit winner after winner. At this point of the match Nadal’s quick feet proved no match for Johansson’s rocket-like serves and forehand winners. The tall Swede even hit a crowd-pleasing 207 kph (129 mph) ace on his second serve. Both players then held their serve until Johansson was serving for the set at 5-4 when the Swede saved one break point to take the first set 6-4 on his third set point.

Rafael Nadal struggled to find his rhythm due to Pim-Pim Johansson’s consistent play. The Swede came out in the second set the way he played in the first, on fire, as he broke Nadal in the first game of the second set. Rafael, always a fighter, refused to give up and came back strong by winning seven consecutive points to hold serve and get three break points only to see Johansson pick up his play to save all three. However, Nadal eventually won the game on his fifth break point to level the set at 2-2.

Johansson picked up his level of play once more and the two players followed each other until Pim-Pim served to stay in the set at 5-6. By know Pim-Pim was less of a threat to break Nadal’s serve, it was rather Rafael who was threatening the break the Swede’s service games as Johansson was perhaps showing small signs of fatigue due to his lack of matches this year. However, after one hour and forty-two minutes of play, he held his serve to force the tiebreak.

In the tiebreak Johansson started strongly to take a commanding 3-0 lead. Rafael Nadal refused once again to give up and fought hard to come back, but in the end the Swede won the tiebreak 7-4 for a two-set win 6-4, 7-6. For the Swede it was an extremely solid match as he was serving well in both sets and consistently coming up with forehand winners. In the quarter final on Friday Joachim Johansson will face Belgian Kristof Vliegen who earlier today beat Canadian Frank Dancevic.
http://www.stockholmopen.se/t1.asp?p=345889&x=1&a=445578

Johnny Groove
10-12-2006, 02:51 AM
Well hopefully Rafa had some good :drink: and :aplot: last night, because he was shit today. :o

Ti-Anne
10-12-2006, 05:44 AM
RAFA... :bigcry:

MariaV
10-12-2006, 07:06 AM
Maybe it's me and I should stop supporting him. :tape: :( :sad:
From Reuters. Not that you'd really like to read it.

GIANT SERVER

Former top-10 player Joachim Johansson, now ranked 690 in the world after a long shoulder injury lay-off, set the pace against Nadal by firing four consecutive aces in his first service game.

After breaking the Spaniard to 2-1, he comfortably held serve throughout the first set. He broke Nadal's opening service game in the second but later dropped serve himself, allowing the match into a tiebreak.

After grabbing a 3-0 lead, Johansson stayed on top to win the tiebreak 7-4 on a backhand return error by Nadal.

"I didn't play the match of my life, but I didn't play a bad match either," said Nadal. "Joachim was more aggressive. On the big points he was more aggressive, for sure.

"He has unbelievable potential, he has an incredible serve and an incredible forehand.

"He has the advantage over other players coming back from injuries, and that's his serve...He's one of the top five (servers), for sure."

Johansson fired 17 aces past the Mallorcan, who was rarely able to take charge of the rallies.

"I think this is my finest victory. I've won titles and I've gone far in grand slams, but considering how the last year has been, I rank this one the highest," said Johansson, who reached the U.S Open semis two years ago.

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=2006-10-11T220638Z_01_L11831428_RTRIDST_0_SPORT-TENNIS-STOCKHOLM-UPDATE-2.XML&pageNumber=1&imageid=&cap=&sz=13&WTModLoc=NewsArt-C1-ArticlePage1

Mimi
10-12-2006, 08:00 AM
its difficult for me to say which year is better for rafa, last year or this year? :confused: last year he won more titles 11, this year just 5, but he did better on slams, getting to the final of wimby and quarter of us open :confused: :wavey:

i hope rafa will find his killer instinct again :p ;)

silver7
10-12-2006, 11:34 AM
:awww: Rafa!
I hope he can take the title in Madrid again.

Xristos
10-12-2006, 01:10 PM
Yes, but that would be hard considering Rogi is also playing...

silver7
10-12-2006, 01:47 PM
Yep that´s true and Roger is in a good form but I hope Rafa will find his form until Monady.:)

NeverSayDie
10-12-2006, 03:30 PM
Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im so upset :sobbing:

Agassi Fan
10-12-2006, 06:33 PM
Good luck in Madrid.

Johnny Groove
10-12-2006, 11:37 PM
Maybe it's me and I should stop supporting him. :tape: :( :sad:

Why would you do something so horrible? :hug: You love Marat and he isnt exactly the most consistent player :awww:

MariaV
10-13-2006, 09:13 AM
Why would you do something so horrible? :hug: You love Marat and he isnt exactly the most consistent player :awww:

That's exactly the point you know, maybe I bring bad luck indeed. :o :( And Rafa was supposed to be the steady and happy and sunny one. :o :tape: I have enough with one headcase that is Marat. :scared: :unsure: