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02-01-2008 07:22 PM
Getta
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

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Originally Posted by l_mac View Post

Have you given me the private details already?
Not yet. Coming soon.
02-01-2008 06:35 PM
l_mac
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

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Originally Posted by Getta View Post
Linda,

What was already known to me (before the AO 2008):
  • Rafa's strong work ethic and fierce competiveness to win matches.
  • His game has the characteristics of a monograph, and not those of a textbook.
  • He is modest, as well being a great player. His modesty has nothing to do with image makers as it reaches the alert level of self doubt.
  • Ass
  • Smile

you forgot the best ones

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Other factors, not minor ones, that played major role in determining me as a Rafa's fan:
  • Stopped watching tennis after a "traumatic experience" (more information in private ). Being exposed accidentally to tennis again in 2006. Changing TV channels in my hotel room in Barcelona, trying to find a non-catalan TV show to watch, and then it was the Roland Garros 2006 final . That's it. I got hooked on tennis again. I used to like Roger's game more, but as Roger has changed his game recently, I remembered the other guy who until then was in the back of my mind.
  • The beauty of Rafa's home island of Mallorca that captured my attention (and reasoning, I would say) in 2006. Seemed to me far more beautiful than the Greek islands.
  • The chat thread on Rafa's forum that Maria has created.

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[*]Last, but far from being least as I've already said,a particular Rafa's photo I saw on the chat thread. His eyes expression was the only one I consider as a window into one's soul (more informatin in private).[/LIST]
Intriguing.

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Here I am.

I cannot give more details in public.

Have you given me the private details already?
02-01-2008 04:11 PM
Metis
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

Sounds like the photo did the trick and battered down your last defenses .


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Originally Posted by Getta View Post
  • The beauty of Rafa's home island of Mallorca that captured my attention (and reasoning, I would say) in 2006. Seemed to me far more beautiful than the Greek islands.
Blasphemy! There is nothing more beautiful than the Greek islands!

(well OK I haven't been to Mallorca yet )
02-01-2008 06:04 AM
Getta
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

Linda,

What was already known to me (before the AO 2008):
  • Rafa's strong work ethic and fierce competiveness to win matches.
  • His game has the characteristics of a monograph, and not those of a textbook.
  • He is modest, as well being a great player. His modesty has nothing to do with image makers as it reaches the alert level of self doubt.

Other factors, not minor ones, that played major role in determining me as a Rafa's fan:
  • Stopped watching tennis after a "traumatic experience" (more information in private ). Being exposed accidentally to tennis again in 2006. Changing TV channels in my hotel room in Barcelona, trying to find a non-catalan TV show to watch, and then it was the Roland Garros 2006 final . That's it. I got hooked on tennis again. I used to like Roger's game more, but as Roger has changed his game recently, I remembered the other guy who until then was in the back of my mind.
  • The beauty of Rafa's home island of Mallorca that captured my attention (and reasoning, I would say) in 2006. Seemed to me far more beautiful than the Greek islands.
  • The chat thread on Rafa's forum that Maria has created.
  • Last, but far from being least as I've already said,a particular Rafa's photo I saw on the chat thread. His eyes expression was the only one I consider as a window into one's soul (more informatin in private).

Here I am.

I cannot give more details in public.

01-29-2008 03:59 PM
Foxy
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

Here I don't agree.
Time will tell who was right.
01-29-2008 10:39 AM
the_natural
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

Yeh Tsonga can and will beat rafa again if they meet on a fast surface, especially in their respective forms (currently), even the way he played on sunday after the first set he wasnt playing badly enough to lose to rafa in straights Nole was far better at defending against the tsonga onslaught, cos tsonga had a lot of chacnes even against noles strong serve, i still dont think rafa woulda had much of a chance ( and i think alot of people saw what they wanted to see, cos Tsonga played that entire final at a very high level, Nole was just strong enough to whether the worst of his storm).
01-28-2008 05:49 PM
NaDALiTa
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

What Tsonga did is a typical French stuff,one day they can beat anyone and the other day they play crap (even though Tsonga didn't play bad on Sunday)
01-28-2008 11:15 AM
Castafiore
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

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Originally Posted by Foxy View Post
I think also he will not beat Rafa again on any surface.
I wouldn't go that far. Tsonga's a strong guy with a good serve, not bad at approaching the net and volleying. I wouldn't bet on Rafa beating him on any surface.
01-28-2008 10:57 AM
Foxy
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

The thing that pissed me off was the fact that Tsonga played the best match of his career against Rafa this Thursday. And probably would have lost in straights if he had played the way he played against Djokovic at the final. Tons of ridiculous mistakes from the forehand side and no crazy, lucky dropshots. I think also he will not beat Rafa again on any surface.
01-27-2008 09:35 PM
NaDALiTa
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

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Originally Posted by the_natural View Post
Tsonga is has got the typical french arrogance, sorry but its true, when i say french arrogance I mean in the tennis world cos i have some great french friends whom are very polite and lovely. Mathieu is the same, its the arrogance that is brought on by D!ckheads like Forget "We dont need construction workers winning the FO"!? Whats that about?? The french HATE rafa, which is why Gasguet is quite puzzling to me because he seems to get along with rafa.

Im sure that those old past-there-prime wanna be try hard french players try to fan the fires of hatred as much as possible too. You know i felt like Simon didnt like Rafa much either, the general consensus from those arrogant pricks is "hes not such a great player he s just consistent I can beat him my game is better".

Oh and im sure none of them have forgotten that Grosjean match at the 05 French where the crowd showed how unclassy they are. Can also Add that f@#$ up in 06 or 07 when the dumbass translator mixed up what rafa said at the Trophy presentation when rafa said that Federer was good enough to beat anyone on any surface and was tough anywhere even on clay, but the translator said "but not good enough to beat me".


Just to summarise, the french players in general dont seem to think Rafa deserves to be where he is especially since he doesnt "make art" he just wins (Gasguet also put that into perspective, the french and italians make beautiful art on the court but the south americans and spaniards grind etc etc).


Also if rafa was cold: It was Queens club and whats queens club for?? The one crown he always wanted, Wimbledon, There was this loser i used to work with, he talked shit about rafas attitude because rafa stared him down when they were at the medibank 07, he (rafa) was practicing, looked up and saw this guy and had this intense look of a fighter on his face and just stared that other loser down. Rafa is INTENSE in practice as if hes playing, And one cant expect he'd ever be more intense than in prep for Wimbledon
:wors hip: this is exactly what i think about the french tennis players.Forget made a good job at making them b*tches,RG period is awful because he's the commentator...i let you imagine Forget making comments on Rafa's matches i always turn the sound off!

There's only French to support those pricks
01-27-2008 09:27 PM
NaDALiTa
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

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Originally Posted by FedFan_2007 View Post
That's not true! Moya and Pics are 2 of his best buddies!
Sorry i didn't mean all his friends were outside tennis, i forgot "most of" A big part of his friends have nothing to do with tennis though!
01-27-2008 07:59 PM
the_natural
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

Tsonga is has got the typical french arrogance, sorry but its true, when i say french arrogance I mean in the tennis world cos i have some great french friends whom are very polite and lovely. Mathieu is the same, its the arrogance that is brought on by D!ckheads like Forget "We dont need construction workers winning the FO"!? Whats that about?? The french HATE rafa, which is why Gasguet is quite puzzling to me because he seems to get along with rafa.

Im sure that those old past-there-prime wanna be try hard french players try to fan the fires of hatred as much as possible too. You know i felt like Simon didnt like Rafa much either, the general consensus from those arrogant pricks is "hes not such a great player he s just consistent I can beat him my game is better".

Oh and im sure none of them have forgotten that Grosjean match at the 05 French where the crowd showed how unclassy they are. Can also Add that f@#$ up in 06 or 07 when the dumbass translator mixed up what rafa said at the Trophy presentation when rafa said that Federer was good enough to beat anyone on any surface and was tough anywhere even on clay, but the translator said "but not good enough to beat me".


Just to summarise, the french players in general dont seem to think Rafa deserves to be where he is especially since he doesnt "make art" he just wins (Gasguet also put that into perspective, the french and italians make beautiful art on the court but the south americans and spaniards grind etc etc).


Also if rafa was cold: It was Queens club and whats queens club for?? The one crown he always wanted, Wimbledon, There was this loser i used to work with, he talked shit about rafas attitude because rafa stared him down when they were at the medibank 07, he (rafa) was practicing, looked up and saw this guy and had this intense look of a fighter on his face and just stared that other loser down. Rafa is INTENSE in practice as if hes playing, And one cant expect he'd ever be more intense than in prep for Wimbledon
01-27-2008 01:52 AM
FedFan_2007
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

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Originally Posted by NaDALiTa View Post
I don't know what Tsonga expected of his practice with Rafa,maybe a big hug or so...as said Marat Safin "tennis is business"they don't play tennis to make friends.Rafa is very professional and as he often say his friends are outside tennis but i guess the language bareer must be involved in the apparent coldness of Rafa!


From what i've seen in Lyon Tsonga is quite cold too,he didn't say hello,refused to sign for the kids and left very quickly after the practice so i'm not sure he can give lessons to anyone!
That's not true! Moya and Pics are 2 of his best buddies!
01-27-2008 01:28 AM
NaDALiTa
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

I don't know what Tsonga expected of his practice with Rafa,maybe a big hug or so...as said Marat Safin "tennis is business"they don't play tennis to make friends.Rafa is very professional and as he often say his friends are outside tennis but i guess the language bareer must be involved in the apparent coldness of Rafa!


From what i've seen in Lyon Tsonga is quite cold too,he didn't say hello,refused to sign for the kids and left very quickly after the practice so i'm not sure he can give lessons to anyone!
01-26-2008 11:49 PM
Sunset of Age
Re: Have a good flight home, Rafa! AO Thread.

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Originally Posted by Metis View Post
A while ago someone on MTF was posting photos and descriptions of his visit to RG or Wimbledon (I think it was last year). I remember he mentioned watching a practice session with Nadal and some other top player and he was surprised that the players did not exchange one word; one would think that they were not on friendly terms.

Maybe this is normal with Nadal and players he doesn't know well. He just hits with them and everyone goes about their business without any other interaction. Who knows?
Rafa's English is still very limited, and Jo-Wilfried's is as well. I don't think one should make any conclusions about the way they get along with each other based on this particular article.
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