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Old 09-08-2012, 02:33 PM   #2206
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I'm sad but happy at the same time that he isn't taking any chances of coming back early and that he's gonna take his time until he is 100%. I miss him so much. Tennis without Nadal isn't the same.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:57 PM   #2207
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According to a study Rafa is the favourite sportsman of the French kids.

http://www.welovetennis.fr/rafael-na...e-des-francais





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LMAO the French Rafahatas are gonna get fits.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:55 PM   #2209
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So that's it for 2012. Let's hope for the best for the AO and 2013, vamos!

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Nadal Withdraws From Paris And Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
Paris, France
by ATP Staff
25.10.2012

Rafael Nadal announced his withdrawal from the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris as well as the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London on Thursday due to a left knee injury.

Nadal said, "It’s disappointing for me to miss the last two tournaments of the season in Paris and London, but it doesn't come as a surprise. I will hopefully resume my tennis practice soon since I am making good progress with my recovery from injury. I am not ready to compete in time for these events so I will continue my recovery in Mallorca and work hard to be back as soon as possible."

Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: "We wish Rafa all the best as he continues his rehabilitation from injury. Rafa is an incredible champion and it goes without saying that he has been missed on the ATP World Tour over the past few months. We look forward to welcoming him back on the tour very soon."

Nadal has not played since 28 June, when he lost to Czech Lukas Rosol 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the Wimbledon second round.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:25 AM   #2210
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I am really worried
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:50 AM   #2211
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The return postponed again, no Abu Dhabi, he got a stomach virus now!
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My rehab has gone well, my knee feels good and I was looking forward to competing. Unfortunately doctors have informed me that my body needs to rest in order to fight this stomach virus. I would like to say sorry to all my fans in the United Arab Emirates and around the world, but I hope to play and win in Abu Dhabi again next year.See More
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:14 PM   #2212
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Wonderful, no Rafa at Doha or AO either. Probably until Feb 25th. At least I will sleep through the nights now during the AO.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Ten...ur-Return.aspx

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Doha, Qatar

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28.12.2012

Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha and the Australian Open due to a stomach virus.

"My knee is much better and the rehabilitation process has gone well as predicted by the doctors, but this virus didn’t allow me to practise this past week and therefore I am sorry to announce that I will not play in Doha and the Australian Open, as we had initially scheduled,” said Nadal.

I will have to wait until the [Abierto Mexicano Telcel] Acapulco tournament to compete again although I may consider to play before [that] at another ATP World Tour event.”

The 26-year-old Spaniard has not played competitively since 28 June, when he lost to Czech Lukas Rosol 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the Wimbledon second round.

Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, Nadal’s doctor and Director of the Centro Mapfre de Medicina del Tenis, said, “Last week, Rafa Nadal suffered a viral process that provoked a gastroenteritis with high fever for four or five days.”
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Will he still be in attendance at the Open?

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Oh god why him. This is basically pure fucking joy to 99 percent of this forum.
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MADRID — Rafael Nadal, who is set to fly to Chile on Thursday to return to the ATP tour seven months later than planned, is a different man: he has a new racquet, a new approach to his business interests and a lot of questions regarding his tennis.

Can the former world No1 go back to being the player he once was? As soon as Nadal confirmed his return to the tour after a long injury break, the International Tennis Federation proceeded to test him for doping four times in two weeks, according to sources close to the player.

Overall, Nadal was tested "six or seven" times ahead of his return, International Tennis Federation president Francesco Ricci Bitti told DPA.

However, since he recovered from a double knee injury and started to play again last November, the Spaniard has spent most of his time trying to adapt to the new tool of his trade: Babolat’s Aeropro Drive racquet.

Like most players, Nadal is conservative when it comes to his play; he does not like to change what appears to be working. But that is precisely what coaches are there for.

"Uncle Toni (Nadal) put pressure on Rafa to change. If you want to be better, you have to take risks," said Eric Babolat, owner of the company that makes the racquet Nadal has been playing with since the age of 12. He said Nadal usually tells his uncle and coach, "I don’t agree with what you’re saying, but I’ll give it a try."

According to Babolat, the new racquet and new strings give "more power and more control" to the Spaniard’s shots. "More top spin, he already has a lot of that, but he wants more," he said.

The racquet maker concedes it is "a nightmare for rivals", the height that Nadal’s strokes attain due to this top-spin effect.

By the end of the year, the racquet could be even closer to science fiction, because the plan is to put on it a chip that will collect data about every stroke.

"It could become a habit, something usual after sport: sitting with your friends to compare each one’s technical data," Babolat said.

While Nadal adapts to his racquet ahead of the Vina del Mar, Sao Paulo and Acapulco tournaments he is set to play next month, his business activities are taking on a new dimension.

Carlos Costa, a former top 10 tennis player who has been Nadal’s manager for years, left the agency IMG, the world’s biggest in the field, to create a family company with Sebastian Nadal, Rafael’s father.

The move is just like the one that Swiss tennis star Roger Federer and his manager, Tony Godsick, made a few months earlier.

Godsick left IMG and now he and Federer manage all the business generated by the former world No1. There are no longer any commissions to pay or anything to debate: they have control of everything.

The same thing is to happen with Nadal from now on.

Once he has chosen his racquet and set his business interests on a new track, questions focus on the winner of a record seven titles at the French Open: at 26, will he be able to replicate the form and results of his best years? Several top commentators have doubts.

"I don’t think he necessarily needs time to be Nadal, but I think he needs some time for the other players to think of him as the old Nadal, because I think players lose a lot of respect: not respect for him as a person, but respect for his level," Mats Wilander said.

The Swede, a three-time French Open winner and former world No1, is sure that even if his name is Rafael Nadal, "he’s still an outsider" in Paris this year, with Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Federer the men to beat.

"This is the year of Novak and Andy’s chance to win the French, and Roger’s already won it, but it’s obviously his chance too."

Tennis legend Andre Agassi, another former world No1, agrees. He thinks Nadal cannot be expected to return to top form before 2014.


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I don't know whether this is the right place to post this, but I found this very moving: an account of what these last seven months without Rafa meant to a Rafa fan. Beautifully written. I share many of those feelings because I like Rafa very much as well. Also, it includes a lovely very old video of Rafa doing a presser in his early days...Very sweet.

It's called

Fan-fare: Seven Months Without Rafael Nadal

http://www.changeovertennis.com/fan-...-rafael-nadal/
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Vina del Mar, Chile
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03.02.2013

After eight months away from the ATP World Tour, World No. 5 Rafael Nadal has acknowledged he must be patient during his comeback, which starts this week at Chile's VTR Open in Vina del Mar.

"I need weeks of working [on] the circuit. This is my first week and I don't think the goals are the same that the ones I will have in two more months,” the 11-time Grand Slam champion said. “I have to take it slowly and be humble to know that things won't be as good as they were before my injury. I need to be patient,” he added.

Nadal is scheduled to play a first-round doubles match with Argentine Juan Monaco on Tuesday against the second-seeded Czech team of Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy. His singles campaign will begin Wednesday, following a first-round bye as the top seed.

"I hope the tournament will help me to get the feeling I need to add week after week after a long period without competition,” said the left-hander, adding that “results are the least important thing right now".

"If my knee doesn't hurt I have no fear. I've had had more serious injuries in the past and I got stronger after them,” said the 26-year-old Spaniard. “This is the injury that has sidelined me the longest so maybe it will take me a bit longer to get back my confidence, the good feeling on court, but if my knee doesn't hurt I don't see why I couldn't get back my movements and game style.”

The former World No. 1 isn’t thinking about ascending to the top spot of the Emirates ATP Rankings, and is instead focusing on one match at a time and one week at a time.

Nadal added that he was grateful for the support he has received to date in Chile. “It's been fantastic; the people have been incredible to me.”
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