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Old 11-19-2007, 09:06 PM   #1
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Rafa arrived in Malaysia for his exhibition with Gasquet.

Now, some days ago I stated that I had never seen a pic of Rafa that I didn't like.

He accepted this challenge.






Imagine my horror. That shirt is 2005 bad. He had been making such progress. Why, Rafa, why? Anyone need a terrifying trip down memory lane?









But - it's fine! Someone at vamosbrigade did a little research and Rafa is wearing a traditional batik shirt Thank the Lord.

They play tomorrow.

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Angela at vb.com found this lovely article:

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NADAL - CLAY COURT GLADIATOR OR SEXIEST MAN

A highlight of the 'one of a kind' Malaysia Independence Tennis Festival to be played on November 17-25, 2007 is the Clash of Titans featuring the world's best clay-court player and three-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal facing French star Richard Gasquet - described as the sport's most naturally talented player.


Few athletes have made as much impact on the image of a sport as Rafael Nadal. His arrival on the tennis scene as an extremely charismatic teenager with his long-hair, incredibly powerful body, irreverent capri pants, sexy sleeveless shirts and Spanish good looks have made him the subject of mythical admiration by young women throughout the world. His fantastic displays of grits and guts on the court combined with tremendous sportsmanship have gained the hearts of young and old, male and female in all five continents.

The twenty-one-year old Spaniard is widely regarded as possibly the greatest clay-court player of all time and has been decorated by his legions of fans as the world's sexiest man. The left-handed from Mallorca has never lost a single match at the French Open - one of the most extraordinary records in sport - and holds the longest single surface winning steak in men's tennis open era - a fantastic 81 consecutive wins on clay.

"Richard is a very dangerous player and a tough competitor. I am sure we will have a great match. I feel truly honored to be part of the Celebrations of Malaysia's 50th Anniversary of Nationhood," said Nadal who will be playing in Southeast Asia for the very first time.

The twenty-one year old Spaniard from Mallorca, Spain keeps his business in the family and is coached by his uncle Toni Nadal. The left-handed powerhouse has, in a very short time, amassed twenty three career singles titles, 245 singles matches wins, established himself as the unchallenged world No. 2 player - trailing only the legendary Roger Federer - and has earned over twelve million dollars in prize money.

Nadal's tremendous domination of Roland Garros has caught the tennis world by surprise but it was his success at Wimbledon that left fans and experts alike in awe. Making the transition from the slower red clay courts of Paris to the much faster legendary grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon is one of the most difficult challenges a professional tennis player faces each year. Only the geniuses of the sport have been able to tame both the dirt and the lawn in the short time that separates the French Open and Wimbledon.

In 2006 Nadal achieved the nearly impossible task defeating Federer at the French Open final and then shocking the world by reaching his first ever final at Wimbledon four weeks later where he met the Swiss maestro once again. He repeated the amazing performance earlier this year again prevailing against the world No. 1 Federer at Roland Garros and then pushing the 26-year-old winner of 12-Grand Slam titles to the very limit before Federer closed the thrilling five-set Wimbledon final match.

The Federer - Nadal complete domination of the top two positions in the world rankings over the past three years has set in motion one of the greatest rivalries the sport has ever seen - comparable to the Borg/McEnroe, Borg/Connors and Sampras/Agassi eras. But the humble young man better known as Rafa has his own view on the subject.

"I am not afraid of any player. But obviously Federer is the best one, I believe. I admire him but there is no rivalry. Roger is No. 1 in the world; I am No. 2. I am just trying to do everything I can to get as close to him as possible. But in general, I think you can maintain a rivalry while admiring your rival. When I play Roger, it is a special motivation to play better. On the other hand, it is just another match, no? There is more attention, but it is another match."

Rafa creates great turmoil among female fans in each city he visits due to his good looks and amazingly well-contoured body. His buttocks are the subject of a video on YouTube.

"How do you feel about being a sex symbol to thousands of women around the world," asks a Rafa female fan. "Do you wear a G-string when you play? You are the hottest player on the tennis tour," questions another fan.

The incredibly 'down-to-earth' Nadal who defines himself as 'a bit shy' explains to fans that he does not consider himself a sex symbol and likes to lead a very normal life with following football and Formula One, watching movies - appropriately Gladiator is his all-time favorite - and spending time with family and friends as his favorite activities outside of tennis.

When asked which of the all-time great players he would most prefer to play, he answers: "I would choose Borg. He had an incredible mental approach to the game. He had ice in his veins, and I would love to see what I could do against him. If I had to say, I suppose he would win."

Richard Gasquet will have his hands full in trying to tame Nadal's powerful ground strokes on November 20 at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam. But the young Frenchman - fifteen days younger than Nadal - is known by his peers as a fierce competitor gifted with an abundance of natural talented. He is already the winner of four Tour titles, managed to defeat the great Roger Federer in Monte Carlo and is the owner of a classic one-handed backhand which unleashes one of the most beautiful and lethal shots in tennis today. Irrespective of the result of the match, there is no question that the quality of the tennis will be fantastic.

The revolutionary Malaysia Independence Tennis Festival is set up more in the fashion of a music festival than a tennis tournament. It is comprised of the Nadal vs Gasquet Clash of Titans match, the Federer vs Sampras Clash of Times historic encounter to be played on November 22 and the Malaysia Open ATP Challenger Series which commences on November 17.

"It is very good for the development of sport and tennis in Malaysia to bring great players such as Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet to play in our Nation. Being able to watch them live right here at home will provide a strong motivation for our youth," said Dato' Seri Azalina Dato' Othman Said, Minister of Youth and Sports.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2007...t_30053115.php
Here are some articles and links to blogs about Rafa's arrival in Malaysia:

http://hcfoo.com/2007/11/welcoming-r...-malaysia.html

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3....php?id=297243
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:54 AM   #3
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"Do you wear a G-string when you play?
Now there's a question!

And about that orange shirt - it looks funny but on Rafa anything can look good.
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Alright, I'll post the pics here too then.


Spain's Rafael Nadal, left, walk on to the court during an invitational exhibition match against France's Richard Gasquet at Shah Alam Stadium, on the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007.
(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)


Spain's Rafael Nadal, left, poses with Richard Gasquet of France after an invitational exhibition match at Shah Alam Stadium, on the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007.
(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)


Spain's Rafael Nadal serves against Richard Gasquet of France during an invitational exhibition match at Shah Alam Stadium, on the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007.


Spain's Rafael Nadal, returns a shot shot against Richard Gasquet of France during an invitational exhibition match at Shah Alam Stadium, on the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007.
The last one is funny
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^That last pic is great.

Thanks, Maria and l_Mac!
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Rafa won 3-6 6-2 6-3
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Thanks for the pictures, Maria! He's looking very happy out there.

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'Fans' asking this sort of questions... :retard:
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yeah, the green and orange shirts, how could he buy such ugly shirts
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Rafa arrived in Malaysia for his exhibition with Gasquet.

Now, some days ago I stated that I had never seen a pic of Rafa that I didn't like.

He accepted this challenge.






Imagine my horror. That shirt is 2005 bad. He had been making such progress. Why, Rafa, why? Anyone need a terrifying trip down memory lane?









But - it's fine! Someone at vamosbrigade did a little research and Rafa is wearing a traditional batik shirt Thank the Lord.

They play tomorrow.
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Default Re: Who needs an Off Season? Exho Thread.

Rafa is taking part in the Malaga Masters this weekend, with Feli, Ferru, Moya and others I am too lazy to look up. Maybe Gonzo.

edit, not Gonzo, Massu. So close

Thanks to Angela at vb.vom for this translation.

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Nadal, Ferrer, Moya and Feliciano will be in Malaga

Translated by Angela for VamosBrigade.com


The International Tennis Masters II of Malaga, which will be played from November 30 to December 2, already has the final draw. With Rafa Nadal and Carlos Moya free in the first round, David Ferrer will have to be measured with Adalia Paul Martin and Feliciano Lopez will do it himself with Chilean Nicolas Massú.

David Ferrer, finalist in the last Masters Cup in Shanghai and number five in the world, will begin his journey in the Malaga Masters against Paul Martin Adalia, the absolute champion of Andalusia this season in both singles and doubles. This meeting will take place on Friday November 30 at 18:00 pm and the winner of the duel will be measured with Carlos Moya in the semi -Saturday at 17:00 hours-. Regarding to the draw, Adalia declared on the microphones of RadioMarca that " it'll be a difficult meeting, but I always go out to win and this time will not be an exception."

The second meeting on Friday it'll be the meeting between Feliciano Lopez and Chilean Nicolas Massú from 20:00 pm. The winner of this collision will have to meet in the semifinals with Rafa Nadal -Saturday at 20:00 hours-, top seed in the tournament and number two in the world. The final will take place on Sunday at 16:00 pm.

The "Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpeta" will be the scene wich will bring together some of the best players of the moment with up-and-coming talents of tennis.
Why does Moya get a bye to the semi-final, but Ferrer has to play an extra match? Why do I even care?

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Rafa won the Malaga Masters - apparently he was scurrying all over the court like a man possessed

He beat Feli yesterday in the semi-finals, and Carlos today in the final.
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Rafa won the Malaga Masters - apparently he was scurrying all over the court like a man possessed

He beat Feli yesterday in the semi-finals, and Carlos today in the final.

obvioulsy he wanted to show his feet are fine...

Now go get some real titles down under Rafa!
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Rafa won the Malaga Masters - apparently he was scurrying all over the court like a man possessed

He beat Feli yesterday in the semi-finals, and Carlos today in the final.
This seems to be the only place talking about Malaga, so I wondered if anyone knows when Ferrer lost and who beat him? And did Feli have any matches other than the semi-final against Nadal? Thanks for any info.
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This seems to be the only place talking about Malaga, so I wondered if anyone knows when Ferrer lost and who beat him? And did Feli have any matches other than the semi-final against Nadal? Thanks for any info.
Wow, what did you do to deserve those red dots. (no need to reply)

http://www.malagamaster.com/es/clasi...y-noticias.php

Friday:
Feliciano Lopez def. Nicolas Massu: 7-6, 6-1
David Ferrer def. Pablo Martin: 6-4, 6-2

Saturday:
SF: Carlos Moya def David Ferrer: 6-4, 6-4
SF: Rafael Nadal def Feliciano Lopez: 7-6(2), 6-3

Sunday:
Final: Rafael Nadal def Carlos Moya: 6-3, 6-4
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Wow, what did you do to deserve those red dots. (no need to reply)

http://www.malagamaster.com/es/clasi...y-noticias.php

Friday:
Feliciano Lopez def. Nicolas Massu: 7-6, 6-1
David Ferrer def. Pablo Martin: 6-4, 6-2

Saturday:
SF: Carlos Moya def David Ferrer: 6-4, 6-4
SF: Rafael Nadal def Feliciano Lopez: 7-6(2), 6-3

Sunday:
Final: Rafael Nadal def Carlos Moya: 6-3, 6-4

Thanks so much for the info. As for the red dots, I discovered these boards just back in September and have only posted a few times. Apparently asking questions about how the ranking system works makes one look like an idiot.
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