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Old 07-15-2005, 09:59 AM   #136
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Homage to one of the greats of football

Miquel Àngel Nadal, surrounded by ex-team mates, will be honoured for his sporting career

S. ADROVER. PALMA.
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This weekend, the best Majorcan footballer ever, Miguel Àngel Nadal, will be paid homage to by all the people who have accompanied him during his long sporting career in Manacor, Real Mallorca, Barcelona and the Spanish national team.

The celebrations begin tonight at 21.30 (GMT+2) with a gala dinner in S'era de Pula (Son Severa) with Dr Bartolomé Beltrán as master of ceremonies. During the banquet, music will be provided by Los Valldemossa, Diabéticas Acelerados and the violinist Serafín Nebot. On top of all that, we have to add one of the star attractions of the night, the moment when tennis' - and our national sport in general's - new icon, Rafael Nadal, will dedicate some words to his uncle.

500 people will attend the dinner including many of the ex-footballer's former team mates like Zubizarreta, Ferrer, Beguiristáin, Guardiola, Stoitchkov, Chichi Soler, Marcos, Hierro, Luis Enrique, among others. One of the most important managers in the Manacorian player's long career, Javier Clemente, will also be there to lend his support to his former 'pupil' on this very important occasion.

The second part of the homage to Nadal will take place tomorrow, Saturday, when Son Severa municipal stadium will be officially inaugurated with a football match between the so-called Barcelona 'Dream Team' coached by Johan Cruyff and a combination of ex-players from the Spanish national team, Mallorca and Manacor with Javier Clemente in charge. For those who cannot get along to the stadium, the match will be shown live from 18.30 (GMT+2) on IB3 for the Balearic Islands and on TVc Canal 33 for Catalunya.

It will be a unique occasion for Mallorca to see the members of that Barça team that marvelled culés (Barça fans!) and the whole footballing world as they won the European Cup and four league championships. Alexanco, Busquets, Sergi, Goikoetxea, Eusebio, Miguel Soler, Bakero and Julio Salinas will turn out against the likes of Camarassa, Akorta, Fran, Kiko, Alfonso and Manjarín. Miguel Àngel Nadal will play one half of the match with each team and he will be joined on the field by the ex-footballer and mayor of Manacor, Toni Pastor, who used to play for Real Mallorca, and the tennis player Rafael Nadal.

The last of the celebrations will take place on Sunday with a golf tournament at Pula Golf in which many of the ex-footballers will also take part. Golf is another of this weekend's protagonist's great passions.

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Nice article again!!
That's what I'm alway thinking about and crying for!!!!
I'm in senior 3..It means I'll be dead for the college entry exams!! I really want to go..but my family and school will keep me in my place so sad...Next year!!!!!!!I be there!!!!!!! No doubt!!!!!!!!!!!! Longing for it....
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Rafael Nadal cancelles

Rafael Nadal, Semifinalist in 2003, due to knee injury will not attend this year‘s tournamet. Late sunday afternoon, after winning the Stuttgart tournament Rafael called from Stuttgart and said he was awfully sorry, but that he couldn‘t play because of a knee injury, explained Slavko Rasberger the tournament director at the press conference

Despite the withdrall, Nadal is expected to visit Umag on monday and hold a press conference explaining reasons of his retirement. Nadal‘s place at the top of the draw will be appointed to the nineth seed Alberto Martin, and his abbandoned place will be awarded to the lucky looser, meaning that Felix Mantilla will play either the qualifier or the player who lost the last round of qualification



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awww thank carlos his knee didnt bother him today
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Nadal Qualifies for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai

Spanish tennis sensation Rafael Nadal has qualified for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, becoming the youngest player in more than a decade to win a berth at the prestigious $4.45 million circuit finale. He joins World No. 1 and INDESIT ATP 2005 Race leader Roger Federer as the only two ATP players to have qualified so far for the elite eight-man and eight-team circuit finale in Shanghai.

Nadal ensured that he would play in his first Tennis Masters Cup after another stellar performance on clay this week at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. The 19-year-old won his eighth title of the season on Sunday, defeating Gaston Gaudio 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to improve his 2005 clay court record to 48-2 and keeping his 34-match clay court winning streak alive.

“For me it’s a dream. Now I’m amongst the eight best players in the world, which is very important to me,” said Nadal. “Shanghai is an exotic and nice place. Carlos Moya told me that it was a very, very nice tournament three years ago. For me this is unbelievable. It will be my first Masters and I hope to enjoy the experience and to play well.”

The 19-year-old Spaniard remains in second position in the INDESIT ATP 2005 Race, more than 250 points clear of third-placed American Andy Roddick and now within 173 points of Federer. Nadal, who is 59-8 on the season, has enjoyed a history-making run in 2005, winning eight titles including Roland Garros and back-to-back ATP Masters Series titles in Monte-Carlo and Rome. Indeed, the two Shanghai qualifiers, Federer and Nadal, have shared all five ATP Masters Series titles this year, with Federer winning back-to-back crowns in Indian Wells and Miami and a third title in Hamburg.

Nadal is the youngest qualifier for the men’s circuit finale since Andrei Medvedev in 1993. On Monday Nadal, at 19 years, 1 month and 22 days, will become the third teenager in history (since 1973) to reach No. 2 in the INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking. He joins Boris Becker (18 years, 9 mos., 17 days) and Bjorn Borg (18 years, 10 mos., 2 days) as the only teenagers to rank No. 2.

This year’s Tennis Masters Cup, the culminating event of the men’s professional tennis circuit, will be held November 13-20 in Shanghai, China.
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Yup,he's sure to come!We'll make good preparations for his coming here
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Knee injury forces Nadal to pull out of Croatia Open

UMAG, Croatia -- French Open champion Rafael Nadal announced Monday that he pulled out of this week's Croatia Open because of a knee injury. The Spaniard, who has become the youngest player in more than a decade to qualify for the season-ending Masters Cup, aggravated a knee injury during Sunday's Mercedes Cup final victory.

"I have had problems with my knee for a few tournaments and it is hurting more now, so I have to cancel to not finish on the operating table," Nadal told reporters.

Nadal, who won his eighth season title on Sunday at the Mercedes Cup with a 34th straight victory on clay, traveled to the tournament to explain his withdrawal -- and apologize on center court later in the day.

"I played here two years ago and really love this tournament. I keep planning to come back but something happens," Nadal said.

The 19-year-old Spaniard said his injury is not serious but could be aggravated if not rested.

"It is tendinitis and it could get serious if you do not take care of it," he said.

"I have had problems with my right knee, tendinitis. By itself, it's not so serious but could become so if I go playing from one tournament to another without rest," Nadal told reporters in Umag, the venue of Croatia's only ATP tournament.

"I am really sorry for not playing here where there are so many top players."

Guillermo Coria, who helped Argentina defeat Australia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals last weekend, took over as the top-seeded player at the tournament.

The field includes three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, Carlos Moya and clay-court specialist David Ferrer.
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This is a translation of the interview with Moya and Nadal that was published last weekend in "Magazine", the weekend supplement 24/07/05 with Diario de Mallorca.



Moya and Nadal, Mallorca's two tennis stars

Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal : top sportsmen, champions of Roland Garros, two different success stories but both with their origin in Mallorca. There is an age difference of ten years between them, one is on the way in and the other is on the way back, the older Moya is all experienced calm; the nervy youngster Nadal is anxious to conquer the world. The Magazine brought them together in Mallorca.

The images the two men project could not be any more different:

Nadal, who has just turned nineteen, has made an extraordinary impact on tennis, just as Fernando Alonso has on F1. Nadal may be young but the fierce look in his eyes is that of a champion. He punches the air with his muscular left arm after every victory, celebrates every point he wins, and he always wins on clay. He is the third best tennis player in the world after Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt, but he says he still has to improve his game considerably if he wants to be number one. He knows exactly what he wants to achieve and how to go about achieving it.

Moya, who is about to be 29, has already been the world's number one tennis player, Spain's first. His handsome, slim, elegant physique, his way of thinking, always trying to be genuine, his powerful game suited to all surfaces, with those precise forehands, made him a worthy succesor to Sergi Bruguera. But he has never had the killer instinct that can be seen in one look from Nadal. He seems to have given just the necessary on court, always bearing in mind that a tennis racket was not the be all and end all of everything in his life.

Moya signs autographs with his left hand, but plays with the right. Nadal, who is right handed, plays left-handed.

At a time when tennis needs outstanding figures, Nadal is admired in the US as Andre Agassi's successor, and legends of the game like John McEnroe applaud the fact that we can once again enjoy watching fantastic tennis players with character, who love winning, who connect with the public, but who, above all, are humble and well mannered.

Moya and Nadal are champions at that as well.


Reporter: How has Mallorcan tennis managed to produce two Grand Slam winners in seven years?

Nadal: It's a happy coincidence. First a player like Carlos Moya appears, and even reaches the world number one spot, and now I've come along. I'm full of illusion and working very hard because playing tennis is what I like most. It's also a coincidence that two Mallorcans have won RG, in 1998 and 2005. If only, in the next few months, there could be two Mallorcans together in the world's top ten. That would be incredible, really historic for Mallorca.

Moya: I must say it's incredible that in such a short period of time the island has produced two champions of Roland Garros, the Grand Slam tournament that all Spaniards want to win, and that we have both been in the world's top ten. The difficult bit's been done. There's a long tradition of tennis on Mallorca, and the fact that two players like us have sprung from the Balearics means that the kids not only want to play football but tennis, too, and that the sport's becoming more popular. All that is very positive for the country in general. I think that all the hype's being put to good use and that there are other youngsters following in our footsteps. For example, not long ago the Spanish junior final was fought out between two kids from Mallorca. There's a lot of good work being done and it has to be kept up to ensure that we keep on producing champions in the future.

MOYA : IF YOU DON'T DEVELOP YOUR GAME, YOU CAN RAPIDLY DROP OUT OF THE TOP TEN. EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR GAME, SO EVERY YEAR YOU HAVE TO TRY TO IMPROVE IT A LITTLE.

NADAL : YOU HAVE TO MAINTAIN YOUR ILLUSION AND BE VERY HUMBLE.

R: Carlos Moya, you are an established player, you know what it is to be at the top, you know what fame is; and you, Rafael Nadal, have just reached these dizzy heights. What does a top player have to worry about once he's up there?

Moya: You have to be prepared for lots of things, many good ones and some bad. If you work hard, are lucky enough not to get injured, have a good level and are not a conformist, then I think you can last up there. Of course, there's lots of competition, every year new young players come out on court with one desire - to beat you, because they get more points for defeating someone above them in the ranking. If you don't work hard, if you don't develop and improve your game, you can very rapidly fall out of the top ten. Everybody knows your game well so every year you have to try to improve a little, even if it's only 1%. You have to introduce something different so that your opponents don't get used to you and can easily find your weak points.

Nadal: I think what you have to try to maintain most is the illusion to go on improving and you have to have the humility to keep on doing the hard day-in day-out work that has taken you to the top. What Carlos says is true. But I also think that you have to know how to deal with the situation, how to enjoy it, because there are moments for everything. The most important thing for oneself is to be happy. When you are happy, everything is bound to go much better for you. Everybody tries to find a job at what they like most and we are lucky to work at this sport that excites us so much. We love the competition, we can compete almost every week. Not everyone is as fortunate as us.

Moya: Rafa has mentioned some very important values and you have to be able to fall back on them. I think that we both hold the view that the greatest victory is being happy. How to be happy? Well that depends on each one. I have been happy, I have enjoyed my career very much, and I still enjoy it. I have tried to make friends, and I have, and to realise that tennis is my job but there are more important things than a tennis racket. At present we have many advantages, we are very privileged, but one day this will come to an end and you will reap what you have sown. It's the person you are that really counts.

R: Moya has been in love with tennis and now he is in love with something more important, the truth. Nadal is at the moment experiencing absolute passion for tennis...

Nadal: I think we both still enjoy competing but perhaps we now have different aspirations. I'm younger than Carlos and I imagine that he had similar goals to mine when he was my age, now perhaps he's fighting to remain among the best while my ambition is to maintain my position at the top for several years. We both love our work and I don't only enjoy competing at tennis, I'm very competitive at everything. I love it, and moreover I can do it every week!

Moya: What you have to have quite clear is that you can go up or down and it's easier to go down. Rafa will find it difficult to be any higher up than where he is, but the moment he relaxes a little or gets injured.... In this aspect tennis is a very hard demanding sport. Having a ranking every week has its advantages. You are exactly where you deserve to be, you have to work to get there, and no matter how many 'contacts' you have, if you don't win, you don't climb the rankings. You are there on your own merits. The bad thing about it is that you cannot relax: if you are injured, you are bound to slip down the table; if your confidence goes, the same thing happens. Tennis is not like a team sport where they don't have these rankings; you can be injured for a whole year and not know if you're still one of the best players in the world or not. In tennis, the ranking list is there, and if you deserve to be high up on it you'll be there, and if not, you won't.

Nadal: I agree. Last year something like that happened to me, at a different level. I had started the season really well and was climbing the rankings. I was 33rd in the world when I got injured and when I returned I had slipped to number 70, and had neither the game nor the confidence I had had before. So it was a great effort to get back to where I had been. Through hard work and constancy, I've gradually won back the placings I had lost when I thought I was doing fine.

MOYA: EIGHTY PER CENT OF MY FRIENDS ARE NOT FROM THE TENNIS WORLD. I'VE ALWAYS KNOWN WHO I HAD AT MY SIDE.

NADAL: I KNOW I'M GROWING AND AT THE MOMENT I'M CLIMBING, BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT I MAY FALL.


R: You live surrounded by fame, money and self-interested "friends"......

Moya: You have to keep your wits about you. There are many people interested in being your friend when you are at the top. But often it's only when your success goes that you realise it. I've always known who I had at my side, in my team, and perhaps because of this I've not experienced any deceptions in my life as a tennis player. Eighty or ninety per cent of my friends are not from the tennis world, they are from here in Mallorca, from school. I've known them since I was ten years old. Only about ten per cent of my friends come from this latest period of my life. If you have your feet on the ground and know what's out there, it's difficult to get swollen headed and let yourself get carried away by the fame and the money

Nadal: I think rather the same. I haven't been in this for so long, I don't yet know what fame is, but most of my friends are from my hometown, from Manacor, from school, since when I was four years old. I also have friends from tennis, but they're the minority. I think it's true that you have to keep your feet on the ground. I know that I'm growing and at the moment I'm climbing the rankings, but I could just as easily fall back down. In my view, it's important not to get frustrated and to be as happy now that I'm up at the top as when I was lower down. You have to be ready for anything. I think that at Carlos' age, for example, the people you have around you are not so important...

Moya: What's wrong with my age, kid?!

Nadal: ..... But, at my age, it's very important to have a good group of people around you. If I've got this far, it's thanks to my family who have helped me, who have protected me, and have taught me that tennis is only a sport, that there are more important things in life, that above all you have to be very humble to keep on working whatever happens, whether you're successful or not. This is very important to me, especially as regards my general upbringing, outside of tennis.

Moya: Here in Mallorca family tradition is very strong, people from here are very close to the family. I know I was, and still am even at my age. I think that the family instill values and, as Rafa says, they help you to see that there's more to life than tennis. A member of his family, the footballer Miguel Angel Nadal, has been an extremely successful sportsman and perhaps they already knew how to behave, how to cope with something like that. In my family, on the other hand, celebrity was new to them. I think they have borne it well, they have been very much involved, which I appreciate as much as their inconditional support at the most difficult times.

MAGAZINE Diario de Mallorca 24/07/2005
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From Pro Tennis Fan:-

No Driver's License for Nadal Yet

That driver's license will have to wait for Rafael Nadal even though he won that Mercedes yesterday:

"I will try. I don't have a lot of time, traveling every week. I have one month in Mallorca in December after finishing the Tennis Masters Cup and then I want to do that," said Nadal.


Apparently Kia has given him 2 cars already...
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VOGUE España agosto 2005

Written on cover:

Cita con Rafa Nadal - A date with Rafa Nadal
A solos con el chico del año - Alone with the boy of the year

Days of Glory


They call him "The Wonder Boy" and the whole world loves him.

Rafael Nadal, the nineteen-year-old tennis player, speaks exclusively to Vogue after winning Roland Garros.


"I'm very tired but I'll give it all I've got." With these words Rafael Nadal greeted us at 17.00 on a sweltering afternoon on the rooftop terrace of Madrid's Hotel Imperatriz, both a wonderful vantage point from which to view the city and high enough to emulate the dizzy heights that this new young tennis giant has scaled. Thinking of just what he has achieved so far produces as much vertigo as looking down at the ant-like figures of the pedestrians far below on Madrid's Gran Via. Nadal has just turned 19 and he already has an enviable clutch of titles. Serious and powerful looking, he arrived with his team of closest advisors with whom he kept exchanging conspiratorial glances. His is the fashionable face of the moment and behind that timid smile of his lies tremendous physical power that makes him capable of seemingly impossible sprints and unthinkable effort.

Nobody can deny that Rafael Nadal has dominated tennis so far this season. His talent has exploded in an amazingly successful run of victories. He has been crowned champion in Acapulco, Costa du Sauipe, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Roland Garros. His opponents have been conquered by his game and the public by his youthfulness. A new reference figure has emerged - he is the player chosen to end Federer's reign. His image says it all - his shirts are sleeveless because he does not need to hide any aces.

Q: In most of your childhood photos you have a racket in your hand. It's difficult to imagine you doing anything else.

If I hadn't taken up tennis, I would almost definitely have been a football player. I played a lot when I was small, but the moment came when I had to make a decision... and the racket won.

Q: Since you were small everything has been planned so that you could become one of the world's best tennis players. Have you had moments of doubt?

I've never had any doubts. I was absolutely certain that I wanted to play tennis for a living. But it's true that I've had good moments and some not so good, like everone else. I'm a very normal person.

Q: How have you managed to combine your studies with a career like yours?

It's very complicated because you don't always have time to study and you can't really concentrate on the books. I did what I could because I really wanted to complete my secondary education (4ºESO).

Q: Do you still enjoy yourself as much on court as you did in the beginning?

Yes, definitely. Now of course there's much more pressure around me, but that's only to be expected if you're having good results. I love the pressure.

Q: Gladiator, Geronimo, Hercules, Wonder Boy, Toro.... Which of these names do you identify with most?

That's the press for you.... In Barcelona during the Conde de Godó tournament, they called me Killer. I'll have to put up with a lot of nicknames in the future. (laughs)

Q: You're the winner of Roland Garros, the youngest player to win the Davis Cup and the only threat to Federer's reign. Are your dreams coming true?

This year has turned out to be very good, better than expected. My intention was to finish up in the top 20, but all of the work and illusion we have put into it has been rewarded right from the beginning. But, I've still got a lot of goals to achieve.

Q: Several of the players that have become famous very young have had to rethink their career to maintain themselves at that level and others have had to abandon the circuit because of injuries. Do you feel ready to be at the front?

I hope so. What I've got quite clear is that by working hard and preparing myself physically and mentally, I'll be able to chalk up the stages to obtain the objectives that we have set.

Q: A lot of people hope that your matches against Federer will be repeats of those that McEnroe and Borg used to have.

I've seen lots of videos of those matches.... but what worries me most is working hard to improve my level.

Q: Are you obsessed with records?

No. I only think about doing things well and getting good results. At the Halle tournament I was one match away from equalling Federer's record of 25 consecutive wins, but, obviously, you don't think about these things when you step out on court.

Q: What would you choose to eat on a day when you don't have to keep to your usual strict diet?

Without any doubt, Coca-Cola and shellfish. It's a treat to have them now and then.

Q: When you were a junior you weren't able to go and play at Roland Garros because it coincided with your school examinations. Did that upset you especially?

I had to study. First I had to complete my schooling and as Roland Garros always coincided with the final exams, I had to stay home with my books. I took it calmly... there were other tournaments to play in.

Q: Your physical condition really impresses your opponents. There has been a lot of talk about the training techniques that you use. What's your secret?

There's no secret. I've got an ordinary normal body and do the same training as the others. What they say about my training techniques is more invention than anything else. Maybe the difference lies in the way I've developed naturally, in the genes, in what's hereditary, or whatever you want to call it.

Q: Tennis legends have praised your game and see you as producing the shake up that tennis really needs these days. How do you feel about this expectation that you raise?

It's flattering that great players like them see you as a new reference in modern tennis. I hope I don't disappoint them, but all I really think about is working hard.

Q: What has changed in your life?

I didn't expect to get such good results, at least not all one after another. But I don't think too much about it, I live for the moment and don't look any further than what is happening this year. I take each day as it comes and I'm aware that there will be periods when things may go wrong.

Q: Your close-knit family is around you in support and your Uncle Toni has always been at your side to lend a helping hand on the circuit. What percentage of your success do you owe to them?

A very high percentage. Of course, I've made a lot of effort but, if it had not been for my family and above all for my Uncle Toni, I would not have been a tennis player and I would not have got to where I am now.

Q: The best piece of advice that you have ever been given?

My family has instilled many values in me and they have commented that playing tennis is not the most important thing in life, that there are other things.

Q: Nike uses your image, your trousers and sleeveless shirts are the latest trend in tennis gear. Are you aware of "the Nadal effect" around you?

I'm better known than I was before but not so much as to notice "the Nadal effect". In any case, you'd be better asking the public if they notice that effect.

Q: What do you like most and what do you like least of what has been said about you?

To tell you the truth, I read practically nothing of what is published about me, so I cannot give my opinion of it. I prefer to keep concentrating on my work and to let others give their opinions.

Q: What helps you to relax?

I've always got a CD with music with me, at the moment I'm reading 'La Tapadora' (John Grisham's The Partner). But, above all, the main thing is to enjoy myself whatever I'm doing, forget about everything else.

Q: A place to get away from it all?

Mallorca. It's my refuge.

Q: What ritual do you have before going out on to the court to play a match?

I always jump up and down, give myself encouragement while warming up. Then I have a shower and go out on to the court to give my all.

Q: What do you most like doing in your spare time?

I love football, playing golf and going fishing. I also like going to the cinema whenever I can.

Q: Your sleeveless shirt and pirata pants have broken sales records. Is the image your own thing or has it been imposed on you by Nike?

No, they give me the gear and if I feel comfortable in it, as is the case with these, it is fine with me. If you don't like it, you can change, choose other models.

Q: Are you aware that from now you'll be expected to win all of your tournaments?

Everyone is aware that you can win or lose. I try to give my maximum in all of the matches and to keep improving to maintain my level.

Q: In an advertisement for a car make you are seen hitting tennis balls that are raining down from the sky. When are you going to get a driving license?

I need to get down to it. I'll do it as soon as I have time. I need a couple of weeks to devote to it... it's about time!

Q: What do your childhood friends say about what you are achieving?

They don't see me any differently, just a normal boy who's a friend to his friends. Our relationship hasn't changed.

Q: You're one of the video game generation. Do you really know you have made it big when you can choose to be yourself in the latest generation tennis video game?

I'm not very addicted to video games, but, in any case, I wouldn't choose to be myself.

by Carlos Ita


Photograph titles:

pp.98/99 FUERZA INTERIOR - 'INNER FORCE'
pp.100/101 CENTRADO - 'FOCUSED' 19 year old Nadal is tremendously mature
both on and off the court.
p.103 LA CIUDAD A SUS PIES - 'THE CITY AT HIS FEET'
pp.104/105 BAÑO DE EXITO - 'BATHED IN SUCCESS' Nadal combats the heat
of the photographic session by pouring a bottle of water over his face.

Photos by Nico
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