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Old 09-22-2010, 06:23 AM   #2071
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On next Monday, a documentary programme about Rafa will be aired in Japan. It's titled "Taiyo no Otoko Rafael Nadal" (The man of the sun Rafael Nadal ) and includes an interview and footages taken in Mallorca in July. It's produced by Japanese broadcaster WOWOW, which has the broadcasting rights to GS as well as the Rakuten Japan Open. Yes it's aired in time to increase viewership of Japan Open. (Wowow is a subscriber-only channel. ...At the moment there's no tennis broadcast on VHF channels in Japan. They have made documentaries on Messi, Kaka, C. Ronaldo as well as Nishikori and Ai Sugiyama.)

You can see the trailer here:
http://www.wowow.co.jp/documentary/nonfictionw/
(Never mind the ugly guy on the lest of the screen. He's supposed to be the main caster for the weekly documentary series which usually covers culture, history and current issues.)
The trailer has been aired here since before USO, and I'm very much looking forward to watching it.

Here's the same broadcaster's site for Japan Open where you can watch Rafa's message for Japanese fans:
http://www.wowow.co.jp/sports/tennis/
The video is on top right, under the banner. You can enlarge it by clicking the little red box beneath the screen. It is inscribed "拡大する>>" in white.

Of course, I'm aware all this doesn't mean Rafa will definitely come to Japan, and I am torn between wanting to see him play in Tokyo and hoping he wouldn't play for three weeks in a row...!
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Thanks for the news bunny but I cannot watch these videos in my country.
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Thanks for the news bunny but I cannot watch these videos in my country.
Ah that's too bad. Rafa's v cute in those videsos! Maybe everyone outside Japan can't see the vids?
If I find the clips on YouTube or elsewhere more easily accessible I will post here again.
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Rafa planted trees in Hua Hin beach resort: [quote]World number one tennis player Rafael Nadal of Spain plants a tree as part of the 'One Million Trees for the King' anti-global warming project at Kasetsart University Veterinary Hospital in Hua Hin beach city of Prachuap Khiri Khan province on September 28, 2010. Nadal will compete in the Thailand Open tennis tournament, held from September 25 to October 3. (Photos by Thiti Wannamontha)
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The Return Of Rafa

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01.11.2010



World No. 1 Rafael Nadal looks to cap off a season to remember with the elusive Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title. Opponents beware. Rafael Nadal returns to The O2 restored to the World No. 1 spot and playing the tennis of his life.

Forget about 2009. Banish any thoughts of the Rafael Nadal you saw last year at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. This year, the imperious Mallorcan will arrive at The O2 looking to take care of some unfinished business. And he will do so as a player so dominant this season that he has been crowned on the clay of Roland Garros, the grass of Wimbledon and the hard courts of the US Open.

That’s a tribute to his chameleonic capabilities, to his will to adapt his game to different surfaces. That’s also a warning to the other players in the field. London’s calling and Nadal is here. This time, for real.

“This tournament,” the World No. 1 said before departing in 2009, “gives me the opportunity to see what I have to do to play better and to start the next year better. I see the way, what I have to do if I want to be more competitive on this kind of surface. I have to play more aggressive. After the serve, when I touch the first forehand, I have to attack more than what I did in these last months... I have to recover my forehand winner and my intensity and my rhythm on the forehand. For the rest, when I’m playing well with the forehand, the backhand is going to improve a lot.”

And with that, Nadal returned to his hometown of Manacor in Mallorca. Under the guidance of Toni, his uncle and coach; the counselling of Joan Forcades, his physical trainer; and the cares of Rafael Maymo, his physiotherapist, Nadal set about rediscovering himself and his game.

Things didn’t get off to a great start, at the Australian Open 2010, when he retired in the quarter-finals against Andy Murray and extended an 11-month streak with no titles. One could have been forgiven for wondering whether Nadal might recapture his best form again. Nadal didn’t. He got ready for the clay...and none could see what was coming. Not the tears. Not the titles. Not the superb success he earned blowing rivals off the court with his forehand, running down every ball and, in the end, surprisingly, changing the grip of his racquet to improve his only major weakness: service.

This was it: for the first time in the history of the game, a player won every major title available on clay (Monte-Carlo, Rome, Madrid and Roland Garros). Nadal then went to his cherished Wimbledon, the tournament he dreamt about as a little kid, and conquered it for a second time.

It didn’t end there, though. The day after winning at the All England Club, with the tuxedo he’d worn to the Champions Ball yet to be folded, he was already visiting his doctor to treat the painful tendonitis in his knees.

But there was no stopping Nadal by then. Not only did he continue playing – he won the US Open, becoming the seventh man in the history of the game to claim all four major titles and making himself the first to win Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open consecutively and on three different surfaces. It was an astonishing sequence.

This was the Nadal we were used to. But what’s behind the armour? What about the person that propels the champion?



Nadal, the player who has won nine Grand Slam titles and an Olympic Gold, is afraid of darkness and tends to leave at least one light on when he is alone at home. Nadal, the cook that specialises in pasta; has opened a school for underprivileged children in India, where he flew this autumn; and has seen Miguel Angel, one of his uncles and a former Spanish international footballer, become a part of Mallorca’s training staff. Nadal, who always rents a house within walking distance of Wimbledon, loves Japanese food, playing with his PlayStation and listening to Spanish music. Family is what matters most to the World No. 1. Running in a close second is tennis.

Get ready. London’s calling, and this time the real Nadal is coming.


The View From Spain
- Juan José Mateo Ruiz-Gálvez, Sports feature writer, El Pais

Spain’s sport is living a Golden Era. Think about it: the national team won the World Cup this summer. Pau Gasol claimed his second NBA Champion ring with the LA Lakers. Fernando Alonso drives a Ferrari in the Formula 1 championship. And yet, Rafael Nadal, the World No. 1 tennis player, transcends all that.

Is he the best sportsman Spain has ever produced? That’s the discussion in the streets and the media. Is he an influential figure? Yes. Is he a role model for many? Yes. Is he a popular star, one that lives with the burden of being hunted by the paparazzi? Yes.

There is one thing that summarises everything. In 2008, Nadal was distinguished with the prestigious Principe de Asturias award. The reason? “His behaviour both in victory and defeat.” In other words: he was recognised as a valid role model for society, and an approachable one. Rafael Nadal is simply Rafa.

Story reproduced with permission from the official Barclays ATP World Tour Finals tournament program.
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Rafa has won two awards

ATP World Tour No. 1 (based on South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings)
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Rafael Nadal : The Spaniard won seven titles, including three Grand Slam crowns in a row (Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open). At 24 years, 3 months, he became the youngest man in the Open Era and seventh man overall to complete a career Grand Slam with his first title in Flushing Meadows. He also became the first player to win three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay court titles (Monte-Carlo, Rome, Madrid) in the same season. He is the all-time leader with 18 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. He compiled a 67-9 match record, his fourth straight season with at least 65 match wins.

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (voted by ATP players)

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Moya says Nadal on way to being best ever player

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(Reuters) - Carlos Moya knew Rafael Nadal was good when he first set eyes on his fellow Mallorcan as an 11-year-old but he never imagined the precocious young talent would become a serial winner of grand slam trophies.

Speaking after bidding an emotional farewell to tennis on Sunday when Nadal hosted an on-court ceremony for his close friend at the ATP World Tour Finals, Moya said the world number one was now on the way to even surpassing the milestones achieved by 16-times grand slam winner Roger Federer.

"He's been amazing player. He is amazing player," the 34-year-old Moya, who was embraced on the O2 Arena's Center Court by past and present players including Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, told reporters.

"You know, knowing him for so long makes it special for me because first time I met him, he was just 11, 12 years old.

"So he was a good prospect of being a good player but you never know what can happen. I realized he had something special, but could never think that he could be that good, to be honest.

"He's one of the greatest ever. But he's on his way to become, who knows, maybe the greatest."

Moya, the former French Open champion and the first Spaniard to top the ATP rankings in 1999, announced his retirement this week because of a long-term foot injury.

Nadal describes Moya as his mentor and the 24-year-old, who plays Roddick Monday, was clearly emotional as he spoke of Moya's contribution to the sport.

"It's a sad day for me because I'm saying goodbye to a friend and tennis is saying goodbye to a great ambassador," the nine-times grand slam winner said in front of thousands of fans who had just watched Murray's victory over Robin Soderling.

"He was the first Spaniard to be number one and he helped me a lot when I was a young player. I've missed him a lot this last year when he's not been on the circuit."

Moya said watching Nadal emerge had helped his own career in which he won 20 titles, including Roland Garros in 1998.

"Maybe I said a thousand times, but the same way I helped him, I think he helped me," Moya said. "When he was 13 or 14 we were practicing together. I was near the top 10 and sometimes he was beating me during the practice.

"That made me think, that made me improve and evolve. You see a kid like this kicking your ass so you try to avoid that. So he made me improve and made me more positive.

"I cannot say that Rafa owes me anything at all. He deserves all what he's winning. Of course, aside from how good he is, he's a great person."
Nice words from Rafa's mentor.

But the bolded portion shows again that Nadal was a tennis genius even in young age. To beat a top 10 player when 13 years old....only means you have an innate talent of winning long rallies and key points...Isn't this what separates Champions from great players. ?

I was watching the famous Davis cup final match 2004 between Nadal and Roddick a few days back...and the commentator mentioned that Spanish team captain Carlos Moya is fully confident on Nadal and ..........he is also sure that one day Nadal will be the world no.1 player.. I was first surprised when I heard that statement( or prediction or prophecy ) but after reading this article now we know why he was so sure.
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he could be, if he manages to stay injuries free
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oh good, i loved this sportsman award, didn't it win by Roger for many years? now its rafa's turn
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Rafael Nadal: Armani Underwear's New Face!

Rafael Nadal, the current number one tennis player in the world, will be trading in his tennis shorts for underwear as the new face of Emporio Armani Underwear!

The 24-year-old Spanish athlete will follow in the footsteps of soccer players David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who both have modeled for Armani before.

Rafael’s first campaign, which will also include the Armani Jeans collection, will launch this February.

WHAT DO YOU THINK about Rafael Nadal modeling underwear?



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There is an interview with Rafa in the Sunday edition of the Swiss newspaper BLICK. The online version is usually only one or two questions shorter as the printed one. I translated the interview for those of you who might be interested in it.


Rafael Nadal:

"In Mallorca I'm just one of many"

Rafael Nadal is a tennis icon and the biggest rival of Roger Federer. On Tuesday both will meet each other in an exhibition match in Zürich.

By Christian Bürge 19.12.2010

Rafael Nadal, you are very popular in Switzerland. It's a pity that you don't play here usually. Why not more often?

Rafael Nadal: It is my first match here against Roger but I played in Basel in 2003 and 2004. I lost both times in the first round. You never know: Maybe I will be here again in the future. It is really exciting to play against Roger in his homecountry - especially for charity. That's the most important.

Have you ever been in Switzerland on vacation? Can you ski or snowboarding?

No, I have never been to Switzerland to take a rest. I don't have that much free time and when you are from Mallorca it is difficult to get enthusiastic about another holiday resort. When I have retired one day I have to try to go skiing even though I will be really bad in it.

You are going to play these two exhibition matches after a long season. Do you still have - or already again - energy?

I started practicing 13 days ago. So for me it is a part of the preparation for the next season. It's true that I didn't had that much vacation this year. But when I started to talk with Roger about this idea we both immediately agreed. It would be stupid to use tiredness as an excuse for these events.

You help disadvantaged and handicapped people with your foundation. What do you learn from encounters with them?

That all help of the world is still too less. We live in privileged countries and are privileged people. I would feel bad if I wouldn't help. I learn from those encounters - especially a few months ago in India - that they have nothing bot are happy nevertheless. I was very impressed about this. But I want to make them more happy.

Do you feel a pang of conscience because you earn so much money and live a luxury life?

When you have been to countries like India you don't give much on luxury, hotels and glamour. That's for sure. But those things have never been important for me before as well. I try to live a normal life.

When you talk about a normal life: Do you have attendants in Mallorca or do you go grocery shoppping alone?

Honestly said: I'm only one of many in Mallorca. And I like this. I live a normal life, have the same friends and not much has changed. Therefore I like to go home after tournaments. It's the perfect place to live. When someone is looking for me in Mallorca he will find me there. And that's the same for the rest of the world. I'm a 24 years old man who plays tennis, nothing more.

Do you notice that you are well received at press conferences with this attitude?

The only thing I want is to stay loyal to myself. I want to be myself. As normal as possible. I don't want to get well received by anyone on purpose. What I say is what I think. Nobody is telling me what I have to say on a pressconference. I'm normal and honest. That's what gets you closer to the people.

2010 has been your most successful season. You even played convincingly at the World Tour Finals. Have you learned from Roger Federer to schedule your year better, to make more rests and to skip the Davis Cup?

I learned a lot from Roger during my career, without a doubt. But in this case it was my body who taught me the lesson.

Many think that you can be able as the first player since Rod Laver to win the Grand Slam. Who or what can prevent you from this?

You have to make clear to the people that you don't win Grand Slams that easily. Every major tournament is a strenuous effort. The US Open in New York are the most difficult one for me. That won't be different in 2011. The conditions with the surface are quite complicated for my game. Honestly said I don't like to talk about that I aim for the Grand Slam. I live with the pressure but I do realize that such a feat is nearly impossible.

Are you at the peak of your career? It would be frightening if you could get any better.

I don't know. I feel great and had an incredible year. To be honest, I don't know if I will be able to repeat it.

For many people you are already a living legend. Some compare you with Roger Federer and say that you will become the best player in the history one day. Does this make you proud?

No, no. The numbers speak a clear language. It would be stupidity to say I would be better than Roger or that I could compare with him. He has 16 Grand Slam titles and I have 9.

But are his numbers reachable for you?

At the moment it's too far away to think about it. I just want to get better all the time. Roger has been a role model for me because he improved his tennis over the years all the time. He never stood stil even though he is meanwhile 29 years old. I don't know where I will be at this age.

You are very modest and don't like it to compared with legends. Why?

Of course you like to hear it to be compared with the big players. But I have to take my racket and to prove myself all the time. Compared can be later on.

You and Roger are different characters. Does something combine you beside tennis? Are you friends or mostly brand colleagues and rivals?

There is a certain language barrir between us which is difficult to bridge. You just have to look at the video in which we promote the exhibition matches. We couldn't stop laughing. Once he hears Spanish it's over with him. Roger has always been good to me and I whink what's happening with us and what we managed to do is fantastic for the sport. Tennis has definitely profited because we are there.

Does the rivalry after a close match continue into the lockerroom?

No. The rivalry is just on the court. We both want to win. But when the match is over it would be absurd to have a bad relationship.

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