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Old 06-15-2012, 06:48 AM   #2191
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Why are you calling him piggy?
Please, leave that to the haters.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:28 AM   #2192
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Why are you calling him piggy?
Please, leave that to the haters.
calm down, Hilde, we Chinese call those who are hard to wake up or snoring loud as piggies, no insult is involved
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the one who gets hysterical at the slightest tells me to calm down? Now, I've seen it all, I think.

Don't do it, mimi.
It's very insulting to call a human being a pig in many parts of the word and you've been on MTF long enough to know it.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:45 AM   #2194
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the one who gets hysterical at the slightest tells me to calm down? Now, I've seen it all, I think.

Don't do it, mimi.
It's very insulting to call a human being a pig in many parts of the word and you've been on MTF long enough to know it.
oh sorry, but we use to call each other 懶訓豬 (overslept piggy) when one overslept, for casual use, not an insult

ok, won't say this any more
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It’s a good thing they don’t give him the watches!

Probably Rafa would rather be paid money for the endorsement than have the super expensive watches. I mean $500,000 for a watch? That’s crazy stuff.

I think it would be unsettling to know that someone entered your hotel suite while you were sleeping and took something.
Rafa must've been completely exhausted not just from the RG but the whole clay court season so I don't blame him for sleeping soundly. He needs a good sleep.

This bartender wasn't very smart though.
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Rafa must've been completely exhausted not just from the RG but the whole clay court season so I don't blame him for sleeping soundly. He needs a good sleep.

This bartender wasn't very smart though.
yeah, he is foolish coz its not easy to "sell" this match for monies since it is so "famous" after being wore by rafa
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'Why I can win Wimbledon and how Andy Murray can end his Grand Slam jinx': The unstoppable Rafael Nadal
By BRIAN VINER
PUBLISHED: 16:00 EST, 16 June 2012 | UPDATED: 16:01 EST, 16 June 2012

Rafael Nadal has won 11 Grand Slam titles, an Olympic gold medal and amassed a £40 million fortune. And after winning a record seventh French Open, he aims to reclaim his crown in SW19


It takes an uncommonly long time for Rafael Nadal to cross a hotel lobby.
A Russian man wants a photograph of himself with Nadal, then himself and his wife with Nadal, then his wife and his son with Nadal.
If the 26-year-old tennis champion from Majorca is thinking that a single snap might have sufficed, he shows no sign, smiling graciously throughout.
Eventually, one more photograph and three autographs later, he makes it to where I am waiting, and with a little bow, an actual little bow, shakes my hand.
‘Rafael,’ he says, as if there could be any doubt.
Just about everyone who comes into Nadal’s orbit says how charming and polite he is.

'Even if I have already peaked, I have to believe I can improve,' said Rafael
For a sporting superstar at his level of global fame, he is unusually approachable. Stories abound of his common decency, of his downright ordinariness.
Certainly, no other winner of 11 Grand Slam titles shops for himself at Asda, as Nadal routinely does during Wimbledon fortnight.
He is engagingly tactile, too, occasionally touching my arm, or knee, to reinforce a point, while his English is much better than it sometimes appears on television.
We start by talking about Novak Djokovic, who until Nadal’s victory at the French Open on Monday, had beaten him in three of the past four Grand Slam finals. Is theirs a rivalry that might yet transcend even his rivalry with Roger Federer?
‘Maybe,’ he says. ‘We will see over the next few years. We have played four Grand Slam finals and an Olympic semi-final too, but with Roger there have been even more important matches.
'He is probably the greatest player in history, and Novak is a fantastic player too.
'Last year he had one of the most amazing seasons in the history of tennis. I am happy to be a rival of both of them.’
Nicely put. But Federer, who turns 31 in August and trails Nadal 8-2 in Grand Slam head-to-heads, is surely now past his formidable best. Djokovic, however, is a year younger than Nadal and might conceivably go on getting better.
But will Nadal? Can Nadal? He doesn’t have Federer’s elegance on a tennis court, nor Djokovic’s fluidity of movement, but nobody combines power and athleticism quite like he does. It is hard to imagine there might be room for improvement.


‘But I have to believe it,’ he counters. ‘Even if I have already peaked, I have to believe I can improve. I wake up every morning, and go to practice, with the illusion that I’m going to get better that day.
'My serve can get better, for sure. It’s not just about serving bombs, but positioning, variation in speed, in spin. Federer is fantastic at that.
'And I can improve my positioning on court. I should get more often to the net, to close points.’

'I wake up every morning, and go to practice, with the illusion that I'm going to get better that day,' said Rafael
Having gained the ascendancy in his rivalry with Federer, the recent elevation of Djokovic has reacquainted Nadal with what it feels like to be second best. Does he consider himself a good loser?
‘I think I’m a great loser,’ he states. ‘When I play badly, like in the Wimbledon final last year, that’s disappointing. But in Australia this year I did all I had to do except for one important mistake in the fifth (set), and so I went home happy with myself. I accept the defeats.
'As a tennis player you can win and you can lose, and you have to be ready for both. I practised self-control as a kid. But as you get older they both – winning and losing – get easier.’
So much for the oft-quoted one-liner by legendary American football coach, Vince Lombardi: ‘Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser’?
Not even Lombardi would have dared to call Nadal a loser.
‘I have never heard that quotation before but I disagree,’ says the Spaniard.
‘You fight, you try your best, but if you lose, you don’t have to break five racquets and smash up the locker room. You can do those things, but when you’ve finished, nothing’s changed. You’ve still lost. If something positive came from that, I probably would do it. But I see only negativity.’
Nadal claims it took him less than 24 hours to get over defeat to Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon final. He then went sailing with friends around his beloved Balearic islands, and barely gave it another thought, he says.
Undoubtedly, the pressures of life as a top tennis player seem to weigh less heavily on him than on others. It seems significant, I venture, that Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, whose children seem practically genetically engineered to play tennis, are discouraging them from doing so, pointing them towards team sports instead.

'My serve can get better, for sure. It's not just about serving bombs, but positioning, variation in speed, in spin... And I can improve my positioning on court. I should get more often to the net, to close points,' said Rafael
‘I understand that,’ says Nadal, leaning forward for emphasis. ‘I love team spirit. My mentality is closer to team spirit. I like the feeling of playing not only for myself.
'Of course, there is a big team behind me, and a lot of people who support me, who show me a lot of love. But it’s different playing in a team.
‘I stopped playing football at 13, but before, when I had a football match I would wake up at six in the morning, nervous, thinking about the match.
'That has never happened with tennis, probably because in tennis I’m playing for myself. Golf is the same in that only one player can win, but if you finish third, you’re not really a loser, you’ve done well.
'If I finish third, it means I’ve lost in the semi-final.’
He pauses for a sip of Diet Coke and to reflect.
‘Tennis has given me a lot, so many fantastic experiences. It is not a bad place to be. So, if I have kids, I would let them do what they want. If they wanted to play tennis, I would support that.’
Does he want to have children?
‘Sure. I love kids.’
He breaks off, exclaiming to his manager that the hotel lounge pianist is playing a Julio Iglesias number. Julio is a good friend, he says. I steer him back to the subject of children.

On Roger Federer: 'We have played four Grand Slam finals and an Olympic semi-final too, but with Roger there have been even more important matches. He is probably the greatest player in history'
‘Yes, but not at this moment. I feel too young. In a perfect world, it would be better when I finish playing. Taking your kids around the world is not comfortable for the player or the kids.’
OK, but when he does settle down, has he found the ideal girl to do it with?
‘Hopefully,’ he says.
Nadal rarely speaks of his girlfriend, Maria Francisca Perello, with much ardour.
Tennis insiders report that during tournaments he will talk about spending evenings with his mother and sister, not his girlfriend, even when she’s in town. But this may be more about protecting his privacy than anything else.
Both Nadal and Perello, who grew up in the same village, Manacor, still live in their respective family homes, at least when he’s not travelling, and she’s not in Barcelona working for his charitable foundation. Nadal does not seem the slightest bit embarrassed that at 26 he still lives with his mum and dad.
‘I haven’t found a better place to live than with my parents,’ he says, with a dazzling smile.
The smile fades when I raise the subject of his parents’ separation three years ago.
Last year, in his autobiography, he described the depth of that pain, calling his family the ‘holy, untouchable core of my life, my centre of stability and a living album of my wonderful childhood memories’.

'Last year he (Novak Djokovic) had one of the most amazing seasons in the history of tennis,' said Rafael
Happily, stability is now restored.
‘They are back together. Every day I talk to them.’
Was it Sebastian and Ana Maria Nadal who instilled in him the virtues of being polite and staying grounded?
‘Because of them, yes. But also from my uncle, Miguel Angel. He played football for Barcelona (Nadal himself is a devoted Real Madrid fan), but he is the same, a normal guy, the right example to follow.’
Significantly, he doesn’t credit another Nadal uncle, Toni, the man who got him playing tennis from the age of three, and is still his coach. Nor did Uncle Toni emerge with particular distinction from his autobiography.
‘Toni has opinions, my father makes decisions,’ he wrote. ‘Toni can be unfair, my father is just.’
So, is it possible one day he’ll fire Uncle Toni?
‘No, impossible,’ he says firmly, then adds: ‘You never know. I don’t want to, but… he has three small kids, it is tough for him being away from them. But no… he’s very important for me, he understands me. Probably without him I would never have the success I have had.’
What success it has been. Since 2005 he has won every Grand Slam singles title at least once (and the French Open a record seven times, surpassing Björn Borg), which places him in a very select band, one that not even Borg or Pete Sampras joined. But if I were to take nine of those ten Grand Slams away, which one would he keep?
He laughs.
‘Please don’t do that. But if you did, I would keep Wimbledon 2008. Losing to Roger in 07 was one of the most painful defeats of my career.
'After that final I cried in the locker room for half an hour. But 07 helped me to win in 08.’

'Andy Murray in my opinion is the best player never to win a Grand Slam. It is his bad luck to play in this era, a tough era,' said Rafael
It was also, of course, one of the greatest Grand Slam finals in tennis history, a five-set humdinger against Federer lasting almost five hours.
This summer he will get a second chance to play at the All England Club, in the Olympic Games.
Former England rugby union coach, and now Olympic panjandrum, Sir Clive Woodward, once told me that at the Games in Beijing four years ago, he was queuing at McDonald’s in the Olympic Village at 2am, when who should loom up alongside him, ordering a round of Big Macs for the Spanish team, but Nadal.
For Woodward, it revealed how down-to-earth Nadal has remained, although the tennis ace’s recollections are slightly different.
‘I had the worst jet lag I have ever had. I’d come in from Cincinnati... So yes, I went to get the Big Macs. But the Olympics, spending time in the village with the rest of the Spanish team, is one of my greatest experiences. I wouldn’t change it for a luxury hotel. I cannot miss being in the Village.’

For the opportunity to taste that team spirit he so cherishes?
‘Exactly, yes.’
He already has an Olympic gold medal in his locker, and I am minded to point out that it is a locker our own tennis hope, Andy Murray, might like to raid.
Nadal nods: ‘Murray in my opinion is the best player never to win a Grand Slam. It is his bad luck to play in this era, a tough era. But if he keeps putting himself in the position to win, I believe he will do it. I say to myself sometimes, after losing against Novak six times, seven times, that I can lose eight, nine, ten, 12, but one day I will beat him. Murray needs the same mentality.’
How will that ironclad mentality serve Nadal, though, when he is no longer at, or close to, the summit of the world rankings? Can he see himself playing when he is 12th in the world, 15th, 18th?
‘Why not?’ he asks. ‘If I feel competitive, if I’m still competing for things that motivate me, then I will be happy. If there is a chance to get from 15th to 10th, then I will be happy, I’m sure.’
He is already said to be worth £40 million, yet if he has any extravagances, he keeps them to himself. No, he does not own lots of properties. Yes, he has a boat but only a 10ft motorboat. Yes, he has a Ferrari but it was a gift.
‘I don’t have a lot,’ he says. ‘Sure, I have a business, but my dad does all that.’
He seems to be happier fishing, sailing or playing golf (his handicap is six) than he is making money or playing tennis, which of course amount to the same thing. When I ask him that corny yet often revealing question, who would he invite to his fantasy dinner party, he smiles and says his family and his friends.
So not Nelson Mandela? Not Tiger Woods?
‘No. I know that would be very interesting, but to really enjoy the evening, to be relaxed and free to say anything, any stupid thing, I would want only my family and friends. And the menu, the menu would be seafood with rice…’
His manager signals that it’s time to go. He gives me another small bow.
‘Thank you very much for coming,’ he says, and really seems to mean it.
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Thanks for that article Star, it was a nice read.
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Tennis star, Rafael Nadal, reveals to Pedro Pinto (CNN) how tough a decision it was to withdraw from the Olympics
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Rafa will switch to poker.

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THE KING OF SPAIN INVITES RAFA, HIS GIRLFRIEND AND HIS DOCTORS TO DINNER OUT IN MALLORCA



El rey Juan Carlos ha mantenido este viernes por la noche en un restaurante de Calvià una cena privada con Rafa Nadal y un grupo de amigos vinculados al tenista, a quien ha querido expresar su amistad y apoyo en estos momentos difíciles para el deportista, que se recupera de una lesión.

El encuentro ha tenido lugar en el conocido restaurante Flanigan, en la zona turística de Puerto Portals, donde la presencia del monarca y el famoso tenista ha causado un gran revuelo entre los turistas, en su mayoría extranjeros, que se han percatado de su presencia.

La cena se ha desarrollado en la terraza al aire libre del restaurante y entre los invitados se encontraba la novia de Nadal, Xisca Perelló; el traumatólogo Mikel Sánchez y el estomatólogo e investigador Eduardo Anitúa, ambos médicos que han tratado al tenista, quienes fueron acompañados de sus respectivas esposas.

Fuentes de la Casa Real han explicado a Efe que don Juan Carlos telefoneó este viernes a Nadal para invitarle a cenar y poder expresar su apoyo al campeón mallorquín, a quien el rey se siente muy unido no sólo en los éxitos deportivos, sino también en momentos como los actuales en los que se encuentra en plena recuperación de una tendinitis en el tendón rotuliano de la pierna izquierda.

La lesión

Ya en la recepción real al equipo olímpico que se desplazó a Londres don Juan Carlos tuvo palabras de recuerdo para Nadal, que iba a ser el abanderado español, pero que al final renunció a competir en los Juegos.

Rafael Nadal se encuentra en plena recuperación de la lesión de rodilla que se produjo en el torneo de Wimbledon y que le ha apartado de los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres, que se han disputado también en las pistas del All England Club.

A causa de esta lesión, el tenista no participará en el torneo Masters 1.000 de Cincinnati (Estados Unidos), que empieza el 12 de este mes, y hace una semana anunció su baja en el Masters 1.000 de Toronto (Canadá), que ya se está disputando.

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“I have to recover and I’ll be back once the pain is gone”

Manacor, Spain, September 3rd, 2012.- Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal will not play in the next 2 months and will stop to rest and recover his knee. Among other things he won´t be able to be at the disposal of the Spanish Davis Cup captain for the semifinals tie against the USA.

Rafa has partial tear of the patella tendon at the distal pole of the patella plus an inflammation of the Hoffa’s fat pad of his left knee.

Since the diagnosis of that tear, Rafa has been receiving medical treatment consisting on specific medication, physical therapy and a progressive program of rehabilitation and muscular potentiation.

Rafa Nadal: “I have missed the Olympics and the US Open in the last few weeks, tow of the most important tournaments of the year and that I really wanted to play. I really want to be back competing and enjoying the tennis tour, but I have many years in front of me and my knee needs some rest. I will be back when I have no pain and able to compete with guarantee.

I feel better after the meeting with my doctors and happy knowing that the evolution of the past weeks has been positive and surgery has been avoided. I will continue to work with the plan my doctors have established to be able to compete as soon as possible in the right conditions.

I would also like to thanks all for the support I am receiving these days.”


Doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro will hold a Press Conference at the Real Club de Tennis de Barcelona on Tuesday September 4th explaining all details.

*** Rafa Nadal won’t be doing press interviews in the next days.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:41 AM   #2205
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