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Old 07-13-2005, 09:37 PM   #121
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Which Vogue would that be??? Spanish? French? American? English?
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Oh... Good question, Lady Carlita... :/
Sometimes the different versions of the magazine have the same contents. Let's hope Rafa'll be in all the Vogue magazines.
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Can't wait for September's Vogue issue...
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maybe it'll be the new Men's Vogue
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Hello, Veyonce, I really like your news items and photos! Here is a translation of the El País article. It just appeared in the International Herald Tribune, in the inadaily service. The URL is: http://www.iht.com/getina/files/261112.html

A highly-strung boy from next door
Meet both Rafa Nadals: the ultimate competitor on court and the humble son of Majorca off it

El Pais Spain | Carlos Arribas

At tennis schools these days, before being handed their certificates, children are required to do one last exercise.

"Let's see, Pepito," says Ricardo, the tennis teacher at Santo Domingo school, in Madrid, to a shy boy with glasses - snatching the kid's certificate out of his hands. "How does Nadal do it?"

And for a split second, Pepito forgets his shyness, makes a fist and raises it into the air, forming a right angle between upper arm and forearm, trying to show some biceps, and shouts: "Vamos!" leaping into the air with a twist; the whole Nadal deal.

"Perfect!" says Ricardo, "now you're a real tennis player.

As if he was Rafael (Rafel, in Catalan, to his friends and family; Rafa to the media) Nadal - a very good left-handed tennis player with a devastating forehand, a hypertrophied biceps, a sleeveless shirt, pants down to his calves, a white band over his dark hair and forehead, a fist in the air, a very imitable image, very imitated. There is no reporter, English, French, or Italian, who does not make reference to his long shorts, his long, wavy hair, his muscles, his fist.

As if Rafa Nadal cares.

"I only think about playing, about my match; I'm not worried about fashion and all that," he says. "I've never liked to give the impression of being distant; I've always wanted to be just another normal 19-year-old who plays tennis; not an international celebrity."

He sips ice-cold water on the hot and sunny roof terrace of a Madrid hotel. He's come to the capital for a photo session and a press conference. His photographer, makeup artist and stylist are waiting for him at the door. Nadal reminds you of Mowgli, the kid who had no choice but to grow up, leave the jungle and endure human civilization.

"Sometimes they call me Mowgli. I don't care what they call me. I don't particularly like it, but it doesn't bother me either... I'm sort of clueless about what my image is. I can't evaluate it; the people around me do that better. I always say that if there are people who take a genuine interest in me, I appreciate it with all my heart."

He might not care about his image, but Nike - the brand that has dressed and taken care of him since he was 12, since he was the best junior tennis player in the world - certainly does. It was Nike that decided that sleeveless shirts, showing off his triceps, were the most appropriate model for him, after the look had worked successfully with Carlos Moyà - another Majorcan player and a friend of Nadal's. Moyà's uniform is all set off with a spectacular tattoo. But Nadal's trademark would be below the waist: his white pants almost bursting at the seams from his powerful gluteus, the secret to his stability and speed when it comes to shifting direction.

"Yeah, these pants suit me; they're suitable and comfortable, and if the brand wants me to play in them, I'll keep wearing them. I'll do what they tell me. I always wear the same model, the same color for an entire tournament; not out of superstition, but because that's what Nike wants."

In the upper echelons of today's tennis scene is a loutish, rude, complainer; the direct descendant of John McEnroe, mad at the world, with a constant pout on his face. He's Lleyton Hewitt, a young Australian who likes to wear his cap backwards. Until very recently, he was the dream of salespeople who wanted to make tennis a sport not only for well-to-do adults. A bad boy. Does it get any better?

Then Switzerland's Roger Federer came along; the exact opposite of Hewitt. A quiet and methodical winner, without scandals. Surrounded by his family at all times, his girlfriend, his mother and father make up the company Roger Federer Ltd; total control. Not much substance for a good marketing campaign, in theory. However, just as Björn Borg back in his day was capable of taming a passionate spirit and a messy personal life to appear on the court as an ice man without emotions, Federer also has the stigma of a champion; a transgressive personality.

It is common knowledge that no one stands out in any discipline if they don't challenge the establishment (and forget ethics). And in his own way, family and all, Federer was able to say no to the Swiss federation, split from his previous coach, who had been imposed upon him. He dared to spend a season without a trainer, in a world full of schools and teachers, where the rule is you can't be anyone without a technician sitting in the stands, making tiny corrections. A mature, serene transgressor; clean and polished. Could there be anything better?

"No athlete embodies the values and image of the Nike brand better than Rafa Nadal," says Teresa Rioné, who runs the Spanish office of the US giant. "He's young, irreverent, disobedient; he's a fighter that never gives up, not a single ball; an incredible competitor, a gladiator. And on top of that, he's the ideal son, respectful and well-mannered, a family guy, very mature for his age... He's got it all, he's a model of good conduct. And there's nothing artificial about him. Everything is a product of genetics, his upbringing and education."

"My arms, my physique; that's all natural. I work out, but I don't lift weights like you might think. Just a normal workout. And a good head on your shoulders; that's something that either you've got or you don't. My family has instilled values in me since I was a kid. My uncle has always made me give 100%, and that's surely the reason why I'm a player with a good mentality."

Transgressor ma non troppo. Really? Tiny details make all the difference. Everything becomes clearer if we understand what Rafa Nadal is not, and what he would have been if he had done what other people wanted. Rafa Nadal does not play the trumpet for the Manacor municipal band, as his grandpa Rafael would have liked, head of the family and conductor of the group; Rafa Nadal is not a soccer player like his uncle Miquel Àngel, who played for Barcelona, even though at school he was a skilled lefty, a great shot and a sound goal-scorer. Rafa Nadal does not play with his right arm even though he's right-handed in other arm-based activities like eating, writing and playing golf.

Rafa Nadal was never a junior champion of anything, even if he was the most gifted tennis player born in 1986. Not because he failed in the attempt, but because he went pro in 2001, just after his 15th birthday. Rafa Nadal does not live in Barcelona, training alongside Moyà at the CAR in Sant Cugat, as the Spanish federation has been begging him to do for years. He still lives with his family in downtown Manacor, not far from where they make artificial pearls and sell handicrafts made out of olivewood and leather. He lives with his parents, Sebastián and Ana María, and his sister Maribel; in another flat in the same building lives his Uncle Toni, who is also his tennis coach and teacher in life.

-Your uncle Miquel Àngel was junior tennis champion in the Balearic Islands, and then he gave it up for soccer. And you've done the opposite, trading in the soccer ball for the racket.

"Everybody's different. My uncle plays tennis well, but I think he was better at soccer, and in my case it's the other way around. I was okay at soccer, but I was the world tennis champion at 12, and European champ too. I decided to do what I was better at."

On top of it, he's tall, handsome, nice, a very good tennis player... And at 19 he's won the French Open championship, five tournaments in just over a year, all on clay courts, number three in the world and rising...

"I don't consider myself a cool-headed player at all. On the court, I'm a fighter. And when I score a point, I celebrate it. These are things I can't control. I don't annoy my rivals because I never do anything against them. I do it for myself and for my people, and my rivals it. Maybe at certain moments, depending on the match, but no one has ever complained... When you are in a tie break and you do a tough passing shot down the line on the run, it's almost impossible not to celebrate it. For me at least. Some people are very cold and can contain themselves, but I just can't.

Doesn't this perfect player have a single flaw? They say that Rafa Nadal will be another victim of the system that has created him, that he has reached the top too soon, that there will be injuries, psychological exhaustion, growth problems... That he would have been better off living a normal kid's life, instead of becoming a child phenomenon like Mats Wilander, Björn Borg or Boris Becker before him.

"I don't know if all this has come too early or too late," says Nadal, "but this is the way things are. When it comes, it comes; you can't decide when you're going to win or not. Tennis is a very competitive sport and I'm very happy that it's come at my age. And anyway, I don't think this is the top. I've won a tournament that is the biggest for every player, one of the Grand Slams. Of course, that's a dream you have since you're a kid. You always talk about winning it, and when you finally do, you're really happy and all that. But it's clear that you have to keep training every day, just like always. If you want to reach the top and keep winning important tournaments, you have to keep working every day with the same humility and calmness as always.

Humility. Work. These are basic tenets in Rafa Nadal's life, qualities that his image sometimes conceals. When Rafa Nadal talks about his Uncle Miquel Àngel, who won it all when he played on the Barça soccer team, he does so with admiration and respect, but not because of his victories.

"My uncle is great because he was able, at the end of his career, to come back to Mallorca and give everything," he says, shaking his right arm, sporting two bracelets, one red and the other green - the first in support of the Madrid 2012 Olympics candidacy and the other from the Olympic sailing venue in Palma de Mallorca (the kid doesn't miss a beat).

"Sometimes I look at the newspapers, the magazines, the articles on me, the photos, but I don't go crazy. When I've got time, I have a look, but if not, I don't. The front covers of all the print media in the world that followed my win at Roland Garros - I see them as a reality that I have to assimilate, no more. I have kept on being the same person I've always been, day after day."

Maybe there are two Rafa Nadals. One quiet, hard-working Rafa that beats his hands into a pulp during practice under the silent watch of his uncle; always on his toes next to the net. His hands full of cracks and calluses; a worker's hands after months of beating a pickaxe and a chisel against a concrete wall. The same Rafa Nadal who, two or three hours later, heads to the gym to work with Joan Forcades, his physical trainer. With him, Rafa Nadal has discovered that he has a sixth sense, the gift of proprioception, the ability of the muscles to remember the position of the body's joints at all times and vary their contractions accordingly, to respond immediately to external stimuli. Proprioception exercises on unstable surfaces, such as giant balls, are the basis of his physical training, not weightlifting or bench presses as one might think from looking at his giant biceps.

"With Rafa, more than anything, we've done preventative work," explains Forcades. "We've got to prevent injuries, which are very frequent in tennis because of changes in surface, because of the huge number of matches played in a year, the constant trips..."

Rafa Nadal has had two major injuries in his career that kept him off the courts during key months during 2003 and 2004. Luckily, these problems have not reappeared so far in 2005, with six tournaments and seven finals under his belt, perhaps because the proprioception exercises are starting to pay off. His muscles, speed, the fierceness of his starts, his changes in direction, he works on all of these things with strange materials at the gym; conical pulleys, yoyos, vibrating platforms...

Then there's the other Rafa Nadal who is fiery and impatient, who will storm the court to play a match, any match. All those factors combined are what instill fear in his opponents, at least when they're playing on clay courts. That's what you call intimidation capacity, terror in the eyes of his adversary, who lowers his arm, offering peace, cedes points. Although Rafa Nadal seems to be unaware of the devastating effect of his stare.

"I have no idea what my opponents might be feeling. I do my thing, which is to always give it 100 percent. My opponents can do whatever they want. I have no idea what they're thinking. The match is won on the court; it's won by playing."

The match begins, and Rafa Nadal turns into a whirlwind, a chaos of smashes, a man in a hurry. Not true. Rafa Nadal is in another dimension, concentrating on his own little bubble, controlling every last aspect. The legendary Björn Borg used to blow on his fingertips while he waited for his rivals to serve. Then, before serving, he would adjust his headband, wipe off the sweat from his forehead and squint between the strings of his racket. He had that capacity - the same capacity that Nadal has - to distract himself with tiny details after playing the most important points of his life.

"I never get angry after making a bad shot, missing a point, losing a match. I celebrate the good points, but I don't do anything after the bad ones. I've never thrown the racket on the ground because I lost a point. I control my emotions pretty well."

-And what about the interruptions like the ones you had to go through at Roland Garros, against Grosjean, when the crowd booed at the umpire, or against Puerta when he took an injury break in the final; what was going on in your head?

"The ten minutes with Grosjean were tough, it was a terrible feeling because the crowd was wrong. It was not a pretty situation and it got out of my hands. I wasn't able to control it very well. But after that, I recovered and I managed to get the game back on track, didn't I?"

-But what were you thinking about?

"The only thing I try to think about is the next point that has to be played, and that I have to win it. I tried to concentrate on my own game, but it's not easy. But there I was, and when I lost the set I started the next one concentrating 100 percent, knowing that if I didn't, I'd lose. That's what happened, and I won."

He won because Rafa Nadal, like all great tennis players, distinguishes himself from mere mortals when he's able to deliver the best shots in the most challenging moments of a match; where he's able to transform situations of maximum risk into magical, victorious returns.

"In fact, this year I've played very well at the key moments. At Roland Garros, during those moments, I played bravely, and that's why I won."

-How far does Rafa Nadal want to go?

"My aspiration is to be number one in the world. To achieve that, I know I have to play well on all surfaces. And I'm going to go as far as I can. If as far as I can is number two, well number two; if it's number three, three; and if it's number one and winning another Grand Slam tournament, which is what I'd like, to retire with the satisfaction of having done things well."

And he says all this at 19, with his biceps, his muscles, such a mature head on his shoulders... Because a smart head is like so many other things: either you've got it or you don't.

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Hi alsace, thanks for the link and posting the translation!!! Finally I know what the article's about.. Lol...
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Nadal Has Pull Back Home

Striking while the iron is hot, Rafael Nadal met with the Mayor of Manacor, Toni Pastor, this week. Pastor announced that before the end of the year construction of a tennis complex with eight courts would begin on municipal land. One court would be reserved for the exclusive use of Nadal (hopefully he'll at least let Carlos Moya share). Most of the courts would be clay, but they also left open the possibility of putting in one grass court.
Tennis courts "a la carta"

Manacor Town Council is going to construct a municipal tennis complex with all type of court surfaces to help in the preparation of Rafael Nadal, who will supervise the project.

EMILIO PÉREZ DE ROZAS
PALMA DE MALLORCA
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The Nadal family's word is law in Manacor. And a wish expressed by one of its most illustrious members, the new 19-year-old tennis champion Rafael, has turned into almost a command. "If it's necessary, I'll construct a grass court on Mallorca, but I've got to be successful at Wimbledon," he said last week in the locker room of the London club, the day he was eliminated in the second round of Wimbledon by the practically unknown Luxemburger, Giles Muller.

However, it won't be necessary for Rafael, personally, to put his shoulder to the wheel. Antoni Pastor, the mayor of Manacor, promised him last week - after receiving him at the townhall to congratulate him in the name of all his neighbours - that he would construct a tennis complex in the town with all of the specifications that the player thought necessary to get the very best out of his preparation.The champion of Roland Garros will have tennis courts "a la carta", a choice of clay, grass and cement, whatever he needs to prepare for all of the Grand Slams.

Wimbledon, the prime objective

Rafael was really disappointed in London. Two days after debuting with a victory on Wimbledon Centre Court -the only one he hadn't played on in the four big tournaments- he was eliminated, victim of his lack of preparation on grass, the surface worst suited to his defensive top-spin game. "Wimbledon will be my objective until the day I retire," he said that very day, proof of the huge ambition of the player from Mallorca.

Before travelling to London, the lefthander trained for a few hours on an artificial grass court in Cala d'Or, but that was far from enough. Now there is the possibility that Nadal will be able to prepare for Wimbledon at home, in the municipal tennis complex that Manacor town council, together with the Balearic Government sports committe, have promised to construct on a plot of land at Sa Torre des Enegistes, very close to the football pitch where his uncle Miguel Àngel was first put through his paces.

A grass court

The player was informed about the tennis project by Antoni Pastor in person and he offered him the possibility of, together with Toni Nadal his uncle and trainer, having a direct say in the determining of the technical specifications of the complex. Another of the player's uncles, who is also called Rafael, is a member of the executive of the Manacor town council.

The project envisages the construction of a complex with a minimum of eight courts, with sufficient capacity for also staging championships and other tournaments. Until now the youngest Nadal has trained off and on at the Club Tenis Manacor, sometimes even with his great Mallorcan friend, Carlos Moyà.

Looking for financing

The old club has half a dozen courts but they are all clay. If the wishes of the tennis player are met, the new installations will even have a covered court. The Balearic president Jaume Matas has committed himself to finding, together with the Manacor Town Council, the formulae to finance the project. So Nadal will be able to have courts fit for a champion.

Pepote Ballester, the member of the government in charge of sport on Mallorca, yesterday confirmed that, at the moment, the island has no plans to reintroduce the Mallorca Open: "Among other reasons, because all our attention is focused on organising the World Cycling Championships and Eurobasket-2007".

7/3/2005 El Periódico


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Nadal breaks records and makes the battle for the top more interesting

Spaniard, 19 years old, he is the most young tennis player to win a Grand Slam since Pete Sampras’s title on USA in 1990. He crashes his opponents on clay court and, within four months, he becomes top 3 of the world and arises as a threat for Swiss Roger Federer’s throne, who leads the world ranking easily since 2004.

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Four months and a half ago, when he battled for four hours against Lleyton Hewitt, on Australian Open, Rafael Nadal was treated as a promise that would be soon between the best of the world. Today, days after winning Roland Garros, he is already called as the only threat for Swiss Roger Federer’s reign, the leader of world ranking.

In this period, Nadal, who just turned 19 years old, collected records. On clay, his speciality, he was equal to two ex-players, winners of three of the main tournaments on clay. The Rumanian Ilie Nastase, in 1973, and the Austrian, Thomas Muster, 22 years later, won in one year the tournaments of Monte Carlo, Rome and Roland Garros.

Nadal repeated the same feat and didn’t complete the sequence, in Hamburg - another high level tournament on clay - because blisters on his left hand stopped him from competing. The Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten, for example, raised these four tournaments’ trophy, but he never won two of them in the same season.

In his 24 matches of invincibility that he holds on slow surface, Nadal defeated the most different rivals. He won over Gastón Gaudio (champion of Roland Garros in 2004), beated Guillermo Coria in two Masters Series finals, humiliated his fellow countryman Juan Carlos Ferrero (ex-king on clay) and, to finish it, he defeated Federer on his birthday.

There are 56 won-sets against only nine lost, which put Nadal on the third place of world ranking. And he finished this impressive sequence with the title in Paris, where he was equal to Swedish Mats Wilander, in 1982, winning Roland Garros in his debut.

Guga won Roland Garros in his second time playing there, in 1997. In his debut, in the previous year, he was defeated in the first round by Czech Slava Dosedel.

The Nadal’s overpowering success wasn’t on the Spaniard’s plans, who expected to go to Roland Garros “just” between the 25 seed, like he said during the Brasil Open, in Costa do Sauipe (BA). However, beyond winning two Masters Series on clay in the last months, he was champion in Barcelona, Acapulco, and runner-up in Masters Series of Miami (hard court), losing the final for Federer, after five sets.

One of Nadal’s victim in Bahia was Ricardo Mello, who is the best Brazilian tennis player in the ranking, at 56 position. On semifinals, Mello was leading the third set in 4-2, but he lost concentration for one moment and Nadal recovered.

This “chance” in the match is quoted by Mello as one of the main characteristics of Nadal. “When he sees one neglect of his opponent, he takes advantage of it because he plays with a lot of intensity”, said Mello, who lived his best moment in Sauipe, in 2005.

From that moment on, Nadal has been winning his matches more easily, but the Brazilian tennis player doesn’t think he changed the way he plays. “What changed for him is the confidence. After winning in Sauipe, he was champion in Acapulco and didn’t stop until he got to Roland Garros”, he finished.

Comparisons

Nadal’s performance in the beginning of this year gave him comparisons to one of the most renovated tennis players of history. According to the North American John McEnroe, an ex-leader of the ranking, the Spaniard reminds him of German Boris Becker (champion of Wimbledon at 17 years old) because of his physical strength.

“He has a lot of energy and enthusiasm in all shots. Maybe he needs to improve some of them and especially his serve”, analyses McEnroe. “He probably won’t be able to slip on grass like he does on clay, but if Lleyton Hewitt won Wimbledon, there’s no reason Nadal can’t make it someday.”

To Jim Courier, twice champion of Roland Garros and ex-leader of the ranking, one of the main virtues of Nadal is his “pact” with success. “He likes to fight and it doesn’t matter if he lost the first set. He comes back for real in the second one. Besides, he hits heavy the ball, moves well and knows how to counter-attack.”

Nadal’s ascent was already predicted by Brad Gilbert, an ex-top 10 player and ex-coach of the North Americans Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, in January, during the Australian Open. “If Nadal had stocks on stock exchange, it would be good to buy them now because the price will begin to raise”, he said, at that time, to an Australian TV station.

The compliments also reached players who are still playing. “His forehand is impressive and, even in unfavourable position during a point, he makes “winners”, and that over his opponent”, said Federer. “It’s easy to watch the development of a tennis player, how he improves, getting faster and beating better the ball. And that’s Nadal’s case”, commented Andre Agassi, who won all the four Grand Slams.

Development

It doesn’t matter in what part of the world he plays, Nadal will always be recognized as a tough tennis player, who fights over all the points until the end. His courageous way of “reaching all the balls”, however, is the result of the physical trainer Joan Forcades.

His job is to avoid serious injuries, like the one that happened last year. Nadal suffered a sprain on his ankle and stayed three months out of courts, missing big tournaments, like the Masters Series of Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg, besides Roland Garros. In his return, he won his first title, in Sopot.

With 1.86m and 81 kg, Nadal has been through a development process, which, according to his trainer, impede an exaggerated work with weights. “His body is still growing and now, he’s in full hormone’s change. It’s a very delicate moment and, because of that, we can’t take any risk.”

Following Forcade’s orientation, Nadal works with oriental techniques, lengthening, flexions and practices not to increase the volume of his muscles. Daily, he spends one hour doing lengthening to prevent himself from injuries and practices with a huge ball.

With a confirmed power on clay, Nadal tries now to don’t let Federer rise on the Champions Race. They are drawn with each other in points, but the second half of the season benefits the Swiss’s style, who likes to play more on fast surfaces, where happens two more Grand Slams – Wimbledon and US Open.


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Toni's description of Rafa and Federer is hilarious...

NADAL PREPARES TO LAUNCH HIS ATTACK ON THE US HARDCOURTS

ALEJANDRO DELMÁS 12.07.2005
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Midday Monday, Rafa and Toni Nadal, nephew and uncle, landed at Palma airport. They were arriving from Stockholm after another triumphant victory. Rafa said: "Nobody would ever have thought that I could produce 30 consecutive wins on clay, but that's the way it's turned out. I still think I've got things to improve in my game overall, like my service and my aggressiveness."

Despite his victory in Bastad, Rafa knows by memory the lesson in humility that his uncle Toni has instilled into him: "My nephew will never break a racket on court, because he has been taught the value of things. He is conscious that he, because he earns what he earns, has things that for others are much more difficult to obtain."

After seeing Rafa settle in with his parents in Manacor, until another publicity trip, Toni went off to be reunited with his family and to study the hot summer calender: Rafa Nadal will play two tournaments on clay, in Stuttgart next week and in Umag in Croacia. If he wins one of these, he will beat Muster's records of seven tournament victories on clay, in 1996.

Then, Rafa will not be defending his title in Sopot, Poland, but, instead, concentrate on adjusting his game to suit the US hardcourts. There his duel with Federer could reach epic proportions.

Hard courts

The experts claim that: "Hard court surfaces are where Nadal and Federer compete on most equal terms. On clay, Rafa has the advantage of his high bouncing top spin shots. On grass, nobody can touch Federer." The great precedent is that fantastic final in Miami, which Federer won with great difficulty and effort: it is the only time he has beaten Nadal in their three head to head matches.

Toni Nadal's analysis: "On hardcourts Federer has a certain advantage. Rafa needs to do a few more things to be able to beat him. We will be playing in the Masters series in Montreal and Cincinnati before the US Open." In the USA, Rafa is known as Popeye, for his big biceps. In the US Open in New York, Popeye will be taking on a peculiar Brutus: Roger Federer.

Orantes, Spanish ATP record

Manuel Orantes is the Spanish player who holds the record for ATP tournaments won in a single year : a total of eight in 1975. Orantes' high point was in New York, in the US Open final, when it still took place at Forest Hills. There, after mounting a historic comeback against Guillermo Vilas in the semifinals, Orantes defeated Jimmy Connors.

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It's ok, just want to share the translated spanish articles wz u guys.. At least we know what the articles' about... Sometimes feeling lost as dunno what the article's about..
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