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saram
04-15-2009, 06:22 AM
Watching him now against Chela...

And there is NO tape on his knees....looks so strange to not see it after these past few years.

Looks like the time off in the recent past has paid dividends for him.

maximo
04-15-2009, 06:24 AM
Probably cos he's playing on clay, where there is les shock going to his knees compared to HC

raiden031
04-15-2009, 06:46 AM
Rafa is trying to intimidate the players by showing that he is at 100% so they all crumble against him as the FO approaches. If he shows signs of injury then they will start developing confidence that he won't be playing his best and that they can beat him.

maximo
04-15-2009, 06:49 AM
At the end of the match v Chela, one of his racquet's were in a Technifibre plastic wrapper. Babolat won't be too happy about that.

akybo
04-15-2009, 06:56 AM
At the end of the match v Chela, one of his racquet's were in a Technifibre plastic wrapper. Babolat won't be too happy about that.
I just saw that.
Clearly now,he uses a technifibre with APDC paintjob :)

All-rounder
04-15-2009, 06:56 AM
Rafa is trying to intimidate the players by showing that he is at 100% so they all crumble against him as the FO approaches. If he shows signs of injury then they will start developing confidence that he won't be playing his best and that they can beat him.
your appearance doesn't intimidate your opponent its your performance

crazylevity
04-15-2009, 07:13 AM
At the end of the match v Chela, one of his racquet's were in a Technifibre plastic wrapper. Babolat won't be too happy about that.

The stringing service at Monte Carlo is provided by Tecnifibre. Any player who is using the tournament stringing service will have their racquets in those bags. No big deal.

jmverdugo
04-15-2009, 07:18 AM
Rafa is really a mental case (in a good way), did you see that when he broke the strings on the smash he went to pick up a new racket, took the new racket, and left the old one there to be taken to a stringer, then the umpire asked him something and broke his concentration, Nadal went back and picked up another fresh racket and started to run to his place on the court ... with 2 rackets in his hands! He totally forgot that he already had one racket in hand and was walking with 2 rackets on his hands!! LOL, he realized about it half way and came back to put the racket on the bag.

On topic, yes he is not wearing the tapes anymore, this just mean that he is not injured and use them just for prevention on HC. Good For Him.

dextor
04-15-2009, 07:23 AM
Rafa is really a mental case (in a good way), did you see that when he broke the strings on the smash he went to pick up a new racket, took the new racket, and left the old one there to be taken to a stringer, then the umpire asked him something and broke his concentration, Nadal went back and picked up another fresh racket and started to run to his place on the court ... with 2 rackets in his hands! He totally forgot that he already had one racket in hand and was walking with 2 rackets on his hands!! LOL, he realized about it half way and came back to put the racket on the bag.

On topic, yes he is not wearing the tapes anymore, this just mean that he is not injured and use them just for prevention on HC. Good For Him.

Lol. Video now!

bolo
04-15-2009, 09:41 AM
Lol. Video now!

video is required! seconded.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiP7lVPJU5s

can someone translate what toni is saying? thanks,

tahiti
04-16-2009, 10:14 AM
video is required! seconded.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiP7lVPJU5s

can someone translate what toni is saying? thanks,

I understood most most of Toni's French but not all as he has a strong Spanish accent. But it went something like this.

the interviewer asked about Rafa not wearing the tapes and Toni said that they're just going to try it to see if it's more pleasant and easier to play without them, that it's the first time and that they are trying it out. If he doesn't need them then they'll continue that way, but that they will wait and see how it goes. He then provides his comments, answering the interviewer about the upcoming Safin/Lapentti match. Toni said it's very difficult to predict, that Lapenti is a good player but that Safin is a superior top player.

Then the interviewer talks about Rafa's past results and how well he's done. Toni reflects on Wimbledon, Queens, Australia and now that Rafa is back on clay and says that it still remains very difficult to maintain these results as there are a lot of surface changes and Rafa has won so much he has a lot to defend. So it doesn't get any easier.

Finally, they ask Toni something about the match where Nadal is very young playing against "?" on clay, probably RG 2003 but I didn't quite catch that part :)

Oops and I forgot to say that he said Rafa hadn't played very well against Chela!

saram
04-16-2009, 10:16 AM
tahiti,

Thanks for the wonderful interpretation!