It's Not the Same Without Rafael!

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  1. Love Game

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    The power and the passion went missing after Rosol snaked hissing ...

    We want our Rafa back again! Always Rafa! Only Rafa!
    Tennis just isn't as fun without our bold, flashing, slashing, golden bull!

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    Same...no; better...yeah, buddy!
     
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  3. forzamilan90

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    His expression on the last pic is funny
     
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    forgive me a dumb question, why exactly is he not playing? :confused:
    is it an injury? or something else ..?
     
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    More Spaniards may try to win the tourney now, thats different
     
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    He isn't playing because he's got crocked knees/stomach virus/silent ban/giving others a chance/plundering ships off the coast of Somalia

    And yes, it's a massive shame. Good job he's going to be back for Acapulco...
     
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    It was a stomach virus he acquired a month ago. That virus is still raging.
     
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  8. Duncan Bell

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    I think the official line from The Vamos Camp is that he didn't want to return to tennis after 6 months by entering something as intense as a Grand Slam. Which is understandable, if true. Which it isn't.
     
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    I knew his old pirate outfits would come in handy someday!

    As to Acapulco...I'll believe it when I see it...and when el medico Cotorro's private blood screen is clear.
     
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    Tennis will never miss him. All champions fade away from the spotlight at some point.

    Pretty soon all we will ever talk about are the new guys.
     
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    It is the same reaction everyone who reads this thread will have.
     
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    "When am I coming back? You mean play tennis, no? Why should I wanna do that? I have permanent virus in my knees, no? I prefer play that game with the long stick and the little balls that go down the little hole or the one where you sit at a table with picture cards and stare at the guy on the other side who is doing the same and you lose loadsa money, no! I try tell Tio Toni this but he no wanna listen either! "

    :wink:
     
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  13. vive le beau jeu !

    vive le beau jeu ! G.O.A.T.

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    nice impersonation of RAFA2012WB's threads, that was funny ! :)
     
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    As the photo is from a presser at Key Biscayne, he was probably reacting to the following question:

    Journo: Why is it so important to start your Euroclay preparation a day earlier by avoiding the Muzzaman of Miami?
     
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    Watson: At the risk of losing even more friends, we'd have to agree.

    Holmes: Watson, we can't lose that which we haven't.
     
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    ^^^Off topic, Speranza, but have you caught the CBS version of Holmes/Watson in "Elementary"? Lucy Liu is a bold pick for the Watson role but she pulls it off well IMO!
     
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    Is this the one with Johnny Lee Miller as Holmes? I've heard good things about it.
     
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    U2 and friends explains source of Rafa's injuries:


    www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTKmhj2edQ0
     
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    I'm missing Roddick too...
     
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    It's killing, LG, isn't it? I've tried to tell my GFs who have other tenistas as their Main Men :) that I will try my best not to mope and whine. I'm doing … okay … as long as Ferru is in the tournament, and I'm hoping Nico goes far (first time ever for that, LOL -- still blaming him for what happened in the last rubber of last year's DC final) so I can catch a glimpse or two of JCF – but …

    it is not the same !!!


    Ferru is in good position, but will have to get past Novak in his semi. I'm praying for a windy day, the same as we had here when he was ahead in the USO semi before they sent us all home (unfair, unfair).
     
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    Holmes: The renditions portrayed today of my past escapades are NEVER off topic stringertom ;)

    I haven't caught the show you've mentioned as I don't believe it has been broadcast in the UK. If time permits, I'll hunt it down on this interweb thingy I use to communicate with you all here.

    Watson is refusing to watch it as he still keeps asking the question, "A woman as me?". He can't seem to get over it.

    I'll let you know my thoughts once I've caught an episode!
     
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    Yes...he is a very warped, modern-day Holmes. It is set in NYC and begins at the moment Watson, a therapist, is assigned the duty of a live-in counselor, assisting Holmes through his struggle to overcome substance abuse.

    For once, the US is blessed with an original production of a decent crime drama. Last year's "Prime Suspect", a derivitive of Helen Mirren's UK classic, got the ax after less than a dozen episodes. Hopefully, this one sticks around a while.
     
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    But what about your 2nd favourite Fed? Sure, we won't get another utterly unpredictable and exciting Fedal classic at AO this year but still wouldn't you want to see Fed do well regardless? Doesn't he atleast partially fill the void caused by the absence of Nadal?
     
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    I have zero inside info, but that sounds more likely (to me) than the virus story ..... when I found out last week that Rafa wasn't in the AO draw, I realized just how much LESS enjoyable this year's AO was gonna be! :eek:

    Rafa's the spice that makes tennis nice!


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    well, for sure your newest ava's show has more fans all the time. i heard that cumberbatch plays the redux of a favorite villain in the star trek movie due for release this coming spring ... luv his sherlock ... but could anybody ever replace jeremy brett as the quintessential?
     
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    Of course I do want to see Roger do well. I'm rooting for him more than ever because people are all "Roger's old, he'll never win another Slam" and I'd be thrilled if he proves them wrong. He played a lovely match last night (this morning?).

    The best tennis for me is when they play each other (which I've said here before) because each raises the level of the other one.

    I didn't watch the AO final last year because I didn't want to watch Novak play Rafa (and I especially didn't want to see him win). But I remember how magnificent Roger and Rafa's 2011 RG final was.
     
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  27. ruerooo

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    What's all this??
     
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    i'll never, ever forget the magic of their 2008 wimbledon ..... best match i've ever seen .... doubt i'll ever see a better! [​IMG]
     
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    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-trek-darkness-trailer-cumberbatchs-403154

    i saw another article somewhere that mentioned the name of the character, but i don't remember it ... say hey, ruerooo! :D

    edit:
    K so ... check out the trailer at that link. at the end it states that it's coming may 17, 2013 ... but somewhere toward the beginning it says summer of 2013 .... looks to me like they've gotten positive response interest and may be enlarging the B.C. part ..... regardless, "into darkness" sounds like it could be worth the price of admission ...
     
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    Best Match Ever.

    I bought it on DVD and everyone said I was kind of crazy because it would probably be broadcast on ESPN Classic until the end of time and I was all "I don't care they could miss a year I DON'T CARE BEST MATCH EVER"

    LOL.

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    Well, this looks like an excellent character drama. I enjoyed STReboot very much, but it's always better when they get the villains right, yes?
     
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    excellent idea! i want it on my shelf, too ... where can I buy that dvd? :?:
     
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    Well, I bought mine at Marshall's Tennis, but you're not in NYC so I'm not sure that would work. Let me do a little research to see where it can be ordered on the net, and if I can find a link I will post it in the thread!
     
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    actually it's a lot better this year !
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    Tautology for the win!
     
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    No Nadal, no Roddick, no Isner :( :( I have no one to root for
     
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    I'm sure our host would appreciate your order of the video from their inventory... In stock @ $19.95.
     
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    Sorry but, who?
     
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    Could you imagine a picture of Somali pirates wearing his old Nike gear? Life couldn't get any better.

    Feel bad for the OP and anyone who gets too wrapped up in 1 guy. At the majors and Masters 1000s there are so many good matches.
     
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    excellent! didnt know TW sells vids online. i saw they have pro gear, but not sure which heading to click on for the vids ... h-e-l-p :)
     
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    Yes, it's that sudden urge to scratch while sitting.
     
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    hahaha funny thing is I was scratching my ass as I read this comment. True story
     
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    Scroll down to the next to the last line on the lefthand column on their homepage.
     
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  47. Love Game

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    I'm guessing that there are very few Rod Laver Arena ticketholders who didnt buy their tickets with Rafa in mind, wanting to see Rafa compete, that is ...

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    just heard that Rafa w/b coming back earlier than acapulco as expected .....
    Feb 11 - São Paulo - Brasil Open ..... how cool is that? :D


    woot !!!! [​IMG]
     
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    thanks very much, stringertom! [​IMG] ..... quite a lot of good stuff avail on that page .....

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/catpage-BOOKS.html

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    Indeed. Much more relaxed. I only have to worry about MAndy.
     
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