Nadal News 2.0

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    The previous Nadal News thread had become a bit too bulky to access & post.
    After considering Rafa fans' opinion in the older thread, I've made this new thread which can be used to post any news & updates pertaining to our Humble Champion from Mallorca.

    Fans of other players, kindly do not troll in this thread, or your posts will be reported without a second thought.
    This thread is just for posting relevant news/articles/updates/photos/match highlights/interviews etc. concerning only Nadal.

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    News: Rafa: "No plans to retire just yet"
    https://sg.sports.yahoo.com/video/rafael-nadal-no-plans-retire-162701697.html


    Nadal returns to training in Mallorca
    Video link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=maPy7oyy6dg

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    ~Rafa meeting with children, at the airport in Mallorca.

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    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=4456387#post4456387
    Link to original thread. I will be locking that thread. I'll also try to experiment with merging the two for continuity, stay tuned. -DD
     
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    Relax folks, ...
    This thread will be much much better than the last one, even if less popular.
     
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    I prefer the old thread. I recommend that everyone read through that thread at least once in their lives- it'll make you a better human being.
     
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  4. I agree, sadly trolls polluted it. We need the real Nadal fans like you to step up.
     
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    And hopefully those Fed fanatics will stay away from these thread, just like respectful Rafa fans stay away from the Eagle thread, right ? :twisted:
     
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    So, where is Nadal news? I hope this thread is not about complaints on other player's fans.
     
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    You are aware that it was a very famous Zilla, not the God version ;) , that actually posted so much questionable content, that numerous pages were deleted, which caused that thread to have such problems.
     
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    Wow, he sounds like he was quite the poster to have done that much damage. Is he still around?
     
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    This thread will never take off when the first picture looks like that imo...
     
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    There's no point in having two identical thread. Either delete this one or the old one.
     
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    Thanks for this. I'm posting the pic here from that link.

    Rafa's outfit for the 2014 Clay season~

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    I like that shade of blue. But I personally prefer a shade of red in his usual clay outfit, a bit more, like the one last year.
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    Yes, please offer your 'objective' guidance.

    Since the OP politely asked that Federer fanatic trolls stay away and not corrupt this thread, you should be one of the last ones posting here...whadda ya think?...
     
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    March 10, 2014. Indian Wells.

    Rafa: "Forget about the back.  I don't want to talk anymore about the back because I am fine with the back."

    http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=96818

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    April 2, 2014. Madrid.

    Rafa: "Came from a back problem after Open of Australia which has cost me to recover. In Rio had no tennis level, played with pain and I managed to win.

    http://www.marca.com/2014/04/02/tenis/1396441570.html

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    Rafael Nadal's Anxiety Disorder

    Dogs, spiders, storms, motorbikes, sleeping in the dark... is there anything Rafael Nadal isn't scared of? Dominic Bliss finds out how this Spanish player's bold exterior masks an interior anxiety.

    On court Rafa Nadal has all the courage and ferocity of a raging bull. He's one of the most daunting players you could face. But get him out of his comfort zone - off the field of play - and there's something of the scared little boy about him.

    It seems bizarre that this 6ft 1inch muscle-bound champion, with nine Grand Slams under his belt might suffer from even the slightest lack of confidence. However, just look at the evidence. It doesn't take a Freudian psycho-analyst to realise that all those obsessive court rituals are camouflaging possible psychological problems. Some have even suggested the player suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

    First up is his change-of-ends bottle-arranging routine. Not only does he line up all his drinks bottles symmetrically next to his chair, but all the labels must be facing the same direction - apparently towards the baseline from which he is due to play. In between points he is fastidious about not stepping on the lines of the court. Any psychotherapist will tell you these are classic symptoms of OCD.

    Then there are his clothing rituals. According the The Sun newspaper, he refuses to wear socks that rise higher than 15cm above his shoe. His bandanna "is pulled out of his kitbag an hour before play, but he doesn't put it on until just before he takes to the court". After each point he religiously towels down his face and left arm.

    But it's Rafa's pre-serve ritual that really takes the biscuit. To the chagrin of both opponents and umpires, this can be interminable: adjust sweatbands, adjust bandanna, tuck hair behind ears, bounce ball exactly five times; and then, of course, there's his universally mocked underpant-pulling performance. This has nothing to do with inferior shorts - after all Nike have spent millions developing some of the world's best tennis kit. It's just another one of his nervous tics. He doesn't even seem to be aware that, live in front of thousands of spectators, and millions more worldwide on TV, he picks his pants out of the crack of his backside before every service. Often again between first serve and second serve.

    Here's what his mother Ana Maria Parera says about her son's posterior picking: "You don't know how many pairs of underwear people have given him believing that the ones he has do not fit well," she revealed in a Spanish magazine. "One person sent me a letter saying we should shop for larger sizes and enclosed four pairs. It's a nervous tic and the more nervous he is... He has had it all his life. I think that he has a bottom a bit bigger than he should have."

    Big bottoms aside, and God knows he needs a big bottom to propel his large frame around the court so speedily, Rafa also suffers from multiple phobias. Even as a child he had an irrational fear of thunder and lightning, something which was cleverly exploited by his coach (back then and still now), Uncle Toni. Toni told his nephew that if he didn't focus 100 per cent on his game, he would incur the wrath of the thunder gods. The ploy worked every time.

    But fear of thunder is just the start. "I am afraid of a lot of things," Rafa admits. "A dog. I could be afraid of a dog that's upset, for example." Arachnophobia is an issue, too. "I hate spiders," Rafa once blogged on The Times website during the Australian Open. "Not sure if it is frightened [sic] but agggggg. Thank God I have not seeing [sic] any here. We are in Melbourne so no creepy creature where we are."

    Then there's motorbikes. "I have a motorbike, but it was a present and I do not use it," he told International Tennis Magazine. "I don't ride it. I am scared about motorcycles. That's very dangerous. We only have one life."

    However, the greatest insight into Rafa's weaknesses is his irrational fear of the dark. "Being home alone at night makes me a bit nervous," he told Vogue magazine. "If I'm at home I have to sleep on the sofa. I can't face going to bed. I'm there with the TV on and all the lights on. I'm not very brave about anything in life. In tennis, yes. In everything else, not very."

    His mother, who rather cutely reveals that Rafa has a collection of stuffed animals alongside his tennis trophies, once told how her son called her up in the middle of the night in a panic. "He called me and said 'Mum, we have a problem'," she remembers. "'There's a power failure and I'm scared to death.' I had to tell him which drawer the batteries for the torches were in."

    Press Rafa on the subject and he admits to bouts of severe anxiety. "On the tennis courts, maybe on the outside I look fearless, but on the inside, I'm scared," he once said. Another time he stated: "I think fear is a part of life."

    It's interesting that 26-year-old Rafa should still live in the family home. Granted, it's a large apartment block in the Mallorcan town of Manacor, and Rafa has the run of an entire floor, but nevertheless, he still shares the building with the rest of his family. Apparently his grandparents are on the ground floor, uncle Toni and his family on the first floor, Rafa's mum on the second, and the player himself on the third.

    A touch parochial, you might say, especially when you consider that fellow world top-five players Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic flew the nest years ago. But a close-knit family set-up is obviously crucial to Rafa's well-being. Indeed, when his parents separated in 2009, the Mallorcan was devastated - and his tennis suffered as a result.

    He even keeps his love life close to home. For the last few years he's been stepping out with local student Maria Francisca 'Xisca' Perello. While she's no frumpy girl-next-door (quite the opposite; just do a Google search for proof), it's a little strange that Rafa hasn't had his head turned by the legions of his female celebrity admirers. After the Spaniard appeared in the very steamy video for Colombian singer Shakira's hit record Gypsy, for example, there were rumours that the duo might be romantically linked, which Rafa quickly stifled.

    But what's wrong with a bit of parochialism, you might ask? So what if he lives in the family home, dates a local girl, employs his uncle as coach and sleeps with the light on? It certainly hasn't done his tennis any damage.

    Sure, he could move to Monaco, step out with super-models and drive fast cars. But, as they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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    Rafael Nadal Admits Cheating During U.S Open 2013 Tennis Duel With Novak Djokovic

    Rafael Nadal admitted he cheated during the crucial moment of his final showdown with Novak Djokovic in the 2013 US Open. The 13-time Grand Slam champion bared it all in an interview with Spanish Newspaper El Pais.

    Nadal, who's looking to reclaim the top spot in the world ranking at the 2013 China Open, admitted that he's indeed receiving tips from his trainer and uncle Toni Nadal during his matches, including the title-clinching game of his 2013 US Open duel with Novak Djokovic.

    "It was in the last game, when I was serving for the match. ... I didn't know where to serve. Down the center, to the middle or to try the classic play of the wide serve and then try to hit the forehand. They told me to serve wide and that's where I served," Rafael said.

    Rafael has been repeatedly accused of cheating before,including one instance which happened during his showdown with Roger Federer few years ago. Toni Nadal was hit with a $2,000 fine for coaching his nephew during the match.
    Rafa's uncle coach also admitted that he was guilty of coaching his nephew to the extent that he drew the ire of opponents. One example for this is when Federer complained about Toni's coaching during a match with Rafa in Rome in 2006.
    "He was coaching a little bit too much again today. I caught him in the act. I told him many times already, through the entire match in Monaco, but it seems like they don't keep a close enough eye on him," Federer said at the time, according to Larry Brown Sports.

    Toni Nadal replied with this statement:
    "I think all the sports make an evolution," he said. "It's not natural that you pay a coach and this coach travels to Australia and to New York to watch his player and he can't say nothing."

    AOL news tennis analysts Greg Couch has a problem with the current rule, insisting it should be either revoked or reinforced.

    "See, coaching has become one of those unaccepted, accepted broken rules. And that might be the problem with hitting Nadal too hard now. It's not fair when you suddenly enforce rules you have been winking at all along," Couch said.

    "But worst of all is the way tennis handles this. If officials make the mistake of dumping the rule, then they need to just do it. If the rule stays, then it has to be enforced. Have the rule or don't, but you can't have it both ways," Couch added in his article.
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  17. Nathaniel_Near

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    Relax folks, ...
    I hope this thread turns into something more all embracing rather then the horrifically insular nature of the last thread.

    I'm sure we can collectively grow up.

    This can be like the Nole Brethren thread; relevant mainly to Nadal but friendly and accepting. Let's make it happen.
     
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    Awesome kit :) if he doesn't go beast mode in that, I don't know what to say.
     
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    Link: http://www.marca.com/2014/04/04/en/more_sports/1396635388.html
     
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    I like Rafa in blue and this shade of blue is subtle and different. I'm not too keen on Rafa in red probably because I personally don't wear red if I can help it.
     
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    Lazyninja, thanks for the new thread. Much as we would like to keep the old one going it's not practical because of it's size. Sometimes it's difficult to even access it.
     
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    I have problems getting to the last page of that thread. This was a great idea.
     
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    About time. I tried to start a new Nadal News thread a while back because of the problems caused by bu11zilla's posts being deleted.
     
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    You're the only hater who's welcome here Vive.
    Hypocrites like TMF are kicked out......:twisted:
     
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    You're asking a lot of the forum there, buddy. Probably too much. :)
     
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    Anyone noticed the paintjob? Is it the one for the French open?
     
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    Rafa at home on Saturday.
    He posted this picture on his FB page and wrote: "Great day for a swim in the pool after training."

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    Bring on Monte Carlo! #TeamRafa
     
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    :lol: that was very "vive" of you, I like it.
     
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    Stalking Rafa thread?
     
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    Yep, Stalking Rafa 2.0 thread :)

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    You are mistaken, it has been a favorite area of his opponents!
     
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    Another picture from Rafa's practice session.
    Rafa still practices on the courts of the Club Tenis Manacor where he began playing tennis at the age of three-four.
    Rafa has said: "In Manacor, I'm normal. People have known me since I was a little kid. They congratulate me when I win something, but they treat me like everybody else."
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    LazyNinja19, Can you please add a link in the opening post to the old nadal news thread.
     
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    We've got another week to wait yet :neutral:
     
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    Monte Carlo is easily the most exciting tennis tournament of the year so far, apart from the Australian Open- it's no wonder so many people are hyped up for it. Nadal is going for his 9th Monte Carlo title- nobody in the Open Era has won 9 of any title. And if Nadal wins Roland Garros and Barcelona, he'll have won 9 titles at grand slam, ATP 1000 and ATP 500 level- a testament to Nadal's dominance.
     
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    Good idea.

    I actually didn't mind just keeping the old thread going. It tended to keep haters out.
     
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    Exactly. I fought to keep it open because it did tend to keep the riffraff out. I don't think the haters will be able to restrain themselves here.

    Crisstti, hope you and all your family and friends are ok after the earthquake. :)
     
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    Awesome . Let us all fans just talk about rafa news and rafa . Don't encourage posts by haters and even passive posts by not replying. And report all haters on this thread. If we all report, it will make a difference
     
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    Will do, brah brah :)
     
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    I couldn't get into the old thread for years doe to redirects.
     
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    Fed Djoker Fan, I agree. Silence is golden.
     
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    ATP article : APRIL PREVIEW: NADAL'S MOST PROLIFIC MONTH
    http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/04/15/April-Preview-Nadal.aspx

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    Rafa is the best known Spanish athlete abroad, ahead of Fernando Alonso (Formula One racing driver), Iker Casillas (the captain of the Spanish national football/soccer team) and Pau Gasol (a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA)
    The survey was carried out in twelve countries: USA, Australia, Russia, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.
    http://www.rtve.es/deportes/2014040...-mas-conocido-internacionalmente/913040.shtml
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    MONTE CARLO COUNTDOWN:
    2005, the 1st title in Monte Carlo.
    Rafa beat Guillermo Coria 6:3, 6:1, 0:6 and 7:5 in the final.
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    Just report akind. I did. And all fans do too.
     
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