Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by bolo, Mar 9, 2010.
So, this is where nada's posse hangs out? :wink:
HOT! But that guy's hand there makes it so awkward. LOL
She was all smiles(and tears) at Wimby!
she's thinking about the money. 8) I wonder if Rafa is going to take a boys vaca to Ibiza again. I wouldn't trust my boyfriend to go to Ibiza alone with his friend. Then again maybe the Spanish have a different mentality to the British. When you go to ibiza it's to party and fornicate :lol:
we should rename it nadalettes bar. 8)
Thanks CMM for this, I loved it! Mallorca is so beautiful and Rafa so sweet!
LOL! If Rafa's lifestyle represents the average Spaniard's, and I'm sure it does, it's clear why Spain's economy is hanging by the ropes. Same goes for Greece. All these guys do is go to the beach, party, fornicate, party, watch soccer, and from time to time, so some work.
As for trusting Rafa in Ibiza, I think it's the least of Xisca's worries. This guy travels all over the world w/o her, making hot Shakira videos while he does. I think the best remedy, is to repeat in your head, doesn't matter what he does, at the end of the day I am his official gf, and will get the more expensive presents and with some luck, he'll marry me =D.
I'd suck at being a famous guy's gf. GL Xisca!
Rafa the Cookie monster!
Nadal and his Quely
Anyone ever seen this clip before?
Nadal playing soccer-tennis
Not so shabby, eh?
Nice video, Blinkism. Thanks for sharing.
I see that Mun has already commented on the video.:lol:
Another good one, this is pre-wimbledon 2008. Nike made it, basically short vid asking Rafa how he changed from right to left, for tennis.
It's kinda silly but also funny. Plus u can see their home in Mallorca, pretty awesome!
They even have a special mention for justdoit at the end
that was his wimbledon house. :wink:
I'd suck at it too! Couldn't deal with the prolonged absences, nevermind a steamy, sensual music video with a hot latin diva!
I wonder if Rafa will go to South Africa for the World Cup final, or if the knee treatment might prevent him from doing so.
He announced today he's going to the final in South Africa. Knew he couldn't stay away.
Of course he'll go to the world cup final
After all, Rafa would have been there in that very final among Xavi and Iniesta and the rest of the Spanish squad had he decided to follow his other, more famous uncle instead of accepting Tony's candy bribe.
Yeah what a big mistake that was! His tennis career has been rubbish :roll:
here you go i'm posting it again here.
It's starting to confuse me because sometimes people just start threads anyway with little tidbits, like when CMM posted the BBC interview in a new thread instead of posting it here. So what's the rule ladies? what gets posted outside of nadal news and what doesn't? I'm lost
He is obviously going to SA. Who knows when Spain will be this close again :shock:
Hmm I thought Rafa ruled out going to SA... I guess he's too excited not to be there... Spain's first ever WC final!
HAHA! I see! LOL babbette, you really are on top of all things rafa aren't u?? I thought he said it was small? That doesn't look like a small house to me! looks rather rooms actually!
With all of Nadal's OCD rituals, I'm surprised he doesn't have some hand sanitizer in his bag to keep his butt picking finger clean!
I guess that's not too tennis related? So it would go here? I'd rather not post random videos of rafa as a separate thread, and have ppl say stupid things. So far, this area seems to be clear of haters.(mostly) lol
Everyone is interested in some of his workouts, but i'll post this one here. Promoting a work out machine
why is it always porn music during his workout vids :lol:
WTF! this guys is beast. He usually makes it seem like he doesn't do s**t. Only he's like ya, from 9:30 to 1:30 I play tennis, then from 4:30 to 7 I go to the gym. This might be the worst promo video I've seen tho. He looks incredibly unenthusiatic about it. The Quely one is the best. haha.
btw isn't shakira going to be in SA for the closing ceremony? It suddenly makes sense why he's decided to go 8) Xisca might come too though, now that she's got time she's going to stick to him a-la-mirka.
Lol there's plenty of places to get minute-by-minute info on rafa on the web. I'm no wizard. 8)
wow, you're just always on top of these things, aren't ya? :lol:
Hehe. I suspect Babette has connections at the Brit tabloids. Bur I love it!
Uncle Miguel Angel is going to coach real Madrid and it seems Rafa will become a shareholder??
Rafael Nadal: "I will help Real Mallorca in everything we can""
Me no speak espanol I will have to google translate later.
Nvm lol just saw the second part! Cool
Just saw rafa's fb status, babette was ver right! Rafa will be in SA. I'm sure he'll catch some tv time!
I sincerely hope Rafa gets heartbroken on Sunday not hating on him or anything but i really want the Dutch to win.
Lol well the oracle octopus will be making his predictions on Friday haha.
She is! Fancy that. :wink:
Paul the octopus is the REAL star of this world cup.
It has only picked German matches so far but if it does pick the final i do hope its the Dutch.
Well at least at tourneys he'll be like don't come because I need to focus. She'd be a real sucker if he convinces her not to go lol. Don't worry bab it was meant to be a compliment
I should be doing some work but I keep getting distracted. I wish the internet was never invented. 8)
More goodness here
I really don't want to see her everywhere. I want to see Rafa with a girl that looks like she's having the time of her life with him not frowning all the time.
Which 'her' are you referring to here babbette?
That pic above is is fiiine btw! Thanks for posting.
Oh my, Rafa looks scary in this pic.
this is not good for my relationship LOL
Her would be Xisca pretty sure
Lol if you really wanna ruin your relationship, you should go and search for butt ass nekkid photos of Rafa on a boat. They exist. :lol:
Oh I saw those ages ago. LOL! Very entertaining. At first I thought they were photoshopped and then I realized he's Mediterranean being naked is just about the same as being clothed for them.
Dang! Talk about left side dominant, even the left side of his face is higher than the right. Or, maybe it's stuck from all that snarling he does during matches.
"Yeah, yeah! Keep movin'! And, don't even think about touching my trophy!"
You remember what fed did in 2008 after rafa beat him, he totally did a quick toucharoo while rafa was holding the trophy. Bad fed!
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he's just doing his collar now? what were they up to in the car and why does xisca look suspicious! :twisted:
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I dunno what i'm talking about. they're undone here. these two don't know what fornicating is. 8)
Nice little article written by a Rafa fan
What Rafael Nadal Taught Us In One Year
It was one of the worst moments ever imaginable for a Rafan when Rafa lost his French open match against Soderling. It came out of the blue after a stupendous clay court season when excepting for one final, Rafa had won almost everything. The worst loss of his career was accompanied by the horrible news that Rafa was injured. Then started months of agony when in every Rafan’s heart, there was a silent prayer: let the experts be wrong. Let this not be the end! Even for the greatest optimists among us, the going was tough.
For an impatient Rafan like me, the months of waiting were unbearable . I knew it was in some ways the biggest test of Rafa’s life and career and knew that it was required of every champion. But the days of waiting were tough! When Wimbledon came and Rafa was still not ready, it was a bitter pill to swallow. But that was just the beginning of one long nightmare. The ATP world tour finals when Rafa lost all of his matches was excruciating. Rafa lost to Davydenko in the Qatar final. Davydenko was no longer considering Rafa as a threat and one wondered as to whether the feeling was catching on.
Then came Australian open when Rafans’ hearts once again filled with hope. But it was not to be. Nadal seemed a bit less confident on the big points. He was fighting with his back to the wall, but his fighting spirit, that which we love above all, seemed a bit short. When he retired halfway in the Murray match with injury concerns once again raising their ugly heads, we could only throw our hands in despair. Again?
The wait continued. It was as if some malignant fate was following Rafa as he entered semis and quarters, but could not win a single title. We all knew he needed just one title win, we thirsted for it and at times felt like hitting our heads against the wall (the semi final against Andy Roddick in the Miami open comes to mind, a match which Rafa should have won. His complacency on some of the big points and Roddick’s perseverance did him in). When Rafa insisted that he was playing good citing his semis and quarters, I felt like crying!
Every Rafan might remember and cherish that one moment when s/he saw the old Rafa coming back to life. For some, it might have been the Davis Cup where Rafa tasted the sweetness of success after a long time. But for me, that moment came in the first round of Monte Carlo Open. One day I had switched on the tv and sat wondering as I saw the old Rafa walking with his familiar swagger on the court. This Rafa was not the man I had seen against Andy Roddick and then I saw the clay court and understood our man had finally come home. This was the old Rafa, his on court look of owning his rivals firmly in place on that battle hungry face. When he won the Monte Carlo, it came as no surprise!
To me, the greatest thing Rafa did in the French Open was not winning it. It came in the way he did not allow all the old controversies surrounding Soderling to affect him in any way. He paid Soderling his due, insisted that neither revenge nor a No.1 ranking tempted him .He was at peace with himself and the world around when he came into the final and was rewarded for all that he had gone through.
It was crystal clear to everyone that Rafa was hellbent on winning the Wimbledon. His refusing to celebrate his French Open success, instead deciding to practise for Wimbledon (I had my fears though) were all tell tale signs. The man was on a mission.
Being superstitious is part and parcel of being a Rafan and for me, there were good signs everywhere before the Wimbledon started. But my faith in those tell-tale signs was tested as I watched Rafa sitting on a chair with the physio massaging his leg. It was a heartbreaking moment as memories of the Australian open resurfaced. Of course, the match against Philipp Petzschner became controversial for other reasons as well. Becker and Petzschner accused Rafa of gamesmanship and Rafa was fined for on court coaching. I do not believe the on court coaching claim. Rafa seemed to be genuinely angry and hurt by it. Was it gamesmanship? I do not know for sure. Rafa may not have taken the medical timeout if he knew he was going to win soon. And it is quite clear that the timeout helped him. On the other hand, he might have felt the pain and needed the timeout to recover. As Rafa himself told us, the pain had appeared in his previous 5 set match against Haase as well (when he did not go for the time out). And surely, Petzschner also took out a timeout and isn’t it his problem if he got distracted by it?) Rafa later admitted to his injury problem and is going for treatment before the US Open. As we can’t have a conclusive answer, let’s leave it at that. ( I know for hardcore Rafans, such questions may not arise, but this thing gave me some food for thought).
Again, what surprised me at Wimbledon was Rafa’s ability to “let bygones be bygones”. He was fined and to my utter shock, dismissed the thing and moved on with a “Rules are Rules” comment ( I was so angry for him!). I didn’t expect him to play so well against Mathieu. But it seemed as if those incidents had just spurred him on. He did what champions do – used every negative to his advantage!
The Murray match was the one I had feared most, but it turned out to be the best that ever happened to him. He won Britain’s heart once and for all with that victory. The turnaround for me was exemplified in Alan Wilkin’s comments after the match.On ESPN, Wilkins always used to sing the Murray song. Murray was usually the starting and endpoints of his conversation. After the match, Wilkins could not but help gushing about Rafa – his game, his generosity, his charm, the magic he created on court etc. etc. Rafa may have missed out on meeting the queen, but that had not prevented him from winning the people’s hearts. One should also be thankful to Murray for the accolades he showered on Rafa. Not many players would have done what he did.
Rafa came into the final as the “people’s champion” ( in the words of Wilkins) and the only anxious moments came for me when Vijay Amritraj picked Rafa as the favourite to win ( To my recurring delight, Amritraj’s picking Agassi as the winner in the Sampras- Agassi Wimbledon finals was for me a sure sign of Sampras winning the match). But then times were different and for once I concurred with Amritaraj (I switched off the tv once the eulogies went on and one thinking it better not to tempt fate).
Thankfully, this final was about Rafa. Nobody cried ( read Federer), nobody imitated him as he watched on looking a wee bit embarrassed ( read the Djoker). It was not about Rafa overthrowing GOATS or SHEEPS, but coming to his own as one of a kind.
The debates have started. Can Rafa surpass Roger’s tally? Can his knees hold up? Can he win the Slam which has eluded him? Of course for Rafans, the knees are a worry. But as a Rafan, you should worry more if
a) Rafa starts saying his next match is easy for he has beaten his opponent a thousand times and they, for god’s sake, cannot reinvent themselves.
b) He devotes his blog to things other than food, his playstation matches, his hopes for Spain and his daily routine.
c) Federer starts saying Rafa plays as well/better than him. ( Impossible! But if it happens,what will Rafa do? Surely, he will have to call Roger a liar!)
d) He starts kissing and hugging the trophy without biting it
e) Toni Nadal walks around carrying Nadal’s bags
Rafa taught us many things in this one year: the art of patience, the ability to face his worst and believe that he was just a few steps away from his goals even when nobody could see it, the superhuman ability to steer clear of all negativities, above all the passion to improve. Rafa’s rarity comes in his being able to accept other players’abilities, because he knows that accepting them will not hamper or hurt him in any way, that they merely push him to improve himself. Rafa is born to “outreach his grasp”. It is his lifeblood. All we can do is to watch on entranced for there is no one like him.
Rafa wasn't honest in his interview. So what else is new?
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