Rafa and Roger set for huge exho in July

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  1. vernonbc

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    A couple of weeks ago it was announced that as part of Real Madrid's 110th anniversary, Rafa would fulfill a dream this summer to play a game of tennis on the lawn of the Santiago Bernabeu. The event will be sponsored by the Rafa Nadal Foundation with proceeds going to both his foundation and Real Madrid Foundation.

    Today, Roger Federer was named as his opponent. It will be a three set match and will take place on July 14 between Wimbledon which ends July 8 and the Olympic Games which begin July 27. The stadium holds over 80,000 people and additional seating will be set up on the field around the court. They expect to set a new Guinness record for attendance at a tennis match.

    This is going to be a huge event and I'm getting excited about it already. :)
     
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    I hate these stupid exhos, but if it raises money then w/e.
     
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    It'll raise big money I'm sure, and all for a good cause. I imagine there will be a lot of tv money too. Rafa and Roger's exhibitions a couple of Christmases ago was carried around the world on various tv networks.
     
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  4. CMM

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    He did a promo in 2007 with Casillas on that stadium.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Id love to see another 50/50 exo on a custom court that is half dirt and half grass. Since exos are for fun and dont really count, may as well make them as interesting as possible. What better way to promote the wonderful tennis on non-hard courts. Anybody else agree ?
     
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    You don't expect them to throw clay into a soccer stadium, right?
     
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    I'd kill to see that match in person. Not only am I a Roger fan, but I'm a huge Madridista.
     
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    Till Clarky21 says something about Nadal being stupid and managing his schedule badly before going right back to starring at topless pictures of Nadal.
     
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  9. vernonbc

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    LOL So true. Well, I don't know about the topless pictures part but for sure the schedule management. :)

    I'd like to see it, but not here. This has special meaning to play it on the grass in this particular stadium, for Rafa anyway. But the clay/grass thing would be pretty fun if the two of them wanted to do an exho another time.
     
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    Allez Rogito! Let the eagle spirit of FC Basel guide you to victory over the Real Madrid cristiano ronaldo sleeziness!
     
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    Well why not? Their regular matches on tour have long been exhibitions with no genuine interest or drama regarding the outcome. :lol:
     
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  12. CMM

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    Rogi won't play.
     
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    They will split a set each.

    Then, the third set will be real.
     
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    Federer's agent denied the info. The opponent will be someone else.
     
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    I think it will be Murray
     
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    Huge in terms of pay checks?

    And 80,000 to fill a stadium for a Murray vs Nadal exho? Meh...
     
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    Pete sampras is a good idea. He beat federer in the exhibition, he is tough.
     
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    Until it's confirmed I can't see Federer doing it. The guy won't even go skiing with his family in case he injures himself, I doubt he'd play an exhibition with Nadal that soon to the Olympic Games.
     
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    Hope this is not true. The last thing Federer needs is to start now with bad scheduling like Nadal.

    Good. Federer needs to be in peak form during the summer.
     
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    Where did you hear that CMM? Do you understand Spanish? This was in one of the articles "Nadal es madridista y en cuanto le contó el proyecto a Federer, éste se prestó para jugar de inmediato." which was translated to "Nadal and Real Madrid in the project told Federer, he was ready to play immediately." but maybe the translation is wrong.

    It's in dozens of articles on Google but they all could just be picking up the same story that went out on the wire. Even the Washington Post printed it.
     
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    Rafael nadalogram versus pete sampras would be the biggest exhibition event i can imagine. They never have played ever!
     
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    Federer refused because he needs to prepare for the Olympics.

    http://www.sport.es/es/noticias/tenis/federer-rechaza-invitacion-nadal-para-jugar-bernabeu-1480841

    The other option is Ferrer? Really? [​IMG]
     
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    All of the hyperbole would likely have been true if it was Federer. If it's anyone else, who really cares?
     
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    Fed/Nadal on grass? I dig it :)
     
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    Clarky is nothing but a troll who is hung up on Nadal. Just ignore it.
     
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    Good thing that Roger is skipping this exho. Wimbledon and Olympics are the priority.

    They should try to bring Pete Sampras, he's as big of a name and I always wondered how they would matchup in a grass match.
     
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    It will happen in the Halle final, MAYBE at Wimbledon semis and Olympics. Totally the wrong time for Federer to get 3 shots at Nadal on grass in one year :lol: you have to laugh, 3 meetings in 5 ish years and now maybe as many in about a month.

    Now Nadal has only made the queens final once, but knowing Federer is there waiting to lose to him again will spur him on to reach the final. Wimbledon I don't see Federer reaching the final of, so if they meet it will be a semi, same with the olympics.

    An exhibition would be nice only if it was some fast grass. Not cos Federer would win, cos he probably wouldn't, but at least it would be nice to see fast grass.
     
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    It would be interesting if they matched up on fast grass, like the one in Sydney during Davis Cup. I wonder is it would make any difference to the match up.
     
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    It should favour Federer, but not sure if enough to give him a win
     
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    Same here. Madrid and Roger 110%!
     
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    Remember, they aren't real and don't count :)
     
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    Pistol Pete vs Ralph would be fun.
     
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    Federer said:

    "I realized that as the GOAT I could not settle for second best. But I would have played at Camp Nou."
     
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    Rafa should invite Noel. I'd like to see him crush Nole on a fast court.
     
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    It is funny because Roger, although not a huge fan, has always preferred Madrid.
     
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    Rafa will say a exo three set win for him. Yet when play starts...Nadal will quick serve noel...and humilate him 6-0,6-1 in his home country!
     
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    Thats strange, considering the FC Basel/FC Barcelona ties...are you sure?
     
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    Ralph should play Toni, even though theres no way Tio can lose...
     
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    He went out of his way to go meet Madrid players on 2007.
     
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