Excellent! And congrats again to Spain for an inspired tournament (even if they beat my Canadians)!!My English is not advanced but I am going to try to translate:
Nadal: " despite having won 8 of 8 matches, I honestly say the heroe of the tournament was Bautista-Agut and not me"
Bautista: "All the players have made an incredible effort, especially Rafa, going back to sleep so late and playing next day, we are capable of doing this because we are Spaniards". Rafa cries and laughs.
I agree, congrats to Spain. Any Rafa words for Shapo?Excellent! And congrats again to Spain for an inspired tournament (even if they beat my Canadians)!!
I loved that RBA came back and played after his father's death. And I love how Rafa has such passion for his country and team.
This format would be ok if the final was played like a regular Davis Cup tie with 2 singles on the first day and the doubles followed by two singles on the second day. The draw could be 8 teams playing best of 3 QFs and SFs and then the two-day best of 5 final.It's just horrifying that this event will take place next year in such demented form too.
If they're sticking to best of three they should play five matches - singles, doubles, reverse - in one session. Brings stamina back into the equation and doubles specialists into the fold.This format would be ok if the final was played like a regular Davis Cup tie with 2 singles on the first day and the doubles followed by two singles on the second day. The draw could be 8 teams playing best of 3 QFs and SFs and then the two-day best of 5 final.
Spanish people loved it, too. The crowd was chanting "Roberto, Roberto..." after he won:...
I loved that RBA came back and played after his father's death....
So it turns out Rafa is indestructible. then why is he constantaly faking injuries to all parts of his body to take time off all the time during mid season ?Spain's team received the Davis Cup trophy from King Felipe VI of Spain (the reigning monarch):
Most of those fans were for spain, right? Do we have any official data about no. of fans that attended matches that didn't involve spain.
I haven't seen the data you want.Most of those fans were for spain, right? Do we have any official data about no. of fans that attended matches that didn't involve spain.
Reportedly, there are about a million British citizens resident in Spain, but the Great Britain national tennis team struggled to get supporters into the stands.what the hell
I've not looked into figures, but I imagine they're mainly living in the coastal towns and not in Madrid. Add to that that even though many will be somewhat wealthy and there are probably a fair few tennis fans, many will be very casual fans and in turn the travel to attend the ties will probably be another factor holding people back. Add to this that it's the first edition of the tournament in this format, so people really didn't know exactly what to expect and many probably wouldn't have planned it into their year because frankly they may not have had their finger on the pulse with regards to the timeline of the event and what not.Reportedly, there are about a million British citizens resident in Spain, but the Great Britain national tennis team struggled to get supporters into the stands.
Wikipedia: ¤¤ The British authorities estimate that the real population of British citizens living in Spain is much higher than Spanish official figures suggest, establishing them at about 1,000,000 and about 800,000 being permanent residents.¤¤
Metro, Sept. 19, 2019: ¤¤ The number of Brits registering as residents in Spain has soared by 10 per cent in the run up to Brexit. There are currently 365,967 expats living as official residents in Spain according to figures from the country’s Interior Ministry – but the number has rocketed in recent months. ¤¤
Many probably aren't tennis fans, and add to that many people's lifestyle priorities such as having to take time off work mid-week to attend and they're probably some of the factors.I haven't seen the data you want.
I repeat what I have written many times. Spanish people enjoyed the Davis Cup in Madrid. I wonder why foreigners living in Spain didn't support their respective national tennis teams that played in Madrid last week.
Hey, same goes for Djokovic. He is 32 almost 33 and tried his best as well. Despite ****ty teammates. Unlike a certain money hungry someone who doesn't give 2 ****s about Davis Cup (unless he needs it on his resume).Good fight from Shapovalov.
Nadal is the ultimate tennis warrior. Such amazing commitment to a team competition at the end of the season, at 33 years of age. Hats off.
Just like he did this year....oh wait. He actually didn't and had the best HC performance ? And did MUCH better on HCs than clay ? Oh ok nvm then.After this Rafa will fake an injury and skip the Aussie open and take 5 month break and will only come back for the clay season
At age 33, with so many injury issues (unlike Fed or Nole) he really should have played the asian swing. What a dumb decision to preserve his body long term /s.Other than skipping the Asian Swing, withdrawing from his Paris semifinal and exiting from the RR stage at the WTF for the 1,000th time in his career then yeah, it was a great finish to the year for him.
Just like he did ALL the times he's met him before. He would have easily destroyed Rafa serving like USO 10. Just like he did at USO 10. Oh wait.no worries man,,, if Novak played RAFA today he would have destroyed him
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But it's a bit pathetic to talk **** about a players 2nd part of the season (which was the best out of everyone), the hardcourts, especially after your own fav didn't do any better.Only Nadal fans are allowed to evaluate his season?
Well...Thiem CAN beat Rafa at RG. But your last sentence is laughable. Have you ever played any form of sport ? Rafa played **** against Shapo, who played lights out. Do you understand that Rafa has played what....7 matches in a matter of 3-4 days ? Do you know that he was GASSED in that final ? At 33 years old no less. He even admitted a few seconds after the match was over. The only time Rafa will play like this again if he plays too many matches back to back to back. At 20 something he could do this...but not anymore. If you look at his recent indoor tournaments, or just alll his recent tournaments, he played better and better after each round...match. Until he had to play 2 matches a day. That's where his form dipped immensely. And the final he was done. He was bad. Because he was gassed. His shots had no power....none at all.so I guess for French open 2020, RAFA to win again ?? I think Thiem can beat him if RAFA plays like this again
I think besides Nole and Rafa's 2 slams a piece....most people will remember the Wimbledon final more than anything else.At the end of the day what people will remember from this year is the AO 19 final.
And the way he beat him as well. Even though it went to 3 sets, Rafa really demolished a great playing Tstitsipas. Never faced a BP as well. Just total domination of an already dominant player who went on to win the event. So unfortunate that Rafa didn't go through despite 2-1, I genuinely think he could have won the event.An the only player to beat Tistsipas at the WTF!