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La Grande

G.O.A.T.
That turquoise top Rafa was practising with is v nice.. wish he wore that instead.



Although his current outfit isn't too bad (apart from the shiny strip down the side of the shorts).
 

The-Champ

Legend
Once again, thanks for the highlights. :)

Never seen Nadal attack the net so much as he did against Monfils. He is actually a very capable volleyer with sound technique. He should do this more often instead of always camping at the baseline...
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Once again, thanks for the highlights. :)

Never seen Nadal attack the net so much as he did against Monfils. He is actually a very capable volleyer with sound technique. He should do this more often instead of always camping at the baseline...
I've said for a while, I prefer him playing well on grass and hard to clay. He does a lot more.
 

irishnadalfan1983

Hall of Fame
Any chance Nadal could get into the Top 8 by Wimby guys? What would need to happen?

Actually ignore this! I can see he is way off Milos! Pity a top 8 seeding and a favorable draw could maybe have seen him reach quarters in Wimby.
 
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vernonbc

Legend
Any chance Nadal could get into the Top 8 by Wimby guys? What would need to happen?

Actually ignore this! I can see he is way off Milos! Pity a top 8 seeding and a favorable draw could maybe have seen him reach quarters in Wimby.
Never count a healthy Nadal out regardless of what his seeding is. ;)
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Once again, thanks for the highlights. :)

Never seen Nadal attack the net so much as he did against Monfils. He is actually a very capable volleyer with sound technique. He should do this more often instead of always camping at the baseline...
Nadal hasn't camped at the baseline since his comeback in 2013. If you want to see true baseline camping, watch Novak.
 

irishnadalfan1983

Hall of Fame
Never count a healthy Nadal out regardless of what his seeding is. ;)
I am counting him out either way of seeding - a cushy draw and a top 8 seeding maybe might have helped toward a respectable quarter final shall we say.

Could he get Djoko, Murray or Fed now in 4th round? Or are my maths wrong? This is of course if he actually made it to the 4th round!
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, ATP-250 on grass

June 14, 2015
F, Rafa vs V.Troicki

Post-match interviews

¤ Rafa's interview before the trophy ceremony:
Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKi2BttRah4

Question: “You win this beautiful car..., do you still have room in your garage...?”
Rafa: “If not, we will buy a garage.”

Rafa is a rich man! :)


¤ Press conference

Photo by sportfotodienst

Tennis TourTalk, June 14, 2015:
¤¤ "Today I had some good points in the tie-break of the first set and I capitalized on my chance in the second. If your serve is good, you can win on grass even without playing your best. During the entire week my service worked well, especially in the important moments. This gave me the advantage in certain moments. That’s what helps to feel better on the court. In general, it has been a positive week for me,” Nadal was satisfied with his performance.
“It is an important week for me, claiming a title on grass after a long time. My knees are healthy and I am able to play good tennis the last couple of months. I am very happy to be back with the trophy in my hands. That’s confidence and extra energy,” Nadal told after lifting his first trophy on grass since winning in Wimbledon in 2010 and added that he is leaving for Queens on tonight. “I am not talking about Wimbledon right now. I am hoping for another good week in Queens now.”
...
The world number ten received not only a prize money of € 104,600 but also 250 ATP ranking points as well as a brand new Mercedes AMG GTS.
“It’s a great car. It’s an extra value for the players getting such a beautiful car. Nonetheless, I have KIA in my heart. They have sponsored me since I am 17-years-old and we will have five more wonderful years,” Nadal told with a smile and added. “I also need to change the colour. That is too much for me,” he laughed. ¤¤
http://www.tennis-tourtalk.com/?p=2796
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octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, ATP-250 on grass

June 14, 2015
F, Rafa vs V.Troicki

Vamosing


Photo by Marijan Murat


Photos by Daniel Kopatsch
 

tennis_commentator

Hall of Fame
I wonder what would happen if Nadal played this type of aggressive tennis on clay.
I know the ball is higher on clay so you can't play exactly the same shots to each ball, but it'd be cool to see him go for aces on clay and try to end points quickly.
Also do it on hardcourt is surely a good idea.
 

tennis_commentator

Hall of Fame
I am counting him out either way of seeding - a cushy draw and a top 8 seeding maybe might have helped toward a respectable quarter final shall we say.

Could he get Djoko, Murray or Fed now in 4th round? Or are my maths wrong? This is of course if he actually made it to the 4th round!
I usually hope for a Federer-Nadal Wimbledon QF or SF because of the obvious edge Nadal has, but since Djokovic beat Nadal at Roland Garros I now wish for Nadal to get to play Djokovic at Wimbledon for revenge.
 

irishnadalfan1983

Hall of Fame
Dolgopolov next in Queens - thoughts people? Has troubled Rafa before but is 60 in the singles race so I presume he is having bad year - what is he like on grass?

Anyone else feel Queens just feels a bit bigger this year or am I just thinking this is because it is a 500?
 

tennis_commentator

Hall of Fame
I feel like its extremely important that Nadal wins Queens.
I don't care if he has to battle like crazy to win it, the confidence he'll get from winning Queens would be worth the exhaustion (not that he's going to get exhausted on grass, especially given that his Roland Garros was fairly brief).
Imagine winning back-to-back grasscourt events leading into Wimbledon :shock:
 

Bukmeikara

Legend
I feel like its extremely important that Nadal wins Queens.
I don't care if he has to battle like crazy to win it, the confidence he'll get from winning Queens would be worth the exhaustion (not that he's going to get exhausted on grass, especially given that his Roland Garros was fairly brief).
Imagine winning back-to-back grasscourt events leading into Wimbledon :shock:
His draw is close to imposible. Dolgopolov - Garsia Lopez - Kirgios/Wawrinka - Raonic/Isner and that is is before the final with Cilic/Murray/Dimitrov. If he makes it out he would surely made a statement for Wimbledon. :)
 

bullfan

Legend
His draw is close to imposible. Dolgopolov - Garsia Lopez - Kirgios/Wawrinka - Raonic/Isner and that is is before the final with Cilic/Murray/Dimitrov. If he makes it out he would surely made a statement for Wimbledon. :)
No one knows the status of Raonic. Raonic may have been practicing on grass since Madrid for all we know. Or he may not be match ready. I would consider him not much of a challenge as he has gotten injured on grass in the past, and is coming back from injury. Isner could be an issue, but i doubt it.

Wawa is probably still high from FO win, and isnt known for grass.
 
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Bartelby

Bionic Poster
The draw is not difficult. It's just a more difficult tournament.


His draw is close to imposible. Dolgopolov - Garsia Lopez - Kirgios/Wawrinka - Raonic/Isner and that is is before the final with Cilic/Murray/Dimitrov. If he makes it out he would surely made a statement for Wimbledon. :)
 

The-Champ

Legend
https://youtu.be/c_g9BhOr4IM?t=9m52s

Tournament director in Stuttgart: "Rafael, it's incredible that you've been here (stutters, uneasy smile and fistpumps a little bit). Viktor, you lost today but I mean this guy has won 3 times, two times on clay and one time on grass. Thanks Toni, thanks Rafa and thanks Nadal".

What the...? I've never heard a tournament director thank a player's coach before.

Anyway, nice tournament for Nadal. He has been working on his transition game all week and it looks good.


Btw, nice job on the highlights once again RafaIsBack!!!
 

tennis_commentator

Hall of Fame
His draw is close to imposible. Dolgopolov - Garsia Lopez - Kirgios/Wawrinka - Raonic/Isner and that is is before the final with Cilic/Murray/Dimitrov. If he makes it out he would surely made a statement for Wimbledon. :)
Nadal has the best record against big servers of any player on tour, so that's a favorable draw.
And just because Kyrgios beat Nadal once, it doesn't mean he'll beat Nadal again.
Their Wimbledon clash was very close (Nadal was up 5-4 in 3rd set tie-breaker), and Kyrgios still hasn't matched that level since.
 

RafaIsBack

Professional
Nadal has the best record against big servers of any player on tour, so that's a favorable draw.
Yes, a few examples :
Nadal / Isner : 6-0 (the American beat Djoko twice and Fed once)
Nadal / Karlovic : 4-0 (the Croatian beat Djoko twice and Fed once)
Nadal / Raonic : 5-1

To me, Rafa has above all problems with big hitters who play with no security like Kyrgios. On a good day where every ball is in, they can actually beat anybody, but I don't think that their gamestyle can allow them to beat 7 players in a row in a Grand Slam.

Dolgopolov who is very unpredictable can be a threat.
 
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Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
I am counting him out either way of seeding - a cushy draw and a top 8 seeding maybe might have helped toward a respectable quarter final shall we say.

Could he get Djoko, Murray or Fed now in 4th round? Or are my maths wrong? This is of course if he actually made it to the 4th round!
He could not no, 1-4 meet 13th to 16th in the 4th. 5-8 meet 9th to 12th. Even with Wimbledon's grass formula, I can't see him dropping to 13th seed.

Congrats on Rafa winning again - and on grass no less!
 

tennis_commentator

Hall of Fame
Yes, a few examples :
Nadal / Isner : 6-0 (the American beat Djoko twice and Fed once)
Nadal / Karlovic : 4-0 (the Croatian beat Djoko twice and Fed once)
Nadal / Raonic : 5-1

To me, Rafa has above all problems with big hitters who play with no security like Kyrgios. On a good day where every ball is in, they can actually beat anybody, but I don't think that their gamestyle can allow them to beat 7 players in a row in a Grand Slam.

Dolgopolov who is very unpredictable can be a threat.
I agree with all that, but not concerned about Dolgopolov this year.
Lots of guys approach Nadal (especially on grass) with the idea to end the points quickly, and that's what Kyrgios did, but even if Kyrgios repeats that form vs Nadal I think Nadal can beat Kyrgios.
Nadal was returning from too close to the baseline in that Kyrgios match, and I think if Nadal varied his return position then he could have got some extra balls back in play (perhaps on the big breakpoints that he didn't convert in 3rd set).
That 3rd set was Nadal's set, he was the more impressive player and had more opportunities to break.
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Aegon Championships at the Queen's Club in London, ATP-500 on grass

June 15, 2015
Practice

Rafa is practicing (with Marc Lopez, his doubles partner) and Uncle Toni is with him:

Via creamola foam
 

Crisstti

Legend
https://youtu.be/c_g9BhOr4IM?t=9m52s

Tournament director in Stuttgart: "Rafael, it's incredible that you've been here (stutters, uneasy smile and fistpumps a little bit). Viktor, you lost today but I mean this guy has won 3 times, two times on clay and one time on grass. Thanks Toni, thanks Rafa and thanks Nadal".

What the...? I've never heard a tournament director thank a player's coach before.

Anyway, nice tournament for Nadal. He has been working on his transition game all week and it looks good.


Btw, nice job on the highlights once again RafaIsBack!!!
The tournament's director was so genuinly happy and moved by Rafa being there :)

That is the NEW sports coupe Mercedes made. it is supposed to do like 180 MPH on highway. wonder if he can drive that fast in Malorca ?
Hehe, Rafa's said he drives slow. The car is kinda lost on Rafa really lol, he didn't even seem to like it!

Yes, a few examples :
Nadal / Isner : 6-0 (the American beat Djoko twice and Fed once)
Nadal / Karlovic : 4-0 (the Croatian beat Djoko twice and Fed once)
Nadal / Raonic : 5-1

To me, Rafa has above all problems with big hitters who play with no security like Kyrgios. On a good day where every ball is in, they can actually beat anybody, but I don't think that their gamestyle can allow them to beat 7 players in a row in a Grand Slam.

Dolgopolov who is very unpredictable can be a threat.
Exactly. I don't know why some people go on about big servers being a problem for Rafa. They're a problem for everyone of course, but not more so for Rafa than for anyone else, and as the h2hs show, if anything they're less of a problem for him.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
nadal has the best record against big servers of any player on tour, so that's a favorable draw.
And just because kyrgios beat nadal once, it doesn't mean he'll beat nadal again.
Their wimbledon clash was very close (nadal was up 5-4 in 3rd set tie-breaker), and kyrgios still hasn't matched that level since.
+1
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