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March 9, 2019

Rafa attended Julio Iglesias's concert and had dinner with him in Indio (about 8 miles/ 13 km from Indian Wells ) on Saturday:
http://instagr.am/p/Bu0m44VgpZd/
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino FB : ¤¤ Julio Iglesias has sold more than 300 million copies of the 79 albums he’s released worldwide, making him the best-selling Spanish-speaking artist in history. His star power is long lasting and undeniable, and now he’s bringing his international tour to The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, March 9, 2019.¤¤
https://www.facebook.com/events/2025634684194023/



Rafa has been a fan of Julio Iglesias (Enrique's father) since he was a teenager and has attended his concerts in Spain & abroad.
Rafa and Maria Francisca at Julio Iglesias's concert in Barcelona in 2013:






In December 2011, Rafa presented J.Iglesias with an award for being the best-selling Spanish recording artist of all time, at home and abroad:



An excerpt from Julio Iglesias's interview for L'Equipe (a French daily sports newspaper) in 2013:

¤¤ Question: "Where does this friendship between you and Rafael Nadal come from?"
Julio Iglesias: "First, I was on friendly terms with his uncles, especially the one who played for the national team [Miguel Angel]. Rafa must have been 17 years old. I adore Rafa. It’s so nice because he’s at an age when, normally, they’re not interested in what I sing. But, that’s not the most important thing in our friendship."

Question: "What is then?"
Julio Iglesias: "What draws us to each other is the fire for our job. I can see a passion in him that resembles mine. He wants to do every match well, just like I want to do every concert well, he doesn’t want to fail a point, just like I don’t want to fail a song. We have forged a very strong friendship. We phone each other or we send text messages all the time. I watch almost every match on TV. Each time, I talk to him and we always end up talking about that passion." ¤¤
https://rafaelnadalfans.com/2013/12/28/rafael-nadal-father-julio-iglesias-roger-federer/


 
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Indian Wells Masters 1000

March 10, 2019
Practice session ahead of the R2 match

Rafa is hitting with Tomeu Salva, his coach (since the beginning of this season). They started 10 minutes ago.

Live:



Screenshots
I read from one of his fans who is there in IW that after the practice he signed tons of autographs for the people sitting along the side and at the end of his practice court and then he hopped the fence and crossed the court to sign for all the people who hadn't gotten seats courtside but were cheering for him anyway. He's such a courteous and obliging guy, like none other on tour. No wonder he is so beloved by the fans. :)
 
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Indian Wells Masters 1000

March 10, 2019
R2, Rafa vs J.Donaldson

Trough to R3:

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In action:



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Vamoss!

Photo by Larry W.Smith and via RNKOTFB

Under the lights:

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Some signed balls to the spectators:

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Vamos Rafa!
 
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Indian Wells Masters 1000

March 10, 2019
R2, Rafa vs J.Donaldson

Post-match press conference (the full video):



The full transcript:
https://bnpparibasopen.com/news/rafael-nadal-sunday-march-10-2019/

Rafa says it's very cold at Indian Wells this year.

Question: "What does that do for your tennis? What does that change for your game, the cold?"
RAFAEL NADAL: "For my game? Well, normally when one is cold, body feelings are a little bit worst. And then the ball is bouncing less, because it’s more heavy.
But the rest of the things is nothing drastic (smiling)."

Vamos Rafa!
 
Indian Wells Masters 1000

March 10, 2019
R2, Rafa vs J.Donaldson

Post-match press conference (the full video):



The full transcript:
https://bnpparibasopen.com/news/rafael-nadal-sunday-march-10-2019/

Rafa says it's very cold at Indian Wells this year.

Question: "What does that do for your tennis? What does that change for your game, the cold?"
RAFAEL NADAL: "For my game? Well, normally when one is cold, body feelings are a little bit worst. And then the ball is bouncing less, because it’s more heavy.
But the rest of the things is nothing drastic (smiling)."

Vamos Rafa!
Maybe Rafa should drop the sleeveless at IW this year to avoid getting ill.
 
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Indian Wells Masters 1000

March 12, 2019
R3, Rafa vs Diego Schwartzman

Post-match press conference:

I think Rafa made some news about his schedule in this presser. He's skipping Miami which is not a surprise but he's also skipping Madrid! Great plan to keep himself fresher for the FO. :)

eta: Found the quote from the transcript of the presser. Hmm, maybe missing Madrid isn't quite as definite as I thought I heard. :unsure:

Q. I read some quotes from you in Acapulco saying you might change your schedule and not play Miami or Madrid. I wanted to check with you what your schedule look like until Roland Garros?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, my normal schedule is, as I said there, I have to think about it always. I need to do the things the best way possible to avoid years, like last year have been a very tough year for me. I suffered a lot in terms of injuries. So I want to try to suffer less, because mentally is tough to play only nine events per year and finish only seven. So that have been a tough one.
If you play nine events because you only want to play nine events, good. But if you play nine events because you have been under a lot of troubles, then the situation is different.

I try to avoid that in my calendar. Going to go in that direction always thinking about what’s better for my future and for my body. So I can’t tell you one thing or another thing. I go day by day.
And my calendar, we’ll see weekly. Of course I’d love to be in Miami, and of course I’d love to be in Madrid, and I’d love to be everywhere. I can’t be everywhere.

But of course play in Madrid at home is always special.
 
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I think Rafa made some news about his schedule in this presser. He's skipping Miami which is not a surprise but he's also skipping Madrid! Great plan to keep himself fresher for the FO. :)

eta: Found the quote from the transcript of the presser. Hmm, maybe missing Madrid isn't quite as definite as I thought I heard. :unsure:

Q. I read some quotes from you in Acapulco saying you might change your schedule and not play Miami or Madrid. I wanted to check with you what your schedule look like until Roland Garros?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, my normal schedule is, as I said there, I have to think about it always. I need to do the things the best way possible to avoid years, like last year have been a very tough year for me. I suffered a lot in terms of injuries. So I want to try to suffer less, because mentally is tough to play only nine events per year and finish only seven. So that have been a tough one.
If you play nine events because you only want to play nine events, good. But if you play nine events because you have been under a lot of troubles, then the situation is different.

I try to avoid that in my calendar. Going to go in that direction always thinking about what’s better for my future and for my body. So I can’t tell you one thing or another thing. I go day by day.
And my calendar, we’ll see weekly. Of course I’d love to be in Miami, and of course I’d love to be in Madrid, and I’d love to be everywhere. I can’t be everywhere.

But of course play in Madrid at home is always special.
He didn’t confirm anything though. The main thing here is "So I can’t tell you one thing or another thing. I go day by day."

So yeah, if Rafa will feel he should skip one tournament or another to get some rest, he will do it. But it’s not something he can say for sure.
 
Indian Wells Masters 1000

March 13, 2019
R4, Rafa vs Filip Krajinovic

Into QF:


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Photo by Charles Baus


Heading to work:


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In action:


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Photo by TPN


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Photo by Jay Calderon


Photo by Larry W. Smith

At the net:

Hot shot:


Feeling hot:) :

Via Del

Vamoss!
https://twitter.com/TennisTV/status/1105917238782189569

Vaaamooos Rafa!!!
 
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Some Statistics

Craig O'Shannessy, ATP:
¤¤ Why Rafa's Return On Hard Is Still Impressive

(Excerpts)
An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of Nadal’s winning percentage when returning serve on clay and hard uncovers that he does perform better on clay, but only marginally better than hard.
The data set comes from ATP Masters 1000s from 2011 to 2018 and the Nitto ATP Finals. The win percentages are calculated from returns put back in play, therefore aces and return errors are not included.

FIRST SERVE RETURNS
It’s jaw-dropping to uncover that Nadal is able to forge a winning percentage (50.6 per cent) on clay when he is able to get the first serve back in play. What’s interesting is that he is not that far away on hard court either, with a gap of just 2.1 percentage points, or 4.3 per cent.

SECOND SERVE RETURNS
The gap in win percentage is actually closer between hard and clay against second serves, with Nadal winning 2.5 per cent more on clay (2.1 percentage points). ¤¤
Read more:
https://www.atptour.com/en/news/nadal-clay-hard-comparison-infosys-march-2019

 
Some updates regarding Rafa's injury:


For a few moments Friday afternoon at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, it appeared that Rafael Nadal would not be able to continue with his match against Karen Khachanov. His right knee was again giving him trouble and he grimaced in pain as he fought off a determined opponent.
But as he's done time and again, Nadal battled his way through the match to eventually win 7-6(2), 7-6(2) in a pair of tiebreaks that kept the packed crowd in Stadium 1 raging for more than two hours.
"That's just part of my career," Nadal said afterward, "I'm used to playing with some kind of injury."
The Spaniard will now face his biggest rival, Roger Federer, for the 39th time when the two meet in the semifinals in Indian Wells on Saturday.
Nadal’s injury appeared to be related to the patella tendinitis near his right knee that he’s battled in recent years.
It will be the first time since 2016 that the second-ranked Nadal, a three-time singles champion at Indian Wells, will appear in the semifinals here. He's beaten four opponents here this year without dropping a single set.
"I'm not able to play an Indian Wells quarterfinals match every day, so I just went out and did my best."
He added: "I'm happy to be in the semifinals. I hope to be ready for tomorrow."
 
Indian Wells Masters 1000

March 13, 2019
R4, Rafa vs Filip Krajinovic

Into QF:


Via RKNOTFB


Photo by Charles Baus


Heading to work:


Screenshot


In action:


Via RN Fans


Via RNKOTFB


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Photo by TPN


Via RN Fans


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Photo by Jay Calderon


Photo by Larry W. Smith

At the net:

Hot shot:


Feeling hot:) :

Via Del

Vamoss!
https://twitter.com/TennisTV/status/1105917238782189569

Vaaamooos Rafa!!!
Epic :D
 
Some comments from a Spanish article, translated by Piliii for VamosBrigade. Doesn't sound encouraging. :(

"Honestly I'm very sore right now, though I'm used to play with problems; so I tried to be focused all the time and fight until the last ball. Withouth any doubt, this is one of the victories of which I can say I'm very proud of, for having fought despite the difficulties"

"Withouth a doubt matches against Federer are very special. We're two players that have shared lots of matches together and we have different styles of play and different ways to understand this sport. Besides, we have a magnificent relationship on and off court cause it's been a lot of years we're on the tour. It's beautiful to have the chance to keep on competing at the highest level to meet each other in the final stages of a tournament"

"No one can know what's going to happen tomorrow. Anything can happen. My goal is to be able to be ready to play tomorrow, but we'll see what's going on. I can't guarantee how I'm going to feel when I wake up tomorrow"

"It's a bit frustrating that I had lots of consecutive injuries, but maybe today's not the right day to talk about this in the midst of the tournament"

"It's difficult to find a surface as hard as the one we play in tennis, where you have to make lots of aggressive movements and you force your body to the max. I love to play on hard courts but probably my body doesn't love it as much. I'm not saying that we have to play more on clay or on another surface, but that courts should be softer/gentlier in the future for players"
 
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