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vernonbc

Legend
This is a bit dated but I think it's interesting to hear what other players think of playing Rafa. Jeremy Chardy got such a hard time for playing so badly and the usual trolls whined about Rafa having such an easy draw. It wasn't an easy draw of course, it was Rafa playing so great that Chardy didn't have a chance.

But first, another recipient of a lovely aromatic bagel and a yummy breadstick had this to say.
Djokovic: He's got a very difficult, heavy topspin. He can change directions so easily. He's got a great flick of the wrist. He's so talented on any surface. But, I mean, clay especially. He covers the court so well.
The shots that you can win the rally or a point against 99% of players, with him it doesn't work. It takes an extra shot more.

Chardy:
"It was not a sad moment. I did not have too many solutions. It was tough. I took a lesson on how to play on clay, the areas, angles, playing slice and topspin. Every once in awhile I hit a good shot, he gave back such a good ball that I could not give back again. It was difficult to hit winner serves. It was a tough match. When you take 6-0, it's difficult to take. He was much stronger than me. After 6-0, I tried focusing on my serve games but he was stronger than me in rallies, I had no other solution. I struggled for the entire match. He has such a complicated ball to deal with it. It's difficult because I was feeling well, I played well. You have to accept when your opponent is much stronger. I am not the only one who experienced it against him on clay. He did everything better than me."
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
This is a bit dated but I think it's interesting to hear what other players think of playing Rafa. Jeremy Chardy got such a hard time for playing so badly and the usual trolls whined about Rafa having such an easy draw. It wasn't an easy draw of course, it was Rafa playing so great that Chardy didn't have a chance.

But first, another recipient of a lovely aromatic bagel and a yummy breadstick had this to say.
Djokovic: He's got a very difficult, heavy topspin. He can change directions so easily. He's got a great flick of the wrist. He's so talented on any surface. But, I mean, clay especially. He covers the court so well.
The shots that you can win the rally or a point against 99% of players, with him it doesn't work. It takes an extra shot more.

Chardy:
"It was not a sad moment. I did not have too many solutions. It was tough. I took a lesson on how to play on clay, the areas, angles, playing slice and topspin. Every once in awhile I hit a good shot, he gave back such a good ball that I could not give back again. It was difficult to hit winner serves. It was a tough match. When you take 6-0, it's difficult to take. He was much stronger than me. After 6-0, I tried focusing on my serve games but he was stronger than me in rallies, I had no other solution. I struggled for the entire match. He has such a complicated ball to deal with it. It's difficult because I was feeling well, I played well. You have to accept when your opponent is much stronger. I am not the only one who experienced it against him on clay. He did everything better than me."
As I've always said, Rafa's biggest opponent is his fitness. When he is 100% fit, he is the best.
 

vernonbc

Legend
Interesting stat. :giggle:

https://www.marca.com/tenis/2019/05/21/ ... b45ac.html
Gracias a su semana fantástica en Roma, Nadal ya es centenario en cuanto a mangas sin ceder un juego. Suma 101, 64 de ellas sobre polvo de ladrillo, cifra que sólo superan seis jugadores: Jimmy Connors (195), Guillermo Vilas e Ivan Lendl (146), Manuel Orantes (115), Andre Agassi (113) y Björn Borg (109).​
Thanks to his marvellous week in Rome, Nadal has now reached a century of sets won without losing a game. A total of 101 to be exact, 64 of those on clay, and only six players have won more sets to love than he has: Jimmy Connors (195), Guillermo Vilas and Ivan Lendl (146), Manuel Orantes (115), Andre Agassi (113) and Björn Borg (109).​
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
1. Love the FO kit. About time he had a different color there.
2. Nadal has given out over 100 bagels? Weird! Doesn't seem like it
3. Octo will it be sleeveless?
 
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weakera

Hall of Fame
Great kit, as others have noted its a fresh color scheme for Bull. Although they haven't come close to matching 2013 at the French which was his best sleeve kit IMO

 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Rafa & Sponsor - Cantabria Labs

Rafa became a brand ambassador for Cantabria Labs, leader in dermatological prescription in Europe (Spain, Italy and Portugal). The company offers wide range of products to protect the skin from sun damage. HELIOCARE is a range of sun protection products. The company's products will be present at Rafa's sports centre in Mallorca and it will also be sponsoring his foundation.


The Cantabria Labs website: ¤¤ With its innovative products and entrepreneurial spirit, today Cantabria Labs is a leading brand in dermatological prescription in Europe ( leader in Spain, Italy and Portugal) with the aim of improving people's health and quality of life. Its presence in over 80 countries and subsidiaries in China, Italy, Morocco, Mexico and Portugal have earned it an excellent international reputation and support.
Cantabria Lab's production centres work in accordance with the highest quality standards for manufacturing and distributing its over 30 million product units yearly.¤¤
https://www.cantabrialabs.com/index.html

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octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
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octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
The French Open

May 23, 2019
The 1st practice session

Rafa is hitting with Fernando Verdasco on the Suzanne-Lenglen Court. Rafa is accompanied by Carlos Moya in Paris.


Rafa is scheduled to practice on the Philippe Chatrier court later today - at 5 PM (local time).

Nando showed his 2-month-old son to Rafa after the practice session:

http://instagr.am/p/BxzssmkoV2y/
:)
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
The French Open

May 23, 2019
The draw ceremony

Rafa was interviewed after the draw was made. He was accompanied by Xisca and his agent Carlos Costa, who remained outside while Rafa went into the house where the draw was held.

Xisca is trying to hide from photographers :) :



Rafa was asked his opinion about the newly renovated Philippe Chatrier court he visited earlier on Thursday. Rafa answered in French!


:)
 
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octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Rafa & Sponsor - Nike

Rafa was wearing shoes that could be his competition shoes:




Photos via RNKOTFB

:)

Nike.com, 24.05.19:

¤¤ NikeCourt Cage 3 Glove “What The” Rafa

The King of Clay will go for 12 career wins in Paris wearing a special “What The” version of the NikeCourt Cage 3 Glove. Visual details from each of the shoes Rafa Nadal wore in his 11 career wins are incorporated into the volt glow/white colorway. A zipper shroud, nodding back to the Nike Air Zoom Flight, prevents clay from lodging into the shoe and the laces.

Rafa’s Winning Shoes in Paris:
• 2005: Nike Air Max Breathe Free II
• 2006: Nike Air Max Breathe III
• 2007: Nike Air Max Breathe Cage
• 2008: Nike Air Max Breathe Cage II
• 2010: Nike Air Max CourtBallistec 2.3
• 2011: Nike Air Max CourtBallistec 3.3
• 2012, 2013, 2014: Nike Air Max Court Ballistec 4.3
• 2017: Nike Lunar Ballistec 2
• 2018: Nike Air Zoom Cage III

The NikeCourt Cage 3 Glove “What The” Rafa will release on May 26 in limited quantities on nike.com and at select retailers. ¤¤

https://news.nike.com/footwear/nikecourt-cage-3-glove-what-the-rafa

In the picture below, Rafa is wearing shoes that will be available for purchase. During practice sessions at Roland Garros this week, he has worn shoes customized for him.


:)
 
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octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
The French Open

May 24, 2019
Media Day

Rafa's interview with Eurosport's commentator Antonio Arenas in Spanish:

Antonio Arenas (pictured interviewing) is the director of communications at Rafa's academy and works as a commentator for Eurosport's Spanish-language channel during Grand Slam tournaments:


:)
 

vernonbc

Legend

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Ick. Just the kind of guy Rafa doesn't like playing, he doesn't get any rhythm. :(


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And the guy can play quite well on clay. Don't know about his current form (must not be too bad if he's qualified for MD) but his match against Sascha in Munich-2018 was quite something https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO5WjmPS7A0 … As is always the case in 1st meetings,Rafa will have to figure him out
Lol Nadal is not losing R1 RG.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
The French Open

May 25, 2019
The 3rd day of practice

Rafa is hitting with Pablo Cuevas on the Suzanne Lenglen court.


Via Florian Heer

Rafa's arrival:
Translated from Spanish by Microsoft:
"This is how the Suzanne Lenglen cheered for the 11-time Roland Garros champion when he arrived for his training session."



They are playing a practice set:
The result:

 
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octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
The French Open

May 25, 2019
The 3rd day of practice

Rafa is hitting with Pablo Cuevas on the Suzanne Lenglen court.


Via Florian Heer

Rafa's arrival:
Translated from Spanish by Microsoft:
"This is how the Suzanne Lenglen cheered for the 11-time Roland Garros champion when he arrived for his training session."



They are playing a practice set:
The result:

A few more pictures:


Via Thomass_Id and RNKOTFB


Via RNKOTFB


Via RNKOTFB


Via RNKOTFB
 
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30-0

New User
Hi everybody. I am new here.
Since no one has mentioned it (and I have seen similar photos from last year on this thread), I thought to insert some photos from the draw ceremony with lovely Simona Halep.


She tweeted "You have to win Roland Garros to get a photo with the king of clay" (I read somewhere that he answered smth. like "Not the first photo we have taken together and hopefully not the last one", but I couldn't find his tweet).



Rafa seems quite pleased, no ;)?

I hope this qualifies as Nadal news. I couldn't get the hang of Insert Image though. And I cannot see many pictures posted here.
 
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Sephiroth

Professional
The power of the bull cannot be denied.

There was a point in time when the French wasn't keen on Nadal during his earlier years but he shut them up by winning and winning and for the last years they show immense respect.

Haters can hate Nadal but they can't keep their eyes off him. They'll still watch him, practice or in a real match.
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
The power of the bull cannot be denied.

There was a point in time when the French wasn't keen on Nadal during his earlier years but he shut them up by winning and winning and for the last years they show immense respect.

Haters can hate Nadal but they can't keep their eyes off him. They'll still watch him, practice or in a real match.
That's because he was beating all their French hopefuls like Grosjean,Gasquet, Monfils etc. at RG but now they've given up on them. Rafa doesn't let his popularity go to his head.
 
Hi everybody. I am new here.
Since no one has mentioned it (and I have seen similar photos from last year on this thread), I thought to insert some photos with lovely Simona Halep from the draw ceremony.


She tweeted "You have to win Roland Garros to get a photo with the king of clay" (I read somewhere that he answered smth. like "Not the first photo we have taken together and hopefully not the last one", but I couldn't find his tweet).



Rafa seems quite pleased, no ;)?

I hope this qualifies as Nadal news. I couldn't get the hang of Insert Image though. And I cannot see many pictures posted here.
Great post and pics, @30-0! Thanks and glad to have you here!
 
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