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Tremendous stuff. Rafa really looks like he savours every single title he wins. He takes nothing for granted, and has a great attitude.

Its ridiculous all the posts popping up on the forum bashing Rafa's clay heavy title haul. These kind of pathetic posts never appear after Djokovic or Federer win a slam.
Ive no idea how anyone can dislike Nadal, but hey ho, number 18 in the bag.

Vamos.
They are just green with envy.
 
I thought I had seen a promo but maybe I'm remembering last year. I'm really not sure. Maybe he'll do what he's done a few times and just play a couple of exhos. They've got grass courts in Mallorca now that he can practice on. Maybe he'll do what he did last year - take his boat over to Palma and stay on it while getting in some practice sessions.
I think he's trying to cut down and he did well last year at Wimbledon without playing a warm-up tournament. The exhos might be enough.
 
The French Open

June 09, 2019
Final, Rafa vs D.Thiem

The Ministry of Culture and Sports of Spain congratulates Rafa:

The man pictured next to Rafa is Spain's former king Juan Carlos. He watched the match from the stands.


Members of the Spanish royal family have always attended the FO final when Rafa has played. In the picture below, Spain's king (reigning) Juan Carlos congratulates Rafa after the 2005 FO final:



And the same Spain's king (now non-reigning) Juan Carlos congratulates Rafa after the 2019 FO final:

:)
 
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Its ridiculous all the posts popping up on the forum bashing Rafas clay heavy title haul. These kind of pathetic posts never appear after Djokovic or Federer win a slam.
Ive no idea how anyone can dislike Nadal, but hey ho, number 18 in the bag.
I disliked Nadal early on, because he beat Federer often on clay and Djokovic often at RG in 2012-2014. Since a few years, I have no dislike. But since last year, Nadal became some sort of superhero to me at RG. I find it mindboggling that he can match Sampras's entire major title haul at one event. What a man.

Second, he is a Real Madrid fan just like me, so he has good taste regarding football, no?
 

K-H

Hall of Fame
Who remembers when Nadal was on 14 slams after RG and we thought he'll surpass Roger and get 18 slams in no time. Well I can finally say he's there. I've waited a long time. Never imagined he'd get to 18 in this situation.
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
Nadal is the 4th man in the Open Era to win 4 Majors with more than 30 years. The other are Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Roger Federer.
The Spaniard and the Swiss are the only men in the professional era who has won 4 majors with over 30 years having to win 7 matches in each grand slam.
Laver won the Australian Open by winning 5 matches. Like Rosewall did, he won a couple of them, winning the same number of matches as his countryman.

Nadal is already the third tennis player with more finals in his 30s: He has 6, only surpassed by "Muscles" with 8 finals and by "Maestro" who has 7 finals.
With his 18th Grand Slam title, Nadal became the youngest to get it, with 33 years, beating Federer who was 35 years 5 months and 21 days.

And he is the only male tennis player to win the same major with more than 30 years, 3 times, in addition to winning it in consecutive years.


In addition to reaching the ninth position of tennis players with more age in winning Majors. He moves from that ladder to Andre Agassi who had won his last big tournament with 32 years and 9 months.

Nadal surpasses Margaret Court, who had won 11 Australian Internationals, with his 12 titles at Roland Garros being the tennis player who has won the same major in the history of this sport.

Nadal also approaches the longevity of Federer in the open era in relation to the time elapsed between the first and last Grand Slam won.
Between the first and last major won by the Swiss, it has been 14 and a half years.
Between the first and last major won by the Spaniard, it has been 14 years.
The mark of all time it is from Rosewall, with 19 years elapsed between his first and last big won tournament.

8-B
 
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Who remembers when Nadal was on 14 slams after RG and we thought he'll surpass Roger and get 18 slams in no time. Well I can finally say he's there. I've waited a long time. Never imagined he'd get to 18 in this situation.
Given his history of injuries, I'd have been amazed if he remained healthy from 2014-2019, so the wrist injury in 2016 was expected, and so was the retirements in 2018ao and 2018uso.
His lack of confidence in 2015 was the only surprise.

I always breathe a sigh of relief when Rafa ends the clay season with a lot of points. He didn't get maximum clay points this year, but he's done great. Hope he stays healthy for the rest of the season.
And he made the AO Final, whereas in 2013 he didn't even play the AO (and lost early at Wimbledon) and still finished #1 :)
He doesn't really need to get all the clay points, because he's becoming extremely consistent on the other surfaces, now that he's a force at Wimbledon again etc.
 
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We have to put an Asterisk to Nadal's 12 RG titles. He didn't face the strongest competition. Unlike his rivals, he never had to face the invincible Spanish bull from Mallorca.

On a more serious note, incredible achievement. Can anyone believe that Rafa has MORE RG slams than the TOTAL # of slams by great players such as Borg, Laver and Emerson.
Only Pete, Novak and Roger have more total slams than Rafa has at RG alone. How crazy is that?

Personally, I think the biggest credit to Nadal goes to how he changed gears mid-match in the final. Sets 3 and set 4 he became ultra-aggressive and totally blew Thiem off the court. He didn't even try to tire out Dominic, since that wasn't working so well in set 2. Goes to show how much he's evolved as a player:

Nadal Flipped The Script To Run Away With 12th Roland Garros Title

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/nadal-thiem-roland-garros-2019-brain-game

What a legend! Let's enjoy it while it lasts, I don't think we will ever see another player like Rafa. Watching him since 2004 - it's always been a privilege for all of us fans.
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
Information of Mister Chip:

RAFA NADAL IN ROLAND GARROS
(statistics of unprecedented hegemony in tennis)
TITLES: 12 of 14 (86%)
VICTORIES: 93 of 95 (98%)
SETS: 277 out of 304 (91%)
GAMES: 1,808 out of 2,722 (66%)
POINTS: 9,829 of 17,080 (58%)
TIME ON COURT: 227 hours and 19 minutes.


Nadal has written today the most beautiful history of this sport.
A movie that can be divided into 12 parts, each with a different beauty that united its parts is an absolute Masterpiece.
:love:
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
Nadal already has something divine. Twelve were the gods of Greek Olympus and everyone has some touch. As Zeus is the god of thunder, as Ares dominates the war, as Athena is wise and as Apollo also possesses the attribute of beauty in the game ... It is a compendium of virtues that has found its perfect blend in the temple of Roland Garros, in the holy land of Paris in which he returned to lie on his back, to stain to soak in it and cry. A player who already belongs to mythology.

:cool:
 
The French Open

June 09, 2019
Final, Rafa vs D.Thiem

Roland-Garros website, June 9, 2019:
¤¤ CARLOS MOYA: RAFA IS A GENIUS MENTALLY
(Excerpts)
Carlos Moya describes Rafael Nadal as a “mental genius” and says the last couple of months have been the “toughest” he’s experienced with him since he joined the Spaniard’s team as a coach at the end of 2016.
“It’s been the toughest period for sure since I’m there,” Moya said after Nadal’s victory over Dominic Thiem in the Roland-Garros final on Sunday.
“Mentally, also physically because of the injury he had in Indian Wells, but most of it was mentally very tough.”
Moya, a champion at Roland-Garros in 1998 is also from Mallorca and has known Nadal since he was a young up-and-comer. He said he had to forget about his role as a coach during the rough period Nadal went through during the spring, and instead was there for him as a friend.
“It was really hard. He really had to push himself to the limit to get back on the court, to practice, to be motivated,” explains Moya.
“He had unbelievable attitude in those bad moments and that’s what got him here today. Hats off to what he’s done this month and a half because it’s easy to play well when all the things are working well, but what he’s been through these last couple of months is showing what kind of competitor he is and that mentally he’s a genius.” ¤¤
Read more:
https://www.rolandgarros.com/en-us/...nadal-as-a-mental-genius#.XP3olsQmDMQ.twitter

Rafa's dad hugs Carlos Moya:


Vamos Carlos Moya!
 
I was almost down and out before Roland Garros triumph, says Nadal
Date created : 09/06/2019 - 22:07

Paris (AFP)

Rafael Nadal admitted that his record 12th Roland Garros title was one of his most special after an injury-hit start to 2019 had left him "down mentally and physically" and questioning his love for the sport.

The 33-year-old swept to an 18th Grand Slam crown with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria's Dominic Thiem in a repeat of the 2018 final.

Nadal is now just two behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 majors and three ahead of Novak Djokovic who was knocked out by Thiem in the semi-finals.

However, Nadal said that his troubled season leading up to the French Open had left him facing new fears about his ability to defend his title in Paris.

"I was not enjoying it too much, I was worried about my health. I was down mentally and physically after Indian Wells," said Nadal.

"I was too negative. After Madrid and Barcelona, I was thinking about what I needed to do. I could stop for a while and recover or change my attitude and recover."

After a loss in the Australian Open final to Djokovic where he won just eight games, a second round exit in Acapulco was followed by a withdrawal from the semi-finals in Indian Wells, when a knee injury meant that an eagerly-awaited clash with Federer was shelved.

His return in the clay court season saw semi-finals losses in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid before a much needed title triumph in Rome.

"This is a very satisfying victory. In 2018, I only played nine events and finished just seven of them," he added.

"I had issues with my knee and surgery on my foot, so many issues in the last 18 months that have made the last few weeks very special."

Nadal revealed that in Barcelona, he had locked himself away where he ended up questioning where his season was heading.

"Mentally, I lost a little bit of that energy, because I had too many issues in a row. It is tough when you receive one after another, and then sometimes you are groggy," he explained.

"In Barcelona, I was able to stay alone for a couple of hours in the room and think about what's going on, what I need to do.

"One possibility was to stop for a while and recover my body. And the other was change drastically my attitude and my mentality to play the next couple of weeks.

"Thinking a lot, finally I think I was able to change and was able to fight back for every small improvement that I was able to make that happen."

World number two Nadal took his Paris record to an astonishing 93 wins and just two losses having previously won the title in 2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017 and 2018.

It also gave him an 82nd career title and 950th match win.

"All the things that I went through probably give me that extra passion when I am playing, because I know I will not be here forever.

"So I just try to be positive, to be intense, and to be passionate about what I am doing."

https://www.france24.com/en/20190609-i-was-almost-down-out-before-roland-garros-triumph-says-nadal
 
'Bigger house, bigger TV, better garden?': Nadal won't target Federer Slam record
Date created : 10/06/2019 - 07:38

Rafael Nadal and his 12 Roland Garros trophies AFP
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Paris (AFP)
Rafael Nadal insists he is not obsessed with beating Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slams, claiming "you can't be frustrated all the time because your neighbour has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden".

Nadal swept to an historic 12th Roland Garros title with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria's Dominic Thiem on Sunday.

That took him to 18 majors, just two behind Federer.

At 33, Nadal is the best part of five years younger than the Swiss veteran but with a career blighted by injuries, he refuses to target the all-time record.
"That's not the way that I see the life," said the Spaniard.

"It's a motivation, yes, but it's not my obsession.
It's not what makes me get up every morning or go and train and play."

Nadal's caution is well-founded.
By his own estimates, his career-long battles against knee and wrist injuries have cost him "around 15 or even more Grand Slams".
In the aftermath of his latest Roland Garros triumph, he admitted that after an injury-hit start to 2019, he felt "down mentally and physically" and questioned his love for the sport.

"I was not enjoying it too much, I was worried about my health. I was down mentally and physically after Indian Wells," said Nadal.
"I was too negative. After Madrid and Barcelona, I was thinking about what I needed to do. I could stop for a while and recover or change my attitude and recover."

After a loss in the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic, where he won just eight games, a second round exit in Acapulco was followed by a withdrawal from the semi-finals in Indian Wells, when a knee injury meant that an eagerly-awaited clash with Federer was shelved.

His return in the clay court season saw semi-finals losses in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid before a much needed title triumph in Rome.
"In 2018, I played nine events and finished just seven of them," Nadal added.

"I had issues with my knee and surgery on my foot, so many issues in the last 18 months that have made the last few weeks very special."
Nadal revealed that in Barcelona, he had even locked himself away, questioning where his season was heading.
"Mentally, I lost a little bit of energy, because I had too many issues in a row. It is tough when you receive one after another, and then sometimes you are groggy," he explained.

"In Barcelona, I was able to stay alone for a couple of hours in the room and think about what's going on, what I need to do.
"One possibility was to stop for a while and recover my body. And the other was change drastically my attitude and my mentality to play the next couple of weeks.

"Thinking a lot, finally I think I was able to change and was able to fight back for every small improvement."
On Sunday, Nadal took his Roland Garros record to an astonishing 93 wins and just two losses having previously won the title in 2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017 and 2018.
It also gave him an 82nd career title and 950th match win.

"All the things that I went through probably give me that extra passion when I am playing, because I know I will not be here forever.
"So I just try to be positive, to be intense, and to be passionate about what I am doing."

Next up for Nadal is his latest assault on Wimbledon, where he has twice been champion, in 2008 and 2010.
However, the All England Club has also been the site of some spectacular lows.

He lost four years in succession to players outside the top 100 -- Lukas Rosol, Steve Darcis, Nick Kyrgios and Dustin Brown -- from 2012-2015.
In 2017, he was knocked out in the last 16 by Gilles Muller, 15-13 in the final set.

Last year, he lost a marathon semi-final to Novak Djokovic by dropping the last set 10-8.
"I played a great event last year. I have been able to be very close to win another title there. As everybody knows, I love to play on grass," said Nadal who added he will not play a warm-up event before Wimbledon.

https://www.france24.com/en/2019061...-garden-nadal-wont-target-federer-slam-record
 
Rafa played tremendously at 2017 Wimbledon, without playing a warm-up event.
Rafa played tremendously at 2018 Wimbledon, without playing a warm-up event.
Very relieved to hear the correct decision has been made :)
 
Rafa played tremendously at 2017 Wimbledon, without playing a warm-up event.
Rafa played tremendously at 2018 Wimbledon, without playing a warm-up event.
Very relieved to hear the correct decision has been made :)
Since 2016, it has been possible to practice on the grass courts in Mallorca. There were no grass courts in Mallorca before 2016. The Santa Ponsa tennis club (80 km/50 miles away from Manacor, Rafa's hometown) opened their new grass courts in spring 2016 and hosted Spain’s first grass court tournament, the WTA Mallorca Open, in June. Rafa was supposed to practice on the new grass courts in 2016, but due to his wrist injury he only visited the venue. He practiced there in 2017 & 2018. The WTA tournament officials expect Rafa to practice at the Santa Ponsa tennis club also this year [Source: the tournament FB]. Toni Nadal has been the tournament director of the WTA Mallorca Open since 2016.
 

Don't know if you guys ever saw this one, but it is pretty cool. Amongst some of the things he said, he'd rather play on hard indoors than clay and dreamed to win Wimbledon. Nice to see that he stays humble and down to earth after all this time and everything he's achieved.
 
The French Open

June 09, 2019
Final

Rafa celebrated his 12th RG victory with (pictured from left to right) his sponsor Richard Mille, Spain's former king Juan Carlos and FIA president Jean Todt:

Wikipedia: ¤¤ The FIA (French: Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile; English: International Automobile Federation; ) is an association established on 20 June 1904 to represent the interests of motoring organisations and motor car users. To the general public, the FIA is mostly known as the governing body for many auto racing events. The FIA also promotes road safety around the world. The FIA is generally known by its French name or initials, even in non-French-speaking countries, but is occasionally rendered as International Automobile Federation.
Headquartered in Paris, the FIA consists of 246 member organisations in 145 countries worldwide. Its current president is Jean Todt.
Its most prominent role is in the licensing and sanctioning of Formula One, World Endurance Championship, World Rally Championship and various forms of sports car and touring car racing. ¤¤

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