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Love it. I do feel that in general they try to put way too much limelight on NK. I mean okay, great talent and all but achieve something first before you become worthy of all this attention. Needless to say, I am not a fan of Kyrgios's antics.
They are just desperate for future stars. Nick is made. If he packs it in tomorrow, he's already got a legacy as a wasted talent and the greatest player we never had and he'll be a favourite tennis expert for broadcasters. That victory over Rafa in 2014 launched him into stardom and will provide him with a meal ticket for life. Sod is still dining on his. The same victory over Fedr or Djoker would have been long forgotten. Rafa's status is greater than any other player, past or present.
 
Me too.

I'm old. I've been watching tennis for literally decades. Rafa is without doubt the most exciting player I have ever watched - hands down, my all time favorite.

And the fact he is still playing and winning at 32 33 is icing on the cake. What a gift!

I could not watch the match live yesterday. Too stressed. (Besides, I was playing tennis myself at the time.) After I knew Rafa had won, I was able to watch and totally enjoy the Kyrgios match later in the afternoon. :cool:
watching a match after you already know the outcome is so different!

especially if your fave wins, completely removes the stress.
 
Rafa with the old sevice motion?
he's using the AO serve from this year. he switched back to the old service motion for RG.

at first i wanted him to stay with the traditional for Wimbledon too; the AO serve usually results in a lower %, less 'tail' on the ball (particularly for the slice to a righty's BH) and slightly worse placement but with higher mph and flatter.

But, Nadal's timing is just very good thus far, so he's getting the benefits of the AO serve with not as much of the demerits.
 
I hope Evans prevails because I'd rather Rafa doesn't have to play Sousa. Sousa redlines against Rafa and is too tense and fidgety and yelly and he makes Rafa edgy.
 
The other thing to consider as they go to a fifth set is that Evans will be have the home crowd support. Either way is fine with me, I think Rafa will get through the next round o.k. :)

I honestly have no idea who is going to win this Evans-Sousa match! :)
 
Federer, Nadal to attempt world attendance record

Reuters

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will attempt to set a world record for attendance at a tennis match, with the help of some celebrity guests, when they play an exhibition game in Cape Town in February.

The clash on Feb. 7 will take place under the banner of the Roger Federer Foundation, which is involved in charitable work in Africa, and will be staged at the Cape Town Stadium.

It will be preceded by a doubles match in which Federer will partner Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Nadal will play alongside South African comedian Trevor Noah.

"This Match in Africa is a dream come true," Federer told the ATP website on Thursday.

"I will play in my mother's home country against my toughest rival and friend Rafa Nadal."
"We share not only the love for tennis but also for the good cause of giving children a better start in education and in life."

Nadal is also looking forward to the contest: "Roger and I have shared so many magical moments on and off the court."

"Travelling with him to Cape Town and playing for the benefit of children is something I am very excited about."
"It will be my first time in the region with Roger as a tour guide -- that will be fun."

The attendance record for a tennis match is 35,681, set at an exhibition game in Brussels between Belgian Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams in 2010.

The Cape Town Stadium, which hosted matches during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, has a capacity of 55,000.

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https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/ ... nce-record
 
Lol awkward, why are they acting like they can't acknowledge each other longer than 3 seconds :D
I didnt think that was awkward - more like they both have their jobs to do, so let's get on with it.

They know each other so well in terms of their tennis history and mutual successes, there was no need for more than a few seconds of casual acknowledgement. Such things are based on comfort and familiarity, not awkwardness.

It was the same level of understanding when not many words were spoken at the handshake at the net after the SF at the French this year. It was all manifest in the body language. They both simply understood what it's all about.
 
I didnt think that was awkward - more like they both have their jobs to do, so let's get on with it.

They know each other so well in terms of their tennis history and mutual successes, there was no need for more than a few seconds of casual acknowledgement. Such things are based on comfort and familiarity, not awkwardness.

It was the same level of understanding when not many words were spoken at the handshake at the net after the SF at the French this year. It was all manifest in the body language. They both simply understood what it's all about.
I know, I get it but it's like they can do more than walk past each other without making eye contact and saying hey after 15 yrs lol
 
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Loved his answer to the nitwit journalist who was pushing for Barty to have been on Center Court. You're right Rafa. You are #2 in the world (actually #1 in The Race) and you have 18 grand slams and it's good to hear you being proud of your accomplishments. (y) Stupid media. I'm sure I saw a couple of rolly-eyes from Rafa today. :p
 

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Hall of Fame
Nadal against himself!
The Spaniard has never lost a quarterfinal match at Wimbledon, but at the same time, he has not been able to reach six consecutive Grand Slam semifinals.

Could Nadal surpass himself and establish a new personal mark this Wednesday against Sam, "The Destroyer" Querrey?
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Loved his answer to the nitwit journalist who was pushing for Barty to have been on Center Court. You're right Rafa. You are #2 in the world (actually #1 in The Race) and you have 18 grand slams and it's good to hear you being proud of your accomplishments. (y) Stupid media. I'm sure I saw a couple of rolly-eyes from Rafa today. :p
That question should have been asked of Konta who took the women's slot on CC as #19 whilst Barty the WTA #1 was on court 2.
 
Wimbledon

July 9, 2019
Practice session


Rafa is practicing with Tomeu Salva, who is Rafa's 3rd coach since the beginning of this season:

Tomeu Salva is Rafa's friend since childhood, his former doubles partner and has been his practice partner in Mallorca since they were 12 years old. T.Salva has worked as a coach at Rafa's academy since its opening and became Rafa's 3rd coach at the beginning of this season.

 
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