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G.O.A.T.
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octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Davis Cup

Flashback

Fourteen-year-old Rafa, a promising tennis player, was rewarded for his achievements with the honour of being Spain's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the Davis Cup final held in Barcelona in 2000:




:)
Vamos Rafa!
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Davis Cup

November 19, 2019
Group Stage, Rafa vs K.Khachanov (Russia)

Rafa claimed the 25th consecutive singles win of his Davis Cup career!


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Match point:

In action:


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Via Tenis Espana


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Rafa earns match point:

Vamos Rafa!
 
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octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Davis Cup

November 20, 2019
Group Stage, Rafa vs B. Gojo (Croatia)

Through to QFs:

Rafa secured Spain’s place in the quarter-finals!


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Via Gaspar Ribeiro Lança


In action:


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Photo by David Aliaga


Photo by David Aliaga


Photo by Mags (might have been taken during the match against Russia)


Rafa's family members support him wherever he plays: (from left) Rafa's father, sister's boyfriend, sister:

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Vamos Rafa!
 
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DSH

Hall of Fame
Davis Cup

November 19, 2019
Group Stage, Rafa vs K.Khachanov (Russia)

Rafa claimed the 25th consecutive singles win of his Davis Cup career!


Via tennis365.net and estadiodeportivo



Match point:

In action:


Via Davis Cup


Via Radio Sport Chile


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Via Tenis Espana


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Via EFE


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Via José Antonio Sánchez

Rafa earns match point:

Vamos Rafa!

GOAT Point!
:cool:
 

vernonbc

Legend
Rafa and Pablo Carreno Busta are hitting on a practice court.
Roberto Bautista Agut left Madrid due to his father's illness.
Roberto's dad passed away this afternoon. He had been in a bad accident in 2016 and had been in poor condition since then, and Roberto's mother died last year. It's been a tough time for him. Hopefully the team can win for him. :(
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Roberto's dad passed away this afternoon. He had been in a bad accident in 2016 and had been in poor condition since then, and Roberto's mother died last year. It's been a tough time for him. Hopefully the team can win for him. :(
May his soul rest in perfect peace.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Rafa is so intense in this DC!! I mean, he's intense at the best of times but he's really over the top. I know playing at home always puts more pressure on him, and maybe he's thinking this might be his last chance at a Davis Cup, but the guy is absolutely FIERCE.
Gotta love him, the fire never wavers lol
 

Raphael Nadal

Professional
He's in a similar frame of mind to 2010 US Open - mission mode :)
Or I guess at 2010 US Open he tapped into his Davis Cup mindset.
But the power on his shots today is like that US Open too.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Davis Cup

November 22, 2019
QF, Spain vs Argentina
Rafa vs D.Schwartzman
Rafa/Marcel Granollers vs M.Gonzalez/L.Mayer


Rafa led Spain to the SFs by winning his singles & doubles match (with Marcel Granollers).



In action:



Stands were packed:



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Maria Francisca (aka Xisca) supported her husband enthusiastically:

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Vamooos Rafa!!!
 

Raphael Nadal

Professional
Xisca is my favorite enthusiaster, she always knows which reaction to give, whereas I often don't know what Rafa's sister/mother are thinking.
Rafa's father is my 2nd favorite :)
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Xisca is my favorite enthusiaster, she always knows which reaction to give, whereas I often don't know what Rafa's sister/mother are thinking.
Rafa's father is my 2nd favorite :)
I think Rafa's mum shows anxiety when things are not going well, evident by her body language of looking down at her hands, fixing her top, knocking 'dust' off her sleeves or looking away from the court. His sister and wife cheer enthusiastically and look worried when Rafa is in a tight corner but since the announcement of the wedding Mery has felt able to visibly demonstrate her feelings. :love:
 

Raphael Nadal

Professional
I think Rafa's mum shows anxiety when things are not going well, evident by her body language of looking down at her hands, fixing her top, knocking 'dust' off her sleeves or looking away from the court. His sister and wife cheer enthusiastically and look worried when Rafa is in a tight corner but since the announcement of the wedding Mery has felt able to visibly demonstrate her feelings. :love:
I think i struggle with Rafa's mother because her facial expressions aren't as obvious - her grimace isn't too different to her regular face - but i forgot to study her body language, so thanks for mentioning that.
Whereas Rafa's wife has a face with really clear expressions (and so does Rafa).
Rafa's sister is readable, but her face lacks range.
My favorite moment was in 2011 when Rafa's dad punched the railing at Wimbledon during the final :) and i felt the same way, because Rafa had opportunities but couldn't convert (Rafa obviously lost confidence in a certain rivalry during 2011).
 

haqq777

Legend
Rafa has been in beast mode this DC. What a rush watching him play! Singles match vs Diego in QF was a bull dozing! Then in SF annihilated Evans in singles and then doubles with Lopez was off the charts in terms of quality. I mean pair Rafa with anyone and they would win. Absolutely incredible.
 

vernonbc

Legend
[B]Genny SS[/B]@[B]genny_ss[/B]
Rafa at the PC has been asked if being in the final, with Roberto back in the team & winning it could be a happy ending for Rober. Rafa's said no happy ending exists for what Rober is going thru, which is one of the saddest things in one's life.
There are more important things in life than sport. He and the team are very happy to have him back with them and are in awe with Rober's fortitude.
 

vernonbc

Legend
[B]Genny SS[/B]‏ @[B]genny_ss[/B]
Rafa: "We've only won a tie. We haven't won anything. We're in the final, which is a great achievement for us. The 5 members of the team have participated, which I think gives it more value & don't think has happened in other teams. It's 1am again, we have to go & try to rest."

Rafa: "On my own experience I know these are moments of adrenalin & happiness, but it's time to calm down & decrease the logical euphoria 'cause otherwise tomorrow we won't be ready at 100% & we need to, if we want to have chances, as I've seen them & are playing at high level."

Rafa: "We'll need the best of ourselves. Let's hope we can give the best of us."
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
[B]Genny SS[/B]‏ @[B]genny_ss[/B]
Rafa: "We've only won a tie. We haven't won anything. We're in the final, which is a great achievement for us. The 5 members of the team have participated, which I think gives it more value & don't think has happened in other teams. It's 1am again, we have to go & try to rest."

Rafa: "On my own experience I know these are moments of adrenalin & happiness, but it's time to calm down & decrease the logical euphoria 'cause otherwise tomorrow we won't be ready at 100% & we need to, if we want to have chances, as I've seen them & are playing at high level."

Rafa: "We'll need the best of ourselves. Let's hope we can give the best of us."
Plz do it. What a way to cap off the year :D
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Davis Cup

November 23, 2019
SF, Spain vs Great Britain
Rafa vs D.Evans
Rafa/Feliciano Lopez vs J.Murray/N.Skupski


Rafa fired Spain into the final by winning his singles & doubles match (with F.Lopez).




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The crowd was delighted after Rafa won the 1st set against Evans and after Rafa & Feliciano Lopez won the decisive doubles match against Great Britain's team:




Vaaaaaamooooos Rafa!
 
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