Love when Rafa wears red, and those shoes are fuego
Probably Somewhere in Switzerland, eating chocolate & cheese with pasta, enjoying family time. Or somewhere in Dubai, training for AO.Well, if you say so...
Any way, where is your favorite player, so we can judge his form too? Why isn’t he defending his own country?
No doubt. Hes the best doubles player on tour. If he started to play doubles regularly with a decent partner, he'd be ranked 1 in no time.
Damn that preview has me ready to see this #HypeAFInterview
Wertheim's story on Nadal will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, January 12, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
The preview on the cbcnews.com website:
¤¤ Catching up with Rafael Nadal during his "off-season"
The world's top-ranked tennis player invites 60 Minutes to one of his morning practices where he plays against two opponents, despite being on break from the tennis season. See the full interview with Nadal, Sunday [January 12].
How does the world's #1 ranked tennis player stay on top? He practices intensely every morning, even at home on a break from the tennis season. Intensity is not the first word that comes to mind on the beautiful Spanish island of Mallorca, where Nadal grew up and still lives. Nonetheless, Jon Wertheim finds a focused player who tells him that a key to his remarkable and enduring success is the doubt he has in his mind and the way it keeps him sharp. Wertheim's story on Nadal will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, January 12, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Nadal has been a top-10 player on the tour since he was a teenager and today, at 33, he has won 19 major tournaments, just one behind the men's record held by his older rival, Roger Federer. He has closed out the season as the number one player five times.
Most players use the five weeks of tennis' off-season to rest up. It's a nice break in a beautiful place, but Nadal practices each morning in Mallorca. 60 Minutes cameras were allowed in for a rare look at Nadal's practice session. They capture him being peppered with shots by his two coaches at the same time. Nadal pounded back with the same determination and force he would use in a Wimbledon final. "I am a very intense person with a lot of energy. I live life and sports at maximum intensity. This is how I feel it," he tells Wertheim, who has been covering him on the pro tour for 15 years.
Some of the intensity he brings to bear in his pro matches comes from an unlikely place. Whereas most players want to strike doubt from their minds to boost their confidence, he says that he draws on doubt when facing his opponents. "If you don't have doubt, it probably means that you're being arrogant," he says. "[Doubt] is good for me, because then I feel alert. Tennis is a sport where things can change very quickly. That's the great beauty of our sport."
Wertheim reports that Nadal got an early start in the sport when his tennis instructor uncle, Toni Nadal, first discovered his talent. "Normally, when you throw the ball to most kids, they wait for the ball to come to them," says the older Nadal. "But when [Rafael] was three years old, he went straight for it." ¤¤
The world's top-ranked tennis player invites 60 Minutes to one of his morning practices where he plays against two opponents, despite being on break from the tennis season. See the full interview with Nadal, Sunday.www.cbsnews.com
The stairs filmed (in the video above and picture below) are located at Rafa's new home situated across the bay from his parents' house, where he used to live. He bought the property with direct access to the sea at the beginning of 2013. The historical villa and other buildings on the property needed renovation.
For people who don't know, Rafa went down to Goffin in the ATP Cup! Going right to excuses I see! Huuularious! The doubles will decide the QF TIE vs Belgium!Rafa has made an uncharacteristically high number of UE in his last two matches.
I’m afraid he might be feeling the toll of a very short off season.
I would definitely would want Spain to lose now.Want to know your opinions about something. Do you think it would be better for Spain to lose so Rafa can rest before AO or for Spain to get to the finals and possibly face Serbia so we can see how Rafa Vs Djokovic is in this surface?
Well if he's to make it thru to the SF against the Aussies, Rafa's going to have to take it to a STB after dropping the 1st set in the doubles! Great match!He had a choice to play this event or to skip it. He chose to play. If so, fight till the end. And I’m sure he will.
EpicATP Cup in Australia
January 10, 2020
QF in Sydney,
Rafa/P. Carreno Busta vs S.Gille/J.Vliegen
Through to SFs:
Vaaaamoooos España !!!!
That is my worry as well. Hoping he stays injury free but the pessimist in me feels like one is just around the corner. Also the poor air quality in Australia will probably result in AO matches being indoor which would put Rafa at a further disadvantage. Need to hope for a good draw till the semis and then pray for the best. Return of serve and breakpoint conversion need a lot of improvement.Poor today against Goffin, good enough at doubles as usual.
3 hours flight yesterday, jetlag due to timezone, 4.5 hours of tennis today, and he may have to play singles and doubles for the next 2 days too.
The schedule of this tournament is just so annoying, my hope is he doesn't burn out ahead of Aus Open in a week.
I wouldn't mind indoors as long as it means the conditions are cool and dry to be honest.That is my worry as well. Hoping he stays injury free but the pessimist in me feels like one is just around the corner. Also the poor air quality in Australia will probably result in AO matches being indoor which would put Rafa at a further disadvantage. Need to hope for a good draw till the semis and then pray for the best. Return of serve and breakpoint conversion need a lot of improvement.
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Once Rafa made himself available for the ATP Cup, it became even more important than the Australian Open, because he's playing for his country.Really don't see the point of him playing so much before AO. Nadal has been playing almost continuously since Paris.