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Amritia

Semi-Pro
Rafa not at his best today, but like all great champions found a way... played the big points well.

He's going to fly from Perth to Sydney later today. The flight is a few hours, and there's also 3 hours of time difference. The Sydney court will also be different to Perth. A lot to adjust to, considering his QF fixture will be on Friday.
 

WarriorRafa

Professional
Rafa playing doubles today when he has a flight to Sydney as well and a QF to play on Friday..

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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?
Probably Somewhere in Switzerland, eating chocolate & cheese with pasta, enjoying family time. Or somewhere in Dubai, training for AO.
Why??
 

Amritia

Semi-Pro
Anderson's win means Spain will either face Croatia or Belgium. If Croatia win their current doubles match against Argentina, they face Spain in the QF.
 

Yugram

Hall of Fame
Where did you read that?
Fingers crossed
Twitter. And why even conclude that something’s wrong? This was at the very beginning of the match, I doubt Nadal would’ve played if anything was bothering him. Just some awkward-looking gesture I guess.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
ATP Cup in Australia

January 8, 2020
Group Stage in Perth, RR3, Rafa vs Y.Nishioka (Japan)

Spain's post-match press conference:


At the press conference, Rafa said the same thing what he said earlier in his on-court interview:
"It's the first day I was playing under such heavy conditions, two previous days I had played in the night. The feeling on court was completely different."
"I played against an opponent who started the season on fire, winning two matches against two great players with very comfortable results. Today was a very, very tough one."

Vamos Rafa!
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
ATP Cup in Australia

atpcup.com, January 9, 2020:
¤¤ INSIDE TEAM SPAIN: SLEEP, TRAIN AND... PLAY

Ahead of Team Spain’s ATP Cup Final Eight tie on Friday against Belgium, team captain Francisco Roig shared his thoughts on the team’s Sydney preparations since leaving Perth.

On Wednesday, after winning the tie against Japan in Perth, we boarded a plane to fly to Sydney because there was no time to lose. We arrived very late. We went to sleep at almost 3am in the morning, much later for Rafa, I believe. And he got up at 2pm today! But it’s true that almost everyone woke up at about 12. Sidney is three hours ahead of Perth, and three hours is a lot. It’s really hard to adapt, even though it may sound easy.

In anticipation, we reserved three courts for training at 6pm on Thursday. We have adapted well, although it is significantly more humid here than in Perth. In general, I’m happy because we’re doing well. Everyone’s prepared, and above all healthy, which is the most important thing. I think the team looks confident to continue building what we started there by winning all the matches we played against Georgia, Uruguay and Japan. We were the favourites and we delivered.

The court in Sydney is similar to the one in Perth, and the balls are the same. We haven’t been able to play on the centre court because the other teams had ties, but tomorrow we’ll try and knock up there if the morning match between Serbia and Canada finishes early.

We’ve adapted with knock-ups, practically no points. A little bit of treatment, a massage. We’ll all have dinner at the club and rest in the hotel to be ready for tomorrow because we have a very demanding day ahead of us.

I came to Sydney in 1987 as a player, and I saw a little of the city. And honestly, I hope we don’t have time to see it this time around; it would be a sign that we are homing in on this ATP Cup title. ¤¤




Vamos España!
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Interview

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 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.


;)
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Interview

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 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.


;)
Damn that preview has me ready to see this :D #HypeAF
 

Fiero425

Hall of Fame
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.
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! :-D
 

Confucio

New User
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?
 
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?
I would definitely would want Spain to lose now.

Rafa NEEDS that break now.
 

Fiero425

Hall of Fame
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.
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! ;)
 

Amritia

Semi-Pro
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.
 

WarriorRafa

Professional
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.
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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zep

Hall of Fame
Really don't see the point of him playing so much before AO. Nadal has been playing almost continuously since Paris.
 

Raphael Nadal

Hall of Fame
I love that majestic winner Rafa hit at 4-4 in the doubles match tie-breaker, the perfect combination of skill and clutch :)
This is the most entertaining week of Australian tennis since the 2nd week of the 2009 Australian Open!
And Rafa was very close to beating Goffin too, in both sets, especially late in the 1st Set when Rafa had 0-40 on Goffin's serve....
Rafa is playing well enough to beat De Minaur and Kyrgios, definitely.
 

Amritia

Semi-Pro
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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I wouldn't mind indoors as long as it means the conditions are cool and dry to be honest.
Today Rafa seemed to be struggling with the humidity.
Aus Open are re-laying the surface, using another company. The last few years have been very fast surface, now if it's a bit slower that could benefit Rafa a little bit, even if it's indoors.
 

Raphael Nadal

Hall of Fame
Really don't see the point of him playing so much before AO. Nadal has been playing almost continuously since Paris.
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.
So he has to play a lot of matches, because he refuses to let Spain lose :)
 
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