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Biggest3

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Rafa is still favored in 2 slams this year, and he always has the ability to win any slam. He lost to Cilic in 2018 and that worked out for him just fine.

Wish he would have kept number one, but he played a lot of tennis and is still healthy. Full expectation to pass fed in the next 12-16 months.

Thiem just played well on a surface that suits him, and Rafa did not play his best.
Yes, he is still favorite at Fo and will be for as long as he enters the tournament but his %chances are dropping with every year.He is not getting better no matter how many adjustments he is trying to make.

For as much crap people are giving to Zverev of Thiem, they are still getting better day by day and eventually will start breaking through.Thiem already has 2 Fo finals and this year will be a great chance for him to make his breakthrough.

Out of the Big 3 only Djokovic exudes an aura of invincibility, especially at Ao.Federer has been vulnerable for almost 2 years.
Nadal ,even though he just won Uso(the way he won that slam was not convincing at all, almost choked it all), has shown a lot of weaknesses.His server has become a very big liability.He can't count on it to end the sets or on very big points to save his life.If his Fh doesn't work he struggles.
 

Raphael Nadal

Hall of Fame
Thiem: “We already had this epic match [at the US Open] in New York two years ago and today I had a feeling I was lucky in the right situations. The net cord was on my side. He is one of the greatest of all time, so you do sometimes need luck to beat him.” :)
 
So much delusion.Nadal was never going to win this tournament in the first place.All he had to do was reach Sf to preserve his Nr.1 spot but he failed to do even that.

The changing of the guard year has finally come.Djokovic might win this Ao but it will be the only big 3 slam win for this year.

Nadal's final and only chance to equal Federer comes next year at Fo.He won't win anything this year slam wise since he already gave Thiem all the confidence to conquer Fo 2020.
The irony on this post is laughable.
 

clout

Hall of Fame
Looks like #20 will have to wait. Thiem played one hell of a match today and I think he can take home the trophy on Sunday if he keeps this up.

In Rafa’s case, if Federer losses tonight, which is very likely, he’ll have the greatest chance of his lifetime to equal Fed at his backyard in RG. Thiem is only getting better and could make life tough just like he did here although beating Rafa in Melbourne is far easier than in Paris, as we’ve seen from Djokovic
 

Sabrina

Semi-Pro
Yeah this lost does not really surprise or sting me tbh. Everything is against him in this tournament: Draw, luck, schedule (will have one less day rest even if he make the Final), etc.

Hopefully that he will be fine physically after this match. He should skip Acapulco and comeback to action at IW/Miami if he can.
 

Rabin

Semi-Pro
Loss isn't that bad, he never would have won against Djokovic after going through Thiem/Zverev anyway, not on this court. But the belief it might give Thiem at RG I really could have done without.
 

Rabin

Semi-Pro
I agree slightly. Played well when there was no pressure, but never when he really needed to.
This is the thing that worries me the most. That trend has been there for a long time, but I hoped the final against Med would help him some in that regard. He's a miserable front runner these days and he used to be so good at that. Now every time he has to serve out a set/match I expect the break and it usually comes like clock work.
 

Sabrina

Semi-Pro
This is the thing that worries me the most. That trend has been there for a long time, but I hoped the final against Med would help him some in that regard. He's a miserable front runner these days and he used to be so good at that. Now every time he has to serve out a set/match I expect the break and it usually comes like clock work.
Yes Nadal is no longer the mental giant he once was. What really happens to his mental aspect recent years I don't know.
 

zep

Hall of Fame
Yes Nadal is no longer the mental giant he once was. What really happens to his mental aspect recent years I don't know.
A journalist in the press conference told him that he looked agitated, he denied it but I honestly felt that he was indeed very agitated. He used to have this "colm" and kind of a poker face when he was younger, regardless of the situation. Now you often see him frustrated on court when he misses shots, especially in big matches like this one. He needs to go back and work on his mental side of things a little bit IMO. It's not something that can't be fixed. He is already great in that department but has come down a little bit in recent years. It happens when you age and you feel you're running out of chances to win these tournaments. He needs to accept that and work on it.
 

E36BMWM3

Hall of Fame
This is the thing that worries me the most. That trend has been there for a long time, but I hoped the final against Med would help him some in that regard. He's a miserable front runner these days and he used to be so good at that. Now every time he has to serve out a set/match I expect the break and it usually comes like clock work.
Couldn't consolidate a break to save his life... good fight today but you can't continue to expect wins when you're ALWAYS coming from behind in these big matches.
 
A journalist in the press conference told him that he looked agitated, he denied it but I honestly felt that he was indeed very agitated. He used to have this "colm" and kind of a poker face when he was younger, regardless of the situation. Now you often see him frustrated on court when he misses shots, especially in big matches like this one. He needs to go back and work on his mental side of things a little bit IMO. It's not something that can't be fixed. He is already great in that department but has come down a little bit in recent years. It happens when you age and you feel you're running out of chances to win these tournaments. He needs to accept that and work on it.
He was agitated.

It looked like random stuff bothered and ticked him off.

I take it as a psychological coping mechanism that he displays lately under pressure. Some players break racquets, Nadal’s OCD goes into hyperdrive.

I don’t care if some of you did t expect him to win the title, this match he should have won, and won in straight sets.
 

TennisFan3

Legend
Rafa's inability to serve out sets was bound to catch up to him eventually. He had faltered on that even with lesser players. So no coincidence he lost vs a top player.
Perhaps if today Nadal had won the that first set, things would have changed considerably.

After watching Nadal all these years, I can usually tell when he is going to make a slam final. Predicted he wouldn't here, especially with that monstrous draw.

Perhaps Rafa wants these titles too much, and maybe that's what is making him very nervous at the big points. He needs to relax and be the warrior he can be. Honestly, nothing matters for him now until the clay season. He should take a well deserved break and come back with guns blazing on clay.
 
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weakera

Legend
Rafa's inability to serve out sets was bound to catch up to him eventually. He had faltered on that even with lesser players. So no coincidence he lost vs a top player.
Perhaps if today Nadal had won the that first set, things would have changed considerably.

After watching Nadal all these years, I can usually tell when he is going to make a slam final. Predicted he wouldn't here, especially with that monstrous draw.

Perhaps Rafa wants these titles too much, and maybe that's what is making him very nervous at the big points. He needs to relax and nothing matters for him now until the clay season. He should take a well deserved break and come back with guns blazing on the clay.
No question the first set was critical. Dominic got the belief he needed, and had he lost that set, doubt would have probably set in.
 

TennisFan3

Legend
No question the first set was critical. Dominic got the belief he needed, and had he lost that set, doubt would have probably set in.
Absolutely. The match would have completely turned if Nadal had converted in set 1. I'd go as far as saying that Nadal would have likely won it.
But the overall point still stands. Rafa is just getting too nervous closing sets/matches. He cannot back his serve and that puts pressure on the rest of his game. It's partly the reason why he's lost to Novak/Fed so much.

I just think that Rafa is putting too much pressure on himself these days for these titles. He needs to play with more freedom. This is all mental and nothing to do with technique.
 

zep

Hall of Fame
I just think that Rafa is putting too much pressure on himself these days for these titles. He needs to play with more freedom. This is all mental and nothing to do with technique.
He just hates losing, perhaps more than other players and that puts extra pressure on him. In matches where he is not the outright favorite he struggles a bit mentally. Against most players, his game itself is way too superior, so the mental aspect doesn't even come into the equation. But against the top players when it's an even contest he tends to miss shots on big points or miss a lot of first serves. That's all mental.
 

Goof

Semi-Pro
Yep, it seems like it all started in the AO17 final: Rafa just wants so badly to win and has the GOAT Race in the back of his mind that he gets super tense in important moments. He's pressing and putting too much pressure on himself. I still think that if he's still healthy and playing good ball when he hits 20 or 21 the floodgates could open and he could win even more due to weight of the world being off his shoulders finally. Now it's just a matter if he'll ever reach that point before the body goes too far downhill. RG20 will be absolutely CRITICAL, and I worry about what the pressure he will inevitably put on himself there will do to his results.
 

Crisstti

Legend
A journalist in the press conference told him that he looked agitated, he denied it but I honestly felt that he was indeed very agitated. He used to have this "colm" and kind of a poker face when he was younger, regardless of the situation. Now you often see him frustrated on court when he misses shots, especially in big matches like this one. He needs to go back and work on his mental side of things a little bit IMO. It's not something that can't be fixed. He is already great in that department but has come down a little bit in recent years. It happens when you age and you feel you're running out of chances to win these tournaments. He needs to accept that and work on it.
Yeah, I think that's all it is. He's pretty much said so himself sometimes.
 

Crisstti

Legend
Yep, it seems like it all started in the AO17 final: Rafa just wants so badly to win and has the GOAT Race in the back of his mind that he gets super tense in important moments. He's pressing and putting too much pressure on himself. I still think that if he's still healthy and playing good ball when he hits 20 or 21 the floodgates could open and he could win even more due to weight of the world being off his shoulders finally. Now it's just a matter if he'll ever reach that point before the body goes too far downhill. RG20 will be absolutely CRITICAL, and I worry about what the pressure he will inevitably put on himself there will do to his results.
Rafa has never been under bigger pressure than in that 2012 RG final, where he could have lost four slam finals in a row to Novak. As we know, the pressure got to him for a moment when the conditions affected his focus, and then he regained control. That was bigger pressure and against a tougher opponent, but he was also overall tougher mentally then...
 

irishnadalfan1983

Hall of Fame
Didn’t see match but from what I am reading Thiem played better - simple as that I believe....

Thiem is super and whilst disappointed it would be Thiem I would choose to lose to if anyone...

It did look like Nadal has his chances though...
 

Sephiroth

Professional
I thought Nadal played very well, just lacked confidence in a few big moments. Good effort
Yeah just a bit of clutchness but that's due to Thiem, he's no scrub of a player he can give any of the Big 3 a game as we've seen. It was a nightmare facing him in the QF.

I'm not worried tho these days Rafa is a fav for any slam he plays well on any as long as he's injury free, he's been going deep in every slam these days. Even Wimbledon there for the last 2 years only Djokovic and Federer stopped him. Soon his fav part of the season's gonna come up.
 

Sephiroth

Professional
Btw this won't be the first time he'll be feeling the pressure, Rafa's at a stage where he can make history so just be prepared he's gonna be feeling it when he's in the second week of slams. It won't be coming easy.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Can someone please tell me who the guy is to the right of Rafa's sis is? Is that a Rafa cousin of a Moya relative?

 
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MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Rafa's inability to serve out sets was bound to catch up to him eventually. He had faltered on that even with lesser players. So no coincidence he lost vs a top player.
Perhaps if today Nadal had won the that first set, things would have changed considerably.

After watching Nadal all these years, I can usually tell when he is going to make a slam final. Predicted he wouldn't here, especially with that monstrous draw.

Perhaps Rafa wants these titles too much, and maybe that's what is making him very nervous at the big points. He needs to relax and be the warrior he can be. Honestly, nothing matters for him now until the clay season. He should take a well deserved break and come back with guns blazing on clay.
Well said amigo :)


Now get into Shaq :D
 

WarriorRafa

Professional
Hope Rafa skips Acapulco, IW and Miami. Needs rest and time to work on himself a little bit. Should try and find a way to improve on big points somehow..

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WarriorRafa

Professional
Rafa's inability to serve out sets was bound to catch up to him eventually. He had faltered on that even with lesser players. So no coincidence he lost vs a top player.
Perhaps if today Nadal had won the that first set, things would have changed considerably.

After watching Nadal all these years, I can usually tell when he is going to make a slam final. Predicted he wouldn't here, especially with that monstrous draw.

Perhaps Rafa wants these titles too much, and maybe that's what is making him very nervous at the big points. He needs to relax and be the warrior he can be. Honestly, nothing matters for him now until the clay season. He should take a well deserved break and come back with guns blazing on clay.
It's the pressure from the media I feel. Hope he doesn't get stuck like Serena has been. Needs to relax a bit. Next slam is RG where he should be confident. Skip unnecessary tourneys, take a vacation, rejuvenate and go all out for RG.

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K-H

Hall of Fame
Hope Rafa skips Acapulco, IW and Miami. Needs rest and time to work on himself a little bit. Should try and find a way to improve on big points somehow..

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That's a lot of time off the court. Cant be good for him. I'd at least want him to play indian wells.
 

vernonbc

Legend
Good article about the latest centre that Rafa's Foundation has set up. :)

BARRIO NAZARET
Fundación Rafa Nadal: deporte y educación, de la mano por la inclusión social
https://www.elperiodicodeaqui.com/epda- ... ial/202209

Rafa Nadal Foundation: sport and education working hand-in-hand for social inclusion

EFE - 01 Feb 2020

In mid-November, the Rafa Nadal Foundation opened a centre for the social integration of vulnerable minors in the Nazaret district of Valencia, Spain

These vulnerable children are from families of scarce resources who live in an isolated suburb of Valencia where the Rafa Nadal Foundation, using education and sport working hand-in-hand together, has opened a centre to help their social inclusion and foment attitudes and values such as effort, equality and teamwork.

Since the middle of November, the Nazaret district on the outskirts of the city of Valencia and with the stigma of drugs and degradation, has been home to the second centre for the social integration of vulnerable minors set up by the RN Foundation in Spain, the first being in Palma, Mallorca, in 2014.

12-year-old Alejandro and 8-year-old Emilia are two of the 40 boys and girls aged from 5 to 14 who, up to three times a week, go along to the centre, located in ground floor premises, made over to them by the City Council, with white painted walls decorated with paintings featuring many of the children who participate in the Valencia project

The centre has two offices, two classrooms - one for cooperating in teams and the other for psychomotor skills - and a communal area where a shelfing unit full of boardgames like chess, dominos and three-in-a-row separates the dining-room from an area with small tables and brightly coloured chairs where the children can play.

"I want to manage to be more mature because sometimes I turn into a child younger than my age," Alejandro told EFE. He also confessed he would like to be a mechanic or a footballer when he grows up and said he was "very happy" to come along to the centre, where he has made "tons of friends".

Alejandro, who attends the centre with his 7-year-old brother Pedro, explained that he wants to keep on coming there "until he is grown up" because he has a "great time", the monitors are "very affectionate" and take them to the sports centre and "let them play".

Emilia, who confessed to EFE that she would "very much" like to meet the Mallorcan tennis player, goes along to the centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays with her sister Candela and other pupils from a local school, and despite saying she has a "great time" playing badminton, the sport she likes best is "running".

The person in charge of the RN Foundation's projects, Eunate Goméz, pointed out to EFE that since the foundation began its work a decade ago, it has had it "quite clear" that "sport linked to education" were the two "fundamental tools" they wanted to work with to make that "positive impact" on children and teenagers.

"We try to achieve an integral development of the child and provide him/her with a favourable environment and optimum conditions to be able to grow up healthy and happy," said Goméz, who added that sport can help them "as a tool to distance them from other things that, maybe, aren't so good for them".

She explained they had chosen Valencia for their second centre in Spain because, after studying different options and locations, they had found a district "with some rather special characteristics, which geographically had been left a bit isolated from the city, and which had a very large number of children and teenagers".

Although the professionals in charge have in place an individualized education plan, and each family is interviewed before their child can attend the centre, all activities are carried out in group form: "It is our belief that working as a team has many intrinsic values," Goméz declared.

Andrés Raga, the director of the Nazaret centre, told EFE that the children come to them from the municipal social services, local schools and other aid bodies who know the families and their needs and know if they have learning difficulties, are given to absenteeism or suffer bullying.

"Some of the children have problems with their behaviour or in interacting with others but through play and group activities it's easier for them to obtain the values they can then apply in family, school and community contexts," said Raga.

The essential thing is that through sport and play "we can give them the tools to manage to resolve those conflicts and problems," emphasised Raga, who explained that they come along to the centre after school from 17.30 to 19.30 and there they first have a snack and then take part in an educational activity there or a sports activity at the district's sports pavilion.

According to Raga "there is no better sign than their faces: they arrive looking happy and eager, some even arrive ahead of time with a drawing they've done for us. We want to provide them with a pleasant space that is a centre of reference and support for them".

The Foundation tries to give continuity to the children's attendance at the centre because, Raga says, "the longer the time you can teach and educate a child, the better" as his/her education will be "more complete and much more of a piece".

The Rafa Nadal Foundation works in areas of action such as social integration with its centres in Palma and Valencia, with young people with mental disabilities in 'Más Que Tenis' and in the promotion of talented young athletes through a programme of scholarships to study in the United States.

For the past ten years the Foundation has also had a centre in a very poor area of India with very few resources, where working for equality between boys and girls is a "challenge" and where it promotes and encourages access to sport and activities like English and information technology, no matter their gender, social origin or the caste to which they belong.
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Confucio

New User
How long is Djokovic guaranteed to stay number 1 in the rankings? Really wanted Rafa to get a few more weeks in but ATP Cup messed up the rankings
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
You Haven’t Lived Until…You’ve Met Rafael Nadal
Harshada Rajani
Jan 27 · 8 min read



Sometimes, I feel like certain extraordinary experiences in my life don’t feel real unless I write them down. This experience is definitely one of those — one that, over a month later, and many hours spent staring at photos and videos — still doesn’t feel real at all. But telling you this wild and crazy tale in boring prose is so not my style.
About 15 years ago, when I was studying abroad in Madrid, I had some ridiculous adventures as a carefree girl gallivanting across Europe. The experiences seemed so absurd and unforgettable at the time, my friend and I would joke, “I guess you haven’t lived until” you’ve ice-skated on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower or partied from 8pm to 8am in Salamanca instead of getting a hostel. So I started to write this all down and turned them into these (slightly long-winded) top ten lists of my craziest stories from my travels. I even compiled a “You haven’t lived until…” list for my stroke which was a bit morbid but quite entertaining nonetheless. But this recent experience puts them ALL to shame, and deserves its very own top ten list. My family and I met the incomparable…wait for it…Rafael Nadal.
I’ve never been one to believe in fate, destiny or that the universe could be working in my favor. After my stroke, I became an even fiercer skeptic that any goodness could come out of this cruel world. Then, a dream came true without me even trying or even letting myself think it could be a possibility. It was as if I was such a disbeliever, the universe had to come and shake me by the shoulders and set a delicate series of random events into motion right in front of my eyes. The stars seemed to magically align just so. We happened to book our trip to Mallorca when Rafa was in town, and we happened to be there on weekdays when he was practicing at the Rafa Nadal Academy. We then met the right student who gave us the low down on Rafa’s indoor practice schedule. But, the indoor court was closed off to the public. As we waited outside to just catch a glimpse of him leaving practice, it started torrentially pouring. The staff felt so bad for us rain-soaked fans, they begrudgingly let us come inside. And then, the most important element fell into place — because I’m in a wheelchair, I stuck out, rather conspicuously, amidst the sea of fans. If I wasn’t, I would just be another face in the crowd. I caught his eye as he was about to leave and as soon as we made eye contact, his serious face broke into this massive smile as he headed towards us.
 
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