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aditya123

Hall of Fame
I watched the third and fourth set and cleary remember him hitting the net on crucial points. I agree to your point abt Zverev, Nadal would have overcome Zverev mostly in 4 or 5.
 

kevaninho

Hall of Fame
I watched the third and fourth set and cleary remember him hitting the net on crucial points. I agree to your point abt Zverev, Nadal would have overcome Zverev mostly in 4 or 5.
Thiem, Zverev then Djokovic would've probably been a step too far for Nadal in all honesty.

He wasn't winning in Australia regardless IMO.
 

irishnadalfan1983

Hall of Fame
Nadal should have skipped the Atp cup. He won the Davis cup so no reason he should have played it, Djokovic had a reason not to skip and at the end it was a success for him and a disappointment and fatigue issues for Nadal
I thought that also - 2019 was massively busy/non stop...He needed a break and should have skipped ATP Cup.....He was exhausted by AO this year...
 
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K-H

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I thought that also - 2019 was massively busy/non stop...He needed a break and should have skipped ATP Cup.....He was exhausted by AO this year...
I'm surprised he does that sometimes. He's been on tour for so many years, yet to me it still looks like he overplays. I could be wrong.
But he played a long 2019 season. Went deep in all GSs winning two. Competed the end of the season where he normally gets injured a lot. He then played Davis Cup. Then ATP Cup.

There was no break. What did he expect. No time to work on his game before AO.

Even though rafa knows his body better than anyone, I feel like he overplayed too much around that time.
 

Rabin

Semi-Pro
I'm surprised he does that sometimes. He's been on tour for so many years, yet to me it still looks like he overplays. I could be wrong.
But he played a long 2019 season. Went deep in all GSs winning two. Competed the end of the season where he normally gets injured a lot. He then played Davis Cup. Then ATP Cup.

There was no break. What did he expect. No time to work on his game before AO.

Even though rafa knows his body better than anyone, I feel like he overplayed too much around that time.
He's been smarter when it's just his own participation on the line but as soon as it's about Spain, his brain goes right out the window :confused:
 
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Amritia

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@Icarus @DSH @pedro94
The group chat I set up had a max of 11 users, which we're currently at, but we're gonna set up a new one soon with a maximum of 21 which you three can be added to! (weird rules but basically older users apparently can't set up a chat with max 21 but newer users can).

Edit: Also PS, sorry @pedro94 for some weird reason I didn't get the notification when you liked the post, so I missed that initially. Will be sorted soon :)
 
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DSH

G.O.A.T.
@Icarus @DSH
The group chat I set up had a max of 11 users, which we're currently at, but we're gonna set up a new one soon with a maximum of 21 which you two can be added to! (weird rules but basically older users apparently can't set up a chat with max 21 but newer users can).
21 is Bull's new fan-favorite number, ha?
;)
 

pedro94

Rookie
@Icarus @DSH @pedro94
The group chat I set up had a max of 11 users, which we're currently at, but we're gonna set up a new one soon with a maximum of 21 which you three can be added to! (weird rules but basically older users apparently can't set up a chat with max 21 but newer users can).

Edit: Also PS, sorry @pedro94 for some weird reason I didn't get the notification when you liked the post, so I missed that initially. Will be sorted soon :)
No problem! Well done for the initiative ;)

Also.. 21! How fitting :laughing: @DSH beat me to it..
 
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I hope Rafa can employ his STRATEGIES and TACTICS on clay/RG against Novak on AO/Hard Court in case they meet in the Final. Just a few Tweaks to adjust with speed and bounce of the court.
 

DSH

G.O.A.T.
Underrated match by Nadal on indoors hardcourt.
It has to be one of the top 10 matches he had ever played in this kind of conditions.
Heading to Paris-Bercy and the historic 1000 victory for the Spaniard.
He would be the fourth tennis player in the Open Era to do so!
:)
 

K-H

Hall of Fame
Underrated match by Nadal on indoors hardcourt.
It has to be one of the top 10 matches he had ever played in this kind of conditions.
Heading to Paris-Bercy and the historic 1000 victory for the Spaniard.
He would be the fourth tennis player in the Open Era to do so!
:)
I forget nadal didn't play too bad in that match.
Unlucky to lose first set on TB, and then dealt with him after that. And he was the eventual champion. Only lost to nadal that tournament.
 
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octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Interview

Rafa was interviewed by El Periódico, a newspaper published in Barcelona, this week.
In Spanish:

This great photo was taken by sports photographer Jordi Cotrina, working for the newspaper, during the interview:

http://instagr.am/p/CGrUUN2hXwe/
:)
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Interview

Rafa was interviewed by El Periódico, a newspaper published in Barcelona, this week.
In Spanish:

This great photo was taken by sports photographer Jordi Cotrina, working for the newspaper, during the interview:

http://instagr.am/p/CGrUUN2hXwe/
:)
A Rafan added English subtitles to a video inside the article:

 

haqq777

Legend
Hi Rafa family, I'm trying to find La Decima documentary Tennis Channel aired back when Rafa won his tenth FO. Does anyone remember what I am talking about? Do you know where I can find it? I have TC+ subscription and searched everywhere to no avail. It isn't on Youtube either from what I found. I was just curious and wanted to revisit it in my down time. Thanks for the help!
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Also he'll probably always play Barcelona, even though he skipped Barcelona in 2010 and swept the masters events.
Rafa skipped the Barcelona tournament in 2010 because Monte Carlo & Barcelona & Rome Masters (mandatory) were held in three consecutive weeks that year. He said at his press conference that playing three tournaments in three consecutive weeks were too much in too short a period. His body (knees!) needed a break.
He underwent PRP treatment on his left knee during the break.
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Did I miss that Rafa live Instagram with Fed and Murray on here? Must of been a few months ago but I never saw it.

"Did you hit to his backhand" says Rafa when Murray played as Rafa playing against Fed on Top Spin :-D:-D
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafa Nadal Foundation

Translated from Spanish via Google:
Fundación Vicente Ferrer: "The Nadal Educational & Tennis School (NETS) turned 10 and we couldn't be happier to celebrate this decade of triumph with the Rafa Nadal Foundation.
1,700 girls and boys have trained at school and have learned that there is no place for discrimination either on or off the court. I hope we get to celebrate for many years to come!"

The Nadal Educational & Tennis School (NETS) is part of the Anantapur Sports Academy (in India), that was founded by The Rural Development Trust, also known as the Fundación Vicente Ferrer, in 2002.
The Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) website: ¤¤ The Rural Development Trust (RDT) established the Tennis program in partnership with Rafa Nadal Foundation in 2010, with a focus on the education and holistic development of young children.
The centre, named as Nadal Educational & Tennis School (NETS), is housed at the Anantapur Sports Village (ASV). The program was initiated for both Boys & Girls in 2010 with 90 children. Currently, the total number of participants at NETS is 226 (78 Girls and 148 Boys).
NETS cater to both boys and girls in the U-6 to U-16 age categories. Sessions are run twice, daily in the morning and evening from Monday to Saturday. The children are divided into groups depending upon their age category as well as level of play. They are provided with Tennis equipment and clothing including rackets, balls, drill equipment and stringing machine, as well as state of the art Tennis infrastructure including five floodlit clay courts and a practice wall. ¤¤

The Fundación Vicente Ferrer has worked in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for nearly half a century. [Source: VFF FB]

Rafa inaugurated the Educational & Sports School, now called the Nadal Educational & Tennis School (NETS), in October 2010 and it has been funded by his foundation since then:


(y)to Rafa's foundation!
 

Azure

G.O.A.T.
Interview

Rafa was interviewed by El Periódico, a newspaper published in Barcelona, this week.
In Spanish:

This great photo was taken by sports photographer Jordi Cotrina, working for the newspaper, during the interview:

http://instagr.am/p/CGrUUN2hXwe/
:)
Looks gorgeous!
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame

If rafa and his team has not watched this, maybe this can help them to formulate Strategies and Tactics to beat Novak on hard and grass.
Nadal already knows how to beat Djokovic on grass, they played to 10-8 in the 5th Set at 2018 Wimbledon, and its very obvious that Nadal would have won if the roof was open.
On hardcourt I think Nadal just has to copy the pattern of play he used in the Roland Garros Final, because Nadal neutralized Djokovic's backhand by hitting high balls to Djokovic's backhand wing.
In their previous meetings Nadal fell into the trap of attacking Djokovic's backhand with flat balls, and when you hit flat and fast to Djokovic's backhand its the wrong tactic because it gives Djokovic pace which he uses for the cross-court backhand to attack Nadal's forehand.
Nadal will be keeping the ball nice and high on Djokovic's backhand wing from now on.
Nadal has figured Djokovic out.....not that he had to, because he was already beating Djokovic every year on clay - 2017 Madrid, 2018 Rome, 2019 Rome (including bagel) and now 2020 RG.
But Nadal has found a tactic that will help on hardcourt which was the only surface Djokovic had a noticeable advantage on.
 
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DSH

G.O.A.T.
A Rafan added English subtitles to a video inside the article:

I sincerely hope that Nadal continues to play until RG 2023, when he turns 37 and would be at most his last chance to win a Major tournament.
After that, it is very likely that he will start an irreversible decline that will prevent him from being competitive with the new generation of players and I do not think he wants to play for a while longer if he doesn't see any chance of beating his opponents, who will be far ahead of him at that point, physically.

There is no doubt that his final tournament should be RG, the most beautiful marriage and union in the history of tennis, a symbiosis of body and soul, most likely, never seen in the sport.

Hence my doubt: Will Rafael Nadal want (or dream) to retire in the tournament he loves the most, representing Spain at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games?

Don't you think that this would be the most perfect setting for the Bull of Manacor to give his final 'thrust' on a tennis court?
;)
 
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NADALalot

Hall of Fame
I sincerely hope that Nadal continues to play until RG 2023, when he turns 37 and would be at most his last chance to win a Major tournament.
After that, it is very likely that he will start an irreversible decline that will prevent him from being competitive with the new generation of players and I do not think he wants to play for a while longer if he doesn't see any chance of beating his opponents, who will be far ahead of him at that point, physically.

There is no doubt that his final tournament should be RG, the most beautiful marriage and union in the history of tennis, a symbiosis of body and soul, most likely, never seen in the sport.

Hence my doubt: Will Rafael Nadal want (or dream) to retire in the tournament he loves the most, representing Spain at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games?

Don't you think that this would be the most perfect setting for the Bull of Manacor to give his final 'thrust' on a tennis court?
;)
Nadal said he'll play for as long as he's a contender for the big titles.
So that means if he's still a slam contender during the 2024 Olympic Games, he'll continue playing into 2025.
Also he recently said he'd consider having kids while playing tennis (whereas in previous years he said he'd only have kids after retiring from tennis), so he's starting to realize that he'll be around a lot longer.
He's dropped a total of 3 sets in the last 4 French Opens, and he's won 2 of the last 3 US Opens he's played (and retired in the SF of 2018 US Open), so it'll take many more years for Nadal to stop being a contender....
 
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octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
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Relaxing Time

October 25, 2020

Rafa finished today's round of the Balearic Golf Championship in 7th place, after 2 days played.
It's a 3-day tournament and will finish on Monday.








Photos via RNKOTFB

Vamos Rafa!
He looks so confident and relaxed. I wonder how long it is since he has felt this phyiscally relaxed at this stage of a season with absolutely no injuries to have to fight?

I was originally disappointed when he pulled out of US Open, but it was a masterstroke. Good for his morale and the feelings of his team.

Now he is at 20 majors, he is one of the favourites for the Australian Open, and has Roland Garros to look forward to again in 6 months time.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafa's coach - Carlos Moya

Diario de Mallorca published a nice article about Carlos Moya's impact on Rafa’s game.

An excerpt from the article titled “Moya relaunches Nadal” (translated from Spanish, via monse):





Vamos Carlos Moya!
Just imagine how much more Rafa would have won had he had Moya by his side sooner. Moya shouldn't talk too much about Rafa's game because other players will steal the ideas.
 

DSH

G.O.A.T.
Second part of the Roland Garros special where coach Cala analyzes and answers questions about the gigantic achievement achieved by Nadal and other technical and tactical aspects of tennis.
:)

 
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