Nothing much new in this article – but it gave me the chance to try and remember some college German in order to help out the sad Google translation. Here’s my attempt:
Rafael Nadal – A Spaniard with charm and fighter’s heart
He is young, he is successful and he is a “buddy” from next door – despite his great success, the life of superstar Rafael Nadal has not changed.
Since he has 36 ATP singles titles, you could actually think – this man is stubborn and inaccessible. Not the Spaniard – he is the boy next door, who laughs over jokes with friends, loves Play Station, likes Jennifer Lopez and arranges his life by mobile phone. The miracle child causes tennis fans to shriek and is now the favorite of women.
The “fighters”. At first glance, he might not seem so since he needs to have English questions repeated by translators again and again – but the clay king is intelligent – especially when it comes to his profession. In addition to spin and a witty game [? the literal translation “Joke game” wasn’t working for me], he’s also a tremendous fighting force who brings every opponent he has to the edge of desperation.
The genes. The “Nadel” is genetically preloaded – His uncle Miguel Angel Nadal is 42 years old and played for almost a decade for FC Barcelona and the Spanish National Team. Not surprisingly, it was unclear for some time whether Rafa should be a footballer or tennis player. He then quickly decided to pursue tennis.
Weapon. At the tender age of four, the Mallorcan picked up a racket. Until he was twelve, he played his fore- and backhand with both hands. But his Uncle Toni, who lives with the Sunnyboy in the same house, convinced him to switch his game. “What world class players do you know who hit the forehand with both hands,” he asked his nephew and asked him play with his left hand, even though the kid is a right-hander (his autographs, he writes with the right). His biggest weapon is curiously his “unnatural” forehand, that he uses to push his opponents down.
The “pirate”. His trademark is his “pirate” pants and his “round pick” in this narrow piece of clothing. Always the same motion before every ball change – check the tension and the “tug” in his pants – can one still concentrate on tennis? One can, and does it as # 1 of the tennis world.
His home. The Spaniard lives in Manacor, a town of 30,000 inhabitants on the island of Mallorca. Rafa lives in a four story white building on the Plaza Rector Rubi in the center of the city. The ground floor is a bistro. In the second lives Rafael’s grandparents, on the floor above that uncle Toni with his wife and above that the “longhaired-boy” with his parents and his sister Maria Isabel.
Hobbies: Cooking. In Portocristo the family owns a summer residence, 14 kilometers east of Manacor. The Sunnyboy likes to boat out to sea and loves to fish. The teen-idol has an unusual hobby too – namely cooking. Preferably the fish that he catches himself. [I think he’s said he only really cooks at Wimbly for his family.]
His friends. Among his closest friends on the tour include his countrymen Carlos Moya, Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez and Argentine Juan Monaco. The former French Open champion Carlos Moya, his great mentor, watched his development from childhood and took him later into his training group [He did?]. So close to the “Gladiator” in the record pace of the tennis world.