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Rafa looking completely relaxed and at ease after the loss.


25 Responses

  1. johanne says:

    Si, looking totally chillaxed.

  2. Diane says:

    And Rog, looking more and more like a real douche. Sorry. Just saying. One win does not a return to #1 make. And besides, number one is, as number one does. And for that, Rog needs to go to some classes that Rafa is teaching.

  3. niki says:

    How awesome is Rafa’s butterfly shirt?

    Diane, I agree. Haven’t decided if Roger is becoming more of an ass or I’m becoming a more rabid Rafa lover. Either way, starting to hate on Fed a little. (I don’t like this, but I can’t help it!)

  4. Diane says:

    Well, to me, he seems to becoming more of a past-it prima donna, whining and disparaging of others. He’s gotten to be less of a sportsman, and more about “me, me, me.” It’s not becoming. At wimby, last year, he was more gracious, more of a champion, even in defeat. Now, he’s more snarky, more with the backhanded compliments, maybe more annoyed. I don’t know, that in his place, I wouldn’t be similar. But it really just puts Rafa in an even better light. You KNOW he won’t be like this, when his time comes. And we, and more importantly HE, knows, it will come. But I don’t think Rafa puts his whole stock in his tennis-world status. That’s what I love about him. He gets it, for real, and keeps all this fame and hulabaloo in perspective.

    • johanne says:

      I don’t know, Diane, I think Roger has always been the King of Backhanded Compliments. I’ve noticed it for YEARS. And I think his “so-so” year in 2008 accompanied by his “so-so” start in 2009 just really brought it out for everyone to see. As far as Wimby last year, he was nice during the ceremony and all but said a few things later that pissed me off…..things like “I think more people left feeling sorry for me, than happy for Rafa” and “I never want to see a picture of Rafa with that trophy.” UGH! What the hell. Sorry, whenever this subject comes up I go off because I’ve always found Rafa to be more classy (not to mention more fun to watch and sexier! LOL) than the “sophisticated, elegant gentleman” that Roger’s been portrayed as. I’m not saying he’s all terrible and I hate him (hate is such a strong word) I just have never bought into that immaculate image of him, and thus have never been one of his fans.

      • Diane says:

        For me, as a real, live noob to tennis, Rog has always rubbed me the wrong way. I’ve tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, but. . . There’s an arrogance there, that I don’t care for. But, it does make Rafa look all the better, so keep on keepin’ on Rog. It doesn’t hurt our boy, just makes you look an a**.
        Rafa wooed me just about 1 year ago, now. I saw ads for the FO on telly, and just HAD to know who was that smokin’ hottie in the sleeveless green shirt and grey capris. It’s kinda all history from there, but I catch on quick-like.
        So, Rafa honey, what are we doing for our 1-year anni? ;)

        • johanne says:

          We’re totally on the same page.

          Oooh yeah Rafa looked really hot in that green shirt/(extra-tight) grey capris outfit…prob one of my faves. Anyways, glad he won you over! Rafa first seduced me in 2005 at the French Open. I remember watching some very early round matches and all the sudden here’s this hot, ripped, sweaty 18-year-old (soon to be 19) running around on my TV screen. I’m pretty sure I shouted out “Daaaaaaaaaang! Who is THAT!?!” I was an INSTANT fan. He was exciting and passionate and fully of energy and I just found myself cheering for him right from the get-go. Then I start hearing more about him – how he’s climbing up the rankings and he’s so young and this is his first appearance at RG and he’s already won these other important clay court tournaments this year and it’s his birthday next week and I was like omg I love him he’s so HOT! As my dad jokingly says, “you should get extra points for being good looking.” hahahahaha talk about advantage Rafa! But I digress…that year Rafa went on to win his very first Roland Garros title and I just felt like I totally lucked out by getting to see him play his first round match, wanting him to do well, and then he goes on to win the whole thing!! It was so awesome. And I’ve been his fan ever since! :)

      • tiemyshoe says:

        Exactly. I think in the past, he’s often been patronizing and backhanded. He’s been gracious, too, but I suppose I remember the patronizing more. Comments on Rafa’s “one-dimensional” game, anyone? Totally got resurrected in the latest presser, btw.

        I wouldn’t even care, if it were not for the fact that Rafa really is unfailingly gracious to him. So … his latest comments about Rafa’s game not changing (!), his only being able to do one thing well (!!), etc., are really making me start to bitterly dislike him. It’s one thing to have an ego, but it’s another thing to REFUSE to acknowledge that Rafa has gone way, way beyond the game he started with.

        • johanne says:

          Oh god I read something that included the “does one thing well” quote but I felt like I didn’t get any context and didn’t know what “one thing” Fed was talking about. What’s the one thing he does well? PLAY TENNIS?!?!?!

        • rez says:

          Wow, this is really gross. Were did you read this? He’s trying so hard to put on a good image and at the same time is behaving like a spoiled child who should be in the center of attention.

          • An says:

            Awwww let Roger….
            Rafa will learn him another lesson to be silent the next time they play. Mind my words!!

            • dutchgirl says:

              My thoughts exactly. What goes around, comes around, no matter how high your ranking once was… There’s just no excuse for behaviour like that, and to me it only shows that Roger isn’t as great a sportsman as Rafa is.

  5. CC says:

    *puts fingers in ears and sings lalalalala*
    I don’t care what Roger says.

    Rafa looks relaxed, with butterfly and all.

    So, read on the official web page that a Rafa’s going to Paris on Thursday already, doing lots of promotional stuff etc. I WISH he could have a bit more time at home to spend with family and girlfriend, just chill… I worry he will wear himself out, the little sweet thing.

  6. riqoueiardo says:

    That was an awesome final point from Roger. Definitely now he will need rest. We wish him the luck for Rold Garrs. Bravolia RAFA!!

  7. faecoleman says:

    I have read Federers post final interview and his comments on Rafas game, that guy is unbelievable, I never thought I would say this but I am really starting to dislike this dude! Some nerd has posted an article to all Rafa fans on Bleacher report page stating that he is a fed fan and how wonderful were Feds drop shots, his forehand working again and improvement on his serve 60% + , Rafa’s was 80% + btw, etc, I agree Rogers drop shots were the best I’ve seen, its not something that Rafa can not do though, I still thought that Rogers unforced errors were high and did anyone notice that until that 9th game when Roger broke Rafa’s serve he had yet to make inroads on Rafas serve, infact Rafa was holding serve better than here, few times to love I recall! I think after all the emotion the day before it may have gotten to Rafa there and then knowing how it was important there an then to hold serve since Roger was knocking down a few Aces and all.

    I likewise fell in love with Rafa at Wimbledon when he got to the 3rd round at just 16-17 yrs of age. I thought he was somethin else, and after this he just grew and grew better, he;s win at RG debut was brilliant and I have followed his career ever since.
    I have never enjoyed anything as much as Roland Garros last year, it was a pure masterclass by Rafa, even the great Bjorg said so. Its things like this that annoy Roger, and all his sadest losses have come to Rafa. so having an ego the size of the house, this has enraged him, you can see it, all he ever talks about as his rival is Nadal, not Andy or Djokovic who have beaten him consecatively, simply because these losses didn’t come at the slams! or in Masters Finals. I really hope this loss Fires Rafa up!!! maybe he needed this to motivate himself more, if thats possible! now he can go to Paris more determined than ever.

    • dutchgirl says:

      And doesn’t Roger see that his ranking is closer to Andy’s and Novak’s ranking than it is to Rafa’s??

  8. Diane says:

    Maybe we could have ‘caption it’ kind of game, with that Rog picture with his number one sign.
    My entry is:”Who’s an arrogant, past-it douche? That’d be me.” :D

  9. Josh says:

    Agree with everything above; just read Federer’s presser comments and he says “He [Nadal] had a bad patch last season, and he got over that”


    If Rafa had a bad patch by winning 8 titles over 3 surfaces then what does Roger think of his own season. God he is so self righteous.

    • miri says:

      He did have a bad patch last year – at the beginning of the year. There were all kinds of blabbering about how he “would never recover from the devastating loss in the Wimbledon final.” Then clay season started, he started rolling and his confidence reached thread level ultra.

      • strobi says:

        I don´t consider making semis in Australia (his first) and finals in Miami a bad patch. Is true that he didn’t defend his IW title last year, but he gained enough points in Australia to make up for that. The only thing is that he didn’t win a title, but it wasn’t a much worse start of the year compared to what he had done before. The thing is that compared to this year, anything else seems like a joke.

  10. An says:

    Can’t we ad a choice to this poll??:

    The most shocking thing you’d secretly like to hear Rafa say in a presser, but never will. (You can pick two answers)

    o Hey i’m sick and tyred of Rogers comments, he’s going to regret evry single word he spoke about me the next time i’ll meet him on court!

  11. faecoleman says:

    Well he certainly made up for his title drought lol… and who got a gold medal Roger in the mens singles?, 8 titles! Andy Murray called Rafa’s 2008 one of the best in Tennis history, its too early to say how 2009 is going to finish for Rafa, I don’t want to jinx him, just praying for him all the way to stay injury free and confident. Vamos Rafa….