Belief, bewilderment, surrender

The three stages of playing Rafa on clay.

20 Responses

  1. johanne says:

    ESPN hearts Rafa!

    Thanks for this, miri! As soon as I saw it I was like, “I hope someone puts this on youtube!” :)

  2. Trish says:

    Vamos!!!! All the way Rafa!!!!!!!

  3. Mary says:

    Oh wow!!! This is brilliant. The chills I had watching this. The emotion. Unbelievable!

    I have never wanted someone to do so well.

    After all his done, he deserved number his number 5 and somehow through his will, talent, perserverance and the divine, he will achieve this.


  4. Holly says:

    OMG! Made me cry…again!

    Beautiful, Thanks Miri

  5. An says:

    This is, this is….. I have no words for this!

    *Chills all over and tears in my eyes*


  6. Diane says:

    Marvelous, just awesome. Thanks for posting it.

  7. nereis says:

    Brilliant! Although this kind of vid makes me feel more anxious.

    Thanks for posting.

  8. nic says:

    … grace in the slide, elegance in the strategy, flair in the finish…

    i love this snippet. espn brilliant. i love that they said that.
    man, this sent shivers down my spine. want rafa to win this one so badly, but let’s take it one step at a time. as he said, he will accept whatever the outcome with calm. hope i can too! so looking forward to seeing him on court, in about oh, 5 mins!!

    vamos rafa!!

  9. natch says:

    “I have never wanted someone to do so well.”

    I have never wanted to DO someone so well. ;)
    It’s his fault, though. If he didn’t look like a statue, I wouldn’t want to do him.

    • tiemyshoe says:

      Hee, natch. Totally his fault.

      • natch says:

        Maybe we can take out a class action lawsuit against him. I know I am unable to function when I’m watching him, and that could be dangerous. Only instead of asking for money, we’ll ask for fifteen minutes a piece with him.

        • miri says:

          Talk about risking a career ending injury… ;)

        • tiemyshoe says:

          Excellent idea. And throw in a tennis lesson in there, too. A real one, not a … “tennis lesson,” heh.

          • Diane says:

            Sorry, but I’m going to need more than fifteen minutes. ;)

            • natch says:

              Way ahead of you, Diane. I’m planning on convincing the twelve in line behind me that I could make MUCH better use of their time than they could. I’ll even videotape it for them. ;)

          • natch says:

            You can have my tennis lesson with Rafa, and I’ll take your “tennis lesson” with Rafa. ;)

  10. dutchgirl says:

    You’re all right: shivers when watching this video.

  11. Jaime says:

    This video is sooo amazing…I get chills and teary eyed every time I watch. VAMOS!

  12. Nada H. T says:

    Nice report .. I like it alot

    I hope he will do his best to WIN the 5th RG !

  13. faecoleman says:

    This was one of the best RG previews yet, I enjoyed last years Rg soo much without anxiety, just knew Rafa was going to take it, this vid made me sooo emotional, I have never been soo attached to a player before, all the way baby Rafa, go get your fifth, and show them all who is still the undisputed King of Clay in Paris….!