RD round 4 presser photos

(Photos by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images and REUTERS/Vincent Ke)

18 Responses

  1. skyejaden says:

    ohmygod the pain. :( :( :( *hugs him*

  2. CC says:

    I dunno, but the word “sweetheart” keeps popping up in my head all the time after this loss. Even more so when I see these pics.

    He’s lovely.

    Read in the Swedish press he just wants to go home to the swimming pool now. So you should, Rafa, so you should!

  3. dutchgirl says:

    You can tell by his eyes he’s still in pain. I want to hug him as well and tell him things will be better (as if he doesn’t know that himself). I hope the press will leave him alone for some time now, but I fear images of a crowded airport once more…

  4. loverafa4ever says:

    I wish his mom was around… or his dad was around… somebody to give him a tight warm hug… To make him feel better… Uncle Tony must have already done that.

  5. faecoleman says:

    Yeah Rafa needs sum real hugs right now, must be really crap to have to go through the whole presser bit, bless him, I bet he feels that he had jinxed himself last year when he said “Its hard to believe that I won’t win again in Roland Garros” after his easy 2008 victory he was on fire going to Queens, great times and such a contrast now, who would have thought? I so don’t want Fed to win now, maybe I’m just soo pissed right now and am being unfair, Nadal himself has tipped Fed the favourite, well no harm putting the pressure on! Hope he can go back to Manacor and lick his wounds he needs some peace right now…

  6. tiemyshoe says:

    I almost feel like I lent bad juju to this match by not watching it live like I’d planned. I was so confident, I went out with friends, and when I came back – TENNIS ANARCHY. BIZARRO WEEK 4EVA.

    But oh Rafa. When I see these pics, I just love him harder. Thanks for the consolation, miri. In fact, there couldn’t be a better place than this site for taking the losses ‘with colm.’

    • faecoleman says:

      Omg, tiemyshoe, dito, thats excatly what I did! I went to a Spanish Festival in London for the day with friends not too concerned about the match, he seemed so confident in his previous match against Hewitt, really finding his form on the clay in Paris, I rang home on my way back on the train and they couldn’t wait to tell me that Rafa had lost, Fernando too, I was sooo gutted, really ruined my day, and I kept thinking that I should have stayed home to watch it, why did I go out? damn it, damn Soderling. Btw did you read what he had to say after wards about Rafa is just another player on the tour, like his nothing so special bla bla, in other words he has no respect for Rafa or anything he has achieved at such a young age, typical of him, he also said that he! was expecting Bjorg to text him and send him his praise and congrats etc for keeping his record, Unbelievable!!! I hope Rafa gives him a good beating next time round!!!

      • miri says:

        Btw did you read what he had to say after wards about Rafa is just another player on the tour, like his nothing so special bla bla,

        Actually, I have no problem with this. How many times have I bitched at players for giving their higher ranked opponent simply because of their ranking? Plenty. Every player should step on the court with the “just another player over there, I can with” attitude.

        • CC says:

          Oh…I shall be so bold as to say that I am rooting for Söderling for the rest of this tourney. He’s playing well, he beat the best player in the world, so I want him to beat everyone else as well.

          Robin may not be the best of friends with Rafa. However, I’m sure Robin respects Rafa just as much Rafa respects Robin. Hey, it’s sport. They are there to play great tennis and win, not to be social in the locker room.

          • dutchgirl says:

            I admire you for that ‘actitude’, CC. I don’t seem to be able to get over his personality, so no rooting from me. But you’re talking very Rafa-like :)

          • natylite says:

            I’m sure Rafa respects The Sod as a tennis player (as far as the person, Jon Weirtheim writes that Nadal thinks Soderling is destined for hell). However, I’m not sure The Sod returns the favor. I don’t think he respects Nadal as a person and I’m not sure he’s emotionally mature enough to differentiate between disliking the person and respecting the player. It’s probably all the same to him. Nevertheless, its Fed vs. History/the field. I’m rooting for the the field. So I guess that includes The Sod…

            • Trish says:

              I am rooting for anyone else outside of Roger and Monfils! ANYONE ELSE!

            • johanne says:

              Actually remember that video where Rafa’s peers discuss his 2008 season? Soderling is on it, talking nicely about Rafa’s achievements. It seems the respect is there professionally, at least at this moment in time.

              Hear Soderling around 1:32:

          • johanne says:

            Why am I starting to think it would be hilarious if Soderling did go on to win the whole thing? Because you know the crowd probably doesn’t ultimately want that. Esp if he were to play Fed in the final? Can you imagine the crowd’s reaction? “Merde!! What have we done?!” LOL.

            But seriously, the way Sod played Davy today…the guy’s on a roll. Sometimes you have to say “too good.” We’ll see what happens, I guess!

        • faecoleman says:

          I understand what your saying Miri, on court thats exactly how ones attitude should be otherwise whats the point on playing? It was just the way he said it in an interview sort of like dismissing Rafa as if he is in the same league as he is as far as achievements are concerned, I think he is a little to cocky for someone who hasn’t made it yet! Saying this it wouldn’t bother me if Soderling went on to win, I don’t think he will but if he did it would show that by beating Rafa he really has found his form putting Rafa in a better light after his loss.

  7. CC says:

    Trust me to be shallow, now that we’re all heartbroken and upset about losses and silly french crowds and all that, but if I got to spend some time with Rafa’s hands, that are so beautifully displayed in these photos, I would be the happiest lady in the world. I mean, just look at them…LOOK!

  8. faecoleman says:

    Yeah I love Rafa’s hand too, so masculine, how a mans hands should be and beautifully tanned too!

  9. nic says:

    *sigh* beautiful hands indeed. just beautiful.
    gorgeous brown eyes, stunning pout :)
    heart of a champion. and dishy in pink.
    rafa is a sweetheart alright.
    just look at that composure. wise beyond his years.