FB – DC 2004

As the Spanish Davis Cup squad takes on the German team today, let’s take a look back at an old DC match – the one that, for many people, put Rafa on the tennis map: his defeat of Roddick in the 2004 DC finals.

Match highlights posted by perowenooie.

That last video cut off the celebration and it’s not right to deprive the world of happy bouncing Spanish boys, so…

15 Responses

  1. patzin says:

    Last video won’t play for me. Something about it being private.

    • miri says:

      Oops. Sorry, I had left the window open as a reminder to update it and…well…forgot. Reload the page and try again.

  2. CC says:

    It works now!

    Heh, I *flove* it how the commentators say “Roddick may win this, but he’s gonna have to work for it…” and then don’t sound too happy at all towards the end.

    Compare this to the Monte Carlo 2003 that you posted a couple of days ago miri, and Rafa has grown up so much in a year! He’s starting to look…more manlt here already.

    • miri says:

      I had the same thought – how much he’d grown and changed in a year. Well, sinve this was the DC finals, it’s probably closer to a year and a half.

  3. dutchgirl says:

    Absolutely loving this! You can tell Rafa’s enjoying to play as part of a team. Makes me want to attend a DC match with Spain (including
    Rafa ofcourse!) in it.

  4. Atch2 says:

    Groundstroke winners (beginning of 4th set):
    Nadal 52
    Roddick 13.

    WOW! What a statistic.

    So much determination for someone so young in that pressure situation.

  5. johanne says:

    HOT. HOT! HOT! HOT!

    This makes me want to “celebrate” in the clay with Rafa. ;)

    • CC says:

      I’d celebrate with Rafa on any surfrace. But clay might be more fun, no? Because you’d have to get in the shower and clean yourself up afterwards. ;)

      • johanne says:

        True, any surfrace will do. But what’s the point of getting clean if you don’t get a little dirty beforehand? ;)

        *faints*

  6. Josh says:

    Miri, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the archived videos you have been posting over the past few days and weeks, it really has helped ease the Rafaddiction since his last match. Its made me all warm in this, our early and most bitter winter :(

  7. faecoleman says:

    Oh Miri first I want to say thankyou, thankyou,thankyou soo much for these clips I really love to watch Rafa play Davis cup, I never saw this but of course had read about it, love the way they say this fella’s gonna be no.1 in the world one day. Those vintage Rafa inside out forehands were evident even then! just love seeing Rafa enjoying his home crowd support he gets soo into it, so much fire and I must say he is absolutely gorgeous here, those smiles are priceless! after a hectic day I can dream about Rafa now..xxx nice end to a tough day, thanx again Miri..

  8. Debbie says:

    Awwww-“Carlos Moya thinks Rafael Nadal will be number one some day.” Smart guy that Carlos. :) Thanks again Miri!

  9. greenhopper says:

    Thanks for this. Whoever said his backhand was a liability back then? It sure as hell was working great that day. And 52 winners on clay??? If anything, Rafa went back to playing defense at the AO this year… and will probably continue with it for a little longer when he gets back. I miss 2008 RG form Rafa. :-\

  10. Delta says:

    Agree with all of you! Miri you never cease 2 amaze me with your work; many, many thx!!!
    greenhopper; am watching my tape of this years AO and does he ever play massive defense as well as offense, even pulled out weapons ie:) huge aces at key moments-another aspect of His game that has improved! What a talent!!!! Sooooo thrilling & the anticipation 4 his return is palpable in all of your posts!
    Love the comment during the AO from Patrick Mac re; 2008 RG saying, ” Nadal’s DEMOLITION of Federer.” Could not be described any better. Sorry you missed that performance by our Rafa. I wish I would of recorded it. Maybe can purchase online somewhere and/or the Roland Garros website? Will let you know if find.

  11. nic says:

    This was just a joy to watch the young little Rafa playing a brilliant match at the DC! To think he became the hero that year at such a young age. Too adorable. I love to listen to the commentators talk about him back then, how impressed they were, and of course especially about him being a future no. 1. Oh Rafa….I misssss you!!! Help, I think withdrawal symptoms are kicking in again!