Practice vids

Per the poster – yoramgaon1:

Rafael Nadal practicing at the US open on Aug 26 2008. He had a lot of problems with his back hand today and was complaining all the time. The second player he hit with was Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany.

12 Responses

  1. Sheryl says:

    Rafa looks so cute with the backwards hat and the shorter hair. How lucky to be there – I’m so envious!

  2. An says:

    No sign of Tio Toni jet…. Hey, Roig “stood in the way”
    ( dunno if this is correcto in english, its an exact transaltion of how we say it in dutch )

  3. AnaR says:

    I think that Toni will be there in a few days when the tournament begin. But I am not sure.. of course.

  4. Atch2 says:

    Does it seem like he was practicing flattening his forehand more than the buggy-whip top-spin one?

    And I would’ve thought Rafa would try practicing nearer to the baselines.

    And it’s pretty windy there. Hope the experience will help Rafa in actual competition.

    • miri says:

      Does it seem like he was practicing flattening his forehand more than the buggy-whip top-spin one?

      I saw the same thing in Montreal. He was hitting the flat forehand at least 90% of the time during the two sessions I saw.

      • mary says:

        I suspect that our Rafi is trying to speed up his balls, flatten his serves & returns. If he can improve on this it will no doobt improve the longevity of his playing career and speed him right up to the top of the pile again & there he will stay for some time. Hope this will come together for him in this tourney. He is one of the few people that could do this, as he has the capacity to really believe in himself, no?

  5. kate says:

    He looks pretty strong and it is always tough to play or practice when it is windy!

  6. loverafa4ever says:

    was this from 26th August 2008 or 2009? The outfit he is wearing is from the first half of US hard court season rit? I like his polo shirts better. I nvr noticed dat Roger has alwayz been wearing polos.

    Anywayz, I hope he takes out all the mistakes he is making and all his frustrations on the practice court. The draw is coming out 2day. I really hope he gets a fair draw. Mst probably Murray will b on his side.

  7. mary says:

    Me thinks the sexy pink shirt felt uncomfy for our Rafi. He prefers his blue and white. It definitely looks looser. Maybe it’s his fav T.
    Looking “spornful” as always. Lets hope it all comes together for you this open.

    • rafafan1 says:

      I like his practice outfit (which is from this yr AO and earlier hard court season). The crew neck is a much better look (cuz it’s still sporty looking and fits his style better) than the polo (too preppy). What he wears off court is mostly tshirt, no collar. I hope they get rid of the collar soon. He looks good in any colors and I’ve liked all the shorts. I saw him in person up close for the first time in Cincy and I think I’m still star struck in Rafaland.

  8. faeaki 7 says:

    yeah I noticed the variation on the forehand too! He should be practising his return of serve too, surprised to see Uncle Toni isn’t there yet. I too hope he has a fair draw and a good tournament, winning it would be remarkable considering, one should never underestimate him though, if anyone can pull it off its Rafa!!! COME ON!!!

  9. AnaR says:

    And uncle toni is there… finally!