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Short vid (with odd music) of Rafa practicing in Beijing.

Posted by luneworld.

16 Responses

  1. xta says:

    interesting — no buggy whip swings…

    • miri says:

      He hardly hit any when I saw him practice in Montreal either. It was all his flat forehand in practice, buggy-whip in the matches. I think he has to be feeling very confident to use the flat one more often.

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  3. Chant says:

    Off topic, but does anyone know if Rafa has an official MySpace?

  4. JoshDragon says:

    Rafa’s, forehand is amazing but he really needs to improve his backhand and make it into a more offensive tool. He tends to flatten out his backhand more than his forehand and that could be used to help him win the US Open. The one thing that always seems to stop him from winning there, is his overly defensive style. I think if he had a real offensive weapon, he would stand a better chance.

    • ava says:

      He did one of the excellent mixtures of defence/offence in WImbledon08 I’ve ever seen in a player. If he plays like that no one can beat him. I think Rafa realises this. As his confidence rises he will play like that more.

  5. johanne says:

    I totally think this is the same music that’s used in that Rafaporn workout video that’s on youtube!

    • Atch2 says:

      It’s upbeat elevator music. I’d prefer to hear Rafa’s grunt and pounding balls that any music.
      Looking fine there Rafa.

      • Eliana says:

        I’m with you there Atch2… and also his laugh and his voice when he’s joking around w/ the guys *sigh*

      • Carol says:

        Rafa practicing or playing to that dubious muzak background is weird. Totally inconsistent.

        How about my current retro thought of Duran Duran’s “View to a Kill”? VAMOS Honey! Yes, “dance into the fire”, man and be a “wild boy” on court!!

        Or to have Rafa himself, I agree – let’s have the grunts and the little comments to himself when practicing. “beeeutiifuul”!

  6. CC says:

    “…Rafaporn workout video that’s on youtube!”

    Thanks for reminding me about them. Must watch instead of reading bedtime story… Yum.

  7. faeaki 7 says:

    Oh thanx for that Johanne *goes directly to You Tube!*

    Josh! Rafa does have a wicked cross court backhand which won him Indian Wells! he does have weapons, his forehand for a start! I know he is naturally a defensive player but when he does exploit his strengths, he is the best in the business, its all about his confidence at the mo though! which is when he uses them most effectively!