WTF? rafandready’s back for more

Today was the first time I saw Rafa play, and unfortunately he lost. But anyone who follows Rafa will probably not have been surprised, although of course we are disappointed. This was playing The Sod (as I like to call him) on his favourite surface, and Rafa’s least favourite – hard and indoors. He’s only ever won one hard indoor tournament – Madrid in 2005.

The match all went in a complete blur, and in fact when I was on my way home at the end of the day (I got home at 2.15 am having left before the end of the Djokovic/Davydenko match in order to get my last train) I had to check the score to see what it was. I remembered the first set was 6-4 but didn’t have a clue about the second – I was just trying to drink in as much of Rafa being in front of me as I could.

The build up to the match is all very exciting, with a countdown on the big screens and introductions of each player. Then they shown them in the tunnel waiting to come out (Soderling waiting for Rafa LOL) and then walking out into the arena. Rafa got a huge cheer, there were loads of Spanish flags being waved and vamoses being shouted! Rafa went through his usual pre-match routine of the energy squeezy packet and the drinks and then jumping up and down at the net, won the toss and elected to receive (surprise!). Then we had the Rafarun to the baseline – wooh! Shame he wasn’t warming up at my end of the court though.

Then of course he was broken in his first service game. After that everything went so quickly. Rafa seemed pumped for the match. There were lots of vamoses from him, some fist pumps and a “si!”. I thought he played well – the ball was being hit flat, but Soderling with his hard hitting and on this fast service could get Rafa on the run, push him to the backhand side and then hit his forehand down the line leaving Rafa unable to retrieve one more time. I’ve got the match taped – usually I wouldn’t watch one that Rafa lost, but I need to see it so that I can remember where I was!

I’ve read Rafa’s blog saying he was sad for the loss but after they analysed it he has realised that it’s not the end of the world, which is the right attitude. We all knew this would be hard. It was just brilliant to actually see him play for the first time. Vamos Rafa!

16 Responses

  1. Carol says:

    Brilliant for you!! Shame he had to lose in your “virgin” match! Thanks x100 for this rep. And also for the pics – OK I’m biased towards the Rafarse shots in 5&8.. Yum, but all are “Raaaaffffaaahh”

  2. An says:

    Its realy a special experience to see him playing a match in the real, NO? I was impressed for days after when i first saw him live.
    Pitty he didn’t winn…

    Thanks for sharing the pic, off course the A** ones are priceless!
    Nice….

  3. Wooffie says:

    Rafan *hug*

    Thanks for sharing all of your experiences with us. I know you’ve had long busy days following Rafa around (tough job, but someone’s got to do it – LOL). To complete the day, also congratulations on getting a question answered by Rafa. And you’re really quite good at getting those ahem, shots now, eh? xxx

  4. mary says:

    Rafandready, you just made my day. I can now go to work with those visually stimulating, eye candy, bottom bobbing, bum cheeks on my mind. Just like an all day lollypop. Yum, lick, slurp, suck.
    Muchas gracias amigo.

  5. Kathy says:

    Great pictures and I’m so excited for you to see Rafa live. I have not yet,but hope to in 2010 in the US somewhere. The “butt cam” photos are also yummy—no wonder he has to pull at his shorts—his undies are way too small for that fabulous ass!*falls off chair*

  6. Eliana says:

    Great photos Rafan! Thank you so much for all of your insight, and here’s hoping that you may see our Rafa win!!! And yes Kathy, his underwear is always at least 1 size too small ;)

  7. Atch2 says:

    Well it looks like u’re in a theatre, with the stage lighted and the audience in the dark. It must have been quite dramatic. I had butterflies when I first saw Rafa live too.

    Thanks for sharing the photos. Luv 8 with the glistening bronzed skin.

  8. miri says:

    Is the lighting as weird as it looks on TV? Did you feel rather smurfy sitting in the stands?

    • rafandready says:

      The lighting is actually quite good when play is on – it is nicer than having the lights beaming down on you right through. I did read a review that said it made it seem more like being in the theatre rather than being part of a sporting occasion, but the lights being dim doesn’t stop fans cheering and shouting. Overall, I think it has been really well done.

  9. CC says:

    Thanks for report and photos, rafandready!

  10. Kim_Rafa says:

    Wahoo!! I was there too (as you know lol), and I have to agree with pretty much everything you say!!! Vamos Rafa! He doesn’t need to apologise to us, we are still very proud of him always! I’m there tonight so VAMOS RAFA!!

  11. Nana says:

    Looks like you had good pretty seats! Thanks for the report. Thoroughly enjoyable. Both the report and rafa of course =)