R32 photos

Some photos from today’s singles match. I have to say, I love colorful Rafa. I love colorful confident Rafa even more.

Photos by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images, Ian Walton/Getty Images, and REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad

27 Responses

  1. kefuoe says:

    Wow! Some of those shots have really beautiful, rich colors.

  2. johanne says:

    I wanna lick that popsicle. *slurp*

    • sia says:

      Ha ha ha Johanne … orange has always been one of my favourite colours now it will have to be a favourite flavour as well.

    • CC says:

      Yeah, I’d love to lick his popsicle… ;)

    • aRafaelite says:

      Ladies, I’m disappointed in you… none of you thought to recaption pic 13 “You. Upstairs. Now!” It was the first thing that went through my mind, and I’m usually only afflicted by FeVer!

  3. djb says:

    Definitely alright with the orange, as long as the patterned shorts that go with this are left out. What could be better than Rafa looking good and playing good? Great to have him firing on all cylinders again.

  4. jimmy says:

    These guys put unbelievable stress on their bodies. In the 1st pic, there’s gotta be a load of stress on the right foot (ankle) while stopping the motion.

    FWIW I really don’t like the garish orange shirt (don’t shoot me :D) . Rafa should try “normal” blue/black for a change.

    • sia says:

      Oh jimmy, how boring would that be? Seriously, Rafa IS a fashion icon, although he could play naked for all I care.

      • aRafaelite says:

        I think that would make it very difficult to pay any attention to his game sia ;) I’m loving the fiery orange. I agree with many of your comments Jimmy, so I won’t shoot you (!) but there is nothing blue-black about Rafa or the way he plays. He lights up the court in every way, so the brighter the better as far as I’m concerned!

        • teejustice says:

          not just difficult to pay attention to his game, but he would get all kind of ways violated by his fandom.

      • faeaki7 says:

        Agree, the finest bod on the ATp could wear just about anything! I love the orange and white, I agree with Miri, colourful Rafa is the best Rafa like his charcoal and acid green at the A/O last year, I loved it.. the clash of colours somes up his charismatic on court demeanor and personality, really lovely pics, superb!

        • teejustice says:

          finest, fittest bod indeed. Rafa’s pics have such good body lines like #1, 4, and 6. The colors really excentuate that.

    • miri says:

      I can certainly understand how the colors aren’t for everyone. I would never own anything like that myself. For some reason, however, they work on Rafa for me.

      I do like the turquoise-y blue he wore a a while back too, though.

      And yeah, I have no idea why his ankles haven’t snapped by now. I’m just grateful to them for hanging in there!

    • johanne says:

      He wore charcoal/blue for his AO 09 night stuff & blue/black/white at Rotterdam & IW 09. I guess he’s mixing it up now!

    • CC says:

      I love colourful Rafa, but would equally love an all black Rafa. Maybe with colourful sweatbands. Hot.

  5. karen says:

    I love Rafa in bright colours as they match his personality,HOT,BRIGHT and SUNNY!!!!!

  6. Kathy says:

    pic#1 soooooo flexible he is..
    pic#4 ..dreaming of popsicles and..buns, for some reason
    pic#13 “even my nipples are sweating”—i like “you, upstairs” better!
    pic#14 so sweet and orangy and smiling with Bolelli
    CC do you remember the old song “Lollipop”? ha I will take mine orange

  7. Atch2 says:

    Luv pic 1 with the contrasting colours and angles. And the ‘pump’just shows his deadly, determined side.

    Rafa looks great in these colours, but yes pls keep the checkered shorts away. Hope they are not being saved for the AO.

  8. Carol says:

    Is it just me, or are these shorts cut a tad tighter than before… :-)

    I agree with you djb: I originally hated the orange and pink when I first saw it previewed, but “in action” it looks smashing with the white shorts… (just my opinion, but to deviate OT for a moment, I do hope they give up on the brown check ones)…

    (I can be silly today – work is closed due to the snow. 12inches / 34 cm may not be a big deal to some of you folks, but its crazy over here in the UK)

    • CC says:

      Then I can be silly with you, Carol, cause I was sent home from work because of the weather! :D

      I love the shorts! And I don’t know why, but I find seeing the hem of his underpants through them very endearing. Makes me want to mother him, for some reason. ;)

    • Rafafan says:

      Carol – yeah I agree, they are tighter… how wonderful is that for us fans! Lots of pulling on the butt too. God help us all if the brown chequered shorts come out. It looks like my dirty drying up cloth (yellow and white chequered) that has gone brown after not washing up the dishes correctly!

      Thank the lord our office closed at 3.45pm – thought I would be back to see Rafa match in time but no way. Had to take the car out in deep snow to collect the vid that a friend had taped even if it was so treacherous, dangerous etc. Nothing would stop me from seeing our Rafa xx

  9. Jo says:

    Pic # 13….swooooonnnnn! See, I always thought I like Rafa more looking rugged and with a 5 o’clock shadow. But after seeing these pics of him clean-shaven, hmmmm…he just looks so boyishly adorable! You started my 2010 right, Rafa!