Back in Spain

There is a chance of an announcement about the state of knee tomorrow per this article. (Thanks, Jamee)

Video of him arriving:

Posted by Patxy270180.

People speculating:

Posted by vamosrafelnadal.

63 Responses

  1. CC says:

    OMG, flove the Rafastrut, the jeans and stripy top at around 0:35. So hot. So cute. Yum.

    • natch says:

      Rafaslut? You called?
      Ohhhhhhhhhh. You said, “Rafastrut”. My bad. ;)

    • nic says:

      Oh totally, so sexy at that point in the vid. Mmmm that stripey top combined with them jeans. Man, he could so be a model :) And don’t he look so nicely bronzed compared to everyone else… sigh, dearest Rafa…

  2. Necitas says:

    Sleeping mode! I’m taking this wonderful images with me in my sleep. I’m feeling better now after the AO/QF incident. Good morning/ Good night everyone!:)

  3. natch says:


    Is the state of the knee anything like the State of the Union? Because the reporter in that first video (even though I can’t understand a word said) makes it seem like it is. Two minutes devoted to him coming home. Rafa must be on television news 24/7 in Spain, no?

  4. johanne says:

    So, I don’t speak Mallorquí but I’m pretty sure Rafa says something along the lines of “Get off my back, I don’t fucking know yet!” @ 1:14 in the first vid. He’s prob much more polite, though.

    • miri says:

      I think you’re right. I think there was something in there about wankers telling him to stretch and take a year off too.

      • Rafangel says:

        :o Didn’t know Americans knew the word ‘wanker’ ;)

        I wonder how much we could speed his recovery if we ALL kissed it better?

        • johanne says:

          Why wouldn’t Americans know the word ‘wanker’? Do people really think we’re ALL ethnocentric morons? Ugh.

          • Rafangel says:

            Sorry, no offence meant – it works both ways, I think there are lots of words and phrases that one country doesn’t understand from the other (can anyone tell me what ‘shit-eating smile’ means? Fantastic expression and I really want to know!) Two nations divided by a common language, as Churchill said. Keeps things interesting.

        • miri says:

          I’m an anglophile from way back. I’m all about complaining about stroppy wankers.

          • Rafangel says:

            Good on ya (in my best aussie accent. Best not tell mary about any of this ;)). Do you know what a shit-eating smile is?

            • Missy says:

              Rafangle, I could be wrong, but I think a “shit-eating smile” is when you smile just to be pleasant but don’t really mean it at the time.

              For example, a person can give a “shit-eating smile” if they are asked a stupid question (in a presser for example) but want to be polite. No one likes to “eat shit” and no one would smile about it, but some choose to suck it up and just deal with it.

              • Missy says:

                Ooo, here’s a link to various definitions in the urban dictionary:


                • Missy says:

                  Definition number 2 is closest to how I use the expression:

                  (2) n. Someone donning a forced smile in an uncomfortable, embarassing, or compromising situation could be said to have a shit eating grin. Because an uncomfortable situation is much more closely related to “eating shit” than smugness, it is plausible to assume that this is the first definition, although far from the most common, and that the above definition is a result of drift from this one.

                  • Rafangel says:

                    Thank you! Such a great expression, will have to practise saying it in front of the mirror ;)

                    Sounds like it’s very appropriate to Rafa, then. Tho I’m not sure I’d want to use it in his ever-so-pretty context.

                    • Missy says:

                      Hehehe, it’s absolutely perfect for him!

                      How often have we seen him flash a “shit-eating grin” when he’s confronted with the most ideeeotic qustions time and time again?

                      Of course, he also has the most genuine smile that he flashes to light up, not only the universe, but also alternate dimensions.

                      I think the best way to tell the diff is to look at his eyes and his dimples. If he has glitter in his eyes, and his dimples crinkle up near his eyes and all over his sweet face, then it’s is RafaSmile.

                      If only the deep set dimples show (the same ones that show when he’s really focused and frowny on court, for example) and his eyes are dark and have that “C’mon now.” look about them. Then you know it’s his Rafa’s Shit-eating grin. He’s so good at it that could make anyone hang their head in shame because they know that he is right. You even get the feeling that they want to almost apologize (or laugh at their own idiocy and his bluntness that comes off as being genuine and honest as opposed to rude. It’s funny, but only Rafa can scold without coming off as being arrogant and pissy.

                      *hangs head in shame* I want to be scolded by Rafa. Is that wrong? Though, I’d definitely prefer him to give me one of his contagious smiles that causes his entire face to crack open and his eyes to glisten. *siiiigh* Such a cutie-pie. :))

                    • Rafangel says:

                      Again, you’re so right Missy, and now I’m feeling even squidgier *sigh* Rafa’s smile does indeed light up parts other smiles can’t get to. I have just been sent to bed, lol, and that is just the nicest thought to take with me. Smile on, baby – less through the pain in future, no? mwah!

                  • aRafaelite says:

                    That would be the expression on Mirka’s face when Roger was joking in his post-Tsonga match interview with Courier about spending all his spare time looking after the kids…

      • tiemyshoe says:

        And change those fugly shirts and let his hair grow, for chrissakes.

    • nereis says:

      Yes, they ask him about Rotterdam and he says AGAIN that he can’t tell because he doesn’t know yet (if he will be able to play).

      God, give him patience because it seems the injury obsession is back.

  5. JK says:

    Rafa says he feels he will be okay in a week. Read this –

    • k says:

      The only thing i can say is…


    • Ch F says:

      Indeed. I thought I heard that in the first video but didn’t say anything cause it’s so absurd you’d think I’ve been making Spanish up ;-)

      • Missy says:

        That definitely goes down as a mixed signal.

        I prefer to just wait and hear what Rafa has to say about it all after he’s had time to get fully examined. Being back in a week does not sound realistic at all. Don’t rush the man people!

        I echo Rafa and K when I say: WHOT?

  6. faeaki7 says:

    @ Natch and CC. Love the Rafaslut frase, funny lol…

    Rafa we’ll be okay in a week? sounds far too soon to me, anyone no what the traumatologists were saying?
    Despite all things Rafa looks in good spirits and love the way he walks, he struts well does our Rafa, sssssexy!

    • Rafangel says:

      One of them said something (I think) about a full recovery not a quick recovery *ahem Rafito*

    • Ch F says:

      They were saying it takes complete as opposed to fast recovery and that such injuries are always worrying. The last one even mentioned the alternative of an operation as a last resort. But he could be generalising there, after all they haven’t even examined him yet. Someone also said Rafa’s body is athletic and muscular and that it comes at a cost sometimes.

  7. Rafangel says:

    Bless him, I love his positivity. He helps me keep my head above water with his loveliness and his psychology lessons :) *flove flove flove*

  8. Rafafan says:

    Hi all

    Loving the strutt and the sexy movements and the smile of Rafa. Thought you might like to read this to cheer us all up. Just found it while scouring the internet just now.

    For what it’s worth I have just seen the whole recording of the match “with calm” and I thought his level of play was so so much better. He had plenty of chances, and I mean plenty of chances. He just needs a bit more match play experience in tight situations and he will come through. Loved how he was putting on the aggressive style and coming in from the baseline at last. If he carries on …. er …. when he is back, like he said “I think I have chances to win”.

    Not sure what the latest news on the knees are – is it a week or so or is it a month? Are we wiating on further tests? official news. Please let me know.

  9. miri says:

    More footage – based on the drawing in that one part, I’ve figured out Rafa’s problem: he has a HUGE thigh and a match-stick for a shin.

    • jimmy says:

      From what I read, Michal Novotny (ATP’s famous physiotherapist) while diagnosing Nadal in Madrid 2009, said that Rafa has a muscular imbalance with smaller feet and lesser muscle in the lower extremities. Plus Nadal probably has a genetic knee disorder with higher knee caps. Both of these make him more prone to injuries caused by overuse compared to most other people.

      On another note, I don’t see the point (in several articles) referring to Nadal’s physical style of play and how he should change it to preserve his career. Nadal’s style won’t become “less physical”. And If it does, it will come at the expense of results. As Nadal himself pointed out, his style since mid 2008 has been less physical than it was in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He’s made the adjustments he can make. He’s more aggressive compared to then, goes for winners a little earlier (especially on his backhand which he’s successfully truncated taking the ball early on the up). He goes to the net more often, does not chase impossible balls and doesn’t run much more than any decent baseline counter-puncher would. So I’m not sure what “else” to expect from him regarding his game.

      Finally, I do not agree with comments here that Nadal should take an extended break from tennis (unless there’s no other alternative). While Nadal was recuperating from injuries for 9 weeks last year, the world passed him by. Everyone else was improving while he had to rebuild his game from scratch. If we see Nadal’s play in Doha and AO (QF against Murray), he’s hardly played “consistently” more aggressive hardcourt tennis before in his career. Yet that wasn’t enough against the new crop of ever improving players. So an extended sabbatical might take him such a long way behind such that it’s impossible to come back to his pre-eminent position.

      All we can hope is that Nadal recovers and that his level does not drop significantly so that he can continue getting better.

      Even if that is not so, Nadal can still hold his head high. He’s been remarkable since he came back and he’s willing to work hard. He raised the bar in tennis and when nobody was challenging Federer, he stepped in, even as a cub (a teenager). It’s easy to forget how long he’s been around fighting and how young he was when he became number 2 in the world.

      Nadal’s an all-timer, and even in Australian Open, his effort was always honest and immense. Tennis is a much lesser sport without him..

      • Denizen says:

        jimmy, thanks as always for your lucid and well-reasoned comments.

        Rafa seemed happy at both airports and, if you believe Twitter, is partying in Barcelona as we type, so he’s apparently much less bothered than we are. His form improved so much between WTF and January, and he played well against Murray. In that regard, I’m encouraged.

        My guess is that he’ll skip Rotterdam and take the mini-vacation he was denied during the misnomer called the off season. Then he’ll work to get ready for the US swing in March.

        • miri says:

          Rafa seemed happy at both airports and, if you believe Twitter, is partying in Barcelona as we type, so he’s apparently much less bothered than we are.

          I think that’s true about 99.9% of the time. ;)

      • Ch F says:

        I’ve always though the argument of Rafa’s very physical game has been exaggerated. He can’t change more than he has and cannot play with less intensity because that’s just the way he is.

        Of course Rafa can keep his head high, after all he took 5 Grand Slams out of Roger’s hands, playing against him. Not only did he challenge him but Roger won the French when Rafa wasn’t there. I’m not saying he didn’t deserve it, it’s just that we will never know what would have happened if Rafa had been across the net. Roger himself has said he’d rather have outplayed Rafa to win it.

        Also, Roger now refers to Rafa in a way that shows he thinks of him and only him as an equally great champion. Not only is Rafa an all timer and such an asset to tennis, as you very well pointed out, but the way he handled some of his victories against Roger set the bar high also in terms of respect and sportsmanship.

      • Rafangel says:

        Once again, jimmy, great insight and understanding. Thanks :)

        I’d like to add to something you pointed out about the demands that Rafa change his game: I hate the way Federer’s style and longevity are praised, Rafa’s style and injuries condemned. Disposition to injury is determined predominantly by physique, but also by style; style is determined by strengths and weaknesses. Physique and relative talents are something you’re born with – it is luck not moral virtue. There is an implicit tendency to make a moral virtue out of Federer’s good health, and by implication a vice out of Rafa’s injury; the suggestion is that Rafa could be as injury-free as Fed-ex if only he tried harder. I think that’s unreasonable and unfair (and very dangerous to make virtue out of fortune).

        • Phyzzie says:

          Well said to both Jimmy and Rafangel. Thank you.

        • nic says:

          Hear hear. I really appreciate how you’ve articulated on this stream of thought that the journos and commentators seem to go on. Sometimes it’s pretty hard to express this in words, but you can always count on Rafa’s fans to be insightful and thoughtful.

      • k says:

        Novotny’s estimations are quite depressing by the way. :(

        • Rafangel says:

          Have you read them? If so, where?

          • k says:

            At this forum..


            But on the bright side his estimations were made before Rafa get the treatment. And i kind of feel some people are trying to get some attention, so estimations seems a bit unreliable. No one can know how much tennis will Rafa pyal in the following years, or how much he will tire himself up.

            • Rafangel says:

              Meh… It’s all speculation. Besides, how seriously can you take a medical professional who talks about the thigh of your teeth ;) On a serious note, though, it seems amazingly unprofessional for Novonti to be saying this in public, so you have to wonder…

              • k says:

                Yes that’s what i thougth also.. Very unprofessional when we think of doctor-patient relationships.

                (also the way he posed to one of those articles speaks for itself..:)..”attention people, i’m a fameous physyotherapist”..)

                sorry in advance for any spelling mistakes..

      • faeaki7 says:

        I agree Jimmy entirely, Rafa staying away from the game too long would never help him, only of course injury wise, but things move so fast in sport he would find it very difficult to compete with the ever improving players on the circuit. Players like Fererro have said this in the past.
        Like now, Rafa was just finding some form, which he would only do when playing players like Murray, Cilic or del potro, Djokovic, so staying away would mean disaster for sure, he cannot possibly know where his level is or find that level at unless he competes with the best.

        Tennis is indeed alot less gripping without Rafael Nadal, his absence always saddens me, its not the same without him.

  10. Rafafan says:

    Not sure where to post this but just got the latest news that Rafa will be out for a month – missing Rotterdam and likely Davis Cup. Press Conference and told media about half hour ago 12.45pm English time

  11. Ch F says:

    I’ve got mixed feelings about this. I’m happy it doesn’t seem too serious but on the other hand, he will only rest for two weeks?

    Well I suppose his team knows best. I’m no expert after all.

  12. Rafangel says:

    Oh newsflash! He’s just put up a final blog from the AO

    Doesn’t say anything new about the injury but he’s as remarkable as always.