MC: Semi-final videos

Last game:

Hitting balls into the crowd:

Both posted by meriko100.

On court interview:

Posted by gandaines.

34 Responses

  1. Dolcefuga says:

    Feli is HOT!!!!

  2. SapphrieSwell says:

    I always have a tiny bit of mixed feeling when Rafa takes down Daveeed – but then I get over it.

    Pretty easy win for the bigger blueberry today :) Tomorrow’s match against Nando should be a good one, and all stats point to Rafa winning!

    Time to practice my Vamossing!

  3. Atch2 says:

    Anyone know what Rafa was going on about at 2.52 after the smash at the net?

    The commentator’s story about seeing mini-Rafas in Britain is so adorable. And Robbie confessed to having a Rafa headband. LOL. I always knew he was a Rafanatic.

    Feli looks really fine there and his interaction with Rafa cracked me up even though I couldn’t understand any of it. Also read a tweet from Murray that he and his posse had dinner at Alex Corretja’s resturant in Barca and saw Feli there too. And I think his Mum has a crush on Nando and who she calls ‘Deliciano’ Lopez.

    • JC says:

      At 2:52 Rafa is telling Mourier, that he thinks the ball bounced twice before Ferrer returned it… love the hand gesture!

      • Ch F says:

        I thought so too, did it really?

        • JC says:

          It’s really hard to tell from that camera angle and no slow motion… but he got the job done anyway, although he almost shot down Ferrer in the process :-)

          • Atch2 says:

            Rafa must have excellent eyesight to see it bec he was standing so far away. But then again tennis balls are freaked out by the way Rafa stares at them.

    • Maya says:

      That would be a crush on Feli.

  4. nic says:

    Whoa how hot is Deliciano!! Phew. All spruced up and swish in the studio. Yowza. Love watching the two of them interact like that. What I would give to know what they were saying to each other. Totally made me smile regardless. Yes Rafi, that was brilliant. And you are lovely as always in your Spanish post-match interviews. Candid and smiley. I’m going to sleep well now. Night night xxx

  5. Inés says:

    Here is the translation of the interview

    Señor Rafael Nadal, good afternoon, congratulations again

    Rafa: Hi good afternoon, thank you very much

    Easier than expected Rafa, against David who was playing very well here in MC?

    Rafa: Well, any victory against David is difficult and it is always a complicated match, but well, I think I started playing very well, David made some mistakes in the second set and that helped me. But the truth is that in general, I played very well, apart from the last two games I played, probably I played a little defensively more than I expected, bearing in mind that I had lost my last two semifinals, in IW and Miami, and I think I got a bit more nervous than I should have, but well, it’s good, you have to overcome these situations, today I overcame one more little barrier and we’ll see if tomorrow I can play a great match and try to get the victory

    Rafa, as this is a special tournament for you, we have in the studio, special people, Tomás Carbonell will ask you a question and the third and last will be asked by Feliciano Lopéz.

    Yes, a very quick and obligatory question, whether you have any preference between Djokovic or Verdasco, and second, I think, I would like to ask you , is that I have seen you hitting your backhand very well throughout the week, very deep with great consistency and more aggressive than in the past year

    Rafa: No, I have not made any adjustment, the truth is that the backhand yes, that in recent months was the only thing probably that was some days a little better, other days a bit worse, here I have a little more time, as on clay, it helps me to have a little more control, and to be honest since I started I have felt very good with the backhand, and that for me, for my game is vital, because the forehand is always more or less working, a bit better, a bit worse, but generally works well and when I’m hitting well with the backhand that is usually when I note a bit more difference.

    Rafa, the last question is coming from Feliciano López who is with us.

    How are things Rafa?

    Rafa: Hiya Feli, how are we?

    First of all, congratulations, and I am not going to ask you any question, I am going to tell you that if you win your 6th Montecarlo they are going to say that you are almost as good as Barça who won 6 titles last year. Does that hurt, or how do you see it?

    Rafa: No, I would love to be compared with them! (giggling)

    Well man, congratulations, great game

    Rafa: Hey Feli man, see you in Barcelona, a hug.

    • Necitas says:

      Nice one Ines! Thanks a lot! :)

    • Ch F says:

      Hahaha typical Rafa when asked a question in two parts he only answers one. He never answered whether he preferred Verdasco or Djokovic and answered only the second part of the question.

      • JC says:

        Well, I guess we know what he would have answered to that one: “They are both very good players and it’s going to be very difficuult, so I have to play my best tennis if I am going to have chances to win”. Meet Rafa Nadal – the master of the no-answer answer!

      • Marilyn Wasserman says:

        I wonder if that’s why Rafa wasn’t a really good student? When they gave him multi part questions he only answered one part. That’ll hurt the old gpa.

    • CC says:

      Thanks Inés! I bet Feli thought long and hard about what to say to Rafa. He’s a sweetie. ;)

      • tiemyshoe says:

        Hee, he totally thought long and hard about how he could spin it so as to rub Barca’s success in Rafa’s face one more time. LOVE IT.

        • Nic says:

          Hahaha I love the barca comparison! Feli is very adorable and I love their exchanges punctuating with ‘man’ hehe and then rafa saying hugs aaawww.

    • Atch2 says:

      Thank you too Inés.
      I luv it when the older Armada bros tease Rafa.

    • Nana says:

      Do people señor Rafa all the time? Reminds me of Mr Nadal in the wsj article :)

      thanks a million, Ines, and a hug!

  6. Necitas says:

    Hugs and kisses to you too, Rafa! Well-deserved win!:)

  7. Choices says:

    Always nice to have a translation – thanks very much.

  8. tennisfun says:

    wow Inés thanks . hugs rafa

  9. Isabelle says:

    You’re a gem of a lifeline Ines, thanks! Love to see all these beautiful healthly Spanish men, drool.

  10. Fay says:

    First of all thanks again Ines for your superb translation it really makes the difference and that was so funny between Feli and Rafa.lol.. and yes doesn’t Feli look deliciously hot! mmm yes mighty hot.. So Verdasco tommorow. *gulps* and Rafa admitted to being nervous closing out the match having lost his two last semi-finals! well you have also lost your last two finals Rafa last year in Shanghai(against Davy), and this year in Doha, (again against Davy) so don’t tell me that you are going to be nervous tommorow pleeeeeeeaase! Nando is going to be very very confident no? after his win over Djokovic so its going to be THE test for Rafas colm’ and ability!

  11. CC says:

    Gosh, I ADORE Rafa hitting the balls into the audience. He looks like he thoroughly enjoys it and really takes it seriously, which cracks me up, but also makes me realise how much he must love to be where he is.

    Is that slightly older woman getting Rafa to sign her hand? She should let the kids get the autographs. How embarrassing.

    When I watched Rafa leave the court on telly, they followed him all the way to the entrance and for a moment I thought they might take us to the *locker* and the shower… That didn’t happen. What a shame. :(

    • Maya says:

      Hey, slightly older women enjoy a little Rafa love to ya know. When at IW this year I so wanted to run down the stairs and jump up and down with the kids to get an autograph, but some horrible character flaw held me back. Probably my dignity.

      • CC says:

        Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s totally fine to love/lust for/support Rafa even if you’re over 20. I’m not young myself. I just felt that the autograph hunting etc. could be left to the kids.

    • Atch2 says:

      Rafa’s a special guy indeed that appeals to everyone. I think he makes people do things that they would not usually do.

      I luv this summary fm tennishead talking about the USO 09:

      ‘So why is Nadal top of the pops? In short, he appeals to everybody. With his never-say-die approach and businesslike attitude to his tennis, samurai intensity and still, injury or not, unmatched athleticism, he is the ultimate hero. Parents want their kids to look up to him. Kids want to play like him. Men want to be like him. Women want to be picked up and carried away by him. For the neutral, what’s not to like? Welcome back Rafolo, good to see you again.’

  12. Fay says:

    I tried to get an autograph at the O2 but was out of reach by a whisker and I wasn’t going to force the issue, but I did get a cracking smile.. maybe it was my Vamos red yoga shirt I but on this amazing site that got his attention! still a Rafasmile is worth its wait in gold no? really made my day…

  13. jba says:

    i don’t know about you guys but i have a HUGE weakness for guys that bite their lower lip. this said, rafa looked extra fine when he signed the camera lens and bit his lower lip. *swoon*

  14. Necitas says:

    Rafa, blooming in white in blue…more so in white while he was throwing the ball to the audience.

  15. Nic says:

    LOL little Rafa’s in the Brit natl tennis centre. Haha that is so cute. Rafa is an awesome idol to have for kids aspiring to tennis greatness one day. He’s so vibrant and exciting I can’t think of anyone more awe-inspiring for the tots. Hehe.