48 Responses

  1. MJ says:

    Yikes!! I really should have worked harder in high school, on my Spanish…that was quite tricky to get through…Thanks Emma for finding it…still confused why one would go to a dermatologist if you have a cold…must have gotten lost in translation :)

    • miri says:

      The original there is “Tuve un herpes” – so a cold sore or something?

      • Eliana says:

        He must be referring to a common wart. Warts are caused by a strain of the herpes virus. I don’t know if it’s the same strain that is responsible for cold sores, and of course not all cold sores are a signal of a STD, but you already know that :)

        • Denizen says:

          Shingles is caused by a latent herpes virus and often manifests itself on one’s back, so I’m guessing that’s what he had. It usually happens to older people though – my dad was in his 80’s when he got it, and the prednisone was almost as bad as the outbreak. It’s related to chicken pox. Or maybe he’s referring to chicken pox. http://www.medicinenet.com/shingles/article.htm#1whatis

          • yoni says:

            That is what I thought it was when he mentioned it in the article as herpes–it’s shingles, a relative of the herpes virus, same virus that give us chicken pox. WTF, the pharmacy messed up! His poor mom must have been pulling her hair out. It took a year to heal! As a mom, I would have gone f%^&@# ballistic–plus I am a lawyer and would have sued the hell out of them.

            • Denizen says:

              I’m a transactional lawyer and even this non-litigious, can’t-we-all-get-along type would have sued the hell out of the pharmacist. It’s a Wonderful Life, anyone?

          • Eliana says:

            Denizen, you’re so right, I mixed up shingles-caused by herpes zoster -with warts, caused by HPV. And as you mentioned, shingles are almost exclusive to adults. So, still a mystery as to what he really had. I think it was either a wart or the chicken pox.

            • neilintoronto says:

              Shingles can also come on when one has had to battle a long cold or flu virus. Its usually a secondary infection that comes about from a weakened immune system. Things like stress can also cause Shingles to appear.

    • k says:

      I think when you have a cold..you go to the dermatologist..then he gives you sulfuric acid..you pour it..then it’s hot..:P

      • Rafangel says:

        He said it SMOKED! Yikes :S Anyone know where this scar is located on his back? Am quite put out that despite years of what I’d consider to be high-octane perving, I haven’t noticed it.

        • miri says:

          It’s rather large and near his spine mid-back. I’ll look for pictures after I get home from work. He’s been asked about it before but hasn’t answered. I cannot imagine how much that hurt. Sulfuric acid burns are awful because they kind of feed on themselves – the burn takes the water out of the tissue which helps the burn to spread since the acid likes a lack of water.

          Can you imagine how awful whomever put those drops on his back felt after? (Trying not to be sexist and assume it was mom.) Or how long before any of them trusted a pharmacist again? Sheesh.

          • miri says:

            Okay, you can kind of see it here, but it’s not as apparent as it usually looks because the noise reduction I did on the photo smooths out the skin. You can just kind of see the top part of it.

            This one might be a bit better. In both, you can see how it’s stronger at the top and then fades into two trails – I can imagine the acid drops rolling down and burning as they went. (Yes, I’m a former chemistry major and have suffered very minor burns that had me cursing like a mad fiend, so I can only imagine what this felt like.)

            There are probably better pictures to be found in the vamosbrigade.com gallery, but these were just the first one I could think of since I knew where they were. ;)

            Oh, here’s another where you can kind of make it out.

            • christine says:

              Ouch! That looks painful. I have never heard of that treatment and I cannot imagine doing that to a boy. I would be so freaked if the Dr. suggested dripping sulfuric acid on my son’s back. I wonder if he had some sort of shingles outbreak or a skin infection (like a boil) which leaves a similar scar and they tried to burn it off.

            • Rafangel says:

              Oh my God, poor child, how much must that have hurt? Can’t even imagine, poor Rafa. And his poor family, as you said. Wow. If I were his mother I’d have ripped their bastard heads off at the pharmacy. Or possibly just dissolved them drop by drop with their damn acid.

              Thanks for the pics. It’s huge, I can’t believe I didn’t see it before. God that must’ve hurt :(

            • Atch2 says:

              Man I’m shallow. I looked at the scars. Felt bad for him, then scrolled down to his ass.

              • Michelle says:

                The pic of him brushing his hair is hysterical. XD
                Flove his expression.

                Oh, Rafa’s back is a sexy all on it’s own. WHEW!

              • CC says:

                Man, I’m shallower. I looked at the scar and the ass and could only think of how much I want to lick it! :D

            • Necitas says:

              The back is so tempting to touch…massive and strong, yet seemingy soft….hmmm! :) Rafa here’s a kiss to your scar. :)

          • tiemyshoe says:

            I think he probably means Herpes zoster, or shingles (painful skin rash, often caused by chicken pox in kids).

            But dude – who the FUCK puts sulfuric acid in a prescription by accident? Is sulfuric acid required to make shingles medicine? That’s insane. What if the rash had been on his neck or something?

            Rafa … no wonder he’s got a high pain tolerance.

            • SapphireSwell says:

              My theory is that they meant he had a wart on his back, which is commonly caused by HPV. A general treatment for this is salicylic acid. I don’t know if they prescribed a high concentration of this and it burned his skin, or if the pharmacist mistakenly gave him sulfuric acid. In which case, my god, WTF! Those two are not the same thing.

              • miri says:

                I’m with both of you – I can’t imagine a mistake like that being made. In the US, that pharmacy’s ass would have been sued. (Not that a litigious society is necessarily a good thing…)

                But the other thing to think about – at that age he was still playing footy and tennis. With a dang hole in is back. He says it took a year for the hole to close up! Sheesh.

                • nic says:

                  Poor thing re: what happened to his back when he was a kid. What a horrible thing to live with for a year (when it didn’t heal!). Thank goodness that has not made a difference in how sexy that back is. Oh yeah, and that arse. Hello!! Thanks for the pics to illustrate :D

  2. ang says:

    that did make my head hurt… it seems that a few things got lost in translation

  3. Emma R says:

    Re Nando: “The neck twisted to breaking point by the punishing balls of his opponent”. Would that I could say the same #sigh#

  4. TeamNadal says:

    OMG…. *head spins after reading that translation*

  5. Rafangel says:

    Lol he sounds like a lunatic in that translation!

    Interesting, knowing what we do now, that he sidestepped the question about playing in Barca. Crafty boy, I wish I had his knack for parrying questions.

  6. CC says:

    Herpes on your back, Rafa?! WTF. There was me thinking I might want to help you relax those jaws…not sure now. ;)

    • Rafangel says:

      Lol that’d take real effort – I’m pretty intrigued, actually: I’ll take over the massage and take my chances ;)

  7. sia says:

    CC have you made it home yet? I notice that some ashas are making their way to Newfoundland.

    I don’t know … the translation sort of made sense to me … but I have a major Rafael Nadal hangover today. I even went to teach a class wearing two different shoes (what!!).

    Well tennis has been on early here on the eastcoast of canada. whew … I’m almost glad he is taking a break this week.

    • CC says:

      Nope, I’m still stuck where I am. No problem, though, apart from missing BF (and work!).

      Love your shoe story! I totally get Rafa overload in my brain quite often. :D

  8. sia says:

    ashas are actually ashes in a native language here in Algonquin land. no … not true .

  9. Viva says:

    I think we can see the scar in Rafa’s back right at the beginning of that vid :

    • Viva says:

      Ohh…. I’ve seen the photos posted with the links above and I didn’t know Rafa’s scar could just look like that ! I actually thought, on the vid I posted, that the scar might have been what must actually be his incredible muscles right at the mid of his back ! Sorry… :S

  10. Trish says:

    Rafa is not playing in Barcelona. Just announced.

  11. iren says:

    i cant beleive i didnt realised it before,but i still dont understand how it happened..

  12. Eliana says:

    I haven’t read Google translation but, maybe this one is better(sorry if you encounter some grammatical errors):

    “Une boucherie”, its repeated from mouth to ear from the spectators that fill the central court in Monte Carlo, whistling at half match by how unbalanced is the score. A slaughter. Rafael Nadal (Manacor, 1986) is the man that holds the ax and knife (6-0, 6-1). Fernando Verdasco, a really good tennis player, is the one that suffers his relentless dictatorship above clay. The Madrileño asks for the physiotherapist’s assistance, his neck contorted up its limit by the punishing balls of his adversary. Looks up to the sky searching for explanations. Some times, drops to his knees to celebrate one of his 35 pts; others, moving his arms like wings of a speedy bird to say to the spectators that here in front there is an eagle, a player with a court covering without parallel. Nadal observes everything while the sun pokes and the earth is filled with grooves. Will only have a human moment, a small chance of doubts, with 6-0,4-1 and serving.

    There are 5 break points for Verdasco. Five sufferings for Nadal, maybe in the remembrance of the matches that escape him in the semi-final matches in Indian Wells and Miami, the punishment of the knee injury that made him retire from the quarterfinals of the Australian Open or the 3 months discounted from this year, playing great but without any titles. Verdasco does not convert any of the break points. Nadal doesn’t let his adversary open none of those doors. Some tears close the encounter: the world no.3 is the first man to get 6 consecutive victories in the same tournament, wins a tournament after 11 months (last one: Rome, May 2009) and ties with Roger Federer as the second player with most Master 1000 titles (16) just one from Agassi’s. After this, he sits down with “El País” in one of the Club’s terraces, only protected with a shorts and a sweater against the cold.

    Question. You must have taken a weight off of you.

    Answer. The weight you take it off when you feel that you’re playing at the necessary level to win, and that’s what I have felt since 2010 began. The thing is that, one time because I had little calm, other because of a little bad luck, and another because of some injury, I didn’t get it. When you’re close and don’t get it…when the opportunity presents itself again, you have a little more anxiety than normal. They’re tough times. You have to get over them. And to get over them you have to get through bad moments.

    Q. Why? At the end of 2009, you have gone through some bad moments. And before that, in an interview given to this newspaper, you said that the difference between the very good and the champions was a sixth march in the tough moments.

    A. I was missing the sixth, the fifth and the fourth too. You have to be realistic. The results were good: SF at the USO with the broken abdominal, final in Shanghai, in tough surfaces. I had maintained a high mental level. That wasn’t what I was missing. I had made few mistakes. That’s what allows you to be at the top. That is what I was dedicated during the end of last year. To fight in every match knowing that I wasn’t well, that things weren’t working. To fight everything that I could. This allowed me to win a lot of matches. Doesn’t look this way but, semis, quarters…Of course they work! It’s a very tough mental work. They help you to be mentally tougher. If when you’re playing badly you get use to losing, it’s a bad symptom. A weakens symptom. I was “tennistically” bad.

    Q. It has happen to you this year?

    A. You only get over it by winning. Everything falls by its own weight. You don’t have eternal anxiety or bad luck. The important thing is to be at a winning level. I have had to wait 3 months to win the first title. I have waited patiently, working hard. It had arrived in clay and I’m playing very good.

    Q. Why the hard court tournaments had helped you to win in clay? You’ve lost in two semis when you were winning 1 set up.

    A. They were tough losses. I could have ended the North American tour winning both tournaments. It would have not been weird. That has helped me to know that, if I was at that level in fast courts, the clay, that is a little more favorable for me, would help me. It has been that way.

    Q. You have conceded 14 games. Won 3 matches without losing more than one game. Only one time, against Juan Carlos Ferrero, were you more than an hour and a half in court. And at the end, between both of your laughs, you said: “I’m sorry Fernando [Verdasco]”.

    A. The results are exaggerated. TO win an important tournament like Monte Carlo, against tough rivals in clay like Ferrero, Ferrer and Verdasco…I think I have played very good. Impeccable. Without backhand or forehand errors, serving much better from the 3rd day, moving well, being aggressive, and defending well. Very complete.

    Q. Do you need to win against one of the other best tennis players to feel that you have regained your place?

    A. I’m not worried about any streak for or against. I’m worried about playing well. I don’t have to prove to myself or anybody that, when I play well, I can win against everybody. And even more in this surface. I can win or lose, but I’m in a more than adequate road to win. We shouldn’t forget that Djokovic lost 6-2 and 6-2 against Verdasco. It’s stupid to think in streaks like this one.

    Q. In Monte Carlo you did not played double. Because of your prudence?

    A. In a tournament like IW [almost 15 days], what is to play one day and the other not to play, it’s not bad for me to play doubles. In the clay season, where the tournaments are only one week, it’s too rash. Wanted to or not, I’ve had physical problems. You have to be careful.

    Q. It has been said that they give you massages from the mandible to the feet.

    A. No. What happens is that sometimes my mandible is very tense. I don’t get a lot of massages, and when I get them they’re mostly to the points where I’m more “charged”, normally the quadriceps. Sometimes yes, my mandible feels “charged” by the tension, I suppose it’s because of the force when I hit the ball.

    Q. There, over the massage table, we can see a scar in your back.

    A. To forget! I got it when I was 10 or 11. I had herpes. Went to the dermatologist and he prescribed a compound that they had to make at the pharmacy to dry it up. They messed up. They gave me sulfuric acid. Two drops and…I got burned. Smoke came out. It took a year for the wound to close.

    Q. You should play this week the Godó Trophy, in Barcelona, even tough of the volcano.

    A. It’s strange. When you see that everything’s still, it’s because is serious issue. It’s a disaster! The world has its course. Everyone’s life too. Things like this make you stop and change the plans of a lot of people, more than we imagine. Let’s see if the ashes’ cloud passes!

    • Isabelle says:

      Thank you Eliana. The google translation was a complete hash job, I gave up on reading it, it was so comical!

    • nic says:

      Thanks heaps for the translation. Makes more sense. I love to hear Rafa’s take on life and how he gets through the tough moments. He’s very philosophical that boy. Such a positive outlook, and really patient like he said, and so hardworking. What an inspiration.

    • miri says:

      Thanks, Eliana!

    • Atch2 says:

      Thank you for this.
      Parts of your trans is quite poetic.

      & I agree with you Rafa, you have nothing to prove anyone. Your achievements are already oustandg.

    • CC says:

      Thanks Eliana!

  13. Michelle says:

    I can’t view the Google Translation for some odd reason. Can someone post it in the comments section?

    • miri says:

      Please don’t. There’s no need to clog up the database with it since we have a better translation above.

      And look at you -your first day off probation and you are already proving that you can’t be bothered reading through things before posting a comment.

  14. aRafaelite says:

    Not just lost in translation but a lot of poetic licence as well! Verdasco’s neck problem was not caused by Rafa’s punishing balls but is linked to an ongoing back / sciatic issue which he also needs to get smarter about and deal with! He wasn’t scheduled to play Barcelona, and was going to rest, but instead he accepted a wild card (I suspect he knew something we didn’t, which would explain a lot)!

    Re. Google Translation, I find the secret (if you have the patience) is to break it down sentence by sentence, clause by clause (sometimes even word by word) until it makes sense. You often end up with something a lot more sensible!