Open Court

Rafa was featured on CNN International’s Open Court:

Posted by mikey911mj5.

European folks can watch the original here.

Update: This is now available to Non-European folks: here.

13 Responses

  1. kefuoe says:

    Oooh! Corretja!

  2. SapphireSwell says:

    Thank you for posting this, Miri!!! This is a wonderful spot on Spanish tennis and the clay season. And I love that Rafa’s in nom-licious pink.

    It’s too bad that this, and most reels, starts with the RG defeat of last year. I felt the same as Rafa’s reaction to it, :-/ However, Albert Costa makes a good point about Rafa learning from the experience, now knowing the feelings before loosing, and hopefully knowing how to turn the game around in time.

    And is it me, or does Rafa regress back to his shy self in this interview, giving ultra-pc answers and striving to be “correct all the time?” I guess the language barrier really takes a toll on interviews because his recent Spanish ones were much more animated and open.

    Side note, squeeeee-worthy: Daveeeed makes an appearance (6:25), so handsome, even with facial hair. *sigh*

    Great find, Miri!

    • CC says:

      Ah, I agree about nom-licious Rafa in pink and about him looking shy (like in that long TalkAsia CNN interview where he was so adorably shy I nearly died).

      Oh, and David looks so cute! And Corretja. And Feli. :)

  3. Suzanne says:

    An ominous sign for his opponents, but such a wonderful sign for all of us who love him! Win Madrid, build up the old confidence and “fear factor in the locker room” and you’ll make a lot of people very happy, Rafi! I remember Djokovic saying that sometimes it seemed like Rafa was going to “eat you” when they were out on court. That ferocity has come back…Keep it through the big “W” and on through the rest of the year!!! I don’t want to be greedy, but we fans want it all for you! The mantle of “greatest ever” has fallen on Fed (and he deserves a lot of it) however, in your way, Rafi, you are magnificent on and off court and you’ve brought joy to millions. I’m so excited to envision you hoisting the Mutua Madrilena trophy on Sunday!!! Vamos!!!

  4. CC says:

    Mhm, indeed Rafa. Being in Mallorca in Summer is definitely not a bad new. :D

  5. An says:

    This gives me shivers…… shy, cute, beautifull Rafa being praised a lot….. Aaaaawwww, have i told i love him before?;)

  6. Atch2 says:

    Yeah, finally an interview with Pedro Pinto but wished the chat parts with Rafa was longer. Bet off camera they talked more about football and the World Cup. Rafa looks so sweet and humble.

    Great seeing the men and womens Spanish Tennis players. They all looked happy to be together.

    I think the majority of tennis fans like Rafa for one reason or another. A lot of those that don’t like Rafa seem to Fedfanatics. Weird bec Rafa’s a big Fed fan.

  7. Fay says:

    Yes Rafa is popular at least here in the uk after a recent poll on sky sports he came out Way on top! the nations favourite, he is delish here in pink and I do hope he can find his top form for RG, Roger is looking confident again and its funny here how he says that he was shocked watching Rafa at RG? before didn’t he say that he hadn’t seen the match? I could be wrong but Roger as I remember had said that he had thought that there was nothing wrong with Rafa’s knees at the time, etc and he looked to be moving ok??? I mean no one who knew Rafas movement so well, (and Fed does), could say that… Paris is going to be tough for Rafa especially in the beginning because of what happened but it is a test he will have to past and hopefull;y he will come out stronger at the end of it, *prays*….!

    • robert says:

      That Federer’s remark is a vintage passive-aggressive Federer, even a bit over the line. Righ after he said that, Rafa withdrew first from Queen’s, then from Wimbledon – so much for your accurate diagnose, Dr Federer (as some commentators and bloggers called him at that time).

      You’re right, Federer knows all too well Rafa’s movement, actually he makes it his job to know that (notice on numerous fan pix and vids from tournaments, when practice sessions are on, how Federer casually scouts his potential opponents, Rafa in particular, many times he was caught on camera lurking).

      So, for him to say something like that, knowing Rafa’s knees were practically shot the whole clay season and particularly since that Madrid semi vs. Djokovic, it could mean only one thing – he was desperate to state that Rafa is not injured, meaning that his loss at RG is “fair and square”.

      Remeber how cocky Federer was pre-RG, stating it’s his time to win it, and how he plans to hold on until Rafa for once didn’t get to the final? He knew how badly Rafa was injured.

  8. Viva says:

    Here is another CNN International coverage which gives you a few tips on how to play on clay. Of Course featuring a bit of Rafa… :

  9. Marilyn Wasserman says:

    Hopefully it’s a good sign that Rafa chose to “wave the pink flag” for this interview.

  10. Rafangel says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this vid :D Gorgeous Daveeeeeeed, gorgeous Charly – awesome pic of the two of them when Rafa was small, bless! And Rafa at his absolute most beguiling, most charming and most beautiful self <3 <3 <3

    Where is the presenter's weird accent from?

  11. miri says:

    This is now available to Non-European folks: here.