RafaLint: May 16th
Rafa will play Marcel Granollers on Thursday. They are the 3rd match scheduled on Court Centrale with play starting at noon.
- Racquet Reaction: Nadal d. Mayer – by Hannah Wilks (tennis.com)
- Spain’s Nadal cruises into Rome 3rd round – EFE
- ATP Wednesday – as it happened – from the tournament site
- Nadal Enjoys Routine Win In Rome – from the ATP
- Rafael Nadal has a losing record against just one active player – by Chris Chase (sports.yahoo.com) (But not quite right. Hrbaty is still “active” in that he still has an official ranking and has played some qualifying rounds this year. Who knew? Well, @Deepti did.
- Increasingly outspoken Nadal must learn to pick battles; more mailbag – by Jon Wertheim (si.com). I find this to be a more balanced view on Rafa’s recent outspokenness than the one people were mentioning yesterday. He makes good points for both sides.
- Eternally New – Tignor also seems to not completely agree with that other guy.
- Andre Agassi: Rafael Nadal is ‘Mount Everest’ at Roland Garros – by Reem Abulleil (sport360.com)
- Carlos Moyà: “Nadal no se puede ir con la sensación de que es un torneo hecho contra él” – an interview with Carlo. A brief English summary can be found here and there’s always the mangle.
- Rafa is #47 on the Forbes most powerful celebrities list. Here is their profile of Rafa, and here’s an ATP article about the list.
- Rafa in his presser – by Monique Filippella
- Ooodles of photos from a practice session with Tipsy from In Rafa We Trust.
- Match photos from the same Facebook account.
- Rafa drawing/art by @gesiOH