RafaLint: October 8th
Rafa’s first match in Shanghai is scheduled for not before 8pm local time.
Rafa wants to thank everyone for their support – and one lucky supporter will get to go to London for the WTF!
(If, like me, you are Spanish challenged, turn on the Closed Captioning to see English subtitles.)
- Nadal Relishes Masters 1000 Challenge, Backs Federer – via atpworldtour.com
- Surveying Shanghai – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
- Nadal: “En Shanghái hay muchos puntos en juego pero estoy bien” – tournament preview from rtve.es. From the mangle it seems that Rafa likes the balls being used in Shanghai better than the ones in Beijing.
- Nadal through with tennis politics – AP via tennis.com.
- What’s the secret to Rafael Nadal’s rapid recovery from his knee injury? – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
- Miracle recovery? I’m still in pain, says Nadal – by John Weaver (EFE)
“But the feeling on the knee is very good for me because even if I have pain a lot of days, the pain is not limiting my movements,” he said.
- Victoria Azarenka among the world’s best-paid athletes, pocketing $71,000 per set in 2013 – by Adrian Ballantyne (foxsports.com.au)
In comparison, Nadal has won 65 times this year and made $10,700,034, which equates to $151,288 per match, but has made $62,210 for each set he plays – about $9000 less than Azarenka.
- Return of Serve Analysis: Novak Djokovic Turns The Tables on Rafael Nadal in Beijing…Sort Of – by Juan José (changeovertennis.com)
It should be said that Rafael Nadal is a very underrated returner of serve. He’s not flashy, and he varies his return position quite a bit. However, he’s an extremely smart returner, one who tends to read patterns better than most and is extremely good at taking away an opponent’s favorite serve. In fact, Rafael Nadal edges (albeit very slightly) Djokovic in 3 of the 4 official Return of Serve categories this year. Which is amazing.
- Presser photos from sohu.com.
Rafa does social media:
Social media related to Rafa:
- Bacardi wants us to wish Rafa well in Shanghai.
- Roger Federer’s hilarious Twitter Q&A – by Courtney Nguyen. Funny stuff. Too bad she didn’t sum up part 2 as well because it was equally funny.