Oh. Seems I forgot to post the lint I’d gathered the other day. Now there’s more to add to my pending post. There’s a lot considering it’s the off-season. (Which, by the way, is less than 2 weeks away from being over. Oh my!)
- Nadal wins charity poker tournament – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
- Rafa Nadal y Javier Gómez Noya comparten ruta en sus bicicletas Specialized – via specialized.com. All about Rafa’s ride with Javier Gómez Noya. (mangle)
- Nadal serves up ace in live poker debut – via euronews.com (includes a video)
- Rafael Nadal: King of Clay (and cards) – via eurosport.yahoo.com
- Moyà, Premio Juan Antonio Samaranch – via mundodeportivo.com (mangle)
- Tributo multitudinario a Carlos Moyá – via diariodemallorca.es (mangle)
- 2013, Year of the Comeback – by Christopher Clarey (nytimes.com)
Nadal lost his first tournament, falling to the 73rd-ranked Horacio Zeballos in the final in Vina del Mar, Chile. But that was about it for vulnerability as Nadal preceded to win 10 tournaments, including his eighth French Open and second U.S. Open, and ultimately relieved himself of the tape around his knee and relieved his new arch-rival, Novak Djokovic, of the No.1 ranking.
- No. 6 in ’13: Face Off in Montreal – by Steve Tignor continues his look at the top matches of 2013. (tennis.com) I so wish I had this match on DVD (or even my DVR, stupid technical difficulties)
It makes me think that when their levels of play are equal, or close to equal, Djokovic still has a slight natural advantage over Nadal on hard courts, the same way Rafa has a slight natural advantage over Djokovic on clay. But it’s close everywhere, and they know it; and the fact that they know it makes their matches and their rivalry even closer. When one of them has the advantage, it seems as if he waits for the other one to come up with his counterattack. Each man knows he’ll never put the other one behind him for good.
- Nadal, sinónimo de superación – by Paola Suárez (mangle)
- 2013 By The Numbers: Match Wins and Ranking Improvements – via atpworldtour.com
- FedEx Reliability Zone: Best Under Pressure – via atpworldtour.com
- Making a difference – Rafael Nadal Foundation – via theragingpotato.com
- Quick iB3 report on the poker
- Rafael Nadal Wins Charity Poker Tournament
- Carlos Moyá receives the International Juan Antonio Samaranch Award from Rafael Nadal – via iB3tv.
- Rafa hands Moya a trophy after examining it carefully. Later, he pinches the cheek of Moya’s tot. (She doesn’t seem too happy about it.)
- Photos from Rafa’s Dec 10th practice
- Carlos Moya recibe el preimio Samaranch
- Carolina Cerezuela, su hija Carla, Nadal y el tenis balear ponen en una nube a Moyá
Rafa does social media:
- Rafa let us know is a winner.
- He also let us know he wasn’t ignoring his full-time job.
- And today, he shared a photo from the team Christmas dinner.
Jajajaja les habrás dicho que no verdad @paugasol ? Que se busquen a otro!
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) December 13, 2013
Pau: “Very strong, they have offered me to make me American! they’ll want to play in your selection?”
Rafa: “Do hahaha you’ve told them that not true @paugasol? That you look to another!”
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