Last year a group of us (me, Wooffie, Clare, Denzy and Debs who all met through another forum) decided that we would go to Rome to see Rafa in the Masters 1000 event.
Denzy had also been to Monte Carlo and unfortunately got stuck there due to the Icelandic volcano. As she didn’t get home until a couple of days before we were due to fly out to Rome she sadly couldn’t accompany us and we missed her.
So, after much panic, doom and gloom
A happy band of Rafateers hang out on a BBC 606 thread and it was with much excitement that four of us – myself, Rafandready, Clare and Debs – headed out to the Foro Italico in Rome last week in order to support our lovely boy.
We were lucky enough to have tickets from the Wednesday through to the final on Sunday, and it was with much glee that we arrived at the practice courts on the first day to see Rafa
Tignor’s latest article is up and it’s an ode to the beauty that is watching Rafa on clay and how that beauty and aura alone can crush opponents. Who am I to disagree?
In regards to the way Ferrer couldn’t seem to handle being ahead on Rafa’s serve, got tight and played a few bad shots:
Nadal, given new hope, won the next two points and eight of the following 10 games.
You might say he was lucky, that Ferrer handed it to him, but
…it’s just like this when I arrive at work every morning too.
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Beautiful Rafa in seat – happy CC? :)
And in Spanish for tve:
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The very busy Inés asked her partner in RafaCrime Bee to do the translation today – so thanks, Bee!
Xavi: Sr Rafa Nadal, today yes, you really got wet, just how many interruptions! and in the end you won for the 5th time. Are these sensations special? different?
Rafa: Hola! Good afternoon, well the sensations are always different, I really have gone through a difficult period, I have worked really hard
From an article on Rafa’s post-match presser on the tournament site:
Spraying the ball-kids with champagne, speaking Italian at the ceremony and laughing all the way through-Rafael Nadal had won the title and he was going to enjoy it!
The joy he radiated came in stark contrast to the broody figure he cut before the tournament began, when despite coming off an incredible tournament in Monte Carlo, he seemed as if he had the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Whenever you are in a bad mood? Look at a picture of smiley Rafa with a trophy.
Photos by REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi, AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, Costantini, Julian Finney/Getty Images, and ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images
Some photos from the match.
Photos by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images, TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images, Julian Finney/Getty Images, Ian Walton/Getty Images, REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito, and REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi