Lovely quotes from Daveeed in this article: The 5th Man’s Finest Season May Yet Get Finer.
“Not to say that I’m close to lots of stars and famous people, but Rafa is the most down-to-earth and humble star that I know,” Ferrer said. “Irrespective of how good a tennis player he is, I think he’s a better person than a tennis player. And I think we’re all lucky to have someone like Rafa, more because of the kind of person he is than
The Davis Cup final between Spain and the Czech Republic was a tightly contested affair. It went to the final match with the Czech Republic winning their first Davis Cup as an independent nation.
I wanna go! (I have no money to go – sigh.) I’ve always wanted to see Prague…
Funny to think that the first DC tie I attended was Spain vs. The Czech Republic. Oh well, if I went, I’d probably end up on the wrong bus and get death scares again.
Although neither match was 100% straight forward (Ferrer dropped one set; Almagro was pushed the limit in five), Spain got off to a great start on Friday as both David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro won their matches. The doubles match was exciting and tightly contested. Marc! Lopez came into the tie with a calf injury and Granollers suffered one during the match – leading them sporting matching calf wraps. With Granollers movement hampered, Marc! stepped things up and played wonderful doubles tennis until the
A Davis Cup book, flashback videos, Miami photos from Nida, and…Capybaras? Time for some RafaLint.
And they did it! Daveeeed stomped all over Melzer to seal the deal. Since the USA defeated France today, the Spain/USA semifinal will be played in Spain, September 14th-16th.
Racquet Reaction: Nadal d. Nishikori – by Hannah Wilks (tennis.com)
Rafa Nadal: “Llegaré hasta donde la rodilla pueda” – EFE via as.com (mangle)
Nadal no jugará ante Austria en la Copa Davis – by Joan Solsona (marca.com). Here’s the mangle – which kind of leaves an important word out of the title, no?.
Nadal to miss Davis Cup quarter-final – via ESPN STAR
Away from tennis court, Rafael Nadal seeks
Fan Club: Rafa II – by Steve Tignor and Katrina (tennis.com)
Nadal-Djokovic: A look at the rivalry – by Steve Tignor (espn.com). I think this is similar/same as one on tennis.com earlier, but just in case…
Hola coverage of the SI photos (mangle
Apparently, you can play Ace Rafa at Dubai Duty Free stores at Dubai International airport.
Toni Nadal anuncia que Rafel disputará la eliminatoria de cuartos de la Davis ante Austria – from diariodemallorca.es (mangle).
Simon defende Nadal de
Today’s recommended reading:
Fan Club: Rafael Nadal – by Steve Tignor and Katrina. Katrina’s reasons for liking Rafa are very similar to mine…including her first reaction to him. :)
I remember one press conference in particular, after he lost early at Key Biscayne in 2006. Rafa said at some point that he was “going to use all six of his senses” to get better. He was informed by his publicist, Benito, that there are only five senses. Rafa didn’t blink. “I’ll have to find one more,” he said (or something to that effect). He did it with such a comically serious
He defends his arguments (and 2)
Rafa Nadal: “I did not say I would not return to the Davis”
When you are 18 you reach at everything. As time goes by, you have to look for windows to recover. That’s what he needs.
by Neus Yerro; translation by @genny_ss
It is necessary to talk