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Rafa Roundup: Nadal would love to have more than two kids

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The recovery is going well. Obviously, I haven’t practised yet. But I’m happy with how the operation went and I’m trying to be ready and healthy for 1st December, when I can start practising again. I won’t be 100 per cent when I start practising again. But the most important thing is that I will be healthy enough to practise every day and I will have one month to try to be 100 per cent and to try and fix my level of tennis. I hope to arrive in Doha being competitive.”

Djokovic, who won the season-finale in London on Sunday after Roger Federer withdrew with a back injury, finished the year as world number one for the third time in four years and the Mallorcan praised the Serb’s consistency over the last 12 months. “He is a fantastic player,” Nadal said. “He deserves to be where he is because he hasn’t had an injury for a long time and that’s very important for a tennis player. He is an amazing player so he deserves it.”

I am very happy to return to Barcelona to participate in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, a very special tournament for me as it is held at my club, the Real Club Tenis Barcelona,” said Nadal, who will start preparing for the upcoming tennis season in the next days after he has fully recovery from an appendicitis surgery he underwent on 3 November.

Soy muy familiar. Me encantan los niños. Mi ilusión y mi intención es tener más de dos hijos, pero a día de hoy es un tema de tiempos, de preferencias, de cómo te lleva la vida. Sigo viviendo con mis padres…

El tenista y el golfista se verán las caras los próximos 29 y 30 de noviembre en la segunda edición del torneo de golf solidario Olazábal & Nadal Invitational que tendrá lugar en el campo Pula Golf de Mallorca. Una competición única que busca recaudar fondos para luchar contra la exclusión social, haciendo hincapié en los más pequeños.

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Rafa Roundup: Nadal wishes Federer a speedy recovery

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“It will be 10 or 12 days before I can practice again, so [I] will have all of December to try to put my body and my tennis at the right level to be competitive in January. I am going to work for it, that is my goal,” said Nadal. … “I saw a little bit, but not a lot, the matches were too quick to see,” said Nadal, who had “no opinion” on the reported row between Federer with Davis Cup team-mate Wawrinka, who are said to have clashed following a tense semi-final. … “The only thing which is negative is for a tournament in London to have no final is bad news for everybody, for the tournament, for the fans, for all the world of tennis, and especially for Roger. I wish him a quick recovery.

“It seems strange to me, as Davis Cup captain, that instead of seeking union and harmony between players, captains and the federation, she has incited and fed a debate that is totally false and absurd,” Nadal said.  Nadal said federation president Jose Escanuela was in his “right” to appoint Leon captain, but “it seems unfair to me that they have wanted to shift the issue to a place that is evidently a clear issue of populism.

Rafael Nadal flew to London on Tuesday to put his training to the test… his poker training, that is. Rafa played a Poker Stars match against Ronaldo, beating the legendary football star to win $50,000 for the Rafa Nadal Foundation.

“I had a great coach,” Nadal said, when asked how he managed to pick up poker so quickly, despite still competing at the highest level. “He gave me the opportunity to learn more about the poker game. It really helped me a lot. When you learn more and more about this game, you enjoy playing it more. You understand that it’s not a game of luck. There is luck in some moments, but in general the best players will win.”

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal wins poker match against Ronaldo

World No. 3 Rafael Nadal beat former Brazilian international footballer Ronaldo in a charity poker match in London on Tuesday. Our champ secured the $50,000 cheque for the Rafa Nadal Foundation. See the photos:

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Rafa Roundup: Nadal to play in Abu Dhabi and Doha

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“It’s unfortunate that I had to miss the end of this season, but the time off will allow me to become even more focused on what I want to accomplish in 2015. I have missed a couple of opportunities to play big competitive matches now so playing in Abu Dhabi in January for me is really important.”

When Nadal returned from a seven-month layoff in early 2013, he roared back to win two majors and end the season No. 1. Most expect Nadal, 28, to return as competitive as ever. But adding to his 14 major titles will depend on how his body holds up. “If he’s healthy, it’s hard to see him not winning a few more,” McEnroe said.

“He sabido dar a los otros la libertad y la flexibilidad de decirme lo que creían. Todos se han sentido libres de decirme cuándo las cosas las hago bien y cuando mal. Es la mayor virtud que he tenido (…) Tener el mismo equipo durante tantos años hace que me conozcan bien, que sepan lo que necesito en cada momento. Una gran suerte”.

“Hace dos semanas que me operé de apendicitis y llevo algún punto todavía. Jugaré en Abu Dabi a principios de enero y luego disputaré mi primer torneo oficial -del 3 al 10 de enero en Doha en Catar“, señaló Nadal en un acto del Banco Sabadell.

El representa una compilación de una espectacular escuela española. Aúna mucha lucha con una determinación espectacular, inexplicable. Un poder de reacción y un desarrollo táctico que incluso te gana jugando peor. Es un tipo de jugador que demuestra la gran calidad del tenis español con muchas variables, dispuesto a aprender siempre. Su cabeza me fascina porque cuando levanta el trofeo de Roland Garros cada año, ya está pensando en esos momentos como va a ganarlo otra vez al año siguiente.

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Rafael Nadal finishes the season as world No. 3

Rafael Nadal by Nando Esteva

Rafael Nadal by Nando Esteva

In the latest ATP Ranking list as of Monday, November 17, Rafael Nadal is ranked third and he’ll finish the season with 6,835 points. Novak Djokovic (11,510) and Roger Federer (9,700) still keep positions 1 and 2.

Here’s the ATP World Tour year-end Top 10:

Rank, Name & Nationality Points Week Change Tourn Played
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 11,510 0 18
2 Federer, Roger (SUI) 9,700 0 19
3 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 6,835 0 19
4 Wawrinka, Stan (SUI) 5,295 0 19
5 Nishikori, Kei (JPN) 5,025 0 22
6 Murray, Andy (GBR) 4,675 0 22
7 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 4,665 0 24
8 Raonic, Milos (CAN) 4,440 0 21
9 Cilic, Marin (CRO) 4,150 0 25
10 Ferrer, David (ESP) 4,045 0 26

We all wish Rafa well and hope for a good recovery. Hope to see him in full form in January! Vamos!

Rafael Nadal Hits 7 Million Twitter Followers

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World No. 3 Rafael Nadal has become the first tennis player to attract 7 million followers on Twitter, blasting through that landmark number on Friday.

Rafa uses his Twitter page to update his fans, in both Spanish and English, about his news on and off the court and to share photos and videos. He also uses his Twitter page to spread awareness about his organization, The Rafa Nadal Foundation.

Congratulations Rafa, on yet another victory! We’re proud to be a part of the Rafa Family!

WATCH: Kids send message of support to Rafael Nadal

If Rafael Nadal was seeking emotional support through his recovery process, he just got some from a group of very young kids (who have taken part in the program Integration and Sport’). Watch it now:

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Rafa Roundup: Nadal makes visit to London

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Nadal’s uncle and coach, Toni, told Spanish television that the world No. 3 would start training again at the beginning of December, having taken a month off for the two medical procedures.

“When Rafa plays, he’s unbelievably good. I expect him to be back to normal,” said Roger Federer, who is 10-23 lifetime against the Spaniard. They played each other just once in 2014, the fewest number of meetings between this generation’s two most successful players since 2004, when they first played. “I think he’ll be playing for the biggest titles in the sport and maintaining his ranking and moving up again,” continued Federer, who is 2-0 in London this week. “I think that’s what he expects from himself and that’s what I hope we’ll see again.”

Rafael Nadal reanudará los entrenamientos el 1 de diciembre una vez recuperado de una operación de apendicitis y comenzará la temporada “en forma” el 1 de enero, ha avanzado hoy el entrenador y tío del tenista mallorquín, Toni Nadal.

“(Nadal) has a problem typical in tennis with a back joint, he had it at the Australian Open, and we have decided to treat it with stem cells,” Ruiz-Cotorro said. He said that stem cells were recently extracted from Nadal for a cultivation process to “produce the necessary quantities.” “When we have them we will put them in the point of pain,” he said, with the goal of “regenerating cartilage, in the midterm, and producing an anti-inflammatory effect.”

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  • Rafael Nadal in London (November 12, 2014)

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Rafa Roundup: Federer Feels A ‘Special Connection’ To Nadal

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Rafael Nadal’s uncle and coach, Toni Nadal told the DPA news agency that the ATP world number three is undergoing stem cell treatment in an attempt to alleviate the back problems that have plagued him all season. “He’s had them for the past six months”, said Toni Nadal. “It’s stem cell treatment, and doing it properly requires five weeks”, he added when explaining why they did not take advantage of the three months between July and October. “Because we all thought that he’d play at the US Open, we were more focused on his wrist injury, which looked to be healing well”.

‘I feel a special connection towards Rafa just because we did, I don’t want to say come up together somewhat on the tour, but we did have a very strong, intense rivalry for many years, starting 2004 maybe,’ Federer said, bringing up Rafael Nadal, who is absent from the World Tour Finals as he recovers from surgery on a troubled appendix. ‘Especially we played each other that many times in finals of slams, which hasn’t been the case with the other players as much. ‘I know Novak, the matches and the rivalry is nice. I really enjoy playing against him. It’s very evenly matched, you know. But I played him more often probably in semis than in finals most likely. I don’t know if that’s true, but that’s kind of how it felt like. Because me and Rafa were always 1 and 2 or 2 and 1 for so long.

“A Rafael le duele la espalda desde que jugó en Australia, no se consiguió curar del todo”, explican fuentes que conocen al detalle su estado físico. “Le duele cuando saca y no se siente con libertad de movimientos”, añaden. Las células madre necesitan un periodo de tres semanas “para reproducirse y que se las puedan volver a inyectar”. El tratamiento, que también están empezando a utilizar futbolistas, es “doloroso”, y en el caso del número tres mundial incluye que se le practiquen dos aparatosos agujeros que le condenan a la inactividad durante cinco días.

We can never write off Nadal, and he could contend a couple more times at the WTF, but the best of his career is already in the rearview mirror.

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  • Rafael Nadal attends Olimpic vs. Viva Sports (via futbolbalear.es)

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WATCH: Rafael Nadal Stars In New Telefonica Vivo Ad

Brazilian operator Telefonica Vivo has launched a new advertising campaign featuring Rafael Nadal. Watch it now:

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