Rafa Roundup: Why You Should Be More Like Rafael Nadal

Photo via Kia Motors Argentina

Make-A-Wish Argentina: Santi & Agus meet Rafa (Photo via Kia Motors Argentina)


How did Guillermo Vilas earn three more titles on the day Rafael Nadal was about to tie him? It’s because folks in Argentina, including Vilas himself, fairly noted that the original number had been wrong all along. Vilas’s two titles in Toronto (1974 and 1976) and one in Virginia Beach (1977) had actually come on clay, not on hard court, as was originally believed by the ATP and ITF.

“I’m absolutely delighted because I hadn’t won a tournament in so long,” said Nadal, who returns to the No.3 spot in the rankings on the back of this victory. “I hoped I’d win and I did everything I could to prepare properly, and in the end I achieved my goal.That goal however was a short-term one – the main aim of this #RGClay season will doubtless be an incredible tenth title at Roland Garros in a few months’ time…

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both won tournaments on the same weekend for just the third time in their entwined careers this weekend, and they did it with flair that reminded many of the days when they alone dominated the tennis headlines. … Being Rafael Nadal, he looked as if he had just won another title at Roland Garros after he throttled No. 60 Monaco without ever facing a break point, 6-4, 6-1. Nadal’s game may have been AWOL these past months, but his schoolboyish enthusiasm remains intact.

Rafa es un genio. Pocas veces vi algo igual. Es algo espectacular. Qué suerte que lo pudimos volver a ver después de tanto tiempo y por ahí no vuelve nunca más. Tener en tu casa a un deportista que va a quedar en la historia es un privilegio. Fue un honor entregarle el premio. No hay palabras, estamos viviendo en tiempo contemporáneo de una leyenda y recién nos damos cuenta cuando se retiran. Nadal es el puto amo“, sentenció Gaudio ante LA NACION.

Just days before winning his first title of 2015 at the Argentina Open, tennis superstar and Olympic champion Rafael Nadal took time out of his busy training schedule to host a workshop with local youngsters in Buenos Aires, the host city of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

Badminton needs an icon like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in tennis. It is a question of how you become a champion and stay at the top.”

Finally. No one wanted to have to write the hand-wringing pieces if Nadal failed to walk away with the title against a soft field in Buenos Aires. The Spaniard got on the board with his first title since winning the French Open last year with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Juan Monaco in the final of the Argentina Open. Like Federer, Nadal did not lose a set all week—that should help his confidence.

Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images

Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images



PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal On Holiday In Costa Rica

After winning the title in Buenos Aires, Rafael Nadal took some much-needed some time off ahead of Indian Wells and Miami. He decided to spend four days in sunny Costa Rica.

Have a good time, Rafa! :)

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi in new Movistar commercial

Video: Movistar España

Rafa Roundup: Nadal honoured to be compared to Sampras and Borg

Photo: Argentina Open

Photo: Argentina Open


Rafael Nadal lifted his first trophy since last year’s French Open and for good measure closed in on a long-standing ATP Tour record Sunday by claiming the Argentina Open crown. Argentina legend Guillermo Vilas led the way with 49 wins in clay court tournaments, but today’s “King of Clay” drew nearer to the leading mark by winning his 46th title in Buenos Aires. He was also claiming his 65th title from 93 tour-level finals, breaking out of a tie with legends Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg for fifth place in the all-time list.

“All titles are special, but I’m really happy because I have not been a champion for a long time,” said Nadal. “Against Monaco, I played my best of the week. That is great news for me because I’m trying to gain more confidence.” … “They have an impressive history,” Nadal said of Sampras and Borg. “That’s why it is an honour to be compared to them.”

That’s because Vilas, who according to the ATP started the day with 46 career clay titles, ended the day with 49. Have you ever heard of a player winning three titles in one day? Not a bad day’s work for a 62-year-old! Well, Vilas didn’t win all three titles on Sunday, but because his title count on clay had been incorrectly counted—three tournaments that he had won on clay in the past had since switched to hard court so they were incorrectly counted as hard—the ATP corrected the mistake and added the three titles before the final. 

Photo via Argentina Open

Photo via Argentina Open

“Clay is a traditional surface of our sport, we need to protect that,” Nadal said. … “Most of the players on the Tour like sport in general so we want to keep having chances to practice sport and enjoying life. When I finish [my career] I would like to be able to play a game of football with friends but playing so much on hard courts complicates that.

“Cuando las cosas no salen bien durante un tiempo, todo es difícil, parece que no llega, pero si uno le pone ilusión y trabajo, la recompensa viene”, dijo. “El inicio del año ha sido complicado, pero poquito a poco voy encontrando las sensaciones. Me ha hecho mucha ilusión ganar aquí”, añadió el ganador, que en la segunda quincena de marzo afrontará el Masters 1.000 de Indian Wells, sobre cemento. “Objetivo cumplido. Me llevo una sensación y un recuerdo inolvidable”.

Sliding and slugging, Nadal was back in his element on clay, and he knew it. By the time he stabbed a backhand for an improbable winner against Delbonis and celebrated by throwing two fists in the air, any lingering thoughts of Rafa’s decline had disappeared in the red dirt.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal captures Buenos Aires title

Photo: Twitter/@DamianBlaum

Photo: Twitter/@DamianBlaum


VIDEO: Rafael Nadal Stars In New Mapfre Ad

Rafael Nadal’s new ad for Mapfre, a Spanish insurance company, has been released today. Watch:

Video: segurosmapfre

Rafael Nadal is back to No.3 in the ATP Rankings

The new Emirates ATP rankings are out, and after winning the 2015 Argentina Open, Rafael Nadal is again ranked third player in the world.

Top 10 players in Singles Rankings:

ATP Rankings: March 2, 2015

ATP Rankings: March 2, 2015

Rafa will next play in Indian Wells. The ATP World Tour 1000 tournament starts on March 9. VAMOS RAFA!

Final VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal vs. Juan Monaco – Argentina Open 2015

Highlights of Rafael Nadal’s victory over Juan Monaco in the final match of the 2015 Argentina Open.

Trophy ceremony speech:

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Rafael Nadal captures Buenos Aires title [PHOTOS]

Top seed Rafael Nadal has won his first title of 2015 at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires after a 6-4, 6-1 win over No.60 Juan Monaco.

Rafa: “It was a complicated day for everybody. Both for me and (Monaco) but especially for the fans who had to wait. We have to thank them for staying here until the end.” (via AP)

The match lasted an hour and 26 minutes as Rafa won his 65th career title.

Rafa Roundup: Close friends Nadal and Monaco delighted to be facing each other in Argentina Open final

AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd


Numbers: Nadal can tie Argentina’s Guillermo Vilas on the all-time clay-court title list with 46 with a victory in Sunday’s final. Rafa is into his 93rd career final, and 53rd on clay. He owns a 45-7 record in clay finals. 

Rafael Nadal will look to secure a slice of clay-court history on Sunday in Buenos Aires, when the World No. 4 vies for a record-tying 46 titles on the surface against close friend Juan Monaco. … “It’s a joy to play this decisive match against a friend and for me it is also very important to play my first final of the year here in Buenos Aires, a place where I feel the affection of the people.”

Nadal, who has a longtime girlfriend, Maria Francesca Perello, also wants a family. He said, “I am quite a family person, my education has been towards family. You never know what will happen in the future, but I understand that I will form a family, have kids, I do not know how much. I love children, but one does not decide unilaterally, it takes two. I would like to have more children, but I cannot say whether two, three or four.” … “Being famous for being famous doesn’t give anything,” he said. “It is nice and satisfying if you earned it for doing well, and not just on court. The real success is having friends, having a family, caring for them and feel loved by the people—the public is very important, but what is more feel loved by those who are around you.”

La única manera de recortarle puntos a Roger Federer y Djokovic es ganando. Mi meta para este año en ningún caso es ser número uno. Vamos a ver si mañana puedo dar un paso importante en este regreso a las pistas”, afirmó el mallorquín. “Espero una final muy complicada porque Pico (Mónaco) está jugando muy sólido. Cuando él está en un nivel muy alto es peligroso y en arcilla aún más”, analizó sobre el encuentro que disputará mañana ante “su amigo” argentino.

Sergio Llamera/Argentina Open

Sergio Llamera/Argentina Open

Intentar ganar a Rafael Nadal con revés a una mano es como querer subir el Himalaya sin botella de oxígeno: se puede hacer, pero es muy difícil. Carlos Charly Berlocq, el número 74 del mundo, no pudo hacerlo en semifinales del torneo de Buenos Aires (7-6 y 6-2), por mucho que afrontara la montaña con piernas fuertes y pulmones como fuelles.

PHOTOS: Nadal through to Buenos Aires final


Argentina Open 2015 Final: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Juan Monaco?

REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq in straight sets in the semifinal to reach the final in Buenos Aires, where he will face close friend Juan Monaco.

Date: March 1, 2015

Time: Not before 2pm local time (Argentina Open, Buenos Aires), 6pm CET (Spain, France, Germany, Italy), 5pm GMT (United Kingdom), 12:00 noon EST (New York, Montreal). To convert to your local time, use this website.

Watch online: Fromsport and ATDHE

This will be the 7th meeting between Rafa and Pico. Our champ leads the head-to-head series 5-1.

Year Tournament & City Surface Round Winner & Score
2014 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid
Clay R32 Nadal, Rafael
6-1, 6-0 Stats
2012 Roland Garros
Clay R16 Nadal, Rafael
6-2, 6-0, 6-0 Stats
2011 ESP vs.ARG DC Final
Clay RR Nadal, Rafael
6-1, 6-1, 6-2
2007 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati
OH, U.S.A.
Hard R32 Monaco, Juan
7-6(5), 4-1 RET Stats
2007 Stuttgart
Clay Q Nadal, Rafael
6-1, 6-3 Stats
2005 Bastad
Clay R32 Nadal, Rafael
6-1, 6-1 Stats
Source: ATP World Tour

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