WATCH: Rafael Nadal’s Hot Shot Against Simone Bolelli In Basel

Second seed Rafael Nadal was quickly into his stride against Italy’s Simone Bolelli, hitting this trademark backhand winner in the first round.

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Simone Bolelli in Basel opener

Rafael Nadal recorded his 47th match win of the season at the Swiss Indoors Basel with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Simone Bolelli. Our champ converted four of seven break points and won in 71 minutes. He awaits the winner between Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

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VIDEO: An Interview with Rafael Nadal in Basel

Rafael Nadal talks about his expectations coming into the Swiss Indoors Basel, having recently suffered from appendicitis.

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal and his girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello in Cannes

The UK’s Daily Mail reports that Rafael Nadal was accompanied by his team as he perused the nautical offerings in Cannes, France on Friday. Rafa’s gorgeous girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello was also there. The beautiful couple looked happy and relaxed, and full of good cheer, as they laughed while looking around luxury vessel Blue Ice in the glorious sunshine. Here are some photos.

 Source: Daily Mail

Rafa Roundup: Nadal nervous ahead of opener in Basel


But you won’t find Nadal bemoaning his misfortune. “If I were annoyed, would it help? If you get negative, you don’t work with the right energy,” the 28 year old told media at the St. Jakobshalle Basel. “So I prefer to be positive and do as I did during all my career. … “I have to do the surgery (to remove his appendix), but let’s see how I feel here. I’ve been practising for three days. I’ll try my best and let’s see if I can be competitive.” … “It’s going to be one of the most dangerous first rounds in a 500 tournament that I’ve played in a long time,” admitted the Manacor native. “I am not 100 per cent sure what is going to happen tomorrow. I haven’t practised well enough or enough times. My body feels more tired than usual when I’m playing.”

This is the first time in 10 years Nadal is playing in Basel. As an 18 year old in 2004, while ranked No. 48 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Nadal lost in the first round to Rainer Schuettler. The year prior, he lost in the first round to Feliciano Lopez in a third set tie-break. … The Spaniard has a 46-10 match record on the season, including 18-5 on hard courts. He has won four titles in 2014: Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Roland Garros.

En fin y hoy, Rafael Nadal regresa a Basilea y al Open suizo, donde debuta a las 18:30 horas tras concierto de Paul Anka. Enfrente va el italiano Simone Bolelli, número 77 de la ATP y 0-3 ante Nadal: pero le ganó un set en 2009 y en Rotterdam: pista cubierta, como Basilea.

Tengo algo de miedo por la reacción de mi cuerpo a nivel competitivo, porque la adrenalina brota durante un partido y te acelera. Ya me pasó hace unos años, que tuve problemas musculares tras tomar antibióticos“, destacó. El español dijo a la televisión suiza RTS que prefiere no pensar en la sucesión de problemas físicos que jalonaron su carrera. “Tengo que tener una actitud positiva, siendo negativo no se arregla nada”.


REMINDER: Nadal vs. Bolelli – What time does Rafa play? / ¿A que hora juega Rafa?

Swiss Indoors R1: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Simone Bolelli in Basel?

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Rafael Nadal will play his first match at the Swiss Indoors Basel against Simone Bolelli, who is currently ranked No. 77 in the world.

“It’s going to be one of the most dangerous first rounds in a 500 tournament that I’ve played in a long time. I am not 100 per cent sure what is going to happen tomorrow. I haven’t practised well enough or enough times. My body feels more tired than usual when I’m playing,” said Rafa.

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014

TIME: Not before 6:30 pm local time, 6:30 pm CET (Spain, France, Germany, Italy) 5:30 pm BST (United Kingdom) 12:30 pm EDT (New York, Montreal). To convert to your local time, use this website.

Watch online: Fromsport and ATDHE

Rafa leads the head-to-head series 3-0 against Simone Bolelli. Their  last meeting was at Roland Garros in 2012. VAMOS RAFA!

Year Tournament & City Surface Round Winner & Score
2012 Roland Garros
Clay R128 Nadal, Rafael
6-2, 6-2, 6-1 Stats
2010 Doha
Hard R32 Nadal, Rafael
6-3, 6-3 Stats
2009 Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Hard R32 Nadal, Rafael
4-6, 6-2, 7-5 Stats

Rafa Roundup: Cesc Fabregas says Rafael Nadal is the best tennis player

Photo: Banc Sabadell

Photo: Banc Sabadell


“I am sad because I didn’t have the chance to compete, I was in a big process of antibiotics for a week-and-a-half and the body goes down, you need time to recover to get your top physical performance. I have had weeks of injury so it was not an easy season for me at the end, I have to do the surgery but I have to find the right moment. I need to see how things go and how my body accepts the antibiotics, so after all the things that have happened over the last few weeks – lets see. I will try to do my best (to be in London) but I cannot say, I do not know a hundred per cent.

Rafa está bien de momento, no tiene dolores“, afirmó Toni Nadal en declaraciones que reproduce el portal de la emisora de radio y televisión suiza SRF. “Rafa jugó sólo dos de estos torneos desde Wimbledon, necesita ritmo de juego. Con algo de suerte en el sorteo Rafa puede hacer aquí un buen torneo“, finiquitó el técnico. Nadal es el único español que ocupa plaza en el cuadro final de Basilea, donde por la parte baja del cuadro podría cruzarse con Ernests Gulbis, David Goffin o Milos Raonic. por la parte baja parten los dos principales favoritos e ídolos locales.

Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash believes Rafael Nadal will no longer be able to play a complete season of tennis for the rest of his career. … “Rafael Nadal, I don’t think will play a full season for the rest of his life. It’s just very, very tough. For certain players, it’s more emotional, it’s more physical,” Cash told Sport360º at the launch of the 2015 Mubadala World Tennis Championship, of which he is an ambassador.

Cesc Fabregas Says Rafael Nadal Is Best Tennis Player

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Andy Murray and some famous friends (like Cesc Fabregas and Ed Sheeran) star in a sketch for Stand Up To Cancer on Channel 4 in the UK Friday evening.

Cesc Fabregas: “I said I was auditioning for the role of the best player of this generation… and that is Rafeal Nadal.”

Swiss Indoors Basel Draw

Photo: @_shaering

Photo: @_shaering

The Swiss Indoors Basel draw was performed today and here are the results. Rafael Nadal’s first round match is against a qualifier. Winner could get Edouard Roger-Vasselin in round 2.

Ernests Gulbis is in Rafa’s quarter. Milos Raonic and David Goffin are in his half. The seeds in the other half are Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov and Ivo Karlovic.

Rafael Nadal’s Projected Opponents:

  • 1st Round: Qualifier
  • 2nd Round: Edouard Roger-Vasselin
  • Quarter Final: Ernests Gulbis
  • Semi Final: Milos Raonic
  • Final: Roger Federer

Main draw play begins on Monday, 20 October in Basel. VAMOS RAFA!

Rafael Nadal’s first practice in Basel

Rafael Nadal arrived in Basel yesterday and held his first practice. His hitting partner was Stan Wawrinka.

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Rafael Nadal’s New Banc Sabadell Ads Are Here

Cerca (Close) is a Banco Sabadell project. A private conversation between Rafa Nadal and John Carlin, which, like most conversations today, does not occur in any one place or time, but rather in many. London, Manacor, Beijing, Sitges, Johannesburg and anywhere else their lives may take them. Because it doesn’t take place through a single medium, but rather through them all: instant messaging, video conference, e-mail, phone calls …

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