Video: YouTube/Selección Española de Fútbol (SeFutbol)
Rafael Nadal visited the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, where he was supporting his favorite football team. As you can see in the video below, our champ was very happy when James Rodriguez scored his first goal for Real Madrid, but it was not enough to give his team the advantage in the Spanish Super Cup as Raul Garcia equalised from a corner with three minutes left.
Here are some of the photos:
Interview with Rafa:
Videos: YouTube/stroppadel, football007goal // Photos: Gtres, @deportestsc
- Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal a serious setback – with video (via ESPN)
The previous time a defending champ failed to play the US Open? It was del Potro, sadly, who withdrew because of his aforementioned wrist injury in 2010. And seven years earlier, Pete Sampras failed to show up in New York. But Sampras had a pretty good reason: He had retired. … No one knows exactly when Nadal will return, but assuming he is healthy in the fall, perhaps we’ll see the Spaniard play some indoor ball where he has (in)famously never fared very well.
- Will the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal jinx define the 2014 U.S. Open? (via oregonlive.com)
Some things just aren’t meant to be. Peace on earth comes to mind. Plus rain in California. And, of course, a faceoff between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the U.S. Open.
“Estábamos hablando de tres semanas. Estábamos en la etapa final, pero no se ha podido recuperar para lo que implica la exigencia de un US Open, que es a cinco sets”, explicó a la agencia dpa el doctor Ángel Ruiz-Cotorro, médico personal de Nadal. … “Que se perdiera el US Open estaba dentro de lo posible. Rafa ha hecho todo lo que tenía que hacer, entrenando todos los días, pero cuando no está al cien por ciento…”, explicó Cotorro. “Él tenía mucha ilusión, pero a la vez sabía que era difícil”.
- La precaución frena a Nadal (via El Pais)
En el horizonte, la incógnita de cuándo se reincorporará a la competición, si en la eliminatoria por la permanencia en el Grupo Mundial de la Copa Davis (en Brasil del 12 al 14 de septiembre), o ya en la gira asiática sobre cemento. Abandonado el sueño de Nueva York, ya no hay prisa. Como dijo el doctor Cotorro: “El tiempo ahora corre a su favor”.
- How Rafael Nadal’s Absence From the U.S. Open Helps Roger Federer (via fivethirtyeight.com)
The U.S. Open didn’t used to be a promising venue for Nadal, but he has made the final the past three times he played, winning twice. Federer, meanwhile, hasn’t reached a final in Flushing in five years. Federer and Nadal have never played each other at the U.S. Open. For years, Nadal lost too early in the tournament; then, Federer did. They came oh so close last summer. Federer needed only to beat Tommy Robredo for the 11th time in 11 meetings. He failed.
- Nadal, diez años de victorias (via El Pais)
- Fashion Focus: Nike To Launch Nike Court Collection (via The Slice)
Nike says “designer Hiroshi Fujiwara mixes the spirit of sport with the essence of design to create a beautiful clash between age-old tradition and present-day attitude.” The collection features familiar faces, like Rafael Nadal, and the new wave of stars, like Grigor Dimitrov.
- Nadal Withdraws From US Open (via ATP World Tour)
Rafael Nadal withdrew from the US Open on Monday due to a right wrist injury.
Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent: “Rafael Nadal first felt pain in his right wrist while practising in Majorca at the end of last month. He’s been wearing a light cast for the last couple of weeks, so his decision to miss the year’s final Grand Slam comes as no surprise. Nadal is now in the familiar position of having to work his way back from injury, and his absence throws the championships even more wide open.”
- Prometheus Bound (via tennis.com)
This is the second time that Nadal is unable to defend his title at a major. Due to tendinitis in his knees, he also missed Wimbledon in 2009. And in 2012, he surrendered a chance to defend his runner-up finish at the U.S Open (knees, again). I can’t think of a single Grand Slam champion who was unable to defend a title because of injury, although it’s hard to imagine it hasn’t happened. But twice?
With Nadal out, No. 3 Roger Federer has secured the No. 2 seed at the U.S. Open, which means he cannot face No. 1 Novak Djokovic until the final. It also means that Federer, who won his first ATP Masters 1000 title in two years on Sunday at the Western & Southern Open, will move to No. 2 in the rankings if he wins the tournament.
- US Open Tennis 2014: How Rafael Nadal’s Injury Affects Men’s Draw (via bleacherreport.com)
While the tennis world will mourn the loss of Nadal on the big stage, several players now have an opportunity to steal away the crown. And with the veteran and young talent in the field, expect plenty of intrigue in New York throughout the U.S. Open.
- Aquel niño tímido de tremenda pegada (via El Mundo)
En 2003 jugué contra Rafa en Barcelona, en el Godó, sobre arcilla. Él venía de derrotar a Albert Costa en Montecarlo. Le pregunté a Albert: “¿Qué pasó? ¿Estuviste mal?”. «No, no, este chico es muy bueno», me dijo. Gané en tres sets, no sin notables dificultades. Yo tenía 29 años. Él aún no había cumplido los 17.
- Which athlete wears the most Nike swooshes? (via USA Today)
The king of clay is also the king of the swoosh. Rafael Nadal narrowly beats out Roger Federer thanks to his use of two wrist bands (Federer only wears one).
- Rafa Nadal, la década prodigiosa (via menorca.info.com)
El domingo 15 de agosto de 2004, justo hace diez años, es una fecha marcada en rojo en la historia del tenis. Aquella tarde, Rafael Nadal lograba el primero de sus 64 títulos dentro del circuito profesional, al imponerse en la final del torneo de Sopot (Polonia) al argentino José Acasuso (6-3 y 6-4).
- Madame Tussauds Wuhan Unveils Nadal (via The Slice)
Thursday in Wuhan, Madame Tussauds unveiled a new wax statue of Rafael Nadal as well as a new area for where visitors can play a variety of tennis-related games.
- Rafael Nadal pulls out of US Open (via ESPN) Patrick McEnroe talks about defending champion Rafael Nadal pulling out of the US Open with a wrist injury and discusses his favorites for the tournament.
- Rafael Nadal Nominated for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Ben Stiller
- Rafel i Toni Nadal critiquen durament Dudú Aouate i Llorenç Serra Ferrer
- Miquel Àngel Nadal ha estat el gran protagonista de la preestrena del documental ‘Els números 1′
- 2014 US Open: Nothing Beats Being Here- Rafael Nadal
World No.2 Rafael Nadal announced Monday that he will not compete in the U.S. Open next week.
Here is the full statement, in Spanish and English:
Get well soon, Rafa!
August 15, 2014: Rafa practiced with Carlos Moya
August 14, 2014: Rafa practiced with Uncle Toni
August 11, 2014: Rafa practiced with his best friend Tomeu Salva
A big thank you to @bluemathilde for the updates and photographs!
Rafael Nadal was called to take part in the ice bucket challenge by American actor, Ben Stiller. If he agrees to take part in the challenge he will join many celebrities who have already volunteered to throw buckets of ice cold water over themselves in aid of charity.
Will Rafa accept Ben’s Ice Bucket Challenge nomination? Let us know!
VIDEO: Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Li Na, Genie Bouchard, and Victoria Azarenka in new Nike spot
With the Fall season just around the corner, Nike debuts the 2014 Tech Pack Collection which focuses on emphasizing movement and environmental protection in both men and women’s styles.
The collection is featured by some of Nike’s most iconic athletes including Karlie Kloss and tennis stars Serena Williams, Genie Bouchard and Rafael Nadal, who will all be outfitted with the Tech Pack collection when the US Open descends on New York later this month.