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WATCH: Rafael Nadal tries out being a pilot

In the latest ad by PokerStars, Rafael Nadal takes on a new role as a Pilot as he learns how to bluff in poker. Want to see how he does? Check out the video below.

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Rafa Roundup: Toni Nadal says Rafa’s wrist isn’t fully healed

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Photo via marca.com

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Golden Career Grand Slam holder Rafael Nadal is already seen by many as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, and as years have gone by the case for Nadal being the GOAT has gathered real momentum. Tennis legends John McEnroe and Andre Agassi have both confirmed that they believe Nadal is the greatest ever, while the debate rages on in the tennis community on whether the Spaniard, now aged 28, has yet done enough to merit such an acclaim.

The Aces have 14-time major champion Nadal and fellow 14-time major champion Pete Sampras, plus Ana Ivanovic and Sania Mirza. … Having missed the entire summer hardcourt swing with a bad wrist, Nadal should still be fresh in November. And if he once again comes up short at the World Tour Finals, as has been the case every year he’s qualified for the Top 8 tourney, he’ll still have something to prove in 2014. (Even if he does win his first-ever WTF title, he’ll come to IPTL feeling like he has something to prove, because that’s our Rafa.)

The 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals will kick off with a spectacular launch event on Friday 7 November at The O2 in support of male cancer awareness charity One For The Boys, the ATP announced today. … Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have already qualified for this year’s tournament. The battle for the remaining five singles spots is heating up, with just 600 points separating No. 5 Marin Cilic and No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov.

According to Toni, Rafa’s wrist isn’t 100 percent healed, but the Spaniard will take part in the exhibition match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Kazakhstan. Toni also confirmed Rafa will compete in Beijing and Shanghai after the exhibition match. “We will also be full time for the European indoor season, as we will play at Basel, Paris Bercy and the year ending championships in London,” Toni said.

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Rafa Roundup: Where does Rafael Nadal play next?

Photo: Toni Baos Darder

Photo: Toni Baos Darder

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Rafael Nadal turned on his television at home in Mallorca on Sunday for the final day of Spain’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off against Brazil and proceeded to watch something he had not seen since he was 12. For the first time since 1999, Spain suffered a shock defeat on clay with Thomaz Bellucci the local hero as he clinched a 3-1 victory for Brazil which condemned the five-time champions to relegation. Nadal’s absence due to a wrist injury is one of the reasons why depleted Spain now find themselves in Euro/Africa Zone Group I, a level they have not been a part of since 1996.

Rafael Nadal is scheduled return to action this month, playing an exhibition in Kazakhstan the week before Beijing. The Spaniard will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, according to the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation. The two will hold a clinic for young players in the city of Astana, as well as an autograph session for students during a two-day trip.

“Ahora no tiene nada, lo único que a la hora de pegar el revés no tiene que pegar a máxima intensidad por precaución. Está a un 8o por ciento. Si ahora hubiese un torneo esta semana, no lo jugaría. El 24 (de septiembre) tiene una exhibición en Astana (Kazajistán) y después juega Pekín y Shanghái” .

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal practices in Mallorca (via @bluemathilde)

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WATCH: Rafael Nadal practices in Mallorca

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Rafa Roundup: Will Rafael Nadal Play In An Exhibition Match In Kazakhstan?

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Photo: © Ivan Abanades Medina/Cordon Press/Corbis

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The game needs Rafael Nadal is one tempting conclusion to arrive at in the wake of this tournament. It seems that the absence of the defending champion didn’t motivate any of the usual suspects to leap through the window of opportunity. It seemed to make them go weak-kneed at the magnitude of the chance. The players who suffered most by failing to capitalize on Rafa’s absence were, first and foremost, Federer, followed closely by top-seeded Djokovic and No. 3 seed Wawrinka, who had a chance to add another major to his resume at the only other Slam played on the hard courts that are so friendly to his game.

According to the Kazakhstan Tennis Federer, Rafael Nadal will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga two Thursdays from tomorrow in an exhibition match on September 25 in Astana.

It is not merely Nadal’s strength or passion that beats Federer any more than it is Federer’s flair or ballerina-like movement around the court that beats Nadal. Quite simply, over time, the greater tennis player will win more often than everyone else. For the current tennis generation, that player is undoubtedly Rafael Nadal.

On his feelings after his 2008 loss to Nadal at Wimbledon: Federer recalls that, in the immediate aftermath of the match, “it was sort of tragic” and that he returned to his hotel to eat pizza, despondent. But when he headed to America for his next tournament, everyone wanted to talk about his battle with Nadal. He soon began to understand that millions of people had watched the final and thought “it was amazing.”

Rafa has no problem showing off his guns in sleeveless Nike shirts, but he’s actually shined the brightest for the cameras while scantily clad in Armani.

El tenista Rafael Nadal ha querido enviar palabras de ánimo, a través de su cuenta oficial en la red social Twitter, a sus “compañeros de la selección de baloncesto” tras perder anoche ante Francia, y se mostró seguro de que seguirán “dando muchas alegrías”. “Mucho ánimo a la selección de baloncesto. No se olviden de que esto es deporte y no siempre sale como uno quiere”, consideró.

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Rafa Roundup: “Nadal is not here, so that opened the gate a little bit for everybody else”

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Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Captain Carlos Moya has named a depleted team led by 19th-ranked Roberto Bautista for Spain’s Davis Cup World Group playoff against Brazil this month. The top three Spaniards – injured world number two Rafa Nadal, number five David Ferrer and 18th-ranked Tommy Robredo – are all unavailable so Marcel Granollers and doubles specialists Marc Lopez and David Marrero come into the team for the Sao Paulo tie on Sept. 12-14.

I think the guys from the second line were a bit lucky because Andy Murray was also having trouble with his back; [Stan] Wawrinka was up and down with his tennis after Australia; few other players were not playing at the best all the time,” said Cilic. “And Rafa is not here, so that opened the gate a little bit for everybody else. I feel it’s going to definitely be much bigger competition from next year.”

El tenista de Manacor, Rafael Nadal, ha sido hoy, nombrado oficialmente Hijo Predilecto de la Isla Mallorca con el apoyo unánime de todos los grupos políticos con representación en el Consell de Mallorca. … En un comunicado el Consell de Mallorca ha indicado que con esta distinción “quiere rendir un merecido homenaje a uno de los mejores deportistas, de los más prolíficos que ha tenido nuestra isla”.

“Es un poco su curso, es un poco lento. El sitio es un poco delicado. Según lo que te dicen los médicos… El objetivo inmediato del tenista balear es llegar en condiciones a Pekín, donde probablemente debutaría el 1 de octubre: “Ojalá, no sé, está dentro del calendario, o sea que trabajo para recuperarme y evidentemente tengo la ilusión de poder llegar a Pekín, pero como he dicho, lo que no haré será irme a jugar a Pekín, después de lo que me he perdido ya, con la sensación de que me molesta cuando pego de revés. Si voy a Pekín es porque, cuando pego de revés, no me molesta o me molesta muy poco, una molestia totalmente controlada, cosa que en estos momentos estamos pendientes de saber cómo evolucionará en estas dos próximas semanas”, ha declarado el tenista. “Confiamos en que llegaremos, y a partir de ahí, ya hacer el calendario normal que tenemos previsto. No cambiaremos nada: Pekín, Shanghai, Basilea, París y Londres”, afirma su entrenador Toni Nadal.

Para el pequeño Álvaro, Rafa Nadal es su ídolo. A sus dos años y tres meses, pocas cosas le gustan más que jugar al tenis con sus padres o su hermano, aunque sea con una cuchara de cocina como raqueta. No tiene fuerza para más, pues sufre una enfermedad rara degenerativa llamada distrofia muscular de emery dreifuss autosómica dominante. Una patología que en España sólo padecen tres personas y que actúa principalmente en los músculos encargados de la locomoción y el músculo cardíaco. Aun así, Álvaro imita como nadie uno de los gritos de guerra del tenista mallorquín cuando gana un punto: ¡tomaaa!

Remember when Fernando Verdasco took Rafael Nadal through five grueling sets in the 2009 Australian Open semifinals? All the pundits said Rafa would be gassed for the final and thus Federer, Nadal’s final-round opponent, would cake-walk to the title. And what happened? The final also went to five sets — and Rafa won.

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VIDEO: Rafael Nadal not sure when he’ll be back from injury

Speaking to Spanish media today, Rafael Nadal said he’s not sure how soon he’ll be back or whether he’ll play in Beijing.

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Nike Fall 2014 Tech Pack Lookbook – Rafael Nadal

For young legend Rafael Nadal, the days of practice, training, and off-court focus create a velocity that propels him toward the incredible.

“I focus on every day, on my every practice,” says Rafa, describing his proven training method. “And then you arrive at a moment on court where your level is so high you surprise even yourself. It’s a momentum. It’s where you really play with that passion, that love for the game.”

While some athletes depend upon rituals, Rafa has learned to focus only on his next moment—the next practice, the next return, the next serve. Every day, passion mounts and momentum builds. Creating a step-by-step path for him to follow, a path that will launch him toward his next victory.

Because of the focus that fuels his momentum, Rafael Nadal creates moments we never thought possible, and plays at a higher level than he ever imagined.

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WATCH: Rafael Nadal Attends David Bisbal’s Concert In Mallorca (August 23, 2014)

Last week Rafael Nadal went to the David Bisbal concert in Felanitx, Mallorca. Check it out!

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