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VIDEO: Rafael Nadal is optimistic over Spain’s future

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WATCH: Rafael Nadal celebrates James Rodriguez’s goal at Santiago Bernabeu

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

Rafa Roundup: Is Nadal’s exit from the US Open good for Federer?

Rafael Nadal Nike Court Collection x Fragment

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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.

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”.

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”.

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.

Photo: Nike

Photo: Nike

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.


VIDEO: Rafael Nadal practices with Carlos Moya in Manacor (August 19, 2014)

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Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal will be missed at the US Open




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.”

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.

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.

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.

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).

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).

Photo: hbtv.com.cn

Photo: hbtv.com.cn

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 to miss U.S. Open

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:

Rafael Nadal to miss US Open

Get well soon, Rafa!

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal practices in Mallorca

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!

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal presents Tennis School In Mallorca (August 11, 2014)

Rafael Nadal was on hand Tuesday for a presentation of the facilities in Mallorca that will be the “Centre Tenis & Padel,” the first phase of the future Rafael Nadal International Tennis Centre.

Source: The Slice // Photos: Europa Press via Getty Images

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal Nominated for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Ben Stiller

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.

Video: Nike //Source: Tennis Express

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