Rafael Nadal looks suave in his suit at Tommy Hilfiger event in Madrid [PHOTOS, VIDEO]

Rafael Nadal looked super suave wearing a sharp navy blue suit with a white shirt and nice tie at the Tommy Hilfiger event in Madrid.

He visited the renowned El Corte Inglés department store to meet with consumers, VIPs and friends of the brand, and answer their style questions in a unique Q&A session.

FYI: Rafa is wearing a single breasted blue suit by THFLEX Rafael Nadal Edition Capsule Collection with shirt and tie by Tommy Hilfiger Tailored.

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WATCH: Rafa and his girlfriend shine at charity golf event

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For the fourth year in a row, Rafael Nadal and golfer Jose Maria Olazábal hosted a pro-am golf tournament in Mallorca to benefit their foundations. Check out the videos!

WATCH: Rafael Nadal’s dream mixed doubles partner is Anna Kournikova

Anusha Dandekar asked Rafael Nadal which female player he’d most like to play mixed doubles with. He only briefly hesitated before answering Anna Kournikova. Check out the video below to see more!

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Rafa Roundup: “I don’t worry about how I am going to win the French Open next year”

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Nadal, the current world No 8, will use Abu Dhabi once more to fine-tune his game ahead of the new season and, in particular, the Australian Open. The Spaniard is also scheduled to play January’s Australian Open warm-up Brisbane International tournament for the first time.

“I really enjoy the fans, the competition and the atmosphere in the stadium in Abu Dhabi,” Nadal said in a release. “It is the best way to start my season. I’ve enjoyed many years playing in the UAE capital against the other top guys and I’m already looking forward to the next. After playing in Abu Dhabi I went on to play some great matches on the tour at the start of the year and I’ll be hoping for even better this time.

“Strange indeed,” said Paul Annacone, Federer’s former coach. “For a long time, we’ve wondered when this era will end. Maybe this is the start of it. I hope not. Roger and Rafa have been the cornerstones of greatness for so long, it’s shocking to the system when they are not there.

“Federer and Nadal have become global sports icons rather than just tennis stars,” Chris Kermode, the executive chairman and president of the ATP, said in a telephone interview. “And of course there will be a time when their careers will come to an end, and they will be missed. But having said that, no player is bigger than the sport itself, and men’s tennis has had an almost uncanny ability to consistently produce global stars that do transcend the sport. And Roger and Rafa aren’t done yet.

SPIEGEL: It is often said that if you want to be successful you have to set lofty goals.

Nadal: I don’t worry about how I am going to win the French Open next year. I think more in the short term: about my training tomorrow, what I want to achieve there. It is important to recognize the small successes. It is the small steps which bring you satisfaction at the end of the day.

SPIEGEL: You were always considered to be a gladiator on the court, whereas your greatest rival, Roger Federer, was considered an artist. Do you sometimes envy his lightness?

Nadal: Certainly I would like to have some of the qualities of other players and obviously from Roger. But believe me, there are plenty of other abilities that are important, particularly mindset and strength. These are attributes other players would like to have as well.

Not only is the 29-year-old the first Briton to achieve this feat, Murray is the only man who is not Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to reach the top spot in 12 years. So the other members of the Big Four graciously extended their congratulations to Murray on Twitter.

VIDEO: Before being a double Olympic gold medallist, Rafa was a young tennis prospect with many dreams. Check out this interview with the Spanish superstar at age 16 .

Rafa’s 2017 calendar

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While 2016 may still be a ways off, it’s never to early to start planning–especially when that involves investing in a Rafael Nadal calendar.

You can grab yourself a copy of Rafa’s official 2017 calendar over at  www.rafaelnadal-shop.com.

The official Rafa Nadal Calendar 2017 features the most beautiful and exciting moments of 2016. Full color pictures to remember the season. The best gift for any Rafa true fan.

What do you think of Rafa’s calendar? Will you buy it? Let us know in the comment box below.

Rafa Roundup: “I’m going to die to be ready again to compete for everything”

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“I’m going to die to be ready again to compete for everything,” he says. “I’m going to work more than ever to try to make that happen and I have big determination to put me in a position to fight again for important things.

“When I had the problems in my knees when I was younger it was so tough when I used to wake up in the morning and go to practise, and I didn’t enjoy that. When you are not healthy then it’s tough. It’s tough now, but it was also tough when I was 20. But at the moment I am enjoying what I am doing and having fun. For me, it takes a lot of effort to come from last year, when I had a tough year and it was hard work, to get back where I was before the injury this year. So I’m really motivated to come back to where I was before the injury happened because I feel ready for it.”

“I’m really here to honour the great man, Rafa. I think it’s wonderful that he’s taken this journey on to give the kids something back,” Federer said. “I’ve been around the game 17 years. I’ve seen a lot of hard workers and inspiring players, but you’ve been the one in my opinion who has been the most inspiring and most influential and made me the player I am today. Because you’re left-handed, because of your spin, because of the intensity you bring to the court, I had to re-invent and re-work my game entirely. And that’s because of the person you are and how much you’ve trained.”

Their tennis styles differ, but their work ethics and values are one and the same. They understand that life is much greater than being perhaps the greatest players to play their sport.

Their camaraderie grows as they slip into the twilight of their careers, but they have left indelible footprints in the sands of yesteryear.

Fedal is a special rivalry. It’s a warm day in the midst of a nuclear winter, a refreshing example of sportsmanship and friendship, first and last.

“I think Rafa wants to get to 10 French Opens, that’s obvious. I think Roger Federer’s 17 majors are still within reach. He’s only 30 years old,” Wilander said on the sidelines of the tennis academy opening.

“People are worried about his health. Yes, he’s going to get injured because he’s a crazy man. He takes himself into the ditch. He drives himself into the ground and comes back. Realistically he’s going to win at least another grand slam...”

“The last two months before the injury I had been playing at the highest level, competing against everybody with good chances, and winning events,” he said.

That’s what I need — be healthy and keep practicing with the same motivation and the rest of the things are going to come back. I believe that I can fight for important things.”

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WATCH: Rafael Nadal cheers on Real Madrid against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga

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Rafael Nadal was in the stands at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday to support his favorite football club.

A scrappy late finish by substitute Álvaro Morata earned Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao and sent Zinedine Zidane’s side to the top of La Liga.

Rafa said in the interview that watching football doesn’t make him tired and we are happy that our champ has got another chance to enjoy in Real Madrid’s victory.

Rafa also said:

I want to rest for a few days. I injured my wrist during the Madrid Open and I’ve only played without pain during the US Open.

Mentally I was feeling good but playing with the pain during all these months hasn’t helped.

Source: Tennis Forum