Rafa and Nole entertain Milan crowds in fun exhibition

It was just an exhibition game for the Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but the two men gave the crowd in Milan plenty to smile about.

The result was the least important thing (Nole won 6-4, 6-4), it was all about the fans who enjoyed themselves with the great spectacle offered by two of the best players in the world.

Our favorite moment of the night:

Here are some amazing photos taken by Elena Di Vincenzo.

Rafa Roundup: ‘Rafa Nadal is my hero’

Rafael Nadal Australian Open 2016 Nike Outfit (2)

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro are among the players who will compete at next year’s Mexican Open in the Pacific port city of Acapulco, organizers said Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Nadal, the champion in Acapulco in 2005 and 2013, will be vying for his third title at the event, which will be held Feb. 27 to March 4, 2017, tournament director Raul Zurutuza said in a press conference.

“There’s always going to be someone who will try to take advantage of certain situations but his name is not Rafael Nadal that’s for sure,” seven-time Grand Slam winning Swede Wilander told Gulf News on Tuesday.

“If you get permission from the organisation that conducts drugs tests and will call upon you if you fail, and they recommend the dose and supervise its use then it’s completely different.”

On a hot, rainy summer evening in New York, Nadal’s hands are in a pizza-slice shape in his lap, and he’s giggling sheepishly.

Still, it’s clear he’s a Guy Who Knows Underwear. So what underwear does a guy who knows underwear—with a job that requires the utmost comfort at all times—wear to work? We talked to Nadal about his undergarment preferences (both on court and off) and his ongoing war against wedgies.

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Which famous athlete would you like to compete against in a game of badminton?

With Rafa Nadal, because he’s my hero, and in fact, I know that he doesn’t like badminton because he says it’s a tough sport. And that’s coming from a tennis player, who in my opinion is the best ever, that plays many hours of tennis, but the truth is that badminton is very, very tough.

Which celebrity would you like to have dinner with?

With Rafa Nadal. Yes, because for me, Rafa Nadal is my hero. He is the mirror I look into because I think we have same competitive and fighting spirit, and we never give up on anything.

#2 Rafael Nadal — There may never be a better shirtless cameo than the Spaniard in Shakira’s “Gypsy.”

Rafa responds to being targeted by Russian hackers: “I have never taken anything to improve my sporting performance”

Rafael Nadal has responded to a leak of his confidential medical data after he was one of a number of athletes targeted by a group of Russian hackers.

Here’s what Rafa said:

It is a private matter which does not need to be private. No need for a hacker to deliver it. It would be good for everyone. If every time you successfully do a doping test, [and] it’s announced and the results are published, it would finish all these discussions and all be transparent.

There are many things which, day to day, are banned substances, but when you ask permission and you get it, it stops being illegal … I have never taken anything to improve my sporting performance. Simply, the doctors told me to take something to improve my knee.

Source: tennis.com

Davis Cup: Gold medal duo Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez win the tie

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez fought off a brave challenge from the Indian duo of Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni in the doubles rubber to hand Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead in their Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie in New Delhi on Saturday.

The Indians troubled the gold medal winners at last month’s Rio Olympics throughout the contest before going down 6-4, 6-7, 4-6, 4-6 in three hours and 23 minutes.

After the match, Rafa said:

For us it was a very important confrontation after two years being away from the World Group. It’s important for us to come back to where we think we have to be.

But the India team is a great team and I want to say many thanks to all the fans here in India. For me it is a very special country and it is a place that is very close to my heart.

Sources: Davis Cup, IANS

Rafael Nadal shares his thoughts ahead of Davis Cup tie vs India

Spanish tennis player, Rafael Nadal, reacts as he answers a question during a press conference ahead of their Davis Cup tennis match against India in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. Spain take on hosts India from Sept. 16 to 18. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Spanish tennis player, Rafael Nadal, reacts as he answers a question during a press conference ahead of their Davis Cup tennis match against India in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. Spain take on hosts India from Sept. 16 to 18. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Spain may be overwhelming favorites in their upcoming Davis Cup World Group Play-off against India, but Rafael Nadal is in no mood to take the hosts lightly.

We have good team. We have a team that really wants to be here and give their best. I think that a team like Spain should be in the World Group and that is why we are here.

Excited to be back in India. I know these players have been practicing here but we will be ready for the confrontation.

I am happy to be back. I had a tough two months and I am happy to be back where I want to be — on the tennis court.

I have been playing in the Davis Cup since I was 17. It is a special feeling to represent your country and there have been some great moments. We had some great success in this competition.

It is always a special feeling to play for your country.

Source: IANS

Rafael Nadal: “I lost an opportunity to have a very good event here. I am sad for that”

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, rubs his eyes during play against Lucas Pouille, of France, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. In this incredibly long, tough match, what do you think the difference was?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I think he played a good match. He started so strong. I fight until the end with. There were things I could do better. Had the right attitude. I fighted right up to the last ball.

But I need something else, I need something more that was not there today. I going to keep working to try to find.

But, yes, was a very, very close match that anything could happen. Just congratulate the opponent that probably he played with better decision than me the last couple of points.

Q. You were a break up in the last set. You have so much experience…
RAFAEL NADAL: Experience, when you are 4-3 in the fifth, 30-Love, is not a question of experience, no? Is a question of play a little bit better than what I did. That’s it. A couple of mistakes there. Needed to play with a little bit more calm.

Is true that I don’t have lot of matches on my shoulders for the last three, four months, but even like this I lost an opportunity. That’s the real thing, no? That’s the true. I lost an opportunity to have a very good event here. I am sad for that.

But I fighted. I can play better. I can play worst. The only thing that cannot be bad is the attitude, no? Today the attitude was great. That’s it.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal: “I lost an opportunity to have a very good event here. I am sad for that””

Rafael Nadal loses five-setter to Lucas Pouille

Fourth seed Rafael Nadal is out of the US Open after being beaten in five sets by world number 25 Lucas Pouille.

The Frenchman outlasted the two-time champion over five gruelling sets 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 to reach the quarter-finals, where he will play his countryman Gaël Monfils.

The match lasted four hours and seven minutes, and went to a tiebreak. At 6-6 in the breaker, Rafa had a brilliant opportunity to bring up a match point but dumped his forehand into the net with the court wide open. Pouille pulled off a winner down the line the next point to seal victory.

Source: The Guardian