Rafael Nadal Nominated for Prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

Rafael Nadal has been nominated for the ‘Laureus World Sportsman Of The Year’ award in recognition of his achievements over the last 12 months.

Won two Grand Slam tournaments in a season for the first time since 2013, including a record 10th French Open, in which he only lost 35 games in seven matches. Also won his third US Open. He is now second on the all-time list of Grand Slam winners with 16, overtaking Pete Sampras. He finished the year as world No.1.

Rafa is nominated alongside Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, cyclist Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Roger Federer, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and world champion long distance runner Mo Farah.

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In the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year category Garbiñe Muguruza and three-time 800m world champion Caster Semenya join an all-American quartet of Serena Williams, 16-time world athletics championship medallist Allyson Felix, 19-year-old swimming sensation Katie Ledecky, Overall World Cup champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

The winners, as voted for by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be revealed in Monaco on February 27.

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Australian Open R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Leonardo Mayer?

Top seed and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is back in action on Wednesday at the Australian Open and will face world No. 52 Leonardo Mayer.

Date: 17 January 2018

Match time: Rafa is third on Rod Laver Arena. Not before 2 PM local time (AEST) / Tuesday 10 PM EST – New York, Montreal / 3 AM GMT – United Kingdom /4 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy.  To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa has won all four of his career meetings with Mayer, who won the opening set when the pair met at the US Open in September. The Argentine is 1-25 lifetime against opponents ranked in the top 10.

Good luck & Vamos Rafa!

Source: ATP World Tour

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal-Victor Estrella Burgos postmach hug steals the show at Australian Open

A hug at the net accompanied by a few giggles! Watch!

2018 Australian Open: First round presser

A transcript of the presser Rafael Nadal gave after his win over Victor Estrella Burgos.

Q. How did you feel about the game tonight? Where do you see any areas in which you’d like to improve?
RAFAEL NADAL: Happy for the start, of course. Is a positive start with a good result. If I do months without playing official match is always a little bit more difficult.

But I started with positive feelings. That’s most important thing for me now. Of course, there is things to improve. But the thing that I need to improve, the matches will give me that things, no?

Victories are the most important thing now.

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Q. How is your body feeling?
RAFAEL NADAL: Good. If I don’t feel myself ready, I will not be here. So I am happy to be here, happy that I’m on court again. Last year have been a long, very good but long season. So yeah, let’s start another one and try to don’t think much about what happened the year before.

Q. Your knee felt good tonight, didn’t have any problems at all?
RAFAEL NADAL: No problems. No problems.  Continue reading “2018 Australian Open: First round presser”

VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Victor Estrella Burgos in Melbourne – highlights

Rafael Nadal won his first official match of the year at the Australian Open, defeating Victor Estrella Burgos.

Highlights of the match:

Rafa’s pre-match routine:  Continue reading “VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Victor Estrella Burgos in Melbourne – highlights”

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal and Lleyton Hewitt chat about the 2017 Australian Open final

It was arguably only of the greatest men’s finals of all time. Rafael Nadal and Lleyton Hewitt reminisce in the all new Kia Stinger.

[PHOTOS] Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal beats Victor Estrella Burgos in first round

(AP) – Top-seeded Rafael Nadal didn’t show any side effects from a right knee injury that sidelined him at the end of last season, beating Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in a first-round match.

Our champ has only lost in the first round at two Grand Slam singles tournaments — to Steve Darcis at Wimbledon in 2013, and to Fernando Verdasco in Melbourne in 2016.

After the match, Rafa said:

I was disappointed I couldn’t make it in Brisbane but I’m very happy to be here again.

I took a little time off and straight after London I had to stop for a while and then started working step by step. That’s why I didn’t make Brisbane because I wanted to be ready for this.

This year I am here. I know one day that I won’t have the chance to play on this court so I want to enjoy every moment when I have the chance.

Rafa will play Leonardo Mayer in the second round on Wednesday. Mayer beat Nicolas Jarry 6-2, 7-6 (1), 6-3 earlier Monday.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Nadal [1] bt Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Nadal – 28/17
Estrella Burgos – 10/26

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Nadal – 2/1
Estrella Burgos – 1/1

BREAK POINTS WON
Nadal – 8/12
Estrella Burgos – 1/6

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Nadal – 73
Estrella Burgos – 66

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Nadal – 77/67
Estrella Burgos – 48/24

TOTAL POINTS
Nadal – 86
Estrella Burgos – 41