Rafa Roundup: November 28, 2013

Photo via Eurosport
Photo via Eurosport


… Nadal is set to play his tenth event at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona. In his nine appearances, the 27-year-old left-hander has lifted eight trophies at the Pista Central, only losing to fellow Spaniard Alex Corretja in the second round at his debut in 2003.

… No matter what happens in the future, it’s refreshing to see on-court rivals treat each other with so much respect and admiration off the court. If that type of behavior doesn’t produce the same insane quality of tennis that we were all becoming accustomed to, than so be it.

… The Nadal-Djokovic rivalry has clearly become dominant in men’s tennis, and its twists and turns are eagerly anticipated in the year ahead. But for the past week, it has been more about fun (and profit) than games and competition. After a grueling season, maybe that feels like a vacation in itself.

… When the going gets tough, the tough get going, and that is exactly what Rafael Nadal did in 2013. Throughout his career, the Spaniard has possessed an indomitable spirit and a propensity to fight to the finish of every point, game, set, and match. When he was sidelined for seven months, however, many wondered if Nadal would be able to return to his former self.

… Rafael Nadal goes undefeated on North American hard courts: Amid all the concern over how his knee would hold up on the hard courts, Nadal couldn’t have performed better. He opened the hard-court season by winning the BNP Paribas Open, the first hard-court tournament of his comeback, and won the Rogers Cup in Montreal and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. He capped a 22-0 run on North American hard courts with his second U.S. Open title. Wasn’t this surface supposed to be his weakest?


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  1. I am so excited to watch The Tennis of 2014 and I am wishing good Health for the Players both Men and Women, It is my Dream to be able to go see Rafa play at the US Open this year of 2014 for my 50th Wedding Anniversary Gift.

  2. Rafa is the Star of Mens Tennis his desire to fight till the end when he is playing the Sport is just Amazing. with every bit of his desire to win he never stops trying just Awesome love to watch him play.

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