For the past few weeks, we’ve asked you questions and given you a ton of choices to make about Rafa’s fantastic year in review. We received a great response and hundreds of Rafans voted. While it was difficult to narrow down such an epic year to a few categories and moments, we can all agree that some things will just be the epitome of the year that was 2013, the return of King Rafa.
What was your favorite on-court outfit?
This has been a season of hits and misses for Rafa and Nike. Some fans loved the outfits throughout the year, some thought that the look was boring and one dimensional. One definite hit, though, has been the short shorts. The two most popular outfits on our poll were, coincidentally, worn at the peak of the summer, and also at the peak of Rafa’s winning spree. And the winner is…
What was Rafa’s best tournament of 2013?
The answer should be easy: His favorite Grand Slam, the French Open. Sure enough, Rafa played one of the most memorable matches of his career there. This year, however, Rafa just lit up the outdoor hard courts, and it culminated at the US Open, a tournament he wasn’t the ‘favorite’ to win, but that he absolutely owned. If there was ever a Grand Slam Dunk, this was it. And 56% of you agree. Beauty.
What was Rafa’s best match of 2013?
Like we mentioned earlier, Rafa played one of the most memorable matches of his career at Roland Garros this year. The match wasn’t a final, but rather, a semifinal in a final, against then No.1 Novak Djokovic. It was bite-your-nails-off, edge-of-your-seat exciting. It had us pacing, praying, screaming, while Rafa merely carried on, oblivious to our suffering, pointing fingers and biting his t-shirt. A whopping 60% of you picked the French Open semifinal as the best of the year. The US Open final, also against Djokovic, came in second at 34%.
What was your favorite quote about Rafa?
People like to talk. There aren’t many active professional sportsmen, however, that get as much respect all-around as Rafa does. The quote that you chose as your favorite is…
“During the match, the thought that kept coming to my mind was that I was watching a genius. It’s like Chopin who was born to compose music. Nadal was born to win tennis matches.” — Wojtek Fibak, Novak Djokovic’s coaching consultant
What was your favorite off-court outfit?
We know that Rafa looks good in anything he wears, so it was difficult to narrow down the choices for this category. Comments on the poll suggest precisely the same, with jeans being quite popular. The winner of the poll is:
Picture of the year!
Can Rafael Nadal ever take a bad picture? The answer is NO. Whether he’s dripping in sweat on court, splashing about in the sea, drinking a strawberry milkshake, or caught sitting bored, there isn’t a single photograph of Rafa that cannot be justified for existing. So as far as photographs go, you’ve picked this to be Rafa’s picture of the year. Tada! We see a USO theme here!
What would you like to happen for Rafa in 2014?
As for us, we want Rafa and his family to be healthy and happy, in 2014 and always. From the choices we gave you, you picked — complete a Calendar Slam (win all 4 Majors in 2014).
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