Rafa Roundup: December 23, 2013

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(N)Ice Court – After six meetings this season, including the championship match of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic  concluded 2013 on a court in icy Patagonia… “My parents suggested I visit the glacier,” said Nadal.

… Rafael Nadal – Ranked in the Top 5 the longest of any active player (since 9 May 2005) and owns 60 career titles, second-best among active players (Federer, 77).

… Who will win the Australian Open men’s singles?  Todd Woodbridge: I felt Novak was going to do it again but the last couple of weeks I’ve been hitting with the Open ball and it feels pretty lively this year. That is going to come ripping off Nadal’s racquet particularly well. Given he wasn’t here last year and the form he had last year in winning two slams, he’s the one to beat.

… Now 27, normally you would think he still has two, maybe three good years in him. With Nadal and his muscular, fragile symphony, you cannot say. “I don’t have a set idea, but I know that as long that I am competitive and I can have the chance to win, and my body holds up, I will be playing at the highest competitive level.” The choice, his uncle Toni told him, is between enduring and giving up. It was never a choice.

… It is an era in which superlatives are thrown about like confetti, but after his astonishing comeback season Rafael Nadal could just be on the brink of receiving the ultimate accolade. Even though the dust has only recently settled on the debate over whether Roger Federer or Rod Laver should be regarded as the greatest player of all time, the moment may have come to re-open the discussion.

… Toni Nadal did a fantastic job helping Rafa adjust to Djokovic’s newfound strengths and helping his nephew add a few new elements to his own game while he was out with an injury, which is why Nadal had the best year of any player out there, won two majors and finished No. 1.

… El tenista argentino, amigo personal del español, dice que detrás del dispositivo técnico y la fortaleza mental de su colega está –siempre– la familia

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal Plays Golf In Mallorca




  1. Rafa aunque soy de Dublin Irlanda hablo y escribo en español y en ingles. Yo soy tu ” fan ” #1 yo vivo en Miami y todas las veces que tu juegas en Key Biscayne yo estoy present. Seria posible que me enviaras una foto tuya con tu firma? Yo tengo una distrofia cual se llama RSD. Reflex Simpathetic distrophy. Si pudieras seria el regalo más emocionate que he recibido!! Por favor?? Voy a tu inbox para darte mi direcion. Cariñosamente , Maria Christina Ortiz

  2. Roger Federer will never be in the same league as Rod Laver. He is good, no question, but he is not great.

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