Rafa Roundup: January 10, 2014


… “If there is one thing I have learnt,” Nadal told me once, “it is to distinguish clearly between Rafa and Rafael. Rafa is the famous tennis player; Rafael, the name they call me at home, is the real one, the one who could have ended up doing something else altogether with his life and it would have made no difference.”

… What we will predict is that Nadal will do his part to make a second Australian Open final in three years, and will put forth his best effort to claim a second championship once there.

… The hearts of the officials overseeing the draw ceremony for the Australian Open seemed to sink by the time they had read just the first two lines of the men’s singles draw.

… If Nadal wins his second Australian Open title, he would become the first man in the Open Era to complete the career Slam twice. To do so he’ll have to navigate a dangerous “Group of Death” that is littered with dangerous players.

… Can Rafael Nadal stop the Novak Djokovic four-peat? The top two seeds will be placed in opposite halves of the draw, so there’s no chance the two of them would meet until the final — of course, if they both make it that far, setting up a rematch of their legendary 2012 final that lasted nearly six hours.

…”You have no idea how much this means to me,” Hudson said as she walked out onto Rod Laver Arena to meet World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.



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  1. I am not worried about the draw he belongs to. Rafael will take all of them out and I believe so. And when the time comes, there will be silence and then… a rousing cheer for the One, Rafael Nadal. VAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMOS!

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