Rafa Roundup: February 15, 2014


… “I have good feelings about competing in Brazil. I have a great connection with the fans here. This country is very special and I hope to enjoy the experience.”

… ”I heard a lot of times in my career that I will have a shorter career because of my style of game,” he said. ”I really think it’s something that will not happen. If I stopped today, I already will have more than 11 years on tour.”

… “I am a football fan and Sunday will have the chance to get to know the Maracana stadium. It should be a special game,” he said of his plan to watch the Rio state championship match between city rivals Flamengo and Vasco da Gama. Nadal added he had always admired Brazil’s 2002 world champion and former Real Madrid star Ronaldo. “He had serious injuries and yet came back to return to being the best in the world. He set an example to follow.”

… Rafael Nadal’s intensity: Death, taxes and Rafa’s fire. That attribute has never been in doubt, and his ferocity wins him matches as much as his shot making and movement do.

ICYMI: Crazy in love, Rafael Nadal and girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello – Happy Valentine’s Day!



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