- Nadal Captures 62nd Title In Rio (via ATP)
… “Always when you win a title, it’s special,” said Nadal, who celebrated his triumph with Brazilian legends Ronaldo and Gustavo Kuerten. “I’m not very happy with the way I played yesterday, but I think today I was able to play with a little bit more calm, play a little bit longer and go a little bit more for the points. I played a more solid match today.”
… World No. 1 Nadal leads the way over the past 52 weeks (as of 19 February) with a 23-7 record (.767) in tie-breaks, according to the FedEx ATP Win-Loss Index, while Djokovic is a close second at 22-8 (.733).
… “Could Rafa [Nadal] eclipse my [Grand Slam] record? Yeah, absolutely,” Federer said on the eve of participating at the Dubai Tennis Championships, which begins on Monday. “But the good thing is I am still playing and my goal is to add more titles to my count – and not just Grand Slam titles. I love any tennis tournament I play in and Dubai is an important tournament for me.”
- 17 years after their first photo, Rafael Nadal posed for another with soccer star Ronaldo (via USA Today)
… Back in 1997, when Rafael Nadal was a 10-year-old junior hitting two-handed forehands, he took a photograph with Ronaldo, the Brazilian soccer star in the midst of leading FC Barcelona to a Copa del Rey title.
- Nadal, el maestro del día a día (via El Pais)
… “No se consiguen las grandes cosas sin pasar antes por las pequeñas. Hay que contar con el día a día, con el esforzarme de cada día. Pensar en trabajar y esforzarme al máximo cada día y desde ahí en intentar conseguir cosas mayores.”
- Falcão e Rafael Nadal trocam camisas após partida do Rio Open (via globoesporte.com)
- Uncle Toni gives his take on Rafa’s relationship with French fans (via tennis.com)
… “I think Rafa still has a good image in France. L’Equipe gave him the award for best sportsman of the year, he often makes the front page of the newspaper…No French [athlete] makes the “A” sports newspaper in Spain…Except [soccer player Zinedine] Zidane, when he played for Real Madrid. I conclude that the French still enjoy a little Rafa.”
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