Rafa Roundup: Can Anyone Stop Nadal On Clay?

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… Following his Indian Wells-Miami double, which earned him 2000 points, Novak Djokovic leads the Emirates ATP Race To London, which is determined only by performances in 2014. The Serb, who is the defending champion at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, is just 95 points ahead of Rafael Nadal, runner-up at the Australian Open and winner of two ATP World Tour titles this year.

… Through 40 wins and losses, the rule of thumb between Nadal and Djokovic has been that, eventually, the hungrier player finds a way. The question now, as Rafa stands at No. 1 but Nole has nosed ahead in their ever-fluctuating personal battle, is which of them is the hunter, and which is the hunted?

… In many ways, Djokovic is ideally suited to replace the 32-year-old Federer as Rafa’s foil. While his game isn’t beautiful like Federer’s (whose is?), it has a gladiator grandiosity that’s well-suited to turning back Nadal’s oppressive way with a forehand.

… El tenista balear Rafa Nadal vuelve a encabezar la lista de deportistas con los que los españoles les gustaría tomar una cerveza, un ranking de popularidad donde supera, como en la edición anterior, al portero del Real Madrid Iker Casillas y al piloto de Fórmula 1 Fernando Alonso.

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  1. Rafa is a complete man. he never had to mimic other players to gain popularity with the crowd or his peers. Comparisons are odious, He has my total respect . His respect for the game excludes pretence, helps him enjoy the effort of winning. May he thrive in the admiration of his sincere fans. Jean Palmer. winnipeg. canada

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