- Requiem for Rafa: Preparing for a US Open Without Nadal (via Rolling Stone)
What is it that I love about him? His face. His grunts. His wedgie-picking. I like that he’s coached by his uncle, and that he has a totally unguarded, sweet smile. I like his Facebook page, where he posts pictures of himself in his swimming pool with his entire family, as if that’s a normal thing to do. I like the slightly deer-in-headlights look he gets whenever he’s in front of a camera and not in motion with his racquet extended. … A couple of years ago, I saw Nadal walking down the street in Manhattan during the Open, and he seemed so small, so human-sized. I prefer him on television, where his forearms are the size of my thighs. Rest up that wrist, Rafa. I’m not ready to give you up just yet.
- Los Nadal, la ‘Sagrada Familia’ de Mallorca (via El Confidencial)
El tenista más laureado de España es el miembro de un clan que deja pequeños a los Sánchez Vicario. Si los Kennedy son la familia real de Estados Unidos aunque cuenten con un único monarca en su árbol genealógico, los Nadal son la ‘Sagrada Familia’ de Mallorca.
- Fans longing for Nadal, says Federer, but not players (via tennis.com)
Federer and Nadal have never played each other at Flushing Meadows, the only significant tournament that has not seen an installment of their famous rivalry. Nadal is 23-10 lifetime against Federer. The world No. 2 has won their last five meetings, including a straight-sets win at the Australian Open in January. “I mean, maybe he was not going to be in my section. Maybe I wouldn’t have played him at all, like I have never played him here in the last ten years anyways,” Federer said. “I mean, it’s just that the focus is more on you or other players rather than him.”
- Boris Becker’s take, from New York to Novak (via USA Today)
Boris Becker: If you see the world rankings and how much Novak and Rafael are away from the rest, it’s not happening it yet. I think the rest are still behind. … I can tell you who I wouldn’t want to play: Novak on a slow hardcourt or Nadal on any clay court or Federer in his prime on grass. My best chance against these guys would have been on grass or indoors.
- Strokes of Genius: The Best of the Men (via New York Times)
… 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Novak Djokovic 3. Roger Federer Not even close. A near first-place sweep for Nadal, although it seems best not to ask him to play for your life at this United States Open (he has withdrawn).
- Rafael Nadal attends Julio Iglesias’ concert in Alicante (August 6, 2014)
- Federer, Nadal accept Ice Bucket Challenge (via tennis.com)
- The Social Show: Every player Ice Bucket Challenge (via Australian Open)
- ‘Asamblea Fashion’, sobre Rafa Nadal: “Le pones un bigote y se parece a Aznar” (via telecinco.com)