Rafa Roundup: “Nadal is not here, so that opened the gate a little bit for everybody else”

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Captain Carlos Moya has named a depleted team led by 19th-ranked Roberto Bautista for Spain’s Davis Cup World Group playoff against Brazil this month. The top three Spaniards – injured world number two Rafa Nadal, number five David Ferrer and 18th-ranked Tommy Robredo – are all unavailable so Marcel Granollers and doubles specialists Marc Lopez and David Marrero come into the team for the Sao Paulo tie on Sept. 12-14.

I think the guys from the second line were a bit lucky because Andy Murray was also having trouble with his back; [Stan] Wawrinka was up and down with his tennis after Australia; few other players were not playing at the best all the time,” said Cilic. “And Rafa is not here, so that opened the gate a little bit for everybody else. I feel it’s going to definitely be much bigger competition from next year.”

El tenista de Manacor, Rafael Nadal, ha sido hoy, nombrado oficialmente Hijo Predilecto de la Isla Mallorca con el apoyo unánime de todos los grupos políticos con representación en el Consell de Mallorca. … En un comunicado el Consell de Mallorca ha indicado que con esta distinción “quiere rendir un merecido homenaje a uno de los mejores deportistas, de los más prolíficos que ha tenido nuestra isla”.

“Es un poco su curso, es un poco lento. El sitio es un poco delicado. Según lo que te dicen los médicos… El objetivo inmediato del tenista balear es llegar en condiciones a Pekín, donde probablemente debutaría el 1 de octubre: “Ojalá, no sé, está dentro del calendario, o sea que trabajo para recuperarme y evidentemente tengo la ilusión de poder llegar a Pekín, pero como he dicho, lo que no haré será irme a jugar a Pekín, después de lo que me he perdido ya, con la sensación de que me molesta cuando pego de revés. Si voy a Pekín es porque, cuando pego de revés, no me molesta o me molesta muy poco, una molestia totalmente controlada, cosa que en estos momentos estamos pendientes de saber cómo evolucionará en estas dos próximas semanas”, ha declarado el tenista. “Confiamos en que llegaremos, y a partir de ahí, ya hacer el calendario normal que tenemos previsto. No cambiaremos nada: Pekín, Shanghai, Basilea, París y Londres”, afirma su entrenador Toni Nadal.

Para el pequeño Álvaro, Rafa Nadal es su ídolo. A sus dos años y tres meses, pocas cosas le gustan más que jugar al tenis con sus padres o su hermano, aunque sea con una cuchara de cocina como raqueta. No tiene fuerza para más, pues sufre una enfermedad rara degenerativa llamada distrofia muscular de emery dreifuss autosómica dominante. Una patología que en España sólo padecen tres personas y que actúa principalmente en los músculos encargados de la locomoción y el músculo cardíaco. Aun así, Álvaro imita como nadie uno de los gritos de guerra del tenista mallorquín cuando gana un punto: ¡tomaaa!

Remember when Fernando Verdasco took Rafael Nadal through five grueling sets in the 2009 Australian Open semifinals? All the pundits said Rafa would be gassed for the final and thus Federer, Nadal’s final-round opponent, would cake-walk to the title. And what happened? The final also went to five sets — and Rafa won.

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  1. Congratulations to Marin Cilic on winning the US Open. He played LIGHTS OUT TENNIS against Berdych, Federer & Nishikori, winning all 3 matches in straight sets. No doubt that his new coach, Goran Ivanisevic, had a LOT to do with his great play, especially his much-improved serve & forehand.
    Also, congratulations to Kei Nishikori and his new coach, Michael Chang, for his AMAZING run to the final, taking out Raonic, Wawrinka & Djokovic along the way.
    This is why I’ve been saying over & over & over again that Rafa should hire a big name coach – like Cilic & Nishikori did – to FURTHER IMPROVE his game. Mats Wilander, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, Larry Stefanki & Paul Annacone are all available, and would surely jump at the opportunity to coach Spain’s raging bull.
    VAMOS!!!

    • I don’t think Rafa will change uncle Tony at all, Rafa has 14 slams and he’s happy it’s all about the player on court and their mental, physical and emotional strength and Rafa is a warrior on court, he plays as if the court is his all over he can hit passing shots from, any angles he can produce magic that no other player can do. He has success and he said he will never add another coach he will retire with uncle Tony

  2. I was happy for Marin Clilic winning his first GS. However, I did miss Rafa’s fire, passion and star power at the 2014 US Open! With that being said, I just can’t wait to see him fully
    recovered so he can compete again. His presence alone is so epic.

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