- Why Rafael Nadal is (Still) my Hero and is the True GOAT (via Huffington Post)
Nadal is the ultimate fighter in tennis, and never gives up a point lightly. It was sad to see him having an off day against Thomas Berdych in the quarterfinals. He likely was affected by his back injury from last year and his subsequent lack of quality match practice. He is at a time now where he will try to come back from injury. He has done it many times before, and many fans will assume that he should just be able to do it again. Whether he does or doesn’t, as a fan, I still and always will regard him as a personal hero of mine. He is in my eyes, the Greatest Player of All Time.
- Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal: the all-time greats that even all-time greats can’t beat (via oregonlive.com)
These are telling lessons from the past. Can Federer or Sharapova turn around their un-rivalries with Nadal and Williams, respectively? History says no. Once the juggernaut gets rolling in a match-up, that’s it.
- Rafael Nadal: The Best Is Yet to Come (via bleacherreport.com)
It’s well known that Nadal has been forced to take time off due to injury at times during his career. But it’s equally well-known that each and every time it happens, Rafa seems to rebound in fantastic fashion. … Doubting Nadal’s determination and resiliency has never worked in the past. In fact, a review of Nadal’s past clearly illustrates that the opposite stance should be embraced—that the best is yet to come.
Two handsome men and a bounty of Spanish food? Count us in. Enrique Iglesias and tennis pro (and Tommy Hilfiger hunk) Rafael Nadal have teamed up with basketball star Pau Gasol and businessman Abel Matutes Prats to open a string of Spanish restaurants called Tatel, Eater reports. … The flagship Tatal opens in Madrid this March, and will be 800 square meters, decked out in 1920’s inspired decor and divided into three zones — the restaurateurs hope to “surprise customers with performances.”
- Rafa the social king (via Autralian Open)
He has nearly three million Twitter followers more than the next closest tennis player on the planet and a handy 14 Grand Slam singles titles to his name certainly helps his popularity, so it is little wonder Rafael Nadal has topped the Australian Open’s Social Leaderboard for 2015. The leaderboard tracks Twitter to determine the most popular players at the Open during the fortnight, and with a day of the tournament left to play, the Spaniard led the count for the tournament with 1,126,524 tweets, 76 per cent of them positive.
- Assessing Oz (via tennis.com)
- They said it: The men (via Australian Open)
- The Social Post: Best in show (via Australian Open)
- Watch of the Week: RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal (via GQ)
PHOTOS: Top 100 Photos From The 2015 Australian Open (via SI.com)