Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal Shows Once Again That He Has A Heart Of Gold

Rafael Nadal beats Grigor Dimitrov in three sets to reach Basel quarter-final (2)


“It was a positive match,” said Nadal. “I won against a tough player, coming back from a break down in the third. That’s important for my confidence.”

Prior to Wednesday match’s in Basel against Rafael Nadal, Dimitrov, who is 0-6 lifetime against the Spanish clay-court king, decided to either poke some fun at Nadal or maybe channel some of his greatness by meticulously placing his water bottles ever-so-perfectly just like Nadal does in one of the 19 tennis tics we’ve identified in him.

For the 8th edition of the Only Watch auction, Richard Mille and Rafael Nadal are partnering up once again to donate the RM 27-02 tourbillon prototype. This unique piece has accompanied “Rafa” to all the biggest Grand Slam tournaments, from the French and US Opens all the way to Wimbledon. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to research against Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The RM 27-02 prototype will be accompanied by the outfit Rafael Nadal wore at the US Open, signed by the tennis champion himself.

Teaming up for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals of the Aegon Championships in London in June, Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopezscored a 6-1, 4-6, 10-5 win over the first-time pairing of Borna Coric andViktor Troicki at the Swiss Indoors Basel.

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 28: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his victory after the second day of the Swiss Indoors ATP 500 tennis tournament against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at St Jakobshalle on October 28, 2015 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images

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  1. I don’t think Dimitrov meant any harm to Rafa. I’ve never seen him say or make any bad comments about him. I think he was just trying to channel Rafa because it has worked for him very nicely. They’re both nice guys! Vamos Rafa!

  2. Pity that Rafael and Marc were defeated but the other guys are seeded 2. They put up a good performance and they had not played doubles together for some time. Now to the singles! Vamos Rafaaaa

  3. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) According to the score board you & Marc played a great close match against strong Double team ……. Congratulations just the same on your strong back & forth good fight &the great very close TIE BREAK …….VAMOS & enjoy your nice evening!!!! : )

  4. IT IS A TIE BREAK 2ns set …….RAFA IS GREAT AT TIE BREAKS…..& THEY ARE DOING GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) VAMOS….GO GO GO……………………….: ) : )

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