Rafa Roundup: The Internet Is Going Crazy Over Nadal’s Reaction During Federer’s Victory Speech

Rafael Nadal checks his watch during Roger Federer victory speech at Swiss Indoors Basel 2015


“My goal is to get back to my level and be competitive against the top players again and today I was very competitive against one of the best players in the world,” said Nadal. “The match wasn’t far away from me. He played well and I played well too. The match was very close to win, but I think he served very well in the third. I want to congratulate him for the victory and I had a lot of quality things in my game and mental side to take away from the week.”

Completing his first Basel final, Nadal elicited some laughter thanking Federer’s hometown fans afterward. “It has been a very emotional week; all of the matches a lot of fight,” said Nadal after dropping to 3-3 in 2015 finals. “I believe it has been a great important week for me this year but at the same time for the future…Every day it has been huge support. Today, a little bit less, but I understand.”

Anyway, Nadal was half-listening and then when Federer went into fluent French, the Spaniard lost complete interest. So, as people are wont to do when they’re bored, he checked the time. Except when we do it it’s on a $300 iPhone, not an $850,000 Richard Mille watch. And it’s also not broadcast to an international audience.

But can he be good enough to be No. 1 again? Can he resurrect himself enough to make Djokovic a legit rival again?

“No, because at the moment we’re way too far from him,” Toni Nadal said. “First we need to get the game back, and then we’ll be able to be competitive with everybody. But let’s not forget that you have young guns coming up now too, so it won’t be easy. Yet, if you’re mentally strong and you still want to be out there, then it will always be possible.”

With Federer, the resurrection of his career, while improbable, was certainly possible. With Nadal, it remains to be seen. But for those who want to see the Spaniard rise once again, there now is hope. He’s not winning tournaments, but he’s getting ever so close.

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  1. No cabe duda que como las fans de Rafa inventan. Yo vi la final con la presentacion y nunca vi a nadie viendo el reloj. Por favor piensen con la cabeza. Estas cosas son insignifacantes para los lectores y a ellos no les importa.
    Ya se acabo el partido……..ahora…………..next………..next…………

  2. He was tired and needed to get going – he did his match superbly and it looks like the ole Rafa is on his way back. Back or Not, he’ll always be my favorite — he’s such a hard worker with beautiful, strong movement, and, not bad to look at either! VAAAAAAAmos RAFA!

  3. I’m always proud of Rafa because everything he does is bolstered by the respect he has for the game and his competitors. He’s a terrific role model for any person to follow –young or old!!! He’s RAFAEL NADAL, a gift to all of us who value kindness, respect, a strong work ethic, perseverance and humility, despite the awesome athleticism he exhibits. Glowing words, I know, but Rafa elicits them! One thing I haven’t mentioned, Rafa is also the eternal realist: he doesn’t see himself as extraordinary. He sees himself as someone who loves tennis and who ventures out to win every time he plays. Should he lose, he totally accepts the loss as that which is to be expected–a win OR a loss! He’s OUR GIFT!!!

  4. You can tell he was more concerned about the time probably to watch a soccer game than the loss and the speech:-)
    Vamos Rafa, you are close to your best level!!!!!!!

  5. well what can I say that , your a wonderful tennis player ,and I am certain you ill be back if you really want to be but rRafa, you have already done it all anyway. you have nothing to prove ,we all love you, your an amazing guy ,so what ever you do we will always watch out for you ,all the fab matches you have played and given us all so much of yourself I think its time ,you enjoyed a little relaxing time for you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  6. Proud of Rafa! he is a champion, my favourite tennis player and will always be the King of Clay!!

  7. Bravo rafa !!!! vivement 2016 pour l’ouverture de l’académie nadal … J’espère que tu seras présent …. VAMOS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. The thing is rafa have not so good serve and still he able to win many titels that what makes him the GOAT for me

    He serves more tactically ..his serve is all about confidence
    I am sure he will improve the serve more tactically
    Rafa and roger hve great respect for each other

  9. Rafa you played very amazing today but Roger really serve and volley a lot and he had the break but you were a warrior on court doing every possible thing you can to win ! Almost there ! I was so sad when I saw that look on your face but you are a winner ! You were in the finals ! Take all the positive out of this tournament and best of luck in Paris ! Be strong and keep focus ! enjoy your game on court! I’m pretty sure Rafa had a flight to catch that’s why he was looking at the time ! Roger went on with a long speech ! Roger played great and the crowd was all for him and not Rafa ! You are love Rafa !

  10. Rafa you are looking GREAT……everything’s coming together…..just remember we are right there with you……good luck for the rest of the season……

  11. I am Rafa fan and will always wish the best for him……..but we need to point out what we feel is lacking in his play. This is the best contrbution. We. Can make as his fans. In my humble opinion rafa need to serve ACES at critical moments .All his competitors are doing so and making it tough for him to score wins.His coach needs to focus on this point. I am confident that RAFAY can do it. Best wishes

  12. I agree with Ms. Elizabeth Howard. The move of Rafa should up the price of the watch at the coming auction for charity. Marketing genius! But I love Rafa’s best tennis more than his marketing skill.

  13. Yes I did notice when Roger was speaking Rafa looked at his watch and seemed to be shocked at what time it was. By no means was Rafa being disrespectful it was actually quite funny and I’m sure when Roger watches this back he will be of the same mind thinking “I did go on a bit didn’t I”! Vamos Rafa!

  14. Rafa I Am Very Proud Of You ! You Are Doing Great Job,Just Keep On Going Up & You Will Get There Very Soon ..I would Love you To Do Well In Australian OPEN & I Know You Can .So Good Luck Champ .Always Love You .X0 <3 <3

  15. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Your graceful lovely speech was very nice & your awesome frame of mind …..so in tact & blissfully ready to move on is VERY special!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) There is always a next time with other open moments and great fun awaiting you……and besides, you were an unbelievable tiger throughout recent months …..GOD BLESS YOU !!!!!!!!! VAMOS & BEST WISHES ALWAYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Thank you for making Tennis matches so fun & exciting!!!!!!!!! Lots of love to you & your loved ones!!!!! : ) : ) : )

  16. I was watching the presentation and Rafael gave Roger full attention. Roger did go on too long and I guess that Rafael had a plane to catch. Great watch is up for auction shortly so should up the price. Vamos Rafaaaaa

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