Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal still knows how to enjoy life

Photo: Qatar Tennis/Facebook
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Nadal improved to 21-6 at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Robin Haase and will meet Andrey Kuznetsov on Thursday.

“I played at a very high level against a good opponent today,” Nadal said. “My serve was a little bit worse than yesterday, but in general I am happy with the victory and my level of tennis. I hit my returns with a lot of confidence.”

Nadal was nearly untouchable on serve, winning 15 of 19 points played on his first serve and seven of nine second-serve points in the set.

Haase did not play poorly; he served 70 percent, hit eight aces and attacked his shots. But Nadal drove the ball deep giving his opponent little to work with and when he wasn’t running Haase wide, Nadal was feasting on his second serve. He won 10 of 14 points played on Haase’s second serve.

“No, I am serious on court, but outside of the court I am not much serious. I like to enjoy life in general, and I think I’m a hard worker. But at the same time I know how to enjoy my life. The tennis is a very important part of my life, for sure, but is not everything.

And having the right people around me, I receive what I think the right education when I was a kid, the right values. You can be a great athlete or without great values or great education, but I think is easier if you have the right education.”

It took awhile for fans to settle on match point. Attempting to serve it out, Nadal was interrupted by several “Vamos Rafa!”‘s, forcing him to reset. The final “vamos!” actually came from Haase on the other side of the net. Funny guy.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning his Qatar Open men's singles tennis match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands in Doha, Qatar January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon
REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

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11 thoughts on “Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal still knows how to enjoy life

  1. Kathryn branch

    Why are these matches not on Tv? I would love to be able to see Rafa play.
    In the whole picture I am very pleased Rafa. Is playing so well.

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  2. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) RAFA JUST BROKE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ci…..ci…..ci….. the FRENCH & SPANISH commentators clearly enjoy their time watching…..and are exciting to listen to……They cover each point w enthusiasm & interest & clearly they enjoy their work : ) for us TENNIS FANS it is great……MERCI & GRACIA !!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂
    ANOTHER BREAK POINT FOR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )
    VAMOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 GO……….GO……….GO………..

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  3. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) RAFA just BEAUTIFULLY WON THE 1ST SET !!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS………………….VAMOS………………..VAMOS……………….! : ) Thinking a bit ahead, your STRONG POWERFUL game sweetheart will put an end to the new Ukrainian game bit : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) The good news is that Marchenko has said the same….he knows you will have a victory over him. VAMOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 🙂 Interesting the match announcer welcoming the players onto the court was lacking energy today, and the odd noise over the speakers and lack of upbeat music during the break is odd……BUT never theless….it is a great match …… the Dohar crowd ADORES you & are CHEERING YOU ON & your gifted momentum is a joy to witness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 : ) ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!! VAMOS……..VAMOS………..VAMOS……….. !!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) YOU ARE THE BEST PLAYER EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂

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  4. Gen

    Just following live scores online. Go RAFA, you claimed the first set. I always see the matches after they are posted online.

    Keep up the momentum, leaving to go to the gym with my RAFA t-shirt on, I need some motivation for today’s workout. Ha ha.

    RAFA fan forever, without any doubt.

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  5. VAMOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) GREAT LEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are playing beautifully!!!!!!!!!!!! Leading 4:1 with your SOLID SERVE & fantastic speedy RETURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 🙂 : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART GO…….GO…….GO…….. ! : )

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