Rafa Roundup: Rafa hugs and kisses transcriptionist as an apology for not saying hello

Photo: Beth Wilson for Tennis Connected
Photo: Beth Wilson for Tennis Connected


“I lost matches similar to this one in Australia, in Bueno Aires, in Rio de Janeiro, so it’s important winning sets like this for me,” Nadal said. “I feel lucky to win the tie-break, and at the same time I think at the end of the tie-break I played well with not many mistakes and going for the points.

“So it is an important victory for me. Two match wins here, tough ones. That’s something that stays in my mind and helps.”

. The 29-year-old Nadal and the 18-year-old Zverev have yet to play each other, which makes this match a kind of blank slate that we can sit back and enjoy without any expectations. Well, maybe one: While Nadal is the favorite because of his pedigree, this would seem to be a ripe moment for Zverev to spring a changing-of-the-guard upset.

I am impressed by Nadal. His tennis has been a mix of terrific and tentative. Sometimes he looks like the Mt. Rushmore player he is; other times he looks like the guy who’s retreated (literally and figuratively) from the top. But he’s walking around with smile, speaking openly, and not looking like a guy who’s plotting an exit strategy.

  • Lovely Rafa! 🙂

Rafael Nadal Rafa hugs and kisses transcriptionist as an apology for not saying hello last time in Indian Wells




  1. Vamos RAFA!!!!!Trqbva zadyljitelno da se stigne do POBEDA!!!TI go mojesh RAFA!!!!!!!

  2. So happy for you Rafa – nearly had a heart attack watching the match .. I’m 80 you know! Went to Melbourne to spend the Christmas break with my son, wife n 2 grandchildren, n I was so excited about seeing you play in person, but this was not to be unfortunately as you had no luck early in the peace. I am going to try again next January n hope I succeed in meeting you my self-adopted grandson. I would love to visit your lovely island in Spain. Vamos Rafael. God bless you. Your Aussie Abuela.

  3. Rafa you are an amazing person classy and so humble. I’m so happy to enjoy you on court and still hoping to see you play live at Roger’s Cup in July I’ll buy tickets just to see you ! I’m always on the edge of my couch screaming come on Rafa ! don’t do that! OMG Rafa Focus ! as if you can hear me lmao

  4. Neshto koeto ne e dokazano ne moje da e istina. A i pri taq silna konkurenciq.. Ne moje da niqma i zlonamereni pogledi. No za Rafa… Kakvoto i da se kaje. shte e malko. Postignal e tolkova mnogo. S igrata si toi zavladqva vsichki. Izcqlo otdaden na igrata. razdavasht se do poslednata tochka. Eto tova e Rafa…..Zatova ima tolkova fenove!!!!! Vamos Rafa!!!!!!!

  5. Rafa’s a sweetheart 😍 a true gentleman ❤️😊
    Good luck at your next match Champ.😘
    VAMOS! 🎾💪

  6. OLA & VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) : ) Good afternoon sweetheart!!!!!! Very happy for you & & seeing you enjoying & having a fantastic time in CA !!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Have a beautiful afternoon & a great time playing !!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 ci….ci….ci…. & VAMOS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) It will be A FANTASTIC MATCH FOR YOU & we are excited & looking forward to it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ):) 🙂 🙂 Enjoy lots & lots & lots of care free fun and enjoying each point with your BEAUTIFUL SPICY TENNIS!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 One thing for sure is that both of you are gorgeous & easy on the eyes & that in itself will be mighty entertaining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) GO……GO……GO…..Handsome Rafa & have a blast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART & ENJOY EVERYTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
    Lots of love & happiness & VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  7. You can hug and kiss me any day. I am sure many, many have the same desire. You are a sweerheart of tennis. You could be my grandson. Try your best and stay in the top 10–is good enough for me, better is best, length of time is better, we want to see you around for a long with the others for a good sport–tennis.

  8. Continue to be strong you are a véry large sportsman with the noble direction you are an example

    Thank you for the joy that you give us when you are on the ground.
    At the end of your matches I have my with the abs because each time you type in the ball I retain my breathings Catherine – France

  9. Rafa e edin dokazal se tenisist. Postigal e vsichko s golqma volq.. koqto ne vsichki pritejavat!!! Dostoino samo za uvajenie!!!Moga samo da se radvam na vseki negov uspeh i da mu pojelaq Uspeh i nagore!!!!!!!!

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