Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori play mini-tennis at Tibidabo in Barcelona

Eight-time winner Rafael Nadal played a mini-tennis match with defending champion Kei Nishikori at the Tibidabo amusement park in Barcelona on Monday.

Rafael Nadal:

This part of the season, with Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and then Roland Garros, is the most emotional part of the year for me.

I play at home in Barcelona and next week, too, in Madrid, and it’s a fact that I always enjoy playing in front of Spanish crowds, so I’m very excited.



  1. You can win Barcelona today Rafa. Remember you are the King of Clay 👑 win or lose! I will be praying for you to win. God bless you. Vamos Rafa. Love your Aussie Abuela. 🏆🏆😀😊🎈🎈


  2. firstly i want to congratulate Francis and tjen uncle toni and his team

    Great work by rafa

    Now moving on baecelona .different conditions different timings and different opponent u will plAy…..

    But i hope u will get adjust to this conditions since its little bit on faster side

    so best lucknfor ur preparations champ

    Remeber to build on to generate the high chest/ shoulder bounce


  3. Great comments below that I totally agree with. What incredible photos from Barcelona! How did Rafa get back from MC in time for these photos? I thought the match Rafa played against Kei in IW was the best I had seen him before MC. I just caution Rafa fans to be realistic but clearly the win yesterday was huge for Rafa’s confidence.


  4. Kei looks sooooo happy (yeah right). On to Barcelona, RAFA, your swagger is almost back, don’t forget it. You told yourself in the Monte Carlo final third set, to go for your forehand shots and the result was 6-0.

    Oh, we have heard it so many times, the opponent stopped playing or he wasn’t engaged; Blah, Blah. YOU made them do that, because YOU are relentless.

    Fabio, Nick etc and all the others THINK they own you after wins, REMIND them. The number of times the commies mentioned Andy’s win over RAFA last year any NON tennis fan would have thought the head to head was in Andys’ favor.

    Nole, is the only opponent that has RAFA cornered (for now), all respect to him.

    RAFA good luck in your next match. One point at a time, one game at a time, one set at a time and one match at a time. You may not win every encounter but let them know its going to be a fight.

    RAFA fan forever.

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