VIDEO: Rafael Nadal getting ready for US summer

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will kick off his North American summer hard-court season next month in Toronto and today in Mallorca he had his first practice session under the watchful eye of his team.


  1. Hi are you still sending emails about RAFA ? I haven’t received any for awhile & was wondering if if I might have unsubscribed by accident. I loved receiving them & would love to be back on your email list ? VAMOS

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  2. del Potro had to go to the hospital after suffering a heat stroke at Los Cabos. As of this writing he is still on schedule to play his semifinal tonight vs Dzumhur. I do hope it’s nothing serious. Because of the heat the tournament has been scheduling matches late into the night.
    [Source: DelPotroArmy]

  3. Rafa has arrived in Toronto and yes, he’s already practicing on the Rogers Cup courts.
    [Source: Rafa Nadal Academy tweet]

    GOOD LUCK RAFA, I don’t care if you don’t believe in luck.

  4. I wanted to know how many Rogers Cup titles Rafa won so I did some digging. I have also included the results of the other Big Four for those who wish to compare:

    Rafa (3)
    2005, 2008, 2013

    Andy (3)
    2009-10, 2015

    Novak (4)
    2007, 2011-12, 2016

    Roger (2)
    2004, 2006.
    [Sources: Rogers Cup, Wikipedia]

    Rogers Cup may have corrected the error by now, but they quoted Djokovic as saying he “was looking forward to defending my title.” The article was correctly dated 2018. If, if he did say that I am wondering if he has convinced himself he won in 2017. He wasn’t even there.

    As for the YE world No. 1 ranking, Rafa, and Nole are equal with 4 Player of the Year trophies each. Roger has 5.

    2008, 2010, 2013, 2017

    2004-07, 2009

    2011-12, 2014-15.

    Since 1973, only Pete Sampras has amassed 6 trophies, and consecutively.


    • Margo, I think Djokovic meant to defend his title in Toronto from 2016. Rogers Cup was played in Montreal last year.

      • Hi YB, You could be right.

        My thinking is that Novak didn’t defend his 2016 title and now has no title to defend in 2018. It’s still the Rogers Cup whether won in Montreal or Toronto. I think he could have been given a pass had he said “defend my Toronto title,” but even that, in my opinion, is stretching it a bit. Two venues yes but there is only one singles Rogers Cup trophy.

        I also think it’s an insult to Sasha who won it in 2017, in Montreal. Sascha is the Rogers Cup defending champion.

        It could also be Novak’s ego doing the talking.

        RAFA ROCKS

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