Rafael Nadal’s hopes of winning his third Wimbledon title ended in the semifinal after a defeat at the hands of Roger Federer.
Here are some tweets from current and former tennis stars. And some fan/celebrity reaction.
Rivals on the court. Friends off it. 🤝#Wimbledon | @RogerFederer | @RafaelNadal pic.twitter.com/Kvc4TWk6Jy
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2019
Congrats to @rogerfederer. But what a tournament it has also been for @RafaelNadal 👏 And today, that was a massive performance from both of you, champions! #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/7zx9kvhb1V
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) July 12, 2019
Rafael Nadal is a class class man
— Patrick McEnroe (@PatrickMcEnroe) July 12, 2019
I ❤️ them both! Grace, guts, class, brilliance, sportsmanship, legends!! Thank you @rogerfederer @RafaelNadal @Wimbledon
— Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs) July 12, 2019
Thanks for making me love tennis! 🎾 @rogerfederer @RafaelNadal https://t.co/lQAeySg3qe
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) July 12, 2019
Thanks @rafaelnadal & @rogerfederer for a fenomenal match!!! More than a great game! You’ve teached a fantastic lesson of effort, commitment and respect beyond courts: a life learning! An epic match at #wimbledon!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/l0v6qV0s8k
— Gustavo Kuerten (@gugakuerten) July 12, 2019
Such a joy to watch @rogerfederer and @RafaelNadal compete. These guys always produce phenomenal tennis. #Federer too good today. #Nadal might be disappointed with his performance but he didn't loose that match. Roger won it. #Wimbledon
— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) July 12, 2019
Pure class act. Tennis is the winner👍🏼 https://t.co/RukOrm68RH
— Magnus Norman (@normansweden) July 12, 2019
Me every time @RafaelNadal and @rogerfederer play #FedalXL pic.twitter.com/PBGgRAwUDa
— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) July 12, 2019
Epic battle of the titans!!!! Can’t wait for Sunday! @Wimbledon @rogerfederer @RafaelNadal
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) July 12, 2019
The level of tennis being played by @rogerfederer and @RafaelNadal at #Wimblendon right now 🤯
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 12, 2019
Federer and Nadal: Boy they’ll be missed when their careers end. So bloody good. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 12, 2019
Sitting on my sofa watching Roger and Rafa like pic.twitter.com/TIo158JeAq
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) July 12, 2019
We don’t deserve #Fedal 😩😍🙌🏼 Somehow it gets better every time.
— Shelby Rogers (@Shelby_Rogers_) July 12, 2019
Gracias por el espectáculo de estos 2 grandes 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 @rogerfederer @RafaelNadal @Wimbledon #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/louQnISEjC
— Gabriela Sabatini (@sabatinigabyok) July 12, 2019
What a privilege to still be watching these two men. Incredible. #Nadalfederer
— Katie Boulter (@KatieBoulter1) July 12, 2019
And as a tennis fan, I couldn't be more satisfied after watching that!
Very rare that matches truly live up to the hype, but then again, this is Roger and Rafa we are talking about!
Thank you very much! https://t.co/jLi7BbyUMr
— Somdev Devvarman (@SomdevD) July 12, 2019
@RafaelNadal Dear Rafa, we are with you all the way through the bad times and the good one. Win or lose, you are #1. Please, try to take some time off and recover for the rest of season. Hugs!
— Rafael Nadal Fans (@RafaelNadalFC) July 12, 2019
That Federer/Nadal match was better drama than Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Luther combined. We’re so lucky we get to watch those two slug it out
— Greg James (@gregjames) July 12, 2019
— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) July 12, 2019
And, as always, a classy response from our champ:
Amazing match well deserved win by @rogerfederer I had some chances but… Roger played better. Good luck for the final @Wimbledon 2019. Thanks all for the support. Always fantastic to be here. See you next year! 😘
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) July 12, 2019
Let the world and its mother comment, criticise or jump up & down..our Champion has nothing to or need to worry over the outcome of the SF.
As I write this, Roger is down at 1 set to Djokovic’s 2 sets, 2 all in the fourth set.
Now, an OBJECTIVE look at the road to the final, I feel Roger had a more difficult road to reach the final than Rafa, if you look at their opponents. Not the seeds, mind you, the men they had to play.
Rafa played only one seeded opponent while Roger played against four, not counting Djokovic:
Rafa: Sugita #274; Kyrgios #43; Tsonga #72; Sousa #69, Querry #65, Federer #3.
Roger: Harris #86; Clarke #169; Pouille #27; Berrittini #17; Kai #8, Rafa #2.
Just the facts.
Wimby’s singles champion Simona Halep’s coach Daniel Dobre commented on her win:
“It’s unbelievable, not the victory, but the way she played because it was not Serena playing bad, it was Simona playing unbelievable. She won the match by herself.”
You go Simona. Well done.
I used to admire Federer so much because apart from his game I always considered him a gentleman. Of course, when they payed together I always wanted Rafa to win. The 2017 AO final made me changed my mind about Federer. Considering that he had had two days rest and Rafa had a very hard and long match the day before, and RF decides that his legs “are a bit tired” he goes off court for 20 minutes, I wonder if he had some “other” treatment in that time. And now, in Wimbledon his seeding is changed for the detriment of Rafa and he’s quite happy with that!! He seems to be treated as the “Golden boy” Why? Has he got friends in high places???
Yes, seeing a sports psycologist seems logicial 😡 but maybe he already doés, some people are very private and do not tell their fans everything. Fiona in Paris
Rafa 1310 comment I have ticked and replied to ☺ Tonight in Paris we have our Fete Nationale celebrations 🎤🎶🎆 Fiona in Paris
Yes, today July 14 th is the Fête Nationale public holiday in Paris , as it falls on a Sunday there is a classical music concert 🎤🎶🎻🎹in front of the Eiffel Tower 🗼this evening, live on TV 📺 I saw the Wimbledon Final on Eurosport at our bar Congrats Djokovic 😃👑 I wanted him to win, a epic match 🎾 I wondered if Rafa was watching it on TV in London 😉 and was also pleased for Novak. I hope so. Thé présentation of the trophy was fine. Fiona in Paris
Thanks Margo for alerting us to Judy Murray’s Wimbledon 2049 tweet of July 11. It’s hilarious and some of the comments are so funny too. Andy’s return to singles play is still uncertain so he probably understands her omitting him.
John McEnroe stated that he believes Federer can play five more years. But this…LOL.
RR, yes Judy’s tweet hilarious. I was LOL
Federer five more years? I think that’s pushing it. However, Mirka could be threatening him with a lashing if he doesn’t continue playing. She seemed a lot more excited than Roger that he won.
Congrats to Farah and Cabal in the Wimbledon doubles 🎾😃👑👑 2 colombianos , at least they speak the same langage as Nadal 😀 Shame our French Mahut and Vasselin 😕 were runners up. Since Mahut has stopped playing with his friend Herbert less 😂 Fiona in Paris
Simona played brilliantly, although Serena was poor today – but it’s an interesting point about the sports psychologist and how much it helped her. Going back to Kyrgios, Nicolas Mahut’s just been hit near the eye by a ball in the doubles final. It was a complete accident, and thankfully he seems to be OK, but it just shows how dangerous a ball travelling at high speed can be – hitting one at someone deliberately is very reckless.
Dear Rafa. In my opinion you should have won. You are the best. Can’t believe they let Kyrgios get away with his commentary in presser , on instagram and on OOURT. Some of the things he says and does are so demeaning. Rafa I wish your strategy was to play to Roger’s backhand. I think the outcome may have been in your favor. I think you wanted it so much that your intensity and confidence was not as strong as usual. You are number 1 on the court and off. You have more integrity and professionalism than any player I have ever followed in tennis. When you play Be calm, don’t overrhink overthink and most importantly I hope you remain pain free and healthy. Keep believing in yourself Rafa because you are THE BEST. God bless you. And God bless your marriage. Love you Rafa. Marylynn
I do believe Rafa lost mentally. RF did not play better, he got luckier and his game was more strategic than Rafa’s. Whatever, as Rafa says if if if does not help. To the next tounament.
Wamos Rafa, win or loose you are the best.
The difference for Rafa was someone put him out there in sleeve! How could our Spanish Bull play like that. Too restricting. Please find our champion something sleeveless for the U S Open.
Tough loss for Rafa and I’m quite sad about it. He needs to show the real intent of winning at Wimbledon. For the last few years it’s the same pattern by not bringing in his full-time coach to Wimbledon. He will not win another Wimbledon with that useless Roig who is just one or Rafa’s vassals. In order to best his opponents like Novak & Roger he needs to at least try and emulate some of their strategies by bringing in super coach/consultants for the grass season, someone like Becker (who needs cash now) could be really useful and just his presence in Rafa’s box would definitely rattle Djokovic and probably Roger too. So long he continues with same bull crap strategies of coming to wimby with Roig as if on a English holiday it is never going to work. But I don’t think it matters to him otherwise he would have taken measures by now, I mean it’s been 11 years since he won here last time.
Don’t suppose Rafa or his team will entertain the idea, they’re a conservative clan who don’t look for outside help, but I think Rafa needs to see a sports psychologist, to help him overcome this mental block.
He’s had this block now for a while with Djoko, stemming, I’m sure, from that series of 7 losses in a row to D a few years ago, and now he seems to be getting this same feeling with Fed, that he can only beat the two of them on clay. This is simply not true – he’s beaten both on other surfaces, and can do so again, if he can get his nerve back.
It’ not a question of fighting spirit, he has that in bucket loads, I think it’s a question of belief.
Simona Halep has been seeing a sports psychologist for 2 years, since she realised she was losing matches to players she should have beaten, and just look at her results and ranking since then. Lots of sports people use a psychologist and most find it a great help.
It’s heartbreaking to see Rafa play lights out tennis, as at AO and W this year, and then just not play the way that got him there, in the crunch match. He appears to be in good health, and has a good personal life, so I can only think it’s something in his mind that’s holding him back.
I love and admire him so much, that I want to see him using every benefit available. Sometimes a complete outsider can provide the help needed. Toni, Carlos and Francisco are fantastic, but it seems to me that the time has come to try something different.
And selfishly, I don’t want to go through the pain and disappointment of AO and W 2019 againn
Congratulations to Simona Halep for winning the WTA singles over Serena 6-2, 6-2. Happy for her.
For me Rafa wanted it too much yesterday. Therefore, he is cramped and has made more mistakes than necessary like last year against Djokovic.
Yes, he seèmed rather stresséd 😡 on edge and that leads to mistakes 😧 Fiona in Paris
For me Rafa wanted it too much yesterday. Therefore, he is cramped and has made more mistakes than necessary like last year against Djokovic in Wimbledon.
Very tough defeat. For me the final will be a nightmare tomorrow.
Take some days off Rafa and than all the best for the Hardcourts in America. Always with you. Vamos Rafa <3
Thank you Rafa for an amazing match with Roger. To me and so many you are the best and no 1. You have class and respect a wonderful heart and are a brilliant tennis player. Rest up and we look forward to your next matches.
congratulation Rafa on this great tournament, you are our #1 and will always be. all the best for the next tournament.
Rafa. Thank you for an amazing tournament at Wimbledon 2019 ! My life stood still for 2 weeks watching you play the most perfect matches in difficult circumstances. You arrived at SW19 not having played one competitive game on grass and after another tiring epic win in Roland Garros . Despite that most experts agreed that you had played the best tournament even after being downrated by Wimbledon and having to meet the most controversial player in the second round!
Every game you play is a perfect combination of skill, power, fitness, aggression , love of the game, fairness, respect for your opponent, courage and the humility to always be grateful for what you were given.
The world of sport is blessed to have you and you will always be my number 1 !!!
Thank you Rafa and all the best for your wedding !!
Merci à vous rafa,j étais très déçu pour votre défaite mais c’est pas moi qui tenait la raquette. Je suis fière de vous et de tout ce que vous avez acompli dans se tournoi. Gigantesque et magnifique bravo encore monsieur rafa.il vous reste encore des tournois et j en suis sûr que vous allez vous rattraper. 🎾💪👍👏👏👏😉
I just loved Judy Murray’s tweet. Would love to know Andy’s reaction to his mom’ Tweet.
So many people enjoyed your match with Roger today, I wished you were the winner……
All the best the rest of the season, stay injury free❤️
Looking forward to see you defend your Rogers Cup title in Montreal!🤗
PRAISING A PLAYER WHO MORE OFTEN THAN NOT GETS MUCH EASIER DRAWS AND ACCEPTS IT SEASON AFTER SEASON TOUR AFTER TOUR THEN WINS NOT ONLY LACKS SPORTSMANSHIP BUT REMINDS ME OF AN ANALOGY OF A PILE OF TURD BEING SERVED ON A PLATTER WITH ARTIFICIAL DRY FLOWERS. I DO NOT RECOGNIZE THAT AS SPORT.
RAFA NADAL IS THE TRUE TENNIS HERO THE TRUE GOAT AND THE BEST EVER TENNIS GENIUS IN HISTORY!
VAMOS RAFA NADAL AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR POWERFUL FANTASTIC TENNIS AND UNMATCHED FITNESS AMD CLASS!:)!!!!!:) YOU ARE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD SWEETHEART AND KEEP STRIDING FORWARD KNOWING YOU HAVE MILLIONS GLOBAL FANS LOVING YOUR INTENSITY YOUR PASSION AND YOUR MIGHTY BEAUTIFUL REAL VICTORIES!:) KEEP SMILING SWEETHEART!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU DEAR RAFA AND SENDING LOTS OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS!!!!:) YOU DID IT….ACES……ACES……..ACES……….IMPROVEMENTS………FITNESS………..SPORTSMANSHIP…….YOU ARE THE TRUE HERO SWEETHEART AND PLEASE KNOW YOUR PRECIOUS BRILLIANT TENNIS IS THE ULTIMATE BEST IN TOWN!!!!! I HAVE NADA….ZERO ……NOTHING……ZILTCH RESPECT FOR r AND NEVER LIKED SEEING ALL THE FAVORS HE RECEIVES TOUR AFTER TOUR. ITS BS AND THE LACK OF FAIRNESS IS ALARMING. MY ONE COMFORT IS THE KNOWING THAT WHEN YOU RETIRE IN FEW YEARS YOU AND YOUR FANS WILL HAVE THE FORTUNE OF EXPERIENCING THE GREATEST SENSE OF PRIDE FOR ALL YOUR PRECIOUS, WELL EARNED TENNIS CAREER SUCCESS AND REPUTABLE GENUINE TROPHIES AND TITLES!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART AND WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
KEEP SMILING SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!:)
NOT THE TIME TO BE SO DISGUSTING
Yes, watched the match entirely 🎾 at our local bar, there were at least 3 TV screens tuned in to Wimbledon 😀 I was praying for him as always 👏☺ so sad 😢😡it would have been super.😐 I had a feeling that when Roger started with an ace 😯 he is in form today and may have the upper hand ✋ 😐 Rafa s Tweet afterwards seemed positive , saying an amazing match , Roger was strong 😐 he sounded less disappointed than us fans 😯 yet he obviously had a decepcionado look on his face 😕 when he shook hands with the umpire. I have already said that he should have won Wimbledon 2 or 4 times more after 2010, those obstacles 😦 should not have been there , he will keep trying for us ☺ but Roger suffers less from injuries than Rafa , age has nothing to do with it , being 5 years older. Lastima Bautista 😕 I would have loved an all Spanish final 😎🌴🌞 I toast them all with a glass of sangria 🍷🍊🍋🍑 with plenty of ice cubes at home. For the final I hope for Djokovic , I wonder if Rafael will stay in London until Monday and watch it on TV. Fiona in Paris
Fiona, I too would have loved an all-Spanish final for more reasons than one.
I am no tennis expert by any stretch of the imagination but I do feel there is more to the story about Rafa’s loss than the eye can see. We may not learn why Rafa lost for some time to come or, hopefully, sooner than expected.
I think it was a combination of factors; from Lorna’s comment about “overdoing it with the plaudits” and Rafa seemingly “talking himself out of beating them on any surface other than clay”, Luckstar’s preparation suggestion that Rafa play “a warm-up event on grass”, Rafa_1310’s comment about “Rafa wanting it too much which caused him to make more mistakes than necessary,” to Carlos’ comment in his interview that “Rafa isn’t inferior to anyone.” Carlos’ use of the word “inferior” still has me thinking.
Rafa will sulk for a little while about this loss but will get back to what he loves doing. And I hope he figures it all out.
More than anything I wish him good health. If he has that, he will be happy.
Congrats Rafa on an amazing tournament! Today was not your day and it could have gone either way. You showed us all today, the passion and fighting spirit you have for your game. It was an epic , entertaining battle of the two gentleman of tennis and I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey, was with you every point of the tournament. Rest up and look forward to seeing you play again in your next tournament! 🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾
Rafa is what Great Sportsmanship is all about, win or lose, he always shows great character & class, he’s my all time favorite tennis pro.