Rafa Roundup: Which TV Shows Does Rafael Nadal Watch?

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It was arguably the best played US Open final ever. Since 1968, there have been only nine finals that have been settled in five sets, including a classic John McEnroe-Bjorn Borg 1980 meeting. But the Nadal-Medvedev contest was the finest sustained level of play in any of those finals…

I’m tired. The truth is that I still haven’t fully recovered. I came home and we have already done a little recovery. I’m regaining my strength little by little. It’s too early to hash out plans, because since that match, I haven’t had a chance to discuss matters with my team. This week we will have that conversation, but apart from this, I will also have to wait a few days to see how my body heals. One thing I do have is Laver Cup 2019 marked on my calendar.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly making plans to stage a tennis match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the Santiago Bernabeu.

According to ABC (h/t Football Espana), Perez has told some of the club’s hierarchy of his plans, and Madrid fan Nadal is “open to playing in such an occasion.” The report added Perez wants to set an all-time record attendance for tennis at Real’s 81,044-seater stadium in the Spanish capital.

Nadal will get married to his long time girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello, and his uncle Toni Nadal is confident that marriage will not stop the Spaniard from winning major tournaments in tennis.

“After the US Open, he will win more Grand Slams, even being married.” Is Rafael playing as best as ever? “I think in 2008 or 2010 he was better because he was younger, explosive. Now he may be more complete on his shots but ten years ago he was stronger,” the former coach said.

A private plane was then waiting to take the 33-year-old straight home to Spain. And when he returned to Palma he rested his aching body on the coach while binging on Sky Atlantic’s thrilling series Chernobyl before turning his attention to sci-fi fantasy Stranger Things.

“I have been lying on the sofa at home watching some series and trying not to think much about tennis,” Nadal told Spanish press on a conference call.

“I started watching Chernobyl and then Stranger Things.”

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are among the global top 10 who will play for their countries at the new ATP Cup in Australia in January, organisers said Saturday.

Andy Murray, returning from hip surgery, will also compete, with his protected world ranking of two giving Britain entry to the tournament even though they are outside of the 24-team qualifying cut-out.


  1. The u.s.open final was one of the most nerve wracking matches I have ever seen. I was so happy for Rafa and hope he continues to have such great success. He is not only a fabulous tennis player, he is also the most humble person ever. I wish him the best of luck in the future and the best of health so he can continue doing what he loves best. Vamos Rafa

  2. Rafa, te vi sufriendo de calambres en la semi-final del US Open.
    Toma agua con Quinina todos los días!!!!!

  3. Enjoy your time have.And Rest well for the next tournament we love see you playing tennis champ vamosssssssssss we love you😘❤️🎾😘❤️🎾👍💪

  4. It is true that even after a week removed from the match that my heart still skips a beat thinking about the match. The drama in that match is probably never going to be produced again at any major title final. Rafael, thank you for your grit, your tenacity, your focus, your desire, your passion, and your willingness to accept whatever outcomes happen. You are a tremendous example of what great champions should be!

    • Yes I absolutely agree congratulations you truly are an incredible wonderful tennis player & person 🌴😍😎 🇦🇺

      • Yes I absolutely agree congratulations you truly are an incredible wonderful tennis player & person 🌴😍😎 🇦🇺

    • I’ve just watched the whole match for the 4th time. and even though I know the outcome, I still get stressed every time I watch it, specially that last set. Rafa showed a level of mental toughness he hadn’t shown for a long time. He wasn’t giving up. He stayed calmed even when the umpire gave him a time violation at 30-40 in that final set and ended up double-faulting and losing the game.
      Another thing, people go on about how this match was one of the longest, but I think that something to consider is that the serve clock was implemented last year, so that the Murray-Djokovic final wouldn’t have been affected by serving-time restrictions.

  5. Rafa and Bautista Agut are confirmed to represent Spain in the inaugural ATP Cup, Jan. 3-12, 2020 in Australia [Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney]

    I hope Rafa continues his injury-free stretch. The AO will be upon us in the blink of an eye.


    • Here in the USA we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s to get through before the AO. 🙂 Also Laver Cup, Davis Cup, Shanghai, Paris… and what else? Oh yeah, the WTF.

    • I am here in Mallorca , went to the Aca Friday, the staff saïd he has not yet placed his US trophy behind glass in the Museo there. He has been at home this week resting ☺ Saw Tio Toni and wished them Bravo 😃😆 for US Open. They saïd we may see him there next week training before Laver Cup. Fiona in Paris

      • I am glad Rafa is resting and that the Laver Cup is only a three-day affair. Here’s to his continued good health.


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