VIDEO: Rafael Nadal Defeats Alex De Minaur, Sends Spain To ATP Cup Final – match highlights

Watch highlights as Rafael Nadal comes from a set down to beat Alex de Minaur and book Spain’s place in the ATP Cup final. 

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  1. UNO…….DOS……TRES!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART YOU ARE SO SPECIAL AND DELIGHTFUL TO WATCH!!!!!!!:) YOUR BLESSED CLASSY TENNIS SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXO WE LOVE YOU PRECIOUS CHAMP!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXO

  2. ANOTHER PATHETIC UMPIRE…..EVEN BEFORE RAFA SPOKE UP I SAW HER USELESS UMPIRING….BEGINNING SERVE TIME WAY TOO SOON……PLUS NOT OVER RIDING LINE PERSON TWO MISCALLS….SHE LOOKS A BITTER UGLY NATURED AND THIS NONPRO UMPIRING ONLY MAKES HER UGLIER….
    GO RAFA GO…..IGNORE HER SWEETHEART…SHE IS NOTHING……KEEP GOING AND PLEASE FILE A COMPLAINT POST YOUR MATCH. I DISLIKE HER PATHETIC SCORE CALLING…….
    WHY DOES PTA PICK SUCH LOSERS FOR UMPIRING GS????? VAMOS SWEETHEART….WE LOVE YOU AND GO RAFA GO!!!!!!

  3. BEAUTIFUL LOUD ADORING CHEERS FOR RAFA FROM THE GREAT AU CROWD!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART YOU LOOK GORGEOUS OUT THERE!:) XOXOXOXOXO

  4. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL TIME PLAYING IN AN HALF HOUR OR SO…..VERY SOON…..VAMOS SWEETHEART AND GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) IT WILL E A GREAT MATCH FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) YOUR MATCH IS ON APX AROUND 10PM EST TIME…….RIGHT AFTER SHARAPOVA’S MATCH….THEY ARE ON THE 2ND SET NOW. WE LOVE YOU DEAR RAFA AND VERY HAPPY FOR YOUR AWESOME SHAPE AND BEAUTIFUL FITNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART AND LOTS OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

    • HAHA yes… he will look sharp until he doesn’t:):)

      Easy pickings in the first round.

      Good luck to them all, but especially our RAFA!

  5. Canadian and world No. 13, Denis Shapovalov, just lost to Hungarian and world No. 67, Marton Fucsovics 3-6, 9-7, 1-6, 6-7.

    I sure hope Shapovalov didn’t lose because of the poor air conditions. He was one of many players who voiced concerns about the poor air quality.

    • Margo,
      Air quality was good yesterday and the same for both players. Denis may not have fully recovered physically from playing both Davis and ATP Cups. He needs to accept that any top 100 player can beat another on any given day. Being a higher seed doesn’t guarantee the win. Otherwise why play the tournament?

      • Hi RR,

        I usually include a player’s rank and country because it’s the way most tennis writers do it. My comment was not to suggest a lower-ranked player could not beat a higher-ranked player. As a Rafa fan I learned that many moons ago🤗

        About the conditions being the same for both players I agree but one player may not see it that way. Remember the wind at the FO? [I think it was the FO]

        I was simply surprised he lost having forgotten how much he’s been playing.

  6. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!:) VERY KIND OF YOU TO DONATE YOUR TIME PLUS $125, 000 TO HELP WITH THE SAD SITUATION IN AU. KUDOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!:) YOU ARE SUCH A GENEROUS GOAT OF ALL GOATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!:) LAST NIGHT WATCHED YOUR BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE INTERVIEW…….CI…….CI……..CI………AND KUDOS FOR YOUR INSURANCE ENDORSEMENT!!!!!:) VERY NICE TO SEE YOUR WORLD WIDE APPEAL!!!!!!!!!!:)
    YOUR STARDOM IS A BEAUTIFUL OUTCOME OF YOUR DEVOTED EFFORTS AND HARD WORK AND BRILLIANT TENNIS!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART AND ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO AND ENJOY LOTS OF FUN PLAYING TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!:) IT WILL BE A GREAT MATCH FOR YOU AND WE WILL BE ENJOYING IT LIVE !!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE SO HANDSOME IN YOUR INTERVIEW WITH THE WHITE NIKE TOP AND ALSO LOVED THE PINK TOP YOU HAD ON DURING THE FUND RAISING MATCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE SUCH A GIFT TO THE TENNIS WORLD!!!!!!!!:) HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!:) KEEP SMILING!:)

  7. My fellow Rafans , does anyone knows about any site for Rafa’s fans? We can’t have Aussie open with this site the way it’s operating. Actually it’s not operating at all, on a standstill for so long. Yet we keep on posting here as we don’t have a choice. Wish we can come up with some better option. Really sorry RNF but your site is a disappointment at the moment. When Aussie open has started and we r not gettin any update.😐Anyways vamos rafa💪💪💪

  8. OF NOTE

    World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, of Spain, has been criticized by leading sports Australian journalist Greg Baum for making certain demands before agreeing to do an interview in a column for the Sydney Morning Herald. Baum says he was offered the chance to interview Nadal one-on-one this week ahead of the Australian Open – but the interview came with strings attached – “The interview would last 10 minutes, 15 max.

    The questions to be asked would have to be submitted in advance. And one would have to be about a travel insurance agency that is sponsoring Nadal. The subsequent story would have to carry a tagline at the end noting Nadal’s involvement with the sponsor.

    A tagline is not so unusual, and normally is just that, a line. But this one was 50 words. Any wordier and it would be called a section. That’s not all, far from it. The story would have to include a high-res image from the insurance company’s campaign.

    That is, its ad, dressed up as editorial. It would also have to include a picture of Nadal at a press conference taken against the backdrop of the company’s “branded media wall”.” While Baum says the points were not posed as demands but as questions, he says it was implied that the interview would be agreed upon only if the demands were adhered to.

    Baum said he finally declined the interview and says he wonders if Nadal knows about the demands being made while agreeing to the interview. “Does Nadal know about these machinations in his name? He should. Ingenue that he sometimes seems, he’s too big a figure in tennis to represent himself as merely a pawn in a game.

    Does he care? He really should. The guy has earned around $170 million in his career, and you can quadruple that for endorsements, so this sort of chicanery only makes him look greedy. If (insert name of latest sponsor) really matters so much to him, he can buy an ad.

    He can buy the bloody paper. Does it matter? Yes, it does. It goes to the heart of editorial independence, and the way some think they can ride roughshod over it. The Australian Open is a big event, Nadal nearly its biggest star.

    In both, there is an abiding public interest far outweighing the commercial. That should be terms and conditions enough for an interview. However much the insurance agency might think Nadal belongs to them, he doesn’t. All sports ration out their stars to media now.

    At one level, that is only to be expected: demand is enormous. But of the sports I cover, only tennis – the richest sport of all – puts a price on its stars (and make no mistake, Nadal was not being volunteered to us, he was being sold to us – or the highest bidder). Remember, this interview was offered, not sought.”

    • Sunrise (Australian TV) did the interview in the end. Yes they had the insurance company’s backdrop and yes a couple of questions were asked of Rafa about it. He explained that the company is part of Mapfre, who have sponsored him for years. The interview was great. Baum missed out if you ask me.

      • I wouldn’t call it a great interview.

        I feel Baum was right in his refusal to do the interview he was offered. No journalist should be told how to conduct his interview nor should an interview be granted on the condition of the subject promoting some company. I believe in editorial independence. Not infomercials.

  9. Whoever Rafa faces in the finals he will have had one less day of rest. I hope he is in condition to win his matches quickly and in SS leaving him with high energy.

    RAFA ROCKS

  10. What is wrong with this site? Is it abandonated? Does anybody knows what happened with the owner of this aite? Iit was the best site for rafa fans. Until then like always vamos rafa.

  11. The two things I gleaned from Rafa’s 60 Minutes interview were that he didn’t know how long the Nadals have been on Mallorca and that he and María are building their new home.

    • It seems our dear Margo is the same person as Mystified.

      Hmmn………but as always, we go day by day and match by match

    • It seems our dear Margo is the same person as Mystified.
      Hmmn………but as always, we go day by day and match by match

  12. Maybe the website operators are taking a break or a holiday. I know that happened the last time there was a long pause in its operation. Hopefully, this is the case. Please would someone let us know what’s actually happened.

  13. Has anyone else tried to find out what is going on with this blog? If it has been abandoned? If anyone is running it? If ownership has been transferred?

    • I went to FB and there’s a Rafael Nadal Fan Club but not much happening. There are also plenty of Rafa clubs on FB claiming to be “official”. I visited a few but not much going on.

    • Defunct since when, last post on January 11?

      It’ll be a shame. This is a wonderful resource for us all and I have wondered who pays for it. Secretly Rafa? Thanks champ! Seriously though, show yourself, webmaster (web mistress?) if there’s to be a discussion on how we can help maintain this site.

      Well done RNF for all the good times. Hopefully more good times ahead!

      • Mac, I’m guessing it’s defunct. I, along with others, have sent emails and no response. So many features of the site have been removed. The draw has been out and no input from RNF.

        I would think that the advertising here would pay for the site’s upkeep.

        In its current form I don’t think this site is discussion friendly. It’s feeling very weird. My personal opinion.

  14. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):) VERY NICE TO VIEW YOUR GORGEOUS MATCHES!!!!!:)
    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FEISTY STRONG VICTORIES AND FOR KEEPING YOUR PRECIOUS FITNESS AND ENDURANCE SO STRONG AND POWERFULLY EFFECTIVE!!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU AND ADMIRE YOUR FORCE AND SPEEDY MOVEMENT SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!:) KEEP GOING SWEETHEART AND ENJOY YOUR BRILLIANT STRONG INTELLIGENT MIND!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE A BRILLIANT FIGHTER AND YOUR LOVE FOR TENNIS KEEPS YOU SO COMPETITIVE AND GORGEOUS OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART AND WE LOVE EVERYTHING YOU DO ON COURT!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU KEEP GOING AND FIGHTING KNOWING AND TRUSTING YOUR DRIVE AND POWERFUL INSTINCTIVE PASSION!!!!!!!!:) WATCHING YOU PLAY IS EXCEPTIONALLY FUN AND EXCITING!!!!!!:) KEEP GOING SWEETHEART AND NEVER STOP YOUR PRECIOUS ENERGY EVEN WHEN OPPONENT HAS GOOD POINT…..NEVER STOP YOUR INTENSITY OR WAIST SECONDS THINKING ABOUT THAT OR GIVING IT ANY OF YOUR MOMENTUM OR ADMIRING ….VAMOS SWEETHEART KEEP GOING TO YOUR NEXT PRECIOUS POINT WITH YOUR FOCUSED INTENSITY!!!!!!!!!!!!:) THE ONLY IMPORTANT BLESSED MOVE IS YOUR NEXT PRECIOUS POINT….NOTHING ELSE HAS ANY IMPORTANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOUR PRECIOUS EFFECTIVE SERVE AND ALL YOUR MAGICAL REACH AND MAGNIFICENT UNPREDICTABLE MIXED RETURNS!!!!!!!!!!!:) FH…..BH…..SURPRISING CROSS COURT, SPEEDY NET POINTS AND STRIKING VOLLEYS!!!!!!!!!:) VERY HAPPY FOR YOU SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!:) THAT’S MAGICAL ABOUT YOUR COURT COVERAGE AND SEEING YOU PRECIOUSLY HEAD BACK TO THE TOWELS BETWEEN POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!:) LOVE IT!!!!!!!!:) SO MUCH TO BE PROUD OF AND YET SO MODEST AND DOWN TO EARTH TENNIS GENIUS!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE MIGHTY IMPRESSIVE AND BEAUTIFUL OUT THERE SWEETHEART AND YOUR ENERGY IGNITES EXCITEMENT AND SHEER FUN AND GOOD TIMES!!!!!!!!!!:) WHAT IS ALWAYS ASTONISHING IS HOW MEASURED AND BEAUTIFULLY COMPOSED YOU ARE ON THE COURT THROUGHOUT EVERY POINT IN YOUR MATCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) TRULY A GIFTED GENTLEMAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!:) IT IS VERY APPEALING AND ATTRACTIVE AND WE DEEPLY APPRECIATE YOUR POWERFUL GRACEFUL CLASSY CHARACTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU HAVE ALL THE GOODS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS AND ENJOY ALL YOUR GOODNESS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOUR HUNKY BODY IS EASY ON THE EYES….BEAUTIFULLY TANNED…..MUSCLY AND TIGHT….. AND SO EVERYTHING YOU DO HAS THAT EXTRA GORGEOUS EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):) HAVE A LOVELY DAY AND GREAT FUN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  15. This is what Roger had to say about the Big Three’s slam tallies.

    “I think the way it’s going, obviously, Rafa and Novak will win more,” Roger Federer told The Associated Press in Dubai. “Because they’re that good. And the season they had (in 2019), again, shows that there is more to come for them.”

  16. inews.co.uk has published the following as Rafa’s possible route to the final:

    R1 #72 Hugo Dellien
    R2 #73 Frederico Delbinis
    R3 #30 Pablo Carreño Busta
    R4 #16 Karen Khachanov or #26 Nick Kyrgios
    QF #5 Dominic Thiem
    SF #4 Daniil Medvedev
    F #2 Novak Djokovic or #3 Roger Federer

  17. Rafa Nadal : The “60 Minutes” Interview by CBS News (lasting 13 mins 51 secs) is an interesting short video which focuses on Rafa’s intensity and passion for tennis, the success he’s had and the closeness to his family and hometown.

  18. Rafa’s third round opponent could be any of the three qualifiers, don’t know who they are yet or his good friend, Pablo. Rafa could face Nick Kyrgios or Karen Khachanov in round four, both are dangerous.

    Wish Rafa a wonderful tournament! Stay fit and healthy, hope I have the honor watching you holding and biting the trophy at the end🍀🤞

    Vamos Rafa💪❤️

  19. Well, Novak has a very good draw. He’s extremely confident and also said that last year’s performance was his best cos Rafa was in form – didn’t drop a set until the finals …. .

    OMG just wish Novak would have the wind blown out of his sails.

    Rafa wish you the best – become a tiger!!!

  20. Never easy in the intense heat and humidity down under, but I’m hoping that Rafa remains fully hydrated and energized for the battles ahead. As far as Rafa’s opponents are concerned, it looks like round 3 will be the start of his major challenges.

  21. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND LOTS OF FUN PRACTICING AND WORKING OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) IT WILL BE A GREAT TOURNAMENT FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!:) CI…….CI…….CI……..AND WI…….WI………WI……….YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES POINT BY POINT POWER AND STRENGTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART AND GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) KEEP HAVING FUN AND ENJOY EVERYTHING WITH YOUR PRECIOUS FOCUS AND INTENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) NO MATTER WHO YOU PLAY ENJOY EVERYTHING AND ENJOY PLAYING YOUR OWN PRECIOUS POINT BY POINT GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):) KEEP ALL YOUR GIFTED ENERGY AND FITNESS. ON YOUR LASER FOCUS AND KEEP SMILING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) FOR SURE YOU WILL SEE LOTS OF BACKGROUND SETTLE BS HAPPENING………KEEP FOCUSING KEEP SEEING IT ALL AS YOUR FORCE AND INVITATION TO EXPRESS YOUR POWERFUL MOTIVATION AT ALL YOUR PRECIOUS MATCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) IF AIR CONDITION IS WAY TOO HARMFUL PLEASE STOP YOUR MATCH………NOTHING IS WORTH YOUR PRECIOUS HEALTH. THIS IS JUST A TOURNAMENT AND DO NOT STAY IF SMOKEY AIR IS FELT . AO IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE YOU AND THE AU CROWD LOVES YOU AND ADMIRES YOUR PRECIOUS POWERFUL COURT PRESENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) IGNORE ALL THE BS AROUND ANYTHING THAT HAS NO BEARING ON YOUR OWN NEXT POINT ….NEXT MATCH……NEXT GLIDING AND SLIDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! USE ANY AND ALL BACKGROUND TO IGNITE YOUR PASSION …..USE IT AS YOUR FORCE FOR FOCUS AND POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) ENJOY YOUR NEXT MATCH DEAR RAFA AS IT WILL BE GREAT FUN MATCH FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART YOU HAVE ALL THE TOOLS IN YOU SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) WE LOVE YOU AND SENDING LOTS OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO KEEP GOING FULL WITH YOUR PRECIOUS INSTINCTS AND BRILLIANT DRIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  22. According to the ATP Tour:

    Rafa has been drawn in the top half with Thiem and Medvedev.

    Djokovic is in the bottom half with Federer and Tsitsipas.

    Some of Rafa’s potential opponents:

    R1 Hugo Dellien
    R2 ?
    R3 Khachanov or Kyrgios
    R4?
    QF Thiem or Mannarino

    • Looking back at the epic 2008 Wimbledon final, Toni Nadal told Rafa he feared that he would lose against Roger after the rain delay. Rafa replied: “Maybe Federer will win, but I’m not going to lose”. Thankfully Rafa won, but I will never forget sitting through the whole of that final and the roller coaster of emotions I experienced. I love the quote because it just sums up Rafa and his fighting spirit. Win or lose, he’ll always be my champ.

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