Rafa Roundup: Grigor Dimitrov wants Rafael Nadal to coach him in the future

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“Rafa has to go to Wimbledon because he feels good and the treatment so far has worked. He is going to try to win. The pressure is always there. His feelings have always been good,” Roig said.

“With Rafa you aspire to everything. The favorites are Novak Djokovic, Matteo Berrettini and Rafa, in this order. If we reach the second week, Rafa will be ahead of Berrettini,” Roig concluded.

At four hours and 48 minutes, the 2008 final was the longest in Wimbledon history to that point. It snapped Federer’s streak of five titles, and led, the following month, to Nadal’s rise to No. 1 for the first time. It also marked the end of the 130-year era of the rain delay on Centre Court. A new, retractable roof was visible at the top of the stadium as Federer and Nadal played; the following year it would make its debut.

Yet those milestones feel incidental to the contest itself, which will stand as a monument to the game’s early-21st century golden era. As the British tennis journalist Chris Bowers wrote, “Nadal won the match, Federer lost it, and the whole of tennis, if not the whole of sport, won through the sheer quality and drama of one of the best pieces of sporting theater tennis has ever produced.”

The pair spoke about a variety of topics and interacted with several fans on the platform.

But it was Dimitrov’s exchange with Nadal which grabbed the attention of many and even drew a laugh from the latter. Dimitrov asked Nadal: “Okay, how about this? Hypothetically, you’re done with your career, let’s say in ten years. I will call you and say, ‘Rafa, can you come with me for three clay-court tournaments.”

Nadal took a second and then jokingly replied: “I’m very expensive [laughs].” Dimitrov tried again with a negotiation. He said: “I’ll pay for two tournaments and the third one, you do for free.”

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  1. Enjoy, Rafa. As long as you are there, so are we. Cannot think of tennis without you there🙏👏💪👍🤛🍀🎾❤️

  2. Wow, all of a sudden, all the buzz around Carlos Alcaraz seems to have disappeared as fast as they came!!!
    Poor Carlos! You have to wait until our Rafa retires before your star can shine so brightly, isn’t it?

    • I blame the media for hyping him up and pulling him down and slavering for Rafa to retire to boot and Carlos has done nothing except win and be respectful to his peers. He was close against Zverev and fought tooth and nail to make a match of it.
      But clay is not his best surface despite his success on it. His day will come and all he needs is time. He will chart his own path whatever it is

  3. Rafa can coach from the Academy that he has in Malacor sp but I think he could do it if he wanted to he would be a tough coach but man would he be a good one. and it wouldn’t be to hard on his foot either.

    • Let s hope it s not for a few years that Rafa goes in for coaching. So well this year 😃👑👑 with good médical care may he continue. Fiona in Paris

  4. I think Grisha meant it as a joke, and that’s how Rafa took it! I don’t see Rafa going into coaching – Uncle Toni took some time off to spend with his young family, Carlos Moya’s doing the same before Wimbledon starts, and I don’t see Rafa wanting to carry on travelling so much, once his playing days are over, when there’s a little one at home, and hopefully one or more little ones to come in the future.

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