Rafa Roundup: Nadal continues to inspire others

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  • For Marc Maury, the voice of Roland Garros, passion and profession converge | tennis.com

He first encountered a 17-year-old Nadal in Monte Carlo in 2003. A wild-card recipient, the Spaniard earned his maiden Monte Carlo win by dispatching the gifted Slovak with the sky-high ball toss, Karol Kucera. (In the next round, he beat Roland Garros champion Albert Costa.)

Nadal didn’t speak much English, but the pair coped thanks to some quick thinking from Maury.

“I came on court with two microphones, one for him and one for me,” said Maury. “And he looked at me and said, ‘No hablo Ingles. I don’t speak English.’ I said, ‘No worries. I will help you. My school Spanish is coming back, but you have to help me. Speak slowly and I will help you to do it in Spanish.’

“So I did the interviews with him for, let’s say, five years in a row in Spanish only.”

  • French Open 2023: Is Novak Djokovic ahead of Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer in GOAT race? | BBC

For some, the GOAT discussion is frivolous and does a disservice to the achievements of each player.

The numbers do not tell the full picture, of course. It is not possible to quantify their different playing styles, how they have adapted their games or their physical and mental strength, nor how they have overcome the tough moments that have peppered their careers.

  • “I am hoping Rafael Nadal coming back winning one more” – Novak Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic | sportskeeda.com

Following this, Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic, spoke at a press conference and expressed regret at Rafael Nadal not being able to compete in the 2023 French Open due to an injury. He added that he hopes the Spaniard will return and add one more Roland-Garros title to his remarkable collection of 14.

“I’m really sorry that Rafa is not here, but I say a long time ago before even I became member of his team that him and Rafa, they’re going to go over 22. I am hoping Rafa coming back winning one more, and Novak is only player who can win calendar Grand Slam. He was one match away two years ago, so he has a chance this year,” Ivanisevic said.

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  1. Rafa’s greatness extends way beyond the grand slam numbers. He is a true inspiration to so many and his tenacity and humility transcends whatever amount of titles others may amass. Despite his disappointment at not being able to defend his Roland Garros title, Rafa had the grace to congratulate Djokovic both in a classy personal message and in his speech at his academy’s graduation ceremony. That in itself, speaks volumes about the calibre of the man.

    Instead of lamenting on what could have been, I rejoice in all Rafa has achieved, his determination to overcome adversity and to strive to be the best version of himself. I’m hapoy that Rafa has many important and exciting things happening in his life and my wish is for him to return to the court as healthy as possible and to just enjoy a pain-free period.

  2. Wow how excited for those who get a chance to see Rafa and Iga at the same time! Congratulations to all the graduates 🎓

    While I missed Rafa at RG this year, I am glad Iga defended her title. I was one of the loudest cheering for her especially during the final against Karolina. I didn’t leave my seat the entire match. Congratulations to Iga 🏆🎉

  3. Hope you are vamos rafa feeling a little better and my regards to you and your family and team vamos rafa xx

  4. Rafa will always be number one for me, really hope that he heals well, he is so missed 💕

  5. Rafa and Roger will never be discounted in any way by anyone! To do so is utterly absurd. The three of them will all be the best in Tennis History. That’s why ND will always be my least favorite. He thinks he is better than Rafa and Roger.

    • At times in my opinion, it seems that Novak acts like he’s better than Roger or Rafa but I believe deep down he really does not think that. He is culturally different from the other 2 and not as humble, it adds to this air of superiority that he emits often.
      Rafa for me particularly is one of a kind, Roger a very close second.

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