VIDEO: Sergio Ramos and Rafael Nadal watching Twin Peaks

The influential 1990 TV drama “Twin Peaks,” made by David Lynch and Mark Frost, is back. Real Madrid football star Sergio Ramos and Rafael Nadal definitely don’t want to miss it. Both stars make some silly excuses to cancel their meeting so they can be alone and enjoy in the TV show.

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Rafael Nadal after Dominic Thiem loss: “I hope to play my best tennis in Roland Garros”

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Rafael Nadal said he intends to have a free weekend before ramping up his preparations for Roland Garros from Monday.

Tomorrow I’ll be in Mallorca fishing or playing golf, or another thing. I’m going to rest a little bit, I think I deserve it. Then from Monday and Tuesday I will start to prepare for Roland Garros. It’s an important event for me. If you do things well, you have more chances in Roland Garros. I hope to play my best tennis in Roland Garros.

I didn’t play very well. I want to congratulate him because he was better than me this afternoon. Great, in all aspects. He played long, he played very aggressive, hitting the ball very strong with high intensity. In general I was not able to push him back. He got a lot of points, maximum, more times than me. And that’s the key of this game. It’s obvious I didn’t play my best match.

I’ve been playing a lot. It’s difficult, every day. Madrid then Rome back-to-back, after Barcelona. It’s not easy playing every day for the last four weeks.

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Dominic Thiem ends Rafael Nadal’s 17-win streak in Rome triumph

(Eurosport) – Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal is out of the Italian Open after a straight-set defeat by Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals. It is Rafa’s first defeat of the season on clay and only the third and fourth sets that he has dropped on clay across the entire season. It also brings to an end Rafa’s run of 17 straight victories.

The Austrian was dominant in the opening set as he raced into a 5-1 lead. Rafa regained some composure and managed to fight back to 5-4 but he couldn’t prevent Thiem taking the set. The pair served out the opening six games of the second but Rafa found a break and hold in the seventh and eighth to open up a 5-3 lead. He then break Rafa’s service game again to secure a memorable victory.

Source: Eurosport

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal shows off some incredible hot shots in his Rome win over Jack Sock

Rafael Nadal hits not one, but two incredible shots in his match against Jack Sock. Check them out!

Highlights:  Continue reading “VIDEO: Rafael Nadal shows off some incredible hot shots in his Rome win over Jack Sock”

Italian Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Dominic Thiem in Rome?

Rafael Nadal will continue his Rome campaign on Friday afternoon when he goes up against Dominic Thiem.

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Date: May 19, 2017

Match time: 4 PM local time / 10 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 3 PM BST – United Kingdom / 4 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Thiem for a third time in three weeks:

I am here to try my best. I know (it) is a tough tournament. I don’t have an easy draw here, a tough one. Dominic is the player that is having probably more success now on clay, no? So will be another tough battle tomorrow.

I think I can play a little bit more aggressive than what I did tonight. I think I have to do it.

Our champ is leading the head-to-head series 4-1 (all on clay) after beating the 23-year-old Austrian 7-6(8), 6-4 last week to lift the Madrid trophy.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Rafael Nadal beats Jack Sock to reach Italian Open quarterfinals

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal beat top-ranked American Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday evening at the Foro Italico to ease into the quarterfinals of the Italian Open. Our champ now has a 14-0 record against Americans on clay.

After the match, Rafa said:

There is always room to improve. That’s why I wake up every morning. I go to practice with the motivation to improve something. I can keep serving better. I can hit some more winners with the forehand and it’s something that I am working on every day to try and make happen. But it’s obvious that I am playing well and I should be very happy with the way that I am doing things.

Rafa is now 35-5 on the season, which includes capturing three ATP titles in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.

Next up for Rafa is in-form eighth seed Dominic Thiem who saved three match points in his three sets win over Sam Querrey.

Italian Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Jack Sock in Rome?

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal and Jack Sock kick off the night session of Thursday’s play in Rome with Rafa looking for his 4th win over the American, who prevailed in a marathon 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1) second-round battle over Jiri Vesely.

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Date: May 18, 2017

Match time: 7.30 PM local time / 1.30 pM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 6.30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 7.30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Friday  3.30 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa is 3-0 against Sock and our champ won their match in Miami last month, 6-2, 6-3. The American has taken a set from Rafa in both of their other meetings in 2015 (Roland Garros, Beijing).

This week Sock spent six hours and 12 minutes on court in Rome (including doubles) compared to 24 minutes for Rafa.

Rafa has only dropped two sets this spring (30-2) during his clay court streak. His seven Rome titles are a tournament record and he last held the crown in 2013.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour