VIDEO: Rafael Nadal bangs his head at Wimbledon

Before stepping out on No. 1 Court, Rafael Nadal had this unfortunate moment in his warm-up. Ouch! That’s gotta hurt!

After the match, Rafa said:

It’s okay. Just a small accident.

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PHOTOS: Rafa Mania hits Wimbledon again

Some people think that Rafael Nadal’s match is not scheduled on Center Court today because Andy Murray and Rogger Federer attract more fans at Wimbledon, but here is the proof that our champ has many loyal fans, too.

Wimbledon 2017: Rafael Nadal practices on middle Sunday [PHOTOS]

There is no play on Middle Sunday at Wimbledon, but there is practice.

Here are some lovely photos from Rafael Nadal’s practice session!

Wimbledon R4: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Gilles Muller?

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal faces his first serious test at Wimbledon 2017 when he meets left-hander Gilles Muller in the last 16 on Monday. The 16th seed, from Luxembourg, has won more matches (10) than any other player on grass this season. This is Rafa’s 36th appearance in the second week of a major, compared to three for Muller.

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Date: July 10, 2017

Match time: Rafa is second on No. 1 Court. Around  3 PM local time / 10 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal / 4 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / midnight AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on playing Muller:

He’s one of the toughest opponents possible on this surface especially. It’s his best surface without a doubt. He has a great serve, a great volley. He play well from the baseline here.

So yeah, he’s a tough, tough opponent. At the same time we are in the round of 16. You cannot expect to have an easy opponents. So it is a very tough one because he played a lot on grass this year. Let’s see if I am amble to keep playing well.

  • Rafa is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the first time since he finished runner-up in 2011.
  • Rafa is facing a Top 30 opponent at Wimbledon for the first time since falling to No. 2 Djokovic in the 2011 final. Since then, he has faced just 3 Top 30 players on grass – defeating No. 24 Bernard Tomic, No. 16 Gael Monfils and No. 28 Viktor Troicki en route to winning the title at 2015 Stuttgart.
  • Rafa has won 28 consecutive completed sets at the Grand Slams – equalling his own longest-streak of consecutive completed sets won, which stretched from the quarterfinals at 2010 Wimbledon through to the final at the 2010 US Open. Nadal has not dropped a set at a Grand Slam since falling to Roger Federer in 5 sets in the Australian Open Final.
  • Rafa is also bidding to reach 3 straight Grand Slam quarterfinals for the first time since 2013-14 – when he won the title at the 2013 US Open, reached the final at the 2014 Australian Open and won the title at 2014 Roland Garros.

Muller beat Rafa at the All England Club in 2005, but Rafa got one back in 2011. Our champ has an overall 5-1 record against the big-serving man from Luxembourg. Continue reading “Wimbledon R4: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Gilles Muller?”

Rafael Nadal reminds journalists he ‘was not that bad on grass’ (Wimbledon 2017: 3rd round presser)

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Rafael Nadal speaks to the media after the 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(3) win against Karen Khachanov.

Q. Was your opponent difficult or tricky?
RAFAEL NADAL: It’s obvious that it’s a tough opponent, no? He came here playing good matches on grass, semifinals in Halle one week and a half ago, playing good match in semifinals.

Yeah, I think was a tough one. For a set and a half I was playing fantastic, then little bit worst. But in general terms very well, very happy.

Q. How would you describe the third set?
RAFAEL NADAL: At the beginning I had my chances. I should had the break. But didn’t happen. Then I had two tough games with my serve. That’s it.

I think I played well the important moments. In the tiebreak I think I played a little bit better than him.

Q. As experienced as you are with the difference at Wimbledon where there’s an off day on Sunday, and Monday where the men and women are all playing singles, how would you describe the Sunday, what you do with the day off, and Monday where the fans get to see all these players?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, is two days off. Is not usual. But that’s the tradition, so respect for that. That’s all.

Q. What will you do on Sunday?
RAFAEL NADAL: Just practice and have — relax, relax at home with my family, maybe watch some golf maybe, some film with my cousins. My small cousins are here. Maybe play some football with them. That’s all.

Q. How much are you enjoying the warm conditions, bringing a bit more bounce out of the court, helping your game, is it?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, is always that is better when is the sun out there. The conditions become a little bit more drier, and the court is more firm. Is better obviously for me.

Yeah, is always good to be in the second week. I hope the weather continues like this.

Q. Sergio Garcia was watching on today. Have you spoken to him over here? Will you be trying to meet up with him?

David Beckham Instagram

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I saw him just after the match there on the way to coming back to the locker room. Yeah, was great to see him again. Just is good for our sport to have big stars here supporting our sport like David Beckham, like him. I think is great news for our sport.

Q. Could you see him in his green jacket with the green sleeves?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I saw it.

Q. You’ve had problems over many seasons with your body, the physical side. Did you ever lose confidence in your body? How did you get to a place where you had confidence in your body?
RAFAEL NADAL: When you are under problems, is always that you don’t have confidence with your body, then is much more difficult to play well. If you feel that you are healthy, then you feel confident that you can do whatever you want in terms of practice, and you can move without thinking on anything, just thinking about the ball.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal reminds journalists he ‘was not that bad on grass’ (Wimbledon 2017: 3rd round presser)”

Wimbledon: 3rd round videos

Watch the best moments as Rafael Nadal beats Karen Khachanov in straight sets to reach round four at Wimbledon.

Rafa reflects on his third-round win over Khachanov…

Golfer Sergio Garcia supported Rafa from The Royal Box…

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Karen Khachanov in 3rd round of 2017 Wimbledon

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon on Friday by beating Karen Khachanov 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(3) in two hours and 14 minutes on Centre Court.

Rafa now won 28 consecutive completed sets in Grand Slam play, having won the title in Paris without dropping a set for the third time in his career and won all three of his matches in London in straight sets.

He has matched his own personal record of 28 – a run that stretched from the quarterfinals at 2010 Wimbledon through to the final at the 2010 US Open.

After the match, Rafa said:

I played fantastic for a set and a half but it got tougher after that. He started to hit stronger so I was happy to get through in three sets.

I think I played some good shots from the forehand and backhand. I’m happy about almost everything.

Rafa fired 7 aces to Karen’s 13.  He hit 41 winners compared to Karen’s 33, and made 19 unforced errors to his opponent’s 35. Our champ won a total of 112 points to the Russian’s 85.

Rafa capitalised on 4 of his 15 chances for break, while Karen converted 1 of his 5 break points.

The 15-time Grand Slam champion will next face Gilles Muller on Monday in the fourth round.