Saturday, May 25, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Watch highlights of Rafael Nadal's semi-final victory over Jeremy Chardy at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar on Saturday.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Nadal return could shake rivals
All eyes will be on the returning Rafael Nadal at the start of the 2013 men's tennis season, the player the others most fear on the circuit.
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have intriguing individual rivalries and produce some classic encounters, with the balance of power shifting one way and then the other. However, none of the present big three could lay claim to having the wood on Nadal.
World number one Djokovic beat the Spaniard at Wimbledon and US Open finals during an exceptional 2011, before starting this year with an epic victory over the left-hander at the Australian Open (you can check out the latest Australian Open 2013 odds with Paddy Power tennis betting. Nadal bounced back with three tour final wins on clay to take a 19 to 14 lead in head-to-head matches.
Federer has 17 Grand Slam titles to his name but has struggled to assert his authorityover Nadal, particularly at majors. Nadal has beaten the Swiss eight times in Grand Slams and leads 18-10 overall.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Rafa Nadal out of Australian Open 2013
Rafael Nadal suffered a stomach virus that will forced him to miss the 2013 Australian Open and probably won't play again until the end of February.
The Spaniard said he needs time to recover from the virus that already prevented him from coming back this week at Abu Dhabi.
"We just hope he gets better quickly and we see him back on the tour as soon as possible," Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said. "Tennis fans across the world have been missing him."
While he is expected to recover from the virus in time for the year's first Grand Slam tournament, Nadal and his team said he wouldn't have the proper preparation for a five-set event.
"My knee is much better and the rehabilitation process has gone well as predicted by the doctors," Nadal said in a statement. "But this virus didn't allow me to practice this past week and therefore I am sorry to announce that I will not play in Doha and the Australian Open."
"As my team and doctors say, the safest thing to do is to do things well and this virus has delayed my plans of playing these weeks," Nadal said. "I always said that my return to competition will be when I am in the right conditions to play and after all this time away from the courts I'd rather not accelerate the comeback and prefer to do things well."
Nadal's doctor, Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, said in the same statement that the player needed at least a week to recover from the virus. That ruled him out for the Qatar Open, which starts Jan. 2.
Nadal's coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, said going straight to a five-set tournament after being sidelined so long was "not appropriate."
"It is simply not conceivable that his first event is a best-of-five sets event," he said in a statement. "He wouldn't be ready for that."
Photo AP Photo/David Vincent
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Nadal out of Abu Dhabi with illness
Rafael Nadal withdrew from Abu Dhabi tennis exhibition due to illness.
"Rafael Nadal has been forced to make a last minute withdrawal from the 2012 event due to a stomach virus," organizers said in a statement released on Tuesday.
"Nadal, who has competed in all four previous tournaments, was advised by doctors not to travel or compete due to the illness."
"I am very disappointed that I will not be able to compete this year in Abu Dhabi," Nadal said in Facebook.
"I was really excited about returning to play and I always have a wonderful experience at the event and this is the first time I will miss the tournament.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Rafa Nadal confirms return to tennis in Abu Dhabi
Rafael Nadal will return to tennis at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi at the end of December after six months out with a knee injury.
Rafa has not played since Wimbledon because of a partial tear of the patella tendon and an inflammation in his left knee.
"Can't wait to get back on court in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month," He wrote on his Facebook page.
"I won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011," he added. "Would love to get my hands on the trophy again this year!"
Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Janko Tipsarevic, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych will be there too.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Are you a Rafa Nadal fan??? Check out what I found.... T-shirts (and more products) to support the former world number 1 on tournaments or everyday!!!
You can choose the product you what with a design and the color of the T-shirt too!!!! isn´t it cool??
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Watch Rafa Nadal in the Making of the "Diez Personas 10" 2013 catalog of Chocrón Joyeros with Ariadne Artiles, Dani Martín, Fernando Torres, Josep Carreras, Leo Harlem, Maribel Verdú, Marta Robles, Rafa Nadal, Roberto Torretta y Samantha Vallejo-Nágera.
You can watch Rafa from minute 9...
Nadal To Play In Abu Dhabi And Doha
Rafael Nadal will officially start his 2013 ATP season playing in Doha on December 31st but before this event he will participate of the Abu Dhabi exhibition form December 27-29.
“Nadal is returning to competitive tennis since his knee injury at Wimbledon so everyone is looking forward to seeing what he brings,” Doha tournament director Karim Alami said.
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are due to play Abu Dhabi too, while Roger Federer will skip the events.
After 5 month without touching a tennis racquet, Rafa began training last week, with a brief session at an indoor court on his home island of Mallorca.
In Doha, the Spaniard will be joined by David Ferrer, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Rafael Nadal attended the opening of the 100th play-ground of the Richard Krajicek foundation.
The Foundation started fifteen years ago and rafa went to celebrate this festive event.
The new play-ground is on the Singel canal in Dark Schiebroek. Even Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam was present at the opening of the new sports playground.
Check out some pics we found on Twitter...
Monday, November 26, 2012
Rafael Nadal attended a press conference for 'Champions Drink Responsibly' by Bacardi in Sitges, Spain and here we have some pics for you to enjoy....
Friday, November 23, 2012
Rafael Nadal, who is in Mallorca recovering from a knee injury and slowly getting back into tennis practice, went out for a ride with his Cycling Team...
Rafael Nadal's eighth consecutive Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title was one of many memorable highlights of the first half of the 2012 ATP World Tour season.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Rafael Nadal, who is back on the training court, went to the supermarket today ... It looks like he will make some dinner to watch a soccer match ... with friends???...
What would you do if you go to the supermarket and you see Rafa in front of you??
"Tonight TV watching football and fantastic dinner at home. At the supermarket!" He posted on Facebook.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Rafael Nadal has begun training as part of his recovery from a left knee injury that has sidelined him since Wimbledon.
He chose a hard court in Manacor to begin hitting tennis balls again, overseen by his uncle and coach Toni Nadal and a physiotherapist.
"Hi all, today my first tennis practice after all these weeks. Getting better and hope to continue with the positive trend." He wrote.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Rafa out of London, Delpo in
Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour finals in London due to his left knee injury, the ATP said on Thursday..
With Rafa´s announcement, Juan Martin Del Potro has qualified to the Tour finals.
"It's disappointing for me to miss the last two tournaments of the season in Paris and London but it doesn't come as a surprise," Rafa said.
"I will hopefully resume my tennis practice soon since I am making good progress with my recovery from injury. I am not ready to compete in time for these events so I will continue my recovery in Mallorca and work hard to be back as soon as possible."
Nadal already commented that he would not rush back into playing before his injury had healed completely.
Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: "We wish Rafa all the best as he continues his rehabilitation from injury. Rafa is an incredible champion and it goes without saying that he has been missed on the ATP World Tour over the past few months. We look forward to welcoming him back on the tour very soon."
Photo by REUTERS/Paul Hanna
Friday, October 19, 2012
Rafael Nadal, who has not played on the ATP tour since Wimbledon, announced he will play at the Mexican Open in February 2013.
Toni Nadal, his coach and uncle, commented that Nadal is focused on returning in time for an exhibition event at the end of the year in Abu Dhabi as part of his preparations for the Australian Open in January.
Rafa suffers a left knee injury and said it is unlikely he could play for Spain at the Davis Cup final in the Czech Republic next month.
Muy contento de volver a jugar en Acapulco en 2013! Me encanta México! I'm very happy to play again in Acapulco next season! #ILoveMéxico— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) October 18, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
As you may already know, Juan Monaco is in Mallorca visiting Rafa Nadal... During the weekend Rafa played golf and Pico was his caddie and today they went for a swim early in the morning and then they enjoyed a nice afternoon on a boat... Check out some pics....
Their day started with a nice swim...
"Saliendo para nadar a primera hora de la mañana
On our way to swim at first hour in the morning" Pico wrote.
Friday, October 12, 2012
After playing the Asian tour and winning a title, Juan Monaco is taking some days off to relax and he decided to go to Mallorca to visit one of his best friends... Rafa Nadal... Check it out!!
On Facebook he posted...
"A ver si reconocen a mi amigo?
Let's see if you can recognize my friend?"
Rafa commented on Twitter...
Pasando el fin de semana con un gran amigo! Enjoying the weekend with a friend!— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) October 12, 2012
... Juan added...
Contento de ver a mi amigo q se le extraña en el circuito / Glad to see my friend who is missed in the tour— Juan Monaco (@picomonaco) October 12, 2012