Preview: US Open ;)

July 13, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Now..This is the magic of Halftone: πŸ˜€
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Rafa’s calm facade could be a lid about to blow up in the face of his competitors πŸ™‚ just saying…
A gruelling spring season which left Rafa with a record in all the categories: Best comeback, most tittles won, most masters won ( he broke his own record by winning 3), record 8th at the French,had him utterly exhausted. Throw in the lack of warmup at Halle, and he was a non show at Wimbledon this year. Most were writing him off, and some rebuked his decision about the excess of clay, and some even added snidely, that expect him at ViΓ±a next year. Not only has Rafa’s camp confirmed Motreal, Cincinnati & USO,this summer, but Rafa, was seen engaging in some much deserved R&R, in and around the Balearic Islands.The good news is that Rafa seems unfazed by the negative press & is as cool as possible in his updates, with no bother in the world. And like his uncle said a couple of days ago, that he has nothing more to lose, so I guess that has loosened him up a bit! πŸ˜€ He put on his shoes, threw his practice gear pell-mell into his car-trunk, and pretended to be practicing at a restaurant, and is back to cooking. I’m loving the R&R phases πŸ™‚

On to the cement now Rafa….#Vamos πŸ˜€

Rafadorable!

July 4, 2013 § 3 Comments

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So Rafadorable has been keeping busy vacationing on his boat in and around his home island of Mallorca, basking in the beautiful mediterranean sunshineΒ in Ibiza and FormenteraΒ . He’s still comeback king. His smile got the Dentist’s nod. Alls well, so I don’t know what the fuss is all about this Weembelldon anyways? πŸ˜‰

On the last leg of his much deserved R&R, winning the playstation slam with his little cousins and Mickey, is a confidence boost for the remainder of the season πŸ˜‰ which kicks of with Hamburg, one of two clay 500s next week. He has also made reservations for Montreal, for the Roger’s Cup beginning in early August …hey Rafa! 24 and counting,just FYI πŸ™‚

Rafa’s summer vacation photos can be found here– Tanika Molvi is the best, or one of the best sources for all things Rafa! Davay!!

Nike must have given the pink slip to the wrong designer, because all of Rafa’s kits are dull and boderline “pastel sober”, which I think suits Roger more than him. Loved the Indian Wells bright turquoise with yellow ribbing around the neck tee, but that’s about it. For the fall collection, Nike has introduced three versions of X men shirts,and boring armoury blue shorts,which are quite meh. But I’m loving the US Open shoes, that provide a pop of colour.
With nothing to defend, and everything to win, Rafa has plenty of motivation going into the hard courts with a fresher more aggressive outlook. With Roger’s exit Rafa got bumped up to the fourth rank, and should enter the US Open, with a normal and balanced draw. *fingers crossed*

I can’t wait for Rafa to come back and wreck havoc on court. Will keep my fellow Rafans updated, at lightning speed as always πŸ™‚ And do hit back with your comments, because there is always room for improvement.

Before I go, please go here:Β http://espn.go.com/espys/2013/ to vote for Rafa under best tennis player (male). Rafa has won this prestigious award only once before, in his career best 2010 calendar, and he more than deserves a second shot at this, with his sensational comeback!!! πŸ˜€

Cheers to you Rafa!!!! And long live the King of Tennis #Vamos
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The Forehand Times XV

June 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Hi Rafans!! It’s lovely to see Rafa put Wimbledon out of his mind for good πŸ™‚ I don’t think that Tumbledown has anything to offer anyways, as Roger also exited rather swifty in the second round. It’s not the same anymore, and Β I have vowed to myself, that I will not watch Tumbledown the next time, this nonsense happens! No Rafa, no Fedal, NO TUMBLEDOWN.

After Tumbledown, Rafa went to see his doctor in Barcelona, and all seems to be on course for the summer and fall as Rafa is scheduled to enjoy the Balearic Summer for a couple of days, before hitting the practise sessions for the gruelling hard court season. His schedule is yet to be confirmed, but China Open and Basel, alongside his Davis Cup group playoffs stands confirmed. He is also scheduled to play two exhibitions in Argentina and the British Virgin Islands. The former with David Nalbandian and the latter for the Annual Necker up, hosted by Sir Richard Branson, on his private island in the Caribbean.

Here is a brilliant chart showcasing the brand of these amazing athletes, and once again Rafa tops the list πŸ˜€
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Rafa was spotted, vacationing in the breathtaking azure waters of Ibiza, with his friends. I am still hunting for a smiley photo, but its understandable, his frustration at being photographed, when he is trying to have fun with friends. But all is not lost this year, touchwood, atleast for now! And I am hopeful for the remainder of the season. Win or lose, give me a healthy Rafa and thats all πŸ™‚ I don’t want to recall those seven nightmarish months. And it helps that he has tore through the competition and won the most titles of the year so far!! πŸ˜€ #VamosRafa.
Enjoy the blue trunks and the abs…youre welcome πŸ˜‰
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6-2 6-3

May 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Rafa really played well today. Like really really well. πŸ˜€ Precision aggression, laser like shots and peppering the court with correct placement of balls. It was almost a tiny peak into his form, which he has been building for Rome and Roland Garros. I know it’s not right to build castles in the air, but it’s not wrong to be so giddy happy at my champion’s magnificent form. I can totally erase the number of silly unforced errors which came off his racquet, because his winners and down the lines were so fabulous. It was a comfortable hold in the first set, as he broke Mikhail in the very third game. And from there on, it was the Rafa show till he wrapped up the first set 6-2.
The flurry of Spanish fans and their relentless chanting did little damage to his concentration, but a bad line call, which gave Mikhail the advantage had him drop his level and he got broken for 3-3. The umpire’s mistake and the lack of hawk-eye installation, coupled with losing a 3-1 lead, would have unravelled any other top player, but Rafa kept his cool and broke back for 4-3. And then he closed his service game at 5-3, and Mikhail’s 30 unforced errors coupled with Rafa’s athleticism had Rafa, close out the second set 6-3.

Watching the exciting Roger Federer/ Kei NIshikori third round now, and the swiss fans can’t wait to see their maestro tie it with the legendary John McEnroe πŸ™‚
Good luck Roger πŸ˜€ Later today, the excitement mounts, as the relentless Tommy Haas takes on Spain’s number one, David Ferrer, followed by the most nail biting third round between Stan Wawrinka and Djokovic-killer Grigor Dimitrov. Andy Murray will take on Frenchmen Gilles Simon. It was really sad to see Gimeno-Traver retire at 5-5, against compatriot Andujar, after he so brilliantly dismissed Richard Gasquet in the second round. He was crying and Andujar was consoling him at the net, and it is really difficult to root for the better player, in this case Andujar, when you know that Traver’s future is so bright. Chin up Traver πŸ™‚ This is certainly not the end πŸ™‚ Tomas Berdych won his match over Kevin Anderson,and I noticed that he has a new clothing sponsorship with H&M. Maybe his model girlfriend has something to do with it? πŸ˜‰ Both Williams and Sugarpova, brushed aside their opponents with relative ease- a Serena/Masha final is looking inevitable right now πŸ™‚
The conditions were/are perfect today. Puffy white clouds and serene blue skies, with the perfect forehand breeze and laser-like sunshine πŸ™‚ Some good tennis to look forward to πŸ™‚ . Will bring in more news as the day progresses πŸ™‚ #VamosRafa πŸ˜€

Photo Set I

May 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

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DΓ­a a DΓ­a

April 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

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After that fabulous week in Barcelona, Rafa sets his sights on the Mutua Madrid Masters, which begins next week. This will be the second time, since Indian Wells, that the fab four will re-unite. πŸ˜€ Roger Federer will return to defend his title( this time on red clay), Andy Murray will try to better his hold on clay, and the most anticipated clash will be between the titans- the king of clay- Rafael Nadal and the robot -Novak Djokovic. Rafa’s mantra of paso a paso has now evolved to dΓ­a a dΓ­a πŸ˜€

The whole of last week, we were treated to flashes of vintage Nadal hot shots and insane will power. His matches against Raonic and Almagro were breathtaking. He started out slow, against both, but then his hammering echoed the hammering from the skies πŸ˜€ The rainy chill was not ideal, and there were lots of rescheduling and cancellations for the organisers- but the players hung in there, and Rafa even pulled a back to back victory against Benoit Paire and Albert Ramos πŸ˜€

With his groundstrokes, backhands and smart out-maneuvering of his opponent getting better dΓ­a a dΓ­a πŸ˜‰ I see Rafa as the hot favorite for Madrid. If it’s clay, Rafa is automatically the favourite πŸ˜€ I will post the draws as soon as they are out. It has been a dream comeback and Rafa is pleased and content with his performance- which is most important. He even took the loss to Djokovic in Monte Carlo in his stride and said that he was playing after a month and only the best player in the world ( right now Rafa! :p ) could beat him. And he was pretty happy with the way he played the second set with Djokovic going up 4-2 and had real chances. Vamos Rafa! Β πŸ™‚ With this positive attitude and your ever improving form and never die attitude, nothing is impossible πŸ˜€

Good news for #Fedal fans – Rafa is scheduled to play in Roger Federer’s hometown tournament in Basel this year!! Both Roger and Rafa have agreed to participate πŸ˜€ #epic

So exciting season thus far! Six finals and four titles- couldn’t have been better! πŸ˜€ Can’t wait for the knees to be 100% again, and can’t wait for the King to take centre court in Madrid πŸ˜€ #VamosRafa!!!!

Here he comes…..
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The Forehand Times XI

April 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Championship Point: πŸ˜€

KING OF CLAY πŸ˜€

Dig in Rafans πŸ˜€

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Victory tastes oh so sweet…… πŸ˜€

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2013 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell - Day Seven

2013 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell - Day Seven

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2013 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell - Day Seven

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VAM8S! πŸ˜€

HOT SHOT OF THE DAY πŸ˜€

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