June 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
Why it’s Rafa ofcourse 🙂
Its Rafa’s birthday in a couple of hours, and being the impatient brat that I am 🙂 I can’t wait to be the first one to wish him, and I thought that this post might be the best way to go about it. And I am pretty sure that if he checks his twitter, I have filled it with 27 cakes, you know, just in case. 😉
It seems like yesterday, his win in Sopot, and here we are, 9 years later, having experienced his evolution from boy to man. Gone are the nervous and shy smiles, only to be replaced with a champion’s authority.Classic polos and knee length shorts have replaced the bicep brimming sleeveless shirts and surfer boy board shorts. The larvae has transformed into a beautiful butterfly- humble, respectful to a fault, grounded and just an amazing human being. But the one thing that remains from his childhood- is the twinkle in his eyes. His childlike euphoria when he wins a point or a tournament. His peter pan syndrome with video games,nutella, and chocolate croissants. How he loves to get presents, and how he instantly takes a peek 🙂 https://twitter.com/adel1609/status/338414994251194368
Its hard to not like those smiling eyes, and hammering forehands 🙂 If anything, Rafa should be proud of himself, for inspiring a generation.His raw passion, the earthy appeal of him, that diamond centred core, that mentality, every single piece, forms a picturesque puzzle. I don’t know whether I will ever get to meet him, and emote these feelings that are so easily spilled on paper, but I am a positive realist,and you never know right? For all I know, my energy and my will may take me to Mallorca one day :). And I really hope to complete the fan career golden slam, among other lists in my bucket 😀
I hope he finds it in his heart to evolve during the week, in Paris, and I know that his hunger to better his best will ensure, that he will fight till the very end. The weather and Rafa had a very serious conversation, and the weather has complied 🙂 Its looks to be sunny throughout the week, and I hope the minor speed bump last week will not hamper his overall enthusiasm to win 🙂 Today he practiced under the bright blue skies, and shared a couple of jokes with Toni and looked relaxed and composed 🙂
Before I sign off, I want to send a big abrazo to Rafa 😀 and some more calories his way 😛
And some bubbly 🙂
May 27, 2013 § 7 Comments
It was one of those OMG! matches with German rising star Daniel Brands, wrecking havoc on Rafa’s rhythm. It’s always nice to see an up and coming star, with such precise clay court movements for a monstrous height of 6″5, but not against Rafa :p Rafa was struggling from the very get go, and Brands, who was misusing 😉 his height advantage, picked up Rafa’s spins early, a la Djokovic, hammered it from side to side and I was completely dumbstruck and exchanged nervous glances with uncle Toni 😦 Rafa was struggling and was pinned back to the baseline, leaving the entire court to Brands. Brands used his serve and volley techniques, which were not quite Federer like but effective nevertheless,and quickly wrapped up the first set 6-4. Centre Court and my evening glass of cold coffee, were suspended in mid air in disbelief. Second set was the same but this time Rafa refused to get broken, so they battled it out to the tie break. And the tie breaker was the most tentative moment of the match, and a turning point of sorts, for both players. How quickly momentum can swing another way, is absolutely amazing! After going 3-0, a nervous Rafa found life when brands snuffed an easy sitter into the net. From that moment forward, Rafa’s engine gave a leaping roar, and the Harley Davidson thrust to life, drowning the din of the german supporters. Rafa went ahead and won all the points in the tie break to win the second set 7-6(4). His winning fist pump was indication enough, that he had had enough of Daniel Brands dictating play and now it was time to go all out. Rafa secured early leads in both the third and fourth set, with some nervy shots from Brands, who had run out of steam. Playing a five set match on clay is battle enough, without facing the King himself 😀 Rafa meticulously wrapped up the sets 6-4 and 6-3. Daniel Brands didn’t go away without a fight, and Rafa himself didn’t look at his best today, with some very bad misses and I thought that he was standing next to the entry of the court, further back than he usually stands.
Rafa compared the match to the one he played against Soderling all those years ago and said that Brands has an incredible play plan, as Rafa was not given the opportunity to think and find his rhythm. He plays Slovakia’s Martin Klizan for his second round, and the two have never met.
Rafa, despite the early set back came back guns blazing, showing us admiring fans, that his relentless self belief is bigger than his forehand and Djokovic’s backhand. He admits to developing a better mind set when he wins and finds solutions in tough matches. It helps with matches against the other halves of the fab four.
His Nike Kit has grown on me 😀 He looks Elmo cute in those reddish orange shorts and the grey bandanna and wristbands are a perfect juxtaposition 🙂 And I love his shoes. Good opening match overall and I am happy and relieved at the same time 🙂
Like his sponser’s various posters, Rafa is a constant reminder of No Excuses. 🙂 Good luck for the second round Rafa 🙂 You deserve every accolade and more 😀
May 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
Rafa was sensational. Sensational. Sensational. Ok! I think you get my drift now 🙂 just sensational :p Ok Now I am seriously not going to use that word again, but he was 🙂 I think he played his best match today. He was “on” from the very get go, as he broke Tomas in the very first game of the match and held his own quite well and led 2-0. But Tomas took the third game on his serve and saved break of points and got on the board. Not only did Rafa not face break points, he also won 100% of his second serve. Which is huge to say the least. His serve was steady, he was much calmer and more collected and just swept the first set under the rug, 6-2.
The second set has become quite a problem for Rafa these few days, I have noticed, and this has been the pattern since Barcelona. He himself admits to being tired and the quadriceps not being strong enough, so he can’t practice longer than he is usually does,so he loses the intensity and lacks the instant reflex to continue with the same high percentage of play. But despite a so-so effort in the first few games of the second set, Rafa broke when necessary and held his own serve to finish the match 6-4. Tomas Berdych took the loss in his stride and said that Rafa was the better player and even told Rafa on the net that he beat him fair and square. Very sporty and very un-Berdych like. But hey, alls well that ends well right?
Not only has Rafa made the finals of all eight tournaments he has entered since Chile, but he has also won five titles. He is already number one in the race to London,which is incredible, since he missed the first slam of the season in Melbourne. But what a remarkable career bounce back it has been. He is ready and won’t be denied a fair chance at Roland Garros. He has shown the world, the doubters and the haters alike that I am still the man to beat on Clay and I will always be one of the best in the game. 🙂 It looks like I have got my dream final in Fedal. It was always about these two for me. It was the best era when Fedal dominated the scene, and Novak was nowhere to be found. I have always admired Andy Murray’s tenacity and courage to hang on to the top 5 for quite a while now, and it’s great that he has achieved so much. It’s credit to Rafa’s whole team and him, specially, to beat physical suffering with mental fortitude 🙂 It’s great to have Rafa back and I can only give him all my luck and well wishes for tomorrow and the year ahead. It’s such a delight to watch him. 🙂 #VamosRafa
May 17, 2013 § 1 Comment
Well as you might have guessed 🙂 Rafa won!!!!!! I am so giddy excited! 🙂
Ok the endless tweets of support are swarming twitter right now, so I am just going to stop posting all of them. Rafa’s entire body language changed after yesterday’s near bagel first set loss. Like it woke him up, shook him up, and made him ponder over what he had to do in today’s match to stay ahead in the race to defend his title. And with that reflection, and with difficult but coming through in the end holds of serves, Rafa quickly nabbed the first set 6-4. He was aggressive from the get go, a little hasty, but made tremendous winners in Ferru’s opening serve to equal the score at 30-30. The haste cost him dearly in the second, as Ferrer came alive and played marvellously well to secure the giant lead of 4-0. Rafa who broke for 5-4 had the chance to equal the set and maybe take it to the tie breaker, but Ferru had some genius shots in his arsenal. Taking a page out of Rafa buddy’s playbook instead of Djokovic’s- he thought to himself that he was not giving up just yet, and scampered to save the second set and won it 6-4. The third set, was all Rafa all the way, with some brilliance of Ferru in the middle, but Rafa had a comfortable hold at 5-2, on his serve. Ferru desperately saved two match points, but it was Rafael Nadal who came out on top.
Not only that- Rafa is now the number one leader in the race to London ATP rankings and will be number four seed at the Roland Garros tournament played later this week. #VamosRafa! Fingers crossed for tomorrow’s semifinals. Rafa you make me so happy and proud. My smile is actually stretching from Roma and back 😀
Amo Rafa. Amo Roma 😀