Rafa Nadal – My Worst Hour And A Half On Court

Rafael Nadal has spoken to Spanish media this week and referred to the Australian Open final where he was crippled with back pain “the worst hour and a half” he has ever spent on a tennis court.

The revelation might be difficult for some to understand but with the injury combined with the crowds response and the importance of the match for Rafa’s place in history you can’t help but understand why it’s taking the Spaniard a little longer to make peace with it. Read more »

Toni Nadal Comments On Rafa Being Booed During Final

While Rafael Nadal has refused to speak negatively of the Australian Open crowd that booed him during the final on Sunday night, his uncle and coach Toni Nadal has publicly defended him.

“Just my opinion, but I don’t think the crowd should be doing this. Rafael has always given his best at this tournament, all tournaments. He tries to treat all of the people with respect.

He had to continue. He knows that people have paid money for tickets to be here for the match, the grand slam final. He knows a lot of people are seeing the television. He does not want them to have, how do I say, the stopped show. Read more »

Nadal Uncut

Rafa And Stan’s Speeches

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Nadal Press Conference

Sad presser by nadalnews

Rafael Nadal…. King Of Heart

It’s fair to say that after being booed for taking an injury time out once the crowd saw how impaired and emotional Rafa was and how he handled his disappointment on such a public occasion that Rafa has won some hearts. He certainly showed his heart as he fought on through the pain refusing to give up.

Here’s his post match press conference.

Q.  Obviously a very difficult occasion for you emotionally.  Did your back go when you played that forehand in the first game of the second set when you doubled over?
RAFAEL NADAL:  No.  The back, since the beginning I felt a little bit, from the warmup.  It was a little bit worst in the first set.  End of the first set, I start to feel worst.

Then at the beginning of the second was the key moment that I felt, during a serve in a bad movement, is very stiff, very bad.

That’s not the real moment to talk about that.  Is the moment to congratulate Stan.  He’s playing unbelievable.  He really deserve to win that title.  I very happy for him.  He’s a great, great guy.  He’s a good friend of mine.  I am really happy for him. Read more »

Stan Wawrinka Wins Australian Open

Rafael Nadal was fighting for history tonight. Not only would a second Australian Open title mean he equaled Pete Sampras’ 14 Grand Slam titles but it also meant he was the first man since Rod Laver to complete a career Grand Slam twice.

As it was in 2011 when Rafa was trying to complete what was dubbed the Rafa Slam injury struck and intervened – preventing him from creating history again. Once again the biggest opponent Rafael Nadal has is his own body.

2014 now marks the fifth time Rafa has either been injured in the Australian Open or missed it due to injury (the third injury when he’s played on Australia Day).

Tonight history, and a first Grand Slam, was on Stanislas Wawrinka’s side as he defeated the defending champion 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Stan was the first man to ever beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on his way to victory. Read more »

Feliciano Lopez And Girlfriend Pose For Vogue

For all those Feliciano Lopez fans out there, that includes you Judy Murray, check out Feli and girlfriend Alba Carrillo in Spanish Vogue.

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Best Of Kia Open Drive

Classic Grigor

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Li Na Wins First Australian Open Title

China’s Li Na has won her second Grand Slam and first Australian Open titles after two previous attempts. Tonight Li beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-6,

Cibulkova was broken in the opening game and again faced break points in the third game. Despite the break and previous Grand Final experience it seemed that Li Na was the more unsettled of the two players.

With only 12% of first serves in two consecutive double faults saw Li Na broken and the score leveled at 3-3 as the Slovakian started to find her rhythm. Read more »