Rafael Nadal has said he was overjoyed to finally have the chance to open Wimbledon on center court three years after he won the title for the first time. The beautiful grass court was in perfect condition as Nadal stepped on to center court to open his defense of the Hold Grail in tennis.
The Spanish world number one may have prepared by staying up late and watching the golf but that didn’t effect his emotions on court. “Was a big emotion be the first player to play in this fabulous court. So seriously was a very, very exciting feeling. Fantastic how see the court in the really, really perfect conditions. So, yes, very, very happy for everything.” Read more
If Rafael Nadal wanted to get through his first match in Madrid quickly to conserve his energy for Juan Martin del Potro he certainly did his job, overpowering Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-3.
In front of a heavily Spanish crowd Rafa opened with break and then took a 4-1 lead as the errors off Marcos’ racquet multiplied. By his 18th unforced error the Cypriot had handed over the first set. Read more
Rafael Nadal has battled for three hours to beat Andy Murray 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 for a chance to fight David Ferrer for his seventh consecutive Monte Carlo crown. It was a dramatic, strange and entertaining match as the two players went through patches of brilliance and difficulty.
Their match was scheduled to start at 3pm to determine the final finalist for the Monte Carlo event. The crowd sat and waited for Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal before it was announced that Murray had a painful elbow and had been advised to warm up for more time before deciding if he was going to play. An anxious packed house waited and eventually the men came out on court – Murray sans any tape or real indicator that something was astray. Read more
Rafael Nadal has surged on in pursuit of a seventh consecutive title in Monte Carlo, defeating Ivan Ljubicic 6-1, 6-3 and setting up a semi final meeting with Andy Murray who has now won three consecutive matches after ending a career worst losing streak.
The opening three games of Nadal’a match with Ljubicic were not particularly high quality as both players struggled to adjust to the gusty conditions. Nadal broke in the opening game. Ljubicic broke back when a cranky Rafa failed to get a first serve. Nadal broke again and from there on it was the Spanish world number one who adjusted better to the conditions, Ivan struggling to control his main weapon – his serve. Read more
Rafael Nadal’s new ad for Mapfre, a Spanish insurance company, has been released today. In the clip a Maprfe employee brings Nadal to his daughters show and tell class much to the delight of her fellow classmates. Read more
In a repeat of this years US Open final, fans cheered wildly hoping that the 23rd meeting between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic would be as closely contested as some of their meetings in the last two years. In the end Nadal won the encounter in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 Read more
Xisca Perello, long-time girlfriend of Rafael Nadal, has been seen everywhere since Wimbledon, even posing with Nadal’s team when he won the US Open. She has been so present on the circuit, where in previous years she occasionally traveled with her man while she studied back home in Mallorca, that people have begun to wonder if it’s only a matter of time before the two get married.
In a recent interview Rafa was asked what or who was the love of his life. His answer; his parents, his sister and his girlfriend. Read more
Video footage has been released today of Rafael Nadal and his mother Ana Maria Parera performing some charitable work in India at the school that the Rafa Nadal Foundation just opened. While the school does not promote children gifted in tennis, or sport in general, Nadal’s mother explains that they want to use tennis as a loose tie to her son while simply helping those who are less fortunate. Read more