The King of Clay and Golden Child of Spain, Rafael Nadal has clawed his way back after a dismal first set to beat Juan Martin del Potro 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 and hand Spain the Davis Cup final. Having missed the 2008 final due to injury, also against Argentina, Nadal was delighted to play such a pivotal role in claiming the huge Cup. Read more
David Nalbandian is one of the most motivated Davis Cup players in the history of tennis. He has played through painful injuries including a hernia to give Argentina hope such is his sense of national pride and so it was no surprise that the famous Argentine was pumped up for his doubles rubber with Eduardo Schwank against the Spaniards most famous pretty boys Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco.
With the Spaniards leading the final 2-0 it was a must win rubber for the Argentines who got the job done 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. Read more
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, Spain’s top two, have given Spain a 2-0 lead against Argetina in the Davis Cup finals. First came Spain’s golden child, Nadal, who needed almost two and a half hours to beat good friend Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.
Next up was Ferrer who did what he does best and played a grinding match for almost five hours against Juan Martin del Potro ultimately winning 6-2, 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Read more
Rafael Nadal has been sent packing from the World Tour Finals with just one win to his name. Tonga’s 6-7, 4-6, 6-3 victory was the final hit of the season for Nadal as he now shifts his focus to the Davis Cup final.
Despite recently taking time off, an unusual move for the uninjured Spaniard, Nadal still looked underwhelming. Read more
Hot on the heels of Armani releasing more photos of Rafael Nadal in his undies come photos of Serbian Janko Tipsarevic loaning his amazing body to Jesen’s Extreme Intimo.
While Janko’s buff body looks beautiful I can’t help but think Rafa’s Armani’s and Fernando Verdasco’s CK’s were a little more… hmm … flattering. Maybe I’m just an Armani girl
You decide…. Who do you like better? Click on MORE to see shots of Nadal, Tipsarevic and Verdasco in their underwear. Read more
So the question was What moment in Rafael Nadal’s career do you remember most vividly and why?
The answer had to be original, passionate and around the 600 word mark.
To decide who won I picked the best articles on each moment. Obviously there were a lot of people picking Wimbledon 2008 and so I’ve picked only one about Wimbledon (sorry everyone). Thank you all so much for participating and I hope that everyone else heads out to grab a copy of RAFA which is released today (23 August)!
And the winners are…… Read more
Rafael Nadal has recovered from the disappointment of his early exit from Montreal by securing a third round spot in Cincinnati after beating Julien Benneteau 6-4, 7-5. Clearly the effects of Montreal were still on his mind as he again failed to serve out the match as he’d done when falling to Ivan Dodig, and while he faltered again today he closed it out comfortably. Read more
The newly bald Fernando Verdasco will face compatriot Marcel Granollers in the Gstaad final after edging another Spaniard, Nico Almagro, in the semi finals 6-7, 7-6, 6-. The win gives Verdasco confidence after Almagro comfortably defeated him last week in the semifinals in Hamburg.
Verdasco is attempting to turn around his season which started with a broken ankle and has been characterized by seemingly poor form. At Wimbledon Verdasco was criticized heavily for his performance where he appeared to lack effort and enthusiasm in the two matches he played. Read more
It was only a matter of time until Fernando Verdasco got beaten at Wimbledon. He looked less than inspired for the first half of his match against Radek Stepanek, eventually waking up and coming back to win the match in five sets. Still looking tired and uninspired Versdasco tried to challenge Robin Haase who eventually beat him 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Read more
The first round match between Fernando Verdasco and Radek Stepanek had the potential to be a great match, an early five set match – but it almost wasn’t. The Spaniard took his time warming up and finding his way into the match but eventually walked away with a 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 9-7.
Fernando came out playing passively seemingly happy to just pock the ball back into court. He seemed to lack any intensity and seemed flustered by the breeze and as a result was broken in the opening game. Read more