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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 »

Nadal Books Place In 19th Slam Final

The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. During tonight’s men’s semi final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Roger tried something different. His big problem was the man on the other side of the net, the world number one, was in blistering form.

Nadal booked his place in the finals with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 win. If he wins he will equal Pete Sampras’ 14 Grand Slam titles and be one of few who have won all 4 Grand Slams at least once.

Nadal had flown his doctor and a specialist physiotherapist from Spain to treat his blister and provide new protection which immediately seemed more effective than his hand wrapping when he last played. Read more »

Nadal On Pain & Suffering For Sport

Nadal Injury Update

According to Marca the Spanish Tennis Federation has sent Rafa’s doctor, the one who manages his knees, Dr Ángel Ruiz Cotorro and a physiotherapist, Julián Casanova, to Melbourne to help treating Rafa.

Since they have arrived Rafa has been seen practicing with a small plaster-like patch on his hand instead of the tape wrapping which was obviously irritating him during his past two matches.

Unfortunately for Rafa the raw wound is on his left hand right where the bottom of his racket sits. Read more »

Injuries In Tennis

Thought I’d share this video. As a physio I found it quite interesting even if it has an unusual soundtrack.

For those thinking tennis is not hard work on players bodies watch this.

Toni Nadal Gives Interview About Rafa And His Injuries

Toni talks about his belief that Rafa can catch up to Roger in the Grand Slam stakes and how he thought after Rafa’s return in Sao Paulo that Rafa would never be able to move like he had previously again.

A True Look At Nadal’s Blistered Hand

This has really gone downhill since his match against Gael Monfils.

Ask yourself… could you even contemplate playing tennis with this on your hand?

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