Category Archives: Marc Lopez

Spanish Boys Have A Little Fun

Here’s a little something for the Spanish fans out there. These videos are from the 2011 Davis Cup celebrations and as you can see the boys were perhaps…. a little dusty.

You’ve got Nadal busting a few moves that make me think he really wasn’t lying when he said he’s now not as shy as he used to be as he snuggles up to Marc Lopez and Felicano Lopez – at one point looking like he was practicing some clumsy pick pocketing on Feli.

But it’s all for fun so lets have a giggle as we see these boys let their hair down.

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Nadal To Try And Halt Djokovic For Indian Wells Title

Rafael Nadal has only ever won Indian Wells of odd years, last winning in 2009. If he wants to win this year he’s going to have to surpass the steam train that is Novak Djokovic. Since 2011 started Novak has beaten everyone, including Federer now three consecutive times, he has played. He has won every tournament he has played in. Now only the world number one stands between him and the best season start I ever remember seeing. Read more »

Sick Nadal Claims Doubles Title, Delays Flight To Melbourne

Trouble started in the Nadal camp a few days ago when it first appeared Rafael Nadal was suffering from some sort of fever. Why he continued to play singles and doubles when he’s sick is beyond me. Why he’s doing so just before a potentially historic Australian Open is even more confusing. Read more »

Nadal Beats Federer And Claims Abu Dhabi Title

The Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament has been won by Rafael Nadal after he defeated Roger Federer 7-6, 7-6. It seems only fitting that the way the 2010 season ended is the way the 2011 season started, just with a different outcome.

It seemed that throughout the match Federer at times forgot the tactics that saw him defeat Nadal in the World Tour Finals just a few weeks ago. Despite the outcome, the two were  in high spirits after the trophy presentation, giggling amongst themselves as they posed for photos. Read more »

Nadal’s Good Deed

While Spaniards have voted that they all love Rafa Nadal, the current world number one has used his fame to better the lives of others. His mother, Ana Maria, is deeply involved with his foundation and last week she watched as his foundation did a very good deed.

The Rafa Nadal Foundation joined together with the Special Olympics for an event called ‘More Than Just Tennis’ in Manacor. A group of 25 young athletes from around the country met Rafa in his home town and got to enjoy a clinic with the Spaniard. Read more »

>Nadal Slides Smoothly From Clay To Grass

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New Roland Garros champion and world number 1, Rafael Nadal, has made a seamless transition from clay to grass as he stepped on to the courts of the Queens club yesterday, successfully winning both his doubles and singles match. Rafa defeated Marcos Daniel easily 6-2, 6-2 in just 53 minutes. He then played doubles with his good friend Marc Lopez, defeating Rainer Schuettler and Janko Tipsarevic, 6-4, 6-3.

“After having the good results on grass… I start to believe I can play well on this surface. So that makes me feel a little bit better mentally when I come back here. But at the same time, I need the time because I have to adapt, and that needs more days. It’s difficult to adapt but I am happy to be back on grass, it is one of the surfaces I enjoy playing on… I practiced very badly yesterday. During the morning I did a little bit better but still bad. And I really would love to have the doubles before the singles, but anyway, today during the match in singles I felt well.”

Nadal played well at the net, something he will need to do at Wimbledon, even if the new Babolat black strings make it a bit harder to have great touch at the net.

>Player Of The Month: Rafael Nadal

>For the month of April Rafael Nadal will be Tennis Perspective’s player of the month. He takes over from Juan Carlos Ferrero who had an incredible February, winning consecutive tournaments and being runner up in Acapulco.

Rafa has once again surged back from injury, showing incredible form in Indian Wells, winning the doubles with childhood friend Marc Lopez. He also participated, for the second time, in the Hit for Haiti charity match in Indian Wells. Rafa is also the only member of the ATP’s top 5 still standing in Miami.

The main reason for Rafa’s nomination as player of the month is his exceptional sportsmanship. In his match against Ferrer, Rafa had a point called in his favour that would have evened the score 6-6 in the first set, forcing a tie break. Rafa then called out to friend David Ferrer and told him it looked good and he should challenge. The ball clipped the line by 2mm and the call was in favour of Ferrer, leading to a replay.

While this behaviour is nothing new for Nadal, it is unusual and worth commending.

>Ljubicic Defeats Nadal, But Rafa Doesn’t Walk Away Empty Handed

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After playing at an incredible level all week, Spaniard Rafael Nadal has been defeated in his Indian Wells semi-finals match by Croatian Ivan Ljubicic 3-6, 6-4, 7-6. For the most part Nadal played well until about half way through the second set where his forehand, which has been lethal this week, seemed to abandon him. He also wasted a few opportunities to go up 4-2 in the second set, possibly a side effect of how little he has played this season. He also failed to go for the kill against Nikolay Davydenko in the Doha finals in January.

A jubilant Ivan said “Probably the best I’ve ever played in my career, I enjoyed it, really… Great, great moment, and the fourth Masters finals, four different Masters, so I hope this one, it’s finally gonna be the victory.”

Nadal was still positive about the outcome of the match, looking forward to the doubles final later that day. “That was an accident today. That’s my feeling, because I was playing (well) enough to win the tournament. It was an important accident, and I have to learn to try to play more aggressive next time, try to convert the opportunities. But for the rest, nothing to say, no? I was feeling I was playing better than probably ever on this court.”

But Nadal does walk away with a title, even if it’s not the one he really wanted, even if it doesn’t count in terms of ending his singles title drought (May 2009 – last win – Rome). Rafa and childhood friend Marc Lopez, who normally plays Challengers, won their second ATP level doubles title, in only their 5th tournament together, again beating Nestor and Zimonjic 7-6, 6-3

“For me it’s a pleasure to play with Marc. He’s a very close friend of mine, and we do really well. After losing important singles, the victory in doubles makes me happy. Always is nice to win a tournament. We never thought about winning the tournament here, so we’re very happy for that. We enjoying a lot playing together.” – Rafael Nadal

It’s an amazing week and my second time here. It’s a pleasure to play with Rafa; he’s my friend. I always play Challengers so this is very big for me. It’s unbelievable. Every match is important and beating for the second time is great.”  – Marc Lopez

>Nadal And Lopez To Face Nestor And Zimonjic In Doubles Final

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Wild card entrants into the doubles, Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez, will face the number one seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles finals in Indian Wells tomorrow. Nadal, who tends to only play doubles when returning from injury or at the start of the season to get a little more match play under his belt, has played with Lopez, a friend from Mallorca, previously, actually beating Nestor and Zimonjic in the Doha doubles finals in 2009. The victory was their partnership debut. They have played a total of 5 tournaments together.

Given the form Nadal is playing in, I suspect we might see a Nadal clean sweep of the Indian Wells tournament… Well that’s what I’m hoping for anyway. I still get a sneaky feeling Rafa’s going to walk away empty handed. I get the feeling he may not even win a title until Barcelona.