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RAFA Memoir Review

The long awaited English memoir for former world number one and ten-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, titled RAFA, will be released on August 23 and certainly had me interested being a huge Nadal fan.

His memoir doesn’t disappoint. Does it drag on at times about the finer details of the Wimbledon 2008 final? Sure, but everyone still talks about that match and remembers it fondly and clearly so does Rafa. What is more interesting is the insights gained into his family and team dynamics as well as the little idiosyncrasies that make differentiate Rafael from Rafa. Read more »

Nadal Powers Past Baghdatis

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 »

Nadal Bids For 7th Consecutive Monte Carlo Crown

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 »

Nadal Eyes Semi Finals As Djokovic Comes Undone

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 »