2007 Indian Wells F: Nadal defeats Djokovic 6-2 7-5

Everyone expected a Federer-Nadal final. But lucky loser Guillermo Canas ended Federer’s 41 matchs unbeaten streak in the 2nd round, just 5 short of Guillermo Vilas’ record of 46 straight victories. Canas defeated Federer again one week later in Miami and made it to the finals where he lost to… Djokovic. After straight sets wins […]

Rafa and Shakira: hot or not?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdhaZMTTh7U[/youtube] Me thinks Rafa doesn’t seem comfortable at all, and they have like zero chemistry. What do you think of the video?

Time force commercial with Rafa and Pau Gasol #2

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGUIwkJ5wOs[/youtube]

2006 French Open: Nadal defeats Paul Henri Mathieu 5–7, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4

One of Nadal’s most memorable match in Roland Garros. After two straight sets victories over Robin Soderling and Kevin Kim, Rafa met french clay-court specialist Paul Henri Mathieu (PHM) in the third round of 2006 French Open. Born and raised in Strasbourg, PHM trained for 3 years at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Junior French […]

2006 Rome F: Nadal defeats Federer 6-7(0) 7-6(5) 6-4 2-6 7-6(5)

Nadal had established himself as the King of Clay by winning his first French Open in 2005. Two weeks before this Rome final Federer had lost to Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters series. At the time, the Rafa-Fed rivalry was just peaking, and some tennis analysts like Carillo thought Nadal would just be another […]

Rafa’s playing style

Rafa Nadal: “My game is to play with the rallies. I don’t want to play serve and volley or serve and one shot or ace. Everybody has to know that. My game is to play with intensity, play good rhythm all the time, and try to play long times without having mistakes.” Forehand: His heavy […]