Rafa Nadal was acclaimed Hijo Predilecto (Favourite son) in Manacor, his birthplace, last Friday. The town’s statutes had to be changed specifically, as until now, such a distinction had only ever been awarded posthumously in Manacor. The honorary merit comes on top of a remarkable string of victories, making 2010 the most successful year to date in Rafa’s career, with seven titles, including Grand Slam wins in Paris, Wimbledon and the US Open. Nadal is currently ranked No. 1 in the ATP World Tour rankings, with a comfortable margin in points over Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
The photo shows Nadal sitting between his mother, Ana María Parera, and his father, Sebastià Nadal. The photo was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of diariodemallorca.es and the photographer, Guillem Bosch.
Earlier this morning Rafa Nadal won his ninth Grand Slam title, adding the only trophy that he had missed so far to his large collection of prizes. By completing his set of Grand Slam titles, Nadal joins the ranks of André Agassi and Roger Federer in the Open Era, plus Fred Perry, Donald Budge, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson in the all-time Tennis annals, winning the Roland Garros (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010), Wimbledon (2008, 2010), the Australian Open (2009) and the US Open (2010) trophies. At age 24, Nadal is the youngest man to achieve this rare accomplishment. Out of eleven Grand Slam finals played since 2005, the boy from Manacor (Mallorca) won nine, entering the books of tennis history. With 12,025 points, Rafael Nadal continues as Number One in the ATP rankings, with Novak Djokovic now ranking as Number Two, and Roger Federer in third place.
The photo was borrowed from the Internet courtesy of bbc.co.uk and the photographer. The video was borrowed from YouTube, courtesy of randajad86. Thank you very much, and Spasiba.
Regular visitors to this photo blog will have noticed that I do the occasional eulogy on the young tennis master from Manacor (Mallorca), Rafa Nadal.
Today it will be no eulogy but more of a commiseration, I am afraid. Just four days before Rafa Nadal’s 23rd birthday, the Grand Slam tennis tournament of Roland Garros in Paris (France) was meant to bring another win and another record for the Number One in the tennis rankings, but his opponent, Robin Söderling, had different plans yesterday. Mr. Söderling from Tibro (Sweden) with an ATP ranking of 25 managed one of the biggest upsets in male Grand Slam tennis history by beating Rafael Nadal in four sets (6:2, 6:7, 6:4, 7:6) in the fourth round of the French Open at Roland Garros. It was all over after 210 minutes for Rafa’s dream of a fifth consecutive French Open title. Yesterday’s was the first defeat ever for Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros since his debut there in 2005. Rafa Nadal will not eat his birthday cake in Paris this year, I guess.
Oh well, it had to happen one day at some stage I suppose.
Rafa Nadal found these words after his surprise exit: “This is not a tragedy. I had to lose one day. I must accept my defeats with the same level of calm that I accept my victories.” Wise words.
My photo was taken a few months ago at a newsagent’s in Manacor where Rafa Nadal regularly uses the facilities to have his photograph taken.
The photo was taken in Manacor, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: December 2nd, 2008. The time was 18:01:18.
Rafa Nadal, the 22 year old from Manacor, Mallorca, made it into the history books once more. He became the first player to win five Monte-Carlo Masters titles in succession after yesterday (April 19th) beating Novak Djokovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 at the tournament in the municipality of Roquebrune Cap-Martin.
Nadal had beaten Guillermo Coria in the Monte-Carlo final in 2005, and then Roger Federer in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Now Djokovic from Serbia was defeated in the 2009 final in two hours and 44 minutes. Novak Djokovic has never beaten Nadal on clay court, but yesterday deservedly managed to take a set from the World No. 1. Nadal had not surrendered a set in Monte-Carlo to anybody since 2006 when Federer took a set from him but finally had to succumb to Rafa.
Yesterday’s win was Nadal’s 34th career win since he turned professional in 2001, 23 of which on clay courts. Nadal also holds 5 career wins as a doubles player.
The photo was taken from the TV set in my local bar in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 19th, 2009. The time was 16:58:41.