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Rafa Redux
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innie_darling
I didn't watch Wimbledon because Rafael Nadal wasn't going to be there; he is hands-down my very favorite athlete to watch.

And he lost decisively today, just couldn't get anything to go right for him, and I watched the interviews he's done throughout the tournament, and was even more impressed. He started off today's interview by saying that Juan Martin Del Potro was better than him, and then fielded a question about his abdominal injury, and he said, in his adorably broken and heavily accented English, "Let me repeat. He played much better than me, and that is why he won. Anything else, after, it sounds like excuses, no?" And then he finally talked about the injury, which he's declined to do while he was still in play. And it sounded like a bitch and a half, especially coming after a sidelining injury to his knees, and the fact that his parents (who he still lives with - baby boy!) are getting a divorce (he didn't talk about the divorce - I just read about it elsewhere).

Then I watched some of the interviews from earlier in the tournament, and goodness gracious, he is world-without-end adorable. Upon being asked about the fan who broke past security to hug him (after the Monfils match), he said, "It was no problem for me." Asked to clarify: "He was a great fan. He said 'I love you' and he kissed me." Asked if the declaration was made in Spanish, Rafa said, "No, in English, but I understand that," and grinned. Eye-crinkles, dimples, and all.

In conclusion: Rafael Nadal is good for tennis, and good to have back on my TV.
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I didn't catch any of his match (it wasn't aired here) but wasn't surprised about the loss. He hasn't been 100 percent and JMDP is peaking and extremely talented. I haven't seen the press conference footage yet either but I loved what you've quoted and it all does make me adore him even more.

Rafael Nadal is good for tennis

I whole-heartedly agree. And I'll add that's he great for sports in general too. Let's hope he gets himself healthy and back in prime shape for next year.

Oh, and if it's true about his parents, I'm sorry to hear this. Family is clearly so very important to him and he's still young enough to be hit hard by it. Let's hope the changes go as smoothly as possible for all of his family.

Yes to everything you just said. Be glad you didn't watch the match - it was hard to watch, given that he was trying pretty much everything in his bag of tricks, but it made no difference whatsoever. Del Potro was just having one of those golden days where he could do no wrong.

(And, in fairness to JMDP, I should add that the on-court interview with him was very nice - he said "Sorry" when the interviewer mentioned that people had been looking forward to a Nadal/Federer final, and then said that this was the best moment of his life.)

I've never seen JMDP interviewed before except briefly during yesterday's Federer/Djokovic match and he seems softspoken and like he has humility. He's having the time of his life so he should be enjoying it despite my hopes to see Rafa get a career slam this year. Rafa's already pulled out of his Davis Cup match so let's hope his entire body heels during this break. Tennis needs him back!

I was not pleased with JMDP, but then he gave that really nice interview, and he won me over. But Rafa still rules my heart! We need him back desperately!

We do! And I need to pay more attention to my spelling since I just committed one of my pet peeves: heel/heal. Ugh! *g*

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