Rafael Nadal Reportedly Cut His Finger While Cutting Bread Today
by Tom Gainey | November 7th, 2013
  • 123 Comments

According to Spanish press reports, Rafael Nadal cut his left index finger while cutting bread this morning during breakfast.

Nadal received treatment for the injury and after some bandages – no stitches needed – he was released with any further issues expected.

The incident continues a serious of odd injuries suffered by Nadal through the years. There was the burnt fingers in Cincinnati two years ago. An infamous US Open cramping presser a few weeks later. And he had a wisdom tooth crisis in 2010.

Maybe Uncle Toni should now cut the World No. 1′s bread!

Nadal, who’s already qualified for the ATP World Tour semifinals, will play tomorrow against Tomas Berdych.


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123 Comments for Rafael Nadal Reportedly Cut His Finger While Cutting Bread Today

Humble Rafa Says:

Don’t make fun of me.

I don’t have a butler. Some people have coaches to carry their kids, wives to cook food and parents to praise their kid. I am self dependent. Just another ordinary Humble kid from Mallorca.

This incident was not as bad as choking on a banana. That was bad.


Giles Says:

Rafa cut his finger and the whole world is talking about it. Was it even news worthy?


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/a4tvt
Pronin. Just to remind you in case it slipped your mind!
Vamos Rafa!


skeezer Says:

“Maybe Uncle Toni should now cut the World No. 1′s bread!”
Classic Tom, classic! LOL.


SG1 Says:

Doesn’t Uncle Toni cut Rafa’s bread?


SG1 Says:

A lot of negative Rafa energy coming from Ben. What’s the deal?


James Says:

Comments like Ben’s and skeezer’s make me happy Rafa has done so well this year and Federer not.


Giles Says:

SG1 The deal is that Pronin is a joker worshipper. He’s sore and angry that Rafa secured the y/e #1 ranking!
Vamos Rafa!
#ProudFan


SG1 Says:

Nothing wrong with being a fan of Novak. Just find the anti-Rafa energy a little over the top. I expect Novak to turn the tables on Rafa next year. When (and if) this happens Rafa fans will get a little nasty against Djok. Just try to keep things in perspective.


courbon Says:

@SG1: Ben is Delpo’s fan, if I’m correct.


James Says:

SG1, if Novak outperforms Nadal next year, so be it. Novak deserves everything he’s achieved. It took me time to acknowledge his greatness in 2011.

I knew he was a very good player but I couldn’t accept him as equal to Nadal and Federer. He proved me wrong. He beat both Federer and Nadal to win his slams in 2011. He single handedly ended the Fedal era.

I think Novak is now very determined to turn the tables on Nadal again. He’s gonna try his best to do better than Nadal and Murray next year.

2014 will be very interesting for tennis fans. I hope Nadal can have another multi slam year.


James Says:

courbon, Ben is a Fed fan, also Novak’s.


hawkeye Says:

Poor Ben Pronin is a fan of any player who might have a better chance than fedfan of beating the GOAT. The list gets bigger every day as Fed fades even though it rarely happens.

He gave up on Fed publicly a long time ago.


Ben Pronin Says:

SG1, I’m going in the opposite extreme of all the know-nothing Nadal fans who continue to post drivel every 5 minutes on here.

The anti-Federer stuff? The anti-Djokovic stuff? Are you kidding me? It’s become so common place on here it’s disgusting. I don’t care if Nadal is doing well or not. Hawkeye, Giles, Holdserve, Slice Tennis, Steve27, Brando, James, even Anna now, it’s all the same crap from them.

They bash Djokovic or Federer. Then they say vamos a million times. And then a stupid hashtag or non-hashtag punch line if you want to call it that.

It’s also pathetic how blind they are. When Djokovic curses at the crowd, they bring it up a million times. What do Djokovic fans say? They own up to it and say yeah, he did it, and it was bad, but what can you do? Uncle Toni admits to coaching Nadal, another player complains about it, and it’s no big deal? Not Nadal’s fault? He’s an angel, unflappable, right? Nadal, with his uncle, are frauds. Simple as that.


skeezer Says:

^That should be posted in the front page every time a tennis fan comes to the site. A must read, kudos Ben!


courbon Says:

Giles, Rafa cut his finger and you say ,Vamos,?
What, you want him to cut more fingers?
( if I’m correct ‘Vamos’ is ‘Comone!’ )
Secondly, instead of writing #Stay healty #, you should be putting #Be careful!#, because he is one clumpsy guy!
Just suggestion.


Giles Says:

@Courbon. For me Vamos wishes him well. No need to teach me how to post. You just concentrate on your joker and say ajeeed or whatever you usually say.
Rafa cut his finger. Not a big deal. He will survive!


James Says:

“They bash Djokovic or Federer. Then they say vamos a million times. And then a stupid hashtag or non-hashtag punch line if you want to call it that.”

right, they also called Djokovic and Tipsarevic “Serbian peasants”, didn’t they? Oh wait, that was you, Ben.

And what’s your problem with a vamos? LOL


Giles Says:

Rafael Nadal Year End World Number #1
Music to my ears!
Vamos Champ!!


courbon Says:

@ James: I think 2014 will be very interesting (bit of a cliché because we said that every year ).But there is lot’s of ‘CAN’s
Main questions to ask are following ( in my humble opinion ):
1.Can Rafa continue his dominance that he established this year?
2.Can Novak push Rafa aside and take’s over?
3.Rafa and Novak go back and fourth throught the year.
4.Can Murray wedge himself between those two?
5.Is Delpo ready to become a member of New Big 4 and get another Slam?
6.Is Federer making comeback at least at Masters 1000 level if not at GS-or with great play, luck of draw and upsets of Novak, Murray and Rafa, can he win another GS?
7.Or maybe some young guy finally breaking through?
These are just basic options that can happen ( there could be unexpected thing happening, like injury’s…) so it’s never that simple as some fans would suggest-It will be Novak’s year or Rafa’s year!
You are good in predicting and analysing-what’s in your opinion most likely scenario?
(I don’t have a clue and I was wrong at the beginning of every year! )


James Says:

@Giles,

I’m afraid, you can be quite annoying at times with your vamos vamos….to Rafa haters! ;)


hawkeye Says:

Ben is simply wrong. The bile begins with the federazzi. Coubon (a REAL Nole fan) knows the score.

Look in the mirror Pronin the peRFect (and skeezer the kettle).

Almost forgot, VAMOS Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Wow, really James? Show me where I EVER called anyone a peasant.


Giles Says:

@James. That’s the idea, no?
Vamos Rafa!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon nice post,im choosing to stay out of the Rafa on coaching topic,ive already made my point on another thread,im looking forward to Murray coming back on tour to see if he can back up what he did this year,and hoping winning Wimbledon is just the start for him,and also wondering if Rafa can break with the usual tradition and back up one good year with another,and also will we see the 2011 Novak,and a resurgence of Roger,and the Delpo that won the USO in 2009?i cant wait for 2014,maybe some new talent will make a breakthrough?


James Says:

Oh oh, my bad, apologies, Ben. I’m sorry. It was another poster. You indeed never called any player a peasant.


skeezer Says:

Warning: The Rafanatic attack is in effect.


James Says:

@courbon,

no idea, who’s gonna have the best year in 2014, mate. Djokovic and Nadal are very strong right now, but I think the player to prove himself the most next year is Andy Murray.

Andy is the only member of the big four to never held the #1 ranking. After winning Wimbledon this year, he and Lendl did mention the #1 ranking. If healthy, Andy will be gunning the top spot next year.


James Says:

@skeezer, that was a big mistake on my part. I mistook Ben for another poster (who is now a great poster). Stupid mistake.


courbon Says:

@ Giles: You are bit sensitive tonight,aren’t you?
It’s just friendly teasing or maybe did not look like that to you?


skeezer Says:

@James
no worries ;) we’re good.


Giles Says:

^^^ I never know with you. There are many sides to your character. Lol


Giles Says:

^^^ for @courbon


courbon Says:

@ james: I’m still not sure about Andy about his consistency.Wina a slam, nothing for 7-8 months, win another slam, nothing again…and now injury.We will see.

@ Hippy Chic: well, to be fair, Rafa was good after 2010 in 2011, but Novak was so damn good that year.Regarding Andy, you can see what I previously wrote to James.Well, rafa was so good in 2010 and he just done it this year. So I don’t see why Novak could not play as in 2011.It’s just he may not ever have trophy successful year like that one…but I hope he does!
Regarding tonight’s match-I’m bit nervous. Delpo can beat Novak. He has the game and had a day extra rest. I have a gut felling Novak gets through semis but I think Nadal will lift trophy on Monday-unless he does not injury himself in bathroom accident or with kitchen blender…


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon i hope your right,well about the bit about Rafa lifting the trophy,not the bathroom accident or kitchen blender lol,but to be honest i cant see past Novak,still you never know i suppose,as for Andy well he got derailed somewhat after Wimbledon,but i hope hes ready to make a statement come the AO,i wont be blogging for a few days after Saturday as i will be visiting family my mother and father in law,my father in law is ill he has dementia,as i wont have access to a computer i wont be able to blog,but i will say congrats to your good self,Novak and all his fans now,or in the unlikely event my fellow Rafa fans.


courbon Says:

@ Giles: Belive me, on this blog, there is only one side of me-I come here to read, learn and have fun and possibly interact with like minded people.I really don’t have a clue what are you talking about and what LOL stand for..But that’s a problem with blogging-no face to face, hence difficult to know when is a joke and when is dig (unless you know how to express yourself through writing properly-which I often don’t!)


courbon Says:

@ Hippy Chic: You are even worst pessimist then me! Rafa is the man right now-Novak looks tired and had very sloppy match against Fed.Ok, you never know but still…
I’m off to watch the match, so I’ll speak later or sooner (when Novak is crap, I storm off the room and go on computer because I can not watch for 5 minutes! I need to cool off…)


hawkeye Says:

Apple sauce.

Poor Ben Pronin is a fan of any player who might have a better chance than fedfan of beating the GOAT. The list gets bigger every day as Fed fades even though it rarely happens.

Apple sauce.

He gave up on Fed publicly a long time ago.


Slice Tennis Says:

Courbon,
I am your fan.
Vamos Courbon.


Slice Tennis Says:

I couldn’t believe the impact of Rafa everywhere.
Even his haters are talking about Armani, little cuts, etc because of Rafa.
Vamos !!!!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon i think its pretty likely that Novak will top the group,its just a question of who will join him in the semis Delpo or Federer,it could go down to sets for and against,and games for and against,then things start to get rather complicated,such is this RR bloody format,Rafa hasnt actually lost a set as yet,so i dont know if this bodes well or not?just wondering who would be your pick to join Rafa in the semis Stan or Berdych?


courbon Says:

@ Slice Tennis: Another piss-taker like me!We’ll speak later, back to TV ( so far, so good…Novak is sharp)


Patson Says:

Rafa isn’t playing today, Nole is ! Ya’all Rafa and Fed fans, you’re tennis fans as well. So show some enthusiasm for the Delpo vs Nole match , will ya ?


Slice Tennis Says:

Patson,
You are right, lets get back to tennis temporarily.
Delpo is just hanging there only with his serve…else it looks like its Nole all the way.
Delpo cannot stand these biggies.


Slice Tennis Says:

Patson and Courbon,
Suddenly Delpo has raised his ground game. But Nole should get this through in three sets.


courbon Says:

@ Slice Tennis: Delpo is serving very well.Novak needs to regroup quickly!


courbon Says:

@ Hippy Chic: I think Bedrych will come out on the top.Just a felling. It will be very close match for sure…


courbon Says:

Houston, we got a problem…


Slice Tennis Says:

Courbon,
Nothing to worry, Nole will get through this one.
Delpo is not such a great player. He even gets beaten by Roger Federer.


Patson Says:

The giant always makes me nervous.


courbon Says:

@ Slice Tennis: I’m not that sure.Novak’s service droped and Delpo’s is very good…I just had a bad feeling before the match so I’m extra nervous tonight.


courbon Says:

YES! Now, just keep calm Nole…


RZ Says:

Maybe Djoker was on to something with this gluten-free diet. He won’t have any such injuries! :-)


courbon Says:

YEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Patson-In Nole we trust!You’v been so right-I need to learn to be more optimistic like you.

@ Slice Tennis: Thanks for moral support


courbon Says:

@Rz: The reason for keeping injury free that he stretches almost two hours a day! Seriously. Completely mad, but so far is proving to be good against injury’s.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Never in doubt,it was just a second set blip from Novak,no need to panick.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

^Sorry Panic not Panick duh^.


Patson Says:

@Courbon: Congrats…a virtual high five !
Nole is fired up. Losing the number 1 ranking could’ve been the best thing that happened to him. Awesome dude playing some awesome tennis. Simply awesome.


Patson Says:

Novak’s flexibility reminds me of Neo’s bullet-dodging scene in Matrix against Agent Smith.


courbon Says:

@ Patson: High five! Agree. He needs to be a hunter again-he needs to be angry.
Angry Novak-dangerous Novak.
I can go and have a nice sleep now. Goodnight!


courbon Says:

More like a Jim Carrey in ‘Mask’


skeezer Says:

Congrats Novak, playing gooooood ;)


Anna Says:

Skeezer – The last thing Nole wants is Fed’s leftovers. Barf!!


skeezer Says:

Anna
❌⭕️❌⭕️


Steve 27 Says:

What is wrong with you, Pronin?.
Is Nadal Has taken away your girlfriend/boyfriend (or) (if you have one), is he have removed the work (if they work), has made bullying to you?. Your opinions are silly, boring, meaningless, you always put in your defensive plan with your antidjokovic and antifed crap. You say unreason things,seriously, have serious psychological problems, you hate someone you’ll never know, but still, go on and on with the same old junk. Show yourself, boy, yours is worthy of someone with mental problems. For your sake, go and get checked the brain and not re-enter until you solve
your internal problems.
Oh, and studying law before accusing someone without proof involved. Geek!


Pogi Says:

Let uncle toni do the bread cutting … And the butt picking as well… ha ha ha


Skeezer Says:

Ben is knowledgable, actually plays the game, and has great insight.
Steve27 is just another validation of rafanatic cyber bullying. No substance, just accusations at a poster. Typical, jealous and desperate attempts to mask Rafa”s news.


Steve 27 Says:

skeezer, or whatever your name is, just because you repeat like a parrot what you like to read, does not necessarily mean it is right. You say you accuse someone without proof is right, that does not insult another cyberbullying. You contradict in everything you write, suffer contemporary ill: The limited capacity of attention and retention in the content you process. Do not worry, there are millions like you who do not know what they read and end up writing meaningless things.
And definitely you are a cyber troll, you fit perfectly with this definition: An Internet Troll or pixie is a person who delights to sow discord on the Internet. This individual usually attempts to start arguments in order to disturb the forum members.
as the saying goes “you can not have a picnic without ants”


skeezer Says:

@steve27, 69, 0, or whatever your name is,
Thanks for that post. You really nailed it there. LMAO.
Re read your 11:35 post. The true data is right there.

#who’sthetroll?
#exposed


metan Says:

How is he going to hold the racket.??? Will it affect his game tonight.???
Becareful RAFA. Don’t be so clumsy. You are scared me now….millions of luck for Rafa.


Margot Says:

@courbon
http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/nov/02/andy-murray-back-surgery-tennis

In this interview Andy says his movement and shots have been restricted and he has been in pain for 18-24 months because of his back.
Might go some way to explaining the “pattern” you mentioned.
Although, I am not confident about any back surgery, do hope he returns “pain free” at the very least.
Miss you Andy. The O2 won’t be the same without you :(


Giles Says:

@metan. Don’t worry about Rafa. He is fine, practised yesterday without problems
Vamos Rafa!!


Pogi Says:

To all rafanatics, nothing to worry… As long as uncle toni is there coaching him noh…


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Margot thanks for the info on Andy,as much as iv,e enjoyed the run Rafas had this year,i cant wait to have Andy back playing again,it was doubly enjoyable having both my favorites doing so well in the GS,and it will be doubly enjoyable when they are both back playing next year.


Giles Says:

Andy is scheduled to play an Exo with Serena in Las Vegas some time next year. That should be fun! Lol


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Giles i look forward to that,thanks for the info.


Margot Says:

@Giles
U sure???????????


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Margot the commies mentioned it yesterday :))..


courbon Says:

@ margot: Ah, that makes sense then…I feel sorry for Andy. He just brake through and the this.
I really hope he comes back completely recovered-sincerely. As much as I would like Novak to pick up more GS,but not on expense of Andy or any player absent with injury.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon nice post,it was a shame really as after Wimbledon Andy got derailed which was a shame really,i hope he can pick up where he left off with a good run at the AO.


metan Says:

Alison,
Don’t give Andy a good run in AO or Rafa won’t have double AO. We trade it with FO for him. I know he is your second favorite;-)


metan Says:

Giles. Thanks for your update.


SG1 Says:

Ben…this blog thing is supposed to be fun. There’s no point in being overly vested either for against any player. Particularly when things get personal.

You’re one of the best and most informed posters on this forum. You know that the No.1 player (or the guy who won the last slam), always becomes a target for ridicule. But sooner or later, that guy at the top isn’t at the top anymore. Let’s say that Uncle Toni is influencing match outcomes by coaching. All this influencing hasn’t resulted in him being dominant every year (except at RG). If Nadal hadn’t won two slams, ended the year at Number 1, would you be as upset as you clearly are?

My point is, try to keep things in perspective. Let the Rafa fans have their day. There will be a time not so long from now when Rafa won’t be a contender for No.1.


SG1 Says:

As or Uncle Toni and Rafa being frauds? That’s questionable. Uncle Toni has been coaching but you still have play the points right? Uncle Toni could coach me all day long and I’d never take a point off Federer.

The ATP is in a far better position to judge what does and does not constitute cheating. So far, they don’t seem all that interested in doing anything so I’m going to assume that the coaching hasn’t reached a breaking point. I haven’t heard the other top players complaining too much about it.


madmax Says:

Steve 27 Says:
What is wrong with you, Pronin?.
Is Nadal Has taken away your girlfriend/boyfriend (or) (if you have one), is he have removed the work (if they work), has made bullying to you?. Your opinions are silly, boring, meaningless, you always put in your defensive plan with your antidjokovic and antifed crap. You say unreason things,seriously, have serious psychological problems, you hate someone you’ll never know, but still, go on and on with the same old junk. Show yourself, boy, yours is worthy of someone with mental problems. For your sake, go and get checked the brain and not re-enter until you solve
your internal problems.
Oh, and studying law before accusing someone without proof involved. Geek!

November 7th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Enough from you steve27.

You haven’t been on here long enough to appreciate the great writer that Ben is. You need to go back a couple of years,if not longer and then you will see.

The problem is this forum is now deluged with the TT homeless who want to spread their rafanatic language.

I don’t think I have ever read one post from one rafa fan who has a) admitted rafa IS a fraud when it comes breaking rules. He most certainly does NOT practice what he preaches. Proof?

(and it doesn’t matter that rafa was talking about the Troiki case. He was discussing RULES!).

Asked about the same subject on Wednesday, world number one Rafael Nadal said: “We can like or not bad rules, but we have rules.

“I am very sorry for Viktor because I believe 100% in him. Probably the doctor made the mistake. But [Troicki] knows he has to pass the doping.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/24858647

So, Rafa, you talk about Rules do you? Well, WHY DO YOU BREAK THEM?

b) He has been fined previously for on court coaching, so why is he allowed to get away with it? Still?

One of these incidents which he says Toni was “supporting him” (I just cleared my throat).

Rafael Nadal has confirmed he has been fined for receiving illegal coaching tips during his Wimbledon victory over Philipp Petzschner.

Nadal faces Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, in a repeat of the 2010 French Open final. The world No. 1 will walk onto court with something of a cloud hanging over his head though, after he was found guilty of taking on-court tips from his uncle Toni.

During Nadal’s 6-4 4-6 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 6-3 victory over Petzschner in the third round, the Spaniard was warned by umpire Cedric Mourier about his conduct in the fifth set.

Nadal later denied the incident and said he would take it up with Championships referee Andrew Jarrett.

“Sometimes in the past Toni would talk – maybe too much – and the referee or the umpire would give me advice and, if it continued, a warning, but he didn’t talk too much today in my opinion,” Nadal argued.

“I told him (the umpire) we’re going to talk to the supervisor and we will be doing. Toni wasn’t giving me any tip, he was only supporting me.”

The outcome has seen Nadal fined £1,300, and he confirmed the news ahead of his renewing of acquaintances with Soderling.

“Yes, I’ve been fined. The rules are the rules,” Nadal was quoted as saying.

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/wimbledon10/news/story?id=5337651

http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/31805.html#GqpbLu0DUfWXAYE0.99

so he is not a stranger to being fined for on court coaching, but how can he say Toni was only supporting him? Seriously?

If it’s a rule in the rulebook then it should be followed, otherwise why have it in the rulebook at all. That simple.

Rafa again:

“The rules are there, but we cannot expect to play six hours and play rallies of crazy points and rest for 20 seconds for nobody”

One rule for one, one rule for rafa? Come on!


Slice Tennis Says:

“You haven’t been on here long enough to appreciate the great writer that Ben is. You need to go back a couple of years,if not longer and then you will see.”

Madmax,
Thanks for this interesting info. Now I got the point.

Ben,
Get well soon. Best wishes.


Giles Says:

@madmax. You need medical attention for wind! See your quack before you explode.


skeezer Says:

Typical rafafanatics. Can’t respond to the subject matter, they ‘d rather play in a schoolyard….ding ding…”duh…did I hear a bell?”. Told y’all the TT formula has arrived here, ya know, the one that closed down.
When the truth is told, schoolyard tactics is there only response.
—–
Nice post Madmax!
Backed it up with data. ;)


madmax Says:

Giles, why is it that when I write factually and support with facts, I need to see a quack, but when you write, it is all completely sane and believable.

Seriously Giles, you amaze me for all the wrong reasons.

Slice tennis.

Try to be objective and realise that Pronin is actually a writer here, not a wannabe like you – sorry, I meant to say a frustrated blogger! Whoops!


madmax Says:

Hey Giles, do you think that you could actually answer any of my questions about a) the ball bouncing b) the on court coaching c) the fines that rafa has received for unsportsmanlike behaviour? (rather than avoiding them?). It’s all well and good saying everything but, but you kind of leave yourself open to criticism by avoiding answering questions or even ignoring them.


Slice Tennis Says:

“Can’t respond to the subject matter”
What stupid subject ?
LOL. This thread is about Rafa’s cut finger.
Are we discussing about that ?
LMAO.
This is the most popular thread recently.
Vamos Rafa.


RZ Says:

@Courbon,
I agree that Nole’s stretching keeps him limber and helps prevent injury. But I was joking about his gluten-free diet as a way to prevent getting injured since he doesn’t have to cut bread!


RZ Says:

@Slice Tennis – you have a very appropriate user name for this thread. (sorry, couldn’t resist) :-)


Ben Pronin Says:

SG1, I tell you man I’m not so much upset about Nadal’s success as it seems. It’s really the people who post on here that rile me up. This site used to hold a lot more interesting discussions. Now, like I said, it’s vamos this and vamos that. Even the goat debate. I mean, it gets tiring after a while but from time to time there have been some good discussions on it. But now, it’s vamos this and vamos that.

Not too long ago MMT was here talking about how the mental aspect of tennis is over blown. My view on the issue isn’t even important, but I thought there was a great discussion. But instead, all we get now is vamos this and vamos that.

I’ve been on this site for a really long time now. I love discussing tennis. Even accusations or not, there’s always a good discussion to be found. But not anymore. Now it’s just vamos this and vamos that.


Giles Says:

Vamos This!
Vamos That!
And last but not least
Vamos Rafa!
Ok that’s enough for now!!


skeezer Says:

^@Ben
And……there ya go.


Slice Tennis Says:

Vamos Rafa.


Slice Tennis Says:

^ And here I go again
Vamos Rafa…first set in his pocket.


skeezer Says:

Rafa goes dow 0-5 in the 2nd, then they break and show a Fed commercial.
Classic.


Hawkeye Says:

The best guys go undefeated at this exho.

Nice friendly between Rafa and Berdy.

Exhos like WTF helps keep the top two in form during this off season.

Hoping Fedfan can give Delpo a nice practise for the Argintine’s semi friendly.


Giles Says:

Vamos Champ! Well done.
What happened in the second set Champ? Toni didn’t coach you???
Vamos!
Vamos!
Vamos!


Slice Tennis Says:

May be that Fed commercial spurred him on to go an a rampage and close the match after that mini crisis.
Rafa loves Fed. Such a nice and harmless punching bag.


James Says:

RT-

Andy Murray @andy_murray 2h
who loses their hair first out of me and rafa?

———–

My vote goes to Rafa. He’s always gonna be ahead of Andy;)


Giles Says:

@ Slice Tennis. Lol. Too funny!


Giles Says:

James. Grass doesn’t grow on busy streets! :-))


Slice Tennis Says:

James,
Always Rafa first.
Vamos Rafa.


metan Says:

Dear Ben and Madmax
My English is poor. Can both of you explain to me breaking a rule is it same with a fraud in English term???. If you answer it, I will proceed with further questions. Thanks.


Steve 27 Says:

madman, you need to be quiet. You are boring, no one is talking with you. Please, go to your cage and stay locked in.


Slice Tennis Says:

Steve 27,
Such noise from skeez, max and ben is just the reflection of Rafa’s fabulous run of dominance. So just enjoy as long as it lasts. They’ll be quiet when Rafa becomes irrelevant in tennis.
I hope they never become quiet.


Steve 27 Says:

So more victories for Rafa , more suffering for them?
must be sad rejoice in the suffering of others, especially if you are obsessed with it
Bang!


Slice Tennis Says:

Hope they get well soon.


Rsutherland Says:

Ben – the current complaining about Rafa fans stirs a Tennis-x flashback for me.
I started reading this blog years ago as a tennis ignoramus (still am compared to most of you guys – which why I do not comment on that specific area) but was struck by the imbalance – Federer gushing.

1) Yes, people can root for whomever but no matter the initial article (pre-WTA potential talent for example) out came the Federer worship.

2) ..and worse, it was acceptable, even to some of you obviously intelligent pro-Federer folks that people were using terms like Butt picker, Ped user etc.
Oh I know you will point out that people call Federer names and you will deny it was disproportionate. That argument can never be won but my impression is genuine.

3) While some Nadal fans were/are childishly taunting (guilty here though only at certain posters), the anti Nadal-vehemence from people like Van orten, Gannu (who once posted simply “I hate Nadal”, and even the obviously knowledgeable Mad Max was downright frightening.

Here is my suggestion: Why not some of you go after your comrades for bad behavior rather than the opposition.

Here is one of the most beautiful quotes from the Harry Potter books:

“‘There are all kinds of courage,’ said Dumbledore, smiling. ‘It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. I therefore award ten points to Mr. Neville Longbottom.’”

So, if some Nadal Fan wants to give me hell for going after Skeezer (whom I genuinely do think is disingenuous, snarky and the worst troublemaker on here) then I would accept that as a good start.


Ben Pronin Says:

I used to argue with Dave all the time. I’ve argued with Skeeze and Madmax in the past, too. I don’t disagree with you at all. But where are the intelligent Nadal-fans? It’s a vamos-ing wasteland here.


Steve 27 Says:

Touche, Rsutherland, in 2005, 2006 and 2007, this blog was full of lunatics swiss fans, the nicknames that put to Nadal(and still put) was huge .. I wonder, its your idol lost to someone who is better than him, that deserves your hatred pouring distilled, display your personal miseries and wish him the the worse to the only player than ever was not afraid and could beat him categorically. What did they want a monopoly of titles for a single player, a Eternal 2006 , that was what they really wanted? A dictatorship of triumph, a perpetual win, not having anyone to look straight ahead and do not hesitate against the supposed best player of all time
If not for Nadal, ATP and tennis had languished a long time and have lost millions of dollars. Long life to someone that avoid bored of seeing the same player win always. If that deserves the hatred that these pseudo sports fans say they have, then so be it, that means the sport returned to take interest.
Vam1s!


metan Says:

Ben,
Those intelligent rafa fans all run away because it had been bully endless time by those who called themselves knowledgeable Roger fans ie ajet,.borg, legend those are fair and good rafa fans. Look at your post first Ben, are they provoked or not???


Rsutherland Says:

Ben – I agree that it is unimaginative. As a performer, I find that aspect tedious.
I know I am not one of the ‘important’ posters here but here goes:
Giles and company – I love that you support Rafa …as do I. But could you please apply a little more thought/imagination into your posts?

Now if Tennishippychic, and the like could write something similar, maybe they would listen.

Incidentally, I am Nadal fan (I admire overachievers) but one of those who holds Roger Federer in high regard.
I have always thought it was from a place of ignorance to call Federer arrogant.
I only perform for thousands at a time at the most, not the millions these guys are in front of yet it takes a strong ego to do what i do successfully
Unless you ‘perform for a living, you are not in a position to judge. Federer is amazingly humble compared to many performers I know who ‘do their thing” in front of a microscopic # of fans compared to Roger Federer.


Rsutherland Says:

And lastly in defense of Nadal.

The most arrogant thing I read from anti Nadal folks is nonsense about his motivations.

1) The same people who state (and i agree) that Roger Federer is the greatest (so far) impune the word of Nadal who says exactly the same thing. I find that astonishingly absurd.

2) If Nadal understates his ‘chances’, maybe he is genuinely insecure on some level. We already know he is obsessive compulsive.
There was a great Tenor by the name of Franco Corelli who had one of the greatest heroic tenor voices ever. His high C’s would make Pavarotti’s sound like an overtone. Yet he practically had to be pushed out on stage each time he sang.

3) So all of you really should lay off these guys regarding how they handle the pressure.

I am sure 99% of you know more about tennis than i do. However unless you have had to do what you are passionate about in front of a large # of people, I know more about this than you do.


Hamza Says:

Ben,

I would enjoy having discussions with you. However, if you keep calling Rafa a fraud, I don’t feel like having a discussion with you or anyone else who does the same for that matter.

If somebody questions the integrity of the player I like, personally I find it impossible to have any sort of meaningful discussion with him.

Just an honest admission on my part.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Metan Rafa and Andy are my favorites in that order,if Rafa doesnt win the AO,then Andy would be my next choice,i hope the are on oposite sides of the draw for a chance that they meet in the final,but indeed i would love Rafa to have a second AO for a second career GS.


Slice Tennis Says:

RSutherland, Hamza and others rafans,
What are you guys trying to achieve ?
Federazzi will stop this mudslinging only if Rafa stops his march towards GOATdom, nothing else.
So just sit back and enjoy the ride. They are just plain mad.


Rsutherland Says:

Slice Tennis -
Because, outside of one poster whom i will (for once) discipline myself not to name, I believe in the basic fairness of people.
While I have the occasional tendency to respond to Nadal-attackers, (yes, with obscure references that ordinarily do not relate to tennis) I generally like to read informative posts and learn.


Rsutherland Says:

…or was that merely a rhetorical question?

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