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Could it be that the greatest, most decorated athlete in the history of sport is not Roger Federer, Muhammad Ali, Michael Spinks, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Michael Phelps, Manny Pacquiao, Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson? Andrey Rublev, now ranked in the ATP top ten, has a differing opinion on the subject. “Even if […] Continue to read full article...

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Facing Rafa Nadal

“Facing Nadal” takes an inside look at one of the most dynamic champions in modern tennis, the twelve-time French Open champion, Olympic gold medalist, Davis Cup champion, Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal.   The book is composed of interviews with over 50 players who discuss their memories and experiences of what it’s like to […] Continue to read full article...

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Nadal’s Plan: To Compete As Long As Possible

ATP No. 1 is not the top priority at this time. Though he has a sizable gap lead on world no. 2 Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal said today at a Paris Indoors press conference that his plan is to extend his career for many more years. “I need to organize my calendar to play as […] Continue to read full article...


Expectations for yesterday’s US Open final from Daniil Medvedev in his first major final vs all time kingpin Rafael Nadal were not the highest, as the Russian only won three games from Nadal in their recent Montreal final. The rout was on too, with Nadal showing his superiority over the six-foot-three 23 year old, taking […] Continue to read full article...




Rafa vs Berdych: A 15-Year Rivalry

Rafael Nadal will take on a resurgent Tomas Berdych in the fourth round of AO. Rafa leads the extensive rivalry 19-4 though he lost three of their first four meetings. Continue to read full article...

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50 pros discuss Facing Nadal

IMG_20180529_143431_755Would you like to read what over 50 ATP pros said about what it's like to slug it out with 'The King Of Clay' Rafael Nadal. Just order Facing Nadal for $9.99 @ amazon books. Guillermo Canas said he believes "Nadal has the best mind on Tour by far." Continue to read full article...




Roland Garros 2018 Anticipation

Rafa_01 By Scoop Malinowski On paper the 2018 Roland Garros mens' tournament projects to be a one man demolition, performed by the famous lefthander from Spain whose grand persona is as synonymous with red clay as wine is to Italy, hot dogs to baseball and money to a bank. Continue to read full article...




Book Review: What it’s like to play Rafa Nadal

Rafa_Relieved I had the pleasure of meeting distinguished author Scoop Malinowski at the 2015 Citi Open. I was getting a bottle of water in the media tent when Scoop greeted me and mentioned his latest book: Facing Nadal: Symposium of a Champion. Scoop was kind enough to give me a copy to read. Facing Nadal: Symposium of a Champion is composed of interviews from over 50 ATP players – including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, John Isner, Juan Martin Del Potro, Lleyton Hewitt, Jimmy Connors, Carlos Moya, Pat Cash, Stefan Kozlov, Feliciano Lopez, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Francis Tiafoe, Radek Stepanek, Ivan Ljubicic, James Blake, Marat Safin, and of course, Rafael Nadal. Continue to read full article...




Rafa Alleges Federer is Ducking Him On Clay

Rafa_Relieved By Scoop Malinowski Asked about his rival Roger Federer’s decision not to contest a single clay-court event for the second straight season, Rafael Nadal, the "King of Clay" smiled with pride. “He says he will love to play against me again in best-of-five sets on clay. He said that a couple of days ago – and I thought he would play Roland Garros. Then a few days later he says he will not play in one event, so there’s a little bit of controversy with that.” Those are fighting words sprinkled with some sugarcoating. Continue to read full article...




Legends Comment On Classic

The day-long dramatic duel waged on into near-darkness through multiple rain delays into the record books as the longest men’s final in Wimbledon history. In the end, Rafael Nadal endured the rain and a remarkably resilient reigning champion Roger Federer and took his shot at history on the rise ripping yet another ferocious forehand and realizing his dream lying flat on his back as a Centre Court stadium full of flashbulbs lit up the sky. Continue to read full article...

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