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Don’t write off Federer yet! warns Nadal.

Posted by tennisplanet on October 6, 2010

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11 Responses to “Don’t write off Federer yet! warns Nadal.”

  1. Sarah said

    Australian Open lifts prize money for ‘Rafa slam’ bid
    Oct 4, 2:57 pm EDT

    MELBOURNE, Oct 5 (Reuters) – The 2011 Australian Open will offer a record A$25 million ($24.2 million) prize money, up 3.8 percent on the previous year, with the men’s and women’s winners to each pocket A$2.2 million.

    Rafa Nadal’s bid for a non-calendar grand slam will headline the tennis calendar’s first grand slam of the season and the Spaniard would stand to earn A$1.1 million as runner-up if he falls short by a match, Tennis Australia said in a release on Tuesday.

    “It is a mouth-watering proposition, and he certainly will be one of the favourites,” tournament director Craig Tiley said.

    “But I think Rafa himself would be the first to point out that at the moment it is all just speculation and there are a lot of tough opponents, including the reigning champion Roger Federer, standing between him and that place in history.”

    The tournament’s other major focus will be whether 13-time grand slam winner Serena Williams can defend her title after a long layoff from a foot injury.

    The American had surgery after she cut her foot on broken glass at a restaurant in July and was forced to pull out of hardcourt tournaments in Tokyo last week and Beijing this week after not being ready to compete.

    The grand slam’s organisers also announced a 10-year extension of their rights deal with Walt Disney Co’s ESPN to broadcast the tennis in North and South America.

    Tickets for the Jan. 17-30 Australian Open go on sale on Wednesday. (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Frank Pingue; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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  2. M said

    We would *never* write off Roger, Rafa. But we appreciate your reminding us not to do so.

    I remember Roger doing the same for Rafa between US hardcourt season and the clay season (that Rafa swept) this past year.
    I so appreciate that the two of them are such stellar sportsmanship examples for the rest of us.

    (Thank you also for reminding us how nicely Rafa does a shirtless cover shoot also, TP 😛 — even if apparently he didn’t particularly care for those photos. The ones in his Mail shoot this year, post USO, are also nice. 😀 )

  3. claire said

    Is it me or does Nadal get questions about Federer more often than Federer gets questions about Nadal?

    • banti said

      Nadal gets more questions I feel. Its close though. Roger gets annoyed at times when asked about Rafa. Their developing friendship has definitely shown through their interviews over the years. And only crazies are writing off the maestro at this point.

  4. Sol said

    Who is writing Fed off?
    I’m not.

  5. ClayBuster said

    Very nice of him, and he’s spot-on, of course!
    It’s fantastic to see these two great rivals-and-friends defend each other every time either one of them is being ‘written off’ by the media pundits. And so far, they’ve been spot-on on each of those occasions, so I surely hope that it will be the case with this one, too!

    BTW, am I the only Rafa-fan who finds that picture of Rafa damnright UGLY? He looks uncomfortable and totally not ‘himself’…

    • M said

      “It’s fantastic to see these two great rivals-and-friends defend each other every time either one of them is being ‘written off’ by the media pundits. And so far, they’ve been spot-on on each of those occasions, so I surely hope that it will be the case with this one, too!”

      Hear hear, ClayBuster.

      “BTW, am I the only Rafa-fan who finds that picture of Rafa damnright UGLY? He looks uncomfortable and totally not ‘himself’…”

      Well, as lots here probably know, I’m one of those fans who rarely finds a shot of Rafa ugly. However, he has a very mobile face, as well as one with a lot of sharp angles, so if a photographer doesn’t quite know what they’re doing in that situation the shots can wind up somewhat … interesting.

      Also, finding out that Rafa himself wasn’t terribly pleased with those shots tempered my enthusiasm for that series somewhat.

      (Somewhat. 😈 )

      There is a beautiful shot of him in that NYMag set flashing his customary sunny smile. 🙂

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