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What, Rafa Worry?

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CINCINNATI – You win some. You lose some.

If you’re Rafael Nadal, you win a lot.

And, yes, even he loses.

But that shouldn’t alarm anyone. It definitely does not concern him.

“Everybody have defeats in important matches, no? I don’t understand that like a ‘low moments,’ because the world of tennis and the sport of tennis is a sport that almost every week you lose, even if you are so good,” the Spanish tennis icon said.

“It’s obvious that you have periods of your career that if you are so good, then you lose less, but every week there is only one winner. So you need to accept that every time that you start the tournament. The normal thing is that you going to lose later or soon.”

Dealing with injuries also doesn’t panic Nadal, the winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles.

Competing at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, the 30-year-old is playing his first ATP World Tour match since May.

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A Must Watch: Kia Open Drive with Rafa

I happened on this absolutely adorable video of Rafa riding around Melbourne for Kia's Open Drive,  talking about his love of cooking ("go for fishing and then cook a fish") and his dislike of the dark ("if it not for going to party, I like the day better"). He was put to the test with a few balance tasks with ping pong balls and dice and while he didn't do so well (as if any of us would), he was just so cute.  Enjoy!




Nadal Working to Win Mind Game


CINCINNATI – Each point. Each match. Each season.

Rafael Nadal is taking tennis one step at a time, focusing on the future rather than the past.

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Wimbledon Recap: Day 4

Getty ImagesWimbledon has been reasonably upset-free so far, (unlike last year), but I was hoping Aussie teen Nick Kyrgios would be able to pull off the upset over Richard Gasquet. Wimbledon is on pretty late in Australia so after Nick dropped the first two sets 3-6 6-7 I went to bed. Nick was playing Ok, his serve perhaps wasn't clicking as much as usual, but Gasquet just looked too solid. So imagine my surprise when I woke up, (at 2am, to watch soccer) and saw Nick pulled off the upset 10-8 in the fifth. It's a really exciting time for Aussie tennis fans who don't want to support Bernard Tomic. Nick is confident and has swagger, but he's humble and hard-working too. He takes on wildcard Jiri Vesely in the third round, who took out Gael Monfils in five sets. 

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Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal Win Roland Garros

Maria Sharapova claimed her second Roland Garros title and Rafael Nadal his ninth (!) over the weekend. A big congrats to both champions from us at onthegotennis.


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RG '14 Fashion Hits and Misses

I'm a little late on this but that turned out to be not such a bad thing. Originally, I had big plans to sing praises about Venus Williams's dress while tearing into her sister Serena's choice, but that wasn't to be. I won't review anyone already out of the tournament and lo and behold, both of them along with Li Na and Stan Wawrinka will be spared my fashion critiques due to their early losses. I'm sure that's a real silver lining for them. It allows me to review some new people, although we will start with the men who are so far largely unscathed.

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Novak Djokovic's clothing sponsor Uniqlo are known for their basics and so far they've really lived up to that reputation in the tennis world. Everything here is pretty, er, basic, but it's an improvement on the black/red/white look we have seen too much of. I like the baby blue on Djokovic and paired with the crisp white it contrasts nicely against the clay. Djokovic loses points for a lack of originality, but it's a nice outfit all the same.


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Rafa!!!!! At the BNP Paribas Open

It's always pretty chill here at the BNP Paribas Open, which is probably one of the most relaxed tournaments on the tour, however, that all changes the moment Rafael Nadal walks onto the practice courts.   The trademark "Cali Cool" vibe of the tourney flips upside down and I swear you would think you were at a U2 concert as his die-hard fans scream his name and applaud every stroke of his racket, often punctuated with an, "I love you Rafa!!!" It's an awesome atmosphere and it never ceases to amaze me how fiercely his fans adore him.  Here are some pictures from his practice today!  Enjoy!

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