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Jun 12, 2017

Twitter reacts to Rafael Nadal’s La Decima at Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal became the first man in tennis history to win 10 championships at the same major on Sunday in Paris. Nadal beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to win a record-setting 10th French Open title. In total, he has now accumulated 15 Grand Slam titles in his career and surpasses Pete Sampras to become the second on the men's singles list behind Roger Federer's 18 titles.

It is a huge milestone in the tennis and sporting achievement because there is no other men’s tennis player who has won more than seven singles titles at the same Grand Slam event. A month ago, Nadal also won a record of 10th singles title on clay in Monte Carlo and again in Barcelona.

We've compiled some of the best reactions from his peers, friends, partners and supporters on Twitter:

Did we miss out anyone?

May 28, 2017

Aussie Open vs French Open: Battle of the Grand Slams using Google's new Data GIF Maker

Each of the Grand Slam majors claim they offer the best tournament in tennis, offering fans with the best of tennis from live experience to social media presence. There's no doubt the intense competition between them from the number of tickets sold and prize money to players engagements on courts and off-courts and multiple offerings from sponsors at the venues.

To get us warmed up to the Grand Slam tournament in Roland Garros, here are some fun numbers about the French Open compared to the Australian Open, which already took place earlier this year.

Total staff in 2016:

Attendance in 2016:

Revenue (in USD) in 2015:

Prize money (in USD) in 2017:

Followers on Twitter (as of May 2017):

The winner is obvious, isn't it? Not quite. 

Both Majors are special and a winner of its own. The Australian Open is known as the Happy Slam because everyone from the fans to the players and even the press always have an enjoyable time at the tournament. Players always look forward to this tournament because the players who get the titles here will have the mental advantage over the other players. Roger Federer who won this year's Grand Slam continued to win several titles including in Miami and Indian Wells after that and becoming the oldest champion in those tournaments.

Meanwhile, the French Open is well known for its red clay. This year will be extra special for the Major because nine times champion Rafael Nadal will be campaigning for his 'La Decima' (10th in Spanish) after having a good run this clay season compared to two years ago. Fans and the world will be watching this tournament very closely to witness one of the most historical events ever happened in tennis history.  


Jun 18, 2013

Rafael Nadal does not need to prove himself by winning Wimbledon

Sports betting has been around for thousands of years. Some claimed that the credit should go to Greece, home of the Olympic Games, for popularizing the social activity. Now, thanks to the advent of the Internet and online sportsbooks, the legacy of Greece has come full circle.

In recent years (or better known as the 'golden years'), we have seen the rise of tennis betting thanks to amazing players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray who have produced some of the most epic matches and notable rivalries in history. Tennis fans have frequently used betting sites , not only to bet on their favourite players but also a source for them to get information such as scores, head to head and other resources.

With the upcoming Wimbledon Championships drawing near, fans will be asking: Will Rafael Nadal continue his winning form on grass after a successful season on clay this year? Is he back at his best? These questions are often posted by the media lately.

Nadal with his second Wimbledon trophy in 2010

Many tennis fans may have forgotten that Nadal has also won on hard court in Indian Wells after his first title on clay at Acapulco despite a seven-month break from tennis since Wimbledon.

Not only that. Nadal made a historic victory at Roland Garros recently making him the first man to win a Grand Slam singles tournament for a record of eight times. That win completes his first half of the year with a total of 6 titles - 2 Masters 1000 titles and 1 Grand Slam.

According to Nadal's uncle and coach, Toni, he is very confident that his fifth-ranked nephew is sitting in a good position to make a run at the no. 1 ranking. Nadal only trails world no. 1 Novak Djokovic by about 5,000 points, with only 90 points to defend the rest of the year. Remember last year when Nadal lost to Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon? With an impressive run so far, I can only forsee that Nadal will do better at Wimbledon this year. He doesn't need to win at Wimbledon and yet has a good opportunity to rake up more points and climb a few ranks up to be among the 'Big Four' again.

May 26, 2013

Roland Garros 2013 - Who are the Contenders?

With the draw for the 2013 French Open released today, the potential semi final permutations have begun. The most interesting fact out of the draw is that defending champion Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic are in the same half. If they can negotiate against their other opponents, they will meet each other in the semi final stage. This sets up an enticing encounter, and one that many felt would turn out to be the final. One person who wins from this draw is Roger Federer, as he does not have to worry about facing the absent Andy Murray.

If you can get your hands on French Open tennis tickets, you will get the chance to see some of the best players in the world compete for the year's second grand slam title.

Before the draw, Djokovic and Nadal were the favourites to contest the French Open title on the last Sunday of the event. However, Roger Federer has got to be the man to beat now, as he will have a relatively easy passage to the final. Federer will have to be wary of a potential semi final clash against David Ferrer or Thomas Beyrdich. However, these are two players who he has not had a problem beating in the past. Federer would have to be seriously off his game for him to not make the final at the Philippe Chatrier Court.

For Nadal and Djokovic, the draw represents a real chance to face each other sooner than they expected. Nadal has only lost one match at Roland Garros in his career, to Robin Soderling two years ago. However, he has lost eight out of his last eleven games against Djokovic, including a final on clay in Monte Carlo. This will pray on Nadal's mind, especially as he lost two grand slam finals to Djokovic recently: at Wimbledon and the US Open. However, Roland Garros is another ball game. Just like Roger Federer seems to gain super powers at Wimbledon, the French Open is Nadal's back yard. He has been next to invincible on this court, often leaving his opponents with no chance. There was a final a few years back where he beat Roger Federer in three sets, winning one of the sets 6-0.

From Federer's point of view, just getting to the final will be an accomplishment. He is the third ranked player in the world, but that is only because Nadal has been absent through injury. If Nadal continues his stunning form for another six months, Federer would surely drop to fourth in the world. He still has that magic touch in certain games, but no longer has the fitness levels to sustain success in various tournaments. Long clay court matches will certainly test him physically, but the draw will play to his advantage.

There are many available tickets for this year's French Open. There are tickets for the early stages, where you can visit all the courts and experience the atmosphere of a grand slam.

While Nadal and Djokovic will have a gruelling semi final to look forward to, Federer's matches will be a lot shorter. This should leave him with plenty of energy in the tank for the final, should he make it that far. It would not be unreasonable to think that Roger Federer is now the favourite to win this year's French Open title.

(Image via French Open Facebook page)

Jun 13, 2012

Rafael Nadal’s $370,000 watch goes missing in Paris

Updates: The watch was found in the surbubs of Paris today. The thief (hotel employee) has been arrested.

Rafael Nadal's luxury Richard Mille watch worth $370,000 has disappeared from the hotel room in Paris sometime on Monday night or early Tuesday, according to Reuters report.

The watch was last seen during the winner photo session

Nadal was seen wearing the Richard Mille watch after the rain-delayed French Open men’s final and winner photo session but couldn’t find it when he woke up on Tuesday, Nadal’s family told police.

Nadal was spotted wearing a different watch in Halle yesterday

“Nobody broke into the hotel room,” a police source told Reuters.

The watch is a special, limited edition. Richard Mille had lent Nadal the watch for the tournament.

However the good news is Nadal can afford a replacement as Nadal pocketed $1.6 million in prize money on Monday.

(Via Reuters UK; Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Jun 12, 2012

Rafael Nadal: Photo session in Paris, no Disneyland this year

After capturing his seventh French Open and 11th Grand Slam title, Rafael Nadal celebrated his historical win in a simple yet classy way - with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop.

Last year celebrated his win at Disneyland Paris.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Jun 11, 2012

Rafael Nadal clinches 7th French Open title

Vamos to all Rafael Nadal fans!

After the match was halted the night before because of rain, Nadal didn't want to delay the match further. He defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 when the Serbian and world no.1 double-faulted.

Nadal now goes into the history books by becoming the first man ever to win seven French Open titles, surpasses Bjorn Borg's record.

Nadal also moved level with Borg and Rod Laver on 11 Grand Slam titles.

"It's an honour but the most important thing is this tournament. It's unforgettable, one of the most special moments in my career," he said of overtaking the great Swede.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

LA Lakers' Pau Gasol shows up to support Rafael Nadal

Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol is one of Rafael Nadal's good friends who always shows up at important tennis tournaments.

While Nadal's other Spanish friends were playing the Euro cup against the Italians last night, Gasol was at the French Open final to give his support. Both of them met up after the match was suspended due to heavy rain

(Image via Rafael Nadal's Facebook fan page)

Rain god delays French Open final

After three hours of brutal tennis combined with bad weather, heavy balls and slow decision making by the tournament officials, Rafael Nadal has plentiful of reasons to be angry as he walked out of Court Philippe Chatrier.

The French Open men's singles final was suspended due to heavy rain which Nadal said should have been stopped an hour earlier. Nadal holds the last game at 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2.

The match will resume today on Monday at 7.00PM (GMT+8).

Carlos Moya and his girlfriend Carolina Cerezuela

Serena Williams who lost in the first round at the French Open this year also spotted watching the final

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Jun 10, 2012

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic not missing the Euro Cup despite crucial French Open final

The French Open men's final is just hours away but it doesn't mean the finalists Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are not allowed to catch up on the Euro cup matches.

Nadal is just one victory away from becoming the only man to win seven titles at Roland Garros. Meanwhile Djokovic will be chasing for a career Grand Slam.

The final match will kick off at 9PM (GMT +8) tonight.

(Images via Rafael Nadal's and Novak Djokovic's Facebook fan pages)

Maria Sharapova: Post-match celebration, photo session in Paris

Every one was waiting for Maria Sharapova at the players' lounge for celebration after she won the French Open women's final match against Sara Errani.

As soon she has created a personal history for achieving a career Grand Slam, Sharapova was scheduled for a winner photo session, with the Eiffel Tower and Seine river in the background.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Maria Sharapova wins French Open, completes career Grand Slam

Newly crowned world no.1 Maria Sharapova defeated Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 to win her first French Open title and become the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam. 

She won the Wimbledon title in 2004, the US Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Jun 8, 2012

Victoria Azarenka puts French Open loss behind her with a new haircut

Victoria Azarenka quickly puts her shocking French Open fourth round loss behind her with a new haircut.

I don't think she will pull a Sharapova and announce that it's a wig later.

Updated: It was a fake one!

(Image via Victoria Azarenka's Facebook fan page)

Maria Sharapova bounces back to no.1, one step away from the French Open title

Maria Sharapova is back at the no.1 spot in the WTA rankings following her victory in the women's semi final match against Petra Kvitova at Roland Garros.

She first captured the top rank in 2005.

''It's a long road back; it's a long process. It's a lot of days of frustration and uncertainty, not knowing if you'll ever get there, not knowing how much you want it, not knowing whether (there) would be a moment like that for you again,'' Sharapova said at the press conference with the WTA's glass vase signifying her no. 1 status sitting inches away.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Jun 7, 2012

Pink clay on Court 1 at Roland Garros

In conjunction with the Women's Day celebration, Court 1 at Roland Garros received a makeover.

The clay court turned pink for a day! Isn't that a bright idea?

(Image via @carole_bouchard)

The WAGs are here but where is the fiancรฉ?

Tennis WAGs Xisca Perello and Kim Sears were spotted at the French Open quarterfinal matches yesterday.

Xisca at Rafael Nadal's match

Kim Sears watching Andy Murray's match

However I've been questioning the presence of Maria Sharapova's fiancรฉ Sasha Vujacic who is missing from the Roland Garros this year.

There were talks about them getting married in November. The "rumour" was started by the Turkish media who mentioned that the nuptial will take place at Istanbul, where Vujacic is currently based.

Sharapova and Vujacic in Paris last year

Perhaps he has a busy schedule with his club, Anadolu Efes. However to miss the semifinal or even the final match where Sharapova could be playing would be devastating.

No doubt that Sharapova is at the top of her game right now and winning the French Open (and becoming the new world no.1) is highly possible. So, getting married at the peak of her career?   I have doubt until the marriage really take place.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Jun 6, 2012

Rafael Nadal visits Babolat's staff and fans at Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal used his off day yesterday to meet Babolat's staff and fans at the sponsor's space at Roland Garros.

Also present at the event was Carlos Moya.

Today, he will play against fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro to determine a place in the semifinals.

(Images via Babolat's Facebook fan page)

Dominika Cibulkova: Sam Stosur played like a man

Dominika Cibulkova who was beaten 6-4, 6-1 by Sam Stosur in the quarterfinals at the French Open says that facing the Australian is like playing against a man.

"Her topspin and her serve, I mean, she played like a man, and it's really hard to play against a man," Cibulkova said. "It was driving me crazy on the court today. So it was really, really hard."

I totally understand her frustration especially after beaten the world no.1 Victoria Azarenka but only to fall easily after that. However, by passing that kind of remark is just cheap, bitch!

Go win that title, Sam!

(Images via Sina tennis)

Jun 5, 2012

Sam Stosur is not much of a party goer

Reading Sam Stosur's interview is fun although the questions are very ordinary ones.

Besides saying that she would like to have Rafael Nadal's tenacity in the latest interview on the Roland Garros' official website, Stosur revealed that she's not a party goer as she doesn't hangout late at night.

The Australian also mentioned that she has a Swiss yodelling song, which she sang awfully to with the members of the Fed Cup team after a win.

(Image via French Open's official website)

Jun 4, 2012

Dominika Cibulkova would choose Scarlett Johansson or Jessica Alba to play her on big screen

When asked which actress would she pick to play her on the big screen, Dominika Cibulkova has no doubt that it's Scarlett Johansson or Jessica Alba. Good pick, isn't it?

In the interview published on the French Open official website, Cibulkova also said that she will never have enough of handbags.

Currently, Cibulkova is having an amazing run at the French Open pulling off a major upset against the world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round.

(Image via French Open official website)

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