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March 11, 2013               2:01 p.m.

Fifth-seeded Rafael Nadal, who is playing his first hard-court tournament in almost a year at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, advanced to the fourth round Monday without hitting a ball.

Nadal, who holds 11 Grand Slam titles, was taping his fingers in advance of the third-round match when his opponent, Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer, announced he was withdrawing with a back injury.

Next up for Nadal will be the winner of a third-round match between Ernests Gulbis and 20th-seeded Andreas Seppi. Seppi won the first set over Gulbis, 7-5, Monday.

“It’s bad news for sure, especially for the fans,” Nadal said, “and for the opponent. I talked with him. It seemed like it’s nothing very bad. Just typical back problems beginning when he was warming up his serve. He hopes to be ready to play again in four, five days.”

Nadal said he would go to the gym and get in an extra workout and maybe practice a little bit. “Not a lot,” Nadal said.”

He also spoke about going to the home of tournament owner Larry Ellison on Sunday and playing tennis with Ellison on Ellison’s private court. “It’s great, no?” Nadal said. “It’s an honor.

“I did it last year too. He’s improving a lot. His backhand improved a lot from last year, so that’s great. He changed to a Babolat racket.”

Nadal also experienced his first earthquake Monday. The area was hit with a magnitude-4.7 earthquake.

“I was very scared,” Nadal said. “First time in my life. I was on the massage table preparing for my warm-up. I think the massage table moved even worse.”

At that point Nadal did an imitation of the massage table wobbling.



Rafael Nadal was born on June 3rd, 1986 at 6:20 p.m. in Manacor, Spain according to

June 3rd, 1986

6 + 3 +1+9+8+6 = 33 = his life lesson = Fierce.  Magnanimous.  Bighearted.  Putting on a good show.


June 3rd, 1986

6 + 3 = 9 = his core number = Wisdom sets him apart.

The Hermit Tarot card


June 3rd, 1986

3 +1+9+8+6 = 27 = his “secret” number = False starts.

Ace of Wands Tarot card


June 3rd, 1986

June 3rd

6 + 3 +2+0+1+2 = 14 = his personal year (from June 3rd, 2012 to June 2nd, 2013) = Appealing.  Having appeal.

Temperance Tarot card

6 + 3 +2+0+1+3 = 15 = his personal year (from June 3rd, 2013 to June 2nd, 2014) = Sponsors.  Endorsements.  Ads.  Commercial success.



using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9



Rafael Nadal

916153 51413                39


his path of destiny = 39 = Charming.  A nice guy.  Dream come true.







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September 12, 2011    5:58pm

For more than four hours Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal played punishing tennis that was also beautiful. They grunted and groaned and sent tennis balls straight at each over, over each other, around each other.

And after it appeared Djokovic was down and out, when he had lost the third set and was groaning on the sidelines while a trainer stretched and pulled and pounded on his aching back, the 24-year-old from Serbia came out for more.

Djokovic played the final games as if pain didn’t matter and, after making a sign of the cross, Djokovic bounced the ball 10 times, hit a serve and then a forehand winner, a massive thing that left Nadal almost immobile.

For the sixth time in a row Djokovic beat Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1, in 4 hours 10 minutes. The win made Djokovic 64-2 this year, gave him his first U.S. Open title and also placed him among the all-time greats.

He became the sixth man to win three of the four major titles in the same year since tennis’ open era began in 1968. He won the Australian Open over Andy Murray in the final and beat Nadal in the Wimbledon final.

Overall, this was Djokovic’s fourth major title. His first was at the Australian Open in 2008.

“It’s been an incredible year,” said Djokovic, who put on a blue baseball cap with FD/NY on it in honor of New York City firefighters, a day after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The second-seeded Nadal, the defending champion, said, “Obviously I am disappointed now. This guy is doing unbelievable things.” Then he looked toward Djokovic and said, “What you did this year is probably impossible to repeat, so well done.”

After dropping the first two games of the first set, Djokovic began opening up the court with his swift movement and Nadal started to grow frustrated at watching some of his shots get shifted by a swirling, late-afternoon wind. Djokovic began making Nadal run corner to corner and from baseline to net and won six games in a row.

After 53 minutes, Djokovic served a love game and Nadal dropped his head as he walked to his seat on the changeover. The Spaniard had his serve broken three times in a row to end the set.

The third game of the second set encompassed enough ovation-causing tennis for an entire match. It lasted 17 minutes 15 seconds, and while trying to defend a sixth break point, Nadal, who appeared positioned for a winning overhead, slammed the ball into the net into the net.

If Nadal had held serve, he would have grabbed a 3-0 lead. Instead it was Djokovic who pumped his fist, came out after the changeover and held serve at love.

It was a game of momentous physical tennis, with both players grunting loudly. Djokovic has a two-toned sound, Nadal’s grunt is deeper and at the end of points and it made that single game sound symphonic.

But after all the running forehands and sharp volleys and topspin ground strokes and lobs, it was one huge error by Nadal, who overhit a forehand volley into the net, that gave Djokovic the service break and made the start of the second set too much like the first for Nadal’s taste.Nadal could have gone ahead 3-0 and carried the crowd’s momentum. Instead, Djokovic held on to win the second set as well.Nadal might have lost total grasp of the match in the fourth game of the third set, when he wasted two break points. But he finally scored on the third to even the set at 2-2.

As had happened three times previously, though, Djokovic broke back. In a game that was filled with baseline rallies of bravado and drop shots of touch, Djokovic took the advantage again, up 3-2, and this time it seemed as if the Spaniard might not have enough belief left to win. Nadal was smiling almost in agony when he sat in his chair on the changeover.

Except it was Djokovic who soon looked suddenly vulnerable.

In the next game Djokovic started stretching his back in between points, served up a double fault and was broken at love. The crowd was roaring in support of Nadal, even during points, sometimes so loudly that Djokovic would cup his racket to his ear or mimic a “shush” move with his fingers to his lips.

And in the 11thgame, after the two stayed on serve to get to 5-all, Djokovic struck suddenly. With his 20thbreak point chance of the match, Djokovic cracked a backhand winner that hit the baseline and took a 6-5 lead.

With the chance to serve out the match, though, Djokovic was sent diving into splits as Nadal won one point, and the Serb hit a forehand long on break point to send the third set into a tiebreaker.

And it was all Nadal in the tiebreak. The Spaniard took a 5-1 advantage and won on his second set point with a forehand return winner. During the changeover, Djokovic called for the trainer, who worked on the Serb’s back.

After Djokovic held serve to open the fourth set, he called for the trainer again and used an injury timeout, during which the trainer worked on his back, massaging and pummeling Djokovic’s body as Djokovic had been doing to the tennis ball.

And then Djokovic won another two games to take a 3-0 lead to send the match running away from Nadal.



Rafael Nadal was born on June 3rd, 1986 at 6:20 p.m. in Manacor, Spain according to

June 3rd, 1986

June 3rd

6 + 3 +2+0+1+1 = 13 = his personal year (from June 3rd, 2011 to June 2nd, 2012) = Major changes.  Personal growth and development.

13 year + 9 (September 3rd, 2011 to October 2nd, 2011) = 22 = his personal month (from September 3rd, 2011 to October 2nd, 2011) = Lucky.  Bloopers. 

22 month + 12 (12th of the month of Monday September 12th, 2011) = 34 = his personal day = Momentum.  Velocity.  Fizzling out.




Novak Djokovic was born on May 22nd, 1987 at 11:00 a.m. in Belgrad, Serbia according to

May 22nd

5 + 22 +2+0+1+1 = 31 = his personal year (from May 22nd, 2011 to May 21st, 2012) = Competition.  Competing.  Striving to be #1.

31 year + 8 (August) = 39 = his personal month (from August 22nd, 2011 to September 21st, 2011) = Chivalry.

39 month + 12 (12th of the month on Monday September 12th, 2011) = 51 = his personal day = Formidable.  Like a tennis machine.  It’s official.




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Rafael Nadal and the French Open trophy
Sunday, 6 June 2010 17:01 UK

Rafael Nadal won the French Open for the fifth time and made amends for last year’s defeat by Robin Soderling as he swept past the Swede in straight sets to regain the title.

Nadal saved all eight break points he faced to come through 6-4 6-2 6-4 in two hours 18 minutes at an overcast Roland Garros and secure his seventh Grand Slam title.

“I played my best match against you,” Nadal told Soderling during the trophy ceremony. “If not, it’s going to be impossible to beat you.”

Nadal then told the crowd in French that it was “the most emotional day in my career”.

The victory ensures that the 24-year-old Spaniard will regain the world number one ranking on Monday and leave Roger Federer one week short of Pete Sampras’s record of 286 weeks at the top.

Soderling, 25, must be content with the runner-up spot for the second year in succession, having become the first and only man to beat Nadal at Roland Garros in last year’s fourth round before losing to Federer in the final.

The Swedish fifth seed had gained some measure of revenge with a highly impressive win over Federer in the quarter-finals this time around but failed to find a way past Nadal’s impregnable defence.

First serve 77% – 56%
Break points 4/12 – 0/8
Winners 28 – 32
Unforced errors 16 – 45

Nadal had come into Sunday’s final on a 21-0 winning streak on clay that saw him win titles in Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid.

But he had lost his last two matches against Soderling, and memories of the defeat 12 months ago on Court Philippe Chatrier were put to the Spaniard repeatedly ahead of the final.

The predicted overcast conditions were also expected to favour the Swede’s flat hitting, as opposed to the heavy topspin of Nadal, but instead the match began in bright sunshine, and by the time the clouds came it was too late for Soderling.

There was a sign of things to come as early as the fourth game when Soderling earned the first break point of the match, only to thump a backhand over the baseline.

Nadal showed him the way in the very next game by converting his second break point with a backhand cross-court pass that the Swede allowed to drop inside the angle of sideline and baseline.

Soderling had said before the match that he hoped the experience of playing in the final 12 months ago would benefit him this time around, but it did not appear to be helping when Nadal had another two chances to break in game seven, before two big forehands got the Swede out of trouble.

Nadal then showed the first chink in his armour with a double-fault at 30-30 in the following game but Soderling put his forehand long, confirmed by a quickly raised arm from Nadal, and a tame backhand return saw a third break point slip by.


Soderling did well to recover from facing three set points at 0-40 in game nine with a purple patch of serving, but moments later he blazed a forehand wide on the fourth as Nadal served out the set.

Try as he might, Soderling just could not hit through the Spaniard’s brilliant defence, and too often he made an error when a chance presented itself.

With clouds gathering overhead, the Swede attacked some short forehands from Nadal early in the second set, only to blast a backhand long with the open court gaping on the second of four more break points in a tense fourth game.

Having spent much of the first 75 minutes scrambling with success behind the baseline, Nadal went on the front foot to make the decisive move of the match.

A brilliant backhand cross-court pass and a wayward Soderling forehand saw the Spaniard break for 3-2 and he consolidated the advantage thanks in part to a magnificent point in game six as he returned a smash, worked his way into the net and angled away a beautiful volley.

Soderling looked as good as done for, and he gave up another break as Nadal wrapped up the set, before hammering a desperately loose forehand into the tramlines to drop serve at the start of the third.

There was one final chance for the Swede with his eighth break point of the day in game two but Nadal hit a fine swinging serve to slam the door shut and went on to serve out the match with little trouble.

And after 12 months that saw him lose his French Open and Wimbledon titles – as well as the world number one ranking – and suffer serious injury problems, the emotional Spaniard collapsed on the dirt before returning to his chair and breaking down in tears.

Nadal’s victory also makes another mark in history as he moves into second place in the all-time list of male winners at Roland Garros with five victories, one behind Bjorn Borg’s record.

And like Borg in 1978 and 1980, Nadal has now twice won the tournament without losing a set, after a perfect run in 2008.



Rafael Nadal was born on June 3rd, 1986 at 7:15  p.m. in Manacor, Spain


June 3rd

6 + 3 +2+0+1+0 = 12 = his personal year (from June 3rd, 2010 to June 3rd, 2011)

12 year + 6 (June) = 18 = his personal month (from June 3rd, 2010 to July 3rd, 2010)

18 month + 5 (5th of the month on Saturday June 5th, 2010) = 23 = his personal day (from 7:15 p.m. on Saturday June 5th, 2010 to 7:15 p.m. on Sunday June 6th, 2010) = Leadership.  Zest.  Athlete.  Sports.


June 3rd, 1986

6 + 3 +1+9+8+6 = 33 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Regaining the title.  Defending the championship. 


The synastry clearly describes Robin Söderling’s encounter with Rafael Nadal.

Robin Söderling was born on August 14th, 1984 according to

August 14th

8 + 14 +2+0+0+9 = 33 = his personal year = Rafael Nadal (A person’s life lesson number stands for themself.  Rafael’s life lesson is 33 (6 + 3 +1+9+8+6 = 33).  Also the reality of 33 = Regaining the title.  Defending the championship.

33 year + 5 (May) = 38 = his personal month (from May 14th, 2010 to June 13th, 2010) = Nadal then told the crowd in French that it was “the most emotional day in my career”.

38 month + 6 (6th of the month on Sunday June 6th, 2010) = 44 = his personal day

When his number (44) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience. 

August 14th, 1984

8 + 14 + 1+9+8+4 = 44 = his life lesson number = what he is here to learn

So this was HIS day!!!

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