Rafa nadal dating shakira
This is met with a pure, straight-faced statement of the obvious: "I prefer to play well."Afterward, his ever-present publicist, Benito Pérez-Barbadillo, introduces me to him in preparation for our interview.
Nadal shakes my hand, pats me on the shoulder, and says, "Encantado." He is relaxed, charming, and, at six foot one, taller than I expected.
If, on the other hand, when you're small you're never allowed to so much as throw a racquet on the ground, then it's much easier to tolerate things. Sometimes, if he feels like doing one thing but knows that another is the right thing to do, he can take it."Before I can think about what's coming out of my mouth, I say, "God. At lunchtime, I go to watch Nadal play Frederico Gil, who at number 70, is the highest-ranked Portuguese player in history.
("It's a very small country" is Gil's routine response to this statistic.) Rafa starts slow; he makes a surprising number of unforced errors; during breaks, his left knee jogs uncontrollably.
It is round one of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, a tournament sometimes referred to as the fifth Grand Slam.