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Rafael Nadal Grapples in the Apple

Rafael Nadal Grapples in the Apple

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer face off at “Grapple in the Apple” presented by Nike at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Thursday in New York City.

Nadal and Federer both took questions at “Grapple in the Apple,” which was hosted by boxing promoter Don King. The two tennis rivals have met in the finals of the last two Grand Slam events.

“These years I have always had one person in front of me, better than me in everything,” said Nadal. “So when I look to Roger in front of me all the time, having better forehand, better backhand.”

“This is definitely one of the great, great rivalries I’ve been in,” said Federer. “And I mean he’s definitely been also the one who has been pushing me the hardest to improve as a player and stay ahead of him. But you know, he got me in the end, but obviously I’m going to try to get it back.”

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Photos: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty, WENN
Posted to: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer

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  • haqikah

    Nadal you rule!

  • kaat

    go federer !!! :)

  • Rita

    AWW I’m a Federer chick but it’s cool to see them together. I really hope they have a friendly rivalry, and get along!

  • parisgirl

    I like it that they get along. Rivalry doesn’t always have to be nasty ;)

  • annaspain

    ohhh! nadal and federer…federer and nadal…they are so good players…and see their match…like wimbledon,this is a good match!
    but….of couse…nadal is the besttt! the number 1!…are something that nadal cant win??¿?…emmm….NO!

    nadal rules!**



    nadal the best!….

    NaDaL RuLeS^*

  • Sunny-Tits

    He may be past his best now, but Fed will always be King.

  • no-nick

    Go Roger. Catch the apple again.

  • Titolia

    Well, I’m a Federer fan, but I just admire them both sooo much! Great players!!!!

  • Violaine

    Djokovic fan but it’s great to see Nadal. Cute pics!

  • fed king

    Go Roger!!

    We love you.

    You are a champion on and off the court.

    Rafa is a champion of the future – long may your rivalry reign.

  • eLLE

    Go Rafa!

    It’s weird seeing them together now. I know they respect each other, but they’re not friends. NIke is just looking for publicity by bringing the two together.

  • flutters

    Roger and Rafa are both class acts and great champions. They set a great example for athletes in all sports. I prefer Roger’s style of play but I love them both and am happy for Rafa’s success too.

  • Chris

    Roger is the greatest tennis player ever!!!!!!!!!. I hope he can win the US Open. While they make a good rivalry, I still want Roger to be number “1″ for a long time.

  • wana

    i love rafa! the us open draw’s out! i’m glad he’s not meeting either nole (novak djokovic) or roger federer until the final (us open).

  • C@r

    Nadal :D:D

    bien bien bien!!

  • Halli

    Lets go ROGER!!!!!!

    Beat Nadal and win another US Open to make up for your Wimbledon and French Open losses. Nadal has had an amazing year, but hopefully Roger can come through in the end. As long as Djokovic doesn’t win, I’ll be happy.

  • maria

    vamos rafa!!!
    te queremosss!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kaloo

    Go Rafa! The apple is rightfully yours now!

  • Pam

    Federer will always be THE KING! ….HE is the best =)

  • Jess

    Nadal is not attractive…her face is chobby and has a big stomach

  • Jess


  • laura

    Rafa is way far the hottest man ever in tennis!!

    Rafa es el numero 1!!!

  • Bekah.

    I’m a Nadal girl[: He’s so cuteee, and it’s cool to see federer and nadal together even though their rivals[:

  • http://asdf goo roger

    nadaal is so uglyy
    and that photo doesnt make him really attractive..

    i love you rogeer <3

  • heyman

    More Roger pics please Jared.

  • jelz

    Great to see Roger. I enjoy watching his style the most. He is so fluid and precise. Good luck to both of them

  • Eyda

    Fed was and is the KING

  • Elena

    Nadal is the best player of the year and now he’s the number 1. That’s all, Federer was the best a lot of time, but it’s Nadal’s turn.

    Vamos Rafa!!! A por el US Open.

    I’m agree with laura. rafa is hot, so hot

  • V

    they only stayed out for a good 20 mins. and answered 3 of us kids’ questions, after the first quote, from nadal people let out a slight, “awww”
    it was good for them to be together, hopefully deep inside, you know, they’d be like best buds.

  • Scooby Doo

    Vamos Rafa!!!!!

  • Federerfan4ever!

    OH EM GEE.. I was there for the event… I was really excited to see them..They answered a couple of questions from the group of kids that I played tennis with then they took pics for the photographers and then they left..Of course I was a little disappointed that I didn’t actually meet them ..but it was pretty darn cool to see them together in person with DON KING lol favorite part of the event was the MASSIVE AMOUNT OF CANDY..I almost fainted when i saw it!

  • tenisa korti

    And now let’s fight