Rafael Nadal debuted his Nike "dayfit" in Melbourne today while easily defeating Croat Roko Karanusic (and a few of his other personalites) 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, continuing the solid form he showed off in his first rounder. The Mallorcan Matador cracked 24 winners against 17 errors, 68% success on first serve deliveries, and 19 of 26 net approaches. He'll face tough veteran Tommy Haas for a place in the fourth round.
So, we all saw this "fun, bright, playful, sexy" Rafa in a practice session recently (though he's working the Long Checked Short in neo-turquoise now) and it's good to see him bust out these duds for match play even though some oppose the pink.
But don't be fooled Rafanatics: underneath all that sunshine "dark, brooding, stealthy, sexy" Rafa for those night moments was still fighting to come out and play. *gasp*
UPDATE: Rafa was asked about his new Nike stylings in his post-match presser:
Q. There's a lot of interest in your new outfits. Some of your fans on the websites don't seem to like them too much, your clothes. Do you like the change of image?Yes Matador, it's always about balls and a good racquet, no?
RAFAEL NADAL: What happened? The fans didn't like?
Q. Some of them don't.
RAFAEL NADAL: Sorry (laughter). I don't know.
No, I am feeling okay. I am feeling well. For sure, when you have a change, some people like, other people don't like. For sure with the sleeveless, not everybody like the sleeveless. Right now gonna be the same, no?
But, anyway, is a change. But I feel good like this. Important thing in the end is not the clothes; is the ball and racquet and play well.
UPDATE #2: Thanks to DtL reader Miri for the video link to the above mentioned post-match presser. It's pretty funny. *wishes to be at all Rafapressers* CHECK IT.
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