Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming colorways for the Nike Lunar Ballistec. Joining the Laser Crimson and White / Red styles that were designed for the Australian Open and the recently released Orange / Black version are the presented Light Blue (French Open), White / Volt and “Bronze” colorways. All of these need some time getting used to, but maybe you’ve already found something that you really like? Let us know which version of the new Rafa Nadal signature shoes is your favorite so far.
Rafael Nadal advanced to his 19th major final with a brutal 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-3 demolition of archrival Roger Federer and will tomorrow night face the Swiss’ understudy and compatriot Stan Wawrinka. If Nadal handles Wawrinka, he will join American Pete Sampras as the winner of 14 majors to trail only Federer, who has 17 grand slam crowns. And he would become only the third man in history to claim all four majors at least twice after Queenslanders Roy Emerson and Rod Laver. The Spanish bull already has a record eight French Open, two Wimbledon and two US Open titles – and he won the 2009 Melbourne Park trophy. He was overjoyed after dispatching Federer for the 23rd time in 33 meetings. ”I think tonight I played my best match of the tournament,” he said, ”After missing last year (with injury), it is very special to be back on Rod Laver Arena and into another final. Here’s a closer look at Nadal’s semi-final match.
Hampered by weeping blisters that required thick strapping around four of his fingers and the palm of his racquet hand, and infuriated by warnings for coaching and time violations, Rafael Nadal outlasted Kei Nishikori to confirm his place in the quarter-final of the 2014 Australian Open against Grigor Dimitrov tomorrow. The 13-time major winner also tripped in the first set and tumbled to the court, then had to go to the locker room to change shoes. After slipping on the court his shoe laces broke… not due to a faulty lacing system (common problem with CB 4.3), but due to contact with the surface. Nadal is trying to win the Australian Open for the second time — his first title came in 2009. It is the only major he hasn’t won at least twice.
Top seed Rafael Nadal faced the lowest-ranked player in the draw, 17-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis, the world number 570. The Australian gave a very good account of himself but, not surprisingly, found Nadal too tough, the Spaniard winning 6-2 6-4 6-2. Nadal continues to fuel the speculation surrounding his sneaker choice. He still wears the Nike Air Max Court Ballistec 4.3 instead of the recently released Lunar Ballistec. Fans are trying to understand what’s going on with the new shoes. Seems like it was no coincidence in the first round, because this time he wore his Day edition shoes, which imitate the second colorway of the LB’s. I know it’s very hot in Melbourne, but I really doubt it’s the ventilation.
Earlier this week I mentioned about how Rafa’s new shoes – the Nike Lunar Ballistec – is different from the ones in stores. In general, it’s not an unusual thing for professional athletes to have their performance footwear modified for even more performance, comfort and fit in exchange for less durability. I had expected Nadal to continue to use the “redefined” version of the Lunar Ballistecs throughout the season, but he pulled out a similar move to what LeBron James did this season and rolled back to his previous season shoes – the Nike Air Max Courtballistec 4.3. Whether, it’s Rafa being simply superstitious about something, he does that a lot, or maybe there’s a performance issue with the new shoes, Nike decided to dye the CB 4.3 in the exact same colorway as they use for the LB’s. Obviously, we caught that… that’s what we do have, but I guess it’s all good if it means more wins for Nadal in the ongoing Australian Open tournament.
Players don’t usually wear shoes that are sold in stores. That’s a fact. It’s been this way in all sports… LeBron James does it basketball… Rafael Nadal has been doing it for years in tennis. He has very special needs after suffering a serious foot injury a couple of years ago. However, the way Nike personalized the all new Lunar Ballistec takes things to a whole new level. Apparently, Rafa doesn’t need the fancy Dynamic Flywire or a new traction pattern at all. His current game shoes are much closer to the Air Max Courtballistec 4.3 than the Nike Lunar Basllistec that are being sold in stores for almost two weeks. He uses the old lacing system, the old outsole and he still gets a longer tongue (man, I would love that on my kicks) and signature logos all over the place. Among the things that haven’t been changed I see the synthetic upper and, hopefully, the Lunar cushioning. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I guess most fans would like to wear the exact same version as Nadal. I know I would especially since his version looks more like tennis shoes rather then soccer cleats. What do you think about this matter? See the details below.
- Nike Lunar Ballistec – Upcoming Colorways – Spring 2014 February 18, 2014
- Gallery: Rafa Nadal’s Blistering Game Too Much for Federer January 25, 2014
- Rafa Beats Nishikori Despite Blisters and Busting his Shoes January 20, 2014
- Nadal Wears CB 4.3 Imitating Nike Lunar Ballistec in Round 2 Win January 16, 2014
- Rafa Uses a Disguised Nike Court Ballistec 4.3 Instead of “Redefined” Lunar Ballistec Shoes January 14, 2014
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- #SpinAttacksInTheDark – Rafa & Tsonga 2013 Babolat Aeropro Drive Commercial December 18, 2012
- Leaked: Nike Lunar Court Ballistec – Spring & Summer 2014 October 23, 2013
- Proof that Rafa’s New Shoes Are So Much Different Than Yours! January 11, 2014
- Nike Tennis Officially Unveils Nike Lunar Ballistec. Avoids Connection to Rafa! January 1, 2014
- Closer Look at Nadal’s “Redefined” Nike Lunar Ballistec January 2, 2014
Random PhotosSpain's Rafael Nadal reacts after a point to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin during their men's Singles 2nd Round tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, on May 31, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/GettyImages)Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Denis Germelmayr of Germany during their ATP Qatar Open tennis match at the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha on January 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO/KARIM JAAFAR (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)Spain's Rafael Nadal leaves the court after he lost his quarter-final match against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber at the ATP Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany, on June 15, 2012. Kohlschreiber won 3:6,4:6. AFP PHOTO / CARMEN JASPERSENCARMEN JASPERSEN/AFP/GettyImages