Just minuted before the final in Miami we take a closer look at Rafael Nadal’s recent sneaker wears. For some reason Rafa still can’t get into the groove with the Nike Lunar Ballistec… his latest signature shoes. He still uses the previous installment… the Air Max Court Ballistec 4.3 and the colors still imitate his new shoes. He does wear the Lunars in practice, though, so there’s still hope he will adapt to the new version. We all know Rafa is a very superstitious person so maybe it’s just a matter of time. Take a closer look at his Player Exclusive styles… Court Ballistec (game shoes) and Lunar Ballistec (practice shoes), which still uses the CB 4.3 outsole.
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.
- Rafa’s Kicks: Court Ballistec vs. Lunar Ballistec… Round Two March 30, 2014
- 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
- #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
- Closer Look at Nadal’s “Redefined” Nike Lunar Ballistec January 2, 2014
- Introducing Nike Air Max Courtballistec 4.3 Grey/Crimson CLAY April 26, 2013
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