Rafael Nadal Blogs at Australian Open

The fiery Spaniard makes himself accessible to fans.

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You'd think blogging would be the last thing on your mind, especially if you're the No. 1 tennis player in the world, grinding your way to win a Grand Slam title on a hard court, all while maintaining the storied rivalry with the great Roger Federer. But Rafael Nadal has made himself easily accessible to all of his fans, with daily blog posts straight from the Australian Open in Melbourne.

In his January 21 post, Nadal writes: "Today was a very easy-going day. I had a training session at 12 and then had something to eat at the tournament. Then I went back to the hotel around 3 to rest a bit and then had dinner with all my Spanish team-mates and the new Davis Cup Capitan, Albert Costa, hahahaha...Ok so tomorrow I'm playing the second round in Melbourne. I am very confident and I'm training and playing very well so I hope tomorrow I can continue this way."

Nadal's carefree tone seemed to have carried with him throughout the day; he sailed past Roko Karanusic of Croatia 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in 97 minutes in the second round of the season's first Grand Slam event.The match looked like practice for the Spaniard, with the most dominating forehand we've seen from him and a much-improved service game. Nadal, who has never before advanced to the fourth round at Melbourne Park, now faces Andy Murray in the semifinals.

Riddled with grammatical errors and misspellings, Nadal's blog is real and sincere, unlike the slew of celebrity blogs managed and manicured by a public relations firm.

An earlier post read: "So, last night's match was great, I felt really good on the court and I've never had such a confotable debut at this tournament since I started playing here. That is absolutely great for me for the following two reasons: One, I found myself playing well and that gives you a lot of confidence, and two, I think it is important that I didn't get to play the last two tournaments of the year...Ok everyone, I have to run, need to get to my training session on time...Hugs to everyone! Rafa"

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