Since 2004, the Grand Slams have been ruled by five players and those five players are Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray. They have clinched 48 of them. In January, Federer claimed the Australian, but after that, the ATP Tour saw the Juan Martin Del Potro re-emergence, while John Isner claimed his first Masters 1000 title in Miami event.
With the rise to fame of Alexander Zverev over the period of 18 months as well as the constant progress of Nick Kyrgios, now the tennis looks like to be in a healthy state. Annacone now admits that the younger players coming to tennis now feel they have a chance to win when they don’t have to play against Nadal or Federer in a Grand Slam event.
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Tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal won their first game together as double partners as they both featured in the inaugural Laver Cup.
The veterans shared the four Grand Slams equally among each other as their career resurged.
The Swiss Federer and Spaniard Nadal have intense rivalry on the court but they also get along pretty well off the court as well. They are both playing against a World team as part of an European side at the three-day tournament in Prague.
The pair combined for the first time to defeat Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 to give the European side a 9-3 lead. Many tennis fans have praised the duo for setting aside their differences and working together seamlessly at the event. The pair themselves are happy to be playing together.
“We will always be rivals as long as we are active. And after this we will be rivals again. But this was something very special. Knowing you can trust him in the big moments, seeing his decision making, seeing his thought process, it was very interesting,” Federer revealed. Continue reading LAVER CUP: FEDERER AND NADAL WIN FIRST DOUBLES
RafaNadal is the favourite to lift the French Open this year.
The Spaniard excelled in Barcelona to sealed his tenth title. He defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 to continue his fine form in the hard courts. He was trading games with the Austrian and it seemed the game might enter a tie breaker as they both remained resolute.
Nadal, who was playing in a court that has been named after him, showed his consistent superiority over his peers in clay courts. In eleven years, he won nine titles in Barcelona. He dug deep to prevail in the rally against Thiem to win the set. As they resumed the second set, Nadal lost just a game as he cruised to victory. Thiem seemed to give up at some point in the second set as he kept making errors. Continue reading NADAL FAVOURITE AHEAD OF FRENCH OPEN
Rafa Nadal has opened up on ending his partnership with his long time coach and Uncle Toni. The pair has been together for over two decades, winning and losing games.
Toni decided to focus on the development of tennis potentials at Rafa Nadal academy in Mallorca as he would not be with the Spaniard from 2018.
“Toni is completely free, like he has always been, to take his own decisions and to choose what makes him happiest. I am comfortable with what he decides is best for him. Probably it’s the moment to focus on other priorities and he said that the academy is one of these ones,” the 14-time Grand Slam winner said.
“It’s a very ambitious project and also we don’t have to forget that he has a family, three kids and two of them play tennis,” Nadal added.
Nadal said he was grateful for his Uncle’s lifelong support, living everyday with him for years. However, it seems the decision was not jointly agreed and that it caught Nadal off-guard when his career was winding down. Continue reading NADAL SPEAKS ABOUT TONI PARTNERSHIP
Rafa Nadal has been referred to as “the king of clay” by clay court giant, Thomas Muster despite the 31-year old Spaniard currently in 8th position in the world of tennis.
Nadal has battled with a wrist injury from last year which has caused him to suspend his 2016 season, hence the drop in the rankings.
Nadal missed the French open and Wimbledon, and he was sent packing in Australia. He described it as “an injury-filled year” in a Facebook post, and has attributed his woes to a not fully recovered injury. It was a short season for him as he was forced to stop and take time to rest in preparation for the 2017 season.
In a recent interview he said, “The goal now is to completely recover and be able to be pain free on the area, and start preparing for the 2017 season.” Continue reading NADAL OPTIMISTIC ABOUT NEW SEASON
Some people are really perplexed that Rafael Nadal has put his name forward for doubles and mixed doubles as well in the Olympic Games. Due to fitness issues, it was thought that the Spaniard would be giving himself a go only in singles.
However, it is not something which has made Juan Monaco’s eyebrows go up. The Argentinean says he knew Nadal was not going to be cautious and would want to be competing in every draw.
As per Monaco, Nadal has tremendous fighting instincts in him and he can’t hold himself back if his body is fine.
Monaco though admits that Nadal would be slightly uncertain about how much strength he has got back in that injured hand because he has not been in a game scenario after the recovery.
Monaco has also warned everyone about the comeback man Juan Martin Del Potro whom he has had some practice-sessions recently as he reckons his countryman is hitting it nicely and is set for a good run.
Del Potro will have to create an upset straightaway to move any further in the singles as he is in section 1 of the draw and his opponent first up will be Novak Djokovic who is almost unconquerable these days. Continue reading Rumors that Rafael Nadal put his Name in Double and Mixed Doubles