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
There were big question marks on Rafael Nadal’s form ahead of the 2015 Australian open which is currently going on.
But, the form of the Spaniard is alright by the looks of it, at least his performance yesterday suggested so.
He ran past his opponent in the Round of 16 to make it to the quarters yet again at Melbourne Park.
Nadal was up against the top ranked South African player Kevin Anderson who, by no means, is an easy guy to take on in Australian conditions given the height that he has and the speed with which he serves. Continue reading Rafael Nadal form not in best state
World number two Rafael Nadal will be the most notable absentee from the Spanish Davis Cup team that will start its defense of the crown against Kazakhstan in the Spanish city of Oviedo, where new captain Alex Corretja will have to field a new look side.
Corretja, who was appointed as the captain of the Spanish side after their win in the Davis Cup final last December against Argentina will not have any of the players who helped Spain lift the crown last year at his disposal.
Whereas Nadal has decided to rest ahead of the Indian Wells ATP Championships in California in March, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco as well as Feliciano Lopez have all pulled out of the tie citing fitness issues and fatigue in an Olympic Games year.
In the absence of all these star names, Corretja will have to count on veteran star Juan Carlos Ferrero and world number eleven Nicolas Almagro, who did not feature for Spain in any of their Davis Cup ties last year to pull through the match against Kazakhstan. However, Corretja believes that the absence of Rafael Nadal and the other stars from the lineup will not affect the Spanish side much as their reserves also have the capabilities to pull through the tie quite easily.
Juan Carlos Ferrero has been a former champion at the French Open and was one of the players who started the Spanish Revolution in the world of tennis long before Nadal had made a name for himself in the circuit. However, Rafael Nadal will be at court side, taking time out from his practice sessions in Mallorca to support the side as they attempt to add a sixth Davis Cup crown to their cabinet, with all five of their titles won after the turn of the millennium.