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

Rafael Nadal has had a gutting 2015 thus far

Rafael Nadal has had a gutting 2015 thus far, but, yesterday, he showed signs of returning to form as he got better of the World no. 2 Andy Murray in straight sets in a group match in the ongoing Tour Finals.

It was easily one of the best performances put on by Nadal in the season. He was all over Murray in both the sets.

Speaking in the post match interview, he said, “It’s the start. I will have to continue to work hard. I know it’s not possible for anyone to be at his best in every match. But, your work ethic should be good and your approach should be positive. That’s very important.”

“After the kind of phase that I have been through, it’s always a bit of a struggle at the comeback, but, the victories like this help you grow in confidence. For the last 15 days or so, I have felt good about my game and I would be extremely pleased if I manage to end the season on a good note for myself. That would put me in a great frame of mind for 2016.”

Murray also praised Nadal for his dominating show and admitted that the rhythm of the Spaniard looked far better than what it was at the start of the season. Continue reading Rafael Nadal has had a gutting 2015 thus far