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
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
There might be doubts in people’s mind regarding the future of Juan Martin Del Potro, but, the Argentinean himself is quite determined to come back to the scene.
Del Potro has had to get operated three times recently to get one of his wrists sorted out.
Although, he claims he is alright now, some believe the three operations will certainly affect his playing ability and he probably will never generate the same amount of force from that particular wrist.
However, as per Del Potro, he is hundred percent committed to his game and he has huge expectations for the second phase of his career which is about to start.
In an interview to a website the previous week, Del Potro was quoted as saying, “I have seen my toughest times, but, I think I am going to be okay now.”
“Of course, when you have as many surgeries as I have, there are self doubts. You have to deal with a lot of negativity that surrounds you, but, as I said, I have passed that phase and now, I am just looking to make sure I complete my rehabilitation programme smoothly and make a good comeback to the tour.” Continue reading There might be doubts in people’s mind regarding the future of Juan Martin Del Potro