Rafael Nadal

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Current tournament: Montreal

Next tournament: Cincinnati

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Video: Nadal cramps during Hamburg trophy ceremony

Recent quote: “Now the hard-court season is starting. It’s a different story. But at the same time, I’ll keep going with the same mentality and this (Hamburg) title helps to be a little bit more calm and add some points to my ranking to try to finish the year in the top 8 again.”

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      • He looks handsome no doubt but the teenage Rafa with long hair looked the best. He’s also very sweet looking in his early twenties.

        Rafa has grown from a sweet looking youngster into a fine looking man now. I hope his hair transplant ( if that’s true) is finally showing results, his hair looks fuller now. A good looking man with a great body should have a full head of hair to complement those good looks.

  1. Toni on Rafa and Fed:

    ‘He had a better start of the year than us, in Miami we were a little bit unlucky in some moments,’ Toni told IB3. ‘Federer evolved in terms of game and tactics, he played more aggressive especially on the backhand side.’

    About Roger not competing again until French Open, Toni said, ‘I would have preferred that it were Djokovic who rested until Roland Garros.’

    So team Nadal are not too concerned about Fed on clay and their main concern is still Djokovic.

  2. Regarding Monte Carlo, both Djokovic and Nadal have a tough path to the semis so let’s not talk about their semi before they get there. I expect Rafa to reach the semis and I think he will be playing at a high level in MC. He looked ready!

    Djokovic has questions marks around him. He looked fine during his DC match but he hasn’t shown an exceptional level for quite a while now. His path is also full of dangers so I will wait till the semi actually happens.

  3. I’m eager to see how Djoko does on clay, anticipating his match with Thiem. Rafa may have to get through a group of youngsters starting with A Zverev, maybe Dimi after that and Thiem, if he gets past Djoko?

    • Rafa has a tough draw, that’s for sure. Zverev, Dimi, Novak or Thiem, then Murray or Stan.

      His first match should be routine, but after that it’s going to be one match at a time. At least it’s clay where Rafa is in his own element.

      I am interested to see how Novak looks.

  4. We can expect Rafa to get tough draws throughout the year. I just want him to win RG. Once he does that, any other wins would be just gravy.

  5. Rafa said on Sunday:
    “This is an important event. It’s one of my favourite events of the year without a doubt. Monte-Carlo is unique for me. I’m trying to work as much as I can to be ready for the competition and adjust my game again to clay.”

    “I am excited to be here. I started slow to adapt to the clay, hitting for 45 minutes, then one hour and one hour and 30 minutes for the first few days. I did what I needed to avoid the risk for injuries. With more practise, I remind myself how to win the points, how to defend and how to move. It’s a process. Things are not that easy. It takes time. I decided to not play on clay in February this year so it’s a little different.”

    “I am happy playing tennis now. When I don’t have injuries and am competitive, I am happy and enjoy it more than winning titles. I am working to try to keep having these feelings in the coming months.”

    Read more:
    http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/monte-carlo-2017-preview-nadal

  6. ‘I am ready to win a title’. Rafael Nadal enters the Monte Carlo event with only one big goal: biting a Trophy again for the first time since 25 April 2016 when he won Barcelona title. Rafa is confident, this year he reached three finals losing them all in Melbourne, Acapulco and Miami. ‘I am satisfied with my level, for me it’s important to know that I can be competitive, because it gives me extra motivations. At the moment I am doing well, I don’t have any injury and it matters. In the last two weeks I practiced well. I am playing at a high level, I had a good start of the year and my current position in the Race to London allows me to play calm.’

    About Federer’s absence until Roland Garros, Nadal said: ‘I agree with his choice, he is playing more aggressive and clay isn’t a surface that allows you to win the point after three or four points.’

    http://www.tennisworldusa.org/news/news/Rafael_Nadal/42510/rafael-nadal-i-am-ready-to-win-a-title-about-federer-s-absence-/

    • hehehe “…clay isn’t a surface that allows you to win the point after three or four points.’

      Rafa implying things are not different on clay 😉

      • There was a time not so long ago that fedfawns claimed (incorrectly) that Rafa held the advantage over fed only because Rafa couldn’t make it to later rounds to meet fed at non-clay events.

        How times have changed for the current No. 1 in the Race who won’t even try.

    • More like no chance to win so don’t play. I bet come the USO series, Fed will play both Canada and Cincy, if he hasn’t enough ranking points to ensure a good seeding at the USO. He certainly would want to avoid Djoko or Rafa (or even Andy) till the later rounds.

  7. “I need time, I need hours on court,” Nadal said here at the Monte Carlo Masters, the traditional start to the European clay-court season, ahead of his opening match on Wednesday against Britain’s Kyle Edmund. “I need to remember how to win points, how to defend, how to move, which balls I can go for and which I cannot. It is a process and it is not automatic.

    “Even if you might think it is natural for me because I have had a lot of success on this surface, things are not that easy, especially when you have not played on this surface for nearly a year. It takes time to adjust your game, to play differently to the way you play on other surfaces.

    “This year I decided not to play on clay in February, so it’s a little bit different. I need time. I am spending as much time as possible on court and I’m trying to watch some videos so that I can remember things.”

    “I am much more worried about my knees than about my wrist,” he said. “I believe the knees are more dangerous for me than the wrist. The wrist injury was an accident.

    “I have had two problems in the wrist – 2014 and then last year – and both times it was down to a bad movement. It was not something that was going on and getting worse and worse. It wasn’t the same sort of injury as the knees.”

    “I am much more worried about my knees than about my wrist,” he said. “I believe the knees are more dangerous for me than the wrist. The wrist injury was an accident.

    “I have had two problems in the wrist – 2014 and then last year – and both times it was down to a bad movement. It was not something that was going on and getting worse and worse. It wasn’t the same sort of injury as the knees.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/rafa-nadal-knee-injury-wrist-clay-court-season-dominance-vs-kyle-edmund-a7687886.html

    • So, Rafa’s biggest concern is still the knees but he is injury free for now (phew!). He talks about how Moya has added value to the team and why Toni’s presence is still vital for his success. The king has also bee nwatching videos of his old self to recall how he used to dominate and the tells us hw tough it is to adapt to diff surfaces every year 🙂

  8. Moya on Rafa and Novak:

    ‘The start of the year has been very good,’ Moya said. ‘Only winning a title missed. Rafa comes back to have a winning trend and he fought to win a Grand Slam and Masters 1000 title. He beat players who were ranked better than him. Now it’s time to do the same on clay, (where) he has not been playing for almost a year. You need to fix something but you do it well enough.

    ‘Djokovic lost confidence, intensity and he is not hungry anymore, especially after winning Roland Garros. These things can happen. Being at the top for a long time makes you weak. Boris Becker’s comments about the fact that he didn’t practice much are important. Anyway, I don’t believe that him or Murray will continue like this for a long time. I see them ready to compete for everything in a short time.’

    Speaking about the three losses to Federer, Moya added, ‘It’s clear that now we have to get on with things. We already did it in Miami and it was a more balanced match than the one played in Indian Wells. They spoke about the fact of not playing much on his backhand side, Federer maybe found solutions and played more aggressive. The goal was also to make him uncomfortable on the second serve. It worked in the first seven games until when he broke him.’

    http://www.tennisworldusa.org/news/news/Rafael_Nadal/42511/carlos-moya-djokovic-lost-confidence-intensity-and-hunger-/

  9. Clay isn’t a surface that allows you to win the point after 3 or 4 shots! That’s our Rafa! He knows how to make a point!
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    • Barcelona Open, April 21, 2017: ¤¤ The centre court of the RCTB will be named the Rafa Nadal court.
      (Excerpts)
      The centre court of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona (RCTB) will be named Rafa Nadal in tribute to the player who has dominated the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell during the last decade and who is now ready to fight for the tenth title at the historic tournament of the ATP circuit.
      The agreement was made last night unanimously and by acclamation in the Extraordinary Assembly of the RCTB that took place in the multipurpose sports hall of the centenary entity. “For us it is a pride to have a player like Nadal, one of the best in the history and who has joined the club since he was 11 years of age,” said Albert Agustí, president of the club, who has indicated that “by naming the centre court Rafa Nadal we position ourselves at the same level of tournaments that dedicate their courts to their legends.”
      The official ceremony of this well-deserved baptism will take place in the coming days. The organization will wait for the player to arrive in Barcelona to agree on the most appropriate time to carry out the ceremony.¤¤

      Read more:
      https://www.barcelonaopenbancsabadell.com/en/news/centre-court-rctb-will-be-named-rafa-nadal-court

  10. 04/21/2017
    The centre court of the RCTB will be named the Rafa Nadal court

    The centre court of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona (RCTB) will be named Rafa Nadal in tribute to the player who has dominated the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell during the last decade and who is now ready to fight for the tenth title at the historic tournament of the ATP circuit.

    The agreement was made last night unanimously and by acclamation in the Extraordinary Assembly of the RCTB that took place in the multipurpose sports hall of the centenary entity. “For us it is a pride to have a player like Nadal, one of the best in the history and who has joined the club since he was 11 years of age,” said Albert Agustí, president of the club, who has indicated that “by naming the centre court Rafa Nadal we position ourselves at the same level of tournaments that dedicate their courts to their legends.”

    The official ceremony of this well-deserved baptism will take place in the coming days. The organization will wait for the player to arrive in Barcelona to agree on the most appropriate time to carry out the ceremony.

    Both the RCTB and the Organizing Committee of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell have wanted to pay tribute to the great figure of the tournament and which everyone considers not only the best Spanish tennis player ever, but the best Spanish sportsman of all time.

    At the same meeting it was agreed to appoint as members of honor Mr. Javier Godó, Count of Godó, and the tennis player Marc López, Gold Olympic champion at the doubles tournament of the last Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

    In addition to winning the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on nine occasions, Nadal belongs to the sporting discipline of RCTB, whose facilities he uses throughout the season.

    The Catalan tournament is aligned with other major tennis events that have previously decided to name their sports venues and main courts with the names of their sports legends such as Roland Garros (Philippe Chartrier and Suzanne Lenglen), the Australian Open (Rod Laver and Margaret Court), the US Open (Arthur Ashe and Billie Jean King) or the Mutua Madrid Open (Manolo Santana and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario).
    https://www.barcelonaopenbancsabadell.com/en/news/centre-court-rctb-will-be-named-rafa-nadal-court

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