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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  1. Rafa will be back to work on Monday.

    RT Pau Ferragut‏: “Nadal will make on Monday at 10:00 am his first grass practice on the Mallorca Open courts.”

  2. From Rafa’s interview in Majorca today:

    Rafael Plaza‏Verified account @Rafael_Plaza 1h1 hour ago
    Nadal: “El nivel al que estoy ahora no es suficiente para competir como quiero en Wimbledon”.

    Nadal: “the level to which I am now is not enough to compete as I want at Wimbledon”.

    #Perspective

    • My experience with Rafa’s statements is that he means exactly what he says, he is not underestimating or overestimating his chances.

    • It sounds as though Rafa isn’t where he feels he needs to be to compete at Wimby.

      We don’t know if it’s his knees preventing him from bending low enough on grass. He hasn’t played on grass for a long time. He didn’t play at Wimby last year because of the wrist injury.

      Changing surfaces isn’t easy on the knees. Maybe Rafa is not comfortable yet on the surface. That’s why I adopted a wait and see attitude with Rafa for Wimby.

  3. Google translation (excerpts)
    ¤¤ The 15-time Grand Slam champion, who will travel to London on Monday, says he needs to play matches to get well prepared for the third GS tournament of the season.
    “I still have to work,” the Spaniard started. “The level I’m at now is not enough to compete like I want to at Wimbledon. I have a training in Mallorca, plus another seven days in London. That’s where I have to finish strutting. I want to play matches because here [in Mallorca] I have done more specific things,” continued the number two in the world. …”Now I’m going to play two exhibition matches and I hope they’ll serve me. I have not stepped on the grass for two years. Let’s see if during next training week I can reach an optimal level.”
    “I am aware that my knees have limited me a lot in grass in recent years,” said Nadal. “They have prevented me from competing at an optimal level… Here [in Mallorca] I have not forced [my knees] too much. The adaptation has been progressive and the demand will come next week when I start to play training sets with professionals,” he continued. “Then it will be when I have to force and I’ll really see how my knees will hold. I have the confidence that they can do it. Then the results always depend on many factors. I just hope I can train and compete freely,” said the 15-time Grand Slam champion, who nevertheless does not forget the knee problems he has had on the grass.
    “In 2014, I reached the fourth round [at Wimbledon] and it was my best year since 2011”, recalled Nadal. “Since then I had many problems with my knees. In 2012 and 2013 it was very bad. In 2015 I felt bad for many other reasons,” he added. “Last year, I unfortunately broke my wrist before Wimbledon. I have a series of years without competing well [at Wimbledon] and this is a handicap compared to those who do it well year after year,” he said. “For me, it is important to have a good preparation for the first match. It would be vital to be able to play the first two matches to make things more normal.” ¤¤

    http://www.elespanol.com/deportes/tenis/20170623/225977884_0.html

    • This statement from Rafa is more complete. He did say that he hasn’t competed on grass for two years, which is what I said in my previous comment. He addressed the knees. Then he talked about practicing and now needing actual match play. Which makes perfect sense to me.

      I feel better reading this longer statement from Rafa. He’s always honest and realistic about his progress and where he’s at. I actually feel better after reading this. Now it sounds like he is ready to test himself in actual mstches.

      I hope that it Rafa’s preparation goes well when he gets to London.

  4. A no Brainer i know, but if Nadal can navigate his way through the first week with a good draw, the grass courts tend to dry out and become like clay, and Rafa as we all know likes the dry hot conditions where the ball bounces high ….

  5. Carlos Moyà says Rafa will be in tip top condition both mentally and physically come Wimby fortnight.

    I trust Carlos Moyà.

  6. This article is based on Rafa’s press conference held in Santa Ponsa this Friday:

    https://www.mallorcaopen.org/2017/06/23/nadal-the-mallorca-open-is-a-great-tournament/?lang=en

    (Excerpts)
    Mallorca Open website, Jun 23, 2017: Nadal: ¤¤ “The Mallorca Open is a great tournament”
    After five days of practice at the Mallorca Open grass courts, where he is preparing his upcoming Wimbledon participation, Rafael Nadal spoke to the media and made an assessment of the tournament and also the possibility of preparing a grass court event at home.
    “Being able to practice on a grass court here in Mallorca is a GREAT opportunity”, said Nadal. “This is great news for the island, having a professional tournament here with people willing to invest. This is something to be proud and would be great if the people from the island responds attendance-wise.”
    “The tournament is great. It is a lovely place. The courts are in a really GOOD condition, specially knowing the weather and the heat. They have done a great job here. It is a fantastic tournament and I hope it will consolidate here.”
    Since last Monday, Nadal has been practicing on the Mallorca Open grass, preparing his participation in Wimbledon, where he has been crowned twice in 2008 and 2010.
    “For me the week has been POSITIVE, everyday I have been working a little bit more trying to remember the feelings I need on grass and adapt to it”, said Nadal. ¤¤

    ?

  7. Rafa is on the cover of the June issue of the GENTLEMAN magazine in the Dominican Respublic:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DDOjekPWAAEx5yP.jpg

    Rafa has a luxury waterfront villa in the Dominican Republic. It’s located in the Playa Nueva Romana resort, which in one of the Republic’s most exclusive resorts. He purchased the property in 2009 while it was under construction and the new build house was handed over to him in March 2012.

    http://www.playanuevaromana.com/article/en/19

    🙂

  8. ¤¤ IMG today [June 26, 2017] announced that world No. 2 Rafael Nadal will join the line-up for this week’s Aspall Tennis Classic held at The Hurlingham Club. The ultimate warm-up to Wimbledon, the event runs from Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th June 2017 and kicks off the British summer tennis season in true style.
    Nadal will play two singles matches across the week; taking on Tomas Berdych on Wednesday 28th June and then Tommy Haas on Friday 30th June in his preparations for a third Wimbledon title.
    Nadal commented: “The Aspall Tennis Classic at The Hurlingham Club is a lot of fun and it’s always exciting to play in front of the UK fans, so I can’t wait to return this week. I’m working hard and enjoying every week as it comes, so this is the perfect way to get ready for Wimbledon.”
    IMG has also announced the order of play across the four-day event, which includes competitive singles and entertaining doubles matches taking place each day. ¤¤
    Read more:
    http://www.hurlinghamtennisclassic.com/news-1/rafael-nadal-joins-line-up

    Wikipedia: “The BNP Paribas Tennis Classic is an exhibition tennis tournament held each year since 2007 on the grass courts at the Hurlingham Club in London, the week before Wimbledon.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BNP_Paribas_Tennis_Classic

    Rafa played at the Hurlingham exhibition event in 2009, 2013 and 2014.

  9. There you go! Team Rafa has worked a lot on Rafa’s backhand slice! I am happy. They know how important the shot can be on grass.

    ‘He comes to Wimbledon with good feelings, despite he has not been playing on grass for two years’, Toni told EFE after the last practice in Mallorca before landing to London on Monday. ‘On this surface you have to mark more effort, even if will mostly depend by the draw.

    Even if you feel very well, you may face a big server that makes you do anything and life gets complicated. We are very confident as we won many matches in the last weeks and because he played at a high level.’ They worked a lot on the slice backhand: ‘In Paris this shot worked, but here there was some problem because the ball is heavier and so we worked a lot on it and on serve.

    Rafa is serving better than the past and hits the ball strong, which is important as points last 4-5 points.’ Toni indicated Roger Federer as the No. 1 favourite to win the title ‘because he has been playing very well since the beginning of the year.

    Then other favourites are Andy Murray, despite he lost early at Queen’s, Djokovic and Zverev.’

    http://www.tennisworldusa.org/news/news/Rafael_Nadal/44739/toni-nadal-federer-is-the-favourite-to-win-wimbledon-but-also-murray-/

    • No mention of Cilic by Toni? Despite A Zverev’s lack luster play at Halle, Toni still view him as one of the faves?

      Everyone mentioned about big hitters at Wimbledon, but since the days of Sampras/Goran, those who won at Wimbledon were/are not players who were branded as ‘big hitters’ – Hewitt, Fed, Rafa, Djoko, Murray – so the big hitters are the spoilers at Wimbledon but they got beaten by some others that they couldn’t win the title.

      Are there any big hitters who are consistently good enough to win seven BO5 matches on grass to win Wimbledon? Or are they simply not good enough to win, and because of the big four?

      I don’t know about Rafa’s chances, we haven’t seen him playing (not practicing) on grass. He has the weapons to play well on grass if his body is not holding him back, but there are many others having some great weapons too. I just hope he can go far at Wimbledon finally, after the past five years of not progressing far there.

      • luckystar says AT 1:37 PM: “Despite A Zverev’s lack luster play at Halle, Toni still view him as one of the faves?”
        .
        Toni talked to the media on Saturday, after Rafa’s last practise session. Zverev had reached the SFs by then.

    • I like the fact that Uncle Toni brought up the draw. It will be important for Rafa. As Toni said, a big server can come out blasting aces all over the place. It’s happened to Rafa a few times where he bumped up against a big server in the early rounds.

      It sounds like Rafa’s preparation has been going as planned. It’s good to know that he will some match play at an exho. That should help him test his knees and get the feel of the grass.

      Carlos Moya seems to feel that all is going well and we have to trust what he says.

  10. I’m waiting for the draw, its on Friday right?

    I want to see who gets Cilic in the QF, Raonic too; hope not in Rafa’s quarter. Hope Rafa gets Thiem or Stan in QF, and no big hitter or big server for Rafa!

    • Somehow, Raonic or Cilic don’t bother me as far as Rafa is concerned. Raonic barks more than he bites and Rafa has always handled Cilic well except for that one match in Beijing when Cilic won 61 63 because Rafa said he was zoned out with emotional family problems. I remember Rafa saying you can’t compete if you are not mentally there.

      2017 Acapulco SF Hard Rafael Nadal def Marin Cilic 6-1 6-2
      2015 Basel QF Hard Rafael Nadal def Marin Cilic 4-6 6-3 6-3
      2011 Rome Masters QF Clay Rafael Nadal Marin Cilic 6-1 6-3
      2011 Australian Open R16 Hard Rafael Nadal def Marin Cilic 6-2 6-4 6-3
      2009 Beijing SF Hard Marin Cilic def Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-3

      My worry are meal ticket seekers who want to go down in history and play kamikaze tennis – do or die.

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