Rafael Nadal has beaten Gilles Muller after recovering from a distracted start yesterday where he fell behind 0-3 before the match was halted due to rain. Nadal took the first set tiebreak comfortably before powering away with the match 7-6, 6-1, 6-2.
With the sun temporarily out to play Nadal was keen to steady his focus and grip on the match despite finding himself at a 0-4 deficit. Mats Wilander spoke at the Starwood/AMEX event last night at the open saying that rain delays weren’t favourable to a traditionalist like Nadal who needs to get his teeth into a match and wear his opponent down. But the consistent break in rain during the match allowed Nadal to dismantle Muller’s game slowly but surely. Read more
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After sliding under a table in the press room yesterday in extreme pain due to cramps, Rafael Nadal seems very keen to prove himself fit and fully recovered. It started when he posted a video saying he was fine and reassuring his fans that cramps are fairly common place in professional tennis.
For those who follow Nadal’s movements closely, the Spaniard does not post videos often and so it does seem that he is keen to avoid further investigation to the state of his body after recent blister (burn) issues and ongoing foot problems after Wimbledon. Read more
Rafael Nadal booked his place in the fourth round of the US Open with his 7-6, 6-1, 7-5 victory over David Nalbandian. It was a more confident sharp performance from the Spanish world number two but the aftermath of the effort saw him cramping in agony in his post match press conference.
The tightly contested first set saw Rafa claw his way back after he was broken and trailing 2-3. Nalbandian was cracking brilliant winners around the court but Nadal was the more consistent of the two and, seemingly more confident than in previous rounds, used his forehand down the line to great effect. Read more
Juan Martin del Potro has worked hard to eventually defeat Gilles Simon 7-6, 7-6, 7-5 to book a place in the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time in his career where he will face defending champion Rafael Nadal.
Delpo seemed to have recovered from an awkward slip on the grass yesterday. After the slip Juan Martin took some time before he peeled himself slowly off the court but against Simon his slapping powerful ground strokes were two powerful, his serve too big. Read more
Rafael Nadal finally worked out how to break down the serve of Gilles Muller’s serve after a rain delay to re-plan his tactics and have some treatment on his sore leg. Today Nadal came out leading 7-6 and then took the match 7-6, 7-6, 6-0 for a place in the fourth round in the second week of Wimbledon where he will face the winner of Gilles Simon and Juan Martin del Potro. Read more
Yesterday at Wimbledon just before rain started to fall both Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro slipped and fell on the grass at the back of the court. With the grass around the baseline wearing thin it is not uncommon for players to slip when they move back into more defensive positions. Read more
It was a sad end to Milos Raonic’s Wimbledon campaign as the promising youngster was force to retire while he lead 3-2 after an awkward fall in the early stages of his match against Gilles Muller. Read more