Rafael Nadal has destroyed world number 4 David Ferrer in his third final since he returned after a seven month injury time out. Nadal was in vintage form as he handled his good friend and compatriot 6-0, 6-2.
Whereas Rafa had struggled to make his opponents feel his power and find the mark with his shots over the last few weeks, there were no such issues for Rafa. For David, the two time defending champion, it was difficult to watch as the man who has stopped him so many times before seemed to finally find his footing on the red dirt. “I want to congratulate Rafa. He is not an easy player to beat. If I have to lose I am happy to lose to Rafa.” Read more
Rafael Nadal has made the smart decision to withdraw from the Australian Open. Rafa’s recent injury issues have been well documented as has his need to hit a lot of balls to find his groove.
Recently a stomach virus has kept Rafa from training as he would like and as a result he withdrew from Abu Dhabi which was scheduled to be his first tournament back.
While the Abu Dhabi tournament organisers scrambled to replace Rafa’s after his last minute withdrawal (and after they had snubbed Roger Federer) the Australian Open looked to be in doubt. Read more
There is something about the Indian Wells-Miami hard court swing that seems to consistently destroy Rafa Nadal’s troubled knees. Today Rafa announced that he would not continue with the tournament by withdrawing from his semifinal match against Andy Murray.
There are two ways you can look at this latest set back:
1) It’s about self preservation.
Nadal’s been having trouble with his knees since the Australian Open (and years before that). His right knee locked up and he could barely move it when he stood up from a chair.
He stood up from a chair.
He wasn’t sprinting, twisting or changing directions he was just standing up after sitting down. To say this is unusual is an understatement. Since then, despite six weeks of training and rehab, Rafa hasn’t been right. Read more
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It’s almost like a warning that we shouldn’t expect too much from former Australian Open champion and current world number two Rafael Nadal when, and if, he arrives in Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the 2012 season.
Nadal has stated today that he will take all of February off, skipping Dubai, in favour of rest and rehabilitation to a left shoulder injury that has bothered him recently. He sought treatment for the shoulder (apparently a tendinitis) in Barcelona before Christmas. Read more
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Bernard Tomic’s attempt to continue this seasons Grand Slam successes has come to an abrupt and disappointing halt. Tomic bowed out with little fight to Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-0, 6-2.
The match had potential with Tomic and Cilic battling each other in a five set match at the 2010 Australian Open which resulted in Tomic being heavily criticized for complaining about the night time scheduling. In this match up Cilic simply outplayed the young Australian who has been rocketing up the rankings. Read more
Rafael Nadal has spoken about what it means to him to have ten Grand Slams under his belt, most particularly the relief he feels having won Roland Garros despite Novak Djokovic putting a significant dent in his confidence. Nadal has called winning Roland Garros ”one of my most beautiful dreams.” Read more
The other day Donald Young Jr Tweeted a message saying that the USTA had “screwed” him for the last time and essentially when he pressed Tweet he screwed himself. Young Jr beat Andy Murray recently in Indian wells but the straw that broke the camels back was losing a wild card into the French Open to compatriot Tim Smyczek in the play offs held by USTA. Read more
When Novak Djokovic did WingTennis for Head racquets he said “Nothing can stop me now! Nothing!” and he was right. Not even world number one Rafael Nadal, who has played better this week than he did last week, could stop Nole from winning the Miami Masters crown – his fourth consecutive tournament win.
The match didn’t sound pretty that’s for sure but when the two famed screechers, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, took to the court to play their finals match in Miami and it was Azarenka who walked away with a straight sets victory and the trophy.
Azarenka had a hip problem that forced her to retire last week in Indian Wells and there was some doubt as to if she would even play in Miami, let alone win. Vika stepped up and confidently thrashed the former world number one 6-1, 6-4. Read more