Over the last few days there has been plenty of speculation about the state of Rafael Nadal’s knees since he withdrew from the US Open. Quotes from his PR agent denied an injury and state he simply wasn’t fit. Other stories indicated he should be fit for Davis Cup in September, while others revealed a more worrying story (apparently from Uncle Toni) that they were trying to manage Rafa’s knees conservatively to avoid surgery.
It has long been my view, and many other peoples, that Nadal needed an extended break to not only lengthen his career but to preserve the long term health of his knees. It appears that is finally what is happening. Read more
Rafael Nadal has now won more Roland Garros titles, more Grand Slam titles at one tournament, than any other player in history. Nadal claimed his seventh French Open title 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 and wept in elation and disbelief as he finally conquered an unhindered Novak Djokovic.
The final restarted with Nadal ahead but with Novak making a very strong comeback and a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 scoreline. Read more
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were not only fighting for the Rome title today but also over ranking positions and the Roland Garros draw. The Roman final had a distinct feel to it that the two players were already starting the battle over the French Open trophy. Today it was Nadal that came out on top 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and twenty minutes.
Nadal was desperate to win, not only to prove he can still beat Nole when the Serb is not emotionally traumatized by his grandfathers death, but also to try and return to number two in the rankings. The ranking change could mean the difference between facing Novak in the semis or the final of Roland Garros. Read more
The rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer was renewed at the Australian Open the minute Rafa opened his mouth to the media about player issues and Federer’s lack of interest in them.Tonight Federer and Nadal fought for a finals position and a chance to claim another Grand Slam and it is Rafael Nadal who will play either Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray in his bid for his 11th Grand Slam.
Rafa was forced to fight for his fourth consecutive Grand Slam final but after three hours and minutes Nadal won 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4
Roger came out firing looking like he planned to slaughter Nadal with his aggressive accuracy from the first point. He quickly found himself at 1-4 before Rafa finally found his range and got back on serve at 3-4, his forehand finding its mark. Read more
Rafael Nadal has apparently been struck by a virus for the third time in 2011 and it looks increasingly likely that the Spaniard will be under a cloud of doubt for the Abu Dhabi tournament which starts January 2. Should Rafa travel to Abu Dhabi, which is expected at this stage, it is unlikely that he will be a favourite due to recent fitness issues.
Last season Nadal started feeling off in the early 2011 exhibition tournaments and instead of resting he kept playing and his virus plagued him throughout the Australian Open. Viruses make athletes more likely to pick up injuries and sure enough Nadal limped away from Melbourne and it took him some weeks to get over his injuries and illness. Read more
Rafael Nadal has been sent packing from the World Tour Finals with just one win to his name. Tonga’s 6-7, 4-6, 6-3 victory was the final hit of the season for Nadal as he now shifts his focus to the Davis Cup final.
Despite recently taking time off, an unusual move for the uninjured Spaniard, Nadal still looked underwhelming. Read more
The long awaited English memoir for former world number one and ten-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, titled RAFA, will be released on August 23 and certainly had me interested being a huge Nadal fan.
His memoir doesn’t disappoint. Does it drag on at times about the finer details of the Wimbledon 2008 final? Sure, but everyone still talks about that match and remembers it fondly and clearly so does Rafa. What is more interesting is the insights gained into his family and team dynamics as well as the little idiosyncrasies that make differentiate Rafael from Rafa. Read more
Posted in Ana Ivanovic, Book Review, Injury, Maribel Nadal, Media, Miguel Angel Nadal, RAFA, Rafael Nadal, Sebastian Nadal, Toni Nadal, Xisca Perello
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
With Wimbledon being just a matter of days away Rafael Nadal has been preparing to defend his title for the first time despite winning twice (2008 and 2010). Rafa has been training with the likes of Feliciano Lopez in the breaks between rain, collecting his new Nike gear and enjoying the house he always rents when in London.
After the win in Roland Garros there is significantly less pressure on the Spaniards shoulder as his uncle and coach Toni recently told media. Read more
Rafael Nadal has secured his position at the top of the rankings for another week by making it into the semis in Rome after beating Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-3 today.
With long time girlfriend Xisca Perello in the stands supporting her man, Rafa broke Cilic early for a 2-0 lead in a match that he should not have been playing. Apparently Uncle Toni told L’Equipe that he had recommended his nephew withdraw from Rome due to his fever prior to playing his third round match against Feliciano Lopez. His stubborn charge seems intent on defending his number one ranking and beating Djokovic for some confidence ahead of Roland Garros, hopefully not at the cost of hit longer term fitness for the next two months. Read more
Posted in Feliciano Lopez, Illness, Marin Cilic, Match Report, Novak Djokovic, Paolo Lorenzi, Rafael Nadal, Richard Gasquet, Roland Garros, Rome, Tomas Berdych, Toni Nadal, Xisca Perello