Showing posts with label rafael nadal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rafael nadal. Show all posts

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fognini Upsets Nadal In Barcelona

Fognini Upsets Nadal In Barcelona

Fabio Fognini defeated Rafael Nadal 6-4 7-6 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell where he will face Pablo Andujar, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over fifth seed Feliciano Lopez.

Fognini had also beaten Nadal in the Rio de Janeiro semi-finals in February.

The Italian continually pressed for a break in the opener. Although he overcooked a forehand on his first set point opportunity on Nadal’s serve at 4-5, 30/40, he clinched his second chance with a forehand volley winner. It silenced the crowd.

There were three breaks of serve in the first four games of the second set, which saw Nadal take a 3-1 lead. But Fognini maintained his composure to fight back. He took a 6/3 lead in the tie-break, but Nadal recovered to 6/6 before mis-timing a forehand to gift his opponent a fourth match point.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Djokovic into Monte Carlo final after beating Nadal

Djokovic into Monte Carlo final after beating Nadal

Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Monte-Carlo.

Djokovic will be aiming to become the first player to win the opening three Masters 1000 events of the season tomorrow when he faces Tomas Berdych in the final.

"I did have a slower start than he did in the match," admitted Djokovic. "He started very aggressive, playing good, serving well, having a break point for a double break. I played a good point there. I won a very important game not to allow him to have the advantage of 3-0.

"I started to get into the rhythm, started to tactically play the way I intended from the beginning. It was a fight. I think the 3-all game in both sets, they were the decisive moments in the match. I managed to win those in both sets.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nadal to face Djokovic in Monte Carlo semis

Nadal to face Djokovic in Monte Carlo semis

Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 to advance to the semifials in Monte Carlo where he will play Novak Djokovic.

Nadal leads their head-to-head 23-19 and defeated the Serb in the 2009 and 2012 finals in Monte-Carlo before Djokovic exacted revenge in the 2013 title match.

The Spaniard relinquished one of his breaks when leading 5-2 in the first set, but closed out the opener and looked to have control of the match when he went up an early double break 3-0 lead in the second set.

But Ferrer was going to make Nadal work for his victory. The Valencia native recouped one of the breaks in the fourth game, and then thwarted Nadal when he served for the match at 5-4, reeling off three straight games to stun the Mallorcan and level the match.

Five to follow at the French Open

Five to follow at the French Open

The clay-court season is now firmly up and running on the European circuit as attention and focus will naturally start to build towards the French Open at Roland Garros at the end of May.

Nine-time winner Rafael Nadal will be spearheading the charge to win the second Grand Slam of 2015, but there will be plenty of challengers determined to topple the undisputed King of Clay.

Betfair may have Nadal and Djokovic at 6/4 and 3/2 to win, respectively, when this article was created, but if they land in the same half of the draw, then there will be some value to be had in the other half.

Here, we take a look at five players, naturally including Nadal and Djokovic, who are going to be worth following at Roland Garros.


RAFAEL NADAL



With a mind-boggling 10th French Open title the target for Nadal, he remains the man to beat at Roland Garros, despite his various troubles since winning for a fifth successive year in 2014.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rafa and Nole into Monte Carlo quarterfinals

Rafa and Nole into Monte Carlo quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal battle past John Isner 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Rafa saved two set points to clinch the first set in the tie-break. Isner stormed back in the second set, recovering from 0-40 on his serve to hold and then break to go up 5-4 before eventually forcing a third set.

“My mentality in the third [set was] very positive,” said Nadal. “The game, the level of tennis, [it] improved a little bit in the third than in the previous two sets. That's very important for me. [I’m] very happy to be in quarter-finals. [It’s a] very important result for me.”

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Nadal wins opener in Monte-Carlo

Nadal wins opener in Monte-Carlo

Rafael Nadal scored a 6-2, 6-1 win over Lucas Pouille at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

Rafa needed 69 minutes to close the match, converted four of his seven break points and won 75 per cent of his service points.
Pouille had beaten Dominic Thiem in the first round.

"Today, I played solidly," said Nadal. "Today, I played with no mistakes in a row. I played aggressively when I had to play aggressive. I hit some good passing shots than [in] the past couple of months. [It is] a thing that I haven't been doing very well.

"I will go back to the hotel with [a] fantastic feeling, because I played probably the best match of the year for me... I played with the right mentality [and] the right concentration."

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Rafael Nadal Interview - Miami Open March 29th 2015

Rafael Nadal Interview - Miami Open March 29th 2015

F. VERDASCO/R. Nadal 6-4, 6-2
An interview with: RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. It seemed you found a way in the second set, and then it totally went away in the third. What was the sensation today? How can you explain how it went?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, in general, I played some good games at the beginning, bad games at the end of the second set; some good games on the second; not bad at the beginning of the third.
But he played well the third, so he deserved to win more than me without any doubt tonight. Just congratulate him for the victory.

Q. Do you feel that you haven't been able to build up much momentum this season?
RAFAEL NADAL: It's not the question of tennis. The thing is the question of being enough relaxed to play well on court. Something that if I tell you one month ago or one month and a half ago I didn't have the game.
Today my game in general improved since a month and a half. But at the same time, still playing with too much nerves for a lot of moments, in important moments, still playing with a little bit of anxious on that moments.
For example, in the 4-3 in the first set, and then in the 5-4, 30-Love. Something that didn't happen a lot during my career. I have been able to
be under control, control my emotions during, let's say, 90%, 95% of my matches of my career, something that today is being tougher to be under self-control.
But I gonna fix it. I don't know if in one week, in six months, or in one year, but I gonna do it.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rafa upset by Verdasco in Miami

Rafa upset by Verdasco in Miami

Rafael Nadal was ousted by Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the third round in Miami.

Rafa has never won The Miami Open title.

Verdasco advanced to the fourth round. A two-time quarterfinalist here, he had lost his past three matches at the Miami Open prior to this year’s run.

Nadal, who twisted his ankle at practice Tuesday, had an easy time with countryman, Nicolas Almagro, in his opening match, winning 6-4, 6-2 while saving all three break points he faced.

He saved one match point against Verdasco on Sunday. But on Verdasco’s second opportunity, Nadal’s service return went into the net.

Rafa Nadal Miami Open Press Conference - March 27th 2015

Rafa Nadal Miami Open Press Conference - March 27th 2015

R. NADAL/N. Almagro 6-4, 6-2

An interview with: RAFAEL NADAL

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How were the conditions today on court? Were they like Indian Wells?

RAFAEL NADAL: It was fine. The real thing is the wind was really high. Very difficult to find a positive feeling on court.
But in general I think I played a solid match. I played well. I had a good movement. I think I moved myself quick for moments, and when I had to put the balls in and play with no mistakes - that was the idea today with that very tough conditions - I did, I think.
For some moments I went for the points. I worked well with my forehand. I had some good winners.
Yeah. I'm happy the way that I played. Sure, second round against I don't know yet, but Almagro was not an easy opponent for the first round. I am happy for that.

Q. How does the ankle feel?

RAFAEL NADAL: I am well, no? I had just a little bit, how do you say, small (from translation) torn in the beginning, so it was going to
be tough.
The day after I had pain, but after two days I improved 50% and stays the same. It's not limiting my movements.

Q. With the weather outside right now, there are like 50-miles-an-hour winds. Were you happy you were able to get the match in and get out of here before the storm?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Rafael Nadal vs Milos Raonic - Indian Wells 2015 QF

Rafael Nadal vs Milos Raonic - Indian Wells 2015 QF

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Federer vs Berdych QF

Another great match for today.... Hoping Rafa and Roger to win today :)

[6] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs [3] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

FedEx Head2Head: Nadal leads 5-0
2010 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4
2011 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-3
2013 Barcelona (Spain) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-0
2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada Hard F Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-2
2014 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard QF Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-2 6-4

• Raonic needed just 65 minutes to see off Robredo 6-3, 6-2 in the 4R, saving the one BP he faced. The Canadian has now reached the QF or better at eight of his last 10 ATP Masters 1000 events.
• Raonic beat Dolgopolov 7-6(2), 6-4 in the 3R, avenging last year’s QF loss to the Ukrainian. In his opening match, the world No. 6 overcame Bolelli 6-3, 6-4.
• Raonic has held in all 30 of his service games this tournament, saving the three BPs he has faced. He also leads the way in first serve points won (88.6%) and second serve points won (70.4%).
• Raonic is making his fifth appearance at the BNP Paribas Open. He has gone one round further year on year since his 3R exit in 2012 (l. to Federer), reaching the 4R in 2013 (l. to Tsonga) and QF in 2014 (l. to Dolgopolov).
• Raonic is contesting his 11th ATP Masters 1000 QF (4-6) and his second at Indian Wells (0-1).
• Three of Raonic’s four ATP defeats in 2015 have come at the hands of Top 10 opposition, each of whom went on to win the tournament: Federer (Brisbane), Djokovic (Australian Open), and Wawrinka (Rotterdam).

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tennis Previews & Predictions - Indian Wells R16

Tennis Previews & Predictions - Indian Wells R16

I have been blogging about tennis since 2007 and one thing I love to do, specially when big matches are about to begin, is to check out the players head to head series and look for ATP tennis match previews.

For me it is very interesting to see how the battle between top players and their rivalry evolved during the years.

Indian Wells R16 is about to happend with matches like Novak Djokovic vs John Isner, Andy Murray vs Adrian Mannarino, Roger Federer vs Jack Sock and Rafael Nadal vs Gilles Simon.

Just a little bit of info from these great battles:

Djokovic vs Isner:
Nole leads their head to head series 5-2.
2010 SRB vs. USA WG 1st RD (Serbia) Clay RR Novak Djokovic 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4
2010 Beijing (China) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-6(1) 6-2
2012 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard SF John Isner 7-6(7) 3-6 7-6(5)
2013 USA vs. SRB WG QF (United States) Hard RR Novak Djokovic 7-6(5) 6-2 7-5
2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard QF John Isner 7-6(5) 3-6 7-5
2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2
2014 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-7(2) 6-1

Rafa and Roger into R16 at Indian Wells

Rafa and Roger into R16 at Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal beat Donald Young 6-4, 6-2 in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open and will next face Gilles Simon who defeated Michael Berrer 6-2, 7-5.

The Spaniard's loss in the third round last year to Dolgopolov but that's all in the past.

“Last year is 2014; we are in 2015,” he said. “We cannot think about what happened last year in every round and in every tournament. Every year is different."

Rafa hit 8 winners and won six of his eight break point opportunities in his 80-minute victory over Young.

"I like playing here – I love the players, I love the organization, I love the fans here and I feel very comfortable. I'm happy to be in the fourth round… Tomorrow I have a tough match against Simon. He's tough, a good player.”

Friday, March 13, 2015

Video: Rafa Nadal Interview - Indian Wells 2015

Video: Rafa Nadal Interview - Indian Wells 2015

Rafael Nadal looks ahead to his BNP Paribas Open campaign....

Friday, February 27, 2015

Video: Rafael Nadal's Risky Courtside Short Change

Video: Rafael Nadal's Risky Courtside Short Change

Rafael Nadal is forced into an emergency wardrobe change courtside in Rio.....

Monday, February 23, 2015

Nadal Moves into the Rio Open Semifinals after Beating Cuevas


Nadal Moves into the Rio Open Semifinals after Beating Cuevas

Rafael Nadal has moved one step closer towards defending the Rio Open title that he won last year by moving into the semi-finals after a convincing victory over Pablo Cuevas. The Uruguayan was the sixth seed in the tournament and he threatened to spring a surprise by winning the opening set 4-6. This served as a major warning for the 14 time grand slam champion, who responded with style to win the remaining two sets and progress to the semi-finals. The match ended as a 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 victory for Nadal. Betfair places Nadal at 2/5 to win the 2015 Rio Open.

Despite the victory, the Spaniard was not pleased with the way the match ended in the early hours of Saturday morning local time. The organisers seemed pretty happy with the 3:21 am closing time of the match, but Nadal said that this was not ideal for the players. The end came 14 hours after the tournament had opened, but it was not the worst as one non-Grand Slam match had finished at 3:24 am back in 2006 in Tokyo. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Rafa upset in Rio

Rafa upset in Rio

Rafael Nadal lost to Fabio Fognini 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the semi-final of the 2915 Rio Open.

Rafa’s 52-match win streak in tour-level semi-finals on clay was ended as he was handed just his 25th defeat overall on the surface.

“It was a good first set,” said Nadal. “In general I was missing continuity. I think I had good and bad moments, also physically, which I don't really understand why.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Photos: Rafa Nadal vs Bellucci at Rio Open

Photos: Rafa Nadal vs Bellucci at Rio Open

Rafael Nadal beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the second round of the Rio Open.... Enjoy some photos from his encounter....

Photos: Rafa practice in Rio


Photos: Rafa practice in Rio

Enjoy some photos of Rafael Nadal practicing at the 2015 Rio Open....

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Video: Watch Nadal Hot Shot In Rio de Janeiro

Video: Watch Nadal Hot Shot In Rio de Janeiro

Watch as Rafael Nadal is on the defensive Tuesday before producing a stunning shot that puts Thomaz Bellucci on the back foot at the Rio Open presented by Claro.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Photos: Rafa dances at the Rio Carnaval

Photos: Rafa dances at the Rio Carnaval

Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Gustavo Kuerten participates in the parade on the Sambodromo during Rio Carnival.... Check out some pics...