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

Sunday, March 29, 2015

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...







Rafa Nadal at the Rio Carnaval

Rafa Nadal at the Rio Carnaval

Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Guga Kuerten experienced the Rio Carnaval.

It was raining on Sunday but that didn't stopped the party plans for Rafa and David.

They officially opened the shows of the Special Group, with Unidos da Viradouro. Singing the “Samba Enredo – Veias do Brasil”.

“It was the first time we had the chance to enjoy the Rio Carnaval and it has been an unforgettable experience,” said Nadal. “There was unbelievable positive energy [from] everyone. Everyone was singing and dancing; it was fantastic for me to have the chance to enjoy this unique experience.”

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rafa Nadal Photos- Australian Open Day 9

Rafa Nadal Photos- Australian Open Day 9

Rafa Nadal Press Conference

Rafael Nadal lost 6-2 6-0 7-6(5) to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open .... Enjoy some pics from his match....

Rafa Nadal Interview Australian Open QF Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

Rafa Nadal Interview Australian Open QF Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

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Q. Were you feeling at all unwell or unfit today?

RAFAEL NADAL: No. I am feeling okay. Just was not my day. I didn't play with the right intensity, with the right rhythm, and the opponent played better than me. In sport, when you are going to play against an opponent, was a day that the opponent played better than me.

Q. Do you think it's also the fact that you haven't played such a player for a while, the whole process of coming back?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, is probably not the day to talk about that. We talked enough about that before the tournament and almost every day, so is a day that I just can congratulate my opponent, accept that. Is obvious that I needed something more to be more competitive, as I did in the third. The third was the right set, the right game that I have to play. But is obvious that before I didn't play with the right confidence, with the right intensity, losing court, playing very short. I make him play very easy. So you cannot expect to win matches in quarterfinals of Grand Slam helping the opponent to play well. That's what I did. The first two sets, the beginning -- since the beginning of the third, I played with more character, more the way that I have to play to have chances to keep being -- to be where I want to be, to be where I have been for the last lot of years. I don't know how many. So that's it. Just will keep working hard on the things that I have to do. As I said when I arrived here, the process always is not easy. When you have injuries, are difficult the comebacks. There are so many examples around the world of sport that have been tough to be back. For me, I'm not an exception on that, no? I have to take the positive things. Without being at my top level of tennis I was able to be here in quarterfinals. Is not a bad result at all for me arriving here the way I arrived: only with one match, only with five matches in seven months. So taking the positive part, that's the thing that I have to take. That's just the beginning of the season, and I want to keep having chances to compete well against everybody. I need to keep working the way that I am doing for be ready for the next. The season is long, I know. Beginnings are tough. I need to be ready to accept all the situations that's going to happen or happened and try to be strong, accepting everything, and working hard to be back the way that I want to be. When I say 'be back,' I don't mean win or lose, I mean have the feeling on court that when you are there you feel confident, you feel you can compete against everybody with equal conditions.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rafa Nadal Photos - Australian Open Day 7

Rafa Nadal Photos - Australian Open Day 7

Rafael Nadal defeated Kevin Anderson 7-5 6-1 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.... Enjoy some pics from his match....

Rafael Nadal Press Conference

Rafael Nadal Interview Australian Open R4 Sunday, 25 January, 2015

Rafael Nadal Interview Australian Open R4 Sunday, 25 January, 2015



Q. It seems like after 5-all you had no problems anymore.

RAFAEL NADAL: Problems? There is always. There is always some key points of the match that change the dynamic of the match. Is true that I was lucky in the first set to have the set with me because was very dangerous. I think Kevin was playing very aggressive from the beginning, going for the winners every shot. He had the breakpoint before in the 3-2 or 3-All, I think. Then with the 5-All I was lucky, sure. I played two forehands down the line, because was not an easy forehand because he pushed me. I changed the direction, but I can miss that shot, no? Then a few good serves, but especially the ace again. Yeah, but in general, even if he had that chances in the first set, even in the first set seem that he was having more chances than me, I was playing better than the days before, no? I felt myself with better rhythm in the legs, better rhythm with my forehand. So in general, I am very happy the way I played today. The way that I improved my level is not the most important thing; obviously the victory is.

Q. Until the game that you broke him in the first set, you had only won one point on his serve. Was it a matter of you figuring out the serve, or did his level of serving drop?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Rafa Nadal Photos - Australian Open Day 5

Rafa Nadal Photos - Australian Open Day 5

Rafa Nadal Press conference

Rafael Nadal made it past Dudi Sela 6-1 6-0 7-5 to reach the 4th round at the Australian Open.... Enjoy some pics from th match...

Rafa Nadal Interview Australian Open R3 Friday, 23 January, 2015

Rafa Nadal Interview Australian Open R3 Friday, 23 January, 2015

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Q. How did you day yesterday go and how did you feel today on the court?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yesterday was okay. Seriously I feel that I was in terms of legs I wake up in the morning better than what I thought. In terms of, you know, I was still a little bit dizzy yesterday. I think I lost lot of fluids the other night. But in general I was not very, very bad. Knowing that I going to play tonight, I know -- I hope that I -- I thought I going to be ready for tonight, no? Happy the way I was physically on court tonight. Obviously happy the way I played the first two sets. Then the third play with more mistakes, but all is part of the process that I am doing. It's normal to play every day with a little bit more ups and downs when you are out for a while.

Q. Was it focus in the third set or because it goes on and on the body needs to adjust to compete again?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, it's a little bit about confidence, a little bit about the feelings on everything. You know, when you are on the tour, playing better or playing worse, you make some mistakes. But normally that don't affects for the next balls, no? But obviously when you're not there on competition for a long time, without having that feelings for a while, you need to readapt your mental part, your confidence again to the court. Happens when I have some mistakes that I am losing little bit of confidence for a while. It's positive that at the end of the match I play with the right position, right determination again. But it's true for that games I was having more mistakes than usual with my forehand again.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Video: Rafael Nadal press conference (2R) - Australian Open 2015


Video: Rafael Nadal press conference (2R) - Australian Open 2015

Rafael Nadal speaks to the press after his second round win at Australian Open 2015