The new Emirates ATP singles rankings have been updated. Rafael Nadal now has 13310 points, down 420 net points (13730 – 600 that he was defending + 180 he gained for reaching quarterfinals) after his quarterfinals loss at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. Rafa retains his No.1 ranking. Novak Djokovic, the defending champion in Monte Carlo, lost in the semifinals. Therefore, he suffered a deficit of 640 points and currently has 11040 points.
Although both Rafa and Djokovic lost before they could defend their points, Rafa gained a net of 220 points over Djokovic. The previous difference between them (as of April 14) was 2050 points. The difference between them as of April 21 is 2270 points. This is because Djokovic lost more points than Rafa did.
Stanislas Wawrinka leads in the Race to London (3535 points), with 485 more points than Djokovic in the second place and 615 more than Roger Federer in the third. Our champion is #4 (2775 points).
Rafa is in Barcelona this week, where he will contest for his 9th title. Vamos Rafa!
- Nadal sets eyes on ninth Barcelona crown (via Barcelona Open)
“I am very happy to be back in Barcelona. I feel great physically and look forward to playing soon,” said Nadal after the training session on Court 18. The 27-year-old will start his bid for the record ninth title in the Catalan capital on Wednesday, facing the winner of the match between Albert Ramos and Nikolay Davydenko. Nadal’s big plans in Barcelona have not changed. On Monday he will attend the press conference before he gets ready for a photo opportunity with Ferrer at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
- Nadal Admits Lack of Confidence (via New York Times)
“Even if I won Rio, I played the final in Miami, it remains something in my mind and in my game,” said Nadal. “I’m going to fight to try to find that solution soon.”
- Interview with David Ferrer (via asapsports.com)
“Of course, Rafael is difficult beat him in clay court, but not only in clay court, in all the surfaces. He’s not a machine, no? Sometimes he can play not so good always. Well, maybe today he doesn’t play his best tennis, and I played very good.”
- “Tras Australia, queda algo en mi cabeza y en mi juego…” (via El Pais)
“Pese a ganar en Río y llegar a la final de Miami, hay algo que queda en mi cabeza y en mi juego. Voy a luchar para encontrar una solución. Físicamente estoy bien. No hay excusas con la espalda.”
- To bee or not to bee, that is the question (via ESPN)
“In the life there is much more important things than a tennis match”- Rafael Nadal puts his disappointing Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final defeat to David Ferrer in perspective.
Some will burry him (again…), it will be fun to see how he comes back and those will be wrong (once again….)
— B1PR (@b1pr) April 18, 2014
The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2014 draw is out.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will begin his quest for title No.9 in Barcelona on Wednesday. He will play the winner of the match between Albert Ramos and Nikolay Davydenko, who is the only active player to have a positive H2H record over Rafa at 6-5.
The seeds in Rafa’s quarter are Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco, and Nicolas Almagro. Seeds in Rafa’s half are Jerzy Janowicz, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Marcel Granollers, and Fabio Fognini.
The seeds in the other half are Tommy Robredo, Marin Cilic, Benoit Paire, Kei Nishikori, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ernests Gulbis, Dmitry Tursunov, and David Ferrer.
Rafa could face Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals. A rematch between Rafa and David Ferrer is possible in the final.
Source: Barcelona Open
Q. Can you explain what happened? Was it a bad day for you? Just a great day for him? How do you feel in general after this match?
RAFAEL NADAL: Was a tennis match. When you play tennis, you can lose, you can win. When the opponent is doing the things better than you, the normal thing is lose. That’s what happen today.
I didn’t play the right way. I didn’t play with the right intensity with my forehand. I played too short. I give him the chance to have the control of the point almost all the time.
He did much better than me, so just congratulate him.
Q. Does losing here hurt more than losing at another tournament to you?
A couple of days ago, a reader wrote to us expressing how much she enjoyed meeting Rafa in Miami and how significant it was to her family. We thought it was a lovely note and must be shared. So, with her blessings, here it is, just as she wrote it.
I wanted to write and say, there is no one like RAFA NADAL…no one. My house stops when he is playing. He is the ultimate MENSCH. There isn’t a better sports idol for the younger generation to look up to, not just in tennis, but any sport!
Trying to mind his own business, going out to dinner in Miami during his recent appearance at the SONY, he literally ran into my family leaving the restaurant ZUMA. I’m sure it meant nothing to him but it meant the world to us. KIND is an understatement. In my broken Spanish I tried to explained it was my 25th wedding anniversary and that my youngest son is probably his biggest fan. Read the rest of this entry
Dear Rafa, messages from your fans are coming in & they all say the same: Our love & dedication to you is unconditional and eternal. Win or lose, you have the strength of millions of us who care more for your health and happiness than a match. Much love Rafa!
“Losing hurts everywhere. On clay always a little bit more,” said Rafa. “I am not happy today about what I did. Not very happy about the way that I played the second set after losing the first. I didn’t play with the right intensity at the beginning of the second. I give him big opportunity at the beginning of the second. I cannot do that.”
“When you play tennis, you can lose, you can win. When the opponent is doing things better than you, the normal thing is you lose. That’s what happened today,” said Rafa. “I didn’t play the right way. I didn’t play with the right intensity with my forehand. I played too short. I give him the chance to have control of the point almost all the time. He did much better than me, so I just congratulate him.”
Source: ATP World Tour
After celebrating his 300th victory on clay (and his 50th at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters) over Andreas Seppi yesterday, Rafael Nadal fell to countryman David Ferrer 7-6(1), 6-4. This is the first time Rafa has not made the final at Monte Carlo since 2003, where he lost in R3. Rafa put up a valiant effort and fought all the way to the end.
Win or lose, Rafa is a champion. Rafa holds the all-time record for most Masters 1000 titles won (26). His next tournament is Barcelona. Vamos, champ!
- Nadal Claims 300th Clay Win To Reach QFs (via ATP World Tour)
“I think today I played a little bit better than yesterday,” assessed Nadal. “For a long time I was playing at a good level, I think, changing directions very well and playing with the right intensity. At 4-1 in the second set I stopped a little bit with my legs. Seppi is a player that takes the ball early. If you are not playing from inside, you are in big trouble. I lost a little intensity, made a few mistakes. I was lucky to have the break back again.”
- Nadal’s Clay-Court Dominance (via ATP World Tour)
I have struggled with Rafa the most. It was much closer the last time we played, in Miami, than any previous match. I believe he is the toughest of the four because he is unique. No matter who you play in the previous round or can practice with, no one plays like Rafa, so you have to adjust every match. His left-handed play, the amount of spin he puts on the ball and his competitive drive make him very tough to play against…
- Why Rafael Nadal Will Win the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (via bleacherreport.com)
With 43 of his 62 career titles coming on the red dirt, Nadal is almost like a kid in a candy shop when it comes to the clay court season coming into full swing…
- Rafael Nadal Wednesday Press Conference – full transcript (via MC Rolex Masters)
- Here are the participants! (via rolandgarros.com)
In order of ranking, eight-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, 2014 Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka, Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro and Andy Murray will be among the main tournament favourites.
- Quick Hits (via The Slice)
- Interview with Rafael Nadal
- Thursday Hot Shot Nadal
- Nadal: “He jugado con una intensidad muy positiva” (via rtve.es)
- 2014 US Open: Nothing Beats Being Here- Rafael Nadal
Even Andreas Seppi had to smile after this drop shot/volley rally with Rafael Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Rafa won what is arguably the best point of the match.
Video: ATP World Tour
After a decisive victory over Andreas Seppi, where he also claimed his career 300th clay victory, Rafael Nadal will play compatriot David Ferrer in the quarterfinal at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.
Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
START TIME: Approximately 12:30 pm CET local time (Spain, France, Italy), 11:30 am BST (United Kingdom), 6:30 am EDT (New York). To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa and Ferrer, long time friends and fellow Davis Cup teammates, have played head to head 26 times. Rafa leads the series 21-5, with the latest win coming last year at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, where Rafa won in straight sets. Ferrer’s only clay court victory over Rafa came at their very first meeting, in 2004 in Stuttgart.