VIDEO: Rafael Nadal’s Hot Shot Defence Against Nicolas Almagro – Miami Open 2015

Rafael Nadal proves to be a brick wall in this exchange with Nicolas Almagro on Friday at the Miami Open.

Video: ATP World Tour

Miami Open: An interview with Rafael Nadal (March 27, 2015) [VIDEO]

Rafael Nadal speaks to the media after his second round match at the 2015 Miami Open.

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?

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Watch Rafael Nadal’s Hot Shot Against Nicolas Almagro – Miami Open 2015

Rafael Nadal finishes off his first set in impressive style against Nicolas Almagro on Friday at the Miami Open.

Video: ATP World Tour

Rafael Nadal beats Nicolas Almagro to reach Miami Open third round [PHOTOS]

Rafael Nadal won his first match at the Miami Open after a 6-4, 6-2 win over fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. The match lasted an hour and 29 minutes as he booked his spot in the third round. Rafa’s next opponent will be either Fernando Verdasco or James Duckworth.

Miami Open R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Nicolas Almagro?

Photo: David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald

Photo: David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald

Rafael Nadal will begin his Miami Open campaign on Friday against countryman Nicolas Almagro, who beat Sergiy Stakhovsky in three sets.

Date: March 27, 2015

Time: Approximately 4.30pm local time (Miami, USA), 9:30pm CET (Spain, France, Germany, Italy), 8:30pm GMT (United Kingdom), 4:30pm EDT (New York, Montreal). To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa has played Nico eleven times before and our champ leads the series 10-1. Here are the matches they have played against each other:

Year Tournament & City Surface Round Winner & Score
2014 Barcelona
Clay Q Almagro, Nicolas
2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 Stats
2013 Barcelona
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 6-3 Stats
2013 Acapulco
Clay S Nadal, Rafael
7-5, 6-4 Stats
2012 Roland Garros
Clay Q Nadal, Rafael
7-6(4), 6-2, 6-3 Stats
2010 Roland Garros
Clay Q Nadal, Rafael
7-6(2), 7-6(3), 6-4 Stats
2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid
Clay S Nadal, Rafael
4-6, 6-2, 6-2 Stats
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris
Hard R32 Nadal, Rafael
3-6, 7-6(2), 7-5 Stats
2009 US Open
NY, U.S.A.
Hard R32 Nadal, Rafael
7-5, 6-4, 6-4 Stats
2008 Roland Garros
Clay Q Nadal, Rafael
6-1, 6-1, 6-1 Stats
2006 Barcelona
Clay S Nadal, Rafael
7-6(2), 6-3 Stats
2004 Palermo
Clay R32 Nadal, Rafael
6-1, 7-5 Stats


Miami Open 2015: An interview with Rafael Nadal [VIDEO]

Rafael Nadal reflects on his performance in Indian Wells and gives a shout out to his Latin supporters in Miami.

Video: ATP World Tour

Rafael Nadal optimistic ankle injury is not serious

Al Bello/Getty Images

Al Bello/Getty Images

(Reuters) - Rafael Nadal is confident he will be ready to compete in this week’s Miami Open despite turning his ankle in practice.

“In the beginning I thought it was going to be the end of the tournament,” Rafa told reporters. “But I don’t know now, I don’t think so. I think I am going to be able to compete here. Today, if I have to say one thing, for sure I am going to be on court on Friday. Another thing is I don’t know how well I am going to be prepared…let’s see, if every day I am improving.”

Rafa said he didn’t undergo a scan on his ankle as he was assured the injury was not that serious: “I visited the physio of the ATP, they see things like this every week and they said that it doesn’t look very bad. It is still painful but I practiced here today for a little bit more than one hour. It bothers me but I didn’t push myself very hard. I don’t know how I am going to answer when I try to get at 100 percent, which is what I need to compete well. But I am confident I am going to be ready.”

Source: Reuters

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal Attends Miami Open Media Day

Today was media day for Rafael Nadal at the Miami Open. Here are some photos.

Rafa Roundup: Nadal sends condolences over plane crash in French Alps

Rafael Nadal has expressed his condolences to the families of the 150 people who died on Tuesday following the crash of a Germanwings flight in the French Alps.

Rafael Nadal sends condolences over plane crash in French Alps


… The following day, fans will be able to enjoy Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, both playing during the Friday, March 27th day session. Nadal, a former finalists on three separate occasions, comes into the tournament in good form.

The 2015 Miami Open started with a bit of a scare, when No. 2 seed and fan favorite Rafael Nadal tripped during a hitting session with Grigor Dimitrov and fell to the court late Monday morning. He appeared to roll his left ankle, took off his shoe and sock, and walked off the court gingerly. But within an hour, there was no noticeable limp as he headed to his car in the parking lot. His press agent, Benito Perez Barbadillo, said Nadal was OK and expected to play later this week. 

Photo: Nike Sportswear

Photo: Nike Sportswear

No. 2 seed Nadal, who currently tops the all-time leaderboard with 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, will open against the winner of Sergiy Stakhovsky and countryman Nicolas Almagro, with a potential quarter-final clash against Tomas Berdych.

Why are we so desperate for the revival of The Rivalry? The illusion of our more innocent, happier days gone by, perhaps. “It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures,” YA author Ally Condie has offered. It isn’t really all that strange — at least not in this context. We look forward to another Federer-Nadal match-up precisely because it’s something from out of the past — but not quite something that’s ready for embalming. Just like our own youthful hopes and dreams. … In short, they still have the capacity for greatness. And for tennis fans of a certain age, nothing is greater than Federer and Nadal bringing out the best in one another.

Despite squandering three match points for his first loss to the 24-year-old Canadian, the World No. 3 said he takes many positives from a strong week in Indian Wells. … “I enjoyed the match. I enjoyed being on court. I enjoyed suffering with his serve. I enjoyed trying to be very focused with my serve all the time. I think I did well. I enjoyed the fact that I felt well with myself on court again.”

Rafael Nadal as The Hulk — Have you seen Nadal’s forearms? And his pants of questionable length that can tear if his thighs bulge through them? And the sometimes-unfortunate haircut? That’s not a bad choice at all, except for the fact that Nadal never seems to get annoyed, let alone get himself into a Hulk-like range.

Tournament Director Stephen Farrow was ecstatic at the news. “Rafa is one of the greatest tennis players of all time and he is universally popular, so this is fantastic news for the Aegon Championships and our spectators. We have stayed in contact with Rafa and his team over the years, and we always hoped he would return one day. To be able to add his name to an already strong field is a thrill, and we look forward to welcoming him back to The Queen’s Club in June.”


  • Rafael Nadal meets David Beckham and Thalia in Miami for Tommy Hilfiger’s birthday
  • Nice 3D painting of Rafael Nadal by Bruce Sulzberg :)


Nadal, Murray in same half of Miami Open Draw

The draw for the Miami Open has been released and Rafael Nadal is the second seed in the absence of Roger Federer, who has opted to skip the tournament this year.

Our champ has a bye in the first round. In the second round he will play either Nicolas Almagro of Spain or Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.

Photo via Nike Tennis

Photo via Nike Tennis

If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:

  • Novak Djokovic vs. David Ferrer
  • Kei Nishikori vs. Milos Raonic
  • Stan Wawrinka vs. Andy Murray
  • Rafael Nadal vs. Tomas Berdych

In Rafa’s four trips to the final, he has lost to Djokovic (2014, 2011), Davydenko (2008) and Federer (2005). Miami is one of just three Masters trophies missing from Rafa’s mantle (Paris, Shanghai).

Check out the complete draw here. VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

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