VIDEO: An interview with Rafael Nadal (Hamburg QF – July 31, 2015)

Top seed Rafael Nadal reflects on his victory over Pablo Cuevas in Hamburg. Watch!

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Hamburg SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Andreas Seppi?

Rafael Nadal will play Andreas Seppi on Saturday afternoon after the Italian was given a walkover into the final four when Simone Bolelli withdrew due to gastroenteritis.

Rafa and Andreas have played each other six times.

The Italian trails Rafa 5-1 in career clashes with his only win coming in 2008 in Rotterdam.

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during their quarterfinal match at the Hamburg Open tennis tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, July 31, 2015. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)

Photo: Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP

Date: August 1, 2015

Time: Approximately 2  pm BST – United Kingdom / 3 pm CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy /  9 am EDT – New York, Montreal / 11 pm AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa talks about Seppi: “He’s a great player. He’s a very consistent player that has very, very solid shots from the baseline and changing very well the direction. I will try to let him play not comfortable and let’s see if I’m able to do that.”

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal eases into Hamburg semifinals

Top seed Rafael Nadal scored a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over Pablo Cuevas at the Hamburg Open on Friday to ease into the semi-finals where he will face the winner between Andreas Seppi and Simone Bolelli.

After the match, Rafa said“I played I think 90 per cent of the match doing the right things, doing the right shots every time and waiting for my moment. I think I created some problems for him when he was trying to hit a winner. I think I changed well the direction.”

With today’s win, Rafa improved to 24-6 match record on clay this season. VAMOS RAFA!

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Rafa Roundup: Nadal says he needs more consistency

Photo: EPA/Daniel Bockwoldt

Photo: EPA/Daniel Bockwoldt

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Rafael Nadal’s summer excursion in Hamburg continued with another victory on Thursday, but the king of clay had his share of struggles. In the end Nadal triumphed over the 6’6” Jiri Vesely, 6-4, 7-6(2), despite the fact that he struggled to find rhythm on the forehand and the serve.

His potential opponents in the last two rounds, should he get by Cuevas and the seeds hold, would be 4th-seeded Andreas Seppi in the semis and 8th-seeded Fabio Fognini in the final.

The 2008 champion now holds a 23-6 match record on clay this season as he looks to add to his 46 clay-court titles.

“I think I played a good match,” said Nadal. “Something that I am proud of today, very happy with, [is] my attitude and [I’m] very happy with the way that I played. I just need a little bit more consistency.”

Nadal, who’s ranked No. 10 and is top-seeded in Hamburg despite being a late wild-card entry, also needs ranking points. He needs them badly if he hopes to be among the top eight seeds at the major hard-court events. If he can slip into the top eight, he will avoid a meeting with a Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic before the quarterfinals.

That also helps explain why Nadal asked for the wild card into Hamburg after he was unexpectedly knocked out of Wimbledon in the second round by Dustin Brown.

Nothing wrong with that. In fact, Nadal would have been crazy to pass up the chance to play Hamburg, what with 500 ATP ranking points on offer and No. 21Tommy Robredo the next highest-ranked player on the entry list. Should Nadal win, he will leapfrog over No. 9 Marin Cilic and No. 8 Milos Raonic and find safe haven.

Gane o pierda, brille o no lo haga, los partidos de Rafael Nadal (6-4 y 7-6 a Jiri Vesely) en los últimos tiempos se traducen en una especie de penitencia. Cada bola, cada movimiento o cada golpeo se convierten en un ejercicio autocrítico del español, sometido a su propio juicio (y al ajeno) una y otra vez, afligido la mayor parte del tiempo que permanece sobre la pista. Nadal, ahora en el décimo peldaño del ránking, juega como si tuviera que demostrarse una vez sí y otra también que lo vale, que aún es un tenista competitivo; que lo conseguido conseguido está, pero que aún le queda cuerda para bailar entre los gigantes del circuito.

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VIDEO: An interview with Rafael Nadal (Hamburg R2 – July 30, 2015)

Rafael Nadal looks back on his second round victory in Hamburg. Watch:

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Hamburg QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Pablo Cuevas?

On Friday, top-seeded Rafael Nadal will play his quarter-final match at the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg against Pablo Cuevas.

It will be the second meeting of the season for Rafa and Pablo. Our champ leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 1-0, having won in three sets when the pair met in February in Rio de Janeiro. That match ended at 3.18 am.

Photo: Tennis Championships am Rothenbaum

Photo: Tennis Championships am Rothenbaum

Date: July 31, 2015

Time: Approximately 2.30  pm BST – United Kingdom / 3.30 pm CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy /  9.30 am EDT – New York, Montreal / 11.30 pm AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Watch online: Fromsport and ATDHE

Rafa talks about Pablo: “He’s one of the best players of the world, especially on clay. It’s a big match and I know I have to play well if I want to be in that semi-finals. I’m going to fight for it.”

Our champ is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European clay court title every year since 2004 when he captured his maiden ATP World Tour crown in Sopot. He has a career 56-9 record in clay court quarter-finals – losing his last two at Roland Garros (l. to Djokovic) and Rome (l. to Wawrinka).

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal into Hamburg Open quarter-finals

Top seed Rafael Nadal beat Jiri Vesely in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Hamburg Open. Rafa won 6-4, 7-6 (2) in two hours and 11 minutes.

After the match, Rafa said“I think I played a good match. Something that I am proud of today, very happy with, is my attitude and I’m very happy with the way that I played. I just need a little bit more consistency.”

Our champ will next meet Pablo Cuevas on Friday for a place in the semi-finals. The Uruguayan beat Jerzy Janowicz 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Rafa won in three sets when the pair met in February in Rio de Janeiro.

VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour
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