American television station CNN broadcasted a report about Rafael Nadal. The report was made while CNN team was in Mallorca last month. Watch:
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If Nadal’s body might be giving him a few problems, his mind remains as strong as ever. It’s his psychological strength that sets him apart from the rest, according to Arias. “I would say he’s the greatest mental player in the history of the sport. Not strategy, necessarily, but the ability to play every point as if that’s the most important one you’ve ever played, and do it every match.” Nadal is a veteran at coming back, having been slowed by, most notably, injuries to both knees.
- Rafael Nadal: Tennis’ humble champion (via theroar.com.au)
Where Lleyton is David with the heart of a lion, Rafa is Goliath with a heart of a raging bull and every bit as ferocious. His unbending will to win has won him countless matches and a loyal army of fans that yell louder and louder with each slam victory, hauling himself up to Federer’s mythical numbers.
- I’ve a small problem, his name is Nadal: Novak Djokovic (via ibnlive.in.com)
“I have been pretty close to winning the French Open title and have played a few finals and semi-finals but I have a problem, his name is Nadal. He is not going away, that’s for sure,” he told reporters at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Monday as IPTL’s India leg concluded. “I’m going to push hard for it, I’m going to keep on trying each year. Hopefully I can keep on going, I have that self-belief, I know I can do it and hopefully by the end of my career I am going to get one trophy there.”
- Fedex ATP Performance Zone: 2014 Best Under Pressure (via ATP World Tour)
Nadal led the ATP World Tour this year with the best winning percentage after losing the first set. Overall, the World No. 3 is 87-108 (.446) lifetime.
- Will Rafael Nadal make a victorious comeback at the Australian Open? (via live-tennis.com)
Nadal will be starting his competitive season at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships alongside Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray, before joining Djokovic in the Doha line-up for the season opener. The World No. 3 is going to be one to watch in Melbourne –back to fitness he has to be one of the clear favourites for the first Slam of the year.
- Nadal: “Los miedos y dudas están ahí, pero lo superaré con trabajo y ganas” (via europapress.com)
“Estoy entrenando con actitud e intensidad alta. Tengo la suerte de que ha estado entrenando conmigo esta semana Pablo Carreño, en Mallorca, también ha estado Richard Gasquet y entrenar con jugadores del máximo nivel me ayuda a recuperar el ritmo que necesito”, añadió en este sentido.
- Nadal debutará en Abu Dabi con Murray o Monfils (via Marca)
“Estamos entrenando bien. Ya puede sacar con normalidad después de que los médicos nos dijeran que fuésemos con cuidado al inicio”, comenta Toni Nadal. … “El servicio en rápida es fundamental y lo vamos a trabajar buscando más el porcentaje y la colocación que la potencia“, advierte el mentor del tenista manacorí, que tendrá un doble examen antes de Melbourne. En ambos casos le acompañará Francis Roig. El primero es del 1 al 3 de enero en la exhibición de Abu Dabi, que cumplirá su séptima edición.
- 2014 Holiday Gifts For Everyone On My List (via The Slice)
Christmas is coming. Hanukkah is almost here. The holidays are upon us and you know what that means… gifts.
- 2014 By The Numbers: Title Leaders, Winners By Age (via ATP World Tour)
- Go Figure: The 2014 tennis season, by the numbers (via SI.com)
- SI.com’s 2014 #TennisYearOnTwitter
- What happened in 2014? A Wimbledon Quiz – Part 1 (via wimbledon.com)
- 2014 Tennis Fashion Hits and Misses “Nadal’s Nike short shorts and aqua-blue shirt were standouts.” We agree! (via SI.com)
- Rafael Nadal opens KIA dealership in Barcelona
- CNN Open Court: Rafael Nadal
- Rafa Nadal’s new move… (via Babolat)
- Olazabal & Nadal Invitational 2014 golf solidario (via YouTube/Papa Marijuan)
- Rafael Nadal practices in Manacor (via Instagram/Pablo Carreno)
AUDIO: Andy Roddick on the Tennis Podcast: ‘When Rafa beat me on clay in Davis Cup in 2004, I said ‘this guy’s going to win seven French Opens’. My trainer Doug Spreen said: ‘no, he’s gonna win eight.’
According to WWD, Rafael Nadal has signed a two year agreement for the Tommy Hilfiger underwear and Tommy Hilfiger tailored collections. Our champ will be photographed in Spain early next year and will appear in the fall underwear and tailored clothing ad campaigns.
“I’ve always admired Tommy Hilfiger’s cool, all-American designs which are sophisticated and easy to wear, and I’m excited to be partnering with the brand. I’m a classic guy. I like to wear jeans, polo shirt, normally. To go out, it depends on the situation, or if I am in the winter or I am in the summer, no? If I am in the winter I like to wear jeans, shirt and jacket. If I am in summer, I like jeans and T-shirt or jeans and polo. Classic. [On the] court, I am not that classic. Court is a little bit different. I like the bright colors. I like the powerful colors on court,” Rafa said.
- Nadal Receives ‘Favourite Son Of Mallorca’ Award (via ATP World Tour)
“I appreciate being a Mallorcan,” said Nadal, who is the 11th person to receive the award. “The first thing that I do when I’m playing in other countries, whether I win or lose in the tournament, is to seek for the fastest way to go back to Mallorca.“
- Nadal to comeback stronger than before, says Moya (via The Times of India)
“He (Nadal) is starting to practice now. I have been in constant touch with him. He has been very unlucky with the injuries. Having said that, every time he has had an injury he has come back stronger than before. There is no reason to think it is going to be any different,” Moya, who is here for the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), told PTI. “For sure, he will be back at the top soon. For the past 10 years he has been winning with all the injuries,” he added.
- Rafael Nadal hopes to make next month’s Australian Open after surgery (via The Guardian)
“What I have to do this month is to get myself fit physically, progress my tennis as much as possible and lay the foundations to start well in Abu Dhabi and in Doha. [Then] take advantage of those tournaments to recover the competitiveness that I’ve not had for months due to the injuries.”
- Nadal, back to the future (via Marca)
“If I can work as hard as I need to and settle back into the game without any fitness problems or relapses, I’m sure I can get back to the kind of form I had before all this happened“, he said in a statement to Cadena Ser radio.
- Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headline Qatar ExxonMobil Open (via sport360.com)
- 2014 Year in Review: Best of the ATP (via The Changeover)
Sadly, when we think of 2014, it will be one of too many years where Rafael Nadal’s season was cut short by injury. Starting with his unfortunate back injury during the Australian Open final, and ending with a training injury that kept him out of the US Open and the indoor season, Nadal spent far too much of yet another season on the sidelines. But, in the time he did spend on court, Nadal impressively extended his legacy as the king of the terre battue with a ninth French Open title at Roland Garros.
- Rafa Nadal: ¿Te gustaría venir a Buenos Aires conmigo?
- Best shots and points from the 2014 ATP season (via SI.com)
Nadal’s backpedaling inside-out forehand at Wimbledon. The commentary sums it up nicely: “I swear this guy runs backwards faster than a lot of players run forwards.”
- Best Hot Shots Of 2014 – Part One (via ATP World Tour)
- Nadal named Favorite Son of Mallorca (via IB3)
- Albert Costa siempre al lado de Nadal, ¡ahora Rafa te busca a ti! (via Telefonica)
- Rafa Nadal hace balance en Movistar TV de sus 10 años de éxitos (via Movistar)
Today’s Flashback Friday is dedicated to Davis Cup. 10 years ago Spain faced the USA in final on the red clay of Seville. Carlos Moya defeated Mardy Fish in straight sets in the opening rubber. The lowest ranked Spaniard at that time (No. 51), Rafael Nadal had only been expected to play the doubles alongside Tommy Robredo but he was named to replace Ferrero in singles. The Spanish captain Jordi Arrese’s decision proved to be the right one as Rafa beat world number two Andy Roddick 6-7(6) 6-2 7-6(6) 6-2.
“I have had a very tough year, especially after the injury,” Rafa said. “I have been training very hard, and I think I do really deserve this victory. This has certainly been the match of my life. I think 50% of the victory is because of the fans.”
In the Saturday doubles, Bob and Mike Bryan beat Tommy Robredo and Juan Carlos Ferrero. Mardy Fish later made it 3-2 with a 7-6 6-2 victory over Tommy Robredo in the dead rubber. Moya’s victory over Roddick made Rafa the youngest player to help win the Davis Cup. Aged 18 years and 185 days, our champ beat the record set by Australia’s Pat Cash in 1983 by 30 days.
Sources: New York Times, Tennis Buzz // All photos via Tumblr/weiledudrink
Rafael Nadal graces the cover of Haute Time magazine‘s latest issue, a publication dedicated to luxury watches.
“I didn’t want to wear a watch at first,” Rafa admits. When Richard Mille approached him to be his ambassador, he turned him down, saying it would be impossible to play with a watch. “I’m always swinging my wrist, and it will bother me.”
“Seriously for me, the most important thing is to be happy, compete well, and give myself the chance to be competitive against any opponent, and I know if I create opportunities, I will win a few titles.”
You can read more here! (pages 48 – 53)
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Rafael Nadal has returned to training for the first time since undergoing an operation to have his appendix removed. He was forced to cut his season short and miss the ATP World Tour Finals in London in order to undergo the procedure last month.
Our champ has already confirmed his plans to participate in the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Following the tournament in Abu Dhabi, Rafa hopes to play in Doha the following week before the start of the Australian Open.