Ball boy fixes Rafael Nadal’s water bottle after it falls oven in the wind at the 2015 Australian Open.
Video: Australian Open TV
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? Read the rest of this entry
World No. 3 Rafael Nadal is through to the Australian Open quarterfinals after a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 win over Kevin Anderson on Sunday, setting up another Grand Slam meeting with Tomas Berdych.
The 2009 Australian Open winner turned around the first set – and ultimately the match – in the 11th and 12th games.
Rafa saved five break points, clinching the game with an ace and service winner to go ahead 6-5. In the next, he broke Anderson’s serve, clinching the set when the South African hit a volley awkwardly into the net. (via AP)
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After a straight sets victory over Dudi Sela in R3, Rafael Nadal moves on to the fourth round against opponent Kevin Anderson. They have played each other just once on tour with Rafa winning that match, 6-2, 7-6(6).
The winner will play either No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych or World No. 66 Bernard Tomic. Rafa leads both players in previous match-ups, 18-3 against Berdych and 2-0 against Tomic.
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Time: Not before 2 pm local time (Melbourne), 4am CET (Spain, France, Germany, Italy), 3am GMT (United Kingdom), 10pm EST (Saturday, Jan 24 – New York, Montreal). To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa has not lost to a player seeded as low as No. 14 today’s opponent at a Grand Slam since losing to No. 23 seed Robin Soderling in the round of 16 at 2009 Roland Garros. Nadal has won 20 of his last 21 matches against seeded players at the majors. His only defeat to a seeded player in that time came against No. 8 Wawrinka in the final at the 2014 Australian Open.
Anderson’s best Australian Open – and Grand Slam – performance is reaching the round of 16. He achieved that feat in Melbourne in 2013 and 2014, losing to Berdych on both occasions. He also reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros in 2013 and 2014, losing to Ferrer on both occasions, and at 2014 Wimbledon (l. Andy Murray). This is his 8th consecutive appearance at Melbourne Park and his 24th major overall.
ATP WORLD TOUR, GRAND SLAM, AND DAVIS CUP MAIN DRAW RESULTS
|Year||Tournament & City||Surface||Round||Winner & Score|
|2010||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada
6-2, 7-6(6) Stats
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP World Tour, ITF
Spanish basketball brothers Pau and Marc Gasol have made history as the first European players to be voted by fans to start next month’s NBA All-Stars game in New York.
Rafael Nadal has recorded a message congratulating the Gasol brothers. Watch:
Pau, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, will play his fifth All-Star game after coming second in the voting for the Eastern Conference side. Marc, of the Memphis Grizzlies, will take part for the second time – but on each previous occasion, both players had been reserves, who are chosen by a ballot of head coaches. The Gasols are also the first brothers to both make an NBA All-Stars starting line-up.
Source: BBC, Video: Rafael Nadal
Tennis fans learned two things about Rafael Nadal. He doesn’t like sleep or math.
On-court interviewer Jim Courier asked Rafa if he had done anything special to recover between the two rounds.
“Sleep?” Rafa replied, prompting Courier to ask if he normally doesn’t sleep between matches. “Seriously, I don’t like to sleep a lot. I feel that when I am sleeping that I am losing time.”
Courier also tried to get Rafa to quantify how he feels, asking him on a scale of 0 to 100 percent how does he feel physically? He waited as Rafa gave a long response that didn’t answer the questions. He pressed him again.
“I want a number,” Courier said. The crowd laughed, and Rafa did, too. “I was never very good at mathematics,” Rafa said.
When you’re getting trounced by Rafael Nadal and you can’t even get a call to go your way, sometimes you just need to laugh at the situation.
Dudi Sela was trailing 6-1, 4-0 in his third-round match against Rafa at Rod Laver Arena when he hit a beautiful running forehand passing shot that appeared to clip the line. Our champ challenged the call, however, and the video review showed it was out.
Stunned, Sela smiled and held up his arms in disbelief. He then appealed to Rafa’s generosity and held up a finger as if to say, “C’mon just give me one?” Rafa smiled and the crowd began to laugh. The point, however, went to our champ. WATCH: