With a win over Radek Stepanek last night, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is set for Round 3 at the BNP Paribas Open. Our champion will next play Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
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Rafa and Dolgo have played head to head five times previously, with Rafa dominating 5-0 in the match-up. Their most recent match was at the Rio Open last month. Read the rest of this entry
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R. NADAL/R. Stepanek 2‑6, 6‑4, 7‑5
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You went to that beautiful statue in Rio, Christ the Redeemer, a little bit of a miracle tonight maybe?
RAFAEL NADAL: Sorry?
Q. You went to that statue in Rio, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio a few weeks ago. A little bit of a miracle on court tonight for you?
RAFAEL NADAL: The same like semifinals? I didn’t understand very well. (Through translation.)
No, not that much. Was in tricky situation in the Love‑40, but I had the break the beginning of the third, too, so I had my advantage there at the beginning of the third that I lost in the next game.
And it’s true that with Love‑40 was, yeah, very close to lose, to be out, but I think I did two good serves and then I played a great point.
Tough one. Anything can happen, but in the end I played well. After that, I think I played better.
Yeah, happy to be through, because the start of the match, even if I felt at the beginning I didn’t play that bad, was very quick 4‑1, and I felt I was not playing that bad, no?
But, yeah, he is not the right player to play against in the first round, no? He’s not the right player, because what you want to find in the first round is rhythm, and against him, you know, every point is different. He goes quick to the net. They don’t give you that few games to find your rhythm, to find a way that you want to play.
Q. Was there something different about him tonight that made him especially difficult to play? Read the rest of this entry
… ”It’s true that with love/40, I was very close to losing, to being out, but I think I did two good serves and then I played a great point,” said Nadal. “Tough one. Anything can happen, but in the end I played well. After that, I think I played better.
- Indian Wells: Nadal d. Stepanek (via tennis.com)
… “I was a little bit of lucky,” Nadal said afterward with a grin, acknowledging how important that 2-3 game had been. He also acknowledged that while Stepanek is a “tough guy to play,” he would need to clean up his act going forward. And soon: Nadal could have it tough again in his next round, when he faces the explosively streaky Alexandr Dolgopolov.
- Federer, Nadal, Murray Advance at Indian Wells (via abcnews.com)
… ”With my serve I was doing nothing. When that happens, the opponent is able to play more aggressive, play more confident and in the end, eight double faults, I give him an opportunity to win a lot of free points,” Nadal said. ”I was a little bit scared for the back. I am not feeling 100 percent confident with my serve. But probably that match is going to help me understand that I can start to serve normal again.”
- Nadal sufre para ganar a Stepanek en tres sets (via mundodeportivo.com)
… Rafa Nadal ganó al checo Radek Stepanek en la segunda ronda de Indian Wells (California), el primerMaster 1000 del año, en un partido a tres sets (2-6, 6-4 y 7-5) muy sufrido por el tenista español.
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Rafael Nadal punctuates this marathon rally against Radek Stepanek with a sizzling backhand Hot Shot.
Highlights from the match:
INTERVIEW: Rafa Nadal reflects on a difficult win, and below-par performance, against Radek Stepanek.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal fought back from a set down to beat Radek Stepanek 2-6 6-4 7-5 and move into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Rafa’s reward is a third round encounter with Alexandr Dolgopolov, whom he defeated two weeks ago in the Rio Open final.
“With my serve I was doing nothing. When that happens, the opponent is able to play more aggressive, play more confident and in the end, eight double faults, I give him an opportunity to win a lot of free points,” Nadal said. ”I was a little bit scared for the back. I am not feeling 100 percent confident with my serve. But probably that match is going to help me understand that I can start to serve normal again.”
Source: ATP World Tour
Watch a behind the scenes look of Rafael Nadal’s experience at the annual ATP photo and video shoot in Indian Wells.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal begins his title defence on Day 3 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The three-time winner goes up against 35-year-old Radek Stepanek for the seventh time with the Spaniard leading their FedEx H2H series 6-0. Rafa is appearing in Indian Wells for the 10th time. He has advanced to the SF or better in his last eight visits, winning the title in 2007 (d. Djokovic), 2009 (d. Murray) and 2013 (d. Del Potro).
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
|Year||Tournament & City||Surface||Round||Winner & Score|
|2012||ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami
6-2, 6-2 Stats
|2011||London / Queen’s Club
6-3, 5-7, 6-1 Stats
|2005||ATP Masters Series Madrid
7-6(9), 6-4 Stats
|2005||ATP Masters Series Rome
5-7, 6-1, 6-1 Stats
7-5, 6-2 Stats
|2004||CZE v. ESP WG 1st RD
7-6(2), 7-6(4), 6-3
- Nadal Drawing On Special Desert Memories + video (via ATP)
… “Wawrinka was playing unbelievable. I don’t know if I would have had the chance to win that match because he was playing amazing. I am a great loser. Normally after a few hours I forget about the losses and look straight to the next thing, but after this tournament it took a little bit more time. But here we are, and the most important thing is my back is healthy.”
… “When you’re losing and competing, that is part of the game. For me, that loss was much harder than in 2012 after six hours. I had that match in the fifth, I fought for six hours, so [I] should be more [disappointed about] that one. [But] this one was much more disappointing because I did everything right to be there and compete for the final and I couldn’t.”
- Rafael Nadal named new brand ambassador of Banc Sabadell (via barcelonaopenbancsabadell.com)
… Spain’s World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will be the new ambassador of the brand Banc Sabadell after signing a long-term agreement with the title sponsor of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on April 2 in Madrid.
… ”A lo largo de mi carrera siempre he entrado a la cancha respetando en un ciento por ciento a mi rival. Puedes perder contra cualquiera y eso lo acepto. Tarde o temprano, perderás. Debes estar preparado para todo”, remarcó el ocho veces campeón del Abierto de Francia.
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- Day 1: Rafael Nadal’s first practice in IW
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- Break in Practice
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