Rafa Roundup: May 29, 2013

Photo: Tennis View Magazine
Photo: Tennis View Magazine


“Nadal is the most incredible clay court player of modern times. I think the only question is how fit he is. He certainly looks fit and he’s hitting the ball unbelievably well… He’s having such a long clay-court season that his fitness shouldn’t be a problem. It’s hard not to put him favorite.”

Roland Garros made him a Champion, but it’s his work elsewhere that has turned him into a Legend.  Since coming back on the tour just four months ago, Nadal has leap-frogged to the top of the ATP Race to London rankings, which is absolutely phenomenal considering he missed the Australian Open and the Miami Masters. This means he’s No. 1 so far in 2013, even before the French Open.  No matter what happens the next two weeks, one thing is certain: Rafael Nadal is back. He doesn’t need a Roland Garros trophy to prove it. 

Rafael Nadal did not walk off the court as a beaten man after his first-round match at the French Open. But did he walk off as a beatable man? He was considered nearly invincible against everyone but Novak Djokovic coming into the tournament, but in his very first match, the seven-time champion found himself in danger of going down two sets to love against the unheralded Daniel Brands before wrestling control of the match in four sets.

Six more wins from Rafael Nadal in Paris, and it’s time to split French Open statistics/records into two categories.

Ja, ja es bueno. Rafa, siempre hace el paseíllo concentrado, lleva la cabeza en su sitio y tiene sus ritos: casi como un torero. Yo le compararía con Manuel Benítez El Cordobés, que fue una revolución de aire fresco. Sí, en el tenis de ahora, Nadal es como aquel fenómeno: El Cordobés.


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Rafael Nadal's Facebook II May 29 2013

Rafael Nadal's Facebook May 29 2013
Rafael Nadal’s Facebook

PHOTOS: Roland Garros, courtesy of Tennis View Magazine. Photos: Mauricio Paiz

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