“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.”
- Rafael Nadal: Is Spaniard’s Comeback Complete Without 2013 French Open Title? – via bleacherreport.com
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.
- Six-step formula against Nadal on clay – via espn.go.com
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.
- Facing Nadal? Then Forget Paris – via sportsonearth.com
Six more wins from Rafael Nadal in Paris, and it’s time to split French Open statistics/records into two categories.
- “Rafa Nadal es El Cordobés” – via tenis.as.com
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.
- Who gave Nadal the trophy the first time he won at RG in 2005?
- Interview: Rafael Nadal – Roland Garros 2013 – Round 1
- Paris Magic / La magie de Paris official