- Davis Cup – Spain wait on Nadal ahead of Davis Cup playoff (via Eurosport)
… Nadal has won 20 of his 21 Davis Cup singles, including 16 of 16 on clay, his sole reverse coming on indoor carpet against Czech Jiri Novak in his first appearance in February 2004.
- Nadal: In Aussie loss, I found a way to beat Djokovic (via tennis.com)
“Sometimes I really don’t know how I am able to beat him at all,” Nadal told a small group of reporters with a laugh. “But maybe he felt something similar and that’s the most important thing: I know that I am playing at my limits when I am playing against him, and I have big hopes he feels something similar to me.”
- Rafael Nadal Might Just Be the Best Ever (via theatlantic.com)
… There will always be a passionate argument for Roger Federer as tennis’s greatest ever. Yet many have wondered how a player can be regarded as the best of all time if he’s not conclusively the best of his time.
- El mejor Rafa de su carrera (via Carlos Moya, elpais.com — in Spanish)
- After Injury and Illness, a Surprisingly Triumphant Season for Nadal (via NY Times)
- CBS U.S. Open Singles Final TV Ratings Up – This Week In Tennis Business With Liz Kobak (via worldtennismagazine.com)
… The 2013 US Open men’s singles final on that saw Rafael Nadal win his 13th major singles title over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic earned a 2.8 overnight rating on CBS Monday evening which is up 22% from the Andy Murray vs. Djokovic final last year (2.3) and up 8% from the Djokovic vs. Nadal final in 2010 (2.6).
- Nadal’s Spirit, Focus Lift Him to New Heights in New York (via Tennis Now)
… A year ago, we feared Nadal may never sink his teeth into another Grand Slam trophy. After his romp in New York, the only question is: How many more?
- Tennis Through the Lens (via tennis.com)
… about Rafa: “He’s similar to Serena in his constant intensity. I love capturing the effort in his whole face, in his eyes and his lips. That effort makes him a great subject, but it’s also difficult to shoot him because most of his poses are so familiar. How many times have we seen his arm over his head, or the way his upper lip curls when he’s about to hit a forehand? So you’re always looking for something unusual from him, a shot he doesn’t hit as often.”
- Rafael Nadal: “Sometimes I still have pain. Comeback was difficult.”
- Tired Rafael Nadal back in Spain after US Open win
- Funny US Open video: Crazy New York!
- Rafa practices for the Davis Cup
- Davis Cup: Rafael Nadal practices on the red clay in Madrid
- Photos: U.S. Open men’s final (SI.com by by Courtney Nguyen)
- Rafael Nadal’s 13 grand slams – in pictures (via The Guardian)
- Los Trece Títulos ‘grandes’ De Rafa Nadal (an infographic via mundodeportivo.com)