Rafa Roundup: October 27, 2013


… He has already won over a dozen Grand Slam titles in his 12 years on tour. Not only does that make him one of the very best left-handed players in tennis history, but it could mean even more.

… Against Nadal, it is one thing to reach the break point but converting it is altogether another story. The mental strength needed to return from injuries and perform is immense.

“My first impression of [Nadal] then was he was a clay-courter playing on hard courts. He was playing with a lot of topspin, hitting the ball heavy, but not attacking the ball, not moving forward at all,” Blake recalls. “He sort of counted on his defense and his movement to win a lot of matches. He did it exceptionally well, obviously.


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