Rafa Roundup: November 2, 2013

ARTICLES:

… “I’m happy about my performance. I’m sorry for Richard, but I think tonight was my best match of the tournament so far. I feel that I was in control of the baseline rallies and that gives you a lot of confidence. During the match, I was able to play a little bit more calmly and patiently and, at the end, I was able to hit a few good forehands down the line. That shot has won me a lot of points this season. That’s the way I need to play on these kind of surfaces. It’s something I need to do well for the rest of the tournament.”

… “Es una noticia fantástica: he llegado a las semifinales de todos los Masters 1000 que he disputado este año. Para mí, es inimaginable”, dijo en los micrófonos de Teledeporte el mallorquín, que rompió su récord de victorias en una temporada en torneos de la categoría (36). “Creo que he ido claramente a más durante el torneo”.

… Nadal also has the best career winning percentage in tour history at 84 percent to Federer’s 81. Nadal also has the edge in Grand Slam winning percentage over Federer at 88 to 86 and in Masters 1000 winning percentage (84 to 77) as well as a better strike rate against top 10 opponents (69 to 65).

… “I went to the O2 about two years ago to watch the tennis and it was an amazing atmosphere. It will be amazing to be there and take part this time. I’m nervous but I’m excited. I want to see all the players in front of me. I’m most looking forward to seeing Rafa, he’s my favourite player.”

VIDEOS:

  • Full Match: Nadal v Gasquet (Paris QF)
  • Nadal v Gasquet Highlights: Top seed Rafael Nadal was looking to continue his quest for a first BNP Paribas Masters title as he met French star Richard Gasquet. 
  • Nadal Interview (Paris QF): The World No. 1 was looking to maintain his perfect record against Richard Gasquet with his 12th win in as many meetings. 

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Richard Gasquet to advance to semifinals

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