- I deserve to be No. 1 – Nadal (via ESPN)
… “It became important after the US Open, because winning five Masters 1000 events and two grand slams, I felt that I had everything to be there,” he said, jokingly adding that he did not play at the Australian Open and lost in the first round at Wimbledon.
… “It’s nothing personal against Rafa or against Toni,” Wawrinka said. “We all know, players and umpires, that Toni is always trying to help Rafa. That’s normal. That’s part of the game. But when it’s too much, it’s too much.
… The doping control officer’s “negligence” and “unprofessionalism” has cost the 27-year-old Troicki a year of his career, according to Djokovic. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, however, both stand by the rules.
- Previewing Friday’s Matches at the ATP World Tour Finals (via Tennis View Magazine)
… this court is significantly slower than in previous years. What this means is that Berdych will not only need to dictate, but he will need to inject more power and decrease his margins further than he usually would. For the Czech, engaging in protracted baseline rallies is essentially a death sentence in this match.
- Daily Bagel: Why Rafael Nadal should buy pre-sliced bread (via SI.com)
- Friday 10 to 1: Rafael Nadal’s career highlights (via tennis.com.au)
… With Rafael Nadal cementing the year-end No.1 ranking this week in London for the third time, we thought it appropriate this Friday to reflect on the biggest moments in the Spaniard’s increasingly glittering career.
PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal practices in London
- Friday Preview: Nadal vs. Berdych, Ferrer vs. Wawrinka
- Rafael Nadal Press conference at Barclays (via @RafanaticsPH)
- Interview with David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal (in Spanish)