Rafa Roundup: December 27, 2013

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… “I don’t have to convince nobody, that’s the real thing. I accept the critics, I accept the positive things people say about me. You are in the world of tennis and at times, you can have poor days. However, the only thing that I can do is practice as hard as I can. I always look to keep improving whether in practice or in tournament… “It depends on his [Roger Federer] motivation also as he is 32, I think. I understand when you are little bit older then you have to analyse the calender and play for the right tournament.

… Ferrer kicked off the 2013 Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Thursday by defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5, 6-1 in exactly one hour. The win set up an all-Spanish quarterfinal clash between Ferrer and Nadal. The friendly foes have faced each other on 26 previous occasions, including six times last season and twice in a two-week span during the fall swing.

… Rafael Nadal served only three bagels less than his Serbian rival, dominating his opponents 11 times. The Spanish World No. 1 is followed by David Ferrer, who dished out seven 6-0 sets (only to non-Spanish players), Roger Federer and Nicolas Almagro, with five, as well as Tomas Berdych, Jarkko Nieminen and Tommy Robredo with four bagels.

Perhaps Nadal is an artiste who is merely expressing himself, both eccentrically and successfully, through a different prism. After all, Pablo Picasso, who often avoided straight lines, was a Spaniard, too.

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