Rafa Roundup: January 5, 2014


… Nadal, who has now won titles in 17 different countries, said, “Every victory is important and the title today means a lot to me. It is the first time in my career that I am able to start the season with a victory. That’s always important.”

… “Between here and Australia the good thing is I am going to have one week, and I don’t go there thinking about the adaptation of my game. I go in there thinking about the things that I want to keep practising to be very competitive. I want to keep practising in the same way that I played today. I think that’s the right way.”

“Estoy muy feliz, nunca tuve la oportunidad de ganar aquí, y eso era algo que tenía en mente, especialmente desde la final de 2010 [perdió contra Davydenko tras tener punto de partido]. Es muy emocionante empezar así la temporada”, se despidió Nadal, que ahora afrontará en Melbourne la prueba de los grandes: esperan los cinco sets, el calor australiano, los tenistas del top-10… Y Novak Djokovic.

…Nadal was able to finish on top last year, though, and with a win at the Qatar Open to start 2014, he’s in great shape to do so again this year.

… Ladies who love Rafael Nadal will love this new Nike Women’s Rafa Amor Tennis Tee.

… Planning to go to the Australian Open? Find out about the different ticket options that are available.

VIDEOS: Rafa Nadal vs. Gael Monfils Doha Final Videos

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal wins first title of 2014!

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