Rafa Roundup: January 11, 2014


… “Now my focus is on playing Rafa. It’s a good opportunity. I’m playing a legend, probably one of the best players we have around now, Roger and Rafa. His game is very unique and he’s the best at what he does. This is why he’s No. 1 in the world and a great champion.”

… Grand Slam archrivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer found themselves on opposing sides of the Australian Open court speed debate as the celebrated pair prepared to fend off challenges from Bernard Tomic and James Duckworth.

… While Nadal reasserted his hegemony over Roland Garros with an eighth French Open triumph last year and Roger Federer has won seven Wimbledon crowns, Djokovic has made Melbourne Park his own grand slam banker with four titles in the last five years.

… “For me the main goal is try to be here for a long time, for not only one more or two more years. So my priority is try to play as long as I can in my career.”

… Who got the tougher draw, Rafael Nadal, or the poor guys that have to face him in the first week at Melbourne?

… Rafael Nadal es como Lionel Messi: no hay nada más duro para él que no jugar. Al español ya no le alcanza con ser el ‘rey’ del tenis. Quiere algo más. El sueño del zurdo es prolongar su carrera la mayor cantidad de años posible, y para eso está trabajando con más minuciosidad y seriedad que nunca antes.



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