Rafa Roundup: January 19, 2014


… While Nadal certainly deserves to be labelled a heavy favourite, Nishikori himself has claimed to be confident in his body and performances, and along with the support of new coach Michael Chang, believes he has a chance to topple to top seed and reach the quarter-final stage. It will be interesting to see if he can give Nadal a run for his money on Centre Court. Prediction: Rafael Nadal in Straight Sets

… “My father advised me – one of the best pieces of advice that somebody told me when I was a kid – to have an invention is very difficult, to copy is easier,” Nadal says now. “I tried to look at the players and see what kind of things I like from everyone. If it was something I liked, I tried to copy. Watching things from different players, you can learn a lot.”

… Comparing players who plied their trade nearly four decades apart is wrought with problems and conjecture. However, comparing contemporaries is a lot easier. And with that in mind, who is actually the better player between Federer and Nadal, the current world number one? Age wise, Nadal has the more time ahead of him to add to his 13 grand slam singles titles – if he wins on Sunday he will join Pete Sampras in joint second behind Federer.


  • Check out the new Mapfre commercial with Rafael Nadal – Rafa, anuncio MAPFRE 2014 (via YouTube/gandaines)
  • The Portraits – 2014 Australian Open: Look straight down the lens. That’s what AO asked Roger, Rafa, Novak, Jo, Andy, Maria, Serena, Li Na and Vika to do.
  • Mats backs Nadal for Aussie success – Mats Wilander marvels at Rafael Nadal’s brilliant performances in the first week of the Australian Open. (via Eurosport)
  • Nadal mauls Monfils – World number one Rafael Nadal once again lived up to his top seed billing by comfortably progressing at the Australian Open. (via Eurosport)

PHOTOS: The portraits – 2014 Australian Open: Part 1 & Part 2

ICYMI: What time does Rafael Nadal play R4 against Kei Nishikori, and where can you watch? Find out here. // ¿A qué hora juega Rafa Nadal? ¿Cómo ver el partido online? Compruébalo aquí.

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