Rafa Roundup: January 23, 2014

ARTICLES:

… Federer needs to be in peak form and confidence against Nadal. His little flinch – not converting two match points in the third set against Murray on Wednesday night – could sow tiny seeds of doubt. That could be costly against a more redoubtable opponent like the ruthless Rafa. Nadal in four.

… Rafael Nadal prevailed in both previous encounters with Roger Federer at the Australian Open, in the 2009 final and 2012 semi-finals.

… If Nadal goes on to win the title, it will consecrate his 14th major. Five years younger than Federer, he would be only three Grand Slam titles behind. (Who would bet against his catching up, especially given Nadal’s squatters rights in Paris?) This would also diminish claims that Nadal is a clay-court specialist. He would now have won each Grand Slam at least twice.

… Federer is playing more dynamic tennis right now, but Nadal has a remarkable ability to raise his level of play to meet the required challenge. The Pick: Nadal in five sets.

… In advance of their first showdown at a Slam since Nadal’s four-set victory in the 2012 Australian Open semifinals, let’s look at some of the key moments and matches that have made this rivalry so riveting.

… The Spanish Tennis Federation has dispatched Dr Ángel Ruiz Cotorro and physiotherapists Julián Casanova to Melbourne in an effort to treat Rafael Nadal’s injured left-hand. “We applied creams that help regenerate skin, but also Indiba, which serves to accelerate the healing process” explains Cotorro. The device uses radiofrequency to accelerate the metabolism of cells, reorganizing oxygenated blood, and speeding up blood flow by promoting lymphatic drainage of the peripheral area.

… En el entrenamiento, Rafa se sentó tras las indicaciones de su tío Toni y esperó a que el fisoterapeuta Rafa Maymó le aplicara fluídos antisépticos y para pegar una ligera protección a la llaga de la mano, una mínima protección plástica, como un parche del tipo ‘Compeed’.

VIDEOS:

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal practices ahead of semifinal with Roger Federer at Australian Open

NADAL vs. FEDERER: What time does Rafa play and where can you watch? Find out here.  // Comprueba aquí el horario del partido de Rafa y cómo seguirlo en directo.

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