- Spanish figure skater Fernandez draws inspiration from Nadal (via en.europeonline-magazine.eu)
… “How hard that man fights, how he is personally… Very few people can get to be like he is,” Fernandez told dpa two days ahead of the singles event he is set to compete in. “Being as strong as he is mentally, controlling everything, your head, your hold on things, the physical thing,” Fernandez said of the tennis world number one.
- Rafael Nadal or Bjorn Borg? Ranking the ‘coolest’ tennis players of all time (via oregonlive.com)
… The 13-time major champion and current ATP World No. 1 is an international celebrity and multimillionaire, yet he somehow remains just a humble servant of tennis. Confident, driven and deferential, Spain’s greatest tennis player is a post-postmodern superstar.
- Nadal: Playing with pain part of my career (via ESPN)
… “The physical demands come from the matches I win, the more you win, the more demands you have. I prefer to have more demands and win more than to have a really bad year,” Nadal told Spanish radio station Onda Cero. “When I’m done with all of this, there will be time for the body to recover. An athlete’s life, I think, is about playing with pain.”
- Toni Nadal Put That Chip on Rafa Nadal’s Shoulder (via Yahoo Sports)
… This is “Rafael” Nadal — the man that talks about every opponent as if they’ve won more Grand Slams than he could ever dream to, despite the fact that almost all trail him by a wide margin. This is the player that’s humble in both victory and defeat…
- Nadal Looks Forward to Playing in Rio de Janeiro (via laht.com)
… “Today, I started training a bit to see if the thing is going well and I can play in Rio. I bought tickets,” Nadal told Onda Cero. The Spanish star had not been able to practice since injuring his back in the Australian Open final last month. “Whatever it takes,” Nadal said, adding that “it’s that you have a commitment to the tournament for a while. The idea is to fulfill your commitments. Pulling out of Buenos Aires has not been pleasant.”
… “I think Rafa is eight seconds over and nobody ever gives him a warning,” Tursunov said. Later, Tursunov added: “Rafa will pick his ass for 30 seconds and you guys will watch it. You’re not going to say a word.”
- Audio: Toni Nadal: ‘Rafael ha demostrado que se puede llegar arriba y ser normal’ (via ondacero.es)
- Big Four going their separate ways (via ESPN)
- Rafael Nadal on his way to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- ATP World Tour Uncovered Toni Nadal: In season 6, episode 7, ATP World Tour Uncovered profiles Toni Nadal and his special coaching relationship with Rafael Nadal.
- Rafael Nadal through the years (via tenngrand.com)