- Rafael Nadal Begins “Favourite Part” Of Season (via ATP World Tour)
… “Every year is completely different,” he said. “The only thing that I really know is the only way to have chances to compete well is to respect 100 per cent every opponent… When competition arrives, play with the right motivation, with the right [humility]. Every point is important.”
- Ready, Set, Clay (via ATP World Tour)
… Nadal is three clay-court titles away from equaling Guillermo Vilas’ all-time record of 46 crowns on the surface. The top five all-time title leaders on clay are Vilas (46), Nadal (43), Thomas Muster (40), Bjorn Borg and Manuel Orantes (both 30).
… ”I’m not going to win 14 (titles in a row). There’s a start for everybody and there’s an end,” Nadal said. ”I know that I’m not going to keep winning all the tournaments on clay forever and (there is) going to arrive a day when I’m not going to win one more … hopefully not yet.”
… “El resto del tiempo juego en dura. No me entreno en tierra batida, así que necesito tiempo para adaptar mi juego para encontrar mi ritmo. Tengo que volver a aprender a construir los puntos para lograr la victoria.”
- Rafa Nadal falls to Vanessa Selbst in Monaco (via pokerstarsblog.com)
… Speaking about his first ever heads-up poker experience, Nadal said, “It was a great honour to play against a strong competitor and although I lost, I had a lot of fun.”
- ATP Players Party For Monte Carlo Masters (via The Slice)
AUDIO: ¡Vamos, Rafa! – Javi Cantero
- Rafael Nadal Attends Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Media Day
- Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka practice in Monte Carlo (with video)
- Rafael Nadal’s record 8 Monte Carlo titles (via ATP)
- Charity Day Iker Casillas & Rafa Nadal (via Iker Cassilas YouTube Channel)
- Lightning Round: Fernando Verdasco (via Tennis Now) Fer jokes about the AO semifinal against Rafa.