Rafa Roundup: Nadal Opens Barcelona Title Bid Wednesday

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“Nobody is eternal” says Nadal during a crowded press conference this morning. “We all win and we all lose. For sure I will lose more matches, nobody can be on top all the time”. Nadal wants to regain a positive feeling entering this tournament. “That is my intention. When one loses you need to recover fast and this is based on training and more training. You have to find what it is you want to do and try to play well again.”

Hats off to Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer for their displays at the Monte Carlo Masters, but even though the results didn’t go to form, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are still the players to beat on clay.

World No. 1 and eight-time champion Nadal comes into Barcelona with a 40-1 tournament record, winning 39 consecutive matches and all eight of his titles in the past nine years (did not play in 2010). His only loss came in his debut as a 15-year-old in 2003 when he lost to countryman Alex Corretja in three sets in the second round.

Vilas has spoken of his admiration for how Nadal’s uncle and coach, Toni, has guided his nephew throughout his career: “Toni is the one who steers the ship. They know each other very well and Rafa has a lot of confidence in him. Toni knows a lot about tennis and is very intelligent; Rafa trusts him completely.”



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  1. Totally agree wirh Angela,I am an oldie but just love Rafa. I am sometimes ill and he raises my spirits. Hard to say why….but he lights up my life. Keep on and enjoy every game Rafa. Jean Palmer. Winnipeg Canada.

  2. Remember only one think, Rafa: U ARE # ONE & NO ONE ELSE! VAAAMOOOSSS CAMPEOOONNN, VAAAMOOOSSS!!! 99999999999999 !!!

  3. I love RAFA’s attitude. He is so down to earth and logical. No one is up all the time, and losses will come and wins will come too. RAFA knows how to react to both with style and grace. That’s why I love to watch him play. He’s a human being not a robot!!! Love ya RAFA. Do your best and that’s all that counts. Amen

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