- Nadal: “Accept The Situation And Keep Fighting” (via ATP World Tour)
“That’s sport,” said Nadal, following his defeat to Nicolas Almagro. “Obviously it’s not the happiest day for me, but obviously I never thought I would win here 70 matches in a row. It was not my day today. I felt I did a lot of things well today to win the match, but at the end, [there] remained a little bit. Just accept the situation and keep fighting.”
- Almagro rompe al rey Nadal (via El Pais)
“Cuando se pierde un partido que cree que debería ganar, no puede tener buenas sensaciones”, señaló Nadal. “¿Victorias o derrotas? Son ciclos que llegan y pasan. Yo estoy muy satisfecho con lo que he hecho: ganar ocho veces en Roland Garros, Montecarlo y Barcelona y siete en Roma no es fácil. Lo importante es estar preparado para seguir peleando. Lo que importa es jugar bien en Madrid y en Roma. Y ya veremos cómo llego a Roland Garros”.
- Barcelona: Almagro d. Nadal (via tennis.com)
What I immediately thought today was how much Nadal’s 2014 is beginning to resemble Roger Federer’s 2010. That year Federer, who was 28 and had finished the previous season at No. 1, lost for the first (and for the most part only) times in his career to Marcos Baghdatis, Ernests Gulbis, Albert Montanes, Robin Soderling, and Gael Monfils; he also lost twice to Tomas Berdych, who hadn’t beaten him in six years. So far in 2014, Nadal, who will be 28 in June and was No. 1 last season, has lost for the first time to Stan Wawrinka, Alexandr Dolgopolov, and Nicolas Almagro, and for the first time in 10 years on clay to David Ferrer.
- Fashion Files: Rafael Nadal (via SI.com)
Short-shorts, capris, T-shirts and sleeveless — Nadal has worn it all during his 13-year career. Here’s a look at the Spaniard’s on-court outfits through the years…
- Suddenly, Anyone Can Beat Rafael Nadal on Clay (via fivethirtyeight.com)
His lead over Djokovic is fewer than 2,000 points, and Nadal has 4,000 points to defend in his next three tournaments. Djokovic has just 910 points to defend during that span. Last Friday, it looked as if Djokovic’s hot form was the biggest threat to Nadal’s top spot in the rankings.
- What’s wrong with Rafael Nadal? (via usatoday.com)
On the bright side, Nadal isn’t losing to slouches. Almagro is a clay-court specialist ranked No. 20 in the world. Ferrer is the world No. 5 and played in last year’s French Open final. Plus, no one expects Nadal to stay on top forever either.
- Nadal models for new Nike Tech Pack campaign
- Almagro upsets Rafa in QFs of Barcelona Open
- Rafa receives the Sports Cultura Award
- Rafa reacts to Djokovic’s baby announcement
- Rafa’s reaction to the death of Tito Vilanova
- Interview with Rafa – Barcelona Open QF
- Nadal: “Me ha faltado tranquilidad, es mérito de Almagro”
- Nadal vs Almagro, Barcelona Open QFs (last games in the third set)
- Almagro acaba con la racha de Nadal en el Godó
Rest in peace, Tito Vilanova!