Rafa Roundup: Nadal is hoping the energy of the home crowd will evoke a return to form

Rafael Nadal with David Villa and his son Luca
Rafael Nadal with David Villa and his son Luca / RNFC’s screen grab

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“Losing always creates doubts, anyone who tells you the opposite is lying,” he said on Sunday. “There is no benefit in losing. The easiest thing is to keep winning because everything comes naturally without thinking. … “I feel a bit better and I am desperate to play in this tournament because it is always special for me. The energy this tournament gives me is a bit different and hopefully you will see that on court.”

Can Rafael Nadal hit the reset button? Nadal feeds off his confidence, but it’s been lacking on his best and favorite surface… Nadal is 1-3 against top-10 players this year, and the highest-ranked player he’s beaten on clay is No. 35 Andreas Seppi. A title in Madrid or Rome would silence doubts about his readiness to defend his French Open crown.

Rafael, esto ya nos ha pasado muchas veces. Lo que tú me estás diciendo del cansancio ya me lo dijiste en 2009, y me lo dijiste en 2011. No es una novedad. La realidad es que en esta situación ya nos hemos encontrado: llevas el cansancio de haber hecho una gran temporada, llega la presión, los desajustes en el juego, eso te lleva a tener más intranquilidad… es normal que pase.

El tenista Rafael Nadal recorrerá el lunes la alfombra azul extendida en la galería acristalada del Palacio de Cibeles para recibir del Ayuntamiento de Madrid, en un acto solemne, el título de Hijo Adoptivo de la ciudad.

Photo via Divinity.com
Photo via Divinity.com

«Me encuentro bien. Aún me faltan un par de días de entrenamiento antes de mi estreno (seguramente miércoles), pero estoy más o menos contento de cómo me he entrenado. Y eso te ayuda a tener tranquilidad, aunque lo importante es tenerla cuando llega el día», sentenció.

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5 comments

  1. Keep positive Rafa and take one day at a time the past is the past focus in the present.! You look so lit up playing with Luca, I’m sure one day you will be a great daddy! I hope I make you smile and can’t wait to see and meet you in Toronto August 2014. keep healthy! Love from Toronot

  2. Just forget about any games you lost Rafa its not important. Just turn it round and concentrate on winning again you can do it Rafa wee all love you

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