- Nadal Sets Murray Clash; Ferrer Beats Gulbis (via ATP World Tour)
“I played with passion and motivation even if the feeling was not perfect,” said Nadal. “That’s always very good news, because when you have a lot of opportunities during the match, you keep fighting, trying to find solutions. That always means that you really want to win.”
- Nadal through in three sets again, this time over Youzhny (via tennis.com)
”Get used to (it),” Nadal said of his recent struggles. ”With the years that’s the normal thing. Everybody suffers. That’s part of the sport.” ”I play against one of the top players in the world after two tough days,” Nadal said. ”If I play well I’m going to have my chances, if not I’m going to spend the weekend (at home) in Mallorca.”
- How have Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray gone three years without playing? (via USA Today Sports)
Nadal faces, and dispatches, a lot of players on clay. With Murray not getting far in clay-court events, there’s less opportunity to play Nadal. Both of these have an obvious counterpoint: Neither factor has stopped Murray from playing Djokovic or Federer 17 times since last facing Nadal. Whatever the reason, the Murray-Nadal drought is an unfortunate oddity that gets rectified on Friday. Finally.
“He jugado un día de noche y con bastante viento y hoy de día con un huracán. Es complicado encontrar así buenas sensaciones, jugando con estas condiciones. Y si a esto le unimos un cambio drástico de condiciones entre Madrid, donde la bola es mucho más viva, y lo que sucede aquí, esto hace que las cosas sean complicadas”, refirió.
- Audio – Rafael Nadal: “Estoy encontrando otra vez la pasión”
- Remembering Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s Classic Match at 2006 Rome Masters (via bleacherreport.com)
Federer was 24 years old and at the peak of his powers. He had accumulated seven Grand Slam titles. Nadal was 19, the defending French Open champion and in the midst of his legendary 81-match winning streak on clay.
- Rafa Hits An Impossible Shot Against Mikhail Youzhny
- Rafa vs Youzhny Last Point
- My Roland Garros – Favourite place
- My Roland Garros – Playing on clay
- Interview with Rafael Nadal
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