Rafa Roundup: Nadal’s funny reaction after smashing the ball into the crowd

Rafa Nadal's reaction after smashing the ball into the crowd

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“I think I started the match in a perfect way, in the second set he made more mistakes than usual,” reflected Nadal. “But, talking about myself, I played a solid match and was very good with my backhand. Yesterday I played a great match and today was a good confirmation that I play better, that the forehand starts to fly again, the top spins as well. A lot of positive things.”

“Lo positivo es que he vuelto a tener la sensación de competitividad, de luchar, de pelear, de sentirme bien conmigo mismo en la pista, mentalmente, sufriendo cuando había que sufrir, aceptando las adversidades. Desde la pelea y el sufrimiento se ha llegado a un buen nivel de tenis”.

13-3: Nadal’s record against Djokovic on clay. The Spaniard has taken four of the last five, while the pair have split the last two. 311-23: Nadal’s record on clay, which includes 44 titles and a 51-match winning streak in clay-court semifinals. 138-39: Djokovic’s record on clay, which includes 8 titles.

“Today was a good confirmation that I really played better. … A lot of positive things,” Nadal said. “Djokovic is playing great and it’s going to be a really tough match.”

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5 comments

  1. What a gentleman! Love his cute facial expression! Vamos Rafa, trophy is yours to hold!!!!

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