- Nadal Ready To Hit Top Form On “emotional” Paris Return (via ATP World Tour)
“This place is the most important place in my career,” said Nadal, a winner of 13 Grand Slam championships. “It’s just always very emotional when I have the chance to be back here and it’s always going to be great news when I am in Paris to play Roland Garros. I’m very excited.”
- What They Said (via Roland Garros)
Rafael Nadal: “During the clay court season I get a little bit better week by week. Last week in Rome, it was tough physically. I played a lot of time, but in the end sometimes you need these things. I was not that happy about what I did in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, but that’s sport. The dynamic is positive, so that’s always important for confidence. I felt that in Rome I was able to play without the nerves, the anxiety that I had in the first two tournaments and at some moments in Madrid, too. So that’s always a positive thing.”
- Nadal, Djokovic Learn Roland Garros Draw Fate; Wawrinka In Nadal’s Half (via ATP)
- Nadal could face three clay conquerors at 2014 French Open (via tennis.com)
- French Open draw winners and losers (via SI.com)
A rematch of last year’s French Open final could come in the quarterfinals, with No. 5 David Ferrer landing in Nadal’s quarter. In fact, two of the men who beat Nadal on clay over the last month — Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro — are in his quarter of the draw. His projected semifinal opponent is Wawrinka. Federer would have been the easier path there.
- Can Rafael catch Roger? (via ESPN)
Let’s do the math: Nadal turns 28 on June 3, about the time he’s usually closing in on the French Open title. Federer has reached four major finals since turning 28 and won two. Rafa’s knees are the wild card here, but most experts queried were willing to grant him two, maybe three, more French Open crowns and pointed to his performance in the other Grand Slams as the key to the final tally. Most of them believe Federer might have one more in him, particularly the next two years at Wimbledon.
- Ten Storylines To Follow At Roland Garros 2014 (via Wimbledon)
- Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams Attend 2014 Roland Garros Draw
- Roland Garros 2014 – Rafael Nadal practice session
- French Open flashback: Rafael Nadal’s clay-court domination, Steffi Graf’s final Grand Slam triumph and more at Roland Garros (via Daily Mail)