- Nadal Makes Strong Start To Defence; Faces Thiem Next (via ATP World Tour)
The 27-year-old Nadal is looking to become the first player to win the Roland Garros title five straight times, and next confronts Austrian young gun Dominic Thiem. The 20 year old, playing in just his second major, made his Roland Garros debut with a 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-2 win over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. “I heard very, very good things about him,” said Nadal. “I didn’t see him play, but I know he’s a young player and he’s a very dangerous opponent.”
- Nadal demolishes Ginepri on ”great” Suzanne Lenglen Court (via Roland Garros)
“It doesn’t matter a lot which court I play on,” acknowledged Nadal, who confessed he thought the rain would prevent him getting on court at all. “Playing Roland Garros is always a pleasure for me, really an honour and a special feeling. It doesn’t matter if it’s Chatrier or Lenglen or another court, it’s always going to be great around here – and Lenglen is a great court.”
Nadal would be well within his right to say something to the effect of: “I’ve won this event eight times in nine years. What more do you guys want from me?” But that’s not Nadal. To call him understated would be, well, an understatement. Before this could become the tournament’s first cause célèbre — triggering any number of conspiracy theories — Nadal repeatedly said it was no big deal. He didn’t think it was snub. Hey, let’s just play tennis.
- Courier: Nadal has never bought into his own greatness (via The Tennis Space)
“One of Nadal’s strengths is that he’s so humble, that he’s surprised at what he has achieved, and that he has never bought into his greatness. He’s always felt as though he’s he has to earn everything, on a match to match, and point to point, basis. That’s one of the marks of his genius, that he’s convinced himself that he can’t rest on his laurels.
- Nadal on Suzanne Lenglen Court – shock or…not? (via Roland Garros)
“It’s pretty weird,” commented the No.10 seed John Isner, when asked for his view on the alleged controversy. “How many times does he have to win the tournament to play on Chatrier?”
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