- Coaches’ reactions to the men’s singles final (via Roland Garros)
Toni Nadal: “At the end of the fourth set, Rafa was cramping up everywhere and he almost couldn’t go on. We really had to fire him up because we knew that if he didn’t win the fourth, he’d lose the fifth because Novak was stronger than him physically. At the end of the match, when he came up to me in the stands, he told me that we needed to get the doctor to come and see to him because he was really, really exhausted.”
- With “positive energy” and “the highest possible motivation” (via Gerry Weber Open)
“It’s an honour for me to be part of it. I arrive in Halle with the highest possible motivation.” Nadal will meet Germany’s Dustin Brown in his first match on Thursday. “That’s a dangerous draw,” said the 28-year-old from Majorca. “It’s not the perfect entry into the tournament because Dustin is such a tough opponent. You never know what to expect with him. He plays with a lot of inspiration, very aggressively. It’s going to be a really big challenge for me.”
- Time to Say Uncle (via tennis.com)
On Sunday, Rafa was widely praised for winning his 14th Grand Slam title. What went unmentioned was that his uncle had won his 14th Grand Slam title as a coach. We spend a lot of time wondering whether Rafa could one day be considered the greatest player of all time. But we might want to start asking another question: Is Toni Nadal already the greatest coach of all time?
- Rafael Nadal’s mind-boggling French Open dominance in one beautiful graphic (via USA Today Sport)
- Rafa Nadal: “Ver a la gente feliz me da mucha energía positiva” (via AS)
Hombre… a mí lo que sí me gusta es ver a la gente feliz. Mi carácter es que mientras a mi lado vea más gente feliz, pues más felices estamos todos. Ver a la gente feliz a mi alrededor es algo que transmite y que me da energía positiva.
Los amigos son los que están contigo habitualmente y los que conoces desde niño. Con Djokovic no tengo un roce diario. Pero puedo decir que es un buen compañero.
- Nadal, convertido en estatua de tierra batida (via ABC)
- Roger Federer: Happy for Rafael Nadal (via tennisearth.com)
“I was very happy for him because it’s tremendous what he proves on clay every year. You have to raise your hat to him. For me, it was clear before that he is the favourite. Now, everybody says that it was evident that he’ll win. But before it was said that he can’t play tennis anymore because he had lost on clay twice. Therefore, I think it’s nice that he proved them otherwise.”
- Roger Federer: “Todo el mundo dice ahora que era evidente que Nadal ganaría Roland Garros” (via 20minutos.com)
Me alegré mucho por él porque es tremendo lo que demuestra en tierra cada año. Tienes que quitarte el sombrero ante él. Para mí, estaba claro antes que era favorito. Ahora, todo el mundo dice que era evidente que él ganaría. Pero antes se dijo que no podía jugar más al tenis porque había perdido en tierra batida dos veces. Por eso, creo que está muy bien que les demostrase lo contrario.”