Rafa Roundup: Did Hugh Jackman take a selfie with Rafael Nadal?

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“When Rafa is healthy, grass is good for him. People say that Rafa can’t play well here, but maybe that’s because those people have a small memory,” Nadal’s uncle and coach, Toni, said. “He made the final in 2006, 2007 and 2008, then he didn’t play in 2009, and then he made the final in 2010 and 2011. He made five finals and then we had problems with the knees.”

It took the Spaniard about a set to figure out that his favorite lefty forehand pattern through the Ad court was going to have to be downgraded to a secondary pattern to get through this match. A clear example of Nadal’s adjustment was his serve direction in the Deuce court, where Klizan hit 13 forehand returns for the match but had to defend 49 backhand returns, often times stretched out wide in the alley. Nadal mixed much more in the Ad court with Klizan hitting 30 forehand returns and 27 backhand returns as Nadal was able to better match up his hard lefty slice against the dangerous forehand return.

Match of the Day: [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d Martin Klizan (SVK) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 — It wasn’t the highest quality of matches, but it was perhaps the most significant win of the day as Nadal broke his run of bad luck at the All England Club following his second- and first-round exits in 2012 and 2013.

“El primer resto ya fue una bomba de drive. Fue sobre un segundo servicio a 90 [millas, unos 144 kilómetros por hora]… y pataplam. Pensé: ‘¡Pues vaya!”, describe gráficamente el inicio del partido Toni Nadal, tío y entrenador del español. “Hoy en día la gente está muy dispuesta a jugarse el resto muy rápido”, subraya. “Contra Klizan, el segundo saque no fue lo suficientemente bien. Rosol también está dispuesto a jugar al límite. Eso te deja en manos del azar. Nos ha tocado un cuadro de gente dispuesta a pegarle muy rápido”.

Rafael Nadal has 14 Grand Slam titles under his belt and more than $70.5m (£41.5m) in prize money in his bank account, but the passion that continues to drive him to the greatest heights burns as fiercely as ever. A single rally in his first-round victory here over Slovakia’s Martin Klizan showed why the 28-year-old Spaniard might just be the most ferocious competitor in tennis history.

“It’s Nadal who has to win, I have nothing to lose. I can create another surprise. I want to impose my style on him. The shorter the rallies, the better for me. Nadal is the king of clay. But he is more vulnerable on other surfaces, especially grass. If you want to beat one of the big stars at a Grand Slam, the early rounds are the best.” The match in 2012 was a bad-tempered affair with Rosol and Nadal involved in an ugly shoulder charge at the net. “When we see each other, we say hello. That’s all but I don’t have any problems with him,” said Rosol.

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9 comments

  1. Thanks to Rafael Nadal Fans Club for directing me to ESPY yesterday. Just like all of my fellow admirers of Tennis Genius Personified, also known as Rafa Nadal, I voted for him for Best Male Tennis Player and International Player of the Year categories. Proudly! I join with the rest of the fans of Rafa in praying for his 3rd title in Wimbledon this year. Vamos!

  2. I voted Rafa on Espy yesterday as well and Rosol is so full of himself, he is ranked at # 52 and he has something to boast about and the next round he was thrashed and out of Wimby, let’s se what he can do and how many players he can win this tournament, I don’t think he can beat Rafa this time,he has nothing to lose because he’s # 52 and really has nothing to lose.

  3. I guess Rosol likes to trash talk.. I have never heard that from the top tier players.
    They always respect their opponents and their skills set and try to adjust accordingly.
    I didn’t realize that Rafa beat him in straight sets this year at Doha. So they have played
    since Wimby. When they played 2 years ago there was a 35 minute break before the fifth set to close the roof. Then Rosol was knocked out in 3 sets against Kohlscheriber in the next round. Rafa wins at RG 2 weeks before and then he has to play in another grand slam
    2 weeks later. This sport is always more demanding for the champions. I’m glad they
    pushing back Wimby 1 week for 2015 but that isn’t enough. Again, there isn’t adequate
    time to turn around and practice on grass for this tournament. No wonder it took an
    Englishman (or Scotsman) 77 years to close the drought last year. The fresh grass is a
    punishing surface for anyone with knee issues. I look forward to the match tomorrow
    and hope Rafa continues to stay healthy!

  4. Rafa you are a true champion both on and off the court! We will always be with you. Don’t worry about what others say, focus on yourself and your tennis. We love you! 🙂 Vamos!

  5. Rosol. I thought your behaviour on court was appaling that year with Rafa, you spat you spun round and all over the place;; , not a pro:at all . quite frankly we all saw, how well Rafa, behaved take a leave out of his book . you were a disgrace to Wimbledon, and tennis.

  6. Rosol…regardless of results tomorrow…a bit rich coming from a guy ranked 52,to a guy who has won 14 slams all on different surfaces, n who is unanimously regarded one of history’s best. Classless.

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