- Brain Game: Rafa’s Brilliance On Backhand Return (via ATP World Tour)
The Ad Court offered similar targets with 12 second serves directed down the middle to Nadal’s backhand return, eight jamming at the body and only four mixed out wide to the forehand. Kukushkin only won 35 per cent (18/52) of his second serve points for the match as Nadal’s improved backhand return dominated this micro-battle. Nadal put back in play 76 per cent (61/80) of all points starting with a backhand return which was slightly higher than the 72 per cent (39/54) from the forehand side. This is where the genius of Nadal lies – adding layers of pressure, which silently build throughout the match.
- Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer title hopes hit by Wimbledon schedule row (via The Guardian)
Wimbledon risked the wrath of its seven-times champion Roger Federer and two-times winner and world No1 Rafael Nadal on Saturday night by making a scheduling decision that could affect their chances of adding to their grand slam tally. Having made an early decision because of rain to postpone third-round matches involving Stan Wawrinka and John Isner, organisers decided late on Saturday night to hold back the bottom half of the draw to be fair to all players.
- A World Cup Juggling Act in the Wimbledon Schedule (via NY Times)
Nadal’s public relations manager, Benito Perez Barbadillo, said that Nadal never requested a particular start time so he could watch his team play but that he “clearly prefers that his matches don’t interfere” with Spain’s games. … “We have a lot of players from a lot of countries. Is everyone going to be able to see every match they want to? No. But we’re human beings, and we’ll try to help if we can.”
- Nadal se “cansa” de las críticas por dejar tiempo entre los puntos (via Mundo Deportivo)
“No me siento señalado. Creo que (Novak) Djokovic está igual de señalado que yo”, afirmó Nadal, que insistió en que “los árbitros tienen que dictar lo que es justo, porque, si no, lo que haces es menospreciarlos, decirles que no hacen bien su trabajo”. “Si voy lento, que me penalicen, y si no voy lento que no me penalicen”, zanjó el mallorquín.
- Kyrgios “Overwhelmed With Happiness” Ahead Of Nadal Clash (via ATP World Tour)
“It’s going to be really exciting. The crowds here are great. You know the fanatics are going to be going absolutely berserk. That will be a lot of fun. “You know, I think my serve is going to be a massive, massive part of that match. I think I have been serving really well, so I think that’s going to be the main thing.”
- The Best Of Day 6: Serena Stunned, Roger Rolls (via Wimbledon)
“I am confident I can do it again.” Those are the words of Rafael Nadal, the two-time champion having moved into the second week for the first time since being runner-up here in 2011.
- Wimbledon Day 6 recap: Cornet stuns Serena; Rain, darkness delay matches (via SI.com)
- Sachin Tendulkar enjoys Nadal match at Wimbledon (via inbnlive.com)
Tendulkar was seen engaged in conversation between the points with Strauss as Beckham was sitting with another England soccer legend Sir Bobby Charlton. At this time of the month every year, Tendulkar normally spends some time in London. He always makes it a point to drop in at the SW19 to watch the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal live in action.
- Chart: Novak Djokovic And Rafael Nadal Are Chasing Roger Federer In Career Earnings (via Yahoo Finance)
- The Best Job In Tennis? (via ATP World Tour)