- What it really means when Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams lose: Wimbledon 2014 (via oregonlive.com)
Nadal is right: everything is easier when you have nothing to lose — until it isn’t. That’s one of the signs that a rising young player is the real deal: when the match gets tight, as it inevitably will against a top player, he doesn’t flinch — or he does and then powers through anyway.
- What Rafael Nadal’s Loss to Nick Kyrgios Means for US Open (via bleacherreport.com)
There is a chasm between Nadal and other top players on clay. There is a slight separation between Nadal, Djokovic and the world’s handful of best players on grass or the hard court. Anyone who attempts to say Nadal will be “motivated” by his loss at Wimbledon is driving a nonsense narrative.
- Kyrgios Stuns Nadal To Reach Quarters (via ATP World Tour)
“I think in the second and the third set I was better than him, but I was not able to convert those opportunities. And for the rest, I think he played better than me. So, in general, talking about what you need to win in this surface, he did the things better than me,” said Nadal.
- Wimbledon: Kyrgios d. Nadal (via tennis.com)
Nadal did not play poorly, but faced a fearless opponent who didn’t let him play much at all. Nadal served 73 percent and denied two of the three break points he faced, but could not solve Kyrgios’ wrecking ball serve.
- Kyrgios encadena a Nadal (via El Pais)
“He perdido cediendo solo una vez mi saque y creándome oportunidades. No fui capaz de leer su saque. No pude poner los suficientes restos en juego. Sacó mejor que yo en los tie-breaks, como pasa cuando no tienes nada que perder. Ese es el resumen”, fotografió Nadal. “Le felicito… y a la playa”.
- Nadal Satisfied With Wimbledon Performance (via ATP World Tour)
Nadal now begins his preparation for hard-court events in North America. He is the defending champion of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati, and is also the reigning champion of the US Open. “After a few weeks I am going to start practice again to prepare another important part of the season.”
- Nadal: “No he sabido hacer más” (via El Pais)
“Me voy a casa habiendo perdido una vez el servicio y perdiendo tie-breaks por un punto. Tuve mis oportunidades, él las resolvió muy bien con el saque. No estoy enfadado, ni triste. No he sabido más… Cuando uno hace todo lo que sabe, no hay más. Cuando uno hace todo lo que puede, no se le puede pedir más. Yo lo he hecho”.
- Brain Game: Kyrgios Powers Past Nadal (via ATP World Tour)
Kyrgios also was the better returner for the match, hitting five return winners to Nadal’s zero. Kyrgios was quite often going deep into Nadal’s service games, returning 65% (87/134) of his returns for the match back into play while Nadal often struggled just to get a racquet on the Australian’s booming serve, only making 51% (72/140) back in the court.
- Tumultuous Tuesday: Sharapova, Nadal Shocked on Day 8 (via Wimbledon)
- First Ball In, 7/1: Brand New Face, Same Old Surface (via tennis.com)
Today a young Kyrgios made Rafa react the same way a young Rafa had once made Federer react. The kid might just make it, after all.