- Toni Nadal backs Rafa to add to his two Wimbledon titles (via sport360.com)
“If Rafael had beaten Kyrgios, maybe he could have won the tournament because it’s just a couple of balls that made the difference. It wasn’t the same as last year when Rafael couldn’t run and he played really badly. This year he could have beaten everyone and he had chances to beat the best players in the world. I think Rafael normally plays better here in the second week than the first week, but we played against a very good, difficult player who made 37 aces.” … Asked if Nadal remains psychologically confident on grass, his coach said: “Yes. We have had many problems in 2013 and 2012 but this year he played well. We know when we come here that it’s very difficult. Not just for Rafael, but for everyone it’s difficult to play on grass.”
- Rafael Nadal: Have we seen the best of Spain’s world No1 at Wimbledon? (via The Guardian)
Winning the French Open and Wimbledon back to back is an incredibly difficult thing to do. Nadal’s done it twice but before him, you have to go back to Bjorn Borg in 1980 to find the last man to double up. Borg also did it in 1978 and 1979 but before that only Rod Laver, in the Open era, has managed it. … With the likes of Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and now Kyrgios beginning to come through, Nadal may find it tougher and tougher at Wimbledon in the future and the days of back-to-back finals are probably over. But there has probably never been a better competitor in the sport and it would be no surprise at all if we see Nadal in the final one more time.
- Rafael Nadal Still Having Great 2014 Season Despite Major Upset at Wimbledon (via bleacherreport.com)
This year, Nadal is already 41-7 in ATP World Tour events, winning four titles. He was able to keep proving he’s the greatest tennis player ever on clay by winning his ninth French Open title, and he made it all the way to the finals at the Australian Open, where he lost to Stanislas Wawrinka. Recently, Wimbledon hasn’t been kind to Nadal, but that hasn’t kept him from having great seasons in the past. Nadal hasn’t made it to the quarterfinals since 2011 at Wimbledon, but he’s won four more Grand Slam titles and made it to the finals in three other Grand Slams since. Nadal was simply beaten by a young and athletic opponent that he wasn’t prepared for. As tennis analyst Brad Gilbert noted, Kyrgios was just dialed in from the start, and his serves were a big reason for his success throughout the match.
- Rafa Nadal, nombrado hijo ilustre por el Consell de Mallorca (via diariodemallorca.es)
La presidenta de la institución, Maria Salom, ha destacado que Nadal es uno de los deportistas más relevantes de la historia y un ejemplo de “tenacidad, esfuerzo y espíritu de superación”. Además, Salom ha ensalzado “su honradez y nobleza”, que le convierten en un modelo de “deportividad, tanto dentro como fuera de la isla”.
- Rafael Nadal stops off for tapas in South Kensington between Wimbledon matches (via standard.co.uk)
Owner Abel Lusa said Nadal has been going to the restaurant since he was a teenager and had already been “a few times” since arriving in London for this year’s championships. The player’s favourite dishes were octopus and wild turbot, he said. “Hopefully we’re expecting him many more times in the tournament. It’s crazy for us, every year with the fans coming every day at the door,” he added.
- Wimbledon 2014: Nick Kyrgios admits Rafael Nadal win left him tired (via The Sport View)
“[The Nadal match] had a pretty big impact,” said Kyrgios. “I was struggling physically about halfway through the second set. I was feeling sore in a couple of places. “I have nothing left to give. Beating Rafa took a lot out of me but I will work on my fitness and conditioning.”
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