- The unthinkable becomes reality for Spain (via daviscup.com)
Rafael Nadal turned on his television at home in Mallorca on Sunday for the final day of Spain’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off against Brazil and proceeded to watch something he had not seen since he was 12. For the first time since 1999, Spain suffered a shock defeat on clay with Thomaz Bellucci the local hero as he clinched a 3-1 victory for Brazil which condemned the five-time champions to relegation. Nadal’s absence due to a wrist injury is one of the reasons why depleted Spain now find themselves in Euro/Africa Zone Group I, a level they have not been a part of since 1996.
- Nadal, Murray set for returns this month (via tennis.com)
Rafael Nadal is scheduled return to action this month, playing an exhibition in Kazakhstan the week before Beijing. The Spaniard will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, according to the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation. The two will hold a clinic for young players in the city of Astana, as well as an autograph session for students during a two-day trip.
- Toni Nadal: “Moyà ha sido demasiado buena persona, debería haber presionado mucho más” (via puntodebreak.com)
“Ahora no tiene nada, lo único que a la hora de pegar el revés no tiene que pegar a máxima intensidad por precaución. Está a un 8o por ciento. Si ahora hubiese un torneo esta semana, no lo jugaría. El 24 (de septiembre) tiene una exhibición en Astana (Kazajistán) y después juega Pekín y Shanghái” .
- Andrea Guerrieri: “Mi ispiro a Rafa Nadal” (via spaziotennis.com)
PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal practices in Mallorca (via @bluemathilde)