- ATP Week in Preview: Beijing, Tokyo (via tennis.com)
Expections are obviously not high for Rafa this week, but after the Big 4 debacle at Flushing Meadows, it will be good to have him back. He starts against Richard Gasquet on Tuesday; this would seem to be a golden opportunity for the Frenchman to record his first win over the Spaniard since they were 13-year-old Little Aces (he’s 0-12 against Rafa as a pro). But I still wouldn’t bet on Reeshard.
- Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Winners and Losers to Begin the Asian Tennis Swing (via bleacherreport.com)
It’s almost at least a yearly tradition to point out that Rafael Nadal is coming back from injury, but each and every time is a celebration for tennis fans around the world. In this case, the fans of Asia will see Nadal make his return after a right wrist injury caused him to miss the entire U.S. Open series. … Win or lose, Nadal will draw the eyes and attention of the sporting world. Tennis can only hope that he will be at his best moving forward to compete for more big titles.
- Nadal Ready For Beijing Return: “I Am Much Better” (via ATP World Tour)
No. 2 seed Nadal opens his China Open campaign with a 13th FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter against Richard Gasquet, seeking to improve to 13-0.
- Analysis of Rafael Nadal’s Head To Head domination over Roger Federer; and what it means for the GOAT debate (via sportpulse.net)
What is in no doubt, and all tennis fans can agree on, is that we have been lucky to have two great champions in the form of Nadal and Federer to grace the tennis court for the past decade; and serve up glorious matches such as Wimbledon 2008 that will live long in the memory even after these two stalwarts of the game have retired.
- Nadal regresará al circuito ante Gasquet (via Marca)
Rafael Nadal regresará oficialmente a las pistas la próxima semana en Pekín, torneo donde parte como segundo cabeza de serie y donde tendrá que debutar frente a un viejo conocido como Richard Gasquet. El balear, que no compite en el circuito desde Wimbledon, ya ganó este torneo en 2005. … “Sólo siento un poco la muñeca cuando empiezo a jugar cada día, pero luego desaparece. Estoy bien y en buena forma para competir de nuevo…
- Tennis Without Rafael Nadal isn’t Tennis (via Sports Blog)
And you can bet that all eyes will be on the Spaniard when he retakes the court this week in Beijing. Realistically, don’t expect great results from the king of clay just yet. He’ll be rusty and these courts tend to give him trouble. But that doesn’t mean that tennis won’t be more of an attraction. Rafa’s back and the world is about to take note.
- Rafael Nadal Attends 2014 Beijing Player Party
- Rafael Nadal loses in doubles
- Rafael Nadal’s Saturday press conference in Beijing
- Rafa practices in Beijing (Photos: China Open)