I’m going to work hard with the right attitude to play better than what I did today. I’m going to try. I will be happy if I finish the season, take one week and a half holidays, and to practise one month with perfect conditions to try to start the next season with positive feelings.
- Toni Nadal: “Mi adiós está cerca” (via planetatenis.es)
Tengo una edad que ya estoy cerca de ‘dejar las pistas’ se retire Rafael o no. Supongo que seguiré vinculado con el mundo del tenis. Rafael abre una academia en Manacor así que supongo que me dedicaré a trabajar allí.
- Nadal desafina ante Klizan (via El Pais)
El español dejó Pekín con un balance positivo de su primer torneo después de tres meses de parón por una lesión en la muñeca derecha: le falta ritmo de piernas y claridad de ideas, pero el general del juego no está resentido y parece listo para cuando el cuerpo le permita intentar imponer su velocidad de crucero.
- Return Game – What Rafa’s loss to Martin Klizan means, and doesn’t mean, to Steve Tignor (via tennis.com)
As a lefty, Klizan can take Rafa’s best shot, his cross-court forehand, and send it right back with his own forehand. Today in Beijing, he did that with interest, and finished with 33 winners to Nadal’s 21—his return of serve was especially devastating. Klizan, even when he was behind, never appeared to lose the belief that he had the game to beat Rafa. … For his career, he has won just three tournaments held after the U.S. Open, and two of those came in 2005. No wonder Nadal said today that he didn’t expect to win this one.
- Where have all the heart-throbs gone? (via The Daily Telegraph)
There’s not a footballer, cricket star or swimmer who deserves a universally hallowed spot on a bedroom wall. If they’re not roasting, it seems either they’re Botoxing or Stillnoxing. Rafael Nadal, the gentleman of gentleman’s tennis, would be the notable sporting exception. The man is a pure delight to watch, his exquisite manners unfurling in the most taxing of situations, such as a straight sets defeat. An insouciant shrug and a handshake as the Spaniard leaves the court and all the ladies in the grandstand topple like dreamy dominoes.
PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal out of Beijing