Rafa Roundup: Nadal nervous ahead of opener in Basel

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But you won’t find Nadal bemoaning his misfortune. “If I were annoyed, would it help? If you get negative, you don’t work with the right energy,” the 28 year old told media at the St. Jakobshalle Basel. “So I prefer to be positive and do as I did during all my career. … “I have to do the surgery (to remove his appendix), but let’s see how I feel here. I’ve been practising for three days. I’ll try my best and let’s see if I can be competitive.” … “It’s going to be one of the most dangerous first rounds in a 500 tournament that I’ve played in a long time,” admitted the Manacor native. “I am not 100 per cent sure what is going to happen tomorrow. I haven’t practised well enough or enough times. My body feels more tired than usual when I’m playing.”

This is the first time in 10 years Nadal is playing in Basel. As an 18 year old in 2004, while ranked No. 48 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Nadal lost in the first round to Rainer Schuettler. The year prior, he lost in the first round to Feliciano Lopez in a third set tie-break. … The Spaniard has a 46-10 match record on the season, including 18-5 on hard courts. He has won four titles in 2014: Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and Roland Garros.

En fin y hoy, Rafael Nadal regresa a Basilea y al Open suizo, donde debuta a las 18:30 horas tras concierto de Paul Anka. Enfrente va el italiano Simone Bolelli, número 77 de la ATP y 0-3 ante Nadal: pero le ganó un set en 2009 y en Rotterdam: pista cubierta, como Basilea.

Tengo algo de miedo por la reacción de mi cuerpo a nivel competitivo, porque la adrenalina brota durante un partido y te acelera. Ya me pasó hace unos años, que tuve problemas musculares tras tomar antibióticos“, destacó. El español dijo a la televisión suiza RTS que prefiere no pensar en la sucesión de problemas físicos que jalonaron su carrera. “Tengo que tener una actitud positiva, siendo negativo no se arregla nada”.

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REMINDER: Nadal vs. Bolelli – What time does Rafa play? / ¿A que hora juega Rafa?

5 comments

  1. I really think that Rafa should have the surgery as it can be very dangerous if the appendix ruptures. Rather get fully healthy then play, as much as we want to watch him. I’m actually very surprised that he is being allowed to play, especially at the standard of these tournaments. Take it easy Rafa, get better first.

    • Absolutely right…. as much as we love him and love to watch him well, he MUST be 100% fit to take all the tournament-stress!!!

  2. Rafa shouldn’t be playing Basel. He could have had surgery after Beijing and won a lot of time. Struggling with appendicitis and playing in not a good condition doesn’t help him and it is very dangerous if he has a rupture. Frankly, I don’t know what his team is thinking. I only want the best for Rafa and to be healthy as soon as possible and this is not the way to do it. Please have surgery asap!!!

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