- “I don’t know if the best Nadal will be back” (via Marca)
“I don’t know if the best Rafael Nadal will be back, but I’ll give my best to try to make that happen. After a series of injuries that kept me off the tour for some of last season, it’s difficult to analyse it in a positive light in spite of making the Australian Open final and winning Roland Garros”, stated Nadal ahead of his campaign at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.
- Rafael Nadal takes up Argentina challenge, with doubts swirling about his clay-court dominance (via oregonlive.com)
Rafael Nadal has fallen below Andy Murray in the ATP’s world rankings. This means the 28-year-old Spaniard is now bringing up the rear in the so-called Big 4, the exclusive club that’s dominated tennis’ major championships over the past decade. Should his fans be worried? Not about his ranking. Third or fourth or eighth, it hardly matters. Nadal — like the 33-year-old Roger Federer, whose all-time Grand Slam record he’s chasing — has said he’s no longer going to focus on achieving the number-one ranking.
- The Week in Preview: Dubai, Doha, Acapulco, Buenos Aires (via tennis.com)
Nadal will try to win his first tournament of the year in Buenos Aires. His toughest opponent could be Fognini; they’re scheduled to meet in the semis.
- 10 Things That Happened While Rafael Nadal Was Winning 52 Straight Clay-Court Semifinals (via Tennis Now)
- Rio Open to make changes after Rafael Nadal’s 3 a.m. rant (via The Star)
“Moving forward, we will look at how we schedule matches to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Fernando Soler, head of tennis at IMG, which partially owns the company that runs the event, said in a phone interview after yesterday’s final. “It’s not an ideal scenario, obviously, but there are rules that you have to abide by.”
We have come to expect him to win any and all clay tournaments he plays, especially one that does not feature Novak Djokovic. But after a 3:18 a.m. finish in the quarterfinals, Nadal complained of fatiguing early in his semifinal against Fognini and cramped in the third set. It was an understandable physical response, especially given the tough conditions in Rio.
- Rafael Nadal practices in Buenos Aires (via Argentina Open)
- Rafael Nadal practices in Buenos Aires (via BATennis)
- Rafael Nadal at press conference in Buenos Aires (via AudiovisualTelam)
- Visión 7 – Nadal en el ATP de Buenos Aires (via TV Pública – Argentina)
- Telefe Noticias, a solas con Rafael Nadal (via telefenoticias.com)
- Rio de Janeiro 2015 Story of the Tournament (via ATP World Tour)