- Nadal Kicks Off Miami Title Quest With Win (via ATP World Tour)
“In general, I think I played a solid match,” he said after braving extreme wind gusts. “I played well. I had good movement. I had to put the balls in and play with no mistakes; that was the idea today with very tough conditions. Almagro was not an easy opponent for the first round. I am happy for that.”
- Impressive Nadal Cruises Into the Third Round (via Miami Open)
Nadal twisted his left ankle during practice Monday. While it wasn’t deemed a serious injury by trainers, Nadal said the next day that it was painful and he wasn’t sure the impact it might have on his play. Friday, he said his ankle had improved “50 percent” and that it didn’t limit his movement against Almagro.
- Nadal Tames Wind and Almagro to Reach Miami Open Third Round (via Tennis Now)
Even in calm conditions, Nadal can be a beast of an opponent, but the combination of his twisting topspin and the whipping wind left Almagro looking tormented as Nadal cruised to his 11th victory in 12 meetings with his compatriot.
- Nadal progresa entre volandas (via El Pais)
Si había alguna duda de cómo iba a reaccionar tras el contratiempo del pasado lunes con su tobillo izquierdo, Nadal responde desde la velocidad y el dinamismo, rapidísimo, con apoyos sólidos y sprints que desdibujan progresivamente a Almagro. Piernas, piernas y más piernas por parte del balear.
- Nadal’s apology to Gala León (via Marca)
Rafael Nadal has issued an apology to Spain’s Davis Cup captain, Gala León, in relation to remarks he made last week at Indian Wells, which he claims were “completely misconstrued” by the media. “I felt bad; in fact I felt I had to send her a message. It annoys me to have to send someone an apologetic message when I spoke to her three days earlier at Indian Wells. That’s why I’m not going to make any more comments“, Nadal said after winning his opener in Miami on Friday.
- Nadal se disculpa con Gala León (via El Mundo)
Rafael Nadal se disculpó con la capitana española de Copa Davis, Gala León, tras unas declaraciones la pasada semana en el torneo de tenis de Indian Wells que, aseguró, fueron interpretadas “totalmente al revés”. “Me sentí mal, de hecho tuve que mandarle un mensaje. Me disgusta tener que mandarle un mensaje pidiendo disculpas a alguien cuando he hablado tres días antes con ella en Indian Wells. Por eso no voy a hacer más declaraciones”, dijo Nadal el viernes tras estrenarse con triunfo en el torneo de Miami al vencer a su compatriota Nicolás Almagro.
- Weatherman Nadal compares playing conditions at Indian Wells, Miami (via tennis.com)
“During my career I had more success in Indian Wells than here. I think I won three times, played another final, and couple of semifinals. Indian Wells has been a tournament that worked better historically for my game. I think the bounces are higher. But here I played four finals, another quarterfinals. “I cannot say a tournament that I don’t like. I like here. I like the conditions. There is some days that can be very humid and hard for the body, but in general they are the conditions I like to play tennis. Sea level, hot, no—no problem.”
- Rafael Nadal Attends Players’ Party in Miami
- Rafael Nadal beats Nicolas Almagro to reach Miami Open third round
- Nadal habla sobre su partido con Almagro (via El Nuevo Herald)
- Nadal habla sobre el público de Miami (via El Nuevo Herald)
- Miami Open: Rafael Nadal’s press conference
- Miami Open – Friday Highlights feat. Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray (via TennisTV)
- Watch Rafael Nadal’s Hot Shot Against Nicolas Almagro
- Nadal’s Hot Shot Defence Against Almagro
- Rafael Nadal instructs ballkid to pick up his fallen water bottle (via USA Today)
- Miami 2015 Friday Promo (via ATP)
- Camera Ready: Backstage with Rafa, Andy & Grigor (via CNN)