- Verdasco Knocks Out Nadal To Reach Miami Fourth Round (via ATP World Tour)
“Today, my game in general improved since a month and a half ago. But at the same time, I’m still playing with too many nerves in a lot of moments, in important moments. I was anxious on court… I wanted to be there. I tried in every point, but I was not able to relax myself, calm myself.”
- ‘Nervous’ Nadal: ‘Something I Need To Fix’ (via ATP World Tour)
“It’s something that I need to fix for myself and with my team. I need the help of my team, but especially I need the help of myself. That’s what I am trying to do. Nobody’s going to change the situation for you.”
- Why struggles could help Rafael Nadal (via ESPN)
In theory, Nadal will return to the clay and find his game as he generally does every year. But it may not be as easy to turn theory into practice this year. Nadal missed a good portion of the back end of 2014 with a wrist injury and an appendicitis. He’s had plenty of time to get his game sorted out over the past few months, but it hasn’t happened yet. It isn’t about forehands and backhands now; it’s about his confidence and the pressure he feels if it isn’t at an adequate level. … At his age and with his résumé, Nadal has no pressing need to worry about ranking points, ATP Masters Series titles or his head-to-head with fellow top-10 players. He may not have all the time in the world — a sub-par clay-court season would certainly complicate his situation. But as his clay-court proficiency shows, Nadal is patient, hard-working and determined.
- Rafael Nadal reveals why he’s been in tennis slump (via USA Today)
What’s the problem with Rafael Nadal’s tennis game of late? The Spaniard admitted in a weekend press conference that he’s lost confidence and feels anxiety during certain points in the match, which has, in turn, led to this dismal tennis slump he’s in. … Since winning his ninth title at Roland Garros last year, Nadal has made it to just one final (his win in Buenos Aires). He’s only been in two semifinals since then too. (Of course, Nadal missed some time at the end of last year with various injuries, so he hadn’t played as many tournaments as others, but the stat is remarkable nonetheless.) … Rafael Nadal is down, but he’s far from being out.
The loss means Nadal could drop out of the top five following Miami depending on the results of Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and David Ferrer.
- Verdasco Stuns Nadal In Miami (via Tennis Now)
Suffering his earliest exit on Key Biscayne since losing to Mallorcan mentor Carlos Moya in the 2006 second round, Nadal sounded like a man ready to embrace the dirt. “At this point of my career I won enough things to say I don’t need to win more, but I want to do it. I want to keep competing well. I want to keep having the feeling that I can be competing for every tournament I gonna play, and I have the motivationto do it. Obviously clay is surface that I had some success, and I hope to be ready for it again.“
- El vía crucis de Nadal (via El Pais)
“He sido capaz de controlar mis emociones durante el 90 o 95 por ciento de los partidos de mi carrera… Pero voy a arreglarlo, no sé si será en una semana, en seis meses o en un año, pero voy a hacerlo”, dice Nadal, entre la élite desde los 15 años; “esto se trata de un juego, no es tan importante. Lo que es seguro es que no voy a ganar 30 Montercalos, 20 Barcelonas y 16 Roland Garros”. … “Es algo que debo arreglar con mi equipo”, indica. “Necesito la ayuda de mi equipo, pero sobre todo lo que necesito es la ayuda de mí mismo. Eso es lo que estoy tratando de hacer. Nadie distinto a mí puede cambiar esta situación.”
Por la cesión de los derechos de imagen, Rafa Nadal percibirá 700.000 euros al año. … García Tejerina confesó que habían pensado también en otros deportistas como Pau Gasol y la selección española, pero que finalmente optaron por la figura del tenista tras visitas a Estados Unidos y a China donde varios grandes operadores de esos países coincidieron en Rafa Nadal como la mejor elección para la promoción de los productos españoles.
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- Miami 2015 Sunday Hot Shot Verdasco (via ATP World Tour)
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- Introducing…the Official Wimbledon Poster 2015 (via Wimbledon)