Rafa Roundup: Nadal playing with new Babolat racquet in Monte Carlo

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Today was a good test for me. The result was easy, but the match was not easy and the opponent was not easy. I was able to win with a very positive score. … I don’t know how many unforced errors I did during the whole match, but for sure almost none. I played with the right mentality, the right concentration. I didn’t have mistakes in a row.”

“Today, I played solidly,” said Nadal. “Today, I played with no mistakes in a row. I played aggressively when I had to play aggressive. I hit some good passing shots than in the past couple of months. It is a thing that I haven’t been doing very well. I will go back to the hotel with a fantastic feeling, because I played probably the best match of the year for me… I played with the right mentality and the right concentration.

Following his loss to Fernando Verdasco in Florida, Nadal returned home to practice and changed his racket. He said he had thought about the change for a while but could not start playing with the new model earlier because it was not ready. ”With this new racket, I have less control,” Nadal said. ”Not today. In theory I have less control. In theory I have more power and more spin.”

Rafael Nadal cruises past Lucas Pouille to reach third round in Monte Carlo (1)
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Para cerrar, juego en blanco para Nadal y, lo que es más importante, una amplia sonrisa y tres toques de autoafirmación en la cámara en la que estampó su firma. Lo dice él: “Aún tengo pasión por el tenis”. Y la tierra es su reino. Con esta última suma ya 326 victorias en 351 citas (93%). El mejor porcentaje de todos los tiempos.

«No cambio la raqueta desde hace mucho tiempo, ya no recuerdo cuándo. Es un cambio para tratar de conseguir más efectos. Los agujeros entre las cuerdas son un poco más grandes que en la otra. Es cierto que con esta nueva raqueta probablemente tengo menos control. En teoría, consigo más potencia y más efectos», explicó.

“A match made in heaven,” Steve Flink says. “There could be no sharper contrast.” Indeed, the idea of a Pete vs. Rafa throwdown generates a lot of curiosity and speculation, but not a lot of consensus as to how it would play out. That shouldn’t be a surprise, considering that the two are tied with 14 major titles apiece, and each has dominated one Slam—Nadal at the French Open, Sampras at Wimbledon.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal cruises past Lucas Pouille to reach third round in Monte Carlo



  1. Rafa YOU are doing to good congratulations in your win you are the King of clay you can do it VAMOSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. RAFA all the way to the finals vamosssssssssssssssssssssss

  2. Rafa is playing more like the winning Rafa he’s always been!!! He looked great out there. John Isner proved to be a tough competitor, but Rafa had the answers!!! VAMOS RAFA!!! Sigue jugando as!!!

  3. Very positive comments from our champion,
    Rafael . This indicates a stronger frame of mind and better belief. That is what sport is about! Confidence . The colours of his gear did him justice, he looked fabulous . Good wishes against John Isner . Vamos Rafaaaaaa

  4. More spin is great, less control not really. But Rafa will do the right thing. All the best for tomorrow. Vamos!!!

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