Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal Has Nothing to Lose Against Novak Djokovic

Photo: Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
Photo: Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

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The third-seeded Nadal improved to a 53-3 record at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament as he defeated Ferrer in two hours and 45 minutes. … He is looking to win his 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown and his first in almost 12 months, since triumphing in Madrid. Nadal is through to his third semi-final of the season. The left-hander captured his 65th tour-level title on clay in Buenos Aires in February (d. Monaco).

“I love this court. I love the tournament. I am in the semi-finals again. That’s a very, very, very positive result for me, especially the way that I get to the semi-finals. Let’s play the match of tomorrow, try my best, fighting for every ball. I am ready, I going to do my best as I do all the time. I know is a big, big challenge, but I don’t have nothing to lose tomorrow.” … “I think, without doubt, this tournament have been the best tournament since the beginning for me in terms of concentration, in terms of nerves, general nerves. I didn’t play with that nerves that I was playing with in the previous tournaments. I felt in the important points I have been able to play the way that I wanted to play. Today is a very important victory for me for the confidence for the next couple of months.”

¿Volverá Rafael Nadal a la cumbre? Tal vez. El futuro no espera y en los dos próximos meses, con París en el horizonte, llegará la respuesta definitiva. De momento, lo que sí certificó el español con su triunfo frente a David Ferrer (6-4, 5-7 y 6-2 en dos horas y 45 minutos)… Después, otro paquete de advertencias para salir definitivamente de la jaula y volver a batir las alas, golpes poderosos y profundos que terminaron por liquidar a Ferrer. “Estás bien, estás bien”, le decía el alicantino, voz amiga, durante el apretón de manos final. El campeón gana poco a poco confianza.

No two rivals in ATP history have met more than them, and on the eve of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s heavily anticipated Monte-Carlo semifinal, we take a journey inside the numbers of this storied rivalry.

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Julian Finney/Getty Images

El tenista mallorquín Rafael Nadal jugará al tenis con más de una veintena de aficionados, entre clientes de Movistar y empleados de Telefónica el próximo 29 de abril en Madrid.

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10 comments

  1. Nothing to lose? He must have been dreaming. It’s bad enough he and his team can’t get the hang of novak’s game but this stubborn refusal to bring in an outsider to help is just dumb. Clay is his last stronghold. If he can no longer beat novak on his favourite surface, he may as well retire.

    • @femigol your words are so harsh…. I don’t think Rafa deserves them….unlike Djokovic he has been through a lot of injuries throughout his career and recently, as well….never understimate the King of clay, besides he has already earned for forever this title because of his astonishing achievements on this surface

  2. Well played Rafa 💗 against Djokovic. No problem. Gud to c u in the semifinals. Der is always a tomorrow. U r the best. Der r more matches ahead, n v need to get der. Keep the confidence going. 🌷🌸🍀🍀🍂🌹🌻🌺🌼🌽🌷🌷🌷

  3. Go all out Rafa as there is nothing to lose!! Everything is possible with you Rafa as you are the best!! Vamos Rafa!!

  4. You are on your way back to the top win or lose it will help with your confidence many seeds have been defeated in this tournament but you are still here Good Luck you are the best whatever the results x

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