- Starting their Engines (via tennis.com)
Nadal is playing the long game again. It worked for him in 2010 and 2013, when he finished No. 1. Getting back to the top in 2015 is a long shot, but Rafa has obviously proven that the French Open is always within his grasp, no matter what his form is like early in the clay season. Already he can say that he’s ahead of his pace from last year: In 2014, he started the spring swing by losing to Ferrer in Monte Carlo and Nicolas Almagro in Barcelona. … Will form finally overcome history in Paris? Will Djokovic make good on his decade-old claim that Nadal is beatable at Roland Garros? We won’t have our answer until June. Until then, we have the race, which is the best part of all.
- Road to Roland Garros Breakdown Part 1 (via Tennis Now)
That’s Nadal. He’s perfected the art of falling off the horse and then, painfully and painstakingly, climbing back up until he is once again galloping and gobbling up titles—usually about this time of year. It’s never without drama or doubt, but always it ends with peak Nadal, a clay beast that is so physical, so fiery and so determined, that opponents basically cower at the sight of him. With three events left to go until the French, expect Nadal to be in Tasmanian Devil form by late May.
- Rafael Nadal: I am used to threat posed by Novak Djokovic (via Eurosport)
But as far as Nadal is concerned, 2015 is no different to 2013, 2012 or even 2011. “Djokovic was good in 2011, in 2012, 2013 as well as in 2015. Sometimes you win more and some you win less,” Nadal, who has triumphed at the French Open in nine of the last 10 years, told reporters at the Barcelona Open. “It is difficult to win everything all the time. Djokovic was as good then in 2011 as he is now. He had an impeccable year in 2011 as well as he is having in 2015.”
El cambio de raqueta era algo que quería hacer ya a principio de temporada, pero no pudo ser y hasta Miami no estuvo a punto. Al acabar Miamí ya las tenía en casa, las probé y ví que me iban bien u las use y le da más efecto a la bola aunque tiene menos control. Aún asi, no creo que los problemas vengan por las raquetas porque las anteriores gané todo lo que gané. Pienso que es un tema mental y tenístico.
- Full transcript of Rafael Nadal’s press conference (in Spanish and English)
- Aces and Faults (via SI.com)
Yes, he took a 6–3, 6–3 loss to Djokovic in the semifinals. But Nadal had his teeth in that match and forced Djokovic to play some of his best tennis of the week. That has to give the Spaniard some confidence. His form isn’t so far off Djokovic’s on clay right now and he has five weeks to improve until the French Open.