- French Open will not boost Nadal’s seeding this year (via tennis.com)
Grand Slams can potentially adjust seedings, like moving up players who have previously done well at the event, but only Wimbledon regularly does so, using a grass-court formula to determine player seeding. “We thought about it,” the French Open’s tournament director, Gilbert Ysern, told L’Equipe. … However, Nadal is not in the same position anymore, according to Ysern, who explained, “In 2013, he came in injured. Today, it is his sporting level, it seems, which has fallen. He is not hampered. So, we will not adjust the seedings in his favor.”
“At the French Open, Rafa for me is still the favourite alongside Djokovic who has been playing so well. “Even though his (Nadal’s) form is not as good as in previous years, I still believe when the French Open rolls around he is going to be very difficult to beat,” he told a news conference in Istanbul.
- Rafael Nadal faces French revolution from the imperious Novak Djokovic (via The Telegraph)
Ridiculously, the tournament is unlikely to change its policy of matching seedings with world rankings. So the most successful player in its history – a man with a mind-boggling win-loss record of 66-1 at Roland Garros – will probably go in as either the No 4 or No 5 seed, depending on results over the next couple of tournaments. Should the draw go against him, Nadal could find himself playing Novak Djokovic, the favourite and world No 1, as early as the quarter-finals.
- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova: Can they still win the big ones? (via oregonlive.com)
Is his recent form real? That’s what everyone wants to know. He had similar problems early in the clay-court season last year and went on to win the French Open for a record ninth time. With a new racquet that offers him even more power and spin (!), he certainly can do that again.
- King of Clay: The Numbers (via The Tennis Notebook)
The point of all these numbers was to look at the big picture and address two major questions. First, should we panic about these losses? I am not panicking yet. Nadal has two major tournaments left on clay before the grand slam. On average, he has not performed terribly but during those losses, every aspect of his game suffered. He stated many times in press conferences that he needs to capitalize on the break chances and needs to find his confidence and rhythm. All of this is evident.
- Bumps in the Dirt Road (via tennis.com)
As for Rafa, I don’t think I’d ever seen him look as intense or intent as he did in his presser on Thursday. He left no doubt, if you ever had any, of his desire to play his best again—you accept the setback and learn from it, he said, or you die. That he can still have that attitude after winning nine French Opens says it all about him, doesn’t it?
- There’s more and more at stake in the racquet front (via theyellowballcorner.blogspot.fr)
Uncle Toni: “Comparing helps to improve. With this racquet, one can factually measure progress and see where the mistakes are. Often, I see he’s playing too short but I don’t know why, because the human eye can’t see everything and also remains subjective. But with those data, it’s objective. It helps me to see where he actually hits the ball. It also helps for the training sessions…”
- Rafael Nadal accepts defeat, but he’s determined to keep it from becoming a habit (via oregonlive.com)
He will be the co-favorite, with Djokovic, at the French Open next month. No one will be surprised if he’s holding up his 10th trophy when it’s all over. But the days when Nadal dominated the clay-court season are over, and we all know where this ends, if not exactly when. You accept it or you die, Rafa said after his defeat Thursday. Was he telling himself — or the rest of us?
- Rafa Nadal, estrella de Lo que de Verdad Importa (via mallorcaconfidencial.com)
- ‘De Rafael a Nadal’ se presentará en el Mutua Madrid Open (via Madrid Open)
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