- Nadal: “If I Don’t Win, Life Continues” (via ATP World Tour)
When asked if his recent struggles have led him to consider a split from his coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, the Spaniard was quick to reiterate his priorities (family first!) and shoulder any potential blame. “I won with him all my life,” he said. “I have had the same team for all my career. I cannot predict tomorrow, but my coach is more my uncle than my coach. Family is more important than tennis. If things don’t go well, it’s not because of the coach. The fault is mine because I always have support.”
- Nadal: ‘Obviously today I’m not as good as I (was)’ (via AP/Yahoo)
Nadal added that he would never fire his uncle. “No. It’s not only my decision,” he said. “That’s a decision of two people, not only one. Don’t forget that Toni is more my uncle than my coach. If in any moment of my career I change some member of my team, it will not be because I am losing or winning,” Nadal added. “It will be because there is not enough motivation for one another.” Nadal has had the same staff his entire career. “And I don’t think my career is a bad career,” he said. “If I’m not playing that good today, it’s not because they’re not doing the right job. I don’t know if I will be with my uncle until I finish my career because I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,” Nadal added. “I cannot predict what will happen tomorrow. But I’m not thinking about changing my coach today.”
Sin embargo, Nadal se olvidó del presente y echó la vista atrás para hablar de su equipo. “Jugué bien con la ayuda de esa gente. Siempre tuve el mismo equipo en toda mi carrera, y la mía no es una carrera mala”, precisó el ex número uno. El español señaló que el tenis va después de la familia: “No sé si estaré con mi tío hasta el final de mi carrera, no sé tampoco lo que pasará mañana”. “Y recuerden, mi entrenador es más mi tío que mi entrenador. La familia es mucho más importante que el tenis”.
- Rome Masters 2015: Can Djokovic and Nadal maintain grip on Eternal City? (via The Sport Review)
However, Djokovic anticipated that the familiar Nadal would be back to winning ways come Paris. “I expect Rafa to play well in any tournament on clay. Yes, he did not have the start of the clay court season he hoped. He sets high standards and people look for those from him. He loves playing Madrid and he always peaks at Roland Garros.”
- Ciao, Nole (via tennis.com)
Rafa is teetering at No. 7 in the rankings, and he has runner-up points to defend; a title could bump him up, an early defeat would leave him even more vulnerable as he goes to Paris. Rafa will start against Marsel Ilhan, a qualifier from Turkey ranked 87th. Assuming he wins that, his next match could come against the ever-aggravating John Isner.
- Andy Murray backs Rafael Nadal to succeed in French Open (via sport360.com)
“On that court (in Paris) he has only ever lost one match, so when the French Open comes round he’ll be one of the favourites. It is maybe closer than it’s been in previous years, but I wouldn’t write him off. He showed enough this week to suggest that with two good weeks of work and good results in Rome, he can go all the way at Roland Garros.”
- Rafael Nadal practices in Rome (via Internazionali BNL d’Italia)
- Rome 2015 Preview Interview Nadal
- Emirates ATP Rankings Update 12 May (via ATP World Tour)
- Rafael Nadal Pre-tournament Press Conference – 2015 Rome Masters (via gazzetta.it)