- Nadal Enters Unfamiliar Territoriy After Rome QF Loss (via ATP World Tour)
“I didn’t have enough luck,” he said. “In some moments, he played aggressive. He hit amazing shots in a lot of moments. He was on fire for a moment; lots of amazing shots. I congratulate him. I lost in the quarter-finals, but I had two weeks in a row playing well.” … “The only thing that I am sure of is I’m going to try,” said Nadal. “The goal in Paris will always be the same one. I feel I’m playing well. I am confident that if I am able to play without nerves – I didn’t play with nerves today, I didn’t play with nerves most of the time the last three weeks, and that’s the most important thing for me.”
On Monday, Nadal dropped out of the top five in the ATP rankings for the first time in 10 years — falling to No. 7. That will give him a tough draw in Paris, where play starts next weekend. “I am ready to accept the challenge,” Nadal said. “If I go to Roland Garros (and) I lose (and) I don’t play well, life continues. It’s not the end of the world. I won so many times there. I don’t want to (win) 15 Roland Garros. That’s for sure. It’s normal that I can lose. Losing is part of life.” But, he added: “I am sure that I can be competitive.”
This is the first year since year since 2004 that Nadal will go into the French Open without having won a Masters 1000 title. By the time he plays his first match at Roland Garros, nearly three months will have passed since he won his lone title of 2015. He has been so good on red clay for so long that the scenario seems almost unreal, and that will be about the only thing going for him as he embarks on his quest to win the French Open a preposterous 10th time. Maybe his rivals will be as nonplussed as his legion of fans. Only a fool would count him out.
- Nadal: “Luché hasta el último minuto, pero sentí que no era el día” (via Mundo Deportivo)
“La bola estaba más tiempo en el cordaje de lo que estoy acostumbrado últimamente, viniendo de Madrid y jugando aquí todos los días con calor y sol. La bola estaba muy poquito tiempo en el cordaje, salía muy rápido”, dijo. “Me ha afectado jugar de noche”, apuntó tras añadir: “era el peor escenario jugar de noche contra él (Wawrinka), pero ha sido así desgraciadamente. Históricamente en este torneo no tengo mucha suerte con los horarios.” … “(En Roland Garros) puedo jugar mal, perder pronto, pero voy a luchar e intentar luchar para tener un buen torneo”, subrayó. Y matizó: “Cuando digo que puedo hacerlo no me refiero ganar, sino jugar bien. Y si juego bien, puedo ser competitivo y si puedo ser competitivo, todo puede pasar” concluyó.
- Rafael Nadal is still man to beat at French Open, says Roger Federer (via The Indenpendent)
Rafael Nadal may have admitted in recent weeks to a crisis of confidence, but as far as the Spaniard’s greatest rival is concerned he remains the man to beat at the French Open, which starts in eight days’ time. “Regardless of what anyone says to me he’s the favourite,” Roger Federer said here at the Rome Masters. “The guy’s only lost [at Roland Garros] once in 10 years. There’s no way past that guy being the absolute favourite for that tournament.”
- ATP Rome Quarter Final Highlights
- Stan Wawrinka Hot Shot 2015 Rome – Almost Tags Nadal (via ATP World Tour)
- Rome Masters QF: Interview with Rafael Nadal (via Gazzetta TV)