Rafa Roundup: Nadal wants to get back on top

Photo via Mercedes Cup
Photo via Mercedes Cup


Playing in his first grass-court match of the year with doubles partner Feliciano Lopez, Rafael Nadal overcame an early challenge from Rameez Junaid and Adil Shamasdin to move into the quarter-finals of the MercedesCup. They will face Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the quarter-finals after the Colombians edged Lukas Rosol and Dominic Thiem 7-6(5), 7-6(5).

Nadal admitted that he paid little attention to the final but he labeled as Wawrinka one of the fiercest competitors on tour. “I didn’t watch the match, I was practicing,” he said. “I watched a few games. “But obviously Wawrinka is a player that if you’re not able to let him play from the tough positions and if he’s playing well, I think he’s a player that hits the ball with more power on the tour. “It’s tough to stop him, it’s tough to have the control of the match against him. I think Wawrinka is a player that can create winners from everywhere. “When he’s playing well, he’s one of the best players in the world and he’s dangerous for everybody.”

Getting his feet on the grass as soon as possible isn’t a new scheduling choice for Rafael Nadal. How many times have we seen him practicing in Halle or Queen’s Club less than 24 hours after hoisting one of his nine French Open trophies? This year he got a few days rest after losing in the quarterfinals in Paris, but he’s back on grass as the top seed in Stuttgart this week.

Top seed Nadal is making his ninth grass-court tournament appearance after Roland Garros. The nine-time Roland Garros champion (70-2 record) comes into Stuttgart after his 39-match winning streak in Paris was snapped by Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals. He has a 53-15 career record on grass (.779) with three titles.

“I must improve my level of tennis, my intensity on the court,” Nadal said on Monday. “If I can do that I’m confident that I can return to my best level.”

AUDIO: Rafael Nadal in Stuttgart – Pre tournament interview



  1. Rafa is playing well and so far he’s playing better he’s a fighter and will fight his way back to the top ! Good luck Rafa and keep positive !

  2. Vamos the Mercedes Cup Rafa. I will be praying for you. I hope they show your game on TV tomorrow in Perth, Australia. I am an old lady but I keep awake to see you n Roger play. God bless you. Your Aussie Nana or Granny. 😀😊

  3. Vamos Rafa conseguiras nuevamente estar en el top del tennis porque eres un verdadero champion

  4. I have hope for his return to the top four. I am thinking positive, no negativeness allowed!!! Everyone has a slump now and then. He is Human😍😍

  5. Remember the sign at Wimbledon “Si puedos encontrate con el Triumpho yla Derrota a estos dos impostores de la misma manera “. By Rudyard. Kipling. You have met those criteria often Rafa and will again. Our best love to you The Rafa Nadal Fan Club , Winnipeg, Canada……We are all old gals and love you ….just the wY you are..Mind you a great win at Wimbledon would give us a great lift. believe, resolve, you know the drill..go for it!

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