- Federer, Murray, Nadal Continue Grass Swing In Halle And London (via ATP World Tour)
The last seven champions of the Aegon Championships are entered in this year’s tournament. The strong field is led by five Top 10 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings: World No. 3 Andy Murray, No. 4/Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka, No. 8 Milos Raonic, No. 9 Marin Cilic and No. 10 Rafael Nadal.
- Can Rafa Nadal save his 2015 season on British grass? (via Reuters/Eurosport)
“My main goal is finish the season healthy. Try to have the chance to play the full season. I am confident that… I’m gonna have a much better second half of the season than what I did in the first six months. Mentally, I feel strong. I have the motivation to be back to my best and I feel… my body is ready for it. Today I am the No. 10 in the world and I have only played six months… and more than half of that six months (I played) very badly. If I am able to be No. 10 playing that badly, if I am able to play a little bit better I will be higher.”
- Rafael Nadal hopes for another quickfire return with his grass game (via The Guardian)
“My knees are fine. It’s obvious that, if my knees are fine, I have chances to compete well. Grass is probably the second surface where I had most success in my career. I feel comfortable. Today I don’t have physical limitation like I had in 2012 and 2013, so that’s important.”
But one thing nobody seemed to figure into their calculations is that, at age 29, Nadal simply may have been a little tired, or perhaps even somewhat spooked, by his own outlandish record on clay. He was struggling before he hit the clay, no doubt about that. And perhaps, being the King of Clay, somewhere deep in that red clay soul, Nadal didn’t really feel like he had to go out and prove anything as he wrestled with his problems.
Now he stands at No10, his lowest ranking since the spring of that remarkable 2005. But here is where the other side of the rankings sword comes into play. Nadal can now contemplate an upturn in his fortunes—precisely because of the downturn he suffered last summer. He has only 280 points to defend until the end of the year so even if he falls short of titles, even of finals, at the two Majors and four Masters ahead, he can only gain.
- Rafael Nadal sounds a Wimbledon warning with grass victory over Victor Troicki in Stuttgart (via The Independent)
The clay-court season is usually the time when Rafael Nadal makes ground on all his rivals, but could this be the year when he turns his season around on grass? … While most of the top players rested in the first week of the new three-week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon, Nadal opted to play in the inaugural grass-court event in Stuttgart. The world No 10 has always been a player who needs matches more than practice and boosted his confidence by winning the Stuttgart title.
- Nadal Surprises London Students (via ATP World Tour)
“It is always fun to play with kids and I’m happy I could be here today to support British Tennis and the Schools Programme,” said Nadal. “It was nice to see the smiles on their faces. I have my own foundation, which offers educational programs to the deprived, with a common denominator: sport. It’s a great way to be introduced to sport in schools and I hope I can inspire more to play tennis.”
- An interview with Rafael Nadal – Queen’s 2015
- Stuttgart 2015 Sunday Interview Nadal (via ATP World Tour)
- Press conference Rafael Nadal 2015 Stuttgart Final (via HD Tennis TV)
- Highlights: Rafael Nadal Wins 66th Title Over Viktor Troicki – Stuttgart 2015 (via ATP World Tour)
- Nadal’s Best Points Top 20 – Mercedes Cup (via NadalPower)
- ATP Re-launches Flagship Website (via ATP World Tour)