Rafa Roundup: Positive Nadal hopes to be 100-percent fit for Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on during his men's singles first round match against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine during day two of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on June 16, 2015 in London, England. (June 15, 2015 - Source: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe)
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“I was a break up in the third, and then he played some good points,” said Nadal. “I missed a few balls… Nothing to say against me. I played against an uncomfortable player in the first round here and I had my chance. I didn’t play a bad match, but matches here are sometimes decided by just a few things, and I was not lucky enough today. I probably didn’t play enough aggressive when I was up a break at 4-3.”

“The good thing is that I am positive mentally,” said Nadal, who last won the prestigious tournament in 2008. “I’m playing well and I hope to have some more good days of practice here and then some good days at home,” he said. “I’m going to come back strong and get a good week of training before Wimbledon and I hope to be 100 percent fit to play at Wimbledon. Today was a good motivation for me. I lost today when I had the chance to win, but that’s it, that’s tennis on grass.”

“I never played more than this (on grass) before Wimbledon,” the Spaniard told reporters. “The year I played five matches, that was the year that I won (at Queen’s) in 2008 and this year I already had five matches. There is nothing very negative. I won a tournament last week. This week I lost an opportunity, but, my feeling, my thoughts are no different today than yesterday. I am better, I am playing better than before and enjoying more on court than before.”

Big Real Madrid fan Nadal admitted he was proud to have ex-Bernabeu boss Mourinho in his corner, along with former Spanish king Carlos, but said it would not be appropriate to seek sporting advice from the current Chelsea manager. Mourinho backed Nadal in his continued quest for top form, telling BBC Sport: “I’m Rafa’s friend so I have to say I’m not happy with the match. But I’m happy with the Rafa I saw.” … “I feel thanks for them being here, I have a great relationship with the king, Juan Carlos, and it’s great he’s here,” said Nadal. “I have a very good relationship with Jose too, when he was coach of Real Madrid, so it’s the same there too. It’s good to have supporters in the crowd but that’s not an inspiration, not an extra pressure.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16:  Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts in his men's singles first round match against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine during day two of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on June 16, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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  1. Rafa said it himself – he wasn’t aggressive enough. Question is why? Because the guy can’t accept or doesn’t see that he can no longer dominate from the baseline cuz he’s old for christ’s sake. He needs someone to tell him to change his game style or drop in the rankings like a stone. Man, is he ever in major denial. Pathetic.

    • Oh get real – he lost a match two days after winning a title. It’s hardly the end of the World.
      The guy has won 66 titles and 14 Grand Slams – what more do you want from him?

  2. In reply to J Beer in regard to 2014, are you taking into account his various injuries and his appendix operation and subsequent recovery from all of that, I, for one have not had enough of Rafa and will continue to support him in bad times and good times, you will never get a sportsperson of his calibre in every respect, so don’t be mean and consider what he went through in 2014

  3. Rafa’s win loss record post 2014. Just for your information, cause it explains why many of his fans including me, have had enough: 39-16. That’s a win rate of 71%, which is 10% below his average. I already pointed out that a few percents make the difference. Well, it’s more than a few in Rafa’s case.

      • Nice to see that you’re only a glory supporter. Rafa isn’t losing on purpose.

        If you only support someone when they win, that doesn’t make you a true fan in my opinion.

  4. Hello all Rafa fans and Rafa himself, yes the match was yours to win/lose but you are playing much better and intensity is back and can only get better with more matches and so glad that you won doubles too, best of luck at Wimbledon, and lastly just keep your team as it is as you/they have an incredible record of success so why change anything!!!

  5. Rafa I can’t see you loosing. You were ahead in the final set at 4-2. You lost four games in a row. That was disappointing. In the ninth game the score was 15-40 in your favour & then missing a forehand, when it’s looking you are going to win that point. So rafa you have to work hard to win the Wimbledon. I know you can do this. Don’t do the unforced errors like that. Now focus on Wimbledon. Remember the year 2008 in which you lift the Wimbledon trophy. Vamos rafa.

  6. Good to hear him staying positive. He knows that he lost a match that was his. There were a lot of great tennis from Rafael, Happy to see him and Marc Lopez win their doubles match. The more court him he can get the better. All support for Wimbledon.

  7. CONGRATULATIONS dear Rafa on your Doubles win w Marc L. !!!!! : ) Vamos Rafa … 6:4 6:4 is a nice swift win! Very happy you won across the net from Raonic…… I was unable to watch the match because none of the live stream, or ESPN3 covered that court…. but just following the LIVE SCORES I could tell it was a simple, lovely win!!!! Best wishes & enjoy your next Doubles. VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!! : )

    ps: “a new fan” wrote a long letter this evening and after I read it two times I realized it sounded a lot like J.Mac, and his none wisdom style of surface talk…..It seems he has been trying to hook up w your team and catch a financial ride on your hard well earned success.
    That’s not going to help anybody but the “helper” ….: )

  8. Take rest and than we will support you in Wimbledon! We are always behind you! You are a big fighter, you are an inspiration for all your fans! Vamos Rafa <3 <3 <3

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