- Qualifier Brown sends Nadal crashing out (via Wimbledon)
Lukas Rosol was ranked 100 when he beat the Spaniard in the second round in 2012; Steve Darcis was No.135 in the opening round a year later; in the last 16 just 12 months ago, Nick Kyrgios was No.144; and now Nadal’s string of defeats has reached a new low. Never before in any Grand Slam has Nadal been beaten by a qualifier – until the second round of Wimbledon 2015.
- Nadal Vows To Change “That Dynamic” (via ATP World Tour)
“I don’t have [any] more work here in London, so… If you want to use the house, [it’s] going to be free tomorrow,” he told the media with a laugh.
In good spirits despite the loss, Nadal maintains that he still has the motivation to improve his level and looks at the big picture when it comes to his relationship with the grass at Wimbledon.
“[It’s] going to be in my heart and in my memories forever, the 2008 final. That was probably one of the most important moments of my career, and [it] was here.
- The Unified Theory of Rafa (via tennis.com)
The game evolves, and it will evolve past Nadal one day. Maybe Rafa is starting to see that or feel that, and finding it harder to combat it with the weapons he has, and the strokes he learned 20 years ago.
For my own part, I still believe Nadal has more major titles in him, and another run up the rankings—he has slumped before and recovered. But this was the first time I’ve seen a healthy Rafa take a very bad loss, and thought that we should have seen it coming.
- On Centre Court, Paths Increasingly Diverge for Federer and Nadal (via New York Times)
“Rafa has too many highs and lows for the moment,” said Toni Nadal, his uncle and coach. “And so he doesn’t have the right feeling with the racket in his hand. Changing rackets is a possibility. We’ll see. We’ll do some testing.”
Nadal was asked what he would do if he could not get his career back on the upswing. Would he be prepared to play on with a low ranking?
“I’m not going to deceive you; I don’t know,” he said. “I think today it’s early for us, but hey, if it lasts for two years or more, then of course we will see what happens.”
Tim Henman, former four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist: “Rafael Nadal has struggled with confidence. When you have won 14 Grand Slams and 60-odd tour titles, it amazes me how fragile his confidence is.”
John McEnroe, three-time Wimbledon champion: “Rafa admitting publicly he was struggling for confidence – maybe that inspired players in the locker room. But I still believe he will win a few majors.”
Marion Bartoli, the 2013 Wimbledon women’s champion: “Rafa Nadal is too much of a champion to not come back to the level he played. He needs to find a reason why his forehand is not working. You can’t write him off.”
- Rafael Nadal told by John McEnroe to axe Uncle Toni and “get a new damn coach” (via The Telegraph)
Speaking on his BBC Radio Five Six-Love-Six programme: “Rafael Nadal is one of the great champions – a class act. He plays with a lot of effort and energy but, dare we say, is it time for some fresh blood in the Nadal camp? Can we say that? Uncle Toni’s going to be upset.
“I know that he has had other people – Carlos Costa, Francisco Roig, but athey have tried to gently persuade Uncle Toni – who has done a magnificent job since he was a little kid and told him it was a good thing to go left-handed – but clearly at this stage it would appear that some fresh ideas would be in order.”
After being told he was being diplomatic by co-presenter Tim Henman, McEnroe replied: “I’m saying get a new damn coach!”
- Rafael Nadal loses in Wimbledon’s second round
- Upset on Center Court: Brown defeats Nadal (via Wimbledon)
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