At his peaks in 2015 – admittedly a rare sight – Nadal has looked physically and technically excellent, but his inability to sustain that level has been borderline shocking at times, particularly in the string of defeats that saw him lose his French Open crown and bow out early at Wimbledon.
So if it’s true that he has his mental strength back? Well, that’s pretty much all he was missing. Let’s hope it proves so, at least, because tennis has been poorer this season for his absence from the top table.
- Nadal Relishing Montreal Memories (via ATP World Tour)
Looking to put an “up-and-down” first seven months of the year behind him, the Spaniard hopes to push forward on the North American hard courts.
“Hamburg had been a positive week for me. Mentally I was stable all week, something that I wasn’t able to do very often this season. My mental powers have been up and down more. Hamburg was not the case and I’m working well.”
“This season I had so many important moments and I had the chance to get positive feelings in matches that I lost.”
- Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic take to intimate Court 9 at the Rogers Cup, and cause gridlock (via Yahoo Sports)
Compared to the singles matches on the two big show courts, the action on Court 9 Monday on the first day of the Rogers Cup was star-studded – even if it was doubles.
None of the crews were complaining about the rather basic conditions – a long way from the players’ box at Wimbledon. And the crowd was loving every minute of it.
- Nadal, Djokovic And Murray Double Up In Montreal (via ATP World Tour)
The Spaniards needed one break of serve and 29 minutes to win the opening set. Undeterred, Berdych and Sock saved five break points in the second set before edging Nadal and Verdasco to force a Match Tie-break.
- 2015 clay-court season by the numbers (via Roland Garros)
Most career titles on clay (players in activity in singles) : Rafael Nadal (47, +2 in 2015), David Ferrer (12, +1), Nicolas Almagro (12), Roger Federer (11, +1) and Novak Djokovic (11, +2).
- Francis Roig: “Nadal Puede Volver Al Mismo Nivel Que Tenía” (via ATP World Tour)
“Puede volver al mismo nivel que tenía”, aseguró Roig. “Le falta continuidad y mejorar su juego, como los desplazamientos y estar más rápido, pero lo veo capaz. No ha perdido el nivel porque le falte fuerza, movilidad o fortaleza mental. Está capacitado para darle la vuelta, estar competitivo e intentar ganar torneos del Grand Slam, que al final es su objetivo”.
“I just think Rafa needs to get a little bit of a different view point,” Stefanki told CNN when asked about Nadal, who sports a 2-6 record versus top-10 foes in 2015. “Not getting rid of Uncle Toni, either. I don’t think that’s a good thing. He should probably stay around.”
“I would bring in somebody that knows the type of game that Nadal has to play now to get back,” said Bollettieri, Agassi’s former mentor, to CNN. “Maybe bring in somebody that hears all the gossip on the street, that knows what’s going on. But I certainly wouldn’t change the foundation.”
- 2015 Rogers Cup – Rafael Nadal’s Pre-Tournament Interview
- The WAGS of Court 9 – Rafa’s girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello was also there (via Open Court)