- Rafa: “I Can Still Be A Dangerous Player” (via ATP World Tour)
“I always had the people around me,” reflected Nadal on his mindset as a teenager. “I listened to people who were trying to help me. I never was an arrogant guy. I never believed that I knew more than the people who were around me. They were older and they had more experience and they knew more about how things worked. I believed that one of the most important things I did in my career was listen to the people around me.”
- Nadal feeling “very close” to Slam-winning form (via AFP/Yahoo)
“After a tough year for me, I feel today close to being at the level of tennis where I have been in the past,” Nadal said. “That doesn’t mean I’m going to win but in terms of tennis, I’m closer than at any point in the past 12 months to playing at the level of tennis where I’ve been before. It might not be this week or next, but the results will come. The results will be back. I know that.”
- They Said It!: US Open Media Day (via US Open)
Rafael Nadal on getting his confidence back: “To have the confidence back you need to win. If you’re not winning, then you won’t have high confidence. To win you need to play well. To win a lot you need to play very well and have a lot of confidence, and I’m playing well today.”
- Top US Open Seeds Meet the Media in Flushing Meadows (via Tennis Panorama)
Nadal also clarified to press that he did not refuse to play with or against Nick Kyrgios in a charity exhibition for John McEnroe’s foundation.
- Rafael Nadal takes advantage on, off court (via USA Today)
What did his longtime girlfriend, Maria Francisca Perello, make of his steamy undergarment commercial, featuring skin aplenty? “I didn’t ask her,” Nadal retorts. Advantage, Nadal.
Can Rafael Nadal pull through at night? We all know Rafael Nadal has been struggling with his form this season. It’s been tough overcoming injury and his hardcourt season so far has been less than stellar. He says he’s feeling better though and he did win some rounds in Montreal and Cincinnati. But his opponent Borna Coric has a lot of upside. In fact, the 19-year-old won their only meeting in the Basel quarterfinals in 2014, 6–2, 7–6(4). Playing at Ashe under the lights, however, is a whole different experience and one that should favor the Spaniard.
- Top seeds headline historic opener (via US Open)
The 14-time Grand Slam singles champion arrives in Flushing off a so-so summer, losing in the quarters of Montreal and the third round of Cincinnati. Add in the fact that Coric won the only career meeting between the two, and you’ve got the ingredients for a potential early-round upset. Still, it’ll be a tall task for the teen to upset a guy who’s become so comfortable on the hard floors of Flushing. This should be a good one, but Nadal is a great one. Give Coric as set, but give Nadal the win in four.