- For Rafael Nadal, Serenity Now, Victory Later (via The Wall Street Journal)
“I try to give some tranquility,” Toni Nadal said. “I think we are not too far from making a good tournament. We are not too far from his best level and only we need a little more confidence and to win.”
Whatever happens at the Open, Toni Nadal said he is not worried about the future.
“I don’t know if his game will come back here in the U.S. Open, but I am sure that his game will come back,” he said. “I don’t know in one tournament in two or in three, but he will come back.”
Indeed, Nadal’s manner of play, at its best, had the feel of a street fight. No matter how polite off court, on it he had a Terminator’s focus, a grinding need for supremacy that bordered on punishment. Part of his appeal was a commitment so total, strokes so demanding, that injury was all but guaranteed. His body might break down, but no one could doubt his full mental presence.
Now? Rafa is Hamlet. He has more questions than answers, a perspective at odds with the world he once ruled.
- US Open Day 5: Nadal, Djokovic In Action (via ATP World Tour)
- Three to See: 2015 U.S. Open, Day 5 (via tennis.com)
- Day 5 lineup is loaded (via US Open)
- Kasatkina Embracing Lucky Loser Role (via WTA)
With recent history of Russian tennis talent like Anastasia Myskina, Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Elena Dementieva, it would easy to assume Kasatkina would look to them as idols. Not so. She has her eyes on only one player.
“I love to watch Rafael Nadal,” Kasatkina said. “My favorite. Today I will go to watch him. He’s unbelievable. A lot of people say he pushes the ball, but he never does. He hits full power with the spin. His character, he is a fighter. An unbelievable fighter.”
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