- Nadal Books Spot In Beijing Final (via ATP World Tour)
“I’m happy to be in the final obviously,” said Nadal. “It’s a good result for me, very positive one. And tomorrow is a match to enjoy.
“[This result gives me] a lot of important points for the [Barclays ATP World Tour Finals] too,” added Nadal. “I don’t say that I am qualified, but with that result I am much closer to being qualified for the World Tour Finals.
- Rafael Nadal beats Fabio Fognini in straight sets at China Open to reach first hard court final in 18 months (via Daily Mail)
Fognini said: ‘What happened in Hamburg is in the past, for sure. But I have nothing to say with him [Nadal]. I have all respect with him outside and inside the court. I was telling another time, the history was not against him, but against his team, especially the uncle.’
Nadal was quick, however, to play down any suggestion of any lingering issues with Fognini. He said: ‘I don’t know what’s going on, seriously. We had the issue that we had in Hamburg and that’s it. At the US Open, no problems. No problems today. It was a very easy match in terms of attitude for both of us. Very, very easy I think for the umpire.’
- Federer, Nadal In Same Half of Shanghai Draw (via ATP World Tour)
- Moya, Corretja Back Nadal To Come Back Stronger (via ATP Champions Tour)
Close friend and fellow Mallorcan Moya is also confident that Nadal can find a way transfer his strong practice form to the match court.
‘He just needs to win a couple of those tough matches, the ones he would always win in the past,’ he said. ‘He’s started losing those matches. It’s happened to all the players in the world but it’s a new situation for him. He’s healthy, which is the most important thing, but it means the problem is a mental thing. But I’m really sure he’s going to get over it next year. To get to number one again it could be tough because Novak is so strong, but for sure he will compete for Grand Slam titles again.
“We’re working on how he moves, but mostly we need to get his forehand back. That’s what he’s been missing the most this year. But recently at training it’s been better, we just now lack the safety of knowing that he can repeat those sequences over and over again.”
“Tennis is Rafael’s life,” Toni said. “As he earned enough money he could have picked whatever he wanted to, but he still chose tennis. Because he loves it.”
- October Surprises (via tennis.com)
Is he just getting older? Is the game evolving? Those two things are inevitable. Or can he, as Toni maintains, rise again with his old game? History says yes. But the recent history of tennis also says that change is good, even for veterans in their 30s. Rafa need only look at Federer’s work with Stefan Edberg, and Serena’s work with Patrick Mouratoglou, to know that you can teach an old champ new tricks.
- Novak & Rafa: The Rivalry (via ATP World Tour)
- Rafael Nadal beats Fabio Fognini to reach China Open final
- Nadal Got His Revenge by Beating Fognini in the Semi-final (via China Open)