- Stronger Tsonga Takes Down Nadal In Shanghai Semis (via ATP World Tour)
Nadal, meanwhile, further solidified his place among the elite eight in his quest to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for an eighth time, following a run to the final last week in Beijing with a semi-final finish in Shanghai. He passed Tomas Berdych for fifth in the Emirates ATP Race To London.
“I lost against a player who played very well,” said Nadal. “I congratulate him. He was a little bit better than me and that’s why he is in the final.
“In general, it has been a very positive two tournaments, [reaching the] final and semi-finals in tournaments that are not easy for me. I was able to win a lot of matches, but not only win matches, but play at a very good level again. I think it has been one of the most positive two tournaments in a row on hard court of the year without a doubt. The feelings are that I am getting better and better.”
- Rafael Nadal knocked out of the Shanghai Masters as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins in three sets to reach the final (via Daily Mail)
Nadal said: I think these have been one of the most positive two tournaments in a row on hard court of the year without a doubt, especially for the feelings. The feelings are that I am getting better and better.
‘I am enjoying on court. I lost, but I am not very disappointed because I was able to enjoy every match and play with the energy that I want to play and do the things that I want to do.
‘I am really satisfied the way that I finished that two tournaments, and I think was a very good warm-up for the beginning of next year.’
After Nadal easily won the second, Tsonga broke him again to go up 6-5 in the third and then got to match point with a diving volley that clipped the baseline. He closed it out when Nadal dumped a backhand into the net.
“I was there until the end. Was not the day to win,” Nadal said.
- Making, and Taking, His Own Luck (via tennis.com)
Nadal, rightly, still focused on the positives in his own play, and in the results he’s seen this week. He knows that you need a little luck—you need to make your own, and you need to take what your opponent gives you. Yes, confidence is about believing that you can take your forehand early and hit it past your opponent. But it’s also about believing in the more nebulous concept of “destiny.” You control what you can control—the emotions, the nerves, the points—and trust that the things you can’t control won’t go against you in the end. As I said, for many champions, this bedrock confidence comes naturally, but that’s not always the case with the ever-realistic Rafa. He needs proof. At this stage in his career, the only moral victory is winning.
- Nadal Hits Hot Shot Past Tsonga (via ATP World Tour)
- Nadal Stops, Drops and Rolls at Net vs. Tsonga (via Tennis Now)
- Shanghai 2015 Saturday Highlights (via ATP World Tour)
- Nadal ha perdut la semifinal del Màsters Mil de Xangai (via IB3)