- Nadal And Berdych Qualify For Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (via ATP World Tour)
Just two spots remain in the eight-man field at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych have secured their places at the Final Showdown.
Nadal qualified for the season finale for the 11th consecutive season after reaching the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters, one week on from a runner-up showing at the China Open in Beijing (l. to Djokovic).
Q: What are the major changes in your preparation?
A: We’re training on more specific things we hadn’t done in recent years. Returning from closer to the net, trying to concede less court. I’m trying things, even though they don’t always work perfectly. But between now and next year I have time to further develop the changes.
Q: You have seen how many times people have prematurely written off Roger Federer. Do you feel you have been prematurely written off?
A: I don’t know if I have been prematurely written off, but I don’t worry much about it. I go my own way and don’t care if people write me off. In the end, they are all opinions and everyone is entitled to have their own. All opinions are valid, providing respect is shown. But sometimes that has been lacking.
- Nadal: “Sé quién soy y sé lo que he hecho” (via Marca)
P. España está obligada a tener un mixto en los Juegos. ¿Le gustaría jugarlo con Garbiñe Muguruza?
R. Me encantaría jugarlo con Garbiñe, pero queda mucho.
P. Lo que parece claro es que el dobles lo disputará con Fernando Verdasco.
R. No es oficial. Con Fer hablamos de empezar a jugar juntos algunos torneos desde Montreal y luego ya se verá.
- Nadal lands the most graceful fall of all-time on a tennis court (via tennis.com)
Rafael Nadal had a lot to smile about this week. That’s not a statement that could be made often this season, as everyone knows. But he blasted Stan Wawrinka, 6-2, 6-1, to set up a semifinal showdown at the Shanghai Masters event against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. And during that encounter, he executed what immediately became the most graceful tumble ever taken on a tennis court.