Rafa Roundup: ‘I would have liked to be in an era with easier competition,’ jokes Nadal

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 31: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his victory during the sixth day of the Swiss Indoors ATP 500 tennis tournament against Richard Gasquet of France at St Jakobshalle on October 31, 2015 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images

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Nadal’s 6-4, 7-6(7) victory over Richard Gasquet places the Spaniard even with Pete Sampras for career wins at 762. The pair now share the No. 9 spot on the list, and Nadal will bid to pass him on Sunday when he meets either Jack Sock or Roger Federer in the final.

“I’m happy with the victory,” said Nadal. “It was a great match, a beautiful one I think. Both players played very good points. We played well and it was close. I’m very happy. It’s an important week for me.

“It’s better if you don’t have to come back, but it’s about believing to come back and being well mentally all the time. In generally I’ve been playing good tennis and today was a good match.”

“To be honest, I would have liked [to be in an era with] easier competition. I have been in an era where I competed against great players: Roger has won the most Grand Slams, Novak is one of best in history no doubt… Roger played in Madrid a couple of times. I now play in his tournament. I look forward to it.”

“This is the first time we play each other in Switzerland,” said Federer. “It will be an amazing atmosphere tomorrow. This is a dream final for the fans and the tournament director.”

The project is the latest addition to the four already existing programs of the Rafa Nadal Foundation, Fox News Latino added. The charity benefits youths in need in both Spain and India, and was implemented in collaboration with I-Con Sports. The university scholarships are given to the young Spaniards regardless of their chosen sport.

Spain's Rafael Nadal cheers after winning his semifinal match against France's Richard Gasquet at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)
Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP

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5 thoughts on “Rafa Roundup: ‘I would have liked to be in an era with easier competition,’ jokes Nadal

  1. Somehow this post from today was placed on older comments so pardon me for commenting here once again . Rafa is a rare treasure to TENNIS FANS !!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Uncle Toni & the rest of Rafa’s magnificent TEAM have been FANTASTIC with their admirable loyalty & exceptional expertise….KUDOS…… KUDOS…… KUDOS…..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU ARE THE GOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) You are magnificent & an amazing CHAMPION!!!!!!!!!! Today’s match announcers had mentioned how weak & easy F matches were leading to today….and how his game never had to be challenged due to the players he played. Therefore, today’s match is not a barometer of nothing…… & is not reflective of recent true level of play. It was a close match with only few missed points by you. YOU were very near winning coming in the 3rd set….. It is over & it is past now…..and not that important…..but what is rather obvious F would have never been able to make the finals if he had gotten your draw against all the giant servers…..day after day…..and it seems he was once again protected by easy draw all the way to the finals…….. ….The great news your magnificent, well fought energy & feisty determination gave you the platform to display your genius passionate & determined powerful game!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) YOU ROSE BEYOND ALL THE TALL giants day in and day out….& TOOK THEM SO BEAUTIFULLY…….VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Hold your head up dear Rafa and know you are the better, stronger player!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) ci…ci….ci….ci….ci….& ci……. YOU have earned every single point genuinely…… Furthermore, ALL the players recognize that you are back & you are back big time…..and so KUDOS for your amazing success and beautiful strong Tennis!!! : ) My sense of the match today is that I don’t think he won….I think he was fortunate you had very very few missed points and time ran out…..if it was a 5 set match you would have had further opportunity to continue w your aggressive play …… but like you say…if makes zero difference…. but clearly, he was handed the match by your few missed shots. The facts remain that your game is fantastic & you are our favorite best player!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )

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