Rafa Roundup: No one is taking Nadal lightly in Paris

Rafael Nadal on the November 2015 cover of Australian Tennis Magazine
Rafael Nadal on the November 2015 cover of Australian Tennis Magazine

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As World No. 1 Djokovic will attest, no one is taking Nadal lightly in Paris.

“Rafa didn’t have a season up to his standards, but he’s finding a way to win and finding a way to get to finals,” said the top-ranked Serb. “You’ve got to give him credit for that. It’s not easy when you’re not feeling that great on the court. He’s said that; everybody knows that. He has a lot of pressure because of the amount of tournaments he has won in his life and the records he has. Of course, he’s expected to reach the semis or finals of each event. He hasn’t done that too many times this year at the biggest events. Nevertheless, he’s still a great champion. He’s still somebody who is always the one to look out for. He’s always one of the biggest candidates to win any tournament on any surface. It doesn’t change much in my eyes.”

Rafael Nadal, before his singles opener on Wednesday: I played well last week. I finished the tournament feeling good. I’m just happy about the last three weeks playing two finals and one semi-final. Both matches that I lost were in three sets. I’m competing well against very good players. I’m happy about the way that I am practicing. It’s important for me to compete well and last week I competed well again.

How much confidence and motivation does Stan Wawrinka have right now? How much energy does Rafael Nadal have? Those are key questions in this section of the draw. Unlike last year, Wawrinka doesn’t have a Davis Cup final to look forward to, and he’s coming off an early exit to Ivo Karlovic in Basel. As for Rafa, he’s coming off a week in which he played four three-set matches, including a big one on Sunday.

“It’s the same as Rafa,” Mouratoglou said. “It’s just playing for so many years, the cartilage is [almost] gone. Not all of it, but a big part, so the bones just hit themselves.”

“He kept on playing with the same problem and then it got worse and he had to stop for almost a year, we don’t want this to happen. She is 34, if she has to stop for a year then it is really bad for her future.”

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal loses doubles opener with Leander Paes in Paris

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7 thoughts on “Rafa Roundup: No one is taking Nadal lightly in Paris

  1. Carol

    Reading what Serenas’s coach says……Rafa took a good care with his knee been 7 months out of the court . Serena never has been too long not playing, maybe she should do it

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  2. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
    Rafa beautifully won a swift 1st SET 6:2……had another striking ACE : ) & is leading on serve 2nd SET 2:1 ……..he is moving unbelievably & commending the court with everything……and his fantstic solid serve is AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Go…..GO……GO……

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  3. VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) RAFA is beautifully leading 3 : 0 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE LOOKING GREAT OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) An ace & all……. VAMOS………VAMOS……..VAMOS…………

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  4. Rafa’s match can be viewed LIVE …… when searching, Google ” LIVE STREAM TENNIS” , then click ” 14:30 (Paris time) Coric – Murray, ATP Paris” ……Rafa’s match is scheduled right after that on the same court…..
    Yesterday, viewed his DOUBLES on ESPN3TENNIS by clicking Wawrinka’s match, & Rafa’s was broadcasted right after that in the same court……

    VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Have a Fantastic day and enjoy EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Very happy for you….you are as bright as the sun & full of solid TENNIS magic!!!!!!!!! Loved viewing Paes post Doubles video & brief take on your fiesty passionate game & your blessed bright attitude on the court!!!!!! ci….ci….ci….. Enjoy & it will be a great match & a joyful ride for you!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Have a great time & enjoy lots & lots of fun playing your magical STRONG & POWERFUL TENNIS !!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) God bless you sweetheart & your blessed strong TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Please use all CHALLENGES……when serving, please look an extra SECOND at the NET JUST before releasing your well aimed ball….& have a FANTASTIC TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )

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