- The O2 Preview (via tennis.com)
Which do you take, the Rafa of 2015, who failed to reach the semis at any of the majors, or the Rafa of all the years before, who is reflected in his intimidating 61-15 record against his three opponents in this group? Nadal has never won on the low-bouncing court in London, even during his best years; at the same time, he has had his best and healthiest fall season in a decade in 2015. The crucial match could come against Murray; Rafa has dominated him in the past, but Murray turned the tables in the Madrid final this spring.
- Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka on course for MWTC final showdown after draw at Yas Mall (via The National)
Day 1 will also host a battle of the big-servers as South African world No 12 Kevin Anderson faces Canada’s world No 14 Milos Raonic. Therefore, Wawrinka, the two-time grand slam champion, and former world No 1 Rafael Nadal both received byes into the second day of MWTC.
The winner of the Ferrer-Tsonga contest will take on Nadal for a place in the final, with Wawrinka awaiting the outcome of the Anderson-Raonic match.
- Pat Cash: I’d help Rafael Nadal return to the top of tennis (via Sport360)
When things don’t go right, you have to look outside and make up your own mind. Is it necessary to bring somebody in? I don’t know if he needs to bring somebody in but he probably needs to have a listen to some people’s opinions.
Would I be willing to help him? Yes, I know what’s wrong. But nobody has asked me. I’m a real stickler with technique and there’s not many players’ coaches out there who can break it down. I’ve broken it down and I know what he does.
- One Small Rankings Point Feels Like a Giant Leap, When It Is the First (via The New York Times)
Nadal appeared on the computer four years and two days after Federer, winning his first points in Seville, Spain, in September 2001. They came in a Challenger, where, like Nishikori, he had a wild card and was guaranteed a point, win or lose. He won, beating his fellow Spaniard Israel Matos Gil, 6-4, 6-4, before losing to Stefano Galvini of Italy.
Nadal remembers it well, but the more vivid memory is what happened a week earlier, when he played his first pro tournament and lost to another Spaniard, the 731st-ranked Guillermo Platel, in three sets in the first round of a Futures in Madrid.
“I lost, I think, with three match points, and that was very tough,” he said. “But what made it a particularly tragic day came after, when just in the moment I left the court after losing my first point, there was the news about the twin towers. It was a day that was impossible to forget for humanity in general.”
- Andy Murray backed by Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Co to cope with surface switch (via Daily Mail)
Rafael Nadal played for Spain in the Davis Cup final after the World Tour Finals in 2009 and 2011, and does not see the transition as a big deal.
He said: ‘We can create a story but at the end of the day we are competing in different tournaments in a period of time shorter than there is between here and the final of Davis Cup.
‘You have four days in between that you can adapt. You have time enough to prepare yourself for the final and it will be not a big problem for Andy. He’s an amazing, talented player.’
- Monday at 02 arena (via TennisTV)
- Rafael Nadal aims for first ATP World Tour Finals title but says 2016 his priority (via Sky Sports)
- Rafael Nadal practices with Richard Gasquet at O2 arena (via NadalPower)