“Yes. I couldn’t do this work if I thought that he couldn’t win more Grand Slams. No, no, no, I think that he can win more Grand Slams. He can win the Australian Open in January. And he can win Wimbledon, too. The last few years, Rafael arrives at Wimbledon and he loses early, and very fast. And, in Roland Garros, for sure, Rafael can win. In tennis, you need confidence to do things. It’s impossible to do anything without confidence. You can’t win any good tournaments if you think you cannot and you don’t believe.”
- Top 32: Rafael Nadal is ‘only’ No. 5, Nishikori has to be healthy (tennisreporters.net)
Look, in 2016, if he is much more confident, then he will be more aggressive. When he is facing the other best of the rest, he will get right in their face.
Nadal’s phenomenal lefty forehand can dominate anyone, but his backhand is still a little weak, especially down the line. His first serve has been strong enough, but he can be predictable. The same goes with his return and net play: he can be very effective, but as he says, that is only when he is feeling completely right.
- 2016 Preview: ATP No. 5 Rafael Nadal (tennis.com)
Best Case Scenario: Nadal is one of the game’s all-time greats. It took him longer than usual to find his form in 2015, but he located it in the end. In the past, his best has always been good enough to dominate. A fourth year-end No. 1 finish isn’t out of the question.
Worst Case Scenario: The fear is that 2015 was the first sign of his inevitable slowing. Nadal has always relied on his strength, speed and stamina, and none of those things are going to last forever. Last year, he appeared to turn a corner with his game half a dozen times, only to turn right back around again.
- Nadal: “El tenis aún me hace feliz” (El Pais)
Cuando han venido mal dadas, ¿ha notado más o menos apoyo de los aficionados y los suyos?
Rafa: “Generalmente siento el apoyo y el cariño de la gente. Soy una persona bastante familiar, mis amigos son mis amigos de toda la vida y tengo compañeros por todo el mundo. Realmente tampoco espero más de lo que hay, compañerismo y una buena relación. Yo sé quiénes son mis amigos y mi familia; fuera de esto, tengo muy claro qué le interesa a la gente de mí. No es el Rafa Nadal persona. El interés sobre ti es por lo que tú haces, no por ser Rafa Nadal, ciudadano de Manacor; es por ser Rafa Nadal, tenista, número x del mundo. Yo tengo muy claro por qué me quieren ver o por qué se interesan por mí. Es por lo que he hecho y por lo que he representado durante todos estos años, no porque yo, Rafael Nadal, sea una persona especial. Soy especial dentro de la pista, pero fuera de ella soy un ciudadano más, como cualquiera.”
- Rio Olympics: Spain’s Garbine Muguruza and Rafael Nadal could team up for mixed doubles (The Courier Mail)
With Olympic tennis gaining interest in the playing ranks which it once did not have, Nadal, the gold medallist in the men’s singles at the 2008 Olympics, has said he wants to play for three medals at the Rio Games in August.
Conchita Martinez, captain of both the Spanish Davis Cup team and Fed Cup side, said yesterday she would like to see Nadal and Muguruza team up at the 2016 Olympic Games as their country’s highest-ranked singles players.
- Rafa at the opening of the new Rafa Nadal Foundation Center in Palma de Mallorca