Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal is not worried after doubles loss

Photo: Richard Mille
Photo: Richard Mille


Nadal made his first appearance in Doha 2016, playing doubles with Fernando Verdasco. The two Spaniards, however, lost their opening match against Teymuraz Gabashvili and Albert Ramos-Vinolas in three sets.

“Well, I have been winning here a lot of years doubles, so hopefully that’s the good news that I lost this time in doubles that I hope to be ready for singles. Today’s match was a match that we had a lot of chances and was not the day to win. And that’s it.”

“Carlos is an amazing champion and a great ambassador of our sport,” said Nadal after his 7-6(2), 6-3 win over Raonic in the final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Saturday night. “He has a lot of knowledge about this sport, so for sure he will help Milos in some aspects. Carlos is a close friend of mine so I wish him and Milos all the best.”

At the end of 2016, the top-ranked ATP player will be:
a) A thoroughly dominant Novak Djokovic
b) Roger Federer, whose remarkable longevity threatens to be his ultimate top-line career achievement
c) Andy Murray, buoyed by fatherhood (and a secret to getting some decent sleep on the road)
d) A resurgent Rafa Nadal
e) Other

The good news so far for Nadal fans is that in Abu Dhabi he was beaming with positivity, looks motivated and was happy to talk about how confident he felt. “I am confident I will be very competitive in 2016” were his exact words.

On the court, he was moving as well as he ever has been, and the hesitation he exhibited many times last season was no longer there.

Photo via Doha News
Photo via Doha News




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    3. then click on Nadal’s specific match.
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    VAMOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : )

  2. VAMOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) Enjoy & have a great time playing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS & good night !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

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