Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal reacts to Real Madrid appointing Zinedine Zidane

 El tenista español Rafael Nadal celebra su victoria ante su compatriota Pablo Carreño Busta en el partido de primera ronda del torneo de Doha, Qatar, hoy 5 de enero de 2016. EFE/Str
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“I had chances in the beginning of the match [and] I couldn’t convert,” said Nadal. “I think I changed a little bit at the beginning of the second [set]… I’m very happy [with] the way that I managed to change the dynamic of the match, and I think I finished the match playing well.”

Speaking at the Qatar Open in Doha, Nadal said: “Zidane is history of the sport, history of football, and he’s part of the history of Real Madrid.

“I know him. He’s a good person and humble person, and I think he deserve to be where he is today.

“It’s obvious that he’s good for the players. It’s good that, as one of the most important clubs of the world, Real Madrid have somebody like him on the bench managing the club, and I am happy for him.

“I wish him the best of luck.”

There are two possibilities for Nadal in Paris, each extreme: One is that he will become the first man to reach double-figure titles at the same Grand Slam, and the other is that his legend will be diminished by a second year of failure, following last year’s quarterfinals defeat at the hands of Novak Djokovic. Nadal’s only previous loss at the tournament had been to Sweden’s Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.

Monday marked the official opening day of the 2016 season and it was also the day Rafael Nadal and chair umpire Carlos Bernardes reunited on court for the first time since the Rio Open last year in February.

Asked if he had spoken to Bernardes to clear the air prior to this season, the Mallorcan simply said: “No!”




  1. Fan love keep doing what your doing I love your enthusiasm, loyalty and positivity ,you are a true fan of Rafa (definition of fan someone who SUPPORTS and admires a person) you have never wrote a negative comment on him or those that constantly put him down even when he wins.I respect you for that as I have retaliated back to their comments in the past but have learnt it is best not to waste my time reading them at all .

  2. Fan Love,

    I can understand your excitement.

    However, I will advise that you exercise some restraint and patiently wait until we hear the result the Rafa Vs Djokovic final match on Sunday. LOL.

  3. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) GREAT MATCH!!!!!!!!! : ) Congratulations on your FANTASTIC SOLID VICTORY & your UNBELIEVABLE side to side SHOTS & powerful strong SERVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )
    You played such high grade with speedy movement, DECISIVE aggressive court command & your classy overall Rafa’s magic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 Very happy for you sweetheart & thrilled for you & your FANTASTIC TEAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS……….VAMOS…………..VAMOS………. !! : ) Enjoy a lovely evening & jolly good time celebrating your BEAUTIFUL TENNIS with your loyal group!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 Lots of love & happiness & have a fabulous time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : )

  4. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Rafa is leading 5:2 2nd SET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brilliant game by RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  5. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Rafa won beautifully the 1st SET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Paul, one of my favorite great inspiring announcer covering the match described Rafa’s FH RETURN as “THUNDEROUS”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ci….ci….ci…. well put! : )

  6. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS …..BEAUTIFUL SERVE & FANTASTIC STRONG RETURNS…….. Rafa is leading a decisive 3:0 playing a fantastic powerful game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) GREAT TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Rafa has made a great start and I am happy for him.. It is a good introduction for him as a build up to meet the top players.

  8. Happy you had a good day. Are any of these matches being shown on American
    TV. Tennis channel Brisden women’s matches only.

    • Unfortunately, neither the tennis channel nor ESPN are showing Doha. I had to subscribe to TennisTV to watch it. They will also have other Rafa matches not on TV.

      • You can see Rafa in Qatar 2016 or Doha,on ch.BEINSP,is ch.662 on At&t,they start everyday at 7 am ET for 7 hours

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