- Bryan Brothers Hold Off Nadal/Verdasco | ATP World Tour
Under the lights at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night, Bob and Mike Bryan brought their best when it mattered to deny Spanish compatriots Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 7-5, 10-8. Up 8-2 in the match tie-break, the No. 3 seeds let their left-handed opponents crawl back to level at 8-all.
But a Nadal double fault and a well-played point later, and the Bryans had advanced to the second round at Indian Wells in one hour and 30 minutes.
- Official Announcement: Rafa Nadal | Real Madrid
This being the case, our institution considers the attacks made on his person by former minister Roselyne Bachelot to be unjustifiable and unacceptable.
Real Madrid C.F. consider the close ties to an idol such as Nadal to be an honour, such is his status as a symbol sporting excellence. Nadal is admired and adored by millions of fans the world over, and today our club is standing firmly by his side.
“I feel bad for Rafa Nadal because he is a gentleman, a person that has shown the values he has and that everyone loves,” Zidane said of Nadal, who is an honorary member of Real Madrid.
“He is a professional and I know him a little. I feel bad for what they have said. He has to leave all this to one side and think that everyone who loves sport, loves Rafa Nadal, whether they be French, Spanish or American.”
- Pau Gasol defends Rafael Nadal in doping claims | Fox News Latino
Chicago Bulls and Spanish national team star Pau Gasol defended tennis great Rafael Nadal after France’s former sports minister accused him of doping, saying he had complete faith in his countryman.
“I disregard these statements that are baseless and lacking objective elements,” Gasol said after the Bulls’ 118-96 home loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night.
“I completely trust Rafa.”
- Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell expresses full support for Rafael Nadal | Barcelona Open
Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell tournament director Albert Costa will travel to Miami next week to support Nadal in person. He believes that Bachelot’s reaction is reprehensible and describes Nadal as “an honest athlete who represents all the values that can be attributed to the greatest champions.”
Meanwhile, Nadal has toiled in recent seasons, struggling with injury and a loss of form. He’s tied with Sampras on 14 career grand slam titles but looks a long way from adding to that tally at present.
“There’s something missing in his game, I’m not sure what,” Sampras said. “He’s really struggling. He’s hitting a lot of short balls. He’s not as aggressive. He just seems really tense out there, he’s nervous. When he’s losing on clay that’s shocking to me. But it’s not over for him. He’s too good. He’s won too much. But I feel for him. I went through a couple of years where I wasn’t playing well, you lose confidence but I still had a serve.”
- Nadal/Verdasco and Bryan Brothers Light Up Stadium 2 in Indian Wells