Rafa Roundup: Nadal seems to have some magical effect on Soderling (yeah, you read that right)

Photo via Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
Photo via Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters


“I am very happy about the tournament in Monte Carlo,” said Nadal, who is due to open his Barcelona campaign against either Marcel Granollers or Daniel Munoz de la Nava. “It’s one of the most important ones of the season. Yesterday was a great day. I played at a very high level during the entire week. But now I have to continue like this in the next tournaments.

“Athletes live for their victories. We have to fight hard to do well and achieve victories.

“The objective in 2016 is to be happy. I have to keep playing, but be happy above all. I am looking forward to the tournament.”

He came back with a strong, smart, safe topspin forehand of his own. He didn’t jump, he didn’t go for broke, and it wasn’t a spectacular winner, but it earned him the point, and eventually the game. There was something about the shot, and Nadal’s “Vamos!” afterward, that said he was going to find answer to this opponent and this match, no matter what. There was something about his play in Monte Carlo that said he was going to find an answer to his troubles of the last two seasons, no matter what.

Winning a tournament of such importance was a major step in the right direction for the prideful Rafael Nadal, but, to put himself in a position to win the French Open for the tenth time, to find the ideal mindset, he will need to raise the bar even higher. Meanwhile, this remarkable fellow with the largest heart in tennis can pause briefly, celebrate his timely Monte Carlo triumph, and envision a seven week stretch ahead that could perhaps be one of the most compelling periods of his illustrious career.

Since the start of 2015 through Beijing this past fall, Nadal won just two of 10 matches against top-10 players — both on clay. He won that many last week in Monte Carlo alone.

And since Shanghai — the tournament after Beijing — Nadal has eight wins against the top 10 against just five losses, three of them to Novak Djokovic.

A couple of years back, people talked about that Roger is done. Was he? The last year, many “experts” and people in general tells that Rafa is done (he is nr 5 in the world by the way).

Just a tips: Start understand that these kind of athletes aren’t like the rest. They are done once they decide not to work for it anymore. As long as Roger and Rafa are playing, they can still win any title! #livinglegends #vamosrafa #allezroger

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Rafael Nadal wins the 2016 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters against Gael Monfils to seal a 9th Monte Carlo title. With a THUMPING forehand!


  1. It is truly heartwarming to read the kind words from Robin Soderling. Rafa deserves them. Vamos to you Robin. P.S. Rafa: Best of luck tomorrow against Fabio. God bless you!!! Marylynn

  2. We’ll, Robin knows a thing or two about tennis and hit the nail on the head about Roger and Rafa and their work ethics. They will retire when they are ready and we hope it will be in the distant future. Vamos in Barcelona, Rafa 👍👍👍👍🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾

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