- Nadal: Improved results reflect hard work | Yahoo! 7 Sport
“For months now, I’ve been saying I feel good, that I’m enjoying the competition, the training, that the feeling is different from last year but, if that’s not accompanied by results, they’re just words,” Nadal said on Friday in Madrid.
The Mallorca native said it was “more fun to learn while winning instead of losing”.
“The learning process is the day-to-day, the experiences that you go through throughout your career and in your life in general and, from all that, you take the things that are useful to you and discard the rest,” the 14-time grand slam champion added.
- Federer, Nadal on Madrid Collision Course | ATP World Tour
Should Nadal, who’s going for his third consecutive clay-court title, meet Federer, the No. 3 seed, in the quarter-finals, it’d mark the 35th meeting in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry. Nadal holds a 23-11 edge, including a straight-set win the last time they played on clay (Rome 2013).
- Evaluating what 2016 could hold for reborn Nadal ~ by William Giles | Wimbledon
Winning back-to-back titles at Monte Carlo and Barcelona may not constitute the rebuilding of Rafael Nadal, but they do beg the question: what can he achieve this year?
The upcoming Masters tournaments in Madrid and Rome will likely prove decisive. Should Nadal, who is a known Real Madrid fan, win his third clay title of the year at either of these venues, then talk of his very own La Decima at Roland Garros will be near-unavoidable.
- What, Djokovic Worry? ~ by Steve Tignor | tennis.com
Does Novak Djokovic, after being so dominant for so long, suddenly have reason for concern? Not only did he lose the only match he’s played so far during this clay season, in Monte Carlo, but since that defeat to Jiri Vesely, Djokovic has had to sit idly by and watch his old rival, Rafael Nadal, do nothing but win.
Will Rafa’s return shake Djokovic’s seemingly unshakable confidence?
- 5 storylines for the 2016 Mutua Madrid Open | TennisTV
Rafa-Novak showdown? The length, power and consistency on Nadal’s forehand has gone up several notches in Monte Carlo and Barcelona though. He’s feeling confident with his game and so a match between the two over the next weeks may now get back close to the ultra-competitive and gripping encounters of 2012 and 2013.
- Muguruza happy about Nadal as Spain’s flag-bearer at Rio | Business Standard
Spanish woman tennis payer Garbine Muguruza has said that the choice of Rafael Nadal as the bearer of the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio is “fabulous” and expected that the veteran “must be thrilled” to have this opportunity.
- Visiting Barcelona for Sightseeing, Tennis, Tapas & Rafa | Grand Slam Gal
Get a tennis fan’s eye view of visiting Barcelona and going to the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell tournament.
- Rafa Nadal practices in Madrid – April 30 | Madrid Open
- Rafael Nadal and Garbiñe Muguruza participate in Madrid charity exhibition
- Rafael Nadal poses for El Pais Icon
- Happy Mother’s Day from Rafael Nadal | Telefonica
- Rafael Nadal is very proud to be Spain’s flag-bearer at Rio Olympics – in Spanish | Comité Olímpico Español
- Charity Day | Mutua Madrid Open
- Dekton & Rafa Nadal – Madrid Open 2016 | CosentinoTV