- Monica Puig, Juan Martin Del Potro and Rafael Nadal showed us what the Olympics does to tennis | by Steve Tignor – tennis.com
This week was a return to glory for him, one in which he added to his legacy and reminded fans of the energy he can generate on the biggest stages. Taking himself and his friend Marc Lopez to a gold medal in doubles will go down as one of his greatest and least-likely career accomplishments, and a marker of his competitive will. Asked how he had made it through 20 hours on court this week, Rafa said, “The passion for the game, and the Olympics.” No ranking points, and no money, is necessary.
- Forty parting thoughts from Rio 2016 Olympic tennis | by Jon Wertheim – SI.com
The return of Nadal, though, was among the biggest stories of the tournament. Two weeks ago, he didn’t know if he’d play. It wasn’t simply that he played 11 matches in nine days. It was his level of play and engagement. Again, tennis is healthier when he is healthier. Inasmuch as a 14-time Grand Slam champ can be a revelation….
… That he was able to win gold for Spain and share a career highlight with his longtime pal Marc Lopez, made this all the more special. This was highly reminiscent of Federer winning with Stan Wawrinka in Beijing. And when his singles career is over, Nadal could very easily transition into a doubles specialist, should he wish.
- Cincinnati ATP Preview: Olympians Kei Nishikori, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray right back at it | tennis.com
How much longer can Nadal last? He’s coming off 20 hours of tennis and a whiplash-inducing series of emotions in Rio—he went from the high of doubles gold to the disappointment of fourth place in the singles in the span of 48 hours. We’ll see if 48 hours off is enough time for Rafa to reset.
- Rafael Nadal Deserves More Credit As A Server | by Craig O’Shannessy – ATP World Tour
An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis reveals Nadal has won a higher percentage of his second-serve points than anyone else in the game. Nadal’s second serve is not as powerful as many of his opponents’, but his heavy, lefty slice makes his second serve extremely difficult to attack.
The left-hander has won 56.9 per cent of his second-serve points throughout his career, slightly edging arch-rival Roger Federer, who has won 56.6 per cent.
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