Rafael Nadal shares his thoughts ahead of Davis Cup tie vs India

Spanish tennis player, Rafael Nadal, reacts as he answers a question during a press conference ahead of their Davis Cup tennis match against India in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. Spain take on hosts India from Sept. 16 to 18. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Spanish tennis player, Rafael Nadal, reacts as he answers a question during a press conference ahead of their Davis Cup tennis match against India in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. Spain take on hosts India from Sept. 16 to 18. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Spain may be overwhelming favorites in their upcoming Davis Cup World Group Play-off against India, but Rafael Nadal is in no mood to take the hosts lightly.

We have good team. We have a team that really wants to be here and give their best. I think that a team like Spain should be in the World Group and that is why we are here.

Excited to be back in India. I know these players have been practicing here but we will be ready for the confrontation.

I am happy to be back. I had a tough two months and I am happy to be back where I want to be — on the tennis court.

I have been playing in the Davis Cup since I was 17. It is a special feeling to represent your country and there have been some great moments. We had some great success in this competition.

It is always a special feeling to play for your country.

Source: IANS


  1. Agree with Fedallica, Leander Paes is an inspiration. He looks about 30 and probably has the fitness to match. They gave the Olympic champions a run for their money!


  2. YEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a victory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VAMOS DEAR RAFA & MARC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Beautiful match…..fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ENJOY EVERYTHING & have a fun weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Lots of love & happiness dear Rafa !!!!!!! We are so thankful for your exciting TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Mucahs Gracias SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )


  3. What a bonus – a live stream on YouTube – I didn’t expect to be watching Rafa and Marc in beautiful India. I visited Goa once and the experience of extreme humidity will always stay with me!


  4. Ci…………………Ci………………& Ci…………………… VAMOS RAFA & MARC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ; ) : ) : ) You are playing unbelievably and your returns are magnificent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) You are looking SOLID out there………….strong, energized & mighty adorable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  5. YEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) RAFA & MARC ARE BEAUTIFULLY LEADING 3:1 3rd SET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Very exciting match…………..


  6. these colorful shoes were meant for WINNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Beautiful to see Rafa & Mark make a brilliant come back……: ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )


  7. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 😉 CHEERS & CHEERS & CHEERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Fantastic 2nd set VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Rafa and Mark playing great ….passion and determination all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )


  8. Very happy to watch Rafa playing doubles with Marc after I was so messed up yesterday with all the confusing news.
    My deepest respect goes to Leander Paes who is playing soooo well… He is 43 years old! Nice to see such a fair indian public, happy with their team playing so well and so many lucky Rafa fans. Its quite a battle…


  9. Sounds Ike Rafa and Mark seem to be having a bit of trouble, likewise with Andy and Jamie in their match , they are playing del potro who seems to be great at singles and doubles. I think Roger,Rafa , Novak and Andy must be thanking their lucky stars that Del Potro had been out of the game for all those years as looking at how he’s paying I think the results may have been very different


  10. Reading Fan Loves comments it seems all is well with Rafa now, as he must be out on the court playing in the doubles match. I’m guessing it must have been a 24 hr bug . Anyway good luck to Rafa and Mark and team Spain ,it sounds as if you are playing well ,wish I could say the same for GB


  11. and it is 3:1 for Rafa & Mark 1st set !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ; ) : ) : ) : ) ci……ci…..ci…..God bless you dear Rafa it is such a treat to see you play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : )


    • Yes..very suspicious…you’re not alone.

      This brings back to mind how his team was delayed waiting for him on their scheduled first day of practice. They had to leave for the courts without him. I think that was Monday

      Official report? Has anyone else contracted gastroenteritis? Fishy to me. What water or food did he consume KNOWING the possible consequences of doing so.

      We all know of the secretive nature of the Nadal team. I was not surprised about the comment of his wrist issues. That statement has more credence because it comes from a team member.

      I will have to wait, like others, to find out the facts of his problem. There is also the possibility we will never know…


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