- Nadal Does This One Thing So Much Better On Clay | Craig O’Shannessy ~ ATP World Tour
When returning on clay, Nadal typically stands way back to let the speed of the serve slow down for greater return consistency and also to allow more time to deliver a full-blooded swing at the ball. He then looks to improve his court position up closer to the baseline as the point unfolds, looking to crush his forehand from locations all over the court.
Serving against Nadal on hard court is always challenging. Serving against him on clay is downright formidable.
- In case you were wondering, Rafael Nadal is still the master of clay | Peter Bodo ~ ESPN
After the Zverev match, a British interviewer asked Nadal if he was “pain free.”
Nadal grimaced at the question and replied, “That’s difficult [to say], but I am playing with no limitations.”
You can forgive Nadal for not entirely trusting his body; he’s put on lots of miles over the years. Some of his injuries seemed to come out of the blue, including the most recent one.
… But if anybody can go undefeated through an entire calendar segment featuring one Grand Slam and three Masters 1000 events, it’s Rafael Nadal.
- Rafael Nadal chasing ‘La Undecima’, Novak Djokovic hoping to rebound with Marian Vajda – Clay season preview | Reem Abulleil ~ sport360.com
The 31-year-old is a stunning 98-2 win-loss at Roland Garros and has won 105 out of 107 best-of-five matches on clay. He’s also won 91.8 per cent of all his contests on the surface throughout his career.
With Federer and Murray out of the picture this upcoming stretch, last year’s runner-up Stan Wawrinka still regaining fitness after knee surgery, and Novak Djokovic searching for form, Nadal seemingly has less obstacles in his way in Paris.
If a healthy Nadal touches down in the French capital next month, an 11th Roland Garros – and 17th Grand Slam trophy – are a more than likely conclusion.
- Tennis star Rafael Nadal proposes tennis academy in South Florida | bizjournals.com
The financial terms of the deal have not yet been presented and it’s not clear whether Nadal’s group plans to buy or lease the land from the park. The tennis academy would go on the southern portion of the park, replacing 16 existing tennis courts and a cluster of trees. The park’s other features, including the football fields, baseball fields and basketball courts, would remain.
- Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam wins | Fox Sports
Rafael Nadal’s prestigious presenters at Roland-Garros | rolandgarros.com