- Nadal Bids For 11th Monte-Carlo Crown In Loaded Top Half | ATP World Tour
“I always feel good when I am here, it is one of my favourite tournaments,” admitted Nadal, during the draw ceremony that was hosted by Zeljko Franulovic, the Tournament Director of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and the 1970 champion (d. Orantes). “It’s been a love story between me and this event, the people who run the tournament. I saw this tournament on the TV before I started playing here and always wanted to do well. These sorts of tournaments help me to wake up in the morning and to train and compete with a lot of passion.”
Nadal’s coach, Carlos Moya, told Spanish press the No. 1 was in good shape for entering the claycourt season he has traditionally dominated during his career. “He’s a little less confident, compared to the previous year, because he’s a player who thinks he needs a lot of matches to be good,” said Moya.
“But I think a player of his quality needs less the matches and more to be physically good.”
- U.S. Open Will Use a Serve Clock in the Main Draw | New York Times
The chair umpire will run the 25-second clock and will be given leeway to delay the start of it in certain situations: after a particularly long point late in a grueling match, in hot and steamy conditions, or if there is a fan disturbance, for example.
During the ATP Finals in London last November, Nadal made it clear he was not a fan of the new measures.
“I believe it is not something that is good for the future of the tour,” he told reporters, and added: “For me personally, I am not worried at all. I don’t want to play for 10 more years. I can adapt easily to that.”
Ten-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal is headlining AO International Tennis, one of the hottest tennis video game releases in years.
The top-ranked Spaniard and former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber of Germany play a prominent role in the game, made by Australia’s Big Ant Studios and scheduled for release on May 8.
- My First Challenger Title: Nadal’s Historic Victory In Barletta 2003 | ATP World Tour
“Challengers are some of the biggest tournaments too and it’s important to have this step before coming to the ATP World Tour,” Nadal told ATPWorldTour.com. “Everything was new for me in that moment. And then Monte-Carlo was the first big tournament that I played. I started to play Challengers at that time and won the title in Barletta. So I had a lot of confidence. I played against players that I knew very well from those Challengers.”
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