It was arguably the best played US Open final ever. Since 1968, there have been only nine finals that have been settled in five sets, including a classic John McEnroe-Bjorn Borg 1980 meeting. But the Nadal-Medvedev contest was the finest sustained level of play in any of those finals…
- Rafael Nadal: Empowering, Inspiring Others | ATP Tour
I’m tired. The truth is that I still haven’t fully recovered. I came home and we have already done a little recovery. I’m regaining my strength little by little. It’s too early to hash out plans, because since that match, I haven’t had a chance to discuss matters with my team. This week we will have that conversation, but apart from this, I will also have to wait a few days to see how my body heals. One thing I do have is Laver Cup 2019 marked on my calendar.
- Real Madrid President Wants Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer Match at Bernabeu | bleacherreport.com
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly making plans to stage a tennis match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the Santiago Bernabeu.
According to ABC (h/t Football Espana), Perez has told some of the club’s hierarchy of his plans, and Madrid fan Nadal is “open to playing in such an occasion.” The report added Perez wants to set an all-time record attendance for tennis at Real’s 81,044-seater stadium in the Spanish capital.
Nadal will get married to his long time girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello, and his uncle Toni Nadal is confident that marriage will not stop the Spaniard from winning major tournaments in tennis.
“After the US Open, he will win more Grand Slams, even being married.” Is Rafael playing as best as ever? “I think in 2008 or 2010 he was better because he was younger, explosive. Now he may be more complete on his shots but ten years ago he was stronger,” the former coach said.
A private plane was then waiting to take the 33-year-old straight home to Spain. And when he returned to Palma he rested his aching body on the coach while binging on Sky Atlantic’s thrilling series Chernobyl before turning his attention to sci-fi fantasy Stranger Things.
“I have been lying on the sofa at home watching some series and trying not to think much about tennis,” Nadal told Spanish press on a conference call.
“I started watching Chernobyl and then Stranger Things.”
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are among the global top 10 who will play for their countries at the new ATP Cup in Australia in January, organisers said Saturday.
Andy Murray, returning from hip surgery, will also compete, with his protected world ranking of two giving Britain entry to the tournament even though they are outside of the 24-team qualifying cut-out.