“That’s part of the game. In some places you have more success and others a little bit less,” Nadal said. “It’s true that of course at the end of the year in the past I arrived sometimes very tired physically and sometimes mentally, too. And at the same time on indoor courts I need to be fresh, I need to be in full condition. It’s probably the surface that I need to be playing better to try to have success.”
He is now back in action on practice courts, and Nadal said, “I see that Roger is already training, and I think he will come back quite well. How far can it go?
“Well, we can’t know that. I don’t know how I’m going to perform next year, let alone Federer. These days we often hear from each other; obviously, we discuss the tennis players’ advice and critical situations.
“Today’s situation is challenging, we have to find a solution given the current times, and I have to say that lately, we have been talking regularly.”
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“Roger Federer is one of the greatest men in the history of sport,” Nadal told Corriere Della Sera
“He was my great rival; and this has benefited both of us, and tennis a little too. In some things we are alike: we care for tranquillity, for family. In others we are different.”
When Nadal was quizzed on exactly how they are different, he said they are different characters almost down to the core.
“Well, he’s Swiss, I am Latin. We have different characters, cultures, ways of life,” he said.
“My dad and all my family have always been Real Madrid fans,” Nadal told Corriere della Sera.
“When my uncle played for Barcelona, they obviously encouraged him. Later he returned to Mallorca and since then we have been divided: some are still Barcelona fans, others Real Madrid.”
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“I would say that Rafael Nadal,” said Khachanov when asked who his thinks will win the most Grand Slams.
“It’s my personal opinion. Although Novak Djokovic is younger, many are betting on him, but I think that Rafael Nadal.”
The Top 10 averaged holding serve 79.1 per cent from the point score of deuce, and slightly lower at 78.8 per cent when the game involves 2+ deuces. Seven of the Top 10 players from the 2019 year-end FedEx ATP Rankings held serve less when the game went to multiple deuces, clearly showing which way this point score dynamic gravitates in our sport.
But Nadal totally bucks the trend, being more than seven percentage points higher holding serve when faced with multiple deuces. Nadal held 84.7 per cent (105/124) of the time from deuce and was the only Top 10 player to push through the 90 per cent threshold holding from 2+ deuces, at 91.8 per cent (122/142). Nadal is well known for his concentration, grit, focus and not rushing when serving, which all play a part in him elevating his game in this specific area.
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