- Nadal, ready for the Madrid Open | madrid-open.com
What does he miss about the Rafa Nadal of 2005?
“I miss being young. The years have taken their toll, which I don’t like. I think I’ve always been pretty consistent, accepting every moment of my life and my career. There are times and moments that are for enjoying some things and having certain experiences and others for having others”.
“Nostalgia? No, honestly I’m happy with the great memories of the various stages of my career. Of course, in 2005 everything was new, it was a feeling of experiencing new sensations and emotions every week and now when you’ve been on tour for so many years, those feelings are different, you value it differently, although no less intensely. I’m not hugely nostalgic, I’m happy at this point to be doing what I do with my life. If I look back, all the things that have happened to me have been good and I am thankful for that. I think that my sporting career so far has been better than I could have dreamt and let’s hope I can keep enjoying what I do for as long as possible”.
- Nadal aims to find rhythm in Madrid as French Open looms | france24.com
“Barcelona was an important week for me,” Nadal said in a press conference on Sunday. “Without playing my best since the beginning, I was able to be passionate, to stay positive and to accept the challenge to try to win matches without playing my best. I was able to achieve another important title in my career. That’s important for my confidence. I really believe that winning these kinds of tournaments when you are not playing that well can then make a big difference for the next ones. I feel that that was a positive week. Now is another week and I hope to be ready.”
“Madrid is the most difficult event on clay for me, everybody knows that,” said Nadal. “But at the same time, it is one of the most emotional events for me, playing at home. We are going to have a chance to play with a crowd again so that means a lot to me. I am super happy to be back here.”
- ‘Rafael Nadal is such a good role model,’ says top ATP star | tennishead.net
“I think he’s constantly improving his game,” Dominic Thiem told the press in Madrid when asked about Rafael Nadal.
“I first played in Buenos Aires in 2016, so over five years ago. Oh no, seven years at Roland Garros. I think since then he’s improved every part of his game. It’s also what you need to do to be successful each new year. That is why he is such a good role model.”
Nadal seemed to turn a corner in his clay preparation last week, but he’s never a lock in Madrid the way he is in other places at this time of year. Since the tournament moved to clay in 2009, he’s “only” won it four times. The last time he played it, in 2019, he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals. How will Rafa react to Djokovic’s absence? It seems to me like it may free him up to simply play his tennis and let the chips fall where they may. That’s usually a winning proposition for him on this surface.
- May 2, 2007 : The day that Federer and Nadal played the Battle of Surfaces | tennismajors.com
On May 2, 2007, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the two best players in the world, played a unique exhibition match in Mallorca, called the Battle of Surfaces. The court they played on was indeed split over two surfaces, one side of the net being clay while the other side was grass, as a reference to their rivalry in which the Spaniard prevailed on clay while the Swiss dominated on grass. Nadal eventually won 7-5, 4- 6, 7-6 (12-10).
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