“Rafa is following the process, and the recovery is good,” Ruiz Cotorro told Spanish radio. “In two or three days we will look at the effects. In four days we will put him on court and evaluate the way the treatment is evolving.
“If there is any discomfort following treatment, we will have to look at whether he can play Wimbledon.”
“This is an injury that rest is not good for, it adapts little by little to the load,” he said. “That same thing happened with the rib, five weeks not stepping on court.”
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“He wants to take advantage of the good sporting moment that he is going through and that has led him to be the winner of the two Grand Slams.
“He has had to overcome many difficulties and is still there despite having already won many things and being very successful.
“Since 2005, he has been playing with a lot of pain to the point of sometimes being unable to finish a training session.”
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“He has the mental intimidation on most of the tour. It’s just his talent level is incredible, his resilience is incredible, his vision for the games and what he brings to table and how he can implement it on everybody is just best of the best,” Kudla said.
“He plays the lefty kind of style so well, he’s got such good power, he plays every single point with focus and intent, he’s so positive. I was talking about this the other day, it’s incredible, where he has been playing for over 17 years and he’s never broken a racquet. And it’s like wow. Everybody has broken a racquet and he’s never broken a racquet. What’s in his brain is just incredible,” Kudla continued.
“I know that the fashion now is immediacy and that patience is not a greatly valued virtue,” Nadal said. “When we want something, all we have to do is pick up our mobiles and make a purchase, read an article or get the information we need.
“But today I would like to remind you that the greatest goals in life are not achieved from one day to the next. They are achieved by fighting, struggling and learning when you fall down. I’m convinced that all of you will be great professionals and good people, which is the most important thing.
“But I can also tell you, through experience, that along the way you will have unexpected moments and disappointments that will make you question everything. In those moments, you must rely on your family, your loved ones and the people you trust, who will remind you what your dreams and goals were so that you can dream of them again.”
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This was the first time he’s ever won Roland Garros while seeded outside the Top 4. He’s won it three times as the No. 1 seed, seven times as the No. 2 seed, once as the No. 3 seed, twice as the No. 4 seed and once—this year—as the No. 5 seed.
He didn’t just improve to 14-0 in Roland Garros finals, he’s now 21-0 in best-of-five-set finals on clay. The other seven finals came early on in his career when some other ATP events had best-of-five finals (four in 2005 at Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Stuttgart and three in 2006 at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome).
He won his 92nd career ATP title. He’s still fourth in the Open Era, but catching up on third—he currently trails only Jimmy Connors (109), Federer (103) and Ivan Lendl (94).
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