VIDEO: Playing twice in one day – highlights

It was a busy day for Rafael Nadal in Cincinnati as he had to play two matches in one day. Unfortunately, not the outcome we were expecting!

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Funny video: Rafael Nadal’s pre-match warm-up in Cincinnati

Remember Wimbledon? Rafael Nadal wasn’t making the same mistake twice!

You can also check out the highlights of Rafa’s victory over Richard Gasquet in the third round of Cincinnati Masters.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Richard Gasquet to reach third round in Cincinnati

Top seed Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati after seeing off Richard Gasquet on Wednesday night.

Gasquet made Rafa work for it, but Rafa ultimately broke Gasquet’s serve once in each set and put the contest away in straight sets, 6-3 6-4, following an approximately 35-minute-long, pre-match rain delay.

The victory allowed Rafa to improve to 44-6 on the year in singles matches as he pursues his fifth title of 2017.

After the match Rafa said:

I think I played a solid match. I think Richard has a great backhand, and his best shot probably goes against my best shot, too. That probably can make the difference.

I work every day to play better. It’s obvious that was an important start for me, a good one. Now I have another opportunity tomorrow to go on court and play another match. I hope to be ready to play well tomorrow. I think I can do it, because I have been practising well.

Rafa will next face unseeded countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who defeated Rafa’s Wimbledon conqueror Gilles Muller 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal discusses his return to world No. 1

Top seed Rafael Nadal discusses his early exit from Montreal and his reaction to his guaranteed to return to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings this week in Cincinnati.

Rafael Nadal hard on himself after loss to Denis Shapovalov in Montreal: “It is probably my worst loss of the year”

Rafael Nadal talks to the media after the 6-3, 4-6, 6-7(4) defeat against Denis Shapovalov in the third round of the Rogers Cup.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did you underestimate Denis?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I am not this kind of person. I respect everybody.

Yeah, obviously is a tough lose for me. Is a bad lose. Probably is the worst lose of the year we have, without a doubt, for me.

That’s like this. He play well. I play really bad. When this kind of thing happen, only thing you can do is wish the opponent the best, all the best.

Q. Why do you exactly say this is one of your worst losses of the year?
RAFAEL NADAL: Probably my worst loss of the year because I lost against a player with a lower ranking. At the same time because of the opportunity I had here to come back to the No. 1. Always tough, but the draw was not that impossible after all the matches that were happening. So was an important mistake for me. That’s the real thing, no?

Is a bad lose. Just accept that and keep working.

Q. Usually when you come to Canada, you have the crowd behind you. I thought it was almost a Davis Cup crowd out there today. Talk about the crowd and the atmosphere, playing against the crowd.
RAFAEL NADAL: No, no, no, nothing about the crowd. I am used to it. No one excuse about that. Sometimes the crowd is for you. Sometimes the crowd is against you. That’s it.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal hard on himself after loss to Denis Shapovalov in Montreal: “It is probably my worst loss of the year””

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal’s shock exit to Denis Shapovalov – highlights

Watch highlights as top seed Rafael Nadal loses to 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov in three sets – a match in which he appears to struggle with his serve and many other things.

Continue reading “VIDEO: Rafael Nadal’s shock exit to Denis Shapovalov – highlights”

Ooops! Rogers Cup cameraman falls down in front of Rafael Nadal [VIDEO]

Rafael Nadal’s trademark pre-match burst sends a cameraman crashing to the floor.