Rafael Nadal and Enrique Iglesias celebrate opening of Tatel Miami [PHOTOS, VIDEO]

Rafael Nadal and hit-maker Enrique Iglesias attended a blowout party to celebrate the opening of their restaurant, Tatel Miami, a sister to the Madrid eatery.

The upscale eatery is located at the Ritz Carlton South Beach, in the space formerly known as David Bouley Evolution.

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Despite Loss To Federer In Indian Wells, Rafa Confident Heading Into Miami Open

Q. You have now played Roger twice this season, and so many times in the past. Does he seem this year to you, from how he’s played in those two matches, more relaxed than he was in the past on court?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t know. In Australia was a very close match. I had good chances to win. Today, not. Today he played better than me. I didn’t play my best match, and he played well.

These kind of matches, when you’re not playing your match, is impossible to win.

Q. The way he’s hitting his backhand, and you sort of changing your serving variation a bit, has that changed the way you two match up?
RAFAEL NADAL: The way what?

Q. The way you two match up. The way he’s hitting his backhand and you changing your serving patterns a little bit, has that changed the matchup?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. I think was always that he returned well. But at the same time, it was obvious that I didn’t have the right answer for his returns, no? I needed to neutralize the points. I needed to neutralize his two first balls, and I didn’t.

So then playing two shots, he’s better than me today. And five years ago, ten years ago, always was better than me, no?

I was a little bit better than him in general when I neutralized the first two shots, and then I can manage it a little bit better the point, no?

So I was not enough good tonight to make that happen, and he deserved the victory, for sure. Very easy.

Q. On this court with high bounce it would be an advantage for you. Were you surprised the court wasn’t helping your game more than with this?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is always the same. You need to play well.

The court or doesn’t matter the surface. You need to play your best if you want to have chances to win, and I did not play my best. It’s obvious that I have to congratulate him because he played a great match.

But I have to think from my side, and I think I can do it much better, and I think I gonna do it much better next time.

Q. Do you see a certain difference the way Roger plays against you on the backhand side since he has a bigger racquet, racquet size?
RAFAEL NADAL: You have to speak to him. I don’t know about his racquet. I don’t know about these things.

He’s always played well, very aggressive, and his backhand was enough good to win the match.

But at the same time it’s obvious, as I said before, no, I need to hit longer and I need to hit higher, longer to create him problems, no?  Continue reading “Despite Loss To Federer In Indian Wells, Rafa Confident Heading Into Miami Open”

Rafael Nadal On What Makes Roger Federer So Special

Q. I guess you’re pleased to win this one in two sets against such an opponent?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I think I played a solid match. I played a good match, no? Very aggressive with my serve, serving well, hitting good forehands, good backhands.

Very happy. I think I played much better today than the first day. Yeah, it was a good win. I played two horrible games, terrible. That’s it. For the rest of the match, I think I played very well.

Q. You obviously played Fernando a number of times. You know each other quite well. Is there something that he did today that was not what had happened in previous matches? Did you try something new?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I know, since the season started, I was playing well. So I tried to play my game, tried to play aggressive.

My goal was don’t let him play with his forehand from easy positions. And that’s what I tried. I started well the match. Then taked a while to have the break, but finally I had in the right game, in the 4-3, and I closed well.

So in the second I started with the break, and then happened what happened with those two games. Then I was there again.

So very pleased with my performance. And I won already two matches here. Playing a little bit better today than two days ago. Tomorrow another chance to go on court, and I’m going to try to play better than I did today.

Q. You have known Roger for so long, you’re friends, and, of course, you’re great rivals, played so many times. If you had to say what is the one thing about Roger’s game that makes him so special, what would you say if you had to boil it down?
RAFAEL NADAL: Everything (smiling). Yeah, he has the talent to do very difficult things that looks easy, you know. He’s able to take the ball very early, serve and first shot. He create a lot of winners with that, two first shots, no?

And then he’s able to take the ball always from inside, and he’s very quick going to the net. If you play short ball, then you know that he gonna go inside and gonna hit a winner, gonna play a shot that hit forehand or backhand, go to the net, and you are going to be in big trouble.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal On What Makes Roger Federer So Special”

Rafael Nadal on how he would change tennis

Rafael Nadal talks about his second round win over Guido Pella at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How do you feel you played today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, was a solid match, no? Was a match of the first round that I didn’t try to do amazing things. I tried to play solid. I tried to find the rhythm, and I think I did. For moments I played well; for moments I played a little bit less well. Important thing, I won, and I won in straight sets. I had some good feelings for a lot of moments.

In general terms, I think I played a solid match.

Q. On a day like today, we like to call this a dry heat. Pretty hot out there. How did you feel in the dry heat?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I adapt myself better to the dry heat than to the humid heat.

I think it’s easier for the players to resist that conditions than when it’s very, very humid.

But it’s true that today was hot, and there was a lot of sun out there. Very, very warm. Was difficult to control the ball. The ball was flying a lot.

Q. You were clearly going for more on your serves today with mixed success. How do you feel about that? Is it challenging to keep going for more in a match when maybe you know you’re going to perhaps double fault or have more second serves?
RAFAEL NADAL: Seriously, I am not having more double faults when I’m going for more. Sometimes I have more double faults when I’m playing more conservative.

I tried to serve, to increase a little bit the speed of the serve when the match was coming. In the beginning, tried to serve a little bit more safe.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal on how he would change tennis”

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal and young fan show off their football skills in Indian Wells

Young Mason got the chance of a lifetime to play football with three-time BNP Paribas Open champion Rafael Nadal in Indian Wells.

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal Supports Fia 3500 Lives Campaign

Rafael Nadal, Pharrell Williams, Antoine Griezmann, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa and many other celebrities are urging people to take more precautions when they drive, from not texting and driving to always remembering to wear a seat-belt.

Rafa’s advice: Be focussed!

My only recommendation is that when entering your car, be focused: focused on what you are doing, focused on the road and not having other distractions. I think it’s vital for the security of yourself and others.

Through its signature “Sign up, stay safe, save lives”, the campaign #3500LIVES campaign underlines the role that each and everyone can play to make road safer for all users.

Translated in 30 languages, this campaign is as of today live in 30 cities worldwide and will be rolled out in more than 70 countries by the end of 2017. It is estimated that on the launch the campaign will be seen 1 billion times. Continue reading “VIDEO: Rafael Nadal Supports Fia 3500 Lives Campaign”

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal absolutely nails this passing shot against Sam Querrey in Acapulo final

Watch Hot Shot as Rafael Nadal gets the crowd involved with a stunning winner against Sam Querrey in the final of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.