Some pictures from Rafael Nadal’s practice session on Saturday.
One word – AWESOME. Well done, Rafa!
The French Open draw has been made in Paris and Rafael Nadal faces a major test if he is to claim ‘La Decima’. He has been drawn in the same half of the draw as defending champion Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem.
Rafa will meet Benoit Paire in the first round as he looks to add to his incredible 72-2 record at the clay-court Grand Slam championship, where he has clinched the 2005-08, 2010-14 crowns.
Rafa’s potential route to the final:
- 1st round: Beniot Paire
- 2nd round: Viktor Troicki
- 3rd round: Gilles Simon
- 4th round: Jack Sock
- Quarter-final: Milos Raonic
- Semi-final: Novak Djokovic or Dominic Thiem
- Final: Andy Murray or Stan Wawrinka
Potential French Open 2017 quarter-final draw (if top seeds win through):
- Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori
- Stanislas Wawrinka v Marin Cilic
- Milos Raonic v Rafael Nadal
- Dominic Thiem v Novak Djokovic
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP World Tour
As part of a Babolat promotion, Rafael Nadal and Jack Sock sit down for an interview with each other in Paris. Get answers to all your questions.
Rafael Nadal recently teamed up with Movistar to trick a few folks into thinking they were playing tennis with a virtual reality version Rafa, when in reality it was the King of Clay the whole time.
Rafael Nadal said he intends to have a free weekend before ramping up his preparations for Roland Garros from Monday.
Tomorrow I’ll be in Mallorca fishing or playing golf, or another thing. I’m going to rest a little bit, I think I deserve it. Then from Monday and Tuesday I will start to prepare for Roland Garros. It’s an important event for me. If you do things well, you have more chances in Roland Garros. I hope to play my best tennis in Roland Garros.
I didn’t play very well. I want to congratulate him because he was better than me this afternoon. Great, in all aspects. He played long, he played very aggressive, hitting the ball very strong with high intensity. In general I was not able to push him back. He got a lot of points, maximum, more times than me. And that’s the key of this game. It’s obvious I didn’t play my best match.I’ve been playing a lot. It’s difficult, every day. Madrid then Rome back-to-back, after Barcelona. It’s not easy playing every day for the last four weeks.
(Eurosport) – Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal is out of the Italian Open after a straight-set defeat by Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals. It is Rafa’s first defeat of the season on clay and only the third and fourth sets that he has dropped on clay across the entire season. It also brings to an end Rafa’s run of 17 straight victories.
The Austrian was dominant in the opening set as he raced into a 5-1 lead. Rafa regained some composure and managed to fight back to 5-4 but he couldn’t prevent Thiem taking the set. The pair served out the opening six games of the second but Rafa found a break and hold in the seventh and eighth to open up a 5-3 lead. He then break Rafa’s service game again to secure a memorable victory.