The whole world is excited for the opening of the clay season this Sunday. With the result of the draw yesterday, the world’s two best clay court players, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are back at work in Monte Carlo and might face off in the semifinals. Aside from them, there are 16 awesome players of Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in the draw, how about that! For sure this will be the match of the year. Raise your hand if you are thrilled!
Djokovic who lived in Monaco is very happy to play because he spends most of his time here when not in any competitions. Guess what?! He just walk or ride a bike to the tennis court. For Novak this will be a great start to the season. “It takes time to adjust as any other switch from different surfaces. I think the key point is movement, to really get your muscles used to harder, more demanding physical work.”
For first quarters, the players to watch out for are Tsonga and Almagro. Nadal should practice harder and be more motivated for second quarter. Who are your picks for the third, fourth and semi?
This is going to be exciting. Who’s your bet?
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Heavy topspin forehand, lefty slice serve, superior net game and great backhand – name it and he has it! Who are we talking about? No other than the competitive and the triumphant Rafael Nadal! And today together with his old friend and partner, Juan Monaco of Argentina, they clinched the doubles title in straight sets defeating Philipp Oswald and Julian Knowle on Friday.
Rafael Nadal stated “Playing with one of my best friends on tour is always very special.” While Juan Monaco said: “It’s an amazing feeling. I’m really happy and hopefully next year I can play again with my friend.”
This is Rafael Nadal’s fourth doubles title in Doha and ninth overall. “This has made it a positive week and I am going to be better prepared for Australia after winning this,” Rafael said after the 6-3, 6-4 winning score in the final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
He also said that he can evolve faster with his movement by playing doubles and it helps to get the feeling of winning again. His goal is to arrive in Australia prepared and competitive and he also added “You can win, you can lose, but I am doing all the things I need to be ready for the action. It’s a big motivation to be back at my best level as quickly as possible, and that’s what I am trying to do.”
For sure his fans are all so proud and happy for his achievements. Vamos Rafa!
I am much better! Murray said in one of his press conference on Saturday in Beijing. The evolution of the injury took a little bit of time, but that’s it. “I just feel the wrist a little bit when I am starting to play. The pain is still there but when I get the rhythm of the play it disappears he added.
If you remember, Rafael Nadal got his injured when he’s practicing at his home town in Mallorca. After three months of long wait he will now triumph over the tennis field and is set to return to action at the China Open.
“Beijing is always an important city in my career. Nadal won in 2005 and became the number one in the Emirates ATP Rankings. I feel comfortable here, I like the tournament and I like the city.” Rafael Nadal revealed. Nadal’s injury cannot stop him from competing especially now that he will be playing at his favorite city.
In addition to that, the best players are here so for sure he will not fail his fans and will rule the tennis world. Rafael Nadal will continue to practice often so that he will be able to get back on track and play perfectly.
World No. 2 and the man of tennis, Novak Djokovic won over Rafael Nadal with 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, as they met for the 41st time in the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in two hours and 19 minutes. Rafael Nadal recovered his score through closing, did the best and tried to take home the victory but luck was not for him as Djokovic rules the match. It is the first time for Rafael Nadal since 2004 has lost more than two matches on clay.
Djokovic proved that he is stronger and unbeatable. Djokovic said in an interview “It’s a special moment to win this tournament. “I want to thank my team who are always close to me and give me tons of support throughout my career. None of this would be possible without them. “I’ve really appreciated the chance to play here over the years and this final was an incredible challenge. I hope to return next year, see you again.” This is indeed a start of luck and positive views after the depressing news where thirty five were dead in the severe flooding in their country.
Truly year 2013 is Rafael Nadal’s moment to shine! Year 2013 has been a great one for him and he cannot count up his blessings any longer. In commemoration of the paper Marca.com 75 years, Rafael Nadal was chosen by their readers as the Greatest Spanish Athlete of All-Time or the “Legend Award” on night of Tuesday at Marca’s silver anniversary gala in Madrid. Rafael Nadal received a 25.6 per cent of full amount votes while the amazing Miguel Indurain on second rank along with NBA star Pau Gasol on third place.
Rafael Nadal speech was “I would like to thank everyone behind me and all those who aren’t here tonight because as well as tennis, I’m mad about sport in general,” Nadal said. “I have had some unforgettable afternoons thanks to all those who have taken Spain to the highest level in sport. Thank you so much because that excitement is what makes sport feel different.”
Rafael Nadal deserved this award as he showed exemplary performance that his fans beyond doubt enjoyed. He is a big example of a sportsman and everyone is more excited on what 2014 brings him. No one can own this title but him Vamos Rafa!
Two big names are combating to be the victor of the number one title in tennis world. 2005 titlist Rafael Nadal is thinking of an innovative and enhanced way on how to beat Novak Djokovic. Of course playing and giving his very best is one of his many weapons. We all know that in order for Novak Djokovic to succeed he must be successful and get the Beijing title and keep hold of his ATP ranking score.
Knowing that Nadal has been healthy playing tennis in years counting his win at the French Open, 21 straight hard-court matches as well as the US Open, without doubt Novak Djokovic will have a hard time defending his title. Is he really losing his top ranking? Will he ever get it back? Novak mentioned in an interview on Saturday that as long as there is an option he will not give up and go on with fighting for the title. “It is not over” he added. Nadal claim that he is playing forcefully adding a good pulse in his legs and in addition a lot of focus while playing will result to his most excellent serve.
If Nadal will go on with his perfect moves and serves just like how he played on the hard courts of America then there is no doubt that he will own the top rank next week. A lot of amazing matches are coming so let’s all wait and see whose name will be next on number 1 on rankings.
Everyone was amazed as the King of New York – Rafael Nadal overpowered Novak Djokovic to be the victor of the US Open for the second time with 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Even if he is playing with the top player in the world of tennis and that player is doing the whole thing right in the court, he will shock you with his power of hitting the tennis ball and return it effortlessly. Having thirteen glam slam titles, will you be of the same opinion that he is without a doubt the greatest male tennis player of all time?
He took seven months to rest because of his knee injury, and who would have thought that it was his way to success and that he will improved and play better than ever. Nadal also mentioned in an interview that he had to be almost perfect to win the game – “It means a lot for me have this trophy with me today. It’s just amazing. I’m very, very happy, and I just say thank you very much to everybody who helped me to make that possible. It’s a really special moment for me.”
Strategy wise, he really fiddles with his performance as well as his movements to strike the ace. Some call him Leonardo da Vinci of Tennis or Albert Einstein of tennis nevertheless Nadal is a great thinker and he really knows how to play his game.