Rafael Nadal showed what we should expect at Roland Garros as he conquered Dominic Thiem at the Barcelona Open final.
The Spain international did not drop a single set as he cruised to his tenth Barcelona Open title – this makes his 71th career tour title.
The 30-year old star is the first man in the Open era to claim ten titles, after winning the Monte Carlo Masters last week. The king of clay is seeking to repeat the third tenth in Paris later this month.
Thiem had defeated World No. 1 in the last stage en route the finals but he was no match for Nadal who saw him off in 90 minutes. Nadal was terrific at the tournament as he played all his games in the court at the Real Tennis Club renamed after him.
“It was a close first set and a good quality of tennis. Anything could have happened. But then I started playing at a very high level and Dominic started making a few more mistakes,” Nadal said after the duel. ...continue reading NADAL LIFTS 10TH BARCELONA OPEN TITLE
The end of the month will see Rafael Nadal make a comeback into the sport after he was sent out to the sidelines by wrist injury problems, and he has come on to explain how 'being happy' and 'playing well' are his two main goals when he returns.
The start of the 2016 season had seen Nadal start well as he began to get back to his best form, following an injury filled campaign in 2015.
However, the wrist injury, which he got during the French Open, ensured that his 2016 campaign was effectively derailed. This saw him failing to win any single title, apart from the gold medal he had won at a doubles event in the Rio Olympic Games held in Brazil.
At the Olympics and the US Open, Nadal tried to play through the pain but was forced to take a break after he lost in a second round in October at the Shangai Masters. ...continue reading NADAL ANTICIPATES COMEBACK, TALKS ABOUT HAPPINESS AND WINNING
Despite the 2016 season ending in a tour ban for Nick Kyrgios, Rafael Nadal believes that he can go on to become better and continue his rise to glory in 2017.
Mischa Zverev had defeated Kyrgios 6-3 6-1 which resulted in the ATP suspension. The Australian youngster later on apologized for his actions.
The 21-year old had seen a wonderful career this year as he rose up the world rankings to sit at the No. 13 position in the tennis world and Rafael Nadal believes he can even do better.
The young Australian has shown his potential as a player headed for the top-10, as he featured in the quarterfinals of both the Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
However, he has been involved in many controversies of recent and is beginning to gain a negative reputation as the ‘bad boy’ of men tennis.
Nadal however believes that it would take the young man’s head being in the right place for him to excel since he already has the much-needed talent.
"Kyrgios is already at the top, a player who has unbelievable potential.
"If he has focus on himself, he can become world number one and win a Grand Slam." ...continue reading NADAL BACKS NICK KYRGIOS AND THANASI KOKKINAKIS
Rafael Nadal has hinted that Kei Nishikori might deliberately have taken more time than he needed in the washroom to obstruct the rhythm he had attained in the match at that juncture.
Nadal said when he was in the Brazilian capital to play a tournament the previous year and in one of the matches, he wanted to go in and put on another pair of shorts, he was not given the permission of that. Then, how could Nishikori have such a long break in the middle of a match? ...continue reading NADAL HINTS AT GAMESMANSHIP
For the fans of Nadal, who have been worrying about his health and how he has had to withdraw from the French Open for his wrist injury need not worry about the way he is spending his time.
Recent news shows Rafael having been on a yacht cruise in Ibiza. This was an apt way to celebrate his 30th birthday. Hence, it is safe to assume that the break that came from the French Open for his wrist injury has definitely given him a chance to unwind. ...continue reading Nadal Relaxes On His Birthday
There have been several rumors doing the rounds, especially since Rafael Nadal suddenly pulled out of the French Open. Many fans wanted to see Nadal come up against his arch opponent Novak, but that did not happen. The latest injury that ails this star is a wrist injury.
Fans have been hoping that the injury would not prevent him from playing the forthcoming Wimbledon championship. However, most people realize that Nadal would have to take time off from the Queen’s Club games as well this season. ...continue reading Is Nadal Ready to Return