Rafael Nadal has had his dominance at Roland Garros in the last decade. There has hardly been a player who has posed any sort of challenge to him on that surface. He has almost owned the Red Soil over there.

But, is the scenario going to be the same this season too? Well, nobody is quite sure about that, not even Nadal himself.

If Nadal walks away with another French Open title, it would be a world record. No one, in the history of the men’s game, has ever done that, that is, to claim ten Slam trophies at the same venue.

Also, the glory in France would take Nadal to no. 15 in terms of total Slam titles and thus, he would remain only two away from arguably the best of all time, Roger Federer.

But, the form that Nadal has shown from the start of 2015 till now, it does not guarantee another French Open success.

Yes, it’s the hard court season at the moment and clay would be different kettle of fish, but, still, watching Nadal play recently, anyone, who has followed him throughout his career, would say that it’s not quite the same player.

The main issue with Nadal is the lack of confidence. In some of the tournaments this season, it has looked as if that belief’s gone. He is not rating himself. He does not think he can win tournaments all over the world. In short, he has been slightly soft. ...continue reading Rafael Nadal has had his dominance at Roland Garros

The Spanish team has got ahead by 3-0 in their Davis Cup tie against Ukraine and has cruised into the World Group.

In the doubles match on the second day, Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal secured a hard fought victory over the Ukrainian pair of Sergiy Stakhovsky and Denys Molchanov and gave Spain an unbeatable lead. Lopez-Nadal won the match by 6-2, 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-4.

It took the Spanish pair a little more than 3 hours to win the match.

Talking to the reporters at the end of the doubles match, Nadal said, “We were off to a good start, but, they fought back quite well in the second set. But, thankfully, we managed to get things under control again.”

“We played with positive approach in the 3rd and the 4th set and achieved the target that we had set for ourselves. We are in the World Group again and that’s really a proud feeling.”

Nadal had not been featuring in the Davis Cup doubles matches since the last 7 years and he was not supposed to feature this time around either. It was Tommy Robredo who was expected to be Marc Lopez’s partner. But, considering the importance of this doubles encounter, the Spanish skipper Alex Corretja asked Nadal to pair Lopez and his decision proved to be a right one.

Nadal has just come out of an exhausting US Open campaign, but, he has shown no signs of tiredness in this tie so far despite so much of travelling and Corretja hailed his commitment to the side.

The Spanish captain said, “Rafa has shown great commitment and that’s the sign of a true champion.”

Nadal will not make an appearance in the reverse singles matches which will be played tomorrow.

Rafael Nadal’s countryman, David Ferrer, has defeated Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic in the first rubber in the final of the Davis Cup. With this victory, Spain has now got ahead by 1-0. Ferrer won the match in the straight sets by 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Spain has already won the Davis Cup thrice in the last four years and five times overall. The way Ferrer played in the first match; it seems that it would be pretty tough for the Czech Republic to stop Spain from winning its sixth Davis Cup title.

Ferrer was appointed as the captain of the Spanish team before the final because the regular captain Rafael Nadal was injured. The Spanish no. 2 led his team from the front. He defeated Stepanek with ease.

In the first set, both the players started pretty steadily and there were no breakthroughs in the first seven games. At the end of the seventh game, the score was 4-3 in the favour of Ferrer.

Ferrer managed to sneak a breakthrough in the eighth game and then, wrapped up the first set by holding his service in the next game.

In the second set, both the players broke each other’s service once in the first eight games and at the end of the eighth game; the scores were levelled at 4-4. The Spanish skipper got another breakthrough in the ninth game and then, like the previous set, he served out the next game to seal the second set as well.

In the third set, Ferrer was off to a brilliant start. He broke Stepanek’s service twice in the first seven games and was ahead by 5-2 at the end of the seventh game. Although Stepanek bounced back by sneaking a breakthrough in the eighth game and holding his service in the ninth game, but, that didn’t prove to be enough. Ferrer served out the 10th game and finished off the match.