Who would say no to the proposition of teaming up with Rafael Nadal?
It would be a dream for anyone to team up with him, but, playing with such a big player comes with disadvantages as well apart from the advantages, ask Garbine Muguruza who is set to partner the Spanish legend in the coming Olympic Games.
According to Muguruza, having Nadal on the same side of the court is obviously an advantage as he imparts a lot of advices and whenever he talks, you listen carefully because all his points are reasonable.
But, when someone like him is your partner, all the credit of winning a match will go to him. Even if you have contributed as much as him in a win, you would be overshadowed and your contribution would not get its due mention.
However, on the other hand, in case of a loss, he would not be the villain and the blame would come on you. Even if it was a collective poor performance, it would be said that because of having a weak partner, Nadal had to end up on the losing side. Read more »
Feliciano Lopez has backed Rafael Nadal saying that his countryman knows how to come back from adversities and people should dare to write him off only at their own peril.
Speaking about Nadal yesterday, the veteran said, “Players in top 3 are playing some wonderful Tennis at this point of time, particularly Novak. He’s been absolutely dominant for the past couple of seasons. So, it would not be easy for Rafa; that is for certain. But, you’ve got to trust him to be able to make a comeback with a bang because he has done that in the past. There’s no doubt that he has a lot left in that body still and he can win titles.”
When asked if he believes Nadal should look to appoint a new coach who can help him change his fortunes quickly, Lopez answered in negative and dismissed the idea.
In his words, “I don’t think getting a high profile coach is always the solution. It can’t be a guarantee of success. You can still struggle. The most important thing is the understanding between the coach and the player.”
“As far as Rafa is concerned, he’s got a Support Staff which has had a long association with him and he trusts them to the fullest.” Read more »
2015 has been torrid for Rafael Nadal thus far.
If a couple of tournaments are barred, he has had it quite tough right through the ongoing season whether you talk about form or fitness.
He has just not looked to be a man who has 14 Slams in his kitty.
For the first time in about a decade, he has slipped outside top 5 in the world rankings.
But, Nadal is looking to make sure he winds up with some success towards the end of the season.
Nadal is presently in Cincinnati to take part in the Western & Southern Open.
He is pretty eager to have a good time there so that he moves to Flushing Meadows with some confidence under his belt.
Speaking to the reporters yesterday, Nadal said, “It’s not one of the most successful seasons that I have had in my career, but, I think the last few tournaments, I have done alright and it would be really nice if I manage to sign off with some more good performances.”
Nadal is not in the top bracket as far as the favourites for the coming US Open are concerned, but, if somebody is completely counting him out, he is doing that at his own peril because the genius of the game that the Spaniard is, he can pull the rabbit out of the bag at any time and he has shown that in the past. Read more »