Rafael Nadal has said that Borussia Dortmund is a good team, but, he wants Real Madrid to be the winner of the ongoing Champions League tournament.
Nadal wanted to be a football player in his childhood days, but, later, he decided to make his career in tennis. However, he still loves the game of soccer. He follows the matches of quite a few clubs around the world and Real Madrid is one of them.
Real Madrid will be facing Borussia Dortmund in the semi final of the Champions League and Nadal has made it clear which side he is going to support.
When asked which side he will be cheering for in the semi final of the Champions League, Nadal said, “It’s Real Madrid. I follow all their matches and really want them to win this tournament. Borussia Dortmund is also a decent side, but, my heart is with Madrid.”
“I think all the semi-finalist teams are pretty strong and the upcoming matches will be full of excitement. Anyone can be the winner from here. All the teams have got the quality.”
Apart from Dortmund and Madrid, the other two semi-finalist teams in the Champions League are Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona.
When Nadal was asked who between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is a better striker, he said, “Look, this question is really impossible to answer. Both of them are way ahead of the other guys. They are special players and the Spanish fans are very lucky that both are playing in La Liga.”
When asked about his preparations for the Monte Carlo Masters, Nadal said, “I have trained hard for that competition. I love the surface at Monte Carlo. I have always played well there and I am looking forward to have a go on that surface again.”
Spain has been defeated by Czech Republic in the final of the Davis Cup by 3-2. The hero of Czech’s victory was Radek Stepanek who defeated Nicolas Almagro in the final singles rubber match and secured the victory of his team. It was a pretty close contest, but, Stepanek managed to soak the pressure towards the end. Stepanek won the match by 6-4, 7-6(7-0), 3-6, 6-3.
Stepanek had tears in his eyes after defeating Almagro. The whole Spanish team was delighted with this victory. These two teams had taken on each other in the final in 2009 as well, but, in that match, Czech Republic was thrashed by Spain by a huge margin of 5-0. So, the Czech team got its revenge by defeating Spain in the final this time around.
In the post match press conference, Almagro said, “I still can’t believe that we have pulled it off. It has been our dream since quite a while and I want to thank the almighty for this.”
“It was a huge pressure game. I had never felt more pressure in my career before. At the start of the match, I was awfully nervous, but, after a couple of games, I settled down.”
“It got a bit tight after I lost the third set, but, thankfully, Nicolas lost his composure towards the end and things went in my favour in the fourth set.”
“I can’t tell you how happy I am right now. I am the happiest man in the world. Nothing can get better than winning a Davis Cup final for your country. Every tennis player dreams of this.”
“There is going to be a big celebration tonight. We have won the biggest tournament in tennis and it’s worth a big celebration.”
Rafael Nadal has said that it’s very difficult for him to make a comeback towards the end of this year. A few days ago, Tony Nadal, the coach of Rafael Nadal had said that Nadal would get 100% fit towards the end of this year.
When asked whether he thinks that he would be able to make a comeback towards the end of 2012, Nadal said, “I am not sure about it. It’s hard for me to regain 100% fitness towards the end of the current season. But, one thing is for sure, I will not make a comeback until I get 100% fit. I don’t want to go out there with 90% fitness and then, discover the injury again. That’s why, I am taking so much time.”
When asked how frustrating it is for him to sit at home and watch the matches on television, Nadal said, “It’s very frustrating to remain out of the game for so long. I have missed some major tournaments in the last few months and I can’t express in words how disappointed I am. But, that’s how it goes. Every sportsman has to deal with injuries at some point of time in his career.”
“Initially, I thought that I would get fit in a month and I would be able to participate in the US Open. But, unfortunately, I didn’t recover as fast as I had anticipated.”
“The most important thing is to follow the instructions of the doctors and that’s what I am doing. I have felt considerable improvement in my injury in the last two weeks and that’s a very good sign. I desperately want to play in the Australian Open next year and hopefully, I would be able to get fit before it.”
The Spanish superstar and one of the greatest tennis players of all times, Rafael Nadal, has announced that he would not be able to play in the US Open which is the last grand slam of the year. This is the fourth consecutive tournament that Nadal would miss due to his injury. Now, it has become clear that Nadal’s injury is quite serious and he needs a long time to get rid of the injury completely. Nadal had played his last match in June and he has been out of the tennis arena since the last two months. Nadal’s decision would have disappointed his fans a lot who have been waiting for the comeback of their favourite player for quite a while now.
Nadal wrote on his Twitter account that he is still struggling with his knee and it would take him some more time to be fully fit. As per Nadal, it would have been wonderful to feature in the Flushing Meadows again, but, he can’t do much about his injury. It is not sensible to go into a hard court tournament with an 80% fit knee. So, he decided to keep himself out of the tournament. Nadal further wrote that it has been frustrating to be out of tennis for so long and he wants to perform at the big stage again. Nadal hoped that he would be back in the Flushing Meadows next year.
Nadal’s playing style is a bit different and it puts a lot of pressure on his knees. He has been struggling with his knee since the last year, but, he kept playing with the injury. As a result, the injury has got more severe and now, he is missing one tournament after the other. According to Nadal, probably, he would be able to make a comeback towards the end of the year.
Rafael Nadal has announced that he is not going to participate in the Cincinnati Open which is going to start from 11th of August. This is not good news for the fans of Nadal. The Spanish superstar had kept himself out of the Rogers Cup as well. As per Nadal, he hasn’t got rid of his knee injury yet and it is not sensible to feature in a hard court tournament without a 100% fit knee. So, he has decided to take some more time.
Nadal said that he had some fantastic experiences playing at Cincinnati. The fans are pretty supportive there and he enjoyed a lot playing in the previous editions of this tournament. It would have been wonderful to play in Cincinnati again, but, he can’t do much about his injury. Read more »