Category: Greatest Spanish Tennis Players

HOW RAFA NADAL STARTED

We look at how talented Spaniard RafaNadal started his journey to winning ATP Tours.


The 30-year old is preparing well for the forthcoming French Open. He has been zooming to finals and lifting titles and breaking records. He started his brilliant run in the ATP Tour 15 years ago.

Nadal got his first win in the ATP event at home, winning in front of familiar faces in Mallorca. Nadal was only 15 years and 10 months but he achieved the feat. He defeated Paraguayan Ramon Delgado, a player ranked in the top 100, 6-4, 6-4. Nadal is one of the youngest players to rise to that level in the Open era.

Nadal alongside Richard Gasquet were among the first 15-year old stars to get an ATP win. Ryan Harrison is the only other person to have done so after them. It has been 15 years and Nadal has not looked back. Read more »

RAFA NADAL LOSES MEXICAN OPEN FINAL

Rafa Nadal suffered a shocking loss to Sam Querrey in the Mexican Open final on Saturday.


Querrey had defeated four higher-ranked tennis stars on the way to the final but Nadal was widely expected to end the impressive run by beating him in the final. However, Querrey humbled the Spain international 6-3, 7-6 (3) using a strong serve.

Querrey becomes the first American to lift the Mexican Open in the history of the tournament – but it is the ninth of his career. Querrey had to overcome fifth seed David Goffin, fourth seed Dominic Thiem, and six seed Nick Kyrgios before ousting Nadal in the final. It was an impressive feat for the American as it is his first tournament victory since his exploits in Delray Beach last year.

Querrey was just outstanding at the tournament. Even though Nadal was not at his best, he tried to put up a decent performance but it was too late to stop the rally. His serves were just top notch on the night. Read more »

FROM THE COURT TO THE CLASSROOM; RAFAEL NADAL READY TO TRANSFER HIS SECRETS

Spanish tennis beacon Rafael Nadal has launched a new tennis academy christened after him in Spain capital, Madrid.


The Manacor-born has a similar set-up in his native community and has no doubt his latest project will succeed. The academy’s objective is to build teenagers who have flair for the sport into professionals and at the same time, well rounded personalities.

According to The King of Clay, the training is built to go beyond life in the courts; stressing that his main goal is to provide the young stars with an all-round education

The state-of –the-art Rafael Nadal academy boasts of up-to-date teaching techniques, over twenty courts, swimming pool and a gym. Read more »

Rafael Nadal being Best Player to Team up

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

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

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 »