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AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Rafael Nadal not just Rusty. Body Broken

It takes a recklessness to be Nadal. It’s not only about running with abandon, but also about throwing everything you have with every single body part into every single motion. It is to push limits, to create energy and adrenaline so powerful that even people watching can feel it. To be Nadal is not to float gracefully like Roger Federer, but to storm the court like no one before...
Via Greg Couch on Tennis
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Tomas Berdych Faced His Demons And Rafael Nadal… And Lived To Tell About It

It is one of the most famous quotes in tennis history. After beating Jimmy Connors in 1980, Vitas Gerulaitis — who had lost his previous 16 matches to Jimbo — said, “No one beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row!” Never mind the fact that Bjorn Borg had won 20 matches against Gerulaitis without a defeat — the quote is rightly considered a classic, and it was typical of...
Via Attacking The Net
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal Stunned by Tomas Berdych at Australian Open

(January 27, 2015) 2009 Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal is out of the Australian Open in the quarterfinals. , No. 7 Tomas Berdych defeated the No. 3 player in the world 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (5) on his fourth match point on Tuesday in Melbourne. Berdych has now reached his fifth career slam semifinal. Coming into the match Berdych had lost 17 straight matches to Nadal. The Czech was...
Via Tennis Panorama
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Australian Open Day 9 Men’s Match Notes and Previews

2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN DAY 9 MEN’S NOTES Tuesday 27 January Quarterfinals Bottom Half     Featured matches   No. 3 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v No. 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE) No. 6 Andy Murray (GBR) v Nick Kyrgios (AUS)     On court today…   2009 champion Rafael Nadal has reason to be confident ahead of his clash against Tomas Berdych on Rod Laver Arena. The Spaniard is on a 17-match...
Via Tennis Panorama
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open Affirmations: Nadal And Sharapova Do What They Do Best

If a single theme can be gleaned from the first three days of the 2015 Australian Open, it is this: For anyone who has played professional tennis for an appreciable length of time, the cauldron of major-tournament pressure reveals the essence of that player — not always in a career-long context, but often enough to make us notice. Indian Wells and Rome and Cincinnati all have their...
Via Bloguin Best
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Idiot screams during Nadal’s serve, opponent asks umpire to grant Nadal first serve again (VIDEO)

YouTube Let me set the scene: 2nd round of the Australian Open. Third-ranked Rafael Nadal against unranked 27-year old American Tim Smyczek (pictured).  Fifth and final set.  Nadal was serving, leading 6-5 and 30-Love. Nadal’s first serve toss went up.  Some idiot screamed.  Nadal faulted.  Enter Smyczek, a model of sportsmanship.  Smyczek told the chair umpire to grant...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal beats Mikhail Youzhny with style at Australian Open

  Rafael Nadal didn't show any side effects from a lack of match practice while beating former top-10 player Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday. Playing on Rod Laver Arena, Nadal moved well around the court and often seemed impressed with his play, double fist-pumping after winning a point on a lunging backhand volley in the third set...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal Speeds Past Youzhny to Advance at Australian Open

View image |   (January 19, 2015) Rafael Nadal answered any questions about his confidence, form or fitness on Monday in a dominating one hour, fifty-minute victory over Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday in Rod Laver Arena. “Very positive result for me,” Nadal said. “I think very good start. Very important...
Via Tennis Panorama
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal lacks confidence heading into Australian Open

  Asked to predict who will win this year's Australian Open, Rafael Nadal takes a deep breath, shrugs his shoulders and insists it won't be him. The 14-time Grand Slam winner is back on tennis' big stage after injuries and ailments sidelined him for several months. But rebuilding his confidence remains a work in progress. ''I don't consider myself one of the favorites here,'' the...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Nadal 'working as hard as I can' to ready for Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal says he's "working as hard as I can" to be ready for Monday's start to the Australian Open following a right wrist injury and appendix surgery late last year. Nadal went through a strenuous workout at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, followed by a two-hour exhibition match against Mark Philippoussis and Fernando Verdasco as part of a charity night...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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