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Rafael Nadal admits: ‘I felt pressure on my Roland Garros debut’

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Entering the season from just outside the top-50, Rafael Nadal became the second-strongest link in men’s tennis in 2005. In February, the young Spaniard won two titles on clay before reaching another final at the Masters 1000 event in Miami and losing to Roger Federer in thrilling five sets after squandering a massive lead.

 

 

A teenager was on a fantastic streak from Monte Carlo, rattling off four straight titles and passing one rival after another on the ATP ranking list. With two Masters 1000 crowns and a Major on his tally, Nadal became world no.

3 after Roland Garros, experiencing a short campaign on grass in Halle and Wimbledon before returning to his beloved clay in Bastad and Stuttgart. Rafa extended his winning streak on the slowest surface to add a couple of trophies to his already impressive cabinet, standing as world no.

2 ahead of Montreal, where he was the top seed.

Rafael Nadal claimed the Roland Garros title on his debut in 2005.
Taking a well-deserved rest before Canada, Nadal was among the players to beat in the quest for his first title on hard court, kicking off the campaign against his countryman and friend Carlos Moya.

Rafa defeated Carlos 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in two hours and 38 minutes for a winning start. Despite facing only one break point and never losing serve, Nadal had to work hard to secure the triumph, wasting 13 out of 15 break opportunities and failing to win a point in the second set tie break.

Starting all over, the youngster grabbed a break in the decisive set to find himself over the top. After the match, Nadal said he felt pressure in Paris, which was not the case in Montreal despite being the top seed and among the title favorites.

“Carlos Moya is a good player; I knew it would not be easy. I had many chances in sets two and three but failed to convert many of those and finish the job earlier. We always practice together in Mallorca, and he is my best friend on the Tour.

It was vital for me to work with the top-10 player as a junior. I’m usually excellent at converting break chances, but that did not work today; Carlos served well while facing break chances. I was not aggressive enough, and I seized only two opportunities as I did not put him under enough pressure.

I do not feel the pressure as the top seed; I always want to win all the matches at every tournament. I felt the pressure at Roland Garros, not here in Canada. The first match is never easy, and I’m happy with the way I played,” Rafael Nadal said.

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Leylah Fernandez: Fans chanting my name at Indian Wells Masters felt surreal

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US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez admitted that hearing fans chant her name at the Indian Wells Masters felt “surreal.” On Friday, Fernandez played her first match since her outstanding US Open campaign and fans in the stands chanted her name.

Fernandez, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, saw off Alize Cornet 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells third round. “It’s surreal. You dream of that happening, but you don’t expect that to happen …

I got goosebumps. Like, even now, my Heart suit is beating so fast … I was so happy,” Fernandez said, per Mark Masters. Fernandez was asked on what did she work after the US Open. “Everything (laughs) … We always try to look for that extra inch, extra millimetre to be better …

We worked on everything,” Fernandez claimed.

Fernandez was thrilled to meet Maria Sharapova
“I was lucky enough to to meet Maria Sharapova at the Met (Gala). We kind of chatted a little bit and she gave me some pretty good advice.

She told me her own experience and the way that she was able to bounce back,” Fernandez revealed. Meanwhile, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek shared advice for Fernandez and US Open champion Emma Raducanu. “Well I would say balancing all the things you have to do on-court and all the things that [you’ve] been doing for the past years with all that new stuff,” Swiatek explained.

“Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning. It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].

“Also having the people around you who won’t be pushing you to do more because of public relations or publicity. Just you know maybe staying calm a little bit and waiting for how you will react to all of that.”

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Maria Sharapova Beautiful and Sexy on a Magazine! (PHOTOS INSIDE)

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Here are some sexy shots of Maria Sharapova. The Russian used some free time off the courts to be immortalized by Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine, before Wimbledon

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Martina Hingis Used Me! Says Ex Husband to Le Journal du Dimanche

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Martina Hingis is happily back to tennis life. After leaving the circuit, she got back to living it. Just in doubles though, and some random single’s appearances in Fed Cup, just to show that despite the years and rust, she still is one of the greatest talents ever witnessed in women’s tennis.

As great as she is on court, Martina over the years has draw attention on her personal life far more than she ought to, with troubled relationships. Now, her former marriage is back on the news, with Martina’s ex husband Thibault Hutin taking on French Le Journal du Dimanche, to reveal that first of all the couple is legally still bonded and secondly that Swiss champion has used him over the years they have been together.

Hingis and Hutin got married in 2010, and while according to the media the Swiss is divorced, legally it appears the couple is yet to tear apart. In 2013 Thibault sued Martina for harassment. Their divorce is yet to be made official, and that hurts Hutin, as reported by JDC.

“My life is trash. I mistakenly left riding to preserve our marriage. I left my passion, there is nothing left. Without my family, I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent” confessed Thibault. When the couple met, Martina had just gotten back from a two-year suspension for cocaine abuse, thus she was quite fragile and not well seen by the media.

“Martina asked me to do interviews with her. Someone told me about her problems briefly, I didn’t know anything about it. Back than things were still tense. She wasn’t allowed to go to tournaments. She needed to rebuild an image.

The marriage with a good Frenchman was perfect at that time. She used me. Thinking about it now it seems obvious”. After more trouble, that including a surprising visit from Hutin to Hingis in New York that didn’t go well, the two separated in 2013.

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