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‘I trust that Rafael Nadal will be…’, says ATP star

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The quarter-finals of the 2021 Australian Open saw the elimination of world number two Rafael Nadal, one of the favorites for the final victory of the tournament, eliminated by the young Greek talent Stefanos Tsitsipas. More than the defeat itself caused a sensation the way it arrived as the Iberian player had dominated the first two sets and found himself losing unexpectedly, thus losing the chance to overtake Roger Federer in the race to fight against Grand Slam tournaments.

 

 

Feliciano Lopez recently spoke about his compatriot Rafael Nadal, showering rich praise on the 34-year-old. But Lopez wasn’t as kind towards Nick Kyrgios, as he criticized the Australian’s ‘unjustifiable’ behavior.

Lopez on his compatriot Rafael Nadal
While speaking with Radio Marca, Feliciano Lopez opined that Nick Kyrgios gets a lot more attention from the media than he deserves. The Spaniard also believes, however, that Kyrgios is an exceptional tennis player when his mind is in the right place.

 

 

“Kyrgios is talked about too much in the media when many times he has unjustifiable behavior,” Lopez said. “But when he is well and focused he makes (some) spectacular tennis.” Lopez does have faith, however, that Rafael Nadal will participate in the event if it takes place.

 

 

The 39-year-old also highlighted how Nadal is exceptionally well-regarded in Madrid. “It would be great news to celebrate the Madrid Open with people, it is what we want, but the situation is what it is,” Lopez said.

 

 

“If there is a tournament I trust that Rafael Nadal will be with us, he shows that he feels identified and people acclaim him.” Like most Madrid fans, Lopez hopes that Mbappe and Haaland will ply their trade in Madrid some day.

 

 

“It was a long time since as a football fan, I had not enjoyed so much with two players like Haaland and Mbappe,” Lopez said. “I hope I can see them both in Madrid.” Rafael Nadal’s campaign at the 2021 Australian Open ended with a shock quarterfinal defeat at the hands of Stefanos Tsitsipas.

 

The Spaniard will next play at the Rotterdam Open in March, followed by the Miami Masters, the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, the Barcelona Open and the Madrid Masters in the spring. Since his provisional schedule has already been announced, it is no surprise that pictures of Rafael Nadal’s outfits for the American hardcourt and European claycourt swing have started doing the rounds of social media.

 

 

At Miami, Nadal will be wearing the same Nike Court Aeroreact line he wore at Roland Garros last year and the Australian Open this year, albeit with a different color scheme.

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Djokovic explains exactly why he’ll never be loved like Federer

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Novak Djokovic has claimed his stature in the tennis world is an “injustice” after a brutally irritated admission about his popularity.

Novak Djokovic can in the same moment be Superman and Lex Luthor.

The world No. 1 is still on track for an insane ninth Australian Open title at Melbourne Park, despite being plagued by a mystery injury following his epic five-set third round win over Taylor Fritz.

Djokovic will on Tuesday meet German Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals, but continued to appear strained by his apparent abdominal injury when accounting for Milos Raonic in their fourth round match.

His struggles have been well documented this week with the Serbian admitting he would have pulled out of any other tournament except a grand slam as a result of the mystery injury.

It came after a crazy day of speculation around the Serbian superstar with few people actually sure of the true extent of his injury. Aussie Nick Kyrgios even took a sly shot on Instagram suggesting Djokovic may have been pretending about the injury in an act of gamesmanship to stop Fritz’s momentum in their match.

The scorn, suspicion and chilly reception to a win Djokovic described as “one of the most special wins in my life” has left the 33-year-old crying victim.

He said after his win over Raonic that the lack of appreciation for his gutsy win over Fritz was part of an “injustice” in how he is treated by the world’s tennis media and portrayed at times as the inconvenient threat to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

He said it seems unfair that Federer’s five-set win over Tennys Sandgren at the 2020 Aussie Open — where he survived a groin injury and defended seven match points — was celebrated so differently to his own great escape.

“That’s like opening Pandora’s box,” he said of his portrayal, according to Serbian journalist Sasa Ozmo.

“If we begin to discuss that, we won’t finish this evening. Presumably there are millions of different reasons.

“Truthfully, I have mostly made peace with it. I cannot say that it doesn’t sometimes get to me – of course an injustice or an unfair portrayal by the media affects me. I am a human being, I have emotions and naturally I don’t enjoy it.”

He says he remains determined to speak his mind and won’t stop as a result of repeated public backlashes.

He claims some of his public comments have not been accurately portrayed in some media reports and says he has felt at times that there is an agenda against him.

“I am able to put my hands up and apologise when I have made a mistake, but yes, my mistakes are perhaps less forgiven in the public in comparison to other players and sports stars,” he said.

“Of course it hurts when baseless criticism is fired your way and when you’re treated differently, but in a way, that is the path I have chosen.”

Meanwhile, Djokovic on Sunday night refused to discuss his injury.

“I understand you want to know but I don’t want to get into it, what it is,” he said post-match. “Yes, I did an MRI and I know what it is but I don’t want to talk about it now, I’m still in the tournament so I hope you guys understand.

“It’s not ideal for me, I definitely have felt better before my third round match with Fritz. I didn’t know a few hours before I stepped onto the court tonight whether I was going to play or not. I didn’t hit a tennis ball yesterday. I tried to use every single hour possible to recover and give myself at least every little bit of a chance to step on the court.

“If I was a part of any other tournament except for a slam I wouldn’t be playing. But it’s a grand slam, it matters a lot to me at this stage of my career and I want to do everything possible in this short amount of time to get on the court.”

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‘Rafael Nadal literally thrashed Novak Djokovic’, says former No. 2

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How can you identify the greatest tennis player in the world? What are the parameters to take into consideration? All questions to which there is no real answer. The debate on the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) will probably never end and indeed with the recent victory at Roland Garros of the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal will become even richer.

The Majorcan has now joined Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slam titles while Novak Djokovic chases at 17. Recently, the strong Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic also spoke on the matter and he too declared that the debate on the GOAT will never end.

In conclusion it can be said that there are several additional factors to consider in the debate, beyond the Grand Slam count. Novak Djokovic was ‘literally thrashed’ by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, says Alex Corretja.

Corretja on the French Open final

“Rafael Nadal literally thrashed Novak Djokovic,” Alex Corretja told sport.es. “And it should be remembered that the Serbian is the current number one in the world and that he has 17 Grand Slams to his credit.

“He defeated him at the most important moment and under the most adverse conditions”. Corretja also stressed just how big Nadal is in Spain, claiming no other Spanish athlete can match his popularity. “Without a doubt, he is the Spanish athlete with the largest number of followers in our country and the audiences support him.

The final had more than three and a half million viewers hooked on television to see Rafa’s new feat”. Rafael Nadal is respected and thought about a lot around the world. And for budding tennis players in Spain, Rafa is their inspiration.

Rafa’s academy in Mallorca, Spain is bringing up top talent into the tennis court. In his career or life, Rafa follows simple formulas to be who he is. The Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience is Rafa Nadal’s first and only trophy exhibition in which, in addition to collecting his 20 Grand Slam titles, highlights of his sporting career are collected from when he started playing tennis until today.

The tour is done through his trophies, but also through the shirts and shoes that Rafa won each of the Grand Slam finals in and played with throughout his career. In addition to knowing firsthand the results of one of the best tennis players in history, in the exhibition area visitors will be able to see the objects donated by some of the main figures in the history of world sport such as Michael Jordan, Fernando Alonso, Pau Gasol, Roger Federer, Mireia Belmonte, Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others.

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Rafael Nadal: “Better that a sportsman does not deal with politics”

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The controversy arising from the words of the Swedish AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic about LeBron James has caused a sensation in recent days. The experienced AC Milan player praised the qualities of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, but at the same time he stressed that as a basketball champion he only had to take care of that and not argue for political issues and that in any case they did not concern him.

LeBron James responded harshly in the conference, but during an interview with Veja the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal, although in different contexts and not dealing with this, wanted to talk about this issue. Here are his words: “Why don’t I want to talk about politics? I am aware of the political situation and I talk about it a lot with my friends and with my team members, I am informed and have my own opinion like any other citizen.

However, I know that if I start talking about politics, everything I say will be taken from a certain context and would make me uncomfortable. For this reason I avoid talking about it, even if I think I have every right in the world to express my opinion.”

Rafael Nadal on his career and on Djokovic
The Spanish champion also stated: “COVID-19 struck me a lot, especially during the quarantine. I couldn’t and didn’t want to train, I didn’t want to do anything.
When we managed to get some situations I resumed training albeit with less intensity, always trying to avoid injuries.

It was a slow process that took place step by step. I changed my routine and the virus undoubtedly hit me. Training without knowing what the next tournament was going to be was tough, we didn’t have any goals. However, playing without an audience was really sad, but I think I adapted to the new situation at Roland Garros.”

On the behavior of Novak Djokovic during the pandemic Rafa declared: “I prefer to talk about how I have lived the last few months instead of judging what others are doing. It was very difficult to observe what was happening and especially about what was happening around me.

We live in a very strict quarantine with thousands of deaths, I remember that between April and June there were over 50 thousand deaths in Spain. I didn’t have the strength to do anything given the situation and I think that given the problems of so many countries it is impossible to relax.”

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