Cincinnati draw

Photo by Beth Wilson

Photo by Beth Wilson

The draw for Cinci is out. While there’s no such thing as an easy draw in these Masters events, this one looks a bit more promising than the Rogers Cup draw. After his first round bye, he could face either Seppi or a qualifier. In his quarter are Tsonga, Gonzalez and Monfils. In his half are Davydenko, Simon, Djokovic.

Contrary to rumors, Rafa is not playing doubles in Cinci. The doubles draw can be found here.

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  1. AnaR says:

    El País of today,

    http://www.elpais.com/articulo/deportes/Necesito/ir/lentamente/elpepidep/20090819elpepidep_9/Tes/

    It is a very short interview but it is the latter. Rafa, as always with his feet on the ground.

    The translation..

    It was a bitter anniversary: yesterday, just a year after his ascent to world tennis number one, Rafael Nadal was discovered himself become number three, just recovered from an injury that he has set aside two months and half of the courts and that he fears like a mirage. The Spanish, the number two displaced by the British Andy Murray, lives surrounded by expectation: it’s the price paid for the outstanding first set played by Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals, and that Rafa lost in Toronto. Today, however, debuts in Cincinnati against Italian Andreas Seppi and pronouncing words that he never would have said until now.

    “It is impossible to go from zero to one hundred,” Nadal said after training with the Ecuadorian Lapentti under a burning sun. “I need to make small progress every day. Today [on Monday], I trained during 1h 45m,” he continued, “normally a day before the game, I would have played 2h 30m. I need to go slowly. The important thing is to be well physically. For my experience, I know that if I work hard and can do so with the same intensity as I did in the past, I’m going to have any chance of returning to my best level. If not this year, the next. I know. ”

    Does not play the doubles

    Nadal in Cincinnati runs in their first attempts to adapt their customs to the loaded schedule of tennis, which has punished his body. Does not play the doubles. The training is less. And he remains the tendinitis of insertion and bone edema in both knees that forced him to quit playing.

    Are you motivated by the struggle to regain the number two? “My motivation,” said the Majorcan, “is to be ready to compete at one hundred percent as fast as possible. If I feel physically well, with your knees to one hundred percent, I am able to train intensely to try again. I am number three. It is a good number. … But I am happy it is clear that I am going to do my best to try to win more tournaments, continued saying “who seeks the only big missing to him, the United States Open” that begin from august 31. “You have to see how I feel as here as in New York. I think it’s too early for me with two weeks training and two tournaments.”