RafaLint: October 16th

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Rafa will play Tsonga in the Shanghai semifinals at 4:30 pm local time.

(And this is a quick lint because I need to get a nap before the match. I won’t be able to sleep after it because I have a charity event to attend for work at the crack of dawn.)

Articles:
  • Nadal Surges Past Wawrinka Into Semis – via atpworldtour.com

    “Being in the semi-finals is a great result for me,” said Nadal. “I hadn’t played the semi-finals on hard court all year and now I am playing two weeks in a row in the final rounds. That’s a big improvement for me. In terms of confidence, in terms of level of tennis, I am playing better. Very happy for that because I am working so hard.”

  • 300: Nadal Reaches Masters Milestone – via atpworldtour.com

    With his speedy 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 4-ranked Stan Wawrinka in Shanghai on Friday, Rafael Nadal notched his 300th career ATP Masters 1000 win (300-62), and now trails only Roger Federer (326-95) in that category.

    When it comes to winning percentage at the ATP Masters 1000 events, Nadal (.828) is ahead of both Novak Djokovic (.817) and Federer (.774) on the all-time honor rolls.

  • Making, and Taking, His Own Luck – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)

    Nadal, rightly, still focused on the positives in his own play, and in the results he’s seen this week. He knows that you need a little luck—you need to make your own, and you need to take what your opponent gives you. Yes, confidence is about believing that you can take your forehand early and hit it past your opponent. But it’s also about believing in the more nebulous concept of “destiny.” You control what you can control—the emotions, the nerves, the points—and trust that the things you can’t control won’t go against you in the end. As I said, for many champions, this bedrock confidence comes naturally, but that’s not always the case with the ever-realistic Rafa. He needs proof. At this stage in his career, the only moral victory is winning.

  • Rafael Nadal moves into Shanghai semifinals after routing Stan Wawrinka – AP via espn.com (Includes an autoplaying highlights video from today.)

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