RafaLint: November 3rd

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Rafa will play his first singles match in Paris Masters against Rosol on Wednesday. They are scheduled to play the 4th match on the main court. Play starts at 10:30 AM local time.


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  • Rafa: ‘I Always Believed’ – via atpworldtour.com

    “I always believed that I was going to be in the top eight at the end of the season,” Nadal explained. “I’m humble enough to say, ‘Okay, if I keep playing bad, I’ll probably be in trouble.’ But I had the feeling that I was going to play better. I believe my level is to be there in the top eight. So even if I’ve had tough moments this year, the year is long.”

  • A Word from the Players – via bnpparibasmasters.com

    Rafael Nadal, before his singles opener on Wednesday:

    I played well last week. I finished the tournament feeling good. I’m just happy about the last three weeks playing two finals and one semi-final. Both matches that I lost were in three sets. I’m competing well against very good players. I’m happy about the way that I am practicing. It’s important for me to compete well and last week I competed well again.

    [I’m playing doubles here] because he [Leander Peas] asked me to play a few months ago. Doubles is another chance to practice under less pressure. I am enjoying doing this kind of thing because I feel that I am really working on things that we believe can help for the future. So it’s good to practice differently when you feel there’s something you need to improve.

  • Bercy Breakdown – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
  • A Paris, Rafael Nadal est prêt – via lequipe.fr (mangle)
  • Nadal building for next season after confidence crisis – AP via si.com

    Not that he thought he would not qualify for the season-ending tournament after a dismal year that saw him drop to 10th in the rankings last June, but the Spaniard felt so uncomfortable on the court that he was convinced making the trip to London would not be worth it.

    “It was not physical, it was mental,” Nadal said Tuesday at the Paris Masters. “If I was not enjoying on court and not feeling competitive, so it would probably not make sense to play on the toughest surface for me. I play to enjoy (myself) and to be 100 percent competitive.”

    [snip]

    “The story now is different, no? I’m enjoying on the court,” Nadal said. “I don’t have the nerves I had during the season. Doesn’t matter if I lose, I win, but I’m enjoying on court, on practice court, so I’m going to be there.”

  • Rafa nunca se fue – by Manolo Santana (elespanol.com) Here’s the mangle.

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En qué pista estoy? / Which court am I on? 😉

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Muchos habéis acertado… Estaba en #ROLANDGARROS!!! Many of you got it right… I was at #ROLANDGARROS!!!

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4 Responses

  1. elfie says:

    OMG – I cannot BELIEVE Rafa has to play Rosol again in the 1st round! My jaw literally dropped. Two tournaments in a row! What are the odds of that happening! What is WITH Rafa and that guy…unfinished business….? Geez I hope he can beat him again…what a tough match up for the first round – again.

  2. JayDee50 says:

    Rafa has certainly been busy between the end of Basel and the start of Paris, hope he’s up for the battle he’ll most certainly get from Rosol in his first match. Such a quick turnaround and having to face such an awful first opponent – ugh – I know Rafa’s feeling a bit more confident but hope tiredness doesn’t feature too much.

  3. Nils says:

    It doesn’t matter that the first match would be against Rosol in fact i felt it would do great wonders if he defeated Rosol again and just got rid of that particular ghost..and oh boy he di d that so beautifully. Vamos Rafa!

    PS: Shouldn’t the lint be titled November 3rd? :P