Roger Federer says Rafael Nadal deserves higher seed at French Open – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
Rafa drops in on PokerStars Madrid – by Brad Willis (pokerstarsblog.com)
Rafa Nadal: “La vida tampoco se acaba en el tenis” – interview with Rafa by Euginio G Delgado of 20 minutos. (mangle)
An interview with Rafa was posted today to as.com: Rafael Nadal: “Todavía no logro jugar sin pensar en la rodilla” by Alejandro Delmás. Thanks to Genny and Inés, we aren’t stuck with a mangle, we have an actual translation:
Rafael Nadal: “I am still to play without thinking of the knee”
One step from being 27 years old and already with four titles in 2013, Nadal sat with AS to discuss the current situation of his career, the Madrid tournament and the
Rafa’s pre-tournament interview:
Official Roland Garros 2013 magazines – download to your tablet today!
Madrid 2013 Monday Feature Big Four – poor Daveed
Big Four Pays Tribute To Brad Drewett In Madrid
Los talentos de KIA y una cuestión de pelotas – what the heck is Rafa doing just after the start of the 3rd minute?
Rafa does social media:
Rafa posted a photo of a practice chat session.
The transcript from Rafa’s pre-tournament presser has been posted on the ASAP Sports site.
Q. Hello Rafa. I would like to know if from zero to 100% how do you feel? Which percentage to you place on your game right now? Do you see it possible to reach whole conditions in Roland Garros?
RAFAEL NADAL: It’s complicated to analyze in which condition I am. You really don’t know when you’re 100% ready. Each day is a new day. I do what I
Nadal: “Best Still Yet To Come” – via atpworldtour.com
QUARTERED! ATP Mutua Madrid Open Men’s Prediction – by Jack Han (tennisconnected.com)
Drewett Honoured In Madrid Minute Silence – via atpworldtour.com
Tennis pays its respects to Brad Drewett – via madrid-open.com
Tournament favourites speak about Madrid – via madrid-open.com
Nadal happy with return to red clay – by Kieran Canning (AFP)
Tennis stars Federer and Nadal honor ‘a very loved man’ – via cnn.com
How about we start with some pictures from Madrid?
Photos by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe.
Nadal will not get higher seeding, says French Open chief – via Reuters
Roland Garros no modificará el orden de cabezas de serie – EFE via marca.com (mangle)
Shark Bites: Big Four Comparison – by by Greg Sharko (atpworldtour.com)
Red Redux – Tignor’s Madrid preview (tennis.com)
Federer and Nadal on Semifinal Course in Madrid – by Chris Oddo (tennisnow.com)
Madrid preview: Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova eye key rankings points – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
Get Ready for a Duel to the Death on
The draw for the Madrid Open was performed today. Here’s the pdf on the tournament site. Seeds in Rafa’s quarter are Almagro, Haas, and Ferrer. Seeds in his half are Gasquet, Cilic, Nishikori and Federer. Seeds in the top quarter are Djokovic, Wawrinka, Raonic, and Tsonga. Seeds in the 2nd quarter are Murray, Simon, Tipsarevic and Berdych.
Nadal entrena en Acapulco – via centraldeportiva.com (mangle)
Rafa Nadal & Rafa Marquez Foundations inspire Mexican runners to go that extra mile – via Nike, Inc (don’t forget to zoom on the photos)
Nadal y ‘Rafa’ Márquez juntos en Acapulco – EFE via excelsior.com.mx (mangle)
Rafa Nadal y Rafa Márquez reciben ayuda para sus fundaciones – from terra.com; includes photos (mangle)
Top 10 women behind the men: No 8 Rafa Nadal’s girlfriend – via thetennisspace.com
Photos from today’s practice session.
Photos by Kathy Yanez Tenorio
Photos from last night’s players’ party. Can you tell the theme was white?
Photos by Kathy Yanez Tenorio and Jose Maria Saiz