Nadal Unable To Contain Murray

Mutua Madrid Open, Spain Men’s Semifinal: [2] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. [5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) Wavering confidence aside, Nadal was playing on an empty tank.  He will be the first one not to make excuses and to give all credit to his opponent; however, we know that yesterday’s match against Joao Sousa drained him.  Add…

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No Repeat Nadal Upset For Fognini

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Spain [5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [31] Fabio Fognini (ITA) Nadal knows well how dangerous Fognini can be, he had the misfortune of losing two consecutive times to him on clay last year and memories of losing in the round of 16 at this tournament probably still stings. If those two…

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Are they ready?

The first major (Australian Open) of the 2015 season is less than a week away and fans must be curious about the chances of the player(s) they follow.  I am excited at the prospect of this first major challenge for all the players; however, I am specifically interested in how Serena and Rafa are going…

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Rafa needs rest

Swiss Indoors Basel, Switzerland [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) is a shadow of his former self.  In his match today against [CR75] Simone Bolelli (ITA), Nadal spent the majority of his time pushing the ball instead of striking the ball with conviction, a sign that he is not feeling confident.  His groundstrokes had no sting and many of his shots landed…

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Waiting

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China Rafa’s intense desire to win makes him a Champion; however, in the end it may cause him harm. It is said, there are race horses whose in-bred desire to win will cause them to run themselves to death, if they are not held back. I waited today for [CR2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) to retire or…

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Is Rafa in trouble?

There is mounting evidence that [CR2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) is having a confidence crisis. Nadal is known as Rafa and “The King of Clay”; his symbol is “The Bull”.  He earned his title as “the King of Clay” because there was period of time when he rarely lost on that surface.  He was so dominant on clay that few expected him to…

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