Deceived by the score

Mutua Madrid Open, Spain [CR4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [CR63] Simone Bolelli (ITA) A casual observer may look at the score and be impressed that Nadal was able to defeat Bolelli so easily.  Bolelli, when he is in form, can be challenging. Yet, the astute fan knows that the score does not accurately tell the…

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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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