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Monte Carlo Masters

A promotional event

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Monte-Carlo SBM: ¤¤ Nadal has long known his way around Monaco, both on and off the famed courts of the Monte-Carlo Country Club. As a native of the Mediterranean Sea, it is no wonder that he should mention Port Hercule as one of his favourite spots in town, a place where he likes to “go and admire those amazing yachts” (and sometimes be invited aboard to take a closer look). Next on his list is strolling around the Place du Casino while enjoying some ice-cream, then having a taste of local or international cuisine in various restaurants.¤¤
https://www.montecarlosbm.com/en/inspiration/rafael-nadal-a-monaco-loving-champion

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Rafa Discusses Tiger’s Masters Win

Golfer Tiger Woods captured his first major championship in 11 years on Sunday, triumphing at The Masters for his 15th title at that level. You can count at least one fan who was cheering him on from Monte-Carlo: Rafael Nadal.

“He’s probably my favourite sportsman in the world since a long time ago. I’m a big fan of his. It has been tough years for him and I can’t be more happy about the victory of yesterday. You imagine all the processes and all the hard work that he had to do to be back on a golf course. It’s so difficult all the things that he did,” said Nadal, who will chase a record 12th Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters trophy this week. “Finally winning a Grand Slam again, especially in Augusta, probably his favourite one, it means everything for him. So I’m just very, very happy.”

Woods has been made to overcome plenty of adversity over the years. From 2014-17, he underwent four back surgeries to alleviate pain that threatened his career. But like Nadal has throughout his own career, Woods bounced back to emerge victorious on a grand stage once more.

“What happened during the last year for Tiger is an inspiration for everyone, not just for me. He’s a good example of passion for sport, discipline in terms of hard work and love for the game. That’s what he for sure feels to be back where he is,” Nadal said. “The celebration yesterday when he was walking with his family is one of the moments I will not forget.”

Nadal is still creating memorable moments of his own, tallying an 11-2 record with his losses coming against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final and a red-hot Nick Kyrgios in an Acapulco thriller. The World No. 2 did not lose a set en route to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open. But he was forced to withdraw before playing Roger Federer due to knee pain.
“In terms of tennis, I can’t complain much. Every time that I played I have been in a position to win tournaments,” said Nadal, who added that he has not been frustrated. “Life has been too good for me to be frustrated. But yes, at some point, even if I appreciate all the things that this sport has given me and this life has given to me, sometimes it’s tough to accept when you have problems in a row and this year since the beginning of the season has been tough.

“But I think almost every time I’ve had a chance to be back I’ve been able to be very competitive and I hope to keep my level.”

Nadal is returning at a good time, having won the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters a record 11 times. If the 32-year-old lifts the trophy again on Sunday, he will be the first player to win an ATP Tour event on 12 occasions. That would also extend his record of ATP Masters 1000 titles to 34, with clay-court Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome still to come.

“It’s the start of the important clay season for me,” Nadal said. “I hope to be healthy and I hope to be ready to compete well. This tournament is important for me, and I hope to be competitive from the beginning.”

Nadal knows that the field is as tough as ever ahead of this clay season. Djokovic is the top seed in Monte-Carlo, clay-court stalwart Thiem is confident after triumphing in Indian Wells, and while Federer is not competing in Monte-Carlo, he is scheduled to compete at Madrid and Roland Garros.

“We can’t predict the future. I hope to be one of them, but you never know. There is a young generation coming, and they are good. They play well on clay too,” said Nadal, specifically noting #NextGenATP stars Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas. “Dominic is one of the candidates for everything, especially after winning in Indian Wells. Novak always, of course. Let’s see. Roger is always a candidate, let’s see how he’s able to adapt his game again to the clay after a while without playing on clay. I don’t think it will be a big trouble for him because he has the talent.”

Nadal is not looking far ahead, dreaming of winning a certain title or defeating a specific player. For him, it’s one step at a time.

“I don’t dream much. I just try to go day by day,” Nadal said. “My dream is just to keep playing tennis and enjoying the competition. I don’t think about winning Novak in the US Open or winning Roger in the final of Wimbledon again. My dream now is to try to be competitive from Wednesday and try to play a good Monte-Carlo.”​
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Loving this. Rafa looks comfortable and relaxed, and as the commentator said, "he is playing with that swagger". Supremely confident and clean hitting.

I am also loving the bull logo on his shirt. Needs to be a permanent thing for sure. So far after the first set, Rafa's movement looks sublime, on top of the ball every time and great anticipation too. Body looks good, he doesn't seem to be bothered about anything which is awesome.

I would be surprised if he doesn't clobber everyone in the field if he keeps this up. And I mean everyone (and I know who else is in the field too).

Vamos!
 
his greatest challenge is beating his own body...if he is healthy it will be hard to beat him. but everybody knows that he isn`t healthy. he said it too.
6/1 6/2 against Batista his body is doing fine.

Novak in top form can beat him because he's ultimately a better tennis player. But i am not sure we are going to see an in form Novak.
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
6/1 6/2 against Batista his body is doing fine.

Novak in top form can beat him because he's ultimately a better tennis player. But i am not sure we are going to see an in form Novak.

On clay, Nadal is the much better player, is not even close.
And the last great version of Djokovic in clay, "died" in June 2016.
this version of the Serbian only shows flashes of that moment.
anyone can bother nole on this surface.
You will see soon that despite having won 3 consecutive majors, Djokovic can be defeated by a very good number of players at Roland Garros.
In his own words: He is beatable.
 
On clay, Nadal is the much better player, is not even close.
And the last great version of Djokovic in clay, "died" in June 2016.
this version of the Serbian only shows flashes of that moment.
anyone can bother nole on this surface.
You will see soon that despite having won 3 consecutive majors, Djokovic can be defeated by a very good number of players at Roland Garros.
In his own words: He is beatable.
I mean what sets Nadal apart of everyone on clay is his physical stamina. Bautista Agut looked like a kid compared to the beast Nadal.

That physicak stamina gives him a massive edge on everyone in the competition. But Novak is a better tennis player.

An in form Novak can win against Nadal. Not favourite by any means on clay but he has good chances. They have split equally their matches since 2011.

I think we agree we may not see an in form Novak this year.
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
I mean what sets Nadal apart of everyone on clay is his physical stamina. Bautista Agut looked like a kid compared to the beast Nadal.

That physicak stamina gives him a massive edge on everyone in the competition. But Novak is a better tennis player.

An in form Novak can win against Nadal. Not favourite by any means on clay but he has good chances. They have split equally their matches since 2011.

I think we agree we may not see an in form Novak this year.
On clay he is not.
 
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Monte Carlo Masters

April 18, 2019
R3, Rafa vs Grigor Dimitrov

Rafa's post-match press conference.

Some quotes:

"I felt good. I think that the first set was a high-quality set of tennis," Nadal said. "The second set [there] were a little bit more mistakes and the wind was even [greater] later in the match. The wind is for both of us, and of course always have an impact. That's what happen when you play outdoors. These things are part of the game and just try to be ready for it... You have to adapt. You have to find solutions."

"I am happy the way that I am playing. The first two rounds I played more than well enough to win. I had two confident scores against two good players."

"First matches after an injury, that's always a tough thing to come back. At the same time, [we're on a] different surface, on clay after almost a year. So that's a good start for me on the clay court season."

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/nadal-dimitrov-monte-carlo-2019-thursday

The full press conference:

Vamos Rafa!
 
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