Nadal News 2.0

The ATP Staff has translated Rafael Plaza's article from Spanish into English and published it anonymously. R. Plaza is a Spanish journalist, who has a good relationship with the Rafa team and has regularly written about them. The article was published in Spanish on Sunday.

ATP website, May 27, 2019:

Moya: "A Month Ago, It Was Unlikely Nadal Would Win Roland Garros":

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/moya-nadal-roland-garros-2019-feature




Rafael Plaza's article in Spanish:
https://www.atptour.com/es/news/roland-garros-2019-entrevista-moya
Did Melbourne go wrong after falling that way in the final?
A little touched yes, it is a Grand Slam final. Probably, he realized that he was not up to the task against Djokovic. My job was also to make him appreciate what he had done until the end, making it clear that the last match was not good, far from it. But I do make him see that the way he played in those first six games, with the new serve, putting pressure playing more aggressive ... is the way to extend his career avoiding wear. In Melbourne he was able to develop that game by taking five months without official games. Sometimes, he tries to raise his self-esteem and others to lower it, although it is usually unusual for him to see himself playing incredibly well. It's about making a little balance.

It was very obvious that Rafa wasn't competitive in the 2019 AO final because he didn't think he was physically up to it so he didn't try. Rafa actually said so after the match but people prefer to believe that it was down to Djokovic playing sublime tennis.
 
Did Melbourne go wrong after falling that way in the final?
A little touched yes, it is a Grand Slam final. Probably, he realized that he was not up to the task against Djokovic. My job was also to make him appreciate what he had done until the end, making it clear that the last match was not good, far from it. But I do make him see that the way he played in those first six games, with the new serve, putting pressure playing more aggressive ... is the way to extend his career avoiding wear. In Melbourne he was able to develop that game by taking five months without official games. Sometimes, he tries to raise his self-esteem and others to lower it, although it is usually unusual for him to see himself playing incredibly well. It's about making a little balance.

It was very obvious that Rafa wasn't competitive in the 2019 AO final because he didn't think he was physically up to it so he didn't try. Rafa actually said so after the match but people prefer to believe that it was down to Djokovic playing sublime tennis.
Wasn't I telling you this BEFORE the match happened? Yet you were convinced Nadal was playing really great.
 
It was very obvious that Rafa wasn't competitive in the 2019 AO final because he didn't think he was physically up to it so he didn't try.
What a warrior.

But of course, this is not true.

Rafa actually said so after the match but people prefer to believe that it was down to Djokovic playing sublime tennis.
Also not true, of course. He never implied he didn't try. Instead he acknowledged Djokovic indeed played sublime, and that he needed an extra gear to counter him, and still even suggested that an extra gear may not have been enough.
 
What a warrior.

But of course, this is not true.



Also not true, of course. He never implied he didn't try. Instead he acknowledged Djokovic indeed played sublime, and that he needed an extra gear to counter him, and still even suggested that an extra gear may not have been enough.
He complimented Djokovic for being a great player who was the better player on the day but he later said, knowing that he wasn't physically fit for a long 5 setter it was better for him to lose in straight set. Rafa was not 100% fit which doesn't say much for the 6 players he beat in easy straight sets before the final. He thought Djokovic was another level to reach, and he wasn't physically up to it yet after 5 months out with yet more injuries. He wouldn't be expected to say this at the presentation ceremony, would he?

Australian Open 2019
'Physically I couldn't push him': Nadal on his Australian Open loss to Djokovic –
'It's true that maybe it was difficult to beat him even if I was at my 100%. But probably it would have been a little bit more of a fight,' Nadal told reporters.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/v...on-his-australian-open-loss-to-djokovic-video

But Nadal, who required surgery on his ankle following the US Open last autumn and then suffered thigh problems, believes he is back on track despite the one-sided defeat.

'Five months without competing, it was a big challenge, I needed something else. That something else probably today; I don't have it yet to compete at this super high level.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/t...owing-injury-setbacks-despite-final-loss.html
 
Need to keep my identity under secrecy otherwise it gets umbeelibable the number of messages I receive no?
Are you a Nadal fan or just a fake Nadal fan with the username "RNadal"?

I don't understand why do you finish your sentences with "umbeelibable" and "no?". It looks like you are just making fan of Rafa. I have only seen Federer fans write "umbeelibable" and "no?".
 
Are you a Nadal fan or just a fake Nadal fan with the username "RNadal"?

I don't understand why do you finish your sentences with "umbeelibable" and "no?". It looks like you are just making fan of Rafa. I have only seen Federer fans write "umbeelibable" and "no?".
True Nadal fan here, mate. Since 2006, which is most likely much more than any of you guys here. Just like to mess around a bit ;)
 
True Nadal fan here, mate. Since 2006, which is most likely much more than any of you guys here. Just like to mess around a bit ;)
Calm down and stop being condescending. I have been watching him since even before 2006, he turned pro in 2001 FYI. Doesn't make me question other people's loyalty. Good to have you on board but Sport had a valid question. I too thought you were being a jerk and making fun of Rafa. Came off like that.
 
Calm down and stop being condescending. I have been watching him since even before 2006, he turned pro in 2001 FYI. Doesn't make me question other people's loyalty. Good to have you on board but Sport had a valid question. I too thought you were being a jerk and making fun of Rafa. Came off like that.
Not trying to be condescending or anything like that, mate, apologies if it sounded like it. Just because I am fan of him it does not stop me from making fun right?
 
The ATP Staff has translated Rafael Plaza's article from Spanish into English and published it anonymously. R. Plaza is a Spanish journalist, who has a good relationship with the Rafa team and has regularly written about them. The article was published in Spanish on Sunday.

ATP website, May 27, 2019:

Moya: "A Month Ago, It Was Unlikely Nadal Would Win Roland Garros":

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/moya-nadal-roland-garros-2019-feature




Rafael Plaza's article in Spanish:
https://www.atptour.com/es/news/roland-garros-2019-entrevista-moya
Great article. Insightful interview from Moya. Thanks for sharing.
 
I appreciate that Moya's translated interview was posted, thanks. Can anyone explain Moya's last sentence in the paragraph below which I have copied and pasted. To me, shots that land in mid-court are shots from Rafa that often don't work. He must mean when Rafa hits it from mid-court? Just don't get it.

From Moya's interview: There are a lot of people that maybe don't fully appreciate why he played badly in those weeks. Could you explain that?

"He wasn't physically fit and his ball speed was slower. He was making more mistakes than normal, running less, arriving late. There was a lot of hesitation about attacking or defending. But above all, the mid-court shot that stops your opponent coming into the court wasn't working."
 
I appreciate that Moya's translated interview was posted, thanks. Can anyone explain Moya's last sentence in the paragraph below which I have copied and pasted. To me, shots that land in mid-court are shots from Rafa that often don't work. He must mean when Rafa hits it from mid-court? Just don't get it.

From Moya's interview: There are a lot of people that maybe don't fully appreciate why he played badly in those weeks. Could you explain that?

"He wasn't physically fit and his ball speed was slower. He was making more mistakes than normal, running less, arriving late. There was a lot of hesitation about attacking or defending. But above all, the mid-court shot that stops your opponent coming into the court wasn't working."
You are correct, it is when Rafa hits it from mid-court.
 
Here's an interview with Rafa about a lot of the same stuff covered by Carlos. It's translated by Google so it's a little goofy in places and they've got their pronouns wrong making it seem like it's someone other than Rafa making the comments. Bearing that in mind, it's a good read. :)

Nadal: "I have recovered my inner strength and my intensity"

The eleven-time champion sat down to talk to Ace: his catharsis in Barcelona, where he locked himself in a room to meditate, his emotional state, his rivals ...

Nacho Albarrán
Paris 05/28/2019


-How do you find yourself physically and emotionally?

-Physically, more or less well. Within my current state, I think it's a good time. But it is true that I have spent 18 very bad months, with many physical problems. That is why I am always in a state of continuous alertness. But well, glad of the evolution in these last weeks. The most important thing is that I was able to complete four consecutive ones and that means a lot to me. Last year I played nine tournaments and I had to retire in two, Brisbane and Indian Wells. And now I have managed to chain those weeks.

- When you play, are you afraid of something else happening to you?

-After everything that has happened to me, of course I'm more afraid now than when I was 19 years old, that I had not experienced any injuries. I think it happens to me and everyone who has been through that. Del Potro sure thinks so, but we must be focused.

-Moya said that you lost a bit of the illusion and desire , was it like that?

-When one is sticking chestnuts on all sides, we must stop and analyze what is happening. Since the end of 2017, I had to retire in Paris and in London, until before this land season, it has been more than a year and a half with many events. In Australia what happened happened, I did not arrive in Brisbane and in Melbourne I had to leave, as in the US Open later. One makes the effort to recover, to try to return and to keep the illusion and mentality intact, but things happen again. This year, I did a very good first Grand Slam and trained well for Acapulco, but rallying in Cozumel I hit a right and I stayed with my hand stuck. Oysters! That happened, okay. I accept it and I am several days without being able to play. Then I lose against Kyrgios, nothing happens. And when in Indian Wells I see myself again at a very high level, The knee thing happens to me. I had to recover again, which is not easy, and I was a little KO. There begins the work of recovering the illusion for the little things, which unfortunately I have had to do many times and I have passed with a very good grade.

- When he said before the Godó that he had had non-tennis problems, did he only refer to the injuries?

-Yes Yes. On a personal and family level everything is fine and I have no complaint.

- When exactly changed attitude?

-In Barcelona I had the ability to say again, 'Let's focus and move forward'. That has been the modus operandi. The first thing was to recover my inner strength and my mental intensity, to then be able to do the same with the level of play.

- Your coach pointed to the turning point against Mayer in Barcelona as a turning point, do you agree?

-I played very badly. I hit bottom and I had one of the worst sensations I have suffered on a tennis court. There he was low, low. It was a complicated moment. I do not know how, but I won. That afternoon I had the opportunity to talk with my team, my family and myself. I made a reflection. I was alone in the room for hours, thinking. Little by little I was recovering things. I saw some videos of good times of mine and I promised myself that from then on I would have an unpolluted attitude, without complaints, without regrets, without gloating over what happened to me.

- His tennis worried him?

-Well, when you lose your attitude, you lose tennis. Sport can not be separated from the emotional state of a person. I played very well all this time. Last year I finished number two in the world finishing only seven tournaments. For me, the main thing was to recover physically, with acceptance. Then you have to have the humility and the ability to know that you are going to play against Thiem in Barcelona and you are not a favorite or that in Madrid, with the altitude, it might not go well. It was not a bad tournament, for me it was positive because I saw myself competitive.

-A Paris arrives at a good time ...

-Yes, but after that it has to be translated into matches and results, the first one has gone well, fortunately.

- Do you feel that this year, with the return of Federer, the state of Djokovic's form and the explosion of Thiem and Tsitsipas has more competition?

- I've always seen everything very difficult. Djokovic has been very good for many years. Thiem has done at least the last three semifinals ... They are things that are known and that we have to accept. There have always been complicated rivals. None of us who play now have to live an easy time in that sense.

-This time it seems you can have a nice start. Do you prefer that or start with more difficulty?

- There is nothing written in that sense, that aspect has little incidence. There have been good and bad experiences in both ways. In the end, the main thing is to be well enough to win the matches every day, and there are some in which you have to contribute an extra. If you get to the rounds where there are rivals that demand you the maximum, you have to be able to match or exceed it to win. Hanfmann did not play badly, but things came out . And now I have Maden, who has already won four games here, counting the previous one. The rivals always want to win you. I try not to lose sight of the fact that every day is a challenge and a test.

- They are players that I guess you do not know much, how do you prepare these games?

-Well, being honest, I saw Hanfmann play last year in Munich against Zverev. So I remembered that one a bit. And today with YouTube you can find things. I saw some highlights in their games, I got an idea, although it's different when you play against him. I researched a little and with Maden I will do the same. The important thing, anyway, is to play well. And if you know a little about your opponent, the better.

- You liked the reform of the Philippe Chatrier?

-It's very pretty As for the game sensations, it does not make a big difference. I think it's the same. The track is the same. Visually there are small differences, but in tennis terms, no. The wind comes in the same way, it's a very, very big court.

-Let's Chill. Why do you always play with bright colors?

-I like more the happy colors than the dull ones, because I understand that life with more joy is better. It is important to have people next to you to help you be happier, I always like bright colors, without overdoing it. A classic combination, but fun. I'm not a big fan of dark tones and they've taken me out of the New York night session for those things.

- Do not pretend to mislead the rivals?

-No, no ( smiles ), it would be more.

-I know you like series, have you seen Game of Thrones?

-I saw five seasons, but I left it and when I tried to tear it again, I had a problem. There are so many characters and so many stories, that I got lost. I do not know if I'll take it back.

-And now what are you seeing?

-'Our Planet ', on Netflix. It's a documentary episodes and I'm going through the room. It's very cool, really.

-The last. If you ever have a son or a daughter, what life would you want for them or if they said, 'I want to be like you, dad,' what would you say?

-I would not be the one to decide on anyone's life. I would try to educate or help in the way that we considered opportune for a son or daughter to have the future on track. For this, what is required is a stable and strong base at an educational and values level, with positive examples that we would try to transmit. If they wanted to dedicate themselves to sports, happy, because it gives a good training and should never be negative. I would try not to fall into the error of many parents: to have more desire than them to be something concrete. I would support them, but without forcing or having more illusions than them, because that's the way things do not usually work.

https://as.com/tenis/2019/05/27/roland_ ... &m5=MjE%3D
 
Another goofy google translation. o_O
Translation: Google

Nadal, resounding about his wedding: "I do not marry in June"

"Every day a new story comes out, I can not give rise to false news," the Spaniard explained to As at the Roland Garros facilities.

Nacho Albarrán
28/05/2019

Nadal denied in his interview with As, at the Roland Garros facilities, the information published in some media about his wedding with Xisca Perelló and his supposed advance to this month of June.

"I do not want to participate in this circus, how do I get married in June, where does that come from?" The reality is that one gets tired and disconnects, they say so many things that are not true and then nobody rectifies, that is not worth it I do not want to pay attention , I do not get married in June, every day a new story comes out, my personal life I tried to keep private with my partner and live it our way, I can not give false news, "explained the manacorense. rotundity.

https://as.com/tenis/2019/05/27/roland_ ... oc=comp_tw
 
Aww, that's nice of KIA to support Rafa like that. :)


Translated from Spanish by Microsoft
The Kia family wants to support one of our own, Rafa Nadal, so all Kia drivers will be able to pick up their support sticker at their regular Kia dealership. #KiaNadal15años
That is quite awesome, that's the way to sponsor all right! I got excited when I saw that and I hope it's okay to share here, my own car Rafa sticker! I really love it. I have two of this sticker, one on each side of my car! Got it off **** from across the pond!


(Edited to put a smaller image)
 
Last edited:
Rafa: fed you coming to my final?

Fed: you know we might play in the semi's right?

Rafa: I know, but it's Clay... I have 11 titles here Rog

Fed: (whispering under his breath) 20

Rafa: what? What did you say?

Fed: nothing, sure, as long as Toni doesn't steal my juice box again

Rafa: it is called a Capri Sun for the last time!
 
Last edited:
Top