Nadal News 2.0

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Cincinnati Masters 1000

August 16, 2022
Pre-R2 practice session

Rafa is scheduled to practice with Holger Rune on Court 9 from 12:00 - 01:30pm.

 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
His forehand is such a lethal weapon, versatile AND aesthetically pleasing. I still don't know which termination I like best, across the chest or overhead. It's Godly.
True. What makes it unique is the insane spin and the weight of the shot, especially if you see it live, up close in a practice session. TV doesn't capture it as well.
My personal favorite is the Nadal inside-out forehand. When he's playing well, the timing and disguise of the off-forehand make it impossible to defend against.
 

ElChivoEspañol

Professional
Guys, I think I’m going to risk it and buy tickets for the USO in hopes that I can see Rafa play and practice. I’d like to go for his first round match.

Anyone with experience could tell me what days I should buy tickets for?

How do I get to see him practice?

Any info is greatly appreciated.
 

Darrell

New User
Guys, I think I’m going to risk it and buy tickets for the USO in hopes that I can see Rafa play and practice. I’d like to go for his first round match.

Anyone with experience could tell me what days I should buy tickets for?

How do I get to see him practice?

Any info is greatly appreciated.
I got the see him at the Open in 2016 & 2017. I just bought grounds passes for the days that I was there, which was Labor Day weekend. I was only able to see him on the practice courts, but it was still awesome. The practice court area is a free for all, so you can watch whoever is out there. I would recommend you get tickets for early in the week, that way you can see all the players from the start before anyone loses.
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafa's New House

Rafa’s new seafront home for his growing family is taking shape. It seems to be completed in time. :love:


Screenshot of a tourism video filmed this week

His new home is situated across the bay from his parents' house, where he has mainly lived since his teens.
Rafa’s new seafront home in Porto Cristo continues to take shape:


Screenshot of a tourism video filmed this week

His new home is situated across the bay from his parents' house, where he has mainly lived since his teens.
 

ElChivoEspañol

Professional
I expected some rust and the rust was there.

Coric is a tricky opponent as it is now add time away and you get what we saw tonight. There were some good signs where he went up another gear and Coric could not match (most can't) and that was good to see. He could've won it playing badly, but he lost the match in the first set, terrible terrible set by Rafa's standards, he gifted that set to Coric.

On to the USO.

Vamos!
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Cincinnati Masters 1000

August 17, 2022
Post-R2 press conference

Rafa says it’s difficult to assess if the abdominal injury (he suffered in Wimbledon) had any impact on his play in Cincinnati, but he’ll probably undergo a test before heading to New York to make sure everything "stays the way that we want":


Vamos Rafa!
 

Rattie

Hall of Fame
Not ideal prep for the USO given he would have preferred to play Montreal but couldn’t and hasn’t been able to practise normally either. Six of the other top 10 ranked players managed a first round loss this last week in the transition back to hard courts, so I’m not overly concerned about this result in Cincinnati, a tournament he has preferred not to play for some years now. A lot of disadvantages which meant he didn’t play as well as he needed to and he said himself that makes it easy to accept.
He does have an exhibition match/es to play in NY the week before the USO

 

Rattie

Hall of Fame
“Have been difficult injury to manage, to be honest. The last month and a half haven’t been easy, because having a tear on the abdominal, you don’t know when is 100% over the thing. So that affects a little bit in terms of not sure if you are able to try your best in every serve.”

I noticed that his grunt on serve was absent during this match. His pace on groundstrokes was down as well and I got the impression judging by his comment afterwards that he wasn’t confident going into this match; whether his injury would stand up to the intensity he would usually play with. Given that he also mentioned getting more tests (scans?) now to check, my overriding feeling is that he was not convinced he was ready to play a match and as a consequence that uncertainty showed in his game, which was off.
Anyone going into a match nervous and unsure whether such an injury was going to hold up would be tentative and unable to play as they would want to.
That’s the impression I get anyway. Hopefully scans will reassure him and almost two weeks before he has to play at the USO would be enough time for him to feel satisfied that he won’t need to worry and can play freely.

 
Last edited:

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Top