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IN PROGRESS / UPCOMING TENNIS EVENTS – FULL 2019 SCHEDULE

MERCEDESCUP

Stuttgart, Germany

2019.06.10 - 2019.06.16
ATP World Tour 250

LIBEMA OPEN

s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

2019.06.10 - 2019.06.16
ATP World Tour 250

FEVER-TREE CHAMPIONSHIPS

London, United Kingdom

2019.06.17 to 2019.06.23
ATP World Tour 500

2019 NOVENTI OPEN

Halle, Germany

2019.06.17 to 2019.06.23
ATP World Tour 500

NATURE VALLEY INTERNATIONAL

Eastbourne, United Kingdom

2019.06.24 - 2019.06.29
ATP World Tour 250

ANTALYA OPEN

Antalya, Turkey

2019.06.23 - 2019.06.29
ATP World Tour 250

 

Nadal Details His Clay-Court Season Turning Point

NEWS SOURCE: ATP News
ORIGINAL SOURCE – Nadal Details His Clay-Court Season Turning Point

Rafael Nadal had two options after a lackluster – but successful – start to his Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell six weeks ago: He could either take some time off and rest his body, or he could drastically change his attitude and get to work.

The Spaniard had just beaten Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-2, but was disappointed with how he competed.

After the first round in Barcelona, I was able to stay alone for a couple of hours in the room and think about it and think about what’s going on, what I need to do,” Nadal said on Sunday.

Thinking a lot, finally I think I was able to change and was able to fight back for every small improvement that I was able to make that happen. And since that first match against Mayer in Barcelona, I think the things have been improving every single day since today.”

The improvement since 24 April culminated in a record-extending performance on Sunday as Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his 12th Roland Garros title and 18th Grand Slam crown.

These small things that I have been improving every single day and doing with the right attitude, doing with the right passion, that’s the only way for me to be back where I am today,” Nadal said. “To have this trophy with me means a lot. But personally, the personal satisfaction of changing the dynamic is the thing that I am [most] satisfied [with].”

Nadal now sits only two Slam titles away from Roger Federer and his all-time record of 20, the closest the Spaniard has ever been to the Swiss on the Slam leaderboard. The Spaniard says equalling Federer “is a motivation but it’s not my obsession” and that he’s never been worried about how many Slam titles he has compared to others.

Being honest, I never complain much, and I never tried to think about, ‘Well, I’m going to catch Roger or not’. Being honest, I am not very worried about this stuff,” he said. “You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbour has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden. That’s not the way that I see life.”

Nadal, however, wouldn’t mind finishing a title or two higher than Federer and Novak Djokovic (15) when they’ve all set aside their racquets.

If, at the end of my career, I am able to win a couple of more Grand Slams and be closer to Roger, [it] will be unbelievable. If not, for me, still unbelievable,” Nadal said. “For me, [to win] Roland Garros, to feel myself enjoying again on court, that’s the main thing. Then what can happen in the future, we will see. I am going to try my best to keep enjoying tennis, giving myself chances to compete at the highest level, and we will see what’s going on.”

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It has been a trying 18 months for Nadal, who played only nine events in 2018 yet still finished at No. 2 in the year-end ATP Rankings. This year, the Spaniard reached the Australian Open final (l. to Djokovic) but had to pull out of his BNP Paribas Open semi-final against Roger Federer and miss the Miami Open presented by Itau because of an injury to his right knee.

Too many issues the [past] 18 months. So that’s makes these [past] few weeks very, very special,” Nadal said.

On Sunday, though, as Nadal once more took a bite out of the Coupe des Mousquetaires, it was as if his 12th title in Paris was never in doubt. At Roland Garros, he is now 93-2.

Being able at this time in my career to get another victory is obviously a great satisfaction and a great happiness,” Nadal said. “I thank all the people who support me, my family, my team for their great support.”

POSTED ON June 9, 2019

 

 

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