• Spanish competition no different for Nadal

    3/16/12 1:23 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Spanish competition no different for Nadal Rafael Nadal remains the undisputed dominator of his fellow Spaniards, with only six losses to countrymen since the start of 2007.

    Of that group, scrambling David Ferrer has notched three, with Juan Carlos Ferrero, Feliciano Lopez and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez accounting for the other three.

    But that is one statistic that Nadal is not bothering with as he heads into a quarterfinal clash at Indian Wells against David Nalbandian. The Spaniard has the Argentine's number, clocking three straight victories after Nalby beat him in their first two meetings in 2007.

    As for the Spaniards, they are just more competition for Nadal, who beat compatriot Marcel Granollers in the third round. "The Spanish players are the same like the players from other countries. They want to win the match not because I'm Spanish or not Spanish. They want to win because at the end it's a tennis tournament and everybody wants to win, no?"

    Nadal said that over the years, it's not particularly special to play a compatriot. "Nothing changes playing against a Spanish player, it's happened hundreds of times.

    "It's nothing new for us, nothing new for me and nothing new for them. In my opinion, they are not trying harder to beat me because they are Spanish and they are not afraid or more nervous to beat me because they are Spanish."

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I totally agree with Rafa. Those who say the spaniards hand Rafa matches easily are completely wrong. If you are playing against a sibling you'd want to win just as you would playing against anyone else. Competition is competition

nadline , 3/16/12 3:19 PM

Ah, I just think thats a silly thought to begin with, that the Spaniards hand Rafa the win.................utter rubbish!!!

...................I guess the same can be said for Roger then.............he just hands Rafa the win too?!!!!............ah rubbish!!!!

Monalysa , 3/16/12 4:06 PM

Well, Wawa pretty much lays down for Fed, no?

It's not Rafa's fault the Swiss don't have as many players to roll over for Fed.

agfmilos , 3/16/12 5:44 PM

Anyone who saw the AO SF between Nando and Rafa in 2009 will know for a fact that they do not roll over for him. That was a hard fought contest to the last point.

nadline , 3/16/12 6:07 PM

...or Ferrer vs Rafa in 2011 AO.

agfmilos , 3/16/12 6:27 PM

Actually milostard, Rafa was injured even before he went on court for the AO in 2011 so he didn't expect to win.

nadline , 3/16/12 9:36 PM

Nadline yes I was aware. Just to say ferrer certainly didn't lay down for the injured Rafa.

agfmilos , 3/17/12 12:02 AM

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