• Nadal wins Barcelona opener

    4/24/13 8:09 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Nadal wins Barcelona opener Defending champion Rafael Nadal made a successful start to his title defense, upending Argentina's Carlos Berlocq in straight sets. The Spaniard recorded his 35th consecutive match win at the tournament.

    World No. 5 Rafael Nadal is through to the round of 16 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell having ousted veteran Carlos Berlocq in straight sets. The defending champion converted four of 11 break points en route to a 6-4, 6-2 victory in 88 minutes.

    Nadal completed the opening-round effort with 30 of 42 first-service points captured.

    He is through to take on 13th seed Benoit Paire for a place in the quarterfinals. The Frenchman held on to beat Spain's Pablo Andujar in the second round, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

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Vamos Rafa. you are a true champ. keep working hard. RG will be yours one more time

gr8nadal , 4/24/13 8:40 PM


Monalysa , 4/24/13 9:23 PM

Rafans, an Uncle Toni interview, must be recent because he talks about Rafa's MC performance: ck-on-rafas-condition-notizie-tennis-roland-garros-2013/

"Uncle Toni back to discuss on Rafael?s knee and his condition. In a new interview he declared that they scheduled to be at 100% only at Roland Garros.

?Truth is that when we went back from Vina del Mar and San Paolo we had a lot of doubts and worries. We never thought of winning so many tournaments. But overall we are very happy and surprised on Rafa?s condition. He?s fine, there?s no doubt. Maybe not 100% because he could not train with the right consistency, but I think for Roland Garros will be the maximum of his shape. The training was the problem of his comeback because we could not plan anything. We had to train every day to see the progress of his knee. If he was better we could increase the workload, otherwise, instead we had to decrease it and unfortunately sometimes happened. ?

Then he added few words about MonteCarlo final match in which he lost against a greta Novak Djokovic :

?In Monte Carlo in the final was missing a lot of concreteness in the second set this was the real problem.To beat someone like Djokovic you know that you have to give 100%, you can not afford to drop any kind. And in the final in Monte Carlo, in the second set Rafa has had a problem of fatigue from 4-2 in the second set onwards. The intensity was too much for his current fitness level. ?

Considering also that Rafa admitted that he had some back problems during the torunament in MonteCarlo we surelly can say that he was like an hero reaching the final in a such tough tournament. Now we?ll see Rafa this week in Barcelona and I think we?ll be able to understand if his condition is better or if he still accuse fatigue from Rolex Tour."

Pretty much consistent with Rafa's post-MC interview, he is still improving his fitness level. Let's hope there won't be any set-backs between now and RG.


rafaisthebest , 4/24/13 9:27 PM

I always like to hear Uncle Toni's comments. It seems that he said much the same as Rafa did after his loss in the final at MC. He also explained some of the problems with Rafa's comeback. I know that Rafa wasn't sure he would play at I/W. They said that after Acapulco, they would see how the knee was feeling. Then they decided that Rafa would play at I/W, which we all took as a good sign.

I also think that Uncle Toni was addressing the reason why Rafa didn't play at Miami. We know that Rafa wanted to continue playing, but my sense is that his doctors thought he needed to skip Miami so as not to overload the knee.

I also find it interesting that Uncle Toni says they didn't expect Rafa to be at 100% until RG. It seems that this has been their goal. I believe that playing Barcelona, Madrid and Rome should help Rafa get into his best form. I also appreciated Uncle Toni's sensible comments about what was going on in the MC final.

We can only hope that the rib muscle will resolve itself and the knee will be fine. As long as Rafa's body is okay, then he should be able to get match ready and fit for RG.

Nativenewyorker , 4/25/13 3:14 AM

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