Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rafa suffers "small problem" in tendon, is fine now and is prepping for Monty

According to the video above from the Mallorcan TV Channel IB3, Rafael Nadal suffered a small problem in his foot after Wimbledon that briefly interrupted his preparations for Montreal but both Nadal and his coach Toni Nadal assured that he is expected to be fine in the ATP Masters 1000 event in Canada next week.

Rafa: I didn’t start (practicing) much time ago but I am confident that next week when I leave for Montreal I will be at a high level physically.

I arrive in Montreal later than I would have liked to, but unfortunately I had to start training later than I wanted to. But it’s fine, I believe that the outcome could be positive and I can arrive at the US Open well prepared.

Toni: Since what happened at Wimbledon, which in the end turned out to be nothing, a small problem was found in the tendon but I think everything is fine now.

Time is a bit tight. We leave for Montreal on Thursday and we’ll see if the few days we have left are enough preparation-wise.

Obviously the US Open is the most important because it’s a Grand Slam, but all tournaments are important. And if you play well in Montreal as well as Cincinnati it gets easier to play well at the US Open.

Friday, July 8, 2011

DAVIS CUP: Tunisia's Jaziri confident ahead of Ireland clash, Egypt preps for Madagascar

Malek Jaziri on court during the tie against Great Britain

It's Davis Cup weekend worldwide and every nation has its own battle to fight.

The elite are in the World Group quarter-finals fighting for a last-four spot, others like Switzerland are hoping to pass the second round of Group I to get to a play-off tie that can bounce them up to the World Group, while fellow Arab countries like Tunisia and Morocco are battling to stay in Group II.

Egypt is in Group III and is playing a round robin tie in Cairo on the clay courts of Smash Tennis Academy. The Pharaohs already beat Nigeria and Benin with the same score, 3-0, we got a walkover against Rwanda and on Friday we face Madagascar.

Egypt No1, Mohamed Safwat, together with Sherif Sabry and Karim Maamoun have all been in action so far and have been in great form.

Tunisia take on Ireland in Dublin as they bid to avoid immediate relegation to Group III. The Tunisian squad is led by their No1 player, Malek Jaziri, who was kind enough to give me his thoughts on the tie.

"I am feeling good. I just won a tournament (in Manchester) and I'm improving in the rankings so I am feeling confident," the world No291 told Game, Set, Match Egypt.

The Tunisians lost a tight tie in the first round of Group II when they faced Great Britain in Bolton. They were unlucky to play away twice on the trot.

"It would have been better if the tie was at home in Tunisia but it's OK, I think we can make a good weekend. I am really confident," added the 27-year-old.

Also hoping to stay in Group II are Morocco who lost in the first round to Bosnia after a returning Amer Delic helped his team to victory.

Morocco face Lithuania in Vilnius this weekend and appear to be favourites against a team with three unranked players. Reda El Amrani headlines the Moroccan squad and even though his results on tour have not been great lately, he won both his rubbers against Bosnia in March.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

WIMBLEDON: Djokovic dominates, scintillates and levitates

The last time someone came back from two sets down in a Wimbledon final was when Henri Jean Cochet rallied back against Jean Robert Borotra 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 in 1927.

Newly-crowned No.1 Novak Djokovic made sure that 84-year old tradition did not end on Centre Court at the All England Club on Sunday.

The Serb dominated Rafael Nadal in a way I have not seen the Spaniard concede in a major, since Juan Martin Del Potro outplayed him at the 2009 US Open. If you ask me, that’s what a heavyweight championship fight looks like... Read the rest at Sport360°

Saturday, July 2, 2011

WIMBLEDON: Quote of the Day from Rafael Nadal

Q. When you walked out of the court you said you were sorry for Andy. How do you manage to be so competitive when you're on the court, and as soon as you are off the court you think with your heart about your competitors?

"I felt that during the court, too. I'm not a robot when I'm playing. I think. Andy probably deserved to be Grand Slam winner. He's the best player without a title of Grand Slam that I ever see. So he deserve to be a champion of Grand Slam. Always he was there: final in Australia, semifinals Roland Garros, semifinals here another time. That's tough. I understand, no? Is not easy for him be there all the time and finally he lost another time. But he's doing well. He's in the right way to win a Grand Slam. I always say the same. But that's what I feel, you know. I feel the reason is he needs little bit more lucky for moments and he will win. I still don't have any doubt on that"-- Rafael Nadal, Wimbledon semi-finals post-match press conference

The ultimate gracious champion... nothing else to say!