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Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

According to his uncle and trainer, Toni Nadal, Rafa Nadal is well on the way to winning his tenth Roland Garros title in June, even though right now he is not one hundred per cent physically fit.
"I believe, I really believe, that if we continue as we are, that Rafael´s level is good enough to win Roland Garros", Toni Nadal told Spanish TV station Canal +. "Rafael will be fit enough to battle for it, because of the level I've been watching him play at. The only thing missing is to be able to keep up that level of play over a long time... I think he can very definitely compete for Roland Garros. That court is good to us", added Toni Nadal.

Nadal, currently number five in the world rankings, lost 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the semi final of the Monte Carlo Masters, the first of the season's clay court tournaments.
In spite of losing, both player and trainer were pleased at having recovered some of the confidence lost over the past few months, when Nadal was well below his usual level.
"The first big test was being able to keep calm again when on a tennis court, and to play high-intensity matches and not drop our guard, which is what had been happening to us in recent tournaments, and we've done it", said Toni Nadal. "We are doing much better than when we got there".

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"Yo creo que sí, yo realmente creo que si seguimos en esta línea, el nivel de Rafael es suficiente para poder ganar Roland Garros", señaló Toni Nadal a la cadena española Canal +.

"Rafael estará en condiciones de lucharlo porque el nivel al que yo le he visto jugar, faltándonos todavía el poder mantener el nivel de juego durante mucho tiempo... Creo que sí que estará claramente para luchar para Roland Garros. Esta pista nos va muy bien", añadió el entrenador.

A pesar de la derrota, tenista y entrenador se mostraron satisfechos por haber recuperado parte de la confianza perdida en unos últimos meses, en los que estuvo lejos de su mejor nivel.
"La primera prueba era volver a estar tranquilos dentro de una pista de tenis, volver a jugar partidos de intensidad y no bajar la guardia, que es lo que nos había pasado en los últimos torneos. Lo hemos conseguido", valoró Toni Nadal. "Nos vamos mucho mejor de como llegamos ahí".

El entrenador abundó en los problemas que arrastró el 14 veces campeón de Grand Slam en los últimos torneos: "Lo que siempre nos había ido bien era afrontar las situaciones complicadas y soportar el jugar mal. Cuando (en los últimos meses) se han torcido un poco las cosas, Rafael no ha sabido replegar. En cambio, aquí en Montecarlo, ha cambiado".

El tío de Nadal aseguró que a su sobrino le falta mejorar físicamente para poder aguantar el nivel de exigencia de los mejores jugadores. En cuartos de final venció al español David Ferrer en casi tres horas, algo que, según Toni Nadal, perjudicó a su pupilo en semifinales.
"Con Djokovic nos faltó ese plus que te dan las victorias, la confianza y haber ganado partidos importantes", dijo a Canal +.
"El partido con Ferrer nos perjudicó un poco, nos afectó el hecho de haber jugado un partido tan duro. A Rafael le faltó un poco de físico ante Djokovic. Jugando a esa intensidad hubo un momento en el que le falto físico", añadió.

"Para jugar con el mejor del mundo hay que estar impecable y no lo conseguimos. Hasta que el físico respondió, el nivel era muy bueno. Después, cuando bajamos un pelín, nos faltó eso que te da el físico perfecto".

http://www.marca.com/2015/04/19/tenis/1429451123.html

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Re: Toni:"Rafa's level is enough to win RG.He isn't able to mantain it for a longer t

Fully agreed with everything said.
 

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Re: Toni:"Rafa's level is enough to win RG.He isn't able to mantain it for a longer t

Does Nadal's level prior to Roland Garros even matter? He just turns into a different beast as soon as he steps onto Philippe Chatrier.
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

We can all agree that last clay season was by far Rafa worst. He never fully recovered from the back problem sufered in AO14. He didnt have time to fix his back. But despite loosing to Ferrer in MC and Almagro in Barcelona he managed to outlast an ijnured Kei in Madrid and reach the final in Rome where he lost to a Strong Nole.

This year things started bad and slow but they worked out most of the problems. This match with Nole was a good measure for Rafa team. They lost naturaly but they have good reason to be pleased.
 

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Does Nadal's level prior Roland Garros even matter? He just turns into a different beast as soon as he steps onto Philippe Chatrier.
This.

Nadal will win it again this year. Sad but true.
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

That's true, but Rafa needs to find his consistent average level. That level which would be enough to beat scrubs and to save energy for Novak in RG.
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

Nothing is for certain. He plays well at the FO because of a combination of confidence, court conditions, play style and BO5 format. He's not magically imbued with some force that makes him unbeatable when he steps out onto the clay in Paris. This year will most likely be his toughest challenge since he started winning the tournament in 2005.

I think his level is OK, but against the upper echelon players I still have my doubts.
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

I heard at RG there is more space behind the baseline, so maybe he's right

 

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Does Nadal's level prior to Roland Garros even matter? He just turns into a different beast as soon as he steps onto Philippe Chatrier.
True, but in the end, he has to also deliver in mental aspects, since this is his biggest problem now after Miami.
If Rafa really wants win RG this year, he can't be satisfied with this level which he presents currently.
He's getting better, but rivals also will get better. I believe there is still much work to do.
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

Lol at desperate Tony trying to play mind games with Novak, after utter humiliation at MC.
 

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Indeed. Rafa peaks for the RG final not a 3 setter against Mugdych.
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

The only thing missing is to be able to keep up that level of play over a long time...

I'm sure hard work can fix this in no time.
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

Yep, relying on fitness and not skill.
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

It had to help his confidence a lot to win the 3rd set vs Isner and Ferrer after losing 2nd sets he appeared to have in the bag. Rafa always peaks at the French Open. Not expecting anything different this year.
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

Yep, relying on fitness and not skill.
This is so ironic because this is exactly what Faker has been doing in virtually every final this year where he smashes a gassed opponent in the final set. Of course fitness is an integral part of tennis but to have a go at Nadal for that when Choker is the best example of what you just said as a Choker fan, is a bit rich.
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

This is so ironic because this is exactly what Faker has been doing in virtually every final this year where he smashes a gassed opponent in the final set. Of course fitness is an integral part of tennis but to have a go at Nadal for that when Choker is the best example of what you just said as a Choker fan, is a bit rich.
Novak is relying on skill primarily. You are mistaken and clearly have no idea what are you talking about.

Nadal is done forever, Novak will dominate years to come wining numerous slams. The sooner you accept these facts the better will be for you.
 

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Nadal is done forever, Novak will dominate years to come wining numerous slams. The sooner you accept these fact the better will be for you.
How about a bet? Djokovic wins RG - I quit the forum for a year. If Djokovic does not win RG - you quit the forum for a year. Put your money where your mouth is.
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

Has there ever been a coach that talks as Toni? :rolleyes: Such white noise by this point...he is so often working an angle that it is pointless listening to his drivel.

Nadal may or may not be able to shovel enough shit (ie. moonball harder/stronger/faster/for longer) to rock Djokovic into enough errors on Chartrier...we shall see. All the talk in the world between now and then won't change a thing. I think he is coming up short for fitness to go the distance, so would be needing a smooth path and a quick win to seal the deal....a tough ask.

Hopefully, neither of them make the final. Time for a wee surprise. :)
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

Well, there's something in French soil, French water, French air... that will turn Nadal into a monster once he stepping on court again, definitely :devil:
 

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Re: Toni Nadal:"If we continue as we are, Rafael's level is good enough to win RG"

Novak is relying on skill primarily. You are mistaken and clearly have no idea what are you talking about.

Nadal is done forever, Novak will dominate years to come wining numerous slams. The sooner you accept these facts the better will be for you.

Why do not you talk after Djoko wins FO ? He is not there at all.
 
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