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Internazionali BNL d'Italia Interviews. Rafael Nadal: “I needed a little bit more fuel to try to resist him in the last three games”

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TENNIS Internazionali BNL d’Italia – N. Djokovic d. R. Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. An interview with Rafael Nadal.

 

Q:Why is so tough to beat Novak?

RAFAEL NADAL: For everybody is tough to beat Novak, not only for me. He’s one of the best of the world, nothing special. I think I played well for a moment, had my chances, sometimes I felt like I needed some extra energies to let him play one more ball and in more difficult position but my legs didn’t answer after a hard week. I let him play in a good position when he had the first ball good, and for me was very difficult to arrive on the ball and to change the dynamic of the point. In general I can do a little bit better, but I am very proud of this week.

Q:Wawrinka, you and Nole: 3 different winners for 3 Master events for the first time in 10 years. We may say that the French Open is unpredictable…

RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t care, I don’t know. I think about myself and what I have to do. I think this week was important for me, I win 600 hundred points, I played a final here which is a good result. I was able to compete good with one the best player of the moment, I played well against tough opponents like Andy and Dimitrov. If you ask me about Paris, my feelings are better now than a week ago, playing clay season every week was little bit better for me and now I hope to feel ready for that.

Q:What happened when you was 4-1 up in the 1st set and when you broke back in the 3rd set and immediately lost your service.

RAFAEL NADAL: He played great, it’s our sport. In the 4-1 in the 1st I played some bad games, but in the 3 all to the 6-3 he played great tennis and for me, as I said, I needed a little bit more fuel to try to resist him in the last three game, but is true that after that comeback I wasn’t in a negative spot with the 3-3 in the 3rd but it’s true that i didn’t have enough strength to hit the first shot, the right intensity, his return was always great and if you’re not able to be quick on the serve and recover with the right spin you’re going to be in a negative position against that kind of player.

Q:Do you think that to play on 3 nights in a row affected the way you play today? I saw you were running much more better on the right than on the left: if there’s a problem that came out yesterday that you have to solve and what is it for you the key to try to do better.

RAFAEL NADAL: I am doing the right things, I improved during the tournament. Rome now is the past and I have to start to think to the Roland Garros. My chances to play well at Rolamd Garros two weeks ago weren’t very high, now I arrive to the Roland Garros with more encourage. Playing at night three times in a row wasn’t the best thing for me but the problem is not playing at night but that the matches I played were very long and I went to bed at 3 in the morning and that’s not the ideal thing to recover. In Rome maybe it wasn’t the perfect schedule for me, but I accepted. For the running, I played 3 very tough matches, 10 in 12 days, and this week was very hard, mentally and physically which is the most is toughest thing. I was a little bit tired.

Q:Having lost 3 matches in a row with Nole affected you or not?

RAFAEL NADAL: It’s sport, it’s part of a career. He was able to beat me the last 4 times, last year I was able to beat him in Roland Garros, in Montreal and in the Us Open, that’s it: moments are moments and I have to keep working hard lime I did in all my career and try to be ready for the next. We’ll see when is it.

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Kei Nishikori In Doubt For The Australian Open

Asia’s highest ranked male tennis player is contemplating when he should return to the tour following surgery.

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Kei Nishikori (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

World No.13 Kei Nishikori is refusing to rule out the prospect of skipping the first grand slam event of 2020 as he continues his recovery from surgery.

 

Nishikori hasn’t played a match on the tour since his third round loss at the US Open back in September. A month later he underwent a procedure on his right elbow in a move that brought his season to an early end. Currently undergoing rehabilitation, it is unclear as to when the Japanese player believes he will return to the ATP Tour.

“The prospect of a return from surgery on right elbow in January. Maybe February. In the second half of next year I want to be able to play well.” Nikkan Sports quoted Nishikori as saying.
“I don’t want to overdo it,” he added.

The Australian Open will get underway on January 20th in Melbourne. Should he miss the grand slam, it will be the second time he has done so in the last three years. Nishikori also withdrew from the 2018 edition due to a wrist injury. In January he reached the quarter-finals and therefore has 360 points to defend next year.

During his time away from the court, the 29-year-old has been kept busy making changes to his team. Recently it was confirmed that he has started working alongside Max Mirnyi, who is a former world No.1 doubles player. Mirnyi, who has won 10 grand slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, will be working full-time with Nishikori alongside existing coach Michael Chang.

“I’m getting closer to retirement. I want to be cured and come back to play good tennis in the second half of next year.” Nishikori stated.

Despite the injury setback, Nishikori has enjoyed success in 2019. Reaching the quarter-finals in three out of the four grand slam tournaments. The first time he has ever done that in his career. He also claimed his 12th ATP title at the Brisbane International. Overall, he won 29 out of 43 matches played.

Nishikori will turn 30 on December 29th.

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Family Of Venezuelan Doubles Star Launches GoFundMe Page For Cancer Treatment

Roberto Maytin was playing on the Challenger tour less than a month ago, but now faces a new battle.

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One of Venezuela’s highest ranked players on the ATP Tour is facing challenges off the court after being recently diagnosed with cancer.

 

Roberto Maytin, who currently has a doubles ranking of 136th, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer Non-Seminoma. Non-seminomas are made up of different types of tumour, such as teratomas, embryonal tumours, yolk sac tumours and choriocarcinomas. Maytin’s brother Ricardo has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs. The tennis player made $19,441 in prize money this season, which doesn’t factor into account numerous expenses such as travel, accommodation and paying for his coaching team.

“If life gives you a chance to live longer, I think nobody would miss the opportunity. In this plane, we all want to be (alive) for years however we forget that we are with a 50% chance of leaving at any time every day.” The fundraising page reads.
“My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer NO Seminoma, at 30 years old. He now faces a crucial match that life has put him for growth as an individual, as a man and as an athlete. He is forced to undergo 4 stages of aggressive chemotherapy in order to heal at all and leave no trace of a Cancer that has been moving for months causing some damage.”

A former top 25 junior player, Maytin is one of only two players from his country to be ranked inside the top 200 in either singles or doubles on the men’s tour. This season he has won four Challenger titles across America. However, he has only played in one ATP Tour event since the start of 2018. He achieved a ranking high of 85th in the doubles back in 2015.

Once a student at Baylor University in Texas, Maytin formed a successful partnership with former world No.2 doubles player John Peers. Together they earned All-American honours with a win-loss of 36-5 and reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Maytin is also a regular fixture in his country’s Davis Cup team. Since 2007 he has played 15 ties and won 10 out of 16 matches played.

“I am also clear that the family is the gift of God for each one of us, so in this way and in whatever way I will put my desire and my energy so that my Brother Roberto Maytin, a Venezuelan professional tennis player, is back to the courts, which is where he belongs as soon as possible.”

Almost $25,000 has been raised so far to fund Maytin’s treatment. Click here to visit his GoFundMe page.

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John Newcombe Believes The Australian Open Will Be ‘A Big Ask’ For Nick Kyrgios

The tennis legend is unsure if the former top 20 player will be fit in time for the first grand slam of 2020.

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MADRID, SPAIN - Nick Kyrgios of Australia waking to the locked room Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2019 at Caja Magica on November 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado / Kosmos Tennis)

Former world No.1 John Newcombe has cast doubts on Nick Kyrgios’ chances of going deep in the draw at the upcoming Australian Open.

 

The 75-year-old, who won seven grand slam titles during the 1960s and 1970s, believes the injury-stricken world No.30 may struggle playing best-of-five matches in Melbourne. Kyrgios missed most of the final quarter of the 2019 season due to a shoulder issue. He returned to action last month at the Davis Cup, but skipped his country’s quarter-final clash with Canada due to a collarbone injury. Overall, he has won 23 out of 37 matches played this year.

“It’s a bit of a worry that he has recurring injuries, especially around where the muscles join the joints and that’s going to be an ongoing problem for him it seems,” Newcombe told The Age.
“At the Davis Cup he’d only played four sets of singles and his shoulder started to play up again and when you’ve got an injury like that it’s hard to go out and practice a lot.
“Leading into the Australian Open – five sets is a big ask for him.”

A two-time grand slam quarter-finalist, the 24-year-old has struggled to make his mark in the majors this year. Winning just three matches in three grand slam tournaments he played in. Kyrgios missed the French Open due to injury. At his home slam, he lost in the first round for the first time since making his main draw debut back in 2014.

As well as trying to get fit in time for the start of the new season, Kyrgios will continue to be playing under a probation on the ATP Tour for ‘aggravated behaviour.’ Should he violate that, he faces the prospect of a 16-week ban from the tour.

“I can’t speak for him but if it was me it would be tough having that ban hanging over you,” Newcombe said.
“But I guess you’ve just got to learn to zip up.”

Kyrgios is set to start 2020 at the inaugural ATP Cup, which is the only team event to have both prize money and ranking points available. After that, he is set to play in the Kooyong Classic in what will be his final test prior to the Australian Open.

“I am delighted that Nick has chosen to play Kooyong again, and hopefully it acts as the perfect tune up for his Australian Open (AO) campaign and sets him up for a massive 2020 season.” Tournament director Peter Johnson said in a statement.

So far in his career, Kyrgios has won six titles. Including Acapulco and Washington this year.

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