Rafael Nadal eases past Lukas Rosol to reach the third round in Paris Bercyrcy - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

Hot Topics

Rafael Nadal eases past Lukas Rosol to reach the third round in Paris Bercyrcy



Rafael Nadal eased past Lukas Rosol 6-2 6-2 to advance to the third round of the BNP Paribas Masters 1000 in Paris Bercy. Last week Rosol pushed Nadal to the tie-break of the third set but this time the Spanish 14-time Grand Slam champion played a solid match in which he dropped six points on his serve.

Nadal opened up a 3-0 lead in the first set before Rosol managed to hold her serve. Nadal raced out to 6-2 in the first set where he fired eight winners, including three aces.

In the second set Nadal broke serve in the fourth game to pull away to a 3-1 lead. Nadal broke for the fourth time in the match as Rosol was serving to stay in the match at 2-5.

Nadal has confirmed his good period of form in this period of the year one week after finishing runner-up in his final of the year at the Basel Swiss Open to Roger Federer who won in three sets with 6-3 5-7 6-3. Nadal now leads 4-1 in his head-to-head matches against Rosol, who famously beat his Spanish rival at Wimbledon in 2012

“I played well last week in Basel. I finished the tournament feeling good. I am just happy about the last three weeks playing two finals in Beijing and Basel. I lost both finals in three sets. I am competing well against very good players. I am happy about the way that I am practicing. It is important for me to play well”

Nadal is also playing the doubles tournament this week with Leander Paes. They were beaten by Denis Inglot and Robert Lindstedt 6-3 6-4 in the first round.

“I am playing the doubles here because Leander Paes asked me to play a few months ago. Doubles is another chance to practice under less pressure. I am enjoying this king of thing because I feel that I am working on things that we believe can help for the future. It’s good to practice differently when you feel there is something you need to improve. At the start of the season I feared that I could not qualify for the ATP Finals in London but I have always believed that I was going to be in the top eight at the end of the season. I had the feeling that I was going to play better. I believe my level is to be there in the top eight. Even if I have had tough moments this year, the year is long”, said Nadal

Nadal won nine of his fourteen Grand Slam titles in Paris. “It’s a special feeliing to come to this city. It’s the most important city in my career. I am happy that the Palais Omnisport has been renovated.

Nadal will face the winner of the match between Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem.


Jack Draper Points To Mental Fatigue As Reason For Queen’s Club Exit

Jack Draper is aiming for a big Wimbledon result despite recent mental fatigue.



(@TheTennisLetter - Twitter)

Jack Draper has revealed mental fatigue has caught up to him after his Queen’s Club exit against Tommy Paul.

The Brit was a bit flat-footed as he lost 6-3 5-7 6-4 to the American in his quarter-final match.

It was a tiring performance in what has been an action-packed last week for Draper having won his first ATP title in Stuttgart which was followed by a career-best win against Carlos Alcaraz at Queen’s Club.

However, Draper revealed after the match that the recent success has had a price in the form of mental fatigue, “It was tough to play the tennis I wanted to play, but we have to deal with that. It’s part of the game. I felt like I was having to really get myself going. Maybe because the last couple of weeks are catching up with me a little bit,” Draper was quoted by The Independent as saying.

“Physically, I felt good, my body has been great. It just becomes mentally quite taxing having to go day after day. I finished Stuttgart on Sunday, I got here very, very late on Sunday. I was training and then went in again on Tuesday. Then the match yesterday, it felt like there was quite a lot of emotional energy invested in that.

“I’m definitely having to pick myself up, I felt quite flat at times, and I think that showed in my decision-making at times in the match. I played a few more sloppy shots than I wanted to. But if I want to be one of the best players in the world, then I have to keep backing up my performances and get used to going deep every week. That’s what I want to do and what was disappointing about this one.”

It was still a positive tournament for Draper who will now enter the world’s top 30 in the rankings next week.

Now Draper will head into Wimbledon as a seeded player and the last few weeks have been a stern reminder as to the work it takes to succeed at the highest level, “If you want to be a top, top player in the world, you have to back up results week by week, day by day. You know you are in a great place and are one of the best in the world when you are able to do that,” Draper explained.

“Every day we are facing amazing tennis players who can beat you. If you are not quite on your game, for instance today, you lose the match. That is the next stage for me now. I want to try to go deep in tournaments and back it up every week.

“My body is in a good place, these are just things I have to get used to at the highest level and learn. I’m still young so I’m trying to piece a lot of things together. It was my first title last week, I’ve done it at Challengers and Futures, but it’s very different on the main tour so I probably need a bit more time.”

Draper will look for his best ever Wimbledon result when he competes in the third Grand Slam of the season, which starts on the 1st of July.

Continue Reading


Karolina Muchova Ready For Tennis Return, Aiming For Olympic Debut

Karolina Muchova is looking forward to the Olympics as she prepares to make her return to tennis in Eastbourne.



(@WTA_Insider - Twitter)

Karolina Muchova is ready for her long awaited return to tennis with Wimbledon and the Olympics being her main goals.

The Czech Republican has not played since reaching the semi-finals at the US Open last year with the result in New York capping off a brilliant 2023 for Muchova.

Before that run at the US Open, Muchova also reached the final at Roland Garros and Cincinnati.

However, since then Muchova has struggled with a wrist injury as she detailed in a recent interview with Czech Republican TV, “The operation fixed a loose tendon in the right wrist,” Muchova was quoted by the WTA website as saying.

“After the operation, I had my arm in a solid splint for six weeks, then two or three weeks in a wrist brace, and then I slowly started with rehabilitation and training. My wrist was very stiff. At the start, I wasn’t even able to hold a fork, so I was asking myself how it would be possible to play a forehand or hold a racquet.

“I didn’t have that much free time because the rehabilitation process takes up much more time than you think, compared to when I train and travel to tournaments.

“Apart from the first few weeks when my arm was in a splint, I didn’t have much spare time. I went abroad from the Czech Republic one weekend, and to my family in Moravia, but otherwise it was work, morning to evening.”

A long process for Muchova to overcome as she will hope the injuries behind her and she can focus on being a threat at the top of the women’s game again.

Next up for the Czech Republican is Eastbourne in her comeback tournament as she will face a qualifier in round one.

That will be followed by playing Wimbledon as well as her first Olympic games at Roland Garros.

In particular, the Olympics is something that excites her as she has always wanted to play on the biggest stage, “At the end of this week, I’ll fly to Eastbourne with the team, where we’ll finally try to play some matches in preparation ahead of Wimbledon,” Muchova explained.

“After Wimbledon I’ll return back to the clay, maybe play a tournament, or straight to the Olympics. I’m really excited for the Olympics. I’ve never been to one, and it’s around the corner in Paris, so I can’t be more excited.

“Representing my country is definitely a huge honor. I’ve signed up to play doubles with Maky [Voundrousova], and I hope it goes well for us.”

Wimbledon starts on the first of July while the Olympics will take place on the 27th of July.

Continue Reading


Andy Murray Faces Race Against Time For Wimbledon After Back Procedure

Andy Murray faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon.



(@TheTennisLetter - Twitter)

Andy Murray faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon as he undergoes a back procedure on Saturday.

The procedure comes after seeing a specialist on Thursday after suffering an injury against Jordan Thompson at Queen’s Club.

It was in the warm-up, Murray suffered the injury before the five-time champion eventually retired after five games.

A bitter blow for Murray, who has given strong hints that this may be his last Wimbledon and may also retire after the summer.

There is also the Olympics for Murray as it would be a fitting end to his career given he has won two gold medals in his career.

However, this year’s Olympics is at Roland Garros and that may mean that Murray would be less eager to play in Paris.

As for Wimbledon, Murray has won the event on two different occasions and his potential appearance at SW19 will be the 16th time he takes to court at Wimbledon.

The third Grand Slam of the season takes place on the 1st of July.

Continue Reading