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Rafa Nadal is aiming at a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro



Rafael Nadal is aiming at winning a medal at the next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after a season of ups and downs. He dropped to world number 10 in June but finished in the top 5 after a good end of the season.


After losing to Tomas Berdych in the quarter final at the Australian Open Nadal won his first title of the year in Buenos Aires on clay. The Spanish star lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarter final at the Roland Garros ending his winning streak of 39 consecutive victories in Paris since losing to Robin Soderling in 2009. Nadal won his first title on grass in Stuttgart since Wimbledon 2010 but lost in the second round at Wimbledon to Dustin Brown. During the summer Nadal won his second title on clay of the season after beating Fabio Fognini in Hamburg. Nadal lost against Fognini after an exciting third-round match at the US Open in which the Italian came back from two sets down to win in five sets. This defeat ended Nadal’s 10-year streak of winning at least one Grand Slam title.

After the US Open Nadal reached the final at the ATP final in Beijing (losing to Novak Djokovic) and at the ATP 500 in Basel (losing to Roger Federer) and reached the semifinal at the ATP Finals in London where he lost against Djokovic. Nadal hopes to maintain the form he showed in the second half of the year in 2016.

“I want to be among the best next year. I have confidence that I will start the year well. I am playing well and I have reached a point where I am recapturing a good feeling, and when one reaches a difficult moment and returns to playing well, the desire and the energy are greater ”, said Nadal.

Nadal is bidding to win a second Olympic medal in Rio eight years after clinching the gold medal in Beijing 2008. Four years ago Nadal was forced to pull out of the London Olympic Games because of an injury.

“I am really excited to be at the Olympics. I said that pulling out of 2012 was one of the most difficult moments of my career, possibly the thing that hurt me the most, but there are plenty of objectives before then. I am going to compete in everything they give me in Brazil because they are the Olympics and you want to make the most of that, and to compete in the singles and the doubles”, said Nadal.

Nadal talked about the chance to play against 2015 Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza in the mixed doubles.

“I don’t know. I have honestly not spoken to Muguruza not has it been raised so far. My intention is to play and also it will be the choice of those who are helping us to be there. Garbine has had a fantastic year and she is a very good option. My main objective is to compete well and enjoy myself as I have over the last few months. If that happens, it will be because I feel good and competitive and the objectives will be the same as ever”, said Nadal.

A few weeks ago Muguruza did not rule out her participation in the mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics with Nadal. The Spanish star of Venezuelan origin expressed her enthusiasm for the Olympic Games in Rio after receiving the Bronze Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit awarded by the Spanish Government through the Higher Sports Council.


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Grand Slam Glory Is The Main Goal For America’s Coco Gauff



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 Coco Gauff has big aspirations and she isn’t afraid to speak openly about them. 


Following her second round win over Julia Grabher at the French Open on Thursday, the 19-year-old played down the fixation on her current ranking which is No.6 in the world. Gauff admits that her position is something that doesn’t concern her in the sport unless she is sitting at the top of the world rankings. 

“I’m not a ranking person at all. The goal is No.1, and I think that’s when I would care about the ranking,” she stated in her press conference. 
“Anything in between two and 10, I mean, I’m going to be honest, it’s not that important to me.”

Gauff first broke into the world’s top 10 in September 2022 and has remained there ever since. At the time she was the youngest top 10 debutant on the WTA Tour since Nicole Vaidisova in 2006. She has been ranked as high as No.4 in the world.

“When I made the top 10, it was a cool accomplishment, but for me it was never about staying there. I only want to go upwards,” she said. “The biggest goal is to win Grand Slams, and I think the ranking will come with Grand Slams.”

It was 12 months ago at Roland Garros where Gauff achieved her best performance at a major by reaching the final before losing in straight sets to Iga Swiatek. The tournament is her best Grand Slam in terms of match wins (13) and is the only one where she has reached the quarter-finals or better on multiple occasions. Gauff also won the French Open girls’ title back in 2018 at the age of just 14. 

Five years on from the junior triumph, she has become a regular fixture on the Tour. So much so, that there is already another generation of players on the rise. One of those includes Russia’s Mirra Andreeva who says her ultimate goal in tennis is to break Novak Djokovic’s all-time Grand Slam title record which currently stands at 22. Andreeva, who is only the seventh player under the age of 17 to reach the third round of Roland Garros since 1993, will be Gauff’s next opponent. 

“I think she knows the game well, and she’s proved her position to be here and proved in her results in the past, so I don’t think the age thing matters,” Gauff commented on her next opponent. 
“I’ve never thought about my age, to be honest. This will be my third time playing someone younger than me.
“Honestly, the first two times I didn’t even think about it because when you step on the court, you just see your opponent, and you don’t really think about the personal side of things. You just see forehand, backhand, serve, and all the same.”

Gauff will play Andreeva on Saturday. 

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Gael Monfils Withdraws From French Open Clash With Rune



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After winning a marathon first round clash at the French Open on Tuesday, Gael Monfils has been forced to pull out of the tournament due to a left wrist injury. 


The 36-year-old defeated Sebastian Baez in a five-set thriller in his opening match at his home Grand Slam which took place late at night on the Phillip Chatrier Court. Monfils’ win was the first he has recorded on the Tour since returning to action following a foot problem. He suffered a plantar fascia rupture in his right foot last year which sidelined him from competition for seven months.

Now Monfils’ latest injury setback concerns his wrist which he started to feel pain in whilst playing against Baez. He has subsequently been advised to not continue playing to avoid worsening the issue. 

“Actually, physically, I’m quite fine. I was quite happy this morning. I woke up quite good, but I had the problem with my wrist that I cannot solve,” Monfils said in a late-night press conference on Wednesday. “Felt it during the match, actually the whole match [yesterday]. And unfortunately even [though] we pushed it ’til tonight, just came back again for another exam, and yes, waited a little bit.
“The doctor said [it] was not good to play with that type of injury. Yesterday was actually very risky, and then today definitely said I should stop.”

Monfils has been diagnosed with a Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) injury. He has undergone an Arthroscan (MRI) which will establish how long he may be sidelined from the sport. The Frenchman is set to find out the results later today. 

“I think had it been totally broken it would have been more serious, but it’s partial,” Monfils said. “So I’ll know more about the length of time when I’m off the courts. But the doctor said he hopes I’ll be able to play on grass.”

Due to his withdrawal, Danish sixth seed Holger Rune will move into the third round where he will play either Genaro Alberto Olivieri or Andrea Vavassori who have both come through the qualifying rounds. 

As for the schedule of play at Roland Garros, Monfils’ match was set to take place in the evening slot. It has been replaced by Alexander Zverev’s clash with Alex Molcan. 

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Dissatisfied Aryna Sabalenka Reaches French Open Third Round



Aryna Sabalenka has sealed her place in the last 32 of the French Open for the fourth consecutive year after overcoming a spirited performance from qualifier Iryna Shymanovich. 


The world No.2 powered her way to a 7-5, 6-2, win over her compatriot in a match where she at times struggled to maintain consistency in her shot-making. Sabalenka’s powerful hitting produced some stunning shots but also resulted in some costly errors which proved pragmatic at times.

“I’m not really happy with my game today,” said Sabalenka, who hit 23 unforced errors compared to 21 winners. “I’m going to work a little bit tomorrow and make sure I’m ready for the next round a little bit better than I was today.” 

The first set was a far-from-perfect performance from the reigning Australian Open champion who produced a total of 17 unforced errors. Sabalenka looked to be on a good footing early after breaking for a 4-2 lead but her inconsistency enabled Shymanovich to claw her way back to level. Nudging ahead to a 6-5 lead, the second seed snatched the opener after prevailing in a marathon seven-deuce service game. Two set points came and went before Sabalenka converted her third with the help of a drop shot from her opponent landing out. 

Sabalenka, who is challenging Iga Swiatek for the No.1 spot in Paris, started the second set emphatically by breaking for a 2-0 lead. However, she failed to capitalize on the opportunity as once again Shymanovich broke back. Prompting her to look towards her entourage in the crowd in frustration.

Despite the blip, the 25-year-old bounced back to crush her opponent’s hope of a shock win. Surging to a 5-2 lead, Sabalenka worked her way to three match points with a powerful forehand strike that forced her rival to return the ball out. She prevailed on her second opportunity after a Shymanovich shot crashed into the net.

“It was a tough match,” Sabalenka reflected. “She played really great tennis and I’m happy that no matter what I was able to fight for every point. I’m happy to get this win.” 

Sabalenka will next take on either Russia’s Kamilla Rakhimova or Magdalena Frech. Should she win that match, she will achieve her best-ever run at the French Open. Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam where she is yet to reach the semi-final stage.

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