Category: All, News - Nadal

Samaranch says: “Rafa is an Example to Ethics in Sport”

The former president of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, was generous in his praise of Rafael Nadal in an email answering questions on the cincodias.com website this week.

Samaranch is one of the most influential and respected people in Spanish sport. In the email, he spoke out on the significance of Rafael in sport. “Beyond all the success he has had in his sport, I would like to highlight the contribution that Rafael Nadal continues to make through his ethics. Rafa has given us all a lesson in moral values, especially when he had the kind gesture of comforting his rival, -a sad Roger Federer- at the trophy ceremony of the Australian Open when he won the title”.

Category: All, News - Federer

Federer says, “I don’t work on weaknesses”

In an interview with the Dubai newspaper, Xpress, Roger Federer said: “It’s difficult to judge who is the greatest of all time. Winning the French Open would of course round off what has already been an incredible career for me but right now my priority is getting past Sampras’s record of 14 titles.

“I believe it’s important to chase your dreams and one of them is also to win the Olympic singles gold on the grass courts of Wimbledon in 2012. I am still young in tennis terms and still have some bit to go. And I know I have many more slams and another seven to eight years left in me.”

Roger added that, “I have never believed in working on my weaknesses. My serve and my forehand are my strengths and I work on them to get better.”

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Category: All, Gossip - Federer, Rivalry

Becker Advice to Federer: Nadal is the Enemy on Court

There is a very interesting post on a Slovenian website. Bear in mind that I have unfortunately been unable to verify yet the authenticity or source.

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Boris Becker

In the post, Boris Becker is purported to be giving advice to Roger Federer, making intriguing parallels with moments in his own career, and basically saying that Federer needs to realise that Nadal is is chief enemy on court, that it is Nadal that has cost him three of the last four Grand Slams, and that he has to face him with a changed attitude.

Boris believes that Federer is still motivated, that his position is not that bad, and that he should reassess his priorities and leave the Davis Cup – as Becker himself did in his own career, facing the wrath of the public before becoming Number 1 in the world and leaving his fans satisfied.

Are you listening, Fed?

EDIT: 26th February. Seems this article from Boris Becker is genuine, and that it can be sourced from a Swiss newspaper, in German. A Roger Federer fan posted a translation of this article on Federer’s website.

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Will Federer beat Sampras’s Record? 82% say “Yes!”

Eurosport-Yahoo! ran an online survey and of the 23,000 readers who voted, a massive 82 percent thing Federer will win at least two more Grand Slam titles, and therefore go past Pete Sampras’s record of 14.

42 percent were even more optimistic, believing that he would win at least four more titles!

See the full story here: Your view: Federer still has the magic

What about you, Nadal versus Federer fans? Do you think these results are a fair reflection of his possibilities, or a biased hopes of some wishful devotees? And if he were to reach this record, could Nadal maintain his current form (3 of the last 4 slams) and in a few years be topping this incredible feat himself?

One thing is for sure – we are all in for one hell of a ride over the coming months and years as we experience the joys of finding out!

Category: All, Gossip - Nadal

Nadal heading to Benidorm

The local newspaper, the Benidorm Spotlight reports that Rafa Nadal is on his way to Benidorm, and will arrive next Friday to prepare for Spain’s Davis Cup match against Serbia which will be played from March 4th to the 6th.

The tennis will be played in a stadium erected especially for the occasion at Terra Mitica and, according to the newspaper, 14,000 tickets have been already sold.

Category: Gossip - Federer, News - Federer

New coach for Federer?

I cannot comment on the veracity of this, but The Age newspaper in Australia has reported:

“Darren Cahill’s voluntary departure from coaching Australia’s Davis Cup team inspired speculation that he was set to be hired as coach by Roger Federer. “

Roger has of course not had a regular coach since the part time arrangements with Tony Roche (2005) and José Higueras (2008) ended. Darren Cahill is best known for his coaching of two other former number ones, Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi. Cahill retains a close relationship with Agassi, and he and Gil Reyes, Agassi’s conditioner, are currently helping Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in his preparation for the forthcoming US hardcourt and European claycourt seasons.

Could there be any truth to this rumour, and more importantly, could it help to break Fed’s losing streak against Nadal?

Category: All, News - Nadal

Nadal to lead Spanish Davis Cup team against Serbia

davis-cup-logo Rafael Nadal was chosen by the new Spanish captain, Alberto Costa, to lead Spain in the first round of this year’s Davis Cup in Benidorm. He will be joined by David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo in a bid to retain the title won last year by Spain, in which Nadal missed the final through injury.

Nadal will be resting from this week’s Dubai Tennis Championships in order to recover from a strain to his right leg – and we at NadalversusFederer.com are looking forward to the mouthwatering prospect of seeing him play against the world number three Serb, Novak Djokovic.

Nadal is then planning to play Indian Wells, where it can be hoped that he will meet a rejuvenated Roger Federer!

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Nadal also out of Dubai

Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will not play at the Dubai International Tennis Tournament, due to a need to rest the minor knee injury sustained during the recent ABN Amro Rotterdam tennis tournament.

Nadal wrote on his website, www.rafaelnadal.com:

“I am very disappointed not to be able to compete in Dubai but the doctor has advised me to stay home and rest after the pain on my knee in Rotterdam last week. Nothing to be worried about but it needs some rest. I ask my fans and the tournament organizers to understand and I am sorry for this. Dubai is one of my favorite tournaments and I have always played there. The field is always great and more important the crowds are always supportive. I expect to be back in competition the following week for the Davis Cup tie in Benidorm against Serbia and then traveling to Indian Wells and Miami after”.

Well, here’s wishing you a quick recovery, Rafa. The team here at NadalversusFederer.com are looking forward to seeing you in action in the David Cup matches, and licking our lips at the thought of a possible match up between you and Roger in Indian Wells, once you are both rested, fit and back in sensational form!

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Nadal Sends Congratulations to Raul, Real Madrid’s Record-breaking Goalscorer

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"Raul Madrid"

” Rafael Nadal was quick to add his voice to the chorus of congratulations being sung to Real Madrid player, Raul Gonzalez after Raul broke di Stefano’s record for goal scoring at Real Madrid.

“I’m not the right person to say if Real Madrid will win the league this season, but I can say that Raul is a symbol of football and Spanish sport. The goal-record that he has just broken is impressive. He sets an example with the ability he has to step up his game.

The Real Madrid captain scored two goals in his team’s 4-0 win over Sporting of Gijon at the weekend to be come the club’s highest goalscorer of all-time with 309 goals in all competitions.

Category: All, News - Federer

Federer out of Davis Cup and Dubai

Sad news today for Federer and Nadalversusfederer.com fans… Roger has just pulled out of his forthcoming engagements with the Swiss Davis Cup team and the Dubai tennis tournament. Here is the announcement from his website:

Dear Fans,

Today I am disappointed to announce that I am withdrawing from both Dubai and the Davis Cup tie in the United States. This was a hard decision to make as I am missing not only one of my favorite events on tour in Dubai but I am also missing out on an opportunity to help my country try and move on to the next round of Davis Cup. After injuring my back last fall, I did not have enough time to strengthen it completely. As a precautionary measure, I will use the next few weeks to make sure the back injury is fully rehabilitated and I am ready for the rest of the 2009 season.

As always, thanks for your continued support.
Roger

What a pity, so early in the season, and just as the rivalry between Nadal and Federer on hard courts was looking even more exciting than ever after the epic Australian Open final. Roger, we at NadalVersusFederer.com send you our very best wishes for a quick recovery, and we look forward to see you on court again very soon.