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Toni Nadal: "No tenemos la fuerza mental de antes"

 

Toni Nadal: No tenemos la fuerza mental de antes

31/03/15 - 00:52

Toni Nadal analizó la inesperada derrota de Rafa en Miami ante Verdasco. El de Manacor no atraviesa su mejor momento: "Está entrenando bien, pero en la pista no tenemos la fuerza mental que teníamos. Espero que vuelva", señaló en 'El Partido de las 12'.

Rafa también tropezó en Indian Wells: "Supongo que nos falta una victoria para recuperar la confianza. No sé seguro de dónde viene esta situación".

Para Toni solo hay una receta: "Sólo nos queda trabajar más y tratar de ser más agresivos en la pista. Creo que es un tema de relax. Estoy seguro de que irá bien tarde o temprano. Más pronto que tarde".

Confiado en el futuro: "Estamos en un mal momento, pero confío en que Rafa seguirá arriba con 29 años, con 30 y con 31".

Y pone como ejemplo a Ronaldo: "Me sorprende que se haya pasado en un mes de aplaudir a Cristiano, a pitarle. La gente tiene poca memoria"

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Miami - Interview transcrit - Match vs Verdasco

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MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU

 

March 29, 2015

 

Rafael Nadal


MIAMI, FLORIDA
 

F. VERDASCO/R. Nadal
6‑4, 2-6, 6-3


THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please. 

Q.  It seemed you found a way in the second set, and then it totally went away in the third.  What was the sensation today?  How can you explain how it went?
RAFAEL NADAL:  No, in general, I played some good games at the beginning, bad games at the end of the second set; some good games on the second; not bad at the beginning of the third. 
But he played well the third, so he deserved to win more than me without any doubt tonight.  Just congratulate him for the victory.

Q.  Do you feel that you haven't been able to build up much momentum this season?
RAFAEL NADAL:  It's not the question of tennis.  The thing is the question of being enough relaxed to play well on court.  Something that if I tell you one month ago or one month and a half ago I didn't have the game.
Today my game in general improved since a month and a half.  But at the same time, still playing with too much nerves for a lot of moments, in important moments, still playing with a little bit of anxious on that moments. 
For example, in the 4‑3 in the first set, and then in the 5‑4, 30‑Love.  Something that didn't happen a lot during my career.  I have been able to be under control, control my emotions during, let's say, 90%, 95% of my matches of my career, something that today is being tougher to be under self‑control.
But I gonna fix it.  I don't know if in one week, in six months, or in one year, but I gonna do it.

Q.  You obviously had quite a few issues last year.  I think your wrist, your back, and the appendicitis.  I'm just wondering if you're finding it as easy to trust your body perhaps after those problems last year. 
RAFAEL NADAL:  Sorry? 

Q.  Is it an issue maybe trusting your body this year after all the physical problems last year? 
RAFAEL NADAL:  No.  The physical problems are past.  I am on competition.  I'm playing weeks in a row.  Is not an excuse. 
What happened last year, yes, the first weeks of the season obviously all the problems that I had didn't help, but talked enough about these kind of things.  Is different story today. 
As I said before, feeling much more comfortable in my tennis, practicing well, much better than in Australia, much best than Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.  But still playing on competition, you know, feeling more tired than usual, feeling that I don't have this self‑confidence that when I hit the ball I gonna hit the ball where I want to hit the ball, to go for the ball running and knowing that my position will be the right one.
All these are small things that are difficult to explain.  One of the tougher things have been fixed, that is the game, in my opinion.  Now I need to fix again the nerves, the self‑control on court.  That's another issue. 
Is not a tough issue to fix, but I gonna keep trying.  I am trying my best.  I am practicing with the right attitude, I think.  I arrive in an important part of the season for me.  I didn't want arrive to that part of the season with that loss of today, obviously, but that part of the season arrives. 
It's the next for me, and I am excited.  I am enough motivated to keep working hard, and that's what I gonna do.  The tournaments that are coming are tournaments that are historically good tournaments for my game, good tournaments for my confidence. 
Is true if I'm not able to control all these things, I don't gonna to have the possibility to compete well and have have success on that events.
But still with confidence that I can do it.

Q.  I think it's very interesting you're talking about nerves and self‑control.  I mean, you seem like you have won so many big matches in your career that you always seem to have that confidence and that swagger about you.  Why do you think this has happened?  When did you start feeling that way?
RAFAEL NADAL:  It happened when I came back.  Beginning of the season I am playing with, you know, all these feelings that for moments are new.  You know, I am not saying that didn't happen in the past because happened, but happened for a very small ‑‑for one point, two points. 
Happened, and then (snapping fingers) I'm able to say, Okay, I am here.  But now, for example, happened for, you know, 3‑All break point, more or less easy forehand.  That was a very important point for me, but shouldn't be that important, you know. 
I lost that point, and then affects to the next game.  I am playing with the next game with more nerves.  Then I had the break back, 30‑Love, and then again I miss a forehand.  That created me doubts again.
So a little bit on and off, on and off too much.  That's something that didn't happen in the past, no? 
I'm trying to be honest.  I am saying the things that I feel today.  But at the same time, I tell you that I have been able to able to change a lot of situations, a lot of negative situations in my career, and I want to do it again.  Gonna work to do it again.  I am confident that I can do it.  I don't know if I gonna do it, but I hope I can. 

Q.  Have you ever felt this kind of nervousness or lack of self‑confidence before in your career? 
RAFAEL NADAL:  I said yes.  I said before yes.  But not for, let's say, four games in a row, no?  Happened for two points and then I was able to be back and to forget about that two mistakes.  Now takes a little bit more time. 
For example, I was able to be back on the match today, but between 5‑3, 4‑3, and 2‑1, break point for him, I was not there, you know.  And I was not there not because I didn't want to be there, no?  Because I was with negative attitude being there. 
Because I was playing with too much nerves.  I was anxious on court.  It's not the thing that, you know‑‑ well, is not like maybe some players happen that four games because they lost the concentration and they didn't have the right attitude there.  Is not my case, no?  Is not my case. 
I wanted to be there.  I tried in every point, but I was not able to relax myself, calm myself, say I'm going to play my tennis now.

Q.  As this is a problem in your head, if you like, have you thought about consulting a sports psychologist?  Many top golfers say the sports psychologists were very, very important in recapturing their game and getting over these problems.  Are you thinking about doing that?
RAFAEL NADAL:  Seriously, I said a lot of times in my career that tennis is not a big deal in life.  (Smiling.)  You know, medical treatment you need when you have problems.  Outside of the tennis world when you have some problems in your life, is a good help that you visit a professional that can help you to improve your quality of life.
Is sport, is game.  That's not that much important.  But I don't know.  I didn't think about.  Is something that I need to fix for myself and with my team.  I need the help of my team, too. 
But especially I need the help of myself.  That's what I am trying to do.  Nobody gonna change the situation for you.  You have to know that you have a problem and you have to know that you have to improve that.  You have to change that.  I gonna keep working on it. 
Hopefully the clay helps.  Is obvious that if I am able to win my matches on clay, to feel my game confident there, then the doubts are less. 

Q.  With the clay season coming up now, are you looking forward to that as an opportunity for you turning your season around, hopefully getting some confidence going into the last stretch of the season?
RAFAEL NADAL:  (Shaking head.)  I am not American.  I cannot understand you if you speak that fast.  (Laughter).

Q.  I will repeat the question.  With the clay season coming up, do you feel like now with the clay season coming up do you feel it's an opportunity for you to ‑‑ 
RAFAEL NADAL:  You still doing the same.  (Laughter).  You are like me on court today. 

Q.  With the clay court, the clay season, Barcelona, Madrid, French Open, clay court season coming up, do you feel it's a chance for you to get your confidence back and play better and hopefully turn around your season?
RAFAEL NADAL:  Every tournament is a chance for me.  I don't have nothing to lose.  At this point of my career I won enough things to say I don't need to win more, but I want to do it.  I want to keep competing well.  I want to keep having the feeling that I can be competing for every tournament I gonna play, and I have the motivation to do it. 
Obviously clay is surface that I had some success, and I hope to be ready for it again. 

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Nadal Upset by Countryman Verdasco

By Steve Gorten

KEY BISCAYNE – Once again, Rafael Nadal will leave the Miami Open without a title.

The world’s third-ranked men’s player and four-time tournament runner-up was ousted by fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 on stadium court Sunday, falling short for the 11th time here at Crandon Park Tennis Center.

The Miami Open is the only tournament Nadal hasn’t won with this many attempts.

“He played well in the third [set] so he deserved to win more than me without any doubt tonight,” Nadal said. “Just congratulate him for the victory.”

Said Verdasco, ranked 34th in the world: “Obviously, always, beating a guy like Rafa is the same like if you beat [Andy] Murray or [Roger] Federer. It is one of the biggest victories you can have in tennis. …At the end, you just try to enjoy the moment also – not even winning or losing.”

More concerning than the loss for Nadal is that he departs Crandon Park Tennis Center in a psychological funk -- unsure not of his game, but rather his mindset in matches.

“It’s not the question of tennis,” he noted. “The thing is the question of being relaxed enough to play well on court. One month, or one month and a half ago, I didn’t have my game. My game in general has improved since a month and a half.

“At the same time, I’m still playing with too much nerves for a lot of moments, in important moments, still playing with a little bit of anxious[ness].”

Nadal continued, expounding candidly about his troubles. He said he has been able to control his emotions for “90, 95 percent of my matches of my career,” but on Sunday, it was “tougher to be under self-control.”

“But I’m gonna fix it,” he promised. “I don’t know if in one week, in six months, or in one year, but I’m gonna do it.”

Nadal missed time last year because of various injuries, but said his physical problems are in the past, and added that he’s “talked enough about these kinds of things. It’s a different story today.”

Nadal, 28, opened this season with a first-round loss to Michael Berrer at Doha, and then lost to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. He suffered his first semifinal loss on clay in 12 years – a 52-match streak – in a semifinal loss to Fabio Fognini at Rio de Janeiro.

After winning Buenos Aires, Nadal lost in the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, falling in three sets to Milos Raonic. Sunday’s loss to Verdasco was his second in a row to him after winning their first 13 matchups. In their most recent meeting before the Miami Open, in 2012 on the clay at Madrid, Verdasco prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

“I’m feeling more tired than usual, feeling that I don’t have this self-confidence that when I hit the ball, I’m gonna hit the ball where I want to hit the ball, to go for the ball running and knowing that my position will be the right one. All these are small things that are difficult to explain.”

Added Nadal: “I am practicing with the right attitude, I think. I arrive at an important part of the season for me. I didn’t want to arrive at that part of the season with a loss, obviously, but that part of the season arrives.”

Nadal said problems with nerves and self-control began at the beginning of the year. He added that while he’s always been able to snap out of slumps in a short time – one or two points – struggles now affect him for extended stretches.

“For example, 3-all, break point, more or less an easy forehand. That was an important point for me, but it shouldn’t be that important,” Nadal said. “I lost that point, and then it affects me the next game. I am playing the next game with more nerves. Then I had the break back, 30-love, and again I miss a forehand. That created me doubts again.

“So a little bit on and off too much. That’s something that didn’t happen in the past.”

Nadal continued.

“I’m trying to be honest. I am saying the things that I feel today,” he said. “But at the same time, I tell you that I have been able to change a lot of negative situations in my career. I want to do it again. I’m gonna work to do it again. I am confident that I can do it. I don’t know if I’m gonna do it, but I hope I can.”

Nadal was asked if he has ever considered seeking the help of a sports psychologist. No, he said.

“Seriously, I’ve said a lot of times in my career that tennis is not a big deal in life,” he said, smiling. “Sport is game. That’s not that much important.”

Added Nadal: "Nobody’s gonna change the situation for you. You have to know that you have a problem and you have to know that you have to improve that. You have to change that.”

While Nadal must deal with that, Verdasco will try to continue his best run at the Miami Open since 2010. A two-time quarterfinalist at the tournament, Verdasco had lost his past three matches here prior to this year’s run.

He went into Sunday’s match 18-77 all-time against top-10 opponents. His last top-10 win came at Indian Wells last year against No. 9 Richard Gasquet.

Leading 5-2, Verdasco failed to convert a match-point opportunity. He capitalized on his second chance the next game.

“I need to enjoy it much, but experience has told me already when you have a victory like this one, you need to be very careful,” Verdasco said. “You need to still stay focused on the tournament. …Friends are asking all the time, ‘Are you going to celebrate?’ I say, ‘Not yet. If I go to celebrate today and tomorrow, then the next day I’m going to lose for sure.”

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RECONOCE LA FALTA DE CONFIANZA CUANDO JUEGA

Nadal: "Estoy jugando con muchos nervios y ansiedad"

 

Nadal: Estoy jugando con muchos nervios y ansiedad

Rafael Nadal admitió que siente unos nervios y una falta de confianza que apenas había tenido a lo largo de su carrera y que le hicieron perder en tercera
ronda del Masters 1.000 de Miami ante Fernando Verdasco. "Estoy jugando con muchos nervios durante muchos momentos, en momentos importantes, estoy jugando con mucha ansiedad", dijo Nadal tras perder por 6-4, 2-6 y 6-3.

 

"Siento que no tengo la confianza de que cuando golpeo la pelota la voy a mandar adonde quiero"

Nadal aseguró que sus problemas físicos están superados y que su juego es mejor que el del inicio del año, pero que hay otros problemas. "Me siento más cansado de lo normal, siento que no tengo la confianza de que cuando golpeo la pelota la voy a mandar adonde quiero. Todas esas pequeñas cosas que son difíciles de explicar. Una de las más difíciles, el juego, está arreglado. Ahora tengo que arreglar los nervios", dijo Nadal, que espera que todo se resuelva con el inicio de la temporada de arcilla, su superficie preferida.

 

La tierra batida, como mejor aliado


"No tengo nada que perder", dijo sobre la temporada en tierra batida. "En este punto de mi carrera gané ya suficientes cosas como para decir que no necesito ganar más, pero quiero hacerlo", afirmó.

Nadal incluso fue cuestionado sobre si va a recurrir a un psicólogo. "(El tenis) Es un juego, no es tan importante. Es algo que tengo que arreglar por mí mismo. He sido capaz de cambiar muchas situaciones negativas durante mi carrera y quiero hacerlo de nuevo. Confío en poder hacerlo. No sé si lo voy a lograr, pero espero poder", agregó.

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Rafa nunca ha ganado este torneo

Verdasco da la sorpresa y apea a un Nadal que sigue maldito en Miami

  • En 15 enfrentamientos, es la segunda victoria de Verdasco sobre Nadal


Verdasco da la sorpresa y apea a un Nadal que sigue maldito en Miami30/03/15 - 01:20

 

El español Fernando Verdasco dio la sorpresa del Master 1.000 de Miami al derrotar a su compatriota Rafael Nadal, segundo cabeza de serie, por 6-4, 2-6 y 6-3 y confirmó que el de Miami se está convirtiendo en un torneo "maldito" para el mallorquín.

 

Nadal, que buscaba su primer titulo en Miami tras once participaciones y cuatro finales (2005, 2008, 2011 y 2014), fue incapaz de remontar un partido que se le puso cuesta arriba desde que "regaló" el primer set con dos 'breaks'.

 

Tras 2 horas y 15 minutos de partido, Verdasco se clasificó para unos octavos donde podría volver a enfrentarse a otro compatriota si esta noche Guillermo García López gana al argentino Juan Mónaco.Fernando Verdasco ha dado la sorpresa en Miami y se ha impuesto en tres sets a Rafa Nadal (6-4, 2-6 y 6-3) por segunda vez en su carrera.

El manacorí estuvo lejos de su mejor nivel y lo aprovechó el madrileño para alcanzar los octavos de final.

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FERNANDO VERDASCO

© ATP

Verdasco
  • Age:31 (15.11.1983)
  • Birthplace:Madrid, Spain
  • Residence:Madrid, Spain
  • Height:6'2" (188 cm)
  • Weight:194 lbs (88 kg)
  • Plays:Left-handed
  • Turned Pro:2001
  • Coach:Sergio Perez
  • Website:http://www.fernando-verdasco.com/
34Singles Ranking
Spain

Spain

 

HEAD TO HEAD 1 vs 13

 

ATP WORLD TOUR, GRAND SLAM, AND DAVIS CUP MAIN DRAW RESULTS

Year Tournament & City Surface Round Winner & Score
2012 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid
Spain
Clay R16 Verdasco, Fernando
6-3, 3-6, 7-5 Stats
2012 Barcelona
Spain
Clay S Nadal, Rafael
6-0, 6-4 Stats
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati
OH, U.S.A.
Hard R16 Nadal, Rafael
7-6(5), 6-7(4), 7-6(9) Stats
2010 US Open
NY, U.S.A.
Hard Q Nadal, Rafael
7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Stats
2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo
Monaco
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
6-0, 6-1 Stats
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid
Spain
Clay Q Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 7-5 Stats
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome
Italy
Clay Q Nadal, Rafael
6-3, 6-3 Stats
2009 Australian Open
Australia
Hard S Nadal, Rafael
6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-7(1), 6-4 Stats
2008 Roland Garros
France
Clay R16 Nadal, Rafael
6-1, 6-0, 6-2 Stats
2007 ATP Masters Series Indian Wells
CA, U.S.A.
Hard R32 Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 6-4 Stats
2006 London / Queen's Club
England
Grass R16 Nadal, Rafael
2-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(3) Stats
2005 Stuttgart
Germany
Clay R16 Nadal, Rafael
6-3, 6-2 Stats
2005 ATP Masters Series Miami
FL, U.S.A.
Hard R32 Nadal, Rafael
6-2, 6-2 Stats
2005 Doha
Qatar
Hard R16 Nadal, Rafael
6-2, 6-4 Stats

 

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