Rafael Nadal Seeks First Grass Title In 5 Years Sunday In Stuttgart
by Staff | June 13th, 2015, 3:03 pm
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Rafael Nadal advanced to his first grass court final since 2011 Wimbledon today defeating Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals at the Stuttgart grass event.

Nadal will face Serb Viktor Troicki who was a winner over Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-7, 7-6(2).

“It’s a great feeling to be back in a final, especially on grass,” said Nadal. “It’s been since 2011, I didn’t play a final on grass. So it’s very good to be back and I think I’m playing well. It was a tough match but I played well against a very difficult opponent.

“He’s a charismatic player and does different things on court… I just tried to be ready and wait for my moment. I was solid with myself.

“The victories are energy. I am enjoying practicing, I’m enjoying playing on court with all my game, which is something I missed a lot in the first half of the season.

“I feel I’m doing things better on court, playing more relaxed, enjoying a little bit more. And that’s the thing I need to do to have success in the game: work hard and be relaxed. That is what I’m doing and I hope to have a good second half of the season.”

Nadal has not won a grass title since his 2010 Wimbledon triumph. He has beaten Troicki in all four prior meetings.

“I’ve been playing on grass since 2013 and to play in my first grass-court final, it’s great,” said Troicki. “I’m really happy with how I played. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s final.”

Nadal has just won title since his 2014 French Open title, a win in Buenos Aires earlier this year.

In Den Bosch, Nicolas Mahut will square off against David Goffin in the final. Mahut, who had to qualify for the event, beat Dutch favorite Robin Haase while Goffin ended the run of Gilles Muller.

“It’s great at the beginning of the main draw when you have three matches,” said Mahut. “Then at the end there’s a lot of tiredness, especially this year I played doubles too. So I really need to recover and have a very good night tonight.

“It was really difficult. He had a really good start, a very good first set, and I was feeling a little bit tired after the week. I just tried to keep myself in the second set and was waiting for an opportunity to break him and I had this chance.

“I think this is the best surface for my game. I feel really confident when I play on it. It¹s the fifth final – I lost two, I won two – so I hope this one will be 3-2 up.”

On the women’s tour, the Den Bosch final features Camila Giorgi against Belina Bencic.

The Nottingham semifinals have been delayed until Sunday due to weather. Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals against Monica Niculescu. The women’s final will be played later Sunday.


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64 Comments for Rafael Nadal Seeks First Grass Title In 5 Years Sunday In Stuttgart

Hippy Chick Says:

Love this attitude from Rafa,hes enjoying himself and seems more relaxed,and his game is improving,i have no expectations about his grass court season,but these days he seems happier,which is something thats been missing this year….


KatH Says:

Good Hippy Chick – Being happier is important in all aspects of life – sorri to be so simplistic – but chez-moi , an improving disabled situation brings smiles….for Andy, for Nole it also seems to work (hope Stan gets there too).


Matador Says:

Rafa in 3 tomorrow. A title always give some confidence even small one like this.


Hippy Chick Says:

KatH true,for months hes looked quite miserable,but it doesnt seem like hes dwelling on whats been and gone,and simply focusing on the here and the now,and moving forward….


Hippy Chick Says:

Meant been and gone anymore….


KatH Says:

Yes – signs of positivity from Nadal.


M Says:

Vamos!

:-)


Snowbird Says:

Good going Rafa. I’m so glad that he’s enjoying himself. I hope he wins the title, just for his confidence. Vamos, Rafa!


Humble Rafa Says:

I have lots of fertilizer for tomorrows match. I am also bringing 3 cows. Is there anything else I need to do?


skeezer Says:

4 years since a title on Grass? Surely not GOAT material.
But surely you’ll get yer title tomorrow Mr. Nadal. Your playin # 28. No need for cows.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Well. I thought I was coming here to gloat over how I have insisted that Rafa has championships left in him, can still play on grass, and etc. But then I see he has 1 trophy in a YEAR. Whoa. That’s worrisome. As a tennis fan, I have mixed emotions. Of course, as a Fed fan, part of me wants his biggest rival to fall. However, I really like Rafa as a man and a sportsman and don’t want to see such a sudden drop for him. In any case, that stat is not itself a killer: Rafa spent a large portion of the last year on the bench, and Fed went from 1 title in 2013 to 5 in 2014.
So, I’m hoping for a Rafa win tomorrow. At the very least, it could (with a decent result next week) make for a more interesting Wimbledon. Perhaps it will be much more.


Gordon Says:

Well, let’s not get too excited at Nadal getting past Baghdatis, Tomic and Monfils. And besting Troicki shouldn’t call for Wimbledon to elevate his seeding in 3 weeks.

Let’s see in a week if he is in this position in London. To reach the final he will have to go through Dolgopolov, then Wawrinka and Raonic. A little tougher task, no?


Hippy Chick Says:

Skeezer hes not the GOAT,and nobody on this thread was saying otherwise,some of us are just happy hes making a final and contesting a title again,hes an all time great with 14 GS,so cant we just leave it at that please?….


KatH Says:

To Tennis X

Pleased to see Rafa making advances but think it is time for a new thread.


Hippy Chick Says:

Skeezer hes not the GOAT,and i dont believe anyone on this thread was saying otherwise,some of us are just happy hes made a final and contesting a title again,especially with it been on grass even if it is only a 250,hes an all time great with 14 GS cant we just leave it at that?….


Hippy Chick Says:

KatH why is it time for a new thread when this one has only just opened?….


Hippy Chick Says:

Gordon yes it will be a tougher task,and nobody was saying otherwise,and nobody here was asking for Wimbledon to elevate his seeding,and nobody was getting excited either,but this is the here and the now Queens is next week,and a title after whats been quite a mediocre year for him,even though its been a weaker field can only build his confidence,its not like we are all saying if he wins, it all of a sudden signifies a second coming on anything,a little perspective wouldnt go a miss would it?….


KatH Says:

Hippy Chick

It’s been up for several days and has only 17 responses, whereas – in the absence of a more general thread, the Andy-Stan thread continues to grow. The main interest for me was to see if Rafa began to claim his form – which he seems to have achieved. There doesn’t seem to be much left to say – obviously this is my personal view – if you don’t agree – that’s also OK.— i.e. we agree to disagree.


Hippy Chick Says:

KatH no harm or foul or anything,this one only came up yesterday well on my computer it did,anyway i said all there was to say on the Andy/Stan thread,its all good….


Nitesh Says:

match begins


gonzalowski Says:

Troicki has only lost 3 points on 5 serve games (+1 serve game on 2nd set)… but he loses the TB.
Nadal is serving very well.
As he says, until the moment you can see him enjoying the game. He’s a real cow, now.
Let’s see next week.


Daniel Says:

Nadal 10th ace in 9 services games, nice!

He got the break and will take this match. Just checking scores but it looks like a regular grass match with both winning a lot of quick points and holding at ease, except for last Troicki game.

Check the stats and first set he lost only 3 points on serve before tiebreak but even so lost the set and now the match. He needed that breaker the most.

Let’s see if Nadal will keep the level for next week now that he already shook of grass rustiness.


gonzalowski Says:

Some pretty volleys from Nadal… and, curiously enough, me at least can’t see any slow movements on his playing today.


Giles Says:

Well done Champ! Vamos!
The car is beautiful too!


skeezer Says:

Agree with everyone let’s wait and see.
But its a great start for Rafa on Grass this year, regardless, a win is a win.


gonzalowski Says:

Mercedes’ people is delighted with Rafa winning here, I didn’t know he won here twice on clay.
Troicki says that his heart is broken with not winning the yellow Mercedes on the court. He’s happy, anyway.


Okiegal Says:

I’m liking cows mo-betta! A 250….500….1000 or a 2000….I’m liking what I see. Rafa is going after that serve for free points! Served excellent today!
On to Queens, tougher competition there, but we will see. CONGRATULATIONS RAFA……on to Stella’s house. My Mom’s name was Stella, maybe her name will bring him good luck…..even though I don’t believe in luck!

C’mon Rafa!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Congrats to Rafa, any trophy is good news, beating the folks in front of you when you’re supposed to is good news. Next week will be really interesting, starting with Kyrgios/Wawrinka.

Where are the Queens and Helle previews??


Gordon Says:

Could Nadal be a grass court specialist in his later years? 😳


Nitesh Says:

@ Gordon difficult I think if he wants to prolong his career he should concentrate more on outdoor hard court tournaments thorn clay.


Nitesh Says:

Clay needs more running & is difficult to shorten points. He is 29 one cannot expect him running down everywhere. The good thing is he is concentrating on his serve.


Giles Says:

Can’t believe KatH was calling for this thread to be closed down whilst Rafa was still playing in Stuttgart. If it is of no Internet to you KatH you can move along to another thread. Posters would like to comment on his win today. Unbelievable request to say the least!!!


KatH Says:

Rafa leapfrogs Nishikori re. Race to London now No. 7.


sienna Says:

Im glad Nadal won. The cheater Troicki shouldnt win any match anymore.


Humble Rafa Says:

Watch out worshippers. While you were fawning on goatness, Humble won a grass court title. Due to lack of pure gentlemanness on the part of the organizors, I did not receive a cow. But I will forgive them and move on with my 3 cows.


Hippy Chick Says:

Okie i agree,i enjoyed it for what it was,which was Rafa serving better,Rafa playing shorter points,Rafa playing with more confidence,Rafa looking happier,and Rafa going for his shots,and in the end Rafa winning a title,and a grass court title after such a long time,next week with be different with a much deeper field,but its been a crap few months for his fans,so at the moment im just enjoying the here and the now,it was a positive week,so its all good….


Nitesh Says:

little happiness


django Says:

Sienna how do you feel about cheater cilic?


Okiegal Says:

@Chick 12:47….This post covered everything about Rafa’s win today. I agree 100%. He is acting happier on court. Seems a lot more relaxed. Hopefully his confidence level got a boost! :)


chris ford1 Says:

Sienna – very ignorant remark. Troicki was not a cheater. His samples were clean. What he was, was a “testing rules breaker” for refusing to have a blood test in a needle phobia panic attack.
django – similarly, a stupid remark about Cilic. He didn’t know he was taking glucose supplement with a banned substance in contents. And a later analysis of his test revealed that the ITF incorrectly classified it as a failed test because the nikethamide he took showed as a metabolite, nicotinamide that was below the test thresh hold level to be declared a failed test.


Hippy Chick Says:

Whatever the ins and outs both Troicki and Cilic did their time,and should be left alone in peace to get on with playing tennis,and im a fan of neither player,so no axe to grind….


M Says:

Vamos!

Tricky to have Alex Dolgopolov in the very first round in Queens. That’s, like, tomorrow.

*sigh*


Hippy Chick Says:

Apologies for the double posts @4.32am and 4.36am,didnt think that the one @4.32am had got through….


courbon Says:

Chris Ford-Django is sarcastic-Sienna is all the time raving about Cilic raising level of tennis on the next level and so on..she is hypocrite and troll and should be ignored.
By the way, nice to read your comments last month or so.

Hippy Chick-Well said!Congrats on Nadals win


Markus Says:

Hippy Chick, I don’t mind double posts at all. Good for Nadal followers to have a reason to smile today.


Hippy Chick Says:

Hi Courbon thanks hope you enjoyed your vacation,going on one myself this week as its the summer solstice next weekend,and in answer to your question from last week,yeah still dancing naked around camp fires with the other druids lol….


Hippy Chick Says:

Thanks Markus purely unintentional lol,anyway im not predicting a second coming for Nadal,but lets just say ive enjoyed the week….


courbon Says:

Troicki after the match said this:

Troicki: “My heart is breaking seeing this car in front of me, going to Rafa. I even tested this week, unbelievable car…” ….I hope they give me a toy…a little one?


courbon Says:

Hippy, any chance of sending me a video of that dancing? (-:


Markus Says:

Sienna wants to play the devil’s advocate and she!s doing a good job at it. But hopefully she’ll stay that way and not be deterred or changed by everybody stomping on her. Makes for a lively chat place. Irritating perhaps but bizarrely interesting nonetheless. I couldn’t wait to find out who’ll she’ll kick in her next post. Maybe me, but not Cilic for sure.


Hippy Chick Says:

Courbon (ahem coughs)maybe it will be on you tube at some point ;P….


courbon Says:

Interesting point Markus, but I’m afraid quite wrong. Devils advocate is somebody who gives counter point to opinion. Writing stuff like above, or most stuff she writes, is not playing Devils Advocate. Neverless, if you enjoy that kind of bloging Sienna, Giles and others like that, will give you plenty of pleasure on this site…


courbon Says:

Hippy-I’m starting a search…


Markus Says:

@courbon re: Sienna, it’s something akin to guilty pleasure although it may be a category of her own. But really, reading and responding to Sienna is a good way to vent one’s frustrations and anxiety. I look at it that way and I don’t get bothered anymore…or at least the annoyance does not last long anymore.

Giles, the same way. He elevates fanatisicm to a whole new level. Irritating to most but still an achievement albeit of a devious kind. But I bet he brings glee to some Nadal fans.


Lodhi Says:

Anybody who wishes to be declared a GOAT needs to come to skeezer: the ultimate authority for GOAT authentication.

Djokovic, Nadal, the rest … if you ever aspire to become a GOAT, please call skeezer to check if you’re qualified enough. Oh wait ! You don’t have his/her/it’s number. Let me find it for you … oh wait…I don’t even know his/her/it’s real name…emmm I wonder why is that the case ? Oh I remember ! That’s because he/she/it is a complete NOBODY !


KatH Says:

Did it for you Giles – thought you weren’t interested.

LOL


Markus Says:

I know skeezer. There are also many more who know him more than they know Lodhi. So if skeezer is “NOBODY”‘, what does that make you, Lodhi?


Lodhi Says:

@Markus

A nobody who recognizes unlike skeezer that even Micha Zeverev would beat me 6-0 6-0 6-0 6-0 6-0. My point Mr. Markus ? The POINT is that NOBODIES shouldn’t be telling who is a GOAT and who isn’t when they haven’t even achieved 1% of what the 100th ranked tennis player has achieved.

Now me telling skeezer that he is a NOBODY is perfectly fine — it’s just one NOBODY telling another NOBODY not to take an unnecessary swipe on a pretty darn good SOMEBODY !

Did I get my point across Mr. Markus ?


Gordon Says:

Lodhi – a classic, more succinct line is, “he/she knows way more about this than you or I.” This has the appearance of self deprecation while attempting to put someone in their place.

Perhaps you didn’t see the sign over the door when you entered this site – Dysfunctional Tennis Blogging at its Finest.

Just because posters in here may be a little dysfunctional it does not mean they are ignorant about tennis or about life in general. Most of them, even when pontificating, know the difference between ‘accept’ and ‘except’.

There are certain people a newby should not take on in here. Skeezer would be one of them.


Gordon Says:

Markus would be another.


Okiegal Says:

@Gordon 8:59……. What about Okiegal?? Lol


skeezer Says:

Re; 5:12 post
Ok I read that post, but find no compelling reason to respond, I mean… really..why? Blog on.


skeezer Says:

Re; 5:12 post
Ok I read that post, but find no compelling reason to respond, I mean… really..why? Blog on.


django Says:

Courbon @2:30
Thanks for picking up on the sarcasm. I reckon komsija has a job to do and does it.

Congrats to Rafa fans for the win.

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