It’s a few days old, but here’s a good feature profile CNN recently did on the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal.
Nadal tells interviewer Pedro Pinto that the time off last summer was difficult for him after losing to Robin Soderling in the French Open fourth round last year.
“It was difficult moment for me. Sure, after losing Roland Garros,” said Nadal of his shock loss to the Swede. “It was more difficult but at the same time I have little bit of personal problems at home, I have problems in the knees so too much things.”
He talked about his break after the loss. “Difficult month for me that month and a half or two months without playing tennis was not easy. The same time was in the summer in Mallorca and being in Mallorca in the summer is not the bad news.”
Roger Federer is also in the feature, and he talks about the shock when he returned to his hotel to watch the end of Nadal’s loss. “I was like, ‘oh my God I cannot believe Rafa lost a match at the French Open.’”
Also interviewed are David Ferrer, French Open champions Alberto Costa and Sergi Bruguera, and finalist Alex Corretja who traces the rise of Spanish clay dominance to Sergi Bruguera and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.
Bruguera confidently predicts that Nadal wins the French Open this year “easy”.
Who’s to argue?
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