Rafael Nadal Celebrated His 27th Birthday By Actually Playing Good Tennis!
by Tom Gainey | June 3rd, 2013, 4:04 pm

Rafael Nadal got back on track Monday at the French Open. After a first week of struggles and questions, Nadal roared past Kei Nishikori 63, 61, 64 to win his 19th straight match.

Nadal is now just nine sets from an eighth French Open title and 12th overall Slam. And on his 27th birthday, Rafa said this was a great present.

“I played much better today than the first three matches, no doubt about that,” said Nadal who has never lost on his birthday (5-0). “I say the other day I need to improve. I improve today. You cannot pass to play bad and to play perfect, but I was playing bad. Today I played a little bit better than normal.

“Seriously if you told me two days ago you will play like this today, I will say, ‘Give me the paper and I will sign’, because I’m happy the way I improved my game today.”

After the win the tournament wheeled out a massive birthday in Rafa’s honor. Let’s hope he didn’t eat all of it because he’ll need his his energy going forward.

In the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Nadal will face Stanislas Wawrinka. The Swiss edged Richard Gasquet 86 in the fifth set today to advance to his first French Open quarterfinals. Nadal, though, has won all nine meetings with Wawrinka, all in straight sets. And if he wins it could be Djokovic on Friday.

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11 Comments for Rafael Nadal Celebrated His 27th Birthday By Actually Playing Good Tennis!

Giles Says:

Vamos Champ for number 8!!

getsemaneh Says:

C’mon Rafa!!!!go get your number 8!!!VAMOS

Okiegal Says:

Great match today, Rafa. Looked sharp! Happy birthday to the best clay courter to ever play the gsme………and not too shabby on the other surfaces. Vamos, take a bite out of Roland Garros trophy #8. Your #1 fan from OKLAHOMA!!!

gonzalowski Says:

Happy birthday Rafa!
this match brings hope to all Nadal’s supporters. He’ll be ready for the SF (if reaching it) :-)

Steve 27 Says:

Le milleur! 8 is yours.

Bada Bing Says:

Happy Birthday Rafa. If it weren’t for Nole I would want you to win your eighth at RG.

Michael Says:

Many happy returns of the day to Rafa !! The Great Champion that he is, I wish him greater glory in the years ahead. Nadal’s biggest enemy is his own body than his competitors. With the way he is playing like there is no tomorrow, the physical exertion that he puts in every match is going to take its toll, if not already. But still, Nadal shines with determination, indomitable will and tenacity.

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Michael it would be nice if you wouldnt put a negative slant on everything he does,its always hes a great champion but..or hes a great fighter but..,people say they are sick of hearing about his injuries,and as a fan me too TBH,its his birthday quite right lets talk about that,or even his tennis,as it looks like hes getting into form,hes 27,hes still in the top 5,hes been there for almost a decade,he has 11 GS,57 titles overall,what else exactly has he left to prove?surely not much even if he retired tomorrow?

queen Says:

happy birthday champ!

Anna Says:

ditto hippy chic!

Michael Says:

Tennis X hippy chic,

If you are offended by my comments, I am sorry about it. Now I realize may be I didn’t use the right opportunity to express my views on Nadal’s physical exertion on court.

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