Nadal Ahead of the Game

Daily Mail (London), July 7, 2006 | Go to article overview

Nadal Ahead of the Game


Byline: IVAN SPECK

THEY said he could not play on grass.

They whispered dark nothings that linked him with doping allegations.

They complained that he took three minutes of fiddling between points.

Rafael Nadal has endured a fortnight of negativity and yet here he is in the Wimbledon semifinals, the only man with a realistic chance of denying Roger Federer a fourth successive title.

Delayed by a combination of rain and Jonas Bjorkman's victory over Radek Stepanek in the match that would not end, Nadal was shunted from Wednesday to Thursday and still made his procession towards another final against Federer appear inevitable with an assured 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jarkko Nieminen.

Remarkably, when the King of Clay arrived in London from Roland Garros three weeks ago, having retained his French Open title, his debut at Queen's was considered an amusing oddity. As for the serious business of winning Wimbledon, Nadal was not meant to be a contender for two or three years at least.

Grass would not let him slide like he does on clay, and he would not have the time to whip his vicious top spin on to his shots.

Next to names like Roddick, Hewitt and Henman, he had no place in talk about potential grass-court champions.

Oh yes he has. Roddick, Hewitt and Henman have all gone. Nadal is still here, and only No 18 seed Marcos Baghdatis, of Cyprus, stands between him and the man to whom he cannot lose -Federer. Nadal has beaten the world No 1 in all four of their matches in 2006.

Nadal said: 'It's an unbelievable tournament for me to be in the semi-finals of Wimbledon. My goal was to come here and play a good tournament and just to improve on grass.

'When I got to the semi-finals at Roland Garros, I knew I could win. But being in the semi-finals here is new for me, and I can only think about the next match. I have a difficult match. It's stupid for me to think about the final.

'Now I am playing with more confidence, especially on my serve. I am playing more aggressively on my forehand and I am coming into the net a little bit more. It's important to play with security and aggression on this surface, no?' It has to be said that Nadal's route to the semi-finals has hardly been the most taxing.

While Federer has withstood the challenges of Henman, Richard Gasquet, Tomas Berdych and Mario Ancic - all players whose games belong among the elite -Nadal has been fed a diet of grass-court fodder. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Nadal Ahead of the Game
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.