Tennis Today: Stan Wawrinka states the bleedin’ obvious and Real Madrid stars turn out for Rafael Nadal
In Tennis Today, everyone seems to want to say completely obvious things about Rafael Nadal, and the footballing superstars just keep turning up at the Madrid Open.
What’s on the site
Roger Federer won again on clay, beating Gael Monfils, but it’s probably best not to suggest anyone on tour is underestimating him on the surface. His message is clear: no one is that stupid.
Elsewhere, Novak Djokovic has been speaking about his disappointments with his form and his plans to correct it.
The pressures of being top dog and trying to hold onto it also seem to be getting to Naomi Osaka too, who has admitted that concerns over keeping her ranking was a factor in her defeat to Belinda Bencic.
It’s not all glum and anger though. To cheer everyone up, here is a video of Gael Monfils doing brilliant Gael Monfils things.
What’s in the news
Stan Wawrinka, as a three-time Grand Slam winner, is obviously a very talented tennis player, but he has also revealed a gift for stating the obvious.
The Swiss star beat Kei Nishikori to earn himself a match with Rafael Nadal in at the Madrid Open, and he has dropped a knowledge bomb right up there with ‘rain is wet’.
“Rafa, it’s a challenge to play him on the clay court,” Wawrinka told the press. “I have played him many times.
“It’s always difficult to play him. Again, I’m happy the way I’m playing so far. I’m happy to be in the quarterfinal again, gaining confidence little by little. I know I’m playing well. I know I’m physically good, so we will see.”
Not to be outdone, The Telegraph have offered their own revelation by telling us that Spanish tennis fans in the capital of Spain like watching top Spaniard Rafael Nadal play tennis.
Roger Federer is still a big draw though too, with Real Madrid stars Luka Modric and Toni Kroos among those in the stands to watch his victory over Gael Monfils, as reported and pictured by the Daily Mail.
What’s on social media
Tennis’ premiere power couple decide their own vibe, apparently. They may be just getting that confused with deciding your own meal choices when you dine out, which everyone does to be fair.
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While we are on the subject of tasty looking treats, TennisTV reminded us of just how good the Madrid Masters menu is looking right now.
The ever-lovable David Ferrer offered a grateful farewell to the Madrid Open.
And Roberto Bautista Agut remembered a time he and Ferrer wore matching hats together. Always a beautiful moment in any true friendship.
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🙌🏼Gracias Ferru, nunca podré devolverte todo lo que nos has dado, a mí y a mi equipo. Has sido EL EJEMPLO de todo, dentro, fuera y en todas partes. Te echaré de menos en el circuito pero seguiremos disfrutando de la persona. Eterno-Leyenda-Amigo Gracias, Ferru. Gracias, David.
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