Rafa Nadal Open 2019

The second edition of the Rafa Nadal Open took place at the Rafa Nadal Academy last week.
20-year old Finn Emil Ruusuvuori dispatched Matteo Viola 6-0 6-1 in 50 minutes to claim his second Challenger title of the year. He didn’t drop a set all week, beating Yannick Maden, Pedro Martinez and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina en route to the final. Thanks to this victory, he’ll make his entry to the top 200.

But the talk of the week was Andy Murray, who, in search of match play, returned to the Challenger circuit for the first time since 2005.
The Rafa Nadal Open was Murray’s third tournament since his singles comeback in Cincinnati (loss to Gasquet). After wins over 17 year-old Imran Sibille and world number 115 Norbert Gambos, he fell to eventual runner-up Matteo Viola 6-3 4-6 6-7.
Next up for the 3-time Grand Slam champion: Zhuhai, Beijing and Antwerp.

Andy Murray and Matteo Viola

Photo credit: @rafanadalacademy

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Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro, US Open 2009

Back in 2009, Roger Federer made history by reaching the four Slam finals and winning a record-breaking 15th Grand Slam career title at Wimbledon.

From Bud Collins The History of tennis:

But there would be no number 16 before the year slipped away. Standing in the way at the US Open was the 6-foot-7 Argentine pillar, del Potro, cool in the tie-breakers, 3-6 7-6 4-6 7-6 6-2, in 4:06 – the first five-set men’s final in Flushing in ten years.
The 20-year-old del Potro, who had jolted Nadal with his most one-sided major defeat (6-2 6-2 6-2) in the semis, started nervously against the champion, and was two points from gonezo at 4-5, 15-30 in the fourth set. But as Delpo got his massive forehand in gear, along with belief, Federer began to fade and hardly competed in the last set. Their final was pushed back to the third Monday, a one-day rainout slightly marring otherwise gorgeous weather.

Roger had won all six previous matches with the Argentine, including a 6-3 6-0 6-0 throttling in the Australian Open quarterfinals at the start of the year. He had won 40 matches in a row at Flushing and threatened to equal big Bill Tilden’s record of six straight (1920-25) US titles. However, del Potro was muy caliente in the stretch, becoming the first Argentine man to win the US title since Guillermo Vilas in 1977.

Disappointing was number 2, Scotsman, Murray, the 2008 finalist, ineffective in falling to number 13, Croat Marin Cilic 7-5 6-2 6-2, in the fourth round, as was 2007 finalist Novak Djokovic, number 4, downed by Federer in the semis, 7-6 7-5 7-5 – the penultimate point of the match being won by Federer with a masterfully hit “wicket shot’, a between-the-legs blast that zipped by a stunned Djokovic at the net.

A Wimbledonian hangover seemed to grip number 5 Roddick, succumbing to 38 aces and serve-and-volleying John Isner, 7-6 6-3 3-6 5-7 7-6 in the third round. But 6-foot-9 Isner was brushed aside by number 10 Fernando Verdasco, 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 – and the quarterfinals contained no American men. The last time their number was down to one was 1986, Tim Wilkinson preventing a QF shutout.

Andy Murray made a winning comeback last week at Queen’s where he claimed the doubles title with Feliciano Lopez. The 3-time Grand Slam champion will be back at Wimbledon, as he is set to play alongside Frenchman Pierre Hugues-Herbert. Murray has not played at the All England Club since his quarterfinal loss to Sam Querrey two years ago.

He plans to play the mixed doubles too but has been turned down by recent Roland Garros champion Ash Barty and Kiki Mladenovic, but …. Serena Williams declared herself available to pair up with Murray.

Murray recently signed a contract with British start-up Castore, and will be wearing their Wimbledon product range:

Castore’s Wimbledon collection is available online.

Andy Murray is back in style! 5 months after a tearful press conference in which he said he might never play again because of recurring injuries, Andy Murray made a magnificent comeback at Queen’s last week: he teamed up with Feliciano Lopez to capture the doubles trophy. Lopez also took the singles crown, beating Gilles Simon in the final.

Since January the Scot has a new clothing sponsor: three-year-old British startup Castore. The financial terms of the partnership have not been released, but according to the Financial Times the deal has four elements: appearance fees for playing while wearing Castore kit, performance-related bonuses, an undisclosed percentage of shares in Castore and advising its board, and a percentage of royalties for tennis gear branded with Sir Andy’s name. 

Castore’s Queen’s capsule is available online.

Queen's 2019: Andy Murray outfit

Queen's 2019: Andy Murray outfit

Queen's 2019: Andy Murray outfit

A lot of changes at Roland Garros this year: a new stadium entrance, a new Place des Mousquetaires and a new 5,000 seat court, Court Simonne Mathieu … but still no roof, we’ll have to wait at least till next year. I’m eager to discover all these new features in a few weeks time!
In the mean time, check out our Roland Garros guides, relieve some of the biggest defeats and triumphs of the past, and of course share your pictures, videos and stories!

Roland Garros visitor’s guide:

A trip down memory lane:

1956: First time at Roland Garros for Rod Laver

1960-1969:
Portrait of Manuel Santana, first Spaniard to capture a Grand Slam title in 1961
1967: Françoise Durr defeats Lesley Turner
1969: Rod Laver defeats Ken Rosewall

1970-1979:
Portrait of 6-time Roland Garros champion Bjorn Borg
Portrait of Adriano Panatta, the only player to beat Bjorn Borg at Roland Garros
1978: Virginia Ruzici defeats Mima Jausovec
1978: Bjorn Borg defeats Guillermo Vilas
Roland Garros 1978 in pictures

1980-1989:
1982: At the request of Monsieur Wilander
1982: first Grand Slam for Mats Wilander
1983: Yannick Noah defeats Mats Wilander
1984 French Open: Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe
1985 French Open: Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova
Roland Garros 1985: Mats Wilander defeats Ivan Lendl
Roland Garros 1988: bold Leconte swept aside by a Mats for all surfaces
Portrait of Natasha Zvereva, 1988 runner-up
Portrait of Arantxa Sanchez, 1989 French Open champion
Portrait of Michael Chang, 1989 French Open champion

1990-1999:
1990 French Open: Opposites attract, Gomez defeats Agassi
Roland Garros 1990: Defending champion Sanchez loses in the first round
Roland Garros 1990: Edberg and Becker lose in the first round
1991 French Open 3RD: Michael Chang defeats Jimmy Connors
1991 French Open final: Jim Courier defeats Andre Agassi
1996: An unflinching Edberg causes a grand upset
Roland Garros 1996: Pete Sampras run through the semi-finals
1997: Going ga-ga over Guga
Steffi Graf – Martina Hingis Roland Garros 1999

2000-2009:
2000: Mary Pierce finds peace and glory
2004: Coria vs Gaudio: the egotist vs the underdog
2005: Rafael Nadal defeats Mariano Puerta
2006: Nadal defeats Federer, wins second Roland Garros title

2010-2018:
A look back at Roland Garros 2011
A look back at Roland Garros 2014
A look back at Roland Garros 2015
3 days at Roland Garros 2017: Rafa, Andy, Petra and more
Day 2 at Roland Garros 2018: Djokovic, Nadal and Wozniacki

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