Benito Perez Barbadillo told l'Equipe that Rafael Nadal's proposed comeback play - which involves a lot of events on clay - is the right choice for him: "I think that is good to start with a calmer tournament such as Vina, then he could go to San Paolo (which is a little tougher) and then later Acapulco. It’s an intelligent choice, but it’s a pity that he’s not among us, we all miss Rafael, he wants to play and he’s a great champion.”
Sampras echoed those sentiments: "Players maybe didn’t miss Nadal, but surely the world of tennis and fans did. Everyone wants to see him on top. He’s making the right choice coming back on clay in South America, where he could find some easier tournaments.”
How to play from the baseline
The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
The ability to endure the rally is fundamental when you play a “long rally”, because it offers you the chance to measure your opponent’s strong points and vulnerabilities, besides letting you position as best as possible for your next offensive shot.