Rafael Nadal hopes to play the Rogers Cup in Montreal next week. The Spanish player, who won the 2005 and 2013 titles there, said: "I love Montreal. It's a very special place for me, I have some good memories and I love the city."
I feel very comfortable there, I know the city very well because it is true that I was successful, but sometimes I lost early, so I had the opportunity to visit the city. I remember there was a great atmosphere in the 2013 semi-final against Novak Djokovic, I played a lot of night matches here and the crowd helps a lot.
It's also great for gamers to get out there, see a packed crowd, and have fun. Tennis in Canada is improving a lot, a lot of good players. The Canadian Tennis Federation is doing a great job." In an interview, Marco Cecchinato recalled his four-set quarterfinal victory over Novak Djokovic in the 2018 French Open quarterfinal.
The Italian player said: "The best moment was the fourth set tiebreak. It was amazing, so many long points. It's hard to describe the emotions." Recalling his entire run at the French Open, the Palermo native added: "In the first round I was down two sets and then I won 8-6 in the fifth.
Then I defeated Pablo Carreno Busta, David Goffin, Novak. It was a dream. Then I played a very good match against Dominic Thiem. In the first tournament, on grass, I reached the semi-finals and then I won Umag, my first clay tournament after the French Open."
Nadal is ready
In his book, Rafael Nadal: My Story, Nadal has detailed why he chose the left hand over the right hand in tennis. He said, “I’ve seen reports in the news media saying that Toni forced me to play left-handed, and that he did this because it would make me harder to play against.
Well, it’s not true. It’s a story the newspapers have made up. The truth is that I began playing when I was very small, and because I wasn’t strong enough to hit the ball over the net, I’d hold the racquet with both hands, on the forehand as well as the backhand”.
Further, he added, “Then one day my uncle said, “There are no professional players who play with two hands and we’re not going to be the first ones, so you’ve got to change”. So I did, and what came naturally to me was to play left-handed.
Why, I can’t tell. Because I write with my right hand, and when I play basketball or golf-or darts-I play right-handed too. But in football I play with my left; my left foot is much stronger than my right”.