Rafael Nadal fans have forced the ATP to change their clay season graphic (Image: GETTY) The ATP published a canny graphic with nine of the best players in the world on to gee-up the excitement ahead of next week’s Monte Carlo Masters However, the governing body opted for Roger Federer as their centre imagine as he was making his return to the red dirt after a three-year absence But Rafael Nadal fans were quick to comment their disgust as they demanded the Spaniard – an 11-time French Open winner – was given the spotlight The ATP duly obliged and remastered their image to put the world No 2 as the larger, most-prominent figure Related articles Novak Djokovic is ‘absolutely right’ in feud with Federer and Nadal Roger Federer insider reveals what it’s really like working for star They posted the second take with the caption: “The fans have spoken…” And supporters were grateful for the change in stance “Rectifying is wise. On Earth, he @RafaelNadal’s the master. Any message in the opposite direction is a contempt,” one fan wrote on Twitter And another added: “Not just the fans spoke. Tennis history itself speaks loud & clear Related articles Rafael Nadal STOPPED Roger Federer reaching major career milestone ITF make major rule change which benefits Roger Federer The ATP changed the image so Rafael Nadal was the focus (Image: Twitter) “@RafaelNadal is the one & only #kingofclay This shouldn’t have ever be an issue.” A further user wrote “Tooo little, toooo late ATP! You should give Rafa the respect he deserves Your previous bias is totally disgraceful!” Another supporter commented: “Much better seeing the King of Clay in his rightful place!” The image also contained world No 1 Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Frances Tiafoe and Denis Shapovalov Related articles Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are PHENOMENAL Federer reveals role Djokovic played in WORST moment of his career Rafael Nadal has won 11 French Open titles (Image: GETTY) Federer is not back in action until the Madrid Open in May But Nadal heads a stacked field at Monte Carlo Masters before attempting to defend his Barcelona Open title He will then head to Madrid and Rome before trying to extend his dominance at Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal makes admission after defeat to Roger Federer in Shanghai Masters final Nadal, who won the China Open last weekend, lost in straight sets in the Shanghai Masters final to Federer earlier today – 6-4, 6-3. Federer produced a superlative display, firing 10 aces to land his 94th career title on the ATP Tour. The Swiss, who has only lost four times this calendar year, is the only man who can pip Nadal to the world number one spot, even though. And Nadal is adamant he can never stop improving. “When somebody plays better than you, sport is not very difficult,” Nadal said. “When you play against somebody that is better than you in most of the things that really matters on this sport in this kind of surface, then its tougher. “There is room to improve for me, and I’m going to try. “But the conditions here were much better for him than for me, being honest.”. Despite being disappointed with the result, Nadal thinks he had a good week overall. He added: Every time I go on court I try my best. I try to play as good as I can. “Sometimes I play better; sometimes I play worse. Shanghai is an important event. “I always put attention in this event. It’s true that I was not able to play as good as I would like here that often, but I already play two finals, couple of semi-finals. So was not a bad event.”.
Roger Federer wants to send THIS strong message to Rafael Nadal – Greg Rusedski Like Nadal, Federer has won two Grand Slams in a stunning 2017 season. The Swiss legend has won five other events despite dramatically reducing the number he has played. Nadal will finish the season as World No 1 whatever happens at this week’s ATP World Tour Finals in London. But Rusedski reckons Federer wants to show Nadal that despite he is not being statistically the world’s best, he has had a better year. “The thing is, Federer never makes the same mistake twice,” the former British No 1 said. “In Montreal he picked up an injury, the US Open wasn’t as good as he’d like out there. “That’s probably why he’s not in contention to be World No 1. “But he wants to say to Rafa ‘look, you might be World No 1, but I’ve won two majors, three Masters series, as well as the ATP Final’. “If you look at that overall as a picture, that’s a better season than Rafa in my opinion. Federer is the favourite with the bookies to win in London and Rusedski cannot see them being wrong. “No question about it, I think is the man to beat this week,” he added. “He’s been absolutely brilliant this season, winning seven titles, trying to win his eighth title. It’s a decade ago since he’s done that. “He is looking so smooth, so fresh, and so good. I can’t see anybody dethroning him.” Federer gets his campaign underway against American Jack Sock today.
Grace in movements and power of spins, on the plate tense strings direct balls and sounds of captivated crowds In the vivid emotion that only a fully inspired racket can give, and can lead to such an expert observation. The unmatched class of the Basel ace walks a road marked by numerous achievements: by the many weeks he stood on the peak of the Olympus of ranking; by the famed hoard of trophies he makes in the history of tennis. But what more amazes about the old champion King is when he engages in new inventive shots: back to the net, between his lower limbs, he can shoot priceless passings, better than the shots favoured by good players. His vast career already over twenty years worth, filled with great success, is part of a once-a-generation era of giants of tennis such that never before had so many altogether. And while time forgets, when it’s about egregious triumphs it keeps showing their magic.
That is the view of former British star Greg Rusedski. Djokovic and Federer have both won in Indian Wells five times and should they progress through their respective draws, could meet in the final Djokovic is playing in his first event since winning the Australian Open in January while Federer made history as he won his 100th career title last week in Dubai And Rusedski believes Djokovic will be returning to tennis with two major goals in mind Related articles Roger Federer reveals his post-retirement plans Roger Federer: Coach Severin Luthi makes major injury admission Rusedski said on Amazon Prime: “Djokovic wants to win this first six times, something Federer hasn’t done “Both men have won it on five occasions here in Indian Wells and 33 Masters Series titles sounds exceptionally good “Roger has just made the 100 marker and Novak wants to make the 100 marker in titles as well “He is motivated and he loves playing in the desert. I saw him playing in the doubles with [Fabio] Fognini and he looked fabulous “He is focused and he is ready. Yes, you’d like to see the coach here but if he is comfortable and confident, he’s a hard man to stop ”Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are aiming to win their sixth Indian Wells title (Image: GETTY) Rusedski’s fellow analyst former WTA star Daniela Hantuchova, hailed Djokovic’s decision to feature in the doubles She said on Amazon Prime: “I thought that was a smart decision. “It’s what a lot of the top players do here because it is so beautiful to come here “He hasn’t played for such a long time and the conditions are completely different to anything he has experienced in the last few weeks “He looked really sharp on the court.” Related articles Roger Federer: Greg Rusedski makes 100th title claim Rafael Nadal: Indian Wells warning sent to Federer and Djokovic Novak Djokovic was in doubles action with Fabio Fognini on Friday (Image: GETTY) NOVAK DJOKOVIC – PROJECTED INDIAN WELLS DRAW (based on ATP rankings) First Round – Bye Second Round – Bjorn Fratangelo Third Round – Nick Kyrgios Fourth Round – Marco Cecchinato Quarter Final – Dominic Thiem Semi Final – Alexander Zverev Final – Rafael Nadal