Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Nadal bids to tie Sampras Swiss Stan in the way  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 26/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN -Arab News) MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal will look to give Stanislas Wawrinka a rough welcome to his first Grand Slam final as he bids to tie Pete Sampras with 14 major titles at the Australian Open on Sunday

American great Sampras will present the winner’s trophy, with the Spanish marvel an overwhelming favorite to vanquish the popular and constantly improving Swiss for the year’s opening Slam title

World number one Nadal has yet to drop a set in 12 encounters with Wawrinka, who knocked over three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic and world number seven Tomas Berdych to reach the final

Nadal again mastered his long-time rival Roger Federer in the semi-finals — a result which installed Wawrinka as Swiss number one — to reach his third Australian final as he seeks to add his 2009 triumph

Victory would also make Nadal only the third man, after Australians Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, to have won each of the four Grand Slam titles twice

It is hard to see past Nadal winning, even though Wawrinka is playing the best tennis of his life, good enough to take him past close friend Federer in the new world rankings out next week

Nadal, at 27 years, would become the youngest man in history to win 14 Grand Slams, eclipsing Federer’s corresponding feat at Roland Garros in 2009 by 66 days

Sampras, who was 31 when he reached his 14 Slams, admires Nadal’s extraordinary athleticism and strength to stand out in an era dominated by the ‘Big Four’ — Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Andy Murray

“He’s a great athlete. Rafa’s game is not suited to grass, but he’s done well there. He’s an incredible mover. He’s a great player,” Sampras said in Melbourne this week

Nadal won’t sell Wawrinka short in Sunday’s final, saying that past matches mean little in the context of a high-pressure major final

“For me, if you play in a Grand Slam final that’s a different kind of match than I played against him in the past,” he said

“He’s playing better than ever. He’s a player that is ready to win against everybody. If I don’t play my best tennis, I am sure that he will win three sets against me.” But Nadal added ominously: “I am moving quick. I am able to come back from difficult situations with great shots and a.m. able to keep producing power on the shot from very difficult positions.” While Wawrinka faces a tough task to grab his first ever win over Nadal in a Grand Slam final, the Swiss is confident of his ability under Swedish coach Magnus Norman

Also in Wawrinka’s favor is that Norman was the coach of Robin Soderling when the Swede upset Nadal at the 2009 French Open, the eight-time winner’s last defeat at his favorite Grand Slam

“The record is not what I’m looking at. That’s what it is against Rafa. I don’t care about having lost 14 times,” he said

“But it’s more about playing Rafa. He’s the number one, the best player. His game is quite tough for me, especially with the one-hand backhand. But I had some good matches against him last year, close ones. I will have a few things that I will try tomorrow

“I’m playing my best tennis here, I’m physically ready. I’m going to try everything. Before I beat Djokovic it was the same. I had lost 14 times to him before that

“I’m always trying and I always think that I can change all the statistics, that’s a positive.” It’s been a long time coming for Wawrinka to play in his first major final in his 36th Grand Slam. For Nadal, it will be his 19th Slam final, with a win-loss record of 13-5.


 






  MENA News Headlines
 Sep 2 2014 - Egypt military academy stampede kills 9Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) CAIRO Nine people were killed on Tuesday in a stampede outside a military academy in Egypt by relatives seeking to visit cadets the army said in a statement.The military released ...

 Sep 2 2014 - Attack on Egypt security convoy kills 11 in SinaiArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) CAIRO: An attack on a convoy killed 11 members of the Egyptian security forces in the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday security and medical sources said.Two were killed by a roadside ...

 Sep 2 2014 - UAE- Human League to perform in DubaiKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Human League bring their electro-pop back catalogue to Dubai New wave legends The Human League will bathe The Irish Village in synths for their show on Thursday September ...

 Sep 2 2014 - UAE- Ismail Matar backs Mahdis contract extensionKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Matar hinted that het could be able to return to the pitch in two weeks time after covering half of the four-week period decided by the doctors for his recovery.Dubai: Al ...

 Sep 2 2014 - Dubai does well to curb thalassaemia in newbornsKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Drop in the number of disease cases attributed to awareness campaigns screenings.The number of cases of thalassaemia in newborns in Dubai has drastically reduced due to the ...

 Sep 2 2014 - UAE- Umm Al Quwain offers 50 per cent off on traffic finesKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The 50 per cent cut on pending fines includes unpaid fines for speeding and other traffic violations available till December 5.The UAQ Police are offering a 50 per cent ...

 Sep 2 2014 - UAE- Ajman launches online renewal of car registrationKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The programme also provides the opportunity for public to renew their registration card without having to visit the traffic department.The Ajman Police on Monday launched its ...

 Sep 2 2014 - UAE- Cop accused of kidnapping raping womanKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) He drove her to a dark location near a construction site after offering a lift where he allegedly raped her.A cop has been charged in the Court of First Instance with ...

 Sep 2 2014 - UAE- Manager blackmails women staff for sex court hearsKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Three women have complained against the 31-year-old man alleging that he had been constantly sexually harassing them.A Palestinian manager has been brought before the Court ...

 Sep 2 2014 - UAE- 22-year-old Indian found hanging from treeKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Police patrols and paramedics were rushed to the spot who took down the body and transferred it to Al Dhaid Hospital for an autopsy.A 22-year-old Indian man was found hanging ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help