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Nadal Nervous; Pippa's Tennis Obsession

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Nadal© AFP/Getty ImagesRafael Nadal says he will be nervous when he faces Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros semi-finals. takes a look at the news and talking points at Roland Garros on the second Wednesday. 

Nadal Nervous
Rafael Nadal admitted that he will go into his semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic feeling the nerves of playing the World No. 1 after both advanced to set the showdown. 

“I’m [going to] be be nervous for the semi-finals probably, yes. If not, I better go home and do another thing,” said Nadal. “If you are not nervous to play the semi-finals against the best player of the world, it's because you are not enjoying or you don't feel the passion for this game. Sure I will be a little bit nervous, but I will be more motivated than nervous.”

Pippa’s Tennis Obsession
Pippa Middleton, sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, has been named a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. In her July issue debut, Middleton reflects on her passion for tennis. The 29 year old, who has been frequently spotted at tournaments, including the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and Wimbledon, joked that during her childhood, she once told her family, “if I had to get married, it would be in my tennis whites—shorts with no pleats or frills.”

Photo Of The Day
Djokovic tracks down a shot from Tommy Haas. Photo: AFP/Getty Images


Stan’s Spin
Though his tournament came to an end at the hands of Nadal in the quarter-finals, Stanislas Wawrinka was quick to call out the positives of his run, reflecting on his health entering Paris.

“I shouldn't forget that before the tournament I had many uncertainties,” Wawrinka said. “I didn't have the right preparation, you see. It was complicated for me. I was not even certain I could play. 

“I played really well here. It was very important given the results I had to continue to play steadily. It really shows I'm on the right tracks. I've got to continue like this, tread the same path and increase my game level, improve day in, day out, to do this on each and every single match.”

Marray Mistaken For Nieminen
Jonathan Marray reveals to the Tennis Space that he isn’t often asked for his autograph, and when he is, he’s sometimes confused with Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen

The low-key Brit, who won the Wimbledon doubles title last summer with Frederik Nielsen, said, “Sometimes I get kids coming up to me at tournaments and asking for my autograph, but that’s just because I’m carrying a racket bag. They go around asking anyone who looks like a tennis player. I can see them checking me out, and trying to work out who I am. 

“I get mistaken for other people. I’ve had people talking to me as if I’m Jarkko Nieminen. They start the conversation thinking I’m Jarkko, and then they realise that I’m not. That can be funny. Since winning Wimbledon, I think only a handful of people have asked for my autograph, and that was just in the days after winning the title last summer.”

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