Rafael Nadal Monte Carlo Masters 2021

‘I need to maintain my intensity,’ Rafael Nadal wins through to semis in Barcelona

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Rafael Nadal believes he needs to keep his level of play high as he made it into another Barcelona Open semi-final. 

Rafael Nadal overcame Cameron Norrie 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour and a half to secure his 13th Barcelona Open semi-final.

“Well I played well at the beginning,” Nadal said immediately after the match. “Especially the first set I think I did a lot of things well.”

“Then, I stopped myself a little bit. [That’s] something that cannot happen, especially tomorrow. But yeah, I need to hold the level of intensity of the first set.

The win is Nadal’s 450th in his career on a clay court.



“That I was able to change directions with my forehand to have most of the points under control, then the situation was a little bit different and that’s why I suffered later.”

Rafael Nadal will face the winner of Pablo Carreno Busta and Diego Schwartzman next.

(Photo credit Ray GIubilo)

Rafael Nadal Monte Carlo Masters 2021
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