Rafael Nadal Monte Carlo 2021

Nadal avenges Madrid loss with ‘important win against a great player’

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Rafael Nadal took revenge over Alexander Zverev by defeating the German in Rome in straight sets. 

Rafael Nadal battled through in just under two hours to defeat Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4 and reach his 12th semi-final at the Italian Open.

“[I’m] happy. I think I played a very solid match, with not many mistakes, playing the way that I have to.

“Important victory for me against a great player so happy, semi-finals here in Rome one more time. Confidence for myself and another victory so, against a great player.”

Zverev had beaten Nadal three times consecutively before the quarter-final in Rome. The German had 10 break point opportunities throughout the match but Nadal saved 9 of them to surrender just one break in the match.

While Nadal’s first serve points won was not stellar at 58%, he was solid behind his second serve, winning 15 of 19 behind it (79%).

Nadal will compete in his 75th Masters 1000 semi-final against American Reilly Opelka, a man who is into his first ever Masters 1000 semi-final after defeating fellow first-time quarter-finalist Federico Delbonis.

(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)

Rafael Nadal Monte Carlo 2021
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