Rafael Nadal also suffers in the match against Kei Nishikori at ATP Barcelona 2021, but in the end Spaganolo is resce to qualify for the quarter-finals. Compared to the challenge with Ilya Ivashka, Rafa Nadal condenses the vast majority of the problems in the heart of the second half against Kei Nishikori.
Having dominated the first and cleared three break points at the start of the third, that is. The eleven-time champion of the tournament secured a 6-0 2-6 6-2 victory at the three-hour mark and reached Cameron Norrie in the quarterfinals, ahead thanks to the retirement of David Goffin.
Nadal, half serve Nadal's problems are almost exclusively tied to the poor performance of the first serve. If nothing else in startup. For the rest, as in the logic of things, the one against Nishikori in the first set turns out to be a very good competitive training for the very Spanish champion.
The Japanese does not take advantage of a handful of chances for the counter-break at the start and practically does not even have time to move the zero from the game box. After a series of seven consecutive games, Rafa wobbles on serve and when the light board says 1-1 he piles up the vast majority of problems.
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The rest is surprisingly a completely necessary side dish. Nishikori puts his head forward, thanks to a decidedly more vigorous holding in the comparison from the baseline, but above all confirms the advantage on 3-2 and takes advantage of the gift-giving moment of Nadal, who substantially gets everything wrong after half an hour practically perfect and that leaves the service on the street even on another occasion.
Crossroads of the match is inevitably the first game. Nadal manages to pull himself up from 0-40, to buffer Nishikori's attempts in the second serving and to cling to 4-1. The Canadian derby, at the opening of the day, was won by Felix Auger Aliassime.
Frankly facilitated by a rather questionable version of Denis Shapovalov, a completely circumstantial presence in the 6-2 6-3 that he matures after about ninety minutes of play. The second in Barcelona was more complicated than expected for Stefanos Tsitsipas, forced by Jaume Munar to a long set and to recover an equal delay in the second half.
The 7-5 6-3 final, seasoned with a double break, is emblematic. After a set of total absence, David Goffin is forced to retire due to a physical problem against Cameron Norrie on the score of 0-6 5-3. In the Serbian 250, Gianluca Mager beats Alexei Popyrin with a very rocky 7-5 6-2 and passes the cut of the second round.
Fresh from the cadet draw, the blue player will see it in the quarterfinals with one between Aslan Karatsev and Aljaz Bedene.