Rafael Nadal is sad about the defeat against Alexander Zverev in the quartrefinals of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. The Spanish champion left the stage in the quarters of the Spanish event, defeated by an excellent Zverev on the Central Court of the Caja Magica.
The former world number 1, who was chasing his sixth title in the Iberian capital, paid for a subdued performance and a poor service performance, gaps that had already emerged during the match with Andrey Rublev in Monte Carlo a few weeks ago.
The German played a solid game, archiving the practice thanks to the score of 6-4 6-4 and beating the Majorcan on his favorite surface for the first time. The only triumph of the 34-year-old from Manacor therefore remains the one in Barcelona, having canceled a match point for Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last act.
Certainly not the ideal approach to Roland Garros. The BNL Internationals of Italy will be important to test Rafa's form in conditions much more similar to those of Paris. In a press conference following the elimination in Madrid, Nadal admitted that he had performed insufficiently to take home the victory.
"I feel I have made some progress in the last few weeks, but today I ran into a bad day again” - the 13-time Roland Garros champion made his debut. The game had started well and my level seemed the same as in the previous days, except that at the moment of truth I made several mistakes that made the difference," analyzed Nadal, victim of a row of four consecutive games in the first.
set. "I am sad for the defeat, it is never pleasant to lose in front of your crowd. Playing against Alexander Zverev puts you under considerable pressure, you need to go at 220 km / h and you are aware that you don't have many chances.
I could only have won by playing at the highest level. I congratulate him, I must admit that today I was inferior. I will work to give myself another opportunity next week in Rome," he concluded.
Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka got the Laureus Award!
Yet another great recognition for the Spanish and world tennis legend Rafael Nadal. The twenty-time winner of Grand Slam titles won the Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time in his career with the Laureus Award, a prestigious award announced annually.
Great recognition for the tennis player currently engaged in the quarter-finals of the Madrid tournament, who won the thirteenth Roland Garros of his legendary career in 2020, a Grand Slam that allowed him to reach 20 at the top of this special ranking.
opponent Roger Federer. The Spaniard, who intervened electronically, said: "For me personally, reaching 13 Roland Garros in my career and equaling Roger Federer's 20 Slam record is an incredible and certainly unforgettable moment for me."
The Spanish champion has beaten legends such as Lewis Hamilton, LeBron James and Bayern Munich player Robert Lewandowski, as well as other sportsmen such as Joshua Cheptegei and Armand Duplantis. From the victory of the Pole to the title conquests with the Los Angeles Lakers of LeBron, it was a struggle until the end but it was then Rafa Nadal who achieved the desired success.
Other personalities related to the world of sport have been awarded for other results such as the Japanese champion Naomi Osaka or the historic champion of 23 Grand Slam titles Billie Jean King. This 2021 could lead Rafael Nadal towards yet another great record of his extraordinary career: the Spaniard, winner of the title in Barcelona and now the main favorite for the Mutua Madrid Open, starts as the main candidate to win Roland Garros, a tournament that would allow him to achieve 14 success in Paris and above all to become with twenty-one Grand Slam titles the most successful tennis player in the history of this sport, in the male category.
Nadal is currently involved in the Masters 1000 in Madrid where he starts as the main favorite, today he will perhaps challenge the main opponent probably in the tournament, or the other Top Ten and German tennis player Alexander Zverev, an opponent who has already beaten him in the past.