Not satisfied with his victory against Isner in Rome, Nadal cuts out in training

“Pista, pista! » Barely played the match point against John Isner and when he had not even shaken hands with his opponent, Rafael Nadal asked his clan to reserve a court for him. The Spaniard wasn’t really happy with the overall performance. “It wasn’t a good start, it’s always difficult to start, but today (Wednesday) Isner was not at his best”he said at the microphone on the Central, aware that he too had struggled during the first set.

“I have to improve and I will work for it”, he concluded before taking his bag and finding himself on a court to train a few minutes later. Alongside him, Alex De Minaur was playing (and eventually winning) his second round match against Tommy Paul.

“I’m in a bit of a hurry, I have to get back to feeling better as soon as possible. »

Coming an hour later to a press conference, the Spanish champion explained that he needed to take advantage of every moment to continue his rise to power, with Roland-Garros (May 22-June 5) in sight. “I’m in a bit of a hurry, I have to find the best sensations as soon as possible.he admitted. I need to recover what I missed because of my injury (to a coast, which kept him away from the circuit for several weeks). Of course tomorrow’s game (Thursday) is the priority but for the medium and long term, I must continue on this path. Today’s game (Wednesday) wasn’t that physically demanding so I felt playing a bit more could help me. »

And that’s how those who attended the duel between the Australian and the Spaniard at the bottom of the Foro Italico site found themselves watching a session of the world No. 4 who will try, Thursday, to reach the quarter-finals of this Rome Masters 1000. He will face Denis Shapovalov. The two had played at the same stage of the competition last year and, if the scenario is identical, Nadal should be served more than against Isner. He had then fought three sets (and saved two match points) to dominate the Canadian.

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