Rafael Nadal’s foot injury caught up with him once again. In a fight as physical as mental against Denis Shapovalov, the Spaniard finally cracked in the last set, especially after having probably felt pain in his foot (1-6, 7-5, 6-2). Besides the defeat, this injury could force the Spaniard to miss Roland-Garros in ten days. Shapovalov continues on his good run in Rome, he will face Casper Ruud in the quarter-finals.
Shapovalov didn’t give up and Nadal was overtaken by pain
AN HOUR AGO
The match had however started in the best possible way for the Mallorcan. Imperial, Nadal let absolutely nothing pass to his opponent during the first round. Extremely serious and consistent, the Spaniard did nothing but wait for Shapovalov to crack on his too many attempts to finish the points. First set won 6-1.
From the start of the second set, Nadal missed opportunities. On the first game, he notably obtained three break points which he did not convert. Less well in his game, Nadal then harvested a few opportunities while the Canadian settled down little by little. More regular, less impatient, Shapovalov forced Nadal to work a little harder, and that’s what caused his loss.
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Nadal embarrassed at the foot
Despite a fright for Shapovalov who saw the score go from 4-1 in his favor to 4-4, the second set finally returned to him thanks to a break at the very end of the set. In the third set, the fate of the match was simply impossible to predict. The two players began to neutralize each other, chaining winning shots like errors. Until Nadal’s body said stop.
Probably embarrassed at the foot which haunts his nights for a long time already, the Mallorcan did nothing more from 3-2 in favor of Shapovalov. Completely passive because of the pain, he let the Canadian take the victory from him, without being able to really react. A disappointment certainly but above all a real concern for Rafael Nadal who could miss Roland-Garros in a little over a week. Denis Shapovalov continues on his way and will challenge Casper Ruud in the quarter-finals on Friday
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