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Stumbling in front of the 143rd racquet world Rafael Nadal has admitted to have played his worst game of the season.
Friday, 11 August, 2017 22:10
Friday, 11 August, 2017 22:10
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Without removing glow to the winner, the young Denis Shapovalov, Rafael Nadal has not been at the height, according to his remarks after his defeat.
The bull of Manacor has not played well in the eighth-final. It is in this way that he explained his “humiliating” setback against the rising star of canadian tennis. He quickly packed his bags to Cincinnati where he will take part in another step of the series Masters 1000 next week.
“This is probably the worst game that I have played of the season. It is like that. I’m really not happy “, has released the second racket of the world, which could have become the first in reaching the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup. A golden opportunity that has made him miss the 143rd player in the world.
The last time he had lost to a player in the top 100, it was in the round of 64 at Wimbledon in 2015.
“I have awaited each of his strokes. I wasn’t going to blow my. I didn’t feel the ball well. I tried to fight until the end. I couldn’t win by playing that way. “
Yet, Nadal has ended the duel with 29 unforced errors, 12 fewer than his young rival 18 years of age. It has, however, held to congratulate him for his victory, which was a feat in itself.
“He has played well in the balls of breakage, explained the Spanish to the 73 titles in his career about Shapovalov, who has saved 9 of 11 balls from breakage. I’ve made far too many errors at important points. In summary, I really can’t be satisfied with my game. “
He has not said he was surprised by the tenacity and strength of character of his rival that the has defied all the evening. “He had nothing to lose. He was already a winner to me facing. If he were to lose in playing a good game, it was good for him. If he loses two rounds, he had already had a good tournament. If he won, he was amazing.
It has won, it is amazing for him. Well done, has reported the one who has been there in his youth. It is a beautiful story, but I’m not happy to be a part of it. “
Minute papillon !
According to Nadal, he must not put the cart before the horse in the case of Shapovalov. The young prospect is full of talent, but he still has a long way to go. He knows something since he also bursts at the beginning of his career, when he was very young.
In his debut on the circuit of the ATP in 2001, at the age of 15, it was reported on a few occasions. In April 2003, while he was 96th in the world, after a victory against the number seven, world, Albert Costa, he had reached the round of 16 at the Masters 1000 of Monte-Carlo in bowing to Guillermo Coria. The following year, he had beaten Roger Federer, number one, in the round of 16 at the Miami Open. And in June 2005, he won his first title of the Grand Slam on the clay of Roland-Garros.
It is important not to fall into the game of comparisons. “It has a great potential. It has everything to become a great player. He plays with the right determination in the important moments.
I can’t compare my beginning of career with his. We’ll let him do it his way, and let us not compare it with someone else. This would not be good for him. “