Rafael Nadal had his fans worried when he lost in the Quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters. His defeat at the hands of Andrey Rublev was totally unexpected and it cast real doubts in the mind of his followers. But, Nadal came back strongly in Barcelona. In a tournament that he has dominated before and won a record 12 times he showed he is far from done.
Rafael Nadal defeated Ilya Ivashka in the round of thirty-two, then beat Kei Nishikori in the round of sixteen. Both were three set wins and Nadal was not looking at his beat. In the Quarter-finals, Nadal turned the swag on. He demolished Cameron Norrie in straight sets, and defeated the sixth seed Pablo Carreño Busta comfortably in the Semis to book a date with Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Finals.
By now though Nadal was in top gear and he overcame Tsitsipas in three sets in the Final to lift the Barcelona Open. Up next for Nadal is the home tournament the ATP Madrid Open 2021. In his first match he will play Spanish tennis prodigy Carlos Alcaraz Garfia.
Rafael Nadal forever giving his all on court
Rafael Nadal is thirty-four years old but he still gives his all on court. Nadal, who picked up the sport of tennis at the young age of only three, says that he still plays with the same love and passion for the game. Nadal who turned professional in 2002 shares that he still tries to improve, and still strives to become a better player on court.
Rafael Nadal said, “I have been playing tennis since I was three years old. And I still play with enough love and passion to go on court every day and try to be a better player every time. That’s all.”