“REtireD he is”, Twitter erupts as Rafael Nadal hits 4 aces in a row against Casper Ruud forcing applause from the Norwegian
22 Time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal made a commanding performance against Norwegian World No.4 Casper Ruud in ATP Finals, Turin to show the world that he is not going anywhere. The straight-set victory (7-5,7-5) was a clinical serving master class from the Spaniard as he hit 16 aces in the match. This included 4 in a row in a single game while serving at 4-4 in the second set.
Nadal was having huge issues in service due to the abdomen tear that happened twice in Wimbledon and US Open this year but this performance must be raising the hopes and confidence of the Mallorcan icon. This is the highest ace% in a single match for him,26.2%. His previous best was 22.8% vs Andre Agassi at Wimbledon, 2006.
Twitter went crazy as the Spaniard rose from the ashes of losing 4 successive matches. Though this match was a dead rubber, ending the season with a win will help to make the Spaniard’s spirits go up. The serving masterclass was applauded by fans all over the world as the people yelled out phrases like,”SERVE-DAL“, “Rafael Karlovic“, etc
Rafael Nadal finishes off the incredible season on a winning note
Rafael Nadal has had an incredible season winning two majors which includes redemption in Melbourne after waiting for 13 years. The Australian Open run itself is enough to make the season remarkable for Rafael Nadal and his fans. This was added by a 14th crown in Roland Garros.
Later, after winning the ATP-500 Acapulco open and being 20-0 in the season leading to the Indian wells Masters final, he suffered a rib injury and lost to Taylor Fritz. Then after taking some weeks off, he showed the world why he is the undisputed king of clay in the Parisian dirt by defeating Felix-Auger Aliassime in a 5-set thriller in the quarter-finals followed by revenge against the Serbian Great Novak Djokovic in 4 sets in the semi-final. The final was a cakewalk as he thrashed Casper Ruud in straights.
However, he had to withdraw from the Wimbledon semi-finals due to an abdomen injury. Nadal’s abdomen tear is still not completely healed, as is evident from the shocking loss to Frances Tiafoe in the Pre-Quarter Final of the US Open. He played the tournament with a changed serving motion to save his abdomen from further tears but didn’t work out quite well.
After 4 consecutive losses starting with the US Open defeat, the Spaniard is finally back on the winning notes with today’s win. Tennis world is looking forward to seeing how Rafael Nadal will cope up next season.