the The Rome Masters 1000 has dismissed other of its figures, Raphael Nadal. The Spaniard who showed a good level after his reinstatement due to his rib injury says goodbye to the brick dust of the Italian capital. He fell into the hands of Canadian Denis Shapovalov for 1-6, 7-5 and 6-2.
What surprised the tennis world was not the Nadal’s loss to Shapovalovbut Rafa himself has triggered the alarms regarding his physical condition and therefore his participation in the next Grand Slam, the Roland Garros. Ahead of the clay-court tournament in Paris, Rafa made a strong statement: “I’m not injured, I live with an injury”.
Nadal’s chronic injury to his left foot, known as the Muller-Weiss syndromewas one of the main factors in its elimination in Rome. The Spaniard had returned to action after overcoming a rib injury, for which he had been out of work for almost two months.
The duel against the Canadian started well: 6-1 in the first set, but his foot prevented him from keeping up. With an uncertain future, according to the player, he will do the impossible to be present at Roland Garros. Particularly Nadal is the greatest winner in the history of the French Grand Slamwith 13 tournaments and fully intends to grow his figure.
The one that regularly follows is Novak Djokovic. The Serb dropped Stan Wawrinka (361st) from the race after beating him with a 6-2 brace and the former Nole is starting to appear against the long-awaited Roland Garros.
polemic anti-vaccine tennis player seems to find the right rhythm in his movements and again shows why he is the no. 1 worldwide. In the quarter-finals in Rome, Djokovic will face the Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime (9th).
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