For the second year in a row, world number two Rafael Nadal has been released in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of this year 2021.
Last year the Spaniard was beaten by Dominic Thiem while this time it was Stefanos Tsitsipas, number 6 seed, who recovered by two pennies and clinched an incredible victory.
This victory surprised fans and all insiders because Rafa has lost only two other matches in his entire career where he had two sets in advance. The first time, we could speak of a very young Rafael Nadal, when he was beaten in the Masters 1000 final in Miami by a Roger Federer already more successful while the other time it was more recent and concerns our Fabio Fognini .
It was at the US Open in 2015 when Rafa retired after an incredible comeback from the Italian tennis player. Feliciano Lopez recently spoke about compatriot Rafael Nadal, praising the 34-year-old.
Lopez talks about Rafael Nadal
Feliciano Lopez, however, has faith that Rafael Nadal will participate in the event if it takes place. The 39-year-old also highlighted how exceptionally well-regarded Nadal is at Madrid.
“It would be great news to celebrate the Madrid Open with people, that’s what we want, but the situation is what it is,” Lopez said. “If there is a tournament, I have confidence that Rafael Nadal will be with us, he shows that he feels identified and people are cheering him on.”
Like most Madrid fans, Lopez is hopeful that Mbappe and Haaland will ply their trade in Madrid one day. “It had been a long time since as a football fan I had enjoyed it so much with two players like Haaland and Mbappe,” Lopez said.
“I hope I can see them both in Madrid.” Toni Nadal admitted that Rafa held firm in the first two sets. He was dominant and left Tsitsipas little room to showcase his skills.
However, the scenario changed in the third set when the Greek star rectified his mistakes in the opening sets. “And so a tie-break was reached in which Rafael accused unforced errors he hadn’t made in the first two sets of the game, and that ultimately had a trigger effect.
He gave Tsitsipas wings to keep fighting hard, to win in the next three sets and thus earn his place in the semi-finals, “Toni said. Rafael Nadal lost a grip on the game as soon as he conceded the tie-break.
This moment was enough for Tsitsipas, who took advantage of it. Tsitsipas seized the opportunity and ran to complete the comeback in three sets.