Tennis

‘I think it’s something I admire a lot’

Competing at the Paris Masters for the first time in four years, Rafael Nadal was the top seed at the Masters 1000 season finale in 2013. That season was one of Nadal’s best, as he lifted two major titles and five trophies.

of Masters 1000. Following an early exit from Wimbledon, Rafa won Montreal, Cincinnati and the US Open before embarking on a remarkable Asian tour. Following close victories over Marcel Granollers and Jerzy Janowicz in Paris, Rafa reached the quarterfinals and defeated Richard Gasquet to reach his third semifinal at this event.

Nadal faced his compatriot David Ferrer in the battle for the final. Since Monte Carlo 2011, Rafa had posted nine straight wins over David before Paris. Still, the older Spaniard ended his losing streak and cruised to a surefire 6-3, 7-5 victory in one hour and 38 minutes.

Ferrer was the defending champion and returned to play at a high level a year later, dropping Rafa after recording 29 winners and 20 unforced errors. David was the more aggressive and determined player, beating Nadal over the shortest distance by as many as four shots to cross the finish line in straight sets.

Rafa lost serve three times and converted one of seven break chances, missing out on the first Paris final in six years. David had 15 in the first game before Rafa cleaned up the T line for 1-1. The older Spaniard did the same in the third game to gain another advantage and force a mistake from Nadal into the net to earn the break minutes later and open a 3-1 gap.

Ferrer controlled the exchanges at 15 to widen the gap before Nadal brought home game 6 at 15 to reduce the deficit and stay in contention.

Rafael Nadal praises Djokovic

Rafael Nadal lavished praise on his arch-rival Novak Djokovic in a recent interview.

“I think I have to tell Novak that he can be super professional, control his body, keep the passion, no matter how things go, he always goes to the end and that’s a very difficult thing, especially in a super long race after all. success,” Nadal said.

“Continuing to have the passion and love for the game, I think that’s something that I really admire. I’m really privileged to have the rivalry that we’ve had over the years, I think we respect each other a lot and push each other.” others to the limit and motivate each other to go even higher, so it’s great to be a part of that there,” Djokovic said.

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