‘I fought until the end,’ says Rafael Nadal after three set battle to Rome quarterfinal

Rafael Nadal had to find his best tennis to win a hard-fought three set battle against Denis Shapovalov to reach the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters.

Nadal came back from a set down and had to save two match points in the third set to take the match to a tie-breaker, eventually winning 3-6, 6-4, 7-6.

It was a strong showing from the Canadian though, who at one point was a set and a break-up, but it wasn’t enough to beat Nadal who showed the relentless ‘never give up’ attitude that is synonymous with his career.

After the match, Nadal said these physically challenging long matches are a good test of his fitness and that he is pleased he was able to fight until the end.

“[It] is an important victory for me [to] be able to win matches like today, three hours and 27 [minutes], in the Barcelona final three hours and 38 [minutes], long matches,” said Nadal.

“To be able to win these kinds of matches against young players gives me confidence with my body. It’s true that I have to do things better for tomorrow. But the main thing today for me is [to] recover physically.

“[This] has been a positive victory for me,” Nadal said.

“I [fought] until the end a lot to be in quarter-finals. Tomorrow is a chance to play a quarter-final match. I hope to be ready to compete well.”

Meanwhile Shapovalov said although he wasn’t surprised to lose against Nadal, it was still tough to take, especially knowing he had two match points but overall he’s happy with his performance.

“These matches, you have nothing to lose… I also think I have what it takes to beat these guys,” Shapovalov said.

“It’s not a surprise to me. It’s just a tough loss. Of course, it’s not the first time Rafa’s done this. I’m not the first person to lose with match points. For sure, he does well with the pressure in those moments.

“Just something I have to take back and just make a couple changes. But I’m definitely happy with where my game’s at, relatively speaking, against the greatest player on this surface.”

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

COMMENT: It’s time to accept that the ‘Big Three’ no longer dominate tennis – Novak Djokovic does

Another day, another 'Next Gen' claiming they are closer to the 'Big Three'. The problem for them, though, is they are no closer to...

‘I don’t want this to be my last Wimbledon,’ says Andy Murray

Andy Murray says although he doesn't want this to be his last Wimbledon, he is still approaching each tournament like its his last one.Murray...

‘Last time I played on grass, I was not the same player as I am now, ‘ says Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev says his game has changed significantly since he last played on grass at Wimbledon in 2019 and he needs to build his...

Daniil Medvedev: ‘Belgrade preparation helped Novak Djokovic destroy everyone at Roland Garros’

Daniil Medvedev says it might be better to play the week before a Grand Slam to get some wins, just like Novak Djokovic did...

‘Surprise’ finalist Cameron Norrie asks for fellow Brits help against Matteo Berrettini

Cameron Norrie has made his first grass final at Queen's Club and says he will ask fellow Brits Dan Evans and Andy Murray for...

Milos Raonic ‘sad and hurt’ as he joins the Wimbledon withdrawal list

Milos Raonic has been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon due to a calf injury and says he feels 'sad and hurt' as it is...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here