Rafael Nadal: 'In Most Of The Points Of The Match I Was...'

‘In most of the points of the match I was…’

Fritz won, Rafael Nadal didn’t lose. Necessary premise to explain the final 7-6(3) 6-1. Second success of the season for the American against the twenty-two-time Slam champion, who had won the historic quarterfinal match on the green clay of Wimbledon in rather precarious physical condition.

Under the Turin roof, the story is also completely different from that of Indian Wells. Fritz plays the game: he serves well, presses all the balls, takes all the reference points from Nadal and above all wins all the important points.

Trivially those of the tie break and those of the beginning of the second set. “Yes, it was an incredible victory. It was important to start the round well and I was able to do it, ”said Fritz after his debut in the final,“ facilitated ”by the forced withdrawal of Carlos Alcaraz.

«Losing would have forced me to win the next two matches without a chance for error. This way things are definitely different.» The first time around, we said, he won on court given success at Indian Wells and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. curiously in both cases with Nadal on the other side of the net.

“Having the opportunity to play here is incredible. It is also the best way to end the season after Paris-Bercy. Being here has given me a lot of awareness and beating a player like Rafa is always incredible”.

The American player’s odds are clearly high, as he shares the top spot in the Green Group with Casper Ruud, Felix Auger Aliassime’s Day 1 tormentor. «When I play against the best I know I have to raise the bar a bit and that helps me stay focused.

I know I can’t afford anything other than my best tennis.» Against Nadal, Fritz played the challenge perfectly.

Rafa did not have enough match practice

Rafael Nadal said that «time» was a key factor affecting his match, as he did not get enough practice between the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals.

«Tennis and sport in general, it’s about time. I have less time than him to do what I want to do with the ball. I felt that everything was going very fast. When that happens, you’re usually under stress and you don’t do it.» You don’t have time to play the kind of shot you want.

At most points in the match, I was in the defensive position and he was in the offensive position. That’s what happened,» Nadal said. «But every time I come back from injury, it doesn’t happen that way playing against the best players from day one, you know? That’s what happens when you come back, playing Masters 1000 and World Tour Finals,» he added.

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