Paula Badosa credited Rafael Nadal for encouraging her to believe and stay aggressive against Harriet Dart Badosa, ranked 13th in the world, came from a set down to beat 98th-ranked Dart in the United Cup 6-7 (6 ) 7 -6 (5) 6-1.
Nadal, who also represents Spain in the United Cup, was very eloquent on the Spanish bench during the Badosa and Dart match. In the end, Nadal’s efforts were not in vain as Badosa beat Dart in a match that lasted over three hours.
«Well, he’s very into the games. I really appreciate that. Yeah, he’s very supportive. Yeah, I mean, a little bit of the game, stay aggressive. He was really telling me, like, stay very aggressive.» , especially with my right, with the serve.
That was kind of what he was trying to do. He was also a bit tired, so I had to go more for the bumps. So, yes, he was very supportive of me and told me that,» Badosa said of Nadal, according to Sportskeeda.
With Nadal’s help, Badosa beats Dart
On the first day of the Spain-Great Britain tie, Nadal lost to Cameron Norrie while Nuria Parrizas-Diaz was defeated by Katie Swan.
After those two defeats Spain found themselves in a very uncomfortable place trailing 2-0 to Great Britain. Going into the third match of the tie, Badosa knew he needed to beat Dart to keep Spain’s hopes of beating Great Britain going.
Badosa managed to pick up the point for Spain, but Spain’s hopes of beating Great Britain ended after Albert Ramos-Vinolas lost to Dan Evans in the fourth match. In the fifth match of the tie, Dart and Jonny O’Mara defeated Jessica Bouzas Maneiro and David Vega Hernandez to seal a 4-1 victory for Great Britain. In the end, Badosa’s win over Dart turned out to be Spain’s only win in their tie against Great Britain.