2022 In Review: Rafael Nadal Beats Felix Auger-Aliassime In Epic

Rafael Nadal defeats Felix Auger-Aliassime in epic

Rafael Nadal reached his 16th Roland Garros quarterfinal following a hard-fought 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win over Felix Auger-Aliassime. It took Rafa four hours and 21 minutes to get past Felix on Court Philippe-Chatrier and set up a great clash against Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

Nadal remained unbeaten on clay court in five sets, staying focused in the decider and avoiding an early exit. Auger-Aliassime left it all on the court against the legend, pushing Nadal to the limit but hitting the starting gate.

The five teams saw eight or nine games, and could have battled for at least another hour if they had produced tighter battles. Auger-Aliassime became the sixth player to take two sets from Nadal at Roland Garros and the fourth to challenge the king of clay in a four-hour Roland Garros match.

The young Canadian became the fourth player to take two sets from Rafa in the Roland Garros match after Robin Soderling, John Isner and Novak Djokovic. Still, he didn’t have the strength to take home the victory.

Rafa added 17 more points than Félix after surpassing him in the middle distance and in the longest exchanges. Nadal made the difference with the second service. He broke five times in nine opportunities offered to Auger-Aliassime and created a massive 22 break points!

The Spaniard converted just six, costing him more court time and energy before the Novak Djokovic clash. Félix saved break chances in the third game of the match and broke Rafa in the next to open the 3-1 lead after a forehand error from the rival.

The Canadian survived another challenging service game and advanced 4-1. Nadal was broken for the second time in a row in game six to fall 5-1 after a basic backhand error. Rafa got his first break in the seventh game after a double fault from the rival and held on in the 15th in the next for 3-5.

Felix served for the opener in game nine and produced an excellent hold with a service winner to close out the opener on 52 minutes and gain momentum.

Rafael Nadal has beaten Felix Auger-Aliassime at Roland Garros.

Nadal raised his level in the second set and returned to action.

The Spaniard had a scary moment at 1-1 and kept the pressure on the other side for the rest of the set. Nadal stayed level in game seven and broke Auger-Aliassime in the next after a forehand error from the opponent to build the lead.

Rafa closed the set leading by 30 at 5-3 thanks to a routine net winner that leveled the overall score for him. Rafa controlled the pace in set number three, serving well and breaking the young weapon in games three and seven for 5-2.

The Spaniard defended the 1-1 lead magnificently and stole the Canadian’s serve after Félix’s terrifying shot. Auger-Aliassime saved a break point at 1-3 before losing serve two games later for a loose backhand. Nadal served for the set at 5-2 and held to love to forge two sets to a lead after two and a half hours.

Felix made a fresh start in the fourth set and survived Rafa’s six game points to steal serve and advance 2-0. Nadal managed a break in the third game before netting a forehand in the next to find himself 3-1 behind.

Auger-Aliassime took the seventh game after two and served for the set at 5-3. The young gun closed out the set with a game-winning volley in game nine that ushered in a decider after three and a half hours! Starting fresh in one of his most challenging Roland Garros matches, Nadal served well in the final set and forced his opponent to follow those numbers if he wanted to stay alive.

Felix held after a deuce in the sixth game for 3-3, and Rafa grabbed the next zero to gain momentum. Nadal secured a crucial break in the eighth game with a backhand winner that brought him closer to the finish line. The Spaniard went on top with a winning forehand in game nine for a place in the quarterfinals.

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