Nadal: “Winning this cup 14 years after the first time means a lot”


  • An eternal Rafa Nadal defeats Djokovic in Rome
  • Djokovic loses the roles and breaks the racket at the start of the third set

Rafael Nadal, who conquered his ninth crown in Rome after beating Serbian Novak Djokovic on Sunday, assured that winning the title again at this Masters 1000 fourteen years after the first time, “means a lot” to him. “First congratulations to Novak For his career and for the season he is doing, congratulations for Madrid and luck for Paris next week, for me it is an incredible week, the city is one of the best in the world, “said Nadal during the award ceremony at the center Foro Italico “It’s an honor, I always remember the first time I came here in 2005 and many years later winning this cup again means a lot.” Thanks, “he continued. It’s the first title of the year for Nadal, which he had lost precisely against Djokovic the final of the Australian Open, and the Balearic celebrated with his team. “Winning a title is important, but the most important thing is to feel competitive, then if I have this level, I know I have my options, it was a great game, I played well and now I enjoy it,” he said.
Rafa has been too strong today ”
Novak Djokovic

For his part, Novak Djokovic acknowledged that the Spaniard was “too strong”. “Rafa was too strong today, congratulations to him and his team, I was able to win a set at the end, and I hope the public enjoyed a good match, as always Rome gives me a lot of emotions, thanks for the support,” he said. Serbian during the award ceremony.

Djokovic ruined Thiem to enter the Madrid final three years later


The Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, number 1 of the world ranking, has qualified this Saturday for the final of the Mutua Madrid Open, fourth Masters 1000 of the season, thanks to his victory by 7-6 (2) and 7-6 (4) about the Austrian Dominic Thiem.

In this way, Djokovic eliminated who is still runner-up in this tournament and returned three years later to the decisive match for the title. And he did it according to a hard and quite long game, which lasted 2 hours and 23 minutes in the clay of the main stadium of the Magic Box. The Balkans, for greater inri, surpassed to Thiem in spite of being almost always piggyback. Both in the first set and in the second set was the Austrian who broke the first service, showing that his two finals followed by Madrid (2017 and 2018) were not mirages. Striking with his backhand stroke to defend, Thiem went up 1-2 in the first set. But his opponent reacted, with a ‘break’ in the sixth game (3-3) and also saving two break balls in the ninth (5-4).

The great handling of the limit situation characterizes ‘Nole’, which forced the sudden death and already once in her showed superiority (7-2). With that partial in his pocket, the Serbian squeezed in the next turn the first turn of Thiem’s ​​service, but kept the danger at bay. To make matters worse, the Central European team broke up in a very long sixth game (2-4), although Djokovic responded immediately (3-4) and even made another ‘pause’ (6-5) that seemed like the phrase.

 Thiem’s ​​last punches served to break the service of the Belgrade player (6-6) and focus the problem towards another sudden death, which nevertheless had a script similar to the previous one (7-4) and smiled at the world. No 1

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