“Better Everytime”: Feliciano Lopez Hails Compatriot Rafael Nadal Ahead of Mutua Madrid Open 2021

Published 05/01/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 24, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his semi final match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Albert Gea


After witnessing some incredible tennis at the Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open 2021, it is time for the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. The seeds of the tournament are out, and since Novak Djokovic is not playing at the tournament, Rafael Nadal will begin as the top-seeded player.

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World No.2 Rafael Nadal will be eyeing his sixth Mutua Madrid Open title this year. With five titles, he is already the most successful player in the history of the tournament. Despite being in his mid-30s now, Rafa will enter the event as the favorite since it’s on clay and especially after his triumph at the Barcelona Open 2021.

In a recent interview, Feliciano Lopez, the director of the Mutua Madrid Open, expressed his thoughts on his compatriot Nadal. He claimed that Rafa looks better every time he sees and meets him.

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“I see Rafael Nadal better every time,” said Lopez in the interview. (Translated by Google Translate)

Lopez and Nadal have faced each other on 14 occasions as of now. Rafa leads the head-to-head battle 10-4. They first met in Basel in 2003, where Lopez made an incredible comeback and defeated Rafa. However, in their last clash at the Paris Masters 2020, it was Rafa who emerged as the winner.

“Tremendous achievement”- Feliciano Lopez on Rafael Nadal continuing to win titles at his age

Rafa will turn 35 just in a month. However, his age doesn’t reflect in his performances; Rafa remains one of the most hardworking and intense players on tour. Lopez also highlighted this and stated that it is simply incredible that Rafa can win tournaments easily even at his age. He also mentioned that it has enormous merit for him.

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barcelona Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Albert Gea

“It is a tremendous achievement that Rafael Nadal keeps opting to win all tournaments at his age. It has enormous merit,” added the 39-year-old Spanish player.

Since defending champion Novak Djokovic isn’t playing at the tournament, it is a golden opportunity for Rafa to equalize Djoker’s tally of 36 Masters 1000 titles. He currently has 35 Masters titles and winning the Madrid Open will help him level Djokovic. Will Rafa be able to win his sixth title in Madrid this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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