“Competitive Juices Came to Surface”: Expert Evaluates Rafael Nadal’s Performance at Citi Open 2021

Published 08/10/2021, 6:48 AM EDT
Aug 4, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning the match against Jack Sock of the United States (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


Fans finally got to witness World No. 4 Rafael Nadal on the court when he played two matches at the Citi Open 2021. Even though he lost to Lloyd Harris in the third round of the tournament, the Spaniard impressed the fans with his exceptional gameplay.

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In a recent show on the Tennis Channel, tennis expert and coach, Paul Annacone, spoke exclusively about Rafael Nadal. He talked about the impact he had at the Citi Open 2021, where fans even gathered to watch his training sessions. He also evaluated Rafa’s performance at the ATP 500 tournament.

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“I think it’s pretty simple. We saw the practice courts. Earlier, in the week, they were packed. Everyone went to watch him play… Rafa’s competitive juices were once again came to surface. We saw him tough at an amazing match against Jack Sock. What we weren’t sure was that if he would even compete the next day and it was amazing,” said Annacone during the show.

Annacone lauded Rafa for his competitive spirit. He mentioned that even though he was not 100% fit due to his foot injury, he didn’t retire and won a tough battle against Jack Sock in the second round of the Citi Open 2021.

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“His competitive spirit is amazing”- Paul Annacone on Rafael Nadal

Annacone reiterated that Rafa’s competitiveness on the court makes him one of the greatest players of all time. He also highlighted that it is just amazing to watch him play.

Aug 4, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates against Jack Sock of the United States (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

“His competitive spirit is amazing. Isn’t it just incredible to watch what he does!” added the tennis coach.

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After not succeeding at the Citi Open 2021, Rafael Nadal will begin his National Bank Open 2021 campaign tomorrow against Lloyd Harris. He is the defending champion of the tournament and will look forward to taking revenge for his last defeat against the South African player. Fans still have huge expectations from the Spaniard. Will he be able to succeed in Toronto 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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