“He Deserved to Win the Title”: Rafael Nadal Has Huge Praises For Dominic Thiem

Published 09/14/2020, 1:13 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy Spain’s Rafael Nadal during a practice session |REUTERS


Rafael Nadal is making his come back since the COVID-19 break with the Italian Open. In his opening match, he’ll be up against fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. Nadal skipped the US Open 2020 due to the pandemic scare and as a precautionary measure before he embarks upon his 13th French Open title.

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Coming back to competitive tennis, undoubtedly he’s thrilled to be back. Resuming tennis with his favorite clay court, Rafa looks forward to putting in some great performances.

Nadal refused to defend his US Open title. With the exclusion of Novak Djokovic, it became very clear that the US Open 2020 will be having a new champion. Dominic Thiem faced Alexander Zverev in the finals in which Thiem emerged victoriously. Incidentally, Thiem was the finalist against Rafael Nadal in the previous two French Open Finals. Nadal, therefore, speaks highly of his victory along with extending his support to Zverev.

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I am happy for Dominic. If anyone deserves to win a big title, this is him. He’s a hard worker, very focused on his goals. He’s a good person. He really deserves it”, he said.

“I’m sorry for Sasha (Zverev). He was very close to the final, but somewhere I think Dominic was a little bit stronger throughout the tournament and after a lot of years of hard work he deserved to win the title. Sasha will have other opportunities in the future.”

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy Spain’s Rafael Nadal during a practice session |REUTERS

Rafael Nadal stands in front of records

Rafael Nadal will be going in the Italian Open followed by the French open 2020. He stands in the summit of record in both of these tournaments. If he manages to clinch the championship at both the venues, he’ll be setting a new record by breaking his own.

Nadal has won the Italian Open for a record 9 times. If he wins this time, it’ll be his10th title in Rome. He is certainly aware of this fact and he’d love to set up the new feat.

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The French Open record is even more monumental in terms of greatness. Bagging the Roland Garros a record 12 times, Rafael Nadal will be going in for the 13th silverware off this venue.

Known as the King of Clay, Nadal is one of the favorites to win the tournaments. Hopefully, he will again do justice to the acronym given to him and clinch his 10th and 13th in Rome and Paris respectively.

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