Rafael Nadal Successfully Beats Adrian Mannarino in the Australian Open Quarter-Finals

Rafael Nadal Successfully Beats Adrian Mannarino in the Australian Open Quarter-Finals Photo: TT
Rafael Nadal reacts to the crowd after he defeated Jack Sock, of the United States, at the Citi Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Washington.

Former World Number 1 and fan-favorite tennis champion Rafael Nadal had beaten Adrian Mannarino during an almost-30 minute tie-break in the 4th match. The court was filled with action, but Nadal victoriously reigns the match with a 7-6(14), 6-2, 6-2 win. Their match lasted in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Nadal shared during the post-game interview that the first set was very emotional because anything could happen. He also mentioned that the game against Mannarino was mentally challenging in the first set, so he has to take advantage at the beginning of the second set.

As the match progressed, the French Mannarino struggled physically as he called for physio in the second set. Both of them were relentless to proceed the match, as they attack with their left forehands.

Nadal noted that his opponent’s way of controlling the ball was very difficult because it was flat and fast, but he was very happy to have survived the first set, especially the tie-break.

Since he successfully made it through the quarter-finals, he would be facing Denis Shapovalov, who recently defeated World Number 3, Alexander Zverev. Nadal had an idea of how amazing Shapovalov is as a player because it’s also difficult to stop his serve and forehand.

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