Rafael Nadal: 'I had a mental drop at 4-0 in the second set'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I had a mental drop at 4-0 in the second set'

In June, Rafael Nadal advanced to his 15th Roland Garros quarter-final thanks to a 7-5, 6-4, 6-1 victory over the young Italian Jannik Sinner. Thus, Nadal extended his winning streak in Paris to 35 consecutive sets, overcoming a formidable opponent in the opening two sets and sailing towards the finish line in the third.

Like Roland Garros 2020, Jannik stayed in touch with Rafa in the first two sets and served for the opener, squandering his opportunities and finishing the journey in the fourth round. Sinner served for the opener at 5-4 before losing ground and seven straight games to propel Nadal 7-5, 4-0 ahead!

Rafa lost the next three games before restoring the order and taking eight of the final nine games to seal the deal in style. After the match, Nadal praised Sinner as a formidable rival and mentioned that mental drop at 4-0 in the second set.

The Spaniard did not like losing so many games in a row and mentioned his second serve as a weak point ahead of the quarter-final clash against Diego Schwartzman.

Rafael Nadal defeated Jannik Sinner to set Diego Schwartzman clash.

"I had a mental drop at 4-0 in the second set.

Still, I recovered my game from the eighth game and never looked back, earning a bagel in the third. I have to solve certain problems, even though I made a strong finish against Jannik. I can not lose that many games in a row and have to be more aggressive in those moments and get back as soon as possible.

We are in the event's final stages, and it's essential to play well from start to finish without oscillations. I have done many good things in the past couple of weeks, starting from winning Rome. Still, I lack focus at some points, but besides that, I think I have played well.

Jannik Sinner is a tough opponent, and I beat him in straight sets. Now comes Diego Schwartzman, who is a very formidable rival. He is motivated to show his best tennis after a rough period. I'm not pleased with my second serve here in Paris, and we have to work on that.

I don't think the problem is in a service motion; I'm just not relaxed enough and will try to fix that," Rafael Nadal said.