Coach Carlos Moya: Rafael Nadal lost four kilograms during the Denis Shapovalov match

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Coach Carlos Moya: Rafael Nadal lost four kilograms during the Denis Shapovalov match

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal lost four kilograms during his Australian Open quarterfinal marathon against Denis Shapovalov. Nadal, a former world No. 1, beat Shapovalov 6-3 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3 in five hours of play.

"After the match, we saw that he had lost four kilos. That was due to severe dehydration. This extra day of rest is a blessing. We are convinced that for the semifinals, he will be 100%," Moya told El Partidazo de COPE.

Nadal admitted he was completely destroyed after losing to Shapovalov. “I was completely destroyed after that,” said Nadal after the match. “For me it’s amazing, honestly, to be in the semi-finals”.

Nadal avoided a disaster

After blowing a two-set lead, Nadal started the fifth set with a break and then held on to his serve the rest of the way to prevent Shapovalov from clinching a major comeback win. “I was lucky that I was serving great in the fifth,”Nadal noted.

“He was serving huge, and especially the second serve,” On the other side, Shapovalov was happy with the way he was able to get back into the match. “I'm happy with the way I was able to fight and come back,” Shapovalov said in his post-match press conference.

“I definitely found my game late in the third and in the fourth [sets]. It's good to have more time at the Grand Slams to have opportunities to try to find your game. [It was a] good tournament for me overall”.

Shapovalov admitted that Nadal's serve in the fifth set played a big role in his win. “Rafa did a good job in the last set,” Shapovalov said. “Once he broke, he held his service games and served really big.

He's obviously putting a lot of pressure on you and making a lot of balls and playing aggressively when needed. Maybe other opponents would give me a little bit more freedom. It was definitely tricky”. Nadal plays Matteo Berrettini in the Australian Open semifinal.