Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal didn't want to get into details of the Russia and Ukraine tensions but just stated that he can't believe that in the 21st century we have wars. On Thursday, Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine.
The world leading nations have called for Russia to stop their attacks but the damage is only getting bigger. On the same day, Nadal played his quarterfinal match in Mexico. Nadal enjoyed a good day at the office as he beat Tommy Paul 6-0 7-6 (5) to progress into the semifinal.
After the match, Nadal was asked about what's going on in the world. "I don't want to talk about culprits or what the problem is, but in the century we are in, it seems incredible to me that there are wars. I hope it ends as soon as possible.
It's devastating news," Nadal said, per Sebastian Torok.
Nadal escaped with a straight set win
Nadal made a stunning start to the match as he broke Paul three times and didn't face a single break point to dominantly win the opener.
After easily losing the first set, Paul bounced back at the start of the second set as he broke Nadal in the opening game and took an early 2-0 lead. Nadal got the break back in the fourth game but again lost his serve in the fifth game.
Nadal got the break back in the sixth game but once again dropped his serve in the following game. Nadal managed to get the break back for a third time in the 10th game but then missed out two match points in the 12th game.
However, Nadal kept his focus and realized his third match point in the tie-break to get the job done in straight sets. "I think I played one of the best sets since a long time ago," Nadal said of the opener. "I played fantastic in the first set.
In the beginning of the second I made a couple of mistakes, and then he started playing better and better. The set became a little bit crazy with a lot of breaks."