Top analyst tells an anecdote about Rafael Nadal



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Top analyst tells an anecdote about Rafael Nadal

The great show of strength shown by Jannik Sinner against the Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta in the third round of the Miami Open 2022, ATP Master 1000, astonished and impressed the entire ATP Tour: despite a very complicated situation (under 5 -2 in the decisive third set), the Italian managed to overcome the heavy passive and win a crazy confrontation, before a crazy public in the stands, which was exalted and not a little during the three hours.

In the 18-20 age range, Sinner won 6 matches denying at least one match point to his opponent (14 in total). Three comparisons this season, given that even in Dubai he denied Davidovich Fokina three times the joy of success before triumphing.

At that age, in this special classification, the big three are behind the Italian: the data collected and published by the journalist Luca Fiorino certify the "superiority" of the transalpine. Roger Federer won the same matches in this type of situation, but he canceled 10 match points, four less than Sinner, 3 for Rafael Nadal, with 4 last minute saves.

Only two for Novak Djokovic, with 8 match points disallowed. A statistic that gives even more value to the victories of the world number 11, who needs to maintain this continuity of results to stay close to the top 10, suffering perhaps less than expected.

Patrick McEnroe on Rafael Nadal

Similar to Michelle Kaufman spotting Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, Patrick McEnroe shared an anecdote involving Roger Federer in the same setting. "I was there [at Wimbledon] one year for ESPN, and it was the day of the women's final.

I did my preview and I wasn't calling the final, so when the match started, after a set or so, I was walking back to my flat," McEnroe said. "There are a couple of coffee shops, and as I walk past them, I peak in. It is very quiet, because most people are at the match or watching it on TV.

Guess who's sitting there? Not Rafael Nadal but a guy like him -- Roger Federer. He was in the men's final the next day too! He was just sitting there, totally chill by himself. I walked in and he said, "Don't tell anybody. I should be watching the match." I said to him, "Don't tell anybody.

I should be watching the match too." That's one of the great things about Wimbledon, the players can just chill," McEnroe said. "But it also says a lot about both those two characters."