'I showed him exactly how to play against Rafael Nadal', says expert

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'I showed him exactly how to play against Rafael Nadal', says expert

Serbian tennis player Miomir Kecmanovic's good form continues. The 22-year-old Balkan advances to the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open and will have a difficult time against Rafael Nadal, winner of 21 Grand Slams. Miomir played a good, solid match and got two breaks during the duel, he won the first set thanks to a break in the seventh game while in the second set he closed the first break point, won in the eleventh game.

The challenge ended in one hour and eighteen minutes with the result 6-4;7-5. Nothing to do for Alexander Bublik, who appeared again quite exhausted in a tournament on clay. It will be a rather complicated exit for Rafael Nadal, who returns after his recent physical problems.

The Spanish player's 2022 has been extraordinary so far, Rafa returned after a long absence and won the Australian Open 2022 on his return, beating his longtime rivals Roger Federer and world number one Novak Djokovic who was absent.

for his decision not to take the Covid-19 vaccine. It will not be easy for Rafa and there is a fact in the match against Bublik that attests to his exceptional form: in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open Kecmanovic committed 0 unforced errors in his match against Bublik!

Rafa Nadal won 21 Grand Slam titles

ATP strategy coach Craig O'Shannessy recently explained why Rafael Nadal's results at Wimbledon were not up to the mark. "You got Rosol that beat [Rafael Nadal]. You got Darcis that beat him.

You got Dustin that beat him. I think overall, when Rafa will sit down and look at those matches, [he'll see that] players came at him," O'Shannessy said. "Players attacked him, they went after him and he didn't go after them enough.

I think he was too passive. I think he didn't come to the net enough." Interestingly, one of the architects of Rafael Nadal's shocking loss against Dustin Brown in the second round of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships was Craig O'Shannessy himself.

"Dustin [Brown] did beat Rafa at Halle. But when we get to Wimbledon, [Rafael Nadal] is the heavy favorite. However, Dustin does what Dustin does. A lot of what he did to win that match was already set in his DNA," O'Shannessy said.

"What I was able to do was show him exactly how to play against Rafa, what to expect from him and where to attack. And he did that extremely well. He nailed it."