'I have beaten Rafael Nadal in all our matches on...', says former star

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'I have beaten Rafael Nadal in all our matches on...', says former star

The last pre-Wimbledon test, at least from the point of view of the result, did not go in the best way for Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard succumbed with a score of 3-10 to the super tie-break that put an end to the second exhibition match played at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The Canadian, who had only collected three games against Novak Djokovic last Wednesday, was the protagonist of an excellent performance and managed to make a difference in the important moments of the match. The only pass, when he let himself be thrown off the pitch by Nadal's forehand, probably cost him the second set.

Auger-Aliassime, however, immediately found the pace and scratched the defenses of his opponent with great authority. Despite the defeat, Nadal said he was quite confident in view of the next matches. The 22-time Grand Slam champion will make his debut next Tuesday at the Championships and will find Francisco Cerundolo, not exactly a grass tennis expert, on the other side of the net.

“It was two excellent days of competition. This time, however, Auger-Aliassime was better than me. So I congratulate him”, explained Nadal at the end of the match in the words quoted by Punto de Break. “I have to keep working in the next few days, but the feelings are positive.

I have to improve in many ways, as always in life. Every day you have to try to be better. I haven't played on this surface for three years, so every day gives me the opportunity to improve. I hope to be right for the start of the tournament."

Rafa won the first two Grand Slams of 2022

In a recent interview with CLAY, Davydenko spoke about Rafael Nadal capturing his 14th French Open title and 22nd Grand Slam at Roland Garros earlier this month. "Usually, the bigger chance to beat [Rafael] Nadal in Paris is in the early rounds, because he is still not playing his best," Davydenko said.

"It is amazing what he has done. I think it was risky health-wise what he has done with the foot, but he is absolutely allowed to do it. Maybe his mentality was that it might be his last Roland Garros, so he went all-in not minding the consequences."

Davydenko also spoke about the difference between playing Nadal on clay and hardcourt. "For me, playing against Nadal on hard felt like playing against just another opponent," the Russian said. "I have beaten him in all our matches on hardcourt, but I lost every match on clay, which is expected, he is still winning Roland Garros. There were many matches that I remember fondly."