'Rafael Nadal is a super competitor who never ever...', says legend



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'Rafael Nadal is a super competitor who never ever...', says legend

Former World No. 3 Dominic Thiem couldn't hide his happiness after ending his losing streak at the top level and notching his first ATP win in 14 months. On Tuesday, Thiem recovered from a set down to beat Emil Ruusuvuori 3-6 6-1 7-6(5) in the first round in Bastad.

Thiem, who injured his wrist at the Mallorca Open last June, was sidelined for nine months before returning to action at the end of March. Before Bastad, Thiem was 0-6 at the top level this year. "It's a long time," Thiem said in his on-court interview, according to the ATP website.

"My last victory was in Rome in 2021, it feels like a different world in a way. Many, many things happened. It was hard, but it was also a very good experience, I think, for life in general. I am very happy to have achieved this first victory here today."

"It was a very difficult match," Thiem said. "I didn't have a good start and then I fought very well, but I had a very tough period with many losses and few wins, so it was very difficult for me to close the match.

Although I played quite well in the second and third set. I have to control my nerves a bit better, especially when it comes to the end." Thiem got off to a slow start in the match, as Ruusuvuori broke the Austrian twice in the first set to seal the opening set.

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal emerged victorious in a hard-fought five-set match against Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.

Nadal is a source of inspiration for everyone

Rafael Nadal's incredible performance on Centre Court earned massive praise from folks all around the globe.

One such person is cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. "A super competitor who never ever gives up despite all adversities. Amazing game of tennis last evening @RafaelNadal. The way you compete each time you’re on the court is just brilliant to watch," wrote Tendulkar.

Nadal struggled with a rib injury throughout the match as he had to take a medical timeout and received on-court treatment on numerous occasions. Recently, to every tennis fan’s misery, Nadal had to walk out of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships owing to an injury.

However, even though he was forced out of the tournament, Nadal didn’t lose his natural self. He left the event following the same customs he has built over the years. Further, Nadal was supposed to lock horns with the Australian tennis ace and former World No.13 Nick Kyrgios for a spot in the finals. This would have been their 10th encounter and a tie breaker for grass based battles.