WATCH: Rafael Nadal wins an impossible point with a sensational recover

The Spanish tennis player thrilled the crowd at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia with a crazy point

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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WATCH: Rafael Nadal wins an impossible point with a sensational recover
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On the Central Court of the Foro Italico, in front of the stands packed with fans, Rafael Nadal beat Zizou Bergs, the 24-year-old Belgian ranked number 108, with a score of 4-6 6-3 6-4. The Spanish champion's journey to the Internazionali BNL d'Italia opened with a real battle.

Despite a less than convincing performance, Rafa still managed to enthuse the crowd with the play of a true fighter. After losing the first set and winning the second, in the third set, with a score of 0-1 15-15, Nadal slipped to the ground after hitting a forehand. With an incredible somersault, the Spaniard managed to get up and continue the point with a crazy recovery. Nadal then continued to exchange before winning the point with a fantastic short ball.

A play that fully represents the spirit of the player who wrote the history of men's tennis, especially on clay courts. The blows no longer have the same effectiveness, the movements are less and less fluid, the intensity has drastically dropped and the physique continues to give the 37-year-old Spaniard no peace. What hasn't changed, however, is the determination of a tennis player who really doesn't want to give up on time. The 22-time Slam champion has therefore secured the pass for the round of 32, where the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, seeded number 7 in the main draw, will be waiting for him.

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"Today was not a good match for me. I didn't play the way I think I can play. I was able to find a way to win and this gives me a chance to play here again. I can play better than today. Obviously the improvement is important: the biggest one is still being able to play. In Barcelona I wasn't sure I would play. Now I'm serving better, I feel faster. Sometimes I play too far from the baseline and that's something I need to change. Even though I didn't play well - I was surprised - I have to accept that my level can fluctuate. I have to find stability, a match like this helps you. I feel close to showing something much more positive than the first games in Barcelona. I feel close, and that's why I'm playing.

Rafael Nadal, Madrid 2024
Rafael Nadal, Madrid 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

I can do much better than today and I hope to do so. However, I am very happy with the victory. It's hard, I did things step by step trying to slowly improve. It's not easy and not just because of the defeats, but because of the sensations felt with some shots. It's about adapting my body and muscles to the hip problem. I've made some progress in the last few weeks. It's time to give it a try and if something happens, something happens. I have to understand if I can adapt to new problems.
Now I'm in Rome and the time has come to understand if I can push my body to the limit, give everything and be ready for Roland Garros. If something negative happens, I will accept it,"
explained Rafa at the press conference, after the win.

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