Rafael Nadal could not breathe well during match vs Thiem - Alex Corretja


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Rafael Nadal could not breathe well during match vs Thiem - Alex Corretja

Speaking on Eurosport, the former world no. 2 Alex Corretja commented on Rafael Nadal's 12th French Open title that came against Dominic Thiem. "I have just spoken to Rafa and he looked very calm, he said it was crucial he broke back in the first set and got ahead.

He said the speed and intensity in the first two sets were very difficult, it was brutal conditions as well with long rallies and it was difficult to breathe. He knew he had to raise his level in the third set because Dominic might go down a little bit.

That’s why Rafa has won here 12 times because he raises his level when he needs to”. On Nadal, Fabrice Santoro said: “He’ll be favourite next year”. Mark Petchey added: “Yes same. I’m with Fabrice”.

Jim Courier said: "Barring, who knows. It is hard not to take him. If Novak can’t get there and play him [in the final], who beats him? I don’t see it”. On Nadal saying Thiem is a great example for him and younger players, Dominic commented: "It's amazing to hear that from him because he's exactly the same, such a fair athlete.

Always gives his best, I guess, every day in practice and in every match, of course. So it's an example, and it's very nice to hear that from him", concluded the Austrian.