Facing Rafael Nadal at the French Open: Hanfmann recalls what was it like



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Facing Rafael Nadal at the French Open: Hanfmann recalls what was it like

Yannick Hanfmann recalled his straight-set first-round match loss to Rafael Nadal in the French Open. The German player said: "There was a lot of buzz, which doesn't make it easier. Facing Nadal on the Philippe Chatrier was an unbelievable experience.

Being on the court and feeling the ball is unique. Of course, you need to take some days to reassess it. I was at home for some days and I did not play tennis." Yanfmann won the Braunschweig Challengers to crack the top 100 rankings.

"It was definitely a special success because I also played for the first time in the US Open during that time." He added: "I do not care about the rankings a lot now. There are still some things to do. My serve could be more accurate.

I have several weapons in my game that can bother my opponents a lot if things go well. I am a bit better at 27 years of age but still not where I want to be."