In an interview to Punto de Break the Italian player Paolo Lorenzi recalled when he was up one set against Rafael Nadal in the 2011 Rome second round. Lorenzi said: "It was one of the first good matches I played. At that time...
I was enjoying myself. Everything was going very well, I was fighting and I was not like, Oh, I am against Nadal, now this happens, now that happens. I was just hearing all the support from the people. The day before I beat Thomaz Bellucci who was world No.
21 or 22. Playing in Rome, the tournament you see as a kid from a fan point of view, it was unbelievable. I can only have a very good memory from that match, it was crazy." Then Lorenzi got a revenge in 2012 Vina del Mar doubles final.
"It's not a revenge, it's not the same... But I was very happy. I think that day was a bit hard for Rafa because he lost the singles final and then doubles. The good thing is that at my house I have a photo featuring me lifting a bigger tournament than Rafa.
That's not easy. 90 percent of the times Rafa is the guy who has the biggest trophy, and for once I could say I had a bigger one than him." Asked if he ever thought about joining the Player Council, Lorenzi replied: "I thought a bit last year, but in the end I got injured and I was a bit off the Tour, and if you are not at least a top 100 player is tough because meetings take place in the biggest tournaments."