Rafael Nadal's start of the season on clay did not see him particularly shine. The Spanish tennis legend and king of clay, after the elimination in the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo, is struggling particularly in the ATP tournament in Barcelona The Spaniard reached the quarter-finals but disappointing in both matches as he lost a set both with the Belarusian Ivashka and with the Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori.
After having clearly dominated the first set, the Spaniard dropped to the distance and the former number 4 in the world, thanks to a timid reaction, managed to take home the second set. The first game of the third and decisive set was decisive in the long run with Rafa starting from 0-40 who canceled the break points and thus managed to move forward.
Nishikori then let go and the match ended with the result of 6-0; 2-6; 6-2.
Nadal talks about his performance
When we see Nadal on clay we all expect great performances and when that doesn't happen everyone is surprised.
To the microphones of the British newspaper Metro Rafa he talked about his own conditions and the growth of NextGen, increasingly difficult to stem. He said: "It is normal to find more and more difficulties, we are aging and it is clear.
The new generations are arriving and we are now forced to challenge many young talents, but things are even more interesting in this way. There are so many young people and I notice great potential, I believe that many things will change in the next two years.
The player who will have the greatest growth will thus have the first successes." Speaking of the records, Nadal explained about Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as follows:" Direct clashes in favor of him? Well, he's more focused on records and for him let's say, he's not obsessed, but he looks more at all these details.
My approach to tennis career is quite different." Rafael Nadal won for the 12th time the ATP Barcelona Open by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas after a very great match.