"The feeling is not the best. I'm without the crowd...I miss them...Thanks to everyone who is supporting from home," Rafael Nadal had commented quietly to the media. The Pandemic brought about many changes within the tennis industry as well as every place.
It was from the testing, to the places people stay and then having no crowds to cheer on the players at matches. The bubble may have proven too much to tolerate with the situation not taking an emotional chunk out of some, but for others it might be their only defense for having their game flow, grow and become successful.
Nadal says that he knows what happened when he was defeated in straight sets of 6-2, 7-5, by an unlikely opponent, Diego Schwartzman. They've met up 10 times with Nadal coming out superior in 9. Was it just the Argentine's excellence in the game that clobbered the Spaniard and created the quarterfinal win? "Today I played my best tennis," Schwartzman confessed.
The match statistics show that Nadal was broken five times leading to many points of his lackluster game. He knows that he didn't execute the way he should have to win the match. He'd say that there are a few things he has to work on to be more productive.
"It's was not my night at all...It's not a moment for excuses. I played 2 good matches..." the Spaniard acknowledged. Schwartzman felt accomplished that he did something that other players couldn't and that is to defeat Rafael Nadal on clay.
The Spaniard vows to be more prepared for the French Open as this was just a fluke.
"I'm going to keep working and practicing with the right attitude...to give myself a chance to be ready," he emphasized. At Paris, it was mentioned that there will be as much as 5,000 fans on Court Philippe Chatrier since a few days ago.
Four players in the qualifying rounds tested positive for the virus. This may make a huge difference in the atmosphere. But it's assured that once Nadal gets himself used to playing in tournaments with no crowds, then he'll be 'good to go' and play well.