Victory or defeat, it's time for Rafael Nadal to joke! The Spanish tennis player arrived in Turin early, probing the ground of the Pala Alpitour: a field that has never been trodden by the Spaniard before this week. On the secondary courts, the world number two trained with Felix Auger-Aliassime: in one of these, Nadal found the secret to defeat him.
Rafael Nadal hits Aliassime in training: "One less opponent!"
In training, a serve by the Slam champion accidentally hits Auger Aliassime. The Spanish tennis player, however, sees the glass half full from this incident: "Almost one less opponent," he says jokingly, addressing the Canadian and the spectators present during the training session.
Despite the defeates, Rafa could still hop to gain the semifinal, but it is like a mission impossible.