At the Italian Open 2021, in Rome, Rafael Nadal reached the 3rd round of the tournament after the straight sets wins over Jannik Sinner, with the final score of 7-5 6-4. In the next round Rafa will face Denis Shapovalov. The young Italian makes a rather gross mistake with the forehand on two occasions.
Nadal returns with difficulty or serves at 2-2. Needless to say, he finds himself at 0-30, cancels a first break point at 30-40 with the straight-serve scheme, but above all he remains short with the backhand on the second break point.
Sinner completes the task with a high backhand volley. Nadal returns wildly to the match once again, considerably limits the number of unforced errors and gets nasty in response. He does not take advantage of a 0-40 situation in the tenth game, but at the foot of the tie break he closes the first set.
Sinner is not intimidated by the situation. And above all he uses the right side to attack with the backhand. Nadal recovers the break from behind and above all relies on a more aggressive tactical plan. Recovering the disadvantage, Nadal moves to 5-4 in an authoritarian way and thanks to a splendid straight solution at 30-30 he also gets the first match point.
The Italian cancels the second with a short winning ball and the third with a first. The Spaniard, the fourth useful chance, closes it however he exploits it with a splendid straight line solution.