In the second quarter-final of the Italian Open 2021, in Rome, Rafael Nadal avenged the defeat he suffered last week in Madrid against Alexander Zverev and today he will play his twelfth semifinal in the tournament. The German tennis player started the game badly and immediately lost his serve by committing the usual double fault on the break ball.
Nadal did not allow himself to be influenced by his opponent's mistakes and without hesitation went to 4-0. It is precisely in this disheartening scoring situation that Zverev has decided to enter the field and push the 20-time Grand Slam champion to the limit.
The German has recovered well one of the two breaks from the disadvantage, but has sensationally failed to get back in the race in the partial, missing a simple backhand on the break point granted to him by Nadal in the ninth game; what allowed the Majorcan to put an end to the first set.
In the second set, Nadal showed what is the essence of the true champion. Because it is like a champion that the Spaniard managed to recover from 0-40 in the fourth game and from 15-40 in the sixth, canceling a total of five break points.
And again, it is as a champion that he put pressure on Zverev at 2-2, literally tearing his serve from his hands. Finally, Rafa also carefully administered the last game of the match, in which he conceded three break points to Zverev, and for the umpteenth time in his career he raised his voice in time of need.