Rafael Nadal begins with a beating at the Masters 1000 in Rome. The Spanish tennis player beat John Isner (6-3, 6-1) in a match in which he had to suffer to achieve the first break but ended up adding great sensations against an always difficult rival but this time without his great weapon, the serve. In the third round, Nadal will meet Denis Shapovalova hard stumbling block before which the Manacorí will test his current state of form.
It wasn’t the debut I wanted Nadalwho has repeated over and over again that he prefers to get into a rhythm with players who accept trades. isnertogether with Opelka, represents the opposite extreme in the ATP, but Rafa took measures from the first moment so that the North American’s deadly service would not be so in the land of the Foro Italico.
Standing almost up against the back fence, Nadal managed to add the remains necessary to reduce isner service. The American did not find the desired direct serves or a percentage of points with the first that would allow him to stand out. The equality came because Rafa was not too comfortable in a first adaptation set, the first at sea level after his withdrawal and the experience in Madrid.
Nadal suffered in the seventh game, with his serve, against a isner more offensive than expected from the rest, and had to lift up to two break points to stay alive in the sleeve. This, far from intimidating the king of the land, served as an immediate wake-up call, since he would respond with a break to the giant and the consequent achievement of the first set 6-3.
From now on, isner he went into a spin for the missed opportunity, making sure that this track is not going to suit his qualities at all. Nadalincreasingly faster and more accurate with his shots, played with heights and soon got the spoils of the break in the second set, something that is practically synonymous with victory against Isner on this type of court where mobility and long exchanges they press
Two new breaks confirmed a victory that sends Nadal to the third round in Rome, where he will have Denis Shapovalov as a rival a priori much tougher and to take into account to measure its status. The first step is achieved and the ten-time champion at the Foro Italico begins by sweeping his debut.