Nadal and Andújar, for another Spanish double in rooms

This Monday, Nadal faces the Croatian Marin Cilic (01:00, Eurosport) and Pablo Andújar, the Frenchman Gael Monfils (not before 23:00, Eurosport).

This Monday can be a great day for Spanish tennis. Rafa Nadal and Pablo Andújar play in the knockout stages of the US Open and if they reach the quarterfinals there will be a third Spanish double in that round of Grand Slam this year, after Nadal and Roberto Bautista's qualifications in Australia and Wimbledon. In the American tournament it has already happened six times. The last one, when Pablo Carreño accompanied the Balearic in 2017. In the other five, 2013 stands out, when they played for the pass to the Nadal, Ferrer and Robredo semifinals. And there is a very positive casual fact. On the two occasions mentioned (2013 and 2017) and in 2010 with the Nadal-Verdasco duo, Rafa finished with the trophy in his hands. 2

Good auguries for a day that will be complicated for its protagonists. Nadal will face at 01:00 (Eurosport) the Croatian Marin Cilic (dominates the particular duels of Manacor 6-2) and Andújar, not before 23:00 (Eurosport), Gael Monfils (3-0 for the French), who appealed to Denis Shapovalov. On Sunday the two Spaniards trained at the same time, although in different circumstances. The world number two did it with a lot of public in its usual training track, the 1, with Carlos Moyá and Francis Roig as sparrings; while the Cuenca exercised on the playing field number eight, more discreetly and with the help of his coach, the former player Carlos Calderón, and a junior with good manners. . "I'm fine, let's see what happens tomorrow (for today)," he told AS. He had finished his session with a few serves, an important aspect of the game to have options against Monfils. “I have known him for a long time, since we are from the same year. It builds a lot of play and against it, the game will be very physical. 222222 Obviously, I'm not the favorite, but I will try to make my tennis and be solid. I have nothing to lose and I will have my options, ”he said Saturday at a press conference, before releasing any pressure: “ I don't deserve to have it, I'm not Nadal. I'm in the fourth round, it's a gift. ”

The Balearic, who does carry the responsibility permanently, practiced a lot of drive with Roig as a ball throwing machine. the collection work, near the place where the father of the winner of 18 greats, Sebastian, followed his evolution. Nadal, in fact, is more worried about the reverse, as he commented in Eurosport: “We already know that the drive is the most important hit. If I manage to have a great right and also the reverse starts to work well, things are going much better in the course of the game. It's working well for me, although at times I think I'm missing a tad to get to the point I'm looking for. The demand for what is certain will help me to continue improving it. ” That requirement is now called Cilic, champion in 2014.

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