Nadal falls before their weapons

Rafa succumbed to Tsitsipas for small details and the determination of his rival. For the same things that other times, many times, they have made him a winner.

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Two pieces of information go ahead to understand the extent of Stefanos Tsitsipas's victory over Rafa Nadal. On the one hand, there was only the antecedent of a player who had managed to overcome two sets to the Spanish in 255 Grand Slam matches: Fabio Fognini, at the 2015 US Open. Outside of the greats he also yielded to Roger Federer in Miami in 2005, at the beginning of his career, when the Masters 1000 were played in five rounds. On the other hand, the first two sets conquered this Wednesday by Nadal against the Greek raised his streak to 35 consecutive sets, without losing any, thus equaling the second best mark ever, in possession of John McEnroe, and staying at one from Federer. These records place in context the enormous merit of Tsitsipas's triumph over one of the greats in history.

The analysis of why Nadal lost a game that he had won can be supported by different factors. Perhaps his poor preparation in Australia due to the back injury was influenced. Or maybe the extra rest that the Hellenic had due to the withdrawal of Matteo Berrettini. Or we could even simplify it in that, despite Nadal's dominance over the Next Gen, young people evolve with one more year of experience, while the Balearic carries one more year on the identity card. All these things could have affected, of course, but none was the decisive reason for the defeat. Actually, there are no excuses. Nadal lost a tennis match to the same weapons that made him the winner on other occasions. Rafa had dominated the first two sets in 1 hour and 18 minutes, with solvency, but Tsitsipas never gave up and waited for his chance. Does it ring a bell? In the tiebreaker of the third he made some improper mistakes that left him groggy for the fourth. And the fifth was almost a lottery. Nadal succumbed to small details and the determination of his rival. For the same things that other times, many times, they have made him a winner.



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