Rafa Nadal experienced an ordeal in his second round match of the Rome Masters 1,000 against the Canadian Shapovalov. The Spaniard was eliminated from a tournament in which he defended the title and will also lose fourth place in the world ranking to the benefit of the Greek Tsitsipas. All this ten days before the start of Roland Garros, the great objective of the season.

The Spaniard, winner of 21 majors, was sincere in the subsequent press conference. “I am not injured. I am a player living with an injury. That is my day to day. It’s difficult, really… and of course sometimes it’s hard for me to accept it,” assured the 35-year-old Mallorcan.


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