Sport 'One day you don't feel perfect' says Rafael Nadal after loss to Dominic Thiem in Rome

09:25  20 may  2017
09:25  20 may  2017 Source:   International Business Times

Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem, Madrid Open 2017 final: Where to watch live, preview, betting odds and head-to-head record

  Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem, Madrid Open 2017 final: Where to watch live, preview, betting odds and head-to-head record Nadal is looking for his third title of 2017 after wins in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. The 14-time Grand Slam winner defeated Fabio Fognini, Nick Kyrgios, David Goffin and Novak Djokovic en route to the final as he is currently 14-0 since the clay-court season began.One more win would put the Spaniard in perfect position as the favourite for the upcoming French Open, which Nadal last won in 2014.As for world number nine Thiem, he defeated Jared Donaldson, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Ćorić and Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas to reach his first Masters 1000 final.

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“How he plays after his serve, it’s unbelievable,” Thiem said . Read more stories about: Tennis Tags: Dominic Thiem , Madrid, Rafael Nadal . Don ’ t worry Dominic , you ’ll have a second chance in a few days time in QF in Rome .

Rafael Nadal © Reuters Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal's 17-match winning streak on clay was ended by Dominic Thiem on Friday (19 May) and with it the Spaniard lost his chance to move ahead of Stan Wawrinka to number three in the world.

The Spaniard had won the last three tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid and was the favourite to win the ongoing Rome Masters. However, he succumbed to Thiem 6-4, 6-3 in the quarter-finals. It was third time lucky for the Austrian, who had lost to Nadal in the finals in Barcelona and Madrid.

Thiem changed his tactic against Nadal after losing the last two encounters this year and started the match aggressively. He went for winners from the beginning and did not miss a lot. Nadal admitted that he was not at his best and was not too harsh on himself after the loss.

Rafael Nadal wins 2017 Madrid Open after beating Dominic Thiem

  Rafael Nadal wins 2017 Madrid Open after beating Dominic Thiem The win is Nadal's third title of the calendar year and his 30th Masters 1000 title.In what was a rematch of the final in Barcelona, Nadal was given a much harder task from the Austrian with the first set going into a one-hour-and-18-minute tie-break.

Rafael Nadal believes he's still on the right track despite losing to Dominic Thiem at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. “It’s normal that one day you don ' t feel perfect . If you are unlucky on that day, the opponent plays unbelievable,” said Nadal .

“In the first set, I didn’ t have many chances, but I started to play better in the second”, the three-time major victor said . Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after winning against Dominic Thiem from Austria during the final match of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Trofeo Conde de

The 14-time men's singles Grand Slam champion admitted that after playing back-to-back for the last three weeks, there was bound to be a point when he was not at his best. He is ready to put the loss behind him and concentrate on his preparations for the second Grand Slam of the year at Roland Garros, where he will again start the tournament as the favourite.

"He played very aggressive, hitting the ball very strong," Nadal was quoted as saying by Tennis World USA after his loss. "He played very long. He didn't miss a lot. Played high intensity. Yeah, so in general I was not able to push him back. He had the control of the points much more times than me. That's the key of this game."

"It's obvious that I did not play my best match. I have been playing a lot, so is not easy, no, after playing almost every day for the last four weeks, no? Is normal that one day you don't feel not perfect. So then tomorrow I will be in Mallorca fishing or playing golf or doing another thing (laughter). That's it. I'm going to rest a little bit that I think I deserve, and then I going to start probably Monday/Tuesday to prepare Roland Garros, try to be best preparation possible during that week before. Is important event for me, obviously," the world number four added.

'Ready to play well at Roland Garros' says Rafael Nadal brushing off recent loss in Rome .
Nadal has won three titles on clay in 2017 in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Barcelona.The Spaniard has has made a sensational start to the 2017 season having struggled with injuries in 2016. Nadal has made six finals in the nine tournaments he has played and won three titles on clay – Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid – leading up to the French Open that starts on 28 May.


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