- Rio Stunner! Fognini Hands Nadal First SF Loss On Clay In 12 Years (via ATP World Tour)
Nadal was on fire in the first set, but Fognini turned the tide with a more aggressive approach in the early stages of the second and continued pressing the top seed in the third. He would convert on his third match point to seal the victory after two hours and 17 minutes.
- Rafa: “I’m On The Right Path” (via ATP World Tour)
“It was a good first set,” said Nadal. “In general I was missing continuity. I think I had good and bad moments, also physically, which I don’t really understand why. … “I have to accept the situation and work to get ready for what’s next. I’m working well, I have the right attitude, I have to improve things and I think that I’m on the right path and closer to the level of game that I’m looking for.”
- Rafa Nadal stunned by Fognini in ATP Rio semi-final (via Eurosport)
“I didn’t feel so well in my fitness starting in the second set; I’m getting tired before usual. I had no problem with my groin. I was just cramping in many places, which is strange because I’ve barely gotten cramps throughout my career…”
The Rio Open was Nadal’s third tournament back since a wrist injury and appendicitis interrupted and prematurely ended his 2014 season. It was also his first since losing to Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open quarterfinals in January. The loss was just the 25th loss of his career on clay and snapped his 52-match win streak for clay semifinals.
- Nadal se queda seco (via El Pais)
Nadal sumó 12 errores no forzados solo en la segunda manga. Se enfrentó al árbitro, que le hizo jugar un punto con segundo saque por lo que consideró como reiteradas pérdidas de tiempo entre punto y punto (“Voy a pedir que no me arbitres nunca más. Eres el que más presión me mete con diferencia del circuito. No puedo más. No puedo más”, le dijo al juez de silla, el brasileño Carlos Bernardes).
Nadal last lost a clay semifinal on July 21, 2003, when he was a 17-year-old ranked No. 58 and playing world No. 4 Carlos Moya.