Rafa Roundup: Nadal’s first Top 10 win since 2015 Madrid

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 14: A detail of Rafael Nadal of Spain's shoes as he serves against against Ivo Karlovic of Croatia during the men's singles second round match on day 4 of Shanghai Rolex Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 14, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

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Playing shrewd all-court tennis, Nadal defused Milos Raonic, 6-3, 7-6 (3), a day after edging another massive server, Ivo Karlovic, in his opener.

It was Nadal’s first win over a Top 10 opponent since he defeated seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych in the Madrid semifinals last May.

The 27-time Masters champion raised his Masters 1000 record to 299-62.

“Winning a match 7‑6 in the third yesterday and winning a match again today in the tiebreak of a second set, two tiebreaks without losing a point with my serve, it’s impossible if you don’t have control of your emotions.  That’s something that, a couple of months ago, would have been impossible for me,” added Nadal.

“My serve obviously worked much better than yesterday, but when I play well on my service game, it’s not just because I serve well, but especially because I play well from the baseline,” said Nadal, who has not dropped serve since being broken by Ivo Karlovic in the opening game of the second round.

“It’s obvious today my serve worked much better than yesterday,” Nadal said.

“Happy about the victory,” said Nadal, after the one hour, 40 minute victory. “Obviously is an important victory for me against a top player. Is good to have these victories for the confidence and because that says that I am playing better.”

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6 thoughts on “Rafa Roundup: Nadal’s first Top 10 win since 2015 Madrid

  1. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) …..& : ) Brilliant match!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) Congratulations on your SPECTACULAR VICTORY!!!!!!!!: ) : ) : ) very happy for you!!!!! WOW…. what an AMAZING display!!!!!!! Your hard court game is SO VERY COMPLETE!!!!!!!!! : ) POWERFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) God bless you!!!! Super fun match…..KUDOS!!!!!!!!!! ci….ci….ci….ci…..& CI SENIOR!!!!!!! Each point was AS BEAUTIFUL AS the next…….. classy delight for the eyes & heart!!!!! Your serve is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ….ACES & ALL……: ) ……and it was lots & lots of fun watching YOUR strong returns & beautiful shots along with your fabulous movement & court coverage!!!! VAMOS RAFA !!!!! You are such a bright & special player!!!!!!!! As soon as you walked out of the locker room it was clear as a bell that you were the WINNER!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) You established strength & feisty forward force as soon as the umpire shouted ” TIME! “….. Very nice QF dear Rafa !!!!!! Massive Congratulations & have lots & lots of fun celebrating and smiling & rejoicing with THE TEAM!!!!!! KUDOS to you & your fantastic loyal team for bringing such brilliant results!!!!!!!! : ) I love that you do not take anything for granted….that is REMARKABLE quality!!!!! A TRUE CHAMPION!!!! Have a great time & enjoy your outstanding efforts & success!!!!!! God bless you & ENJOY EVERYTHING !!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS………. : ) VAMOS…….. : ) VAMOS………. : )

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