Rafael Nadal reaches semis in Argentina [PHOTOS]

On a hot day in Buenos Aires, Rafael Nadal reached the semi-finals of the Argentina Open as he defeated Italian Paolo Lorenzi in two straight sets, 7-6(3), 6-2.

Our champ had seen off close friend Juan Monaco in Thursday’s first round but faced a slightly tougher test today when 34-year-old Lorenzi, the world 52, clawed his way back from a 4-1 first set deficit. Rafa clinched victory on his first match point after one hour and 51 minutes on court.

After the match, Rafa said:

The conditions were really extreme and they made me very tired.

So I am happy to be in the semi-finals as this is an important week for me. I thank all the fans who put up with the heat to support me.

It’s tough for the players but also the spectators too.

It was Rafa’s 346th win on clay as he remains on track to claim a 48th career title on the surface which has brought him his greatest success.

Our champ will now face Dominic Thiem, who beat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-2.

Source: AFP

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14 thoughts on “Rafael Nadal reaches semis in Argentina [PHOTOS]

  1. wilspn

    The Joker got tired loosing to rafa nadal so many times,, joker said Rafa does not need a new coach.,,what does he mean. Joker is laughing all the way to the bank., what he does lately is not normal, but all other players, including RAFA MOSTLY RAFA,, THE JOKER IS HAVING THE CONTROL, why why why,,

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  2. ashish

    Solid forehands with power and good to see most of the balls landing in great depth even when playing far from baseline

    But rafa did look tired

    Keep it up rafa ….just need to serve well but i am sure it will come

    Take care ….best luck for next match
    vamos

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  3. Positive thinker (India)

    VAMOS RAFA.💖. I KNOW , NO MATTER WHAT TROUBLES YOU, YOU WILL ALWAYS GIVE YOUR BEST.
    COZ YOU HAVE SO MUCH PASSION FOR THE GAME, N SO MUCH LOVE FOR YOUR FANS.

    YOU ARE A TRUE CHAMPION.

    AS I ALWAYS SAY ALL YOUR HARD WORK WILL DEFINITELY PAY OFF.

    ALL THE BEST.🌷 FOR THE SEMIS.

    LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE AS ALWAYS TO YOU RAFA.💖.

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  4. Move In Rafa Or Move On

    Weak 1st set. Strong 2nd set. Not good enough to win slams or ATP 1000s. But perhaps good enough to win lower level events like this one.

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  5. va4favre

    I heard Rafa has an upset stomach and the heat/humidity is not helping him. He just does not have his usual bounce. I sure hope he feels better tomorrow.
    He was certainly up and down today.

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  6. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) YEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was a BEAUTIFUL VICTORY…..CONGRATULATIONS dear Rafa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) The match was interesting & had intensity & your playing was magnificent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) You hit some UNBELIEVABLE GORGEOUS RETURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) It is precious to see you move along a match at a time and congratulations for making the Semi Finals!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Very happy for you !!!!!!!! : )
    VAMOS SWEETHEART & lots of love & happiness!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) Have a beautiful evening & a nice relaxed early night with extra hour of good massage & extra sleep!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Have fun celebrating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) It was a great match! : )

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    1. DMTNA

      I think Rafa had stomach ache due to extreme weather. It wasn’t the first time. It did happen last year and affected him badly in AO 2015. I don’t know why he hasn’t been received any treatment for good.

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