- Nadal Eases Past Lorenzi and into Buenos Aires Semis | Tennis Now
There were good moments and not so good moments, but overall the work of defending champion Rafael Nadal was stellar throughout his 7-6(3), 6-2 takedown of Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi on Friday in Buenos Aires.
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In the second set, Nadal turned on the pressure and, after breaking the Italian in the third game, took the set and match, in broiling conditions where the mercury topped 40 degrees Celsius.
“The conditions were extreme and cost me a bit today. My stomach is in a little bit of pain,” said Nadal after the match, while thanking the Argentinean crowd for their support.
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The Spaniard is, of course, a complete player on all court surfaces, having won major titles on each one. But there is a certain red, sock-staining, shoe-filling substance of which he is the master. Ever since he won his first title on clay at the Orange Prokom Open in the Polish city of Sopot in 2004, when he was a sleeveless top-wearing 18-year-old, he has absolutely dominated the surface.
This is an ideal time for Nadal to make a move, to break the pattern. His problem, aside from being snakebit, is easily summed up in two words intimately bound together with invisible string: forehand and confidence.
Peter Bodo: Nadal. His problems are much deeper. Just one thing has stood between Federer and perhaps three or four more Grand Slam titles for a couple of years now. That’s Novak Djokovic, and he’s not going anywhere. That’s just life. Nadal, now that’s another story. It’s always sad to see a guy losing his mojo for no apparent reason, and that’s exactly what’s happened to the “King of Clay.” He, too, has a Djokovic problem (everyone has a Djokovic problem), but he also has a Fabio Fognini problem and a Fernando Verdasco problem. All kinds of problems.
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