Barcelona Open: Nadal vs Thiem – hot shot, highlights [VIDEO]

Watch Rafael Nadal cover tons of ground to get to a forehand that he hit past Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

Match highlights:

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11 comments

  1. After the controversy over the roof closure during Rafa’s Wimbledon match with Novak last year, there has been a rule change which will take effect as of this year’s tournament. There will be no consultation with players and any match that is postponed due to the 11pm curfew, will continue the next day outdoors unless rain forces the issue.

    Such a pity the problem wasn’t foreseen earlier, but hey, better late than never.

    • Stupid Brits…sorry, nothing personal…but that’s coast Rafa another Wimbledon title…so little bit too late
      And their decision last year was outrageously stupid

  2. Bis is absolutely right, she can channel her opinion and shouldn’t be attacked just because the opinion isn’t to your liking. Nadal’s mental weakness has cost him three full years of his career (combined with physical issues) from RG 2014 (he was already in a very bad state since the AO14 final) up until RG2017. Djokovic’ issues from July 2016 triggered Nadal’s comeback and – not a coincidence – with Djokovic now roaring on all cylinders, it’s Rafa who’s nervous and anxious once again. I don’t think he’s yet as bad as he was in 14/15 but he’s not far off. Even the winner shown here, was far from optimal. A Rafa in form would hit that much closer to the lines. Democracy and freedom of speech, let that be leading, no matter what the forum is.

  3. Rafa played a little tentative and was a bit nervous . I think Rafa must play more aggressively and with greater confidence . Losing to Thiem and Fognini are a stepping stone to winning at Roland Garros . I say that because I know Rafa will resestablish his dominance on clay by making the necessary adjustments . Bestvof Luck Rafa !

  4. Rafa adelante no t desanimes tu puedes competir a todo eso.. Sales d una lesión y tienes k alcanzar tu 100% xk este rival es muy duro y hay k reconocer k jugó muy bien… Sigue luchando y renovando tu tenis k tu puedes hacerlo..
    SIEMPRE CONTIGO!!!!

  5. Shame on you, Rafa…I love you always, but…not optimistic anymore for your clay season
    Your issue is mental…and actually you don’t do anything about for long time,ignoring it….but it will bite you in the end
    I hope I am not right, because I love you, but Rafa…it’s time to get a psychologist

    • Obviously you’re not a real fan. I think you’re the one that needs a psychologist. Perfection is what you want. Try and look for it

      • No…actually I am real fan
        And I really care about Rafa…that why I have the right to be critical…and everyone has the right to their opinions….
        If my opinion is different than yours…that doesn’t mean I need psychologist

  6. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU PLAYED BEAUTIFULLY AND AS WE WERE WATCHING YOU, WE ADMIRED YOUR FOCUS, YOUR INTENSITY, AND YOUR BRILLIANT STRONG RETURNS……………….YOU PLAYED SUCH TOP TOP LEVEL AGGRESSIVE, SOLID TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) THERE WILL BE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES SWEETHEART AND AS YOU WELL EXPERIENCED, TOWARDS THE MIDDLE/END OF THE 2ND SET YOU FIGURED EXACTLY HOW TO ADJUST YOUR RETURNS, AND YOU ADJUSTED YOUR MIX SERVE AND COURT POSITION WHICH WAS BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) THERE WILL BE MORE OPEN DOORS FOR YOU AND let’s FACE IT IF THIS WAS A FIVE SET MATCH YOU WOULD MOST DEFINITELY HAVE MORE TIME TO EARN MORE WINNERS AND PURSUE YOUR WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU ARE THE STRONGER, BETTER PLAYER AND YOU HAD PLENTY PLENTY PLENTY OF GREAT SHOTS…..AND NO BIG DEAL…..YOU HAVE HAD SO MANY VICTORIES THAT IT IS ABSOLUTELY NATURAL THAT AT SEMI IT CAN GO EITHER WAY…….SO TAKE GREAT PRIDE SWEETHEART FOR COMING SO STRONG AND FIT, AND PLAYING BEAUTIFUL, POWERFUL TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WHAT I LOVED ABOUT YOUR MATCH SWEETHEART IS YOUR BRILLIANT ALL ROUND INTENSITY AND STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU WERE GLIDING AND SLIDING AND SERVING GREAT, AND REACHING……..AND IT ONLY HAPPENED THAT A COUPLE OF RETURNS WERE SETTING HIM UP FOR WINNERS DURING POOR TIMING IN THE MATCH……THAT’S ALL…..AT THE END YOU RETURNED SIDE TO SIDE AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND EFFECTIVE AND IT WAS VERY CLOSE POINT BY POINT MATCH AND YOU KEPT YOUR RAFA’S BRILLIANT FIGHT COMING BACK FROM 0: 40 …..SO NO BIG DEAL SWEETHEART……YOU PLAYED A STRONG, EXCITING AND AGGRESSIVE MATCH. WE LOVE YOU SWEETHEART AND VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ENJOY EVERYTHING AND KEEP SMILING SWEETHEART BECAUSE YOU ARE BRIGHT AS THE SUN AND AN AWESOME GOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) LOVE YOU AND SENDING LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS AND VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  7. Wish you some happy days at home and work hard to come back to your best. Always with you champ – no matter what. Vamos Rafa <3

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