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Internazionali BNL d'Italia Interviews. Rafael Nadal: “I needed a little bit more fuel to try to resist him in the last three games”

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TENNIS Internazionali BNL d’Italia – N. Djokovic d. R. Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. An interview with Rafael Nadal.

 

Q:Why is so tough to beat Novak?

RAFAEL NADAL: For everybody is tough to beat Novak, not only for me. He’s one of the best of the world, nothing special. I think I played well for a moment, had my chances, sometimes I felt like I needed some extra energies to let him play one more ball and in more difficult position but my legs didn’t answer after a hard week. I let him play in a good position when he had the first ball good, and for me was very difficult to arrive on the ball and to change the dynamic of the point. In general I can do a little bit better, but I am very proud of this week.

Q:Wawrinka, you and Nole: 3 different winners for 3 Master events for the first time in 10 years. We may say that the French Open is unpredictable…

RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t care, I don’t know. I think about myself and what I have to do. I think this week was important for me, I win 600 hundred points, I played a final here which is a good result. I was able to compete good with one the best player of the moment, I played well against tough opponents like Andy and Dimitrov. If you ask me about Paris, my feelings are better now than a week ago, playing clay season every week was little bit better for me and now I hope to feel ready for that.

Q:What happened when you was 4-1 up in the 1st set and when you broke back in the 3rd set and immediately lost your service.

RAFAEL NADAL: He played great, it’s our sport. In the 4-1 in the 1st I played some bad games, but in the 3 all to the 6-3 he played great tennis and for me, as I said, I needed a little bit more fuel to try to resist him in the last three game, but is true that after that comeback I wasn’t in a negative spot with the 3-3 in the 3rd but it’s true that i didn’t have enough strength to hit the first shot, the right intensity, his return was always great and if you’re not able to be quick on the serve and recover with the right spin you’re going to be in a negative position against that kind of player.

Q:Do you think that to play on 3 nights in a row affected the way you play today? I saw you were running much more better on the right than on the left: if there’s a problem that came out yesterday that you have to solve and what is it for you the key to try to do better.

RAFAEL NADAL: I am doing the right things, I improved during the tournament. Rome now is the past and I have to start to think to the Roland Garros. My chances to play well at Rolamd Garros two weeks ago weren’t very high, now I arrive to the Roland Garros with more encourage. Playing at night three times in a row wasn’t the best thing for me but the problem is not playing at night but that the matches I played were very long and I went to bed at 3 in the morning and that’s not the ideal thing to recover. In Rome maybe it wasn’t the perfect schedule for me, but I accepted. For the running, I played 3 very tough matches, 10 in 12 days, and this week was very hard, mentally and physically which is the most is toughest thing. I was a little bit tired.

Q:Having lost 3 matches in a row with Nole affected you or not?

RAFAEL NADAL: It’s sport, it’s part of a career. He was able to beat me the last 4 times, last year I was able to beat him in Roland Garros, in Montreal and in the Us Open, that’s it: moments are moments and I have to keep working hard lime I did in all my career and try to be ready for the next. We’ll see when is it.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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