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Rafael Nadal spoke his mind after beating Alex de Minaur to get first top 20 win since 2022

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In a thrilling second-round match at the 2024 Madrid Open, Rafael Nadal faced world No. 11 Alex de Minaur. The stakes were high, and the atmosphere was electric. Nadal, the five-time Madrid Open champion, had a point to prove after a challenging period marked by injuries and doubts.

The match unfolded at the iconic Manolo Santana Stadium, with a raucous crowd rallying behind Nadal. At times, it felt like a throwback to the days when Nadal dominated clay courts. His signature lefty forehand-down-the-line shot was firing, and his crosscourt backhand found its mark repeatedly. The old Rafa was making a comeback.

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The first set was a nail-biter, lasting 77 minutes. Nadal and de Minaur battled fiercely, with neither player giving an inch. In the tiebreak, Nadal clinched the set, sending the crowd into a frenzy. It was a moment of vintage Nadal—a fighter refusing to yield.

With the crowd’s energy propelling him forward, Nadal broke de Minaur’s serve early in the second set. He maintained his lead, displaying flashes of brilliance. The old Rafa was back, even if he denied it with a laugh during a post-match interview. “No, no, not yet,” he said. “It needs time, and I think for moments, I’ve played at a good level of tennis. But it’s still on and off.”

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A Symbolic Victory For Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s victory over de Minaur was significant. It marked his first ATP Tour win against a top 20 opponent since November 2022. For a player who missed most of the 2023 season due to hip surgery, this triumph was a testament to his resilience and determination.

As the French Open approaches, Rafael Nadal’s fans wonder if he’ll grace the courts at Roland Garros. With 14 French Open titles to his name, he remains a force on clay. If he can maintain this form and stay healthy, we may witness more glimpses of the old Rafa. The tennis world eagerly awaits.

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Arko Bhattacharyya
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