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There have been a lot of great comebacks in sports. Players have bounced back from severe setbacks and have made impact in their respective sports again, but, there have been very few players who actually have got better after the setbacks. Rafael Nadal is one of those very few.
What a comeback this great man has made after going through that terrible knee injury. He sat out of action for months, saw other players growing in confidence and winning Grand Slams. He moved down in the rankings. He was missing one tournament after another. But, he didn’t lose hope and that’s the quality of a fighter.
Even if he had decided to hang his racquets when he was going through that awful time, he would have made it to the list of top 5 singles players of all-time. But, you don’t play sports for achievements and praise only. You play them for satisfaction as well and Nadal was not satisfied. That hunger was still in him, he had to win more tournaments and for that, he had to come back.
He came back and came back in style. He has played a total of 63 games after returning to the tennis arena and the no. of games that he has lost is only 3. That itself tells the story.
The US Open title that he won a few days back by getting better of Novak Djokovic in the final was his 13th Grand Slam singles title. Now, he has just 4 less than Roger Federer and the kind of form he is in, it seems he will be able to overtake the Swiss maestro. But, for that, Nadal will have to make sure that he doesn’t suffer any fitness setback again.
Rafael Nadal’s countryman, Nicolas Almagro, has reached the semi final round of the ongoing German Open by defeating Juan Monaco of Argentina on Friday. Almagro won the match in three sets by 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
It was a fine performance by Almagro who has been given the third seed in this tournament. He didn’t have the best of starts but, he turned things around quite brilliantly.
It took Almagro just less than 2 hours to knock his opponent out of the tournament.
This was the 9th match between these two players and Almagro defeated Monaco for the 6th time.
Talking to the reporters in the post match interview, Almagro said, “I didn’t play that well today to be honest. I made too many unforced errors especially in the first set. I will have to improve.”
Almagro had a terrible start in the first set as he dropped his serve in the very first game. However, he managed to level the scores by breaking his opponent back in the 4th game.
The next 4 games went with the serve and at the end of the 8th game; the scores were levelled at 4-4.
Almagro lost his serve again in the 9th game to give Monaco a lead of 5-4. The Argentinean player easily served out the next game and clinched the set.
In the second set, Almagro came back in style. He didn’t let Monaco win even one game as he secured a bagel to drag the match into the third set.
In the decider, Almagro seemed to be losing the plot again as he dropped his serve in the 3rd game and got down by 1-2. But, he lifted his game at the right time. By hitting some glorious shots, he bagged 5 out of the next 6 games to win the match.
In the semi final round, Almagro will face Fabio Fognini of Italy.
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