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VIDEO. Tennis: “Let’s not get carried away by the emotion of a match!” Rafael Nadal remains cautious after his victory against Alex de Minaur

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Rafael Nadal won against world number 11 player Alex de Minaur in the 2nd round of the Masters 1000 in Madrid. The man with 22 Grand Slams, currently 446th in the ATP rankings after a long break and injuries, was cautious for the future.

Good news for Rafael Nadal’s return to competition. Entered in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Madrid this Saturday April 27, the Majorcan won against the Australian Alex de Minaur, 11th player in the world (7-6, 6-3). This is his first victory against a top 20 player in almost a year and a half.

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A performance which restores confidence in the state of health of Rafa, who for his part prefers to remain cautious.

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Regain self-confidence

While he is only ranked 446th in the world, the tennis player at 14 Roland-Garros, undisputed king of clay, is returning to competition after several injuries. His return to Madrid is a way for him to regain playing sensations and regain confidence in himself.

One month before the start of Roland-Garros, his participation in the Grand Slam is not yet assured and the player wishes to recall the current objectives: “I must be convinced that my physique will respond to change my perspective (on Roland-Garros “It’s not a match that will change my perspective. I have to regain confidence in my body. Afterwards, I have to regain confidence in myself, in my tennis.” revealed Nadal in a post-match press conference.

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Before adding; “Let’s not get caught up in the emotion of a match either. There are a lot of things to adjust. At least I’m competitive. It was a very positive match. I was able to do things that I I didn’t do last week (in training, the last three days have been slightly better on a physical level, it’s positive too. I managed to maintain a physical level and a level of fitness). more or less correct game for a little over two hours. My body held up. It’s very important for me. Now let’s see how I recover and in what state I wake up tomorrow morning.

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Regarding Roland-Garros, the Majorcan does not hide his desire to go there, but once again he wants to be able to be competitive for what could be his last passage at Porte d’Auteuil: “If I have the hope of “to have the means to play a few days in a row, to fight for the balls that I have to fight for, I will go. If I know that my body will not last the whole tournament, I will not go” a. explained Rafael Nadal.


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