Rafa plays a fantastic match in Monte Carlo to concede just two games to the German. VIDEO
If you still wonder why Rafael Nadal is the King of Clay, you have an answer after his last match in Monte Carlo. The Mallorcan had to face a dangerous Alexander Zverev that was extremely close to beating Rafa in the previous two matches, and he showed a great form earlier in Monte Carlo after he defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-0 6-4 and Andreas Seppi 6-1 6-2. Eventually, the dreams of Zverev of finally crashing Nadal sank after losing 6-1 6-1 to the Spaniard in a match that was more of a no-contest.
Nadal: “I thought to be a hard match.”
Soon after the match, Rafa confessed that he didn’t expect such an easy win. The Mallorcan commented
“Before the match, I thought it was going to be a big test for me, a very hard match. I went on court knowing it's going to be one of this kind of matches that if you don't play well, you are probably going to go out. But I played well. I played much better than yesterday.
I played more aggressively, and I played with a very high intensity from the beginning. I was playing much better with my forehand. I maintained that kind of level for all the match, I think. That was the key.”
Next vs. Schwartzman
Rafa will play Schwartzman in the quarters. The head to head is 2-0 for Rafa that has conceded only 4 games in their previous match on clay (Acapulco 2013).