Hubert Hurkacz Expresses Concerns for Rafael Nadal Following Defeat at Italian Open
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Hubert Hurkacz Expresses Concerns for Rafael Nadal Following Defeat at Italian Open

11 May 2024
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Hubert Hurkacz Expresses Concerns for Rafael Nadal Following Defeat at Italian Open

Hurkacz Shocks Nadal in Rome

In a stunning display, Hubert Hurkacz defeated Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-3 in the second round of the Italian Open on Saturday, casting doubts over Nadal's readiness for the upcoming French Open. Nadal, who has previously excelled on clay, found himself outmatched by Hurkacz's relentless play.

Hurkacz Reflects on His Performance

"After getting through the first few tough games, I found my rhythm and felt like I could continue endlessly," Hurkacz remarked. "The score might suggest it was easy, but maintaining my level against Nadal required constant focus. A slight dip, and he would have capitalized."

Facing Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam winner, on clay has historically been one of sport's toughest challenges. However, perceptions are shifting as players like Hurkacz show they can compete fiercely on Nadal’s favorite surface.

Hurkacz on His Historic Win

"I'm really proud of myself. Playing against Rafa on clay is extraordinary. It’s a privilege to compete against someone who has dominated this surface for two decades," Hurkacz added. "Growing up, I admired his skill and dreamed of this moment. The atmosphere was electrifying, and it was an honor to play him here."

Nadal's Perspective

Despite the one-sided scoreline, Nadal felt the match was closer than it appeared. "The first few games were competitive, and I started strong," said Nadal, who struggled with Hurkacz's serve. "But as the match progressed, I couldn't impose my game or disrupt his rhythm. The smaller court here made his serves even more challenging to return."

Looking Ahead

As Hurkacz advances to the third round, all eyes will be on Nadal to see if he can regain his form in time for the French Open, where his participation now remains uncertain.

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