Nadal debuts in Rome against Isner

Second round

The Balearic makes his debut against the American giant at the Rome Masters

Rafa Nadal's defeat in Madrid left the bitter taste of having been soon, in the quarterfinals, but also the optimism of not having relapsed into an injury and of having taken another step in his preparation towards the real objective, Paris. “We knew what we were coming for. It has been an easy defeat to digest, ”said the Balearic after the defeat against Carlos Alcaraz.

Now it's time to advance in Rome, because it is the prelude to Roland Garros and because he defends the title and the 1,000 points won last year against Novak Djokovic. His debut will be this Wednesday, against the American John Isner, in a Foro Italico that he knows perfectly because, since 2005, he has ten wounds in it, including three in the last four years.

In his way appears Denis Shapovalov in the round of 16, Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals and Djokovic in the semifinals. Without Alcaraz, low due to fatigue, the Serbian is the great opponent in Rome and one of the three active, not counting Nadal, who know what it is to win on these tracks, along with Andy Murray (2016) and Alexander Zverev (2018 ).

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