Rafael Nadal: ‘I have tried to do it almost always in…’

With 97 Masters 1000 quarterfinals to his account, Rafael Nadal has been the group leader ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Nadal’s first Masters 1000 quarter-final came in Miami 2005 at age 18, playing at a high level and two points away from winning the title against no. 1 Roger Federer. Rafa has been synonymous with consistency at the Masters 1000 level for the past 16 years with some minor setbacks, winning 36 titles out of 52 finals to enter the history books after the Rome Open. The Spaniard is a proud owner of a record for the most consecutive Masters 1000 quarter-finals, with 21 between 2008 and 2010. In Montreal 2017, Nadal lost that memorable clash against young Denis Shapovalov in a thriller, failed to reach the quarterfinals and he forged another impressive run beginning the following week. Since Cincinnati 2017, Nadal has played 18 consecutive Masters 1000 quarterfinals, securing the second-best streak and closing in on his record of 11 years ago. Despite some struggles, such as in Paris last year, Nadal has been rock solid in the first two matches at the Masters 1000 level to advance to the quarterfinals and stay on the title course, hoping to keep up with that pace. and set another achievement in the next. months. Nadal could have ended his career in Rome last week, battling Denis Shapovalov in the third round and prevailing 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 in three hours and 27 minutes after fending off two match points. Denis lashed out at more than 40 winners and kept in touch with the King of Clay on the shortest and middle exchanges to get closer to the finish line. Nadal kept his cool and came back from a 6-3, 3-0, 40-30 deficit to maintain his composure and steal the second set to prolong the match and his chances. The Canadian took the lead in the final set before the Spaniard erased the deficit and kept fighting, wasting his chances in the second leg at 5-5 and playing those two match points at 5-6. Rafa saved them and sealed the deal in the tie break to advance to the 18 consecutive Masters 1000 quarterfinals.

Rafael Nadal on consuming alcohol 

Rafael Nadal recently became the brand ambassador for Dutch brewery Amstel, who availed the Spaniard’s services to promote their non-alcoholic beer, among other drinks. “It is true that there are times when you are with friends, you go out to dinner and you do feel like consuming some alcohol,” Nadal added. “And, as I have already told you, I have tried to do it, almost always, in a responsible way. I think it is something that can even be good. I don’t know at the health level, but I do at the mental level.” Shifting his focus to tennis, Rafael Nadal spoke about the importance of doing well at Roland Garros, which he considers one of the “most important tournaments” of his career. “Right now the truth is that, as always, Roland Garros is a very important tournament for everyone,” added the Mallorcan. “And, in this case, for me it is the most important tournament of my career, without a doubt. The only thing I’m focusing on right now is trying to do my best, right?”

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