•JUST TOO GOOD•
Unfortunately Denis went down to the king of clay Rafa Nadal🇪🇸 this morning in straight sets, 6-4 6-1. From the beginning it was clear that Nadal was more comfortable, after pushing Denis’ first two service games to over 8 mins each... one went to 12 minutes, and then holding at love. However, Denis was doing a good job of staying mentally focused and preventing Rafa from coming in and dictating from the baseline. He was coming up to the net to finish points because Shapo knew that long rallies would swing in Rafas favor. The king of clay just seemed to overpower him from there, breaking Denis to go up 4-3. From there Rafa dominated and never looked back, winning 32/37 points on his serve. 🎾
Denis also committed 29 unforced errors to only 14 winners, compared to rafas 16:12 ratio. Denis just felt the need to hit every shot big and hard because Nadal was getting EVERYTHING back, even shots that are normally easy winners for our guy. But, even taking 5 games off Rafa on the clay is a huge accomplishment within itself- it requires a huge amount of physical strength, and even though Shapo didn’t win, he definitely proved that he can hang with the best in the game! And who knows- next time Denis and Rafa play on clay, with the trajectory that Denis is following... he could beat him and take back a winning record! 🔛🔝🔜
Denis has withdrawn from the Geneva Open in Switzerland next week, so that means that Roland Garros is up next! That was smart of Denis to give his body a rest- after all, he needs to be in top form for Roland Garros and grass season(his favorite)!
LETS GO DENIS! Give your body some proper rest and get ready to kick some at the French!
Oh... don’t you just love it when Denis misses his toss and says “sorry”? It shows how respectful he is, plus it’s so funny!😄
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