The 38-year-old Italian tennis player Paolo Lorenzi acknowledges that playing Rafael Nadal in the Rome Masters was one of his best professional experiences. Against the clay courts of the Rome Masters in 2011, Lorenzi, then rated No. 121 in the world, took on Rafael Nadal.
The match began with Nadal, who is regarded as the best clay court player in history, as a large favorite, but Lorenzi made him fight hard for his victory. Before 12-time French Open winner Nadal rallied to win 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-0 and progress to the round of 16, former World No. 33 Lorenzi won a close first set.
Before face Nadal, Lorenzi advanced past the qualifying round and defeated Brazilian Thoma Bellucci in the opening round. “All of my friends were there to see me, and it’s a lovely moment I hold close to my heart.
I wanted to make a good impression on Nadal “LiveTennis was told by Lorenzi. The encounter against Nadal, Lorenzi continued, let him understand that he could still progress and compete against the greatest. He also said that he performed above his ability level.
When Lorenzi won his first ATP title in 2016 and reached his career-high ranking the following year, he was in the prime of his tennis career. The 38-year-old Italian defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in the championship match to win his maiden ATP title on the clay courts in Kitzbuhel.
Lorenzi remembered his victory at Kitzbuhel as “the best of my career,” adding that it was a huge satisfaction.
A fantastic 2022 is being had by Rafael Nadal.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal discussed his early coaching from his uncle in his book, Rafael Nadal: My Story.
So even if the general atmosphere when we trained was harsh and severe, there was delight and enchantment in my relationship with Toni, he said. And we were quite successful. Maybe I wouldn’t be the player I am today if he hadn’t forced me to play without water that day, if he hadn’t singled me out for particularly severe treatment while I was in that group of young children learning the game, and if I hadn’t reacted as I did to the injustice and abuse he piled on me.
Nadal also revealed that he frequently struggled to control his anger.
Why am I the only boy that has to sweep the court after practice and not the other boys? I would query. “Why do I have to juggle more responsibilities than the others? When I hit the ball out, why does he yell at me in that manner? However, I discovered how to channel that rage inward and to accept the injustice without complaining.