Rafael Nadal: “Roger Federer had the same experience.”

In the opening round of the 2004 Cincinnati Open, Roger Federer lost to Dominik Hrbaty 1-6, 7-6, 6-4 after having won 23 straight matches. Despite taking 11 more points than Dominic, Roger was unable to make a last push and win the match in straight sets.

The Slovak won the match after the Swiss lost service at 4-4 in the last game after failing to convert two break chances in the first game and none thereafter. Rafael Nadal, the second-ranked player in the world, too left Cincinnati early a year later. Rafa was defeated by Tomas Berdych 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 in three hours after wasting three match points!

Rafa won the championship in Montreal a few days prior, but he missed his opportunity to continue his winning streak in Ohio. delivering higher results after the initial