We can play with Nadal’s arm, we have Thiem’s racket and Murray citizenship, that’s not always enough… At Suzanne Lenglin’s court, Cameron Norrie couldn’t do anything to take down Rafael Nadal. The naturalized Briton of New Zealand had two breaks in the second set, but that wasn’t enough to deny the Spaniard a 103 win in 105 matches in Paris (6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in 2:07).
Without imposing too much and without really brightening up, Mallorcan signed his 10th straight Parisian success without conceding a single set. Clean and efficient against a player who has just reached the finals in Estoril and Lyon on clay. “He is 13th in the race, having his best season, it was not an easy lap but the main thing is to win in three sets even if I could do better, sums up Nadal. I played tennis well sometimes and found a way out.”
We are so used to Manacuri’s victory that Fabrice Santoro, the detective after the match in the stadium, stopped the title counter at twelve, which made the audience whistle and smile a lot, the Spaniards.
I had a decent week, summing up the man with 20 major championships. She handled the minute moments really well, I played at a very high level in the first set against Gasquet (Editor’s note: 6-0). The step becomes a little higher. I have to play aggressively, with a lot of strength and above all a little longer. “
For the 16th time in his career, Nadal will play in the knockout stages of Porte D’Ouil. And on Monday, he will face promising Italian Yannick Sener, 19-year-old and world number 19, who he had already sent off at the end of the night (7-6, 6-4, 6-1) last fall.
“It will be difficult to play against him, but on the other hand, it is also a great opportunity, analyzes Transalpine. In a way, it is a good test. I have already played twice against Rafa. So it might be different.”
The two players know each other well. They spent two weeks in quarantine together in Australia earlier this year. “I think these two weeks have served us both, the Spaniard slips. Jannik is well educated, hardworking and easy going. He has already faced important situations in the long courts. He has great potential…”