/ 28 May 2024

Don’t dream it’s over


It was once an unthinkable result for the “King of Clay” but Spanish legend Rafael Nadal last night bowed out of the French Open in the first round. In an emotional night for tennis fans, fourth-seed German Alexander Zverev put a straight sets end to Rafa’s dream of winning a record 15th title at Roland Garros before his expected retirement later this year. Despite commentators saying he was looking fit in the lead up, Rafa has been battling injuries for the past 2 years and was outgunned by the German’s power. The 6-3 7-6(7-5) 6-3 loss brings his match record in Paris to 112-4. Afterwards, he said it was “difficult to talk” but he left the door open for one last dance at the tournament he calls “magical”. “I don’t know if it’s going to be the last time I’m going to be here. I am not 100% sure, but if it is the last time, I enjoyed it”, he told the crowd… Aussies keen for more action can rally behind Alex “Demon” de Minaur who’s scheduled to play tonight.

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